Rangers handed brutal Boxing Day defeat by the Baggies

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt scored for the fourth time in five games against Queens Park Rangers to help the visitors to a 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

Hotshot | Winger Chris Brunt celebrates after firing West Bromwich Albion ahead. (Image | Sky Sports)
Hotshot | Winger Chris Brunt celebrates after firing West Bromwich Albion ahead. (Image | Sky Sports)

The 28-year-old was set free in acres of space by Marc-Antoine Fortuné and promptly fired past Robert Green into the bottom right hand corner to hand West Brom the lead after 29 minutes.

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Reagan plea: Don’t invade

RONALD Reagan made a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to end the Falklands War as Britain was close to taking the islands.

Urge | President Reagan. (Image | Tea Party Tribune)
Urge | President Reagan. (Image | Tea Party Tribune)

The US President urged Mrs Thatcher not to humiliate Argentina. But she told him that Britain had not “lost precious lives in battle to hand over the Queen’s islands”.

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QPR v West Bromwich Albion/Liverpool: will it be a happy Christmas for Rangers?

With the aptly-named “mini revival” having been abruptly ended by Newcastle United, is there to be any festive joy for Queens Park Rangers as they take on West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool in the final two games of 2012?

Revival | Queens Park Rangers must build on the 2-1 success against Fulham. (Image | The Times)
Boost | Stephane Mbia, Clint Hill and Nedum Onuoha celebrate after the victory over Fulham, but the next two home games are similarly crucial. (Image | The Times)

Or will it be a case of a Grinch-style punishment for the Rs after a year in which they have rarely impressed, occasionally delighted, but more often than not been very bad indeed?

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Bentley’s Rev axed

LUXURY car maker Bentley has laid off its vicar just before Christmas — because he might upset non-Christian workers.

Sacked | Reverend Francis Cooke. (Image | Daily Mirror)
Sacked | Reverend Francis Cooke. (Image | Daily Mirror)

Bosses axed Rev Francis Cooke, 46, after ten years, claiming the firm needed to take a multi-faith outlook.

But he said: “My position is to help people, not just Christians.”

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Reunited with bruv after 67yr absence

THRILLED Pat Emmett is having “the best Christmas ever” after finding the little brother she had not seen for 67 years.

Joy | Arthur and Pat Emmett. (Image | Get Reading)
Joy | Arthur and Pat Emmett. (Image | Get Reading)

Pat, 75, was separated from Arthur, now 72, when their parents split up and their mum could not cope with six kids.

Arthur went to a kids’ home and Pat was raised by a gran. She last saw him in 1945 when they were aged eight and five.

Both were living in Reading, Berks, but have only just been reunited after a local appeal.

Pat said “It was fantastic to see him again. I didn’t recognise him — but I knew him.

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Supersub Shola buries QPR as away slump continues

Queens Park Rangers made it 13 months without a win away from home after a late goal from substitute Shola Ameobi saw Newcastle United to a 1-0 victory.

Impact player | Shola Ameobi celebrates with James Perch, who set up his winning goal for Newcastle United yesterday. (Image | Daily Mirror)
Impact player | Shola Ameobi celebrates with James Perch, who set up his winning goal for Newcastle United yesterday. (Image | Daily Mirror)

The 31-year-old came off the bench to curl the ball past Robert Green with nine minutes remaining, after being played in by James Perch and cutting inside Adel Taarabt’s challenge.

Rs striker Djibril Cissé missed the visitors’ best chance – which had been carved out for him by Taarabt – but in reality QPR rarely threatened at St. James Park.

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Boo are the heroes and villains of 2012?

THE Christmas panto season is in full swing — what better time for Sun City to roll out its Business Heroes and Villains of 2012!

HEROES

Hero | Diageo CEO Paul Walsh has been an inspirational figure in business during 2012. (Image | The Spirits Business)
Hero | Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo, has been an inspirational figure in business during 2012. (Image | The Spirits Business)
Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo

BRITAIN needs champions and in a turbulent year drinks giant DIAGEO has stood head and shoulders above its rivals in the world — luckily for us as it was one of our six Sun City stocks to follow for 2012.

Diageo sells Guinness to Africa and Johnnie Walker to the Chinese and is rather good at it, with annual profits up 32 per cent. Arise Sir Paul? A knighthood beckons.

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Just call me Harry Houdini

Queens Park Rangers broke a run of 16 games without a victory at the weekend, beating west London rivals Fulham 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table.

Inspirational | Adel Taarabt scored twice as Fulham failed to control him last weekend. (Image | Daily Record)
Inspirational | Adel Taarabt scored twice as Fulham failed to control him last weekend. (Image | Daily Record)

While the team’s performance as a whole was vastly better than anything witnessed so far this season, it was inspired by an incredible performance from Adel Taarabt.

His first goal a few minutes after half-time was Rangers’ first stroke of luck all season, and the least the R’s deserved for their dominant display.

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QPR v Fulham: will a local derby inspire the Rs to victory?

There is nothing quite like a tricky west London derby to warm the hearts of supporters who in the past 16 games have been watching a record breaking side play.

Frustration | Rock-bottom QPR are still winless this season. (Image | BBC)
Frustration | Rock-bottom Queens Park Rangers are still winless this season. (Image | BBC)

Unfortunately, this is an outfit that has made the worst ever start to a Premier League season.

Can the R’s break their winless curse against Fulham, or will it be another missed opportunity? Continue reading