Green: We need perfect run

first_imgGoalkeeper Rob Green admits QPR need a perfect finish to the season if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League. An unmarked Leroy Fer volleyed home a corner with 17 minutes to go but Nedum Onuoha’s afternoon took a disastrous turn within the space of five minutes as he was booked for the shirt pull on Martin Skrtel which led to a penalty – which Green saved from Gerrard – before seeing yellow for a second time for a hack on substitute Jordon Ibe. Liverpool ramped up the pressure and three minutes from time Gerrard nipped in to head in Coutinho’s corner. QPR have the worst record in the Premier League for the number of points conceded in the last 10 minutes and it left the players deflated. “It is a feeling of immense disappointment really the way the game went,” added Green. “It is another defeat in the last few minutes against a team no-one would have expected us to take anything from. “It comes down to a good ball into the box and Stevie G meeting it like he did. “Those are the finite details you are working with in the Premier League against top-quality players. “You have a player like Coutinho who can whip in a ball like he can and Steven Gerrard who can attack a ball like he can. “If you concede a lot of corners at some point they are going to be able to meet one.” Head coach Chris Ramsey was equally frustrated. “I have said it week after week: I would rather start the game at 80 minutes,” he said. “We have left so many points on the table after 80 minutes. At 87 (against Liverpool), 88 at Chelsea, 89 at Hull, after 80 at Aston Villa. “Our lapses in concentration are there for everyone to see. We were admirable even after we went down to 10 men.” Steven Gerrard’s 88th-minute header in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Anfield left the Hoops needing a miracle to stay up. They are seven points from safety with three matches to go and head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next Sunday knowing they realistically have to win that. However, should other results go against them – although it would involve the improbably scenario of all four teams who are catchable winning – the previous day there is a chance they could already be down before they reach Manchester. But Green is in no doubt they have to win at the Etihad to ensure their remaining two fixtures against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Leicester do not become irrelevant. When the England goalkeeper was told of how other results had gone against them he said: “Great. We need to win all our games. “We probably need a perfect run between now and the end of the season, starting at the Etihad – which is a big ask.” Green said news of the death of team-mate Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca to cancer hours before kick-off had not affected their performance. “We had to go about our business the same as we always do,” he added. “You have adversity in football and everyone at the club is with Rio and his family at this moment.” QPR looked to have given themselves a fighting chance at Anfield as they weathered a storm – mainly helped by Liverpool’s lack of a cutting edge up front – after going behind to Philippe Coutinho’s 19th-minute goal. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Browns announce two COVID-19 related moves.

first_imgOfficials last week declared “substantial completion” of 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the Raiders.Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to have at least limited crowds.The Raiders relocated from Oakland, California, after last season.___The National Hockey League says there have been zero positive coronavirus test results since 24 teams entered quarantined bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cleveland Browns have placed third-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert on the reserve/COVID list and activated punter Jamie Gillan. He had tested positive for coronavirus. Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday.St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. St. Louis last played July 29 at Minnesota and is tentatively set to resume its schedule this Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs.The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The league announced it had administered more than 7,000 tests to players, coaches, staff and officials over the past week. Teams with 52-member traveling parties entered the bubbles July 26.There were also zero positives the previous week when teams were still in their home cities for training camp.___Results of COVID-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a night game. Associated Press The Phillies (1-2) have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.___Danish organizers say the Tour de France start due to take place in Copenhagen next year has been moved to 2022 to avoid being held in the same month as the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the European Championship soccer tournament.Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen says the move means the three-stage Tour start in his city will now be planned for July 1-3, 2022, adding that he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by then.The 2021 Tour was scheduled set to start on July 2. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore following an outbreak within their traveling party that sidelined half the players. Miami has not played since July 26.Because the outbreak occurred in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were sidelined for a week while they were tested daily.___The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team sent a letter to season ticket holders on Monday saying that after discussion with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. August 3, 2020 The Tour’s French organizers have yet to announce a replacement city for Copenhagen, although there have been reports that the three-week event could start from the French region of Brittany in 2021.This year’s Tour, which was supposed to start in June, will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 20 — starting in Nice.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Browns also placed safety Karl Joseph on the active/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. He was signed during the offseason and is expected to start. Gilbert joined the Browns last season to back up Baker Mayfield, a close friend from their high school days in Texas. Gilbert is third on the depth chart now after the Browns signed veteran QB Case Keenum. Last week, first-year Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he didn’t see the need to keep his quarterbacks separated because of the virus. Other teams have considered the move in case of an outbreak.Gillan set a team record for net average last year as a rookie. He was placed on the COVID list last week after testing positive when veterans reported.___ The Latest: Browns announce two COVID-19 related moves.last_img read more