Dwayne De Rosario suspended. We all saw it coming, right?

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D.C. United playmaker Dwayne De Rosario will miss two matches, including Saturday’s opener at Houston and his own team’s home opener a week later, suspended by MLS for two games after head butting Danny Cruz on Feb. 23.

We all knew this was coming – or was quite likely at very least. As we talked about yesterday on the blog, the irony is that De Rosario, the 2011 league MVP, would have been making his first start since last August. And then he goes and does this.

Even United manager Ben Olsen could not object with a straight face – and good for United’s young coach for neither defending nor dismissing De Rosario’s lack of composure. What Olsen told the Washington Post.

I would love to defend Dwayne or my players, but this one, I can’t necessarily do that. I just hope this is the last one we have to deal with because it affects us negatively and we have to clean it up.”

It is unclear when United was alerted, most likely on Thursday. This is important, as clubs do become rightly upset when the league moves slowly on suspension alerts.

(UPDATE at 9:32 a.m. … MLS spokesman Will Kuhns alerted me via email that United was informed on Tuesday evening; teams may not make the news public until later, depending on the appeal process.)

Saturday’s match, the best of opening day in MLS, in Houston is a 8 p.m ET on NBC Sports Network.

There is one more thing that needs to be said here:

De Rosario has been guilty of losing his cool on the field before – but he has reliably gotten away with it, pushing or lashing out at players during those silly mini-melees that we tend to see. (Those are the very same mini-melees MLS is now endeavoring to tamp down.)  But MLS didn’t get serious until last year at creating consequences for the little shenanigans that can turn up the temperature on an otherwise manageable moment.

Not saying De Rosario is blameless for what he did to Philadelphia’s Cruz. He is certainly responsible. On the other hand, Major League Soccer’s previous foot-dragging on discipline enforcement shares some blame here, too.

Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.

Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.

In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.

Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.

Atlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.

Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Wolfsburg hires Martin Schmidt after firing Andries Jonker

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) Wolfsburg has hired Martin Schmidt to coach the Bundesliga side as a swift replacement for Andries Jonker.

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Jonker was fired on Monday after less than seven months in charge, with Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stuttgart leaving Wolfsburg with four points from its opening four league games of the new campaign.

The 50-year-old Schmidt has signed a contract through 2019 and he will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Werder Bremen.

The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after almost three years in charge. Mainz finished last season in 15th place in the Bundesliga, above Wolfsburg on goal difference. Wolfsburg only survived in the Bundesliga last season by a winning a playoff.

More AP German soccer coverage: http://www.apnews.com/tag/Bundesliga

Swapping cleats for gloves: Rio Ferdinand to become a boxer

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It wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has tried his hand at another sport, but this one is a bit surprising.

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The Telegraph is reporting that ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is poised to become a professional boxer and is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has been a pundit for BBC and BT Sport since retiring from soccer 2015, but the six-time Premier League winner appears ready to tackle a new venture.

Ferdinand will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Sheffield United striker Curtis Woodhouse — who went on to become British light-welterweight champion.

Below is a video Ferdinand posted to his Instagram account on Monday which appears to show him practice dodging with a personal trainer.

Dodging Rain Drops…. Reaction Drill… Keep Moving!! 💧🎾 @chrisvarnavas

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Cavani, Neymar feud presents questions about PSG chemistry

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Paris Saint-Germain picked up its sixth consecutive win to start the Ligue 1 season on Sunday, but something else happened during the team’s 2-0 victory over Lyon that should be a show for concern.

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In fact, two notable sequences occurred during the match that proved money cannot buy chemistry — or how the saying goes.

The issues on both occasions were between summer signing Neymar and Edinson Cavani — who has been with PSG since 2013.

First, a free kick situation arose where Cavani had appeared that he was going to take the set piece, until Brazilian defender Dani Alves stepped in and took the ball and proceeded to give it to his national and club teammate, Neymar.

The second occurence was even more embarrassing though, as Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty kick, which Cavani ultimately got his way before having his shot saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Below is a video containing a piece of both instances.