MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Yohan Cabaye #4 of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle: Red Devils slip up once again (video)

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Newcastle United have recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1972 after an immense performance against Manchester United. A single goal from Yohan Cabaye, in the 61st minute, was the difference maker. The win moves Newcastle up into sixth, at least temporarily, while United are down to ninth.

The first half wasn’t just lacking in goals, it was lacking in much in the way of interest whatsoever. Manchester United spent the majority of the first 45 minutes applying pressure on the visitors, yet they rarely threatened Tim Krul’s goal. Although the ‘keeper was called into action a few times, it was usually to rescue a deflected shot, with the Newcastle defenders doing an excellent job of clearing away any danger.

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The second half started much the same as the first, although perhaps with even more pressure, as Manchester United began forcing Krul into sharp saves. Moments after Javier Hernández forced a save, Adnan Januzaj got on the end of a headed pass from Tom Cleverly to test Krul again. The post got into the action as well, helping out Newcastle by blocking a shot from Patrice Evra in the 55th minute. The ball looked to hit Vurlon Anita’s arm as well, but it appeared unintentional, and the referee had no interest in awarding a penalty.

Despite the pressure from the hosts, it was Newcastle that came up with the goal. Moussa Sissoko slipped in behind Patrice Evra to pull back for Yohan Cabaye, to whom no one was paying one bit of attention. Cayabe had no trouble putting in his shot and, with a slight deflection off Nemanja Vidić, the ball flew past David De Gea and landed in the bottom left corner.

Manchester United thought they’d pulled one back through Robin van Persie when he headed in from close range, but the flag went up against the Dutchman. And although Wilfried Zaha did his best to impress during his rare few minutes on the pitch, his attempt went wide and, with about fifteen minutes left to play, United were simply out of things to try.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael (Valencia 76), Evans, Vidic, Evra; Nani (Zaha 68), Jones, Cleverley (Anderson 69), Januzaj; Hernandez, van Persie

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Young, Welbeck

Newcastle United: Krul; Debuchy Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye (Shola Ameobi 78), Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 57)

Subs not used: Elliot, Obertan, Gutierrez, Cisse

Reports say Wambach entering the fields of broadcasting, reporting

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  America soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach  attends the 2016 MAKERS Conference Day 2 at the Terrenea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for AOL)
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She’s dipped her toes into the pool during the FIFA elections, and now USWNT soccer legend Abby Wambach may have found her second career.

The all-time leading goal scorer in international competition, Wambach will be branching into the media field.

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The Associated Press’ Anne M. Peterson says it’ll be as an analyst and contributor, while Sports Illustrated media mastermind Richard Deitsch expects her to dig a bit deeper into the reporting world.

Many athletes have succeeded in becoming broadcasters, but true reporting is a different animal. This will be an interesting story to follow.

Wambach’s name was in the news earlier this year when she plead guilty for a DUII charge. She retired from the playing field in December.

FA seeks eye-gouging ban for Dembele of more than 3 games

during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.
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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association wants Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele banned for more than three matches for an apparent eye-gouge on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The FA retrospectively charged Dembele with violent conduct on Wednesday after the incident was missed by the match officials in Monday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The FA says “the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient.”

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Dembele has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have also been charged with three breaches of FA regulations for “failing to control their players and/or officials.”

The teams have until Monday to respond.

The draw ended second-place Tottenham’s title challenge.

How big of an upset would it be if Man City beats Real Madrid in the UCL?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  The Manchester City squad warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Academy Training Ground on May 3, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Couple questions for you this fine Wednesday:

  1. Winning at the Bernabeu is no easy task, but would it genuinely be a massive upset if Man City takes down Real Madrid today?
  2. Even putting aside that a scoring draw would do the trick, are we sure the hype is matching up with realism here?

There’s obviously the “Combined XI” test, a flawed proposition that does provide some level of comparison nonetheless. Given the absences of David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta, Real’s depth shines here.

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The goalkeepers are both World Cup caliber backstops, and there’s not much difference in quality — if any — between Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas and England mainstay Joe Hart.

And while Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure are very much in the ballpark — on their day — with Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, there are real gulfs in attacking and defending power between the clubs (especially with David Silva out for Man City).

Even in the final four of a major tournament like this, there’s a gap between both of these sides at both ends of the pitch. Even ignoring Cristiano Ronaldo which, come on, you’re looking at James Rodriguez, Isco (doubtful to play) and others.

The back line of Man City has taken injury hits, and Real’s back four might well carry any XI (especially while Vincent Kompany isn’t in peak condition). While Madrid’s backs run hot, they also can run wild. Sergio Ramos and Marcelo are upper echelon pieces.

There’s a significant edge in Manuel Pellegrini versus Zinedine Zidane, and tactically we can expect City to continue implementing its system well against Real Madrid’s 4-3-3. Forcing Real wide on the attack can work well, especially if Karim Benzema is unable to play and punish the interior in the air.

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We think it would genuinely be a surprise if City were to pull off a win, but no bigger a surprise than what Atletico Madrid pulled off once Antoine Griezmann hit his magnificent counter attack goal yesterday in Munich.

What say you?

FIFA prosecutors want life ban for Webb in bribery case

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA ethics prosecutors want a life ban imposed on former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, who has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in the United States.

The judging chamber of the FIFA ethics committee says it opened proceedings against Webb and will consider a verdict.

The ethics committee says it got a final investigation report last week from FIFA prosecutors.

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In November, Webb admitted to taking bribes worth millions of dollars linked to commercial rights for international soccer tournaments.

The former Cayman Islands banker should be sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn next month. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Webb was president of the CONCACAF soccer body when he was arrested on May 27 at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich.