Premier League 2014-15 preview: Queens Park Rangers

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A surprise relegation squad in 2013, big money QPR found it harder to make it back to the Premier League than many expected. But the playoffs earned them their top flight status thanks to a late Bobby Zamora goal, and QPR looks to do this PL thing right this time around.

Adding more veteran depth at the back and a young wild card (Jordon Mutch) in attack, sealing a deal for Juventus’ Mauricio Isla is key to their 2014/15 campaign. Can QPR finally deliver on the expectations set forth by chairman Tony Fernandes?

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Transfers In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City), Mauricio Isla (Juventus)

Transfers Out: Stephane Mbia, Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa)

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Last season: QPR earned instant promotion back to the Premier League after advancing via the Championship playoffs. They looked like a league-winner before fading down the stretch.

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Star player: Loic Remy

Assuming he stays — which is a wild assumption considering a failed medical is what kept him from leaving for Liverpool — the French forward will provide QPR with a chance to finish any opportunity. The 26-year-old scored 14 goals for Newcastle last season despite missing part of the season, and the forward depth drops off behind him and Charlie Austin (who has zero Premier League experience but certainly has faced new challenges well).

Coaches’ Corner: Harry Redknapp

The combustible manager oversaw both QPR’s relegation in 2013 and their promotion last season, but the jury’s out on whether he’s the right man for the job. For one, QPR’s rich owners bankrolled a very talented — if too veteran — squad for the Championship run and Redknapp still needed the playoffs to advance.

PST predicts: QPR fights to stay alive all season long, but has enough momentum from some midseason fixes to keep itself out of the relegation zone. Redknapp is canned before it’s said and done, and the club finishes 14th.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.