QPR manager Harry Redknapp got the perfect birthday present as the Premier League’s bottom-placed side took three points from his former club Southampton in a 2-1 victory. Victory was the ideal tonic for Redknapp after waking up on his 66th birthday to damning reports of ill-discipline on a recent Dubai training camp. Rather than throw the strugglers off track, though, QPR performed admirably on the south coast and opened the scoring after just 14 minutes through Loic Remy. Saints looked shell-shocked having started the brighter and were somewhat fortunate to go in at the break level, with Gaston Ramirez following up a Julio Cesar fumble. Before Park Ji-sung sent a low cross from the right and Jay Bothroyd slotted home the winner. Press Association It took just 13 seconds for Adam Lallana, making his first home start in almost three months, to send over a cross which Christopher Samba was forced to put out for a corner. Jack Cork and Lallana put audacious long efforts wide as Saints continued to press for an opener, which almost came after 12 minutes. Rickie Lambert headed back across goal but neither Lallana nor former QPR winger Jason Puncheon were able to get a telling touch. Junior Hoilett then sent a fine through ball over to Remy, who burst through to strike past Artur Boruc. Nathaniel Clyne did well to deny Remy going through again, before the returning striker tested Boruc with a low strike. While QPR were still threatening, Saints had a new spark and, after seeing a shot deflect behind, Ramirez drew parity. Jay Rodriguez, on for Lallana, struck an audacious effort that bounced off Cesar into the path of Ramirez who dinked home nonchalantly. And whatever Pochettino said at the break seemed to work as the home side flew out of the blocks in the second half. Fox, Fonte and Lambert all had attempts, before Rodriguez’s curling effort from the edge of the box went inches over. Cesar was hurt in a collision with Rodriguez as he punched away a threatening Cork cross. Robert Green soon replaced the injured Brazilian, but not until after Hoilett threatened at the other end. Saints were still on top but they were again caught napping as Park sent over a low cross for Bothroyd to rifle home with 13 minutes remaining. Green did fantastically to deny a goalbound Maya Yoshida header as the hosts upped the ante but they could not find a way past the Hoops’ resilient backline.
On Wednesday morning, Dino Babers spoke publicly for the first time since two of his players were allegedly stabbed by former teammate Naesean Howard on Saturday evening. The first-year SU head coach said defensive back Chauncey Scissum is still in the hospital and he hopes that Scissum will be released later this week, while defensive back Corey Winfield was released on Monday.In response to an article posted on Syracuse.com Wednesday morning that cited a source saying Babers told the team to not wear any Syracuse gear in public since Howard’s “people” may still be lurking around campus, Babers heavily refuted that.“The thing about the meeting was correct. Everything else written in the article was incorrect and inaccurate,” Babers said. “I actually told them to put their Syracuse ‘S’ on and wear it proudly around campus.”Babers confirmed that earlier in the year, Howard approached him in the parking lot adjacent to Manley Field House and started a conversation. The head coach said Howard said, “’Hey, I would like to join the football team,’” to which Babers responded, “’Who are you?’”Babers then told Howard he had to go through a standard background check for walk-ons in order to be given a shot, but eventually that background check wasn’t satisfactory enough for the new staff to offer Howard a chance to walk on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everybody has a right to change … but patterns are something that you try to stay away from and we just decided as a staff the pattern was too strong,” Babers said. “It’s not a right to be on a football team … it’s a privilege.”MORE COVERAGE:Witness details alleged stabbing, South Campus partyDefensive back Corey Winfield out of hospital 2 days after stabbing incidentCourt documents: Naesean Howard stabbed SU football players multiple times The Tuesday morning meeting with the team wasn’t prompted by the stabbing, Babers said, and that he holds a meeting at 8 a.m. every Tuesday in the offseason. This one just happened to be the first after Winfield and Scissum were allegedly stabbed and there were no specific safety instructions given based on Saturday evening’s events.“You can’t live life looking over your shoulder,” Babers said. “I think these young men will be just fine.”Howard is due back in court at 10 a.m. on Friday. Both players he allegedly stabbed are doing well, Babers said, and when asked about Howard, Babers never mentioned him by name.“It’s a blessing both of these young men are still with us,” Babers said. Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Witness details alleged stabbing, South Campus partySyracuse DB Corey Winfield out of the hospital 2 days after allegedly being stabbed by former teammateCourt documents: Naesean Howard stabbed SU football players multiple timesSyracuse football DBs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum allegedly stabbed by former teammate Naesean Howard
Jamaican women sprinters seem poised to again dominate in this year’s World Championships based on their 100 meters performance in the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at Jamaica’s National Stadium on Friday evening. Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and former to-time Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran what has been described as a “scintillating” race. Thompson just nipped Fraser-Pryce at the finish but both women clocked a 2019 world-leading 10.73.Thompson, who started slowly got into top gear and caught the fast-starting Fraser-Pryce close to home for the second year running.Youth sensation, 17-year-old Briana Williams was third in 10.94, to again lower her national junior record and became the first Jamaican teenager to dip below the coveted 11-second barrier.In the men 100 meters Yohan Blake won in a time of 9.96 ahead of Tyquendo Tracey in 10.00. Rasheed Dwyer was third in 10.10 with Senoj-Jay Givans fourth in 10.13.