London, Oct 7 (AP/UNB)— Just when Jose Mourinho needed it most, Manchester United dug deep to pull off a gutsy victory.
The under-fire manager still managed to lash out at detractors after the 3-2 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, claiming he would even be blamed for the weather and the progress of Brexit negotiations.
Following a newspaper report that he could be fired because of poor results and frequent criticism of his players, Mourinho was a picture of abject misery on the touchline as United went 2-0 down against Newcastle after only 10 minutes of their English Premier League match at Old Trafford.
An animated Mourinho reacted with fury, screaming at his players and gesticulating wildly.
In a five-minute span in the second half, United equalized. The winner came in the 90th minute, when substitute Alexis Sanchez headed home and United ended a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.
Mourinho was relieved but still irritated by weeks of criticism.
"As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault," Mourinho said. "If there (are) some difficulties with the agreements of Brexit, it is my fault.
"I think a lot of wickedness, and clear man-hunting, in football is too much. It is my life. It is a life I love, and since I was a kid I work for this."
United moved six points behind front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool, who play on Sunday. Tottenham, which beat Cardiff 1-0, is a point off the pace in third.
Newcastle, winless in seven previous league outings, could scarcely believe its luck early on in Manchester. Wing back Kenedy, a former player of Mourinho's during his second spell at Chelsea, sprinted through the middle of the defense to open the scoring in the 7th minute.
Within three minutes, United's sleepy defense allowed Yoshinori Muto to turn easily in the penalty area and beat goalkeeper David de Gea with a low shot.
An embarrassed Eric Bailly took on the role of United fall guy when Mourinho hauled off the Ivory Coast center half after only 19 minutes and replaced him with midfielder Juan Mata.
Mata, though, pulled a goal back when he curled in a free kick in the 70th. Six minutes later, Anthony Martial cut inside after swapping passes with Paul Pogba to equalize with a venomous low shot.
Sanchez completed the fightback.
"Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch," Mourinho said of the way two of his young players performed in the first half. "Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal.
"At halftime we had a good conversation. We didn't promise that we would win the match. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything, and of course they gave everything. We fought so much."
With after Everton enjoying a man advantage after Leicester captain Wes Morgan was dismissed, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stunning goal in the 77th to seal a 2-1 win.
The Everton playmaker collected Idrissa Gueye's pass before a quick turn away from Leicester's James Maddison allowed him to take a touch and unleash a bullet from 25 yards (meters) into the top corner of the net.
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Eric Dier struck his first club goal in 18 months in the 8th as Tottenham made it three victories in as many league matches and left Cardiff still searching for its first win.
Cardiff was reduced to 10 when Joe Ralls was sent off in the 58th minute at Wembley Stadium.
Striker Joshua King scored two goals and set up another to inspire Bournemouth to a 4-0 win at Watford, which had Christian Kabasele sent off in the 33rd minute. Wolverhampton won at Crystal Palace 1-0, and Huddersfield moved off the bottom of the standings by drawing 1-1 at Burnley to collect only its third point.
Udine, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo is playing again, a week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape nine years ago.
Ronaldo was in the starting 11 for a Serie A match at Udinese on Saturday.
There was no significant reaction when Ronaldo's name was read out for the team introductions before kickoff.
The Italian league game started at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT).
Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last week in Nevada saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have also re-opened an investigation. Ronaldo has denied the accusation.
Upon Ronaldo's arrival at Dacia Arena, he appeared intensely focused as fans cheered and yelled his name.
Earlier, Ronaldo's mother, Maria Dolores Aveiro, sent her son a message on Instagram: "Good luck son and for your team because together we are stronger."
Ronaldo missed Tuesday's Champions League match against Young Boys because he was suspended after receiving a red card in an earlier match. However, he did play in the Italian league last weekend shortly after news broke about the allegation against him.
On Thursday, Juventus sent a statement of support and called him a "great champion." But sponsors Nike and video game maker EA Sports have expressed concern about the allegation.
Since the allegation surfaced, Juventus' share price has fallen by nearly 20 percent.
Besides the game against Young Boys, Ronaldo has played every minute of Juventus' other eight matches this season.
Brighton, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — Glenn Murray's 99th goal for Brighton helped them beat West Ham 1-0 and rise above the visitors in the English Premier League standings on Friday.
Brighton's first clean sheet of the season put it up to 12th.
West Ham dropped to 15th, and could yet go lower by the end of the weekend after falling into old habits.
West Ham came to the coast without having lost its last four games, including beating Manchester United 3-1 last weekend, but it again resembled an unsettled side struggling for an identity.
The Hammers were outplayed in the first half, and didn't begin to threaten until more than an hour passed. But free kicks and headers regularly flew over the crossbar.
Brighton substitute Jurgen Locadia was unlucky near the end when his goal, from a close-range rebound, was ruled out for the most marginal of offside calls.
New York, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) – Cristiano Ronaldo's image is vanishing from the website of a key sponsor. The stock price for his Juventus team dropped 10 percent on Friday.
A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public opinion in his favor have not succeeded.
Sponsors are continuing to express concern about the case despite a denial from Ronaldo, who has not addressed why Kathryn Mayorga's legal team says a $375,000 settlement was reached in 2010 over the alleged assault by the soccer star in Las Vegas.
A week ago, the new edition of the FIFA video game franchise was released with Ronaldo as a cover star. While EA Sports has not suspended the sponsorship, it has been distancing itself from the face of its game in recent days.
The company home page still uses athletes to represent NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC and golf games. But a block of teal has replaced the spot on a banner occupied by Ronaldo until Tuesday, according to an Associated Press analysis through archived versions of the website.
The top of the FIFA 19 section of the EA website prominently showcased Ronaldo wearing the famed black-and-white Juventus jersey until at least Sunday. By Tuesday it had been replaced by a picture of four men in front of a television playing the game. At that point, a black-and-white photo of Ronaldo still appeared on the bottom right of the site. On Friday, that was replaced by an image of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.
Now, the only visual representation of Ronaldo on the webpage is Ronaldo on the cover of the game box with Neymar.
Such a move won't be taken lightly.
"They have to tread carefully so that they are not pre-judging him before an investigation reaches its conclusion," said Simon Leaf, a sports and commercial lawyer at London-based Mischon de Reya. "At the same time, the brand will have to be careful because depending on the commercial deal they reached it's not that uncommon for these deals to include clauses to oblige the brand to make use of the rights they are getting."
EA Sports declined to comment specifically on downplaying its online association with Ronaldo. It had already called the allegation against the Portugal captain "concerning" in a statement to the AP that reminded "ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA's values."
Nike, with has a reported $1 billion deal with Ronaldo has also said it was "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations."
Another sponsor spoke out on Friday: DAZN, the internet sports streaming platform which signed Ronaldo as a global ambassador in August.
"We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and continue to monitor the situation closely," DAZN told the AP.
Ronaldo could return to the field on Saturday for the first time for Juventus since issuing a statement on Wednesday denying he raped Mayorga in a Las Vegas penthouse in 2009. Juventus prepared for the league match in northeast Italy against Udinese by offering full support for Ronaldo.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday praised his "great professionalism and seriousness both on and off the field." He echoed tweets from Juventus, which said "events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change" the club's view about his "great professionalism and dedication."
Juventus paid 112 million euros (then $132 million) to sign Ronaldo from Real Madrid in July in an attempt to elevate the club's global appeal and win the Champions League. But in the week when the controversy around Ronaldo mounted, the club's shares have dropped 20 percent on the Italian Stock Exchange. They fell by 10 percent alone on Friday in the aftermath of sponsors voicing concerns about Ronaldo's alleged conduct.
"Often these kind of issues are the most contentious issues when coming to negotiate sponsorship contracts," said Leaf, who has represented soccer clubs, sponsors and players on such deals.
Mayorga's legal team said it will ask a judge to void the non-disclosure agreement that the attorneys say Mayorga signed while accepting a $375,000 payment from Ronaldo in 2010. The civil lawsuit filed Sept. 27 in state court in Las Vegas alleges Ronaldo hired a team of what the document called "fixers" to pressure Mayorga to keep quiet.
Gestifute, the sports agency representing Ronaldo, has not responded to questions about the settlement. Sponsors contacted by the AP would not say if they were previously aware of it.
"There is a potential argument the athlete would have to disclose something like this before entering in the contract so the brand is aware of the issue," Leaf said. "Or it could be a case they mispresented themselves as a good clean athlete where there are skeletons the company would want to know before entering into the deal."
Sylhet, Oct 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh conceded a 1-0 goal defeat against visiting Philippines in their Group B second match of the 5th Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament disappointing around 25 thousand local crowds at Sylhet District Stadium here on Friday.
Midfielder Kenshiro Michael Daniels scored the match winner goal in the 24th minute in a counter attack for Philippines, the side emerged group champions having another win against hapless Laos by 3-1 goals.
Bangladesh stayed in the race of the last-four of the six-nation tournament placing group runners-up as started the tournament campaign with 1-0 win against Laos in the opener.
Bangladesh played attacking game from the beginning and missed the first chance in the 4th minute as Captain Topu Barman’s header attempt fisted by Philippine goalie Michael Louie Casas. Just after three minutes, Rabiul Hasan took a powerful shot from right flank but his shot gripped by goalie.
Bangladesh squandered two chances more in the 69th and 80th minutes. Forward Nabib Newaz Ziban’s header attempt off a cross of Tawhidul Alam Sabuj went out edging the post and substitute forward took a cross from the left flank cleared by a Philippine defender.
Bangladesh tried their best till the end to come back in the game with pressing game, including two attempts each was by substitute forward Rabiul Hasan and defender Rahmat Mia, but Philippines defended all their efforts.
Bangladesh will play the semifinal in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday against the Group ‘A’ champions, which will be decided after the match between Palestine and Nepal in Sylhet on Saturday.
Teams P W L D Pts
Palestine 1 1 0 0 3
Tajikistan 2 1 1 0 3
Nepal 1 0 1 0 0
Teams P W L D Pts
Philippines 2 2 0 0 6
Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 3
Laos 2 0 2 0 0