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Andy Carroll loses red card appeal, reacts angrily, banned for three huge games (Video)

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West Ham United and England striker Andy Carroll is banned for three games after the appeal against his red card versus Swansea on Saturday was thrown out.

An Independent Regulatory Commission deemed Carroll’s claim of wrongful dismissal was incorrect and the Hammers main forward will now miss the next three games with immediate effect.

Carroll, 25, has only just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, after the $22.5 million summer signing from Liverpool was just regaining his best form.

The incident in question, watch the video above to see a replay, came after Carroll had already set up both of Kevin Nolan’s goals in a crucial 2-0 win for the Hammers over the Swans. In the second half Carroll swung aroundd and flipped Swansea defender Chico Flores over in an aerial battle and then inadvertently struck the Swansea defender with his trailing forearm. Carroll was shown a straight-red by referee Howard Webb, as Flores reacted rather theatrically for a towering six foot plus defender. After the game West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who has previous issues with Flores’ playacting, stated West Ham intended to appeal the ban.

As we now know, that appeal was unsuccessful and Carroll has reacted angrily via Twitter at the decision to hand him an immediate three game ban.

After losing their appeal the Hammers are now left woefully understaffed up front, with only new signing Marco Borriello and Carlton Cole options for Allardyce’s side in three pivotal matches coming up against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Norwich, as well as a home tie against Southampton.

Carroll will miss all three after his petulant flick out, which could cost West Ham dear. Whether or not you agree with the sending off, to raise your arm and react in an aggressive this day and age on the soccer pitch is a big no-no. We all know that. The striker, born and bred in Newcastle, has found that out the hard way as he’s now left the Hammers in a hole as their fight to stave off relegation will go on without their most lethal attacking weapon.

Albert Ruiz scores fastest hat trick to start game in NCAA history

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After being named the NCAA Soccer Men’s Player of the Week, Spanish junior Albert Ruiz went out and set the base for a repeat.

The Florida Gulf Coast striker scored three goals in three minutes and 19 seconds on Tuesday, and the Eagles are battering visiting Rutgers.

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Not only that, but three goals all came before the game was 10 minutes old (9:02 to be exact). The team’s Twitter account says that’s a record to start a game, besting the record was set by Indiana’s Steve Burks on Oct. 6, 1973. Burks scored his three goals by the 11:41 mark of the first half.

If you look at the clock, too, we think it’s more like nine minutes on the dot.

Ruiz scored seven times in 11 games as a sophomore, and is battering that impressive mark this year. It’s not even halftime at FGCU, and he’s up to 11 goals in his ninth game of the season. That puts him into a tie with Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone for the most goals in men’s D1 soccer (and Ruiz has more than 45 minutes to play).

The 6-foot-2 forward is going to be attracting a lot of attention, especially considering this is his second hat trick in 10 days.

PST Extra: Breaking down the 1v2 clash between Spurs, Man City

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Manchester City visits White Hart Lane for a match-up of this early season’s first and second place Premier League clubs.

City will have one less day of rest than its Premier League rivals, though both are coming off road matches in Europe.

Spurs beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 on Tuesday, while Man City is battling Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany a day later.

[ MORE: Pochettino happy with “must win” defeat of CSKA ]

A win would pull Spurs to within a point of the leaders, while a City victory would guarantee, at-worst, a five-point table advantage for Pep Guardiola‘s bunch.

Kickoff is at 9:15 a.m. ET Sunday, and our own Joe Prince-Wright has the preview for you with the latest PST Extra (above).

Spurs: Pochettino pleased with “must win”, Son admits “a lucky time”

Tottenham's Son Heung-min is hugged by Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino after he scored 1-0 during the Champions League Group E soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Tottenham Hotspur, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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While it’s easy to call any match “must win” after you’ve won, there’s little doubt how badly Spurs needed their 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

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After making the long hike to Russia, Spurs controlled the match. Both Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min were lively but couldn’t break down the CSKA back line until Son finished a late chance.

From the BBC:

“That was a very important victory. Important to be in the race for the next round of the Champions League. This was a must win game, we are second in the group now but it is still all open.”

And Son admits it was a bit fortunate, as his shot was slowed by Akinfeev before inching across the line.

“This is a good time but also a lucky time. I try every game to score. We are very happy to win this game.”

Spurs are a point behind Monaco, who won at White Hart Lane in both teams’ Group E openers. Next up is a tricky visit from Bayer Leverkusen.

Ranieri laughs off England speculation with quip about bookmakers

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Leicester City speaks during a Leicester City press conference ahead of their Champions League match against FC Porto at The King Power Stadium on September 26, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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When it comes to quotes, Claudio Ranieri is one of the best.

The Leicester City manager was put on the spot after Tuesday’s 1-0 UEFA Champions League win over Porto, and handled it well.

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Asked about his name appearing on betting sites as a favorite to replace disgraced England boss Sam Allardycewho left the job Tuesday — Ranieri responded with a nod to Leicester’s long odds-defying Premier League title run.