Thursday, November 30, 2017

Southampton winger Redmond slams The Sun and clears up what Pep said to him

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Southampton winger Redmond slams The Sun and clears up what Pep said to him
Southampton winger Redmond slams The Sun and clears up what Pep said to him
The British newspaper had reported that Guardiola called Redmond a ‘w**ker’ during a furious-looking exchange.
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Pochettino defends out-of-sorts Alli

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Pochettino defends out-of-sorts Alli
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has defended Dele Alli in the wake of criticism of his performances. The England international's form has dipped markedly in recent weeks, his travails coinciding with a poor run of results for Spurs. Alli has only scored one Premier League goal since August and struggled to make an impact in defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City, as well as a 1-1 draw with West Brom. Spurs have dropped to seventh in the table as a result of their run, prompting particular scrutiny on the performances of Alli, but Pochettino insists critics must not forget that he is only 21. "I'm so happy with him," Pochettino said when asked about the midfielder. "Your question is like 'Oh, Dele Alli is not performing like in the last few years', but his first few years were the last few seasons, he's so young. "He needs to find his balance. But I am happy with him. It's normal we always expect from him, because he's a very talented player, to score in every game and make unbelievable things. It's normal sometimes the players are up and down. "The experienced players struggle during [for] 10 months to keep their performance. With Dele, he's young, it's normal sometimes to be up and down. I am happy with him." Spurs travel to face Watford on Saturday.
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Dakar Rally-bound Villas-Boas leaves Shanghai SIPG

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Dakar Rally-bound Villas-Boas leaves Shanghai SIPG
Shanghai SIPG have confirmed that Andre Villas-Boas has left his position as head coach. The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager took charge of the club in November last year but was unable to guide them to silverware in 2017, as they finished second to Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the Chinese Super League and lost to Urawa Red Diamonds in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League. "The club would like to place on record our gratitude to Mr. Villas-Boas and his backroom staff for their contributions to the progress of the club," Shanghai SIPG said in a statement. "Mr. Villas-Boas would also like to thank the club, the Shanghai International Port Group, and the players and staff that he has worked with and wish them all the best in their future endeavours." Villas-Boas is now set to make a surprising move into motorsport, having agreed to drive a Toyota Hilux in the 2018 Dakar Rally. "I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year's preparation to get there [with a motorbike] and that it was better to consider doing it with a car," the 40-year-old, a motorcycling enthusiast, said in a statement this week. "So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am."
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2018 FIFA World Cup draw: Qualifying teams, date, time and how to watch

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2018 FIFA World Cup draw: Qualifying teams, date, time and how to watch
Watch the best and worst scenarios from the draw. Watch the best and worst scenarios from the draw. The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place on Dec. 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. It will start at 10 a.m. ET/3 p.m. GMT -- 6 p.m. local time in Moscow. How can I watch? In the U.S., Fox have the rights in English, while Telemundo will have them in Spanish. The BBC and ITV will show it in the U.K. and FIFA's official website will have a live stream. ESPN FC will bring you all the latest with a live blog as the teams are drawn, and in the U.S. you can...
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chilembe keen on CAPS return

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Chilembe keen on CAPS return

FORMER CAPS United captain Laughter Chilembe has expressed his desire to have another dance with his former club and reunite with his former teammate and current head coach Lloyd Chitembwe.

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LIVE: Stoke v Liverpool, Premier League

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LIVE: Stoke v Liverpool, Premier League
LIVE: Stoke v Liverpool, Premier League
Stoke take on Liverpool, as the Reds aim to continue their bid for a top-four spot.
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Struggling Everton are bringing in Big Sam to steady the ship

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Struggling Everton are bringing in Big Sam to steady the ship
Struggling Everton are bringing in Big Sam to steady the ship
David Unsworth will be in charge for tonight’s league fixture with West Ham, however.
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Stewards in hospital after crowd trouble at Brighton v Palace stalemate

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Stewards in hospital after crowd trouble at Brighton v Palace stalemate
Stewards in hospital after crowd trouble at Brighton v Palace stalemate
Crowd violence at Brighton v Crystal Palace leaves two stewards in hospital, with the Seagulls blaming away fans who travelled without tickets.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Quiz: Who made it to World Cup 2018 and how did they get there?

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Quiz: Who made it to World Cup 2018 and how did they get there?
Quiz: Who made it to World Cup 2018 and how did they get there?
As the World Cup draw arrives, how much do you know about how the 32 teams who have qualified for Russia 2018?
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LIVE: Watford v Man United, Premier League

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LIVE: Watford v Man United, Premier League
LIVE: Watford v Man United, Premier League
Watford take on Man United, as the Red Devils bid to keep up at the top with league leaders City.
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Crouch earns Stoke contract extension

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Crouch earns Stoke contract extension
Peter Crouch has signed a one-year contract extension with Stoke City. After inking the deal, the veteran striker is tied to the Potters until the end of the 2018-19 season. Now 36, the former Liverpool and England international arrived at Stoke from Tottenham in 2011 and has netted 58 goals in all competitions for the club. "Peter has been with Stoke longer than he has been with any other club which I think speaks volumes for how he views us and how we view him," manager Mark Hughes said in a statement. "He still has so much to offer us. He may be 36 but he continues to have a major impact on games, as he has proved on numerous occasions this season." #SCFC are delighted to announce that @petercrouch has signed a one-year contract extension, committing the talismanic striker to the club until at least the summer of 2019. pic.twitter.com/UmbwpLEaYs — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 28, 2017
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Shanghai Shenhua not ruling out Tevez extension

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Shanghai Shenhua not ruling out Tevez extension
Shanghai Shenhua admit Carlos Tevez has failed to live up to expectations, but the club are yet to rule out extending the forward's deal. Tevez, 33, has struggled since his lucrative move, scoring just four goals in 16 Chinese Super League (CSL) games. The Argentinian was left out of the squad for both legs of the Chinese FA Cup final against Shanghai SIPG as Shenhua claimed the trophy on away goals. Shenhua deputy general manager Zhou Jun said Tevez had failed to reach the heights the club expected. "We decided to buy Tevez because the AFC Champions League qualifying phase was about to begin and at that time the new rules [to curb mega signings] did not come to light," he told Shanghai TV. "Tevez was playing quite well in both Boca Juniors and Juventus. And since there was an arms race going on [in the CSL], our club need a player who has a reputation and universal appeal. "Of course, in the end, he is not living up to those expectations. But he keeps working very hard to be in contention to play. "As for whether or not to extend his contract next year, it has to be a mutual choice. His future hinges on the outcome of further negotiations between the two parties."
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Chapecoense - defying the odds a year after the night that changed everything

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Chapecoense - defying the odds a year after the night that changed everything
Chapecoense - defying the odds a year after the night that changed everything
Three coaches and an ineligible player but Chapecoense stayed up. One year on from the devastating crash, the Brazilian club are still punching above their weight.
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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial: Critics forget that I'm only 21

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial: Critics forget that I'm only 21
Anthony Martial has said some of his critics forget how young he is but added that he is now ready to "tear it up" for Manchester
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Real Madrid's Bale to play first game in two months

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Real Madrid's Bale to play first game in two months
Real Madrid's Bale to play first game in two months
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will play for the first time in two months on Tuesday, says the club's boss Zinedine Zidane.
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Cavani and Neymar on target as PSG go nine points clear in Ligue 1

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Cavani and Neymar on target as PSG go nine points clear in Ligue 1
Cavani and Neymar on target as PSG go nine points clear in Ligue 1
Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe was whistled throughout by the home fans.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Barca to target Tottenham's Eriksen - Gossip

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Barca to target Tottenham's Eriksen - Gossip
Barca to target Tottenham's Eriksen - Gossip
Man City target Inigo Martinez, Barcelona keen to sign Christian Eriksen, Real Madrid interested in Anthony Martial, plus more.
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DeMbare: So near, yet so far

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DeMbare: So near, yet so far

When referee Brighton Chimene blew the whistle to signal the end of the match at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, Dynamos players hung their heads in disappointment.

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Aberdeen win narrows gap to leaders Celtic

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Aberdeen win narrows gap to leaders Celtic
Aberdeen win narrows gap to leaders Celtic
Aberdeen narrow gap on Premiership leaders Celtic, as Kenny McLean, a Stephen O'Donnell og, and Stevie May score to defeat 10-man Kilmarnock.
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Willian: It was a shot, no doubt

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Willian: It was a shot, no doubt
Chelsea attacker Willian insisted his equaliser against Liverpool was a shot after he salvaged a point for his team at Anfield on Saturday. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead in the 65th minute, but Willian ensured Antonio Conte's men left with a 1-1 draw. The Brazilian appeared to be aiming a cross to the back post, only for the ball to loop over Simon Mignolet and into the net. Asked about his goal by Chelsea TV, a laughing Willian said: "For sure, it was a shot, no doubt." Again completing his answer with a laugh, the 29-year-old added: "Some people ask, 'You want to cross or you want to shoot?' I said, 'Shoot, of course. Too much quality'." @willianborges88 #LIVCHE pic.twitter.com/5dpxO8B1x1 — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 25, 2017 The result kept Chelsea in third in the Premier League, but they are eight points behind leaders Manchester City – who visit Huddersfield Town on Sunday. Willian was delighted to find the back of the net for Chelsea, saying: "I'm happy to score this beautiful goal. In this kind of game, it's important to score goals. "Now we have to carry on and stick together in this moment because we want to win every game."
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Premier League signing of the season and more talking points from Saturday's action

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The Premier League signing of the season and more talking points from Saturday's action
The Premier League signing of the season and more talking points from Saturday's action
Mo Salah is on fire for Liverpool right now.
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Burley's Tactical Analysis: Liverpool jitters resurface

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Burley's Tactical Analysis: Liverpool jitters resurface
Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to outline how Liverpool's nerves at the back condemned them again against Chelsea.
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Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Dortmund facing crisis over Aubameyang

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Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Dortmund facing crisis over Aubameyang

Striker is in the throes of a slow-motion departure from the Westfalenstadion

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund (Photo: Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)Striker is in the throes of a slow-motion departure from the Westfalenstadion
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'I had the operation and was told I’d be training in six weeks. Six months passed and I couldn’t run properly'

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'I had the operation and was told I’d be training in six weeks. Six months passed and I couldn’t run properly'
'I had the operation and was told I’d be training in six weeks. Six months passed and I couldn’t run properly'
Former League of Ireland footballer Ian Ryan talks about having to retire in his prime years and how he has remained involved in the game.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Ronaldo holds secret PSG talks - gossip

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Ronaldo holds secret PSG talks - gossip
Ronaldo holds secret PSG talks - gossip
Ronaldo in secret talks with Paris St-Germain, Pardew set to be West Brom manager, Ozil to be offered Barcelona deal, plus more.
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Watch: Messi's fourth Golden Shoe award brings him level with Ronaldo

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Watch: Messi's fourth Golden Shoe award brings him level with Ronaldo
Watch: Messi's fourth Golden Shoe award brings him level with Ronaldo
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is presented the European Golden Shoe award by team-mate Luis Suarez.
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Kaka to consider AC Milan return after making retirement decision

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Kaka to consider AC Milan return after making retirement decision
Kaka says he would love to return to AC Milan, although he says he has not yet decided whether or not to end his playing career. The
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PSG cleverly hit back at Eric Cantona after he labels them a 'small club'

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PSG cleverly hit back at Eric Cantona after he labels them a 'small club'
PSG cleverly hit back at Eric Cantona after he labels them a 'small club'
The club used the ex-footballer’s famous quote to put him back in his place.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Brian Glanville: New Arsenal appointments are not what Wenger ordered

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Brian Glanville: New Arsenal appointments are not what Wenger ordered

Psychologist and others may struggle to help Arsenal boss

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal greet each other prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium. (Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)Psychologist and others may struggle to help Arsenal boss
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15 years after promising research, FA announces study into football's links to brain disorders

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15 years after promising research, FA announces study into football's links to brain disorders
15 years after promising research, FA announces study into football's links to brain disorders
The governing body first committed to exploring the topic in 2002.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets Champions League record with Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets Champions League record with Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to represent seven different clubs in the Champions League when he came on as a 74th-minute
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Hariss Harun, Stipe Plazibat prepare for Home Utd exits in Singapore Cup

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Hariss Harun, Stipe Plazibat prepare for Home Utd exits in Singapore Cup
Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill reflect on Albirex Niigata's campaign after they clinched a second straight S.League title. Hariss Harun and Stipe Plazibat will represent Home United for a final time when the Protectors take on Hougang United in the 2017 Singapore Cup third-place playoff at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday. The duo have performed integral roles in a mostly thrilling year for the club. They went all the way to the ASEAN zonal final of the AFC Cup and finished in the top three for the first time since 2013. After some commanding displays for Home in central midfield and defence since coming on loan in March,...
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sloppy Man United made to pay and more Champions League talking points

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Sloppy Man United made to pay and more Champions League talking points
Sloppy Man United made to pay and more Champions League talking points
The Red Devils were just moments away from securing a 0-0 draw needed to top their group.
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Eleven years & 43 games... Akinfeev finally keeps Champions League clean sheet

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Eleven years & 43 games... Akinfeev finally keeps Champions League clean sheet
Eleven years & 43 games... Akinfeev finally keeps Champions League clean sheet
CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev keeps his first Champions League clean sheet for more than 11 years as his side beat Benfica 2-0.
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FA changes rules to appoint second female to board

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FA changes rules to appoint second female to board
FA changes rules to appoint second female to board
The FA changes eligibility rules to appoint a second female to its board, following governance reforms.
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Australia coach quits just a week after guiding them to next summer's World Cup

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Australia coach quits just a week after guiding them to next summer's World Cup
Australia coach quits just a week after guiding them to next summer's World Cup
After weeks of speculation, the Australian manager has resigned.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'World class' Insigne can't be rested – Sarri

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'World class' Insigne can't be rested – Sarri
Maurizio Sarri said he cannot rotate Lorenzo Insigne as the "world class player" is too important for Napoli following their Champions League victory. Insigne scored a stunning goal to lead Napoli to a 3-0 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F action on Tuesday. Deemed surplus to requirements in Italy's failed World Cup qualification bid against Sweden, Insigne struck against AC Milan in Serie A last week and the star forward was at it again as Napoli accounted for Shakhtar. "This is Lorenzo. He has improved so much over the last three years, become a world class player who I think has to be left out of squad rotation too, because he is so important," Sarri told Mediaset Premium. "We can give him a rest for the final 20 minutes, but to drop him from the start – I can't do it." The win boosted Napoli's hopes of progressing to the knockout round in the Champions League. Napoli are still third in Group F, but they only trail second-placed Shakhtar by three points with one matchday remaining as Manchester City sit six points clear. "We wanted the three points at all costs," Insigne said. "We know it doesn't only depend on us, but we hope City will beat Shakhtar and we can get our result away to Feyenoord." On Sarri, Insigne – who was dropped by former Italy head coach Gian Piero Ventura for the World Cup play-off – added: "I thank the coach, as since the first day he has always put his faith in me and I tried to repay him with performances, goals and assists. "I'll never stop putting myself at the disposal of the coach at any moment of the match."
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Jones missing again for United at Basel

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Jones missing again for United at Basel
Jones missing again for United at Basel
Manchester United will again be without centre-back Phil Jones for their Champions League group game at Basel.
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Emery defends 'responsible' Neymar from lifestyle criticism

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Emery defends 'responsible' Neymar from lifestyle criticism
Unai Emery defended Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar from criticism of his lifestyle after the Brazil international was spotted partying in London. Neymar was a part of the Brazil team which drew 0-0 with England at Wembley on Tuesday and followed that match by enjoying the nightlife in the country's capital, being photographed alongside actress Demi Lovato. Critics were quick to comment after it was reported that Neymar was out until 6am, but Emery is adamant that the 25-year-old is doing nothing wrong. The PSG head coach insisted Neymar trains well in spite of his busy social life, adding that the forward "needs" to enjoy himself. "Out of work, football, he can enjoy his friends," Emery told a media conference in Paris ahead of Wednesday's visit of Celtic in the Champions League. "In training he is very good. He is young, so he also needs to go out and be with them, but he remains responsible." Another player who has impressed of late in a PSG jersey is Germany international Julian Draxler. The former Wolfsburg winger has occupied more of a central role recently and has arguably looked more effective there than he had out wide, but Emery is not getting carried away, urging Draxler to continue improving. "He progresses," Emery said. "But he must maintain consistency in his game, maintain this level and not relax. "He is playing as a midfielder. He has good ability and finds a good balance between defence and attack.  "If he continues like this then he can still grow. We are very happy with him, but every day we remind him to keep this standard." PSG have already booked their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League, but they still need to clinch top spot, something they could do with victory against Celtic if Bayern Munich fail to beat Anderlecht. And Emery has almost a full squad available to him as well, with only Thiago Motta set to miss out. "After training on Monday and Tuesday, only Thiago Motta is absent," Emery added.  "Everything is fine for the others. As for Thiago Motta, I hope that his absence will not be too long."
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Brighton 2-2 Stoke: Hughton pleased despite Seagulls 'naivety'

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Brighton 2-2 Stoke: Hughton pleased despite Seagulls 'naivety'
Brighton 2-2 Stoke: Hughton pleased despite Seagulls 'naivety'
Brighton boss Chris Hughton admits his side showed some "naivety" in their 2-2 draw against Stoke, but is overall pleased to gain a point.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Brazil: Football’s new Harlem Globetrotters

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Brazil: Football’s new Harlem Globetrotters

Their matches might be slightly more competitive than games involving Harlem’s most famous basketball team, but Brazil are becoming Globetrotters in their own right.

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Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m

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Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m
Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m
A financial firm headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley tables a formal takeover bid in the region of £300m for Newcastle United.
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Thiago Silva trying to persuade Philippe Coutinho to join PSG

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Thiago Silva trying to persuade Philippe Coutinho to join PSG
Thiago Silva has told Telefoot he used
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David Villa: I've known Isco since he was a child, he's world class and will improve


Underneath the Big Apple is a big player, in many senses of the word. David Villa showed up for Valencia, Barcelona, Spain and many more time after time when they most needed him, and he continues to do so for New York City FC.

Speaking to MARCA, the striker talks Isco, Los Che, and life in the US.

What do you say to those who still think the MLS is a minor league?

"I think that anyone who has actually watched an MLS game can say that it's a very competitive, physical and attractive league."

What did you think when you first saw your face lit up at Times Square?

"It was very exciting to see myself in such a mythical and symbolic place, it was interesting."

How many players and old teammates have called you up, interested in joining the MLS adventure?

"Really, quite a few. The MLS is growing a lot and is having more and more global impact. Many have called me and are interested in what's going on here."

When one of the big teams in Europe struggles to score, some people always think of bringing Villa back. Does that sound crazy to you?

"I'm very happy to know that people remember me but at the moment I'm very happy here and I'm not considering a return to Europe."
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Luis Suarez seeks to end Champions League goal drought


Luis Suarez got back to scoring ways against Leganes with a brace following four LaLiga matches without a goal for Barcelona and now he aims to find the back of the net in Europe away to Juventus after going 606 minutes without success.

The last time that the Uruguayan notched up a goal in the Champions League was against Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou last March, in the historice comeback, and since then he has had chances but not been able to show his typical killer instinct.

He played against Juventus home and away in last season's quarter-finals, and this season he has started against Juventus, Sporting and both games against Olympiakos.

Last season he scored 28 goals in LaLiga, four in the Copa del Rey and three in the Champions League while at this stage of the season he had eight in LaLiga and two in Europe compared to five in total this time around.
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Sergio Ramos to miss APOEL clash with broken nose


Sergio Ramos has been left out of the Real Madrid squad to face APOEL in the Champions League after breaking his nose in the derby against Atletico Madrid last Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane's squad is made up of Casilla, Moha, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Marcos Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Borja Mayoral.

Also out injured along with Ramos, who is expected to be on the sidelines for ten days, are Keylor Navas and Gareth Bale, while Kovacic is back fit but not included.
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Benzema and Ronaldo: Worst strike rate in Europe and in Real Madrid's history


Real Madrid's forward line is accustomed to being recognised for its prowess in front of goal but with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both having hit the back of the net once so far in LaLiga they are one of the worst duos in Europe this season.

Of the 98 clubs in LaLiga, the Premier League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and Serie A, only the two strikers of Benevento, who lie bottom of the Italian league, have a worse record.

They had 12 goals last season

What make their run more surprising is that it is so different to recent campaigns such as last season when they had 12 goals between them with the Portuguese on eight and the Frenchman with four. Up until now they always had ten goals or more.

Both scored against Getafe

They both struck in the match against Getafe with Benzema on target before half time and Ronaldo getting his goal five minutes before the end to help Real to victory but since then the former has ot scored in 283 minutes and the latter in 365 minutes.

The barren spell is affecting the team

Zinedine Zidane has good reason to be worried as Real altogether have just 22 goals so far compared to 34 at this stage last season and so shows that no other player has come to the fore to help the side.

Looking around Europe, at Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani and Neymar have 22 goals, Nabil Fekir and Mariano have 20 at Lyon, Messi and Suarez at Barcelona have 17, and Lewandowski and Muller have 14 at Bayern Munich. Alvaro Morata, who Real let go this summer has eight goals for Chelsea while the duo of Auguero and Gabriel Jesus have 16 at Manchester City.

There are players that would not be expected to score many goals, that are ahead of Real's strike duo such as Paulinho, who has four goals so far, and defenders like Marcos Alonso at Chelsea, who has three.

Never before have Real had an attacking pair that have just netted twice in 12 LaLiga games but interestingly Ronaldo and Benzema also have the record for most goals with 27 during the 2014-15 season.

In the 1942-43 and 1984-85 seasons, the pairs of Alonso and Botella, and Santillana and Butragueno, both had three goals at this stage.

Ronaldo can look though at the Champions League where he has faired better and he is in fact top scorer with six so far.
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Shape up! Heynckes reveals demand to Bayern star Vidal


Influential midfielder Vidal opened the scoring and starred in a 3-0 win at Augsburg on Saturday.

Bayern sit six points clear of Schalke at the top of the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund's faltering form lending an additional boost to their hopes of winning a sixth consecutive top-flight crown.

Things were not so rosy earlier in the season as Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in the wake of a Champions League thrashing at Paris Saint-Germain and Vidal was one of a number of key players short of their best.

Chile's Confederations Cup final defeat to Germany and subsequent failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup appeared to have left the 30-year-old in something of a malaise.

Having taken the reins from the deposed Ancelotti, Heynckes told Vidal the route out of his predicament was some good old-fashioned hard work.
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Davis clears concussion diagnosis, has orbital bone bruise


The New Orleans Pelicansannounced Sunday that Davis has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, and has been diagnosed with a contusion of the orbit bone above his right eye. He's listed as probable for Monday's contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The All-NBA big man was hit directly in his right orbit Friday when he was headbutted by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.
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Sixers' top pick Fultz to remain sidelined



Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick in this year's NBA draft, will miss at least two more weeks with a shoulder injury, the team announced Sunday.

Fultz has played just four games this season, averaging 6.0 points, and has not played since an Oct. 23 game against Detroit because of the shoulder problem.

He was examined Sunday by Dr. Ben Kibler, the medical director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, for soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, according to the team.

The 76ers stated the "soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving." Fultz will be re-examined in two to three weeks to determine whether he is ready to return.
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Luke Walton: Lakers player spoke to Lonzo Ball about walking away from fight



At least one of Lonzo Ball’s Lakers teammates appears to think his handling of Friday night’s altercation with the Phoenix Suns was a little less than ideal.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said Saturday that one of his players spoke to Ball about the incident but did not say who, per Shahan Ahmed of NBA LA.

During the Lakers’ 122-113 loss to the Suns, a shoving match broke out between the two teams, and Ball casually walked away from the entire scene.
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Stephen Curry says comments about Celtics going to Finals were taken out of context


Stephen Curry made headlines after Thursday's loss to the Celtics when he said Boston was "very likely" headed to the NBA Finals and that he heard there was good weather there in June.

"They're playing the best today in the East," Curry told reporters after the Celtics extended their winning streak to 14. "They have to beat Cleveland, who has done it three years in a row. We'll see. I heard the weather is great here in June, so we'll see."

Curry was asked after Saturday's comeback win over the 76ers about the comments and he said they were taken out of context. Check out the video from ESPN's Chris Haynes below.
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Lonzo Ball blocks, rebounds, assists on same play vs. Nuggets


Lonzo Ball may not be lighting up the scoreboard, but the rookie out of UCLA has his way of filling every other column in the box score. Case in point: On one sequence during the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' Sunday-night showdown with the Denver Nuggets, Ball blocked Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay, grabbed the rebound and passed it up the floor for an assist to fellow first-year Josh Hart.
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Pistons hang on for 100-97 win over Timberwolves



The Detroit Pistons already had lost two games on their current road trip.

They didn't want to return home without a victory. Andrew Drummond and Reggie Jackson made sure Detroit ended its trip on a high note.

BOX SCORE: PISTONS 100, T-WOLVES 97

Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Jackson scored nine points in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit to a 100-97 comeback victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The Pistons trailed by 11 points entering the fourth quarter but rallied to steal a road win.

"I didn't want to lose," Drummond said. "I have that mentality every night, but this game, I didn't want to go 0-3 on the road."

The Pistons (11-5) bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Timberwolves (10-6) saw their three-game winning streak end.
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