Half-time: MK Dons 0 QPR 0 – Rangers the better side so far

first_imgQPR created a number of chances during a largely one-sided first half.Conor Washington’s early shot dropped to Rangers skipper Nedum Onuopha, who was unable to apply the finish and keeper David Martin was able to gather.The fit-again Martin also kept out an effort from Nasser El Khayati, who was restored to the starting line-up along with Washington and Daniel Tozser, while Matt Phillips was dropped to the bench along with striker Sebastian Polter.As Rangers continued to threaten, Massimo Luongo and El Khayati fired narrowly wide, Tozser curled a free-kick over the bar and James Perch headed over from Tozser’s corner.At the other end, Darren Potter shot over after being set up by Josh Murphy, and Anthony Kay headed over in first-half injury time.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Henry, Tozser, El Khayati, Luongo, Chery, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Konchesky, Faurlin, Phillips, Diakite, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Padres throw a wrench in SF Giants’ plans to replace Bochy

first_imgATLANTA — Talk of the Giants’ search to replace Bruce Bochy is expected to dominate the month of October in San Francisco, but the San Diego Padres threw a wrench into the organization’s plans on Saturday.The Padres announced the firing of fourth-year manager Andy Green on Saturday with a week to go in the regular season. Green had two seasons left on his contract, but general manager A.J. Preller opted to move on from Green after the Padres fell 16 games under .500.San Diego’s decision to …last_img

London Olympics: Deepika Kumari aims for better preparation

first_imgHaving tasted the excitement of the Olympics for the first time, archer Deepika Kumari is determined to experience it once again and wants to work hard to make a mark.The teenager became the top-ranked recurve archer in the world in the lead-up to the Olympics, but the competition in London did not go as she would have expected.”It was a good experience and learnt a lot during my first Olympics. The results were not very good and I realised that I have to improve on various facets to take the next step,” Deepika told Mail Today from Jamshedpur.”I need to work harder, prepare better, be fitter and also work on the mental aspect to deal with the big occasion.”The Indian archery campaign never got off the ground. Having finished ninth in the ranking round, the trio of Deepika, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi went out to Denmark in the first round.The Indians were prime contenders for a medal as they were runners-up to Italy at last year’s world championships in Turin.Deepika, herself, disappointed in the individual competition and went out to Great Britain’s Amy Oliver at the first stage.”It was disappointing. Catching a fever just a few days before the Olympics left me weak and I could not practise for several days. As a result, my performance dipped. The swirling wind and the constantly changing weather also did not help matters,” she said.”We were expecting to be seventh at worst in the ranking round and hoped to be among the top three. Even then, Denmark were not such a tough proposition. But, it’s about how you perform on the day and we lost by a point.”advertisementDeepika was also upset about her performance in the individual event.”I could not read the wind properly and failed to hit a single 10. Even then, I made a full effort to keep the arrows within eights and nines, but hit a seven,” she said.The disappointing result in London has made Deepika more determined to make up for it in Rio de Janeiro in four years’ time.”I want to compete in at least three more Olympics. To do better, we need more competitions in India so that we are ready when we go for big events. I will work hard over the next four years to make my basics strong. With more experience, I will have better control next time,” she said.There is no rest for Deepika as she has resumed her training on her return to India. She will compete at the World Cup Finals to be held next month in Tokyo.last_img read more