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Vardy suspension appeal denied by FA; will serve three match ban

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Despite their best attempt, Leicester’s star striker will have to serve his suspension.

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The FA announced on Tuesday that Jamie Vardy‘s three-match ban will be served immediately after the Foxes striker was sent off against Stoke City.

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Vardy, 29, was shown a red card in the first half after a rash, two-footed challenge caught Stoke forward Mame Diouf.

Leicester’s next three fixtures include home matches against Everton and West Ham before the Foxes hit the road to take on Middlesbrough. The Foxes currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone.

Premier League roundup: Bournemouth, Palace win on day of dramatic draws

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With six games on the slate across the Premier League on Saturday, there was plenty of late drama on tap.

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On a day where the “hot weather” in England forced drinks break and amusement among fans in the U.S., we had a first PL win for Bournemouth, plus Crystal Palace prevailed late on against Aston Villa. The other four matches ended in draws, as it was tight and tense across the PL.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction and videos from all the action, as well as full match replays by clicking on the link above.

Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Don’t let the scoreline deceive you, this was a very good game at Old Trafford. United started well and Wayne Rooney had a goal controversially disallowed, but Newcastle United hit the bar in the first half via Aleksandar Mitrovic. In the second half United piled on the pressure and Javier Hernandez was denied by Tim Krul, then Newcastle new boy Florian Thauvin went close. Three clean sheets to start the season for United, as the Magpies dug in for a good point on the road.

West Ham United 3-4 BournemouthRECAP

What. A. Game. Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through Callum Wilson, but then the Hammers fought back to make it 2-2 via a Mark Noble penalty kick and Kouyate’s cool finish. Marc Pugh then restored Bournemouth’s lead with a fine goal, then Wilson was given the chance to score his hat trick from the penalty spot after Carl Jenkinson had fouled in the box and was sent off. Wilson scored to make it 4-2 and although Modibo Maigi made it 4-3 late on, Eddie Howe’s side hung on after some hairy moments to secure their first-ever PL win.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston VillaRECAP

A slow burner in the sun at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace took the lead through Scott Dann’s header but an own goal leveled things up in south London. Late on new signing Bakary Sako curled home past Brad Guzan to send the Palace fans wild and make it two wins from three for the Eagles to start the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

An end-to-end encounter at the King Power Stadium which really burst into life at the death. Both teams traded plenty of chances but Spurs went ahead in the 80th minute when teenager Dele Alli scored his first PL goal after jumping off the bench. However moments later Leicester were level as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal in three games to rescue a point. Brilliant entertainment.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Another tight game at Carrow Road, as Norwich rallied from a goal down to grab a point. Mame Diouf gave Stoke the lead early on with a header, but Russell Martin scored his second in two games just before the half hour mark. Both teams pushed hard for the winner but went home happy with a point in a game which had a drinks break in each half as the sun beat down on Norfolk.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Bafetimbi Gomis and Jermain Defoe traded eerily similar goals in each half to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light. In a slow burner that really got going in the second half, Swansea hit the crossbar through Andre Ayew and Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside but it finished 1-1 as the Black Cats got their first points of the season, while Swansea remain unbeaten.

Stoke City rejects Norwich bid for Jonathan Walters

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Stoke City has rejected a $2.35 million bid from Norwich City for veteran striker Jonathan Walters, as the two sides prepare to meet on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

The 31-year-old has made more than 200 appearances for Stoke over six seasons with the club, and has started both of the Potters’ matches this season.

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Walters is in the final year of his contract at the Britannia, and the club is reportedly not willing to offer him an extension of more than two years.

However, manager Mark Hughes isn’t ready to sell the Irish international, as Walters is the perfect mold of a “Mark Hughes-type” player. He is physical, hard-working and leads by example, with his effort on the pitch never coming into question.

Walters has recently played in more of an attacking midfielder role, with Mame Diouf starting up high as a lone striker. With the addition of Joselu over the summer and Bojan nearing a return from injury, Walters’ playing time has come under a bit of question.

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For Norwich City, the club has been relatively quiet in the transfer window while heading back into the Premier League with a very similar side to that of two seasons ago, when the Canaries finished in 18th and were relegated.

Manager Alex Neil only took over at Carrow Road in January, and led the club to a third-place finish in the Championship and Premier League promotion. A player with Walters’ experience would surely help the Canaries, but now they will have to figure out how to stop him when they face Stoke City tomorrow morning.

Premier League roundup: Tottenham blow it, Everton on fire, new boys fare well

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After six games on Saturday in the Premier League, we have plenty to catch up on.

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Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City were involved in a thriller, while Everton, Norwich and Swansea City sealed resounding wins. Leicester stay perfect at the top of the table, while Watford were held at home by West Brom.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction, analysis and more from all six games, while if you click on the link above then you can watch all of the available full match replays.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Stoke CityRECAP

Stoke City launched a remarkable comeback at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Tottenham Hotspur squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Potters. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli put Spurs 2-0 up at half time, but late goals from Marko Arnautovic and Mame Diouf grabbed Stoke their first point of the season. Spurs have one point from their first two games, as do the Potters.

Southampton 0-3 EvertonRECAP

Everton cruised to a 3-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday, as the Toffees scored twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley wrapped up the win late on. Roberto Martinez men looked the more dangerous throughout at St Mary’s and Southampton struggled defensively while creating few chances. With the win, Everton now has four points from their opening two games and Saints have just one point after this humbling defeat.

Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Swansea City deserved all three points even before Daryl Janmaat took his second yellow in the 41st minute, as Garry Monk‘s crew cruised past visiting Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis looked like a lethal pair for the second-straight week, and Gomis again prowled with his panther celebration as Swans went fourth in the Premier League. Newcastle is 15th with a single point, and faces Arsenal at St. James Park next week.

West Ham United 1-2 Leicester CityRECAP

Leicester City beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday, as the Foxes kept their 100 percent record going. Claudio Ranieri’s side led 2-0 at the break thanks to a first-ever Leicester goal from Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki and yet another from Riyad Mahrez. West Ham fought back in the second half as Dmitri Payet scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn’t enough to launch a fight back. With the win Leicester is perfect on six points after two games, while the Hammers are on three points after their opening day win over Arsenal.

Sunderland 1-3 Norwich CityRECAP

Russell Martin, Martin Whittaker and NathanRedmond helped Norwich cruise to a 3-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday, as dozens of fans departed the Stadium of Light well before time. Duncan Watmore scored on his Sunderland debut, as the 21-year-old Englishman was able to put a bouncing shot past a confused John Ruddy late in the match. Sunderland is last in the Premier League with a minus-4 goal differential, while Norwich rises with its first three points of the season.

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Watford dominated Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion, but couldn’t find a goal in a 0-0 draw in its home return to the Premier League at Vicarage Road. The Hornets have now drawn both of their opening games since promotion, while West Brom picked up its first point but looked far from a threat going forward.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Stoke City: Potters fight back as Spurs squander 2-0 lead

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  • Spurs lead 2-0 at half time 
  • Both Butland and Lloris made several superb stops
  • Geoff Cameron plays 90 minutes at CB for Stoke
  • Late goals from Arnautovic, Diouf grab Stoke point

Stoke City launched a remarkable comeback at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Tottenham Hotspur squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Potters.

Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli put Spurs 2-0 up at half time, but late goals from Marko Arnautovic and Mame Diouf grabbed Stoke their first point of the season. Spurs have one point from their first two games, as do the Potters.

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Tottenham came flying out of the traps at the Lane, with Christian Eriksen twice forcing Jack Butland into saves. Spurs took a deserved lead in the 19th minute as Ryan Mason’s shot deflected went wide for a corner. Eriksen whipped in the corner kick and Dier lost his marker, Marco van Ginkel, to head home at the near post. 1-0 to Spurs.

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Stoke had a good chance to draw level before the break but Diouf sent his header straight at Hugo Lloris and moments later the Potters were made to pay for that slack finishing. Chadli found space in the box and his shot deflected past Butland, who had earlier saved well from Mason, to make it 2-0 to Spurs on the stroke of half time.

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In the second half Spurs continued to push forward and Butland made a wonderful reflex stop from Harry Kane after Chadli’s pinpoint cross. A wonderful stop from the young English goalkeeper.

Soon after Stoke had a great chance to pull one back but Jonathan Walters sent his header the wrong side of the post to waste a glorious chance.

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Late on Stoke sent on Stephen Ireland and Joselu to try and get back into the game, and a wonderful save from Hugo Lloris denied Diouf pulling a goal back. The away side kept going, and late on Stoke won a penalty kick as Ireland wriggled free from Toby Alderweireld but the Belgian defender brought him down. Arnautovic scored the spot kick in the 78th minute to make it 2-1 and then five minutes later it was 2-2.

Diouf finally won his personal battle with Lloris and headed home Ireland’s cross to put the Potters level as Spurs squandered a 2-0 lead and gave up three points. Late on Ireland came agonizingly close to winning it but his header squeaked inches wide of the far post.