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Sports >> Soccer

Can MLS win CONCACAF Champions League?
Mexico's grip on the trophy has lasted well over a decade, but five Major League Soccer clubs are out to change that.
02/17/2019 - 04:33 PM


Messi misses 1 penalty, makes another in Barcelona win
Lionel Messi had a penalty saved after scoring from the spot as Barcelona struggled to end a run of poor results before it turns to the Champions League knockout rounds. Messi's first penalty opportunity proved good enough in an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Valladolid at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona, which had drawn three games in a row across all competitions, visits Lyon on Tuesday in the opening leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
02/16/2019 - 05:31 PM


Robben: Anfield is the worst stadium
Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben said Anfield is his "worst stadium" ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool. Bundesliga champions Bayern will travel to last season's runners-up and Premier League leaders Liverpool for the first leg on Tuesday. Robben – who will leave Bayern at the end of the season – has some unhappy memories of Anfield from his time with Chelsea.
02/16/2019 - 09:00 PM


Sanchez admits worry amid struggles with Manchester United
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez admitted having failed to bring more joy to the Premier League club and their fans has left him worried. Sanchez has struggled for form and fitness since arriving from rivals Arsenal in January last year, with the 30-year-old scoring just five goals as a United player. Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he cannot help Sanchez after the former Barcelona star's disappointing performance in Tuesday's 2-0 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
02/16/2019 - 08:50 PM


Pogba keeping culture of Beckham, Giggs & Scholes generation alive at Man Utd
Paul Pogba believes Manchester United are recapturing the spirit of the 'Class of 92' and wants to help nurture the club's next crop of academy talents. The Red Devils have been rejuvenated since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, winning 10 of 12 matches and going unbeaten until the Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Solskjaer, a fan favourite during his 11-year stint at Old Trafford, has been credited with restoring United's identity and Pogba pointed to homegrown pair Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard as evidence the club is returning to the ways which once unearthed David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in a famed era of youth promotion.
02/17/2019 - 08:34 AM


We do not have to kill Real Madrid forever - Odriozola
There is no need to "kill Real Madrid forever" after a LaLiga loss at home to Girona, says right-back Alvaro Odriozola. Santiago Solari's side led at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday thanks to a first-half Casemiro header, with Madrid hunting a sixth consecutive league win to exert pressure on leaders Barcelona. Los Blancos are now nine points behind Barca ahead of a March 2 Clasico at the Bernabeu, with the sides also soon set to meet in the capital in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
02/17/2019 - 10:05 AM


Neymar Senior: No chance of PSG star facing Manchester United
Neymar will not recover from his metatarsal injury in time to feature in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League return clash with Manchester United, according to his father, who indicated that the forward will not play again until April. PSG host United on March 6 in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, with the French champions taking a 2-0 lead into the game after Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored in a convincing win at Old Trafford. Neymar has been out of action since he injured his foot in PSG's 2-0 Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg on January 23, and his father ruled out the possibility of the 27-year-old playing in the next few weeks.
02/17/2019 - 07:24 AM


Sarri state of affairs: Chelsea face crunch United clash
Maurizio Sarri will be fighting to save his job when crisis club Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. Sarri is in danger of being sacked after a dismal first season at Stamford Bridge and crashing out of the FA Cup would push the Italian closer to the axe. Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat for 28 years when they were thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City last weekend, an indignity that came just weeks after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.
02/16/2019 - 08:37 PM


Salah & Dybala to trade places? Liverpool legend can't see Juventus swap happening
Talk of Mohamed Salah being involved in a potential swap deal with Paulo Dybala will come to nothing, says former Liverpool and Juventus striker Ian Rush. It has been suggested that the ambitious Bianconeri are keen on bringing a prolific Egyptian forward onto their books in Turin. In an effort to tempt those at Anfield into a deal, Argentina international Dybala has been mooted as a potential makeweight.
02/16/2019 - 10:53 AM


Riyad Mahrez pleased as Manchester City advance to FA Cup quarter-finals
Riyad Mahrez has expressed his delight after Manchester City defeated Newport County 4-1 to advance to the FA Cup quarter-finals. After a first-half stalemate, Leroy Sane broke the deadlock to open the goals surge with Phil Foden grabbing a brace before the Algeria winger sealed the victory thus, rendering Padraig Amond's effort a mere consolation. The former Leicester City man who made his 35th appearance in the encounter has now taken his goal tally to ten in all competitions this season.
02/16/2019 - 05:01 PM


Liverpool can win the Premier League and the Champions League - Wijnaldum
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum fancies his side's chances of claiming an incredible Premier League and Champions League double this season. Level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table and having played a game less than their rivals, Liverpool are still in the battle for the English top-flight title after 26 games. The Reds came close to tasting European success last season when they reached the final of the continental competition and finished fourth in their domestic division, but Wijnaldum is confident they can triumph in both this time around.
02/17/2019 - 07:32 AM


Club San Martin's kit man recalls first thoughts on Emiliano Sala
Club San Martin de Progreso's kit man, Miguel Melgratti, recalled his first thoughts on striker Emiliano Sala.
02/16/2019 - 05:35 AM


Atmosphere at Man United under Mourinho 'wasn't healthy' – Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez said former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho created an unhealthy atmosphere at Old Trafford. Mourinho was sacked in December and replaced by caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid reports of dressing-room unrest at United. Sanchez was lured from Premier League rivals Arsenal to United by Mourinho in January last year, however, the 30-year-old forward fell out of favour prior to the Portuguese's departure.
02/17/2019 - 12:52 AM


'I'm happiest when I'm playing football' - Spurs star Son reveals how he keeps on running
And Son explains that despite the heavy match-load he has endured in recent months, with the South Korean having featured for his country at the Asian Cup, his love of the game keeps him going and encourages him to give his best. I'm just trying to enjoy every moment," Son said. "Honestly, there's no better thing than football for me, and I'm happiest when I'm playing football.
02/16/2019 - 07:18 AM


LeBron says owning NBA club 'would have to be right fit'
LeBron James says that following fellow NBA superstar Michael Jordan into owning an NBA club is "more of an aspiration" than dream as he prepares for a 15th NBA All-Star Game. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers playmaker will captain Team LeBron against Team Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks in the annual talent showcase Sunday at Charlotte, North Carolina. Jordan, who won six NBA titles in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls, now owns the Charlotte Hornets and while James once said there was "no maybe about it" that he would be the majority owner of a team one day, he was more hesitant about the prospects Saturday.
02/16/2019 - 05:27 PM


Real Madrid vs Girona - LIVE: Stream, score, goals and latest updates from La Liga
Real Madrid host Girona at the Bernabeu as Santiago Solari's side look to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona. Madrid defeated Atletico in the derby last weekend and have won seven of their last eight matches under the new manager. Girona, meanwhile, have not won in the league since November.
02/17/2019 - 05:53 AM


South Africa look to end their U20 Africa Cup of Nations on a high with victory over Nigeria
Amajita qualified for their second FIFA Under-20 World Cup in a row after beating Burundi 1-0 in their final Group A match to book their place in the final four of this ongoing continental competition. In the knockout stages, Amajita were subjected to a 1-0 defeat against Senegal, who will now face Mali in the final on 17 February 2019. Kubheka said it was quite unfortunate that they missed out on an opportunity to play in this year's final, adding that the Nigeria match is another opportunity for them to finish this tournament on a high.
02/16/2019 - 08:52 AM


Alexis accused of losing his hunger while Mkhitaryan 'doesn't know what he is doing'
Alexis Sanchez has been accused of losing his confidence and hunger at Manchester United, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks like he “doesn't know what he is doing” at Arsenal. With his contract running down at Emirates Stadium, Sanchez opted to swap north London for Manchester. As he headed out of the capital, Mkhitaryan went the other way after falling out of favour at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
02/16/2019 - 10:18 AM


We have a slight advantage at Stamford Bridge - Zola
Gianfranco Zola believes a home fixture is a slight advantage but they will need more than that to beat Manchester United
02/15/2019 - 06:24 PM


Simeone praises 'hard-fought' Atletico win at Vallecano
Diego Simeone praised Atletico Madrid's 'hard-fought' 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.
02/16/2019 - 06:59 PM


Allegri: Juventus must score in Madrid
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team's Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid is open and he is eager to find an away goal. The Serie A leaders make the trip to the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday for what shapes as a blockbuster tie. Allegri is desperate for Juve to find a breakthrough in the Spanish capital, but he is wary of Atletico, who have reached at least the Champions League quarter-finals in four of the past five seasons.
02/15/2019 - 08:30 PM


Griezmann gives Atletico win before Juventus CL clash
A goal by Antoine Griezmann ensured Atletico Madrid ended a losing streak before it faces Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus in the Champions League. Griezmann's late goal was about all Atletico could muster in attack to beat crosstown minnow Rayo Vallecano 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. The win that came after losses to Real Betis and Real Madrid lifted Atletico ahead of Madrid and into second place, before the latter hosts Girona on Sunday.
02/16/2019 - 12:17 PM


Balotelli has right mentality for Marseille - Hilton
Mario Balotelli suits his new club Marseille, according to Montpellier captain Vitorino Hilton, who says the Italian has the correct mentality for the Ligue 1 club.
02/16/2019 - 11:08 AM


Van Dijk was told on day one at Celtic: 'You're not going to be here long, so enjoy yourself'
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed he did not expect centre-back Virgil van Dijk to stay at Parkhead on a long-term basis. The Dutchman was acquired from Groningen in 2013 for just £1.75m ($2m), and spent two years in Glasgow, but it quickly became apparent that he was destined to fulfil his potential outside of Glasgow. Southampton ended up taking him to England in Scotland in 2015, before a record-breaking £75 million ($97m) transfer saw him join the ranks at Anfield in January 2018.
02/16/2019 - 12:14 PM


Manchester City news: Pep Guardiola reveals why Riyad Mahrez hasn't been playing
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for Riyad Mahrez's lack of action. Mahrez, City's £60million record signing, has not started a Premier League game since the victory at Southampton on December 30. Guardiola insists the Algerian has done little wrong but the form of others - notably Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva - has simply prevented him getting into the side.
02/16/2019 - 04:13 AM


Flintridge Sacred Heart soccer works overtime to reach CIF championship
At the beginning of the season, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team appeared to be a work in progress. Instead, they've marched their way to a CIF Southern Section championship match despite having to rebuild most of their defense entering the campaign. With coach Mark Snashall in Australia on a business trip, Flintridge Sacred Heart continued its amazing playoff journey. Flintridge Sacred Heart received the match-winning goal from Jillian Willis in the 14th minute of overtime to earn a hard-fought 1-0 win against host Downey on Saturday in a Division III semifinal contest.
02/17/2019 - 02:08 AM


Ribery future up in the air as Bayern delay contract call
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is refusing to offer any guarantees over the future of Franck Ribery. The 35-year-old winger's contract expires at the end of the season and it is unclear whether he will be offered an extension. Ribery has enjoyed huge success since joining the club from Marseille in 2007, most notably inspiring them to a treble of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League wins in 2012-13, but injury problems have restricted his impact in recent seasons.
02/16/2019 - 08:02 AM


Will Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp haunt Bayern Munich again?
Ever since the turn of the millennium, only one team apart from Bayern Munich has successfully defended the Bundesliga title – Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben won the title in the 2010-11 season by recording 75 points, 10 points more than arch-rivals Bayern Munich. In the next season, Klopp's men bettered that and recorded 81 points with Bayern finishing eight points below them.
02/17/2019 - 06:03 AM


Arsenal signings under Emery have left Gunners 'bog standard average' – Nicholas
Many of the players acquired by Arsenal are “poor”, according to Charlie Nicholas, with a lack of productivity in the transfer market and mismanagement behind the scenes ensuring that the club remain “bog standard average”. Arsene Wenger was keen to keep a close eye on the purse strings during his iconic reign with the Gunners, and little has changed under his successor Unai Emery. No funds were made available in January, with Denis Suarez the only arrival on a loan deal from Barcelona.
02/16/2019 - 11:20 AM


Infantino defends FIFA silence over Al-Araibi issue
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended his perceived lack of action during the case of refugee Bahraini football Hakeem Al-Araibi.
02/15/2019 - 11:37 PM


Blades 4-0 Reading Match Report: Royals Routed At Bramall Lane
First Half It took just 40 seconds for all the positivity that the fans had prior to the game to get wiped out. That's how long it took Reading to kick off and for Sheffield United to score – yep you read that right – we kicked off. Reading looked nervy at the back and the previously unflappable Matt Miazga conceded a cheap corner, and his centre back partner in Liam Moore also looked horribly exposed with little protection from the midfield or their fullbacks. Reading looked to rebuild after a horrendous start and any hopes of getting back into the game were wiped out on 16 minutes when Gary Madine scored after Emiliano Martinez presented Liam Kelly with a suicidal pass. With Kelly still nursing
02/17/2019 - 12:00 AM


Pumas UNAM vs Club America: Preview, TV Schedule, and How to Watch Liga MX Online
Pumas will face the biggest game in their regular season, as they look for revenge against an America team that isn't just their biggest rival but come into this match after giving the Universitarios a beatdown in the Semifinals of of the 2018 Liga MX Apertura. While the rematch should've been the biggest story in terms of this match, now all eyes are set on the return of former Pumas star Nicolas Castillo, who just signed with Club America, incurring the wrath of Pumas fans. With the news that Castillo will be in the starting lineup for America for the first time, things will be tense in what is already considered by many as the most dangerous game in Liga MX because of the hostility between fans.
02/17/2019 - 12:00 AM


Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters FC beat Chennaiyin FC 3-0
Kerala Blasters FC notched only its second win of the Indian Super League season after a comprehensive 3-0 win over rivals Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi on Friday. Matej Poplatnik scored a brace (23rd and 55th minutes) to put Kerala Blasters in the driving seat and young midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad finished things off in the 71st minute to score his first ever ISL goal and end his team's 14-game winless run. On the other hand, Chennaiyin saw it nightmare season continue after their 12th loss. They are rooted to the bottom spot with eight points from 16 games, while Kerala have climbed to the eighth spot. The visitors never really got going and were on the backfoot right
02/16/2019 - 03:51 AM


I will always be there for development of football in Delhi: Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri, the all-time leading scorer for India in international football, says he is always there to help develop the sport in the national capital, where he was brought up. The 34-year-old Padma Shri was on Friday conferred the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, the association governing the sport in the city. “I am honoured by the kind gesture of Football Delhi and recognising me with the Football Ratna award. My support will always be there for the development of football in Delhi and I am sure the current management is working hard to develop football in Delhi and make Delhi a model football state in India,” Chhetri said. Football Delhi president Shaji Prabhakaran,
02/16/2019 - 07:55 AM


Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Norwich City
So Bolton Wanderers only went and won a game in mid week, seeing off a Birmingham side who were sat just outside the play off places. The task doesn't get any easier this week as high flyers Norwich City roll into town. Bolton's win at St Andrews offers a glimmer of hope agaist a backdrop of one win in twenty one before that game. A repeat performance is a must, and then we will see if it is enough against Norwich. The visitors had drawn with Sheffield United and beaten Leeds United in the run up to their shock mid week defeat against Preston North End. Expect a reaction from a side which has been scoring for fun for most of this season. Team News Bolton face fitness doubts over mid week starters
02/16/2019 - 12:00 AM


Middlesbrough's forgotten man Ashley Fletcher stars in narrow win at Blackburn
Few savour an away day quite like Tony Pulis, but if there was a familiar formula to Middlesbrough's latest profitable road trip, victory still had an unlikely architect. Only leaders Norwich have claimed more points on their travels while all of Middlesbrough's league wins in 2019 have come away from the Riverside Stadium and featured a Britt Assombalonga goal. If he only owed his place to defensive absentees, with Pulis forced to pick a more attacking team because centre-backs Aden Flint and Daniel Ayala were injured and suspended respectively, the forward justified his selection with his speed, skill and directness.
02/17/2019 - 11:15 AM


Crew SC end first match of Carolina Cup Challenge in draw against Chicago Fire
Caleb Porter knows Wil Trapp better than anyone on Crew SC. He coached Trapp at Akron for two seasons and quickly identified Trapp as the leader he wants as captain in his first season with the new club. Saturday, Porter got an early look at how the Crew fare on the field when it faces adversity without Trapp against an MLS side. The likely starters for the Crew played without Trapp for about 40 minutes after he was given a red card in the 30th minute and they didn't allow a goal in the Crew's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire in the first game of the Carolina Cup Challenge in Charleston, South Carolina. A pair of U.S. Men's National Team members traded scores early. Fire midfielder Djorde Mihailovic
02/16/2019 - 02:56 PM


Koulibaly pleased with transfer interest, but happy at Napoli
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is pleased to be attracting interest from elsewhere, but he is happy at the Serie A club. Koulibaly, 27, is consistently linked with a move away from Napoli, where he arrived from Genk in 2014. The Senegal centre-back said he appreciated the interest from other clubs, but his motivation at Napoli is still high.
02/15/2019 - 09:13 PM


'How many Arsenal players would rivals want?' - Merson concerned by lack of 'world class' talent and slide behind Spurs
Arsenal lack the “world class” stars of their Highbury era, claims Paul Merson, with there few players at Emirates Stadium who would be snapped up by top-six rivals. The Gunners enjoyed three Premier League title successes under Arsene Wenger when turning out at a former home – including the 'Invincibles' campaign of 2003-04. Instead, Arsenal have regressed, and a former star believes they have now slipped behind north London neighbours Tottenham and a number of fellow heavyweight outfits among England's elite.
02/16/2019 - 01:59 PM


Live, FA Cup last 16: Wolves, Crystal Palace in action
The FA Cup fifth round games continue Sunday, as two Premier League teams are in action. LIVE: Follow FA Cup last 16 scores ] Wolverhampton Wanderers head to in-form second-tier side Bristol City looking to avoid an upset, as Lee Johnson's Robins have won every single league game they've played in so far in 2019 (they've won nine-straight games in all competitions) as they sit in the playoff spots in the Championship. Bristol City also knocked out Huddersfield Town in the third round.
02/17/2019 - 12:45 PM


Maturing W-League points to further future improvements
Sydney FC's grand final win showed collective need often supplants the individual ego – and the league is thriving for it Sun 17 Feb 2019 16.48 EST Last modified on Sun 17 Feb 2019 16.54 EST The 2018-19 W-League season has been one of history makers and breakers. With its first marquee player (Sam Kerr), a new all-time goalscoring record set (Kerr, who else, on 68) and the highest grand final attendance (6,127), this season has continued to push the boundaries of what professional women's football, collectively, can achieve in Australia. While recent focus has been trained on the Matildas, Saturday's final testified to the ability of on-field action to command the footballing public's attention
02/17/2019 - 04:48 PM


I-League match to be held in Srinagar as scheduled, says CEO Dhar
The I-League encounter between Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab will be held in Srinagar as scheduled on February 18, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar confirmed this on Saturday. As a fallout from the terror attack in Pulwama, Minerva Punjab had appealed to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to change the venue of the match, owing to security concerns. Minerva Punjab FC were even ready to forfeit the match rather than play in Srinagar, they said. But the national football governing body wants the match to be played as scheduled. In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, football club Minerva Punjab on Friday refused to play their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar
02/16/2019 - 05:56 AM


'Henry has quality for managerial career' - Wenger backs former striker despite Monaco failure
Thierry Henry can still enjoy a successful managerial career despite his harrowing three months in charge of Monaco, insists his former boss Arsene Wenger. The legendary France forward was dismissed after 20 games at the helm following only four wins with the Ligue 1 club, and was replaced by the man he himself succeeded, Leonardo Jardim. However Wenger, who coached Henry for eight trophy-laden years as a player at Arsenal, believes that the timing of the 41-year-old's arrival at Stade Louis II contributed to the brief nature of his tenure, stating that pressure mounts more quickly on coaches halfway through a campaign than at the start of a season.
02/17/2019 - 01:36 PM


City end Newport's giant-killing run to reach FA Cup quarter-finals
Manchester City powered into the FA Cup quarter-finals as the Premier League leaders survived a battling display from Newport County to beat the fourth-tier minnows 4-1 on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's side didn't have an easy ride in a full-blooded fifth round tie against a team 82 places below them in League Two. Troubled by the rutted Rodney Parade pitch, City were indebted to Ederson for a superb save to keep them level during a lacklustre first-half display.
02/16/2019 - 08:04 PM


Looking for F.A. Cup value? Wolves or Watford could make a run
Can anyone beat Manchester City to silverware this season? While the Citizens are in a three-way battle with Liverpool and Tottenham in the Premier League, they are already in the Carabao Cup final next Sunday against a Chelsea team they just demolished 6-0 last weekend. Manchester City is the heavy favorite to win the F.A. Cup, and should have little problem this weekend against the lowest ranked team in the tournament, League Two's Newport County, which is 83rd in the English Football League pyramid. The only team in English history to win a true treble (league, main national cup, and continental cup) was the 1998-99 Manchester United side, when it capped off a memorable campaign with a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final.
02/16/2019 - 12:00 AM


Salomon Kalou stars as Werder Bremen hold Hertha
Salomon Kalou was in fine form as Werder Bremen held Hertha to a 1-1 stalemate in Saturday's German Bundesliga game. After returning to winning ways against Borussia M'glabach last time out following back-to-back defeats to Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, the Old Lady's effort at consolidating on the performance was thwarted by a late-minute strike from Claudio Pizarro. Davie Selke opened the scoring in the 25th minute of the encounter after benefitting from Kalou's assist.
02/16/2019 - 03:34 PM


Gladbach salvages 1-1 draw with Frankfurt in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) - Denis Zakaria scored late to salvage a 1-1 draw for Borussia Moenchengladbach at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, a result that keeps both sides' European hopes intact. Zakaria, who missed the best chance of the first half when he failed to beat Frankfurt 'keeper Kevin Trapp on a one-on-one, atoned in the 82nd minute when he turned to evade Makoto Hasebe and fired high inside the left post. Danny da Costa had scored against the run of play for Frankfurt in first-half injury time. Gladbach substitute Josip Drmic missed a good chance to win it with the last kick of the game, but he failed to connect with Oscar Wendt's cross cleanly and the ball rebounded harmlessly wide. Gladbach stayed
02/17/2019 - 11:38 AM


Sydney FC enjoying suburban ground tour
Matt Encarnacion Talk about painting the city sky blue. His team may have reeled off five wins in a row in the south, but Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has no qualms with bringing his team to the inner west. Leichhardt Oval will host an A-League game for the first time when the Sky Blues meet competition battlers Central Coast on Sunday. It is the latest stop on a Sydney suburban tour for the glamour club as their traditional home ground at Moore Park continues its three-year reconstruction. "The pitch is good, we trained there other day. It's a good stadium. It's going to be a great atmosphere in there like Kogarah was," Corica said on Saturday. Cross-town rivals Western Sydney have floundered
02/15/2019 - 08:24 PM


Gossip: Man Utd trying to swap Lukaku for Dybala or Icardi
CHELSEA LINKED WITH ICARDI Chelsea are making long-term plans to solve their striker shortage after sticking a Gonzalo Higuain-shaped plaster over the problem in January. Friday's Gossip suggested the Blues fancied their chances of getting Higuain permanently on the cheap but if Juventus stood firm in their valuation, then Luka Jovic is an alternative. The Sun on Sunday also reckons Mauro Icardi is being considered by Chelsea. The timing is certainly convenient – Icardi has just been stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy and Real Madrid have backed off the Argentina striker because, according to Marca, they don't want to deal with the striker's agent, Wanda Nara, who also happens to be the player's
02/17/2019 - 04:32 AM


Monaco to be led by former potash king Oleg Petrov
The AS Monaco football club is set to hand over the reins to a Russian industrialist with plenty of experience in digging up minerals but none in extracting victories in top-flight European soccer. Oleg Petrov will be appointed as Monaco's chief executive officer as its Russian billionaire owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, shakes up the team's management following poor results, people with knowledge of the matter said. While Petrov hasn't worked in soccer management before, he used to be sales chief at Uralkali PJSC, the potash market leader once owned by Rybolovlev. Petrov may be appointed at the club's board meeting on Feb. 22, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information isn't public.
02/16/2019 - 04:03 PM


Icardi watches as Inter beats Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Despite the absence of Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan managed to beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A after a dramatic finale on Sunday. All the goals came in a five-minute spell with Danilo D'Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan scoring for Inter, either side of Manolo Gabbiadini's equalizer. Inter remained third but again moved four points clear of fourth-placed AC Milan. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League. Second-placed Napoli hosts Torino later, looking to trim the gap to Juventus to 11 points. The build-up to the match had been dominated by Icardi, who was stripped of his captaincy on Wednesday amid protracted contract negotiations, and the player then pulled out of the
02/17/2019 - 11:29 AM



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