Press Association The Frenchman, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini, won it 12 minutes from time with the only goal as the Magpies finally made the pressure tell and left the visitors still without a single Barclays Premier League point away from home. Alan Pardew’s men, who have not conceded a goal in 432 minutes of football, enjoyed the better of the game in front of a crowd of 51,915 but had been frustrated up until that point by poor finishing and the efforts of keeper Rob Green, who made a series of important saves. Moussa Sissoko fired Newcastle to a sixth successive victory to extend QPR’s dismal run on the road. However, there was heartache for Ryan Taylor, starting his first Premier League game in 993 days, when he limped off in tears after just 34 minutes. Former team-mate Joey Barton was afforded a warm welcome on his return to St James’ Park, where he spent four seasons before heading for the capital, as he led out the visitors wearing the captain’s armband. But there was an even more significant re-appearance for the home side with utility man Taylor starting his first Barclays Premier League game since a 1-1 derby draw with Sunderland on March 4, 2012 after two cruciate ligament injuries. Sadly for the 30-year-old his afternoon was to last barely half an hour as he departed after going to ground in some discomfort with all the indications suggesting yet another knee problem. But inside the 34 minutes for which he was on the pitch, it was he who had looked the most likely man to break the deadlock, prompting the home side forward and arriving late into the box to apply the finishing touch to a series of moves. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to take either of the two gilt-edged opportunities which fell his way as Green tipped his curling 17th-minute shot over after Remy Cabella had picked him out on the edge of the box with an intelligent corner and then claimed his side-footed effort after Ayoze Perez and Cabella had set him up following full-back Yun Suk-young’s misplaced pass. Green had earlier enjoyed an escape when he blasted a clearance straight into Jack Colback and saw the ball ricochet just wide as he attempted to deal with Steven Caulker’s underhit back-pass, but was more than equal to the task of collecting Cabella’s tame 10th-minute shot after the Frenchman had linked well with Sissoko. Both sides had penalty appeals rightly waved away by referee Chris Foy after Massadio Haidara went down under Sandro’s challenge and Leroy Fer under Mike Williamson’s. However, Taylor’s premature departure changed the game with the visitors sensing their chance and with Barton making an impact, they pressed the Magpies back. Striker Charlie Austin, who had gone wide with a 13th-minute shot, failed to test keeper Tim Krul unduly three minutes before the break, although the Holland international had to be on his toes on the stroke of half-time to keep out defender Richard Dunne’s looping header from a Barton corner. Newcastle returned in determined mood with Sammy Ameobi and Cabella running at the QPR defence at every opportunity and meeting less than composed resistance, although Barton threw himself into the path of Ameobi’s well-struck 48th-minute volley. At the other end, Austin scuffed a left-footed effort on the full straight to Krul, but the traffic remained largely in the other direction, although with Green untested until he had to race from his line and block Perez’s shot with his chest after Sissoko had played the youngster in with 57 minutes gone. The keeper was fortunate to escape when he spilled Haidara’s driven near-post cross three minutes later and was grateful to see Ameobi head wide as he arrived at pace to meet substitute Yoan Gouffran’s 63rd-minute cross. But the visitors were not content to defend and striker Bobby Zamora, who had earlier headed wide, had Krul back-pedalling anxiously with another effort from Karl Henry’s 66th-minute cross. Substitute Niko Kranjcar, who had replaced the injured Sandro on the hour, gave QPR fresh impetus but the home side still looked the more likely to score, with Perez testing Green once again with a first-time shot from Gouffran’s 74th-minute cross. But the stalemate was finally broken 12 minutes from time when Sissoko turned on Ameobi’s pass to fire unerringly past Green and spark joyous celebrations on and off the pitch.
Snow-covered roads at Ballyare outside Ramelton this morning.UPDATED 12.10pm: Drivers are warned to exercise extreme caution following a fall of snow across the county this morning.Warnings are coming in off heavy snow falling across Inishowen including Carndonagh and Buncrana. Other areas being affected include Creeslough and Milford.Met Eireann has warned the falls are the first of what could be a number in the next two days as temperatures plummet. Snowfalls overnight were washed away by rain but further snow just before rush-hour caused some delays for motorists.Although most roads are passable, motorists have been warned that there is ice in many places and to drive carefully and at a reasonable speed.Met Eireann has issued an orange weather alert with Donegal and Leitrim expected to be hit by the heaviest falls of snow.There are no reports of any major accidents as a result of the freezing weather. MORE SNOW FORECAST AS DRIVERS WARNED TO TAKE EXTRA CARE was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalsnow
The gambling sport of rooster fighting is ruling during the Makar Sankranti season in Andhra Pradesh despite warnings by police about blood sports and gambling, and appeals from the animal rights activists to show concern for birds.With an active participation of politicians, at least Rs 2,000 crore is believed to be changing hands in the gambling, laying a bet on one or other rooster for victory.While the stakes were small in the traditional rooster fight in the villages, the sport has taken a bloody turn in recent years with blades tied to the roosters’ legs and rural audiences watching the birds go at one another until one gives up and bleeds to death.To add to the excitement in the rooster fight arenas, betting on card games and liquor is made available for special guests in select stands.While it is unlawful, police is forced to turn a blind eye unless the law and order situation is violated following quarrels about settling bets. The organisers, who enjoy the backing of the local MLAs, make special arrangements for their clients and the people, who turn up in large numbers to enjoy the fights.Significantly, at some of the venues this year, roosters were smuggled into the state from Thailand and Australia. These roosters are strong and light. The roosters, depending on their species, sizes and strength, command prices anywhere between Rs 40,000 and Rs 1,50,000.On papers, the Andhra Pradesh High Court banned cockfights in 2016. The Supreme Court upheld its decision but the sport continues unchecked.advertisementAlso Read | Andhra Pradesh’s Jallikattu: Cockfights continue to be popular despite High Court banAlso Read | Cockfighting continues in state despite Hyderabad High Court ban