Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. Rooney pleaded guilty to drink driving on a night out while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday. The Everton striker and former England captain was stopped by police when driving a woman's black Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire, at 2 a.m. on Sept. 1. The 31-year-old was later arrested and bailed, and on Monday he entered his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates' Court. Rooney apologised for his actions in a statement issued to Press Association Sport. The statement read: "Following today's court hearing I want publicly to apologise
Ex-Everton striker Romelu Lukaku helped ruin Wayne Rooney‘s return to Old Trafford, picking up a goal and an assist against his former team as Manchester United topped Everton 4-0 on Sunday. Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for United, which has the joint-most points in the league but sits behind Man City by alphabetical order alone. Starting up top, Rooney provided several clearcut chances for Everton, but Lukaku had an assist before punching in an 89th minute goal and celebrating wildly at Old Trafford.
Here come the big boys. The League Cup hits the third round this week, with clubs competing in European competitions joining the fray. Two of those clubs get trickier draws, with Man City heading to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool off to Leicester City. What we don’t know yet is how seriously these clubs, or really most of the Premier League clubs, are going to treat the competition. Are Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, and Jose Mourinho looking at the sides as deep ones capable of maintaining a run for a double or treble? Do Arsenal, Liverpool, and Everton crave something shiny for their trophy cases? And what about clubs like Swansea and West Brom? Is making their fans
Many thanks to Roker Report, SB Nation’s Sunderland blog, for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match at Goodison Park. RBM: How badly do Sunderland miss Jordan Pickford? RR: If you're one of the few Sunderland fans that agreed with the decision to sell Jordan Pickford, you'll be shrugging in as nonchalant a fashion as you can manage with one eye on his career, and claim that it was for the best and it was the right thing for the club to do. 30 million was always cheap and both sides knew it, Jordan is an amazing player with an instinct for the game rarely found at any level, couple this with his distribution and reactions and you've got a world class keeper.
Craig Burley reacts to claims that Arsenal should operate without Sanchez and Ozil, saying one of the two is expendable.
PARIS (AP) Clinton Njie scored two goals in three minutes as Marseille won its first league match in a month, 2-0 at promoted Amiens on Sunday. After conceding nine goals in back to back defeats against Monaco and Rennes, Marseille needed a good result on the road to calm its fans, who asked for coach Rudi Garcia’s dismissal. Njie, who picked up an injury during the warmup last weekend and could not play against Rennes, made a successful return. He started up front with Dimitri Payet and opened the scoring just after the interval from close range. Three minutes later, he combined well with Florian Thauvin in the Amiens box and completed his brace with a clean finish. Marseille moved to within
Christian Pulisic is no longer “18-year-old whiz kid Christian Pulisic.” The USMNT phenom turns 19 on Monday, already one of the most accomplished players in terms of Americans in Europe. If that sounds dramatic given the wildly successful careers of Clint Dempsey, Claudio Reyna, and Carlos Bocanegra — not to future parents, use ‘C’ in naming your children — forgive us; Pulisic is doing some fantastic things at his age. In fact, it’s difficult to rationalize his success so far given the relative low trajectory of the U.S. on the world soccer scene. Maybe it’s the birthday talk, but sometimes I feel like Paulie in “Rocky IV” when presented with a cake from a robot: What fresh amazement ?!? As
Jordan Pickford was sold by Sunderland to Everton for £30 million. Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has admitted that some of the proceeds of Jordan Pickford's £30 million sale have had to be used to fund past mistakes. The Black Cats, who recorded a £33m loss after tax for the year to July 31, 2016, at which point they had debts of £110.4m, have had to tighten their belts in the wake of relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season. Fans who thought there might be room for manoeuvre following goalkeeper Pickford's big-money move to Everton in June -- and the departures of the likes of Jeremain Lens and Vito Mannone -- have been left disappointed and angry amid speculation, vehemently denied by sources on Wearside, that the club could go into administration.
It's news to no-one that the Premier League has become a vacuous frenzy of money-spending and commercial deals. Everton's Angry Birds sleeve sponsor was evidence enough. The steep inclination of incoming funds from TV deals and the arrival of affluent new owners has ensured that most squads are now made up of expensively acquired players on substantial salaries. But perhaps one of the most damning indictments of this summer's money splurge is that Everton, currently 18th in the Premier League, have a squad of players that cost the same in total as Bayern Munich's. As journalist Nick Harris wrote on Twitter, it is a demonstration of "the madness of English football economics". Of course, it is
The Premier League is set for an action-packed Saturday this weekend as its top clubs return to their European commitments the following week.Only two games - Newcastle United's visit to Brighton and Arsenal's clash with West Brom - will take place on
England and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has been given a break from his club due to fatigue. Livermore didn’t play in this weekend’s 0-0 home draw with West Ham United and will not return to training until Thursday. Manager Tony Pulis said the club analyzed Livermore’s numbers from the past few matches, and noted that they weren’t up to the player’s standards. “We checked all of Jake’s running stats and his data and he had dropped off a bit. So we giving him a couple of days off. … I think for the first time going away with England during the summer and then having these two call-ups, I think playing all the time has really, really taken it out of the boy.” The headline on
Jose Mourinho was clear when asked, after Manchester United's 4-0 win at home to Everton on Sunday, about the need for his players to respond to Manchester City's emphatic 6-0 victory at Watford 24 hours earlier. "Today, I didn't think one single second about Manchester City," Mourinho said. "I thought about Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool -- they lost, well, they didn't win their match and it was a chance to get two points, like they got last week when we drew Stoke and I just thought about them." Perhaps Mourinho was being honest by insisting he was only interested in his players taking advantage of the mistakes of rivals, rather than the success of their Manchester neighbours. But such
Anthony Martial still doesn’t seem to be trusted enough by José Mourinho to actually start a Premier League game. Martial scored again after coming on as a substitute late in the second half against Everton in United’s 4-0 victory on Sunday that kept it joint top of the Premier League with cross-city rival Manchester City. Martial has made five Premier League appearances this season, starting just once.
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