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Judge wishes Newcastle’s Cisse good luck before serving summons

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Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse was hit with points on his license and fined nearly $800 in a local court on Friday, but not before the judge wished him good luck in the relegation battle.

Cisse was fined for driving on an illegal license from his native Senegal, but it was no longer valid in the UK.

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After serving Cisse with his summons, Chairman of the bench Carolyn Hyslop wished the striker good luck in Saturday’s match against Swansea City.

Newcastle will need all the help they can get heading into the Swansea match as the the Magpies sit six points below safety with just six games to play.

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Cisse was Newcastle’s top scorer last season with 11 goals, but the Senegalese international has seen a limited role this campaign with the arrivals of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum. Cisse has scored just two goals this season, although those tallies came in August and November.

Newcastle spends again, splashing $18 million on Marseille midfielder Thauvin

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Newcastle United got its man.

Florian Thauvin has long been a target for Northeast England club, and Wednesday found him a member of it.

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It’s five-year deal for Thauvin, and the move reportedly cost the club $18 million and the services of last summer’s French flop, Remy Cabella, who wasn’t given much of a chance to shine under Alan Pardew and John Carver.

Now Thauvin, 22, brings his creative, attacking midfield flair into the unit to the tune of 13 Ligue 1 goals during two seasons at Marseille. And it brings notoriously-stingy Newcastle up to $75 million in net spending this summer, the highest in the Premier League.

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“I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Thauvin.

“I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here. It is a big honour to know that Newcastle have been after me for such a long time and that they wanted me that much. They have put their trust in me and I am looking forward to playing for the team.”

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: “Florian is a player the Club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him.

“He is a perfect signing for this Club – someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe. He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle.”

This could be a key move for Newcastle, which has a healthy dose of creative wingers and mids in Siem de Jong, Ayoze Perez, Sissoko and Giorginio Wijnaldum underneath Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic. Newcastle also bought Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht this summer.

There’s been a heavy French and Dutch accent to Newcastle’s recent signings under Graham Carr, and Thauvin slides into a unit with Wijnaldum, Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko (amongst others).

Cabella’s move is a loan with “an obligation to buy at the end of the season subject to certain criteria being met”.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Newcastle United (Lineups and Live Stream)

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A pair of sides coming off 2-2 draws on Opening Day will mix it up at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Andre Ayew will try to build off a thrilling debut for Swans as he leads an attack with Jefferson Montero, Bafetimbi Gomis and dynamic if mercurial midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

For the Magpies, there’s a lot of attacking firepower on the bench. Ayoze Perez is joined by Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons, and could feature should Gabriel Obertan or Papiss Cisse falter.

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Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Britton, Routledge, Dyer, Eder.

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wiljnaldum, Obertan, Cisse. Subs: Darlow, Williamson, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Mitrovic, Aarons

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton: Long’s late equalizer spoils strong Wijnaldum debut

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  • Graziano Pelle opened the scoring 25 minutes in
  • Newcastle levels before halftime via Papiss Cisse
  • Wijnaldum scores on debut just after the break
  • Substitute Long equalizes with 11 minutes to go

After a promising preseason, new signing Georginio Wijnaldum gave Newcastle a home lead early in the second half, but the Magpies couldn’t hold on as Shane Long came off the bench to equalize 11 minutes from the final whistle.

Saints took an early lead through frontman Graziano Pelle, but Papiss Cisse leveled for the home side just before the break, and just minutes after it Wijnaldum bagged the difference-maker.

Wijnaldum had a big chance six minutes in with space in the middle of the box but his shot cannoned off the chest of Steven Davis. Newcastle continued to push forward well early, and Wijnaldum was pulled down by Cedric Soares earning the Portuguese defender an early yellow. By the 20-minute mark Southampton had committed eight fouls to Newcastle’s one.

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Southampton got its first chance when Dusan Tadic got space above the top of the box and curled a bending effort just wide with Tim Krul making a diving attempt. Down the other end Fabricio Coloccini’s volleyed effort made contact with Maya Yoshida’s arm in the box from point-blank range but the referee waved the shout off.

25 minutes gone the first breakthrough came. A meaty cross from Soares found the head of Pelle and his powerful header snuck inside the far post just out of Krul’s reach. Newcaslte had another handball shout on the half-hour mark as a corner seemed to strike Jay Rodriguez with his arm very stretched out, but again the referee stood unmoved.

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But just two minutes before halftime, Newcastle worked themselves back level. A short corner cut back to Massadio Haidara whose cross took a huge deflection to the far post where Papiss Cisse was waiting for an easy goal, chesting the ball into the net.

Following halftime, Southampton made a good start but Krul made a beautiful kick-save to keep out a close range header from Yoshida. Then down the other end, Newcastle completed a scything counter-attack for a second goal. Gabriel Obertan latched onto a ball down the right flank and sent in a perfect cross to Wijnaldum who rose above a Cuco Martina for a powerful header and a Newcastle lead.

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Unfortunately, the Magpies couldn’t hold on. Southampton grabbed the ascendency past the hour mark and began to press forward as the Koeman brother brought on Shane Long for more attacking prowess. It proved prophetic as a cross from Dusan Tadic on the right found Long’s head with 11 minutes to go and Southampton found themselves level.

Saido Mane had a pair of brilliant chances to bring Southampton ahead in stoppage time, but Jack Colback blocked the first effort and Mane sent his second one wide.

Watch Live: Newcastle vs. Southampton (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Newcastle will feature a completely new look to start this Barclays Premier League campaign as the host Southampton at St. James Park live online at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

New manager Steve McClaren will take charge of his first meaningful match with the Magpies, as will their three promising summer signings Georginio Wijnaldum, Alexsandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba. Wijnaldum especially had a fantastic preseason scoring goals and assisting others.

Wijnaldum and Mbemba start, while Mitrovic begins his Newcastle career on the bench behind striker Papiss Cisse. (Mbemba showed up to St. James Park in a tuxedo for his debut).

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Southampton also has a new look, albeit a familiar and less permanent one. Manager Ronald Koeman is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, so assistant manager and Ronald’s brother Erwin Koeman will take charge of the match. The Saints, for the second season straight, have lost key players from the previous campaign in Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne, but they have new faces to replace them.

Saints brought in Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord over the summer, and Maarten Stekelenburg – on loan from Fulham – is in goal as Frasier Forster continues to recover from a torn ACL. Jay Rodriguez returns to the side after struggling with knee problems the entirety of last season, and will bring a bright preseason showing into the new campaign.

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Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan, Cisse.
Subs: Darlow, Taylor, De Jong, Tiote, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Targett, Fonte, Soares, Yoshida, Davis, Rodriguez, Wanyama, Tadic, Mané, Pellè.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Long, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, Caulker.