Kane sluggish as Spurs held

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:40:00 PDT

Harry Kane didn't look his usual self as Brighton held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw. Spurs moved eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, while a Maty Ryan inspired Brighton went eight clear of the relegation zone. Dan Kilpatrick &#187

Fergie, Van Gaal, scoring at Anfield and more -- Rafael da Silva talks to ESPN

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:00 PDT

Rafael da Silva was a fan favourite during his seven seasons in Manchester United's first team. LYON, France -- For 90 minutes, talking over a meal in Lyon's beautiful Gare des Brotteaux last month, Rafael da Silva was open and enthusiastic about his life as a footballer. The Brazilian full-back worked hard, got his rewards and had some great moments along the way. Now 27, he beams when recalling his Manchester United debut in 2008 vs. Peterborough -- "It didn't matter that it was a friendly. I knew then that I could play for the first team" -- and about great performances and memorable goals...

Juventus, Gigi Buffon and Real Madrid must close officiating can of worms

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:29:00 PDT

Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. How about we all take a step back and keep the hell away from that Pandora's Box? That means you, Marca, who saw fit to devote Tuesday's front page to the following concept: the accusations of pro-Real Madrid refereeing bias might hurt Zinedine Zidane's team against Bayern Munich. And you, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who accused UEFA head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina (who happens to be Italian) of being so obsessed with appearing transparent and unbiased that he ends up penalizing...

Joey Barton appointed Fleetwood Town manager on three-year deal

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:09:00 PDT

Joey Barton, most recently at Burnley, has been appointed Fleetwood Town's next manager. Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has been appointed the next manager at League One side Fleetwood Town, the club have announced. Barton, 35, most recently played for Burnley, who terminated his contract after he was banned by the Football Association in April 2017 for admitting to betting on football matches. Originally banned for 18 months, Barton had the term reduced to 13 months on appeal after the FA agreed the initial term was excessive -- leaving him able to return to football...

Premier League manager ratings: Wenger and Mourinho struggle; Guardiola and Dyche impress

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:03:00 PDT

Antonio Conte was embarrassed in front of a room full of journalists as a phone call from his wife interrupted his press conference. Everton have caused a stir by offering fans the chance to mark manager Sam Allardyce's performance out of 10. Our Everton blogger gave him 1/10 and, with that in mind, we asked Adam Hurrey the same question about every manager in the Premier League. "I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff... e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team." Marks out of 10. Paul Lambert (Stoke): 3 He is unlikely to be lighting up a news conference with a beaming...

Premier League: What is still at stake in the 2017-18 season?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:49:00 PDT

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Manchester City have wrapped up the Premier League title with a month to spare, courtesy of Manchester United's shock home defeat to basement boys West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. It's the first thing to be decided this season, but there's still lots to play for in the remaining weeks. Here, we take a look at the outstanding issues. Champions League places Who qualifies: Positions 1-4 (group stage) Who's in already: Manchester City Who's still in contention: Manchester United (71), Liverpool...

Tottenham to extend Erik Lamela's contract by further year - sources

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:35:00 PDT

Mauricio Pochettino looks back on Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Brighton, as they fight to remain in the top four. Harry Kane breaks down how a tactical switch in the second half helped him get on the ball more and score in Tottenham's draw at Brighton. Tottenham Hotspur will active an option to extend Erik Lamela's contract by a year, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2020, sources have told ESPN FC. Lamela's current deal -- agreed when he joined from Roma in August 2013 -- is due to expire next summer. He signed a four-year contract worth around £65,000 a week with the option of two additional years when he joined Spurs, and the deal has now effectively become a four-plus-two-plus-one. Tottenham's move will alleviate doubts about...

Toronto FC must discover ruthless streak to beat Chivas in CCL final

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:12:00 PDT

Toronto missed too many chances. TORONTO -- For the past 16 years, CONCACAF's continental club championship has been an unforgiving tournament for MLS sides. At the most critical junctures of the competition, there was a mistake made -- perhaps two -- that was ruthlessly punished. Maybe it was a loss of discipline, a missed chance, a defensive miscue or even a bad call. But ultimately, MLS sides would succumb. That history is what makes Toronto FC's run to the final this year so compelling. The Reds have been the ones to do...

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggle to fire Chelsea into contention

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:06:00 PDT

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien reflects on the Blues' 2017-18 season and his days playing at Stamford Bridge. When the dust settles on Chelsea's lacklustre campaign there will be fingers pointed in many directions regarding culpability and areas requiring improvement. One of those will be aimed at the goalscoring department, where an inability to kill games off when on top has been the team's undoing on far too many occasions. Chelsea have found the net just 57 times in 33 games this season, the fewest of any of the sides in the top seven. Compare that to the 85 scored in the 38 games that took them to...

FIFA council member arrested, questioned on suspicion of embezzlement

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:54:00 PDT

Constant Omari, a FIFA council member, is being questioned on suspicion of embezzlement. FIFA council member Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges related to his role as president of the football federation of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Omari, who is also a vice president of the Confederation of African Football, was arrested on Tuesday and is accused of embezzling money given to the federation by the government to help fund the DR Congo national team and Congolese clubs. He was arrested along with two other federation officials and a sports ministry official....

England defender Kyle Walker: We need miracle to win World Cup

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:39:00 PDT

Brazil forward Neymar expects Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to be among those who impress at this summer's World Cup in Russia. Kyle Walker says that England need to be a realistic about how far they can go at the World Cup this summer and first need to concentrate on getting out of a group that includes Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. After impressing for Manchester City this season and being named in the PFA Team of the Year, Walker is set to be a key figure for England at Russia 2018. But the right-back insists that the squad are still lacking in big-game experience. "I hope we can go as far as we can go, but we need to...

Chelsea's Antonio Conte: No rift with Antonio Rudiger after benching

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:52:00 PDT

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien reflects on the Blues' 2017-18 season and his days playing at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's Antonio Conte sheds light on the message he gave to his team at half time to spur the Blues' comeback at Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. LONDON -- Antonio Conte dismissed suggestions of a rift with Antonio Rudiger and insisted the Germany international remains in contention to play for Chelsea until the end of the season. Rudiger was a surprise omission from Conte's matchday squad in Saturday's 3-2 win over Southampton, with the Italian afterwards stating that Rudiger's omission was a "tactical decision" and declining to explain further. This week, Rudiger admitted that he was "probably" dropped for criticising Chelsea's tactical...

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: Criticism only made to 'sell newspapers'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:47:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are showing no signs of sadness despite questions concerning their futures with Real Madrid. Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema told the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair that media critics of his goalscoring record use great players to sell newspapers and thanked club president Florentino Perez for his continued support. Benzema has had an uneasy relationship with Bernabeu fans and pundits during his nine seasons in Spain and has again been criticised regularly during a season in which he has scored just nine times in 38 games across all competitions. Having not found the net in open play...

Sam Allardyce savaged as Everton fans voice fury after miserable campaign

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:46:00 PDT

Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. Swansea moved five points off the bottom three thanks to a Jordan Ayew goal in a home draw with Everton. A wide-ranging survey sent by Everton to supporters caused quite the frenzy since its release on Tuesday. Topics ranged from media portrayal of Everton to reasons for supporting the club, touching on the role played by international supporters. These surveys are commonplace as Everton often seek the views of fans but this one has attracted attention due to questions relating to the direction of the club and matters on the pitch. Each question needed a rating from 0 to 10, with 0 signalling...


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