QPR have responded to claims their plans for a sporting and leisure hub at Old Oak have been dealt a serious blow by Cargiant.The club’s owners want to transform the land between Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction into an area to be known as New Queens Park which would include a 40,000-capacity arena where Rangers would play.The car supermarket company owns 45 acres of the proposed site, is a major local employer and must be relocated for the proposed regeneration of the area to go ahead.Cargiant have been assessing possible sites to relocate their current operation to but also say they are working on their own plans to develop Old Oak and that their proposals do not include a stadium for QPR.Talks between Rangers and Cargiant ended some time ago with both parties believing there was no basis for a partnership.A QPR spokesman said: “The future regeneration of Old Oak requires everyone to work together for the common good – the boroughs, the Mayor, landowners and the local community.“Our current consultation has so far attracted the views of over 1,000 local residents with over 80% in support of our stadium-led regeneration.“The future of Old Oak lies in the regeneration of the entire area and not the uncoordinated and piecemeal development of individual land holdings.”QPR have invited people to give their views on the future regeneration of Old Oak through the club’s consultation: www.new-queens-park.co.ukSee also:Rangers say public supports Old Oak plansFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chester >> The Red Bluff Bass Anglers fished at Lake Almanor on Memorial Day Weekend and held the club’s annual awards ceremony on Saturday night. The ladies fished on Saturday for two of their biggest fish. Julie Sisneros took first place with a winning weight of 6.29 lbs. Kit Reynolds finished second with 5.58 lbs. and Tonya King took third with 5.55. The guys fished Sunday, and Chris Wells won with 15.57 lbs., Jeremy Johnson finished second with 14.77 and Jesse Sisneros took third with …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is encouraging poultry owners to ensure they are following recommended biosecurity practices after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a highly contagious strain of avian influenza was detected in wild birds in Alaska. No other recent cases have been identified in the country.“While this finding is not cause for any immediate concern, it is a good reminder for poultry owners to develop and employ a strong biosecurity program on their farm, regardless of their size or production model,” Forshey said. “This will help them protect their flocks from this influenza as well as other diseases that can affect their birds.”Good biosecurity practices for poultry owners include the following:Monitor flocks for unusual signs of illness such as “snicking” (sneezing,) a 1% or more decrease in egg production, or an increase in mortality. Other signs to look for are wheezing, lethargy, and depression.Practice personal biosecurity and avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.Keep unauthorized visitors from having contact with poultry, a good practice whether there is a disease threat or not. Authorized persons should be required to wear protective clothing and shoes before entering a commercial poultry house.Avoid contact between your birds and wild birds whenever possible due to the likely migratory nature of this influenza. These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick.Clean and disinfect farm vehicles or equipment before moving them on and off your property.Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov or by visiting www.ohioagriculture.gov.The Ohio Department of Agriculture works closely with the state’s poultry producers and USDA APHIS to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state. Detailed plans and protocols are in place to allow for a quick and coordinated response in the event of an avian influenza detection in Ohio.
Former Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic criticised Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualities and hit out at coach Santiago Solari after the club’s La Liga title ambitions were dented by Thursday’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal.Real’s record signing Bale had to be substituted at halftime after a knock when his side was 2-1 up and Solari later took off playmaker Luka Modric, who had been ill with flu in the build-up to the game.Veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla then scored for the second time in the game by heading in an equaliser with eight minutes remaining, leaving Madrid in fourth place in the standings and seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.”What keeps happening with Bale is a real shame. I like him a lot as a player but he is nowhere near being the leader of the team after Cristiano Ronaldo left,” Mijatovic told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.”It’s worrying that he gets injured so often.”Bale, who has scored only four goals in the league this season, has been injured over 20 times since his 105 million euro signing from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.Take a look inside our dressing room! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/amTcb6Upb2Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 3, 2019Although he has not suffered any serious injuries this campaign, he has been substituted 15 times in all competitions, sparking concerns about his ability to last 90 minutes.Mijatovic, scorer of the goal which won the 1998 Champions League final for Madrid over Juventus, also criticised Real coach Solari for removing Modric and said he has not enjoyed watching his former side this season.advertisement”If a player starts a game and feels good and doesn’t ask to be substituted, I can’t understand why you would take him off. He made a big mistake by taking off Modric,” he said.”I am struggling to watch Real Madrid this season. They played well in the first half (against Villarreal) then when we thought they were going to kick on they played a disastrous second half with no gameplan.”They have taken a step back in the league this season. I don’t think it’s a problem of attitude, but more one of impotence. The way they are playing does not make me feel optimistic.”Mijatovic’s feelings were echoed in the Spanish media.”It was like tearing your hair out,” said newspaper Marca of Madrid’s performance, also describing the team’s campaign, in which they sacked coach Julen Lopetegui in October, as “a recurring nightmare.”Also Watch:
The end of spring football is supposed to be a time of clarity and optimism for a football powerhouse like Ohio State. However, following off-the-field transgressions by five players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeye football program is in a state of disarray. The five players and coach Jim Tressel are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. But five games could be good news for the Buckeyes. The NCAA released a notice of allegations to OSU on April 21 and will decide the university’s fate after an Aug. 12 hearing. Tressel’s failure to report his players’ violations could leave The Vest unemployed and the OSU football program scrambling to find a new coach. In a press conference March 8, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel, adding that he hoped Tressel “doesn’t dismiss me,” a joking comment he told The Lantern he later regretted. In the March 8 press conference, Tressel admitted he will take in stride whatever happens. “The most pathetic thing is a leader looking for self-pity,” Tressel said, quoting former President George W. Bush. “So, at no point in this time … am I looking for anything other than doing what needs to be done.” The Lantern took a look at possible replacements if one of the program’s most successful coaches is forced to resign, retires or is fired. Luke Fickell, OSU interim head coach, co-defensive coordinator Fickell is in the best position to take over the job from Tressel if NCAA sanctions force The Senator out of OSU. Fickell was named interim coach for the first five games of the 2011 season, and has been in Tressel’s system for nine years, serving as special teams coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator. Fickell played for the Buckeyes from 1992–96 as a nose guard, finishing with 212 career tackles and six career sacks. He was also on the 1996 team that won the Rose Bowl against Arizona State. Fickell is a Columbus man. He went to DeSales High School, and won a state championship in wrestling. His familiarity with Tressel’s system would give the Buckeyes an advantage when it comes to a coaching change. In a March 30 press conference to announce the Buckeyes’ interim coach, Fickell said it was still Tressel’s team but that he was honored to be named to the position in his boss’s absence. “We coach by committee. It never has been, never will be about one person in particular,” he said. “This is still coach Tressel’s team.” Urban Meyer, former Florida coach When rumors surfaced that Meyer and his family bought a house in Upper Arlington at the end of March, the pundits proclaimed him the next OSU coach. His spread offense would be a far cry from “Tressel-ball,” but his success is undeniable. Meyer had two three-loss seasons in his first head-coaching position at Bowling Green from 2001–02, an undefeated season in 2004 as coach of Utah and two national championships at Florida in his six seasons at the helm. Meyer has said he would come back to coaching for just three teams: Michigan, Notre Dame and OSU. With the hiring of new coaches at Michigan and Notre Dame, OSU seems like the most accessible position. Meyer’s desire to coach at OSU stems from his Ohio roots. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, played defensive back at Cincinnati from 1983–86 and was at OSU in 1986 and 1987 as a tight ends and wide receivers coach. Meyer also earned his master’s degree in sports administration at OSU. Health conditions forced Meyer out of his position at Florida, and he now works at ESPN as a commentator and analyst. However, Meyer’s daughter, Nicole, has said her father will not be the next Buckeyes coach. “Stop txting me abt my dad. HE IS NOT repeat NOT, GOING TO OHIO STATE. thanks.” she tweeted April 26 from her Twitter account, @Nicki_07. Bo Pelini, Nebraska coach Pelini, like Meyer, is an Ohio man. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended OSU, playing free safety under coached Earle Bruce and John Cooper. Pelini was co-captain of the Buckeyes his senior season and graduated from the university with a degree in business marketing. Pelini spent eight years as an assistant coach on three NFL teams, and has since become the coach at Nebraska, the Big Ten’s newest member. Nebraska has seen an upturn since Pelini’s hiring in 2008, with two appearances in the Big 12 Championship and two bowl wins in his three seasons. Pelini’s name was linked to the Miami (Fla.) opening in December before the Hurricanes hired former Temple coach Al Golden. However, Pelini recently signed a five-year contract with Nebraska, making him the third-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten, behind Tressel and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. The contract appears to have locked in Pelini to the Nebraska job, but he could be a candidate to return to his alma mater. The connection between Pelini and OSU gives the Buckeyes and option to pursue him if the job becomes available, but Nebraska would not comment on the possibility. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State coach Dantonio left the Buckeyes in 2004 to pursue a head-coaching position at Cincinnati. He was defensive coordinator at OSU from 2001–03, which included the the 2002 national championship against a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes squad. Dantonio and his defensive staff were able to shut down the Hurricanes offense, which included current NFL players Andre Johnson, Kellen Winslow and Willis McGahee, and notable college quarterback Ken Dorsey. Dantonio was defensive coordinator at Youngstown State for four years before reuniting with his former boss at OSU. Like Fickell, Dantonio has a good read on what makes Tressel’s teams so successful, and the transition would be easy for the players. Dantonio led Michigan State to an 11-2 record last season, despite a heart attack following the Spartans’ game against Notre Dame. The Spartans shared the Big Ten Championship, but finished the season with a 49-7 loss to Alabama in the Capital One Bowl. Nick Saban, Alabama coach In Saban’s career as a football coach, his longest tenure in one position is four years, which will be eclipsed next season at Alabama. Saban also has ties to the Buckeyes. Ten years after he played defensive back at Kent State, Saban was the defensive backs coach at OSU for one season. A head-coaching position at OSU would be Saban’s second in the Big Ten, as he coached Michigan State from 1995–99, which included an upset win against the No. 1 Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium during the 1998 season. However, Saban has been involved in potential NCAA sanctions, as he and his coaching staff were accused of oversigning players at Alabama. The controversy is something the Buckeyes would want to avoid following their most recent sanctions. Athletic department spokesmen from Nebraska, Michigan State and Alabama declined to comment. Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Poe and ESPN media did not immediately return attempts for comments.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media as head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day listens during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer knew when he had decided to retire after the season. It was not as he walked out of Ohio Stadium after the Ohio State head coach had defeated his rival, Michigan, for the seventh time. It was not as he walked off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis after Ohio State secured its second-consecutive Big Ten title. Retirement had crossed his mind during both those times. He even thought he wanted to coach longer. But that was not the deciding factor for Tuesday’s announcement. It was recruiting. It was when high school athletes, looking ahead to the early signing period, which lasts from Dec. 19-21, started to ask about Meyer’s longevity. And he did not want to lie to them. “To be honest, I didn’t want to mislead recruits,” Meyer said. “[Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith] and I both felt — not felt, we knew — and that’s what made it now, the decision now.” Even in the time of transition, Meyer’s focus was on the longevity of the program. Maybe not the longevity of his role within the program after the Rose Bowl, but giving Day the opportunity to begin to build his team, to make sure the success continues when Meyer coaches his last play. Meyer said Day is being placed in a unique position. He said when the head coach changes at a major university like Ohio State, he said “you usually have to implode the whole thing.”In the position he is currently in, taking a step up from a coordinator role and into a head coaching role he held for the first three games of the season, Day will focus on continuing to build the program from the ground up, Meyer said. Earning three wins to begin the season — against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU — Day auditioned for the Ohio State head coaching job, taking a job he had never held in any level of football. And after learning the ropes of what it means to be a head coach at the collegiate level, Day said he is confident in himself and what he can provide for the program. “Walking in those shoes during the beginning of the year, during that time, took a step away from just working with the offense and the X’s and O’s and then took a wider step back and looked at the leadership role of what it means to be the head coach at Ohio State,” Day said. “[To] have walked in those shoes and had a chance to experience that. And so I’m excited and confident about it.” But to be a head coach at a program like Ohio State, Meyer said, is a different animal. He said the expectation coming in when he took the job in 2012 was remarkably high and remarkably complex, something Meyer did not believe at first, but later reiterated the same message to Day. “The expectation — like I told Ryan Day — here at Ohio State is win every game, win every game, graduate,” Meyer said. “With Gene Smith, have them over a 3.0 [GPA]. Every player stay out of trouble and every player be a high draft pick. And as I usually follow up with it, ‘Go get it, tiger.’”This is something Day had to embrace the minute after he left the press conference. Meyer said the new head coach would be on the road recruiting in four states on Wednesday, talking to players prior to the start of the early signing day period as the head coach of Ohio State while Meyer visits recruits on campus because he said he was very close with the class. Day said the transition for him in terms of recruiting as a head coach does not change because many of the relationships for this class have already been built. But he said the response to his promotion has been positive and strong. Meyer said Day has a genuine love and cares for his players, knowing the ins and outs of his personal life, his family and what his long-term aspirations are. “Once those players know that you have that genuine love and care for them they’ll move mountains for you,” Meyer said. “And I saw that with Ryan Day.” Despite having a bit of a different personality than Meyer, Day said he and the current head coach share many common values, morals and beliefs, but that it might be shown in a different style, something that will be sorted out in the weeks heading into the Rose Bowl — Meyer’s final game — and the weeks after. “Most of what Coach has built here is going to stay,” Day said. “And as we go along, there’s going to be some changes in terms of the way we do certain things. But our beliefs are strong.” Smith believes in Day. He believes in the transition process promoting an offensive coordinator, despite not having long-term coaching experience, brings. For Smith, three games were enough. He saw a future head coach. But Day still has so much more to prove.“Now, if he wasn’t talented I wouldn’t have him here if he couldn’t X and O, let’s be clear,” Smith said. “He’s gotta win ball games. He knows that. Gotta win ball games.” And that starts Wednesday as Day travels to four states, beginning to build, to mold his version, the 25th version of the Ohio State football program.
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus says Mesut Ozil should have expected criticism.The former Germany captain believes that both the Germany Football Federation (DFB) and the Arsenal start should have expected the fallout of his controversial actions.Ozil decided to announce his retirement from international football with Germany after stench criticism from the media and public alike, and Matthaus believes the attacking midfielder should have expected the backlash of his actions prior to the World Cup in Russia.Following his country’s exit from the World Cup, Ozil released a three-part statement on social media in which he criticized the DFB and its president for their insensitivity towards his Turkish heritage.Matthaus who captained Germany to their 1990 World Cup glory in 1990 believes both the player and the football federation failed to identify how big an issue it would be following Germany’s second-round exit from the World Cup.“It is sad that things turned out this way. It could have been dealt with from the beginning,” Matthaus said, according to Goal.Report: Emery says Arsenal need Ozil George Patchias – August 31, 2019 Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he and Arsenal need him.According to Goal.com, Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he is not…“Anybody can take pictures with whoever they want to but they must be ready to face the criticism. The DFB underestimated how big of an issue it was from the start.”The 29-year-old Ozil, played an important role in Germany’s run to World Cup glory four years ago in Brazil after helping the country finished third in 2010.However, his performances in the German National team shirt have under intense scrutiny and Matthaus believes his performance levels have dipped.“Ozil has been important performer for the national team in the past eight years but for a year-and-half now his performances have dropped. I’ve criticized him for his performances on the pitch alone because nothing else concerns me.” Matthaus added.“I know it sounds harsh but from a sporting perspective it’s not a loss, it’s a chance to change something in that position.”
During the World Cup, Zlatko Dalic talked to Mateo Kovacic and while he didn’t decide for the former Real Madrid player, he helped him choose the best chanceMateo Kovacic didn’t feel so good while playing with Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.And during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he had an idea to look for something else in a new club.He then signed for English Premier League club Chelsea.And now, Croatia national team manager Zlatko Dalic has revealed what he spoke to the footballer to help him choose.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Yes, I talked to him, but he made a decision, that was his idea. I just told him what I think, what I would do,” Dalic told Sport Witness.“He also talked to people who led him and this [joining Chelsea] was his good decision.”“He made a big move to change club. It’s a big thing leaving Real. He had a good status, a good deal, he won several times the Champions League,” he added.“But he didn’t have enough time. I hope he plays at Chelsea, I think he will have more chance there than Real. His great quality and strength are that he left Real. Only constant games can make progress for him.”