QPR are being demolished at Old Trafford, where goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have put Manchester United in total control.Rangers threw in the towel after Di Maria’s 24th-minute free-kick – his first goal for United.Following a needless foul by Clint Hill, the Argentine whipped a great delivery in from the right flank that flashed past everyone, including Rob Green, and into the far corner of the net.Di Maria was also involved in United’s second, carrying the ball 50 yards before finding Rooney.The England captain’s shot was blocked but Herrera pounced on the loose ball and belted home from near the edge of the penalty area.Rooney fired past Green at his near post a minute before the break, taking full advantage after Steven Caulker was far too slow to challenge him.And more diabolical defending led to Mata making it four on 58 minutes, the former Chelsea man finishing easily after being left totally unmarked to collect Di Maria’s scuffed shot.QPR, thrashed 4-0 at Tottenham in their last away league match, had got men behind the ball and managed to keep United at bay in the opening 20 minutes.Rio Ferdinand, playing against the club he spent 12 years with, was given a rousing reception by the home fans and was presented with a special trinket by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton just before kick-off.But Ferdinand and the rest of the visiting defence were soon under pressure as United, full of optimism after a number of eye-catching signings, made a predictably high-tempo start to the game.Rangers, without injured midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, and with Sandro making his debut, have barely threatened.However, after going behind they were gifted a chance to equalise out of nothing.David de Gea’s misjudgement left the United keeper in no man’s land, but Matt Phillips’ tame effort was easily cleared by Jonny Evans.Armand Traore, on as a half-time substitute, burst forward from left-back early in the second half and set up Niko Kranjcar.The Croatian, making his first appearance since returning to Rangers on loan, saw his effort saved by the legs of De Gea – a rare opening for Harry Redknapp’s side before United scored again. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore 45); Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin (Vargas 59).Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Hull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen insists he’s not pushing to leave this month.Bowen has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.The Hull star, who has bagged 13 goals this season, was named Championship Player of the Month for December.“There is always going to be interest in every single player when you play well, but I’ve got agents that represent me that take care of that and they didn’t say anything to me,” Bowen said on Sky Sports.“It is nice to see your name linked to some teams, but I am a Hull City player and as far as I’m aware it is just rumours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Reece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every positionby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James’ father has revealed the Chelsea starlet has played in every position during his young career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season.”Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea,” his father said to Alex Goldberg. “If Reece was a central midfielder, he’d play centre-back for me. When he was young and playing at centre-forward, he’d play left-back for me, he’d play right-back for me.”Reece has actually played every single position on the pitch.”I never used to believe in putting numbers on the back of shirts. If you give someone the number 9, he automatically thinks ‘I’m a centre-forward’, but if you just put them out there and say ‘you’re going to play here, you’re going to play there and the next ten minutes you’re going to play there and you’re going to play there’, they all know ‘I might have to play in defence’ but there’s no numbers to confuse them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State guard Kam Williams is refuting a report from CBS Sports that said he was returning to Columbus for his redshirt senior season. In a tweet early Monday afternoon, Williams said “I have not withdrawn anything,” a clear response to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, who reported Monday morning that OSU coach Thad Matta told him Williams planned to withdraw from the 2017 NBA draft. A team spokesman was unable to confirm CBS Sports’ report at this time. Williams’ name had previously been on the list of early entrants for the 2017 NBA draft, which was released early last week. Since Williams has not hired an agent, he is able to return to school after receiving feedback from teams about his draft prospects. Williams, who averaged a career-high 9.4 points per game last year on a career-low 39 percent shooting, is unlikely to be drafted if he turns professional. He has not received an invite to the NBA combine. If Williams’ does return to school, it would provide a boost for Matta and the Buckeyes, who struggled last season. They finished 17-15 and missed both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. OSU lost redshirt junior forward Trevor Thompson to the NBA draft, as well as senior forward Marc Loving to graduation. A 6-foot-2 guard known for his ability to catch fire offensively, Williams would provide the team with an experienced player and a scoring threat. Consistency on both ends of the court has been one area during his career where he has struggled. Williams, who typically came off the bench during his first two seasons, started 29 games in the 2016-17, mostly in place for the injured Keita Bates-Diop. The public rebuttal from Williams calls to mind a saga which took place earlier in the offseason between Oregon forward Jordan Bell and Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. Charania reported that Bell intended to enter the NBA draft, but Bell — much like Williams — took to Twitter to say he had yet to make a decision and that Charania’s report was “#fakenews.”One day later, on April 18, Bell officially declared for the draft. Ohio State’s Kam Williams will return to school for his senior season, per Thad Matta. Entered 2017 NBA Draft process without an agent.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 1, 2017https://twitter.com/kd__will/status/859063806307303425Editor’s Note: The original article posted said Williams had withdrawn from the NBA draft. The updated article includes Williams’ refuting comments.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis insists new Leeds Unites manager, Marcelo Bielsa has what it takes to lead the club to a very successful Championship campaign.The Whites are currently on top of the table in the Sky Bet Championship, level on points with Pulis’ Boro but ahead on goal difference and both teams come up against each other this Friday.Pulis, who is vastly experienced himself, insists that the Peacocks are lucky to have a man of Bielsa’s stature at the helm.Heaping further praise on the Argentine manager, the former West Brom manager said that his counterpart is a top manager and knows all about the game. Pulis also thinks that Bielsa is the right fit for Leeds.“He is a top, top manager. He’s a top coach who knows the game, he’s very experienced, he knows what the game is all about”, Pulis said at a press conference, according to InsideFutbol.Opinion: Lampard can reach Zidane and Guardiola’s level Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 5, 2019 We will tell you why we believe that Frank Lampard can reach Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola’s level of success as a professional manager.Recently…“He’s been at some big clubs and he has the experience to handle the situation there.”“And that’s what Leeds need, they need someone with the experience to ride the enthusiasm and potential there.”Middlesbrough beat Rochdale in the EFL Cup in midweek, while the Whites lost their match against Preston North End on Tuesday.
State transportation officials say the crew of the Columbia spotted the smoke in the bow thruster room after the vessel docked Friday in Bellingham, Washington. Crew members did not see flames. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state ferry was evacuated after crew members saw black smoke in a room. The ferry website says it’s designed to carry 499 passengers and has vehicle capacity of 2,660 feet (811 meters), equal to about 133 20-foot (6.1-meter) vehicles. The crew deployed a carbon dioxide firefighting system. They said passengers would be notified if the Columbia’s schedule would have to be modified. The Columbia at 418 feet (127 meters) long is the largest vessel in the Alaska ferry fleet. Ferry officials say no one was injured and all passengers were accounted for.
Tags Originally published Aug. 2. Updated Aug. 9 to note possible Indonesian investment. Share your voice After combining his playing days with a successful accounting career, Palios had been CEO of the Football Association. A specialist in turning around failing businesses, he and his wife Nicola now tackled Tranmere’s turmoil.Palios began a three-step process he’d applied to many dying companies: Find cash for breathing space. Use that breathing space to fix the business. And finally, bring in new investment.Most important, the club had to break the cycle of lurching from savior to savior. Palios compares football clubs to gamblers gifted more chips who continue betting on the same old numbers. To really fix the ailing business, Mark and Nicola had to make new bets.Tranmere chairman Mark Palios and vice chair Nicola Palios took charge in 2014. Adam Davy/PA Images Osterman outBack in 1985, Palios quit Tranmere and distanced himself from the boardroom shenanigans to avoid a conflict of interest. Ultimately the directors exploited new insolvency legislation to get rid of Osterman, Bracewell and Worthington, earning Tranmere another dubious distinction as the first football club to go into administration under the new laws.In 1987, a new buyer offered less than Osterman paid for the club. Luckily for the American, a strengthened pound took the sting out of the loss.A new owner and manager took over, but Tranmere’s troubles weren’t over. They had to beat Exeter City on the last day of the season or be disastrously dumped out of the professional league.Kick-off was delayed as 7,000 fans crammed into one of Prenton Park’s signature Friday night matches on May 8, 1987. Mark Palios was there, although in another bizarre twist he could have been on the field — for either side. Exeter previously tried to sign him, while injury-plagued Tranmere desperately searched for Palios to ask about rejoining for the crucial match. “We didn’t have mobile phones in those days,” Palios jokes. “[Tranmere] should have asked the administrators — they knew where I was…” As the sky darkened above the floodlights neither side could break the deadlock — until six minutes from time, when Ian Muir’s pinpoint cross was headed home by defender Gary Williams. At the final whistle, the delirious crowd poured onto the pitch. After this fairytale escape, new manager John King — another former Tranmere player, who coined the “deadly submarine” nickname — kicked off a resurgence in the 1990s. The team went to multiple finals at Wembley, rising through the divisions and almost surfacing alongside Liverpool and Everton in the Premier League.Ian Muir (right), signed by Frank Worthington and still Tranmere’s top scorer, celebrates the first of Tranmere’s many trips to the hallowed Wembley Stadium in the 1990s. Neal Simpson/EMPICS Bouncing backSadly the golden era didn’t last, and in 2015 a run-down Tranmere sank out of the professional league entirely. Under different leadership that could have destroyed the club, but Mark and Nicola Palios had a plan to stay afloat. They developed new revenue streams which didn’t rely on a benefactor’s deep pockets, earned money from the stadium not just on matchdays, and built on the club’s standing in the community with training schemes for vulnerable youth. “The business model I’ve tried to produce is football-agnostic,” Palios explains. “So if I go, the business stays.”The club is into phase three of the Palios plan: tempting investors. Palios contemplates leveraging the local area’s rich footballing heritage for projects such as a hotel, and perhaps even a plan that backfired for Osterman: leaving Prenton Park. Palios has his eye on building a new stadium at the £4.5 billion Wirral Waters dockland regeneration scheme, one of the largest development projects in Europe.Tranmere returned to Wembley in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019, when Connor Jennings scored another last-gasp goal to secure Tranmere a second successive promotion. Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images Palios notes these long-term plans are “embryonic” and depend on factors like promotion to higher leagues, millions added to the bottom line, and major investors.”It’s a way off,” Palios says of his potential vision for the future, “but if somebody comes in with serious money, you have to have a business plan. And the one thing I won’t do is limit ambition.”To bring things full circle in terms of foreign backers, the Palios’ have shared photos of themselves courting international investment since this interview. This time Tranmere’s seeking funding from soccer-mad Indonesian businessman Simon Nainggolan, also known as Simon N.The chaos at Bury and Bolton Wanderers shows how precarious the football business remains, despite TV money and global investment. At Tranmere, smart commercial decisions and dedicated supporters kept the club alive. To fans’ delight, under manager Micky Mellon — yet another former player — the team won promotion in 2018 and again in 2019. Despite losing some key names over the summer, Tranmere kick off the new season in League One, English football’s third tier.Enlarge ImageDevoted Tranmere Rovers fans celebrate. Steven Paston/EMPICS Bruce Osterman still practices law, although he stopped playing soccer at 60. “If I had to do it all again I would,” he says of his experience with Tranmere. “No foreigner had ever done this before, and I met a lot of great people. It was an adventure for me.”For today’s US-based investment consortiums, owning a sports team is all about profit. For Bruce Osterman, it was an adventure.For Mark Palios, sport offers a unique combination of both business and passion. When fans tell him they’re proud of the club, he says, “that’s the reward.” Related links Premier League fixtures and schedule 2019-20 Changing the game as a professional female footballer What’s next for women’s football? 7 Alex Livesey/Getty Images Among the super-rich, a high-profile sports team is a must-have accessory. Lucrative English soccer clubs are a prime target for Russian oligarchs, Qatari princes and American entertainment empires. But when the first foreign owner to ever buy an English team arrived 35 years ago, he brought more than his wallet. He brought his boots.Today, 15 of the 20 clubs in the English Premier League, which kicked off a new season August, are the property of megarich backers from the US, Asia and the Middle East. Legendary clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, family-owned for generations, are now just another asset in portfolios of NFL, NBA and even esports franchises.This international spending spree started when Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea FC in 2003, but the largely forgotten first step toward today’s globalized era occurred way back in 1984. Football clubs were traditionally owned by local businessmen until California lawyer Bruce Osterman bought Tranmere Rovers, a proud but impoverished team in the unemployment-lashed north of England. “The game as a whole was at its nadir,” remembers Mark Palios, who played for Tranmere in those dark days of the 1980s. “Gates were low, there was hooliganism, there was a complete lack of investment. It was a sick industry.”What followed is more than a quirky footnote in sporting history — it’s a story of conflict between passion and business that any fan of any team in any country will recognize. Palios played an unexpected secret role in the ensuing drama — only to face a horribly familiar crisis threatening the club three decades later.Mark Palios played for Tranmere in the 1970s and 1980s, taking an unexpected role in the drama behind the scenes — before returning to the club 30 years later. Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images We all live in a deadly submarineFormer Tranmere player Ken Bracewell was coaching a professional team in San Francisco in the early 1980s when he was approached by attorney and keen amateur goalkeeper Bruce Osterman. The glamour had faded from The National American Soccer League’s heyday, and to Bracewell’s surprise, Osterman wanted more than a chat about soccer teams — he wanted to buy one.”I was young and it seemed like a good idea,” Osterman, now 77, says in his unhurried California drawl over the phone from his home near San Francisco. “I had some extra money as I’d done well in my law practice,” he remembers, “and Tranmere was in real trouble so it was a number to purchase the team that I could afford.”Tranmere chairman Bruce Osterman filmed at Prenton Park for a TV documentary. Northern Echoes Tranmere’s stadium Prenton Park is only a short ferry ride from footballing titans Liverpool and Everton, but in 1984 it might as well have been on a different planet. Clinging to professional status at the wrong end of the English leagues, with no money and plummeting attendances, Tranmere had special permission to hold matches on Friday evenings instead of Saturday afternoons so locals wouldn’t disappear to watch the team’s more glamorous neighbors.”Tranmere will never compete with Liverpool and Everton,” one of the club’s managers later said. “They’re big liners like the Queen Mary, but I see Tranmere as a deadly submarine.”In 1984 Tranmere was about to emulate a submarine in the worst possible way: by going under.Osterman took advantage of the strife and a disastrously weak pound to buy the club, installing Ken Bracewell in charge. “I relied on Kenny for the day-to-day things,” Osterman recalls, “because frankly what the hell did I know?”Bruce Osterman (crouching third from left, wearing glasses), lines up with a team of sports journalists playing a friendly at Prenton Park in August 1986. Eagle-eyed fans might recognise the chap on the far left: popular TV and radio pundit Ray Stubbs, who previously worked at Tranmere. Mirrorpix/Getty Images Today’s game is full of players, managers and owners from other countries. In the 1980s it was more insular, as English clubs were banned from European competition throughout the second half of the 1980s, foreign players like Tottenham’s Argentine duo Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were still a novelty, and there wouldn’t be a foreign manager until Dr Jozef Venglos left Czechoslovakia for Aston Villa in 1990.Bruce Osterman showed up at Tranmere for a few weeks a few times a year. There was occasionally a language barrier with the distinctive Merseyside accent. “I used to go to sportsman’s dinners for people who had shares in the club, and I was usually the brunt of the after-dinner comedian,” Osterman remembers. “I know he was speaking English but I couldn’t understand a word!” Osterman’s family came too, although his wife found herself excluded from men-only areas such as the boardroom and team coach. “She tolerated my doing this, but it wasn’t a pleasant time for her,” Osterman admits.Journalists were delighted by the sight of the bespectacled 43-year-old chairman diving around in the training field mud, while players mischievously blasted balls at him. This was all highly unusual, but still — Tranmere were saved.To be FrankIn the days before television revenue, a lesser club’s main income was ticket sales. Larger-than-life characters attracted paying fans through the turnstiles, so Osterman appointed Frank Worthington as the team’s player-manager.Larger-than-life character Frank Worthington playing for England. Peter Robinson/EMPICS Worthington had two decades of experience on the field, but he’d never managed a team. The mulleted Elvis fan was certainly an entertainer, a prodigious goalscorer and even more prodigious playboy. His autobiography, suggestively titled “One Hump Or Two,” lists more nightclubs than football clubs. Worthington jokes that when he took charge at Tranmere the players thought they’d be in trouble if they got home before 2 a.m.The dashing player-manager bagged three goals in a 6-2 victory his first time in front of the Prenton Park faithful, and he ended up scoring 20 that season. He also made shrewd use of Osterman’s limited budget — one of Worthington’s acquisitions, Ian Muir, remains the club’s all-time top goalscorer. But defence was poor and Tranmere couldn’t afford new blood.”We didn’t have the players or the money,” Osterman admits. “I had no idea of the difficulty of handling a team even in the fourth division.”One player understood the economics of Osterman’s situation more than most. Tenacious midfielder Mark Palios was a local lad in his second stint at Tranmere when Osterman arrived. And unlike most footballers, who typically spend their time between matches wasting money, Palios worked a unique parallel career managing money as an accountant.Mark Palios playing for Tranmere the night they beat Arsenal in 1973. PA Images Archive One of Tranmere’s directors walked into Palios’ office looking for advice on pushing Osterman out. The surprised player found himself offering advice on the club’s financial future mere hours before pulling on the shirt and running onto the Prenton Park pitch.Tranmere’s cash flow crisis came to a head when the well-intentioned but overstretched Osterman tried to sell Prenton Park to make way for a supermarket. Fans, directors and local authorities turned against him.The American dream had soured.History repeatingThirty years later, in 2015, history repeated for Tranmere Rovers — and for Mark Palios. The club was again in dire straits on and off the field. And just like in the 1980s, a new owner stepped in. But this time, it was Palios buying the club. Sports Comments
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s whirlwind romance is the talk of the town. The happy couple is too much in love and cannot stop gushing about each other. In fact, they actually look for opportunities when they can speak about how the other one in the relationship is a blessing. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, the newly engaged couple stated how they complete each other.During the interview, JLo stated, “I’ve been in the public eye, I’ve navigated the media in a certain way, I’m creative and artistic and have all these skill sets. He’s a business-minded guy who knows math and numbers and money and equity and all that stuff—like, EBITDA, right? What I was missing, he kind of had. And what he was missing, I had.” Recalling how it was when they first met, Lopez said, “You could have smiled, once,” and soon added, “You’re silly, you’re funny; I know that now.” Alex Rodriguez for Sports Illustrated magazineInstagramA-Rod also divulged how he is mighty impressed with his fiancée as he said, “She knows how to communicate to the masses in ways I never will. She has this platform that’s just ginormous, like 200 million on social, over 75% of them millennials. She just sees it. She helps me out all the time when I’m trying to land a point on something. She’s just a wordsmith.” Funny how fate brought them together. An old video recently surfaced on social media from 1998 where the former MLB player actually admitted to considering a date with Jennifer Lopez to be his “dream date”. Jennifer Lopez and Alex RodriguezInstagramCupid certainly did his job very well! The couple got engaged in March 2019. In the same interview, the On the Floor singer did mention how there was weird electricity with Alex Rodriguez when they met for the first time in 2005. “We shook hands, and it was this weird electricity for, like, three seconds,” Lopez told the magazine. “Three to five seconds of looking at somebody right in their eyes, and getting stuck.” Not only them but even their children from previous relationships and marriage get along very well. We wonder when they will tie the knot and whether it will be in this year.
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The verdict is in for four of Houston ISD’s struggling schools, and they’ve all met the state’s standards. That means the district avoids the risk of some big state sanctions. We have the latest on the state’s findings and what they mean for HISD.Then we examine another grade for our region — this time the health of Galveston Bay — as we delve into the Galveston Bay Foundation’s first report card since Harvey.Also this hour: From Pres. Trump’s ongoing feud with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, to results from the latest primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, we look back at how Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 affected Greater Houston in the fifth installment of Houston Public Media’s new podcast Hurricane Season.And the movie Crazy Rich Asians is out in theaters today. The film is based on the bestselling book by author Kevin Kwan, who grew up in Clear Lake. He tells us what inspired him to write about the lives of China’s uber rich.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /50:32 Listen