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Barton backs Austin for England call-up

first_imgJoey Barton insists his QPR team-mate Charlie Austin would be a better choice for England than Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert.Lambert, 32, was included in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia despite having not scored since moving to Anfield in the summer – and having only started one game this season.Austin, 25, has scored six goals this term and England boss Roy Hodgson saw him in action at Loftus Road against Manchester City on Saturday.AdChoices广告 QPR v Man City player ratings“He could have had four or five goals – every time, he’s hit the target,” Barton added.“I’m delighted. I’ve got him in my fantasy football team. I’ve been on at him in recent weeks because he wasn’t getting me a load of points, but he’s started to weigh in recently.“My mates are all on WhatsApp in a group together and before the Villa game were giving a lot of stick, saying ‘Come on, it’s time he scored’ and they took him out of their teams.“But I kept faith with him and he’s produced. He’s a natural goalscorer. Whatever level he does it at, it doesn’t faze him.“He’s scored goals all the way from Poole Town to the Premier League and he looks a real threat in the box.“It’s no coincidence he gets that many chances, because his movement’s so good. We’re very fortunate to have him.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook “He’s a natural goalscorer. Whatever level he does it at, it doesn’t faze him.”Barton on AustinBarton, a lifelong Everton fan, previously questioned Liverpool’s decision to sign Lambert from Southampton.And the R’s midfielder believes Lambert does not deserve to be selected ahead of Austin.“He [Austin] has been playing really well of late,” said Barton.“It sounds like I’m going to slate Rickie Lambert again, but I’m not.“I just think that if you’re not playing for Liverpool, who can’t hit a cow’s a*** with a banjo at the minute in terms of their frontline, and you can’t get a game for them, how do you get in the England squad?”Austin was playing for non-League Poole Town just over five years ago, and after prolific spells at Swindon and then Burnley he scored 19 Championship goals for Rangers last season.And the former bricklayer has already made an impact in the top flight.Austin’s first-half strike against City was his fourth goal in three games and came after he had two goals disallowed. See also:Rangers assess yet another Sandro injuryRangers boss Redknapp hails HenryFerdinand backs Austin for England call-upRobinson has England potential – Powelllast_img read more

MSU adds to strong 2016 class with Tillman

first_imgCaleb Tillman didn’t see the point in waiting.So, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder sat down with his parents and football coach at Northview (Ala.) High School Wednesday night to talk through his desire to commit to Mississippi State.“The decision wasn’t really about football,” Northview coach LeBrian Stewart said. “Not at all. We told him to take away football – pretend you got injured or were just looking to go to school like a normal student.“Would Mississippi State still be the place you want to go?”Yes, Tillman said.Tillman, who’s unranked by most recruiting websites, gives MSU eight commitments – including three four-stars – in the 2016 class. He’s also the class’ second defensive tackle, joining Louisiana-native Briston Guidry.Tillman committed to Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Kentucky and Alabama State. Alabama and Auburn are expressing interest. And Stewart believes those offers and more are on the way. He calls Tillman’s upside “endless.” He’s long, fast, strong and athletic with a frame to add more weight.But Stewart also doubts those offers will matter. “He just wanted to get the process over with. He’s really solid,” Stewart said. “He doesn’t want to waste time of other schools. This is what he wanted, so he did it. And it’s easy to see why he wanted to.” Stewart rattles off a long and winding list of reasons why Tillman felt MSU was the place for him. To start, the Bulldogs were the first to offer. Tillman, who will visit Starkville this Saturday, also calls his relationship with Mississippi State’s coaching staff as “excellent.” “And most importantly,” Stewart said, “His mom loves Dan Mullen. She’s huge Dan Mullen fan. It was really love at first sight for everyone.” Tillman, who’s cousins with former NFL safety and Alabama All-American Kevin Jackson, is a versatile defensive lineman. Stewart says he can play nearly every position along the line – he’s strong enough to play inside, fast enough to bounce outside. “Time will really tell where he ends up,” Stewart said. “If he keep growing at this pace, I think Mississippi State is getting one of the best defensive lineman in the country. He’s a hard worker and a good kid.”last_img read more

Grief in Tottenham. Serge Orie’s brother was shot

first_imgThe mood in Tottenham was darkened shortly after the victory over Arsenal, after the brother of defender Serge Orie, was killed early this morning, French media reported.Christophe Orie, 26, was fatally shot several times in the abdomen in front of a nightclub in Toulouse and could not be saved, as his death was confirmed in hospital. The killer is wanted after leaving the crime scene. The tragic incident happened around 5 am, just hours after Serge helped the Spurs beat Arsenal 2-1 in the big derby of North London.“The club sadly confirms that Serge Orie’s brother died early this morning. We all at Tottenham send our sincerest condolences to Serge and his family, “Tottenham wrote on Twitter.Christophe Orie is also a footballer, but at a lower level, defending the colors of the five-division Toulouse Rodeo. In 2011, he was rehearsed in Brentford, but was not approved.last_img read more

Dončičs: When the whole team ran on top of me, it…

first_imgThe 21-year-old Slovenian with a long shot overtime in the last second, snatched the Mavericks victory with 135: 133, thus achieving 2-2 in the series up to four victories.Dončičs scored a total of 43 points, collected 17 rebounds and 13 assists.Charles Barley and Oscar Robertson also stood out in the elimination tournament with “triple-double” and 43 points, while Russell Westbrook had 51 points and three double-digit numbers in the statistics.Only Barcley (1993) and Robertson (1963) have enabled at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and ten assists in a “triple-double” without Dončič.“When the ball came into the basket and I saw that the whole team was running on top of me at that time, it was something special. One of the best feelings I have ever experienced as a basketball player,” Dončič told the North American media after the match.“I didn’t feel very good in the morning, but as soon as I left the field I realized that I could play.”In the previous game, Dončič injured his left ankle and there was some concern about his participation in the third match of the series.“I was very helped by the teammates. The doctors, the people whose names you have not heard, have done an incredible job. They were with me all day and you saw the result yourself,” Dončičs said.This game was released by another “Mavericks” leader Kristaps Porziņģis due to knee pain in the right leg. It is not yet new whether he will be able to help in the fifth match of the series.“Luka is a great player and a great shot from his favorite position,” said Clippers star Kavai Lenard.“All due respect to the Mavericks” team. It plays very well – worked great at both ends of the field. Dončič plays phenomenally. You can’t miss it. However, if I had done better with the shots, the series would have turned out differently, “said Paul George, a player for the Los Angeles team.The fifth game in the series “Orlando in the bubble” will take place on Tuesday.NBA teams played eight matches before the playoffs to determine the final place distribution before the playoffs began. The Mavericks finished seventh in the Western Conference, while the Clippers finished second.last_img read more

Cavs say they have blueprint to defeat Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, (Reuters) – Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has said their 124-114 deferat by the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the NBA Finals on Thursday was painful but provided valuable insights into how to dethrone the defending champions. The Cavs led with less than a minute left in regulation and but for an overturned foul call on Warriors’ Kevin Durant and a miscue by Cavs guard J.R. Smith at the end of the fourth quarter, the game could easily have had a different result.The underdog Cavs used their length to out-rebound the Warriors and were able to slow down the tempo of the game, allowing LeBron James to score 51 points by isolating hapless Warriors defenders and setting the table for a near upset.“It was a tough game for us. We played well enough to win but we didn’t,” Lue told reporters on a call yesterday. “Our guys’ confidence is not shaken. We see what we need to do and how we need to perform to win. So we have the blueprint, now we just need to execute at a higher level.” Cavs guard George Hill said they feel as confident as ever and are eager to avenge the loss when the teams meet for Game Two in Oakland on Sunday.“Everyone in this locker room felt we gave this one away and we missed the opportunity,” he told reporters.“We have a game on Sunday to make up for it and do the best we can to get back on the right track.” To even the series the Cavs will need James to carry over his spectacular play from Thursday, which included eight rebounds and eight assists along with his monster scoring performance.“He did everything he could to will our team to win,” Lue said. “He showed his team on the biggest stage how you have to play to beat this team and he did a great job of that.”Asked if James could play any better than he did on Thursday, Lue laughed. “I hope so,” he said. “I know it’s asking a lot but we need him to lead by example, being aggressive and attacking the basket.”“He did that last night and he’s got to keep it up.”last_img read more

Broad gets batting inspiration from Warne

first_img(Reuters) – Stuart Broad’s experiment to adopt Australian great Shane Warne’s stance at the crease paid off yesterday as he smashed a quickfire half century for England on the second day of the final test against West Indies. Peter Moores, his former England coach and current mentor at Nottinghamshire, suggested a technical tweak to his game when he was up against fast bowlers and that new approach was in full display at Old Trafford.Broad scored the joint third fastest test 50 for England off just 33 balls as he helped England to fight back after West Indies had gained the early momentum by grabbing four wickets in the first hour.The 34-year-old was eventually dismissed for 62 after helping England to a first innings total of 369. Ian Botham is the only England player to have scored quicker test 50s — having done so off 28 and 31 balls. Broad matched the feats of Allan Lamb and Andrew Flintoff.“They were quite important runs. It was about changing the momentum of the innings. West Indies bowled beautifully this morning and I think if I had gone out there and tried to play regulation I think there was a ball with my name on it,” Broad told a news conference.“I tried to up the momentum, hit the bowlers off a length and try and take Kemar (Roach) and Shannon (Gabriel) away from what they’d done so well in the first 40 minutes. “Tactically it was the right thing to do and something I’ve worked on with Peter Moores at Nottinghamshire. He brought me the example of Shane Warne who didn’t look particularly pretty at times but hit balls in different areas and was really effective, especially in the 2005 Ashes.”Leg spinner Warne was one of cricket’s greatest bowlers, but he was often a major irritant to opponents with the bat as he notched up 12 test 50s.Broad said the idea was to stay leg side to eliminate the possibility of being trapped lbw and then back his ability to hit the straight ball. “There was a little bit of thought process in the madness, but I did enjoy myself out there,” he said.Broad also contributed with the ball on Saturday to put England in a strong position with the tourists 137-6 when bad light stopped play, trailing by 232 runs.“We’ve given ourselves a great opportunity. Our number one aim tomorrow has to be to try and bowl them out so that we have the option of a follow-on,” Broad added.last_img read more

Razor Chassis returns for seventh season as IMCA South Central Region title sponsor

first_imgDrivers in the region are required to display two Razor decals on their race car to be eligi­ble for point fund shares. The 2020 season is also the seventh of IMCA sponsorship for the Platte Center, Neb., builder and high performance parts retailer. Razor Chassis again provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 South Cen­tral Region competitors.  PLATTE CENTER, Neb. – The chassis builder that helps build champions continues its title sponsorship of IMCA’s South Central Region for Modifieds for a seventh consecutive season.  Tom Berry Jr. won the North Central Region title in 2019 aboard a Razor.  The regional champion earns $2,500. The runner-up gets $1,250 with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th. The South Central Region includes tracks in Texas and southern New Mexico.  “Razor Chassis builds not only a quality race car for IMCA competitors but a very competitive one as well,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “Some of the best IMCA drivers in the country have driven one to regional and national championships in recent years and their support means a great deal.” Information about Razor-built chassis is available by calling 402 246-2021, at the website and on Facebook.last_img read more

Suspect in Custody After Hostage Situation at Alabama Credit Union

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — A suspect is in custody after a hostage situation at a credit union in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, officials told local media.No one was injured in the incident inside the One Credit Union, according to Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson.Police Chief Steve Anderson said that the incident began as a bank robbery.According to Anderson, police responded so quickly to the call that the suspect was still in the credit union by the time police arrived. The suspect then started taking hostages, he added.Police stormed the bank, bringing the incident to an end, Anderson said.The suspect’s connection to the bank is not immediately clear, police said.The credit union is located across the street from the University of Alabama’s law school. The University of Alabama issued a campus alert when the hostage situation was reported, urging people to avoid the area.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Report: Prince was set to meet addiction doctor before death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS | Prince’s representatives arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death, according to a newspaper report published Wednesday.Prince’s representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20, the day before the musician died, to seek emergency help, attorney William Mauzy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune ( ).FILE – In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In a newspaper report published Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Prince had arranged to meet a California doctor to try to kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Mauzy, who is representing the Kornfeld family, said Kornfeld couldn’t immediately meet Prince, so he sent his son Andrew on a flight from San Francisco that night to discuss treatment in a meeting planned for the next day. Mauzy said it was Andrew Kornfeld — who works in his father’s practice — who called 911 when Prince’s unresponsive body was found in an elevator at Paisley Park, Prince’s suburban Minneapolis compound.Mauzy and Howard Kornfeld haven’t responded to messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday morning.A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation has told AP that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk about the investigation. The same official also said investigators are looking at whether Prince had suffered an overdose when his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, less than a week before he died.Kornfeld runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California. His website describes the practice as “specializing in innovative, evidence-based medical treatment for chronic pain and drug and alcohol addiction.” His son Andrew is listed on the website as a practice consultant.Mauzy told the newspaper that Prince representatives called Kornfeld the night of April 20 because Prince “was dealing with a grave medical emergency.”Howard Kornfeld sent his son to explain how the confidential treatment would work, Mauzy said.“The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan,” Mauzy said. “The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission.”Mauzy said Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park at 9:30 a.m. on April 21 and was one of three people who found Prince’s body. Mauzy said it was Kornfeld who called 911. A record of the 911 call shows the caller didn’t know the address of the compound and mistakenly said it was in Minneapolis, rather than in the suburb of Chanhassen.Authorities haven’t released a cause of death. An autopsy was done the day after Prince’s death but results, including toxicology results, weren’t expected for as many as four weeks.Mauzy said Andrew Kornfeld had been interviewed by Carver County investigators. Deputy Sheriff Jason Kamerud didn’t immediately respond to an email message before business hours Wednesday.last_img read more

Stingrays raise the bar

first_imgTAC CUP – ROUND 8 SHOOTING the Jets out of the sky, Dandenong Stingrays had the game on their terms…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img