Hull fined by the FA

first_img The findings are something of an embarrassment for Hull, whose manager Steve Bruce criticised the Leicester players for their conduct during the nervy 0-0 draw. He was unimpressed by what he perceived to be attempts to persuade Moss to penalise his son. ” I s aw everyone surround Alex (asking) for a red card for his challenge,” he said in the post-match press conference. ”The reason we enjoy the Premier League is its honesty and integrity and if we’re going to go down the route of every other league – jumping around and whingeing and trying to get people yellow and red cards – for me that’s not right.” Hull were handed six bookings in the match, two of which led to Tom Huddlestone’s sending-off. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson tersely described Bruce’s version as “not a fair assessment” and the FA’s independent regulatory commission were in agreement, attributing blame to the Hull contingent. Their statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Hull City have been fined £30,000 after an FA player misconduct charge brought against the club was found proven. “It was alleged that in or around the 68th minute of the game against Leicester City on 14 March 2015, Hull failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. “The club denied the charge which was found proven by the Regulatory Commission.” Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14, the governing body has announced. City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of ” failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”. The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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No. 4 ranking for Oregon in BCS polls travesty

first_imgDucky and Oregon fans have had plenty of reasons to smile this season, as a high-powered offense once again rules in Eugene.[/media-credit]With a No. 4 BCS ranking, the Oregon Ducks should feel slighted. Winning the past two games by a total of 78 points should not equate to a drop.But that is exactly what has unfolded. After dominating Arizona State on the road last Saturday, the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) dropped one spot from No. 3 in Week 9. Then, after destroying Colorado Saturday and then-No. 2 Florida falling at the hands of Georgia, Oregon was again discredited, as Notre Dame jumped ahead to the No. 3 spot behind new No. 2 Kansas State and No. 1 Alabama.Both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 put the Ducks where they belong – at the second spot – most likely because they have actually watched this team pick apart every opponent.But a soft schedule plagues the team, as Oregon has played just a single currently ranked team, No. 22 Arizona. This is why the Ducks are fifth in the computer-generated ranking that accounts for one-third of the BCS ranking.The problem is there is nothing more Oregon could do to increase its appeal.The offense, led by freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, has scored at least 42 points in each of its first eight games. Sophomore De’Anthony Thomas has rushed for seven touchdowns, tallying three more receiving. Averaging 53.4 points per game should be enough for a higher spot than fourth, right?Perhaps what makes this offense the most impressive is its ability to get things done early, and there is no better example than what happened Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks outscored the Buffaloes 56-0 — in just the first half. Yes, you read that right, 56 points in two quarters. Colorado is by no means a serious competitor against Oregon, but four touchdowns in each quarter puts a whole new meaning to the word offense.The Ducks’ defensive play makes these early scores look that much better. While the defensive unit is not on the same level as the powerhouse offense, scoring at least 40 points every game means it’s OK to give up a few touchdowns. The team is 24th in the nation in points allowed, averaging 19.4. If you look at each win, Oregon has never truly faced a serious challenge yet this season. The closest game for the Ducks was back in Week 2, when they won by 17 points. The other seven games have been victories of at least 20 points.And against the tougher competition, Oregon looked even better. The Ducks completely shut out Arizona, and against the other then-ranked team, No. 23 Washington, they gave up just three touchdowns after taking a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, going on to win 52-21.However, the marshmallow-like schedule is about to change, and quickly. Heading into Week 10, the Ducks will travel to southern California to play No. 17 USC. And after a trip to Memorial Coliseum, Oregon will take on two more ranked teams in the month of November.It’s a rare situation for a team to want success for conference opponents, but for Oregon that ironically is exactly what they need. Remaining ranked opponents USC, No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon State will be doing the Ducks a service by winning, as the higher these teams are ranked, the more impressive it will look when Oregon plays, and likely defeats, each of them.Another advantage for the Ducks heading into November is the unimpressive lot Kansas State and Notre Dame will play. The Fighting Irish have a single opponent remaining that is above .500, and it happens to be USC. Not only will this be the team’s 12th game, it will provide a common opponent to the Ducks.Kansas State has two opponents, Oklahoma State and Texas, remaining on its regular season docket, but both are barely clinging onto their spots as the No. 24 and No. 23 ranked teams, respectively. While this means the Wildcats will likely go 12-0, the competition Oregon faces in November should bump it ahead if the team remains successful.It should also not be overlooked that Oregon, unlike Kansas State and Notre Dame, will play in a conference championship game, and if the Ducks win, it will be another quality opponent to add to Ducky’s long list of victims.So for now, the Ducks should feel a bit snubbed, but the prospect of success down the road in this last stretch should not cause the computer rankings any doubts that Oregon is the real No. 2 team in the nation.Caroline is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. What do you think about the current BCS rankings? Let her know by emailing csage@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Steph Curry’s spark, Warriors superior bench and habit of winning make the difference against Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOTOS: See Warriors-Clippers galleryGranted, there were more than a few Warriors aficionados at Staples Center, but you don’t have to be from the Bay Area, or even be a fan of Evan Hunter’s books about fearsome herds of cats, to appreciate Stephen Curry and the Flying W’s. The crowd would have erupted at any point in the final minutes if the Clippers had made open shots or failed to commit cataclsymic fouls, like when Matt Barnes decked Andre Igoudala during a 3-point shot in front of the Clippers bench.Igoudala made all three tries, and Golden State led by four points with a minute left.Griffin, as irresistible as he was, had a layup blocked by Golden State’s Andrew Bogut with 3:31 left and the Warriors leading by two. But the really troublesome part was the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Paul and Griffin on the bench, and Golden State punching its way to a 9-0 run behind reserve forward Mareese Speights.“I still like our chances in a 7-game series against anybody,” Griffin said. “There was no championships won tonight. We won seven in a row and lost this one, so I don’t think that’s terrible. “When you play Golden State you can’t make defensive mistakes. The key is taking away their easy shots, the open 3-pointer they get. They always make you pay when you let down on defense. I felt good physically, but I still need to work on my rotations, the places for me to be.”It took the Warriors a while to figure out why they were here. They have already clinched the top record in the West and are now 61-13. They also have the fifth best point-differential of any team in NBA history. Three of the four teams ahead of them won NBA championships — the ‘72 Lakers, ‘96 Bulls, and ‘71 Bucks. The other one, the ‘72 Bucks, had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.So winning is pretty much a habit with them. “We were sleepwalking early,” Klay Thompson said, “but then we finally got into a rhythm.” The play that visibly charged up the Warriors’ bench was a solo performance by Stephen Curry, in which he drove the lane, dribbled back out, and pivoted so quickly that Chris Paul — the all-defense Chris Paul — sprawled on his back, as if in need of chiropractic help. Curry then faded back to hit a baseline shot, and cyberspace crackled with the image of Curry toying with Paul.“That play might have kicked us into gear,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.“You get a little adrenalin rush,” Curry said, “so those are cool moments, but I’m just glad I hit the shot. I didn’t see it, but I heard the bench reaction was really crazy.”“He’s got a great handle,” Paul said, with a slight laugh, “as you saw tonight. He uses his screens really well. About three times, I was right in his chest and he made the shots anyway.”That said, Curry and Paul basically had the same game, each scoring 27. Although Bogut was brilliant with his outlet passing and his rim defense, helping hold DeAndre Jordan to one field goal, the game was really won by the Golden State bench, which outscored the Clipper reserves 34-12.This is a function of Jamal Crawford’s injury, and he will be back soon, in some capacity. “It really wasn’t fair tonight,” Rivers said, “because I probably played our starters too long and they got tired.”Every L.A. starter, in fact, played at least 38 minutes, and that’s coming off an Eastern trip, with a tester at Portland tonight.“If you stay tuned, I’ve got Damien Lillard next,” Paul said. “It’s a point guard-driven league. Like my college coach (Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser) said, it’s a team game played by individuals.”And Rivers noted that Sunday night turned into Monday morning as the Clipppers were flying home from Boston.“They (Warriors) were out here for two days waiting on us,” Rivers said. “That’s what I love about the playoffs. Same amount of preparation, same amount of rest.”“We know we will run into Golden State down the line,” DeAndre Jordan said, momentarily forgetting the Clipppers will have to win at least one series first.Three facts:1. The Clipppers sold out their 181st consecutive home game Tuesday, the fifth-longest streak in the NBA.2. DeAndre Jordan hit two free throws with 1:26 to cut Golden State’s lead to one point.3. The Clippers shot 3 for 13 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed six turnovers.center_img Mark.Whicker@langnews.comLOS ANGELES >> The Clippers are being pulled by the league’s puppet strings, chasing the homecourt advantage from Boston to Portland. As Blake Griffin noted late Tuesday night, it might not be worth catching.“The homecourt advantage is not looking good for us,” Griffin said flatly after his 40 points could not avert a 110-106 loss to a nemesis they share with the rest of the league, the Golden State Warriors.“If this is how it’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”last_img read more

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