EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 3

spurs-liverpool NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET this Saturday, August 27, with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Tottenham v. Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Tottenham are unbeaten in their first two matches of the season, coming off a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend. Liverpool will look to rebound following a 2-0 loss to Burnley, after opening their season with a 4-3 win over Arsenal. Live match coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET with Chelsea hosting Burnley on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. The Blues have won both of their opening two matches this season, most recently defeating Watford 2-1. All matches not on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET television window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers
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Lewandowski hits hat-trick despite hole in right boot

Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Hot-shot Robert Lewandowski blasted a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 win over Werder Bremen in Friday’s opening game of the Bundesliga season — with a hole in his goal-scoring boot. “It didn’t seem to affect me much,” Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season with 30 goals in his 32 games, told broadcaster ARD. “I didn’t really notice it until late in the game. “I’m just pleased to have scored and that we got the win.” The 28-year-old finished the match with a gaping hole on the top of his all-important right boot, with which he scored all three goals, and has his nickname ‘Lewy’ printed on the sides. His hat-trick means he has now scored 50 league goals in 64 games since joining Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. It was the Poland star’s second hat-trick in exactly a week after he netted three Continue reading "Lewandowski hits hat-trick despite hole in right boot"

Rashford better off with Under-21’s: Mourinho

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Striker Marcus Rashford is better off in the England Under 21 side than playing second or third fiddle to Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the England senior team, says his club manager Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho. The 18-year-old — one of the rare successes under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal, scoring eight times last term — played only a peripheral role in England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign making two tardy substitute appearances. Mourinho, who has often been criticised for neglecting young talent and playing older players, said Rashford would develop better both at club and international level if he got several Under-21 games under his belt. He was selected by Under-21 handler Gareth Southgate in his squad this week. “I would prefer him to go to the Under 21s and play what Southgate decides, but I believe 90 or 80 minutes, a big part Continue reading "Rashford better off with Under-21’s: Mourinho"

Bayern draw top-flight Augsburg in German Cup

Berlin (AFP) – Holders Bayern Munich will host Bavarian neighbours Augsburg in an all-Bundesliga clash in the second round of the German Cup, following Friday’s draw. Defending German league champions Bayern completed the double last season by beating Borussia Dortmund in the Berlin final last May and will host Augsburg at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Dortmund have drawn second-division Union Berlin. The round’s other all-Bundesliga affairs will see Cologne play Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt take on Ingolstadt. Third-division giant killers Sportfreunde Lotte, who shocked Werder Bremen in the first round, have been rewarded with a plum tie at home to Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen. The second round matches will be played on October 25 and 26. The draw took place on Friday after Bayern beat Bremen 6-0 in the opening match of the 2016/17 German league season. German Cup second-round draw Cologne v Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich v Augsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt Continue reading "Bayern draw top-flight Augsburg in German Cup"

Rangers held by 10-man Kilmarnock

Glasgow (AFP) – Rangers had to settle for a point against 10-men Kilmarnock as they came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw in their Scottish Premiership clash on Friday. Kris Boyd came back to haunt his former club as he fired Kilmarnock in to a 29th minute lead. Rangers grabbed an equaliser when James Tavernier sent a curling free-kick past Jamie MacDonald in the 59th minute before Killie’s Greg Taylor saw red for a reckless challenge on Joey Barton four minutes later. The Glasgow giants pushed for a winner but had to settle for a point in an unconvincing performance which extends their lead at the top of the table to two points over bitter rivals Celtic, albeit having played two games more. Rangers manager Mark Warburton was furious with his side’s first half performance. “The first half was not us at all. It was probably the worst display Continue reading "Rangers held by 10-man Kilmarnock"

Lewandowski hits hat-trick despite hole in right boot

Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Hot-shot Robert Lewandowski blasted a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 win over Werder Bremen in Friday’s opening game of the Bundesliga season — with a hole in his goal-scoring boot. “It didn’t seem to affect me much,” Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season with 30 goals in his 32 games, told broadcaster ARD. “I didn’t really notice it until late in the game. “I’m just pleased to have scored and that we got the win.” The 28-year-old finished the match with a gaping hole on the top of his all-important right boot, with which he scored all three goals, and has his nickname ‘Lewy’ printed on the sides. His hat-trick means he has now scored 50 league goals in 64 games since joining Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. It was the Poland star’s second hat-trick in exactly a week after he netted three Continue reading "Lewandowski hits hat-trick despite hole in right boot"

Norwegian international Johansen leaves Celtic

London (AFP) – Norwegian international midfielder Stefan Johansen will miss out on Champions League football after he left Scottish champions Celtic for second-tier English side Fulham on Friday. The 25-year-old — who has scored 20 goals in 114 appearances for Celtic since joining from Stromsgodset in 2014 — agreed to the move after failing to get the terms he wanted on a new contract at the Scottish side. “I think he (Johansen) has always wanted to play in England, so the opportunity has come for him,” said Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. “He wasn’t going to sign a new deal, so it’s one that probably works well for both really.” Johansen, who won three Premiership titles and was Scottish footballer of the season in 2014/15, will probably not be the last former first-choice player to leave the club as Rodgers seeks to strengthen the squad for the Champions League group Continue reading "Norwegian international Johansen leaves Celtic"