Thursday Kickoff: Terry suspended, Rooney returns in Cup win, and more

Thursday Kickoff: Terry suspended, Rooney returns in Cup win, and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Terry suspended, Rooney returns in Cup win, and more

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John Terry has been suspended for four matches and fined  £220,000 after the English FA found him guilty of misconduct relating to racial slurs Terry was accused of hurling at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season.

Terry, who retired from the England national team last week in protest of the FA's handling of the case, can appeal the decision.

The decision comes just a week after Terry and Ferdinand crossed paths again during Chelsea's scoreless draw vs. Queens Park Rangers.

Terry was found not guilty in a criminal trial in July relating to the same incident.

Here are some other stories to get your Thursday going: 

ROONEY RETURNS IN UNITED CUP WIN

Wayne Rooney made his return from the nasty leg wound that kept him out for a month on Wednesday, just in time to help a young Manchester United squad post a Capital One Cup victory against Newcastle.

Anderson and Tom Cleverley scored the goals in Man United's 2-1 victory against Newcastle, but it was the return of Rooney, and the return to the starting lineup of Darren Fletcher, that garnered most of the attention at Old Trafford.

Rooney looked sharp during his 76 minutes of action, displaying some pin-point long passes as he spent a good amount of time patrolling the space behind the forwards.

Fletcher made his first start for Manchester United in 10 months, and served as captain for the contest.

CAPITAL ONE CUP FIXTURES SET

Chelsea will take on Manchester United in the round of 16 of the Capital One Cup, providing the best of the eight match-ups revealed on Wednesday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers will face off against former club Swansea in another intriguing match-up.

Here is a rundown of the Round of 16 match-ups:

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

Swindon v Aston Villa

Wigan v Bradford

Leeds v Southampton

Norwich v Tottenham

Liverpool v Swansea

Chelsea v Manchester United

Reading v Arsenal

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CAVANI HAT-TRICK LEADS NAPOLI PAST LAZIO

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick to help lead Napoli to a 3-0 victory over Lazio. The victory moved Napoli into a tie for first place in Serie A with reigning champions Juventus.

Lazio appeared to take a third-minute lead in the match when Miroslav Klose scored an apparent goal, but the score was waved off after Klose admitted to scoring the goal with his hand.

Here are the rest of Wednesday's results from a busy day in Serie A:

Pescara 1, Palermo 0

AC Milan 2, Cagliari 0

AS Roma 1, Sampdoria 1

Catania 2, Atalanta 1

Chievo Verona 0, Inter Milan 2

Genoa 1, Parma 1

Torino 0, Udinese 0

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WILSHIRE SET FOR RETURN

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire is on the verge of returning to action after a 14-month injury layoff.

Wilshire is set to play for Arsenal's U-21s against West Brom on Monday in the first step toward his eventual return to first-team action. The England international had been sidelined with ankle and knee problems that required multiple surgeries.

SANTOS BANNED FROM DRIVING

Arsenal defender Andres Santos has been banned from driving for a year after admitting to speeding at a right as high as 145 MPH.

Santos led police on a high-speed chase back on Aug. 17th, driving his Maserati double the speed limit. When he was pulled over, Santos denied knowing that he was being pursued.

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What do you think of these developments? Surprised to see Terry found guilty, or do you think it was a fair judgment? Impressed with Rooney's return? Where do you rank Cavani among the top strikers in the world?

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