Gabbidon seals move to QPR

first_imgQPR have completed the signing of Wales defender Danny Gabbidon on a one-year contract.Gabbidon, who turns 32 next month, was a free agent after leaving West Ham, and had been on trial with Rangers.He featured during the recent pre-season trip to Devon and Cornwall, where he did enough to convince R’s boss Neil Warnock to retain him.AdChoices广告“It makes sense, as Danny’s a good player – one I’ve always liked – and we were looking to sign someone in that position,” Warnock told West London Sport.Gabbidon made 87 league starts during his time at West Ham, who signed him from Cardiff in 2005.He played for the Welsh club against QPR in the 2003 Division Two play-off final.last_img

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U.S. Open 2015: Flavia Pennetta wins title, will retire

first_imgIt was a U.S. Open final no one expected and — in the U.S. — not many wanted but Flavia Pennetta could not care less.Pennetta beat childhood pal and fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (4) 6-2 in the title match in New York, a day after the runner-up engineered one of the biggest shocks in tennis history by ousting Serena Williams.Speaking of shocks, Pennetta then said in her on-court interview Saturday she was retiring from tennis. At first it was thought Pennetta was stopping now but she later told reporters she’ll play until the end of the season.Pennetta, who will turn 34 in February and almost quit the game because of a wrist injury years ago, became the oldest first-time grand slam champion in the Open Era.All of Italy rejoiced having two home-grown players in the final — Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi even flew to the Big Apple for the unprecedented occasion — but pockets of Arthur Ashe stadium, the largest regularly used stadium in tennis with a capacity of about 23,000, were empty.Had the U.S.’s Williams made the final, it certainly wouldn’t have been the case. Chasing a calendar-year grand slam heading into the year’s last major, the women’s final at the U.S. Open sold out prior to the men’s for the first time. USA Today said that after Williams topped older sister Venus in the quarterfinals, the average ticket price soared from around $600 to $1,500. After Vinci stunned Williams on Friday, though, the Associated Press reported tickets could be purchased for $45.Besides the omission of 21-time grand slam winner Williams, the U.S. Open final featured two players ranked outside the top 20 for the first time since the rankings were introduced. They used to be, however, No. 1 players in doubles.Fans that did show up for the final, and they were plenty nonetheless — including actors Robert Redford and Michael Douglas — saw Pennetta handle the moment better.She was also able to handle Vinci’s backhand slice, the most recognized part of the world No. 43’s game. The slice, at times, befuddled Williams and helped to coax 40 unforced errors Friday. On paper, Pennetta was the favorite. She was better ranked, at 26th, won one of the most prestigious tournaments outside the majors at Indian Wells last year, reached the top 10 in 2009 and held a 5-3 record versus the 32-year-old Vinci. Further, the U.S. Open has by far been her most successful grand slam.And now she’s Italy’s second women’s grand slam singles champ, following in the quick footsteps of Francesca Schiavone.Waiting for the trophy presentation and in a rare occurrence among players, Pennetta and Vinci sat together. Pennetta called Vinci one of her best friends on tour; they hail from the same region, Puglia, in Italy.The men’s finalSunday’s men’s final sees two familiar names play for the championship. Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1, faces Roger Federer for the second successive time to cap a grand slam. Djokovic, only the second man in the last 45 years after Federer to make all four grand slam finals in one season, won at Wimbledon and is seeking a 10th grand slam crown.The evergreen Federer, 34, tries for a men’s record extending 18th and first since 2012.last_img read more

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