2014/15 Premier League fixtures: Week-by-week schedule

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

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Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

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Opening Day starts August 16.

(All times ET.)

8/16/14
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Leicester vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.

8/23/14
Everton vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

8/30/14
Everton vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/13/14
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

9/20/14
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/27/14
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/4/14
Chelsea vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

10/18/14
Everton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/25/14
Sunderland vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

11/1/14
Arsenal vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/8/14
Swansea City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

11/22/14
Stoke City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/29/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

12/2/14
Burnley vs. Newcastle United- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City-2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United- 3 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers-2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool-2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Southampton-2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa- 3 p.m.

12/3/14
Everton vs. Hull City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 2:45 p.m.

12/6/14
Stoke City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/13/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/20/14
Liverpool vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/26/14
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/28/14
West Ham United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/1/15
Southampton vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/10/15
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenha Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

1/17/15
Manchester City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/31/15
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/7/15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

2/10/15
Hull City vs. Aston Villa- 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 3 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Burnley- 2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United- 3 p.m.
Southampton vs. West Ham United- 2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City- 3 p.m.

2/11/15
Chelsea vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Queens Park Rangers- 2:45 p.m.

2/21/15
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/28/15
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.

3/3/15
Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal- 2:45 p.m.
Hull City vs. Sunderland- 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea- 2:45 p.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45 p.m.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Burnley- 3 p.m.

3/4/15
Stoke City vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United- 2:45 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City- 2:45 p.m.

3/14/15
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

3/21/15
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

4/4/15
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.

4/11/15
Burnley vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

4/18/15
Everton vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

4/25/15
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albionvs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/2/15
Hull City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

5/9/15
Hull city vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/16/15
Manchester United vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

5/24/15
Aston Villa vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Hull city vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

 

Yannick Bolasie finally returns to Everton training (video)

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Among my most quoted coaching lines comes from former University at Buffalo and current Canisius College men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon (and pretty sure it didn’t originate with him).

“It’s more about Jims and Joes than x’s and o’s.”

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So if Everton rebounds from its rough start to the season to reach its preseason potential, there’s a good chance we’ll credit the return of one of the most electric attackers in the game and not necessarily their new boss.

Yannick Bolasie returned to training on Wednesday, and not a moment too soon following a near one-year layoff due to an ACL tear.

There’s no guarantee the 28-year-old Bolasie will have the same burst, of course, but he has the potential to be a season-changer.

Everton was 5-4-4 when Bolasie went down with his injury last season, and improved on the mark the rest of the way, but are a moribund 3-3-6 this season.

Player faces unsporting conduct charges for shoving ball boy

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Adelaide United defender Michael Marrone has been cited for unsporting conduct for shoving a ball boy during the late stages of his team’s 2-1 loss to Sydney FC in the FFA Cup final.

Football Federation Australia on Wednesday issued a disciplinary notice to Marrone for “engaging in serious unsporting conduct,” with a hearing date to be set.

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Marrone knocked over the ball boy, reported by local media to be aged 10, while trying to get the ball to take a throw-in during extra time in the Tuesday night match.

The ball boy and his father were later allowed to take part in the trophy presentation ceremony.

“Just thankful that nobody was hurt,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said at a news conference Wednesday. “Perhaps some lessons for a few people in that one. Glad that it didn’t detract too much from what was a really exciting finish to the game and glad that the boy and his father got to share in the celebration at the end.”

While there are no precedents in Australia for such charges, Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was banned for three games for violent conduct after kicking out at a ball boy in 2013.

In other countries, clubs have been fined if their ball boys have been found to be deliberately slowing play.

Miguel Almiron knew nothing about MLS, everything about Tata

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Miguel Almiron’s future is going to be a big part of the story for as long as he’s in Atlanta United, but his past is in focus following another cool post in The Players’ Tribune.

It’s a cool read, for sure, to examine Almiron’s rise from “too skinny” kid without a club to one of the top prospects this side of the Atlantic Ocean, but the story of why he came to Atlanta is an argument for the “big name” manager (Tata Martino in this case).

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Before the Paraguayan youngster was the talk of the transfer market, MLS Newcomer of the Year, and the No. 1 jersey sale in the league, he was being recruited to the Georgian expansion outlet.

“I didn’t know much about MLS. I didn’t know where Atlanta was. I didn’t know anything. But Tata was manager, and that was all I needed to know.”

Given that Martino arrived not too long before Almiron, the following Tweet makes the point I’ve been trying to make as well as anyone:

Sevilla manager reportedly told team of cancer diagnosis at half

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When it comes to locker room tales, few compare to this one.

Any big comeback, especially one as high profile as Sevilla’s stunning second half against Liverpool, inspires the question, “What was said in the team room at halftime?!?”

Down 3-0 at halftime and in danger of bowing out of the UEFA Champions League, Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo gave his team some very serious news.

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According to Spanish reports relayed by The Telegraph, Berizzo informed his players of his prostate cancer diagnosis.

Sevilla confirmed that Berizzo is battling adenocarcinoma, saying, “Future medical tests will determine a course of treatment. Sevilla FC wants to show maximum support to its manager in these moments and wishes him a prompt recovery.”

It adds extra weight to Ever Banega’s postgame comments:

“We have to go out there with that attitude, for the fans that always back us and for the coach who has turned this around. He is the most important of all of us, he has us on the right path and we are with him to the hilt.”

Our best to Berizzo, and — sorry Reds supporters — it’s pretty cool Sevilla was able to rally after such stunning news.