The FA confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials – even though referee Mark Halsey was unsighted – and under current rules that means retrospective action cannot be taken. Haidara suffered what could prove to be a serious knee injury after the challenge by McManaman, but no action was taken against the Wigan player during the match, and Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said in a statement: “It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.” Newcastle reacted with outrage after the Football Association announced that Wigan’s 21-year-old forward Callum McManaman will not face retrospective action for his studs-up challenge on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara. The statement went on: “Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara. “Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials. “We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.” The FA’s rules follow a decision taken last summer – after consulting with the leagues, Professional Footballers’ Association and referees – limiting retrospective action to off-the-ball incidents unseen by match officials. The rules apply unless there are exceptional circumstances, which would need to be more unusual than a late tackle, however nasty. Llambias also responded to claims by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that it was a fair challenge, saying the comments had “disappointed and surprised” him as they came from someone he respected. Llambias added: “It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career. “It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.” Press Association
Alechi Inois safely negotiated the remaining two fences and coasted home for a facile six-length victory over August Hill. Grade One winner Trafford Lad and legendary chaser Sizing Europe are among the previous winners of this race, but Walsh was keen to dampen the hype. “He’s quite ground dependant. He does like that good ground,” said Walsh. “He’s done it well, but when Benemeade and Blacklough came out, it made it a lot easier. “I’m not knocking anyone’s horse, but what they were over hurdles, they’re basically going to be the same over fences. “You can get carried away with horses at this time of year.” Mullins said: “He enjoys this ground and we’ll campaign him as long as we have it. He’s versatile trip-wise and jumps well. “I’ll probably give him a mid-season break and bring him back for the spring. “I don’t know how good he is and whether he’s good enough to move up another grade or two.” Alechi Inois barely came off the bridle in making it five from five over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase. Following the withdrawals of Benemeade and Blacklough, the Willie Mullins-trained Alechi Inois was a 3-10 favourite for his latest Grade Three assignment and jumped accurately at the head of affairs throughout. Ruby Walsh took a leisurely look behind as he rounded the home turn and it was clear his opponents were struggling to bridge the gap. Press Association
The 67-year-old, who recalled Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez and put Connor Wickham on the left side of a front three, intends to do whatever it takes to guide Sunderland to safety. “I said the only important thing in the final eight games is winning, the way that we do is not important, so if we win games very ugly I like that, (we can) play very negative if the need is there,” Advocaat said. “I have seen a team who likes to work, so I am pleased. “It showed that if you work as a team and not an individual, I am sure that you get the luck you need. “Now I have time to see my best line up.” Advocaat knows the importance of local bragging rights from his time at Ibrox, where he won the 1998/1999 Scottish domestic Treble in his first season “In the home game in derbies, that gives a big advantage,” he said. “Tactically we withstood well (against West Ham), though we didn’t create a lot of chances, but in a home game with our fans behind us we can do even better.” The vastly-experienced former Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea and Russia coach presided over his first match in charge of the Black Cats at West Ham on Saturday, when his luck was out as Diafra Sakho netted a winner for the Hammers with just two minutes left. Sunderland head into the international break just a point above the drop zone, but Advocaat will put the extra-time with his squad to good use in preparing for the small matter of a showdown with local rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday. Press Association Advocaat added: “Now for us every game is important as we need points and the next game, Newcastle, is the most important thing.” Sunderland will be hoping for positive news on the knee injury suffered by defender Wes Brown when he hobbled off in the first half following an awkward fall. Midfielder Adam Johnson will again be in contention having come off the bench on Saturday following his club suspension being lifted after a Police investigation. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is ready to abandon his Total Football philosophy if winning ugly helps keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.
WARNING: Video contains disturbing images and sound. Viewer discretion is advised.Atlanda, Georgia — The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says the 27-year-old black man shot and killed by police in Atlanta on Friday, Rayshard Brooks’ death was a homicide.Brooks was shot twice in the back during an altercation with two officers who were trying to arrest him for DUI in a Wendy’s parking lot.The whole thing started with Brooks falling asleep in his car in the drive-through line at Wendy’s. The police were called, administered a sobriety test and then things escalated when they tried to make an arrest.Video from the scene shows Brooks in a scuffle with the arresting officers who attempt to us a TASER on him. Somehow Brooks got ahold of the stun gun and threw a punch at another officer before bolting. The officer’s pursued him and one officer fired his weapon when Brooks turned around and aimed the TASER at him.The Wendy’s where the shooting occurred was burned to the ground during protests Saturday night.“RIP Rayshard” is spray painted on a sign as as flames engulf a Wendy’s restaurant during protests Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta. The restaurant was where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police Friday evening following a struggle in the restaurant’s drive-thru line. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Also in the aftermath, one officer was fired and the police chief resigned. The terminated officer was identified as Garrett Rolfe, who was hired in October 2013, according to Atlanta Police Department Sergeant John Chafee. In addition to his wife, Brooks leaves behind three daughters and a step son.
INDIA will be without Ishant Sharma for the first the three-Test series against New Zealand in Kanpur, which begins tomorrow, as he recovers from chikungunya.The quick, who has taken 209 wickets in 72 Test matches, needs time to recover after being laid low with the mosquito-borne virus.Ishant’s fitness will be assessed ahead of the second Test at Eden Gardens on September 30, with no replacement selected.Head coach Anil Kumble said: “Ishant Sharma is recovering from chikungunya and will not be available for the first Test match.“We have not asked for any replacement and will choose our first XI from the available 14.“We will be closely monitoring his progress with the doctors, and then we will take a call about his fitness after this Test.”The Black Caps made it to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on Indian soil in March and Kumble is wary of their strong spin attack, with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi among the top wicket takers in that competition.“I watched the two spinners out of the three in the [World T20] where they played a significant role in the progress for New Zealand,” he said.“We know that New Zealand is a very potent team, not just in the spin department but in their all-round abilities as well. They have all three variations: left-arm spinner, off-spinner and a leg-spinner. That’s something that you don’t see in a foreign team.”Furthermore, Kumble does not believe India’s experience of playing in subcontinental conditions provides a significant advantage over touring sides, who are becoming increasingly familiar to them.He added: “The challenges to adapt to these conditions as quickly as possible are the same for the home team as well.“The home team certainly has the advantage of knowing and growing up in these conditions, but for a foreign team, since they travel so much, the conditions are no longer alien.”(Omnisport)
He told the Reds’ website: “I’m very happy to be here. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.“I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.”Liverpool struggled for goals last season following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and prolonged injury absences for England international Daniel Sturridge as they finished fifth in the Premier League.Signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert produced three league goals and, after acknowledging the lack of scoring last season, manager Brendan Rodgers has added Benteke to revive the Reds’ attack.Liverpool has also signed forwards Danny Ings from Burnley and Brazil international Roberto Firminio from Hoffenheim, while Benteke’s international team-mate Divock Origi has returned to the club after spending last season on loan at Lille.Benteke missed the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with an Achilles tendon injury but returned to action last October and scored 15 times to help Villa stay in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final.Former Villa manager Paul Lambert, who brought Benteke into English football, believes he will do well at Anfield.Lambert told BBC Sport: “He’s a brilliant number nine. He won’t need just crosses to come into the box. If he gets the service he’ll get goals.“That’s the type of guy he is and on his game he’s a handful. I’m delighted for him. He’s earned that move and if he can do what I think he can do, he’ll do great for them.“He’s going to have to handle the expectancy level of winning [at Liverpool]. When you speak to Christian, he has a great belief in himself to do well.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool has completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke for £32.5m.Benteke, 24, has agreed a long-term contract at Anfield and becomes the club’s second most expensive signing ever.The Reds triggered a release clause in his contract to make him their seventh summer signing after selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m.Belgium international Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa after signing from Genk for £7m in 2012.
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The Shannonsiders claimed a 3-16 to 1-17 win at the Gaelic Grounds.TJ Ryan’s side have now progressed to the final of the pre-season tournament where they win face Clare
Jamaica will be represented by a 10-member team at the January 26th DSI invitational/Armory invitational at the Armory Indoors in New York City.The men’s team, which comprises Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown, Kavon Rattary, Miguel Barton and Stallone Watson, are defending 4×200 meters champions. The women’s team consists of Verone Chambers, Tovia Jenkins, Shellone Calvert, Okhalia Buchanan and Candice McCloud, placed second in that event last year.Dalton Evans is the team’s head coach. He will be assisted by Mike Williams and Dwayne Evans with Louie Grant in the role of manager.“As head coach I am expecting both (teams) to be victorious, looking at the performances indoors of Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown and IAAF number two in the world Daniel Jamison. Whereas the women should have little or no problem crossing the finish line,” said Evans.Dr. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, general secretary Garth Gayle and senior coach Maurice Wilson, complete the Jamaican delegation.
MARINERS at ANGELSWhen: 7 p.m.Where: Angel StadiumTV: Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE PITCHERSANGELS LHP TYLER SKAGGS (2-6, 4.48)vs. Mariners: 1-2, 4.67At Angel Stadium: 3-7, 4.68Hates to face: Robinson Cano, 7 for 15 (.467) Loves to face: Nelson Cruz, 1 for 15 (.067)MARINERS LHP MARCO GONZALES (1-1, 6.25)vs. Angels: 0-0, 2.08At Angel Stadium: First gameHates to face: NoneLoves to face: NoneUPCOMING GAMESSaturday: Angels (RHP Ricky Nolasco, 6-15, 5.02) vs. Mariners (RHP Andrew Moore, 1-5, 5.34), 6 p.m., FSWSunday: Angels (RHP Parker Bridwell, 9-3, 3.87) vs. Mariners (LHP James Paxton, 12-5, 3.03), noon, FSW