More to come from Taarabt, says QPR boss

first_imgMark Hughes says he has been hugely impressed by Adel Taarabt – and believes there is plenty more to come from the Moroccan.Taarabt was out of favour at QPR prior to Hughes’ appointment as manager and the club had been open to offers for him for some time.Taarabt has impressed.But the new boss is quick to point out the 22-year-old’s relative lack of experience and believes he can make him a better player.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “I’m enjoying working with him. He’s a very bright kid, he’s good around the place, and I’ve been really, really impressed with him.“I think there’s more to come. With the right work and the right direction he could be more effective than he has been in the past.“It’s his first season in the Premier League and we want to make sure he improves year on year. I think with my and my staff’s help he’ll be a better player.”Taarabt’s recent display against Wolves was an encouraging sign and belied his reputation for immaturity.With Rangers down to 10 men following the sending-off of Djibril Cisse he produced some of his best moments of the season – giving Hughes food for thought.“I was pleased because he took on responsibility and that’s what you want from players,” Hughes explained.“He understood the situation and that he had to really drive the game for us and that’s what he did.“I like players who are able to understand what’s going on and are able to take responsibility in a game. Some shy away from it but he certainly didn’t.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former basketball coach sentenced to two years of probation

first_img“The actions of Mr. Bland and his co-conspirators have significantly damaged the reputation of USC as an institution, the USC athletic department and its men’s basketball program,” Blanton said in his statement. “Further, their actions have prompted an NCAA investigation that may result in penalties.” Former men’s basketball coach Tony Bland was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service Wednesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in January, despite prosecutors pushing for him to face up to a year in prison. “[I see] young men of color every day in this courtroom, unable to overcome those backgrounds,” Ramos said. “I am convinced to a moral certainty that I will not see Mr. Bland again, at least not in this courtroom.” Bland’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman pointed to USC’s other transgressions, including the recent college admissions bribery scheme, to suggest that Bland was not the sole reason for the NCAA’s concern about the University’s conduct. While delivering his statement in court, Bland apologized to the prosecution, his peers and the players affected by his crime. After announcing Bland’s sentence, Ramos explained that he took Bland’s troubled past into account, as well as the numerous testimonials he received supporting Bland’s character. Bland overcame a childhood in which his father was incarcerated due to gang activity, his mother was an addict and his grandmother was schizophrenic. Blanton also said the University suffered significant expenditures as a result of investigating Bland’s misconduct and cooperating with the prosecution. The statement did not include how much the school spent on the investigation.center_img These 10 men, including three other NCAA assistant basketball coaches, allegedly took advantage of bribes to direct talented college basketball players to financial advisors. Substantial evidence in the case was brought to light by undercover FBI agents who acted as partners to acquire access to the bribery ring. Bland was awarded a light sentence despite a victim impact statement sent to Judge Edgardo Ramos by USC vice president Michael Blanton in May addressing the adverse effects of Bland’s actions on the University. Bland admitted to accepting $4,100 in bribes in exchange for directing USC players to a sports management company headed by Christian Dawkins and Munish Sood. He was one of 10 men charged in the FBI’s 2017 case against bribery in college basketball. Former men’s basketball coach Tony Bland was sentenced to probation and community service Wednesday for accepting bribes. (Daily Trojan file photo) “I’m excited it’s over. I appreciate Judge Ramos for the outcome and giving me another chance, a second chance,” Bland told CBS Sports following the trial. “I’m just looking forward to rebuilding from my mistakes, and from this moment on, spending the rest of my life trying to prove and help and reverse the stigma that came from this.”last_img read more

Saints release Rishard Matthews after he leaves training camp

first_imgWhile Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t provide a reason for Matthews’ departure, he did specify that it was the veteran’s decision.”It’s not for everyone at this point,” Payton said, per “We’ll look this week to bring a few different players in. Different positions, really, for workouts, which isn’t all that uncommon.” Related News Cardinals release defensive end Darius Philon after arrest for aggravated assault Patrick Mahomes plays 1 drive instead of 1 quarter after Chiefs’ touchdowncenter_img Matthews, 29, signed with the Saints in June after a tryout at mandatory minicamp. He initially was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and joined the Titans in 2016, where he led the team in receiving yards that season (945) and the next in 2017 (795). He also ranked second with Tennessee in catches in 2016 (65) and third in 2017 (53).However, he requested his release from the Titans in September and signed with the Jets the following month, but ended last season on injured reserve.Matthews caught one pass for seven yards in Friday’s preseason opener against the Vikings, where the Saints lost, 34-25. Rishard Matthews didn’t make it long in New Orleans.The Saints on Saturday released the wide receiver with a left squad designation after he opted to leave training camp just one day after playing in New Orleans’ first preseason game.last_img read more