Austin double earns QPR victory

first_img Dunne’s angled pass out of defence was chested down by skipper Zamora perfectly into the path of Austin, whose drive flashed past the despairing hand of Guzan to give the Rs a valuable lead. Benteke had a chance to level matters with a header shortly afterwards but could only flick Westwood’s cross wide of Green’s post as Villa searched for an immediate riposte. Republic of Ireland defender Dunne, who spent four years at Villa Park, was again the man to put his body on the line as he blocked Benteke’s next effort as Agbonlahor and Weimann combined on the break to open up the Rangers defence. Sandro came closest to extending the QPR lead before the interval but his cute chip was too high to catch Guzan off his line and drifted behind for a goal kick as Rangers reached half-time in front. The second half started in much the same vein but Villa should have equalised on 55 minutes when Clark could only poke wide from close range after being picked out by Benteke’s downward header from Westwood’s deep free-kick. Zamora, who had spent the night hassling and harrying the Villa defence and proved he could still be a thorn in the side of an opposing team, was withdrawn just after the hour as Redknapp introduced Junior Hoilett from the bench. The Canadian winger almost made an immediate impact but saw a clever shot hit the far post, but it was not long until Austin’s second goal killed off the game as the former Burnley frontman did well to beat Ron Vlaar to Eduardo Vargas’ low cross to steer the ball past Guzan with just over 20 minutes remaining. Lambert responded by bringing on Darren Bent and Joe Cole but it was Vargas who should have made it three for QPR as he broke the offside trap before his tame effort was kept out by Guzan. Villa’s luck in front of goal continued to desert them as Tom Cleverley’s strike was palmed back into the middle of the box by Green, who then recovered well to prevent Clark from tapping home. That proved to be the last meaningful chance at a consolation for Villa, who will be hoping to halt their slide when they welcome similarly out-of-form Tottenham to Villa Park on Sunday. Having proved the architects of their own downfall with two own goals in the recent defeat to Liverpool, Rangers came out on top at Loftus Road in a game against an Aston Villa outfit bereft of confidence. When Austin struck a sweet half-volley in the first half the writing was already on the wall for Paul Lambert’s visitors, who have now gone over eight hours since scoring a goal, and another predatory finish the other side of the interval secured what could be a vital 2-0 win. They may have faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in recent weeks – with an 11-0 aggregate reverse scoreline – but these sorts of evenings need to produce results if Villa are to stay clear of the pack squabbling at the foot of the table. But, for Redknapp and QPR, this was a much-needed second win of the campaign which lifts them above fellow newly-promoted side Burnley and to within two points of 17th-placed Leicester as the 67-year-old continues to face questions about his future. As well as Austin’s two efforts, Redknapp would have been pleased with the developing link-up play his goalscorer is enjoying with the industrious Bobby Zamora – whilst the league’s worst defence kept just their second clean sheet of the campaign with Rio Ferdinand again an unused substitute. Ciaran Clark was brought back into the Villans’ defence but he wasted their best chance to grab just their fifth league goal of the season, with five defeats in succession leaving Villa only three points clear of their Monday night hosts. The recalled Villa duo of Carlos Sanchez and Andreas Weimann combined well in the early stages, with the latter’s cross headed to Ashley Westwood who could only arrow his shot into the chest of fit-again Rob Green. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who scored Villa’s last league goal back in mid-September, saw a low effort bravely blocked by former team-mate Richard Dunne as Lambert’s side began to dominant possession. Green was again called into action moments later as Sanchez thrashed a shot towards goal from distance but, fortunately for the former England goalkeeper, the effort flew straight into his grasp. Brad Guzan was not as lucky at the other end as Redknapp’s men broke the deadlock from the next attack following a simple long ball forward. A brace from Charlie Austin lit up an otherwise forgettable game as QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League and eased the mounting pressure on manager Harry Redknapp. Press Associationlast_img read more

Baseball Lakers’ Scherrer no-hits APW

first_imgJimmy Liberatore singled, doubled, walked and drove in two runs. Scherrer and Tommy Reed also had two hits as Reed, Jack Canty and John Niehbuhr drove in one run apiece.From there, Skaneateles was off until Saturday, when it got another five-inning shutout, this one 10-0 over Bishop Ludden as Liberatore and James Musso, who pitched four innings, combined to hold the Gaelic Knights to one hit.Already up 4-0, the Lakers added six runs in the fourth, Luke Viggiano going three-for-three and scoring twice. Reed got two hits, with Scherrer and Emil Sander each driving in a pair of runs. Things continue to go in different directions for area high school baseball teams, with sides who had struggled the previous week rebounding in a big manner before rain affected the schedules again.None did better than Skaneateles, who saw its pitching ace, Cregg Scherrer, deliver a five-inning no-hitter last Tuesday afternoon as the Lakers pounded Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 13-0.Of the 15 outs required, 13 of them were strikeouts, which made up for Scherrer surrendering six walks as Skaneateles netted single runs in each of the first four innings before a nine-run fifth ended it. Tags: BaseballBiishop LuddenMarcellusskaneatelesWesthill Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Westhill handled Homer 10-1 last Monday afternoon, keeping the Trojans off the board as two pitchers, Philip Zollo and Nick Bistrovich, allowed nine hits but combined for 10 strikeouts to escape tough situations.Meanwhile, the Warriors scored in every inning except the sixth, earning 14 hits overall. Ryan Bennett, Adam Herne and Jack Knapp each had two hits and two runs scored, with Zollo driving in two runs. Nick Bistrovich, Nate King, Justin Bistrovich and Walker Blossey had one RBI apiece.Even more important, from a neighborhood bragging rights standpoint, was the Warriors going to NBT Bank Stadium last Tuesday and shutting out Bishop Ludden 11-0 as part of the Strike Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease Classic.In just five innings, the Warriors closed it out, Zollo scoring four runs. Blossey, Benett and Justin Bistrovich had two hits apiece, with Bennett getting a pair of RBIs. Single runs were driven in by Blossey, Knapp, Herne, David McPeak, Nick Bistrovich and Ian Prebish.Marcellus rallied last Tuesday to edge Chittenango 3-2. The Mustangs were up 1-0 when the Bears struck for two runs in the top of the fifth inning off pitcher Hugh White.White settled down, though, and in the bottom of the sixth Marcellus put together its own two-run rally, Jacob Walters earning a pair of RBIs as White drove in the other run.Jack Flynn relieved White and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, combining with White for 10 strikeouts as they held Chittenango to four hits overall.Another win came on Saturday, Marcellus handling Hannibal 6-2 as it built a 6-0 margin in the first five innings and saw pitching ace Jared Sammon strike out nine in his 5 2/3 innings before Flynn took over in relief.Aidan Shea was the only Mustangs batter to get two hits as Flynn doubled and drove in two runs. Brody Shanahan, Brayton Johnson and Mike Licamele had one RBI apiece.Solvay started its week by hosting Cazenovia and taking a 12-8 defeat, never leading as it whittled down a 5-1 deficit to 6-5 in the middle stages before the Lakers struck for five decisive runs in the top of the fifth.The Bearcats lost despite out-hitting Cazenovia 11-9, with Blaine Franklin and Owen Lansing each getting two hits. Antonio Gonzalez drove in three runs and Carter Lee had two RBIs. McKyle Sands pitched 4 1/3 innings before Franklin relieved him.Before it met Westhill, Bishop Ludden started its week by scoring plenty of runs at Fabius-Pompey last Monday, yet still losing 14-10 to the Falcons.Three different times, the Gaelic Knights led, 3-0, 6-3 and 8-6, and every time F-P answered, finally going in front for good with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.Patrick Towsley led Ludden with three hits and two RBIs. Pete Dunham, Pat McGarvey and Jacob Duffy also drove in two runs, with Zach Cadden and Axel Rivera each scoring twice.last_img read more