Chelsea started my year of bad luck, says Harry Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp says he has had terrible luck over the last 12 months – and it started with Chelsea’s European triumph.A year ago Redknapp was in charge of Tottenham and being touted as the next England manager.Now his QPR side look all but relegated despite huge spending before and since his arrival at Loftus Road.And Redknapp says his woeful year began with Chelsea’s Champions League victory against Bayern Munich, which cost Spurs a place in this season’s tournament and seemingly triggered his departure from White Hart Lane.“I don’t think I’ve been very lucky this year. Chelsea won the Champions League and it’s sort of gone from there really,” he said.“I couldn’t help Lionel Messi missing a penalty [against Chelsea], Bayern Munich battering Chelsea in the final and not being able to score and Arjen Robben missing a penalty.“It cost Tottenham a Champions League place, but that’s life.”See also:Despondent QPR boss ditches club suitYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs take over top spot, face No. 15 49ers; Raiders fall to No. 27

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as Week 3 begins:1. Kansas City (2-0)All aboard the Patrick Mahomes bandwagon. Through two games he’s projected for 80 touchdown passes. Last week: 6 Next: 49ers2. L.A. Rams (2-0)Apparently D-coordinator Wade Phillips had no problem blending in some big-named, big ego talent to play together. Last week: 5 Next: L.A. Chargers 3. Jacksonville (2-0)Slot corner DJ Hayden not only had four tackles, but …last_img

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Aaron Rodgers ruthlessly exposes Raiders’ weaknesses on defense

first_imgThis wasn’t Chase Daniel or Jacoby Brissett. It was Aaron Rodgers, looking as good as Aaron Rodgers has ever looked.So maybe you cut the Raiders’ defense a little slack Sunday after a 42-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, given Rodgers’ standing as a Hall of Fame quarterback in waiting.Unless it happens again over the next three weeks when the opposing quarterbacks are DeShaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.If it does, the Raiders can forget about playoff aspirations and go back to the drawing board in their endless struggle to put together rush and coverage to a point where they can at least be an annoyance for a top-flight quarterback. And it won’t matter whether Derek Carr learns to grasp the ball with two hands while going for the end zone pylon. Truth be told, Carr’s offense against the Packers, even with his ginormous mistake, operated much closer to a playoff level than did the defense.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for the Packers. That’s a perfect 158.3 according to the NFL passer rating system, and it doesn’t take into account his 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.Green Bay receivers, even without the injured Davante Adams, were breaking open all day. Those who were covered caught the ball anyway. Nine of Rodgers’ completions went for 314 yards, an average of 34.9 yards per play.“There’s no excuse for giving up big plays like that,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters afterward. “We gave up a big play at the end of the first half and a big play to start the third quarter, and we can’t play like that. We just can’t do it.” Asked how the Raiders could solve their big-play woes on defense, Gruden said, “I’m not going to comment on that right now. I’m just going to say it’s a combination of Rodgers making great plays, and we’ve got to do a better job coaching, playing, and that we will do.”Harris told reporters Rodgers was something out of the ordinary.“He knows what you are in before you even start moving around,” Harris said. “They had some receivers we thought might not play, but it didn’t really matter because as long as (No.) 12 is back there, he will make that offense go.”Opposing quarterbacks over the next three games aren’t Rodgers, but they’re better than what the Raiders have seen so far with the exception of Mahomes.Next up is Watson and the Houston Texans. Watson is coming off a 308-yard passing day in a loss to Indianapolis and has a top-flight target in DeAndre Hopkins.If the Raiders win, they’d come off their five-game road trip from hell at 4-3 overall and get five of the next seven at home. The Packers loss would be written off as Rodgers being Rodgers.But if Rodgers simply provided a blue print for which others will follow against the Raiders, finishing over .500 will be next to impossible.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not The Raiders had just one sack, and it came from rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby in the first half. The best lick on Rodgers came from linebacker Nick Morrow on a blitz up the middle. Rodgers managed to get the ball away for an incomplete pass before being knocked to the turf in the end zone.Otherwise, it was mostly Rodgers hooking fish in a barrel, and he may as well have been on a captain’s chair in a bass boat. Rodgers was even better than Patrick Mahomes when he took the Raiders apart in the second quarter in Week 2 at the Coliseum.Therein lies the problem. Rodgers and Mahomes are the only two quarterbacks the Raiders have played who approach the elite level.Veteran Joe Flacco can’t get the Broncos going in Denver. Kirk Cousins was efficient without being spectacular in a run-first Minnesota attack. Brissett missed open throws in Indianapolis, his receivers dropped passes and he threw the game-deciding interception to Erik Harris, who returned it for a touchdown.Daniel of the Chicago Bears gifted the Raiders two interceptions in London where Morrow and Gareon Conley looked like intended receivers.Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Against the Packers, Daryl Worley and Conley were giving up big plays, and tight ends resumed their destruction against Raiders safeties. When it was over, the final game book didn’t have a defender getting his hands on a single pass.Which isn’t surprising given the time Rodgers had to pick and choose.“Today was the best pocket we’ve had all season,” Rodgers told reporters.He got no argument from Crosby, author of the lone sack.“Collectively, we didn’t get enough push up front,” Crosby said.  “We didn’t get in his face enough. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He did a good job. But defensively we hurt ourselves all game.”Like our Oakland Raiders Facebook page for more Raiders news, commentary and conversation. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will take some heat, but he can’t get his secondary closer to receivers or pass rushers to the quarterback simply by the power of suggestion. Whenever the Raiders did blitz, Rodgers seemed to find an open target. Blitzing is the solution for couch coordinators everywhere, yet suicide against quarterbacks like Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.Now comes the part where the Raiders have to find a way to fix rush and coverage issues with 10 games still to play.There were Sunday reports from ESPN that the Raiders would “buyers” at the Oct. 29 trade deadline, seeking linebackers and pass rushers.Easier said than done. Players available at this point are there for a reason. Few teams trade a viable pass rusher, and if so, it’s because of big-time behavioral or contractual concerns.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Sars promises ‘hassle-free’ tax season

first_img‘Hassle-free tax season’ 2 July 2010 He also announced plans Sars intends implementing to deal with those who had not paid their taxes. Thousands of South Africans, who have not filed tax returns for a number of years, have been ignoring Sars warnings to submit their returns. “Sars is very proud of the many compliant South African [taxpayers] over the years. We want to thank them and want to urge those who are non-compliant to voluntarily come forward. If they do not when we do catch them it will cost them a lot of money,” he said. Magashula said Sars was also moving towards “taxpayer-centric approach”, which allowed taxpayers to take control of their tax affairs. He outlined the improvements to this year’s tax season, which included electronic signatures – a system that allows tax payers, who had their returns captured electronically at a Sars branch, to sign their electronic returns using an electronic signature pad. Action against non-compliance Penalty notices had been issued and Magashula warned if these errant taxpayers did not pay their penalties and submit their returns by September, then Sars would take the money owed from their bank accounts and salaries. Speaking at the start of the 2010 tax season in Johannesburg on Thursday, Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula promised South Africans a hassle-free tax season. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has simplified and enhanced a number of its services, making it easier and quicker for individuals to complete their tax returns. Sars dealt with a number of cases where taxpayers claimed to have no knowledge of non-compliance, while others claimed they had given all their information to a tax practitioner who then failed to submit it.center_img He also promised that eFiling would not experience any “downtime” this tax season, as upgrades to the system would allow it to deal with increased volumes of taxpayers on the system and it would take only a few seconds for taxpayers to call up the necessary details. But, at the same time, the revenue service has vowed to get tough on errant taxpayers, saying money would be taken from their salaries and bank accounts, if they do not sort out their taxes in the coming months. “These taxpayers have one last opportunity to avoid this severe action – and that is to contact Sars urgently to arrange the submission of all outstanding returns and to pay all outstanding penalties,” he explained. Magashula also expressed gratitude to those South Africans who had paid their taxes, saying it was through their cooperation that the country was able to host the soccer world cup and pay for the stadia, road improvements and other infrastructure. Source: BuaNews No copies of the documents needed to be printed, which translated into a shorter period taken to complete a tax return as there was no longer a need to wait for printed copies, Magashula said. Tax payers can also now see all correspondence from Sars relating to their tax affairs and the status of their returns and assessments. Taxpayer-centric approach Magashula explained that taxpayers have now been given access via eFiling to their own tax affairs and from there they would be able to grant access to a tax practitioner.last_img read more

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Infographic: Know your copyrights on World Book and Copyright Day

first_imgTo celebrate Unesco’s International World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, an annual event that promotes reading and highlights the importance of creative ownership, we bring you an infographic on the basic concepts of copyright.In a digital age, when original ideas can move rapidly around the world within seconds, it is important that creators in all forms of media – music, film, art and books – understand the intricacies of controlling how their intellectual property is used, and making sure they are properly compensated for their original ideas.Illegal downloading and digital piracy are just some of the more notable ways that copyright can be violated. Plagiarism, unlawful appropriation and the illegal selling of media is a significant problem, in not only a technological sense, but also at a very real, grassroots level, particularly in South Africa and the rest of the continent.last_img read more

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“Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau” GCJ9YK GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 7/26/2010

first_imgThe Virtual Cache titled, “Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau” (GCJ9YK) takes divers forty feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.  At this location you’ll discover a plaque honoring Caption Jacques Yves Cousteau.This difficulty 4, terrain 5 Virtual Cache delivers geocachers to what’s reported to be one of the most popular dive sites on the West Coast of North America.  The dive site is located off Catalina Island, California.  According to the cache page, you must use SCUBA gear to reach the cache and dive with a partner.PezCachers, Jill and Ken, created the geocache.They say, “We enjoy placing caches that have some sort of history to them and are fun to find. GCJ9YK is a fine example of that. When we placed the cache in 2004, there were very few underwater caches and we thought it would be fun to see how many geocachers were divers. Turns out there are a lot! Thanks for bringing attention to the great legend who gave us a vision and the key to the silent world.”PezCachers asks three questions before you’re able to claim the cache. Beside answering to those questions at this Virtual Cache, you’ll also discover much more: wrecks, drop-offs and come face to face with countless colorful fish.Explore all the Geocaches of the Week here.EDITOR’S NOTE: Virtual Caches are no longer available for creation on Geocaching.com.  These types of caches are now considered waymarks on Waymarking.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDive in and earn a smiley! – The Blue Hole – Half Moon Caye (GC2KFB8) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2014In “Community”Horka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”Geocaching with SealsApril 14, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Tribal farmer killed in Manipur as hand grenade explodes

first_imgA tribal ginger farmer identified as Satminlun Gangte, 24, was killed on the spot when a Chinese-made hand grenade exploded on October 7 night at a mountainous field in Tollen village under Machi police station in Tengnoupal, the border district in Manipur. According to a delayed official report on October 9, Gangte, hailing from Churachandpur district, succumbed to shrapnel injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.On Monday night, Gangte was burning some twigs to clear the area for ginger cultivation when the grenade exploded, police said. Police say that the grenade might have been left behind to target the security personnel who have spread their dragnets to nab drug traffickers and anti-social elements in the border mountains.Of late there have been some bomb blasts in Tengnoupal district, police said. There were two bomb attacks in the last eight days, targeting the Moreh police station in this district. Meanwhile, official reports said that personnel of 43 Assam Rifles have sealed the 354-km-long Manipur-Myanmar border following series of violent incidents and arrest of drug traffickers.last_img read more

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