Laudrup plays down Graham exit reports

first_imgSwansea City manager Michael Laudrup has played down reports the club could sell Danny Graham.QPR have made enquiries about the striker and are reported to be considering tabling a bid, while Norwich and Sunderland have also been linked with him.Laudrup recently suggested he would hold talks with Graham, which prompted speculation the player could be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium.But, speaking after his side’s Capital One Cup triumph at Chelsea, Laudrup explained: “I talk to all players who are not playing regularly.“I did the same in August. I want to show them that respect and it doesn’t mean I want them to leave.”Graham’s injury-goal sealed a first-leg victory for the Swans at Stamford Bridge, giving them a great chance of winning the semi-final and reaching Wembley.“We’ve had some great wins this season but to beat the European champions is obviously something very special,” said LaudrupYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders legend Cliff Branch dies at 71

first_imgNAPA — Cliff Branch, who played on three Super Bowl championship teams and played his entire 14-year with the Raiders, died Saturday, the club confirmed.Branch turned 71 years old on Thursday. No cause of death has been released. According to the Bullhead Ciy (Arizona) police Twitter account, Branch was found  deceased in his hotel room at 3:40 p.m.“The initial investigation revealed no suspected foul play and that Mr. Branch died of natural causes,” according to the tweet.On August 3, …last_img read more

Raiders implode at Arrowhead, fall to .500

first_img Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel “I’m not disappointed with the effort of our team. We’ve got to learn from this and I’ve got to take it upon myself,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “Penalties and turnovers are two things that will doom you in big games in December when everything’s on the line.”The Raiders actually outgained the Chiefs 332-259, a contrast from the Week 2 meeting when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 273 yards in the second quarter alone and 440 in the game.“You look at the total at the total yardage and things like that, we were higher than them in that stuff,” running back Josh Jacobs told reporters. “The penalties and the turnovers hurt.”Derek Carr, hoping to have his first good game at Arrowhead, instead had another bad one. Carr had two first-half interceptions, including one that Juan Thornhill ran back 46 yards for a second-half touchdown. That made it 21-0 and signified Carr and Arrowhead are simply not compatible through the first six years of his career.The Raiders scored their first touchdown in 10 quarters and 147 plays when Carr found Derek Carrier for a 4-yard touchdown with two minutes to play. The Chiefs even had the last word giving up the touchdown, because Charvarious Ward scooped up a blocked extra point and ran it back for two last points by Kansas City.center_img The Chiefs improved to 8-4 with a season’s sweep of the Raiders, with neither the Los Angeles Chargers nor the Denver Broncos as factors the rest of the way. The Raiders, 6-6, limp home with two losses by a combined score of 74-12 and next up are the Tennessee Titans, in the thick of their division and playoff race at 7-5 after coming off a big win over the Indianapolis Colts.Had the Raiders won, they would have been tied in terms of record but had the AFC West lead in tiebreakers. The loss currently drops the Raiders out of the top six.The back-to-back losses in terms of point spread were the worst since the Raiders lost 55-0 and 44-0 in 1961 in the pre-Al Davis era.Some studs and (mostly) duds as the Raiders hit the three-quarter mark of the NFL season with the last lap looking more like a marathon:STUDSJosh Jacobs: Got off to a great start and looked on his way to a huge game until the score took over. Jacobs finished with 17 carries for 104 yards and had 1,061 yards rushing this season.“There were a couple of things I felt we could have done better in the run game, but I felt like we were doing good,” Jacobs said.There goes that man.@IAM_JoshJacobs | #OAKvsKC pic.twitter.com/eUhtIEGQc0— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) December 1, 2019Raiders defense: Gave up only 127 yards in the first half and 259 for the game, so it’s not as if the Chiefs were doing whatever they wanted. To the contrary, the Raiders had some good defensive series but disasters on offense and special teams made things impossible for a young unit with obvious holes to do enough damage. The defense was responsible for seven of the 12 penalties, however.DUDSDerek Carr: Chiefs read to of his passes beautifully for two interceptions, one by Tyrann Mathiew intended for Darren Waller, the other a slant intended for Tyrone Williams. On the second one, Chiefs rookie Juan Thornhill, after a quick check-in with Bashaud Breeland, stepped in front of the pass and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 3:42 left in the first half.Carr finished 20 of 30 for 222 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions — and he needed a late drive with the game already decided to get the numbers that good.PICK. SIX. @Juan_Thornhill 🦅 #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/DBhPpZHzC4— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2019“It’s hard right, because it’s fresh,” Carr said. “Especially two weeks in a row getting beat the way we got beat. It’s like, `C’mon, we’re better that. It’s so frustrating. It’s annoying, really.”Raider wide receivers: Either Carr couldn’t find them, or they couldn’t get open. Zay Jones had one catch for eight yards in the first half. By the time Keelan Doss became the second wide receiver to catch a pass, 4:37 remained in the game.Trevor Davis: Lost a kickoff after a Chiefs player blocked Dallin Leavitt into him. It resulted in a Chiefs touchdown. In a fourth-and-1 situation in the first half, lined up left outside with Alec Ingold as a single back. Took ball going to his right on a fly sweep and kept outside rather than cutting it back up for a probable first down. No gain, ball goes to the Chiefs on downs.Nevin Lawson: Reserve cornerback had a Mahomes pass come directly to him early in the game. Lawson, who is in his sixth NFL season without an interception, still doesn’t have one. He dropped it. He also drew a holding penalty that awarded the Chiefs a first down on third down, although the call was questionable.Daniel Carlson: Fresh off a 43-yard moss against the New York Jets, Carlson’s first field goal attempt was an embarrassing miss-hit from 44 yards in the first half. He did connect on a 34-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Raiders within 31-3.Raiders penalties: Another 12 for 99 yards. They had two on special teams, three on offense and seven on defense. The Chiefs? They had zero.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Related Articles The Raiders had it all in front of them and gave it all away.A 40-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was notable in only just how easy the Raiders made it for the now-and-future AFC West champions.There were turnovers (three), penalties (12 for 99 yards) and mistakes galore for the Raiders in dropping their 10th game in the last 11 to the Chiefs and seventh in a row at their least favorite venue.last_img

Audi launching 30 electrified vehicles by 2025

first_img More From Roadshow Following the launch of the E-Tron SUV this spring, Audi will bring the E-Tron Sportback — likely called E-Tron Performance — to market. It packs all the goodies of the standard E-Tron in a sort of crossover-coupe shape. In other words, it’s an E-Tron SUV with a more heavily raked roofline and slightly wider proportions.In 2020, Audi will launch the Q4 E-Tron, which rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo electric vehicle architecture. As we reported earlier, the production Q4 E-Tron will look remarkably similar to the concept car, the production Q4 E-Tron will look remarkably similar to the concept car from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, right down to the funky, customizable LED running lights.The E-Tron GT will also arrive in 2020, and will share a number of its components with the upcoming Porsche Taycan, including a new, 800-volt charging system. Much like the Q4 E-Tron, the production GT will bear a striking resemblance to the concept from last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, though it, too, will gain real door handles and a bit more texturing around the front fascia.Early next decade, a number of electrified Audis will launch on the company’s new PPE architecture, co-developed with Porsche. It’s unclear exactly what Audi has in store for this PPE platform, but Porsche has already confirmed the next-generation Macan SUV will use this electrified base. 51 Photos 26 Photos Audi’s new E-Tron electric SUV will hit the road in the US in the coming months. It’s a big step forward for the German automaker’s electrification plans, but as it turns out, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.At an event at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Wednesday, company executives confirmed the brand will launch 30 electrified vehicles by the year 2025. The key word here is electrified — as in, not necessarily fully electric. Cars like the recently announced A6, A7, A8 and Q5 plug-in hybrids count toward this 30-vehicle goal. 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs 0 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles Electric Cars Luxury cars Audi Share your voice Post a comment Tags 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Audilast_img read more