Nottingham Forest v QPR line-ups: Changes for Rangers as keeper makes debut

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Lumey makes his senior debut for QPR in the FA Cup third-round clash at the City Ground, where Rangers have never won.Lumley, who turns 21 next month, is a product of Rangers’ youth system and has had loan spells at Accrington and Morecambe.He plays because Alex Smithies, who had been lined up to replace Rob Green, has an elbow problem. Poland Under-18 international keeper Marcin Brzozowski is therefore on the bench.Meanwhile, Jamie Mackie, back after a hamstring injury, plays against his former club – his first start since the opening day of the season – and, as expected, Ben Gladwin starts after being recalled from his loan spell at Swindon.There are also starting places for Clint Hill, Massimo Luongo, Michael Doughty and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.Nottingham Forest are captained by former QPR striker Dexter Blackstock and Chris Cohen makes his first start in 15 months after returning from injury.Nottingham Forest: De Vries, Cohen, Hobbs, Wilson, Mancienne, O Burke, Osborn, Tesche, Gardner, Ward, Blackstock.Subs: Evtimov, Lichaj, Jokic, Lansbury, Mendes, C Burke, Walker.QPR: Lumley, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Hill, Tozser, Doughty, Mackie, Luongo, Gladwin, Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Brzozowski, Chery, Faurlin, Petrasso, Polter, Hoilett, Perch.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Golden Fresh Farms breaks ground on 20-acre Ohio greenhouse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Golden Fresh Farms, a Canadian-based company, broke ground on a $22.5 million, 20-acre greenhouse yesterday in the West Central Ohio Industrial Center, in Wapakoneta near I-75 and U.S. 33. The groundbreaking represents just one phase of the project, which will expand over the next several years.Paul Mastronardi and Louie Chibante, principal owners of Golden Fresh Farms, announced a $100 million investment over the first four phases of the project. If all goes well, they will likely expand to 200 acres of greenhouses, with a $250 million investment over eight phases.They will start off producing three different varieties of tomatoes and expect to plant by Dec. 1. Golden Fresh Farms has already contracted with local groceries in Ohio. They will be producing their tomatoes in the “off peak” season of field tomatoes. They are currently doing business in America, already purchasing fertilizers from U.S. companies.The facility will use wastewater and drip irrigation — there will be no waste. They will also be set up to collect rainwater. Their technology is very cutting edge, and tours will be available whenever anyone wants to tour.The groundbreaking was held May 11 for the new Ohio Golden Fresh Farms facility.The manager for the Ohio facility — their first one in the U.S. — is Paul Mastronardi. He is moving to Wapakoneta. Construction on phase one will begin soon, and they hope to have the greenhouse up and running by December. Phase one will also add 52 new full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $1.9 million.The operation will be fully integrated from seeding through harvest, packaging and shipping. The Ohio facility will better allow Golden Fresh Farms to get a fresh end product to their U.S. customers.last_img read more

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Ignore Bad Advice on Cold Calling

first_imgThere are a lot of people who are happy to offer you the advice that you should never cold call. Here is a list of the people whose bad advice on cold calling you should ignore:Anyone who profits from your adopting the belief that cold calling doesn’t work. These charlatans are putting their financial interests over your own. They are preying on your fears and weaknesses.Anyone who has never sold professionally. The person suggesting that you abandon the phone has never carried a bag or had to make a number; they do not have the requisite experience to give you this advice. They are simply parroting what they hear other people say without no personal knowledge.Anyone who tells you that cold calling did not work for them. The fact that the person offering this advice wasn’t good at cold calling does not mean that that is a universal experience. A lot of diets work for people who follow them but not for people who don’t. Do not allow yourself to be infected by other people’s beliefs or limitations.Anyone who gets paid to create content for companies that sell services to sales people and sales organizations. The fact that someone is a writer for a blog belonging to a company in the sales space is no evidence that they have the expertise or credibility to speak about cold calling. A writer isn’t a salesperson, sales manager, or sales leader. They don’t make cold calls.Anyone who sends emails offering you lead generation services and promising to build your funnel using email. The email that you received is this company’s exact approach. How effective was their approach when they used it to obtain your business?Confirmation bias is looking for information that supports what you believe and refusing to entertain information that conflicts with your beliefs. It can be dangerous. If something makes you uncomfortable, it usually means that it is an idea worth exploring further.last_img read more

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Let it snow, says a happy Valley

first_imgA spell of heavy and widespread snowfall in the plains and upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley on Friday uplifted the mood here. In contrast to grim, violence-related pictures and posts, hundreds of local netizens, for a change, took to social media to live-stream snowfall or post selfies.The entire Kashmir valley, including capital Srinagar, received snowfall in the afternoon on Friday, as predicted by the Meteorological Department. As more snow fell, locals took to social media platforms to post videos of dancing kids, images of snowmen, and live-streamed driving through snow-clogged roads.Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah also took to the Twitter to express his happiness. “Fresh snow is always gorgeous. It’s time to go back inside, leaving just footprints in the snow,” wrote Mr. Abdullah, as he uploaded his pictures with snow in the backdrop, and a video.Srinagar received the season’s second snowfall on Friday. Tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam recorded several feet of snowfall. “Weather will remain wet till January 6. Visibility will improve after the wet spell ends. Day temperature will also improve,” said Deputy Director, Met. Dept., Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad. Avalanche warning Snowfall did, however, play spoilsport for travellers as the Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Poonch highways were closed “due to slippery road conditions and fears of landslides.” The Srinagar airport cancelled all flights scheduled in the afternoon,. An avalanche warning has been issued for all vulnerable areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.last_img read more

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Bellerin Rescues Arsenal by Clinching 2-2 Draw with Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Hector Bellerin came to Arsenal’s rescue in stoppage time to clinch a 2-2 draw against Chelsea after conceding in an absorbing Premier League encounter on Wednesday.All four goals came in the final half hour of a game that left third-place and defending champion Chelsea 16 points behind Manchester City and Arsenal 23 adrift of the leaders.The deficit would have been even worse for the sixth-place hosts had Bellerin not redeemed himself. The right back’s challenge on Eden Hazard had allowed the Chelsea winger to cancel out Jack Wilshere’s opener in the 67th minute.Marcos Alonso fired Chelsea in front in the 84th with his sixth goal of the season, but wasn’t as meticulous back on defensive duties in the second minute of stoppage time. A headed clearance went straight to Bellerin, who leveled with a half-volley.Chelsea was still pursuing the winner in the third minute of stoppage time when defender Davide Zappacosta struck the crossbar.Had striker Alvaro Morata not missed so many chances this could have been a third consecutive win for Chelsea. Chelsea is becoming reliant on Alonso for goals, with the left-sided defender the team’s second-highest scorer behind Morata.On the night when Diego Costa scored on his return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, the ferocious forward seems just what the champions have required at times.Instead all Chelsea and Arsenal can realistically now achieve through the league is Champions League qualification. Even that could be beyond Arsene Wenger’s side, with fourth place five points away.Fortune wasn’t on Arsenal’s side against Chelsea.Alexis Sanchez managed to hit both posts in the 16th — with the ball pinging from one side of the goal to the other without crossing the line. Then Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked Alexandre Lacazette’s low shot on the turn.After Hazard and Alonso were denied by Petr Cech at the start of the second half, Courtois used his sprawling body to again thwart Lacazette.Wilshere, who had been booked in the first half for a challenge on former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas, was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for diving just before scoring.Wilshere stayed on the pitch and lit up the game by combining with Mesut Ozil before scoring an eye-catching goal, slamming a fierce shot off the left hand post and into the net. In an Arsenal career punctuated by injuries and a season on loan at Bournemouth, it was Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015.Wilshere’s good work was undone when Bellerin’s high challenge on Hazard led to the equalizer from the spot.“He’s always very quick in the box,” Bellerin said. “I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it. We both went for the ball at the same time.”Wenger was less diplomatic, calling it a farcical penalty.“At the moment we have to face surprising decisions,” Wenger said.Cech was beaten again when Willian’s cross-field pass reached Zappacosta on the right flank and a cross was aimed at Alonso, who got ahead of Shkodran Mustafi to turn the ball into the net.But Bellerin still found time for his first league goal since last season.“I’m happy with the goal but also happy with the reaction at the end of the game,” he said. “It’s non-stop football. We know whenever we play them it’s always a hard game, there’s always a lot of entertainment, always really hard, we work hard all week.”___ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterThis version corrects the standings in the second paragraph and summary.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lees To Referee First Super 15 Game

first_imgLees, who is a Sydney Uni Touch member as well as the Varsity Women’s Premier League coach, will referee the Melbourne Rebels versus the Bulls match at AAMI Park at 7.40pm on Friday night. Lees will be making his Super Rugby debut with the whistle in tonight’s match. He was named as one of five debutants picked in the SANZAR referee team last November. Touch Football Australia would like to wish Lees the best of luck for tonight’s game.last_img

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John Calipari Brought His Daughter To The NBA All-Star Game, And She Is Having A Blast Photobombing Him

first_imgJohn Calipari's daughter takes secret picture of his at All-Star Game.Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.last_img read more

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CBS Expert Picks Tennessee Over Florida State In National Title Game

first_imgCBS expert makes FSU Stanford prediction.Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]last_img read more

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In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

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Ohio State aiming to avenge loss to Wisconsin gain revenge against Purdue

As if the Ohio State football team needed more motivation after suffering its first loss of the 2010 season against Wisconsin, its next opponent is a Purdue team that stunned the Buckeyes last season. “I think a lot of guys have had this one circled for a while now,” junior left tackle Mike Adams said. “At Ohio State, we never like to lose games.” Last season, a Boilermaker team that held a 1-5 record entering the game upset the Buckeyes, 26-18. Entering the game, OSU was ranked No. 7 in the nation. In the defeat, the Buckeyes committed nine penalties for 65 yards, compared to Purdue’s one penalty for five yards. For the second time since 2004, OSU had lost to a team that didn’t reach a BCS bowl game. “We didn’t play as well as we could,” junior linebacker Andrew Sweat told the media after Tuesday’s practice. “They played really well.” Adams said the coaches have been using last year’s loss as a motivational tool in hopes of preventing a second straight defeat. “They’re definitely reminding us. We got some posters up all over the place,” Adams said. “It’s something that they’re obviously going to do, and you know, we need to be aware, and we can’t let that happen again.” Sweat agreed that last year’s loss to Purdue motivates the Buckeyes but said neither team is the same as it was a year ago. “You remember it, but that just gives you motivation to do better this year,” Sweat said. “Ultimately, it’s a new year, and you just have to go out and fight.” Aside from avenging their loss to the Boilermakers, sophomore fullback Zach Boren said the Buckeyes are also motivated not to feel the sting of a loss for the second straight week. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” Boren said. “You’re kind of just sitting there in disbelief. You’re just like, ‘Wow, like, that just happened.’” OSU coach Jim Tressel said last year’s loss adds extra motivation for this year’s match-up, but he hopes his team gives the same kind of attention to each opponent on a weekly basis. “What you hope you have full attention of is what you have to do to get better, more so than it being Purdue,” Tressel said. Tressel also said he’s aware of the kind of attention the Buckeyes receive on a weekly basis. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure, and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions,” Tressel said. “Now let’s see how you can handle it.” This year will be OSU’s chance to knock Purdue down from atop the Big Ten standings, just as the Boilermakers did to the Buckeyes a year ago. Purdue is in a three-way tie for the conference lead, with Michigan State and Iowa also undefeated in Big Ten play. “We know they’re going to come in here and play hard. We went up there last year and they beat us, so we just got to go out there and get it done this week,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. “Any time somebody beats you, it goes towards motivation.” read more

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