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Arsenal bench looks on in disbelief as horror show threatens to derail season’s work

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Arsenal bench looks on in disbelief as horror show threatens to derail season’s work – REUTERS

It took 11 minutes for Rob Holding to show his hand before the defender’s evening came to an abrupt end just over 20 minutes later and Arsenal’s 13th sending-off since the appointment of Mikel Arteta might prove to be their most expensive yet.

Arsenal still hold a one-point advantage in the race for the lucrative prize that is Champions League qualification and yet Holding’s 33 minutes of madness have swung momentum in Tottenham Hotspur’s direction.

Arteta was looking for somebody to blame after Arsenal’s defeat, claiming he would be suspended for six months if he revealed his true feelings, but the Spaniard would do well to review his own performance, along with Holding’s horror show.

During the opening 20 minutes, Arteta had actually used most of his energy signalling for his players to keep their calm, during which time Tottenham’s head coach Antonio Conte was booked for losing his cool and running down the touchline to complain about a yellow card Ben Davies was shown.

But while Conte coached his players through the North London derby and spoke with Davies at half-time about the need to be careful, Arteta stood and watched as a script that had become obvious to virtually everyone inside Tottenham’s stadium, when Holding kicked Son Heung-Min in the 11th minute, played out in front of the Arsenal manager.

Holding lost his head, but not one person, either inside the Arsenal technical area, or on the pitch, tried to stop him from doing so. And if the plan was to try to stop Son at any cost, why was it not done on rotation, as cynical as that may have been? Leaving the task to one man was inviting trouble.

Rob Holding of Arsenal receives a red card from Referee Paul Tierney during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, United Kingdom - GETTY IMAGES

Rob Holding of Arsenal receives a red card from Referee Paul Tierney during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, United Kingdom – GETTY IMAGES

It may have appeared streetwise to try to target Son and yet the way in which Holding and Arsenal attempted to execute the plan was naive in the extreme.

Holding was fortunate referee Paul Tierney did not spot his first kick on Son, even if a furious Conte had. He escaped a booking and just a minute later he might even have thought his wind-up tactics were going to work.

Another foul on Son this time provoked the Tottenham forward into reacting and Areta would no doubt argue the forward sent an elbow towards Holding as the pair began to grapple, Harry Kane sensibly stepped in to push his team-mate away.

 Rob Holding of Arsenal tussles with Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London - GETTY IMAGES

Rob Holding of Arsenal tussles with Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London – GETTY IMAGES

It should have been the moment for somebody to also have a word with Holding, but either nobody had the foresight or nobody wanted to take responsibility. Either way, he was left to go it alone against Son and made a horrible mess of it.

Son’s reputation is for being one of the most honest and hard-working players in the game, but he is also a killer and the 29-year-old quickly turned the tables on Holding by making sure he ran towards him at every opportunity.

Arsenal’s heads went collectively when Cedric Soares shoved Son in the back to concede the penalty from which Kane opened the scoring and it was only five minutes later that Holding was finally booked for a foul on the forward.

It is not being wise with the benefit of hindsight to say that Holding should have been taken off at that point, as most people in the crowd would have put money on him being sent off – it was just a matter of when and not if.

Arsenal’s 13 red cards in the Premier League under Arteta are five more than any other club since his appointment and he should have reacted to what was happening.

Arteta had probably been as shocked as everyone else to witness Luke Ayling’s ill-discipline that cost Leeds United at the Emirates last Sunday and yet Holding’s 33 minutes on the Tottenham pitch were every bit as irresponsible.

Tierney could have produced a straight red card for the foul that ended Holding’s evening, as the 26-year-old stuck out an elbow just far enough to make sure it sent Son to the ground. Instead, he was shown a second yellow card and Spurs could barely believe the opportunity they had been handed.

Rob Holding of Arsenal is shown a 2nd yellow card for a challenge on Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London - GETTY IMAGES

Rob Holding of Arsenal is shown a 2nd yellow card for a challenge on Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London – GETTY IMAGES

Martin Odegaard’s attempt to earn Davies a second yellow card towards the end of the first half, shortly after Kane had netted his and Tottenham’s second goal, was embarrassingly obvious. For anybody playing Arsenal bingo at home, at least Granit Xhaka picked up an almost obligatory needless yellow card right at the end.

Arsenal must now navigate their way through two final games, probably needing to win both, to cling on to their top-four advantage. Arteta and his players will have to box far cleverer, otherwise they will face a costly sucker punch.

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Miami football first three game times announced including Texas AM primetime

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Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first three 2022 Miami football games have been announced. Miami will open the season by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 3:30 p.m on the ACC Network. In week two Miami will host Southern Mississippi at noon on the ACC Network. Miami will play its first road game at Texas A&M in week three at 9 PM on ESPN.

The Hurricanes game at the Aggies kickoff time could be pushed back that night. Mississippi State plays at LSU at a 6 PM on ESPN prior to Miami and Texas A&M. Miami returns home to conclude non-conference play against Middle Tennessee State on September 24. The MTSU kickoff will be announced later.

Miami leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 2-1. The Hurricanes won the most recent games in 2007 and 2008. Miami will be playing Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi for the first time. The last time Bethune-Cookman and Miami played was in 2019 in a game that was the first win for Manny Diaz.

The entire 2022 Miami football schedule will be played on Saturdays. Miami is at Clemson on November 19. That is the game most likely on the remainder of the Miami football schedule to be played in primetime. Miami opens ACC play against North Carolina on October 8 following a bye week.

The remainder of the 2022 Miami football schedule is October 15 at Virginia Tech, October 22 versus Duke, October 29 at Virginia, November 5 against Florida State November 12 at Georgia Tech and November 26 against Pittsburgh. Miami has an entirely new non-conference schedule in 2022 from their 2021 opponents.

This could be the last season the ACC plays with divisions. The NCAA ruled earlier this month that divisions are not required to play conference championship games. Miami was second in the ACC Coastal Division in 2021 with a 7-5 record overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Miami gave ACC Champion Pittsburgh its only 2021 loss.

The Hurricanes will be seeking to avenge losses to Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. With all three games at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami should be favored versus FSU, UNC and UVA in 2022. In the inaugural season with Mario Cristobal as the head coach, Miami should receive a lot of attention nationally.

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WWE’s Gable Steveson reportedly wants to return to Minnesota Gophers amateur wrestling

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Gable Steveson might not be done with amateur wrestling.

According to TwinCities Pioneer Press, although Steveson said that last season would be the end of his amateur wrestling days, he has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and he is looking into possibly coming back for the Gophers’ 2022-23 season.

Gophers wrestling coach Brandon Eggum said, “I know he would like to wrestle, and he loves competing.” He added, “It would have to be something he works out with the WWE and Vince McMahon.”

Eggum said that the details have to be ironed out. No word yet on how this will play out with WWE. Steveson is under a multi-year WWE contract and the company has high hopes for him to become a star somewhere on the level of Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.

He got a big introduction last year at SummerSlam and was introduced by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania in Dallas. There was talk that he would start on the Raw roster after Mania but he has yet to get into the mix.

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CM Punk mocks WWE’s decision to move Money In The Bank PPV to a smaller building

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As was noted earlier, WWE has moved the Money In The Bank show from Allegiant Stadium to the much smaller MGM Grand Arena, thus canceling out hopes to turn Money In The Bank into one of the “big 5” shows as far as ticket sales.

CM Punk took to Twitter to mock WWE’s decision by including a photo of Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania VII advertising. Punk is referring to WWE moving Mania VII from the LA Coliseum to the smaller Los Angeles Sports Arena. Ticket sales were nowhere near close to selling out and it was reported at the time in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was claiming that they moved to a different building because of bomb threats due to the heated angle between Slaughter and Hogan. The Observer noted that the ticket sales were actually to blame. Low ticket sales are likely to blame in this case as well.

The latest update on Money In The Bank ticket sales (via WrestleTix’s Patreon) is that WWE had Allegiant Stadium set up for 27,114 tickets. As of May 20, they had sold just 19,594 tickets. Allegiant Stadium can hold around 65,000 fans for NFL games and likely more than that for a wrestling event.

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

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