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Football: Rooney apes Beckham with 58-yard wonder goal

Wayne Rooney took his cue from watching Manchester United predecessor David Beckham with a breath-taking 58-yard goal in his side's 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Saturday. Beckham made his name as a United player with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 season and he was in attendance at Upton Park to see Rooney score a long-range lob of his own.

Football: Referee regrets Arsenal red card gaffe

Referee Andre Marriner "expressed his disappointment" to Arsenal after sending off the wrong player during their 6-0 loss to Chelsea on Saturday, the Premier League's refereeing body announced. Arsenal were 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain used his hand to push a shot from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard away from goal in the 15th minute. Marriner awarded a penalty, which Hazard subsequently scored, but showed a red card to Oxlade-Chamberlain's innocent team-mate Kieran Gibbs, who was standing nearby.

Football: Rooney apes Beckham with 50-yard wonder goal

Wayne Rooney took his cue from watching Manchester United predecessor David Beckham with a breath-taking 50-yard goal in his side's Premier League game at West Ham United on Saturday. Beckham made his name as a United player with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 season and he was in attendance at Upton Park to see Rooney score a long-range lob of his own.

Football: Barkley shines as Everton climb to fifth

Everton bolstered their bid for European qualification on Saturday with a 3-2 win at home to Swansea City that took them into fifth place in the Premier League. After visiting forward Wilfried Bony cancelled out Leighton Baines's 20th-minute penalty, quick-fire goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley gave Everton victory, with Ashley Williams claiming a late consolation. Everton moved a point above Tottenham Hotspur, on whom they have a game in hand, and to within eight points of fourth-place Arsenal, while Swansea remain 15th.

Football: Barkley shines as Everton climb to fifth

Everton bolstered their bid for European qualification on Saturday with a 3-2 win at home to Swansea City that took them into fifth place in the Premier League. After visiting forward Wilfried Bony cancelled out Leighton Baines's 20th-minute penalty, quick-fire goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley gave Everton victory, with Ashley Williams claiming a late consolation. Everton moved a point above Tottenham Hotspur, on whom they have a game in hand, and to within eight points of fourth-place Arsenal, while Swansea remain 15th.

Football: Arsenal's Gibbs victim of mistaken identity

Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs fell victim to a case of mistaken identity on Saturday when he was sent off against Chelsea for an offence committed by one of his team-mates. Arsenal were already 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain used his hand to push a shot from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard away from goal. Referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty, which Hazard subsequently scored, but showed a red card to the innocent Gibbs.

Football: Flanagan set for new Liverpool deal - Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed on Friday that 21-year-old full-back Jon Flanagan is to be offered a new contract at the club. Flanagan has established himself as a regular member of the Liverpool starting XI this season, making 14 appearances, and excelled in his side's 3-0 win at Manchester United last weekend. "Jon will be given a new contract," Rodgers said, in comments reported by several British newspapers. "Come the summer he's got another year (to run on his contract) so he will definitely be given a new deal, no question.

Football: Hull's Boyd gets three-game spitting ban

Hull winger George Boyd has been given a three-game ban for spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, it was announced Thursday. A statement on behalf of an independent regulatory commission said it had upheld a Football Association misconduct charge. Scotland international Boyd was alleged to have spat at Hart as the pair confronted each other after Boyd fell under the England goalkeeper's challenge in the box at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Hart was booked by referee Lee Mason and as a result he will face no further action.

Football: Newcastle's Gosling fined for breaching betting rules

Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling was fined £30,000 on Wednesday after breaching Football Association rules on betting An FA statement said: "Newcastle United's Dan Gosling has been fined £30,000, subject to any appeal, and warned as to his future conduct following an independent regulatory commission hearing. "Gosling, who requested a personal hearing, admitted multiple breaches of FA Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting."

Football: English Football League result

English Football League result on Wednesday: League Two Newport 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 2 afp
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