Spurs star Kane in doubt for Man United clash – Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed star Harry Kane is no certainty to face Manchester United on Saturday after missing the EFL Cup midweek.

Liverpool Slump: Stop Comparing Jurgen Klopp With Brendan Rodgers

The Reds are stuck in a rut but a major change in approach is unlikely to get them out of it, meaning the players will have to take responsibility.

'It Would Have Been Easy To Sack Wenger' - Arsenal Owner Kroenke

The Gunners boss signed a fresh two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season amid calls from supporters for him to leave the club.

Koeman: Failure To Sign Giroud Caused Everton Sacking

The inability to sign a high-class forward to replace Romelu Lukaku has been cited by Dutchman for his departure from Goodison Park.

Super Mario Balotelli Is Back To His Best

The 27-year-old's resurgence is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore for Azzurri boss Gian Piero Ventura ahead of next month's World Cup play-off.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

'I had a lot of offers' - Iniesta completes '$30m' move to Japan

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'I had a lot of offers' - Iniesta completes '$30m' move to Japan
'I had a lot of offers' - Iniesta completes '$30m' move to Japan
Andres Iniesta dismissed other offers to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe because of 'trust and confidence' club showed in him.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Aston Villa vs Fulham: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Championship play-off final

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Aston Villa vs Fulham: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Championship play-off final

ASTON VILLA and Fulham will be battling it out at Wembley to secure the final Premier League spot.

The Cottagers beat Derby County in the play-off semi-final after missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.

Fulham beat the Rams 2-1 on aggregate after overturning a 1-0 deficit from the first legREUTERS

Steve Bruce’s men, who finished five points behind Fulham in the Championship, beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

The winner of Saturday’s showdown will not only secure Premier League status, but a huge financial windfall.

An additional revenue boost of at least £160 million over the next three seasons is on the line.

What time is kick-off?

THIS match will take place on Saturday, May 26.

It will kick-off at 5pm.

Wembley Stadium will host the showdown.

Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

YOU can watch this match live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. 

Coverage will begin at 4pm.

Sky subscribers can also stream the match online on SkyGo and via the SkyGo app.

The match is also available via Now TV, with a day pass on offer for £7.99.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action as it happens on the SunSport LIVE blog.

Aston Villa will be led out by John Terry at WembleyAction Images What is the team news?

Wales international Neil Taylor is expected to return for Villa after missing the two matches against Boro with a hamstring injury.

Ahmed Elmohamady missed the second-leg tie at Boro after picking up a muscular injury in the first meeting.

Fulham have no new injury concerns ahead of the showdown at Wembley.

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Favre named new Dortmund boss

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BREAKING NEWS: Favre named new Dortmund boss
BREAKING NEWS: Favre named new Dortmund boss
Lucien Favre has been appointed as the new head coach of Borussia Dortmund, the club have announced. The 60-year-old, who stepped down as Nice boss at the end of the Ligue 1 season, has signed a two-year contract at Signal Iduna Park. "Coaching Borussia Dortmund is a very attractive role that I want to undertake," he told the club's website. "I would like to thank those responsible for placing their trust in me. Now, we will work together on the new team. "BVB are one of the most interesting clubs in Europe and I'm looking forward to returning to the Bundesliga, which I know very well and have always kept in my mind during my two years in Nice." 4 - Since 2008-09, only J├╝rgen #Klopp has won more games against FC Bayern in the #Bundesliga (5) than Lucien #Favre (4). Intent. @BVB pic.twitter.com/3sEd9twoiU — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 22, 2018 Favre was in charge of Borussia Monchengladbach between 2011 and 2015 and twice secured qualification for the Champions League, while he also enjoyed a two-year spell at Hertha Berlin. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc hopes his experience in the Bundesliga will serve the club well next season. "Signing Lucien Favre as coach is an important part of our fresh sporting start this summer," he said.  "He is highly valued by us for his professional qualities, which he has impressively shown several times in the Bundesliga with Hertha and Monchengladbach, just like at Nice." Favre takes over from Peter Stoger, who brought his five-month spell in charge to an end after securing a Champions League spot on the final day of the season despite a 3-1 defeat at Hoffenheim.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot

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Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot

MILAN — Inter Milan is back in the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri trailed 2-1 with 13 minutes left but fought back to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and secure a spot in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 2012, following Matias Vecino’s late header.

"The Champions League has been our aim since the beginning of the season," Inter captain Mauro Icardi said. "We were aware of our strength from the start and finally we did it — after a crazy match."

Inter moved fourth with the same number of points as Lazio but with a better head-to-head record. Champion Juventus, Napoli and Roma are the other Italian teams to qualify for the Champions League.

Several Lazio players were in tears after the final whistle.

"We should have probably sealed the Champions League place earlier and not needed to do this in this last match," Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.

"Evidently it was destiny. A night like this will remain inside us for a long time."

This was the first year Italy had four spots in the Champions League and the final berth came down to the last match of the season, with Lazio leading Inter by three points.

It was a thrilling match at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio took the lead when Adam Marusic’s strike smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner.

The hosts almost doubled their advantage but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s free kick came off the post, and Inter levelled in the 29th.

A corner came through to Danilo D’Ambrosio and, although Thomas Strakosha saved his initial attempt, he managed to hook his leg around the goalkeeper to turn it over the line.

Lazio restored its lead four minutes from the break as Senad Lulic threaded a ball through for Felipe Anderson to race forward and fire into the bottom left corner.

Inter was awarded a penalty in the 72nd for a handball by Milinkovic-Savic but the referee changed his mind after seeing the incident again on video review.

The visitors did get a penalty shortly after when Stefan de Vrij, who is set to join Inter next month, fouled Mauro Icardi.

"If someone else had done that foul, nothing would have changed, it was an accident," Inzaghi said. "I would play him again 100 times, he had a great match."

Icardi converted to take his tally to 29 for the season, level with Lazio forward Ciro Immobile at the top of the goalscoring charts.

Lulic was sent off following a second yellow card and the turnaround was complete when Vecino headed in a corner nine minutes from time.

NO ESCAPE

There was no great escape for Crotone this year as it lost 2-1 at Napoli on Sunday in the final round of the Serie A season to drop to Serie B.

Crotone avoided relegation last year on the final day with victory at Lazio after picking up 20 out of 27 points.

Crotone knew that a result at Napoli would give it the chance to escape relegation again.

However, goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon gave Napoli the win as it finished the season with a club record of 91 points. Marco Tumminello scored a late consolation for Crotone.

Napoli, which finished second to Juventus, became the first Serie A side to reach 90 points and still not win the title.

In the end, Crotone’s result did not matter as other relegation-threatened clubs — Spal, Cagliari, Chievo Verona and Udinese — all won.

EUROPA LEAGUE

AC Milan was already assured of a spot in the Europa League but made certain of avoiding the qualifying round after coming from behind to crush Fiorentina 5-1.

Elsewhere, Roma won 1-0 at Sassuolo and Torino beat Genoa 2-1.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team

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Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team
Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team
Former England captain Casey Stoney is set to become manager of the new Manchester United women's team.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cricket pay row escalates

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Cricket pay row escalates

THE escalating tension between Zimbabwe Cricket [ZC] and national team players over unpaid salaries, match fees and bonuses has reached new heights after the under-fire cricket body refused to give […]

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Friday, May 18, 2018

PH Azkals eye top 100

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PH Azkals eye top 100
PH Azkals eye top 100

After reaching new heights in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the Philippines hopes to finally crack the Top 100 before its historic campaign in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

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