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Blow for Man United: Key player injured after Newcastle loss

Injured

Manchester United could well be handed a double blow on the same day they lost to Newcastle United, and now it seems that they could well be facing time without Paul Pogba.

There were injury concerns for the midfielder before the game after he pulled up in the warm up and it seemed he could miss the match, but after playing and then looking poor and out of sorts, then being taken off by Jose Mourinho everyone wondered what was going on.

Then, reports came out that the player was limping through the mixed zone – yet stopped to speak with the waiting kids regardless, showing some class from the under fire Frenchman.

Champions League

United fans know that there are some key games coming up for them – with Chelsea to face in a battle that is not only a showdown between Mourinho and Conte but also one that will see the winner take three points from a rival for a spot in the top four – something both sides will be desperate to do.

The fight for a Champions League place is tighter than ever, and four teams are trying to squeeze into three spots after Manchester City in first place – meaning they know every win is vital – and after the revival from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and a fall off from Chelsea and inconsistency from Man United, the question of who will miss out is still a key one no one can answer.

Not only that, but the Champions League itself returns soon, with the knockout stages coming up and United will want Paul Pogba fit and ready to play in that, even if he is struggling in the new role Mourinho is expecting him to play in.

‘Disgusted’ Mario Lemina vents frustration following Liverpool loss

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has taken to social media this evening to vent his frustrations, following his side’s showing during their 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at St. Mary’s, with Jurgen Klopp’s men eager to get back to winning ways after Tottenham’s late-show saw the Reds drop two points last time out.

Southampton, meanwhile, headed into today’s clash on an impressive 6-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, with the Saints’ last outing culminating in a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

2-0

Liverpool were viewed as the clear favourites heading into this evening’s matchup, with the Merseyside giants taking little time to prove exactly why following kick-off.

With just 6 minutes on the clock, a long ball forward towards Mohamed Salah saw Wesley Hoedt fluff his attempted clearance, allowing Salah to slide a perfectly-weighted ball across to the incoming Roberto Firmino on the edge of the home side’s box.

Firmino slotted his ensuing finish home with aplomb, before the Reds’ brilliant attacking duo combined once again to double Liverpool’s lead shortly before half-time.

Firmino was the creator on this occasion, though, with the former Hoffenheim star having produced what many have since referred to as the ‘assist of the season’ in setting Salah up.

After Salah played the ball into Firmino’s feet 5 yards outside Southampton’s box, the South American proceeded to slide his teammate through on goal with the most sumptuous of flicked passes with his instep, with Salah going on to finish in typically-cool style.

Result

And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Reaction

In the aftermath of today’s result, droves of Southampton fans were quick to take aim at manager Mauricio Pellegrino, due to the utterly lifeless second-half showing of their side.

The Saints looked completely lacking in both ideas and fight following the interval, with midfielder Mario Lemina having since taken to Twitter to reveal his ‘disgust’ at proceedings this evening, as well as issue an apology to the Southampton faithful:

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Arsenal’s embarrassing away record highlighted again following NLD loss

Discussion surrounding the shocking away form of Arsenal in the Premier League this season has come to the fore once again this afternoon, following the club’s defeat at the hands of Tottenham in the North London derby.

Matchup

The Gunners travelled to Wembley today on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 victory over Everton last weekend, with January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both impressing in their first starts for the club.

Tottenham, meanwhile, dispatched of Newport County by 2 goals to nil in the FA Cup 4th round during the week, with their last Premier League outing having seen Mauricio Pochettino’s men twice fight back from behind to secure a remarkable point at Anfield versus Liverpool.

First-half

The early goings of today’s crunch derby saw Tottenham control the majority of the possession, with Arsenal looking dangerous on the break on a couple of occasions.

Chances of note were few and far between over the opening half-hour, aside from a Harry Kane header nodded disappointingly over the bar by the Englishman.

However, there was a major question of what could have been for Arsenal with just 11 minutes on the clock, as Jack Wilshere’s gorgeous slide-rule pass sent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clean through on the home side’s goal.

The Gabonese hitman looked to have timed his run perfectly, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.

Immediate replays showcased the fact that Aubameyang looked to have been onside, though, with Jan Vertonghen having been stood ever so slightly behind the rest of Tottenham’s defensive line.

Opener

The second-half saw Spurs come out in even more dominant fashion, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men putting their fierce rivals on the back foot from the off.

And the hosts’ superiority in possession didn’t take long to pay off, as Ben Davies wicked delivery from the left saw Harry Kane rise highest to nod a wonderful header into the bottom-left corner of Petr Cech’s goal.

There was controversy surrounding the nature of the header, though, as many pointed to the fact that Kane had used marker Laurent Koscielny to aid his jump.

Result

Whatever the case may have been, it was difficult to argue with the fact that Spurs deserved the lead, with Pochettino’s men going on to create a number of further clear-cut chances before the full-time whistle.

Kane’s strike proved crucial in the end, though, with Tottenham earning the bragging rights in the final edition of the North London derby this season.

Struggles on the road

The result has since garnered attention for plenty of reasons, with the frankly embarrassing form of Arsenal on their travels having come to the fore across social media once again:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the main difference between Wenger & Mourinho

Alexis Sanchez details why he left Arsenal for Man United

Open thread for night owls: Loss of a wild descendant of the 23 survivors of 19th century slaughter

At the Buffalo Field Campaign, Stephanie Seay writes—The Tragic Loss of a Matriarch:

She was a powerful leader from the imperiled Central herd. A direct descendant from the original twenty-three survivors, her ancestors who saved themselves from the U.S. Government’s attempted genocide during the nineteenth century, when nearly 60 million used to roam the continent.

She gained her immense wisdom being taught by her own mother and grandmother, as they, in turn, learned from theirs, and on down the family lineage, since buffalo time began. Like the mothers before her, she taught the young ones where to find the best water, where to give birth, where to find the best grasses and sedges, how to escape the deepest snow, how to stick together to stay safe from predators, and, indeed, how to flee to the thick forests to escape helicopters, horse riders, ATVs, and law enforcement during hazing season.

Years ago, she had been captured and violated by Yellowstone biologists, who placed a thick leather radio collar around her neck to keep track of her movements. They labeled her “S3.” We loathe these collars and what they represent for any wildlife, partly because they are highly visible and recognizable. As much time as we spend with the buffalo, we know many individuals by the shape of their horns, the color of their fur, their scars, nicks, hair dos, but those collars, tools of the panopticon, are worn by a few unlucky adult females, and they make undeniable identifiers.

These collars, we have been told, are supposed to just fall off after a few years. But, we’ve seen no evidence of this, as many of the females who are forced to wear them have been wearing them for close to a decade. S3 was no exception. We knew her for many years.

In the most recent times, we had seen her here in the Hebgen Basin, coming to her spring calving grounds. Again, this winter, she arrived with her large, extended family, in the company of a couple other collared females, including “A3,” “K4,” and one who had a collar with no identifying marks. When she and her family arrived, so did scores of hunters. Some of her friends and relatives were killed by hunters, and she took the survivors away to safety.

On three different occasions this kind of scene played out. She and her herd would arrive, hunters would follow, make as many kills as they could, and she would leave once again, bringing her family back to where she knew they were safe. She was also the one who surprised us by taking an unusual route, not along the bluffs of the Madison River, but through the thick woods to the north, seeking shelter and a quick departure through the trees.

One day, after leaving this way for a second time, she pleasantly shocked us while we were checking on some bachelor bull buffalo — she had lead her people far north of where the family groups tend to migrate, and we found her and over 100 others in the company of these bulls. Something most of us had never seen before, and others hadn’t seen for nearly twenty years. Again, she and her family returned, and again the hunters came, and again she lead her people to safety. Then, not long after that, two weeks ago, our Gardiner patrol spotted her in the Gardiner Basin, all the way to the north.

She was living proof that Central herd buffalo migrate into both Basins, suffering both tragic consequences . She was with a herd of about 80 buffalo, on the school football field, with no less than five of the young bulls who escaped quarantine last month. It was so amazing to ponder her journey, the decisions she made and why.

Last weekend, she came back to the west side, to the Hebgen Basin, sadly, for the last time. A hunt party had found her and they took her life. Our patrols, when confronting the hunters, had asked if they had shot a male or female. They said they didn’t know, “but it [sic] had this collar thing on.” When we asked what the collar said, one person in the group said that it looked like “53.” We were crushed. We knew then that not only had S3 returned one more time, but it was her the hunters killed.

They didn’t know her sex before they killed her, they didn’t consider that it might be unwise to shoot a collared buffalo, never mind the dangers of killing any female from the Central herd, but, even after field dressing her, they still didn’t know she was a female. The following morning, our patrols found a calf in her womb, left there in the gut pile.

Her wisdom, her journey, her unborn calf, and her contributions to the survival of this herd were simply snuffed out. Her story is over. And she is not alone. She’s just one who had the unfortunate luck to be captured by biologists and therefor marked. But, so many buffalo share the trials and tribulations that she did. These sacred buffalo have to constantly run the gauntlet, just trying to survive, just trying to make it through winter and keep their families alive.

Everywhere they go, there are humans waiting to do them harm, should they dare cross the line out of Yellowstone. Yellowstone’s bison biologists have recommended a cease fire in the Hebgen Basin, since only Central herd buffalo move through here. But, they also move north into the Gardiner Basin, where Yellowstone is greasing the gears of their infamous buffalo trap. Soon, not even Yellowstone will be a safe place for our national mammal.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—The bottom line:

Why should we care about Jeff Gannon?

A potential male prostitute gets White House credentials using a fake name, provides McClellan a welcome ideological lifeline during press conferences, and somehow gets access to classified CIA documents that outs an undercover CIA operative.

White House-credentialed fake news reporter “Jeff Gannon” from fake news agency “Talon News” was cited by the Washington Post as having the only access to an internal CIA memo that named Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA agent. Gannon, in a question posed to Wilson in an October 2003 interview, referred to the memo (to which no other news outlet had access, according to the Post). Gannon subsequently has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury looking into the Plame outing.

John over at AmericaBLOG has gone all-Gannon today, helping to summarize much of the material dug up by our own intrepid bloggers and providing hard proof for many of the allegations in this story.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Gov’t shuts down overnight, then opens again. Trump finds a new all-in-one grift and obstruction tool. But he’s still too dumb to read, or care how being so god-awful dumb endangers us all. Darwin Darko offers a service member’s take on Trump’s parade.

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Tom Brady Breaks His Silence on the Patriots' Super Bowl Loss

Tom Brady is finally ready to address his loss at the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots quarterback shared a photo of himself and teammate Rob Gronkowski on Instagram Friday, along with a message of gratitude to everyone who supported him and his team.

“It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life,” Brady, 40, wrote almost a week after he and his team lost to the Philidelphia Eagles 41-33.

“Learning turns everything into a positive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced,” he wrote.

He continued saying he felt gracious toward his coaches for their sacrifice toward the team.

“Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship),” he continued.

“Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are,” Brady added. “And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams.
Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom.”

His wife, model Gisele Bündchen, supported the athlete during Sunday’s game. While the mother of two will continue to cheer on her husband if he chooses to continue playing, a source recently told PEOPLE she’d still like to see him retire.

“Gisele always supports Tom no matter what,” a source close to the couple said.

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Though the source added that “nobody really knows what’s next for him now,” it’s likely Brady won’t be retiring.

But even though she’ll stand behind whatever her husband decides, a different source close to the 37-year-old supermodel tells PEOPLE that Bündchen has “been telling friends for a couple years now that she would like him to retire and just be able to be at home, but he is so committed to the game.”

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“He didn’t want to retire after ‘Deflategate,’” the second source added, referencing the 2015 scandal where Brady was issued a four-game suspension for his part in allegedly deflating footballs for an unfair advantage during an AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The source also revealed that “after the big surprise win last year” when the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, Bündchen “was hopeful that he might want to go out on top, but he still wants to play.”

Following the outcome of Sunday’s game, Bündchen extended an olive branch to the Eagles while also praising her husband and his team for their “commitment” and “sacrifice.”

“Congratulations Eagles for winning the Super Bowl, what a game that was!” she wrote on Instagram.

She continued, “Congratulations Patriots for giving your best and to my love, we are incredibly proud of you because we are able to see everday all the commitment, sacrifice and hard work that you have devoted to become the best in what you do. We love you!”