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Sunderland adds Premier League vets McGeady, Vaughan

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Sunderland have added two attackers in a bid to return directly to the Premier League.

One will be quite familiar to many soccer fans, as Aiden McGeady comes from Everton having spent time with Celtic and Spartak Moscow.

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The 31-year-old Irishman scored eight goals on loan for new Sunderland boss Simon Grayson while at Preston North End last season. He has 90 caps and five goals for the Republic of Ireland.

The other attacker is a bit more of an unknown despite having seven Premier League goals to his name, the last coming in 2011 at Everton.. James Vaughan had a career season after dropping down to League One last season, where he scored 24 times in 37 matches.

The Black Cats have now added four players, all with connections to Everton (Earlier this window Sunderland added Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway on loan from the Merseyside set). That’s a bit ironic given that longtime Toffees boss David Moyes left Sunderland this offseason.

WATCH: Red-hot Giroud nabs late Arsenal winner at PNE

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Olivier Giroud is, essentially, on fire.

The Frenchman scored for the fourth-straight game, giving Giroud four goals and two assists over that period.

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Arsenal has won three of those four, including Saturday’s come-from-behind win at Preston North End.

Lucas Perez backheeled a ball toward the six, and the in-form Giroud reached the ball first to poke it home and send the Gunners to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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WATCH: McGeady’s Marseille turn helps PNE lead Arsenal

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Callum Robinson scored the goal, but my, oh my, did Aiden McGeady provide the highlight as Preston North End took a seventh minute lead on Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup match in Deepdale.

McGeady cut back on one Arsenal man before using a 360/Marseille turn to burn a couple more en route to goal.

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He found Jordan Hugill, who poked a ball near McGeady for the finish past David Ospina.

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WATCH: 2 red cards for fight… between Preston teammates

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Preston North End attacker Eoin Doyle scored a goal and saw a ridiculous red card within an eight-minute span in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

It wasn’t ridiculous that he was given the card, rather how he earned the sending off.

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Doyle and teammate Jermaine Beckford had to broken up by teammates and opponents after the pair failed to team up for a scoring chance.

Beckford thought he was open for a pass that never came from Doyle, and shoves were exchanged before referee Scott Duncan sent both players to the stands in the 90th minute.

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Wayne Rooney apologized to Preston GK for diving to win penalty in FA Cup clash

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Was it a dive, or wasn’t it a dive? That’s been the burning question ever since the moment Wayne Rooney went down…we’ll call it, easily…to win a penalty late on in Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Preston North End on Monday.

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Rooney raced into the Preston penalty area with only goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann still to beat. When Stuckmann slid in feet-first to win the ball, the German ‘keeper’s challenge failed to win the ball but also made no contact with Rooney whatsoever.

Rooney, as we all know by now, flung himself to the ground and appealed for a penalty. Despite the video evidence, plenty of Man United fans have had Rooney’s back in the days following the incident, but it appears it’s all been for naught, as Rooney himself admitted to Stuckmann he had conned the ref into given the penalty.

Stuckmann, on Rooney’s apology, from The Sun on Wednesday:

“After the game Rooney told me: ‘Sorry, it was my chance to get a penalty. I had to use that.'”

“I say it clear: That was no penalty. I also believe that if the situation had happened the other way around, one of our strikers against the United keeper, the ref wouldn’t have given the penalty. I have no doubt about that.”

Rushing to Rooney’s defense, surprisingly, was Preston manager Simon Grayson, who flat out said, “It wasn’t a dive.” Grayson explained his viewpoint by saying, “He’s gone to get out of the way and taken evasive action.” Just when we thought we’d found a resolution, somebody goes and casts doubt over the entire situation again.

Dive? No dive? Fair? Foul? You be the judge.