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Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool for Champions League club this summer

Suarez warns Liverpool he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs this summer

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:28 GMT, 20 March 2013

Luis Suarez has warned Liverpool that he would consider any offers in the summer from clubs that can offer Champions League football.

German Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Italian giants Juventus head up the chase for Suarez, who has scored 29 goals in 40 appearances for Liverpool this season.

However, Brendan Rodgers' team have too often relied on Suarez's talents and lie in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League – in danger of missing out on European football altogether.

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

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Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but did not rule out the idea of a big-money move at the end of the season.

'I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

'If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome.

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'

However, Suarez also recognised Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.

Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the same structure at Anfield.

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.

'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.

'We have to realise we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can.

'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'

Wrestling goal celebration after wonder strike from Pachuca Angel Reyna

VIDEO: Stone Cold Stunner… Mexican league's Angel Reyna celebrates wonder strike with WWE move on teammate

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 19 February 2013

Fans at the crunch game between Pachuca and Cruz Azul in the Mexican league on Saturday could have been forgiven for finding the majority of the match disappointing after the third minute.

Not only did Pachuca midfielder Angel Reyna score a wonder-strike, he celebrated with a bizarre WWE-style wrestling move on teammate Dario Carreno.

Reyna let the ball bounce before unleashing a fearsome right-footed strike into the top-right hand corner of helpless Cruz Azul keeper Jose Corona’s goal.

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Ready or Not: Reyna climbs on Carreno to start the move, wrapping his legs round his teammate's head

Ready or Not: Reyna climbs on Carreno to start the move, wrapping his legs round his teammate's head

Here it Comes: The goalscorer, still with Carreno in the hold, hangs down to the pitch

Here it Comes: The goalscorer, still with Carreno in the hold, hangs down to the pitch

Over you Go: Reyna slams to the floor, flipping Carreno head over heels

Over you Go: Reyna slams to the floor, flipping Carreno head over heels

A goal so spectacular deserved a celebration to match and Reyna didn’t disappoint, wrapping his ankles around Carreno’s head before spinning round, flipping his teammate over.

Although the move looked dangerous, Reyna’s victim clearly wasn’t hurt, jumping straight back up and to join in with the celebrations.

It is unknown which stunt Reyna will pull after his next goal, but his team had a lot to celebrate, beating their rivals 2-1.

VIDEO: Angel Reyna celebrates wonder-strike with a wrestling move on his teammate

Ashley Cole deserves appreciation for reaching century of England caps v Brazil

Rival fans can't stand him and he even broke the heart of the nation's sweetheart Cheryl… but is it time we gave Ashley Cole a little love as he joins England's 100 Club

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Standing the test of time: Ashley Cole has turned in consistently excellent performances for England ever since his debut – against Albania in a World Cup qualifier back in March 2001. He is set to win his 100th cap – becoming the seventh player to do so – against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday night.

THE 100 CAP CLUB

Peter Shilton – 125
David Beckham – 115
Bobby Moore – 108
Bobby Charlton – 106
Billy Wright – 105
Steven Gerrard – 100

They’re being told to just put aside for a few moments all that inherent, seething dislike of a man who’s been regularly vilified at grounds up and down the country for the best part of a decade, and show some appreciation, however forced, for a wonderful achievement.

Yesterday, fellow centurion Steven Gerrard had to appeal to the Wembley crowd to treat Cole with respect. The captain said that ‘nobody in the ground can take away that achievement’ and that the Chelsea player ‘deserves’ to be a hundred cap man.

Can you imagine a teammate having to go on the record to justify to England fans that Moore, or Charlton, or indeed any of the others, is ‘worthy’ of their accomplishment

As might be expected, the praise has been pouring in this week. Stuart Pearce called him the ‘best left-back that’s ever played for England’ and, continuing the theme, said that he would be ‘standing and cheering when his name gets announced.’

Best in the business: Cole has been hailed by a number of former England internationals as the best left-back to ever play for the national team

Best in the business: Cole has been hailed by a number of former England internationals as the best left-back to ever play for the national team

Glen Johnson said Cole was ‘one of the nicest guys you could ever meet’ and former Arsenal teammate Martin Keown said he was a ‘lovely fella.’

It’s extraordinary that Cole is so universally unloved that players past and present need to come out with such comments to justify why he’s deserving of a simple round of applause from a crowd of people.

Whatever Cole’s misdemeanours in the past, whatever his alleged shortcomings and infidelities as a person, husband, Twitter-user and work experience student mentor, nobody can dispute his status as a consistently world-class player.

The highs... Cole celebrates with David Beckham after the latter scored a free-kick against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup

The highs… Cole celebrates with David Beckham after the latter scored a free-kick against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup

And the lows... Cole is consoled by Roy Hodgson after England lose on penalties to Italy at Euro 2012

And the lows… Cole is consoled by Roy Hodgson after England lose on penalties to Italy at Euro 2012

You hear of Cole being run ragged by a winger or making a match-defining error so rarely that you’re led to believe that his performances have been flawless since the beginning of time. In a decade or more at the top of the game, Cole has faced all the best attackers in the world – and he’s never been mastered by any of them.

When these glamorous England friendlies roll round, it’s only natural to play that game where you try and fit English names into the opposition eleven. Who is good enough to play for Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, whoever The truth is, all of those nations would love to have Cole in their team.

Cole’s reading of the game is second to none. His instinct to interpret and be in the right place at the right time is unrivalled. How many times has Cole saved Chelsea or England by winning a foot race to tackle a striker bearing down on goal, or been on the post to head the ball off the line

In Chelsea’s run to European glory last season, he cleared Christian Maggio’s goalbound effort from underneath the crossbar to prevent elimination to Napoli and he denied Barcelona a crucial away goal in the Stamford Bridge leg of the semi-final.

Indeed, his marshalling of Dani Alves in that game was up there with his shackling of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2004 quarter-final – both in Cole’s “pocket” as it were.

Shackled: Cole keeps a tight rein on Cristiano Ronaldo, then of Manchester United, in the 2007 Community Shield

Shackled: Cole keeps a tight rein on Cristiano Ronaldo, then of Manchester United, in the 2007 Community Shield

And in an age when wing-backs are expected also to fulfil attacking obligations, Cole excels. He tears up and down the flank tirelessly – a tackle here, an interception there, a whipped cross, a neat shimmy or flash of skill.

The breadth of his role on the left-side requires a slavish devotion to working on and developing every facet of his game. Cole’s professionalism in training and self-education in the ways of football have never been questioned.

Nor has his commitment. Unlike some others, he’s always been ready, willing and able to play for the national team. He’s never let the failures of the ‘Golden Generation’ discourage him from providing the kind of full-bloodied, lion-hearted performances England fans demand.

Medallion man: Cole (right) celebrates with Daniel Sturridge after winning the European cup for Chelsea last May

Medallion man: Cole (right) celebrates with Daniel Sturridge after winning the European cup for Chelsea last May

Cole has been rewarded handsomely for his ability, he’s won everything in the club game and it’s perhaps this doesn’t help his image. Cheats and ‘love rats’ seem to prosper, his detractors would say.

But Cole is having the last laugh. He’s long learned to live with the Pantomime booing on opposition ground and even from his own fans at Wembley – it doesn’t affect the consistently excellent performances he puts in. It doesn’t permeate the thick skin.

He can also retort by pointing to three Premier League, seven FA Cup, a League Cup and a Champions League winners medal in his collection with a smugness and a satisfaction.

And as he again soaks up the acclaim on this grand occasion of a century of caps, it’s time to get on our feet, applaud and cheer for one of the best left-backs the game will ever see. And mean it too.

Can we feel a bit sorry for unfaithful Cole Never, argues Liv Lee

Can you ever really appreciate a sportsperson purely for what they do on the field No.

No-one self-sabotages like a Premier League footballer.

They achieve it with impressive frequency. Admittedly, they have the eyes of the world on them, and when every mistake turns up the next day in national headlines, well, that can’t be easy.

So can we feel just a little bit sorry for Ashley Cole Absolutely not.

Split: Cole's reputation will always be tarnished by allegations he cheated on wife Cheryl

Split: Cole's reputation will always be tarnished by allegations he cheated on wife Cheryl

Everybody makes mistakes. Sleeping with someone who wasn’t his wife (allegedly) was probably a mistake, and he’s not the first person to betray a spouse. Sleeping with multiple people (allegedly), less so – unless you go down the Tiger Woods line of claiming an addiction to sex, multiple indiscretions can’t be ‘mistakes.’

But sleeping with people who he met in less than discreet circumstances and who went on to sell their stories in graphic detail (allegedly) – Phenomenally, unforgivably stupid.

He’s not the first. Wayne Rooney’s indiscretions have been made equally public, but when it comes to women paid for sex, you’d assume you were also paying for them to keep their mouth shut. Cole had no reason to expect that any one of his lovers would keep quiet.

And if only there was just the one reason to despise him.

Never forgiven: Cole helped Arsenal win silverware, but he's never been forgiven for the manner in which he left for Chelsea

Never forgiven: Cole helped Arsenal win silverware, but he's never been forgiven for the manner in which he left for Chelsea

‘I couldn't believe it when they [Arsenal] weren't prepared to pay me 60,000 a week.’ Need I say more

And he shot a work experience student. As I said, the capability to footballers to self-sabotage is just outstanding.

His achievements on the field will make sure he is remembered as one of the greatest players England ever bred. And his actions off the pitch don’t diminish those achievements in any way.

But the incidents surrounding Cole are inextricable from the man you see on the pitch. People love sport not only because of the basic viewing of a game, but also for the personalities involved, and the dynamic in teams and between oppositions that these personalities create.

It really would be great to love and respect that man for what he’s achieved, but he just makes it too damn hard.

Loic Remy signs for QPR from Marseille for 8million

I'm the man to keep QPR in the Premier League, says Remy after sealing his 8m move from Marseille

after he was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.

Fellow QPR player and teammate at Marseille Joey Barton tweeted a message to the outgoing forward: 'Best of luck to you both. Loic is a great guy and a fantastic player'.

QPR currently stand bottom of the Premier League, two points behind Reading in 19th and five behind Wigan and safety.

They have a crunch period of games coming up, including away to West Ham, away to Man City and home to Norwich in the next few weeks.

New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

Bedding in: New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road


New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road

Remy has 17 caps for France so far

International: Remy has 17 caps for France so far

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini set for LA Galaxy

Yanks for the memories! Cudicini set for Spurs exit as stopper closes in on LA Galaxy deal

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22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carlo Cudicini is close to agreeing a two-year deal to join MLS side LA Galaxy.

Sportsmail revealed the interest last month and talks are at an advanced stage for the 39-year-old.

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Moving on: Goalkeeper Cudicini is poised to leave Tottenham next month

Cudicini is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set
to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of
going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

Alan Pardew is planning a 3.5m bid for Ajax midfielder Jody Lukoki

Pardew planning 3.5m raid for Dutch Under 21 midfielder Lukoki

PUBLISHED:

22:43 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Newcastle are poised to return to Ajax to sign Dutch Under 21 international Jody Lukoki.

Alan Pardew and his scouting team have watched Ajax extensively over the past two years and it resulted in the signing of Vurnon Anita last summer.

Now they want his former teammate to add an extra attacking dimension to their play.

Versatile: Dutch U21 international Jody Lukoki, can play on the wing or behind the striker, and has three goals in 14 games so far this season

Versatile: Dutch U21 international Jody Lukoki, can play on the wing or behind the striker, and has three goals in 14 games so far this season

Newcastle target Jody Lukoki

Lukoki, 20, can play behind the striker or on the wing. He has played 14 games this season and scored three goals.

Newcastle, who are also keen to bring in a striker and a defender, hope a deal can be struck for around 3.5million.

Transfer dealings: As well as bringing in Lukoki, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (pictured) hopes to bring in a defender and a striker

Transfer dealings: As well as bringing in Lukoki, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (pictured) hopes to bring in a defender and a striker

Liverpool youngster Suso fined 10,000 by FA for homophobic Twitter outburst

It was just banter! Enrique unhappy with FA after they fined Liverpool teammate Suso 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet

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19:49 GMT, 18 December 2012

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique jumped to the defence of teammate Suso after the FA fined the youngster 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet.

The 19-year-old Spaniard sparked
controversy with his reply to team-mate Jose Enrique, who had posted a
bizarre picture of himself getting his teeth whitened.

Suso tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’

The Reds midfielder quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement, deleted the tweet and made an apology.

But, after hearing of Suso's punishment, Enrique tweeted: 'Is amazing how fa can fine my friend @suso30fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!'

jose enrique tweet

An FA statement read: ‘Following an
Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday, Liverpool’s Jesus
Fernandez Saez (Suso) has been fined 10,000 and warned as to his future
conduct for a comment posted on Twitter.

‘The charge, which the player admitted
and requested a paper hearing, was that he acted in a way which was
improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was
posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person/s
sexual orientation and/or disability.’

The teenager apologised on his Twitter page tonight, saying the 'unfortunate' comments were intended as a joke.

Liverpool's Suso tweet

Gaffe: Liverpool's Suso reply to Jose Enrique

'I'm very sorry if anyone has been offended by my comments about the photo of my team-mate Jose Enrique,' he wrote.

'It was only a joke between the two of us. I realise that my words were unfortunate and it was not my intention to offend anyone.

'I apologise again if anyone was offended.'

Suso’s gaffe follows Jen Chang leaving his post as media chief following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger ‘Duncan Jenkins’.

Liverpool were forced to apologise to
Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the ‘inappropriate actions’ of
Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket.

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Suso has become an increasingly important member of the Reds' first-team and has made 13 appearances so far this season.

The attacking midfielder moved to Anfield from hometown club Cadiz in 2010 and signed a new long-term contract in October.

Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The
club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for
the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester
restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

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BBC put Daily Service on Radio 4 instead of England cricket win in India

Cricket listeners miss historic series win …again! Daily Service took Radio 4 priority over India triumph after Ashes blackout

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 17 December 2012

TMS's Jonathan Agnew welcomed listeners back at 10am, after the match had finished

TMS's Jonathan Agnew welcomed listeners back at 10am, after the match had finished

Cricket fans once again missed the climax of a historic England series win on the radio today – and this time they were listening to a hymn instead.

Nearly two years ago, some fans missed the moment England clinched their first Ashes series win in Australia for nearly a quarter of a century because Radio 4 Long Wave was broadcasting the shipping forecast.

This time round, as England secured a first series win in India since 1985, the Daily Service was taking place.

Admittedly there was an inevitability about events on Monday, with the fourth Test in Nagpur heading for a draw long before the end of the final day’s play.

Radio bosses will still have been cursing their luck however, with the final ball of the Test bowled at around 9.50am UK time, just as the Daily Service was being broadcast.

It was left to the BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew to welcome listeners back at around 10am, with news that the game had finished, and England had laid another cricketing ghost to rest.

There are other ways of listening to the BBC’s radio coverage of cricket, including the digital station 5 Live Sports Extra and online. Many listeners however will still only have access to the cricket via Radio 4 Long Wave on their analogue sets.

It goes to show once again that in the hallowed world of Radio 4, no sporting event can interfere with the daily schedule.

Matt Prior celebrates the historic win with Sussex teammate Monty Panesar

Matt Prior celebrates the historic win with Sussex teammate Monty Panesar

Kamui Kobayashi gives up on securing F1 seat for 2013

Not at the races: Kobayashi gives up on securing F1 seat for 2013

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 17 December 2012

Kobayashi's three-year spell at Sauber came to an end this season

Kobayashi's three-year spell at Sauber came to an end this season

Kamui Kobayashi has conceded defeat in his battle to secure a seat on the Formula One grid in 2013.

The Japanese driver was left without a berth after Sauber elected to go with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez as their drivers for next season.

Kobayashi, who finished third at his home race at Suzuka in October, had set up a website where fans could donate money to help him secure the funding for a seat elsewhere, while also pursuing sponsorship from several Japanese companies.

But, despite raising over eight million euros, Kobayashi posted a message on the website on Monday evening where he said he was now focusing his efforts on finding an F1 drive in 2014.

His message to his fans on kamui-support.com read: 'Since the donation started, it has become quite big news in Japan, and because of your big support, it had a big influence on some Japanese companies and I started receiving good support from them.

'I was in the position to bring a budget of eight million euros at least. If you could imagine the time I had, it was an overwhelming reaction and it shows there still is a great potential from Japanese companies.

'Unfortunately, the time was still short and I am not able to secure a seat with a competitive F1 team for 2013.'

Kobayashi finished behind McLaren-bound teammate Sergio Perez in the 2012 standings

Kobayashi finished behind McLaren-bound teammate Sergio Perez in the 2012 standings

He added: 'I have to admit that it is very sad and I feel sorry for the fans and Japanese companies who supported me. But I am still confident to make it happen in 2014.

'I would like to stop the donation for now and while I will save all the money for 2014, I will start to look what is the best option for 2013 and also 2014.

'My main priority is to secure the competitive F1 seat in 2014. I have no interest in racing in any other categories.'

Cowboys play on despite player charged over teammate"s death

Cowboys play on despite player charged with manslaughter after crash killed teammate

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21:45 GMT, 8 December 2012

Dallas Cowboys have no plans to postpone Sunday's clash at the Cincinnati Bengals despite linebacker Jerry Brown's death on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Josh Price-Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Brown, a member of the team's practice squad.

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday in the Dallas suburb.

Argumaniz says Price- Brent, 24, was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once.

Arrested

Arrested: Josh Price- Brent was arrested early on Saturday morning for intoxication manslaughter after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown

Deceased

Deceased: Jerry Brown (in a 2012 file photo) died in the accident at 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2012, in the Dallas suburb of Irving

Argumaniz says Brown, 25, was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The police spokesman says officers conducted a field sobriety test on Price-Brent and arrested him.

The charge was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.

'We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.

'At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him.'

Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent

Dallas Cowboys' Josh Price- Brent (pictured in Jan. 2012) is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad

According to the Dallas Morning News, Brown joined the team in October after he had been with the Indianapolis Colts, where he rotated from the practice squad and the regular roster.

The deceased was originally from St. Louis. He had been a defensive lineman at the University of Illinois, where Price- Brent had been his teammate.

According to local reports, Price-Brent had been jailed for misdemeanor DUI when he was a student-athlete at the University of Illinois in 2009.

He was given two years of probation and 60 days in jail as part of a plea deal for the at incident.

'Sad news for the Illini #Family today,' Illinois coach Tim Beckman tweeted. 'Jerry Brown, former Illini and current NFL player has passed away. Keep him in your prayers.'

The Cowboys were preparing to fly to Cincinnati on Saturday for a Sunday game against the
Bengals, when the team was told of the news, according to ESPN.

The players were told on the plane just
before takeoff of what happened after non-team personnel were asked to
go outside.

This marks a second time that a Cowboys player has been involved in a fatal car crash.

In 2003, Dwayne Goodrich, a second-round pick in 2000, was involved in a hit-and-run accident in which two people were killed.

Goodrich was convicted in 2003 of two counts of criminally negligent homicide and was released from prison in October 2011.

The Cowboys are a game behind the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the race for the NFC East division and face a must-win game in Cincinnati on Sunday if they have designs on making the playoffs.