Girl has lucky escape after Shakhtar Donestk stadium shelled

A young girl had a near miss after a part of the glass facade of a stadium in Donetsk crashed to the ground, narrowly missing her.

Footage shows part of the Donbass Arena collapsing after being shelled on Monday.

Shakhtar Donetsk – who have moved from the stadium to Kiev as a result of the Ukraine conflict – say they had been distributing aid for mothers and babies nearby when the stadium was hit.

Referee punched in the head despite being protected by riot police

It's been a bad week both on and off the pitch with fatalities, fan riots, players brawling and now, from Peru, a referee punched in the head by an irate team official.

An angry San Simon member of staff could not contain his frustration after seeing his side concede a 96th minute goal which condemned them to a 3-2 defeat against Sporting Cristal.

Who’s to blame for Man Utd decline? Not Sir Alex Ferguson, that’s for sure

Whoever else was to blame for Manchester United's recent decline, one thing we know for sure: Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't believe it was his fault.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has produced an updated edition of his autobiography, in which he discusses the the David Moyes tumultuous 9-month reign as his successor at Manchester United.

Moyes inherited a Manchester United team that won the Premier League by an 11-point margin the previous year, but left the club within a season with the club languishing seventh in the table.

Fingers have been pointed at Ferguson for his failure to renew what was an ageing, injury-prone side, but Ferguson, inevitably, has dismissed the suggestion.

Apparently, Moyes “hadn’t realised just how big United is as a club.”

So it was Moyes’ fault.

But surely, a club of United’s resources and stature would have carried out a thorough vetting process when it came to appointing their next manager. Certainly, that’s how Ferguson explains the ‘process’.

“There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process,” he said. “Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”

So it was the board’s fault.

A further criticism was that the side which Ferguson took to the Premier League title in 2013, was on the wane. Again, the former manager is having none of it.

“It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad,” he said. “They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

So it was the players fault.

Ferguson was also accused of leaving an obsolescent structure behind.

“Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind at Manchester United,” he scoffs. “Have you seen our new training ground?”.

Again, not Ferguson’s fault.

Another criticism levelled at Ferguson is that he failed to plan for the future.

“Chelsea started the current season as favorites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s,” he responds. “I don’t hear any grumbles about the age of their group.”

Clearly not Ferguson’s fault then.

Could Moyes have helped himself by retaining some members of Ferguson’s backroom staff.

“Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system,” he continues. “I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”

Moyes’ fault again.

So, there we have it. There are a number of people responsible for United’s collapse, but none, according to Ferguson, are due to the man who managed the club for the previous 27 years, and who handpicked his successor.

Moyes himself, once described the occasion he found out he was going to be the next Manchester United manager.

Moyes: “I said ‘When?’, because he was never retiring and he said ‘next week’. “And his next words were ‘you’re the next Manchester United manager’.

“So I didn’t get the chance to say yes or no. I was told that I was the next Manchester United manager and that was enough.

Remember Ferguson’s words? ‘Quietly, thoroughly, professionally’

Someone is being economical with the truth.

 

Steven Gerrard on the golf course, Sebastian Schweinsteiger on the perfect free-kick

As Liverpool prepare to face Real Madrid, adidas Football Gamedayplus plays golf with Steven Gerrard, has a behind-the-scenes chat with Gareth Bale and learns how to take the perfect free kick with Bayern Munich's World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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As Liverpool prepare for the eagerly-awaited visit to Anfield of Real Madrid, Reds skipper Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard talks to adidas Football Gamedayplus about his return to the UEFA Champions League after a five-year absence, as well as getting tips from former team-mate Xabi Alonso about tonight’s opponents.

Meanwhile, adidas Football also speaks to Gareth Bale about how the Welshman is settling in at Real Madrid, his new team-mates Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, and why he thinks so few British footballers move abroad to further their careers.

In Germany there’s a free kick masterclass from Bastian Schweinsteiger, who explains how to make the most of vital set piece opportunities.

Plus, all the latest news on adidas’ Crazylight boots and how adidas works alongside players when designing boots.

 

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Royals rally for Game 2 lead makes Hunter Strickland angry

The Royals rally as the Giants get angry.

In what was a tense game until the sixth inning, the Royals found their offense, putting up five runs on the back of two singles, a walk, a double, and a home run. That doesn’t mean all the tension was gone though, as Hunter Strickland’s raw display of emotion set off the Royals a bit.

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Kansas City drove Jake Peavy from the game with a leadoff single from Lorenzo Cain followed by an Eric Hosmer walk. Bruce Bochy called upon Jean Machi, but Billy Butler was intent on reprising his role from the first inning, where he drove in Lorenzo Cain with a single. Bochy then turned to Javier Lopez to face Alex Gordon, and he got the job done, inducing a flyout. Hunter Strickland then came out of the San Francisco bullpen, tossed a wild pitch, and then gave up a two-run double to the previously punchless Salvador Perez, and a home run to the suddenly re-animated Omar Infante.

Jeremy Affeldt became the fifth Giants pitcher of the inning, brought in to face lefty Mike Moustakas, who roped a single. Affeldt was able to get Alcides Escobar to bounce into an inning-ending double-play.

NASCAR power rankings: Talladega win vaults Brad Keselowski to No. 1

Just as he did at Talladega, Brad Keselowski leads the way in this week’s power rankings.

In the aftermath of the fireworks produced at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards said a week ago he could envision NASCAR CEO Brian France with his legs up and a smile on his face, happy with the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format he implemented.

If France was happy with the drama at Charlotte then he must have been absolutely ecstatic with what unfolded Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Facing essentially a must-win scenario, Brad Keselowski came through in a big way, taking the checkered flag and further validating NASCAR’s championship format. Short of Dale Earnhardt Jr. finding a way to also advance, the Geico 500 was everything France could have wanted in an elimination race.

1. Brad Keselowski (Last week: 5)

Sometime far down the road when his career has wrapped and Keselowski is looking back on his accomplishments, Sunday’s win will almost certainly rank near the top. On a track where drivers have little control of their fate and accidents generally wipe out a large number of the field, Keselowski didn’t leave his destiny to chance. Executing a flawless game plan, he ran up front and on the final lap drove with gusto that was one part determination, one part desperation.

2. Joey Logano (LW: 1)

Luckily escaped an early spin through the grass with minimal damage, allowing Logano to recover and climb back into contention. Why was that sequence key? Because it allowed him to still fulfill the role of Keselowski’s wingman and push his teammate to the front and ultimately the lead.

3. Kevin Harvick (LW: 2)

Until his windshield got coated in oil off Jamie McMurray’s car, Harvick was committed to sticking near the front. From the there the day became a bit of an adventure, including a spin on pit road. Nevertheless, Harvick netted a ninth and may have won had he had a bit more help at the end.

4. Jeff Gordon (LW: 3)

A conservative strategy to run in the back nearly cost Gordon, who could never get to the front when he needed to and finished 26th. That result meant he advanced to Round 3 by a scant three points.

5. Kyle Busch (LW: 4)

Often at Talladega you’re a victim of circumstance, and that’s exactly what occurred Sunday. When a wreck began ahead of him, Busch slowed to avoid, which he would have — provided Austin Dillon had not ran into the back of the No. 18 car. The damage was extensive, and despite an extraordinary effort by Busch’s team, it wasn’t enough to prevent him from dropping below the Chase cutline.

6. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 8)

Post-race Johnson continually pointed out how the 48 went down swinging, leading the most laps and doing everything short of winning. The downfall of the defending champion Sunday came on the first green-white-checker restart, where Johnson restarting fourth pulled out of line to pass to only to realize he had no drafting partner.

7. Denny Hamlin (LW: 7)

Exactly in the position he wanted to be prior to the Chase — safely into Round 3 with a bevy of upcoming tracks which are among his best. Now the challenge is for Hamlin to follow through on his claim he’ll be a factor.

8. Matt Kenseth (LW: 9)

Because that’s just how it goes in NASCAR when two drivers have an altercation, Kenseth and Keselowski were parked next to another in the Talladega garage. (And no, it wasn’t some kind of joke by officials. The two were ninth and 10th in points, which determine where teams are parked in the garage.) And of course, Kenseth ended up pushing Keselowski to victory, though he was left with little choice due to his precarious position in the standings.

9. Kyle Larson (LW: 6)

Restrictor-plate races haven’t been kind to Larson, whose best finish in four races was a ninth in the July Daytona race. Things may not be much better at Martinsville, another track where rookies tend to find trouble and not success.

10. Ryan Newman (LW: 10)

For the really the first time all year, Newman had a bona fide chance to win. He came up a lap short, but did record just his third top five of the season.

11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 13)

All weekend Earnhardt talked about the importance of staying upfront, where he could escape the madness that’s associated with being in the swarm of cars mid-pack. For almost the entirety of the race he did just that, running first or second. Of course when Earnhardt did get shuffled back his concerns proved prophetic, as he got collected in a wreck, which erased any chance of avoiding playoff elimination.

12. Carl Edwards (LW: 12)

Edwards continues to skirt elimination on steady, though unspectacular results. Will that be good enough to carry him through the Eliminator Round and to Homestead? It’s unlikely. Then again, few thought Edwards would make it this far.

13. Kurt Busch (LW: 14)

With the relationship between Busch and Daniel Knost dissolving into Busch regularly lamenting Knost’s inability to improve the 41 car mid-race, the forthcoming change in crew chiefs is much-needed. Busch and Tony Gibson should form a formidable duo. The experienced Gibson will not be hesitant to challenge Busch when needed, and confident enough to not take his driver’s tirades personally.

14. Jamie McMurray (LW: 11)

Although redundant, McMurray again had a fast car without the finish to show for it. This time the culprit was a flat tire, as he was running in the top five Sunday.

15. Clint Bowyer (LW: Unranked)

Talladega was Bowyer’s best shot to grab a victory before the year is out. He came close, putting together a late charge to third. Considering the frustrating season Bowyer’s experienced, that might be as good as a win.

Kelvin Herrera throws hard, but not criminally so

A helpful police officer puts the issue to rest.

You might have been made aware that the first head of the Royals‘ three-headed bullpen monster Kelvin Herrera throws hard. He throws hard enough, that it might not seem fair. That’s what ESPN’s Jayson Stark thought, anyway.

Eight fastballs for Herrera in that inning. Your MPH readings: 101, 100, 101, 101, 101, 100, 101, 100. Call the cops. #worldseries

— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 23, 2014

@jaysonst I’m sorry but there is nothing we can do. He’s just throwing a baseball.

— Joseph Murray (@PPDJoeMurray) October 23, 2014

Fair or not is up for debate, but at least it’s settled that there’s nothing nefarious taking place.