QPR have scrapped a planned pre-season visit to Thailand and will instead play in Indonesia.Rangers were due to play a match in Bangkok but have instead been forced to make alternative arrangements.Their tour will now begin in Malaysia with a match against a Sabah XI on 17 July.They will then travel to Kuala Lumpar to play Kelantan three days later and then to Surubaya in Indonesia for a friendly against Persebaya Surubaya on the 23rd.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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He is a big loss, but Burkina Faso have remained an exciting team on the attack. They’ve got pace and they utilise it well. Pitroipa is one of the keys to their offense. He has teamed up well with Prejuce Nakoulma, while the blonde-haired Aristide Bance was a star performer in the semi-finals and the scorer of the Stallions’ goal in regulation time. It’s worth remembering that there is also more on the line than being crowned the champions of Africa. The winner of the game will also represent Africa in the Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil later this year. Jonathan PitroipaSince that game, referee Slim Jedidi has been banned for a shocking performance. It included handing Stallions’ star Jonatha Pitroipa a second yellow card, which meant Pitroipa’s dismissal, instead of awarding the Burkinabe a penalty. Jedidi has since admitted he got the decision wrong, so Pitroipa’s red card is likely to be rescinded and he should be able to take his place in the title-deciding contest. 8 February 2013 To get to the final, Burkina Faso shocked Ghana in the semi-finals, winning a match from the 3-1 penalty spot that they should have won earlier. The Nigerians have always possessed fine individual stars, but they have at times struggled to put it all together as a team. Especially in their last two games, the win over Mali and a 2-1 defeat of Cote d’Ivoire, they have looked a complete team, united in their goal and playing for one another. Burkina Faso have appeared to be on the same page since their first match. While the Burkinabe’s previous best result was fourth when they hosted the tournament in 1998, Nigeria have previously been crowned African champions, although their two titles are a light return for a nation with such footballing riches. They’re seeking their first title since 1994. “We will have our chances in the game. Also, surprises are always there. Maybe this time is our time.” The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final is a classic tale of the underdog taking on a former powerhouse that is trying to find its way back to the top. Burkina Faso, ranked only 92nd in the Fifa world rankings, face Nigeria, a team with star names that is seeking to live up to the potential of its pieces, for the title. They meet the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. Pace and skillThey’ve been great down the flanks. So, too, have the Super Eagles prospered out wide, where they have tons of pace and skill. They totally tore Mali apart down the right in their semi-final victory and will no doubt try to take on Burkina Faso in the same way. Players like Emenike, Brown Ideye, Victor Moses and Sunday Mba have shone, and they will likely light up the title-decider. The Orange Africa Cup of Nations’ final kicks off at 20:30. Given the attractive, attacking style of football both teams have exhibited so far in the tournament, one expects a free-flowing, exciting final. The most important match in their historyFor Burkina Faso, the match is probably the most important in the history of the country. Coach Paul Put is determined that his players will be able to express themselves and not be overawed by the occasion and the opposition. “I know that Nigeria are a big side, but we are also a big team and we certainly do not need to hide,” he told Fifa.com. Nigeria were stunningly impressive in their semi-final demolition of Mali, who are ranked 25th by Fifa and third on the African continent. They raced into a 3-0 half-time lead and led 4-0 after an hour before settling for a thumping 4-1 victory. ‘We have to have fun’Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi told Fifa.com that he has got the best out of his players by ensuring there is enjoyment in the game. “We need discipline on and off the field. And we also have to have fun. Any job you do, if don’t have fun doing it, you won’t give a hundred percent. That was the way I played when I was a player, that is what I want to see as a coach. Fun and also discipline, that’s the key.” There is a strong Nigerian community in South Africa and the Super Eagles are sure to have good support on Sunday, but South Africans love an underdog and Burkina Faso fits the bill. The Stallions have entertained and surprised and as result of that will have plenty of support in the final. The teams met earlier in the tournament in a Group C clash and shared a 1-1 draw, with Emmanuel Emenike scoring for the Super Eagles after 23 minutes and Alain Traore netting for Burkina Faso in the fourth minute of additional time. Sadly for the Burkinabe and the tournament, Traore has since suffered an injury and returned to his club in France for treatment. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: West added 10 points. … Patrick McCaw missed his second straight game with a sprained left thumb, while Jordan Bell sat out a 13th in a row with inflammation in his left ankle.ANALYTICS ASSISTKerr used the resources of analytics guru Sammy Gelfand throughout the break to determine the Warriors aren’t defending nearly as well in the first five minutes of games than a year ago.“Sammy Gelfand did not get an All-Star break,” Kerr said, explaining the biggest issue as, “We’re just not trying hard enough.”SHOOTAROUND NO-SHOWClippers guard Tyrone Wallace, on a two-way contract, had to fly into the Bay Area on game day. And the driver brought him straight to Oracle Arena, but the Los Angeles shootaround was not there.“I told him to just go lay on the couch in my office back there,” coach Doc Rivers said. “The car took him to the hotel and he got there after shootaround.”UP NEXTClippers: Visit Phoenix on Friday.Warriors: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday after the Thunder won at Golden State 125-105 on Feb. 6. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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It worked well enough for him to stick with JaVale McGee over Zaza Pachulia for another night.Stephen Curry swished a beautiful buzzer-beater from way back early and hit another timely 3-pointer late on the way to scoring 44 points, and the Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 134-127 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re a championship team. We’re not about to sit here and act like we’re this battered team that had a horrible season and we’re looking for any glimmer of hope,” Green said. “I understand we haven’t been as great as most people expect. We’re still a damn good basketball team so we don’t need no ‘but it’s a step in the right direction.’ You may get that out of someone but I don’t really roll like that.”Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight assists, Klay Thompson added 19 points, and Green contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Golden State led 104-93 on David West’s two free throws with 11:31 to play before a 9-0 Clippers run cut it to two.Curry let it fly from nearly halfcourt to end the first quarter, both his furthest 3 of the season and first as time expired. Those have been his signature shots in recent seasons, so the sellout crowd went crazy.The two-time NBA MVP made another 3 just before halftime, then Los Angeles’ Danilo Gallinari drained a 47-footer at the buzzer to get the Clippers within 70-58 at the break.“Steph was incredible as he always is,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said.Tobias Harris scored 22 points, Gallinari wound up with 15 and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won five of six.McGee earned his fifth start of the season and had six points and four rebounds in nearly 14 minutes.The Warriors are now 7-1 this season in the next game against an opponent after losing the first meeting. The Clippers beat Golden State 126-106 on Jan. 10 at Oracle Arena.Thompson made two quick 3s to become the 10th Warriors player to reach 10,000 career points in the regular season, and his first 3 moved him past Joe Barry Carroll (9,996 points) for 10th place on the franchise’s career scoring list.Golden State lost at Portland before the break but improved to 13-1 following a loss this season.TIP-INSClippers: Gallinari had an X-ray on his R hand and it was negative. … Williams had a season-high 11 assists. … Los Angeles shot just 11 for 31 from 3-point range. … The Clippers lost for only the sixth time in their last 19 games. MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a 3-point basket at the buzzer in the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif.— Draymond Green wants the Golden State Warriors to be rolling into the playoffs again this spring.Steve Kerr is looking for ways to spark the defending NBA champions to make sure that happens, to bring the high-flying Warriors back to playing superb basketball on both ends.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View comments “It takes a full effort. It’s not easy to win an NBA game, it’s really not,” Kerr said. “It takes the full 48. We’re not there yet.”Curry shot 14 for 19, including 8 of 11 from deep, and made all eight of his free throws in his third 40-point game of the season. Curry also had 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals.The buzzer-beater was sweet, giving Golden State “a good vibe.”“Obviously I feel every one I take has a chance to go in,” he said. “Not really worrying about shooting percentages, just chuck it and see what happens.”Kerr challenged his superstar roster to begin games better on the defensive end, which the Warriors did. Then the Clippers nearly came back with a surge down the stretch in what became an entertaining back-and-forth in the closing minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Belgrade was gripped by anxiety before an overwhelming sense of joy and relief greeted Serbia reaching the World Cup with a nerve-jangling 1-0 home win over Georgia, thanks to substitute Aleksandar Prijovic’s 74th-minute goal on Monday.The result, celebrated ecstatically in the cauldron of Red Star’s Rajko Mitic stadium, left the Balkan nation top of Group D with 21 points from 10 games, two more than second-placed Ireland who booked a play-off spot with a 1-0 win at Wales.It is the second time Serbia have reached the finals as an independent nation, having been knocked in the group stages of the 2010 tournament in South Africa and then missing the next three major international soccer championships.Coach Slavoljub Muslin, a journeyman who had been in charge of a myriad of European clubs before he took over at Serbia for the qualifying campaign, was elated after the success.”I expected a tough game against Georgia and suspected that the final step would be the most difficult,” he told a news conference after the organisers set off spectacular fireworks which rocketed into the night sky over the Serbian capital.”Georgia were the better side in the first half and I told the players to move up a gear after the break, though we had to keep it tight at the back too.”Prijovic grabbed the winner with a fine finish to delight raucous home fans, who lit several flares to celebrate.It came after anything but the expected plain sailing for the home side, who looked disjointed for much of the contest after missing their first chance to qualify when they lost 3-2 at Austria on Friday.advertisementSerbia piled on the pressure from the offset but Georgia looked more likely to score in the first half and came close in the 17th minute when midfielder Valerian Gvilia forced a good save from Serbia keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.The Serbians carved out their first chance in the 39th minute, as visiting keeper Giorgi Makaridze blocked Dusan Tadic’s shot from a tight angle.Jeered off by their supporters at halftime, Serbia came out with renewed purpose after the break and defensive midfielder Nemanja Gudelj fired narrowly over the bar in the 48th minute.Shortly afterwards, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic saw his close-range header superbly saved by Makaridze and then sliced another wide of the far post as the home side threw men forward.Ivanovic headed inches wide after a corner the 67th minute and Nemanja Matic had a shot cleared off the line moments later as Serbia besieged the Georgian goal with a flurry of crosses from either flank.Prijovic finally broke the deadlock with a composed close-range finish after strike partner Mitrovic found him with a fine low cross following Ivanovic’s darting run through the middle.”Few fans believed after our barren eight-year run that we would qualify and all credit goes to the players, who left it all out there in every match,” Muslin added.”The fans played a big part too and I thank them.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventusby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko insists they’re capable of upsetting Juventus in the Supercoppa.The Italian Super Cup takes place in Jeddah on Wednesday evening and is a replay of last season’s Coppa Italia Final.“It was important that we beat Sampdoria yesterday, as it gave us more confidence going into the Juventus game,” the on-loan Chelsea midfielder told Milan TV.“I feel in good shape and just need to recover a little energy. “It’s going to be tough, as Juventus are the best side in Serie A right now, but in a one-off match, we can beat them.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is going to be bringing the Vagina Monologues back to the Energetic City this weekend for its biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizer Jennifer Pimm with the Society says that this year’s iteration of the event, which is celebrating its 13th straight year, will feature some changes to past years. Pimm explained that this year’s performance will feature male performers to recognize the fact that while women are often thought of as the victims of sexual harassment and abuse, men can and are also victims as well.“With height of the #MeToo campaign and ‘Time’s Up’ movement, we thought, “We have to do something” because this is happening in Fort St. John all the time,” said Pimm. “We wanted to bring awareness to it. That’s another reason that we really wanted to bring men to the show is because men are our allies. We need men to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’”The production features 25 performers, and will also feature local music and other spoken word performances. The production is being put on at the North Peace Cultural Centre this Friday. Reserved tickets are $25, while admission at the door is by donation. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the show starting at 7:00. For tickets, call the North Peace Cultural Centre at (250) 785-1992.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia.Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of life has already been disrupted by a reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.The First Nations are seeking an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to stop Site C while BC Hydro and the provincial government claim the project has already cost billions of dollars. Mogerman says the First Nations have put “a ton of resources” into getting displaced caribou back after the animals dispersed following the completion of the W.A.C. Bennett dam in the late 1960s.The First Nations say Site C would flood parts of the of the Peace River Valley, the traditional territory of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, violating constitutionally protected treaty rights.Mogerman says what used to be river a moose would cross is a reservoir an animal would die in and the project must be stopped because it has not gone past the point of no return.Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says Site C would introduce mercury-laden fish into Moberly Lake and disrupt the longest fresh-water fish migration in North America.“The river had a cultural significance to us because it was a gathering spot,” he said of the Peace River. The NDP had been against the controversial project while in Opposition but said the province risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project that started in 2015 was cancelled.BC Hydro has said the Site C dam would flood 5,500 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. The project would also flood Indigenous heritage sites. “What we have said right from the beginning is that we’re not opposed to the creation of energy,” Willson said.He said alternative forms of power, including geothermal, solar and wind, have not been adequately explored.“We’re fighting for the survival of who we are as a people and the Peace River Valley is a significant piece of that.”British Columbia’s New Democrat government announced last December that it would back the completion of Site C though it would cost nearly $11 billion, up from an estimated $8.3 billion.
Mumbai: Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, whose son joined the BJP last month, has resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, the party said Thursday.Party chief Rahul Gandhi has accepted the resignation of the Congress leader, state Congress president Ashok Chavan told reporters in Ahmednagar district. Vikhe Patil had sent his resignation letter to the top party leadership, offering to quit the post of LoP, after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left Congress and joined the BJP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Vikhe Patil had offered to resign from the post and had also sent a letter to the Congress president. This letter of resignation has been accepted by the Congress president,” Chavan said. The development comes a day before Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar Friday. Chavan was in Shirdi Thursday ahead of Gandhi’s rally at Sangamner in the Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency. Vikhe Patil was accused of giving tacit support to his son Sujay, who was the BJP contestant from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat and was blamed for working behind the scenes in his campaign. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KParty sources said he was in touch with the supporters of his father late Balasaheb Vikhe Patil in Rahuri, Parner and other areas in Ahmednagar district, and exhorted them to support Sujay. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has been a traditional opponent of the Vikhe Patils, had made the Ahmednagar contest a prestige battle. Pawar had refused to vacate the constituency, which is with the NCP as per the seat-sharing deal with the Congress, for Sujay who eventually joined the BJP and contested the seat.
New Delhi: Opposition parties have started a coordinated training programme for their counting agents all over the country to prevent any alleged EVM manipulation by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the course of counting of votes on May 23.The last phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on May 19. For the proposed exercise, 21 opposition parties have already deferred their conclave before the counting of votes on 23rd May. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkEarlier, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had proposed a conclave for opposition parties before the counting of votes. However, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP Supremo Mayawati requested the Telugu Desam Party chief to defer the meeting for the time being. In view of the unfolding political scenario, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata also called for a strict vigil during the time of counting of votes. “Don’t be complacent with the overwhelming response of the people against NDA,” she stated. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe opposition also feels that this time counting may take longer time than usual as was witnessed during the counting of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections. Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha have prepared a list of queries for all the counting agents to understand the technicalities of the counting process through EVM and to match with VVPAT wherever possible. The leaders are in touch with all the state leaders who are given sole charge for overseeing the counting process. They have prepared a checklist for verifying the correct process of counting of votes. These checklists are sent to the state headquarters and state leaders will hold a training programme for the counting agents two days before the counting. In the six phases of polling, there were reports of EVM glitches from many states. In some cases, defective EVMs were replaced but not all of them were VVPAT-linked. In some booths in Uttar Pradesh, VVPAT machines were not even seen. Last month, the Supreme Court had increased VVPAT verification to five random Electronic Voting Machines in each Assembly segment/constituency. In case of general elections, VVPAT slips of five EVMs in each Assembly segment of a Parliamentary Constituency would be subject to physical counting. In state assembly elections, the VVPAT verification would extend to five random EVMs in each Assembly constituency. The 21 opposition parties wanted that at least 25 per cent VVPATs should be counted which was rejected by the Supreme Court. The opposition parties are planning to train their counting agents. Whenever irregularities are noticed they should immediately lodge a formal protest with the Returning Officer and inform party managers immediately. Congress party has prepared a special cell with some technologists who will monitor the counting process from the “war room” of the party.
After years of playing it cool in the free-agency game, the San Antonio Spurs entered the market this month and were the clear-cut winners. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise: Winning is pretty much what the Spurs do. And these summer victories have them poised for many more once the season starts.The Spurs nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge, the best (realistically)1There was little chance that Memphis’s Marc Gasol or San Antonio’s own Kawhi Leonard would switch teams, and while Cleveland’s LeBron James hasn’t officially re-signed, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back with the Cavs. available free agent of the summer, negotiated new contracts for essential wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, convinced Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to each forgo retirement in favor of another crack at a championship, and even managed to snag veteran forward David West for $11 million less than he would have made had he opted into the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers.In other words, it was a good week for Gregg Popovich.To measure just how good it was — or how dominant next season’s Spurs figure to be, I dusted off last year’s preseason projection system (fueled by Real Plus-Minus), plugged projected RPM values into Rotoworld’s depth charts, and (unscientifically) estimated how much playing time each player will receive.2Basically, I looked at last year’s minutes per game for each player, as well as how many minutes per game were logged by others who will be at the same position on his 2015-16 team, eventually ballparking a reasonable figure. (In other words, it was definitely not scientific.) Here’s a first pass at how good San Antonio could be next season:That predicted power rating of +8.9 means the Spurs are talented enough to win about 60 games,3That estimate is based on the Spurs’ being in the Western Conference. Because the West is (somewhat significantly) better than the East, it takes more talent for a team to get the same number of wins out West than it would if they were in the East. which is very high for a true talent projection. A lot of luck and variance lurks out there, ready to make a team’s record different from its underlying skill, so most teams that win 60 or more games don’t actually possess 60-win talent. (Using Statistical Plus/Minus talent ratings, I found that only 18 percent of teams that won 60 or more games in a season4If a season was shorter than 82 games, I prorated it. since 1979-80 truly had 60-win talent on their rosters.) But this Spurs roster appears to really have that much talent.It’s a formidable group that stacks up against any of the other teams across the league — even the defending champions in Oakland. To test this, I ran similar projections for a handful of other notable teams that were either good last season and didn’t lose much talent over the offseason (like the Warriors) or have enjoyed an eventful offseason thus far.5The official list of teams I checked, in order of projected 2015-16 quality: the Spurs, Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Raptors, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks and — just for fun — the Knicks. (As a sanity check: Yes, the Knicks are projected to be very bad.) Here were the best of those squads:According to these preliminary projections, the Spurs are excellent, although they’re not a super-team. (In other words, they’re not a juggernaut that looks poised to blow away the rest of the league.) In the eyes of RPM, they’re essentially tied with Golden State now as the best team in basketball, closing the gap that existed between the two teams last season.But San Antonio and Golden State do seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league. Cleveland ranks third among teams I checked but is still four to five wins behind the leaders, according to the power ratings. (Oklahoma City is two to three wins behind Cleveland; Houston is one to two wins behind Oklahoma City; and then there’s Toronto and a distant group containing Memphis and the Clippers.)The Spurs were already among the class of the league before strengthening their roster this summer. While San Antonio may not shatter any records, its surgical dissection of the free-agent market has left it with arguably the best team in basketball.