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Rio lauded despite defeat

first_img James Chester’s second-half header was enough to earn the Tigers all three points at Loftus Road as QPR striker Charlie Austin saw an 84th-minute penalty saved by Allan McGregor. Ferdinand was marking Chester as the Hull defender nodded home the winner but Redknapp had nothing but praise for his former Manchester United centre-half. Harry Redknapp hailed the display of QPR defender Rio Ferdinand despite his side losing 1-0 to Hull on the opening day of the season. “Rio was excellent,” Redknapp said of his highest-profile summer signing. “I thought it was an absolute master-class in how to play at the back. “He looked so comfortable, his touch, his passing, his reading of the game – he’s a fantastic footballer.” QPR enjoyed the better of the chances in the game, particularly in the first period, but a lack of cutting edge in the final third cost them dear. The hosts could have rescued a point six minutes from time when Chester was adjudged to have handled Justin Hoilett’s cross but McGregor palmed Austin’s spot-kick to safety. “Some days it just doesn’t go your way,” Redknapp said. “You get a penalty late on and I think if we’d scored the penalty we had time to win the game, the momentum was with us. “Some days you get the breaks and some days you don’t. “I thought in the first half we played well – we had good control, a good shape to the team, we passed it well and created some good chances so it was encouraging.” QPR’s greatest threat came from Loic Remy, who caused Hull problems with his pace and movement. Remy came close to joining Liverpool earlier in the summer but failed a medical and Redknapp hopes the Frenchman now remains at the club beyond the transfer window. “One or two clubs have enquired since Liverpool but they weren’t clubs he’d want to leave QPR to go to I don’t think,” Redknapp said. “Liverpool was a big move for him obviously with the Champions League and everything else so I think it’d have to be a Champions League-potential club for him to move.” Redknapp continued: “I hope he’ll be here with us. We need to know pretty soon, I wouldn’t want him to leave at the end of the window because that’s going to be a big problem for us. “If he’s going to stay we need to get a commitment he’s going to stay with us – I’d like him to stay, his attitude has been first class.” Hull boss Steve Bruce was disappointed with Craig Pawson’s decision to award QPR a penalty late on and believes the rule regarding handball needs to be clarified. “The referees have got to get together and realise they’re making a mockery of it – it’s supposed to be deliberate,” Bruce said. “Chester has got his hand by his side, the ball is a yard away and probably travelling at 50 miles per hour – what’s he supposed to do? “We need to stop all this nonsense and have a bit of common sense.” Robert Snodgrass, who joined Hull from Norwich earlier this summer, endured a disappointing debut as he was replaced before half-time with a knee injury. “Snodgrass is a concern,” Bruce said. “He’s twisted his knee. He’s in a brace and crutches at the moment – touch wood he’s not too bad. “We fear ligament damage and if it is, it’ll obviously be a long time but hopefully it’s not.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Head coach credits Desbiens’ stellar goaltending in exceptional season

first_imgJunior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens put together a historic season in front of the net for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Her performance was so impressive that head coach Mark Johnson attributed much of the team’s success this season to her efforts.“[Desbiens] has been consistent,” Johnson said. “She’s gotten better over the course of the season … I think she made another step after our Christmas break … as I looked at [the numbers] Saturday night, they’re a little mind boggling because as a coach you don’t think about individual players, a goaltender doing that.”This past weekend, Desbiens continued her dominance as Wisconsin swept Minnesota State in the first round of the 2016 WCHA playoffs and the Badgers advanced to the Final Face-Off. The goaltender shut out the Mavericks during both games, 4-0 Friday and 6-0 Saturday.Women’s hockey: Badgers rebound in postseason debut, advance to WCHA semifinalsThere was an aura of both great pride and confidence Saturday evening as the Grateful Red locked shoulders with one Read…“We’ve played 36 games and over half of them have been shutouts,” Johnson said. “That’s probably an unrealistic number if you’re sitting here in September looking at what you might want to do over the course of the season.”Desbiens allowed just 26 goals over the course of the 34-game regular season and allowed on average less than a goal per game.From Oct. 10 to Nov. 13 the Badgers rode her nine-game shutout streak to equally as many wins, while the team outscored its opponents 42-0 during the same span.Minnesota-Duluth, who Wisconsin will face in the second round of the tournament, snapped that shutout streak on Nov. 14. The two programs will meet for the fifth time this season Saturday, with the chance to advance to the championship game on the line.Johnson believes Duluth will be confident offensively after the team’s 5-1 stomping Friday and a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday over Bemidji State.“From their standpoint they have to be confident coming out of this past weekend, and their top line is probably as good as any line in the league,” Johnson said. “Offensively they can create some problems. They can score some goals. It makes their power play effective, so our standpoint is preparing similar to what we did against Mankato.”But with Desbiens in the net, Johnson is optimistic about the team’s chances.“In our business, a goaltender can win you a game,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – The Puente Hills Native Habitat Authority is offering free nature hikes for parents and their young children. Tyke Hikes lets children 18 months to 3 years old a chance to explore nature trails while learning to recognize shapes found in nature through stories, songs and hands-on learning. The next Tyke Hikes event is March 8 at the Hacienda Hills Trailhead. Pre-registration is required. Call (562) 945-9003 to register. Baseball team recruiting players WHITTIER – The Whittier Knights youth baseball travel team is looking for baseball players 13 years or younger from Whittier or La Mirada. League games are held on Sundays, with scheduled tournaments throughout the year. Players born between May 1, 1992, and July 31, 1993, are eligible. For a tryout, call Ernie Ybarra at (562) 544-5269 or Joe Montero at (714) 743-5688. Hospital to host nutrition workshop MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital is offering a free workshop for seniors on how to choose foods that are healthy and nutritious from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd. Reservations are required; for more information, call (323) 725-4333. Learn to live with arthritis LA MIRADA – The Arthritis Foundation will discuss how arthritis affects people differently at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Topics to be discussed include common forms of arthritis, pain management through exercise, joint protection and simple modifications to everyday activities. To register or for more information, call (562) 902-3160. Lecture focuses on medicines LA MIRADA – Behavioral Health Service Inc. will offer the third of a four-part lecture series that focuses on medicine education at 10 a.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The topics are: how to save money on medicines; how to buy, store and take medicines properly; and using the pharmacist. To sign up or for more information, call (562) 902-3160. Beverly offers free BP screenings MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital’s 50+ Connection Program will offer free blood pressure screenings from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Montebello Town Center, 2123 Montebello Town Center, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Montebello Senior Center, 115. S. Taylor Ave. For more information, call (323) 725-4333. Pharmacy to host home health event LA MIRADA – A representative from Bright Medical Pharmacy will hold a lecture on how to use home health aids for daily living at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810La Mirada Blvd. Demonstrations include how to use aids such as dressing sticks, zipper pulls, long-handled shoe horns, and more. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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