Ronaldo makes eventful return to Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo might be the most famous athlete on the planet, and his return to former club Manchester United wasn't exactly inauspicious.
10/23/2018 - 05:43 PM
Fire returns inside Mourinho at Man United
The fire is back inside Jose Mourinho. Two weeks ago, the Manchester United manager was swearing in front of a television camera . Since the night at the start of this month when headlines emerged in a major British newspaper that Mourinho was about to be fired, United has come from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 and then was only denied a win at Chelsea on Saturday after conceding a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
10/22/2018 - 11:48 AM
Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusation
Speaking publicly for the first time since being accused of rape, Cristiano Ronaldo defended himself against the allegation and said Monday he is confident the truth will come out in the case. The soccer superstar has been accused of rape in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last month in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.
10/22/2018 - 03:51 PM
'I know I am an example': Cristiano Ronaldo addresses rape allegations ahead of Man Utd return with Juventus
A defiant Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he was a role model on and off the pitch as the Juventus and Portugal forward expressed every confidence that he will be vindicated over the rape allegations that have engulfed him. Speaking publicly for the first time since being accused of raping Kathryn Mayorga, an American model, in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, Ronaldo chose the eve of a reunion with Manchester United to launch a staunch defence of his character and insisted he would not let the accusations affect him. Ronaldo faces United for only the second time since leaving the club for a then world record £80 million fee in June 2009 - the same month he is alleged to have raped Mayorga - but preparations for the game were overshadowed by the 33 year-old facing down questions over his reputed behaviour.
10/23/2018 - 03:04 AM
Jose Mourinho pleads with Chelsea not to sack Marco Ianni after Stamford Bridge touchline row
Jose Mourinho has launched an unexpected defence of Marco Ianni and urged Chelsea not to sack the coach for sparking the ugly spat at the end of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. The Manchester United manager reacted furiously to Ianni’s goading after Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach celebrated provocatively in front of the Portuguese after Ross Barkley’s 96th minute equaliser. Mourinho had to be restrained from chasing Ianni down the tunnel.
10/22/2018 - 10:33 AM
Premier League best bets: Arsenal will find it tough against Leicester
At first glance, Arsenal look solid 4/7 shots to beat Leicester given they have won their last nine games in all competitions, are up to fifth in the Premier League and seem to be playing some vibrant attacking football. Goals have flowed freely since they failed to hit the net in their opening-day loss against champions Manchester City, with Unai Emery’s team scoring 29 goals in ten games since and with ten different outfield players on the scoresheet in the Premier League. Arsenal have had more shots on target than their opposition in just three of their eight Premier League matches this season: against Cardiff, Fulham and West Ham.
10/22/2018 - 07:17 AM
'Marmite-man' Mesut Ozil rises to captaincy role and proves why Arsenal made such sacrifices to keep him
Such is the divisiveness of Mesut Ozil, the Marmite man, that Unai Emery’s decision to hand him the captain’s armband on Monday night felt like just the latest in an increasingly long list of bold decisions the Arsenal head coach has made since his arrival in London. It feels like a long time ago now, but it should not be forgotten that one of Emery’s first acts was to tell Jack Wilshere that the midfielder was not good enough. One could almost imagine the outrage from those who love to hate Ozil, to question his work-rate and highlight his inconsistency.
10/22/2018 - 05:38 PM
Slumping Newcastle posing 1 of Benitez's greatest challenges
He's won the Champions League, the Europa League, domestic league and cup titles, and coached many of the biggest teams on the continent. Newcastle dropped to last place on Saturday after a demoralizing 1-0 home loss to Brighton, a team which hadn't won away in its previous 17 attempts. A chronic underinvestment in the squad by the club's largely disliked owner, Mike Ashley, is starting to show.
10/22/2018 - 06:54 AM
Pep Guardiola: Manchester City are still not ready to win the Champions League
Every time Manchester City play in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola knows the question is coming, yet he has still not found a convincing way to answer it as he once again claimed his team are not ready to win the competition. City return to the scene of a rare defeat last year to face a Shakhtar Donetsk side that beat them in their final group game back in December, but it is the competition, rather than the opposition, that troubles Guardiola.
10/22/2018 - 11:59 AM
You always want the best – Ter Stegen open to Neymar return
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is unwilling to speculate on Neymar's future, but admits it would be no bad thing to have the forward back at Barcelona. Neymar has been tipped to make a sensational return to the LaLiga champions despite leaving in acrimonious circumstances last August in a world-record €222million deal. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted they will not try to buy the player back from Paris Saint-Germain, but both they and Real Madrid have been frequently linked with a bid over the past year.
10/23/2018 - 06:21 AM
I'm happy at Manchester United - Mourinho dismisses Real Madrid reports
Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports he could be in line for a sensational return to Real Madrid, insisting he wants to stay at Old Trafford beyond his current deal, which ends in 2020. Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is under increasing pressure after five games without a win in all competitions, with a 2-1 defeat to Levante on Saturday leaving Los Blancos seventh in LaLiga. Mourinho, who managed the club between 2010-2013, is adamant that he has no interest in taking over should the former Spain boss be sacked, however, and is happy at United.
10/22/2018 - 10:45 AM
Romelu Lukaku calls on Manchester United attack to start matches faster
It is 15 months since Romelu Lukaku moved to Old Trafford but the Belgium striker has admitted it is still not clicking for Manchester United’s fitful attack. In a blunt appraisal of their inconsistency in front of goal ahead of the visit of Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Lukaku said United’s movement and interplay had to improve and called on the team to start showing more urgency and conviction from the start of games. United were forced to come from two goals down against Newcastle to win 3-2 and also had to fight from behind in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea, when Jose Mourinho’s side were denied victory by a 96th minute equaliser from Ross Barkley.
10/22/2018 - 03:26 PM
Marco Ianni charged by FA over Jose Mourinho touchline row
The Football Association (FA) has charged Chelsea's second assistant coach Marco Ianni with improper conduct following an altercation with Jose Mourinho and reminded the Manchester United manager of his responsibilities after their touchline row. Ross Barkley's stoppage-time equaliser for Chelsea in Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge sparked a melee involving Ianni and Mourinho.
10/22/2018 - 11:10 AM
Sarri: Chelsea fans must respect Mourinho
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has told the club's fans to show more respect to former boss Jose Mourinho following Saturday's heated Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Ross Barkley's 96th-minute equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Chelsea against Manchester United – the dramatic last-gasp goal sparking a touchline bust-up. Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni celebrated Barkley's stoppage-time leveller in front of Mourinho and the United bench in London, much to the annoyance of the Red Devils boss, who had to be restrained by stewards.
10/21/2018 - 10:20 PM
Mourinho: Ronaldo loves United but he will want to score
Jose Mourinho expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be determined to score against Manchester United, despite his love for his old club. Ronaldo will face his former side at Old Trafford for the first time in five years on Tuesday, when Juventus visit for the Champions League Group H clash. The Portugal star's last appearance against United at their home was in the knockout phase of the 2012-13 tournament, when he scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 3-2 aggregate victory for Real Madrid.
10/23/2018 - 04:52 AM
Madrid players behind Lopetegui after calls for change
Most Real Madrid fans have lost their patience with Julen Lopetegui, but the coach still has his players behind him. Lopetegui is under fire with Madrid on a five-game winless streak that included its longest scoring drought ever. Fans loudly jeered the team and coach after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Levante and, although Lopetegui is only a few months into the job, many already want him out.
10/22/2018 - 12:02 PM
Good Morning Football tours London on the River Thames
The "Good Morning Football" crew tours the city of London on the River Thames.
10/23/2018 - 10:03 AM
20 Russian Soccer Fans Were Injured in a Dramatic Escalator Accident in Rome
20 Russian Soccer Fans Were Injured in a Dramatic Escalator Accident in Rome
10/23/2018 - 05:19 PM
No away fans is nothing, I played in front of nobody! - Liverpool's Klopp
Jurgen Klopp reflected on his bleaker playing days, with UEFA sanctions meaning Liverpool's UEFA Champions League opponents Red Star will not be bringing any fans to Anfield.
10/23/2018 - 01:09 PM
Alexis Sanchez absent from Man Utd training amid reports he wants out
Alexis Sanchez was absent from Manchester United training on Monday amid reports that he wants to leave the club. The Times claimed over the weekend that Alexis is unhappy with Jose Mourinho and that his agent is on standby to talk to interested clubs should they come calling in January or next summer. Alexis was absent from the session ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Juventus, throwing his participation in the game into doubt.
10/22/2018 - 06:46 AM
Buffon: Mbappe can be one of the best ever
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been so impressed by Kylian Mbappe that he believes his young team-mate can become one of the greatest players ever. Mbappe has scored 11 goals in eight appearances for PSG already this season, while he reached the pinnacle of the international game in the summer as he helped France win World Cup 2018 by becoming the first teenager since Pele to score in the final. The rise of the 19-year-old shows no relent and Buffon, himself considered one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, does not forecast any change in the situation.
10/22/2018 - 03:19 AM
Bartomeu: Barca still competitive without Messi
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists the La Liga champions are still competitive without injured superstar Lionel Messi. Barca will not be able to call upon Messi for their Champions League showdown against Inter and the Clasico blockbuster with Real Madrid due to a fractured arm. Messi suffered the injury in Barca's 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday's top-of-the-table La Liga clash.
10/22/2018 - 07:27 PM
Liverpool felt wrath of 'emotional' Klopp, says Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri admitted Liverpool's performance in their 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town gave manager Jurgen Klopp reasons to shout at his players, saying the Reds "can do better offensively". Following a run of four games without a win in all competitions, Mohamed Salah's first-half strike at John Smith's Stadium was enough to secure three points for a Liverpool side that has struggled for goals in recent matches. Salah's strike was only Liverpool's third in five games and Shaqiri, who set up the goal in only his second Premier League start for the club, said Klopp's vocal outbursts from the touchline during the match were understandable.
10/22/2018 - 04:52 AM
Planet Futbol: Is Arsenal For Real?
Arsenal fan Zito Madu from SB Nation talks to Planet Futbol's Luis Miguel Echegaray about Arsenal FC and whether or not they can keep up this strong play throughout the season.
10/23/2018 - 06:15 PM
Jason Garrett defends late play calling: We got into field goal range
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has taken plenty of criticism after Sunday’s loss in Washington, with his overly conservative play calling having the Cowboys ending the game with a long missed field goal rather than taking a shot at the end zone. Garrett said after the game that the goal was to get into field goal range, and the offense accomplished that goal. Just because the field goal missed, Garrett says, that doesn’t mean the strategy was wrong.
10/22/2018 - 10:20 AM
Vardy 'couldn't digest' Arsenal penalty decision - Puel
Leicester City Claude Puel confirmed that Jamie Vardy left the field during the defeat to Arsenal with an upset stomach, as the Frenchman seethed at a penalty decision that didn't go the Foxes' way.
10/23/2018 - 06:35 AM
Stan Kroenke, Arsenal, and the end of accountability
David Ornstein’s interview with the double-head executive, Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi, revealed a lot. That is to say, in their perfected corporate non-speak, they revealed absolutely nothing of interest other than retread lines about self-sustainability. In a sense, that is not entirely new at Arsenal: it’s not as if Ivan Gazidis didn’t roll out lines of filler, designed by a PR executive. Yet there are two main differences: to his credit, Gazidis actually addressed fans, in part because he had to, as Arsenal still had an AGM, but at other times too, and there was also a very erudite manager whose press conferences were revelatory, something which is no longer the case with Unai Emery.
10/23/2018 - 01:00 AM
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Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the Gunners aim for a tenth-straight win in all competitions.
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10/23/2018 - 03:01 AM
Mbappe on track to match Messi and Ronaldo, says Giuly
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is on track to match the levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Ludovic Giuly. Mbappe has established himself as one of the world's finest young players for Monaco and PSG over the last two seasons.
10/23/2018 - 08:09 AM
'Be careful with your words'- Henry jokes with Tielemans at press conference
Thierry Henry shared a joke with Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans after a reporter asked the Belgian about Henry's impact since becoming Monaco's head coach.
10/23/2018 - 05:39 PM
Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same
MILAN (AP) - Despite his off-the-field turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoring goals. His teammates, however, let Juventus down.
Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine matches, and two in three matches since being accused of rape last month.
On Saturday, Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead in the 18th minute at Genoa. Then something odd happened.
Normally so calm and collected, the Juventus players were at times haphazard in their passing and Daniel Bessa equalized in the 67th minute as the defense was caught napping.
"They capitalized on our loss of concentration," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "After starting well, we were thinking too much about the game with Manchester United - sometimes frenzied and other times asleep.
10/22/2018 - 09:53 AM
Winning play: Boy in wheelchair returns kickoff
These young football players helped create a magical moment for the brother of one of their teammates.
10/23/2018 - 02:12 AM
Man United arrive late (again) for Juventus game
Manchester United do not travel well. Juve’s team bus also arrived late and United’s manager Jose Mourinho revealed he arrived at the stadium by jumping off the bus then walking among the fans, while wearing a hoodie so nobody would recognize him.
10/23/2018 - 02:30 PM
Bayern deserved win against defensively strong AEK side - Kovac
Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac believes his side deserved their 2-0 win at AEK Athens in the UEFA Champions League, but praised their opponents for a 'typically good' Greek defence.
10/23/2018 - 07:06 PM
Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Highlights, stats and quotes
Match Data SUMMARY Seattle Sounders FC 3 - Houston Dynamo 2 Sunday, October 21, 2018 Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium Referee: David Gantar Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Felisha Mariscal Fourth Official: Victor Rivas VAR: Armando Villarreal Attendance: 19,127 Weather: 68 degrees and clear SCORING SUMMARY SEA - Chad Marshall (Nicolás Lodeiro) 26’ SEA - Gustav Svensson (Nicolás Lodeiro) 49’ HOU - Kevin García (Óscar Boniek García) 63’ SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Nicolás Lodeiro) 87’ HOU - Mauro Manotas (Romell Quioto) 89’ MISCONDUCT SUMMARY SEA - Nouhou (caution) 72’ HOU - Óscar Boniek García (caution) 74’ LINEUPS & STATS Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Nouhou (Waylon
10/23/2018 - 01:00 AM
PSG's riches doesn't make us Champions League favourites - Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel insists that despite the club's infinite resources, PSG still lack experience to win the UEFA Champions League.
10/23/2018 - 07:40 PM
Manchester United does denim with True Religion
Manchester United is breaking into denim wear, with a helping hand from True Religion. "The range we have collaborated on includes the same attention to detail and craftsmanship that has made True Religion a global brand, creating a new way for our fans to express their support for their club through every day, easy-to-wear apparel," said Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, in a statement. "As True Religion continues to evolve and connect with new audiences, it is exciting to offer Manchester United's global fanbase an innovative line of premium denim for men and women," added True Religion Chief Marketing Officer Tara Peyrache.
10/22/2018 - 04:44 AM
Van Bommel admires Pochettino's longevity at Spurs
PSV boss Mark van Bommel is expecting a tough test when his side welcomes Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
10/23/2018 - 10:07 AM
Favre and Dortmund wary of Griezmann threat
Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre admits it will be tough to stop Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
10/23/2018 - 09:45 AM
Massimo Carrera fired as Spartak Moscow coach
MOSCOW (AP) — Spartak Moscow fired coach Massimo Carrera on Monday following a disappointing start to the season. In his first season, the former Juventus assistant coach took Spartak to its first Russian title in 16 years, but he has struggled to build on that achievement. Spartak finished third last season and lost in Champions League qualifying this year. "Last season's results were considered unsatisfactory — not a single one of the targets was achieved," the club said in a statement. "The results and play of the team this season have shown there is no tendency toward improvement." Spartak is sixth in the Russian league, one point from second place but seven points behind leader Zenit St.
10/22/2018 - 05:09 AM
Guardiola: It's a joy to manage Fernandinho
Man City boss Pep Guardiola says working with Fernandinho makes him the luckiest manager in the world, as the Brazilian prepares to face former side Shakhtar in the UEFA Champions League.
10/23/2018 - 03:17 AM
Snow Canyon scores in overtime to win first girls soccer state title since 2012
Sandy • Saves. Clearances. Tackles. Missed opportunities. That’s most of what the Orem and Snow Canyon high school girls' soccer teams gave each other for much of the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. That is, until about midway through the first 10-minute overtime. The Warriors broke into a counterattack with Rachel Durante dribbling up the right side of the field. The entire Orem defense shifted to that side, along with its keeper. Durante saw the coverage and crossed it to Heidi Smith, who was wide open. It was a sequence Snow Canyon had practiced all season. Smith finished the cross from Durante to lift the Warriors to a 1-0 win and their first state championship
10/22/2018 - 03:00 AM
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola just as delighted with defence as attack after Burnley rout
Pep Guardiola, not a manager prone to boastful pronouncements, was quick to point out that his Manchester City side is currently producing more shots on goal than any team in any of the major European league at present after their five-goal humbling of Burnley. “I think Aymeric (Laporte) as well.
10/22/2018 - 03:31 AM
Thorns Down Under: W-League preview
As days grow shorter on this side of the world and we all prepare for a long soccer hibernation, the other side of the world is gearing up to start a summer league. The W-League kicks off this week, and promises once again to be an ever-improving competition for the 12 a.m. – 4 a.m. time slot we were all desperately seeking to fill in our lives over the winter. ESPN+ will be hosting one or two W-League games a week, and will start their coverage with Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers, which will run at 1:30 a.m. PST on Thursday morning. All the Thorns making their return to the W-League — Emily Sonnett, sadly, will stay in this hemisphere — will play for the clubs they were at last season.
10/23/2018 - 01:00 AM
HM Revenue & Customs investigates players, clubs & agents over tax
The tax payments of 171 players, 44 clubs and 31 agents are being investigated by HM Revenue & Customs. HMRC has recovered £332m of extra tax from professional football since 2015-16. The figures are a rise from September 2017, when HMRC was reportedly investigating the tax affairs of 90 players, 38 clubs and 13 agents. A HMRC spokesperson said it is examining a "range of issues, including image rights abuse". "We carefully scrutinise the individual arrangements between football clubs and their players to make sure the right tax is being paid in the UK. "HMRC rigorously enforces the rules and has brought in £332m in extra tax by tackling non-compliance in the football industry." The news comes
10/23/2018 - 07:13 AM
On this day: Everton sack Ronald Koeman
The main thing that struck me about the dying embers of Ronald Koeman’s reign was not the disorganised rabble on the pitch, but the air of resignation off it. The weary home crowd had begun to drift away long before Alexis Sanchez swept the ball past Jordan Pickford to make it 5-2 to Arsenal in what would be Koeman’s final, miserable game on charge. As one BBC pundit put it: “It is stale. It feels like everyone has had enough.” For the watching Farhad Moshiri, the sight of rapidly emptying seats and a despondent, disengaged fanbase must have set alarm bells ringing. Don’t forget this was a critical time for the club (and still is) as it seeks funding for a move to a new stadium. Borrowing against
10/23/2018 - 01:00 AM
Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace: Three Thoughts
Everton’s summer signings are slowly making their debuts with the club. Against Crystal Palace it was the turn of midfielder Andre Gomes to play his first minutes with Everton. And much like Bernard and Richarlison before him, things look promising. Starting next to Idrissa Gueye, Gomes was very solid for most of the match. He looked to be more skillful and offensively minded than Morgan Schneiderlin, while appearing more refined and controlled than Tom Davies. He may not have created as many scoring chances as some would have liked but he made few mistakes and was a calming presence in the midfield. As much as I want to see Tom Davies continue to get playing time, I wouldn’t mind seeing Gomes
10/22/2018 - 01:00 AM
Ligue 1's team of the week featuring Depay and Draxler
Star players Memphis Depay and Julian Draxler both features in Ligue 1's team of the week. The rest of team is made of players from Caen, Nantes, Marseille, Nimes and Strasbourg.
10/22/2018 - 01:27 PM
Arsenal team news vs Leicester: Sokratis and Petr Cech to miss out but Mesut Ozil ready to return
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Petr Cech will undergo late fitness tests on Monday afternoon although it is unlikely either will feature for Arsenal against Leicester City. Arsenal will attempt to win their tenth consecutive match in all competitions when they host Leicester at The Emirates tonight. Another win would see them reclaim their place in the top four of the Premier League, level on points with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and just two points off the top.
10/22/2018 - 10:57 AM
Women’s Soccer Plays to a Scoreless Draw at Creighton
The Marquette Golden Eagles were eliminated from Big East Tournament contention with their double overtime draw to Creighton on Sunday afternoon. They needed a victory and a lot of help (which they didn’t get, for the record) to stay in the mix and just couldn’t manufacture a goal. The 0-0 draw brings their record to 3-11-3 and 1-5-2 in Big East play. As depressing as this sounds, it’s their first time as a Division 1 program that they miss their conference tournament. They played well enough to get a goal but just didn’t have the accuracy in front of net to beat Creighton goalkeeper Katie Sullivan. Marquette didn’t help themselves with a slow start in which they didn’t do much of anything in
10/22/2018 - 01:00 AM
NBC Sports Soccer commentator Arlo White breaks down Titans vs. Chargers Week 7 highlights
NBC Sports Soccer commentator Arlo White breaks down the highlights of the Titans vs. Chargers Week 7 matchup.
10/22/2018 - 09:32 AM
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