The soccer news starts with the USMNT players in England, Scotland, and Isreal. With most of the leagues on winter break or their off-season, the action focuses on the Premier League and Championship. Tim Ream's Fulham shutout Huddersfield Town 1-0 at home. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the game's only goal a minute into stoppage time with Sergio Rico making 5 saves to keep the clean sheet. Mitrovic tried to take a penalty in the 80th minute but Aboubakar Kamara refused to let him. Kamara missed the penalty.
"It’s not possible to explain, or maybe it’s easy to explain,” Fulham coach Claudio Ranieri stated. “When the man thinks only of himself, it’s not right. He didn’t respect me, the Club, his teammates, the crowd. He took the penalty, he didn’t listen because he wanted to shoot. It’s unbelievable. It’s the first time in my life. Sometimes there is two players, but at the end there is respect for the man who is the nominated penalty taker. I will not accept Kamara taking the ball and wanting to shoot.”
DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United drew 1-1 at Watford. Salomon Rondon scored for Newcastle in the 29th with Watford equalizing in the 82nd minute. Yedlin saw yellow in the 66th minute.
Cameron Carter-Vickers's Swansea City drew 2-2 at home with Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner put Wigan up with a 10th minute penalty, scoring again in the 34th. A 59th-minute own-goal pulled Swansea within one with Michael van der Hoorn equalizing in the 81st. Eric Lichaj subbed on in the 74th minute for Hull City's 2-0 win at Leeds United. Jarrod Brown scored in the 25th and 58th minutes. In League One, Lynden Gooch subbed out in the 67th minute for Sunderland's 1-1 home draw with Shrewsbury Town.
In the Scottish Premier League, Emerson Hyndman subbed on in the 61st minute for Hibernian's 1-0 home loss to Hearts. Jonathan Bornstein saw red in the 57th minute for Maccabi Netanya in their 1-0 home win over Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the Israeli Premier League.
Did Not Play: Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town 0 - Fulham 1), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United 4 - Bournemouth 1), Geoff Cameron (QPR 2 - Reading 2), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic 2 - Swansea City 2)
BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports that Susanna Dinnage won't become the Premier League's new CEO. AP's Rob Harris on the Premier League now needing to find another CEO. The NY Times' Tariq Panja with the Premier League's situation. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson with what their rivals might have noticed in Liverpool's win over Arsenal.
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