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• Benítez expected to take over at Newcastle on initial 10-game deal
• Home defeat by Bournemouth convinced club to dismiss McClaren
Steve McClaren has been sacked as the manager of Newcastle United, with Rafael Benítez close to succeeding him.Continue reading...
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• Official absorbs attack without retaliating in ninth-tier game
• Fortis Arezzo beat 10-man Castel San Niccolo 4-0
An Italian referee produced a fine example of practising what you preach when he resisted retaliating to a full-blooded kick to the calf from a player he had just sent off.
The ninth-tier league game between Castel San Niccolo and visitors Fortis Arezzo, which took place on a mud-soaked pitch just outside Florence, was 0-0 when the home side’s No 11 was shown a red card.Continue reading...
• Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-0 in Europa League tie
• Some visiting fans reportedly sang about Hillsborough disaster
Uefa is waiting for a report from the Europa League match at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United, before deciding whether or not to take any disciplinary action against the Old Trafford club for alleged chants about the Hillsborough disaster by a section of their supporters.
Stan Collymore led criticism of the songs reportedly heard during United’s 2-0 defeat on Thursday. Chants about both the 1989 Hillsborough disaster by United fans and the 1958 Munich air crash from Liverpool fans have marred some matches between the two clubs for many years and have been consistently met with widespread condemnation.Continue reading...
• Hazard Snr: ‘It’s out of question that he’ll leave the club at the moment’
Eden Hazard’s father, Thierry, has insisted his son’s departure from Chelsea this summer is “out of the question” and has suggested the club have pushed him to play through the pain barrier as he struggles with an on-going hip complaint.
Hazard, last season’s player of the year as the London club claimed the Premier League title, has laboured all campaign and has yet to score a goal in the top-flight. Supporters’ frustrations with his form boiled over with a smattering of boos upon his substitution 13 minutes from time on Wednesday night as Chelsea slipped out of the Champions League with defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with the Belgian doubtful for Saturday’s awkward FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.Continue reading...
LA have spent big in the off-season, but of all their star signings, the return of the forward may be the most significant
It looked bleak for LA when Lamar Neagle scored after four minutes. DC United were on the way to victory at the StubHub Center last week, but then Mike Magee rekindled memories of his first spell in LA, scoring twice and assisting on one other as the Galaxy ran out 4-1 winners. The former Chicago man rolled back the years, to use the lamentable parlance of our time, and LA had gotten over their humiliating Concacaf Champions League exit, at least for a little bit.Continue reading...
The advanced analytics statheads say we should look beyond just wins and losses – which is good news for Wichita State. But do the ratings stack up?
If Wichita State hears its name called on Selection Sunday – and that’s a big if – Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall should send a bouquet of flowers to college basketball advanced analytics guru Ken Pomeroy. And while’s he at it, a box of chocolates for stathead Jeff Sagarin would also probably be in order.
When Wichita State lost its Missouri Valley Conference tournament semi-final game, the Shockers’ record dropped to 24-8 overall. This is a team that has qualified for the tournament in each of the last four seasons, but this year boasts a tournament resumé that features only one quality win (a home win against Utah in December), and several questionable losses.Continue reading...