QPR will assess Adel Taarabt’s minor hamstring problem in training early next week.Rangers expected the Moroccan to be passed fit for last weekend’s defeat at Bolton but he was not able to take his place in the squad.He is hoping to return for the home game against Liverpool on Wednesday, when Mark Hughes’ side will be looking for their first win in eight games.DJ Campbell has been struggling with a more serious hamstring injury but appears to be making some progress.Fellow forward Heidar Helguson hopes to return to contention soon following a spell out with a groin problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Sunil Gavaskar once again was critical of India’s tour planning after Virat Kohli said in the post-match press conference that they picked Umesh Yadav over Bhuvneshwar Kumar because the latter had not played much four-day cricket off late. Gavaskar questioned that why the team brought Bhuvneshwar on the tour if they were not to play him for the lack of cricket.”When Kohli spoke about choosing Umesh [Yadav] over Bhuvneshwar [Kumar], he gave the reason that Bhuvneshwar has not played much four-day cricket. So where is he going to play now? He has not played anywhere. Why bring him, why bring him to Australia? He [Bhuvneshwar] hasn’t played anything, now what are you going to do?” Gavaskar said to Sony Sports in the post-match show.Gavaskar also brought up the topic of tour matches once again and stated that he has been saying for so long that India should be looking to play more practice matches in the big gaps they get between Tests.India vs Australia, 2nd Test: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDOver the last three overseas tours (including Australia), India have played only two practice matches ahead of the Test series. In South Africa, India refused to play any practice games and opted to hit the nets instead. In England, they were to play only a single tour game of four days that got reduced to a 3-day game due to rain.”I have been saying since January that this gap of a week, India should have been looking to play a 3-day game. The game [Perth Test] has finished on 18th, 19th and 20th you take a break. You play on 21st, 22nd and 23rd. If that had been planned from a year earlier, I think it could have been organised.advertisement”You play a 3-day game, your Rahuls and Vijays, the guys who are out of form, the Bhuvneshwar Kumars, they all could have got a little bit of a workout. Mayank Agarwal if he has flown in, he gets a workout,” Gavaskar opined.Gavaskar also pointed out a few close games that India lost on both tours of South Africa and England and said that had the planning for the tours been better, India might have seen different results.”You know the planning for this entire one year is what has not helped Indian cricket, the planning has not been right and had it been right, we could different results. You have got to have that intention. By all means let the three fast bowlers who have played this game, not Umesh Yadav but the others and Virat and Pujara, let them take a break because they have really scored all the runs.”India will next play the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting December 26 and the focus is especially going to be on the team selection and perhaps on the openers’s slots after disappointing performances from the two at the top.KL Rahul was brutally trolled after getting out on a duck in the second innings of the Perth Test, having scored just two runs in the first innings as well. On the other hand, Murali Vijay was a tad bit better in Perth scoring 29 runs but facing 75 deliveries after the duck in the first innings.Gavaskar felt that with Prithvi Shaw ruled out for the rest of the Test series with ankle injury and Mayank Agarwal announced as the replacement, a change in the opening pair is imminent. He said Rahul was in a woeful form while Vijay showed a bit more “tenacity” and he would prefer to have Vijay and Agarwal at the top.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, however, was of the opinion that you wait to see the conditions in Melbourne before taking big decisions because MCG is known to be flat.”MCG is known to be too flat where you go in for 5 days and don’t get a result. I don’t think that will be the case because of what has happened in Perth, the world has seen what you can do with a drop-in pitch. So the pressure will be on the curator in Melbourne to produce a wicket that’s going to get a result.”Virat did not answer the question that he was asked [about change in opening combination in press conference] and I understand what he is doing. Right now you can’t make a decision what you going to do. You have got to wait to get to Melbourne, to see the ground. You have to see how the players train, their might be an injury. So why waste your breath saying it now. That’s why I can understand exactly why Virat was like ‘I can’t answer that question right now, so let’s move on to the next’.advertisementVirat Kohli discusses the form of India’s two opening batters #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/A8lJU6iZmfcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018″Look, unless you know the grass is greener, be careful before making a major decision and opening batsmen in my opinion, the most important role in our game is for those two players. So think before you act in those positions.”Gavaskar and Clarke both named their tentative XI for the MCG Test, basically talking of the changes in the Indian team.Gavaskar’s playing XI: Mayank Agarwal and Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari at 6 and Pant at 7. Ashwin comes back in and just the three seamers. Rohit Sharma misses out for me unfortunately because I think Vihari has done enough to not be thrown out. Hardik Pandya, no, he just doesn’t fit in to this.Clarke on team selection: Ashwin back in, Rohit Sharma at No.6 for me. About the openers, I would want to see the conditions first. But here I don’t know about the mindset of Vijay and Rahul. Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and the selector know them. You have this 7-day gap, assess these things.Gavaskar also reminded India of the number of selection blunders they have made this year, especially in picking up the bowlers and felt that Kohli’s team has been deceived by various factors.”This is not the first time it’s happened in the last one year or so. It’s happened in South Africa, it’s happened in England where they have misread the conditions or may be got misled by the conditions and they have picked players, particularly bowlers, who should not have been playing. Somebody else should have been playing.”They probably went with the reputation of the Perth pitch that the pitch over here despite it being in the new stadium, new venue, they might have thought that Perth always has a lot of carry so they went with four seamers. They might have always been deceived with the little bit of grass that was there on Day 1 and decided to go in with four. But look it’s a 5-day game, you always try and go in with a spinner.”Umesh Yadav, who was brought in as the fourth seamer for the Perth Test by India deciding not to go for a spinner finished with match figures of 2/139. On the other hand, Australia’s specialist spinner Nathan Lyon finished with the man-of-the-match award due to figures of 8/106.Clarke said most of the teams these days are finding it hard to read the pitches and he cannot understand why teams would not go for local consultants to improve their chances.”I don’t understand there’s so much staff, at least 15 India would have on this tour. What India faced in this Test match, every team faces that they read the conditions so wrong and that’s probably the greatest weakness in international cricket at the moment is winning away from home, it’s so hard. Why don’t teams hire consultants from each country.advertisement”So we go to Australia, let’s get one of the commentators or someone who is on the ground and we’re going to hire them as an overseas consultant. When Australia go to England, we are going to hire someone from England as a consultant for our team. I think we’re seeing so often that reading the pitch and selecting the best XI for that game is so important.”Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captainAlso Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso See:
â€œAnd for this we are truly grateful to him and of course, wish him the very best in the next chapter of his professional life. Significant Achievements: â€œOne thing canvassed at a time like this is the legacy you leave; and this measure for me is to leave something in a better position than where it was previously. I feel this has been a key success of the period. â€œA solid foundation has been set over the last 10 years with ambitious targets set for our next cycle and I am certain the sport will go from strength-to-strength. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead a sport that has been such an important part of my life. The friendships, achievements and memories will be with me always. Related Files170426_tfa_media_release_tfa_ceo_resignation_v1-0-pdfceo_announcement_apr_2017-pdfRelated LinksCEO Resignation For Maguire, he reflected on a decade of achievements with professional and personal satisfaction.â€œIn discussions with the Touch Football Australia Board, it was mutually agreed that the opportunity for a fresh approach was both timely and opportune. Having considered all that has been achieved, the organisation is in a great position to capitalise over the next decade, and beyond,â€ Maguire said. The Touch Football Australia Board of Management advised today that long-term Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Colm Maguire has resigned from the position effective 20 July, 2017. After 10 years as CEO, the Board also advised that with Maguireâ€™s resignation the time has come for renewed direction for the sport, the organisation and particularly with the advent of the new strategic cycle to 2020. â€œOn behalf of the Board, it is with regret that we announce the departure of Colm from the Touch Football Australia leadership position after an enduring period,â€ she said. â€œThe very significant contributions that he has made to the sport, the organisation, and the Board and broader team, is on par with the best sporting administrators across the country. â€œI thank the current Board and all previous Directors for their support and guidance as well as all staff, commercial and State partners and stakeholders for their contribution to the sport.â€The position will shortly be advertised and interim management arrangements are currently in place. TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty spoke on behalf of the Board expressing her deep gratitude to Maguire for his leadership and stewardship in the role since 2007; and that he goes with the very best wishes of the Board and the organisation. Contact Garry Foran ([email protected] or Tim Arnold ([email protected]) for information on TFA business operations or through existing TFA Leadership Team on specific portfolio matters. Implemented the unified governance model for Touch Football Australia and transition to a company limited by guarantee in 2016/17.Led with Board/Executive the financial recovery of the organisation and ongoing growth to a point of $4.5 million equity and an annual turnover of approx. $9 million; new/ongoing commercial partnerships.Instigated a strong international elite calendar with New Zealand to ensure the annual delivery of a Trans-Tasman; revamped the national domestic elite program and NTL and securing/hosting 2015 World Cup.Three successive strategic cycles focused on opportunities for participation growth, improved value proposition, commercialisation / development of the sport. Participation increased to 694,000 in 2016: target of 1M – 2020.Led the development and ultimately the strategic alliance with the National Rugby League (NRL). Significant benefits have been realised for both sports through a clear focus on collaboration and partnership.Developed a leadership/team structure that will support the ongoing needs of the sport through investment in our people, including culture / behavioural framework and â€˜One Voice. One Team. One Sportâ€™ trademark. â€œWorking closely with the TFA Board, he has overseen and administered significant reforms and a period of sustained success and legacy building. This is all you can ask of a leader and the leadership and wider team that he has steered with great skill and expertise over time.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Grau has pop at Juventus defender De Ligtby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Oscar Grau has had a pop at Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.Grau insists the former Ajax defender chose to go for the money.“We made him an offer, but he preferred to go to Juve, where Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary,” said Grau.Barca also tried for PSG star Neymar.”We made a very big effort for him,” Grau said.“The club did everything possible with two offers, one with and one without players in exchange but still sustainable.“The feeling, however, is that PSG never really opened up to a sale.”
Video: Houston Danced, Blasted Future’s “Commas” In Post-Game Locker Room Celebration After Beating Louisville
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston knocked off Louisville on the road today, coming from behind to beat the Cardinals 34-31. Afterwards, the ecstatic Cougars celebrated with a raucous locker room celebration set to rapper Future’s hit song “Commas.”#HTownTakeover pic.twitter.com/WzWi4fhhnP— Adrian Mayes (@aqmayes) September 12, 2015That video is courtesy of Adrian Mayes, Houston’s Director of Recruiting. Notice the Texas state flag making an appearance as well.Huge win for new head coach Tom Herman and his team.
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “Warren Beatty came up and kissed me on the cheek,” Hapak, now a retired LCBO communications manager, recalled. “It was so unexpected.”The peck, meant as a thank you for her help, is among the dozens of memories she has from her ongoing, 35-year reign as TIFF’s longest-serving volunteer. She’s trailed by Vera Pordage, a 20-year veteran of the festival’s volunteer program. Between the two women, they have held plenty of doors, seated a dizzying number of guests, scanned astronomical numbers of tickets and climbed an exhausting number of stairs at Scotiabank Theatre when escalators were down. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The night of Linda Hapak’s first celebrity smooch, the streets bordering the now-defunct University Theatre were buzzing with autograph seekers and paparazzi kept at bay by police.Actress Diane Keaton had flown in, The Godfather script doctor Robert Towne was on hand and Jack Nicholson was quietly plotting to heckle his fellow stars from the audience for comic effect that night — but all eyes were on Warren Beatty. The actor, still riding the wave of fame he’d found with Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait and Reds, was being fêted in what would become the Toronto International Film Festival’s final tribute night spotlighting the accomplishments of a film star.Hapak had spent that September 1984 evening seating guests and working with sponsors but, as it wound to a close, she was in for a surprise. Facebook Advertisement With 55 years of volunteering combined, Toronto International Film Festival volunteers Linda Hapak (left) and Vera Pordage (right) are said to be TIFF’s longest serving volunteers. (COLE BURSTON / FOR TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With:
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.
Earlier in the day, following a speech at a solar conference in Calgary, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said it’s vital that the bill be passed as soon as possible because it replaces a broken system that is preventing projects from being built.But critics including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers have demanded changes designed to prevent public policy debates from being part of project assessments, restrict application interveners to those directly affected by the project or with expertise, set firm timelines and limit government ministers’ discretionary powers.Monaco says he applauds the aggressive stance of Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney in support of energy projects.“I think it’s great news that people are going to take the extra effort to ensure that people really understand the role that energy plays and what it does for our quality of life,” he said.Enbridge pipelines handle about 62 per cent of Canada’s exports of crude oil into the U.S. and move about 18 per cent of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Enbridge Inc. says it’s “critical” to Canada’s energy future that substantive changes are made to proposed federal legislation to revamp how big resource projects win federal approval.Speaking after his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Calgary, Al Monaco says there are three or four major problem areas in Bill C-69 that must be addressed.His comments come as the Senate considers amendments to the bill that would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and retire the National Energy Board, leaving the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Canadian Energy Regulator as authorities responsible for assessments of the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of designated projects.