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Sunday, February 23, 2014

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 - 40 Years Today: Chelsea 3 QPR 3


- 40 Years Today: Chelsea 3 QPR 3

- Charlton Match Reports/Comments/Photos

- Updated Crest/Badge by End of February?

Tony Fernandes Tweets Today (Post-Charlton Game)

QPR fans. There are no quick fixes. This is a long term project and our support is unwavering. Injuries have hurt us but there is enough.

- Flashback: Post-Relegation Comments by Chairman Fernandes


At end of September, Steve McClaren Replaced Nigel Clough at Derby County

QPR were 12 points clear of Derby

We're now 5 points behind Derby (We do have game in hand)

QPR were top with top with 23 Points from 9 games
Derby County were 14th with 11 points from 9 games

QPR 4th - 56 points from 31 games
Derby 3rd 61 points from 32 game

Derby Results This Season - 
As Derby Fan Tweeted: Dom T @DomT77
@QPRReport McClaren's record at Derby. P22 W15 D4 L3

The Table Then

28 Sep 2013

1 QPR 9 8 23
2 Burnley 9 11 20
3 Leicester 9 6 20
4 Watford 9 11 18
5 Nott'm Forest 9 6 18
6 Reading 9 6 18
7 Blackpool 9 4 18
8 Huddersfield 9 4 13
9 Ipswich 9 3 13
10 Bournemouth 9 -8 13
11 Blackburn 9 4 12
12 Brighton 9 1 12
13 Wigan 8 3 11
14 Derby 9 1 11
15 Leeds 9 -2 11
16 Millwall 9 -4 11
17 Doncaster 8 -1 9
18 Middlesbrough 9 -4 8
19 Birmingham 9 -5 7
20 Charlton 8 -6 5
21 Yeovil 9 -8 5
22 Sheffield Wed 8 -6 4
23 Bolton 9 -10 4
24 Barnsley 9 -14 4

Championship Table Now

1 Leicester 32 27 71
2 Burnley 32 24 63
3 Derby 32 20 61
4 QPR 31 12 56
5 Nottm Forest 32 18 55
6 Reading 32 13 50
7 Wigan 31 8 49
8 Brighton 31 6 46
9 Blackburn 31 3 46
10 Ipswich 32 6 45
11 Leeds 31 4 43
12 Watford 32 5 42
13 Middlesbrough 32 5 40
14 Huddersfield 32 -4 40
15 Sheff Wed 31 0 36
16 Birmingham 32 -2 36
17 Bournemouth 31 -14 36
18 Blackpool 32 -15 35
19 Bolton 32 -12 33
20 Doncaster 32 -20 30
21 Millwall 32 -29 28
22 Charlton 29 -14 27
23 Barnsley 31 -21 26
24 Yeovil 31 -20 25


Boxing: Mark Prince returns to fight for young lives

Former world champion is back after 15 years to raise awareness of knife crime after his son's murder
ALAN HUBBARD Sunday 23 February 2014

Most old fighters come back because they are broke, bored or miss the limelight. Mark Prince has a far more compelling reason.

Before his retirement with a knee injury 15 years ago, Tottenham's Prince had an impressive career as a light-heavyweight, holding both the IBF and WBO Inter-Continental titles and fighting for a world championship in was to be his only defeat in 21 bouts. That was back in 1998.

His life was to change dramatically eight years later on the afternoon of Thursday 18 May 2006, when his 15-year-old son, Kiyan, a prodigiously talented young footballer on the books of Queens Park Rangers, was brutally murdered outside the gates of his school in Edgware, north London, the innocent victim of a knife crime for which his attacker, aged 16, was jailed for life.

The distraught Prince was instrumental, along with the then mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, in lobbying for knife crime to be introduced into the Violent Crime Reduction Act. He also set up a charitable foundation in memory of his son with the aim of campaigning in schools, prisons and the community, as well as counselling bereaved families similar to his.

However, this fight has not proved enough, so he has resumed his career with a fight which he hopes will raise both the profile of the Kiyan Prince Foundation and money for it. On 1 March, nine days short of his 45th birthday, Prince steps back into the ring at London's York Hall to contest the vacant WBU European cruiserweight title against the Czech Jiri Svacina, a prelude, he hopes, to another world-title shot this summer.

He has never stopped training, and proved his fitness with a quietly arranged winning warm-up bout late last year. He claims he is as mentally and physically prepared as he has ever been, driven by the desire to keep alive the memory of his son and highlight the horror of what happened to him, and others.

‘They talked of what a great future he had. They said he was the next Theo’ Mark prince on the footballing skills of his son Kiyan "Boxing helped me get through every day after Kiyan was killed," he says. "At the time I didn't think I could survive. I was sure I was going to do something crazy to get revenge, because there was hatred in my heart. But I asked God for help and saw I had to do things a different way. That was to share my experience with others. "I went into the streets and the schools and prisons. I spoke with gang members and told them of the hurt they were causing. I like to think I opened some eyes. Some seemed to look up to me because I was a boxer. Some even swore never to carry knives or guns again."

Now, he says, the Foundation must be kept in the spotlight, and his return to boxing is part of it. "I hope by doing this I can help spread the message and make street crime unfashionable, and say to them, 'You know, this ain't cool'. Some kids see carrying knives as a badge of honour, but I tell them it's one only a fool would wear."

Kiyan died from a stab wound to the heart after going to help a friend who was being bullied, and trying to break up the fight. Kiyan was wearing his QPR shorts and other friends said later that he was jumped on as he walked away, and that his last words were: "Please don't let me die... tell my mum I love her".

"I was so proud of him," says Prince. "We had just been down to the QPR ground. They wanted to sign him as a pro and talked of what a great future he had. They said he was the next Theo Walcott. He was growing into a fine young man, quiet and shy but full of character."

The boy who stabbed Kiyan, Hannad Hassan, is a Somali refugee who was said to be obsessed with gang culture. He received a life sentence, but Prince objects: "My boy was 15 years old. His killer will spend less than that in prison. That's not life."

Prince has five other children and his son Malek, 16, is also having trials with QPR. "People there, including Harry Redknapp, have been very supportive, and there is talk of staging a world-title fight there this summer after I win this one. I'm not a guy with delusions of grandeur. I'm a real fighter. I'm also a father who lost his son at the hands of another kid with a knife, and I want to make something good out something horrible and traumatic.

"When I was fighting before I didn't enjoy it so much. It was all too intense. Now I'm relaxed, sure of myself. I'm more mature. Age is irrelevant. I am going to be the Bernard Hopkins of the UK. I have a warrior spirit because of what I've gone through.

"So you see it's important that before I hang my gloves up again this mission has to be completed, because this is about more than the belts, or the glory. It is about promoting this charity and helping kids to come and work through our projects and programmes and be changed into new and different young people. People like Kiyan."

For more information about the Kiyan Prince Foundation visit: www.kiyan.org

Night falls on the final Saturday of February and Julio Cesar is not starting a game once again.

Yet, when he walks out on the field he has a huge smile on his face as he stops to say hello. Julio Cesar is back in his happy place.

His new team, Toronto FC, start their pre-season game against Orlando City FC with him on the bench but he knows it is simply a routine night off from the number one spot he recently inherited.

It is fitting that he is here in Orlando, in the shadows of Walt Disney World, a place that turns dreams into reality for millions every year. Yet, it was one thing to bring joy to the face of a child when they meet Mickey Mouse; it is quite another to bring together a scenario where the Brazilian number one goalkeeper chooses a Major League Soccer franchise, that has won 17 of their last 102 league matches since 2010, to prepare him for the sport's ultimate stage.

From the makers of 'Remember The Titans' and 'Miracle', Disney, we present you with another remarkable sports script, currently taking place in your back garden.

"I am really happy here," Cesar told me in an interview before the match.

How can he not be?

Everyone he left behind in England is sleeping as he trains hard with fellow 'keeper Joe Bendik before the game. Three weeks ago that's where he was, fast asleep dreaming of getting another chance.

At the end of January he lay in his London bed counting down the days to the World Cup and wondering if he would be able to play. The transfer window closed and no offers had come.

"The truth is Toronto is the only team that came after me and gave me the chance to sign - I talked with my agent and I said I need to play because I went eight months without playing."

Cesar stops and apologies for his difficulty with the English language. "My English is really rubbish - everyone in Brazil keeps joking with me about my English. I try and do my best."

The 34-year-old jokes he can speak two-and-a-half languages but as he does he concentrates to find the right words to deliver the important message about a time in his life that was clearly a real challenge.

He continues: "For me, it was a tough, tough time, I was very sad in England. My agent talked to me and the deal came together quickly for me to sign with them. I have some friends that live in Toronto and they told me it's a good city to live and I know MLS is growing, so I accept quickly. I am really happy - I am so thankful to MLS for this good opportunity to play games before the World Cup and arrive at the World Cup fit."

Cesar's night ends as it began, as a substitute, but as he leaves the field he is joined by Michael Bradley and Dwayne De Rosario.

Cesar to Bradley to De Rosario is a combination coach Ryan Nelsen will lean on a lot this season. They are also big parts of arguably the biggest offseason transformation in MLS history.

It could be a Disney fairytale, but this is a box office reality show and with two designated players added to score goals as well, the Reds are the talk of MLS here in Disney.

The return of the local star De Rosario? Romantic. The signing of Gilberto, an exciting unknown talent from Brazil? Adventurous. The capture of Jermain Defoe? A blockbuster. Bradley? A real hardcore thriller. Now Cesar as well? Are you following along, Disney?

Forget Kevin Spacey and his pals, these five are 'the Unusual Suspects' that no one saw coming, tasked with bringing success to Toronto FC and changing perceptions of a club that has only known failure. Time to make a movie poster, Toronto FC fans.

On it, Cesar would want to be next to Bradley. He spends a lot of time with teammate Jackson, a fellow Brazilian, who he can easily converse with in Portuguese but he admits the former Roma midfielder's knowledge of Italian is a big plus.

"Michael is great, I followed him in Italy, in Rome, a good midfielder, and day after day he is teaching me English through Italian."

Cesar and Bradley started their TFC journey against Columbus here in Disney last Wednesday. It is not a game he will remember much about, although he is a player who remembers many matches. Interestingly, however, when pressed to name the one he will think about more than most, he chooses a game he lost.

"Its Barcelona-Inter Camp Nou semifinal of the Champions League in 2010," Cesar tells me with a smile.

"Barcelona were amazing at that moment so to put them out at the semifinal was so gratifying and to play in a Champions League final, for me, is one of the best moments in my career."

That 1-0 loss gave 10-man Inter (Thiago Motta was sent off) a 3-2 win on aggregate and was one of the greatest defensive performances in recent history.

Not surprisingly, Cesar's eyes widen when he thinks back to the dressing room after the match, as he celebrated with so many great professionals like Lucio, Javier Zanetti, Maicon, Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder.

"We all started jumping inside the dressing room - led by Materazzi. You know, you can't believe it at the moment if its true or not but the dream came true - it is one of the best memories I have in my mind."

The goalkeeper knows many of his best memories are behind him but hopes the best moment of all is still to come.

"I'm really excited for the World Cup, you know, not just for me but my colleagues on the national team, the supporters as well, it is a big moment for our country. We have the opportunity to make history. I played in 2006, 2010 and this is my last World Cup and it's in my country, which is amazing!"

Spend a few minutes with Cesar and you begin to realize he is one of those rare footballers who think of himself more as an international than a club player. It is not difficult to understand why, having been left out by QPR all season, yet through that heartache his love affair with his national team grew stronger through a remarkable act of loyalty. An act that is ultimately the reason for him now being with Toronto FC.

Back in September, Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari stated Cesar would definitely be going to the World Cup, regardless of what happened with QPR.

"This season when I went to the national team I was smiling again because I had an opportunity to play and that's really important, I owe a lot to Scolari but also (assistant coach and former World Cup winner) Carlos Alberto Parreira as well - they are doing good things for me. When you don't play, the press talk a lot with them because we have good goalkeepers in Brazil but when you don't play and the coach of the national team still wants you it is very special, so I am so thankful to them because they trust me a lot in my job, so I came to Toronto because I need to pay them back."

And that is why the goalkeeper, who in fifteen weeks will be on the pitch for Brazil against Croatia in the World Cup opener, is here in Disney.

The only thing missing is a film maker. TSN

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