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Fantasyland: Week Two leaders, three names to monitor

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There’s still time to join up for a year of Fantasy Premier League fun via Yahoo’s free game, but don’t wait too much longer: the points are getting racked up!

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Who’s leading so far? Well, of course it’s Blazin Hansroy, but two of our writers have both together decent weeks to stay within striking distance. How’s your team doing?

Pro Soccer Talk’s Top Five
FC Blazin Hansroy (PST3) – 225 points
Dynamo Todd (PST1) – 222 points
Listerman (PST2) — 219 points
Musk of Mustoe (PST4) — 218 points
Mustang Rovers (PST1) — 216 points

PST Staff
Joe Prince-Wright (Mini Bradley Cooper) – 188 points
Nicholas Mendola (FC Buffalo Wolves) – 186 points
Kyle Bonn (Magath and Friends) – 116 points

To the field, where Spurs surprise defender Eric Dier continues to make Mauricio Pochettino look brilliant for poaching the 20-year-old away from Portugal and back to his home country. Hull’s Allan McGregor is the only holdover in the Top Five thanks to his big opening week.

Top scorers this season
1. Eric Dier, DF, Tottenham (44 pts)
2. Aaron Ramsey, MID, Arsenal (35 pts)
3. Stewart Downing, MID, West Ham (34 pts)
4. Steven Naismith, FWD, Everton (32 pts)
5. Allan McGregor, GK, Hull (31 pts)

Of course, it benefitted you to have multi-goal man Nacer Chadli in the lineup last week as well.

Now, every week we’ll give you a few new names to monitor who are owned by less than 1 percent of Fantasy players. Here’s your first batch to keep an eye on:

1. Danny Ings, FWD, Burnley — 4.75 mil, .79% owned
2. Vurnon Anita, MID, Newcastle – 6.54 mil, .62% owned
3. Craig Gardner, MID, West Brom – 6.16 mil, .37% owned

I’m very high on Gardner, a respectable player who has looked more than decent over the first few weeks of the season. Anita should put up respectable points as a reliable contributor at Newcastle, while Ings is loved at Burnley and capable of having some big weeks for little dough.

VIDEO: T&T women’s team gives away one of the most bizarre PKs

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Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.

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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.

Bundesliga to go ahead with video replay tests over two years

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, a Hawk-Eye camera is set up at Toyota stadium in Toyota. For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil. With vanishing spray also being used to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks, officials at the highest level of the world’s most popular sport are finally getting some assistance. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.

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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.

The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”

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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.

West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.