Keeper Julio Cesar makes his first appearance of the season for QPR, who start with Danny Simpson for the FA Cup third round clash at Goodison Park despite manager Harry Redknapp indicating that he would rest the right-back. Everton striker Nikica Jelavic – a transfer target for Redknapp – makes his first start since September.Everton: Robles, Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic.Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Pienaar, Mirallas, Vellios, Lukaku.QPR: Cesar, Simpson, Onuoha, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Traore, Phillips, Barton, Henry, O’Neil, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Dunne, Johnson, Onyewu, Kranjcar, Zamora, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Arsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Facing an eight-point deficit, in one of the conference’s most hostile environments, it was a pair of freshmen that ignited a second-half comeback and gave the undefeated Buckeyes a 73-68 win against Illinois on Saturday. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both game-highs, despite giving up several inches to both of Illinois’ seven-foot-plus big men. But it was freshman Deshaun Thomas’ eight points off the bench, all of which came in a four-minute span in the second half, that sparked the Buckeyes to their 20th win of the season. After leading for most of the first half, OSU gave up a 7-0 Illinois run to end the first 20 minutes and the Illini led 34-33 at the break. Another Illinois run in the second half, this time 12-4, gave the Illini their biggest lead of the game, eight points, with just less than 12 minutes to go. But when Thomas entered the game, the Buckeyes came roaring back. Two free throws apiece from Sullinger and senior Jon Diebler and one from freshman Aaron Craft cut the lead to three. After a defensive stop, the never-shy Thomas took and made his first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, to tie the game at 50 with 9:30 remaining. Two more threes, one from Diebler and another from Thomas, completed a 14-0 run and gave the Buckeyes a six point lead, their first lead since late in the first half. After OSU held a steady lead for the next several minutes, a Demetri McCamey basket and a pair of Mike Tisdale free-throws cut the lead to four with less than a minute to go. Sullinger made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession to give the Buckeyes a four-point lead with 30 seconds to go. Tisdale then hit a 3-pointer, giving OSU the ball with 16 seconds to go and a one-point lead. The Illini fouled Craft after he caught the inbounds pass and the freshman knocked down both free throws to put the Buckeyes up three. On the ensuing Illinois possession, Diebler tipped a pass, forcing a crucial Illini turnover. Sullinger called a timeout after he recovered the loose ball on the floor and a pair of free throws from junior William Buford ended the suspense. Although several Buckeyes struggled from the field all afternoon — Buford and senior David Lighty were a combined 5-22 shooting the ball — OSU was as good as it has been all year from the free throw line. Led by Sullinger’s 13-of-15 effort, the Buckeyes shot a combined 24-of-27 from the stripe. Diebler scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Despite his shooting woes, Lighty finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists. Saturday’s game was the first of a stretch of eight games that will see the Buckeyes play six teams currently ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. That stretch continues Tuesday at home against No. 14 Purdue.
Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State’s freshmen had a big weekend at one of the most competitive meets of the season, the Tennessee Relays, in Knoxville, Tennessee.On the men’s side, freshman Eric Harrison and freshman Andre Jeff had impressive days individually and contributed to some of the top performing relay teams. The women’s 4×800-meter-relay team finished second with freshmen Aziza Ayoub and Mary Figler providing a bulk of the support for the unit. The meet involved many professional athletes, including world record holders such as Christian Coleman and Kendra Harrison. Four-time Olympic athlete Justin Gatlin also competed at the meet. Men’s recapOhio State’s sprint medley team, consisting of freshman Tavonte Mott, junior Kyle McKinney, freshman Paul Bete and Jeff, finished first with a time of 3:27.Harrison, junior Nick Gray, senior Duan Asemota and senior Zack Bazile brought Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 39.31 seconds. The Buckeyes fell to America’s ProForm team, a professional group that carried Coleman and Gatlin.Harrison set a personal best, finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.70 seconds. Jeff finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 46.92 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski finished third in pole vault with a jump of 5.30 meters.Bazile finished third in long jump with a jump of 7.79 meters.Asemota, senior Jerry Jackson, junior DeJuan Seward and freshman Joseph Cooper led Ohio State’s 4×200-meter relay team to a third-place finish with a time of 1:25.30.Senior Nick Demaline finished third in the shot put with his last throw of 19.62 meters.Women’s RecapJunior Sarah Kanney won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:54. Ohio State’s 4×800-meter relay team made up of freshman Aziza Ayoub, freshman Mary Figler, senior Olivia Smith and sophomore Annie Ubing finished second with a time of 9:02.Junior Sarah Stanley finished second in javelin throw with a 42.23-meter throw.In the 400-meter dash, senior Maggie Berrie finished second with a time of 52.88 seconds.In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray placed fifth with a personal best time of 13.11 seconds. Ray was among fast company in that competition. Kendra Harrison, who won the race, owns the 100-meter hurdles world record. Ohio State will host its only outdoor meet, the Jesse Owens Track Classic, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, all day both Friday and Saturday.