Chelsea easily progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, while QPR, Fulham and Brentford all face replays.The Blues thrashed Southampton 5-1 in the third-round clash at St Mary’s, where new signing Demba Ba scored twice as they came from behind.Jay Rodriguez put the Saints ahead before Ba levellled and Victor Moses put the visitors in front.Branislav Ivanovic got the third and Ba scored again before Frank Lampard’s penalty capped a resounding win.QPR drew 1-1 with West Brom courtesy of a last-gasp equaliser by Kieron Dyer at Loftus Road, where Shane Long had put Albion ahead.Fulham also salvaged a 1-1 draw with a late leveller. They went behind against Championship side Blackpool at Craven Cottage, where Ludovic Sylvestre opened the scoring before Giorgos Karagounis’ 80th-minute volley.Brentford, meanwhile, drew 2-2 at Southend.Tom Adeyemi’s opener and Ryan Cresswell’s own goal put the Bees in a commanding position, but Barry Corr’s two headed goals means the teams will meet again at Griffin Park.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
QPR goalkeeper Rob Green has produced a number of fine saves at the Liberty Stadium to leave his team within sight of their first away point of the season.He was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.Green was less convincing when he misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s tame effort and the ball trickled narrowly wide of the target.But he redeemed himself six minutes before the break by diving to his left to brilliantly claw out Sigurdsson’s free-kick.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar and Leroy Fer was unable to apply the finishing touch to a free-kick from Joey Barton.Fer later had Rangers’ best chance of the half but his header from Kranjcar’s cross was saved by keeper Łukasz Fabiański.And as the visitors finished the half strongly, the dangerous Eduardo Vargas fired wide.Green was called into action again after the restart, twice denying Wilfried Bony, first by saving from the Ivorian after he had been set up by Routledge and then keeping out his volley.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — Logan Couture blasted his team for playing “AHL-level” defense and the message clearly hit home.After giving up three or more goals in nine straight game, the Sharks (9-6-3) finally found a way to keep the puck out of their net Sunday night, picking up a crucial 3-1 division win over the Calgary Flames (10-6-1) at SAP Center.The win comes on the heels of back-to-back losses in Dallas and St. Louis last week that inspired Couture to rip into his squad for playing “horrible” team …
26 January 2009Local e-commerce comparison site Jump Shopping chose bidorbuy as the best South African online auction site for the third year running in 2008. Bidorbuy attributes its success to a simple business model: make a website and allow other people to trade on it among themselves.Established in 1999 for individuals to buy and sell their wares online, bidorbuy’s registered users passed the 300 000 mark by November, a growth of 40%, while average sales have risen from about R9-million a month a year ago to about R20-million a month currently.About 80% of transactions are concluded in the auction format, the remainder being fixed-price sales. In line with perceived international trends, the company expects an increase in fixed-price listings.“The move towards fixed-price items seems the logical next step,” says bidorbuy director Andy Higgins.“After all, some people prefer to come to the site, browse, and buy. They don’t want to waste time on a lengthy bidding process at the end of which they may have nothing to show for it, because someone else might outbid them and walk away with the item they wanted to buy.”Crazy Wednesday, Snap FridayHowever, according to bidorbuy, their sellers do not quite see it that way: many maintain that they have a better chance of selling their merchandise, and at a higher profit, when they list them in auction format.The buyers, meanwhile, favour the auctions starting from R1 with no reserve, which have become so popular that the company has dedicated two days of the week to such auctions: Crazy Wednesday and Snap Friday.Most of the R1, no-reserve, items on bidorbuy are in the low to medium value category, though every now and then a seller will stage a surprise and raise everything: a two-bedroom apartment in Helderkruin, in Gauteng’s West Rand, closed at R390 000, having opened at R1 without reserve, while a second-hand Mercedes Benz CLK320 has also appeared on a R1 no-reserve auction.“It must be emphasised that auctions are not an efficient way of selling all goods – they do not always work well for items whose price can be anticipated in advance,” Higgins says. “But auctions do excel when they are called to set the price for items of indeterminable value, for example collectibles or used items. In those cases, the auctions provide a very good dynamic pricing mechanism.”Simple formulaAll in all, the bidorbuy business model boils down to a very simple formula: make a website and allow other people to trade on it among themselves, the company says.“As a company, bidorbuy has no contact with the goods traded on its site. It does not need to worry about warehouses and shipping and other complicated details.”Bidorbuy also points out that its business model has shown unusual vitality in these times of the economic gloom.“Up to a point, consumer-to-consumer online sites like bidorbuy.co.za thrive on recession, because that is when people come to the site to sell in order to improve their finances and to buy bargains in order to save on their expenses.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
In a major blow to the CPI(M), its senior leader and former legislator from Khowai, Biswajit Datta, joined the ruling BJP in Tripura on Friday. Mr. Datta has been staying away from the party affairs after he was dropped from candidature on ‘health grounds’ in the February Assembly elections.The CPI(M) claimed that Mr. Datta was unable to put up a strong fight in Khowai, and thus was removed on the last day of withdrawal of nomination. The party’s second choice, Nirmal Biswas, however, defeated BJP’s Amit Rakshit by a comfortable margin.Mr. Datta, who had to be admitted to hospital in the run-up to Assembly elections over health issues, termed his exclusion fallout of a ‘conspiracy’ hatched by a section of leaders. He claimed that he was fit enough to contest and retain his seat.Mr. Datta joined the BJP at a rally in Khowai in the presence of BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar .About 100 CPI(M) supporters also switched sides. Mr. Deodhar hinted that several CPI(M) leaders were in touch with him to join the BJP.Earlier, two senior CPI(M) leaders, Jitendra Sarkar and Monaranjan Acharjee, had joined the BJP. A large number of local leaders and local body representatives made their entry into the saffron party.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHolding to a precarious 89-88 lead with 7.1 seconds left in regulation, Meralco only needed to make an inbounds play to book its ticket to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Chris Newsome surveyed the floor and tried to get the leather to one of his teammates against the suffocating defense of TNT import Joshua Smith. Pressed for time, the sophomore swingman had to make a decision and threw the ball to the foot of the burly reinforcement.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games However, the ball didn’t bounce the way he envisioned as it simply rolled on the floor, prone for Jayson Castro to secure the steal and give the KaTropa one more chance. Jared Dillinger immediately fouled Castro on the break, which led to a split from the line to tie the game at 89 and force overtime.Though the game still went to extra five minutes, that sequence seemed to have taken the air out of the Bolts’ sail as they bowed to the KaTropa, 104-96, and out of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was a turnover. They got the ball, we fouled, they made a free throw and tied the ballgame. And in overtime, we relaxed, that’s how it affected us,” admitted Newsome.While it was easy to pin the blame on the reigning Rookie of the Year for his end-game miscues, he believes it was the accumulation of those bad decisions which let the Bolts down. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES “It’s just a bad decision, just one those bad breaks of the game. I tried to hit it on his foot and hope it goes out of bounds, but it rolled back in. Probably it’s just one of those breaks and you can’t control that,” he said. “I felt like everybody understands that it was breaks of the game. If anybody wants to blame me for it, then sure. Of course I know I’m responsible for what happened or at least for the things that I can control. Everything else I can’t control.”“Those are just a few possessions in the game that I can control. How many possessions happened in the game? All those mistakes add up. Perhaps you can blame it on the last possession, or you can look at the game as a whole and see a lot of the things that we did wrong,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Keys to Victory: San Miguel-Star semis series Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage