Italy v Uruguay: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

How long should Suarez be banned after his THIRD biting incident? What now for Uruguay?

40 Comments

It happened again. It is inexcusable. It could (many believe it should) cost Luis Suarez his career in soccer.

Look, from the angles we have now seen after the game, it is clear that Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder with 10 minutes left of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy.

Suarez, 27, has made this mistake twice before and he should be under the “three strikes and you’re out” rule. Seriously.

This has to happen. Suarez should not play any part in the rest of this World Cup, FIFA and the officials need to take a hard line approach and ban this man from playing soccer. He clearly needs helps in sorting out anger issues and whatever else is going on in his head.

[ RELATED: PHOTO – Suarez bites Chiellini ] 

[ RELATED: Suarez reaction on Twitter 

[ RELATED: Where does Suarez’s bite rank in WC’s most shocking moments? ]

He was banned in 2010 for seven matches in Holland after biting an opponent whilst playing for Ajax. In 2013 he was banned for biting Branislav Ivanovic and was handed a 10-game suspension that almost ruined his career with Liverpool. Now the punishment should be even more severe… 15, 20, 25 games?

Some would say that is not harsh enough and that Suarez shouldn’t be allowed to play the game ever again. After this incident, it is hard to disagree.

My suggestion: give him a year-long ban.

He needs to step away from the spotlight, get help and sort out his issues. Once and for all. He is a wonderful player, as he has already shown by demolishing England with two goals in this World Cup. However, in what world do we live in where someone can go around and bite another person on three separate occasions and think they can keep getting away with it? In any other walk of life, Suarez would be facing police action. His personality is flawed, his reputation has been tarnished and all of that talk surrounding his “revival” during his breakout season as the Premier League’s Player of the Season with Liverpool in 2013-14 makes this latest discrepancy even worse.

source: AP
Giorgio Chiellini was the man who appeared to be bitten by Suarez. The Italian is Suarez’s third victim.

What does this mean for Uruguay if Suarez is banned for the rest of the World Cup?

They are done. Finished. Gone. Even though he didn’t score vs. Italy, Suarez was the main threat and was thwarted by Buffon twice and caused plenty of problems. His strike partner Edinson Cavani continues to underwhelm and Uruguay have only beaten two pretty poor teams in Italy and England.

They will struggle past the last 16 stage without Suarez.

With Suarez up top they had a chance of recreating their run to the final four of a World Cup, just like they did in 2010. With this latest biting incident Suarez has let down himself, his family, his country and not for the first time.

But, it could be the last.

USC wins NCAA women’s soccer national championship

Southern California's Morgan Andrews celebrates after scoring a goal against West Virginia during the first half in the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer final, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
AP Photo/Tony Avelar
Leave a comment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Katie Johnson broke a tie in the 75th minute and Southern California won the NCAA women’s soccer title Sunday, beating top-ranked West Virginia 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Sunday.

The second-seeded Trojans (19-4-2) also won the College Cup in 2007.

The Mountaineers (23-2-2) lost for the first time since a 1-0 setback to Georgetown on Sept. 18. West Virginia had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped, and allowed three goals for the first all season.

Johnson, who also had the winning goal in USC’s 1-0 semifinal victory over Georgetown on Friday, was wide open in front of the net when Leah Pruitt took a pass up the left sideline, beat defender Easther Mayi Kith, and delivered a perfect cross. Johnson simply rolled the ball into the goal to the right of goalkeeper Rylee Foster.

Johnson scored again off an assist from Nicole Molen in the 87th minute.

The Trojans got on the board just 1:22 into play after Julia Bingham directed a corner kick to the top of the penalty box, where Savannah Levin headed the ball forward to Morgan Andrews, whose header from 5 yards eluded Foster.

West Virginia’s Ashley Lawrence, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, tied it in the 66th minute when she ripped a shot from the top left corner of the penalty box just inside the near post.

After USC took the 2-1 lead, the Mountaineers nearly drew even in the 81st minute on a shot by Heather Kaleiohi that was stopped on a diving save by goalkeeper Sammy Prudhomme.

The Mountaineers outshot USC 21-8 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Trojans joined North Carolina (21 titles), Notre Dame (3) and Portland (3) as the only multiple winners of the College Cup.

USC won its 126th national team title on the same day its men’s water polo team lost 10-8 to Cal in the NCAA final just 45 miles away in Berkeley.

West Virginia, in its first College Cup final, was hoping to claim its first NCAA title in any sport besides its co-ed rifle team, which has won 18 national titles.

VIDEO: 70-yard volley from Chile is nearly impossible to believe

Alejandro Camargo, Universidad de Concepcion
1 Comment

His name is Alejandro Camargo, and he scored what might just go down as the best goal of 2016 on Sunday: an impossibly perfect volley from well beyond the halfway line.

[ MORE: PL roundup — Chelsea top Man City; Arsenal, Spurs win big ]

Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.

[ MORE: Serie A roundup — Roma, AC Milan win, still tied for 2nd ]

“The coach told us Pinto was always playing in advance of his goal, so I closed my eyes and hit it,” Camargo said after the game.

“Hit it and hope” has never looked so good.

Roma fans stay away from derby to protest new security barriers

A view of a huge section of empty seats as Roma fans desert derby in protest over security barriers, during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Roma, at the Rome Olympic stadium Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
Leave a comment

ROME (AP) Roma’s most ardent supporters stayed away from the derby match against Lazio in protest at barriers introduced at the start of last season in their area.

Normally filled with supporters waving huge banners, lighting flares and singing, half of the “curva sud” — southern end — of the Stadio Olimpico was left empty for Sunday’s match.

[ MORE: Serie A roundup — Roma, AC Milan win, still tied for 2nd ]

Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.

But the appeals had no effect.

In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.

The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.

VIDEO: “Behind The Badge: Watford FC” — Episode 2

Leave a comment

In Episode 2 of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, watch the players’ recovery after a win against Leicester, a look at the club’s one-of-a-kind internship program and a flashback to a memorable moment in Watford’s history.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s PL coverage ]

To watch past episodes of Behind The Badge, including last season’s edition featuring a look inside Crystal Palace, head over to the full archive by clicking here.

[ MORE: PL roundup — Chelsea top Man City; Arsenal, Spurs win big ]

First episode: Watch full episode, here
Second episode: Above video
Third episode: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Fourth episode: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN