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Celtic to appeal Tonev seven-game ban
Celtic have backed Aleksandar Tonev after the winger was suspended for seven matches for using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" against Aberdeen defender Shay Logan. The 24-year-old Bulgarian was handed the hefty ban at a Scottish FA's disciplinary tribunal hearing on Thursday for the incident which took place on 13 September. The Parkhead club immediately released a statement on their official website, saying they had accepted Tonev's claim of innocence and confirming the player will appeal the decision.
Stoke without Crouch and Bardsley
Stoke City duo Peter Crouch and Phil Bardsley will miss this weekend's Premier League game with West Ham United. Both will serve one-match suspensions following their offences in last night's 3-2 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton. Crouch was dismissed by referee Lee Mason in the 88th minute following his second yellow card of the game, whilst Bardsley had earlier picked up his fifth caution of the season.
Rooney set for derby return
Wayne Rooney is expected to feature in the Manchester derby after overcoming a minor injury setback. The United captain has missed the last three games after picking up a suspension last month. And his return to the line-up was thought to be under threat after a reported injury blow put his participation in Sunday's derby in doubt. However, the 29-year-old trained normally on Wednesday and now looks likely to make his comeback.
Silva and Toure injured
Manchester City were given a double injury worry ahead of Sunday's derby after David Silva and Yaya Toure came off with problems in their League Cup defeat to Newcastle. Silva suffered a knee injury while Toure struggled with his groin as City were beaten 2-0 at home and both will be assessed on Thursday.
Silva hurt his knee in a fourth-minute challenge with Ryan Taylor and was replaced a few minutes later by Samir Nasri, who made his first appearance since September after recovering from a groin injury. Pellegrini said in his post-match news conference: "David has a problem in his knee. I don't know how serious it is. We will see tomorrow with the doctor." Toure played on after going down in pain following a tackle by Mehdi Abeid but was eventually substituted and Pellegrini added: "Yaya has a problem with his groin."
Ferdinand suspended for Twitter comments
Queens Park Rangers centre-back Rio Ferdinand has been handed a three-match ban from the FA for comments he made on Twitter. The former Manchester United and England captain has been punished for using the word 'sket' on his account. Rio Ferdinand has also been "severely warned as to his future conduct" and been asked to attend an education programme run by the FA.
Ferdinand was left out of the QPR side on Monday as the West London side recorded only their second win of the season, by beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Loftus Road. The seasoned campaigner has come under some criticism of late and reports last week suggested he may be moved on as early as January, having only joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester United in the summer.
Four-game suspension for Alexis
Getafe defender Alexis Ruano has been handed a four-match ban after punching Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic in the face in last weekend's derby. Alexis' punch was in retaliation for Manzukic pulling him down in the penalty area, which allowed the Croatian to score the game-winning header. While Mandzukic was on the ground recovering from the punch, Getafe's Juan Rodriguez stepped on the striker's leg, but the foul went uncalled. Alexis will now be forced to sit in the stands while his side takes on Deportivo La Coruna, Elche, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
Bale set to be fit for Liverpool clash
Gareth Bale is set to return to action for Real Madrid in the coming days, just in time for the UEFA Champions League visit of Liverpool. The Wales star has a gluteus muscle strain and has not played since the last international break. There are suggestions Bale was even considered for the weekend Clasico but that both the club and the player opted to wait another week before his return.
Emenike misses Fenerbahce training
Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike faces a race against the time to be fit for Sunday's league match against Besiktas. The Nigeria international did not participate in training on Wednesday due to a back problem. Emenike, the 2013 African Cup of Nations leading scorer, is still searching for his first goal in the Turkish league since August 31.
Chelsea handed double injury boost
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed both Diego Costa and Ramires should be fit to face QPR on Saturday. The Blues came through a tough Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Shrewsbury thanks to a late own goal which saved their blushes. They have missed Costa since he has been out, with a narrow win against Crystal Palace, followed up with draw at Old Trafford and their struggles tonight.
Bradley has surgery
Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley underwent successful surgery to repair nerve damage in his foot on Tuesday. Bradley, 27, was bothered by the injury for most of the season. The American international played all 90 minutes in TFC's final game of the season in New England.
Bell out for Saints game
Carolina Panthers left tackle Byron Bell will miss Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints due to a knee injury. Along with Bell, cornerback Bene Benwikere (ankle), receiver/return Philly Brown (concussion), guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) have been ruled out.
Safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (ankle) are listed as questionable. Running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is probable after missing the last four games.
Durant has torn biceps
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett did not reveal any details regarding Tony Romo's injury in Tuesday's press conference, but he did confirm linebacker Justin Durant has a torn biceps. Garrett hesitated to rule out Durant for the rest of the season, but said "it's a serious injury" and the team will make a decision based on "how much time is left in the season and what the options are." Durant suffered the injury during the second half of Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Redskins. The Cowboys are already without star linebacker Sean Lee and will likely have to find a replacement for Durant given the nature of the injury.
Romo, meanwhile, suffered what the team called a back contusion on Monday and there was no additional information at the time of Garrett's presser. "We did X-rays at the stadium (on Monday) and that allowed us to say he could go back in (Monday's game)," Garrett said. "We are doing additional scans to make sure if there's anything else going on."
Giants nip Royals to win World Series
San Francisco captured the World Series for the third time in five seasons with a 3-2 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday, sparked by pitcher Madison Bumgarner's five shutout relief innings. The Giants defeated the Royals four games to three in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final to collect their eighth championship overall and follow up titles in 2010 and 2012.
Bumgarner, a 25-year-old left-hander, overpowered Royals batters to win games two and five and pitched in the decider on only two days of rest. He allowed only two hits while striking out four over the final five innings to complete the Giants' championship run. "MadBum" tosed 50 his his 68 pitches for strikes to claim World Series Most Valuable Player honors.
Flames place Stajan on IR
The Calgary Flames placed forward Matt Stajan on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for six weeks. Stajan left a 2-1 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday when he was part of an accidental knee-on-knee hit with Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
Wild put Ballard and Folin on IR
The Minnesota Wild placed sidelined defensemen Keith Ballard and Christian Folin on injured reserve Tuesday, both retroactive to Oct. 21. Both players have missed the last three games and are eligible to come off the list at any time since the seven-day window has passed, but neither will be in the lineup as the Wild take on the Bruins in Boston.
Also missing the contest will be forwards Jonas Brodin and Erik Haula, who were both hurt in Monday night's loss to the Rangers. Haula has suffered concussion-like symptoms in the wake of a hit by New York's John Moore. Brodin was felled by a Chris Kreider check, actions for which Kreider was ejected from the contest but was spared supplemental discipline.
Randle breaks leg
Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle suffered a broken right leg in his first NBA game, Tuesday's loss to the Houston Rockets. With just under seven minutes to play, Randle fell hard after a drive to the lane. The No. 7 overall draft pick grasped his leg, and the entire LA team and medical staff eventually made it out onto the court to show support for the rookie. After several minutes, Randle's leg was placed in an air cast and he was helped onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court. The Lakers said after the game that he suffered a broken tibia.
Leonard to miss opening night
Reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will be one of three key contributors out for the San Antonio Spurs on opening night. Leonard will miss Tuesday's season opener against the Dallas Mavericks with a right eye infection that has kept him out for the entire preseason. The 23- year-old forward out of San Diego State averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in last year's finals and provided stellar defense on Miami Heat star LeBron James. Starting center Tiago Splitter (strained right calf) and reserve guard Patty Mills (right shoulder surgery) will also be inactive.
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