Jose Mourinho’s Blues visit Loftus Road looking for a win that will maintain their position as firm favourites to claim the Premier League crown – whilst QPR need the points in their own battle to avoid dropping out of the division all together. The Rs could start Sunday’s derby just one point off the foot of the table despite taking four points from their previous two fixtures. Press Association And, with games running out, Ramsey feels Chelsea’s lead at the top means the game takes on extra significance for the hosts. “It’s a big game for us,” he said. “They can afford to have a blip and still win the league but on the flip side, we need to pick up every point we can. “We all know what it means to the supporters – at this stage of the season, with what is at stake for both teams, it gives it added spice.” Defender Clint Hill, who scored in Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at Aston Villa, enjoyed the taste of victory in his first west London derby when QPR won 1-0 at home to Chelsea in 2011. That game may now be remembered more for the verbal clash between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand which landed the Chelsea skipper a £220,000 fine and a four-game ban for racial abuse, but Hill wants to see the positives from that performance replicated on Sunday. “I think we shocked them that day,” he told Hoops Player. “If we can show the same desire both on and off the pitch then hopefully we can get a result again. Nobody expects us to win but we believe we can give them a game. “We are playing Chelsea who are top of the Premier League and if you can’t get up for that challenge then there’s something wrong.” QPR boss Chris Ramsey believes Sunday’s west London derby is more crucial to his side than it is to title-chasing Chelsea.
Belmont looks to extend streak vs Tennessee St. Associated Press February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTennessee State (15-10, 7-5) vs. Belmont (18-7, 9-3)Curb Event Center, Nashville, Tennessee; Thursday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its fifth straight conference win against Tennessee State. Belmont’s last OVC loss came against the Austin Peay Governors 86-78 on Jan. 25. Tennessee State fell 73-65 to Murray State in its last outing. SUPER SENIORS: Tennessee State has relied heavily on its seniors. Carlos Marshall Jr., Wesley Harris, Jy’lan Washington, Michael Littlejohn and Shakem Johnson have combined to account for 69 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.MIGHTY MARSHALL JR.: Marshall has connected on 31.2 percent of the 138 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 18 over his last three games. He’s also made 77.8 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Tennessee State is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Tigers are 10-10 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.STREAK SCORING: Belmont has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 78.6 points while giving up 59.4.DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has scored 80.6 points per game this season, ranking the Bruins 12th nationally. The Tennessee State defense has allowed 72.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 232nd).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
We had a snow game last week, but it ultimately didn’t have a huge effect on the passing or kicking games in that contest. Looking ahead to the Week 16 weather forecast, we shouldn’t have to worry about snow, but there is some wind, rain, and cold that could have a slight affect on start ’em, sit ’em calls for the fantasy football championship round. Before we break down the Week 16 forecast, here’s a reminder that if you have any questions about sports weather or how weather could impact play (and, potentially, your fantasy, DFS, and gambling decisions), don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @KevinRothWx or check our hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted historical scoring. Cardinals at Seahawks. There’s a lower end chance of showers, but nothing major here..WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAs always, all forecasts are subject to change prior to kickoff. You can follow me on Twitter (@KevinRothWx), check out the hourly automated NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders, or take a look at WeatherEdge for updates. We’ve also added automated College Football Weather for those NCAA football fans looking for a little weather insight for bowl games. WEEK 16 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 16 weather updatesSATURDAYTexans at Buccaneers. There’s a chance of showers, and winds will be around 10-15 mph. None of that is quite enough to be really worried.Bills at Patriots. Temps will be below freezing, but there doesn’t figure to be any impactful wind or precipitation, so the temp doesn’t bother me.Rams at 49ers. There’s a decent chance for rain here, but it likely won’t be heavy enough to affect start-or-sit decisions.SUNDAYBengals at Dolphins. It’s the combination of both the wind (10-15 mph) and rain that has me a bit worried here. In 21 games in Miami with similar weather, we’ve seen a decrease to rushing yards, passing yards, and total scoring. It’s a bump down to offense and kicking (stats courtesy of WeatherEdge).Raiders at Chargers. This game is coming in a bit on the windy side, with sustained winds likely around 15 mph and gusts over 25 mph. It’s not the kind of wind that makes it impossible to move the ball, but deeper throws and long field goal attempts will be impacted.