Homophobic Banner Unfurled At European Soccer Match

Sky Sports noted that Bayern player Xherdan Shaqiri is from the Kosovo region but plays for Switzerland in international matches.. The Telegraph noted that because this is Bayern’s first offense since the Union of European Football Associations cracked down on discriminatory behavior this season, “[Bayern] will escape with a fine, which could be in the region of 50,000.”

According to The Guardian, a group called Football Against Racism In Europe initiated the complaint. An official with UEFA said it would announce shortly how it will proceed.

Displayed by Bayern fans in a Champions League match at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, the banner read, “Gay Gunners,” with Arsenal’s signature cannon pointing at a caricature of Mesut Ozil, who plays for Arsenal but is also a member of Germany’s national team.

(Hat tip, Deadspin)

German soccer club Bayern Munich could pay a fine of about $83,000 for an anti-gay sign unfurled during a match against Arsenal on Tuesday.

UEFA was already investigating a political sign at the match that called on soccer’s world governing body, the Fdration Internationale de Football Association, to fully recognize Kosovo

Weekly Fantasy Football: Aaron Rodgers Highlights Week 1 Dream Lineup | Fantasy Football

You could make an argument that Andrew Luck is right there with him, but Rodgers has a far easier matchup in the Chicago Bears than Luck does in the Buffalo Bills.

If youre playing weekly fantasy football, it might seem like the latter. Not only does this defense look much improved with the addition of Ndamokung Suh to a scary front seven, the Dolphins will face Kirk Cousins and the inept Washington Redskins in Week 1. Below is our ideal starting eight one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex (RB/WR/TE) and one defense (sorry, kickers) based on each players talent and strength of their Week 1 matchup.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images

Defense: Miami Dolphins

Going with Miami is the perfect storm. Every week is its own entity, allowing you the opportunity to load up on all your favorite players assuming they fall within your budget.

Flex: DeMarco Murray (Eagles)

Murray might not reach his prolific 2014 numbers this time around, but he still should be the focal point of a very potent Philadelphia offense. Have a fantasy football question for Darren? Send it to him via Twitter at @darren_hartwell

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

Simply put, Rodgers is the best in the business. With a matchup against the clawless Atlanta Falcons on the docket in Week 1, Murray could soar right out of the gate.

Tight End: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

Tony Romo loves throwing to Witten against any team but especially against the Giants. Were expecting the same from Bryant, who lit up his Week 1 opponent, the New York Giants, for 237 yards and two touchdowns in two games last season.. Were expecting turnovers and sacks galore.

Wide Receivers: Julio Jones (Falcons), Dez Bryant (Cowboys)

Jones is back, healthy and primed for a huge opening day against an unproven Philadelphia Eagles secondary. Witten has scored four touchdowns in his previous four meetings with Big Blue, and according to NFL.com, he has averaged 12.6 fantasy points against them in his last five.

Running Backs: Adrian Peterson (Vikings), Jeremy Hill (Bengals)

Petersons pick needs little explanation, as hes well-rested and faces a decimated San Francisco 49ers defense.Hill and the Bengals will enjoyan Oakland Raiders defense that allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs last season, and if Cincinnati gets ahead early, hell get plenty of carries down the stretch.

Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

But lets take this fantasy one step further: What if money wasnt an object? What if you had unlimited resources at your disposal and could fill your Week 1 roster with the perfectlineup, regardless of its totalprice tag?

Since its fun to dream, weve decided to do just that

Alex Landau after Denver police beating: “That’s when I expected to be shot”

I could see the officer’s hand gripping the back strap. angry outta nowhere,” says Hathaway.

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None of the officers were prosecuted or disciplined in the Landau case.

Police found marijuana on his passenger, who is white. They say they told him to respect and obey police officers.

“I was terribly uneducated about all of this.

“I still cry. I still get …


Alex Landau after being beaten by police officers.


Patsy Hathaway quit her job to join her son’s fight against racial profiling and excessive force.

Landau said the only thing worse than the beating was hearing the screams of his mother, Patsy Hathaway, when she saw him. Landau said when he asked if they had a warrant, three white officers – one of whom was female – started beating him.

Many parents of black children have had the same talk. However, Landau did receive $800,000 from the city of Denver.

Hathaway and her now ex-husband adopted Alex and his sister, Maya, when they were babies. But with Ferguson, Missouri, fresh on many minds, it is one millions of mothers and sons have every day.

2014 CBS Interactive Inc. Hathaway quit her job as a teacher to join her son’s fight against racial profiling and excessive force. They began searching the car.

“I never intended to spend this part of my life studying police brutality, but that’s what has happened,” said Hathaway. … All Rights Reserved. He’s reaching for her gun.’ All I could do was say, ‘No, I’m not. The problem is racism.”

Landau vividly recalls the night five years ago when a traffic stop on a Denver street ended with an officer’s gun at his head. Two of the officers were later fired for lying about other beatings.

It’s a new conversation for this family. One of those was captured on videotape. He expected to die that night.

“I could see the metal. As a white mother raising a black son, she never had “the talk” with her son – the talk many black parents have about encounters with police. I’m not reaching for anything.’”

DENVER — The parents of Michael Brown told CBS News’ Mark Strassmann they’d had a conversation with their son about how to deal with police. But it is not one that Alex Landau’s parents thought they needed to have with him.. “People don’t understand: a beating like this traumatizes a family for years. … And I learned the very, very hard way, when they almost killed him. And that’s when I expected to be shot,” said Landau, adding it was “really emotional” to return to the scene of the incident.

The beating required 45 stitches, left him with a concussion and a traumatic brain injury.

When asked if he did something to threaten the police officers, he responded, “No, actually I was pinned to a position where I couldn’t even move. I hear an officer shout, ‘He’s reaching for her gun

World Cup: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez banned for four months

The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated.”

According to FIFA’s disciplinary code, the forward could have faced a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years.

Former Italian international Mauro Tassotti was given an eight-match ban in 1994, the longest suspension in World Cup history, after breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique.

The ban for Liverpool striker, who has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Premier League club, leaves his club in the lurch as they plan for a return to Europe’s top tier competition — the Champions League — next season.

“Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment,” said the club’s chief executive Ian Ayre in a statement on their website.

Already banned twice in his career for biting an opponent, Suarez was at it again in his country’s key World Cup victory over Italy earlier this week.

Just before Uruguay’s winning goal, the striker was embroiled in an off the ball incident with Italy defender Chiellini with both men falling to the floor.

Television pictures showed Suarez dipping his head towards Chiellini, and when the Italian defender eventually got up, he pulled down his shirt and appeared to furiously indicate that he had been bitten on the shoulder.

The Uruguayan was banned for 10 games in April 2013 after being found guilty of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

He was also guilty of biting during his time in the Netherlands with Ajax where he was banned for seven games after leaving a scar on the collarbone of Otman Bakkal.

It’s not just biting that features on Suarez’s rap sheet.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he deliberately handled the ball on the goal-line to deny Ghana a place in the semifinals of the World Cup.

He was sent off for his troubles but Ghana missed the penalty and Uruguay went on to finish fourth in the tournament.

The following year after his move to Liverpool, Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

He was fined $63,000 and banned for eight matches.

Ahead of the World Cup, Suarez had undergone knee surgery, missing Uruguay’s first World Cup game, before returning to face England, when he scored twice in the South American team’s 2-1 win.

“Before the game people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years,” Suarez told reporters following the game.

“I want to see what they think now. I have dreamed of this moment.”

Suarez enjoyed a sensational season with Liverpool — scoring 31 league goals to help his club qualify for the Champions League.

He was voted Player of the Year by his fellow colleagues and also named as the journalists’ Player of the Year too — awards that reflected a feeling that Suarez had put behind him his troubled past.

But he now looks set to miss Liverpool’s first nine Premier League games of the season and the start of the club’s Champions League campaign.

Read: Is Suarez public enemy No.1?

Read: Sympathy for the devil?



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(CNN) — Luis Suarez will have plenty of time to ponder his tendency to bite opposition players after the Uruguayan striker was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA.

The Liverpool striker, who has bitten players three times in his career – the latest incident coming in a key World Cup game — is also set to miss a large chunk of the English Premier season as he is “banned from any football related activity” by football’s world governing body.

The punishment is the most severe ever handed out at a World Cup for an offense committed on the field of play but the striker does have the right to appeal and is allowed to transfer clubs during the four month period.

FIFA had begun proceedings Wednesday after the striker was accused of biting another player during his team’s World Cup victory over Italy a day earlier and announced its verdict at a news conference Thursday.

“The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014,” said FIFA’s statement, referring to the last-16 game between the South American teams in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.

“The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches.”

Suarez is also “prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium” during his ban and must pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs — $111,000.

“Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” said FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser.

“The disciplinary committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suarez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the code

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New Guidelines For Healthy Blood Pressure: Is Your Doc Aware?

In fact, numbers that we once found “healthy” are now sometimes considered hypertensive, or having too high of a blood pressure. Numerous studies have shown a correlation between prolonged high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, and myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. The higher number reflects the pressure against your arteries when your heart contracts; the lower number represents the pressure of your heart in a resting phase. The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), funded by NIH, finds quicker treatment for hypertension in adults 50-years and older lowered risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke by almost a third and the risk for death due to complications of high blood pressure by a quarter. These lifestyle changes include increased exercise, reduction of weight, management of stress, and control of diabetes if present.

New Guidelines For Healthy Blood Pressure: Is Your Doc Aware?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has often been referred to as “the silent killer” because it frequently offers no signs or symptoms until something catastrophic like a stroke or heart attack occurs. This simple step could save your life.

While a normal blood pressure reading used to be 120/80, that is now considered pre-hypertensive and should be treated at the least with lifestyle changes instead of a “Watch and Wait” approach. However, new research released this week says that this may be misleading about optimal heart health and these blood pressure guidelines are actually too high for most people. Adults, particularly those over 50, are not being treated aggressively enough for high blood pressure.. A few lucky patients experience symptoms of high blood pressure: this could be a pounding headache or ringing in the ears along with a general feeling of being unwell. The Inquisitr has reported on multiple studies that show lifestyle changes that can lower blood pressure without prescription medication. You can read more about this here and here.

However, the study also showed that those with blood pressures in the 140/90 range, lifestyle variation may not be enough. While certainly helpful, these lifestyle changes should be coupled with antihypertensive therapy and close monitoring.

For years, it was a cornerstone of medical and nursing education that an “optimal” blood pressure was a systolic number of 120 and a diastolic number of 80. Newsweek states that more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure could be “lifesaving.” In fact, the large scale study that was conducted by the National Institutes of Health was stopped early because the evidence was so compelling. For some people, such as diabetics, these numbers may be considerably higher than optimal.

However, new studies these week show that the medical community may not be treating hypertension as aggressively as it should. Certain populations such as those with diabetes may be especially benefitted by an aggressive approach.

While there’s no need to immediately panic — most high-blood pressure-related illnesses develop gradually over time, it is important that you ask your primary healthcare provider about the new guidelines and your risk factors as well as treatment options. [photo credit to Getty Images]

The findings of the robust study recommends physicians not wait — and take a more aggressive approach — in treating high blood pressure in certain patient populations

Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa wear lederhosen – this is one way to fit in

A different language, a different culture and a different way of life – all these things can be stumbling blocks for a recent signing trying to find his place in a team.

Some players decide to tackle the issue head on, quickly committing themselves to learning about their new surroundings. They looked a bit bemused by the whole thing, but it’s doubtlessly won them some affectionate kudos from fans and squad alike.

We’re especially glad to see Vidal fitting in so well, considering that he was caught engaging in some frowned-upon antics soon after signing.

We don’t know whether Arty and Big Doug will be wearing their new outfits at home, but we live in hope.

Either way, good effort lads. It’s much easier.

That seems to be the approach that Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa have taken at Bayern Munich. You’ve blended right in.

. Others just do something stereotypical in order to fit in. The pair, signed this summer from Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively, have immediately done the most German thing imaginable – readied themselves for Oktoberfest by wearing some vintage lederhosen.

Joining German signings Sven Ulreich and Joshua Kimmich, Vidal and Costa got publicly fitted out with the fetching leather breeches.

It’s not always easy for footballers to settle down in a new country

Perfect time to be playing ‘biggest derby’, says Rodgers | Reuters

The players will feel it.

Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho at Old Trafford because the creative Brazilian midfielder is suspended after being red-carded against West Ham.

LONDON After crashing to a 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United last time out, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is pleased to be playing in “the biggest derby game in the history of the league” against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

“Daniel has looked really sharp in training, the best he has looked fitness-wise in 18 months,” he said.

Liverpool established the record number of English championships when they won their 18th in 1990.

Liverpool won two and drew one of their opening matches without conceding a goal, but that run ended when West Ham won at Anfield for the first time since 1963.

“Winning a game like this can give you psychological boost,” he told reporters on Friday.

Although Liverpool’s nearest geographical neighbours are Everton and United are closer to Manchester City, the intensity of the rivalry between United and Liverpool down the decades overshadows both those more local conflicts.

“We’ve had two tough games away from home and performed well in terms of our organisation. Winning a game like this can give you psychological boost.”

Sturridge will not be ready to face but Rodgers said Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, who have both missed the last two matches with injuries, will be assessed before the game.

“United is a huge club and will always be under scrutiny. We also want to be really creative.. (Reporting by Mike Collett, editing by Ed Osmond)

Former United manager Alex Ferguson vowed to “knock Liverpool off their perch” after taking over at Old Trafford in 1986 and by the time he retired two years ago he had done just that, leading United to 13 titles to take their total to a record 20.

Sky Sports has been highlighting the greats from both club’s pasts in their advertising trailers for the match which is being broadcast live on Saturday at 1630 GMT, but of more concern to Rodgers was the improving fitness of his striker Daniel Sturridge who has not played since April.

Rodgers believes making the short trip to United can help his players quickly put that defeat behind them.

“This is the biggest derby game in the history of this league. The intensity of this fixture is still there

The English Premier League No Longer Has a Dominant Team

Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool are all in a position to be crowned champions. Manchester United won the first title. The club has won 18 first division titles, and most came from this era. Liverpool dominated the domestic scene from 1975 to 1990. Since 1990, the outfit has never won the domestic title; but in 2005, they won the UEFA champions league fifth time by beating AC Milan against the odds. During this period, they also won four European club honors, besides other honors. The year 1992 saw them win the inaugural Premier League title. He spent a few years revamping United, and in 1991 won the UEFA cup winners cup and the UEFA super cup. Manchester United and Tottenham are farther back, with the only realistic hope being Europa League places.. Time will prove whether a certain team emerges as the alpha male.

When Alex Ferguson arrived at Man United from Aberdeen in 1986, his expressed desire was to knock Liverpool off the top of English soccer. The club was then a European soccer superpower. Manchester United and Liverpool have also come under American owners in the last few years. Manchester united has taken a dip in form that the league has not known for years. Buying of players is one of the main reasons the balance of English club power is changing. The year 2008 saw them win UEFA champions league against Chelsea. It used to be very hard to beat them at Old Trafford but that seems to have changed. Liverpool ruled the 70s and the 80s, while Manchester United has ruled from the 90s until now. Alex Ferguson was both shrewd and an inspirational manager; so is Jose Mourinho.

Since the 1970s, two teams have dominated the English top tier soccer competition. This term, they have lost even to West Bromwich Albion at home. The other competitors have been in the shadow of United in this era. Instead, a number of teams that are equal seem to be set to challenge for honors going forward. The team has had superstars in that period: notably, Eric Cantona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Robin Van Persie.

Having a galaxy of players may not always guarantee victory, but many times, it may do. Chelsea and Arsenal have won thrice, and Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers once each.

Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after taking his 13th PL title; and former Everton manager David Moyes took over. The club has won an amazing 13 titles since then. No doubt, manager Moyes is trying to rebuild the outfit.


The English Premier League appears to have entered an era where no outstanding club reigns. The top teams seem to have equal strength, unlike Germany where Bayern Munich reigns or Spain where Real Madrid and Barcelona rule alternately.

The Era of Liverpool

Equal Contenders

As things stand now, there is no dominant club in the English League; rather a number of teams stand equal chance of taking the title. In 1998, the club won the famous treble- the PL, FA, and UEFA Champions League. Since then, they have won a further 12 titles. During the Ferguson years, the side also won five FA cups.

The last few years have seen wealthy individuals and groups buy English clubs, which has enabled them to buy world-class foreign players. However, the club has lately experienced resurgence and is a genuine title contender.

The Era of Manchester United

The year 1992 saw the top teams break away from the football league to form the Premier league, which gave them more TV rights. Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City, and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea. A side like Manchester City has assembled some of the best players in the world, owing to the purchasing power at their disposal. No doubt, other teams have occasionally grabbed the honors in between. Four teams have won it among themselves the eight times that Manchester United did not win. Right now, the English Premier League seems to have entered a period where there is no dominant side. Arsenal itself has had an American majority shareholder since 2011.

A coach who has a strong personality and shrewdness is also vital to the success of a club. As things are, the club is in real danger of missing a chance of 2014/15 UEFA Champions League. Kenny Dalglish was the star of the 80s

Messi, Cristiano y Luis Suárez candidatos finales al Mejor Jugador de la UEFA

Giorgio Chiellini (ITA)

19. Paul Pogba (FRA)

11. Manuel Neuer (GER)

Hasta la fecha los jugadores que han sido galardonados con el premio de UEFA han sido Messi (2011), Andrs Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribry (2013) y Cristiano Ronaldo (2014).

33. Javier Mascherano (ARG)

Madrid El argentino Lionel Messi, el portugus Cristiano Ronaldo y el uruguayo Luis Surez son los tres finalistas nominados al Premio al Mejor Jugador de la UEFA en Europa de la temporada 2014-15, con un ganador que se conocer el prximo 27 de agosto.

24. Carlos Bacca (COL)

14. 12. Nemanja Matic (SRB)

- La lista de jugadores ms votados la forman:

.9. Sergio Ramos (ESP)

.1. Gianluigi Buffon (ITA)

En cuarta posicin qued el portero italiano Gianluigi Buffon, finalista de la ltima edicin de la Liga de Campeones con el Juventus. Eden Hazard (BEL)

Periodistas de cada una de las 54 federaciones de la UEFA dieron una lista con sus cinco mejores jugadores, de los que el primero reciba cinco puntos, el segundo cuatro y as sucesivamente.

17. EFE

31. Jackson Martnez (COL)

35. Lionel Messi (ARG)

.3. Andrea Pirlo (ITA)

.5. Xavi Hernndez (ESP)

21. Carlos Tvez (ARG)

27. Arjen Robben (HOL)

.8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE)

25. Ter Stegen (GER)

Ahora, el jurado emitir sus votos entre los finalistas para conocer al ganador durante el sorteo de la fase de grupos de la Liga de Campeones 2015-16 que tendr lugar en Mnaco el jueves 27 de agosto.

.7. Andr-Pierre Gignac (FRA)

.6. Nicols Otamendi (ARG)

16. lvaro Morata (ESP)

22. Neymar (BRA)

.2. Arkadiusz Milik (POL)

30. Luis Surez (URU)

20. Arda Turan (TUR). Jrme Boateng (GER)

13. El brasileo Neymar fue quinto.

32. Ivan Rakitic (CRO)

28. Gareth Bale (WAL)

.4. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR). Robert Lewandowski (POL)

29. Roberto Firmino (BRA)

10. Thomas Mller (GER)

Tras futbolistas espaoles figuran entre los 35 primeros: Andrs Iniesta (14), lvaro Morata (15) y Sergio Ramos (33).

26. Alexis Snchez (CHI)

34. Arturo Vidal (CHI)

23. Andrs Iniesta (ESP)

De esta forma, Messi y Cristiano aspiran a su segundo galardn y el uruguayo Luis Surez al primero tras brillar en su primera campaa en el Barcelona.

Los diez jugadores con ms puntos accedieron a la segunda votacin, de la que este mircoles ha salido la lista de los tres finalistas: dos jugadores del Barcelona y uno del Real Madrid.

18. Kevin De Bruyne (BEL)