Press Association Barton was dismissed for the ninth time in his career when he aimed a low blow at Tom Huddlestone as players clashed following a foul by QPR debutant Darnell Furlong. It was a dereliction of duty from the midfielder and with his side already a goal down to Nikica Jelavic’s volley, it should have spelled the end of the strugglers’ chances. QPR captain Joey Barton added a red card and another moment of madness to his tainted CV as birthday boy Dame N’Doye delivered a dramatic 2-1 win for Hull. It was his 12th goal for the club, making him Hull’s top Premier League goalscorer, ahead of the club’s former Brazilian forward Geovanni. QPR went close to an instant reply, Barton crossing for Furlong whose looping header had Allan McGregor scrambling at the far post. There were further chances at both ends, Jake Livermore drilling over after a neat touch from Jelavic and Phillips causing panic with a curling cross into Hull’s six-yard box. Then came the sending-off. Furlong was culpable for setting events in motion, leaving his foot in on Jelavic, but Barton can only blame himself for what came next. As the players came together he pushed Alex Bruce and when Huddlestone moved towards him he lashed out inexplicably. His dismissal almost cost QPR immediately as Jelavic nodded a fraction wide, but instead the 10 men drew level inside six minutes. A fluid passing move ended with another superb cross from Phillips, with Austin flashing his header across McGregor and in at the far post. His celebration quickly turned into a tongue-in-cheek pop at Hull’s medical staff. The sides went in at 1-1 and manager Bruce waited just eight minutes after the restart to make an attacking change, defender Alex Bruce making way for Gaston Ramirez. It was increasingly tough going for the home side though, QPR committing numbers in defence and packing the final third. Hull were trying to build patiently, but after 66 minutes Tigers boss Bruce made a second aggressive switch – removing Livermore and bringing on £10million striker Abel Hernandez. When Austin left the field with 15 minutes to go, he was treated to a mild chorus of boos but the home fans were half-hearted in their catcalls and quickly resumed pleading for a winner. Hull had no shortage of possession but could not seem to fashion anything to test Rob Green, surprisingly underworked in the away goal. N’Doye thought his chance to win it had gone when his point-blank effort was beaten out by Green but the ball was still alive. Brady returned it to the danger area and this time N’Doye made no mistake as he powered a header into the net. But Charlie Austin glanced home Matt Phillips’ sumptuous cross in the 39th minute and that appeared to be enough for a hard-fought draw until N’Doye celebrated his 30th birthday with a close-range header in the 89th minute. Austin had marked his equaliser by hobbling away and clutching his knee – a none-too-subtle jibe referencing the failed medical that cost him a move to the KC Stadium in 2013. Manager Steve Bruce admitted on the eve of the match that he had missed out on a gem in the former Burnley striker, but with deadline-day signing N’Doye scoring for the second game in a row, he at least has a new match-winner to toast. The result sees Hull record back-to-back league wins for the first time in 17 months, while QPR suffered a major setback in their own relegation battle. Hull misplaced a series of passes in the opening minutes, Paul McShane setting the tone by hoofing a cross-field ball into touch after a matter of seconds. But the hosts quickly settled and began dictating the tempo, Ahmed Elmohamady threatening on the right and Huddlestone enjoying space at the base of the midfield. Jelavic had a couple of half-chances as he looked for space behind the Rangers defence and broke the deadlock after 16 minutes. Huddlestone fired a free-kick into the penalty area and when Steven Caulker’s tame header dropped for Jelavic, he buried it in the bottom corner with a clinical volley.
Katie Chin | Daily TrojanFlying high · Redshirt sophomore Marquís Morris was one of many USC student-athletes and graduates competing at last week’s USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Morris was a semifinalist in the 110m hurdles, while Trojan alumnus Aleec Harris triumphed in the finals to claim the national title.The USC track program shone at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week, with both alumni and collegiate stars impressing during the four-day competition in Sacramento, Calif. Former Trojans Dalilah Muhammad and Aleec Harris earned titles in the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles, respectively, and current Trojans smashed multiple team records.At the meet, five USC runners — four graduates and junior Kendall Ellis — qualified to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships in August. Ellis will team up with Trojan track greats Muhammad, Harris, Allyson Felix and Nia Ali as they gun for glory in London. Ellis and Felix will both run the 400m, Harris will enter the 110m hurdles and Muhammad will compete in the 400m hurdles.Muhammad earned her second career USA title in the women’s 400m hurdles on the last day of action at Hornet Stadium. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist recorded a personal-best time of 52.64 to win the finals, while Harris topped the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 13.24.For the current Trojans, Anna Cockrell competed in the women’s 400m hurdles finals and finished eighth overall (55.14), breaking her USC freshman record in the process. Junior Deanna Hill recorded a time of 23.04 to come in sixth in the women’s 200m finals.Numerous USC athletes also starred in the competition’s earlier days. Ellis broke her own all-time school record in the 400m on Friday and repeated the feat Saturday. She trimmed her first time of 50.24 down to 50.00 flat to take third overall and earn a spot on the USA roster. Michael Norman bettered his USC freshman record in the 400m on Saturday, running to finals qualification in 44.60 seconds. The time also elevated Norman to third place on the program’s all-time 400m list.Senior Cameron Pettigrew qualified for the 400m semifinals with a time of 51.74, and junior Ricky Morgan Jr. also advanced on the men’s side after recording a time of 45.47 — just .03 seconds from his personal best.Redshirt sophomore Marquís Morris ran in Harris’ heat in the first round of the 110m hurdles, and he qualified for the semifinals with a 13.73 mark while Harris won the heat. Morris did not advance to the finals, however, settling for 14th overall.After the end of the USATF Championships, Trojan athletes will look forward to rooting on Cockrell at the biennial World Championships, which features more than 200 countries. The United States is the winningest nation in the competition’s history.The IAAF World Championships kick off on Aug. 4 at London Stadium.