EPL Talk Archives for January 2017

Real Madrid depth keeps rare double alive

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid welcome Atletico Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday hoping to do something that has been beyond the reigning 11-time European champions for six decades.

Alfredo Di Stefano - not Cristiano Ronaldo - was Madrid’s star man the last time Los Blancos won La Liga and Europe’s top club prize in the same season.

Mourinho blasts ‘not human’ Manchester United schedule

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho described Manchester United’s jammed-packed schedule as “not human” after a growing injury list threatened to wreck hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League.

A 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday was a sixth stalemate in eight games at Old Trafford and harmed hopes of finishing in the top four.

Ronaldo leads charge into Champions League semis

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Paris (AFP) – Europe’s hottest strikers from record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo to potential heir Kylian Mbappe take centre stage this week in two tasty Champions League semi-final first legs.

Ronaldo and Real host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Mbappe’s attacking Monaco welcome Juventus the next evening as Europe’s biggest club competition approaches its climax.

Ronaldo leads charge into Champions League semis

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Paris (AFP) – Europe’s hottest strikers from record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo to potential heir Kylian Mbappe take centre stage this week in two tasty Champions League semi-final first legs.

Ronaldo and Real host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Mbappe’s attacking Monaco welcome Juventus the next evening as Europe’s biggest club competition approaches its climax.

‘Enough’ as Muntari walks off after racial abuse

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Milan (AFP) – Ghana’s Sulley Muntari dramatically walked off the pitch while playing for Pescara at Cagliari on Sunday after his complaints of racist abuse were met with a yellow card.

The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder, who claimed the abuse also came from children, angrily confronted Cagliari fans, shouting at them: “This is my colour.

Balotelli strikes to give Monaco big helping hand

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli hit his 14th league goal of the season and Ricardo Pereira scored a cracker as Nice blew a big hole in Paris Saint Germain’s title defence with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

PSG are chasing a third consecutive sweep of domestic honours but finished the weekend three points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco, who also have a game in hand, and played the last moments in Nice with only nine men after they had two men sent off in quick succession.

Napoli sight second after Callejon winner at Inter

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Milan (AFP) – A first-half winner from Jose Callejon handed Napoli the points from a 1-0 win at Inter Milan on Sunday that closed the gap on Roma in second to a point.

Maurizio Sarri’s men travelled to the San Siro buoyed by Roma’s earlier 3-1 derby defeat to Lazio that left the capital contenders nine points adrift of leaders Juventus.

Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Manchester United visit

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo were beaten for the fifth time in six La Liga games, going down 3-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday with the Galicians distracted by Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Manchester United.

Eduardo Berizzo made nine changes from the side that started Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Sevilla and Athletic’s greater desire for the points showed as they boosted their bid to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

‘Enough’ as Muntari walks off in Cagliari racism storm

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Milan (AFP) – Ghana’s Sulley Muntari dramatically walked off the pitch while playing for Pescara at Cagliari on Sunday after his complaints of alleged racist abuse were met with a yellow card.

The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder also angrily confronted Cagliari fans, shouting at them: “This is my colour.

Augsburg rout Hamburg in Bundesliga relegation battle

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Berlin (AFP) – Augsburg climbed out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 4-0 hammering of Hamburg on Sunday as Turkey international Halil Altintop netted twice.

Hamburg took Augsburg’s place in 16th after the away defeat as the hosts climb to 13th, giving themselves a two-point buffer from the drop zone with three games left.

Alli and Kane earn Tottenham Hotspur stirring derby win

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London (AFP) – Dele Alli and Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title hunt as their side torpedoed Arsenal 2-0 in White Hart Lane’s last north London derby on Sunday.

Leaders Chelsea extended their advantage to seven points by winning 3-0 at Everton earlier in the day, but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs cut the gap back to four points with a thrilling display.

Tottenham keep Premier League pressure on Chelsea, Manchester clubs in misery

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London (AFP) – Chelsea took a significant step towards the Premier League title on Sunday with victory at Everton but Tottenham ensured the champagne will stay on ice for a bit longer with an impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal.

As well as the engrossing fight for the title the battle for the two remaining Champions League places has become a real dogfight - Arsenal missing a chance to make up ground on the two Manchester clubs, who both stumbled on Sunday.

Alli and Kane earn Tottenham Hotsupr stirring derby win

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London (AFP) – Dele Alli and Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title hunt as their side torpedoed Arsenal 2-0 in White Hart Lane’s last north London derby on Sunday.

Leaders Chelsea extended their advantage to seven points by winning 3-0 at Everton earlier in the day, but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs cut the gap back to four points with a thrilling display.

Milan slip-up hands Europa impetus to Inter

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan suffered a second league setback since their takeover by a Chinese consortium to boost rivals Inter’s bid for one of two Europa League spots in Italy’s Serie A.

Milan travelled to relegation-haunted Crotone looking to make up for a shock 2-1 San Siro defeat to struggling Empoli last week.

Chelsea throw down Premier League gauntlet to Tottenham, Manchester clubs in misery

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London (AFP) – Chelsea looked every inch champions in taking a significant step towards the Premier League title on Sunday with victory at Everton, while the Manchester clubs stumbled in the race for the top four.

A superb second-half strike by Pedro and late goals from Gary Cahill and Willian stretched Chelsea’s lead at the top over Tottenham to seven points as they emphatically ended Everton’s run of eight successive home wins.

Chelsea throw down gauntlet to Spurs, Manchester misery

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London (AFP) – Chelsea looked every inch champions in taking a significant step towards the Premier League title on Sunday with victory at Everton, while the Manchester clubs stumbled in the race for the top four.

A superb second-half strike by Pedro and late goals from Gary Cahill and Willian stretched Chelsea’s lead at the top over Tottenham to seven points as they emphatically ended Everton’s run of eight successive home wins.

Jesus saves point for Man City at Boro

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus’s header five minutes from time saw Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday as his side stayed just ahead in the race for a Champions League spot.

City twice had to come from behind against a Boro side who could be demoted to the second-tier after the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Pedro gem moves clinical Chelsea closer to title

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London (AFP) – Pedro’s sublime strike fired Chelsea a step closer to the Premier League title as the ruthless leaders swept to a 3-0 win at Everton on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s side had to work hard to break down Everton’s stubborn resistence, but Pedro’s majestic second-half goal put Chelsea on course for a fourth win in their last five league games.

Sigurdsson dents United Champions League ambitions

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London (AFP) – A sublime free-kick by Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson gained Premier League strugglers Swansea a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, dealing a blow to the latter’s Champions League hopes.

Sigurdsson’s 10th goal of the season but first in 11 matches cancelled out veteran Wayne Rooney’s contentious penalty in time added on in the first-half when Marcus Rashford made the most out of minimal contact with ‘Swans’ goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Kuwaiti quits FIFA council to fight bribery claim

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Zurich (AFP) – World sport powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah announced his resignation Sunday from the FIFA council, saying he did not want to be a distraction while fighting corruption allegations.

Aside from serving on FIFA’s top body, the Kuwaiti heads the influential Association of National Olympic Committees, the Olympic Council of Asia and other senior sport administration posts, including with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

United top four hopes dealt blow by plucky Swansea

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick dealt a blow to Manchester United’s hopes of a top four finish whilst boosting his team Swansea’s chances of escaping the drop in an entertaining 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney had scored his first home league goal of the season, from a harsh penalty decision, in time added on of the first-half.

Balde brace ruins Totti’s final derby

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Milan (AFP) – Keita Balde struck twice as Lazio ruined Francesco Totti’s final derby as a player on Sunday with a thrilling 3-1 win over Roma that could also jeopardise their push for a top-two finish in Serie A.

Roma hosted their city rivals looking to maintain their fading title challenge to leaders Juventus after a 2-2 at Atalanta Saturday took their lead to nine points with four games remaining.

Mourinho hopes to have Pogba back for Europa clash

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba will alleviate the pressure on Manchester United’s injury-depleted squad in returning for the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo on Thursday, manager Jose Mourinho said Sunday.

The French international midfielder - the world’s most expensive player - has not been in action since limping out of last Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Shakespeare sees more acts in Leicester season

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare insisted Leicester City’s season is not at an end despite the champions reaching 40 points and so all but avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy’s goal secured a 1-0 win for the Foxes at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday that took them to 40 points - usually the benchmark tally for avoiding the drop from English football’s top flight.

Where to find Manchester United vs. Swansea on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Swansea, you’ve come to the right place.

With a 24-game unbeaten streak, Manchester United are flying high in their pursuit of a top four place in the Premier League. In their path is a Swansea City side that faces a must-win match in order to keep their hopes alive of staying in the Premiership.

Where to find Everton vs. Chelsea on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Everton vs. Chelsea, you’ve come to the right place.

The Blues have a chance to go ahead by 7 points at the top of the Premier League table if they can beat Everton hours before the north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal. At the same time, Everton could leapfrog Arsenal into sixth place with a victory at home at Goodison Park.

Kaka scores in MLS injury return as Orlando win

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Miami (AFP) – Former Brazilian star Kaka didn’t disappoint in his return from injury, scoring in injury time to punctuate Orlando City’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Carlos Rivas and Kaka both entered the contest in the 60th minute.

Rivas broke a scoreless deadlock in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season - a sensational shot off his left foot into the far post that left Colorado keeper Zac MacMath no time to react.

Klopp urges Liverpool to take pride in battle

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has encouraged his team to relish the battle for Champions League qualification as they look to preserve their top-four place at Watford on Monday.

Liverpool topped the Premier League table in November and looked poised to mount a title tilt, but a top-four finish is now the only thing they can now hope to salvage from their season.

Kaka scores in injury return as Orlando win

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Miami (AFP) – Former Brazilian star Kaka didn’t disappoint in his return from injury, scoring in injury time to punctuate Orlando City’s 2-0 Major League Soccer win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Carlos Rivas broke the deadlock in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season - a sensational shot off his left foot into the far post that left Colorado keeper Zac McMath no time to react.

Suarez double keeps Barca level with Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona and Real Madrid remain locked together on 81 points at the top of La Liga after seeing off Espanyol and Valencia respectively on Saturday.

Madrid maintain the edge as they have a game in hand but needed a winner four minutes from time from Marcelo to see off Valencia 2-1.

Gimenez adds to Atletico’s defensive injury woes

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid could be without a fit right-back for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Real Madrid after Jose Maria Gimenez suffered a groin injury in Saturday’s 5-0 win at Las Palmas.

Gimenez is naturally at centre-back, but has deputised at right-back in recent matches with both Sime Vrsaljko and Juanfran also sidelined by injury.

Burnley bolster survival bid with Palace win

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London (AFP) – Burnley’s first away league win of the season left them within touching distance of Premier League survival after they saw off Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals at either end of the match from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray secured victory at Selhurst Park as the Clarets finally savoured winning all three points on the road for the first time this term.

Bayern win fifth straight German league title

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight season on Saturday after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in their 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Wolfsburg on Saturday.

After second-placed RB Leipzig had earlier been held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt, Bayern wrapped up the title as victory at Wolfsburg left them ten points clear with three games left.

Rampant Bayern win fifth straight German league title

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight season on Saturday after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Wolfsburg.

After second-placed RB Leipzig were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt, Bayern wrapped up the title with a thumping away victory that left them 10 points clear with three games left.

Mbappe fires Monaco clear at top

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Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe delivered another crucial goal for Monaco as the Ligue 1 leaders fought back to defeat Toulouse 3-1 on Saturday and move three points clear at the top.

Ola Toivonen struck immediately after half time as Toulouse threatened to derail Monaco’s title hopes at the Stade Louis II, but Kamil Glik equalised for the home side on 49 minutes.

Late Marcelo winner rescues Real and Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed another late winner to edge closer to the La Liga title as Marcelo was the hero in a 2-1 home victory over Valencia on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring midway through the first half but also saw a penalty saved by spot-kick specialist Diego Alves early in the second period.

Mbappe rallies Monaco past Toulouse

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Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe delivered another crucial goal for Monaco as the Ligue 1 leaders fought back to defeat Toulouse 3-1 on Saturday and move three points clear at the top.

Ola Toivonen struck immediately after half-time as Toulouse threatened to derail Monaco’s title hopes at the Stade Louis II, but Kamil Glik equalised for the home side on 49 minutes.

Jakupovic penalty save inches Hull closer to safety

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Eldin Jakupovic saved an injury-time penalty as Hull City inched closer to Premier League safety and condemned Sunderland to relegation by drawing 0-0 at Southampton on Saturday.

Southampton were given an opportunity to claim victory when Alfred N’Diaye was penalised for wrestling with Maya Yoshida, but Jakupovic plunged to his left to parry Dusan Tadic’s spot-kick.

Vardy strikes to haul Leicester to safety

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy scored the goal that effectively ensured Leicester City would remain in the Premier League as the outgoing champions won 1-0 away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

England striker Vardy’s first-half goal, his third in as many seasons at The Hawthorns, gave the Foxes their first win in four league games and took them to 40 points, a total widely regarded as enough to avoid relegation in most seasons.

Sunderland’s 10-year Premier League stay ends

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League is over after Josh King’s late strike gave Bournemouth a 1-0 victory that condemned the Black Cats to relegation on Saturday.

David Moyes’ side slumped out of the English top-flight with a whimper as the latest dismal display in a wretched campaign ended with King’s winner in the 88th minute.

Sunderland relegated, Vardy makes Leicester safe

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London (AFP) – David Moyes’s sorry Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Allied to Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with only 12 points to play for this season.

Stoke’s Butland stars in West Ham stalemate

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Stoke City had goalkeeper Jack Butland to thank for keeping them in the game in a 0-0 home draw with West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Stoke were virtually safe from relegation despite a dreadful run of five defeats in six games going into the match, but it was a useful point for West Ham and their under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic as they inched away from the drop zone.

Spurs vs. Arsenal predicted lineups, preview and TV times

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t’s a huge day for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, as they welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane for what is poised to be the final time.

Under any circumstances, this is a match Spurs would be desperate to win, as they’ll be keen to sign off from their long-term home with a win in the last match against their biggest rivals.

Chelsea boss Conte wants ‘fairer’ fixture run-in

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Liverpool (AFP) – Antonio Conte called for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to play at the same time in the critical Premier League title run-in to avoid giving an unfair advantage.

Conte’s Chelsea are four points clear of second-placed Tottenham with just five games remaining in a tense battle to be crowned English champions.

Pochettino looks beyond ending Arsenal hex

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur can end 22 years of mockery from the supporters of arch rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but for their ambitious manager Mauricio Pochettino it is a minor concern.

Arsenal have finished above Spurs every season since 1994-95 and their fans have taken to calling the day when they can no longer be overtaken by their local foes ‘St Totteringham’s Day’.

City can drive home edge over United – Toure

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Yaya Toure believes Manchester City can prove they are the number one team in Manchester if they finish the Premier League season above their old rivals United.

A 0-0 draw against United in Thursday’s derby at the Etihad maintained City’s one-point advantage over Jose Mourinho’s side in the race for a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Mourinho thanks Van Gaal for United spirit

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s depleted Manchester United side face Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday with the manager praising the spirit shown by his exhausted squad.

Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s predecessor as United manager, is not remembered with any fondness by the majority of the club’s supporters.

Chelsea and Spurs face stern title tests

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte will hope Diego Costa justifies his faith in having him rather than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as his main striker and deliver another three points in Chelsea’s chase for the title on Sunday.

Chelsea face their biggest challenge in their remaining five matches at Everton, who are on a run of eight successive home victories.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 17-23, 2017

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El Clásico led the way in viewership this past week as 1.594 million tuned in to beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español for Real Madrid and Barcelona’s second league meeting of the season. The viewing figure was up 10% from 1.433 million viewers in their first matchup of the season and down 20% from the corresponding match last season.

Where to find Espanyol vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Espanyol vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

Barcelona faces Espanyol on Saturday in the Barcelona derby. Both Barca and Real Madrid are tied atop the table in Spain, so a win for Luis Enrique’s side is a must in order to keep their title hopes alive.

Last-gasp Atalanta snatch point from wasteful Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler bundled a timely leveller past Gianluigi Buffon at the death to grab a deserved share of the spoils for Atalanta in a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Friday.

A great diving header from Dani Alves looked to have secured the three points for Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri’s treble-chasers fought their way back when Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola’s own goal levelled Andrea Conti’s first-half opener for the hosts.

Football legend Zidane urges French to snub Le Pen at polls

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Madrid (AFP) – French football star and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called Friday on his countrymen to do their “utmost to avoid” voting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen into office.

Le Pen, leader of the National Front party, was voted into the second round of French elections at the weekend and is now engaged in a fierce run-off with her centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 35

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Second-place Tottenham host Arsenal in the North London Derby on Premier League Sunday this Sunday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend. With a win, Spurs can clinch a higher finish than Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95.

Spurs to play home games next season at Wembley

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur will play all their home games next season at Wembley Stadium, the Premier League title contenders said on Friday, calling it “a momentous day”.

Spurs will need a temporary home while their new 61,000-seater ground is being completed adjacent to their existing north London base of White Hart Lane, which will be demolished after more than a hundred years of service.

Conte in no mood to change Costa for Lukaku

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte made it clear Friday he had no desire to see Romelu Lukaku return to Chelsea at the expense of Diego Costa as the Premier League leaders prepared to face the Everton forward.

Chelsea, currently four points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, will look to take another step towards the title and a League/FA Cup Double in Conte’s first season in charge of the London club when they are away to Everton on Sunday.

Hotpurs to play home games next season at Wembley

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur will play all their home games next season at Wembley Stadium, the Premier League title contenders said on Friday, calling it “a momentous day”.

Spurs will need a temporary home while their new 61,000-seater ground is being completed adjacent to their existing north London base of White Hart Lane, which will be demolished after more than a hundred years of service.

FOX network to broadcast 2017 UEFA Champions League final on June 3

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, June 3.

The match will feature two of the following teams: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, AS Monaco and Juventus. The four teams are competing in the two-leg semi-finals to try to advance to the final, which will be played in Cardiff, Wales.

FA Cup TV rights up in the air in the United States amidst IMG confusion

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In the United States, the future of the FA Cup on television and streaming is up in the air with a lot of concerns about where the world’s oldest soccer competition will land after FOX Sports’ rights deal ends in May 2018.

Representatives from The FA met with the leading US sports networks in the fall to present what the TV and streaming rights would include for the 2018/19 season onwards.

I might have to pick myself, says Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has joked that the club’s injury blight may force him to pick himself for Sunday’s home game with Swansea City.

Already missing six senior players, United lost Marouane Fellaini to suspension and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to injury during Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Manchester City.

Zidane calls on French to ‘avoid’ voting for Le Pen

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Madrid (AFP) – Frenchfootball star and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called Friday on his countrymen to do their “utmost to avoid” voting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen into office.

Le Pen, leader of the National Front party, was voted into the second round of French elections at the weekend and is now engaged in a fierce run-off with her globalist rival and centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron.

Premier League basement battle hots up

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London (AFP) – While the race for the Premier League title has become a contest solely between leaders Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, the battle to beat the drop is a more complicated affair.

With a maximum of five rounds left, the identities of the bottom three who will be relegated into the second-tier Championship come the end of the season have still to be confirmed.

Leicester chase one more win to avoid drop

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The renewed feel-good factor at Leicester City is seeping away and the Premier League champions still have work to do ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Shakespeare, who took over as manager following title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri’s sacking in February, has lost just three of his 11 games in charge.

Monaco look for Nice favour after Cup gamble

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco could land a decisive blow in the Ligue 1 title race this weekend with a helping hand from their Cote d’Azur rivals Nice, who host reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonardo Jardim effectively wrote off his side’s chances of lifting the French Cup, fielding a team full of youngsters that was demolished 5-0 by PSG in Wednesday’s semi-final.

Caixinha desperate to loosen Celtic’s iron grip

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Glasgow (AFP) – Pedro Caixinha says he would resign as Rangers manager if he didn’t believe his side could defeat fierce city rivals and champions Celtic on Saturday in their Premiership clash.

The sides will clash for the sixth time this season when they meet at Ibrox with Rangers having failed to win - losing four and drawing the other.

Totti fires defiant derby warning to Lazio

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Milan (AFP) – Club legend Francesco Totti has fired a defiant message to Lazio ahead of a capital derby that could help Roma claim the second automatic Champions League spot in Serie A.

Even if the 40-year-old talisman can only hope for a cameo role, he said Roma are out to stretch their run of derby league wins to five in succession on their way to beating Napoli to a top-two finish.

Bayern boss backs under-fire Ancelotti

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists the German giants are backing head coach Carlo Ancelotti despite their Champions League and German Cup exits in a little over a week.

April has been little short of a disaster for Bayern and Ancelotti, who is in his first season as head coach.

Man Utd boss Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United’s chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side’s 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City.

Thursday’s stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City, who occupy the Premier League’s fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

USL’s blueprint for soccer production and how it relates to other leagues: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 24, we cover a range of topics including:

• Insight into USL Productions and how the league is leading the way in soccer production,

• Opinions about beIN SPORTS’ coverage of el Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid,

• Important news regarding FA Cup TV rights in the USA,

• The latest TV ratings from the Premier League, Liga MX and other soccer leagues on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Lovren signs new Liverpool deal

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren confirmed on Friday he has signed a new long-term contract until 2021.

The 27-year-old moved from Southampton in 2014 on a deal worth £20 million and has made 105 appearances since.

“This is one special day for me and my family,” said Lovren.

New England Revolution averaging 13,344 attendance, 3% worse than last season

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In MLS last weekend, the teams reported pretty average attendances for gameweek 8.

There was an expected low turnout of 10,487 for New England Revolution’s midweek game (see above photo). A few days later, New England played at home in front of a reported attendance of 16,591. So far this season, the Revolution is averaging 13,344 fans per game.

Guam chief pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – The US prosecution of the massive corruption scandal rocking world soccer scalped a new head on Thursday: the football chief on the tiny Pacific island of Guam.

Richard Lai, a 55-year-old US citizen, pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court in New York to accepting nearly $1 million in bribes from 2009-2014, US prosecutors announced.

Fellaini sent off as Manchester United, Manchester City draw blank

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marouane Fellaini was sent off for brainlessly headbutting Sergio Aguero as Manchester United’s Champions League push was frustrated in a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Thursday.

Booked for tripping Aguero in the 85th minute, Fellaini fouled him again seconds later and then blatantly butted the Argentinian, leaving referee Martin Atkinson no option but to send the Belgian off.

Best starting 11 from the bottom half of the Premier League table

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Big Premier League clubs get all of the attention. While all 11 of the players chosen in the 2016/17 PFA Team of the Year came from clubs inside the top seven, there are still plenty of good players in the lower half of the table. In fact, most of the players included in the XI below could easily make a switch to the big boys.

Sevilla close in on Champions League return

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Madrid (AFP) – Wissam Ben Yedder struck a 79th-minute winner as Sevilla defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 2-1 on Thursday to move eight points clear in La Liga’s fourth and final Champions League spot.

Joaquin Correa rounded off a superb run with a tidy top-corner finish to give Sevilla the lead shortly after half-time at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Real Madrid-Barcelona el Clásico scores impressive numbers on beIN SPORTS

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As previously reported, the first el Clásico of 2017 between Real Madrid and Barcelona averaged 1.6 million viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

While that’s the best viewing number for el Clásico in 12 months, the clash between the top two teams in Spain generated several additional impressive metrics.

Beckham MLS group adds Dodgers part-owner: reports

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Miami (AFP) – David Beckham has added Todd Boehly, a part-owner of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, to his investment group seeking a Major League Soccer club in Miami, newspapers reported Thursday.

The Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald reported that Beckham’s long-delayed project, facing new pressure to become a new club soon or risk termination, will be boosted by a US investment banker whose holding include Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Dick Clark Productions.

Blatter quizzed over World Cups to Russia, Qatar

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Paris (AFP) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was called as a witness into a French investigation into the controversial awarding of the World Cups to Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022, a source said on Thursday.

Blatter, the long-time head of scandal-plagued FIFA until he was forced out in 2015 and banned from football, gave testimony in Switzerland on April 20, the source close to the investigation said, confirming a report in France’s Le Monde newspaper,

Last year French financial authorities opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption, criminal association and influence-peddling at FIFA in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

FA say Barton ban ‘shortest possible’

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London (AFP) – The Football Association insisted Thursday they had given Joey Barton “the shortest possible” ban after hitting him with an 18-month suspension from the sport.

In a move that the 34-year-old Burnley midfielder plans to challenge fearing it will otherwise end his career, English football’s governing body announced Wednesday it had banned Barton “from all football activity” for 18 months after he admitted a charge relating to 1,260 bets he placed on football matches between 2006 and 2016.

No rest for Allegri’s best at treble-chasing Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he won’t rest key players for Friday’s Serie A clash at Atalanta, days before a Champions League semi-final trip to Monaco in the club’s pursuit of a historic treble.

Juve head to Atalanta with an eight-point lead on second-placed Roma and hoping to take another step towards a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

el Clásico watched by 1.6 million viewers on beIN SPORTS in the United States

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EXCLUSIVE: The viewing numbers are in for one of the most exciting el Clásico games in recent history between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The match was televised live to viewers in the United States via beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. The combined viewing number for both networks was 1,594,000

beIN SPORTS benefitted from the Sunday mid-afternoon timeslot.

Banned Valcke sets up business in Spain: sources

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is banned from football and the target of a Swiss criminal investigation, has resurfaced in Spain and set up an events management business, sources say.

The Frenchman was banned last year for 12 years - reduced to 10 - for ethics breaches and fired by FIFA as part of a corruption scandal that threatened to bring football’s governing body to its knees.

Juventus midfielder Marchisio eyes treble but Atalanta target upset

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Milan (AFP) – Midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists Juventus should confidently believe in their chance of an unprecedented club treble as they look to stretch their Serie A lead away to Atalanta on Friday.

“It’s an obligation for us to believe in it at this point of the season,” said Marchisio, who has struggled with injury throughout the campaign.

Barcelona to lodge complaint over ‘scum’ comment

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona said on Thursday they will make a complaint to Spanish sporting authorities over comments by Malaga’s Qatari owner Abdullah Al-Thani on Twitter describing the Catalans as “scum”.

“FC Barcelona expresses its rejection and indignation at the content of the tweet published by the president of Malaga, Abdullah Al-Thani, which is counter to the principles of fair-play, ethics and legality,” said the Spanish champions in a statement.

Newcastle get back to ‘football business’ after tax raid

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London (AFP) – Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez on Thursday tried to turn the attention back to his club’s promotion to the Premier League, a day after the club was raided by British tax authorities.

Magpies managing director Lee Charnley was arrested and later released without charge on Wednesday by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of an Anglo-French investigation into suspected tax fraud in football totalling millions of pounds.

Loew confirms Goetze to miss Confederations Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew confirmed Thursday that World Cup winner Mario Goetze will not play at June’s Confederations Cup in Russia as he recovers from a metabolism disorder.

“Mario won’t be with us at the Confed Cup,” said Loew at an event in Hamburg.

West Ham focus back on game after tax raid

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London (AFP) – West Ham United tried to turn their attention to football again on Thursday following the drama of the club’s midweek raid by British tax authorities.

Officials from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) descended upon West Ham’s London Stadium and the Premier League club’s Rush Green training ground as well as part of an Anglo-French investigation into suspected tax fraud in football totalling millions of pounds.

USL leads the way with improved TV and digital coverage from USL Productions

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USL, which is a sanctioned second division by the United States Soccer Federation, has undertaken a massive effort to increase accessibility of its product to viewers while improving production in a cost-effective way. The league has undertaken a massive $10 million effort to enhance its productions, both for digital and television.

Bayern snap up Coman on permanent deal

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich have signed promising France winger Kingsley Coman from Juventus for 21 million euros ($23 million), the German champions and media reports said Thursday.

The 20-year-old has been on loan at Bayern since 2015 and they have now triggered an option to buy and given him a three-year contract.

People vs the army in Spartak-CSKA Moscow derby

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Moscow (AFP) – One club represented the mighty Soviet Red Army, the other was named after an ancient gladiator-slave - now Moscow’s CSKA and Spartak fight out one of the fiercest rivalries in Russian football.

The two teams face off Sunday in a furious city derby that comes with added spice this year: Spartak are top of the Russian Premier League and chasing their first title in 16 years, while CSKA are the reigning champions and are second.

Spurs ready to take the fight to Chelsea, says Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino claimed Tottenham’s gritty 1-0 win at Crystal Palace showed they were ready to pounce if Chelsea stumble in the title race.

Pochettino’s side closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with five games left after Christian Eriksen’s late strike clinched a victory that looked unlikely for long periods at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

Manchester United drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday.

Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger impact than the Portuguese in the season’s early months.

Where to find Man City vs. Man United on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Man City vs. Man United, you’ve come to the right place.

The race for the top four features a Manchester derby where both the red and blue halves of the city are chasing a European qualification place. It’s Mourinho against Guardiola in a battle in the Premier League.

Brisbane fume after goalkeeper’s arm gash: report

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Sydney (AFP) – Brisbane Roar keeper Jamie Young needed stitches in a nasty arm gash from a rusty net hook during their AFC Champions League loss in Thailand, a report said Thursday, with the club set to complain.

Young was diving to save Muangthong United’s 37th-minute goal on Wednesday in Thailand when he slammed into the goalpost, ripping open his arm on the hook.

Pachuca lifts CONCACAF Champions League trophy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Franco Jara scored the lone goal as CF Pachuca were crowned CONCACAF Champions League winners with a 1-0 shutout of Tigres in an all-Mexico battle Wednesday night.

Jara scored in the 83rd minute of the second leg at the Estadio Hidalgo stadium as Pachuca clinched the title 2-1 on aggregate.

Wenger soothed by simplicity of Arsenal’s task

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side know exactly what they must do in the Champions League qualification race after watching them gain a 1-0 win over Leicester City.

With time slipping away at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, Wenger threw on Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud to finish with four strikers on the pitch.

Bayern’s Ancelotti turns to title with double dreams dashed

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is focussed on wrapping up the Bundesliga before assessing how successful his first season at Bayern Munich has been following a shock German Cup semi-final defeat.

April has been little short of a disaster for Ancelotti and Bayern.

The German champions threw away a 2-1 lead at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday before going down 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund.

S. America football confed lost $140 mn to graft

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Santiago (AFP) – The head of South American football confederation CONMEBOL said Wednesday the body lost more than $140 million to graft under former managers indicted in a US corruption investigation.

Between 2010 and 2014 “CONMEBOL was defrauded of more than $140 million,” its president Alejandro Dominguez told AFP after unveiling the findings of an external audit at the confederation’s congress.

Madrid hit Deportivo for six, Barcelona relegate Osasuna

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Barcelona (AFP) – Real Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday.

Madrid and Barcelona are locked on 78 points at the top of the table, but Real have a game in hand over their title rivals.

No regrets for Guardiola amid Mancester City struggles

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says he has “no regrets” about his first season in England, even though his Manchester City side face the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Guardiola is set to finish a campaign without a trophy for the first time in a managerial career dating back to 2008 after City were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals last Sunday.

Mourinho reassures injured duo Smalling, Jones

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still have Manchester United futures, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday, despite his reservations about their refusal to play through the pain barrier.

Injuries to Smalling, Jones and Marcos Rojo have left Eric Bailly as United’s only fit senior centre-back and Mourinho has publicly called on the England pair to put their bodies on the line.

Madrid hit Deportivo for six, Barca relegate Osasuna

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Barcelona (AFP) – Real Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday.

Madrid and Barcelona are locked on 78 points at the top of the table, but Real have a game in hand over their title rivals.

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.

Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at the Parc des Princes and Cavani, who on Tuesday signed an extension through to 2020, swiftly doubled the lead as Unai Emery’s side dominated their understrength opponents.

Dortmund’s Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund fought back to defeat bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants’ dreams of the double.

A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled a tie at Munich’s Allianz Arena which had seen Dortmund trail 2-1 at half-time.

Eriksen stunner fires Spurs, Huth helps Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen netted a superb 30-yard goal to down Crystal Palace 1-0 on Wednesday and keep Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title hopes alive.

Leaders Chelsea, who beat Tottenham 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, went seven points clear by beating Southampton on Tuesday, but Spurs’ win trimmed the gap back to four points.

Football: S. America confed lost $140 mn to graft

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Santiago (AFP) – The head of South American football confederation CONMEBOL said Wednesday the body lost more than $140 million to graft under former managers indicted in a US corruption investigation.

Between 2010 and 2014 “CONMEBOL was defrauded of more than $140 million,” its president Alejandro Dominguez told AFP after unveiling the findings of an external audit at the confederation’s congress.

Messi scores twice as Barca hit Osasuna for seven

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi rewarded a homage by Barcelona fans with two more goals as they thrashed Osasuna 7-1 to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Defeat relegates Osasuna after just one season back in the top flight after Leganes beat Las Palmas 3-0.

Messi scores twice as Barcelona hit Osasuna for seven

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi rewarded a homage by Barcelona fans with two more goals as they thrashed Osasuna 7-1 to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

The much-criticised Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer also bagged doubles, whilst Javier Mascherano scored his first Barca goal in seven years with the club from the penalty spot.

West Ham, Newcastle raided in football tax fraud probe

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London (AFP) – Tax investigators swooped on West Ham United and Newcastle United on Wednesday as British and French authorities launched a major investigation into a suspected £5 million football tax fraud.

Close to 200 tax officials from the two countries swept premises on both sides of the Channel in morning raids, arresting several men and seizing financial records.

FIFA confirms video refereeing at 2018 World Cup

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Santiago (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed Wednesday that video assistant referees will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia for the first time.

“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive results so far,” he said at a congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Santiago, Chile.

Infantino confirms video refereeing at 2018 World Cup

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Santiago (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed Wednesday that video assistant referees will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia for the first time.

“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive results so far,” he said at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile.

Nigeria football in $8.2 million deal to pay national coaches

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Lagos (AFP) – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday signed a five-year deal worth $8.2 million (7.5 million euros) with an oil and gas firm to pay its national team coaches.

The contract with energy conglomerate Aiteo is worth 500 million naira ($1.6 million, 1.5 million euros) a year with an option of a year’s extension, the parties disclosed at an event in Lagos.

Guardiola not interested in Spurs star Alli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reassured his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday that he is not seeking to lure Dele Alli to the Etihad Stadium.

Reports have linked City with a move for 21-year-old Spurs star Alli, who was named England’s Young Player of the Year for the second season running on Sunday.

Home form crucial to Champions League qualification: Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says that Manchester City must improve their home form as they try to salvage their season with Champions League qualification.

Guardiola is set to end a season without a trophy for the first time as a manager, following last Sunday’s semi-final defeat by Arsenal at Wembley.

Mourinho shuns Ibrahimovic talk, says Pogba out

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho refused to discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United future on Wednesday in the wake of the Swedish striker’s season-ending knee ligament injury.

Ibrahimovic, 35, suffered a serious knee injury in last week’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht and was due to undergo surgery in the United States this week.

UK, France launch major football ‘tax fraud’ probe

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London (AFP) – British and French authorities launched a major investigation on Wednesday into a suspected £5 million tax fraud in the football industry, with West Ham United confirmed to have been targeted.

Close to 200 tax officials from the two countries swooped on premises on both sides of the Channel in morning raids, arresting several men and seizing financial records.

Where to find PSG vs. Monaco Coupe de France semi-final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch PSG vs. Monaco, you’ve come to the right place.

The two best teams in France clash today in the Coupe de France semi-final to determine who will face Angers SCO in the final in late May. The French cup game will be played at Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

Barton banned for 18 months over betting

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London (AFP) – Burnley midfielder Joey Barton said he had effectively been forced into “early retirement” after being banned for 18 months over betting offences by England’s Football Association on Wednesday.

Barton, 34, admitted a charge relating to 1,260 bets he placed on football matches over a 10-year period between 2006 and 2016.

Manchester United drumbeat echoes for faltering Guardiola

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday.

Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September - each at the helm of a new club - and was generally felt to have made a bigger impact than the Portuguese in the season’s early months.

China football giants Evergrande under fire over ‘British dogs’ banner

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande are facing potential disciplinary action after their fans unfurled an anti-independence banner slamming “British dogs” during a game in Hong Kong.

The large banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy HK independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern late on Tuesday.

Ten Cate turns down job as Dutch team coach

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The Hague (AFP) – The search for a new Netherlands coach after the sacking of Danny Blind appeared in further disarray Wednesday as Henk ten Cate revealed he had turned the job down.

Ten Cate, the current trainer of UAE’s Al Jazira, told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf: “I was offered the job on Monday.

Thais pick ex-Ghana coach Rajevac to revive fortunes

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Bangkok (AFP) – Thailand on Wednesday appointed Serbian Milovan Rajevac as the new coach of the national football team, plumping for the man who guided Ghana to an unlikely quarter-final spot at the 2010 World Cup.

The former Red Star Belgrade defender was available after leaving his as Algeria coach last year after just two games.

Indonesia vow on permits for footballers after Essien debacle

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s football association pledged Wednesday that work permits for foreigners would be issued faster after high-profile moves by former English Premier League stars Michael Essien and Carlton Cole were almost scuppered by red tape.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Ronaldo rested once more from Real squad

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the Real Madrid squad for Wednesday’s trip to Deportivo la Coruna as coach Zinedine Zidane maintained his rotation policy despite defeat by Barcelona on Sunday.

It is the third consecutive La Liga away game Ronaldo has not been included in the Real squad.

UK, French arrests over ‘tax fraud’

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London (AFP) – British and French authorities searched premises on both sides of the Channel Wednesday, arresting several men and seizing financial records over suspected tax fraud in the football industry, officials said.

English Premier League club West Ham United confirmed it is under investigation after the UK tax authority HMRC said it has deployed nearly 200 officers over the case.

Conte lauds Chelsea for passing Saints test

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had taken “a big psychological step” after they defeated Southampton 4-2 to move seven points clear at the Premier League summit.

Chelsea’s recent 2-0 loss at Manchester United allowed closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur to trim their advantage to four points.

Moyes charged over female reporter ‘slap’ comment

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London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes has been charged after suggesting to a female reporter she might “get a slap”, England’s Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Moyes, 54, made the remark, for which he has apologised, to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on March 18.

UK, France launch major ‘tax fraud’ probe

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London (AFP) – British and French authorities launched a major investigation on Wednesday into a suspected £5 million tax fraud in the football industry, with West Ham United confirmed to have been targeted.

Close to 200 tax officials from the two countries swooped on premises on both sides of the Channel in morning raids, arresting several men and seizing financial records.

Where to find Deportivo vs. Real Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Deportivo vs. Real Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

With only six games to go in the season for Real Madrid, Los Blancos have to win against Deportivo to keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of the table for La Liga. After Real Madrid’s demoralizing last minute defeat to Barcelona in el Clásico on Sunday, it’s time for Real Madrid to bounce back against Deportivo la Coruna.

Where to find Bayern Munich-Dortmund DFB-Pokal semi-final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal semi-final, you’ve come to the right place.

The two most popular teams in Germany clash on Wednesday in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal. The winner will advance to the final to play Eintracht Frankfurt in late May.

Leading Barcelona to La Liga glory would be Lionel Messi’s greatest achievement

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After Messi slotted the ball into the corner with his left foot in Sunday’s el Clásico, he went off to the edge of the pitch to celebrate in front of baying Real Madrid fans. Barcelona’s title chances were reignited.

That’s what went through my head in the 92nd minute of Sunday’s Clásico.

Angers reach ‘dream’ 1st Cup final in 60 years

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Angers (France) (AFP) – Angers returned to the French Cup final for the first time since their only other appearance 60 years ago with a 2-0 semi-final victory over Guingamp on Tuesday.

“We had said that getting to the final would be a dream - the key word was turning that into a reality, and we did it with all the emotion and joy that produces,” said Angers coach Stephane Moulin.

Hrgota sends Frankfurt into German Cup final

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Berlin (AFP) – Branimir Hrgota scored the decisive spot-kick after a lengthy penalty shoot-out as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday to reach the German Cup final.

They will play either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, who meet on Wednesday, in the May final.

Soriano hands Villarreal shock win at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Villarreal kept their slim hopes of Champions League football next season alive as Roberto Soriano’s late winner shocked Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday.

A battle between the two best defences in La Liga was unsurprisingly settled by a single goal when the Italian turned home Cedric Bakambu’s cross eight minutes from time.

Angers beat Guingamp for 1st Cup final in 60 years

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Angers (France) (AFP) – Angers returned to the French Cup final for the first time since their only other appearance 60 years ago with a 2-0 semi-final victory over Guingamp on Tuesday.

Thomas Mangani opened the scoring for the hosts at a packed out Raymond Kopa stadium seven minutes before half-time.

Half-ton Costa gives Chelsea breathing room

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa scored his 50th and 51st Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame spirited Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday to establish a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Costa set up Eden Hazard’s early opener, which was cancelled out by Oriol Romeu, before Gary Cahill restored the hosts’ lead at an unseasonably cold Stamford Bridge.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Leicester on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Leicester, you’ve come to the right place.

For soccer fans in the United States, the Arsenal-Leicester match isn’t being shown on English-language television on Wednesday. But you can watch the game live on the Spanish-language Universo channel (previously known as NBC Universo).

Brazil court orders ‘murder’ goalkeeper back to prison

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Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the re-incarceration Tuesday of a professional goalkeeper released after partially serving a sentence for the gruesome murder of his ex-girlfriend.

“The Supreme Court has revoked its decision suspending his imprisonment,” the court said in a statement.

Kaka tops MLS salaries list

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Brazil star Kaka topped the list of Major League Soccer’s highest-paid players for a third straight year, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

A comprehensive breakdown of basic salary and guaranteed earnings issued by the MLS Players Union showed Orlando’s Kaka coming out on top with wages of $7.

Top scorer Cavani extends Paris Saint-Germain ‘love story’ to 2020

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Paris (AFP) – Star Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has signed a two-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain until 2020, the French champions revealed on Tuesday.

“For Edi, it’s a passionate love story with the club, the fans and a city where he feels fantastic,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi of the 30-year-old, PSG’s top scorer with 44 goals in as many matches this season.

Where to find Barcelona vs. Osasuna on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona vs. Osasuna, you’ve come to the right place.

After a remarkable last minute victory in the first el Clásico of 2017, Barcelona now has a chance to move three points ahead at the top of the table for La Liga. Not only has the blaugrana opened up the title race, but Luis Enrique’s team are now in pole position to make a run for the title.

Scolari’s Evergrande squash historic ‘Beef Ball’ bid

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande crushed Hong Kong’s Eastern 6-0 on Tuesday as they ruthlessly ousted the debutants and their trailblazing female coach from the AFC Champions League.

Paulinho and Alan both grabbed doubles to bury Eastern, whose coach Chan Yuen-ting, nicknamed ‘Beef Ball’, had become the first woman worldwide to lead a professional men’s team into continental competition.

Top scorer Cavani extends Paris Saint-Germain contract to 2020

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Paris (AFP) – Star Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has signed a two-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain until 2020, the French champions revealed on Tuesday.

“This contract extension reaffirms the very strong confidence Edinson Cavani has in our project,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi of the 30-year-old, PSG’s top scorer with 44 goals this season.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 34 midweek matches

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Mid-week action begins today, Tuesday, April 25, as league-leaders Chelsea host Southampton at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. White calls the match, joined by Dixon at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, who advanced to the FA Cup Final over the weekend, sit just four points above second-place Tottenham with six games remaining.

Criticising Manchester United stars is common sense for Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho claims his stinging criticism of several Manchester United stars is common sense if they are not giving 100 percent.

Mourinho has turned his guns on a number of players in his first season at Old Trafford, with England left-back Luke Shaw and French forward Anthony Martial suffering recent blasts from the United manager.

Hull win Niasse appeal to boost survival bid

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London (AFP) – Hull City’s hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation were boosted on Tuesday when their appeal against Senegal forward Oumar Niasse’s suspension was successful.

Niasse, on loan from Everton, had been due to miss struggling Hull’s next three matches after being controversially dismissed by referee Robert Madley on Saturday for a challenge on Watford’s M’Baye Niang.

Sahin signs Dortmund extension to 2019

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Turkey international Nuri Sahin has signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old midfielder’s previous deal was due to run out in 12 months.

German-born Sahin first joined Borussia as a 13-year-old and has spent most of his career with the club.

Russia defends restrictions on Confederations Cup reporters

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Russia on Tuesday defended restrictions on visiting journalists covering the Confederations Cup football tournament, after Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper said it would boycott the tournament.

Official guidelines for the curtain raiser tournament ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia say that media representatives who receive FIFA accreditation will be allowed to “solely cover the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and related events.

Russia defends restrictions on Confederations Cup reporters

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Russia on Tuesday defended restrictions on visiting journalists covering the Confederations Cup football tournament, after Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper said it would boycott the tournament.

Official guidelines for the curtain raiser tournament ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia say that media representatives who receive FIFA accreditation will be allowed to “solely cover the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and related events.

Qatar World Cup workers get nutrition health checks

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Doha (AFP) – As many as 1,000 Qatar World Cup construction workers are receiving health checks as part of a pilot programme agreed between the 2022 tournament organisers and Weill Cornell Medicine.

In a statement Tuesday World Cup organisers said workers, selected at random, are being tested for such things as diet, blood pressure, and kidney function.

Pochettino calls for one last push

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino wants his Tottenham stars to ignore speculation over their futures and focus on making a final push to win the Premier League.

Pochettino’s side face a critical week in the title race as they try to close the four-point gap on leaders Chelsea just days after suffering a painful FA Cup semi-final loss against their London rivals.

I’ll cherish Messi memories, says Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted on Tuesday he will revel in his memories of coaching Lionel Messi, rather than miss him when he steps down at the end of the season.

Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open once more by scoring twice to bring up his 500th Barcelona goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Defiant Zidane hopeful over ‘small’ Bale injury

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Madrid (AFP) –

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s Clasico on his return, having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

“He is injured but it is a very small thing and we hope he returns quickly,” said Zidane.

Koscielny backs new-look Gunners defence

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London (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal’s defensive rethink can help drive Arsene Wenger’s side to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Gunners will face reigning champions Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday buoyed by their FA Cup semi-final success against Manchester City that set up a Wembley final with Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur won’t stop believing says Lloris

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London (AFP) – Hugo Lloris insists Tottenham still believe they can win the Premier League despite the shattering blow of their FA Cup semi-final defeat against title rivals Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side left Wembley broken hearted on Saturday after dominating for long periods before conceding two late goals in a dramatic 4-2 loss.

PSG, Monaco renew battle in French Cup semi-final

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Paris (AFP) – Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco hold the edge over Paris Saint-Germain in the French title race, but the reigning champions haven’t given up hope of landing a third successive sweep of the domestic trophies.

PSG thrashed Monaco 4-1 at the start of April to retain the French League Cup, and with the principality club prioritising Europe and Ligue 1, Unai Emery’s side will again fancy their chances in Wednesday’s French Cup semi-final.

Little-known Brazilian bridges cultural gap in China

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Chongqing (China) (AFP) – He does not have the fame - or enormous wages - of Shanghai-based Carlos Tevez or Oscar, and his nickname would be viewed as offensive by many.

But Fernandinho, one of the growing number of Brazilian footballers in China, is bridging a wide cultural gap and finding celebrity in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

Croatia football ‘boss’ Mamic faces major graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in the sport in the former Yugoslav republic, has been charged with abuse of power and bribery between 2008 to 2012.

Benitez warns Newcastle over future plans

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London (AFP) – Rafael Benitez has warned Newcastle they must show him a strong blueprint for success in the Premier League as the Spaniard ponders his future.

Benitez’s side clinched an immediate return to the Premier League following last year’s relegation as a 4-1 victory over Preston on Monday guaranteed automatic promotion from the Championship.

Wenger plans ahead but won’t reveal future

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists he is working on Arsenal’s future even though he still won’t reveal whether he plans to remain in charge after this season.

Wenger is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has yet to sign a new deal amid calls for his resignation from Arsenal fans frustrated at their team’s disappointing form in recent years.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale sidelined by new calf injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid’s season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago.

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

FOX to broadcast Chelsea-Arsenal FA Cup Final followed by Seattle-Portland derby

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The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be shown live to viewers in the United States on the FOX network on Saturday, May 27.

The highly-anticipated match will feature a London derby played at Wembley Stadium to determine who will win the 136th FA Cup final. The live coverage of the London derby will be followed by the Pacific North West derby between Seattle and Portland Timbers, which will also be shown on the over-the-air FOX network.

Slick Salah fires Roma brace as drop looms for Pescara

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Milan (AFP) – A slick second-half brace from Mohamed Salah sealed a 4-1 Roma romp at Pescara that virtually sent the Serie A strugglers back to Italy’s second division on Monday.

Roma’s 24th win of the campaign helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to eight points, although the Turin giants remain firmly on course for a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

Benitez steers Newcastle back to Premier League

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London (AFP) – Rafael Benitez succeeded in his gamble of staying on as manager as he steered Newcastle United straight back up to the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Preston on Monday.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss stayed on after they were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season and even though Newcastle stumbled of late, the victory over Preston guaranteed a top two finish.

Al Hilal and Al Ain progress, Al-Rayyan must wait

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Doha (AFP) – Saudi giants Al Hilal progressed to the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League but Qatar’s Al Rayyan must wait after suffering one of their worst drubbings in recent memory on Monday.

Al Hilal picked up a valuable point following a goalless draw against Iran’s Persepolis that secured them a top two finish in Group D, while Michael Laudrup’s Al Rayyan suffered a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi.

Roma appoint Monchi as new sporting director

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Milan (AFP) – Roma are hoping to benefit from “one of the best minds in world football” after appointing former Sevilla goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, as the club’s new sporting director on Monday.

“On behalf of myself and the entire AS Roma team, we welcome Monchi to our family and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as we begin an exciting new era at the club,” said Roma president James Pallotta.

Ramsey wants Arsenal to win FA Cup for Wenger

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London (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey wants Arsenal to win the FA Cup for manager Arsene Wenger as the Gunners try to end a turbulent season with some silverware.

Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in next month’s Wembley final after coming from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 in a controversial last-four clash at the national stadium on Sunday.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. A Triumphant Return to NYC For Kreis

Orlando City is top of the Eastern Conference, and their manager Jason Kreis couldn’t be sitting prettier.

Lionel Messi hails Clasico win as ‘important step’ in title race

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi on Monday hailed Barcelona’s dramatic 3-2 Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid as an “important step” in the race for the La Liga title.

Messi’s last-gasp goal marked his 500th for Barcelona and blew the La Liga title race wide open at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Where to find Newcastle vs. Preston on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Newcastle vs. Preston, you’ve come to the right place.

Newcastle United will be promoted back to the Premier League today if they win at home against Preston North End. With Reading having lost at the weekend as well as Huddersfield being defeated against Fulham, the opening is now available for Newcastle to seal promotion alongside Brighton and Hove Albion.

Dortmund hope to shatter Bayern’s double dream

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Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund hope to add to Bayern Munich’s recent woes in Wednesday’s crunch German Cup semi-final to end Carlo Ancelotti’s bid for the domestic double.

Both Bayern and Dortmund had their Champions League campaigns ended last week by Real Madrid and Monaco respectively in the quarter-finals, but they meet at the Allianz Arena for a place in Berlin’s cup final on May 27.

Wembley win put Chelsea back on track – Hazard

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard says Chelsea’s impressive FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur has restored belief they can resist Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the race for the Premier League title.

Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at Manchester United allowed Tottenham to trim their lead at the league summit to four points and Saturday’s clash at Wembley was billed as a chance for Spurs to strike a psychological blow.

We will fight to the last, vows Klopp

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted his side will not let the Champions League ‘slip through their fingers’ again without a fight despite a potentially costly 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke scored twice for Palace to leave Liverpool in third but just two points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City and three ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

Chelsea face Saints challenge as Spurs eye Palace date

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London (AFP) – Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes to win the Premier League title his side need to win five of their remaining six games beginning with Southampton on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Belgian and his teammates will have to refocus after the delight of beating main title rivals Tottenham 4-2 in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, perhaps at the same time landing a psychological blow.

Giant smoke bombs interrupt PSV v Ajax

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Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thick black fumes from smoke bombs engulfed stands at PSV Eindhoven’s crunch home game against Ajax, interrupting the match and leaving several fans with breathing and eye problems.

Dozens of people scattered to take refuge as black smoke billowed through the Philips Stadion, forcing the referee to suspend play five minutes into the second half.

Wenger relief as spirited Arsenal keep critics at bay

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal’s spirited FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City was a huge relief because it proved his players can thrive under intense pressure.

Wenger’s side were on the brink of yet another painful defeat in a turbulent season after being out-played by City and falling behind to Sergio Aguero’s second half strike at Wembley on Sunday.

Rodgers proud as punch of treble-chasing Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Brendan Rodgers spoke of his pride in his players as he moved to within touching distance of becoming only the third Celtic manager to claim a domestic treble for the Scottish giants.

With the League Cup and Scottish Premiership title already wrapped up, Celtic face Aberdeen on May 27 in the Scottish Cup final following a 2-0 semi-final win over Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday.

Manchester City will be stronger next season vows Guardiola

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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will be a far more formidable force next season after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal left the Spaniard empty-handed for the first season in his glittering career.

Guardiola’s side wasted their chance to reach the final as poor finishing and sloppy defending allowed Arsenal to come from behind and snatch a 2-1 victory in extra-time on Sunday.

Manchester City will be stronger next season vows Guardiola

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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will be a far more formidable force next season after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal left the Spaniard empty-handed for the first season in his glittering career.

Guardiola’s side wasted their chance to reach the final as poor finishing and sloppy defending allowed Arsenal to come from behind and snatch a 2-1 victory in extra-time on Sunday.

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi’s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

Ibrahimovic recovery will be hard, says Mourinho

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admitted it will be “really hard” for veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to recover from his season-ending knee ligament injury.

The Manchester United manager was talking after his side had recorded an impressive 2-0 victory at Burnley just three days after Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo suffered knee injuries which require surgery during a midweek Europa League win over Anderlecht.

After el Clásico, here are 17 more sensational soccer games to watch in the next 7 days

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After one of the most exciting el Clásico games in recent history between Real Madrid and Barcelona, soccer fans in the United States have plenty more games to look forward particularly in the next seven days.

The next week offers everything from the DFB-Pokal semi-final between Bayern Munich vs.

‘I’ll be back’: Ibrahimovic vows to return

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London (AFP) – Veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said talk of his career being over was far from the truth, declaring on his Instagram account on Sunday he had already played on one leg before.

The 35-year-old - whose 28 goals have largely helped Manchester United compete for a Champions League spot next season as well as landing the League Cup - suffered serious knee ligament damage in last Thursday’s Europa League win over Anderlecht.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Messi hits Barcelona 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Chelsea’s French dynamo Kante named player of year

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London (AFP) – N’Golo Kante’s dynamic performances for double chasing Chelsea received the ultimate accolade from his peers on Sunday, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.

The 26-year-old French midfielder saw off the likes of Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Everton’s marksman Romelu Lukaku for the prestigious award.

Bonucci on target as four-star Juventus go 11 clear

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Milan (AFP) – Premier League target Leonardo Bonucci hit an impressive fourth on the night as Juventus moved 11 points clear at the top of Serie A with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Bonucci, a former target for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, has been linked in recent days with a big-money move to Manchester City.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Messi double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

A double from Messi and Ivan Rakitic’s stunning strike takes Barca top of the table, although Madrid still have a game in hand.

Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Five things we learned in the English Premier League

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London (AFP) – Five things we learned from the English Premier League this weekend:

Liverpool’s Achilles heel exposed again

Jurgen Klopp has failed to cure the Liverpool conundrum - they go walkabout when playing the teams from the lower reaches. Looking in control of Crystal Palace they allowed their lead to slip and woeful defending at a corner for the second saw old boy Christian Benteke head home to record a double.

Milik plea as Mertens exit talk swirls at Napoli

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has made an impassioned plea for more playing time amid speculation the Serie A giants could cash in by selling highly-fancied Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens in the summer.

Milik, sidelined for nearly six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered last October, ended a seven-month wait for just his fifth league goal when he came off the bench to save Napoli’s blushes with a late leveller in a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo on Sunday.

Leipzig draw leaves Bayern eight-points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig wasted their chance to slash Bayern Munich’s runaway lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Schalke.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern are eight points clear despite having been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Mainz after Timo Werner’s first-half goal for second-placed Leipzig was cancelled out by Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Crystal Palace’s Benteke comes back to haunt Liverpool

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke stunned his former club with both Crystal Palace goals in a 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday denting the home side’s top-four Premier League ambitions.

Benteke handed a massive boost to Palace’s survival hopes with a goal in each half to cancel out Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant opener for the Reds and turn the game on its head.

Sanchez caps Arsenal fightback, sets Chelsea final date

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal an FA Cup final showdown with Chelsea and gave Arsene Wenger renewed hope of salvaging a troubled campaign as the gritty Gunners fought back to beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday.

When Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the second half of a bruising semi-final, Wenger’s side were on the verge of another dispiriting defeat in arguably the worst season of the Frenchman’s 21-year reign.

Balde hits five-minute hat-trick for Lazio

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Milan (AFP) – A Keita Balde five-minute hat-trick in a 6-2 romp over Palermo boosted Lazio’s Europa League hopes Sunday as AC Milan edged further away from Europe with a shock 2-1 home defeat to Empoli.

Inspired by Atalanta’s 3-2 win over Bologna that pushed the high-flying Bergamo side up to fourth, Lazio responded to the challenge from Gian Piero Gasperini’s men in defiant fashion at the Stadio Olimpico.

Freiburg stun Leverkusen in hunt for Euro berth

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Berlin (AFP) – Unfancied Freiburg continued their dream run to a place in Europe next season with a shock 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

The result puts Freiburg, last season’s second division champions, back up into sixth place, which carries a Europa League berth next season, with four games left.

Rooney scores as United add extra bite to Manchester derby

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial scored on their returns to the side as Manchester United improved their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.

The convincing victory - United made light of the season-ending injury to top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic - sets up an intriguing Manchester derby visit to City, now just one point above United, on Thursday.

Barcelona must rally around Lionel Messi to beat Real Madrid in Clásico

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A fair portion of the soccer world holds Lionel Messi to stratospheric standards.

Following on from the midweek UEFA Champions League matches, the Barcelona man’s performance in the 0-0 draw against Juventus was criticized in some quarters. He missed a fine chance in the first period, hooked over another in the second and, to cap off a frustrating night, fell flush on his face after a challenge with Miralem Pjanic.

Celtic into Scottish Cup final in treble chase

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Glasgow (AFP) – A second-half penalty by Scott Sinclair sealed a 2-0 win for champions Celtic over bitter rivals Rangers and a place in the Scottish Cup final on Sunday.

Sinclair’s penalty and a first-half effort by Callum McGregor set them up with a May 27 date with Aberdeen - who beat holders Hibs 3-2 on Saturday - and a potential domestic treble for the first time in 16 years.

Watch Real Madrid-Barcelona el Clásico for free

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

While the game will be shown live and exclusively on TV via beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, many sports fans don’t get those channels. Thankfully, there are free and legal ways to watch the game with a 7-day free trial.

I would have made 10 subs, rages Everton boss

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London (AFP) – Ronald Koeman admitted he would have made ten substitutions at half-time after his Everton side failed to secure the win at West Ham United that would have moved them up to fifth in the Premier League table.

With sixth-placed Arsenal on FA Cup duty and Manchester United, who lie fifth, not due to face Burnley until 24 hours after Everton’s visit to the London Stadium, Koeman’s side had the opportunity to maintain the progress they have shown this season.

Neymar ban dispute rages ahead of El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar looks set to travel with the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid as the Catalans continue to fight his suspension for the potentially title-deciding clash.

The Brazilian is in the midst of a three-game suspension for his red card and subsequent sarcastic applause of the officials in Barca’s 2-0 defeat to Malaga two weeks ago.

Conte blasts Premier League schedule as Chelsea face crucial week

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have been harshly treated by the Premier League fixture planners as the leaders try to survive a “crucial week” in the title race.

Conte’s side beat Tottenham 4-2 in a thrilling FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday to book a final date with Arsenal or Manchester City.

Thailand’s Worawi vows to challenge FIFA ban

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Bangkok (AFP) – Former Thai football chief Worawi Makudi has vowed to push FIFA to lift its ban on him after an appeals court in Bangkok overturned his conviction for forgery.

Worawi, who had a long and tumultuous tenure in charge of Thai football, was banned for five years by FIFA last year following his July 2015 conviction.

Man Utd’s Ibrahimovic suffers ‘significant knee ligament damage’

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s magical season with Manchester United appears over after the club announced he had suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

The club revealed that both the 35-year-old Swedish striker and Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo had suffered knee injuries in the same match.

Barcelona drop bid to play Neymar in Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will not call up star forward Neymar for the potential title decider with Real Madrid, the Spanish champions said on Sunday, just hours before El Clasico.

“Given the legal uncertainty of the lack of a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAD) with the game tonight less than 12 hours away, and to focus all attention on the sporting aspect, the club has decided not to call up Neymar,” a Barcelona statement said.

Neymar out of Clasico after Barcelona lose patience

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona will not risk calling up star forward Neymar for the potential title decider with Real Madrid, the Spanish champions said on Sunday, just hours before El Clasico.

The loss of the suspended Brazilian forward deals a big blow to Barcelona’s hopes of denying their fierce rivals a first La Liga crown in five years.

Inter’s Europa hope dented in nine-goal thriller

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi hit a dramatic late brace to complete his hat-trick but Inter Milan’s Europa League hopes were dented in a dramatic nine-goal thriller that saw Fiorentina prevail 5-4 in Florence on Saturday.

Inter travelled to the Artemio Franchi already six points behind Lazio, who occupy fifth position in Serie A and the league’s second Europa League qualifying position, and desperate for their first win in five league outings.

Same standards apply to me, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insists he will be judged by the same standards as his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini as he comes to the end of his first season in charge of Manchester City.

Pellegrini guided City to the League Cup, fourth place in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the Champions League last season despite being told he would be losing his job four months before the end of the campaign.

Kiwi Brockie knocks out Kaizer Chiefs

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Johannesburg (AFP) – New Zealander Jeremy Brockie was the key figure as South African FA Cup title-holders SuperSport United beat Kaizer Chiefs on penalties in Soweto Saturday to reach the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old former international striker put United ahead in a 1-1 draw after extra time and converted the decisive spot-kick in a 5-3 shootout victory.

Griezmann Atletico’s match winner once more

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid’s hero once more as he struck 17 minutes from time to snatch a 1-0 win away to Espanyol on Saturday.

Atletico were outplayed for large spells and were also thankful to goalkeeper Jan Oblak as he made a brilliant save to deny Leo Baptistao salvaging a point for Espanyol.

Thiago equaliser spares Bayern blushes

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Berlin (AFP) – Thiago Alcantara’s second-half equaliser rescued Bayern Munich in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Mainz as the runaway Bundesliga leaders twice came from behind.

Having bowed out of the Champions League quarter-finals at Real Madrid in midweek, the draw caps a week to forget for Bayern, who are winless in their last four games.

Hazard fires Chelsea into Cup final

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard fired Chelsea into the FA Cup final as the Belgian’s blistering strike ensured Antonio Conte’s selection gamble paid off in his side’s dramatic 4-2 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Blues boss Conte sprang a major surprise by starting with Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench in the Wembley semi-final as he looked ahead to the Premier League leaders’ vital fixture against Southampton on Tuesday.

‘Boro on brink of drop, Hull and Swansea battle on

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London (AFP) – Gaston Ramirez’s sending off cost struggling Middlesbrough dear on Saturday as a 4-0 whipping by Bournemouth left them nine points shy of safety in the Premier League.

While they look set to be joined by north-east neighbours, and rock-bottom Sunderland, in the second tier next term both Hull and Swansea enjoyed victories to keep their hopes alive of staying up.

Matador Cavani sends PSG top

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Paris (AFP) – A goal apiece from Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria gave Paris Saint-Germain a 2-0 win over Montpellier to send the champions top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season on Saturday.

PSG now have 80 points from 34 games to top Ligue 1 provisionally while second placed Monaco, the Champions League semi-finalists, have 77 points from 32 ahead of a challenging trip to Lyon on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic suffers ‘significant knee ligament damage’

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s magical season with Manchester United appears over after the club announced he had suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

The club revealed that both the 35-year-old Swedish striker and Argentinian defender Marco Rojo had suffered knee injuries in the same match.

Bayern sweat on Alaba for Dortmund cup semi

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti says Bayern Munich are holding their breath over David Alaba for Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund after the Austria international injured his knee.

Alaba switched from left-back to central defence, but limped off after just 16 minutes of Bayern’s 2-2 draw at home to Mainz on Saturday and Ancelotti is waiting to see the extent of the injury.

Thiago’s equaliser spares Bayern blushes

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Berlin (AFP) – Thiago Alcantara’s second-half equaliser rescued Bayern Munich in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Mainz as the runaway Bundesliga leaders twice came from behind.

Having bowed out of the Champions League quarter-finals 6-3 on aggregate following Tuesday’s 4-2 second-leg defeat at Real Madrid, the draw caps a week to forget for Bayern, who are winless in their last four games.

Orient’s 112-year league stay ends

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London (AFP) – Historic London club Leyton Orient’s 112-year stay in the English football league ended on Saturday with Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 win confirming their relegation from League Two.

It reflects a dramatic fall from grace as two years ago they came within a penalty shootout success of gaining promotion to the Championship, losing in the play-off final to Rotherham.

Boro facing relegation after 4-0 Bournemouth drubbing

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Middlesbrough look destined for the Championship next season after falling 4-0 in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth in which they played 70 minutes with ten men.

Tributes were paid at the Vitality Stadium to former Middlesbrough favourite Ugo Ehiogu who died Friday aged just 44 years after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Costa, Hazard rested for FA Cup semi

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte made an FA Cup selection gamble as the Chelsea manager left Diego Costa and Eden Hazard out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s semi-final against Tottenham.

With Premier League leaders Chelsea playing a crucial fixture against Southampton on Tuesday, Conte opted to rest star striker Costa and influential playmaker Hazard.

Hammers lock door on Lukaku’s Everton

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London (AFP) – West Ham moved one step closer to safety and Everton moved above Arsenal into sixth place after the two sides played out a 0-0 stalemate at the London Stadium.

Neither side was able to find a way to break the deadlock with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku failing to extend his run of having scored in his nine previous games against the Hammers.

Butland return no barrier to ‘Swans’ crucial win

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jack Butland’s return to Stoke’s first team after an absence of over a year didn’t end in a fairytale for the England international goalkeeper as strugglers Swansea emerged 2-0 winners in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Goals by leading scorer Fernando Llorente and a deflected effort by Tom Carroll delivered the victory that Swansea manager Paul Clement had demanded after a recent slump put them back in deep trouble.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Man City FA Cup semifinal on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Manchester City, you’ve come to the right place.

With both Arsenal and Manchester City out of the running for the Premier League title, both clubs will want to win this one to advance to the FA Cup final for their only chance to win silverware this season.

Bale back but Barca desperate for must-win Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique says his last Clasico in charge of Barcelona at Real Madrid on Sunday is a must-win for the reigning La Liga champions.

Anything other than a Barca victory at the Santigao Bernabeu would more or less hand Madrid their first Spanish league title in five years.

Where to find Real Madrid-Barcelona el Clásico on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

The biggest match of the annual soccer calendar, el Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, will be shown live on US television and streaming. All of the details of how you can watch the game (including a free, legal 7-day trial to watch the game via streaming) are below.

The Sun apologises to Barkley over column

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London (AFP) – Everton star Ross Barkley received an apology from The Sun tabloid newspaper on Saturday over a column that made “unfavourable comparisons” to a gorilla.

The newspaper printed the apology and said it had not been aware that the England midfielder’s grandfather was from Nigeria.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona preview and el Clásico TV times

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Real Madrid’s meeting with Barcelona on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu-the Clásico-is the type of sporting occasion you clear your schedule for.

It’s a spectacle that has everything. The rivalry between the pair is steeped in history, in drama and controversy, often transcending what goes on on the pitch.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona line up

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For the first el Clásico of 2017, Real Madrid and Barcelona will fight it out in a match that could go a long way to deciding who wins the title in La Liga. So who Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane select to start the match will have a big impact on the result.

Although the lineups haven’t been announced yet, here’s our Real Madrid vs Barcelona predicted lineup:

Match: Real Madrid vs.

United expect Shaw thing at Burnley

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Luke Shaw hopes to be offered the opportunity to resurrect his Premier League career by Jose Mourinho at Burnley on Sunday after helping Manchester United into the Europa League semi-finals.

The England full-back played 120 minutes in Thursday’s extra-time victory over Anderlecht as United set up a semi-final meeting against Celta Vigo in a competition which offers them their most realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool look to ramp up top four bid

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Liverpool (AFP) – In-form Liverpool will aim to move a step closer to qualifying for the Champions League when they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are on a seven match unbeaten run that includes five wins and has lifted them up to third place in the Premier League.

Wenger in Wembley spotlight as Arsenal face City test

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s FA Cup fate won’t define his future, but the beleaguered Gunners boss desperately needs a victory over Manchester City in Sunday’s semi-final to keep his growing army of critics at bay.

Wenger has been under siege like never before in his 21-year reign as furious Arsenal fans call for his resignation following a lacklustre campaign.

Where to find Spurs vs. Chelsea FA Cup semifinal on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Spurs vs. Chelsea, you’ve come to the right place.

This is it. The FA Cup semi-final between the top two teams in the Premier League. It’s quite possible that this match could be the psychological blow that Spurs wants to deliver to Chelsea to help increase their chances of unseating the Blues from the top of the Premier League table.

Russia boss juggles expectations, ageing squad and growing angst

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Moscow (AFP) – When he took over as Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov was handed the mammoth task of transforming a failing and ageing squad into challengers for the country’s first home World Cup in 2018.

But just two months ahead of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup dress rehearsal in Russia, he is struggling to get his team firing after a string of uninspiring results.

Giovinco brace lifts Toronto FC over Chicago

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Washington (AFP) – Sebastian Giovinco’s two goals included an 82nd-minute stunner as Toronto FC notched their first home win of the Major League Soccer season, 3-1 over the Chicago Fire.

Eriq Zavaleta also scored for Toronto, while David Accam delivered Chicago’s lone goal in the 88th minute.

Club América rank as most popular club soccer team on US television

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Out of all of the most popular soccer teams around the world, the team that ranks most popular on US television is Liga MX’s Club América.

The team that plays in Mexico City is averaging 1.294 million viewers per televised game in the United States, according to research conducted by World Soccer Talk.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 34

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Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, April 22, at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by West Ham United v. Everton on NBCSN and Swansea City v. Stoke City on CNBC at 10 a.m. ET. Premier League Sunday coverage on Sunday, April 23, begins at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN Premier League Live, followed by Burnley v.

Lazy critics are wrong about Arsenal’s Mesut Özil

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil is a World Cup winner, a five-time Germany Player of the Year, and statistically one of the most productive midfielders in the world. Yet despite all of these accolades, the 28-year-old is still regularly slated by both fans and pundits around the world. Some say he’s too lazy, and others claim that the midfielder disappears in big matches for the Gunners.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Istanbul’s best of enemies

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Istanbul (AFP) – For over a century, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have been battling for football supremacy in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, in the world’s only transcontinental derby.

Watched by a voracious media and unforgiving fans, it’s a game where losing simply can’t be an option.

Barcelona in last-gasp bid to have banned Neymar back for Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona made a last-gasp bid to have star striker Neymar back for Sunday’s critical Clasico clash with an appeal to a Spanish sports court against his three-game ban.

As it stands the 25-year-old is set to miss the blockbuster showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu after being shown the first red card of his Barcelona career for two bookable offences in a 2-0 defeat at Malaga earlier this month that badly dented their hopes of retaining the Spanish title.

Southgate leads tributes to ‘gentle giant’ Ehiogu

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate led the tributes on Friday to “gentle giant” Ugo Ehiogu after the sudden death of the former Aston Villa star at the age of 44.

Ehiogu collapsed on Thursday at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach, after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Man Utd face Celta Vigo in Europa semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester United will face the Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League over two legs and Ajax take on Lyon, after the draw on Friday.

Jose Mourinho’s United will be strong favourites and have the advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford as they attempt to lift the Europa League, knowing victory in the final would give them a place in next season’s Champions League.

Time for Spurs to prove their worth – Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte took a swipe at Tottenham ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final saying it is high time that the north London club ended decades of underachievement.

Conte’s Premier League leaders are just four points ahead of second-placed Tottenham in a tense title race, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed his team will be underdogs at Wembley this weekend.

Jesus returns to boost City’s Cup bid

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola hopes Gabriel Jesus will play a part in Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal after the Brazilian recovered from a broken foot.

Jesus had an immediate impact after making his City debut as a substitute against Tottenham in January, scoring three goals in four Premier League games and forcing Sergio Aguero out of the team.

Blatter says Platini could make comeback

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA’s ex-president Sepp Blatter said Friday that a comeback was possible for his former ally Michel Platini, declining to hit back after the Frenchman savaged him in an interview last month.

Blatter told AFP that Platini’s name may be cleared by “new elements” concerning the infamous two million Swiss franc payment ($2 million, 1.

Cahill to miss semi-final after kidney stone treatment

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed Gary Cahill is set to miss Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after being treated for a small stone in his kidney.

Cahill was admitted to hospital on Tuesday after training and the England centre-back had tests and treatment before being released on Thursday.

Man Utd ‘in trouble’ with injuries – Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s mounting injury problems mean they are “in trouble” going into the season’s decisive weeks, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho lost Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimiovic to injury during Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht, the pair joining Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata on the sidelines.

Pressure on Napoli, says Roma’s Dzeko

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Milan (AFP) – Roma striker Edin Dzeko insists the pressure is on Napoli in their Serie A battle for second spot, but called for a return to consistency with a Champions League-boosting win at Pescara on Monday.

Now eight points behind record-chasing leaders Juventus after a 1-1 home draw with Atalanta last week, Roma are just two points ahead of a Napoli side desperate to claim the second automatic Champions League spot.

El Clásico 2017: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona live stream

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For viewers in the United States, the first el Clásico of 2017 featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona will be shown live on television and live stream. The game kicks off at 2:45pm ET on Sunday, April 23.

Pre-game coverage on begins at 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT on the English-language beIN SPORTS, while the pre-match coverage begins at 12:15pm ET on the Spanish-language beIN SPORTS en Español.

Rangers hope to expose Celtic’s flaws in Cup

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Glasgow (AFP) – Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says it is up to his side to find and exploit Celtic’s weaknesses when the Glasgow giants clash in their Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

Celtic have enjoyed a flawless domestic season under Brendan Rodgers having already won the League Cup and wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title with eight games to spare.

Monaco train sights on French league title after European exploits

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Paris (AFP) – Champions League semi-finalists Monaco return to the business of attempting to win their first French league title since 2000 with a tricky visit to Lyon on Sunday.

By that time Leonardo Jardim’s young stars may well have been knocked off top spot in Ligue 1 by reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain, who will be fully expected to overcome mid-table Montpellier at home 24 hours earlier.

Atletico have edge in Champions League semis – Buffon

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Real Madrid are defending champions and Monaco the most “feisty” but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that Atletico Madrid are the “trickiest”.

Buffon shut out Lionel Messi and Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals but his Juventus side must beat one of the above in the last four to keep alive his dreams of a first Champions League title.

Mourinho braced for Ibrahimovic, Rojo bad news

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was preparing for bad news after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo to injury during his side’s Europa League quarter-final success against Anderlecht.

“I want to wait, but my feeling is not good for both,” Mourinho told reporters after his side’s 2-1 extra-time win at Old Trafford on Thursday completed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Ex-England defender Ehiogu dies – Tottenham

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London (AFP) – Tottenham’s under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The former England defender passed away after suffering a heart attack on Thursday.

Tottenham announced in a statement: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.

Police suspect greed not terror in Dortmund team attack

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Berlin (AFP) – Police commandos on Friday arrested a German-Russian suspect behind a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, indicating the motive was financial and not terror-related.

They said the man, identified only as 28-year-old Sergej W., was hoping to profit from a drop in the football team’s share price as a result of the attack last week.

Real, Atletico Madrid renew Champions League hostilities

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals as the city rivals do battle once more and French surprise-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw on Friday.

The all-Madrid showdown is a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals in Europe’s top club competition, with a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real victorious on both occasions in cagey affairs that they failed to settle after 90 minutes each time.

Young tells Manchester United to aim high, Liverpool on Euro hunt

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young has challenged Manchester United to storm to the finish line in the race to make the Premier League’s top four, while Liverpool aim to take another step towards the Champions League.

With leaders Chelsea and second placed Tottenham clashing in the FA Cup semi-finals, the fight for Premier League supremacy is on hold until next week, but there is still plenty at stake in this weekend’s fixtures.

Barkley and Lukaku uncertainty overshadow Everton’s ambitions

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Liverpool (AFP) – Doubts over the long term Everton futures of Premier League leading scorer Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Ross Barkley could ease if they beat West Ham on Saturday to all but guarantee a place in next season’s Europa League.

Both Lukaku - who tops the scoring charts with 24 goals - and Barkley have yet to sign new contracts with the former who is tied to the club till 2019 refusing to put pen to paper on a substantially better offer.

Hungry Spurs ready for Wembley feast

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino has warned Chelsea that success starved Tottenham are ready to underline their arrival as a major force by knocking the Premier League leaders out of the FA Cup this weekend.

Pochettino’s vibrant young side have emerged as the only serious opposition to Chelsea in the title race and on Saturday they face the acid test of their credentials when they resume hostilities with their London rivals in the semi-finals at Wembley.

Are Real Madrid better off without Bale?

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s potentially title-deciding La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

However, many Madrid fans won’t be losing any sleep should the Welshman miss out as Real have thrived despite another injury-ravaged season for the world’s second most expensive player.

Ibrahimovic blow mars Man Utd’s Europa progress

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The talismanic Swede, 35, had to go off after damaging his right knee late in the game at Old Trafford and may not play again this season, while United also lost centre-back Marcos Rojo.

Bastia get neutral ground, closed doors ban

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia will have to play their next home game at a neutral venue and behind closed doors as punishment for crowd violence which led to Sunday’s match with Lyon being abandoned, French Ligue 1 officials said.

Supporters of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked the visiting Lyon players which caused the game to be called off at half-time.

Ibrahimovic blow mars Manchester United’s Europa progress

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The talismanic Swede, 35, had to go off after damaging his right knee late in the game at Old Trafford and may not play again this season, while United also lost centre-back Marcos Rojo.

Dominant Robertson earns Fu snooker clash

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Sheffield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Neil Robertson booked a World Championship second-round clash with Hong Kong’s Marco Fu as the Australian crushed Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham on Thursday.

Robertson, the 2010 world champion, wasted little time turning an 8-1 overnight lead into a 10-4 victory at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Lyon break Besiktas hearts in Istanbul after 1st leg clashes

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Istanbul (AFP) – Lyon ended the Europa League dream of Turkey’s Besiktas in an epic penalty shoot-out in Istanbul Thursday, with the French side pulling into the semi finals despite travelling with virtually no fans after first leg clashes between supporters.

With the result ending 2-1 to Besiktas on the night and 3-3 on aggregate, the match went to penalties as the clock ticked well past midnight.

Rashford fires Manchester United into Europa League semi-finals

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marcus Rashford scored an extra-time winner as Manchester United defeated Anderlecht 2-1 and 3-2 on aggregate to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.

After the first leg of the quarter-final had ended 1-1, United took a 2-1 lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan slammed in a low shot in the 10th minute, but visiting captain Sofiane Hanni equalised in the 34th minute.

El Clásico 2017: beIN SPORTS’ TV coverage plans for Real Madrid-Barcelona

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beIN SPORTS’ coverage of the first el Clásico of 2017 between Real Madrid and Barcelona promises to be a must-see for soccer fans. In a first, both the English- and Spanish-language networks will air live coverage from Madrid, Miami and New York City.

La Liga has invested heavily in the quality of their coverage of el Clásico, which will include state-of-the-art equipment including aerial cameras, 360-degree replays, virtual reality tools, player tracking and dressing room access.

Neymar, Brady, James among Time Magazine’s ‘Most Influential’

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James were among seven sports figures named Thursday in Time Magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.

Polarizing NFL free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick also appeared on the list that included pioneers, artists and leaders.

Prosecutor urges Brazil ‘murder’ goalkeeper back to prison

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s top prosecutor on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to re-incarcerate a star goalkeeper recently released after partially serving a sentence for the gruesome murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot asked the court to reverse an earlier ruling that freed Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza in February, pending an appeal against his 2013 sentence of 22 years prison for his role in the woman’s slaying.

Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund DFB-Pokal semi-final to air on ESPN2

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Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal semi-final against Borussia Dortmund will be televised live on ESPN2.

Featuring two of the most popular teams in Germany, the German Cup semi-final will air on Wednesday, April 26 at 2:45pm ET across ESPN2, ESPN3 and Sling Orange.

ESPN will also broadcast the Monchengladbach vs.

Ex-England defender Ehiogu collapses at Spurs training ground

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London (AFP) – Tottenham’s under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital after the former England defender collapsed at the club’s training ground on Thursday.

Ehiogu, who starred for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough duing his playing career, has been on Tottenham’s coaching staff since 2014.

France to introduce video refereeing in football play-offs

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Paris (AFP) – Video technology will be used for the first time in refereeing in France in the end-of-season football play-offs, league officials announced Thursday.

The system will be introduced for the promotion and relegation matches between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in May, said French league (FPL) director general Didier Quillot.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Bale back in Madrid training ahead of Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale’s chances of being fit for Sunday’s blockbuster La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona were boosted as he returned to training on Thursday.

The Welshman has missed Madrid’s last two games against Sporting Gijon and Bayern Munich due to a flare up of the muscles around where he suffered ligament damage in his right ankle earlier in the season.

Singapore FA raided in white-collar crime probe

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Singapore (AFP) – Singapore police Thursday raided the offices of the city-state’s football governing body, which is in the throes of a leadership struggle ahead of a FIFA-ordered election.

At least six investigators from the city state’s white collar crime unit entered the offices of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) around 5:30pm (0930 GMT) where they were seen speaking to staff and going through documents.

Clement eyes Terry move if Swansea survive

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London (AFP) – Swansea City manager Paul Clement says he is interested in signing John Terry when the veteran central defender leaves Chelsea this summer, providing his struggling side avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Clement worked with Terry during his time as an assistant coach under then Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti in the 2009-10 season.

FA Cup won’t decide my fate, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has slammed suggestions Arsenal’s FA Cup fate will have an impact when he decides his Gunners future.

Wenger’s side face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Sunday with the Gunners boss yet to reveal if he will extend his 21-year stay with the north London club.

Spain Supreme Court reviews Messi tax-fraud sentence

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s Supreme Court on Thursday started reviewing a 21-month jail sentence handed to Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud after the Barcelona star lodged an appeal, a spokesman said.

But even if the sentence is maintained, neither Messi nor his father are likely to spend time behind bars, as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 10-16, 2017

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Viewership for NBC Universo’s coverage of Liga MX hit its peak for 2017 this past weekend as 284,000 watched Pachuca and Chivas play to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Prior to this match, Chivas were averaging 1.24 million viewers per match exclusively on Univision’s networks with 7 of their 10 matches drawing more than 1 million viewers.

Real Madrid depth gives them Clásico edge over Barcelona

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When it was confirmed Barcelona forward Neymar was to miss Sunday’s Clasico showdown with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, panic engulfed those associated with the Catalan giants.

Indeed, while the Brazilian’s petulance was there for all to see in the loss to Malaga, Barcelona are reportedly ready to launch an appeal to get the ban reduced.

ESPN3 to broadcast Man City-Lyon Champions League semis starring Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd

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The highly-anticipated UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals between Manchester City and Lyon will be streamed live on ESPN3 and Sling Orange.

The matches will feature US Women’s National Team stars Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. The first-leg of the semi-final will be streamed live at 9am ET on Saturday, April 22, while the second leg will be shown on Saturday, April 29.

Belgian Jupiler League comes to US TV and streaming thanks to Eleven Sports

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Eleven Sports, the newly launched sports channel that formed from the ashes of One World Sport, has acquired US rights to the Belgian Jupiler League (Belgian First Division A). This weekend, the channel will show all 3 matches from the current Championship Playoff that features the top six clubs from the league’s regular season:

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‘Unbeatable’ Juve hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” on their way to a spectacular Champions League semi-final exit on Wednesday.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages a day after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou.

Cord cutter’s guide to el Clasico

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Every year, the highlight of the soccer calendar is el Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. But if you live in the United States, the game isn’t available on over-the-air broadcast television. On television, it’s available exclusively via beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

Relentless Monaco dream on after reaching semis

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Monaco (AFP) – A brilliant Monaco side that has taken Europe by storm will not relent in their bid for glory after beating Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League semi-finals, promised coach Leonardo Jardim.

The team from the Mediterranean principality were too good for their German opponents in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg, winning 3-1 at the Stade Louis II to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

Former Liverpool great Fowler linked with Jets coaching job

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Sydney (AFP) – Liverpool great Robbie Fowler has expressed an interest in the vacant coaching job at Australia’s Newcastle Jets, the club said Thursday.

Former England striker Fowler, 42, has been linked with the job since Mark Jones was sacked at the weekend after the Jets finished the A-League season with the wooden spoon.

Chelsea, Spurs stars headline PFA Team of the Year

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London (AFP) – Table-topping Chelsea and their title rivals Tottenham both have four players in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, both nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, are included, while Blues central defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz are also in the line-up.

Israel lobbies FIFA as settlement showdown looms

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against Palestinian calls for FIFA to impose sanctions over football clubs based in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, an official said on Thursday.

The world football governing body meets for its congress in Bahrain from May 10 to 11 and could decide what action to take over the six clubs based in settlements that play in the Israeli league.

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

Wenger mulls second chance for ‘great player’ Wilshere

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to end Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal exile after the injury-plagued England international’s latest fitness setback.

Wenger sent Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth earlier this season in a bid to give the midfielder a chance to prove his fitness and form after several seasons of injury problems.

Dazed Dortmund lacked focus in Monaco – ‘keeper Burki

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Berlin (AFP) – Roman Burki says Borussia Dortmund lacked focus early in their 3-1 Champions League defeat at Monaco amidst the fall-out from last week’s bomb attack on their team bus.

“We weren’t 100 percent ready from the first second, perhaps we were too intent on scoring,” said Dortmund goalkeeper Burki after Wednesday’s defeat with the Germans failing to overturn their 3-2 first-leg defeat.

Klopp rules out Hart move

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a swoop for exiled Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart is currently on loan with Serie A side Torino after being banished by City manager Pep Guardiola.

He could return to the Premier League next season, but it is unlikely he will play for City again and Liverpool have been linked with a deal for the 30-year-old England international.

Which will be the most popular European soccer league in US in next decade? World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 23, we cover a range of topics including:

• Our opinions about which will be the most popular European soccer league on US TV in the next decade,

• Analysis of NBC’s trip to England and FOX’s coverage of MLS and Champions League,

• Important news for cord cutters who want NBC,

• The latest TV ratings from NWSL, MLS, Man United-Chelsea and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Where to find Manchester United vs. Anderlecht on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Anderlecht, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Anderlecht scored a late equalizer to tie the game 1-1 with Manchester United. In the second leg, the game will be played at Old Trafford, so Manchester United will have the advantage.

EPL clubs post pre-tax losses despite record revenues — report

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London (AFP) – Premier League clubs’ revenues hit a new record of £3.6 billion in the 2015-16 season, but top-flight teams still recorded pre-tax losses of £110 million, according to sports finance experts Deloitte.

The record revenues were nine percent higher than the previous top total of £3.

Where to find Schalke vs. Ajax on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Schalke vs. Ajax, you’ve come to the right place.

During the first leg, the game between Ajax and Schalke was the most entertaining match of that day, so don’t be surprised if the second leg is just as exciting. Ajax won the first leg 2-0 but should have taken a greater lead if they hadn’t missed their chances.

Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

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Monaco (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate.

Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie.

Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

Monaco beat Dortmund to reach semi-finals

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Monaco (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe’s early goal set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg to seal a 6-3 aggregate victory.

Mbappe struck after just three minutes in Monaco with Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain also on target for the hosts either side of a Marco Reus effort shortly after half-time.

Tuchel stunned as Dortmund bus delayed in Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said it “was very unfortunate” that his team’s bus was delayed on its way to their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Monaco on Wednesday.

Just a week after the German team’s bus was attacked by explosives en route to the first leg in Dortmund, the kick-off for the return match was delayed by five minutes.

Dortmund leave out Dembele, Schmelzer in Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has left both Marcel Schmelzer and Ousmane Dembele out of his starting line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg in Monaco.

The duo start on the bench along with Sven Bender as Erik Durm, Raphael Guerreiro and Matthias Ginter all start for the German club, who are looking to overturn a 3-2 first-leg deficit at the Stade Louis II.

Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 back on home soil.

Lyon, Besiktas handed suspended European bans

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Lyon and Besiktas were handed suspended European bans and fined 100,000 euros each on Wednesday after crowd violence scarred their Europa League quarter-final match in France, UEFA said.

The French and Turkish teams were excluded from taking part in the next continental club competition they qualify for but the governing body decided that the suspension will be deferred “for a probationary period of two years”.

End of Euro era but business as usual for Lahm, Alonso

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso insisted it’s business as usual despite the ex-Champions League winners making their final European appearances in the quarter-final defeat at Real Madrid.

Lahm and Alonso both retire from all football at the end of the season.

Mourinho tells Martial to prove his worth

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has laid down the law to Anthony Martial after leaving the Manchester United forward out of Sunday’s win over Chelsea.

Mourinho has advised Martial to follow the example of United team-mate Marcus Rashford, who battled back from a run of inconsistent performances to score a crucial goal in last weekend’s 2-0 victory against the Premier League leaders.

Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

FIFA image damaging search for World Cup sponsors – Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA’s tarnished image is badly hindering the search for sponsors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

His comments came after the Financial Times reported that the corruption-tainted world football body was struggling to find new sponsors for the upcoming World Cup, with Russian companies being “the slowest to come on board”.

Redknapp may extend surprise spell with Birmingham

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London (AFP) – Harry Redknapp says he is open to extending his shock return to management at Birmingham City beyond the end of this season.

The “football mad” former Tottenham boss, 70, has been hired by Birmingham’s Hong Kong-based owners in a desperate bid to avoid relegation from the Championship following Gianfranco Zola’s resignation with just three games remaining.

Win over Chelsea set Europa tone, says Manchester United’s Young

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young felt Manchester United’s stunning victory over Chelsea set a benchmark ahead of the conclusion of their Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht on Thursday.

United revitalised their season and blew open the Premier League title race by sinking leaders Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday in a tactical masterclass by manager Jose Mourinho.

Shakespeare savours Leicester’s taste of big time

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare said his side’s remarkable run to the Champions League quarter-finals left his players determined to return to Europe’s top table as soon as possible.

Appearing in the tournament for the first time Leicester cruised through the group phase and sank Europa League champions Sevilla in the last 16 before falling to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.

Debut NWSL game on Lifetime scores less than 100,000 viewers

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The first-ever NWSL game televised on Lifetime averaged 82,000 viewers this past Saturday for the game between Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride.

To put that into context, it’s the third best viewing number for a televised NWSL opening game in the past five years. In 2014, ESPN2’s broadcast had 177,000 viewers.

La Liga invites soccer fans to el Clásico rooftop party in New York City

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In the biggest club match of the year, Spain’s top-flight league has organized a rooftop viewing party in New York City for soccer fans to watch el Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Entrance to the viewing party is completely free, but you’ll need to register ahead of time at www.

Where to find Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Borussia Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund, you’ve come to the right place.

Despite the way that Monaco dominated the first leg, the French side still conceded two goals against Dortmund in a game that Monaco won 3-2. Everything’s still to play for on Wednesday as Dortmund travel to Monaco.

Where to find Chivas vs. Morelia Copa MX final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chivas vs. Morelia in the Copa MX final, you’ve come to the right place.

The Clausura 2017 Copa MX championship will be decided on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT in a single-game final match pitting Guadalajara’s Chivas against Monarcas Morelia.

Barcelona, Dortmund clutching Champions League lifelines

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are among the top scorers in the Champions League this season and will need their sharp-shooters at their deadliest to stay in the hunt for Europe’s biggest prize.

Both sides are aiming to pull off unlikely comebacks in quarter-final second legs on Wednesday on what promises to be another night of high drama.

Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for season with foot fracture

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot in Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, his club announced on Wednesday.

The Bayern shot-stopper and Germany captain suffered the injury while trying unsuccessfully to stop Cristiano Ronaldo netting his third goal in the 109th minute at the Bernabeu as defending holders Real won 4-2 after extra-time on Tuesday.

Terry won’t retire after leaving Chelsea

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London (AFP) – John Terry insists he has no intention of retiring when he completes the toughest decision of his life by leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

Terry revealed this week that he will bring down the curtain on his glittering 19-year Chelsea career once the current campaign is over.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Ronaldo defies Real boos to make it 101 not out

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo defied boos from Real Madrid’s infamously demanding fans to “demolish” Bayern Munich and set another personal milestone with 101 Champions League goals.

On a night of high drama and controversy at the Santiago Bernabeu the Portuguese striker once again dominated the headlines with a hat-trick to send the holders into the semi-finals for a record seventh straight year.

Where to find Barcelona vs. Juventus on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona vs. Juventus, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Juventus won the match 3-0 in Turin. But now, with the second leg to be played in Barcelona, it’s Messi and his teammates that have the tough task of trying to unlock the Juventus team.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semis after controversial refereeing decisions

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo first to 100 Champions League goals

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to reach 100 Champions League goals as he scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The Portugal star, who racked up a century of goals in Europe in the first leg, headed in his first of the game on 76 minutes before firing Real back ahead in the tie on 105 minutes.

Bayern Munich game against Wolfsburg to be televised on FOX network on April 29

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Following up on Bayern Munich’s appearance on the FOX network last weekend against Bayer Leverkusen, FOX has decided to broadcast the April 29 game between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich on the over-the-air FOX network.

As of press time, Wolfsburg sits sixth from bottom in the Bundesliga, while Bayern Munich is running away with the Bundesliga title race - a full eight points ahead of second-place RB Leipzig.

Atletico into Champions League semi-finals

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Atletico Madrid battled into the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons on Tuesday and ended Leicester City’s debut run in Europe’s elite competition.

The Spanish side went through 2-1 on aggregate after the two sides drew 1-1 on the night at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Vardy in vain as Atletico end Leicester fairytale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City’s Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end following a 1-1 quarter-final draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Leicester fell further behind to Saul Niguez’s first-half header, before Vardy’s 61st-minute strike gave them hope.

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi quickly added a second at the Stade Saint-Symphorien as PSG sought to crank up the pressure on Monaco.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Focused Dortmund set for comeback bid in Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is confident his side will not be affected by last week’s traumatic events when they meet Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

“We have put what happened behind us, emotionally we are stable and we are fully focused on the game,” Tuchel told reporters at a press conference at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday.

Morgan back for Leicester, Gameiro on Atletico bench

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City captain Wes Morgan came through a late fitness test to start in his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Morgan missed Leicester’s last six games due to a nerve problem in his back, but was passed fit to partner Yohan Benalouane, deputising at centre-back for the suspended Robert Huth.

Key trio return for Bayern, Isco in for Bale

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Madrid (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s hopes of overturning a 2-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit at Real Madrid on Tuesday were boosted as key trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski were all named in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

Hummels and top scorer Lewandowski missed last week’s first leg, whilst Boateng sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen with a groin injury.

Bastia close stand after attacks on Lyon players

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia have closed the stand from which its fans twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players in a French Ligue 1 match last weekend that was abandoned at half time.

After legal complaints filed by two Lyon players on Monday the Corsican club closed the stand and promised to upgrade security.

Dortmund players ‘fully focused’ on Monaco – Tuchel

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is confident his side will not be affected by last week’s traumatic events when they meet Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

“We have put what happened behind us, emotionally we are stable and we are fully focused on the game,” Tuchel told reporters at a press conference at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday.

Qatari official hits out at FIFA ban

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Doha (AFP) – A senior Qatari official who recently overturned a one-year FIFA ban said on Tuesday the case against him was “political” and may stand again for the all-powerful FIFA Council.

Saoud Al-Mohannadi, the Qatar Football Association’s vice-president, was making his first public comments since winning his appeal against the ban, handed down by a FIFA ethics committee last year.

Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo suffering worst attendances since 2011

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After four home matches each in the 2017 MLS season, Columbus Crew SC and Houston Dynamo are both drawing their lowest average attendances since 2011.

The Crew attendance is down 22.7% compared to last season, and is currently averaging 12,659 fans per game this season.

Barca will need five to beat Juventus – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus on Wednesday to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Crystal Palace-Leicester viewing number beats Orlando-LA Galaxy MLS game on FOX

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The viewing number for MLS’ first over-the-air broadcast on English-language television in 2017 is in, and the news isn’t good.

In previous years, whenever Premier League TV ratings in the United States have beaten MLS viewing numbers for games played during the same weekend, MLS apologists have insisted it was due to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or another big Premier League club being featured.

Tight security in Madrid for Bayern-Real clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Some 1,800 police officers will be deployed to the streets of the Spanish capital for Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, city hall said.

The quarter-final second leg, which was declared “high risk” as is common for high profile Champions League games, comes after several European ties have been marred by violence.

Ashley Young determined to make most of Manchester United chance

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Ashley Young insisted he still had “fire in my belly” after getting back into the first team at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old former England international has made just 13 starts for Jose Mourinho’s men so far this season and was linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window.

Monaco host Dortmund in Champions League quarter-final second leg

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Monaco (AFP) – There is just a year in age between them, neither had a distinguished playing career and both have been linked with moves to the Premier League, so Leonardo Jardim and Thomas Tuchel have plenty in common.

They are two of Europe’s most exciting younger coaches, but only one will take his team into the last four of the Champions League as Monaco and Borussia Dortmund meet in their quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.

Rising star Dybala is Messi’s mirror image

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Barcelona (AFP) – Diminutive, dynamic and armed with a deadly left foot, Paulo Dybala could be a prototype of a Lionel Messi clone.

The similarities between the two Argentines, who face off in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg between Juventus and Barcelona, have been noted by Dybala’s strike partner Gonzalo Higuain among others.

Bus attack leaves Dortmund fighting blood, sweat and tears battle

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Marc Bartra gave blood, other Borussia Dortmund players have nightmares about the bomb attack on their bus and now the German team may need the sweat of Marco Reus to pull off a fairy tale place in the Champions League last four.

The scars left by three bombs that scorched the side of the bus and fired metal shards inside before the quarter-final against Monaco have gone much further than Bartra’s fractured wrist.

Where to find Tigres vs. Pachuca, Champions League final 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Tigres vs. Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League final, you’ve come to the right place.

The first leg of the 2017 CONCACAF Champions League final kicks off on Tuesday night between Liga MX clubs Tigres UANL and Pachuca. Speaking of Pachuca, the club has won 4 CONCACAF Champions League finals in the past in 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009–10, while Tigres UANL has never won the competition.

Essien, Cole caught without Indonesia work permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

‘Fed up’ Harry Redknapp takes Birmingham job

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London (AFP) – Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp said he had returned to football as the new boss of Championship strugglers Birmingham City on Tuesday because he was “fed up” with his time away from the sport.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur boss has replaced Gianfranco Zola, whose dismal four months in charge of second-tier Birmingham ended on Monday with the Italian declaring “I sacked myself”.

Essien, Cole banned from playing in Indonesia without permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Wenger sets tough target to rescue season

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger challenged his players to win every game between now and the end of the season to keep alive faint hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.

Seven league wins is the only way the Frenchman reckons that Arsenal can secure a Champions League place after ending a run of four away league defeats with a 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough on Monday.

Promoted Brighton in full Bloom

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London (AFP) – Tony Bloom is a feared presence at any poker table but on Monday the biggest wager of this renowned gambler, the £200 million investment in Brighton, paid off with their promotion to the Premier League.

The Seagulls have truly taken flight rising to a level that 20 years ago would have been deemed fantastical as they found themselves in dire straits like a character out of Charles Dickens novels, without a home and penniless.

Where to find Leicester vs. Atletico Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Leicester vs. Atletico Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Atletico Madrid won the game 1-0 after an Antoine Griezmann goal gave them the win. But in the second leg, there’s still everything to play for with Atleti only leading on a 1-0 aggregate lead thus far.

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Real Madrid traveled to Germany to eek out a 2-1 victory against Bayern Munich and are now certainly in the driving seat to advance to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Sanchez, Ozil strike to end Arsenal away woes

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ended Arsenal’s run of four successive away defeats with a scratchy 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough in their Premier League clash on Monday.

The Gunners’ performance was far from convincing but will still bring some relief to their beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger.

John Terry — Five highs and lows

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London (AFP) – Five highs and lows of former England captain John Terry’s 19-year career at his beloved Chelsea after it was announced Monday he would be leaving at the end of the season:

HIGHS

Captain Fantastic

Chelsea’s most successful skipper after being appointed in 2004 captained them a record 578 times and to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the 2012 Champions League.

Zola ends desperate spell as Birmingham boss

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London (AFP) – Gianfranco Zola resigned as manager of Birmingham City on Monday after a dreadful run of results since he took over at the Championship club just four months ago.

The 50-year-old Italian was a controversial appointment by the club’s Chinese owners after they sacked Gary Rowett, who had Birmingham well placed to challenge for a place in the play-offs, in December.

Gameiro trains on eve of Leicester clash

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro is in line to return for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City on Tuesday after taking part in training on Monday.

Gameiro, 29, has missed Atletico’s last five games due to a groin problem, with Fernando Torres deputising alongside Antoine Griezmann.

Balance key to outfoxing Atletico Madrid: Leicester’s Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City must strike the right emotional and tactical balance if they are to make more history against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Craig Shakespeare said on Monday.

Exactly eight years on from a 2-0 win at Southend United that saw Leicester promoted from the third tier, England’s miracle club are one victory away from a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Promoted Brighton back among England’s elite

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion saw their 34-year wait for a return to the top flight of English football end with promotion to the Premier League on Monday.

Championship leaders Brighton beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 and their promotion was confirmed when Huddersfield could only manage a 1-1 draw at Derby in the day’s late kick-off.

Godin not fazed by Atletico’s penalty pain

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Diego Godin is not worried about Atletico Madrid’s abysmal recent record with penalties, he said on Monday ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Leicester City.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot to give Atletico a 1-0 win in last week’s first leg, but he had squandered his previous four penalties taken during play.

Madrid’s Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

However, the visitors’ chances of overcoming a 2-1 first-leg deficit were handed a huge boost as Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be fit to start.

Zola resigns as Birmingham manager

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London (AFP) – Gianfranco Zola resigned as manager of Birmingham City on Monday after a dreadful run of results since he took over at the Championship club just four months ago.

The 50-year-old Italian was a controversial appointment by the club’s Chinese owners after they sacked Gary Rowett, who had Birmingham well placed to challenge for a place in the play-offs, in December.

Review of NWSL’s Lifetime and go90 TV and streaming coverage from opening weekend

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A new era in women’s soccer began on Saturday with NWSL’s new television deal with Lifetime as well as streaming on the go90 platform.

The decision to place one weekly game with a 4pm ET start time on Lifetime was a no-brainer. A&E, the parent company of Lifetime, has invested in NWSL.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Russia moves to bar foreign hooligans from World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia on Monday adopted a law to bar foreign hooligans from the country as it tries to clamp down on fan violence ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

The legislation - approved by President Vladimir Putin - hands authorities the right to block entry for anyone previously found guilty of hooliganism abroad.

Lowly Standard sack Serbian coach

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Brussels (AFP) – Standard Liege have sacked their Serbian coach Aleksandar Jankovic after the iconic Belgian top-flight outfit could only finish ninth in the regular season.

“Negative results led the two parties to accept the consequences,” a club statement said on Monday.

Jankovic, a former Red Star Belgrade coach, took over the ten-time Belgian champions in September 2016.

Dundee sack manager Paul Hartley

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scottish Premiership strugglers Dundee have sacked manager Paul Hartley, the club announced on Monday.

Dundee have lost their last seven matches and are second-bottom of Scotland’s top flight, five points above basement club Inverness Caledonian Thistle with five games of the season remaining.

Fuchs in awe of Atletico’s ‘amazing’ Griezmann

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs professed his admiration for Antoine Griezmann on Monday, but says last week’s encounter with the Atletico Madrid hotshot helped his side get the measure of him.

Griezmann scored the only goal - a disputed penalty following a foul outside the box - as Atletico won 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Balance key to outfoxing Atletico – Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City must strike the right balance both emotionally and tactically if they are to conquer battle-hardened Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, manager Craig Shakespeare said on Monday.

Leicester approach Tuesday’s return leg trailing 1-0 after Antoine Griezmann’s disputed penalty in Madrid last week gave Atletico a slender advantage.

Lyon players file complaint after Bastia fan attacks

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Marseille (AFP) – Three Lyon players have filed police complaints after being attacked by Bastia fans during Sunday’s Ligue 1 match.

Sunday’s clash was called off at half-time with the score at 0-0 after fans of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 7 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 7 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Orlando Puts On A Show

There’s something pretty special going on in Orlando.

The Lions have turned heads from the moment they entered MLS with Kaka and a sellout crowd of more than 60,000 at the Citrus Bowl, but what has happened since this club opened its new stadium has been on another level entirely.

Chelsea’s title chances ’50 percent’ – Conte

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – “Six finals” await Chelsea in the Premier League run-in after a 2-0 loss at Manchester United that leaves their title chances at only “50 percent”, manager Antonio Conte said.

Having hoped to re-establish a seven-point lead over second-place Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea’s advantage remains four points following Sunday’s defeat at Old Trafford.

China firm scraps deal to buy Southampton stake

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Shanghai (AFP) – China stadium builder Lander Sports Development said Monday it had scrapped plans to buy a stake in English football club Southampton, blaming unspecified “policy” changes amid a Chinese government clampdown on overseas investments.

The acquisition would have made Southampton, currently ninth in the Premier League, the latest top-flight English club to gain Chinese investment.

Chelsea masterclass gives Jose his mojo back

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London (AFP) – As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sauntered down the Old Trafford touchline ostentatiously pointing at the club crest on his gilet, the message was clear: I’m still the man.

Mourinho has had a challenging first season at the United helm, with nine home draws in the league summing up his difficulties, but Sunday’s 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea was a tactical masterclass.

Gareth Bale out of Bayern return, doubt for Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real’s crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

Barcelona eye another famous comeback with semis in sight

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Paris (AFP) – Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice.

Bayern face familiar Champions League fate in Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Bayern Munich face a familiar problem as they travel to old European foes Real Madrid on Tuesday needing to make history to keep faint hopes of Champions League glory alive.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half double in Munich last week made him the first man to reach a century of European goals, but more importantly handed Madrid a vital 2-1 first leg lead.

Date with destiny awaits reanimated Vardy

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London (AFP) – When Jamie Vardy pictured himself making history in the Champions League, the record he set in Leicester City’s loss to Atletico Madrid was probably not what he had in mind.

The England striker came off during last week’s quarter-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon having completed none of his two attempted passes, in what is thought to have been a Champions League first.

Klopp hails Mignolet as Liverpool close on Europe

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp singled out much-derided Simon Mignolet for special praise after the goalkeeper stood firm in the face of a West Bromwich Albion barrage to help grind out a priceless 1-0 away win.

Klopp was relieved to see his Liverpool side hold on despite their failure to add a second goal to Roberto Firmino’s first-half header at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

Adams slumps to heavy home defeat on Granada bow

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Madrid (AFP) – Granada’s slim hopes of launching a bid for La Liga survival under Tony Adams were further diminished as an under-strength Celta Vigo ran out 3-0 away winners on Sunday.

Former Arsenal and England captain Adams took temporary charge until the end of the season earlier this week having previously worked at Granada as an adviser to Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang.

Match abandoned after Bastia fans attack Lyon players

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia’s home game with Lyon in French Ligue 1 was abandoned at half time after supporters of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked the visiting players on Sunday.

Home fans at Bastia’s Armand Cesari stadium targeted Lyon’s players as they warmed up before the game, causing it to be delayed by more than 50 minutes, and then again as the visitors went in for the break.

Revenge for Mourinho as Man Utd stun Chelsea

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a brilliant and unexpected 2-0 home victory over former club Chelsea on Sunday to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.

Mourinho gambled by resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera’s goals gave United a win that leaves Chelsea just four points above Tottenham Hotspur with six games to play.

Bastia fans attack Lyon players on pitch

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Dozens of Bastia fans invaded the pitch at their Armand Cesari stadium and attacked Lyon players as they warmed up for a French Ligue 1 game on Sunday.

Lyon players fled to the dressing rooms and the 1500 GMT kick-off between the two sides was consequently delayed by more than 50 minutes.

Sevilla slump continues in Valencia stalemate

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla’s alarming slump in form continued but the visitors were grateful to escape with a point from a 0-0 draw at Valencia on Sunday.

Valencia were denied a fourth consecutive win as Italian striker Simone Zaza had a goal ruled out for handball 17 minutes from time.

Bastia fans attack Lyon players

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Dozens of Bastia fans invaded the pitch at their Armand Cesari stadium and attacked Lyon players as they warmed up for a French Ligue 1 game on Sunday.

Lyon players fled to the dressing rooms and the 1500 GMT kick-off between the two sides was consequently delayed, with some doubt as to whether the game would kick off at all.

‘Angry’ Steve McClaren desperate for coaching comeback

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London (AFP) – Former England manager Steve McClaren cannot wait to return to football after saying on Sunday he was “really angry” at his sacking by Derby County for a second time.

McClaren was dismissed by the English second-tier club last month, after going back to a job he first lost in May 2015.

Firmino lifts Liverpool back to third at West Brom

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that moved Jurgen Klopp’s men back into third place in the Premier League.

Firmino settled a scrappy game with a close-range header in first half stoppage-time to condemn Albion boss Tony Pulis to his first ever home league defeat against the Reds.

Chelsea without Courtois at United, Ibrahimovic benched

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea received a setback ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to withdraw from their squad through injury.

The Belgium international, who is reported to have suffered an ankle injury in training, was replaced in goal by Asmir Begovic in Chelsea’s only change.

Wenger confident Arsenal ready for Boro battle

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has insisted his Arsenal players have the character to halt a run of four successive away defeats when they visit Middlesbrough as they look to revive their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Wenger’s team could be at 10 points off a place among the leading quartet by the time they kick-off at strugglers Middlesbrough on Monday if Liverpool win away to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Guardiola vows to remain above United-Chelsea fray

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will be watching Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford with a professional interest rather than willing the Londoners to win.

That is despite the fact that a victory for league leaders Chelsea over City’s local rivals will assist Guardiola’s men in their quest to finish in the top four and secure a place in next term’s Champions League.

Pochettino vows Spurs won’t repeat 2016 meltdown

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur will not lose their cool like they did last season, manager Mauricio Pochettino pledged after his side overwhelmed Bournemouth to increase the heat on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Spurs’ bid to pip Leicester City to the title last season came crashing down amid a flurry of bookings and suspensions following stormy draws against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

Larin’s stoppage-time goal lifts Orlando in MLS

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Miami (AFP) – Cyle Larin scored the game-winner in the first minute of injury time on Saturday as Orlando City stayed perfect in their new stadium with 2-1 Major League Soccer win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Canadian international Larin was able to maneuver into position on a corner and volley an off-balance effort into the top of the net.

Panama international football player shot dead

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Panama City (AFP) – Panamanian football player Amilcar Henriquez, a veteran member of the national team, was shot dead, authorities said.

Gunmen got out of a car and opened fire on Henriquez and his friends in Sabanitas, a suburb of the city of Colon, according to preliminary reports.

Chinese fans fume as injured Tevez visits Disneyland

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Shanghai (AFP) – The world’s highest-paid footballer, Carlos Tevez, has come under fire from Shanghai Shenhua supporters after being spotted at Disneyland the same day he missed an important match due to injury.

The Argentinian striker, who’s been earning a 38-million-euro salary since he joined the Chinese team at the start of the year, was photographed Saturday at Shanghai Disneyland - while his team was playing another Chinese premier league club.

Ibrahimovic says drained by Man Utd fixture pile-up

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is feeling the effects of being Manchester United’s main man in a hectic first season at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic has already made 44 appearances and scored 28 goals as United reached the latter stages of three cup competitions and challenged for a place in the Premier League’s top four.

Shakespeare hopes Morgan will be fit for Atletico clash

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare is hopeful talismanic defender Wes Morgan will be fit to return for Leicester City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Morgan, the Leicester captain and centre-back, has been sidelined with a back injury since mid-March and was again missing from the squad that drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 3-9, 2017

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Major League Soccer viewership continued to decline last week as the match between Orlando City and New York Red Bulls on ESPN drew just 233,000 viewers, nearly 150,000 viewers fewer than the friendly match between the United States Women’s National Team and Russia. Orlando-New York Red Bulls was the least-viewed program on ESPN for that day.

Where to find Manchester United vs. Chelsea on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Chelsea, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the biggest clubs in the English Premier League clash on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester. Chelsea has a huge opportunity to advance their lead atop the Premier League in the final laps of the 2016/17 season.

Falcao allows Monaco to grind out precious victory

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao came off the bench to turn the game in Monaco’s favour as the Ligue 1 leaders recovered from a goal down to beat Dijon 2-1 on Saturday.

Cedric Varrault’s goal had struggling Dijon in front at the Stade Louis II but Nabil Dirar poked in following a Falcao free-kick to equalise on 69 minutes and the Colombian netted from another dead ball to secure the points.

Messi keeps Barca alive ahead of El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico.

Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2.

Real Madrid to face MLS All-Stars in August

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Real Madrid will take on Major League Soccer’s All-Star lineup at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 2, MLS announced on Saturday.

The game will mark the first time that the MLS All-Stars will play a team from La Liga.

In previous versions of the exhibition All-Star Game, the side culled from MLS clubs have taken on clubs from the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, Serie A, Mexico and the Scottish Premier League.

Higuain fires Juve towards scudetto, Napoli close on Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain’s brace sent Juventus eight points clear in Serie A with a 2-0 win at struggling Pescara on Saturday, as Napoli capitalised on a Roma slip-up to boost their Champions League hopes.

Argentina striker Higuain, who hit a new league record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, took his tally to 23 to trail Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Andrea Belotti of Torino by two goals in the ‘Capocannoniere’ race.

Real Madrid instead of Barcelona elects to play in 2017 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS today announced that the opponent in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game will be Real Madrid in a game that will be played at Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 2, 2017.

Initially, Barcelona was invited to play in the MLS All-Star Game but the Blaugrana has instead decided to play Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in three matches across the United States this summer in the 2017 International Champions Cup.

Spurs hot on Chelsea’s heels, City up to third

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London (AFP) – Title-chasing Tottenham thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 to move within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Manchester City climbed to third place after a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are hot on Chelsea’s heels as the title race enters the final furlong and their dominant display at White Hart Lane keeps them in with a chance of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961.

Leipzig Champions League dream comes true

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner said RB Leipzig’s dreams had come true as their 4-0 rout of Freiburg on Saturday guaranteed them a crack at the Champions League next season.

With five games left, Leipzig are guaranteed to finish their first Bundesliga season in the top four.

Kompany leads by example for ruthless City

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Vincent Kompany marked his return to the Manchester City line-up with a rare goal as his side climbed to third in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team were in control for long periods at St Mary’s, but it wasn’t until the 55th minute that City captain Kompany put them ahead with his first goal since August 2015.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is still somehow undervalued

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund players and fans paid tribute to defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.

Delight as Leipzig Champions League dream comes true

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner said RB Leipzig’s dreams had come true as their 4-0 rout of Freiburg on Saturday guaranteed them a crack at the Champions League next season.

With five games left, Leipzig are guaranteed to finish their first Bundesliga season in the top four.

Seri scores twice as Nice secure Champions League place

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Paris (AFP) – Pocket-sized midfielder Jean Michael Seri netted twice in the second half as Nice came from behind to beat Nancy 3-1 on Saturday and secure a crack at next season’s Champions League.

Junior Dale gave struggling Nancy the lead at the Allianz Riviera but Mikael Le Bihan levelled before the break and Ivory Coast international Seri took centre stage in the second half, scoring one of his goals from the penalty spot.

Higuain brace puts Scudetto in sight for Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain’s brace sent Juventus eight points clear in Serie A with a 2-0 win at struggling Pescara on Saturday, and relaunched his bid for another top scorer’s award.

Argentina striker Higuain, who hit a new league record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, now only trails Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Andrea Belotti of Torino by two goals in the ‘Capocannoniere’ race.

Shaqiri gem condemns travel-sick Hull

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Xherdan Shaqiri cracker put the gloss on a 3-1 Stoke City home win on Saturday to leave Hull City deep in Premier League relegation trouble.

Travel-sick Hull at least had the consolation of Swansea City losing 1-0 at Watford, meaning the Tigers stay two points above the Welsh side, who occupy the last spot in the relegation zone.

Benteke heads Palace closer to safety

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London (AFP) – Christian Benteke’s 14th goal of the season completed Crystal Palace’s two-goal comeback to secure a point in a 2-2 home draw with Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Leicester –- who face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday –- took an early lead through Robert Huth with Jamie Vardy adding a second early in the second half at Selhurst Park.

Sunderland in dire straits despite Borini leveller

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sunderland salvaged a 2-2 draw against West Ham thanks to Fabio Borini’s late equaliser, but the Premier League’s bottom club remain in severe danger of relegation.

David Moyes’ side are nine points from safety with just six games remaining after a frustrating afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

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Madrid (AFP) – Isco struck in stoppage time to send Real Madrid six points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 on Saturday.

Madrid can all but secure a first league title in five years with victory when they host Barca next weekend.

Reus nets on return as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out as Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale after a shocking last week.

Spurs hot on Chelsea’s heels, Everton up to fifth

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London (AFP) – Title-chasing Tottenham thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 to move within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Everton climbed to fifth place with a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are hot on Chelsea’s heels as the title race enters the final furlong and their dominant display at White Hart Lane keeps them in with a chance of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961.

Everton ban Sun tabloid over Barkley article

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London (AFP) – Everton banned The Sun tabloid from its premises on Saturday over an article about their player Ross Barkley that critics branded “racist”.

The article in Britain’s best-selling newspaper was about the 23-year-old England midfielder getting into a fight in a nightclub in Everton’s home city of Liverpool.

Paulinho under fire in China over ads with porn star

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Beijing (AFP) – Brazilian international Paulinho was chastised Saturday by the Chinese football federation after promoting a betting company with a porn star - two sectors banned in the communist country.

In the photographs online that have been an embarrassment for his Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, Paulinho, smiling and clutching a wad of cash, is shown standing next to a woman in a white bikini top and shorts.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea predicted lineups, TV times and preview

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By the time Chelsea kick off at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Sunday, their lead at the top of the Premier League table could be chopped down to just four points.

It makes this match, that’s been a little overlooked with so much midweek football to enjoy, an absolutely vital one.

Milestone man Kane keeps Tottenham Hotspurs in title hunt

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Tottenham Hotspur crushed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to cut Chelsea’s advantage at the summit to four points.

Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen were also on target on a sunny spring afternoon at White Hart Lane that saw Spurs record seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967.

Dortmund blast victim Bartra leaves hospital

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Berlin (AFP) – Defender Marc Bartra, who was wounded when three bombs rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, left hospital on Saturday as he recovers from wrist surgery.

The 26-year-old is now resting at home after being hit by flying glass on Tuesday when Borussia’s bus was attacked on the way to their stadium for a Champions League match against Monaco.

Milestone man Kane keeps Tottenham Hotspur in title hunt

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Tottenham Hotspur crushed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to cut Chelsea’s advantage at the summit to four points.

Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen were also on target on a sunny spring afternoon at White Hart Lane that saw Spurs record seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

Milestone man Kane keeps Spurs in hunt

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Tottenham Hotspur crushed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to cut Chelsea’s advantage at the summit to four points.

Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen were also on target on a sunny spring afternoon at White Hart Lane that saw Spurs record seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967.

Di Maria sends PSG level with Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a brace to keep Paris Saint-Germain hot on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco’s heels with a 2-0 win at Angers on Friday.

The Argentina international showed his class with one sublime and another clinical finish as PSG moved level on points at the top of the table.

Coutinho, Firmino fire Reds’ Euro dreams

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho is proving invaluable to Liverpool as they attempt to secure Champions League qualification and his return to full health is crucial as they travel to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Coutinho has scored in each of Liverpool’s last three matches, yet arguably should not have been involved at all as they won at Stoke City last Saturday.

Where to find Sporting vs. Real Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Sporting vs. Real Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

After Real Madrid’s impressive away performance against Bayern Munich midweek in the UEFA Champions League, Los Blancos return to Spain on Saturday for an important league match against Sporting Gijon.

Where to find Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad, you’ve come to the right place.

After a disastrous week for Barcelona in losses against Malaga and Juventus, the Blaugrana have a chance to bounce back with a home game against Real Sociedad only one week before Barcelona faces Real Madrid in the first el Clasico of 2017.

Villa ices game with spectacular chip shot

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Washington (AFP) – Former Barcelona striker David Villa helped lead New York City FC to a 2-0 victory Friday with a jaw-dropping chip from 53 yards out against the lowly Philadelphia Union.

The 35-year-old Spaniard delivered the clincher with his highlight chip in the 90th minute in front of a crowd of 16,000 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Dortmund boss considered Champions League pull out

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says he flirted with pulling the club out of the Champions League after Tuesday’s team bus attack before resolving not to give in to the bombers.

“I briefly asked myself if we shouldn’t withdraw completely from the competition, but that would have been a victory for those responsible for the attack,” he told Saturday’s Der Spiegel magazine.

Mourinho summons strength for Chelsea ambush

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must rally a fatigued and foundering team this weekend as he rekindles an increasingly thorny rivalry with his former club Chelsea, the Premier League leaders.

United have drawn five of their last six home games and go into Sunday’s Old Trafford showdown on the back of a leggy 1-1 draw at Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Sun columnist suspended over Barkley comments

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London (AFP) – Britain’s Sun tabloid said on Friday it had suspended its columnist Kelvin MacKenzie over an article about footballer Ross Barkley that critics branded “racist”.

The article in Britain’s best-selling newspaper was about the 23-year-old England midfielder getting into a fight in a nightclub in Liverpool this week.

Where to find Spurs vs. Bournemouth on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Spurs vs. Bournemouth, you’ve come to the right place.

Tottenham Hotspur has an ideal opportunity to close the gap with Chelsea to four points ahead of Antonio Conte’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday in what could be a pivotal game for the Blues.

No exceptional salary measures for Sanchez, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal should not change their wage policy in any new contract offer to Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, said beleaguered Gunners manager Arsene Wenger on Saturday.

The 67-year-old Frenchman’s remarks may further enrage Arsenal fans who are divided as to whether he should sign a new contract and extend his 21-year reign after a season of crushing disappointments.

Football: Di Maria sends PSG level with Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a brace to keep Paris Saint-Germain hot on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco’s heels with a 2-0 win at Angers on Friday.

The Argentina international showed his class with one sublime and another clinical finish as PSG moved level on points at the top of the table.

Where to find Inter Milan vs. AC Milan on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Inter Milan vs. AC Milan, you’ve come to the right place.

The timing of the Milan derby couldn’t have come at a more interesting time given the takeover of AC Milan by investors from China who are promising significant investment in the club.

Guardiola accepts City ‘far away’ from Champions League

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are “far away” from challenging for European club football’s biggest prize.

The manager of the world’s self-styled wealthiest football club has been in the unusual position of watching the Champions League quarter-finals from a distance this week.

Di Maria sends PSG level with Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a brace to keep Paris Saint-Germain hot on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco’s heels with a 2-0 win at Angers on Friday.

The Argentina international showed his class with one sublime and another clinical finish as PSG moved level on points at the top of the table.

Rule change pushes Premier League into £312m loss – report

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London (AFP) – The Premier League is set to announce a record annual pre-tax loss of £312 million because of the declining value of the sterling and new accounting rules, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

English football’s top flight is the wealthiest major domestic football competition in the world, with much of its income generated from lucrative overseas broadcast deals.

Sampaoli unhappy at Sevilla’s Argentina rebuke

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli reacted angrily on Friday to Sevilla’s decision to threaten the Argentine Football Association (AFA) with legal action over AFA’s interest in hiring the Sevilla coach to rescue their floundering World Cup qualifying campaign.

Sevilla issued a statement on Wednesday describing comments from new AFA president Claudio Tapia over his intentions to meet Sampaoli over the vacant coach’s role as “unacceptable” and “a lack of respect.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 33

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NBC Sports Group’s full on-location coverage from the United Kingdom this weekend is highlighted by six-and-a-half hours of live Premier League Sunday coverage from Old Trafford, as Manchester United, currently on a 21-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League, face league-leaders Chelsea this Sunday, April 16, at 11 a.

Marseille’s Evra insists he’s not ready for ‘guillotine’

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Marseille (AFP) – Patrice Evra may be 35 and struggling through a frustrating stop-start season, but the Marseille full-back insisted on Friday that his career is not yet ready for the “guillotine”.

Evra began the season at Juventus where he started most matches on the bench before moving to Marseille in January.

Bale, Ronaldo out of Gijon trip

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid’s trip to Sporting Gijon on Saturday and faces a race against time to be fit for Real’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Bale had to be replaced for the final half hour of Madrid’s 2-1 win in Munich on Wednesday after aggravating an ankle injury that saw him miss nearly three months earlier this season.

Mourinho gives downbeat assessment on key Manchester United trio

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope no mishap befalls central defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo after announcing on Friday both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be out till “mid-May”.

Mourinho, speaking after United returned from Belgium where they drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, added pivotal midfielder Juan Mata would be out till “late May”, which could mean he misses all of the Premier League run-in.

Lyon, Besiktas accuse each other over Europa violence

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Décines-Charpieu (France) (AFP) – Lyon and Besiktas are braced for punishment by UEFA over Thursday’s violence-marred European tie as both clubs blamed opposing fans for instigating much of the trouble.

European football’s governing body have opened an inquiry into the Europa League quarter-final first leg which was scarred by violence and a pitch invasion.

Unrepentant Enrique plots Barcelona’s new Euro revival

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted he made no tactical errors in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus and talked up Barca’s chances of another stunning Champions League revival on Friday.

The Spanish champions suffered back-to-back defeats at Malaga and Juventus in the past week to severely damage their hopes of winning La Liga or the Champions League.

Dortmund attack ‘longest 15 mins of my life’ – Bartra

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra, who was wounded when three bombs rocked his Bundesliga team’s bus, described on Friday his ordeal as “the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life”.

“The pain, the panic, the uncertainty of not knowing what was happening, or how long it would last… they were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life,” the Spanish defender wrote in a message posted on Instagram.

New AC Milan president Li given Berlusconi backing

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Milan (AFP) – Yonghong Li was officially named AC Milan’s new president on Friday, but reminded fans the Serie A club’s new Chinese owners could “always count on” iconic former owner Silvio Berlusconi.

A remarkable 31-year reign at the Italian giants ended for Berlusconi on Thursday when the 80-year-old media tycoon and former prime minister of Italy sold Milan to Chinese consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.

Nothing special about Chelsea reunion, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insists he won’t be fuelled by revenge when Manchester United face Chelsea on Sunday because he regards the crucial clash against his old club as just another game.

Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea last season, could be forgiven for doing everything in his power to beat Antonio Conte’s side after suffering two chastening defeats at the hands of the Premier League leaders earlier this season.

Plaudits are nice but we want title, says Chelsea’s Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante to forget about individual awards and focus on ensuring the Premier League leaders are crowned champions.

Chelsea stars Hazard and Kante were named this week on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award, along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

Where to find Newcastle vs. Leeds United on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Newcastle vs. Leeds United, you’ve come to the right place.

In this huge Championship match today, supporters for Newcastle United and Leeds United are both dreaming of getting promoted to the Premier League at the end of this season.

Leicester face test of focus amid Euro drama

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare must decide whether to focus on securing Leicester’s Premier League survival against Crystal Palace or allow his stars to rest before the latest chapter in their European adventure.

Shakespeare’s side head to Selhurst Park on Saturday still licking their wounds after Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Man City wary of Saints stealing their halo

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s Champions League qualification chances look a little more solid after a productive week, but there will still be little margin for error when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed their first win in five Premier League matches last weekend, a straightforward 3-1 home victory over struggling Hull making City a little more secure in fourth place.

Monaco drained but aiming to keep PSG at bay

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco must put midweek events in Germany out of their minds and get back to the business of trying to win the French title as the Ligue 1 leaders entertain struggling Dijon on Saturday.

The game at the Stade Louis II comes in between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, with Monaco leading 3-2 from the first leg.

Rattled Dortmund seek solace after attack

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund face the difficult challenge of recovering from Tuesday’s frightening bomb attack on their team bus as they prepare to host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Players and staff alike were badly shaken after their team coach was rocked by three explosions on the way to Signal Iduna Park ahead of their Champions League tie against Monaco.

Zenit out to slow Spartak title charge

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg will try to reinvigorate their fading Russian Premier League title hopes when they face leaders Spartak Moscow on Sunday.

Spartak, who won the last of their nine titles in 2001, are eight points clear of both city rivals CSKA and Zenit with eight matches to go.

Five things to look out for in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to look out for in La Liga this weekend.

Barca begin life without Neymar

Barca’s season unravelled quickly in the past week as they lost at Malaga to fall three points behind Madrid, who also have a game in hand, at the top of the table and were then thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the Champions League.

No slacking now, Waghorn tells Rangers team-mates

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Glasgow (AFP) – Martyn Waghorn says he and his Rangers team-mates need to build on their defeat of second-placed Premiership Aberdeen last weekend and finish the season on a high.

Rangers cut the gap to a still daunting nine points between themselves and Aberdeen following a comprehensive 3-0 win last Sunday.

Chelsea, not Arsenal, in Pochettino’s sights

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur have “bigger things” in their sights than finishing above Arsenal this season as they step up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham last finished above Arsenal in 1995, but currently have a 14-point advantage over their north London rivals, albeit having played a game more than Arsene Wenger’s crumbling team.

Montella throws down gauntlet for first all-Chinese Milan derby

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has thrown down the gauntlet to Inter Milan as the Serie A giants begin life under new ownership and desperate for victory in the first all-Chinese ‘Derby della Madonnina’.

“Inter have top players, but there’s no need for fear.

IS ouster clears way for football comeback in Iraq’s Mosul

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Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – It was a grim time for football: jihadists observed matches, jerseys from foreign teams were banned and even whistling was prohibited when the Islamic State group held Iraq’s Mosul.

Play was halted for prayers, which occur five times a day, and shorts that exposed players’ knees were also banned by IS.

Arsenal board debate no bother to Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had insisted any discussions the Gunners’ board may be having about his future will not distract him from his job, with the debate about his position showing no sign of stopping.

Wenger’s contract is up at the end of the season and there has been intense speculation about whether the veteran French manager, in post at north London giants Arsenal since September 1996, will carry on.

AC Milan’s new owners target Champions League return

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Milan (AFP) – New AC Milan chief executive Marco Fassone has promised fans a “quick return” to the Champions League and the glory days of old as the fallen Serie A giants began life under Chinese ownership on Friday.

“We are AC Milan. We can’t afford to sit back and say, let’s see what happens,” Fassone told media at the club’s ‘Casa Milan’ Friday as he laid out firm objectives a day after the club’s takeover.

NBC Sports’ Premier League talent invade England: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 22, we cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports,

• A preview of what to expect during NBC Sports’ journey to England this weekend,

• News about how Twitter wants to disrupt online streaming of soccer and other sports,

• The latest TV ratings from Die Klassiker and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Alonso wary of United threat, Spurs ready to pounce

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London (AFP) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has warned the leaders to beware of a Manchester United backlash, while Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can provide a dramatic finale to the title race.

With just seven games remaining, Chelsea are looking to land the knockout blow as they slug it out with second placed Tottenham in the fight for Premier League supremacy.

Barcelona-PSG Women’s Champions League semi-final to be streamed in USA

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The first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League game between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will be streamed live to soccer fans in the United States.

Viewers will be able to watch the game live on Saturday, April 22 from Noon to 2pm ET via beIN SPORTS Connect. The streaming service beIN SPORTS Connect, which includes 11 streaming channels, is the legal streaming app from the US broadcaster.

Dendoncker denies United, violence mars Lyon-Besiktas

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Brussels (AFP) – Leander Dendoncker struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw for Anderlecht against Manchester United in the first leg of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final, while crowd trouble overshadowed Lyon’s tie with Besiktas.

Belgian international midfielder Dendoncker rose to majestically power home a header from Ivan Obradovic’s cross four minutes from time and cancel out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first-half opener.

Violence, pitch invasion brings havoc to Lyon v Besiktas

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Lyon (AFP) – Fans poured onto the pitch at the Europa League clash between Lyon and Besiktas on Thursday, delaying the start of a violence-hit, high-risk match as European football suffered another body blow.

The 1905 GMT start of the quarter-final first leg was delayed by 45 minutes as officials attempted to clear the Parc OL playing area of fans, many of whom had run a gauntlet of violence outside the ground which had seen police use teargas in an effort to quell outbreaks of fighting and vandalism.

Holidays off Xmas menu as Serie A revamps 2018 calendar

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Milan (AFP) – The coveted Christmas holidays of Serie A players and officials went off the 2017-2018 menu Thursday as league officials made changes to the calendar that left Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura with indigestion.

Serie A usually stops days before Christmas and resumes on the first weekend of the New Year, allowing players to jet off to sunshine destinations.

Cisse indicted in sex tape blackmail probe

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Paris (AFP) – Former French international striker Djibril Cisse revealed Thursday that he had been placed under formal investigation as part of the ongoing probe into a sex tape blackmail case, his lawyer said.

However, his legal team shrugged off the latest development, describing it as “a non-event”.

US could challenge for 2026 World Cup – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes the American national team would be genuine challengers for the 2026 World Cup if the country makes a successful bid to host the tournament.

The United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 finals, with the bulk of the tournament’s 80 games to be held at venues in the US.

Violence, pitch invasion delays Lyon v Besiktas clash

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Lyon (AFP) – Fans poured onto the pitch at the Europa League clash between Lyon and Besiktas on Thursday, delaying the start of a high-risk match already hit by violence in the run-up to kick-off.

The 1905 GMT start of the quarter-final first leg was delayed by 45 minutes as officials attempted to clear the Parc OL playing area of fans.

Fans invade pitch at tense Lyon v Besiktas clash

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Lyon (AFP) – Fans poured onto the pitch at the Europa League clash between Lyon and Besiktas on Thursday, delaying the start of a match already hit by fan violence in the run-up to kick-off.

The start of the quarter-final first leg was delayed as officials attempted to clear the Parc OL playing area of fans.

Barcelona-Real Madrid el Clasico coverage promises to be best yet from beIN SPORTS

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Based on the wall-to-wall coverage that beIN SPORTS is planning for the April 23rd encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid, this one game should be the most closely covered el Clasico of all time on US television.

The coverage plans by beIN SPORTS include a live broadcast of the game across both English-language (beIN SPORTS) and Spanish-language (beIN SPORTS en Español) networks.

Steward hurt in violence ahead of Lyon-Besiktas

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Lyon (AFP) – Turkish fans clashed with security forces in Lyon ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final at Parc OL and left a steward injured, an AFP photographer at the ground reported.

“The Turkish supporters charged at a steward and injured him,” the source said. “The supporters are waving big Turkish flags.

AFP

Eight Leicester fans handed four-month jail terms

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Madrid (AFP) – Eight Leicester City supporters were handed four-month suspended prison terms on Thursday after fighting and violence marred their team’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

Madrid prosecutors said that the cases had been quickly dealt with as a result of the fans involved admitting the charges in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

‘Sad’ Berlusconi wants success for new Milan owners

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Milan (AFP) – Media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi expressed sadness Thursday at selling AC Milan after 31 years in charge and called on the Serie A giants’ new Chinese owners to surpass his stunning 29-trophy haul.

Milan, who won five of their seven Champions League titles during Berlusconi’s reign, were sold to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux Thursday in a 740 million-euro ($786 million) deal which sees the Chinese-led consortium take a 99.

Argentine FA chief set for Messi meeting, denies Sampaoli contact

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The new president of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) flew to Barcelona on Thursday to meet Lionel Messi but ruled out any possibility of an encounter with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“The only object of my trip is to see Messi. As for the new coach, we are relaxed about that because Bauza has only just left,” said the recently elected Claudio Tapia.

We must overcome bus attack, says Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Thomas Tuchel stressed Borussia Dortmund must try to overcome Tuesday’s bomb attack on the German team’s bus, but admitted it was still “incredibly difficult” to speak about the ordeal.

“We must find a way of overcoming that. But we still don’t know how that’s going to happen,” the Dortmund coach said Thursday, a day after Tuchel’s side lost 3-2 to Monaco in the rescheduled first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Golden era over at AC Milan as Berlusconi bows out

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Milan (AFP) – In typically dramatic fashion, Silvio Berlusconi began his AC Milan reign by flying in by helicopter to the sound of Wagner’s ‘Valkyries’ when he met 10,000 fans at a first team presentation in July 1986.

On Thursday, there was less pomp but plenty of room for nostalgia as the 80-year-old former cruiseship crooner, media tycoon and ex-Prime Minister of Italy ended his 31-year reign of the seven-time European champions by selling the club to a Chinese-led consortium.

Dortmund’s Bartra faces month out

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s Spanish international defender Marc Bartra will be out for around four weeks after injuring his wrist in Tuesday’s bomb attack on the team’s bus, coach Thomas Tuchel said.

“Marc would prefer to play again on Saturday, but he will need around four weeks,” said Tuchel, whose side entertain Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Klopp feared for Dortmund stars after bomb blast

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he feared for his former Borussia Dortmund players’ safety after the bomb attack on their team bus.

Three explosions went off as the Dortmund team made their way to their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday.

How to watch beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español in HD

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Depending on your local TV provider and where you live in the United States, your local beIN SPORTS and/or beIN SPORTS en Español may not be in HD.

It happened to me recently when my local Comcast changed both channels from HD to SD.

As soccer fans, it’s incredibly infuriating to not be able to watch soccer in HD.

San Siro braced for first ‘Chinese’ Milan derby after takeover

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan will host AC Milan Saturday in the first ‘all-Chinese’ city derby after the latter was officially taken over by the Chinese-led consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux on Thursday.

In a deal worth 740 million euros ($786 million), the Chinese consortium’s takeover brings an end to Silvio Berlusconi’s 31-year reign at the club which garnered an impressive 29 trophies.

Guardiola scared by Dortmund bomb attacks

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits he was shaken by the bomb attacks on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus this week.

Three explosions went off as the Dortmund team made their way to their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday.

Chinese group buys AC Milan in new era for Italian ‘calcio’

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A giants AC Milan were sold to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux on Thursday in a deal which sees the Chinese-led consortium take a 99.9% stake in the club and which ushers in a new era in Italian football.

The seven-time European champions who are Italy’s most successful club in international competition, have been owned by former three-time Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi since 1986.

beIN SPORTS to broadcast English Championship triple header on Good Friday

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Soccer fans in the United States will be able to watch a triple header of English Championship games on Friday, April 14 on beIN SPORTS.

With only five games remaining in the regular season, everything is still up for grabs. Brighton and Newcastle are jostling for the title, while the race to finish in the playoff positions will go down to the wire.

Chinese group buys AC Milan as new era for Italian ‘calcio’ begins

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A giants AC Milan were sold to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux on Thursday in a deal which sees the Chinese-led consortium take a 99.9% stake in the club and which ushers in a new era in Italian football.

The seven-time European champions who are Italy’s most successful club in international competition, have been owned by former three-time Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi since 1986.

Leicester probe Madrid crowd trouble

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London (AFP) – Leicester are working with UEFA and local authorities in Spain to discover why their fans were involved in crowd trouble before the Champions League quarter-final at Atletico Madrid.

There were clashes between Leicester supporters and police on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Foxes’ 1-0 first leg defeat.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

Germany probes ‘Islamist’ after unbowed Dortmund play match

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators Thursday focused their probe into three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus on a sole “Islamist” suspect in custody, after the side defiantly returned to the pitch.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Kabylie hope Boulaouidet can rescue CAF tie

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Johannesburg (AFP) – JS Kabylie of Algeria hope Mohamed Boulaouidet can perform another CAF Confederation Cup salvage operation when they face TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend.

The Algerians are trailing the Congolese 2-0 after the first leg last weekend of a play-off with a place in the lucrative group phase up for grabs.

No evidence to link detained ‘Islamist’ suspect to Dortmund blasts

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Berlin (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday that they had no evidence that the sole suspect in custody for the bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus was linked to the crime.

However they said that they were seeking an arrest warrant to keep the 26-year-old Iraqi national, identified only as Abdul Beset A.

Dortmund treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages coach

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if only a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were only informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

German prosecutors clear detained ‘Islamist’ over Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday that they had cleared the sole suspect in custody for the bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus of involvement in the crime.

The announcement marked a setback for investigators, who have called the three blasts late Tuesday a “terrorist” attack and said they are focusing on suspects in the “Islamist spectrum”.

Chelsea’s Kante and Hazard up for PFA player of year award

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London (AFP) – N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have seen their key roles in Chelsea’s bid for the Premier League title acknowledged with nominations for England’s Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.

The duo were on a six-strong shortlist announced Thursday that also included Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

West Ham hit by Antonio injury blow

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London (AFP) – West Ham winger Michail Antonio will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious hamstring injury.

Antonio was forced off during the first half of West Ham’s 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Swansea last weekend.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic confirmed on Friday that the 26-year-old’s injury is significant enough to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Lewandowski ‘100 percent’ for Real return: Bayern boss

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists striker Robert Lewandowski will be “100 percent ready” for next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final return at Real Madrid after injury kept him out of Wednesday’s first-leg defeat.

The Poland hot-shot sat out Wednesday’s 2-1 loss in Munich with a bruised shoulder as Cristiano Ronaldo chalked up his 100th European goal, scoring twice to cancel out Arturo Vidal’s first-half opener.

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

Detained ‘Islamist’ cleared over Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had cleared the sole suspect in custody for a bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus of involvement.

The announcement marked a setback for investigators, who described the three blasts late Tuesday as a “terrorist” act and said they are focusing on suspects in the “Islamist spectrum”.

Dybala extends Juventus deal to 2022

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Milan (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala on Thursday extended his contract with Juventus by two years, keeping him at the club until 2022, the Serie A champions announced.

Dybala, who struck twice in the 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Barcelona on Tuesday, signed a five-year deal with Juventus when he joined the Turin giants from Palermo in June 2015 for 32.

La Liga games on beIN SPORTS continue to generate impressive viewing numbers

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La Liga continues to grow in popularity in the United States with games from both Barcelona and Real Madrid last weekend exceeding 500,000 viewers per match.

Both the Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid and Malaga-Barcelona games were televised live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Dortmund coach Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real Madrid win at Bayern

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

“I wanted to reach this record. To be able to reach this mark is an honour and against a team like Bayern it is even better,” Ronaldo, who scored both goals, told BeIN Sport Spain.

Where to find Anderlecht vs. Manchester United on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Anderlecht vs. Manchester United, you’ve come to the right place.

Manchester United’s best chance of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season may be down to whether they can all go the way to the Europa League final and winning it.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real win at Bayern

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

“It was an important step in the tie, but there is still the return to come against a great team that is one of the favourites to win the Champions League,” warned captain Sergio Ramos after Ronaldo scored both Real’s goals.

Ronaldo hits 100 as Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 European goals as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Chile international Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into a 26th-minute lead but then missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Griezmann nets penalty as Atletico Madrid edge Leicester

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann scored a first-half penalty as Atletico Madrid beat Leicester City 1-0 at home in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Griezmann won a 28th-minute penalty after he was barged to the ground by Marc Albrighton, and the France international converted from the spot to give Atletico a slim advantage ahead of next Tuesday’s return.

Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid slender Leicester lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s penalty handed Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 advantage over Leicester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

In a game of very few chances, Griezmann proved decisive as it was he who also won the penalty with a lung-busting run from well inside his own half before being brought down by Marc Albrighton midway through the first half.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real Madrid win at Bayern Munich

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into a first-half lead, but then skied a penalty attempt on the stroke of half-time before Ronaldo volleyed the defending champions’ level.

Dortmund v Monaco — who’s saying what

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Who’s saying what at the Borussia Dortmund v Monaco Champions League match, which was played Wednesday just 24 hours after the German team bus was attacked with explosives:

“We felt completely passed over, it came down to ‘tomorrow, you’re playing’.

Tuchel fumes at UEFA as Dortmund lose after bus attack

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel slammed the decision to play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco just a day after a bomb attack on the German team’s bus.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, but Tuchel was furious at the way the incident was handled by governing body UEFA.

Mbappe and Monaco stun Dortmund day after bus attack

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg to seize the advantage in the tie.

Police ramped up security in the city as German investigators detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Dortmund’s team bus on Tuesday and left Spain international Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

Heightened security follows Leicester’s European dream

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Madrid (AFP) – Nearly 1,000 security officers will patrol Leicester City’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Both teams were escorted to the Vicente Calderon under beefed up security measures following an attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus ahead of their suspended Champions League match on Tuesday.

Monaco beat Dortmund 3-2 day after bus attack

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg, a day after a bomb attack on the German team bus led to the game’s postponement.

Police ramped up security in the German city following Tuesday’s incident and Mbappe bundled Monaco ahead on 19 minutes with Sven Bender heading into his own net to compound Dortmund’s problems.

Mourinho ready to field weak teams in fixture pile-up

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Brussels (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says he would be prepared to risk the wrath of Premier League bosses and field a weakened side if Manchester United lose hope of finishing in the top four.

United are focussing on two fronts ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg away to Anderlecht in the quest to return to what they believe is their rightful home: the Champions League.

Rooney out of Anderlecht match despite training – Mourinho

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Brussels (AFP) – Wayne Rooney will not feature for Manchester United in Thursday’s Europa League tie away to Anderlecht despite training on Wednesday, manager Jose Mourinho said.

The England striker missed United’s last two Premier League matches, against Everton and Sunderland, with an ankle injury but was involved in the session at the English giants’ Carrington training ground before United travelled to Belgium.

‘Islamist’ held as ‘terrorist link’ probed for Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators on Wednesday detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, confirming that the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Lewandowski sidelined for Real clash, security tight

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich suffered a blow before Wednesday’s mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final clash at home to Real Madrid with top-scorer Robert Lewandowski ruled out by a bruised shoulder.

His absence confirmed reports earlier in the day that the Poland hot-shot, who has netted 38 goals this season including seven in the Champions League, failed to recover after injuring his shoulder last Saturday.

Solidarity on show as Monaco fans adopt Dortmund’s black and yellow

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – After Borussia Dortmund’s fans opened their doors to Monaco rivals stranded by a bomb attack that postponed their match, the visitors returned the solidarity gesture Wednesday decked out in the German squad’s black and yellow.

At the centre of the western city, Monaco fans were piling into the German club’s boutique, snapping up Dortmund gear before kick-off at 6:45 pm (1645 GMT).

Bender replaces Bartra for Dortmund, Monaco without Mendy

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra, who was hurt in Tuesday’s bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus, was replaced by Sven Bender for Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco.

Centre-back Bartra underwent surgery on a broken wrist after he was hit by flying glass as three explosions shattered windows on the Dortmund coach as it made its way to Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

Anderlecht top scorer doubt for Manchester United clash

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Brussels (AFP) – Anderlecht have suffered a major blow ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United with the news that top scorer Lukasz Teodorczyk will not start the game.

The Belgians’ coach Rene Weiler revealed in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference that the Polish international is still suffering from a shoulder problem and can at best hope for a spot on the substitutes’ bench at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium.

Football: Brisbane stay alive, Utd go clear, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Chinese poised to seal takeover of AC Milan

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan’s protracted takeover by a Chinese consortium is scheduled to be concluded on Thursday after months of delays and uncertainty, although mystery surrounds the potential new owners of the seven-time European champions.

Milan’s media tycoon owner, the Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, agreed in August to sell to Sino-Europe Sports (SES) in a deal that valued the Serie A giants at 740 million euros ($785 million).

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

La Liga takes aim to fight illegal streaming of soccer games

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If you watch illegal streams of La Liga games or you’re a pirate that’s making money off these illegal streams, beware. The Spanish top-flight league and beIN SPORTS are working on shutting down sites and prosecuting individuals who are showing La Liga games without permission.

Out of all of the major soccer leagues around the world, La Liga is the one that’s leading the charge to battle online piracy.

Dortmund blast victim Bartra recovering after surgery

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra said Wednesday he is recovering well after a successful wrist operation following the explosives attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

“As you can see I am doing much better,” he posted on Instagram with a picture taken in hospital showing his right arm in a cast and giving a thumbs up with his left.

Germany detains ‘Islamist’, probes terror link to Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators on Wednesday detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, confirming that the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Brisbane upset Kashima in Asian Champions League

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s Brisbane Roar kept their Asian Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave Brisbane a 2-0 lead before Kashima pulled a goal back near the end.

After Bauza, Argentina football team dream of Sampaoli

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – With a year to go to the 2018 World Cup, Argentina have no room for error, and dream of hiring Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli now they have sacked Edgardo Bauza.

Sitting fifth in the South American table - outside the automatic qualifying spots - the two-time World Cup champions are looking for a coach to turn things around after the beleaguered Argentine Football Association fired Bauza on Monday.

Police hunt suspect of Dortmund bus blast

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators hunted on Wednesday for possible suspects responsible for three explosions that rocked Dortmund football team’s bus, injuring a player.

The assault, described by Dortmund city’s police chief as a “targeted attack” against the team, shook German football ahead of crucial Champion League ties this week.

Real Madrid security beefed up after Dortmund blast

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Security has been tightened around the star-studded Real Madrid squad, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, for Wednesday’s Champions League match at Bayern Munich following the Dortmund team bus blast.

Around 30 police wearing bullet proof vests were added to the security detail at the Munich hotel where the Real team are staying due to Tuesday’s blast in Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund say blast victim Bartra recovering after surgery

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra is recovering after a successful wrist operation following the explosives attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus, the club and his father confirmed on Wednesday.

“We have learnt that everything went well,” Dortmund’s president Reinhard Rauball told broadcaster NTV.

Dortmund football team bus blasts: what we know

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Three explosions hit German football team Borussia Dortmund’s bus late Tuesday ahead of a Champions League home game and police found a letter at the scene claiming responsibility for the attack.

Here is what we know so far:

– Three explosions –

At around 7:15 pm (1715 GMT) three explosions detonated just minutes after Dortmund’s team bus left the squad’s hotel and headed for their quarter-final, first-leg tie against Monaco at home.

German police probe ‘Islamist link’ to Dortmund football blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German police investigated a possible Islamist link to three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus as the club vowed Wednesday it won’t give in to “terror”.

Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the roadside blasts set off as the team headed to a Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Barcelona struggle to believe in new miracle after Juventus loss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Outgoing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique turned on his misfiring stars after “reliving a nightmare” with his side’s 3-0 humbling by Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Barca produced the biggest Champions League comeback of all time in the last 16, overturning a 4-0 first leg deficit by scoring three times in a crazy final 10 minutes to beat the French champions 6-1.

Mkhitaryan underlines United’s Europa League desire

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Paris (AFP) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Manchester United cannot afford to underestimate Belgian league leaders Anderlecht as Jose Mourinho’s side attempt to join an elite group of European clubs.

United travel to Brussels on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie, with the competition representing the English giants’ best chance of returning to the Champions League next season.

Unlikely lads looking to steer United to historic trophy

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Brussels (AFP) – It is a motley crew of Manchester United players heading to Brussels as history beckons for the 20-time champions of England.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and even David De Gea injured and likely to miss Thursday’s clash with Anderlecht, a gaggle of unlikely lads will look to propel the three-time European champions to a first ever victory in the continent’s secondary club competition.

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

The two giants of European soccer clash on Wednesday in a match where it’s a shame that both clubs couldn’t advance to the semi-final. Sadly, there will only be one, so the first leg will go a long way to deciding who will have the advantage going into the second leg.

Blasts hit Dortmund team bus, hurting player

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Three explosions rocked the Borussia Dortmund bus, injuring Spanish international Marc Bartra, as the German team headed for a Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday.

Bartra faces wrist surgery after being hit by flying glass and the quarter-final match was postponed until Wednesday because of the attack.

Dybala hits double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Where to find Atletico Madrid vs. Leicester on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Atletico Madrid vs. Leicester, you’ve come to the right place.

England’s last hope in the UEFA Champions League this season is the Cinderella story of Leicester City who are the last English club in the final eight of the competition.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dortmund team bus hit by blasts injuring player

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Three explosions rocked the Borussia Dortmund bus, injuring Spanish international Marc Bartra, as the German team headed for a Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, police said.

Bartra was taken to hospital and the quarter-final match was postponed until Wednesday because of the attack.

Dortmund’s Bartra injured in team bus explosion

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra was injured in the explosion which hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday and saw their Champions League game against Monaco called off, the club confirmed.

The 26-year-old centre-back injured his hand and was taken to hospital for treatment, said Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Explosions wound player on Dortmund team bus

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Three explosions rocked the Borussia Dortmund bus, injuring Spanish international Marc Bartra, as the German team headed for a Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, police said.

Bartra was taken to hospital and the quarter-final first-leg match was postponed until Wednesday because of the attack.

North America 2026 World Cup bid wants 2018 vote

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Los Angeles (AFP) – North American countries bidding for the 2026 World Cup have asked FIFA to choose the hosts for the tournament next year, two years ahead of a scheduled 2020 vote, a source confirmed to AFP on Tuesday.

The United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday announced a historic joint bid to host the finals in 2026, which will be expanded to 48 teams.

Explosion near Dortmund team bus injures player

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Three explosions went off near the Borussia Dortmund bus, injuring Spanish international defender Marc Bartra, as the German team headed for a Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, police said.

Bartra was taken to hospital and the quarter-final first-leg match was postponed until Wednesday because of the attack.

Rejection inspiring new Leicester mircales – Schmeichel

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Madrid (AFP) – Kasper Schmeichel believes Leicester City’s rags to riches tale is inspiring them to keep dreaming on the Champions League stage ahead of their quarter-final first leg with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Schmeichel is expected to captain Leicester at the Vicente Calderon in the absence of the injured Wes Morgan.

Rejection inspiring new Leicester miracles – Schmeichel

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Madrid (AFP) – Kasper Schmeichel believes Leicester City’s rags to riches tale is inspiring them to keep dreaming on the Champions League stage ahead of their quarter-final first leg with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Schmeichel is expected to captain Leicester at the Vicente Calderon in the absence of the injured Wes Morgan.

Explosion near Dortmund team bus, one injured – police

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – The Borussia Dortmund team bus was damaged and a passenger injured after three explosions went off near the vehicle on the way to Tuesday’s Champions League home game against Monaco, police confirmed.

“The bus set off” from the team’s hotel to the stadium when “three explosive charges have detonated,” said a spokesman, Gunnar Wortmann.

Chiellini starts at back for Juve against Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic returned to Juventus’s Champions League starting line-up for Tuesday’s quarter-final first-leg clash with Barcelona in Turin.

Chiellini, who was famously bitten by Barcelona striker Luis Suarez at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, missed Juve’s last Champions League outing at home to Porto last month due to injury.

No Ranieri rift despite back-stabbing jibe – Shakespeare

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Madrid (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare refuted suggestions he was the background figure working against sacked Foxes’ boss Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri led Leicester to the Premier League title at 5,000-1 odds last season, but was sacked in February after a disastrous run of results left Leicester tumbling towards the relegation zone.

Neymar banned for Clasico against Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar will miss a huge La Liga clash at Real Madrid on April 23 after being handed a three-game suspension, the Spanish federation said on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old forward was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career for two bookable offences as Barca’s title defence suffered a big blow in a 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday.

Lewandowski in fitness race to face Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted star striker Robert Lewandowski is a doubt for the Champions League clash with Real Madrid after he only trained for 20 minutes on Tuesday because of a bruised shoulder.

Lewandowski has scored 38 goals for Bayern this season, including seven in the Champions League, and is crucial to their chances in Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg at the Allianz Arena.

Barcelona’s Neymar banned for Clasico against Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar will miss a huge La Liga clash at Real Madrid on April 23 after being handed a three-game suspension, the Spanish federation said on Tuesday.

Neymar was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career for two bookable offences as Barca’s title suffered a big blow in a 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday.

Oscar penalty miss as Silva bullet sinks SIPG

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Big-money midfielder Oscar missed a second-half penalty as Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their first defeat of this year’s AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

After SIPG went behind to Rafael Silva’s 44th-minute strike, 60-million-euro signing Oscar looked set to maintain SIPG’s unbeaten record in Group F when he won a penalty in the 64th minute.

Tony Adams says aiming to kick Granada backsides

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Madrid (AFP) – Tony Adams vowed Tuesday to give struggling Spanish side Granada’s players a “kick up the arse” a day after being named interim coach until the end of the season.

Adams was appointed on Monday after the sacking of Lucas Alcaraz with Granada second bottom of La Liga and seven points off safety with just seven games to go.

Barca to target Juve hot-shots Higuain, Dybala: Mascherano

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona must try to stop prolific Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala when the sides meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, admits defender Javier Mascherano.

Juventus meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3-1 in Berlin.

Wenger faces fan fury as Arsenal slump worsens at Palace

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London (AFP) – Besieged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faced fury from supporters and mounting exasperation from pundits following his side’s latest capitulation against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s players were branded “cowards” after Monday’s 3-0 loss at Selhurst Park, which left them seven points off the Champions League places in sixth place.

Bayern v Real Madrid — five key battles

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in Wednesday’s blockbuster Champions League quarter-final first leg. Here are five key battles to look out for in the Allianz Arena clash:

Robert Lewandowski v Cristiano Ronaldo

Lewandowski netted twice in Bayern’s 4-1 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund to take his goals tally for the season to 38, but he gave his side a scare when he came off clutching his shoulder in the second half.

Wenger faces new quit calls after Palace loss

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger faces renewed calls to resign after Arsenal’s miserable season spiralled out of control with furious fans turning on his flops during their humiliating 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Wenger’s side hit a new low on a chastening evening in south London as struggling Palace condemned the shambolic Gunners to their heaviest Premier League defeat of the season.

Where to find Juventus vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Juventus vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

In the last round, Barcelona achieved the seemingly impossible feat of overcoming a huge first leg loss by beating Paris Saint-Germain to make it into the final eight of the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern host Real Madrid in Champions League quarter-final 1st-leg

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in Wednesday’s mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final, first-leg, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Bavarians looking once again to be the Spaniards’ ‘bete noire’.

And the subplots to the Allianz Arena clash are fascinating.

Argentina fire national football team coach Bauza

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

Wenger, Arsenal ‘cowards’ slammed after Palace loss

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London (AFP) – Newspapers, pundits and former players poured fresh scorn on Arsenal and their besieged manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday following Monday’s dismal 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

“They bottle it, they’re cowards, they duck out of challenges,” was the scathing verdict of former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports.

Leicester similarity breeds Atletico caution

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid have grown accustomed to slaying Europe’s giants in the Champions League under Diego Simeone, but ending Leicester City’s run may prove even tougher than ousting Barcelona or Bayern Munich, according to Filipe Luis.

“We’re not favourites. We don’t believe that,” said the Brazilian left-back on Monday despite the vast gulf in Champions League experience between the sides.

LA Galaxy average attendance down 17% this season

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Photo credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After the first 56 matches of the 2017 MLS season, the average reported attendance is nearly even with 2016. It’s currently down just 0.82%.

In MLS gameweek 6, New England and Philadelphia had disappointing reported attendances. But LA Galaxy continues to slide at the gate.

Where to find Dortmund vs. Monaco on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the most exciting, attacking teams in Europe clash on Tuesday in a match that should be a very entertaining game. At the same time, both Dortmund and Monaco have an excellent chance to make it through to the semi-final of the tournament.

Wretched Arsenal hit new low as Palace run riot

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger’s wretched season hit a new low as Arsenal crashed to a humiliating 3-0 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace that leaves their top four bid in tatters.

Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demanded his resignation and the calls for the Gunners boss to quit will grow even louder after one of the most chastening defeats of his 21-year reign.

Barca to target Juve hot-shots Higuain, Dybala

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona must try to stop prolific Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala when the sides meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, admits defender Javier Mascherano.

Juventus meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3-1 in Berlin.

Players didn’t betray me, says Ranieri

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London (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insisted on Monday his sacking only a few months after guiding unfashionable Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League title wins was not orchestrated by the players.

The avuncular 65-year-old Italian - who took over from Nigel Pearson for the 2015/16 campaign tasked with preserving their elite status - told Sky Sports in his first interview since being fired there was someone within the club who manoeuvred to have him sacked.

Barkley victim of ‘unprovoked attack’ – lawyers

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London (AFP) – Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was the victim of an “unprovoked attack”, his lawyers said on Monday, after CCTV footage emerged of him appearing to be punched in the face in a bar.

“We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening,” lawyers acting on Barkley’s behalf said in a statement.

Falcao’s return a big boost to Monaco – Jardim

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says the return of striker Radamel Falcao following his latest spell on the sidelines is a big boost to Monaco’s chances in their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

French league leaders Monaco take on Dortmund in the first leg in Germany on Tuesday as they continue their bid to repeat their run to the final in 2004.

US, Mexico, Canada in joint bid for 2026 World Cup

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New York (AFP) – The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA’s showpiece tournament.

The bid was announced at a press conference in New York attended by the head of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani along with US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati and Mexico counterpart Decio de Maria.

Dortmund hit with injury woes for Monaco clash

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has personnel problems to resolve as they prepare to host free-scoring Monaco in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

“It’s complicated. There are a lot of things we have to deal with,” said Tuchel ahead of the clash at Dortmund’s imposing Signal Iduna Park.

CAS confirms FIFA’s third-party ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Sport’s international tribunal on Monday backed FIFA’s ban on third-party player ownership but softened a suspension against Belgians Seraing, who have been at the heart of a legal battle over the issue.

FIFA banned third party ownership - where an individual investor or company owns a player’s economic rights - in 2015, calling the practice a threat to the game.

Chelsea-Spurs FA Cup semi-final to be televised live on FOX over-the-air network

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The highly anticipated FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Spurs will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, April 22.

For soccer fans in the United States, that’ll guarantee that the game will get into as many TV households as possible as the two London clubs fight it out for a chance to play in the final against the winner of Arsenal against Manchester City.

Better than Beckham? England swoons over Alli

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London (AFP) – Dele Alli’s goal-scoring feats with Tottenham Hotspur were put into perspective by an arresting statistic that emerged after he scored in his side’s 4-0 victory over Watford.

Having scored or set up 40 Premier League goals, Alli has had a hand in as many goals before turning 21 as Frank Lampard (15), Steven Gerrard (13) and David Beckham (12) combined.

Neuer, Mueller cleared for Real clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich received a timely boost ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final home clash with Real Madrid as both Manuel Neuer and Thomas Mueller returned to training.

The Germany duo took part in a full session on Monday, with Neuer expected to start in goal against the European champions after recovering from foot surgery that forced him to miss Bayern’s last three games.

Greek federation snooped on players: FIFA-appointed body

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Athens (AFP) – Greece’s crisis-hit football federation spied on the national side’s players and staff over several years using hidden cameras and listening devices, said a committee appointed by FIFA.

Late last year world governing body FIFA appointed the normalisation committee to run the Greek federation (EPO) and to revise regulations to bring them into line with FIFA standards.

Sacked Juric back at Genoa in musical chairs

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Rome (AFP) – Genoa sacked coach Andrea Mandorlini on Monday and swapped him with the man he took over from in only February, the Serie A strugglers said.

Former Croatian international Ivan Juric takes over once more, having been in charge until February 20 after Genoa were hammered 5-0 by Pescara and he was dismissed.

Police probe Barkley ‘assault’ video

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London (AFP) – British police said Monday they were looking into CCTV footage appearing to show Everton midfielder Ross Barkley being punched in the face in a Liverpool bar.

It comes after Everton manager Ronald Koeman warned the England star on Sunday that he will be sold if he refuses to sign a new contract at the club.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 6 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 6 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Changed Calculus For Orlando

Orlando City was plenty entertaining during their first two years in MLS, but their inability to do two things – play defense and win home games – meant that they were never a legitimate contender.

Tony Adams named interim Granada boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams was put in charge of La Liga strugglers Granada until the end of the season after Lucas Alcaraz was sacked on Monday.

Adams has been working as an advisor at the Spanish club as part of his role with DDMC, a Chinese football management company tied to Granada owner Jiang Lizhang.

Wenger demands united Arsenal for crucial run-in

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can still enjoy an uplifting finale to their traumatic season if they maintain a unified front starting at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Wenger has been under siege like never before in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demand the Gunners boss be forced to step down after yet another underwhelming campaign.

Crotone dent Inter’s Euro hopes

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Milan (AFP) – Diego Falcinelli hit a dramatic first-half brace to dent Inter Milan’s hopes of European football as Crotone launched their Serie A survival bid with a gutsy 2-1 home win Sunday.

A week after a 2-1 home defeat to Sampdoria extinguished any realistic hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, Inter’s chances of even qualifying for Europe are now hanging by a thread.

Everton’s Lukaku halts Leicester revival

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Liverpool (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton in a 4-2 victory on Sunday as Craig Shakespeare suffered defeat for the first time since becoming Leicester City manager.

Shakespeare had won all of his first six matches in charge, five of them in the Premier League, since replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February.

Stocker helps Hertha end losing streak

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Berlin (AFP) – Swiss winger Valentin Stocker had a hand in both goals as Hertha Berlin ended their three-match losing streak with a 2-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg on Sunday.

Hertha climb back up to fifth after victory at Berlin’s sun-drenched Olympic Stadium to keep their European hopes alive following straight defeats to Cologne, Moenchengladbach and Hoffenheim.

Cavani ensures PSG stay in touch with Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 4-0 win over Guingamp on Sunday to maintain their pursuit of Monaco in the French title race.

After a goalless first half at the Parc des Princes, Angel Di Maria gave PSG the lead in the 56th minute before Cavani doubled the advantage on the hour mark.

Callejon, Insigne strike as Napoli down Lazio

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Milan (AFP) – Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne, with a brace, struck in either half as Napoli took control of their Champions League destiny with a confident 3-0 win at Lazio on Sunday.

Still smarting from their Italian Cup exit at the hands of Juventus in midweek, Napoli travelled to the Stadio Olimpico knowing another reverse could hamper their bid for a third-place finish.

Battle of familiar foes headlines Champions League bill

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Paris (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 2014 and now he is hoping to dump the holders out of this season’s quarter-finals as coach of Bayern Munich.

The two giants are familiar foes and they meet for the 23rd time - a record in European competition - at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of a heavyweight tie.

Former Barca star Alves ready to stand up for Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Dani Alves is known for standing up for his beliefs, and Juventus will expect nothing less from their “champion” right-back when they host his former club Barcelona in a must-win Champions League quarter-final.

A month after spectacularly overturning a 4-0 first-leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain to prevail 6-5 on aggregate, Barcelona’s Euro dream remains very much alive ahead of Tuesday’s first leg in Turin.

Xabi Alonso – Bayern’s ‘Zen master’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Laid-back Xabi Alonso’s present and past collide on Wednesday when current employers Bayern Munich host his ex-club Real Madrid in a mouthwatering battle of the Champions League giants.

Bayern play Real at Munich’s Allianz Arena in a plum first-leg clash with the return on April 18 - Alonso’s last appearance at Madrid’s Bernabeu, where he spent five seasons from 2009-14, before he retires in June.

Sign or be sold, Everton boss tells Barkley

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Liverpool (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman has warned midfielder Ross Barkley that he will be sold if he refuses to sign a new contract.

The England international’s current deal runs out at the end of next season, with no new agreement yet in place.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with a possible move for Barkley in recent months.

Manchester United manager Mourinho bridges gap with defender Shaw

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made the first move to heal his strained relationship with England defender Luke Shaw.

Shaw’s future has been cast into doubt following public criticism from the Portuguese, after he questioned the commitment of the 21-year-old, who was signed by previous boss Louis van Gaal from Southampton in 2014.

Match-fixing threatens Spain’s forgotten lower leagues

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Barcelona (AFP) – The shocking testimony of previously unheard of Mauritian forward Cheikh Saad rocked Spanish football this week with fears that match-fixing is running wild in the country’s lower divisions.

“Sport’s big problem is not doping, but the fixing of matches linked to illegal betting patterns,” says Jose Luis Perez Trivino, a legal expert on the subject and president of the Spanish association for quality ethics in sport.

Caixinha paces Rangers in push for second

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Glasgow (AFP) – Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha said there was a lot of hard work ahead after his side cut the gap to second-place Aberdeen with a 3-0 win at Pittodrie.

Three late goals in four second-half minutes on Sunday saw Rangers close to within nine points of the Dons with six games remaining in the Scottish Premiership.

Monaco, Dortmund to showcase young stars in Champions League quarters

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Youth will be showcased on Tuesday when the talent factories of Borussia Dortmund and Monaco square off in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Both clubs pride themselves on the business model of recruiting raw, young talent to nurture into superstars.

The first-leg quarter-final at Borussia’s Signal Park Iduna sees Monaco, whose squad average 25.

Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s German international defender Mats Hummels is out of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final home clash with Real Madrid after injuring his ankle in training.

Hummels, who suffered a tear to the ligament in his right ankle on Sunday and faces a race to be fit for the return leg in Madrid on April 18, told the German daily Bild: “I definitely won’t be on the pitch on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic sparks Man Utd against 10-man Sunderland

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 28th goal of the season as Manchester United closed on the Premier League top four with a routine 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side extended their unbeaten run to 21 league games at a sun-drenched Stadium of Light, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford also on target.

Kenny Miller fires Rangers hopes of snatching second

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Glasgow (AFP) – Three goals in four second-half minutes helped Rangers to a 3-0 win at Aberdeen on Sunday that keeps alive their slim hopes of pipping the Dons to second place.

Following a scrappy first half, Aberdeen were dominant after the break, but they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Kenny Miller scored a sublime opener in the 79th minute.

Babacar rescues wasteful Fiorentina at Sampdoria

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Milan (AFP) – Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar struck late to earn a share of the spoils in a disappointing 2-2 draw at Sampdoria that saw the visitors hit the woodwork twice on Sunday.

Sampdoria rewarded coach Marco Giampaolo with a new contract in midweek after his side had ended Inter Milan’s bid for Champions League football next season with a shock 2-1 win at the San Siro.

Rodgers elated as Celtic take 39th step

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he can’t ask more of his side after they made it 39 domestic games unbeaten following a 3-1 win at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The recently-crowned Scottish champions returned to winning ways at Celtic Park following two home draws as they claimed their 29th win from 32 league games to keep them on course for a record points haul.

Coutinho climbs off sick bed to revive Liverpool

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed Philippe Coutinho had lost three kilos in weight in the last three days before the sick star dragged himself off the bench to help Liverpool beat Stoke City 2-1.

With Klopp’s side trailing to Jonathan Walters’ 44th-minute header, goals from half-time substitutes Coutinho and Roberto Firmino turned the game on its head midway through the second half on Saturday.

DC United turn tables on New York City FC

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Washington (AFP) – Luciano Acosta scored his second goal of the Major League Soccer season as DC United avenged their worst defeat since 2015 with a 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.

Lloyd Sam added his first goal of the 2017 campaign for DC United, who were thumped 4-0 by City last month at Yankee Stadium.

Man Utd flops letting Mourinho down – Ibrahimovic

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is giving “200 percent” for the club and is being let down by his underperforming players, according to top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

United are unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches, but lay seven points off the Champions League places - albeit with two games in hand - in sixth place ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sunderland.

My future is tied to Wenger’s, says Ozil

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London (AFP) – Mesut Ozil wants Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s future to be cleared up before he commits himself to the club, the Germany playmaker indicated in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

Wenger, Arsenal’s manager for over 20 years, is out of contract at the end of the season and has pledged to make an announcement about his future “very soon”.

Bravo one of world’s best goalkeepers, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Claudio Bravo is among the best goalkeepers in the world will the ball at his feet, but remains unsure about picking him.

Bravo was recalled for his first Premier League appearance since January 21 as Hull City were beaten 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Conte hails leaders Chelsea’s willpower

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised his team’s refusal to bend to the pressure of the title race after their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Before the Blues kicked off on the south coast, Tottenham Hotspur beat Watford 4-0 to move to within four points of leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino promises no let-up in title race

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham Hotspur side are building a winning mentality and will be ready to pounce if Chelsea stumble in the race for the Premier League title race.

Spurs’ emphatic 4-0 victory over Watford at White Hart Lane kept the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

Where to find Sunderland vs. Manchester United on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Sunderland vs. Manchester United, you’ve come to the right place.

Time is running out for Manchester United if they have any hope of finishing in the top four in the Premier League this season. The Red Devils have to start winning games instead of getting draws.

Higuain brace as Dybala-inspired Juve warm up for Barca

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain hit his second brace in as many games as Paulo Dybala-inspired Juventus warmed up for their midweek Champions League clash against Barcelona with a shaky 2-0 win over Chievo on Saturday.

Juve’s 25th win of the campaign took the Turin giants, chasing a record sixth consecutive scudetto, nine points clear of Roma, who face Bologna on Sunday looking to tighten their grip on second spot.

Neymar sees red as Barca let Real Madrid off hook

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar was sent-off as Barcelona lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday.

Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Hazard and Alonso send Chelsea closer to title

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea delivered the perfect response to Tottenham Hotspur by winning 3-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Antonio Conte’s men went ahead after 17 minutes when Bournemouth’s Adam Smith deflected in Diego Costa’s shot and Eden Hazard made it 2-0 within a minute.

Real derby hero Pepe suffers broken ribs

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid face a defensive crisis ahead of huge clashes against Bayern Munich and Barcelona after Pepe suffered a double rib fracture in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Pepe opened the scoring with a towering header seven minutes into the second half but then had to be replaced after clashing with teammate Toni Kroos.

Alonso supplies art as Chelsea respond to Spurs

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London (AFP) – Marcos Alonso netted a picture-perfect free-kick as Chelsea triumphed 3-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday to restore their seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur had cut Chelsea’s lead to four points by crushing Watford 4-0, but Antonio Conte’s men responded to take another step towards the title.

Majestic Bayern floor Dortmund in Real warm-up

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski overtook Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be the Bundesliga’s top-scorer this season after netting twice in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Runaway league leaders Bayern dominated the clash of Germany’s giants and the win leaves them 10 points clear with six games left as Munich edge closer to a fifth straight league title.

Coutinho, Firmino ride to Liverpool’s rescue

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Brazil team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino rose from the bench to score as Liverpool hit back to win 2-1 at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jonathan Walters’s header - his seventh league goal against Liverpool - from Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross put Stoke 1-0 up shortly before half-time at the Bet365 Stadium.

Poulsen strikes late as Leipzig stay on Bayern’s tail

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Berlin (AFP) – Yussuf Poulsen’s late goal gave 10-man RB Leipzig a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday that trimmed Bayern Munich’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table before the leaders played later.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern were hosting Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening as Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the league’s top scorers - went head-to-head.

Aguero strikes as Man City end winless run

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Aguero struck as Manchester City ended a four-match run without a Premier League win by beating Hull City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Ahmed Elhmohamady’s own-goal, just afte