Manchester United surges into FA Cup final
United’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory ensured Spurs would go an entire decade without lifting silverware.
04/21/2018 - 02:18 PM
Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal after 22 seasons with club
Longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the season after 22 seasons, the club announced Friday. Wenger, 68, was the longest-serving manager in English soccer and became the second manager ever to go through an English season undefeated on its way to a Premier League title in 2004. “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.” Wenger has won the Premier League title three times since taking over the
04/20/2018 - 05:59 AM
Jurgen Klopp already wants a piece of Man City next season
Manchester City may have run away with the Premier League title this year, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can’t wait for a clean slate to try and challenge City’s title defense next season. The Reds are into the Champions League semifinals and also looking to finish the Premier League season strong in a battle for positioning in the top four, but when asked about next year, Klopp was giddy. “Of course I don’t fear the challenge,” Klopp said in his prematch press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League visit to West Brom on Saturday morning.
04/20/2018 - 08:15 PM
Championship Top Scorers
Apr 21 (OPTA) - Top Scorers in the Championship on Saturday
1 B. Reid (Bristol City) 19
M. Vydra (Derby County)
2 L. Clarke (Sheffield United) 18
3 Diogo Jota (Wolves) 17
4 R. Sessegnon (Fulham) 15
04/21/2018 - 12:12 PM
Premier league soccer clubs announce record $700 million in profits
Jamie McDonald | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images According to data compiled by Deloitte's Sports Business Group, they generated a combined operating profit of £1.0 billion ($1.4 billion) in the 2016/17 season. It showed clubs collectively reported a pre-tax profit of £0.5 billion, a record for the league, with wages increasing by 9 percent to £2.5 billion. That collective pre-tax profit of was almost three times the previous record in 2013/14. Deloitte's Dan Jones, commented: "As predicted last year, the Premier League's three-year broadcast deals which came into effect in the 2016/17 season helped drive revenue to record levels." "Despite wages increasing by 9 percent, this increase is nowhere
04/20/2018 - 06:41 AM
Tobin Heath returns to the Thorns after ankle surgery
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tobin Heath came in off the bench Friday night for the Portland Thorns' match against the Washington Spirit, making her first appearance of the season. Heath had minor ankle surgery in January and missed Portland's first three matches of the National Women's Soccer League Season. The procedure removed a bone growth from her right ankle. The midfielder also missed January training came with the U.S. women's national team, as well as the SheBelieves Cup tournament and a pair of recent exhibition matches against Mexico. Heath injured her ankle in last season's NWSL title match between the Thorns and the North Carolina Courage in October. Portland won 1-0 for its second overall
04/21/2018 - 12:13 AM
Marcelo's academy reported to authorities
Adriana Garcia The Spanish Nacional Academy of Football Coaches (ANEFF) has reported Real Madrid left-back Marcelo's company, Campus 12, to the regional ministry of sport for professional intrusiveness. Marcelo and his Brazilian compatriot Caio Alves, an indoor football professional for FS Valdepenas, manage a football training course, project Campus 12 using the sporting facilities of Getafe's town hall, a southern suburb of Madrid. The course covers seven-a-side, beach football and indoor football. "We have reported Marcelo and Caio Alves' limited company Campus 12 School as they carry out soccer sessions without any coaching credentials," ANEFF president Conrado Galan told ESPN FC on Friday.
04/20/2018 - 06:18 AM
Manchester United's Michael Carrick: Depression was behind England exile
Michael Carrick has said he asked not to be picked for England after becoming "depressed" on international duty. Manchester United midfielder Carrick won 34 senior caps, the last of them in a friendly against Spain in November 2015, but said his experience at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa had left a lasting impression. "I'd been in the squad a long time and, I'll be honest, I was finding it hard going away with England," he told BBC2's Premier League Show. "I didn't mind going away with United preseason for three weeks or whatever and coming back but, going with England, it was almost depressing in a way. "It made me really down, so I came to the point after South Africa where I thought:
04/20/2018 - 04:10 AM
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ITALY With all of the other major leagues around Europe already settled or nearly decided, the race for the Italian league title is heating up again with Napoli's visit to Juventus on Sunday. Midweek results saw Juve's lead cut to four points, meaning a win for Napoli would reduce the gap to one point with four rounds remaining. "We reached our club goal of qualifying for the Champions League a week ago and now we're at least assured of finishing second, so now we can have some fun," Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. While Juventus is seeking a record-extending seventh straight title, Napoli is after its first since Diego Maradona
04/20/2018 - 11:42 AM
LFP refutes €300m Neymar release claim
Jonathan Johnson ESPN The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have rubbished a report in El Pais that claimed superstar Neymar could leave Paris Saint-Germain through an exit clause in his contract worth €300 million. Spanish newspaper El Pais had claimed that a failure to win the Champions League, the Ballon d'Or or The Best FIFA's Men's Player would have activated a €300 million release clause in Neymar's contract on Sept. 1 of this year. But the LFP issued a statement via French outlet L'Equipe in response to the article, citing a rule that says minimum fee release clauses and exit clauses are not permitted in professional French football contracts. "The LFP issues a clear reminder about
04/20/2018 - 01:46 PM
Arsenal players, legends, executives, opponents react to Arsene Wenger's resignation
Arsene Wenger mentored Jack Wilshere when the midfielder broke into the Arsenal team as a teenager. How would Arsene Wenger break up with the only club he has known in the 21st century? How would Arsenal move on from the man with whom its success had become synonymous?
04/20/2018 - 01:15 PM
Chelsea legend Drogba hails Mohamed Salah after breaking his Premier League record
Didier Drogba has congratulated Liverpoool forward Mohamed Salah for eclipsing his record as the highest goalscoring African in a single English Premier League season. The Egypt international surpassed Drogba's record of 29 goals achieved in a treble-winning 2009-10 campaign for Chelsea after registering his 30th league goal against AFC Bournemouth last Saturday. "It was just a matter of days before this guy put my goal record as number one African top scorer in the Premier League to bed," Drogba wrote on Instagram.
04/20/2018 - 12:11 PM
I don't fear the challenge – Klopp eager to close gap to City
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is embracing the challenge of trying to close the gap to Premier League champions Manchester City next season. City, who have already secured the title, are 17 points clear of Klopp's men, but Pep Guardiola's side have struggled against Liverpool. In four meetings this campaign, City have won just one outing, including suffering a Champions League quarter-final exit.
04/20/2018 - 10:20 PM
Neuer back in training for Bayern Munich
Mark Lovell MUNICH -- Bayern Munich have received a boost with Manuel Neuer taking part in team training for the first time in seven months. Neuer, 32, has broken his foot three times since March 2017 and has made only three Bundesliga appearances this season, the last coming in the 4-0 win over Mainz on Sept. 16. Following the latest fracture and operation on Sept. 19, Neuer warned that his recovery could take at least six months. "Manuel's major target is still to play again this season and make the World Cup," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told a news conference ahead of Bayern's penultimate away Bundesliga game of the season in Hanover. "But the main priority is his recovery and it's been very,
04/20/2018 - 09:08 AM
Atlanta United among the underdogs on weekend MLS betting lines
Atlanta United is undefeated over its last five games with a record of 4-0-1 since losing its first game of the season. The club will try to stay hot with a road test this Saturday night visiting the Los Angeles Galaxy. Atlanta is a +225 road underdog in Los Angeles at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Galaxy are going off as +105 favorites to win the game with odds on a draw paying +270. Atlanta United entered last weekend’s home game against New York City FC on a four-game winning streak and played the road team to an exciting 2-2 draw. United now goes on the road where it will face a hostile environment in Los Angeles. The Galaxy bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City
04/20/2018 - 01:00 AM
Watford, Crystal Palace settle for 0-0 draw
Watford and Crystal Palace played to a scoreless stalemate at Vicarage Road.
04/21/2018 - 04:39 PM
Fuzzy's FPL Favorites - GW35
When you go through all the planning and decision-making leading up to a round like Week 34, where you have 14 double gameweek players and a total of 29 potential matches to gain points from rather than the standard XI, to come away with a final score below 100 points seems like a massive, massive failure. Wait, I did have one, Kevin Long, before his second game started last night, but he was the culprit of an own goal.
04/19/2018 - 11:43 PM
Marquez gets green light for World Cup
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Mexico legend Rafael Marquez will be allowed to play at the upcoming World Cup, with sources telling ESPN Mexico on Friday that the Mexican federation has given him the green light to be picked. Marquez had been a regular in coach Juan Carlos Osorio's squads before allegations by the U.S. Treasury last August that he had links with a drug trafficking organisation. Before those allegations, he had seemed set to participate in his fifth World Cup, but hasn't been called up to the Mexico national team since the Confederations Cup in Russia last summer. The 39-year-old temporarily put his playing career with club side Atlas and the national team on hold to fight the charges,
04/21/2018 - 10:08 AM
Hamburger SV keeps alive survival hopes in Bundesliga
BERLIN — Lewis Holtby kept alive Hamburger SV’s hopes of a Bundesliga survival by edging fellow relegation candidate Freiburg 1-0 on Saturday. Holtby stopped the ricocheting ball and eluded two defenders before firing it past Alexander Schwolow early in the second half. Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu was sent off with 20 minutes remaining. With three games remaining, Hamburg was within five points of safety. Hamburg, which has had several near misses in recent seasons, is the only side to have played every season since the Bundesliga’s formation in 1963. BAYERN READY FOR REAL League champion Bayern Munich warmed up for Real Madrid’s visit with a comfortable 3-0 win in Hannover. Substitutes Thomas
04/21/2018 - 12:47 PM
Premier League Fixtures
Apr 20 (OPTA) - Premier League fixtures for this weekend
Saturday, April 21 fixtures (BST/GMT)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (1230/1130)
Watford v Crystal Palace (1500/1400)
Sunday, April 22 fixtures (BST/GMT)
04/20/2018 - 04:05 AM
FA Cup semifinal preview: Can Mourinho win Man United another title?
It’s been a season of highs and lows for Jose Mourinho, but he could put Manchester United on the precipice of another title this Saturday. The FA Cup semifinals resume this weekend at Wembley Stadium, with Manchester United facing off against Tottenham and Chelsea battling Swansea. Jose Mourinho lost a lot of the good-will earned after Man United’s win over Manchester City as his side capitulated in a 1-0 defeat to last-place West Bromwich Albion.
04/20/2018 - 03:11 PM
Zlatan eager to play alongside Gio dos Santos
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is optimistic that he will finally be able to play alongside his teammate Giovani dos Santos when the LA Galaxy take on Atlanta United on Saturday. The two have yet to play an MLS match together since Ibrahimovic's debut on March 31, as Dos Santos has not seen action since the beginning of March when he suffered a leg injury during the second match of the season. But Ibrahimovic told ESPN that he liked what he has seen from the Mexico international. "I have seen him play before, he is great with his left foot," Ibrahimovic said before training on Thursday. "He is great with the ball, he can trick his opponents and he brings extra quality to our team. He creates a lot of opportunities
04/20/2018 - 12:54 PM
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