Jason Dasey and David Mitchell recap Australia's defeat to Japan and evaluate the Socceroos' prospects for qualifying. Australia's Jackson Irvine credits Japan's game plan and still feels Australia can qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Japan qualified for their sixth straight World Cup following their 2-0 win over Australia. BANGKOK -- Australia would be well advised not to take a more defensive Thailand lightly as they attempt to seal automatic qualification from Group B in Tuesday's final matchday of the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign. The Socceroos' 2-0 defeat to Japan on Thursday has left them in a precarious position, with a crushing win over the Thais their best chance of booking their place in Russia next year. Australia Thailand ESPN3 10:00 AM UTC Game Details ...
ESPN - 30.09.2017 02:30
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Bayern Munich have confirmed their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January having undergone another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing his left foot. "The fact that Manuel Neuer has suffered a new injury means we are all very sorry for him", said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. This is Neuer's third operation on the same foot in six months after minor surgery for a toe injury in March and then again in April after initially fracturing his foot.
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 15:16
Eden Hazard has praised the work of Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho’s successor at Chelsea, claiming that he improved him in just a week. Hazard won the Premier League with both Mourinho and Conte, in 2015 and 2017, respectively, as well as being named PFA Player of the Year and runner-up. Conte, the former Juventus and Italy national team coach, took over from Mourinho last summer, winning the title in his first year at Stamford Bridge, and Hazard says his impact was immediate.
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 15:15
Jay Heaps’ six-year reign at the New England Revolution has come to an end. On Tuesday morning New England released a statement saying they had “parted ways” with former defender Heaps who took charge in November 2011. Heaps led the Revs to the 2014 MLS Cup final where they lost in overtime to the LA Galaxy, while he made three-straight trips to the MLS Cup Playoffs to kick off his managerial career and he also led the Revs to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup final where they lost to FC Dallas. Nine defeats in their last 14 MLS games, including a 7-0 hammering at Atlanta United last week, sealed Heaps’ fate and New England Revolution GM Michael Burns had the following to say about Heaps’ departure.
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 14:37
The FC crew discuss Spurs' persisting struggles at Wembley and the differences playing there instead of White Hart Lane. As always, the top Premier League clubs have a lot on their plate this season. But which competition is the most important for them? Premier League? Champions League/Europa League? FA Cup? Or the poor League Cup? Here, ESPN FC's club correspondents report on what their clubs will be targeting first. CHELSEA 1. Champions League. Antonio Conte won the Champions League as a player with Juventus, and winning Europe's elite club competition as a coach has always been his top priority....
ESPN - 19.09.2017 12:16
Tab Ramos managed the U.S. Under-20 team to its first CONCACAF title this year. Tab Ramos has agreed to an extension with U.S. Soccer to remain coach of the United States under-20 team and youth technical director. Ramos led the U20s to their first title at the CONCACAF Championship earlier this year, and they advanced to the quarterfinals at the World Cup in South Korea this summer. "I am very excited to continue my work at U.S. Soccer as Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men's National Team head coach," Ramos said in a statement. "I am pleased with the historic results we...
ESPN - 19.09.2017 11:33
Taylor Twellman questions the confidence of the U.S. team but feels they will still qualify for the World Cup. Bruce Arena says while the U.S. got a big point vs. Honduras, the door to Russia hasn't opened at all just yet. Danny Williams has really seized his opportunity with Huddersfield and could be ideal in central midfield. The pivotal final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is on the horizon, and so U.S. players far and wide are looking to impress coach Bruce Arena to earn a call. Here's a look at who's hot and who's not. Heating up Danny Williams, MF, Huddersfield Town (Premier League) Why he's here: In his first-ever Premier League start, Williams was a 90-minute workhorse for Huddersfield Town in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leicester City. What this means: Since he took over in November, Arena has shied...
ESPN - 19.09.2017 10:34
Gordon Derrick replaced Jack Warner as CFU boss in 2012. Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick has been banned from all football-related activities for six years by FIFA's ethics committee. Derrick, who is also the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda FA, has been found guilty of six different breaches of FIFA's ethics code, including offering and accepting bribes, mismanaging funds and abusing his position. A director of the Antigua Commercial Bank, Derrick replaced the notorious Jack Warner as CFU boss in 2012 and was favoured...
ESPN - 19.09.2017 09:55
As a kid who ceded possession by being bumped off the ball and had to descend from his age group due to his inferior physicality, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sometimes doubted his father Mark’s unswerving faith in his technical abilities. It was two years ago this month that Arsene Wenger urged Oxlade-Chamberlain to find "the right balance of being not happy with what you do without harming the confidence" after a conversation with Mark. As Oxlade-Chamberlain prepares for his first start as a Liverpool player in the League Cup against Leicester City on Tuesday night following the "most difficult decision" of swapping the Emirates for Anfield in order to further develop, Jurgen Klopp is enthused by the task of helping him elevate his game and credence.
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 08:08
THE BIG DEBATE. Between Manchester United’s power and Mancheter City’s technique. It’s a pretty racist framing of a debate, given United have Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford, who are all technically adept, and instead they focus on the fact that Romelu Lukaku is a big bloke. While he’s not exactly Lionel Messi with the ball at his feet, he’s hardly a big oaf, and you get the sense that United are getting reduced to ‘power’ because they have plenty of players who aren’t white, regardless of their main talents. Angel Gomes could play against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. It would be a much more enjoyable word if it were ‘Carambao’, and
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 07:00
Ernesto Valverde's resurrection of Barcelona suffered a setback at Getafe CF, as Ousmane Dembele ruptured the biceps femoris tendon in his left thigh and will be out of action for three-and-a-half to four months. The French forward left the game in the 29th minute, after deploying a back-heel flick that could have potentially caused the injury. On Monday, at a press conference in which the bulk of the queries centred on Dembele's injury, Valverde admitted that "a veteran player may have avoided" making the movement. Dembele, who joined Barcelona for €105 million plus add-ons, flew to Finland on Monday and will undergo surgery on Tuesday. Asked if Dembele may have already been injured before the
Yahoo - 19.09.2017 00:22
(Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Ousmane Dembele's inexperience was partly to blame for the hamstring injury which will keep him out for around four months.
Reuters - 18.09.2017 18:45
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The ATP today announced a new partnership that will see J. P. Morgan become a Platinum Partner and Official Banking Partner of the Nitto ATP Finals beginning in 2017. The news follows May’s announcement that the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament would remain at The O2 in London through 2020. "Our season finale in London has enjoyed great success since 2009, and continues to grow on a global level, attracting more than 100 million broadcast viewers in 2016. Today, we’re delighted to welcome J.P. Morgan as partner to our prestigious showcase event,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “This new agreement is a testament to what we have built over the last eight years at The O2, and we look forward to growing the tournament’s success even more with the support of such a world-renowned brand." “The Nitto ATP Finals tournament is the perfect fit for J.P. Morgan. The competition features the world’s best singles a...
ATP - 19.09.2017 09:46
Two-time former champion and eighth seed Gilles Simon defeated Italian Andreas Seppi, the 2012 runner-up, 6-3, 6-0 on Monday at the Moselle Open. Former World No. 6 Simon, the 2010 and 2013 titlist, was broken in the fifth game of the first set, but immediately regrouped and went on to extend his perfect 6-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Seppi. The Frenchman now faces Slovak Norbert Gombos or German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in the second round. In one other main draw match, Romania’s Marius Copil lost just three of his first service points and hit 12 aces to beat Alessandro Giannessi 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes for a meeting against third seed and defending champion Lucas Pouille. Gojowczyk, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Vincent Millot and Simone Bolelli all qualified on Monday for the main draw. Watch Live On TennisTV Watch Full Match Replays
ATP - 18.09.2017 20:07
Sept 18 (Gracenote) - Results from the Seoul Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 5-Irina Begu (Romania) beat Varatchaya Wongteanchai (Thailand) 2-6 6-3 6-3 Priscilla Hon (Australia) beat Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic) 6-1 4-6 6-4 4-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Misa Eguchi (Japan) 6-1 6-3 Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) beat Mariana Duque (Colombia) 3-6 6-4 6-1 Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-3 0-6 6-1 Eka
Reuters - 18.09.2017 10:37
The ATP World Tour is back in action this week at the St. Petersburg Open, where Roberto Bautista Agut is the top seed, and the Moselle Open in Metz, where Pablo Carreno Busta leads the charge and Lucas Pouille returns to defend his title. View Draws: St. Petersburg | Metz 10 THINGS TO WATCH IN ST. PETERSBURG (1) Into the Indoors: As the season changes from summer to fall, the ATP World Tour transitions from outdoor to indoor hard courts with the St. Petersburg Open and Moselle Open. One million dollars is on the line in St. Petersburg, the third-largest purse of the 40 ATP World Tour 250 events behind the season-opener in Doha ($1,237,190) and next week’s tournament in Chengdu ($1,028,885). (2) #NextGenATP Duo: Russian Daniil Medvedev and Croat Borna Coric are among the Top 7 players in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan. But No. 8 Hyeon Chung is only 22 points behind Medvedev and 181 points behind Coric among the 21-and-unders trying to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals. Medvedev...
ATP - 18.09.2017 00:00
FRANCE 3, SERBIA 1 Lille, France (Outdoor Clay) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga provided the heroics on Sunday afternoon in Lille, giving France an unassailable 3-1 lead in their Davis Cup semi-final tie against Serbia. The French No. 1 rallied past Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-2, claiming his 20th singles victory in his Davis Cup career. Lajovic had stunned Lucas Pouille to open the tie on Friday, but was unable to replicate the upset. Tsonga prevailed after two hours and 48 minutes, firing 38 winners including eight aces. It was sweet revenge for Les Bleus, who were defeated by Serbia in the 2010 final. Under the captaincy of Yannick Noah, the French squad will appear in its first final since 2014. They will bid for a 10th title against either Australia or Belgium. Should Australia prevail, the final will be contested Down Under. If Belgium wins, France are the hosts. The French team will be looking to end a 16-year title drought, having most recently prevailed over Australia in the 2001 fin...
ATP - 17.09.2017 17:17
There are more than one billion people in China, but none are smiling as brightly as Wu Yibing. The 17 year old is redefining the Asian tennis landscape with every victory and on Sunday he notched another significant milestone, scoring his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Shanghai. Just seven days after lifting the US Open junior trophy, Yibing made history on home soil in becoming the youngest Chinese champion on the Challenger circuit. He claimed victory when Yen-Hsun Lu was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury after the first set. Yibing's run to the title was as momentous as it was dominant. The Hangzhou native did not drop a set all week and is projected to rise 177 spots to a career-high No. 319 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He is the 12th teeange winner of the year and fourth aged 17 & under, joining Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nicola Kuhn. [ALSO LIKE] For years, China has been in search of a rising star on the ATP World Tour, as tennis continues ...
ATP - 17.09.2017 16:35