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08/16/2017 10:49 PM Asensio, Real Madrid outclass Barcelona again Real Madrid claimed the Spanish Super Cup with an aggregate 5-1 win behind Marco Asensio at the Bernabeu.
08/15/2017 04:36 PM Three keys for Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim Liverpool is making its grand return to the UEFA Champions League, but it faces one of the toughest tests in Hoffenheim on Tuesday for a place in the group stage. Jurgen Klopp faces Germany’s newest manager darling in Julian Naglesman, the 30-year-old who managed to take a team in a relegation battle and earn them a place in the Champions League playoff round for the first time in club history. Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho, who’s transfer saga continues to dominate headlines, due to a back issue, and Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana also miss out with injury.
08/15/2017 04:30 PM Nainggolan: Hazard can win Ballon d'Or Belgium and Roma star midfielder Radja Nainggolan believes his international teammate Eden Hazard can excel.
08/16/2017 11:56 AM Wenger gives update on Sanchez, Chamberlain, Wilshere Arsene Wenger has a lot to sort out in the coming months. Wenger, 67, has nine first-team players who are in the final years of their contracts at Arsenal and although Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have had much of the spotlight when it comes to their respective futures, there is plenty more to sort out. Wenger revealed that Sanchez won’t make the game at Stoke this weekend, but that he’ll likely return against Liverpool on Aug. 27.
08/15/2017 06:45 PM Solider Field among sites considered for 2026 World Cup bid Soldier Field is among the sites considered to be included in a 2026 World Cup bid. The “United” bid is a joint bid among the United States, Canada and Mexico. The United Bid Committee will reach out to 44 North American cities, including Chicago, to gauge if the city is interested in playing host to a World Cup game. After hearing back from the cities, the committee will narrow the shortlist of cities by the end of September. The goal is to narrow the list to 20-25 venues for the final bid, which is due to FIFA in Jan. 2018. The 2026 World Cup will be the first time the tournament expands from 32 to 48 teams, which breaks down to 16 groups of three teams with 80 overall matches. When the U.S.
08/15/2017 08:17 PM Reports: Swansea, Everton agree to $58 million Sigurdsson fee The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga is nearly over, as multiple reports say Swansea City has agreed to sell its Icelandic playmaker to Everton for $58 million. Sigurdsson, 27, scored nine goals last season and teamed with Fernando Llorente to form a potent duo. It’s a huge hit to Swans’ hope of surviving another season in the Premier League should the Welsh side not invest in a replacement.
08/15/2017 07:00 AM Aaron Rodgers spotted with soccer star Marie Margolius after Olivia Munn split, report says Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers really has moved on from his former longtime girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn. Rodgers was spotted on a date with soccer player Marie Margolius at the Martignetti brothers’ New York City celebrity haunt the East Pole on Sunday night. “They arrived at around 10 p.m. and seemed to be on a date. He wore a baseball cap and asked for the quietest, most out-of-the-way table possible. His hat was tilted down. It definitely seemed like he wanted to be incognito,” an insider told Page Six. The athletic duo sat close to each other in a quiet booth and feasted on cheeseburgers and monkfish and drank malbec and pinot noir. We’re told they ended the evening by sipping
08/16/2017 01:44 AM Usain Bolt set to make Manchester United debut if he recovers from injury Champion retired sprinter Usain Bolt will live out a lifelong dream to play for Manchester United in a legends match against Barcelona - if he recovers from a hamstring complaint. Bolt is committed to the September 2 charity match at Old Trafford pending his fitness and could line up with United legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the event, which has been organised to raise money for the Manchester United foundation. A hamstring injury suffered by the 30-year-old Jamaican in his final race at the World Championships in London is the only question mark over Bolt making his Red Devils debut.
08/15/2017 05:21 PM SPANISH LEAGUE 2017-18: 5 teams to watch out for this season BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on when the Spanish League starts on Friday: REAL MADRID Zinedine Zidane has succeeded where former coaches Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Manuel Pellegrini, Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez all failed. The former midfield great has re-established Madrid as the dominant team in both Spain and Europe. The challenge now is to maintain the drive that his team showed through all 38 rounds of the Spanish league last season, en route to conquering its first Liga title in five years. Zidane's team rounded off a perfect season by successfully defending its Champions League title, making it three European Cups in four years. Madrid's starting 11 — led by
08/16/2017 09:00 PM U.S. Soccer: Tracking U.S. internationals’ recent club performances In his first official match with Wolfsburg this season, Brooks led all Wolfsburg players in tackles, earning a clean sheet with a 1-0 victory over FC Eintracht Norderstedt in the DFB Cup. Wolfsburg’s next match — their first of the 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign — comes against Christian Pulisic’s Dortmund squad this Saturday. Timothy Chandler Timothy Chandler, after what was his best season ever in an Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga) shirt last year, returns this season with an air of confidence not seen in the young defender since his early days with 1. FC Nürnberg (also of the Bundesliga). Chandler started most matches last season at right back for Eintracht, helping the Eagles finish 11th in
08/16/2017 06:14 PM LIVE – Champions League playoff: Napoli, Celtic, Sevilla in action Five more UEFA Champions League playoff first leg games take place on Wednesday after Liverpool, CSKA Moscow, APOEL and Qarabag all recorded wins on Tuesday to take them one step closer to the UCL group stage. [ LIVE: Champions League scores ] Brendan
08/16/2017 03:45 PM Fantasy football: Premier League injuries & suspensions It's important for fantasy football managers to stay on top of their squad's health and availability if they are to ensure they bring home the best possible points haul.Players pick up injuries throughout the season and some big names are even set to
08/15/2017 09:30 PM No comparison between Sanchez and Costa - Wenger Arsene Wenger has again insisted Alexis Sanchez will not leave Arsenal in this transfer window and believes his is a very different situation to Diego Costa's at Chelsea - because the Gunners want to keep their star man. Both Sanchez and Costa missed their respective sides' first Premier League games of the season at the weekend, but while the Chelsea forward seemingly has no future at Stamford Bridge, Wenger is determined not to let his own player leave.
08/16/2017 07:37 AM Wright-Phillips scores twice, Red Bulls reach Open Cup final CINCINNATI (AP) — Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two of New York's three goals as the Red Bulls advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final with a 3-2 victory over FC Cincinnati on Tuesday night. New York will play for the championship on Sept. 20 against Sporting KC, which won on penalties against the San Jose Earthquakes last Wednesday. Cincinnati led 2-0 before conceding its first goal of the tournament in the 75th minute, when second-half substitute Gonzalo Veron knocked in a loose ball from in front. Three minutes later, Wright-Phillips headed inside the near post to equalize. Wright-Phillips headed in Sal Zizzo's chipped cross for his third goal in US Open Cup play. The crowd of 33,250 was the
08/16/2017 07:26 PM Crystal Palace, Liverpool clash at Anfield Joe Prince-Wright discusses the upcoming matchup between Crystal Palace and Liverpool as Palace look to continue their success at Anfield.
08/16/2017 12:30 PM Premier League's Greatest Scorer Singles Out Arsenal Old Boy as Best Defender He Played Against Holding the record for the most goals scored by a single player in Premier League history, when Alan Shearer is asked who's the toughest defender he ever faced, it makes sense to listen. So, when asked by his fellow Match of the Day cohorts - via the famous show's Twitter account - who that specific man was, not only was it interesting to hear Shearer single out none other than Arsenal legend Tony Adams, the revelation also led to an interesting little argument between the former Newcastle hero and another renowned goal machine, Gary Lineker. After also claiming he didn't mind playing against another Premier League stalwart in Sol Campbell, the aforementioned naming of Adams as the best he faced
08/16/2017 07:19 PM Everton sign Swansea star Sigurdsson for club-record £45m fee Everton have completed the signing of Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson for a reported club-record fee of £45 million. Sigurdsson had been on Everton's radar for over a year and the Merseysiders reportedly had two bids previously knocked back by Swansea.
08/16/2017 06:16 PM Furious Cristiano Ronaldo responds to five-game ban Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at the Spanish soccer federation after his five game ban for pushing a referee in the back was upheld. Ronaldo, 32, pushed the ref after he was shown a second yellow card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Barcelona on Sunday. It capped an eventful El Clasico for Ronaldo who arrived in the second half as a sub, then scored a stunner to put Real 2-1 up.
08/15/2017 05:00 AM Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United match coverage Your best source for quality Real Salt Lake news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.
08/15/2017 05:00 AM Postgame Pontifications: Clint Dempsey this, Clint Dempsey that SEATTLE — By now, we’ve grown accustomed to Clint Dempsey getting into a hot run of form. After scoring the game-winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City, the Seattle Sounders star has six goals in his past four games. That’s the fifth time he’s averaged at least a goal-per-game over a four-match stretch in his Sounders career, with the best run coming when he scored seven in the first four matches of 2014. This run feels like a particularly good time to take a step back and appreciate what Dempsey has done in his Sounders career. This one was his 50th in a Sounders uniform, more than everyone other than Fredy Montero (60 in all competitions). He’s done this in 105 appearances
08/15/2017 06:11 AM Firmino core to Liverpool's European hopes in Coutinho's absence Roberto Firmino, while at Hoffenheim, had lined up against Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund on 10 occasions between 2011 and 2015, scoring twice and creating another. It is why when Klopp, then still at the Westfalenstadion, found out Liverpool had signed the ‘stealer of balls’ on July 6 for £29 million two years ago, he was in disbelief. "I thought he was one of the best in the Bundesliga," the manager admitted.
08/16/2017 12:46 PM Lukaku clinches spot in power rankings after debut Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku wasted no time shooting to the top of Joe Prince-Wright's power rankings.
08/16/2017 08:01 PM Arsenal defender Gabriel set to seal €11m Valencia move Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will join Valencia after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £10 million (€11m). The Brazilian defender has found himself behind the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium after arriving from Villarreal for £11.3m in 2015. Gabriel, who started just 15 Premier League games last season, was the first Arsenal player spotted and signed from the database of club-owned football data analytics company StatDNA, which earmarked the centre back as one of La Liga's most impressive statistical performers two seasons ago.
08/15/2017 08:00 AM SEC Coaches Forecast 2017 Season Aug. 15, 2017 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Auburn women’s soccer team, which kicks off its season Friday night, was selected to finish sixth overall in the annual SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league office announced Tuesday. Florida took the top spot and was predicted to win the 2017 SEC title after all 14 of the league’s head coaches voted. The Tigers are one of four teams ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Rankings, holding at No. 10 in the nation. South Carolina is fourth, Florida is seventh and Arkansas is 17th. Auburn finished 2016 second in the conference after being picked third in the preseason poll last season. The Tigers are scheduled to face seven of the other nine teams that
08/15/2017 05:00 AM WATCH: Chelsea TV’s ‘Fans view’ is almost as good as a tunnel cam If Chelsea TV continue this feature — and continue to release it on YouTube as well (even if delayed), not just on the official webpage, where it’s not easily shareable or embeddable — I think they just might be onto a big winner. Probably a bigger winner than ‘Chelsea Unseen’, even. It may not be a tunnel cam, certainly not in the strictest sense, but it’s very close and better in some respects. We see the players come to work, get to warm-ups, and there’s plenty of unique angles for the match itself. It reminds me a bit of Liverpool’s expanded tunnel cam effort, which I loved (minus the Liverpool bits). On the official website and in Chelsea TV’s on demand library it was released under ‘Fans
08/16/2017 10:34 PM Champions League Review: Mertens stars as Napoli put two past Nice Dries Mertens scored one and set up another as Napoli secured a valuable 2-0 first-leg win over Nice in the Champions League qualifying play-offs. After giving his side an early lead at Stadio San Paolo, Mertens won a second-half penalty which Jorginho converted to earn a commanding advantage ahead of next week's return tie. Nice were without injured star Mario Balotelli and new signing Wesley Sneijder and their relative inexperience showed as Mertens rounded the onrushing Yoan Cardinale for a 13th-minute opener.
08/15/2017 08:30 PM Iniesta to miss Supercopa de Espana decider through injury Andres Iniesta is to miss the second leg of Barcelona's Supercopa de Espana clash with Real Madrid due to a thigh injury. Captain Iniesta did not train with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and has been omitted from the 19-man party named for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu. The midfielder, whose issue is with his right leg, joins Rafinha (adductor) and Thomas Vermaelen (calf) in missing out through injury.
08/16/2017 12:07 AM Pablo Mastroeni fired as Colorado Rapids coach COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Pablo Mastroeni was fired as head coach of the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday and replaced on an interim basis with assistant coach Steve Cooke. The Rapids are 6-12-4 this season, their fourth under Mastroeni, who took over in 2014 following a 16-year MLS playing career that included 13 seasons as a midfielder for Colorado. He was 39-54-35 overall with a trip to the Western Conference finals last year. Rapids interim GM Padraig Smith thanked Mastroeni for his contributions, saying "He has been dedicated to the growth of this club for over 15 years and played an instrumental role in many of our successes. Unfortunately, we have fallen short of our expectations, and this
08/16/2017 05:00 AM Lucas Piazon breaks leg in Fulham’s 0-0 draw with Leeds Former Chelsea midfielder and current Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović was left fuming on multiple accounts Tuesday night as his Whites battled to 0-0 draw at Leeds in the Championship but at significant cost as Lucas Piazon was stretchered off in the first half with a broken leg while the referees turned a blind, or even worse, uncaring eye towards proceedings. Commenting after the game, Jokanović confirmed that the injury was very serious and revealed the “ugly” conversation he had with one of the referees. “We are so disappointed for this situation about Lucas Piazon. I believe he broke the fibula or broke the leg. It's a very bad injury and we will lose him for a long time. “It's not a question
08/15/2017 05:00 AM Barca given deadline for Dembele? Barcelona’s pursuit of Ousmane Dembele continues to rumble on amid speculation Borussia Dortmund have given the Blaugrana a deadline to sign the Frenchman. This story appears to have emanated from a quote given by Dortmund chief executive Hans Joachim Watzke when asked for an update on the whole Dembele saga. "The time horizon is enough for two games," he told Kicker, with Dembele currently suspended indefinitely by the club after missing training and with his future under scrutiny Dortmund face Wolfsburg on Saturday and Hertha Berlin on 26th August, by which time it seems that Watzke is hopeful everything will be settled one way or another. Mundo Deportivo claim that if Barca have not secured
08/16/2017 07:45 AM Van der Sar reveals Rashford respect after Europa League final gesture Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has heaped praise upon the club’s young striker, Marcus Rashford. Van der Sar, who is now CEO at Ajax after a successful playing career that included playing over 250 times for the Red Devils, spoke of an incident following last season’s Europa League final. United won the fixture 2-0, but while his team-mates were off celebrating, youth product Rashford took some time to think of the ex-goalkeeper’s family.
08/16/2017 09:51 AM Soccer-Dortmund's Schuerrle out for four weeks with muscle injury Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schuerrle will miss the start of the Bundesliga season later this week after being ruled out for around a month with a thigh muscle injury, the German club said on Wednesday. The 2014 World Cup winner has just returned from another injury layoff and played an hour after starting in Dortmund's German Cup first round match against Rielasingen-Arlen on Saturday. Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season, have qualified for the Champions League group stage and open their domestic league campaign at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
08/15/2017 05:00 AM Hazard, Bakayoko back in first-team training! Big news. Huge news. Yuge! Both Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko participated in first-team training on Wednesday Tuesday! Bakayoko was seemingly only drilling with the recovery group yesterday, but he was definitely in with the full squad today — it was split training, as per Chelsea TV, with defenders off to one side and attackers on the other. There is no word on how long he needs to get into some sort of match-playing shape, though it might be a bit too optimistic to expect him to solve our midfield issues for Sunday’s game. But until confirmed otherwise, we can always hope! Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is going on two months from breaking his ankle, so he’s right on track for making his anticipated
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