Surging Sounders thrash Galaxy 5-0

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders ran roughshod over the depleted Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday, their 5-0 home victory taking their Major League Soccer winning streak to six games. Harry Shipp, Chad Marshall, Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz also scored for the Sounders and the Galaxy’s Servando Carrasco knocked in an own goal as the Galaxy matched their club record for largest margin of defeat. The Galaxy were without injured stars Romain Alessandrini, Michael Ciani, Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also skipped the trip to Seattle because of concerns regarding his surgically repaired knee on Seattle’s artificial turf. With the win the Sounders moved — at least temporarily — into the position for the sixth and final MLS Cup playoff spot in the Western Conference. It’s the third straight season that the Sounders have shaken off early-season struggles and come on strong late. They reached Continue reading "Surging Sounders thrash Galaxy 5-0"

Where to find Man City vs. Huddersfield on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester City vs. Huddersfield on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. With Kevin De Bruyne out for the next 3 months due to injury, it’s a great opportunity for Phil Foden to cement his place in midfield for Manchester City. After City eviscerated Arsenal last week, they now face Huddersfield Town at the Etihad. For viewers in the US, Manchester City vs. Huddersfield will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below).
Match: Manchester City vs. Huddersfield
Kickoff: Sunday, 8:30am ET
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Messi, Coutinho get Barcelona off to winning start

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Madrid (AFP) – Two goals from Lionel Messi either side of a Philippe Coutinho strike allowed Barcelona to start their defence of the Spanish title with a 3-0 win over Alaves at the Camp Nou on Saturday night. Wearing the captain’s armband following the departure of Andres Iniesta to Japan, Messi stepped up to send a cheeky second-half free-kick under the jumping wall and into the net for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal. Coutinho, who had come off the bench, lashed in the second goal before Messi added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time, with the clock having ticked past midnight in Catalonia. While they took their time to get going, it was an ideal opening result for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who are hoping to once again see off the challenges of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the battle for the title. While Cristiano Ronaldo Continue reading "Messi, Coutinho get Barcelona off to winning start"

Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazil’s social divide on an entertaining afternoon at the Amex Stadium. “You see me laughing and joking. But I had a different education from most players because my dad could afford to invest in certain things for me. Most people in Brazil could not have that.” Bernardo, Brighton & Hove Albion’s new Brazilian defender, is aware of the world around him. His father is Bernardo Fernandes da Silva, a former footballer who won the Brazilian championship with São Paulo in 1986, counted Careca as a teammate, represented Bayern Munich in 1989 and earned 19 caps for Brazil, and he knows that he was lucky to Continue reading "Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’"

Late Ze Luis header sends Spartak top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Cape Verde international Ze Luis came off the bench to score a late winner as Spartak Moscow grabbed a 1-0 win at Krasnodar to move top of the Russian Premier League on Saturday. The 27-year-old was introduced in the 76th minute and nodded in from close range 12 minutes later to snatch Spartak their third 1-0 win of the season. The 10-time Russian champions are hoping to reclaim the title from city rivals Lokomotiv this season, and are yet to concede a goal in their opening four matches. “I cannot say that we played well today,” Spartak coach Massimo Carrera admitted. “But we took all three points and that’s the most important thing.” Krasnodar’s hopes of a third straight win were ended when forward Ari was sent off in injury-time for headbutting Spartak defender Samuel Gigot. Elsewhere, CSKA Moscow, who finished second last season, brushed aside Continue reading "Late Ze Luis header sends Spartak top in Russia"

Chelsea not title contenders despite super start for Sarri

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London (AFP) – Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri ruled out talk of his side challenging for the Premier League title despite moving top of the table by edging Arsenal 3-2 in a thrilling London derby on Saturday. Sarri’s side have maximum points from their opening two games under the Italian, but made life difficult for themselves after racing into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes through Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Arsenal were level by half-time as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi netted. Yet the Gunners were left to rue wasting a host of other glorious chances before Eden Hazard came off the bench to swing an enthralling encounter Chelsea’s way by providing the cross for Marco Alonso’s winner. And Sarri believes those defensive deficiencies showed Chelsea are far from the finished product capable of challenging favourites Manchester City and Liverpool for the title. “Not in this moment,” said Sarri, who Continue reading "Chelsea not title contenders despite super start for Sarri"

Chelsea hit back as Alonso sinks Arsenal, Kane ensures no Wembley woe for Spurs

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London (AFP) – Chelsea recovered from the shock of blowing a two-goal lead against Arsenal as Marcos Alonso’s late strike sealed a 3-2 win, while Harry Kane ended his August hoodoo in Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday. Maurizio Sarri’s side raced into a 2-0 lead in the London derby before Arsenal drew level in a thrilling first half at Stamford Bridge. Pedro swept home with a cool finish in the ninth minute after woeful Arsenal defending and Alvaro Morata crashed in the second 11 minutes later. Although Arsenal were rocky at the back, they were dangerous going forward and Henrikh Mkhitaryan got one back with a low strike after 37th minute. Alex Iwobi nabbed Arsenal’s equaliser with a clinical effort in the 44th minute. But Chelsea bounced back from that blow, dominating the second half before Spanish defender Alonso finished off substitute Eden Hazard’s pass in the 81st Continue reading "Chelsea hit back as Alonso sinks Arsenal, Kane ensures no Wembley woe for Spurs"

Chelsea edge five-goal thriller over Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard came off the bench to provide the winner for Marcos Alonso as Chelsea edged a thrilling London derby 3-2 over Arsenal on Saturday to condemn new Arsenal boss Unai Emery to a second consecutive defeat. Contrastingly, Chelsea sit top of the embryonic Premier League table thanks to a perfect start under Maurizio Sarri, but made life difficult for themselves after racing into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes through Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Arsenal were level by half-time as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi netted. Yet the Gunners were left to rue wasting a host of other glorious chances before Hazard provided the inspiration in his cameo appearance to swing an enthralling encounter Chelsea’s way. Chelsea cruised to victory at Huddersfield, whilst Arsenal were outclassed by champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season. But given the chasm in quality between their Continue reading "Chelsea edge five-goal thriller over Arsenal"

Relegation talk doesn’t affect us, says Watford’s Pereyra

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London (AFP) – Roberto Pereyra has played in a Champions League final and a Copa America final but this season pundits are predicting he could experience the downside of football and be relegated at his present club Premier League outfit Watford. However, the 27-year-old — who says his previous experience of relegation with historic Argentinian side River Plate in 2011 was a “catastrophe” — told The Times such talk does not have an impact on him or his team-mates. Pereyra provided a perfect riposte to the pundits when he scored a brace as Watford opened with a 2-0 win over Brighton last weekend. “They have been talking about Watford getting relegated but it doesn’t affect the players,” said Pereyra, who will hope to add to his tally away at Burnley on Sunday. “We know our targets. At the end of December, you’ll see where we are.  “Based on the Continue reading "Relegation talk doesn’t affect us, says Watford’s Pereyra"

Where to find Barcelona vs. Alaves on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona vs. Alaves on US TV in LaLiga, you’ve come to the right place. With Comcast Xfinity dropping beIN SPORTS, be sure you don’t miss out on Barcelona’s first game of the new LaLiga season featuring Barca against Alaves, which you can watch for free with a trial to fuboTV. More details below.
Match: Barcelona vs. Alaves
Kickoff: Saturday, 4:15pm ET
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What: LaLiga, gameweek 1
When: Game kicks off at 4:15pm ET / 1:15pm PT; Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: Live on beIN SPORTS,

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Where to find Guingamp vs. PSG on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Guingamp vs. PSG on US TV in Ligue 1, you’ve come to the right place. Paris Saint-Germain’s second game of the 2018/19 season kicks off on Saturday with Neymar returning to action once again. For viewers in the US, Guingamp vs. PSG will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below).
Match: Guingamp vs. PSG
Kickoff: Saturday, 11am ET
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What: Ligue 1, gameweek 2
When: Game kicks off at 11am ET / 8am PT; Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: Live on beIN SPORTS

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Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

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Sydney (AFP) – Usain Bolt says he’s deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what he’s capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club. The superstar athlete has been given the chance to prove his worth by the Central Coast Mariners, who have agreed to let him train with the team indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. They hope to turn him into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October. Bolt, wearing a Mariners scarf, was met by a media scrum at Sydney airport and said he would push himself hard to make the grade. “I always put my best foot forward and I’m going to show the world what I’m made of,” he said. “This is real,” added the 31-year-old when asked if it was simply a Continue reading "Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest"

Where to find Chelsea vs. Arsenal on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chelsea vs. Arsenal on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. After Arsenal lost their first game of the season against Manchester City last weekend, the Gunners now have another tough task with their away match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. For viewers in the US, Chelsea vs. Arsenal will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below).
Match: Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Kickoff: Saturday, 12:30pm ET
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Sydney FC sign former Reading striker Le Fondre

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Sydney (AFP) – Sydney FC have bolstered their attacking stocks by signing former Reading striker Adam le Fondre on a multi-year deal. The Englishman, known as Alfie, scored 41 goals in 110 appearances for the Royals across the Premier League and Championship before moving to Bolton. The 31-year-old, who has also had stints at Cardiff, Wolves and Wigan, said he was excited by his move to Australia. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m very much eager to get started at Sydney FC,” he said late Friday. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the club, they are winners with a winning culture and I’m a winner, so I believe it is the perfect match.” Sydney head coach Steve Corica said Le Fondre’s record spoke for itself. “He’s a natural goal-scorer and at 31 he is in his prime,” he said. Sydney kick off their Continue reading "Sydney FC sign former Reading striker Le Fondre"

Where to find Cardiff vs. Newcastle on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Cardiff vs. Newcastle on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. After both sides lost their opening games of the season last weekend, both the Bluebirds and Magpies will be aiming to get their first win of the season. For viewers in the US, Cardiff vs. Newcastle will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below).
Match: Cardiff vs. Newcastle
Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30am ET
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Guardiola faces up to spell without City star De Bruyne

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola begins life without Kevin De Bruyne against Huddersfield this weekend, but the build up to the match was dominated by reviews of his on-screen performance.  Guardiola has found himself at the centre of intense media scrutiny this week, following the release of Amazon’s fly-on-the-wall documentary series that covers City’s Premier League-winning season. The unprecedented access granted to the film’s producers created sensational headlines, even before it was officially launched for public viewing on Friday. And, although Guardiola concedes the series may reveal some of his managerial techniques, he is relaxed about that possibility. “We had cameras following us 24 hours a day so that can happen,” said Guardiola. “People will see how a team is behind the scenes. “On the secrets, every game is completely different to the others, and the players make the tactics. You have Kevin De Bruyne playing one Continue reading "Guardiola faces up to spell without City star De Bruyne"

Champs Wydad, Ahly reach CAF Champions League last eight

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Al Ahly of Egypt ground out 1-0 victories Friday to reach the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.  A sizzling Anas el Asbahi shot on 56 minutes earned Wydad maximum points against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in a cagey Casablanca clash of few scoring opportunities. Walid Azaro struck after 32 minutes as Ahly made it three away Champions League victories in a row over Esperance of Tunisia in Rades.   Elsewhere, Horoya of Guinea beat Port of Togo 2-1 in Conakry and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to force a 1-1 draw at Entente Setif of Algeria. Wydad, who beat Ahly 2-1 on aggregate in the 2017 final, also clinched first place in Group C, which means they will face a group runner-up away and at home in the quarter-finals. The defending champions barely tested Sundowns’ Continue reading "Champs Wydad, Ahly reach CAF Champions League last eight"

Zaza, Ospina, Gervinho arrive as transfer window shuts in Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A runners-up Napoli signed Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina on a season-long loan, Simone Zaza completed a move from Valencia to Torino and Gervinho returned after a spell in China to Parma just before the transfer window closed in Italy on Friday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100 million euro move from Real Madrid to champions Juventus topped the summer spending spree with over one billion euros splashed out in Italy, second only to the English Premier League. The final day of transfers saw promoted Parma secure the return to Italy of former Arsenal and Roma winger Gervinho who left the capital for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in January 2016. The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international has signed a contract until 2021 with the Serie A newcomers. Following the departure of Pepe Reina to AC Milan, Napoli signed their third goalkeeper of the summer with Ospina on loan from Arsenal, joining Continue reading "Zaza, Ospina, Gervinho arrive as transfer window shuts in Italy"

‘Dream start’ as Reims shock Lyon to go top in France

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Reims (France) (AFP) – Promoted Reims went top of French Ligue 1 on Friday when they shocked Lyon 1-0 for a second successive victory. The only goal of the game came from Argentine striker Pablo Chavarria after 32 minutes. That was enough for the three points after Reims had opened their campaign last weekend with a 1-0 win over Patrick Vieira’s Nice. “It’s a dream start,” said Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. “We worked all last season to get here and now that we are here we want to show what we can do. “After two games against Nice and Lyon, there aren’t many people that would have expected us to get six points.  “Since I was little, I dreamed of playing in the elite league. Today is a great reward, but we know it will be a job to keep it up every weekend.” Once Chavarria had opened Continue reading "‘Dream start’ as Reims shock Lyon to go top in France"

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 2

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face off at Stamford Bridge this Saturday, August 18, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo, highlighting NBC Sports’ live Premier League coverage this week. After finishing outside of Champions League qualifying positions last season, both Chelsea and Arsenal aim to finish in the top-four once again. After winning the Premier League title in 2016-17, Chelsea finished in fifth place last season. The Blues are coming off a 3-0 win at Huddersfield last Saturday, while Arsenal are looking for their first victory of the season after falling 2-0 to defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play commentator Arlo White calls the match, joined by former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon and former Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux. Arsenal’s opening match against Manchester City averaged 723,000 viewers Sunday on NBCSN to rank as the most-watched opening weekend cable Premier Continue reading "EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 2"