It will be a typically manic final 48 hours of the transfer window at QPR. The club are looking to make further additions to their squad and are desperate to offload some players – they have made Junior Hoilett and Armand Traore available on free transfers ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.There continues to be speculation over the future of R’s striker Charlie Austin. Manchester United have now joined the list of clubs this summer to have been touted as favourites to sign him.AdChoices广告One of Rangers’ summer signings, Tjaronn Chery, scored his third goal of the season in Saturday’s win at Huddersfield. But head coach Chris Ramsey believes left-back Paul Konchesky deserves some credit for the Dutchman’s impact.Fulham are busy in the transfer market as well. They have agreed a deal to sign former Tottenham youngster Ryan Fredericks from Bristol City and expect to complete the signing of defender Richard Stearman from Wolves.Fredericks wants to return to London for personal reasonsFulham have also rejected an approach from Sheffield Wednesday for striker Ross McCormack. There has been speculation that Chelsea could react to their disappointing start to the season by making more signings, but boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he does not expect that to happen.Meanwhile, Victor Moses is expected to join West Ham on loan from Chelsea before the window closes.Brentford are also adding to their squad – head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen is hopeful Austrian striker Marco Djuricin, who is set to sign from Red Bull Salzburg on a season-long loan, will give the Bees more of a cutting edge up front.Chelsea Ladies have had no problems scoring goals. Fresh from a 6-0 hammering of Millwall Lionesses in midweek, they demolished London Bees 8-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Continental Cup. Rosella Ayane scored four times and Marija Banusic netted a hat-trick. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier was happy to see South Carolina again play like he expected when the year began.For the 10th-year coach, the schedule’s been largely a series of disastrous losses and unmet expectations. The Gamecocks (5-5) turned that around for at least one week with a miraculous finish to defeat Florida 23-20 in overtime last Saturday.Spurrier was proud of how his players persevered when they could’ve shut down when faced with what looked like another Southeastern Conference loss. Instead, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal and a punt, the latter leading to a tying touchdown at the end of regulation.South Carolina capped the comeback with Dylan Thompson’s 4-yard TD run in overtime.The win put some pep in the Gamecocks’ step heading into the final two games, starting Saturday against South Alabama (6-4).South Carolina entered the season with an 18-game home win streak, the longest in the NCAA. But things have not gone well at Williams-Brice Stadium from the start with a 52-28 loss to Texas A&M in college football’s opening week. There were also two major meltdowns at home, with Missouri rallying from 13-points down in the fourth quarter to win 21-20 and Tennessee coming back from 14-points down with less than five minutes left to win 45-42 in overtime.The Gamecocks felt as energized as they had in some time, Spurrier said, perhaps since their 38-35 win over Georgia more than two months ago.”We were a little bit in the dumps after the last one here two weeks ago” against Tennessee, Spurrier said. “But our players, I’m really proud of how they got over it. Nobody pointed fingers, who did this, that or the other. We played well as a team.”And Spurrier’s hoping that can continue. The Gamecocks will honor their seniors like defensive tackle J.T. Surratt and quarterback Thompson in their final home game this weekend.Junior tailback Mike Davis, who said before the season he’d consider jumping to the NFL a year early, will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies, as star junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was before declaring for the NFL draft.Then comes the yearly showdown with Clemson on Nov. 29, a game where a victory can take the sting out of even the sorriest of seasons.Reaching the postseason and beating your rival may seem paltry goals for a club picked to the SEC Eastern Division back in the summer. Still, it’s all that’s left for the Gamecocks and Spurrier wants to see them achieve it.”That’s what the challenge is for the entire team and especially the seniors,” he said. “Let’s finish strong. Let’s try our best to get bowl-eligible and go from there.”Spurrier’s already warned his players about South Alabama’s strengths. The Jaguars qualified for a bowl last week with their 24-20 win over Texas State last week. Defeating an SEC team is a bonus the Jaguars are ready for, said South Alabama linebacker Malaki Harris.”It’s just another team, another set of players who put their pants on one leg at a time,” he said. “We’re never going to back down or shy away from a challenge. Hopefully, we’ll all rise to the occasion and give them a run for their money.”It won’t be easy if South Carolina’s defense plays like it did against Florida. A unit that had been last in SEC yards allowed on the season gave up just 278 yards overall and only 60 on the ground”We were really locked in last week and that’s going to carry over to South Alabama,” defensive end Gerald Dixon said.Spurrier said the defensive linemen didn’t get blocked by opponents the way they had most of the season, while linebackers and defensive backs made surer, more secure tackles to bottle up the Gators.”That was, I think, by far our best defensive game of the year and they hung in there all the way through the fourth quarter when it didn’t look very good,” he said. “So really proud of the entire team.”
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Colorado State.Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that Bobo visited Fort Collins but was expected back in time for an evening practice in Athens. It was No. 13 Georgia’s first workout in preparation for the Dec. 30 Belk Bowl against 20th-ranked Louisville.Colorado State was seeking a replacement for Jim McElwain, who left this month to become the new coach at Florida. Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost and Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzalez have also been mentioned as candidates for the job.The 40-year-old Bobo is a former Georgia quarterback who has been on the coaching staff since Richt was hired in 2001. Bobo was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007, taking over the play-calling duties from Richt.Bobo has gotten feelers before from other schools, according to Richt, but this is the first time he’s shown serious interest.”A couple of days ago, we found out that Mike had this opportunity,” Richt said. “Obviously, that’s a very good job. It’s a very good opportunity for a guy to become a head coach. Mike has taken advantage of that opportunity to go visit. But right at this minute, he’s our offensive coordinator.”A fiery presence who can often be heard screaming in the coaching booth adjacent to the press box at Sanford Stadium, Bobo is the son of a coach and has made no secret of his desire to move up to a head job someday.But, given that he has Richt’s full confidence and is running the offense at a top-level program, Bobo can afford to be a bit selective about his opportunities.Colorado State is certainly intriguing. In three seasons under McElwain, the Rams engineered a quick turnaround after going 3-9 for three consecutive years in the Mountain West Conference. They went 8-6 in 2013 and improved to 10-2 this season, with wins over rival Colorado and Boston College, earning a spot in the Dec. 20 Las Vegas Bowl against Utah. Their offense ranks 12th nationally, averaging 498 yards a game.Georgia also has one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. Averaging nearly 42 points per game, the Bulldogs are poised to become the highest-scoring team in school history, one year after posting a Georgia record with a 484-yard average. The offense has dropped off slightly to 455 yards this season, which would still go down as the fourth-highest total in school history.”Coach Bobo is one of the most under-appreciated coaches in the SEC,” quarterback Hutson Mason said. “We just seem to keep the ball rolling in terms of points per game and those statistical categories. He’s a heck of a recruiter. He has those goals and aspirations to be a head coach. It’s probably just a matter of time before he finds the right fit.”Richt, too, said he has no doubt Bobo will eventually be a head coach, even if it doesn’t happen with Colorado State.”He understands the game extremely well. He’s an old-school ball coach as far getting after it. He has a good edge about him as far as being demanding and things of that nature,” Richt said. “But he sees the big picture, too. He’s got all the ingredients. I’m not shocked that this is happening.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
Intermediary ‘proposed’ Liverpool player to another club – They’re not interested…Intermediary ‘proposed’ Liverpool player to another club – They’re not interested…
It was explained the Rossoneri would return for the 31-year-old in the summer and they would face competition from Lazio in acquiring the England international’s services.The former Southampton man’s contract at Anfield runs down in June and having seen his playing time restricted this season, he is likely to leave as a free agent.According to Calciomercato, the next window will be impacted due to the Covid-19 crisis, which is why intermediaries are working on those players who will be available on a free transfer.It’s claimed Jürgen Klopp’s man has been ‘proposed’ to Milan in the last few weeks.However, the Italian club doesn’t view the Liverpool player as a first choice opportunity, which is why the Milan management have ‘not warmed up’ for Lallana.Calciomercato also adds that apart from Milan, Lallana has been offered to other Serie A clubs, but they don’t provide details of those sides.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo Two months ago, Calciomercato.it explained that AC Milan were interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana in the winter market.
Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee is arguably facing his most critical week in his 16 year tenure.His Caps sit at 15-17-1, 11th place in the Eastern Conference and 23rd overall in the NHL, with the trade deadline just one week away on April 3rd at 3pm.It is waters they have not chartered since 2006-07 and a team that won four straight Southeast Division titles from 2008 to 2011 with 94, 108, 121, and 107 points, respectively, and had 92 points and finished eighth in the East last season, is currently moving towards a location often called “No Man’s Land.”No Man’s Land is a spot in the NHL where you aren’t good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup, likely won’t make the playoffs, but also aren’t bad enough to land one of the top three spots in the draft. It is a position where it is very difficult to get better quickly, just ask the Calgary Flames or the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have been the President and Vice President of No Man’s Land in the NHL the last several years. Those teams, who have rabid and demanding fan bases, have recently routinely gone with the mind set that they are only a player or two away from the playoffs or contending in them. Both have been reluctant to take a critical step back in order to possibly move two or three steps forward (that might finally be changing in Calgary this spring, but is it too late?).The Capitals were headed to No Man’s Land once before, in the days of Jaromir Jagr, but owner Ted Leonsis and McPhee went the “blow it up” route and started over. For the most part, especially from a business standpoint, they had success and it landed them Alexander Oveckhin, who is worth the price of admission on most nights, all by himself. It is important to note that hockey is first and foremost a business to many owners. So the bottom line is vital. Thus the push to just get into the playoffs can often be the difference between being in the red or black. The bottom line can drive an approach that constantly looks at the short term solution instead of the bigger picture.This is a danger I see for the Caps right now. They are a team that has an incredible home sellout streak of 169 games and the marketable product in Ovechkin. But everyone knows in the Baltimore/DC area that winning is your most marketable item. This region demands a winner and when a club can’t consistently do that, the fan base erodes exponentially (see the Baltimore Orioles for 14 years). So owner Ted Leonsis surely is leery of what the impacts of a losing season or missing the playoffs would do to his club that generates full building after full building these days. So it can be a risk to have a losing season.Clearly the Caps would love to make a run and reach the postseason this year but after last night’s loss to New York Islanders, they are seven points out of first place in the Southeast Division and four points behind the Rangers for eighth place overall in the Eastern Conference. With no Western Conference matchups, it is very difficult to make up ground. To reach the post season, the Capitals will likely need to go 11-4 or something along those lines. Is that really doable with this team, one that is finally healthy and still couldn’t beat John Tavares and company, at home, in a very important game?That is a question that McPhee needs to ask himself because the way I see it right now he has three options over the next week:1. Stand pat and do nothing2. Become a buyer and try to make the post season3. Sell off some assets ensuring a post season miss but put yourself in position to snag one of the elite players in what appears to be a draft with some impact players at the top.In option one it will be difficult to make the postseason and the Caps likely end up 9th or 10th in the East. They would have low odds to win the new draft lottery to pick first overall and probably would draft around the 10th to 14th spot in New Jersey in June. In addition, unless they sign Mike Ribeiro, they likely lose him to unrestricted free agency after the season.In the second choice, McPhee would really need to add an impact player to get this team to go 11-4 down the stretch. It would have to be a top line winger and to do that they have to give something up, likely their first round pick this year or perhaps one of their recent first round picks (Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, or Tom Wilson). It is a mortgage the future type of move that might get them in the postseason but likely doesn’t put them in a real position to contend for the Stanley Cup given what the Pittsburgh Penguins roster looks like now after acquiring Brenden Morrow and Doug Murray. Making the playoffs would help the bottom line but would the price be too great? Then they’d still have the issue of trying to sign Ribeiro along with the asset they acquired at the deadline. The Caps currently have only $15M of salary cap space for 2013-14 with just 15 players under contract. Two top six forwards would eat up much of that and McPhee still has to sign defensemen Karl Alzner who is a restricted free agent, as well as some other players. Sure the competitor in me would like to give it a shot but depending on what you have to give up this season for a top six forward asset, doesn’t appear to make a lot of sense.Therefore, option three seems to be the smart move. Signing Ribeiro is going to be awfully tough to do and with number 9 at 33 years old and wanting a five year deal, it just doesn’t seem like a wise option on his terms. Remember Michal Nylander? That signing in 2007 arguably cost McPhee the salary cap space he needed in 2009 to shore up a Washington defense that was likely the biggest thing holding them back from beating the Penguins in 2009 and going on to win the Stanley Cup. So why hamstring yourself with a big contract to an aging player and risk that scenario all over again when you are planning on contending again?But if you can get a number one draft pick or more this year for Ribeiro, then you should deal him. Sure you will definitely miss the playoffs but you also now have two first round picks and could package them to possibly move up to number one, two, or three and get one of Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, or Jonathan Drouin. Jones, according to my sources, is the best player in the draft and NHL ready now. He very likely will be a number one defensemen on a team in the NHL in a couple of years. He’s a team changer. Snag him and you suddenly have options to possibly move some of your other defensemen, like Mike Green, who you are paying $6M a season now.In addition to Ribeiro or Green, there are other guys on this roster that teams might be interested in such as Marcus Johansson or Joel Ward or one of the three goalies (Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, or Philip Grubauer) at the trade deadline.What McPhee and his staff need to do is work to the Baltimore Ravens model of “Right Player, Right Price.” You have to know the value you place on every player on your team and in the league and make moves accordingly. Washington’s pro scouts will really need to be doing their jobs well and feeding the GM the info he requires to make some hard decisions. If you do it right you don’t overpay for your own guys and can end up with better players at or below that price (see the Ravens getting Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty, and Marcus Spears for the same overall amount the Cleveland Browns paid for Paul Kruger).McPhee has made some very smart decisions on players before, such as Semyon Varlamov, who he traded for a 1st and 2nd round pick. The 1st rounder is now Forsberg while the Capitals haven’t taken any hit at all in the goaltending department. Sergei Fedorov for Theo Ruth was another blue ribbon deal by the GM that made the Caps a legit Stanley Cup contender for two straight springs. But he’s also had some not so good decisions (re-signing an aging Tom Poti for two years, the four year deal for Jeff Schultz, and the two years given to an aging Roman Hamrlik). Those contracts have impacted Washington’s salary cap while not yielding quality results on the ice.With Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, and John Carlson having long term deals clearly they are the guys for McPhee to build around going forward. Everyone else should be up grabs. It is Asset Management 101 at this point for Washington. They need to do what they can to transform a team that was one of the best in the league from 2008 to 2010, but has steadily declined, back into a Cup contender.Sure its a risk from a marketing standpoint, but the fans in this area recognize when you are going in the right direction and will have the patience to endure a reshaping of the roster, especially if they believe it will eventually lead to Washington’s first Stanley Cup. So it’s a low risk play and if the moves are done right and there is a championship in the next few years or so, then you have people locked into your team long term (see the Philadelphia Flyers, who still sell out despite not winning a Cup since 1975).So this is a huge week for McPhee and one he has three roads he can possibly take. They aren’t easy decisions and only he and his staff really know what options are going to be available to him in return for his current assets.The path he ultimately chooses will likely make or break his and the Capitals future.
Vindex’s Belong to establish gaming venues in NYC through Andbox dealVindex’s Belong to establish gaming venues in NYC through Andbox deal
Andbox, the ownership group behind New York Excelsior and New York Subliners, has inked a partnership with gaming venue operator Belong.The exclusive deal will see Belong collaborate with Andbox to erect gaming centres in multiple locations throughout New York City. This will include a co-branded flagship location which will provide both organizations and its fans with “a best-in-class local esports ecosystem.”Credit: Katy Eyre/BelongRELATED: Vindex reportedly set to acquire GAME’s BelongThe gaming centres will offer its attendees exclusive tournaments, leagues, team appearances, and exclusive consumer product retail programs. The partnership will utilise esports solution provider Esports Engine to design and operate leagues and tournaments throughout the Belong network.Farzam Kamel, President and Co-founder of Andbox, commented in a release: “New York’s esports community has been underserved for a long time, and these new gaming centers we’ll be launching in partnership with Vindex will provide a high quality, best in class experience that esports fans in the New York metro area deserve. One of Andbox’s goals has always been to provide the local community here with physical spaces specifically designed for and dedicated to gaming, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of making that a reality.”Belong has additionally reached a partnership agreement with Dallas-based organisation Envy Gaming in a similar arrangement. The deal will prop up “multiple” gaming venues across key North Texas cities with the intent of making social and competitive gaming more accessible. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. RELATED: From MLG to Vindex: The story of Mike SepsoAt the helm of this operation will be esports infrastructure company Vindex, which announced the acquisition of Belong earlier today. Vindex will operate Belong from its New York headquarters, with the rolling out of gaming centres across the country starting “immediately.” Over the next five years, Vindex intends to invest $300M (£231.2M) to open more than 500 Belong locations across the United States, and another 1,000 locations globally through licensed operating partners.Mike Sepso, CEO of Vindex, commented on the acquisition in a release: “The acquisition of Belong and Martyn’s leadership will allow us to bring the professional esports experience to casual and amateur players in their hometowns across the country and around the world, connecting more players everywhere at a time when communities truly need to be closer together.”Esports Insider says: Vindex has topped quite a few headlines today with its acquisition of Belong and plans to build gaming centres around the world. The company has previously established relationships with Andbox and Envy which should help make this development a grand success.Listen to ESI Network, a suite of esports podcasts
Bruins Fire Head Coach Claude Julien After 10 SeasonsBruins Fire Head Coach Claude Julien After 10 Seasons
Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — After 10 seasons together, the Boston Bruins have parted ways with head coach Claude Julien.The team announced on Tuesday it had relieved Julien, 56, of his duties.#NHLBruins relieve Claude Julien of coaching duties: https://t.co/t6zczxyE0X— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 7, 2017Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will step in and serve as the interim head coach, the Bruins said.Since being named Boston’s head coach in June 2007, Julien has gone on to become the team’s all-time coaching wins leader with a 419-246-94 record and .614 winning percentage in 759 games. In 2011, he led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship against the Vancouver Canucks, followed by another appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 2013. That year, the team lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.So far this season, Boston has a 26-23-6 record under Julien’s leadership.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Boxing: WBA gives 24 hour deadline to Anthony Joshua to fight Povetkin NextBoxing: WBA gives 24 hour deadline to Anthony Joshua to fight Povetkin Next
Advertisement wrjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs49qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekt5wd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yWould you ever consider trying this?😱jn86Can your students do this? 🌚hpRoller skating! Powered by Firework The World Boxing Association is ready to order champion Anthony Joshua to defend his WBA heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. The WBA will be ordering the fight within 24 hours, according to Sky Sports News.Advertisement Gilberto Mendoza, president of the Panama-based sanctioning organization, issued that order because the WBA doesn’t want to wait any longer for a deal to be consummated between Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) for a heavyweight title unification fight. Sky Sports first reported the WBA’s 24-hour order to complete a Joshua-Povetkin deal.Advertisement “Today the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua’s team regarding his fight with the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin,” WBA president Gilberto Mendoza said to skysports.com. “It appears the Wilder team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect.”The 38-year-old Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) defeated England’s David Price (22-5, 18 KOs) by fifth-round knockout in his most recent fight. That bout took place on the Joshua-Joseph Parker undercard March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.Advertisement Russia’s Povetkin, a former WBA heavyweight champion, has lost only a 12-round unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in their title unification fight in October 2013 in Moscow. Advertisement
Wolfsburg primed for Gent test after ending poor runWolfsburg primed for Gent test after ending poor run
VfL Wolfsburg are hoping a morale-boosting Bundesliga win that ended a poor run of results will help their confidence for the Champions League last 16 first-leg game at Gent on Wednesday (9.45pm).Last year’s German league runners-up and Cup winners are eighth in the standings after a 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt on Saturday, their first win in eight Bundesliga games.“We have to accept the criticism directed against us,” Wolfsburg left back Marcel Schaefer said.“The past weeks have not been as all of us had imagined them. That is why it was important to win against Ingolstadt as it was also a sign that we are prepared to fight over 90 minutes as a team.”The victory over the Bavarian club will be key for Wolfsburg’s confidence as they find themselves in uncharted territory in Europe, according to coach Dieter Hecking.“What is important is that we have now snapped our bad run,” Hecking said. “We have won and that is what matters. This win can do a lot for us in the future.”Wolfsburg did not get past the group stage in their only other Champions League appearance in 2009.Gent, in the Champions League for the first time after being crowned Belgian champions in 2015, were the surprise runners-up in Group H, beating Valencia and Zenit St. Petersburg at home as well as Olympique Lyonnais away.They became the first Belgian side to reach the round of 16 in the Champions League since Anderlecht 15 years ago.Gent’s recent results in the Belgian league, however, have been disappointing after finishing the first half of the season on top.Club Bruges have caught up, beating Gent twice in quick succession, in the Cup and the league.Gent also needed 85 minutes to struggle past bottom side Mouscron on Friday with a powerful strike by Mbark Boussoufa, who is not on their Champions League squad, and another goal from Danijel Milicevic.Boussoufa is on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow but because of doubts over his fitness the Morocco international was not included in the Champions League squad, a decision manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck now regrets.“Boussoufa is much better physically and mentally than I was told. It’s a shame about that list, I admit that,” he said.