Half-time: QPR 0 Burnley 0

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Half-time: QPR 0 Burnley 0

first_imgRob Green came to QPR’s rescue with a fine save during a tense first half at Loftus Road.In a crucial match for both relegation-threatened sides, keeper Green dived to his left to tip George Boyd’s stunning 30-yard effort onto the post in the 28th minute.Burnley had caused Rangers some early problems, with Ashley Barnes shooting high and wide before Green recovered after dropping a cross to block Scott Arfield’s follow-up.After Boyd almost opened the scoring, Rangers went close too when Eduardo Vargas’ shot was cleared off the line by Michael Keane. QPR (4-4-2):  Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Barton, Henry; Fer; Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Phillips, Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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‘Iconic’ walkway bridge to connect Alexandra, Sandton

first_img5 June 2014The City of Johannesburg is moving to overcome one of the legacies of apartheid spatial planning in an innovative way, with plans to build a cycling and pedestrian walkway – including a bridge over Africa’s busiest highway – connecting Alexandra township with the business hub of Sandton.The walkway will provide safe passage between the township and the Sandton CBD, reducing travel times and traffic accidents for approximately 10 000 Alexandra residents who, it is estimated, currently walk over five kilometres to and from work each day.Construction on the walkway, which will join No 3 Square in Alexandra with Sandton near the Grayston Avenue Bridge along Katherine Street and include a pedestrian and cycling bridge across the M1 highway, could begin as early as September.Announcing the plan at the end of last month, Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) CEO Thanduxolo Mendrew said the bridge would be an “iconic” addition to Johannesburg’s skyline, similar to that of the Nelson Mandela Bridge.“The city’s Nelson Mandela Bridge has become one of the iconic structures of the southern gateway, and this bridge will equally change the city skyline as an important northern gateway,” Mendrew said in a statement. “At the same time it will serve as an important link between Sandton and Alexandra, to show that the futures of these areas are inherently connected.”Mendrew said that careful thought had gone into designing the bridge, as the JDA needed to come up with something that “spoke to the concept of the Corridors of Freedom.“In 2013 the executive mayor introduced the Corridors of Freedom as areas where there can be walking, cycling and public transport which is safe, reliable and affordable. This bridge satisfies that basic need that talks to citizens’ rights to a spatially integrated city.”Mendrew said the Alexandra-Sandton walkway would form part of phase 1c of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, which will connect Alexandra both to Johannesburg central as well as to Sandton.Construction on this phase is under way and is expected to be implemented from 2015, along with other infrastructure updgrades along the route.“In Alexandra, 30.2-kilometres of pavements for walking and cycling will be upgraded and improved,” the JDA said. “Traffic calming measures and street furniture along roads adjacent to the BRT and along feeder routes will also be introduced, and a new bus depot will be constructed along Vincent Tshabalala Road in Alexandra.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith

first_imgMike Myers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“He’s our stand-in import,” bared TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio, as both Smith and Myers attended the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis on Monday.TNT coach Nash Racela is keeping his faith in Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In my mind, it’s still Joshua,” Racela said.Joshua Smith speaks with the media during a pre-finals press conference on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Sambokojin in Eastwood, Libis. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSmith is still recovering from a torn ligament in his right foot, an injury he sustained early in Game 3 of TNT’s semifinals series against Ginebra. Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers.ADVERTISEMENT Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Of course at this point, if we could, we want to stick with Joshua. He’s familiar with the game, with the PBA, the officiating. He’s been with the team for a month and a half, so the question is why replace him if he can play?” he said. “If we can stick with him until the last game, then we will. If he can play Game 1, then we’ll stick with him.”Smith thinks he can still be of use for the KaTropa in their title quest.“I’m just taking it day by day. I feel good. The last two days really helped. I’m ready.”Smith reiterated that regardless of his condition, the goal is still the same which is to win a title.“I came over with one goal, to help TNT win the championship. We’re going up against a really good team. I just hope it’s a great series,” he saidADVERTISEMENT MOST READ From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Virat Kohli will be under pressure to repeat double-hundred magic overseas: Shane Warne

first_imgVirat Kohli or Steve Smith? Who is the greatest batsman of the modern generation? The cricket community has been split into two in their views on the best batsman today but men like Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne have been able to put this debate into perspective.Last week, after Smith’s double-century against England in the third Test of the Ashes, Vaughan said the Australian captain had joined his Indian counterpart in the freak category but rated the former as the best batsman in Tests and Kohli the best across all three formats.Warne, the greatest spinner to have played the game, echoed Vaughan’s views and said Kohli would be under pressure to repeat his Test heroics when India tour overseas, starting with South Africa. India, later, are also scheduled to tour England and Australia.Kohli, the only man to average over 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, enjoyed a surreal year, smashing 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds. He also finished 2017 with three double hundreds including two on the trot against Sri Lanka in November.(Virat Kohli-Steve Smith: The torchbearers of their generation)Kohli hammered 1460 runs and six hundreds in ODIs this year and finished as the top-scorer in the format. Smith who is second in the list of top scorers in Tests with 1127 runs behind Cheteshwar Pujara, will most likely go top of the table by the end of the Boxing Day Test next week.Warne said the onus would now be on Kohli to score those big hundreds away from home and pointed out the greatness of a batsman was determined by his abilities to perform in challenging conditions and not stats.advertisementSmith scores over Kohli in that aspect. The Australian run-machine racked up runs at home down under, in England and was the top-scorer in the four-Test series in India earlier this year. Kohli, on the other hand, had a miserable time in England back in 2014 and flopped against the Aussies in his own backyard.”To me a great batsman has to have made a hundred in three key countries: in England, against the Duke ball on seaming and swinging pitches; in Australia, on our fast-paced, bouncy tracks; and of course, in the dust bowls of India, on pitches that spin and spit,” Warne wrote in his column for News Corp. “To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” he wrote. “Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man””The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year.”Warne even went as far to draw parallels between Smith and Bradman and said if the former kept up his hundred-scoring spree till his 100th Test mark, Smith would finish as an absoulute legend. “Look at him on pure numbers and since Bradman, he’s the best,” he added. “If Smith keeps this form up over 100 Test matches, he will leave the game as an absolute legend and one of the all-time greats.”Warne also picked his most favourite batsmen of all-time. The man 1001 international wickets listed West Indian greates Viv Richards and Brian Lara on top with Sachin Tendulkar at No.3.Smith and Kohli are right at the bottom in Warne’s list of elite batsmen.Warne’s top-11 batsmen:1. Viv Richards2. Brian Lara3. Sachin Tendulkar4. Greg Chappell5. Ricky Ponting6. Allan Border7. Jacques Kallis8. Graham Gooch9. AB de Villiers10. Steve Smith11. Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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