Samba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A crisis has been unfurling in Darjeeling following the GJM’s call last week for an indefinite shutdown from Monday. Even as a semblance of normality seemed to return on Wednesday, the situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday.
Ivan Bondarenko came to North America to play hockey six years ago. That’s not too special, a bunch of kids do that every year. But Ivan kept chasing his dream through five leagues, well below the big-time, and long after the NHL became an all-but-impossible goal. He ended up toiling in Tillsonburg, Ontario in the Greater Metro Hockey League. And he still hasn’t given up.Why do kids like Ivan give up their family and life to chase their hockey careers in Canada — even when they live in proud hockey nations like Russia and Finland to begin with? What happens when you arrive in the middle of nowhere at age 15, with no English, a vivid dream of stardom…and nothing else? Millions of Canadian kids have NHL hopes, but very few have given up as much in their pursuit of it as this kid from Russia. And…what the hell is the GMHL, anyway?GUEST: Gare Joyce, Sportsnet.caAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03252019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.