Big night for Rangers at Loftus Road

first_imgQPR are preparing for a vital game at Loftus Road, where a win against Swansea would ease their relegation fears.Rangers have won their last two home matches, beating first Liverpool and then Arsenal, and a victory tonight could take Mark Hughes’ side three points clear of the drop zone.Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton, who both missed Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United, are set to return.For updates on the night’s events, follow us on Twitter. A report and post-match reaction will appear here later.last_img

Even before big upset, Virginia has history of NCAA flops

first_imgUC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Michigan State also eliminated the top-seeded Cavaliers the year before. The No. 4 seed Spartans got a 3-pointer and a dunk on back-to-back possessions in a game that was tied at 51 in the final 91 seconds to win it, 61-59.“That will always be part of our story. I understand that,” Bennett said.Junior guard Kyle Guy said the players know the pressure of their tournament struggles and are trying to keep from putting more pressure on themselves.“Just trying to focus on what’s important,” Guy said. “We got out of the first round my freshman year. Last year we weren’t as fortunate. This year we got the job done.”Virginia hasn’t been to the Final Four since 1984, when a plucky seven seed in what was then a tournament with just 12 teams in a region made it to the national semifinals the year after Ralph Sampson headed to the NBA.Bennett said he doesn’t measure his own success by how far his team gets or whether he ever makes a Final Four. Instead, as he reminded his players often after the huge upset last year, defeats don’t define who you are; instead, it is how you respond to adversity and how hard you try.“It’s a worthy goal to go after,” Bennett said of the national championship, “but only one gets it.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Virginia guard Ty Jerome (11) celebrates a score against Gardner-Webb during a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. Virginia defeated Gardner-Webb 71-56. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Last year Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. But the Cavaliers’ recent history, even when they make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, isn’t all that good.Coach Tony Bennett has made the tournament six straight years while averaging six losses a season. He has been a top seed four times and a No. 2 seed once. He has not made a Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavaliers have been bounced out of the tournament in just about every way possible, outside of a buzzer-beater.UMBC dominated Virginia last year, turning a game tied at halftime into a 20-point win.The No. 5 seed Cavaliers went scoreless for nearly eight minutes in a second-round game against No. 4 Florida in 2017, losing 65-39 in their most lopsided loss in the past five seasons.The No. 1 Cavaliers led No. 10 seed Syracuse 54-39 and were 9:30 from the Final Four in 2016 when the Orange scored 25 of the next 29 points.In 2015, the No. 2 seed Cavaliers led just once, 2-0, in the second round against No. 7 seed Michigan State. The Spartans could never pull away but also were never really challenged in the 60-54 upset.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess But perhaps it was a turning point when the top-seeded Cavaliers found themselves trailing by 14 points in the first half against No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Saturday, with the crowd turning on them and the memories of last year’s upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County stirring, before they rallied back to win.“You can come unraveled in that, and we have at times, and we fought through some of that stuff and came out on the positive end,” Bennett said. “So I think that was important for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOr maybe it was just another sign that a Virginia squad that rolled through the regular season would hit some kind of stumbling block, often against a lower seed, at the end of March.The next test comes Sunday against No. 9 seed Oklahoma, which had one of the most impressive victories in the first round, beating Mississippi 95-72 . Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

Aussies undefeated after day one

first_imgAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss with three wins on day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. Aussies impress in first Mixed GameAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss in game one of the 2014 Trans Taman, with a comprehensive 10-2 win over New Zealand. Winger Yasmin Meakes impressed, scoring three touchdowns on debut, with debutants scoring six of the 10 touchdowns. Australia got off to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns before New Zealand got on the board, with Australia taking a handy 5-1 lead into the half-time break. Australia picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring another five touchdowns to New Zealand’s one to take the first game of the series. The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 1.00pm on Saturday. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug AUSTRALIA 10 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Kristy Brennan 2, Samantha Rodgers, Dean Springfield, Simon Lang, Justin Mitchell, Cameron Nicholls) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2.Australia takes out gutsy win to claim first Women’s Open gameThe Australian Women’s Open team have fought hard to take out a two touchdown win over New Zealand in the opening match of the series, 8-6. Locked up at 6-all with minutes remaining, two quick touchdowns to Australia in the dying minutes saw them take a 1-0 series lead. Birthday girl, Kimberley Sue See starred for the Australians, scoring three touchdowns in her debut, which also doubled as her 18th birthday. The Australians got out to a great start, taking an early 2-0 lead following a double to Sue See in the early exchanges. The New Zealanders hit back to trail by one at half-time, 4-3, before clawing back in the opening set of the second half to level the game at 4-all. Australia got out to a 6-4 lead, before New Zealand again levelled the game at six touchdowns-a-piece. Maddison Studdon’s second touchdown of the game gave her side a 7-6 lead and when Sarah Spacie scored just before the siren the home side had gone one up in the series. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC7pgqpMNMs The two sides will meet again at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon and you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVwAUSTRALIA 8 (Kimberley Sue See 3, Maddison Studdon 2, Danielle Davis, Catherine Sargent, Sarah Spacie) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Aussies make it three from three on day oneThe Australian Men’s Open team made it a perfect night for the home side, with their 10-6 win making it three wins from the games on day one. Debutant Tim Good scored three touchdowns as did the returning Sam Brisby, to help the side take the early advantage in the best of three series. New Zealand was on the scoreboard early, scoring in the first set, before Australia hit back with two touchdowns to take a 2-1 lead. New Zealand made it 2-all shortly after, before a second touchdown to both Good and Brisby gave the Aussies a two touchdown lead at the half-time break, 4-2. The sides exchanged touchdowns early in the second half, with the Kiwis trailing by one touchdown, 5-4, before touchdowns to Stuart Brierty and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir gave the Aussies a 6-4 lead. Australia then extended its lead to three touchdowns and then four, to take the game 10-6. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2GhaGwVcPU The two sides will meet again tomorrow at 3.30pm in game two of the series – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs AUSTRALIA 10 (Tim Good 3, Sam Brisby 3, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 2, Stuart Brierty, Steve Roberts) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Related LinksAussies Undefeatedlast_img read more