Cristiano Ronaldo equals Ali Daei’s international goal record as two goals in draw to France sees Portugal finish third in Euro 2020 group

Cristiano Ronaldo’s two penalties saw Portugal book their place in the last-16 of Euro 2020 as his Portugal side battled to a 2-2 draw against France in Budapest. With Hungary beating Germany for large parts of their Munich clash, Portugal appeared to be staring elimination in the face as two goals from Karim Benzema either […]
TalkSport - 23.06.2021 23:02

Crystal Palace set to appoint Lucien Favre as their new manager

• Swiss manager set to sign three-year contract• Favre ready to take over at Selhurst Park pending work permitCrystal Palace are set to appoint Lucien Favre as their new manager after the former Borussia Dortmund manager agreed a three-year deal to succeed Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.The 63-year-old held positive talks with Palace’s hierachy over the weekend, with sources close to Favre admitting he had been impressed with their plans. The former Switzerland midfielder was identified as Palace chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman’s preferred candidate after they abandoned negotiations with Nuno Espírito Santo. Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 21:42

Norwich close to signing Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea

Scotland midfielder wants more regular first-team actionOther clubs could attempt to hijack proposed transferNorwich are closing in on a deal to sign Billy Gilmour on a season’s loan from Chelsea. The Scotland midfielder has been targeted by several Premier League clubs and Norwich are emerging as his likeliest destination.Chelsea have plenty of competition for places in midfield and Gilmour found himself below N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho last season. The 20-year-old, who is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, was restricted to five appearances in all competitions after Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge last January and he is keen to continue his development on loan. Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 20:01

Robert Lewandowski somehow hits the crossbar twice before missing from one yard out in Poland clash with Sweden at Euro 2020 – ‘I can’t believe what I’ve just seen!’

“I can’t believe what I’ve just seen.” This was how talkSPORT’s Courtney Sweetman-Kirk reacted when Robert Lewandowski missed not one, not two but THREE huge chances in a matter of seconds during Poland’s clash against Sweden. The Bayern Munich hotshot, who scored incredible 41 Bundesliga goals in the 2020/21 season very uncharacteristically missed the guilt-edge […]
TalkSport - 23.06.2021 18:50

Hungary’s Orbán cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row

Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on stadium illuminationThe Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has cancelled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 match between Hungary and Germany in response to widespread criticism of his government over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation it passed last week.Orbán made his announcement hours after the European football governing body, Uefa, turned down a request from Munich city council, to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, in particular in Hungary. Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 16:11

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe headline US women’s soccer Olympic team roster

Lloyd, Rapinoe headline veteran USWNT roster for TokyoTobin Heath also headed to Olympics for fourth timeCarli Lloyd is headed to her fourth Olympics after all.The 38-year-old Lloyd had vowed after the 2019 World Cup that she would push to make the team for Tokyo before stepping away from the sport. But then the games were pushed back a year because of the coronavirus, and Lloyd needed surgery on her knee. Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 15:53

The Euro 2020 Fiver: Scotland’s floorshow reaches its last dance

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In 1954 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1958 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1974 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1978 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1982 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1986 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1990 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1992 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1996 Scotland went out in the group stage. In 1998 Scotland went out in the group stage. In Euro Not 2020 Scotland … well. They weren’t even sent homeward to think again; this time the tearful, painful exit took place at Hampden Park itself. Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 13:07

Gareth Southgate promises there is 'more to come' after England secure top spot – video

Gareth Southgate says 'there's more to come from us' after a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic secured top spot in Group D and completed progress to the last 16 of Euro 2020. Raheem Sterling's first-half goal was enough at Wembley, ahead of what the England manager expects to be a stiffer challenge. 'We said to the players today that this was a game with a bit less pressure because we'd qualified, but still with something we wanted to achieve, because [whether you finish] first or second [there is] no way of knowing what the better route through might be to the final'England will be ready for Euro 2020’s big hitters, insists Gareth SouthgateEngland beat Czech Republic to top group as Raheem Sterling strikes again Continue reading...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 06:48

Steve Clarke vows Scotland will make quicker tournament return this time

Croatia defeat ended first finals campaign since 1998‘We’ll make sure it’s not 23 years before next tournament’Steve Clarke vowed to make Scottish appearances at major championships a more regular occurrence in the immediate aftermath of Croatia’s 3-1 success at Hampden Park. The Scots knew victory against Croatia would take them into Euro 2020’s last 16 but, by Clarke’s own admission, were outplayed by Zlatko Dalic’s re-energised side. This marked a first finals for Scotland since the 1998 World Cup.“At the moment it’s just disappointment we are out,” said the Scotland manager when asked about his emotions. “We wanted to stay in as long as we could. Disappointed we haven’t managed to get out of the group stage. You have to give me tonight to get over that and then a few days we will all sit down and take stock and look at our performances. I will look at my performance and the performance of the players and we will look at what we can do better in the future. And we’ll make sure it’s ...
Guardian - 23.06.2021 00:48

Spain are ‘like a bottle of cava about to be uncorked’, says Luis Enrique

Before the crucial final Group E match against Slovakia, the coach insists his side can find their top form at Euro 2020If Forrest Gump reckoned life was like a box of chocolates, Luis Enrique says the selección are like a bottle of cava. The former Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart has called Spain “horrible”, in comments that have provided a surprisingly significant part of the backdrop to their final group game against Slovakia on Wednesday night, but their coach insists there’s something good in there – if only they can find a way to get it out. Related: Misfiring Spain scramble for answers before must-win Slovakia game | Sid Lowe Continue reading...
Guardian - 22.06.2021 22:35

Germany hope the lights don’t go out on Munich’s new sense of euphoria

The thrilling win over Portugal and easing of lockdown have transformed the mood of the people in the Bavarian capitalLeon Goretzka could hardly have captured the mood any better. “We already have the feeling there is a certain euphoria after the difficult year and a half that is behind all of us,” the Germany midfielder said. “It’s just nice that we have 82 million national team head coaches again, rather than 82 million virologists.”The Nationalmannschaft are gathering momentum in a major competition and, all of a sudden, there is a sense of nature’s equilibrium being restored. In common with much of central Europe, a country is being allowed out of its shell; Covid-19 rates in Munich are at their lowest for 10 months and, with many restrictions having been lifted, there is a wildness in the midsummer air. Add to the mix a football team that have rediscovered their ability to inspire optimism and the confluence of circumstances is intoxicating. This city is not quite able to present ...
Guardian - 22.06.2021 21:23

Argentina's win over Paraguay wasn't pretty, but they're still in good shape to win – Alexi Lalas

Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden and Aly Wagner discuss Argentina's 1-0 win over Paraguay in the 2021 Copa America group stage. Hear Alexi explain why it's okay if Argentina's win Monday was ugly and why they're still in good shape to win the tournament.
Fox Sports - 22.06.2021 05:54


Djokovic's Quest For No. 20 Takes Centre Stage At Wimbledon; All You Need To Know

What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2020, the All England Club sat empty, tennis balls didn’t bounce and no strawberries and cream were had during the Wimbledon fortnight, as the event was not held for the first time since 1945 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Now, the eyes of the tennis world are back on SW19 as The Championships not only makes its return to the tennis calendar, but also looks forward to welcoming fans at 100 per cent capacity during the final weekend. It will mark the first full-capacity sporting event hosted in Great Britain since the start of the pandemic. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the way as his chase for a third consecutive Grand Slam crown takes centre stage at Wimbledon. The reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros champion is looking for more than just his sixth Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy (2011, 2014-15, 2018-19). Victory for Djokovic would bring him to 20 Grand Slam titles, equalling his rivals’ Roger Federer’s and Ra...
ATP - 23.06.2021 19:45

Purcell Records Biggest Career Win, Upsets Monfils In Eastbourne

Australia’s Max Purcell recorded the biggest win of his career on Wednesday at the Viking International Eastbourne for a place in his first ATP Tour quarter-final. The World No. 283 knocked out top-seeded Frenchman and 2017 finalist Gael Monfils 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes at Devonshire Park. [WATCH LIVE 1] “It feels unbelievable,” said Purcell. “I’ve struggled to get into any singles events over the past nine months and primarily played doubles, so to get on a run here, on my favourite surface, is great. I thought I’d come out and have a go. When I missed the opportunity to close out the match at 5-4 in the second set, Gael showed what a good player he is.” Purcell beat former World No. 5 and 2018 Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson in the first round of Eastbourne qualifying. He will next challenge 2011 champion and fellow lucky loser Andreas Seppi, who defeated Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 6-2, 6-3 in 69 minutes. Monfils came w...
ATP - 23.06.2021 14:29

Mochizuki Battles Past Gaston In All-#NextGenATP Wimbledon Showdown

Shintaro Mochizuki, an 18-year-old from Japan, made a good start on Tuesday in his first attempt to qualify for a Grand Slam. The teen defeated fellow #NextGenATP player Hugo Gaston of France 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon. Two years ago, Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam boys’ singles title when he lifted the Wimbledon trophy. A wild card in qualifying who is No. 500 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, the teen is trying to make his mark at SW19 again. “I didn’t think I was going to get a wild card for qualies this year, because it’s 2021 and I won in 2019,” Mochizuki told “I was really happy when I heard I got the wild card and I was super excited.” Another #NextGenATP player, American Brandon Nakashima, ousted Australian Aleksandar Vukic 6-1, 6-1. Vukic had pushed Denis Shapovalov to two tie-breaks at last week’s cinch Championships, but Nakashima dispatched him in...
ATP - 22.06.2021 22:17

Medvedev Moves Past Moutet In Mallorca Opener

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev got his grass-court swing up and running after claiming a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Corentin Moutet on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals at the Mallorca Championships. Medvedev arrived in Mallorca looking to ‘get some confidence’ on the natural surface after bowing out in the first round of the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle (l. to Struff) last week. The victory over Moutet improved his career record on grass to 19-13. The Russian has previously reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne in 2017 and at Queen’s Club in 2019. Standing between Medvedev and a third grass-court semi-final will be fifth seed Casper Ruud, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tennys Sandgren. Medvedev leads their ATP Head2Head 1-0 after scoring a victory over him during Russia’s ATP Cup tie against Norway in 2020. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion was off to a slow start against Moutet on Mallorca’s centre court, dropping serve early and trailing 0-3 as he s...
ATP - 22.06.2021 16:45