Can Blues and QPR bounce back?

first_imgAn extraordinary week; no England manager, no England captain yet there is renewed optimism that Euro 2012 could just be our year.Harry Redknapp is 1/4 with to be the next permanent England manager with Jose Mourinho 7/2 to take over at the Lane.The former Chelsea boss has expressed a desire to return to England sooner rather than later and Spurs, on the face of it, appears an ideal fit but would Daniel Levy tolerate the excess baggage that comes with the ‘Special One?’Chelsea travel to Goodison on Saturday having let slip a 3-0 lead against United last weekend and are 13/10 to do the double over the Merseysiders (12/5) having won the reverse fixture 3-1 at the Bridge.13/2 to score first.The Toffees showed against Manchester City recently that they are difficult to overcome at home and did, indeed, beat Chelsea on the last day of last season but they are missing key personnel in Jagielka, Osman and Rodwell and 13/10 is a fair price.Daniel Sturridge has a good record against Everton (scored at Reebok last term for Bolton) and is 11/2 to net the opener with Fernando Torres 13/2. The Spaniard also had a decent record against them for Liverpool and will be desperate for that goal which could resurrect a very poor season.Everything was going smoothly for Rangers after 30 minutes at Loftus Road last weekend, and one couldn’t blame Mark Hughes for feeling a bit smug on the touchline as his new strikers combined beautifully for the opener against Wolves.By the end of the game, however, Rangers were back in trouble (13/8 to be relegated) and they face a very tricky game at Ewood Park at the weekend minus expensive signing Djibril Cisse, who was red-carded for examining the tonsils of Wolves defender Roger Johnson.Rovers are 11/8 to possibly leapfrog the Hoops and with Bolton meeting Wigan at the Reebok, and the Black Country derby between Wolves and WBA, the bottom six are playing each other in what could be a pivotal weekend at the foot of the table.Bobby Zamora is 13/2 to score the opener in Lancashire and 7/4 at any time.The Premier League is littered with sides supposedly ‘too good to go down’ and perhaps it is time for some of Rangers’ more senior players to show their mettle although the R’s do play three of their next four games at Loftus Road before a difficult looking end to the campaign.Fulham entertain Stoke at Craven Cottage looking for revenge for their 2-0 defeat at the Britannia earlier in the season and ought to have enough for a limited Potters’ side who will be without Robert Huth, who was red-carded in the snow against Sunderland last weekend.The Cottagers are even-money to get all three points with Stoke 3s and the draw at 12/5.American Clint Dempsey remains the main goalscoring threat and his 5/1 quote to score first is realistic.For all your weekend odds check out or follow me on twitter at @VictorChandlerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL Draft: Five things to watch for 49ers on Day 2

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/26/bang_70cd44d6-07f6-4330-bb3c-08cac4a615bd”]Cam Inman and Dieter Kurtenbach talk about how the San Francisco 49ers’ first choice was a no-brainerSANTA CLARA — While defensive end Nick Bosa filled the 49ers’ biggest need with his No. 2 overall selection Thursday, other holes exist, and here are five things to watch in Friday’s second and third rounds:1. Wide receiver: A slew of wide receivers should be available when the 49ers go back on the clock four picks …last_img

Despite Mike Fiers’ scare on the mound, Athletics power out a win over Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON — Mike Fiers had his hoodie up, tightly hiding a work of art on his face for a big debut. A few minutes before his start at Globe Life Park, Fiers revealed his new spiraling facial hair, a beard/goatee that coiled around the side of his face.Fiers wanted to update his beard look, and while scrolling indexes for some inspiration with some teammates he Google’d “funny beards” and landed on the cinnamon-roll look.“Mid- September and just to give the guys a laugh,” Fiers said. “And I’m …last_img

In the air

first_imgSpring to attentionNothing says spring more than flowers. For those who don’t have access to fresh flowers or the time to create interesting arrangements, floral-themed furniture, furnishings and accessories are the answer. Since this is the time to lighten things up, replace the heavy drapes on the windows with airy sheers and woollen carpets with light dhurries and rugs. Bring in green plants and flowering pots. Upholster or slip-cover the sofas with pale tones and florals. For most impact, bring in a colourful piece of furniture as an accent piece. Our pick is the art deco-inspired chair designed by Ken Scott for Altamoda Italia. Scott’s Baboll chair on a pedestal exudes drama with pretty peonies and roses in radiant hues. Equally compelling is the Philippines-based designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Bloom easy chair. Available in Delhi at Idus, this flower-shaped chair is made of microfibres stitched over a resin top that’s fixed atop a steel base. Available in the pleasing shades of moss green, lime green, yellow and muted red, it breathes life into winter-weary rooms.Jungle retreatHere’s a new-age spin on the stuffed animals that one found on the walls of old lodges and hunting homes. Animal heads are the inspiration for a series of limited-edition wall clocks designed by Israeli boutique Animi Causa. Wildlife lovers can take their pick from deer, giraffe, bear and walrus. Made of wood, these Jungle Clocks look best on textured walls. Order from www.animicausa.comTelly talesGame for some retro chic? In its new avatar, the idiot box has stepped back a few decades to flaunt a cool tangerine-and-white exterior and knob-style controls. Spicing up your interior scene, the ultra slim 14-inch LG Tubu comes packed with features. The knob controls help you adjust the volume and surf channels with a simple twist while the extendable rabbit-ear antenna and detachable chrome legs give it a fun look. Priced affordably at Rs 6,990, this is one accessory that promises never to date.Boot campIt’s a brolly stand that knows how to grab attention. Shaped like a trio of cowboy boots, this functional item doubles up as a glamorous accent piece. The faux-Verdigris finished stand, with antique brass accent and ornate thread detailing, comes from the stable of US-based brand Maitland-Smith. Domestic buyers can pick it up from the tony International Furniture Brands stores. The price of this cool lifestyle product is pegged at a steep Rs 54,240, but you will not find a more swish accessory for your parasols or your home.Colour codedInterior designers have long sworn by the ‘bright is right’ maxim. Take a cue from that and introduce colour into your washrooms. Get yourself a pedestal basin created by designer-architect Alessandro Mendini for Italian bathroom major Ceramica Flaminia and add zing to your loo. The squareshaped, free-standing Monowash basin (made from a single ceramic block) has a modern motif etched in bold colours like red, yellow, pink and lilac. Tapering slightly at the base, the basin comes outfitted with a chrome-finished faucet.Let there be lightStop taking shots in the dark and get home the Funghi, a wacky table lamp from Eurolite Studio, a brand known for cutting-edge lighting fixtures and installations. Designed by Thibaut Desombre, the lamp resembles a mushroom and is made of mouth-blown glass (that’s formed by breathing fiercely down a blow pipe into a molten glass blob and then re-shaped until it’s totally flat). Sporting an opal-red colour, this delectable piece is priced at Rs 7,500.Sit prettyAt the higher end of the style spectrum stands the Pipeline Sofa by American furniture designer Harry Allen. Made of four pipe-shaped components, the futuristic piece is upholstered with polyurethane over Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and a solid wood frame. Polished aluminium legs form its base and it can be configured creatively in numerous ways for group-seating.advertisementlast_img read more

LeBron not OK with Magic’s ‘weird’ departure from Lakers

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte It was Johnson who played a key role in convincing James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers last year to come to the Lakers with hopes of leading them back to glory days such as eras with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal or the “Showtime” era featuring Johnson.“I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was going to make this ‘Showtime’ again, and I wanted to be part of that process,” James said during the episode.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So it was just weird for him to just be like ‘I’m out of here’ and not even have no like, ‘Hey ‘Bron, kiss my ass. I’m out of here.’“I would’ve been OK with that. ‘Hey ‘Bron, it’s Magic. Kiss my ass. I’m gone.’ Not even that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits to enter the game during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – LeBron James indicated he was shocked and upset by Magic Johnson’s surprise abrupt decision to quit as the president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers last month.James made comments in the latest episode of his HBO television show “The Shop” that features him sitting in a barbershop chair and talking informally with friends. The episode aired on Saturday but was taped on April 11, two days after retired Lakers playing legend Johnson’s sudden exit.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Dictating the pace Johnson announced his choice in an impromptu news conference without first telling many in the Lakers organization, including owner Jeanie Buss, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and James.The Lakers have dropped coach Luke Walton and are reportedly looking to hire Tyronn Lue, who had been coach of the Cavaliers when James led them to an NBA title in 2016. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more