Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham is to serve a three-match suspension after the Football Association charged him with violent conduct following an incident with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. The striker appeared to catch Vertonghen with an elbow in the 69th minute of Spurs’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Selhurst Park last Saturday, but was only seen doing so on video and not by match officials. Wickham admitted the charge but mitigated against the standard three-match suspension. However, that was rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission and he has now been ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round fixture with Stoke. Press Association An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Friday 29 January], Connor Wickham will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.” The 22-year-old will also miss two further fixtures in the Premier League, at home to Bournemouth and away at Swansea, and at a time when his first-team place has been under threat despite Palace’s attacking options already being weakened. They this week completed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer until the end of the season, but manager Alan Pardew believes the veteran forward remains short of the match fitness required to start. Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako are also out injured, while Patrick Bamford – largely owing to the faith placed in Wickham this season – ended his loan spell because of a lack of first-team football. Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh have recently returned to contention, and they are expected to compete with Fraizer Campbell for a place in Palace’s starting XI against Stoke.
The board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has announced a shift in date for the annual football fiesta, the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) Super Four.The championship, which will make known the champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL), will now be held between October 9 and 14 in Benin City, Edo State. Officials and the participating teams — Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and title holders, Rivers Angels — are expected to arrive in Benin City on Saturday, October 7 while the teams will use the time in between to train prior to the commencement of competitive matches on the 9th of October.The championship was initially billed for September 11 through 16 in Benin City, Edo State.The NWFL board chairperson, Aisha Falode, said the postponement, though a difficult decision, becomes necessary because of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifiers between Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets and their Tanzanian counterparts taking place in Nigeria on September 16 and Sunday, October 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.â€œThe NWFL board is compelled to shift the date of the NWPL Super Four championship due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying matches between Nigeriaâ€™s Falconets and Tanzania on Saturday, September 16 in Nigeria and October 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania respectively.â€œThe 2017 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) will now run from October 9-14 in Benin City, Edo State.â€œTeams and officials are expected to arrive on October 7, while the teams will use the time in between to train and unwind for competition proper commencing on Monday, October 9.â€œThe decision is a difficult one but we took into consideration the fact that many of the players involved in the FIFA U20 World Cup qualifying matches, including the Head Coach, Christopher Danjuma, are part and parcel of the Super Four championship.â€œWe have always dreamed of the NWPL Super Four championship with excitement, character and quality that will not only showcase the best of women football to the outside world but also to give the needed dividend to our hosts and potential sponsors.â€œWe have a responsibility to end the already successful league season on high and the best way to achieve that mileage is to give everybody equal opportunity.â€œWe sincerely regret any inconvenience the slight adjustment in date will cause to the teams, stakeholders, hosts, and sponsors among others.â€œWe are committed to organising the best ever NWPL Super Four championship in the annals of women football,â€ said Falode to supersport.com.Nasarawa Amazons will kick off the championship against Bayelsa Queens on Monday, October 9 while Delta Queens take on the Cup holders, Rivers Angels, in the second match of Match-day 1 clash.The winners of the Super Four championship will go home with a prized sum of Three Million Naira (N3m) while the runners-up will pocket N2million respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Brown signed a three-year, $30 million deal while the Steelers received third- and fifth-round picks for the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.Facing the media midweek, Brown told reporters: “It’s legendary. It’s an honor to be here. I know there’s some tremendous guys who’ve been in this building.”The numbers speak for themselves, and they say a lot.https://t.co/5r4z7NTClChttps://t.co/5r4z7NTClC pic.twitter.com/ys7esKGpPQ— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) March 13, 2019″I’m just excited to be in the same building as guys who’ve been great from the past and I’m excited to be here and help these guys go to a level as far as a winning environment,” Brown continued.”I bring accountability. I bring actions. Not what I say, what I do. How I approach things. Holding guys accountable in the receiver room.”Brown, who was drafted by the Steelers in 2010, added: “Pittsburgh will always be my family. Those guys gave me a chance when I was a 21-year-old kid. Obviously people listen to the things that were being said and written, but at the end of the day, it’s all about how you make people feel.”I think I made people feel really great, really inspired when they watch me go to work, when they watch me play. I know Steeler Nation is having a bad day today, but it’s always love.”After working with star Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Brown will now team up with Derek Carr.Already ready to get to work.What everyone else is saying about @AB84’s arrival https://t.co/4wm5xTMSMO pic.twitter.com/z5dNvCQpYb— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) March 13, 2019″Just refreshing,” Brown said. “I think he’s hungry for success. Hungry to turn the organization around, hungry to get on the winning side of things. And I’m hungry for the same things. We stand for the same causes — God-fearing men, family-first type of people — and we just want to be the best at our craft.”Brown made 15 appearances last season, tallying 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Steelers. Raiders recruit Antonio Brown said it’s an honor to join the “legendary” NFL franchise.The star wide receiver was formally introduced by the Raiders on Wednesday after being dealt by the Steelers. Raiders coach Jon Gruden said: “We don’t want to have a good receiving corps. I want to have the best receiving corps in football and I think to have the best, you’ve got to have the best. In my opinion, we acquired the best receiver in football.”Statement from GM Kevin Colbert on Antonio Brown: pic.twitter.com/MxPxjXDucV— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 13, 2019The Steelers also discussed Brown’s move to the Raiders in a statement, with general manager Kevin Colbert saying: “We have traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. We believe the compensation, which will now give us four picks in the first 83 selections and 10 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, can benefit our effort to improve our team in 2019 and beyond.”Antonio remains one of the best players in the National Football League, but as we believe, this move was in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We wish Antonio all the best the rest of his career.”