Where to find Liverpool vs. Sporting CP friendly on US TV


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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Sporting CP in the friendly from Yankee Stadium, you’ve come to the right place.

Match: Liverpool vs. Sporting CP
Kickoff: Wednesday, 8pm ET
Looking to watch Liverpool vs. Sporting CP online from work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action.

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Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming:

Who: Liverpool vs. Sporting CP
What: Club friendly
When: Game kicks off at 8pm ET / 5pm PT; Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Where: Live on TNT, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu Live and B/R Live

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Why NBA stars like James Harden and LeBron James invest in soccer clubs


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Even though MLS clubs cannot compete with the other US sports leagues in terms of income, soccer is seen as a growing market for wealthy athlete-investors

James Harden’s summer of soccer continues. Earlier this month, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player had a kickaround at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. And he was at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, enjoying Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid while his new club picked up three points in Toronto. Two days prior, the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash announced that Harden has purchased a minority stake in the group that controls the MLS and NWSL clubs and their 22,000-capacity stadium.

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Liverpool wait on Yasser Larouci tests after bruising Fenway Park friendly


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  • Liverpool lose 2-1 to 10-man Sevilla in Boston
  • Larouci stretchered off after horror tackle

Yasser Larouci was stretchered off the pitch following a nasty challenge as Liverpool fell 2-1 to Sevilla during their pre-season friendly in Boston.

Jürgen Klopp later said it appeared Larouci had been “lucky” not to have suffered a more serious injury after he was forced off the field in the 80th minute.

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Liverpool v Sevilla: pre-season friendly – live!


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Liverpool-Dortmund: First soccer game at Notre Dame Stadium deemed a success


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        One of the great things about big-time European clubs having their pre-seasons here in the United States is the opportunity for some of their players to take in American culture and history, sporting and otherwise.  We&rsquo;ve seen them throw fish in the market in Seattle, throw out the first pitch at places like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, and practice playing baseball or American football with the team in whatever city their camp is in.  

One of the few sports in the US that can match the passion and intensity of European club soccer is college football. This past weekend, the two combined to serve up an incredibly entertaining exhibition between two big clubs in the form of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund playing an exhibition game at the famed and hallowed Notre Dame Stadium.

        Big time soccer in college football venues is nothing new, of course.  The Rose Bowl is <!--more--> to the game of the same name as well as the UCLA Bruins.  It&rsquo;s also hosted a number of major international soccer games including the Gold Medal game at the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1994 World Cup Final, the 1999 Women&rsquo;s World Cup Final, and the 2011 Gold Cup Final.  Legion Field in Birmingham which is the home of the UAB Blazers played host to several soccer games during the 1996 Summer Olympics, as did Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, GA (both the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s Gold Medal games were played between the hedges.). From 1996 through the end of the 1998 season, the Columbus Crew of MLS played their home games at the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes: Ohio Stadium, known as The Horseshoe due to its shape  And of course, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor has hosted several games in the ICC over the last several years, all of which have drawn over 100,000 fans.  But there&rsquo;s just something that feels a little bit different and a little bit more special at Notre Dame Stadium. 

        Of course, Notre Dame Stadium is not the same as it used to be.  After the 2013 football season, the famed grass was torn up and artificial turf was put down in its place (though sod was laid down for the soccer game).  The following year saw the beginning of the $400 million Campus Crossroads project that saw a number of changes take place at the stadium: capacity was reduced from 80,795 to 77,622, a new and permanent video screen was installed on the south end of the stadium (so as not to obstruct the view of the Word of Life mural on the wall of the Hesburgh Library, affectionately known to Golden Domers as Touchdown Jesus), a new bank of suites and private boxes was added on the side of the stadium opposite the press box (which was also updated), the home locker room was updated and renovated, and three academic buildings were added on to the stadium. 

        While the stadium may have been dragged into the 21st century, there is still a ton of history there.  After all, Notre Dame is synonymous with college football history.  They&rsquo;ve got 11 national championships, 7 Heisman Trophy winners, tons of inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame (which used to reside in South Bend), they&rsquo;re second all time in wins, and they are credited with the invention of the forward pass.  Famous big-time matchups inside the stadium include the 1988 Catholics vs. Convicts game against the Miami Hurricanes (a 31-30 Notre Dame victory), the 1992 Snow Bowl game against Penn State (a 17-16 Notre Dame victory), the 1993 Game of the Century against Florida State (a 31-24 Notre Dame victory), and the 2005 Bush Push game against USC (a 34-31 USC victory). 

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        College football, however, is no longer the only game in town at Notre Dame Stadium.  As part of the Campus Crossroads project, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has made an effort to get other types of events onto campus in order to help promote the Notre Dame brand.  In October of 2018, the first concert in Notre Dame Stadium history was held as Garth Brooks played to a full house.  Later in December he played there again as part of a CBS TV special.  In January, the stadium played host to the NHL&rsquo;s Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins in front of 76,126 people.  Four days later the Irish men&rsquo;s hockey team played host to the Michigan Wolverines and fell 4-2 in front of 23,422 people.  The stadium then sat quiet and empty for the summer until Liverpool and Dortmund rolled into town to put on a show. 

        While many fans are excited about new sporting events being brought into Notre Dame Stadium, not everybody is super fired up about it. 

        &ldquo;These types of events are kind of cool for a little while, but at the end of the day if you&rsquo;re in charge at Notre Dame your main goal should be to win football games&rdquo; says John Kennedy, host of the Always Irish Podcast on YouTube and a lifelong Irish fan.  &ldquo;First it was Garth Brooks concerts, then it was the hockey with the Blackhawks and Bruins and Notre Dame vs Michigan and now it&rsquo;s a soccer game.  I do think that of all the extra events, this game was the coolest one especially the sound when they sang that song.&rdquo; (referring to You&rsquo;ll Never Walk Alone)

Kennedy does admit that Notre Dame’s recent on field success in football (a 10-3 campaign in 2017 and a 2018 season that saw the Irish go 12-1 and earn a berth in the annual College Football Playoff) allows him to enjoy these types of events much more than if the football team was losing. He also relished the opportunity for Notre Dame to one-up a big-time rival in Michigan.

        &ldquo;I hate Michigan.  And that goes back a long way.  So for this type of event to be at Notre Dame Stadium when it&rsquo;s been at Michigan in the past just warms my soul.  And I think we did a better job at hosting than Michigan did.  The things that the Liverpool coach said about the facilities at Notre Dame are things that you didn&rsquo;t hear when they played these games at Michigan.&rdquo; 

        While some Notre Dame fans may not be thrilled about the soccer teams visiting, the soccer teams were very excited.  Jurgen Klopp was effusive in his praise of Notre Dame. 

        &ldquo;Notre Dame is wow.  No club in the world has facilities like University of Notre Dame.  It&rsquo;s not possible&rdquo; said the Liverpool (and former Borussia Dortmund) manager.  &ldquo;I&rsquo;d love to have studied here.  I&rsquo;m not sure what.&rdquo; 

        Once kickoff arrived the show really got going.  A crowd of 40,361 piled in to watch a highly entertaining game.  Most of the fans in attendance were clad in the red of Liverpool (including Notre Dame Football Associate Head Coach Mike Elston and his family) and the rendition of You&rsquo;ll Never Walk Alone, while not as special as it is at Anfield or the Westfalenstadion, was nonetheless fantastic.  The thousands of fans in red also served to remind some Notre Dame fans of a game in 2017 where they played host to Georgia and 25,000 Dawgs fans made the trek and turned Notre Dame Stadium into what was dubbed &ldquo;Deep South Bend&rdquo;.

Dortmund went up 1-0 inside the first five minutes through Paco Alcacer thanks to some poor defending by Liverpool and by some dogged persistence by US youth prospect Gio Reyna (son of former US international Claudio Reyna). Liverpool then ratcheted up the pressure and found an equalizer in the 35th minute from Harry Wilson. The second half was more back and forth with Dortmund striking twice in quick succession, first with Thomas Delaney and then Jacob Larsen. Rhian Brewster then dispatched a thunderous penalty for Liverpool to cut the deficit to one but that would be the end of the scoring as Dortmund held on for a 3-2 victory.

        Dortmund&rsquo;s preseason wrapped up with a 2-0-0 record having beaten the Seattle Sounders and now Liverpool.  Liverpool&rsquo;s preseason is just getting rolling.  After their game in South Bend they travel to Boston to take on Sevilla at Fenway Park.  They follow that up with a trip to New York to take on Sporting Lisbon at Yankee Stadium. 

All in all, the first soccer game at Notre Dame Stadium should be considered a massive success. Over 40,000 fans saw two European heavyweights play an exciting and entertaining soccer game in one of the most storied college football stadiums. The facilities drew rave reviews and it was another opportunity for Notre Dame to expand their brand. Here’s to hoping there are more soccer games in South Bend in the future.

The long campaign: Mané and Mahrez seasons finally end after 11 months


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After 342 days the season has finished for the Afcon finalists – three weeks before the Premier League restarts

The season finally finished for Sadio Mané and Riyad Mahrez with Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, more than 11 months after it started and three weeks before their clubs open their Premier League campaigns.

Mané’s appearance for Senegal was his 55th of a season that began with Liverpool on 12 August 2018 and has seen him play 4,789 minutes. Mahrez’s tally is lower at 49 matches and 3,194 minutes, having been in and out of the Manchester City team, but he too has played across 342 days of competitive fixtures.

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Liverpool go down 3-2 to Dortmund in pre-season friendly


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  • Alcacer, Delaney and Bruun Larsen score for Dortmund
  • Klopp: ‘Organisation will be better later in pre-season’

Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in their first match of a pre-season tour to the US.

In stifling conditions at the Notre Dame stadium in Indiana, the European champions faced the Bundesliga runners-up in what Jürgen Klopp had called “the first proper test” of his side’s pre-season.

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Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour from Arsenal to Wolves


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We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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Transfer window: what Premier League clubs have done – and still need to do


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Aston Villa have been the most active of the promoted clubs; Arsenal look to have work to do; Tottenham have secured their top target; Newcastle are still looking for a manager

What have they done so far? Nowhere near enough. Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from regional football in Brazil and is expected to need some adaptation and development time. David Ospina has departed for a modest fee.

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Rhian Brewster braces for lift-off after helping Liverpool hit Tranmere for six


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• Tranmere 0-6 Liverpool
• Youngster scores twice in traditional friendly at Prenton Park

Forty days since becoming champions of Europe for a sixth time, and minus most of the talent that landed the prize in Madrid, Liverpool returned to action in the more earthy setting of Tranmere’s Prenton Park. Divock Origi was off the bench and on the scoresheet once again but it was the youngster Rhian Brewster who revelled in a first senior start under Jürgen Klopp to suggest he is ready to make up for lost time.

Related: Divock Origi signs Liverpool contract to complete turnaround

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Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League. But should they be? | Paul Wilson


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City are serial winners with a great manager and squad but their short price is unusual when they have never reached the final

The second week of Wimbledon is probably far too early to be thinking about football and what may happen at the business end of next season, unless you happen to be an ante-post gambler looking for some value in the long-term market before the competitions get under way.

In which case you may be disappointed and surprised to find Manchester City priced as low as 4-1 to win the Champions League next season. Most bookmakers and betting exchanges have the English champions as clear favourites, with Barcelona offered at around 6-1 and Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus a little further out.

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Divock Origi signs new Liverpool contract to complete turnaround


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• Liverpool were open to offers last summer and in January
• Vital goals helped to earn striker new deal from Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool’s Champions League hero Divock Origi has ended doubts over his future by signing a new long-term contract.

The Belgium international, who sealed Liverpool’s sixth European Cup triumph against Tottenham in June and their place in the final, signed the extension following several months of negotiation. Origi’s deal does not contain a release clause and completes a remarkable turnaround for the striker under Jürgen Klopp.

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‘I try to trigger all the senses’: the artist behind the banners at Anfield


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Peter Carney is an artist, banners are his means of expression and the Kop is his canvas

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Peter Carney makes the banners on the Kop at Anfield. These aren’t a St George’s cross with a town’s name in the middle or a lewd message scrawled on a bedsheet. These are rippling oceans of red and white that are unveiled every fortnight and take in life, death, politics, protest, celebration and unity. Peter is not just some bloke who makes banners. He is an artist.

The first thing you need to know about Peter is that he’s busy. He’s not leave me alone busy; he’s just driving a minibus, conducting a sold-out matchday tour, caring for an autistic lad a few days a week, setting up before the match and making an intricate banner every fortnight busy. But somehow he can Continue reading “‘I try to trigger all the senses’: the artist behind the banners at Anfield”

Premier League pre-season 2019: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies


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From Yankee Stadium in New York to New York Stadium in Rotherham, here are the 20 clubs’ fixtures before 9 August

All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication

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Naby Keïta set to be fit for Liverpool’s pre-season tour despite Afcon injury


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• Guinean has withdrawn from Africa Cup of Nations
• Adductor injury originally sustained in BarcelonaLiverpool expect Naby Keïta to take part in their pre-season tour of the United States later this month despite aggravating the injury that curtailed his debut campaign at Anfield.

The Guinea midfielder has withdrawn from the Africa Cup of Nations having suffered a recurrence of an adductor injury in the defeat by Nigeria last week. Keïta was forced to miss Guinea’s final group game against Burundi and will also be absent from the last-16 tie against Algeria on Friday.

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Amr Warda returns to Egypt squad after intervention of senior players


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• Mohamed Salah among players to show support for midfielder
• Midfielder was expelled after sexual harassment allegations
Amr Warda’s expulsion from Egypt’s African Nations Cup squad for alleged sexual harassment of several women online has been overturned following the intervention of several of his team-mates, including Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The midfielder was booted out on Wednesday after a British-Egyptian model shared screenshots showing a series of inappropriate messages apparently sent by Warda via Whatsapp and Instagram. But after Pharaohs captain Ahmed Elmohamady and Salah were among the players to express their solidarity with Warda following Egypt’s group stage victory over DR Congo, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed on Friday that the 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan to Atromitos from their fellow Greek Super League side PAOK, will now be allowed to return to the squad after their final group stage match against Uganda on Sunday.

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Amr Warda returns to Egypt squad after intervention of senior players


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• Mohamed Salah among players to show support for midfielder
• Midfielder was expelled after sexual harassment allegations
Amr Warda’s expulsion from Egypt’s African Nations Cup squad for alleged sexual harassment of several women online has been overturned following the intervention of several of his team-mates, including Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The midfielder was booted out on Wednesday after a British-Egyptian model shared screenshots showing a series of inappropriate messages apparently sent by Warda via Whatsapp and Instagram. But after Pharaohs captain Ahmed Elmohamady and Salah were among the players to express their solidarity with Warda following Egypt’s group stage victory over DR Congo, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed on Friday that the 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan to Atromitos from their fellow Greek Super League side PAOK, will now be allowed to return to the squad after their final group stage match against Uganda on Sunday.

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Rafael Camacho to leave Liverpool and return to Sporting in £5m deal


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• Winger had been linked with Wolves, Milan and Schalke
• Camacho refused to sign contract extension at AnfieldLiverpool have accepted an initial £5m fee for Rafael Camacho from Sporting Lisbon after the winger refused to sign a contract extension at Anfield.

The 19-year-old will return to the club where he started his career having resisted overtures from Milan, Wolves and Schalke amid concerns over a lack of first-team opportunities. Liverpool had wanted to retain the Portugal under-18 international but faced a choice of selling to Sporting this summer or losing him for a nominal compensation fee next year once he rejected a new deal with the Champions League winners.

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Liverpool to sign Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle


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• Fee for 17-year-old centre-back could reach £4.4m
• Youngster will go into Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad

Liverpool have agreed terms to sign the highly rated Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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Liverpool and City make X-rated fees normal in scary pursuit of perfection | Paul Wilson


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