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Thierry Henry busted – again; one-game suspension not enough


Thierry Henry is a player of sublime skill, a man who has provided more than his share of YouTube-worthy goals. His talent is undeniable, and his value to the New York Red Bulls (to the entire league, in fact) cannot be in question.

But it’s becoming increasingly clear: That man has anger issues. And he needs to get it sorted out.

It shows up when he gets frustrated, like when he acted like a child during a routine post-game interview earlier this year.

He can be sneaky about it, like the beginning of last year, when Henry routinely got away with doing that little hand-on-the-face-thing, where he seems to be giving a good natured acknowledgement to an opponent – but when he’s really giving ‘em the business, slapping them harder than they expected.

And how about last October, when he was busted red-handed attempting a real bit of naughtiness against Sporting Kansas City, crashing into a fallen Roger Espinoza?

That night, Henry immediately feigned innocence, as if he didn’t see Espinoza, or as if someone with his grace, balance and athletic ability, somehow, could not avoid a player on the turf while jogging by. We all saw through that one, right? (The referee certainly did, red carding Henry rightly right after he put his knee into the back of Espinoza’s neck.)

Well, something about Sporting KC brings out the worst in Henry.

Because he just got suspended for his latest shenanigan.  This time Kei Kamara was the victim. Henry, once again, immediately fell to the turf as if he was the injured party.

(MORE: the latest Henry suspension — a cynic’s view)

And speaking of injury, let’s not forget two seasons back, when Henry injured FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in an episode that was probably more about carelessness than hostility. (Here’s the video clip of that one.)

Considering his history, Henry probably should have gotten more than one game for something so needless as what happened this week against SKC.

Next time it happens, MLS really should throw the book at him. The league simply cannot have different standards for marquee players in matters of discipline.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Man United 0-0 PSV ]

So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

Men In Blazers - Sept. 22
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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).