New QPR signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Queens Park Rangers have begun to plan for life without Charlie Austin, with the club announcing they have signed striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on a three-year deal.Austin will almost certainly leave the London club this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, with Liverpool, Newcastle United and West Ham linked as possible destinations.And 24-year-old Emmanuel-Thomas has been drafted in to aid Rangers in their quest for another instant return to the top flight.The forward helped Bristol City to League One victory and promotion to the Championship last season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions, but was not offered a new deal by the Robins.Head coach Chris Ramsey told the club’s official website: “I’ve always admired Jay from afar and I’m really delighted we’ve reached an agreement to bring him here.“There was a lot of hype surrounding him when he was a young player at Arsenal, and although he’s had a very steady career since then, this is now a real opportunity for him to really kick on at QPR.“We’ll give him the platform to play and express himself. He’s got flair, he’s a good runner with the ball and he’s got great versatility.“He is already a very good player, but his potential to keep improving is fantastic.”The 24-year-old joins Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin at Loftus Road. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Pack, a 15-year journeyman out of USC, totaled four points and four assists in four games, while Brown averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 assists. Matthews, who played for Virginia Tech, averaged 4.3 points in three games. Corey Williams, a New York street ball player, still has a chance of making the team as the third point guard. He’s up against Alvin Williams, who missed last season because of knee surgery. Exhibition results: Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and Richard Hamilton added 15 as the Detroit Pistons routed the Miami Heat 87-66. Shaquille O’Neal led the Heat with 28 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. … Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 15 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 89-85. … Damon Stoudamire scored 16 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an 82-78 victory over the Houston Rockets. … Rookie Ryan Gomes scored 15 points as the Boston Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets 90-69. … Dwight Howard scored 20 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-100. … Rookie Channing Frye scored 19 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 96-90 comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs. … Corliss Williamson had 13 of his 18 points in the first quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 100-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas (Grant High of Van Nuys) were both nursing injuries Saturday after early exits from Friday’s game against Denver. Jamison bruised his right shoulder in the third quarter of the 97-91 loss to the Rockets in the first game of a doubleheader at Staples Center. Arenas got poked in the right eye, also in the third quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jamison was able to practice Saturday, while Arenas sat out. Both will be game-time decisions for Sunday’s preseason game at Houston. Raptors release three: The Toronto Raptors released guards Robert Pack, Tierre Brown and forward Bryant Matthews.