QPR trail to a John Eustace header after a below-par first-half display against fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County.A draw would be good enough to take Rangers second in the Championship table but they have been second best for most of the opening period.They should have gone behind inside a minute, but some brilliant covering defending by Aaron Hughes stopped Patrick Bamford getting a shot away as the on-loan Chelsea striker dallied when clean through.After a lacklustre opening the R’s briefly looked like settling, with Joey Barton and Tom Carroll looking lively breaking from midfield.But Derby were playing with far greater tempo and created the better chances.R’s keeper Rob Green was forced into a fine reaction save to tip over a Clint Hill clearance that smashed against Jake Buxton and looked destined for the top corner.The pressure told when Green flapped away a Will Hughes corner and Eustace looped the ball into the net.Andy Johnson had a shot blocked for Rangers but the Rams looked comfortable in defence until the final stages when the visitors finally threatened.Derby keeper Lee Grant did well to push away a Gary O’Neil header but that was QPR’s only noteworthy chance.And the hosts could have gone 2-0 up in the final minute of the half when Green almost made a hash of a backpass with Bamford in close attendance.QPR: Green, Hughes, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Carroll, Barton, O’Neil, Johnson, Doyle. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Maiga.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued dry weather this week allowed producers to harvest soybeans and corn in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 20th. Soybean and grain corn harvest was largely limited to early planted varieties, while corn silage harvest progressed very quickly. Crop maturity was aided significantly by the warm dry weather. Hay cutting continued as well. Producers also spent the week installing tile.See how far along progress is in Ohio with the full report here
Members of the Ohio State football team began their first day under new coach Urban Meyer Tuesday in a cloud of social media confusion, and it still hasn’t been sorted out. After a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with Meyer, several OSU football players tweeted that they were told they were banned from Twitter, a social media platform. Players backtracked and said there was no ban just hours later, but the origin of the supposed ban remains unclear. Junior tight end Reid Fragel tweeted from his account, @FRAGEL88, around noon Tuesday, saying: “New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012.” By about 4:45 p.m., Fragel issued the following tweet: “Just now finding out the whole twitter thing wasn’t exactly true. #hearsay.” OSU athletics representative Jerry Emig, who was present at the football team’s Tuesday meeting, told The Lantern that Meyer never informed him of a Twitter ban for the players. “All I know was I was not made aware of a ban,” Emig told The Lantern in a Wednesday email. “I have no idea where this all originated or how it originated.” David A. Goldberger, professor emeritus of law at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, said Tuesday that a complete ban of Twitter, or another social media platform, would be unlawful. “I have my doubt about this, but there may be topics that the coach can put out of bounds, but to say that you can’t use a social media is far too broad,” Goldberger said. “It’s like saying you can’t talk.” From his Twitter account, @king_hyde34, OSU sophomore running back Carlos Hyde said Tuesday: “Well guess its been real twitter ima miss all my followers.” Later that day, Hyde tweeted: “Coach didn’t tell us this morning that twitter is banned guess the media likes to make up things. #GoBucks!” In an Oct. 26 email to The Lantern, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said not every OSU team institutes formal policies on social media use. “Each (OSU) team, if it has a policy, handles on its own,” Wallenberg said. Wallenberg also confirmed that the OSU men’s basketball team, currently the No. 6-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, does not have a formal policy. Players, including junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, wasted little time returning to their accounts. From his account, @STONEYeleven, Stoneburner said Wednesday at around 3 p.m.: “Can’t wait to get going in this new offense!”
3. Nick Vannett, redshirt-junior tight endMeyer has called senior tight end Jeff Heuerman one of the best in the country, but the OSU coach had praise for Vannett on Monday as well.“Nick Vannett has had as good of camp at tight end that I’ve seen, which is great for him to see him do that,” Meyer said.That’s pretty big praise, especially coming from a coach like Meyer, who has coached some extremely talented tight ends in his career. Heuerman, though, happens to be working through an injury heading into week one.Meyer said Heuerman isn’t 100 percent healthy yet, but he expects the tight end to play against Navy on Saturday.For Vannett, that could be the chance of a lifetime as he had eight receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown last season. Heuerman tallied 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in comparison.No matter how much Heuerman plays Saturday, look for Vannett to be a key contributor on offense, especially as a safety blanket for Barrett.If he plays well, Vannett could push Heuerman for touches all season. 1. Steve Miller, senior defensive linemanEven though some have dubbed OSU’s defensive line the best in the nation, that doesn’t mean the starting four will be the only players to see the field along the defensive front.In fact, one of those starters — junior defensive lineman Noah Spence — won’t see the field at all for the first two games of the season because of a three-game suspension. That’s where Steve Miller comes in.While he isn’t necessarily expected to start in place of Spence — coach Urban Meyer is expected to release the week one depth chart on Tuesday — he is one of the most experienced reserves on the defensive line. Steve Miller played in 11 games last season and totaled 12 tackles, three of which were sacks. Those three sacks caused the opposition to lose a total of 21 yards.Look for Steve Miller to be a key contributor not only while Spence is out, but for the rest of his senior season. 2. Darryl Baldwin, redshirt-senior offensive linemanBaldwin came to OSU as a standout defensive lineman, but he’ll be leaving as the starter at right tackle along the Buckeyes’ offensive line.The Solon, Ohio, native redshirted in 2010 before playing in seven games as a backup defensive lineman the following season. In 2012, he switched over to offense but played mainly on special teams and backed up All-American Jack Mewhort at left tackle the last two seasons.While two offensive line spots are still up for grabs, Meyer named Baldwin the starter on Barrett’s strong side going into his final season. Baldwin and his position-mates will be tasked with attempting to replicate the success of the 2013 offensive line, which graduated four starters — two of whom were selected in the NFL Draft in Mewhort and Corey Linsley while the other two, Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall, were signed as undrafted free agents.If the Buckeyes want to replicate their success running the ball from 2013, Baldwin will need to have a big season on the offensive front. OSU senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin. Credit: Courtesy of OSUEverybody knows senior quarterback Braxton Miller, and now everyone the name of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. The 2014 Ohio State football roster is speckled with big-name players and former five-star recruits.But while some of those players will still be key to OSU this season, some previously lesser-known players could become household names for the Buckeye faithful this season.Here are five previously lesser-known and lightly-used players to watch on the OSU roster heading into the new season: 4. Tommy Schutt, junior defensive linemanAlong with Vannett, Meyer named Schutt as one of the most improved players on this Buckeye roster, even though he’s not expected to start with players such as senior Michael Bennett and junior Adolphus Washington ahead of him on the defensive line.What Schutt does bring to the table is depth, and if he’s getting praise like that from Meyer, he would probably be much more than a role player at most other schools.Schutt struggled with injuries in 2013 as he tallied just three tackles and 0.5 sacks in six games. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native might have been limited last season, but he proved his talent as a true freshman in 2012 when he played in 10 games for the 12-0 Buckeyes.Barring injury, Schutt won’t get a starting nod this season, but he’ll see his fair share of the field and make an impact every time he’s out there. 5. Rashad Frazier, redshirt-senior defensive linemanAnother defensive lineman you ask? Yes, another defensive lineman.Of course Bennett, Spence, Washington and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa will be the headline players, but they can’t play every snap.Going back to Spence’s suspension, Frazier could be the man to gain the most as he has been named as a potential replacement for the first two games of the season.After transferring to OSU from Purdue University in 2012, Frazier played in just one game last season while battling through injuries. He had a strong showing in the spring, capped off by a headline-stealing performance in OSU’s annual Spring Game on April 12.In the Spring Game, Frazier recovered a fumble in the end-zone for the first points of the game and totaled two sacks and a forced fumble. It might have been a practice game, but he was probably the most dominant defensive player for much of the day.If Frazier does in fact get the nod in Spence’s slot early this season, look for him to be playing with a chip on his shoulder as he gets his first and last shot at playing time. OSU’s season opener against Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is set to kickoff at noon.
Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) dribbles past a Penn State player during a game on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerTwenty-five games into the season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team had relied heavily on its freshmen, in particular its star rookie guard D’Angelo Russell.But when the No. 23 Buckeyes left the floor after a 75-55 drubbing of Penn State at home, it was a battle-tested senior who had led OSU to victory.Senior forward Sam Thompson scored a career-high 22 points in the win, and said Wednesday night was the kind of game he has been working toward since arriving in Columbus.“I’ve worked really hard over the years just on every facet of my offensive game. I really try to become a threat offensively,” Thompson said. “I played a pretty good game today, and just gonna try to keep that rolling.”Thompson scored in a variety of ways against Penn State, whether it be from behind the arc, or down low.He joked after the game that despite being a veteran on the team, he is still capable of his famous high-flying dunks.“I can still jump a little bit,” he said with a smile.Thompson threw down multiple times against the Nittany Lions, a team that defeated the Buckeyes in both meetings last year.The senior from Chicago said despite the losses last season, his team was focused on the present heading into the game.“We weren’t talking about last year as much as we were talking about this year,” Thompson said. “It’s a different team, they’re a different team. We just wanted to come out and play our best basketball. We knew that was a team that could beat us, as evident from last year.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Thompson was one of the main reasons the Buckeyes were able to win their fifth game in six appearances.“That was big for us. I was so happy to see the ball go in for Sam,” Matta said after the win. “He puts a lot of time in and we have kind of been saying, ‘if we can get him making some shots, I think it makes us a lot more effective.’ His ability in transition — everybody fears he’s running to the rim — being able to step out and knock down the shot definitely helps open things up for us.”Thompson did more than just play well on offense, he also drew the task of defending the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Penn State senior guard D.J. Newbill.While Newbill still led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 16 points, he shot just 5-of-13 from the field and pulled down just three rebounds.Matta said Thompson’s defense was just as important as his offense, especially when matched up with the Penn State star.Thompson, however, credited the Buckeyes as a whole for shutting Newbill down.“(We had to) make him work. No open looks, try to keep him off the foul line. Make sure when he had the ball he saw five Ohio State defenders,” Thompson said. “We did a good job of doing that across the board.”Newbill’s coach, Pat Chambers, also recognized Thompson’s elevated play and added that he thought last year’s wins over OSU might have had something to do with his performance.“I thought Sam Thompson was terrific, and that’s what seniors do,” Chambers said. “He was on that team last year and I’m sure he had a little extra ‘oomph’ to play against us.”Moving forward, Thompson said it will take more than just himself or Russell to continue the winning ways.“We know that the season is coming down to an end. We know it’s time for the players to play,” he said. “Seniors gotta step up, younger guys have to keep doing what they’re doing and we’ll be fine.”The Buckeyes will attempt to win their sixth game in seven tries as they are set to travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. Tip-off is set for noon.
Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — In April, should he decide to forgo his final year of eligibility, USC quarterback Sam Darnold will likely be selected at the top of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.But before one of the top quarterbacks in the nation likely turns his attention to professional football, he first will face a formidable Ohio State defense Friday at AT&T Stadium in the Cotton Bowl.Ohio State might present the biggest test Darnold will face all season. The Buckeyes have allowed the 20th-fewest passing yards per game and seventh-fewest passing yards per attempt. This matchup also could wind up being the Buckeyes’ toughest challenge since Week 2, when they hosted the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.The Sooners’ signal-caller went 27-for-35 for 386 passing yards and three touchdowns. And if the Buckeyes are to have more success against Darnold, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano believes the defense will need to simplify its game and not try to do too much against the Trojans.“When you’re playing an elite level quarterback or an elite level running back, and this is going to sound coach-speak, but 11 guys have to do their job,” Schiano said Wednesday. “When you look back at that Oklahoma game, some players tried to do too much and did more than their job and then what happened is when you do more than your job, you don’t end up doing your job.”The idea seems easy enough, but Ohio State senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said keeping everything simple against talented players and teams is not always simple.Knowing the caliber of the team, players will often take an opportunity to try for a sack or make a play on the ball and open a gap in coverage, something Holmes said he has fallen victim to frequently in his career. This, he said, was particularly an issue for the team in its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.And given the similarities between Darnold and Mayfield, there is room for concern that the defense could have another lapse and find itself on the wrong end of another blowout.Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield evades Buckeye defenders in the Oklahoma- Ohio State game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhile neither are considered true dual-threat quarterbacks, both have the mobility to escape the pocket and make plays outside when needed. Mayfield is more prone to designed runs, and thus has 310 rushing yards on 85 carries, 210 more yards and 21 more carries than Darnold. Both have five rushing touchdowns.Darnold is less of a threat to run, but his mobility and comfort outside of the pocket allow him to complete passes while on the move. “I think being able to kind of play and move off of my instincts has really been one of my strengths in terms of playing quarterback,” Darnold said. “I think, obviously, there’s a lot to learn from when you look at sometimes how my feet can get out of whack a little bit and I can be throwing a little sideways. But I think throwing on the run is one of my really good strengths.”Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said while both are elusive, Mayfield chooses to do it more out of comfort whereas Darnold will stay in the pocket if possible. That comfort in the pocket and ability to do damage with his arm without having to move is what helps Darnold separate himself from Mayfield — and is why he is considered the better NFL prospect. “Some of the throws he makes are just kind of ridiculous,” Bosa said. “Across the field, how fast he throws the ball, you can see why people are impressed with him.”In order to stop Darnold from tearing the Buckeyes apart through the air like Mayfield did, Ohio State will have to swiftly break through the Trojans’ offensive line while also containing Darnold.USC’s line will often move side-to-side to try and provide challenges for opposing defensive lines, Bosa said. Buthe said the defense has been preparing for that, and added the Buckeyes should still be able to find the holes and get to Darnold.“Just staying in your rush lane, even if a slide comes to you and you want to take that inside move or whatever it is, just staying disciplined to where you’re rushing and sometimes sacks will fall right into you if you just stay where you’re supposed to be,” Bosa said. Both Bosa and Darnold expressed excitement in the looming matchup. With a defensive line Darnold said is entirely comprised of future NFL players and a quarterback who will likely hear his name called early in the upcoming draft, both sides are eager for the chance to prove one is better than the other.Bosa, in particular, is excited for the first chance to break the line of scrimmage.“You always want to hit a high-drafted quarterback,” he said.
The Italian football league has made a deal with a U.S. TV channel to broadcast its matches in AmericaCristiano Ronaldo’s signing with Juventus was not only good for the team.The Italian club has sold out on all CR7 shirts for the 2018-2019 season thanks to the Portuguese superstar.But now, his contract with the Bianconeri has proved to be useful for the Italian Serie A.On an article published by The World Soccer Talk, it was announced that ESPN will broadcast the Serie A matches in the U.S. in a multi-year deal.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We are extremely satisfied with the agreement, which testifies the growing importance and the international recognition of our league,” said Gaetano Miccichè, Serie A President.“This agreement, together with those recently concluded, shows the value of both Serie A TIM and its champions, which will be appreciated by more than 90 million soccer fans and enthusiasts in the U.S. in the next years.”ESPN cuts a deal for rights to Italy’s Serie A. The streaming service ESPN+ will carry 9 matches live per week from August through May; ESPN or ESPN3 will carry a Match of the Week.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 7, 2018
Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah met each other for the first time on Thursday night since May’s Champions League finalSalah was forced to leave the pitch in Kiev in tears back then after Ramos dragged him to the floor in the first half of the game.The Real Madrid captain caused damage to Salah’s shoulder ligaments and the Egyptian king was then forced to watch Liverpool lose 3-1 from the bench.The incident between Salah and Ramos caused a huge uproar with many fans setting up petitions demanding that FIFA and UEFA punish the latter for his challenge.As a result of the injury, Salah’s participation in Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in 28 years was limited to a restricted role with the national side exiting the tournament in the group stages without a single point.On Thursday evening, Ramos was named the 2017/18 Champions League defender of the season.Upon receiving the award, Ramos walked back to his seat and tapped the shoulder of Salah – who had been seated in front of the Spaniard.In the video below, Salah seems to refuse to acknowledge Ramos at all.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Remember me?” ? pic.twitter.com/U4ZVhZ7PAW— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 30, 2018Ramos made sure that Salah was not out of his sight throughout the entire evening.Ramos: “How’s the arm?”Salah: “I don’t want to talk about it…” pic.twitter.com/2hlb9JQ4fl— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) August 30, 2018