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Liverpool paying the price for Suárez shenanigans

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers came to the defense of striker Luis Suárez on Monday, saying that Suárez is receiving a raw deal from the officials.

“I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suárez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game,” Rodgers told The Daily Mail. “There seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else. No one should be distracted from the real issue here, both at Anfield and at another game played on Sunday, when Luis and another player were hurt in off-the-ball incidents that went unpunished but were caught on TV cameras.

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Suárez hat trick finally gets Liverpool on the board

If you had asked us before the season started which team would be the first to win a game – Liverpool or the Cleveland Browns – we easily would have put our money on the Reds.

We just never would have believed it would take until Week 4 of the NFL season for Liverpool to finally put a notch in the win column.

Luis Suárez had a hat trick, and Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard each added a goal, as Liverpool beat Norwich City, 5-2, to give Brendan Rodgers his first win as manager.

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Transfer window slams shut on Liverpool

Well that didn’t go as planned.

Clint Dempsey? He’s moving across town to Tottenham Hotspur.

Daniel Sturridge? Staying at Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was nursing some bruised fingers Friday night after the transfer window slammed shut on him without the squad making a move to improve.

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These things tend to work themselves out

It was just a little over a week ago that Cavs fans found themselves in quite the contretemps: would it better if the team made the playoffs, even as an eighth seed, or would the Cavs benefit more from another high lottery pick?

Well, as what generally happens in these situations, things worked themselves out, as first Kyrie Irving went down with a concussion that has forced him to miss the past three games, and now Anderson Varajeo will miss at least a month after fracturing his wrist Friday night against Milwaukee.

So, for the foreseeable future, we will get a steady diet of Semih Erden, Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels in the pivot, starting Wednesday night when Erden gets the start against Indiana.

“I gotta give him a chance,” Cavs coach Bryon Scott told The Beacon Journal. “I think (Hibbert) is a great challenge for him. I’m hoping that last game was one of those where he felt (depressed) for Andy, because a lot of our guys did. And this game he’ll look at as ‘I’ve got a golden opportunity here. I better try and take advantage of it.’ ”

Good times!

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Would Ward look good in Orange & Brown?

As the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to cut players and restructure contracts to try and get under the NFL salary cap before free agency begins on March 13, the team may have an unexpected move up its sleeve.

According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Steelers may release Hines Ward, a 14-year veteran at wide receiver.

Ward was the third wide receiver last year behind Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, and put up his lowest receiving numbers since his rookie season – 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns (basically he was Mohamed Massaquoi).

If the report is true and the Steelers release Ward before his March 1 roster bonus is due, should the Browns take a look at bringing Ward to town? While his best days are clearly behind him, the thought of Ward joining the Browns in a mentoring role is, we have to admit, intriguing.

Ward knows how to play the game, he knows the other teams in the AFC North, and there’s little doubt he could teach Greg Little, Massaquoi, Carlton Mitchell and Jordan Norwood some important lessons about playing wide receiver at the NFL level.

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Is English football more racist than American sports?

Shocking news this week out of England as Fabio Capello resigned as manager of the national team just four months before the start of the Euro 2012 tournament.

Capello got into a row with The Football Association, England’s governing body, over the group’s decision to strip John Terry of the captain’s band while a court of law determines if Terry is guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, a player on Queens Park Rangers.

“They [the FA] really insulted me and damaged my authority,” Capello told the Italpress news agency. “What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

“In Terry’s case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side, effectively creating a problem for the squad. I have never tolerated certain crossing of lines, so it was easy for me to spot it and take my decision to leave.”

This isn’t the first time Terry has been stripped of the captain’s band (and really, why is he still captain in the first place?) as Capello himself took away the honor before the 2010 World Cup because Terry allegedly had an affair with the ex-girlfriend of teammate Wayne Bridge, who then quit the national team. (Why are our scandals in America so less scandalous?)

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Here’s a playmaker, Browns fans

We came across an interesting article this morning about Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in the Philadelphia Sports Daily.

The article makes a case for McCoy as the best back in the NFL, citing his 1,273 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns and 4.9 yards per carry this season. He’s also rushed for 82 first downs; no other back in the league has run for more than 63.

In a year where the Browns have lacked playmakers on offense, it’s hard not to think back to the 2009 draft, when the Browns passed not once, not twice, but three times on selecting McCoy, who went to the Eagles in the second round with the 53rd pick.

The Browns decided that, rather than McCoy, they’d rather have a wide receiver who will probably be out of the league next year (Brian Robiskie), a No. 4 wide receiver (Mohamed Massaquoi) and a linebacker who is no longer in the NFL (David Veikune).

And there are people who still wonder why the Browns are in their current situation.


Big news on the sanction front today as Liverpool’s Luis Suárez received an eight match ban and was fined £40,000 after being found guilty of misconduct for “using insulting words towards” Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

What, you thought we were talking about the slap on the wrist the NCAA game Ohio State?

Suárez allegedly racially abused Evra “at least 10 times” during a match in October at Anfield.

Oddly enough, Suárez was found guilty even though no one – other than Evra – heard the comments. According to the club’s statement on the decision:

“We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play – including Evra’s own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken.

It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suárez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November. Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suárez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name.”

And somehow the FA missed – or chose to ignore – that Evra admitted that he insulted Suárez in Spanish in the “most objectionable of terms.”

Just another case of their being one set of rules for Manchester United and one for everybody else.


Not a huge surprise as it appears likely that Seneca Wallace will start again this week at quarterback for the Browns.

“Seneca (Wallace) right now will take the reps and Colt McCoy is making progress,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday. “It’s too early to tell whether he’ll be available this week. There are a lot of steps he has to go through before he’s ready to play.”

That’s most likely for the best, as there is really no need to put McCoy back on the field unless he’s 100 percent recovered from his concussion. The Browns have plenty of film on him to help them make a decision in the off-season.

In related news, the NFL announced today that trainers will be stationed at games effective immediately to monitor players for possible concussions. The trainer likely will be stationed somewhere in the press box of each stadium to monitor the game and assist the medical staff of both teams.

Good to see the league put some action behind its words when it comes to dealing with concussions. After all, if they can have someone at each game worrying about the players’ socks, they can certainly have someone on hand to deal with something this important.


Finally, here’s a cool graphic from Midwest Sports Fans representing how on any given Sunday any NFL team can win – yes, even the Browns. (h/t Brian McCarthy, NFL PR)

(Photo by Getty Images)

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