West Ham United 1-3 Crystal Palace: Eagles win fiery London derby (video)

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Crystal Palace beat London rivals West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday to pull further away from the relegation zone.

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The away side raced into a 2-0 lead with headers from Glenn Murray and Scott Dann either side of half time. Murray then added his second and Palace’s third with another header, but the Eagles striker was sent off for two yellows and Enner Valencia pulled one back for West Ham to set up a nervy finish.

Palace held on for a huge win, as they set a new club record by winning five games in a row away from home in all competitions and moved up to 12th spot on 30 points. West Ham remain in eighth on 39 points.

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Aaron Cresswell went close to giving West Ham the lead after 12 minutes as the left back picked up the ball 25-yards out and although he looked to have mishit a cross the ball flew just over the crossbar at Julian Speroni’s near post.

Mark Noble then came even close to putting the home side ahead, as the Hammers skipper curled a delightful free kick up and over the wall by the ball rattled the crossbar.

West Ham continued to push forward, however in the 25th minute Jason Puncheon slotted in Murray but Winston Reid pushed him off the ball and the Palace man fired wide. Five minutes later the same duo combined as Murray was in again but this time Adrian blocked his shot as the Eagles looked more dangerous. Murray was in the thick of things and was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Cheikhou Kouyate and then could have been sent off after taking down Kouyate again moments later.

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Murray stayed on the pitch and in the 41st minute he headed a corner towards goal and Cresswell completely missed his kick and the ball bounced past Adrian, after taking a slight deflection, and into the net. 1-0 to Palace.

In the 51st minute Palace doubled their lead as Puncheon’s in-swinging corner from the right was headed home at the back post by Dann, as the Eagles center back towered over Reid and nodded home. 2-0.

Murray headed home another on 63 minutes as Puncheon whipped in a great free kick from the left and Murray sent a diving header past Adrian. 3-0, and three points were heading across the capital to south London. West Ham kept plugging away and debutant Nene curled a superb effort towards the top corner but it rattled off the post and went wide.

Palace’s two-goal hero Murray was then shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Reid, as the Eagles were reduced to 10-men. Valencia then pulled a goal back as he fired into the bottom corner despite Speroni getting a touch on his effort. 3-1. Diafra Sakho then sent a header over the bar as the Hammers threw everything at Palace in the closing stages, with Carl Jenkinson, Stewart Downing and Valencia also going close. Palace dug deep and are now unbeaten in their last seven away games in all competitions.

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West Ham United: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Song (Nene, 61′), Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Sakho, Valencia

Goal: Valencia (76′)

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Kelly, Jedinak, Mutch (McArthur, 33′), Bolasie (Ledley, 83′), Puncheon, Zaha (Ameobi, 72′), Murray

Goals: Murray (41′, 63′), Dann (51′)
Red card: Murray (69′)

Carlos Vela scored a celestial goal. We are blessed to have seen it

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Carlos Vela is making all other spectacular individual MLS seasons look run of the mill.

I mean, look at the gumption on this guy.

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The Cancun-born playmaker left the San Jose Earthquakes back line on the beach with a soft shoe routine to give LAFC its third goal in a 4-0 win on Thursday

Vela, 30, now has 25 goals and 11 assists in 25 league matches for LAFC this season. He added two goals and an assist in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.

But this one, yeah, this one takes the cake.

First, there’s Vela’s non-chalant dummy before picking up the pass.

Then, there’s Florian Jungwirth’s body language during and after his being cooked with a nutmeg. That’s an entire mood.

Next, Vela dribbles around the keeper and allows a slide tackler so glide past him before finishing with aplomb.

Diego Rossi also had a goal and an assist, while Mark-Anthony Kaye continued his strong season with an assist to ex-Fiorentina prospect Joshua Perez. It’s a first MLS goal for the California-born Perez, now 21.

WATCH: Rooney sees red for forearm shiver, Kamara scores golazo

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Midweek MLS provided plenty to talk about on Wednesday, with two red cards and a golazo in one match alone.

The two main talking points from the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 win over DC United weren’t really part of what led the victors to three points.

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How? Well, one of the world’s marquee names earned a red card via VAR and a returning star scores an absolute stunner, that’s how.

Here’s Ola Kamara’s debut marker for the Black-and-Red, adding to a record which included 49 goals in 97 matches between Columbus and the LA Galaxy before moving to the Chinese Super League for a wildly disappointing time with Shenzhen FC.

All of that is forgotten.

As for the Rooney incident, the Red Bulls already led 1-0 when DC’s star striker went forearm shiver on Cristian Casseres Jr.

It’s the second red of the season for Rooney, who is set for Derby County in January.

Amro Tarek was later sent off for the Red Bulls, who moved ahead of DC in the standings. Kaku and Daniel Royer had RBNY’s goals.

Newcastle takeover could be back on if in holiday relegation battle

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How much do Newcastle United supporters dislike their owner Mike Ashley right now?

Enough that this report is likely to condemn many to hoping their favorite club in the world is in the Bottom 3 come Christmas.

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The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas speculates that Ashley will lower his asking price for the club if it is in a relegation fight come December — something that looks certain after the Steve Bruce-led Magpies got bossed around by promoted Norwich City.

Nothing But Newcastle transcribed Douglas’ chatter from his podcast, in which he says,

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we hear more in December because there are still people sniffing around that football club and if the team are in the bottom three, there’ll be people thinking they can get a bargain out of Mike Ashley again. … He will probably more open to listening to lower offers in January and December which is what happened last December. He was basically saying ‘take it off my hands, you now have to take the risk’'”

This is notable for two reasons. First: the social experiment of wondering how many fans could see themselves rooting for their team to take a major and perilous back step just to see the back of a man they perceive is at the root of their failures (and that perception is widespread in this case).

But second, we can see if this rumor comes true because it’s difficult to imagine Newcastle as comfortably mid table by Christmas.

Fan protests and anger are nothing new, but here’s an effort to show how wobbly Ashley’s reputation is on Tyneside: Fans have taken to selling a black and white striped shirt with player name and number but no sponsor just so they can have a Newcastle jersey that doesn’t put money into Ashley’s pockets. And this is after he broke the club’s transfer record twice in one year.

If we’ve learned anything from the past few seasons, though, it’s that boycotts and anger will spur Ashley into insisting that he’s willing to sell and just conveniently enough it will be before the January transfer window. He “won’t be able to buy any players” with the takeover in play, and talks will hit a wall come late January, when they’ll loan a couple young players from Top Six sides.

Yes he spent significant money on Joelinton, Allen Saint-Maximin, and others this summer, but one decent window doesn’t make a culture. Count us amongst the skeptical, for now.

Messi back in training, could be fit for Betis

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason.

He missed the team’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday.

Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined.

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Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele is certain to miss Sunday’s match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks.

Suarez also isn’t likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday’s game in Bilbao.

Two-time defending champion Barcelona hadn’t loss a league opener in 10 seasons.

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