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MLS: Galaxy start with win

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Monday, 07 March 2016 14:56

Los Angeles Galaxy started their MLS campaign with a 4-1 victory over DC United on Sunday.

The Galaxy, whose starting line-up featured former Premier League stalwarts Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane, suffered an early setback when United took the lead through Lamar Neagle after just five minutes.

However, the five-time MLS Cup champions staged a second half comeback and drew level through defender Daniel Steres in the 54th minute.

Mike Magee put Galaxy ahead 10 minutes later, before he won a penalty which was converted by skipper Robbie Keane in the 83rd minute.

Magee added his second of the match to complete the scoring, heading home Gerrard's free-kick three minutes from time.

Champions the Portland Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a rematch of last season's MLS Cup final.

Portland midfielder Diego Valeri opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before the Crew equalised through a spectacular bicycle kick from Federeico Higuain, the 31-year-old elder brother of Argentina and Napoli star Gonzalo.

But the defending champions sealed victory 11 minutes later thanks to Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi's strike.

Orlando City produced a remarkable injury time fightback to snatch a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake in front of 60,147 fans at the Citrus Bowl.

Salt Lake looked to be heading for a comfortable victory after Joao Plata struck a 26th minute penalty and added a second midway through the second half.

But Canadian striker Cyle Larin gave Orlando a lifeline after pulling a goal back in the fourth minute of time added on and then moments later Adrian Winter bundled an equaliser as the home side snatched a draw.

Meanwhile, New England's Daigo Kobayashi scored deep into injury time to secure a 3-3 draw with Houston Dynamo, while FC Dallas beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 with goals from Fabian Castillo and Maximiliano Urruti.

In San Jose, Chris Wondolowski's header in the opening minute of the second half gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, and Ignacio Piatti scored twice as visiting Montreal beat Vancouver 3-2.

Sporting Kansas City earned a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders thanks to Nuno Coelho's goal in the 73rd minute.

In other games, the New York Red Bulls went down 2-0 at home to Toronto FC after a late penalty from Sebastian Giovinco and a stoppage time goal from Marky Delgado, while Patrick Vieira's managerial reign got off to a winning start as New York City FC opened their campaign with a 4-3 victory at the Chicago Fire.


You can't have Christmas without an ugly sweater these days. It's part and parcel for the holiday.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got into the spirit on Thursday night after his overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers. When he took the podium for his postgame news conference, you better believe he was sporting some sweet threads.

And his brother Darren Carr made sure to capture it for the world.

Now, that's just outstanding. You have to respect the tie pattern, as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Grab a tissue. It's going to get dusty in here.

Charles Woodson played his final home game for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, but it wasn't just a time for an emotional farewell. The veteran — wrapping up his 18th NFL season — didn't want to leave a stone unturned. There were rumblings in the days leading up to this game against the San Diego Chargers that Woodson could play some offense.

He had done it before as he played some offense during his college days and in the early part of his NFL career. But it had been a while — specifically, 15 years since Woodson had recorded a reception in a game.

He had never carried the ball as a runner. Until overtime on Thursday night. On first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, the Silver and Black called his number on a reverse.

Yup, that's a loss of 3 yards. Sigh, oh well. But don't worry! The Raiders kicked the go-ahead field goal and their defense held strong to preserve a 23-20 victory.

That's when Woodson got a chance to say goodbye to the crowd in what could be the team's final game in Oakland.

Duke Johnson mistakenly kicked out of Miami game

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Sunday, 08 November 2015 17:54

Former Miami star running back Duke Johnson walked out of the tunnel inside Sun Life Stadium alongside his former team prior to Saturday’s game against Virginia, but things soon took an interesting turn.

According to Andy Slater, Johnson was approached by stadium security. They asked who he was and what he was doing there and, when they weren’t familiar with his name, asked a girl nearby if she was recognized him. The Cleveland Browns running back even asked security to talk to one of Miami’s coaches, but was denied and was asked to leave the stadium.

Report: TY Hilton not expected to play against Broncos

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Sunday, 08 November 2015 17:51

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to get back on track Sunday after losing three consecutive games, but they will have to face the Denver Broncos without one of their most dangerous offensive weapons.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is listed as questionable with a foot injury, is not expected to play against Denver.

Andrew Luck has struggled mightily this season, and he now has to face a defense that most feel is the best in the NFL. The Broncos are expected to dominate Indy’s porous offensive line, which means Luck will have to get the ball out quickly. Not having his best receiver will make that more of a challenge.

Luck has thrown 12 interceptions this season. It’s unclear if he is dealing with a significant injury that the Colts haven’t disclosed, but Indy fans are hoping a change at offensive coordinator will help spark things going forward. If Hilton is out, getting on track against Denver will be a lofty task.

The nuttiness level of the 2015 NFL season has hit a fever pitch.

Coaches are being fired, front offices are being cleaned out and lineups are being shuffled all around the league. It's the latter that we're going to address in this edition of Mail-it-in Friday. Specifically, the QB situation with the San Francisco 49ers. Colin Kaepernick, the man who took the league by storm just a few years ago, has been benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert (ewww).

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns, muddled in what looks to be yet another subpar season, have a QB mess of their own and started noted lightning rod Johnny Manziel on Thursday night against the Bengals in place of the injured Josh McCown.

So, it begs the question: Would you rather have Kaepernick or Manziel on your team?

As expected, the NFL revealed its flashy new Color Rush uniforms on Thursday night for next week’s matchup between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. As the name eludes to, there’s plenty of color on these bad boys.

The two teams will don the new threads next week on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. It’s the first of four games this season that will feature the new Color Rush uniforms from Nike, with the Titans, Jaguars, Panthers, Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Rams being the other six teams.

Next week, the NFL will reveal the jerseys for the Titans and Jaguars. Needless to say, these jerseys will certainly catch on with fans everywhere, and following the reveal, it appears as though they did. Twitter erupted -- as it typically does -- comparing them to the likes of Power Rangers and Mountain Dew.

Bengals receiver Marvin Jones may have had the wind knocked out of him, but he wasn't impressed by the hit delivered by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell on Sunday.

Jones missed a few plays after getting drilled by Mitchell over the middle while going up for a pass. Mitchell couldn't stop talking about the big hit and was flagged for taunting A.J. Green two plays later when his helmet made contact with Green's.

"When you turn on the film, you don't see him hitting anybody when they're going head up. That's fake tough," Jones said. "It's whatever. He hit me. I just got the wind knocked out of me, and it's OK. It's whatever. When guys get all hyped off minor stuff like that, hitting somebody that's not even looking, that's fake tough to me."

Green said Mitchell was telling him he was next, but was more conciliatory than Jones on Monday.

"It just woke me up," said Green who caught 11 balls for 118 yards, including the game-winning touchdown. "Thank him for that."

Mitchell wasn't on the field for Green's touchdown as he suffered a head injury four plays earlier while trying to tackle Giovani Bernard.

"He can be happy all he wants but he got [his] in the end," Jones said of Mitchell.

There's a contest in Dallas that can earn you a spot in a VIP area at the Dallas Omni on Monday night. Somehow, some way, the folks running the show felt it was a good idea for the winner to hang with ... Greg Hardy.

Fanwish is the company that is sponsoring the event. In fact, Tony Romo is one of the investors in the Dallas-based company.

Florida State quarterback Everett Golson will be sidelined for today's game against Syracuse due to what the school is calling concussion-like symptoms.

Backup Sean Maguire will take his place when the No. 17 Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC) kick off against Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) today at noon.

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