Soccer coach Neil Warnock fumes at English Premier League referees

Neil Warnock

The Cardiff manager didn’t try to hide his ire after a referee’s mistake helped Chelsea rally for a 2-1 win in an English Premier League soccer game Sunday. Cardiff was leading 1-0 when Cezar Azpilicueta scored on a header from an offside position in the 84th minute. Chelsea then won with a stoppage-time strike. “No major decisions went for us,” Warnock said. The refs “don’t realize what’s at stake. … It’s almost like it’s not who you play, it’s who you get to referee and who is going to have a flag in their hand nowadays. … The best league in the world and probably the worst officials at the minute.”

Elvis Luciano

The right-hander, who turned 19 on Feb. 15, became the youngest pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays history as he allowed one hit in 1 ⅓ scoreless innings in his team’s 4-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Luciano retired two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera, the second batter he faced, on a flyball to left field for the first out of the eighth. “That was a ‘wow’ right there,” Luciano said through an interpreter. “When I was 12 years old, Cabrera was my favorite player. I used to be an infielder and when I saw him, when I knew that I was going to face him, that was the proudest moment of the entire day for me.”

Associated Press

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