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Gareth Southgate says England evolved since Croatia loss at World Cup ahead of Nations League clash

Gareth Southgate believes his England side have learned a lot since the World Cup as they prepare to face semi-final opponents Croatia in Sunday's crunch Nations League clash.
Daily Mail - 17.11.2018 19:30

Wayne Rooney could have been alongside Cristiano Ronaldo but he didn’t look after himself, talkSPORT told

Wayne Rooney has been accused of ‘not looking after his body’ and failing to get the best out of his career. The former England captain was invited back to international football to claim his 120th and final cap against the USA on Thursday in honour of his achievements for the Three Lions. Rooney, who is still […]
TalkSport - 17.11.2018 14:24

Wales vs Denmark: Ryan Giggs 'proud' of his young team despite Nations League defeat

Ryan Giggs admitted that his Wales team were beaten by a Denmark side that "get the job done" in their Nations League clash. Wales missed out on promotion to the top tier of the Nations League as Denmark won a passionate contest 2-1 at Cardiff City Stadium. Nicolai Jorgensen gave Denmark a half-time lead and Martin Braithwaite's superb volley two minutes from time doubled their advantage to seemingly end Welsh hopes.
Yahoo - 17.11.2018 12:57

Samuel Kalu 8/10 as Super Eagles qualify for AFCON

A 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana on Johannesburg on Saturday was enough for the Super Eagles qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with one game to spare. Samuel Kalu excelled in an unfamiliar wing-back role, and forced the opener, but who else impressed for Nigeria? POSITIVES After missing two tournaments, and starting qualification badly, sealing the ticket with one game to spare is a credit to the character of Gernot Rohr's side. Despite a few hiccups, the defence held firm, and Ikechukwu...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 09:28

Serbia eye Nations League promotion after beating Montenegro

Serbia Montenegro 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Serbia closed in on promotion to the Nations League second tier after a 2-1 home win over neighbours Montenegro on Saturday left them top of Group 4 in League C. The Serbians, who won with first-half goals from Adem Ljajic and Aleksandar Mitrovic, have 11 points from five games, four more than Montenegro who can no longer clinch top spot. Serbia will be promoted later on Saturday if Romania, who have six points from four games, fail to beat visiting Lithuania. Lithuania have no points from four games...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 07:53

Luis Suarez is not happy after Uruguay lose to Brazil

Luis Suarez was not a happy man after Uruguay’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on Friday. Tite’s side claimed the win courtesy of a controversial late Neymar penalty. The spot-kick was awarded after Diego Laxalt was rather harshly penalised for a foul on Danilo. Suarez made it pretty clear what he thought about the decision after the match: The Barca striker played all 90 minutes and went close with a couple of efforts but could not beat Alisson in the Brazil goal. Uruguay head to Paris next for a friendly against world champions France on Tuesday.
Yahoo - 17.11.2018 06:00

Back From Break, Roma Women Host Chievo

From the early days, when the goals weren’t quite raining down, they were still entertaining to watch—they played a fast, succinct attacking game that was sure to convert doubters—and now that we’ve had a few weeks to track the team, both here and on social media, the real personality of this team is starting to show; Betty Bavagnoli’s side has an enticing mix of youthful exuberance and well weathered patience, and as we’ve seen over their past three matches, that melange is starting to settle into a very, very dangerous side. Aside from all that, the mere fact that the male and female international breaks are staggered is a life saver for those of us who loathe life without calcio; I couldn’t bare another week without my Roma injections, so tomorrow’s tilt is an absolute blessing. Thanks in part to their three-match unbeaten streak, one that featured convincing victories over Florentia and Orobica as well as a tough 2-2 draw with Tavagnacco, Roma have climbed their way up the table, a...
Yahoo - 17.11.2018 06:00

Tottenham could push back stadium opening to March North London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur hopes to open its new state of the art stadium in the early part of 2019. When, however, has yet to be determined. In the club’s last communication with its supporters last month, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy announced that the stadium, marred by several high profile construction delays, would not open until “early 2019” with the club expected to issue another stadium-related update some time in December. However, according to Matt Hughes in in the Times of London (£), the club is working with two potential dates in mind for an opening: mid January, and early March. While the club did not release any dates, the first scheduled home match in 2019 is against Manchester United on
Yahoo - 17.11.2018 06:00

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City preparing shock move for suddenly out-of-favour Isco

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Man City to offer Isco an escape route from Madrid? Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is set to try his luck with Real Madrid in the hope of luring Isco away from the Spanish capital. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Man United eye Everton Soares - Galatas...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 03:59

Arsenal won't leave Premier League for European Super League - Venkatesham

As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football. Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham says the club would not break away from the Premier League to join a European Super League. Reports in Der Spiegel, via Football Leaks, claimed 11 clubs were already keen to sign up to an eventual 16-team competition for the continent's best teams, with FIFA insisting that any players who joined were at risk of missing out on the World Cup. Arsenal want to be part of any discussions but Venkatesham told the Press Association that...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 02:03

Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba chat at Salt Bae's restaurant in Dubai

You know the situation: you're having a nice holiday and a meal out with your family when suddenly you spot someone from work in the same restaurant... Awkward. Not so for Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba, as the pair looked to be getting on famously at Salt Bae's Turkish steak house in Dubai. View this post on Instagram Kings @leomessi @paulpogba #saltbae #salt#saltlife A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Nov 16, 2018 at 4:28pm PST Both France and Argentina were in action on Friday but neither star player was involved, choosing instead to have a lovely meal cooked for them. View this post on Instagram Legendss @leomessi #saltbae #saltlife #salt A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Nov 16, 2018 at 4:15pm PST View this post on Instagram To salty @paulpogba #saltbae #saltlife #salt A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Nov 16, 2018 at 3:21pm PST Of course they also found time ...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 01:29

Martin Boyle calls Australia debut 'brilliant' in draw vs. South Korea

Australia's Massimo Luongo scored in the last play of the game as the Socceroos held the Korea Republic 1-1 at Suncorp Stadium. Australia's Graham Arnold has joked that Mat Ryan owed him from their time together at Central Coast after the shot-stopper pulled off an incredible save against Korea Republic. It's going to be hard to wipe the smile off Martin Boyle's face for a few days.  The Scottish-born winger may have only been in Australia for less than a week but he's now Socceroo No. 599 after making his debut for the national team against South Korea on Saturday. Boyle was given the nod by coach Graham Arnold in the second-half of the friendly at Suncorp Stadium, with a resolute Korean team holding a 1-0 lead. Adding pace and energy down Australia's right flank, Boyle quickly set about proving...
ESPN - 17.11.2018 01:20

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Updates: Novak Continuing London Dominance

Novak Djokovic has won five consecutive semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, and he is well on his way to making it six in a row on Saturday. The top seed leads Kevin Anderson 6-2, taking the opening set in 39 minutes. Djokovic owns a 34-2 record since Wimbledon, a stretch during which he has won four titles and returned to the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings for the first time since the week of 31 October 2016. The Serbian pressured Anderson from the first game of the match, scrambling around the baseline to neutralise what might have been winning shots from the South African against a majority of players on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic broke when Anderson went for too much on a forehand down the line — perhaps pressured by the Serbian's defence — and launched his stroke long. The World No. 1 broke for a second time when Anderson missed another forehand, and Djokovic did not face break point in the opener. Djokovic has won all seven sets he has played at The O2 this year, ...
ATP - 17.11.2018 21:46

Sock Tackled By 'Line-backer' Ball Kid In London

Jack Sock may have a future on the West End. After the most minor of collisions with ballgirl Jessica Matthews during Saturday's doubles semi-final, Sock comically tumbled to the ground in one of finest acting performances ever seen at the Nitto ATP Finals. He fooled no-one in the crowd, who enjoyed the gag, and was quickly helped back to his feet by partner Mike Bryan.   As the first game came to an end, Matthews chased after a loose ball and attempted to return to the corner of the court. But she ran straight into Sock, who unknowingly walked directly into her path. .videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; } .videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } "I didn't know one of our ball kids was a line-backer for the Kansas City Chiefs," said Sock. "I was just being dramatic, it was playful and fun." After Sock apologi...
ATP - 17.11.2018 17:35

Sock/Bryan To Play For Title At Nitto ATP Finals

Mike Bryan and Jack Sock reached their third tour-level championship match on Saturday, beating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 at the Nitto ATP Finals. The fifth seeds saved seven of eight break points and won 70 per cent of service points to overcome the Group Llodra/Santoro winners after 76 minutes. Bryan and Sock, who captured back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open this year, will meet Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut for the trophy on Sunday. After making their team debut across the city at the Fever Tree Championships in June, Bryan and Sock have claimed victory in 19 of their 25 tour-level encounters this season. The American duo owns a 10-2 record in the English capital this year, having reached the quarter-finals at The Queen's Club before its title run at SW19. For the third straight year, Murray and Soares end their season at the semi-final stage at the Nitto ATP Finals. The British-Brazilian ...
ATP - 17.11.2018 14:24

Former Pros Mayer, Sa, Muller Honoured At Nitto ATP Finals

Florian Mayer, Andre Sa and Gilles Muller, who all retired from professional tennis in 2018, were presented with commemorative photographs of personalised Moët & Chandon bottles by Ross Hutchins, the ATP Chief Player Officer, on Friday at the Nitto ATP Finals. This year, former players from the 2000s involved in the season finale will be welcomed to The O2 in London as part of the Finals Club, which reconnects current and former players. Mayer, who achieved a career-high No. 18 in the ATP Rankings on 6 June 2011, and former World No. 21 Gilles Muller both retired after the US Open in September, while Sa ended a 23-year pro career in March. The trio joined ATP alumni for a tour of The O2 and a meal in the Tennis Family Restaurant, prior to watching Friday evening’s doubles and Novak Djokovic’s round-robin match against Marin Cilic. “The O2 really is amazing and witnessing the atmosphere first-hand in London really showcases why it’s proved so popular wit...
ATP - 16.11.2018 22:09

Roger Continues Pursuit Of Title No. 100 Against Sascha

.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; } .videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Roger Federer started his 16th Nitto ATP Finals appearance in the worst possible way, losing in straight sets in round-robin play at the season finale for the first time. But the 37-year-old has bounced back, winning his final two matches of group play to top Group Lleyton Hewitt and advance to the semi-finals for the 15th time. “I've always tried to pace myself in a way, set up my schedule in a way that I would have something left in the tank, I would peak at this event,” Federer said. “I'm happy that this is another week like this. Didn't look like it maybe 72 hours ago. But I was able to come back and play good tennis.” The tournament is not over for the six-time champion, though. Federer has a stiff challenge awaiting ...
ATP - 16.11.2018 20:56

Zverev Isner Nitto ATP Finals 2018 Friday ATP

Alexander Zverev became the youngest Nitto ATP Finals semi-finalist in nine years on Friday, beating John Isner 7-6(5), 6-4 at The O2. Not since Juan Martin del Potro reached the championship match on his debut in 2009 has a player as young as Zverev advanced beyond the round-robin stage, but the German notched his second Group Guga Kuerten win after 81 minutes. Zverev will join group winner Novak Djokovic in Saturday's semi-finals, where he will face Roger Federer for a spot in the final. In the other semi-final, Djokovic will meet Kevin Anderson in a repeat of this year's Wimbledon final. As a result of claiming a career-best 56th tour-level win of the season, Zverev becomes the first German to reach the last four at the Nitto ATP Finals since Rainer Schuettler in 2003 (l. to Agassi). Zverev, who has captured titles in Madrid, Munich and Washington, D.C. this year, is guaranteed to finish the season with the most tour-level victories in 2018. In a first set dominated by serve, Isne...
ATP - 16.11.2018 16:15

Roger That: Federer Books His Spot In The Semis

Roger Federer walked onto Centre Court at The O2 on Thursday knowing he needed a strong performance if he wanted to advance to the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals for the 15th time. And Federer responded in a big way, defeating fourth seed Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to not only guarantee that he would move on to the last four in London, but that he would win Group Lleyton Hewitt with a 2-1 record. The week might not have started off well for the 37-year-old Swiss, who shockingly fell in his opening match against Kei Nishikori in straight sets, the first time he has fallen in two sets at the event in round-robin play. But Federer bounced back to beat Dominic Thiem and now Anderson without dropping a set. Federer came out focused early against Anderson, who was 2-0 in his Nitto ATP Finals debut, breaking first. But the second seed played a sloppy service game and struggled to pinpoint his serve like usual to give that break back. From there, though, Federer locked down his game, and...
ATP - 15.11.2018 22:33