By The Nelson Daily SportsThe performance on the ice was much better, but the result was the same for the Nelson Leafs.Dallas Calvin continues to be a Leaf killer, scoring the game-winning goal, his second of the game and seventh point of the series, late in the second period to lift the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 4-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Wednesday in Fruitvale.The Hawks now own a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division playoff series with game three set for Friday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.After being pounding by the Hawks 13-2 in the series opener Tuesday, the Leafs had some egg to remove from their faces — and did just that shelling Beaver Valley starter Mike Vlanich for 16 shots in the opening period.However, it was the Hawks scoring first and who else but Calvin doing the damage on the power play. With Leaf center Dallon Stoddart in the box for hooking, Calvin combined with Taylor Love and Tyler Collins to beat Marcus Beesley in the Leaf net.The trio of Love, Collins and Calvin have a whopping 18 points in two games.Unlike Tuesday, when the Leafs completely destructed, the Green and White rallied to tie the game before the period ended. Dustin Johnson of BCHL fame beat Vlanich.In the second Daniel Bishop regained the lead for Beaver Valley before Johnson, shorthanded tied the contest at 2-2.That set the stage for Calvin to net the winner with assists from Colton Donselaar and Nelson Minor Hockey product Ryon Sookro.Beaver Valley out shot Nelson 18-10 in the second period.Bishop, with his second of the game, iced the game by scoring into the empty net with 20 seconds remaining in the game.The Hawks held a slight 38-35 margin in shots.GAME NOTES: Nelson lost two key defenceman during the game. Both Tyler Parfeniuk and team captain Taylor O’Neil were ejected from the game for checking-from-behind penalties. Parfeniuk was whistled at the end of the first period while O’Neil was hit with his penalty late in the second frame. . . .Nelson played the game without the services of star forward Gavin Currie. . . . Nelson’s top two scorers from the regular season, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart, were both held scoreless for the second consecutive game. . . .Game four is Saturday in Nelson. If necessary, the series shifts back to Fruitvale for Game five Monday. . . .Castlegar Rebels, leading 2-0, travel to Spokane Thursday for game three of the Murdoch Division semi final. . . .Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Osoyoos Coyotes and Fernie Ghostriders all own 2-0 leads in their respective email@example.com
Middletown High School North’s ice hockey team is playing its best hockey of the season amidst a fivegame win streak, even though it hasn’t had a practice for two weeks.“With the weather and the snowouts, we played seven games in 15 days and couldn’t get ice time for practices. It’s been really tough for that,” said coach Matt Clemente, who said the team last practiced on Jan. 20, but will look to take the ice for practice this week.It didn’t show on Feb. 7, when the Lions convincingly won the Mayor’s Cup for the second straight year, 8-1, over Middletown High School South to improve to 11-7.Goalkeeper Hunter Dillon has allowed three goals in the 5-0 stretch, with support from a solid corps of defensemen that includes returning seniors Jack Meyer, the team captain, and Nick Kirch, as well as senior Glen Davis, junior Eric Nesbihal and sophomore Ryan Davidson. Clemente said the success of the team as of late, which includes finishing in a tie for second with Freehold Township High School in the Shore Conference A North Division behind Christian Brothers Academy with an 8-4 division record for the second year in a row, falls on the defense and Dillon’s outstanding play lately.“Early in the season, it was tough because [the coaches] were trying to figure out who the goalie would be,” said Dillon, who is backed up by fellow senior Jack Heuer. “I’m glad for the support I get from Jack. We’ve got good guys on this team. Their high level and hard work made me want to improve my own level.”He said he was also inspired by the crowd of about 1,000 that came to both games against Middletown South, including a 4-2 victory on Dec. 3.“I can’t say enough about what Hunter has done in these past five games,” Clemente said. “He hasn’t been getting too many shots in games, but when he has, he’s come through.”Dillon said he is looking forward to getting back on the ice for practice this week.“I’ve gone on one end of the rink for goalie practice in the past and couldn’t even get ice time for that,” Dillon said. “It’s a good time for us to work on individual stuff.” Ironically, the team has a light schedule over the next week or so, which means they’ll get some practice time and play only two games in that stretch — a game on Feb. 10 against Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and on Feb. 18 against Brick Memorial High School. It comes at a good time, as Vin Tomasetti is out for two weeks with a concussion that he suffered in the last game against Middletown South. “We have a group of guys ready to step up, guys like Zack Gazette,” Clemente said. Gazette scored on a penalty shot — the first time a Middletown North player scored that way this season — for a 2-0 lead that grew to a 4-1 A North victory over Freehold Township on Feb. 6. Tom Terranova, who has been a reliable scorer on the first shift, had a goal and an assist that day, while linemate Khristian Acosta also scored. Other players have also stepped up, and Dillon said they are confident enough that they can fill that void for Tomasetti. In that five-game streak, which included a 2-1 victory over Howell High School and a 6-2 triumph over Toms River High School East, Terranova and Acosta each scored twice. It was followed by a 3-0 victory over Wall High School, as Scott Huber struck for two goals and Terranova had a goal and an assist. In a game much closer than the score indicated, Middletown North scored very early in the game and had to hold that slender lead until breaking away in the final three minutes.“We’re playing really good hockey now against some of the best teams in the state,” Dillon said. “We’re ready to go into the playoffs.”Tomasetti is expected back when the Lions return to the Shore Conference and NJSIAA tournaments, where they competed last year in a 14-10 season. They have already learned the past two weeks how to handle compressed schedules and highpressure situations that both come into play when it’s tournament time.“We need to show a little bit of discipline,” Clemente said. “The last thing we need is a parade of guys going to the penalty box. One power play situation for [an opposing] team is enough to turn a game around. We need to keep the right frame of mind.” By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
As we discussed in our editorial “Oil Share” last Sunday, the consortium headed by ExxonMobil – Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) – is moving at deliberate pace on the development of the Stabroek Oil Field, where they struck oil last May with their Lisa 1 well. ExxonMobil is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Block, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd, 30 per cent, and the Chinese CNOOC Nexen 25 per cent interest. Subsequently, two other strikes confirmed the large petroleum reserves estimated to be at least 1.4 billion barrels and this November, as required by our law, our Government was “officially” informed of the oil discovery.However, even though a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) was signed between EEPGL and the GoG, no specific details have been released by the latter on the fiscal regime, even though the resource is owned by the people of Guyana, on whose behalf the GoG is supposed to be striking the best bargain. Petroleum is an exhaustible resource and while EEPGL will be making large capital investments to develop the field, it behooves the Government to make the Guyanese people au fait with the financial details.Two days ago, EEPGL announced it had awarded contracts to a Dutch company, NV SBM Offshore to design a “floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. What this means is that none of the oil extracted will reach the Guyana shore, 120 miles away, but will be processed, stored and transferred directly to oil tankers from the FPSO to be shipped to overseas markets. According to reports, ExxonMobil indicated the consortium will make its Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the end of 2017, and if this is positive, SBM will proceed with construction, installation and operation of the FPSO. ExxonMobil said that it expects to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day from a new FPSO for our field. This would cost approximately US billion and take at least two to three years to be on location and ready to extract and process oil.The question on the minds of most Guyanese is how quickly will petroleum be flowing and how much revenue will be coming into the national Treasury – whether a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) or the Consolidated Fund. Based on information posted on GoInvest’s website, unless the GoG has negotiated different terms with EEPGL, Guyana will be receiving “no less than 50 per cent of profit oil.” What this means is EEGPL will be allowed to recover all expenses incurred in exploration, operations and development – up to “a ceiling of seventy-five per cent of recoverable costs per month.” This is known as “cost oil” and will be deducted from the price at which the oil will be sold – to arrive at the “profit oil.”Everything will therefore depend on the price of oil, since as pointed out in our editorial “Oil Share” we have opted to forgo the example of Uganda which imposed a Royalty in addition to a 30 per cent income tax on profits. Royalty comes off “production oil” and would have guaranteed at least some income. Predicting oil prices is of course very treacherous since they are not governed by the normal supply and demand variables of the market. Recently we saw oil plunge from over US0/barrel to below US simply because US shale oil producers, backed by easy funding, were able to massively increase production at lower costs to face down Saudi production challenges.With the recent agreement by OPEC and some other producers to curtail production by 1.8 million barrels per day, prices are expected to firm up – but not too much since shale oil will most likely pick up the slack with President-elect Donald Trump’s blessings. Using a price of US/bl and expecting EEPGL to utilise its 75 per cent maximum costs, US/bl will remain for “profit oil.” The “minimum” 50 per cent of this that will accrue to us will be US.50/bl or US0,000 daily or US3,750,000 annually. What is the maximum the Government will negotiate for?
MOST READ Didn’t seem to be an issue against Sharapova.Not one bit.“The body’s good. I feel good,” Williams said. “My back’s a lot better. So I’m excited. This is going to be fun.”A year ago, she was beaten by Naomi Osaka in straight sets in a U.S. Open final that devolved after a back-and-forth between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos. When Williams was asked Monday night what she thought of the U.S. Tennis Association’s decision that Ramos would not officiate any match involving her or her older sister, Venus, at this year’s tournament, this was the reply: “I don’t know who that is.”LOL, as the kids say.Williams was calm and cool as can be against Sharapova, only rarely showing the slightest hint of emotion with a cry of “Come on!” or the occasional fist pump, such as the one after the key backhand on break point.Sharapova called that shot “great.”It shaped up, at least, as far and away the most intriguing matchup on Day 1 at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.Few athletes in any sport have been as popular in recent decades.Williams owns 23 major singles title, Sharapova five.Both have a career Grand Slam. Both have been ranked No. 1.So, yes, there were plenty of other matches around the grounds Monday, with Roger Federer dropping his first set of the tournament against a qualifier ranked 190th before coming back to eliminate Sumit Nagal of India 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, No. 1 Novak Djokovic opening defense of his title with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Roberto Carballes Baena, and 21-year-old American Reilly Opelka providing the biggest upset of the afternoon in his U.S. Open debut by eliminating No. 11 Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.And, sure, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber continued her rough Grand Slam year with a first-round exit against Kristina Mladenovic by a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 score, while 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova and reigning French Open title winner Ash Barty both struggled through rough starts before emerging.The Williams family only dropped a total of three games in two matches Monday, because Venus beat Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-0 earlier.Nothing brought out the spectators the way Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova did, with full-throated roars greeting them when they walked from the locker room into a dimly lit stadium.When the lights came on, Williams proved far more ready for prime time.Only once before had Sharapova lost a night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, going 22-1 until Monday.“I’ve had a lot of tough matches here and a lot of tough losses,” Williams told the crowd afterward, “but coming out here tonight makes it all worthwhile.”___ ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Serena Williams, left, shakes hands with Maria Sharapova after their first-round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Williams won. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)NEW YORK — Serena Williams was not about to let Maria Sharapova make a match of this.So facing a break point early in the second set, Williams conjured up a backhand passing shot so good, so powerful, so precise, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it. Williams watched the ball land, and then raised a clenched left fist toward the night sky.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Decision made easy Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery LATEST STORIES WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PLAY LIST 03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones Sure did this time; the whole thing lasted all of 59 minutes.Williams won twice as many points, 56-28. She saved all five break points she faced and lashed serves at up to 115 mph. She broke five times.“I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone,” Williams said. “I don’t know. It’s just perfect for me.”Few players would have stood a chance against Williams the way she was hitting balls deep and true — and certainly not a diminished Sharapova, who is ranked 87th after missing much of this season with a bad right shoulder that needed surgery. This was a showdown fit for a final, at least in theory: These two met in a title match at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments but never had faced each other in New York.Williams arrived at Flushing Meadows, where she’s won six titles, accompanied by questions about her back, because spasms that flared up this month forced her to stop playing during the final of one hard-court tuneup tournament and pull out of another one entirely.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender In her first match at the U.S. Open since last year’s loss in a chaotic, controversial final, Williams stretched her winning streak against Sharapova to 19 matches with a nearly flawless performance that produced a 6-1, 6-1 victory Monday.Asked whether she could even imagine losing that many matches in a row across 15 years against one opponent, Williams paused for a moment, then replied: “Gosh, I never thought about it like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsShe now leads their head-to-head series 20-2.“Every time I come up against her,” Williams said, “I just bring out some of my best tennis.” OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon
Arturo Vidal may not be a prolific goalscorer in competitive games, but he is sure excellent in training.At least, that’s what the video above suggests.The Chilean midfielder was messing around on the training ground with Bayern Munich, and managed to score in a goal facing the opposite way – sending the ball over a massive fence in the process!You can watch the insane finish above…
No decision has been made yet on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty. Deputy District Attorney Sun Chung declined to comment specifically on the case. Leblanc’s attorney, Duane Folke, said the wrong person is in custody. “My client is innocent. He didn’t do this heinous crime,” Folke said. “They have no fingerprint evidence. They have no evidence that my client committed this crime but for the testimony of the police officers involved in the case.” Both defendants remained in custody without bail. A third man was arrested and charged in the case, but charges were dismissed last November and he was let go. A search for Leblanc in a west Palmdale neighborhood last December ended in a back yard where a sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded him. Deputies said Leblanc had been hiding in a trash can but jumped out as they prepared to send a police dog after him. He climbed a fence into another backyard where other deputies were waiting. Leblanc appeared to be reaching for his waistband when one deputy fired two shots, hitting the suspect once in the side, deputies said. “My client didn’t have a gun and had his hands up in the air when he was shot,” Folke said. Haviland was arrested in January. Investigators had said there was a confrontation that led to the shooting but declined to comment on what it was about. The shooting occurred in the 6300 block of West Avenue L-4. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Two Palmdale men were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of murder in the slaying of a reputed drug dealer, whom deputies believe was shot in a robbery attempt on a Quartz Hill street. Antoine Leblanc and Eric Haviland, both 19, are accused in the Oct. 27 killing of 20-year-old Ian Hennen of Quartz Hill, who was shot on the street but drove away and later died. Hennen attempted to drive himself to the hospital but crashed his vehicle, investigators said. Leblanc and Haviland were bound over for trial on charges of murder and kidnapping for robbery. They also face special-circumstance allegations – committing the slaying during the commission of a kidnapping and robbery – that make them eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
REPLY 2 The statement continued: “Were you at the game on Saturday with a view, or in the area, of the tunnel? Did you see what happened?“Officers are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have caught the incident on camera or who may have any mobile phone footage immediately before or after the incident occurred.“If you think you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 326 of 13 April 2019.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward following an alleged incident involving Fleetwood boss Joey Barton and Barnsley counterpart Daniel Stendel.A South Yorkshire Police statement said: “Police investigating reports of an assault at Barnsley Football Club on Saturday 13 April are appealing for witnesses as enquiries continue. Barnsley announced on Tuesday that they had lodged formal complaints with both the English Football League and the Football Association over the alleged incident.Stendel was not present at the club’s pre-match press conference on Wednesday morning, but assistant Dale Tonge insisted he was in good spirits.Tonge, who began by reading a prepared statement in which he said he could not comment on the allegations currently under investigation, said of Stendel: “He’s in great spirits. We had a great win at the weekend.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Fleetwood boss Joey Barton allegedly assaulted Barnsley counterpart Daniel Stendel after Saturday’s League One clash revealed Stendel is in ‘good spirits’ according to Barnsley assistant Dale Tonge Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “The incident is believed to have taken place in the tunnel around 5pm, following the conclusion of Barnsley’s match against Fleetwood Town, and left one man with facial injuries.“At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.”Officers are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have captured a confrontation between the men following the Yorkshire club’s 4-2 League One win on camera. latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MOST READ IN FOOTBALL
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT A win over Croatia the following month at Wembley put England through to the last four of the competition in Portugal and now Chilwell and his team-mates are targeting Nations League glory.He said: “In the Spain game I found the people I was playing against were finding positions on the pitch which I’ve not really faced before.“Thiago Alcantara especially, he was finding little pockets, it was difficult to know whether to go and press him or not. It’s a learning curve but I was playing with players around me who were helping me through it.” Chilwell, 22, is in real contention to start in England’s Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on Thursday night – a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.The defender has been linked with a move to Manchester City in the past as the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko have been unable to fully establish themselves as the first choice on the left side of the high-standard Citizens defence.Guardiola has previous when it comes to approaching opposition players on the pitch.One incident saw an animated Guardiola remonstrate with Southampton forward Nathan Redmond during a Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium in November 2017, although Redmond said the Spaniard was actually quite complimentary about his abilities. Chilwell gave a good account of himself as Leicester ran City close at the Etihad Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “We’re all looking forward to the summer and winning something, winning a major trophy which a senior team has not done since 1966.“We’re just excited for that. This is a young squad and we want to win stuff now. We don’t want to learn over the next few years and start winning in a few years.“We want to win this summer and then continue to win for the rest of our careers.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS On his encounter with Guardiola, Chilwell said: “He just said he thought I was a really talented player and he wanted me to keep playing well, getting up and down the pitch and never going away from it.“That was it and then he walks off to the next person he wants to speak to.“It was nice for such a successful manager to say I’m a good player.”However, Chilwell stressed the immediate aim is to work under Brendan Rodgers, who has made a difference to his game within three months of arriving.“I’m at Leicester and with Brendan coming in we’re all loving him being there and that’s obviously where my head’s at.” “The gaffer at Leicester has come in and there are certain things in my game he wanted to change. In training I can get a bit angry and might take it out on people.“He said ‘that is not going to help you, it’s just going to make you lose focus’. Little things like that I’ve not heard before.”Chilwell’s England breakthrough came in October when he produced a man-of-the-match performance on his first senior Three Lions start – a goalless draw at Croatia.He also started the game where the Nations League campaign really caught fire for Gareth Southgate’s men – a brilliant 3-2 win over Spain. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty shining Getty no dice REVEALED Leicester’s Ben Chilwell has revealed Pep Guardiola personally told the full-back he thought he was a ‘really talented player’, following the Foxes clash with Manchester City last month.Amidst the celebrations following Vincent Kompany’s superb strike to give Manchester City the crucial win in their bid to win the Premier League for a second season running, Guardiola took the time out to praise Chilwell at the end of the game. huge blow LIVE ON talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Could Chilwell be heading to Manchester City this summer? gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Portugal vs Switzerland (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNetherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 3 tense REPLY 3 deals 3 Guardiola appeared to get confrontational with Redmond but the Saints man was relaxed about the incident talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2…
After hitting 19 goals in the space of four games the Ibrox men had gone slightly off the boil last week despite eventually managing two more wins over Morton and Falkirk.But they looked more assured during a dominant first half in Kirkcaldy, with the only surprise the fact it took them a minute until half-time to find the opener.Martyn Waghorn produced their first attempt early on as he drove in from the right but failed to beat Kevin Cuthbert.Toshney then lunged in on Miller just outside the Fifers’ box after 28 minutes to hand the visitors a free-kick chance. They were denied again though as Halliday’s shot clipped a stray thigh on the way through before rebounding off the post.Waghorn lashed a loose ball over the top but Mark Warburton’s team did not relent and got the breakthrough 44 minutes in.Kenny Miller slotted in James Tavernier with a cute reverse pass as the right-back went on the overlap and his cross was perfect for Halliday to tuck home.Rangers were nowhere near as slick following the interval and Rovers thought they had a quick-fire response just seconds after the break. Wes Foderingham, though, was down to smother Louis Longridge’s clever flick.Gers were relieved to see on-loan Leicester forward Harry Panayiotou’s goal ruled out after a foul on substitute Shiels in the build-up.O’Halloran was thrown on midway through the half but even with his added pace Rangers failed to assert themselves.Fellow January signing Harry Forrester was also given a run out but the best he could do was to drag a stoppage-time shot wide of Cuthbert’s goal.Copyright of Press Association 2016. After a month of on-off transfer speculation Michael O’Halloran was made to wait a little longer for his Gers debut as he was named on the bench.He was given his introduction with 26 minutes left but the former St Johnstone man struggled to make an impact just 24 hours after sealing his #500,000 move from Perth.Halliday, though, was back from his one-match ban in a more advanced role than his normal defensive-midfield slot as he partnered playmaker Gedion Zelalem, who was also included as Dean Shiels and Nicky Law dropped out.Rovers, meanwhile, brought former Celtic youngster Lewis Toshney into their defence. It was handshakes all round for Rangers as Andy Halliday returned from suspension to fire the winner in a narrow 1-0 win over Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.The 25-year-old slotted home the only goal of the game in Fife late in the first half as the Light Blues maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship.But Halliday took no chances with his celebrations after last week’s controversial sending off at Morton.He was handed a harsh second yellow card for aiming a fist pump at the home support at Cappielow after Barrie McKay scored in a 2-0 win but this time bit his lip before exchanging some ironic handshakes with his colleagues.
He has scored six times this season. Rangers full-back James Tavernier has committed his future to the club, signing a new three-and-a-half year deal on improved terms.Tavernier’s existing Ibrox contract was due to expire at the end of next season but following talks he’s agreed to extend his stay until 2021 at the earliest.The right-back has emerged as a key player for the side since joining Rangers from Wigan in 2015. He helped the club win the Championship and secure promotion to the top flight, scoring ten league goals on the way.Tavernier kept his role as an important defender and attacking outlet after managerial change, playing under Pedro Caixinha and now as part of Graeme Murty’s side.