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Man arrested on suspicion of trying to punch Crystal Palace's bald eagle

Police say a man tried to attack Kayla the bald eagle in September.

Police in London on Friday arrested a man on suspicion of trying to punch Crystal Palace's bald eagle mascot in September.

A 34-year-old from suburban Welling was arrested and taken into custody in south London.

The arrest comes in the same week that six others were arrested in raids after an investigation into violent conduct after the Sept. 23 Capital One Cup match against rival club Charlton Athletic.

Kayla, an American bald eagle, has flown around Selhurst Park before Palace's home games since...

 By PA Sport

FA to investigate Wayne Rooney laser incident against Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough dramatically defeated Manchester United 3-1 on penalties to advance to the Capital One Cup quarterfinals after playing to a scoreless draw.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester United's exit from the Capital One Cup after losing 3-1 on penalties.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol endorses Xavi's comments that Wayne Rooney should drop back into midfield for Manchester United.

The Football Association will investigate the directing of a laser towards Wayne Rooney during Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Middlesbrough.

Footage from the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford shows a green light appearing on United and England captain Rooney's face as he prepared to take his kick in the penalty shootout at the end of the contest.

Rooney's effort was saved by Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias as United were beaten 3-1 in the shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra time.

The FA...

 By Steve Menary

Bournemouth focus on Southampton following disappointment at Liverpool

Bournemouth suffered more woe at Anfield as Liverpool finally clocked up their first win under Jurgen Klopp.

Given the previous two results, Wednesday night's 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Anfield and an exit from a competition that manager Eddie Howe says has "lost its mystique," since the club's promotion to the Premier League was acceptable.

At Manchester City and then at home to Tottenham, Bournemouth had been crushed 5-1 on both occasions so to lose narrowly at Anfield by the same scoreline they did in the league in August was enough.

Howe has a policy of fielding some squad players in cup matches...

 By David Mooney

Kelechi Iheanacho sparks Man City to Capital One Cup win in first start

Kelechi Iheanacho made his first senior start for Manchester City, and he delivered a goal and two assists in his 90 minutes of work.

Manuel Pellegrini made his intentions clear toward the League Cup when he named a near-full-strength side for the 4-1 win over Sunderland in the third round. On Wednesday, he reaffirmed his position by taking no chances with his team selection in the 5-1 victory against Crystal Palace.

The Chilean was in almost a lose-lose situation. Many were disappointed that he'd not given the opportunity for a few more youth prospects to start the game, but had he done that and risked losing, then he would...

 By Musa Okwonga

Misfiring Manchester United dumped out of Capital One Cup on penalties

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester United's exit from the Capital One Cup after losing 3-1 on penalties.

Manchester United 0, Middlesbrough 0. Middlesbrough won 3-1 on penalties after extra time.

United succumbed to a side performing well in the Championship, and it showed here. Aitor Karanka's team defended superbly, often sending over two or three defenders at any one time when there was a United attacker nearby, and looked dangerous when they got forward. Centre-back Daniel Ayala should come in for particular praise for keeping Anthony Martial at bay, although United did not help themselves with...