Man United's Alexis Sanchez 'still adapting' after January move from Arsenal

The Exploding Heads recap the FA Cup semifinals, PFA Player of the Year awards and more with Premier League in 90 seconds. Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said that his team won't be the favourites when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Alvaro Morata vs. Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United's comeback, Napoli's season and more. Alexis Sanchez has said that he is still getting used to life at Manchester United after a January transfer from Arsenal. Sanchez, who scored his side's first goal in United's 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday, was named the man of the match for his performance. He left Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave United and has made 14 appearances for his new clubs, scoring three goals. "It is very different here," Sanchez told MUTV. "I think United...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 12:18

Belgium striker Christian Benteke fears he could miss World Cup place

Christian Benteke has scored only twice in 28 games for Palace this season. Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has said his difficult season at club level could mean he misses out on a place in Belgium's World Cup squad. Benteke has scored twice in 28 games for Palace, who have struggled in the Premier League. He has not played for Belgium this season and was omitted from the squad for the recent friendly against Saudi Arabia. He said he felt he was playing well despite a lack of goals but would understand if his recent statistics meant national boss Roberto Martinez...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 07:06

Chelsea have an A List and a B List for new manager search — report

When Matt Law talks, Chelsea fans listen. Of all the reporters who cover Chelsea regularly, he seems the most dialed-in with the the club’s management. So when Law speculates about Chelsea’s plans, it’s worth paying attention because he’s probably working with inside information. On Wednesday, for example, he outlined how Chelsea are approaching the search for the man to replace Antonio Conte, who is presumed to be a dead man walking despite winning one league title and reaching two FA Cup finals in his brace of seasons at Stamford Bridge. Law confirms what has already been widely reported — that Chelsea aren’t keen to pay Conte’s £9 million (or thereabouts) contract buyout, and also buy-out
Yahoo - 26.04.2018 07:00

Liverpool fans to face increased security for Champions League second leg vs. Roma

Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the the mind of Eusebio Di Francesco to explain the Roma head coach's tactics against Liverpool. Liverpool supporters travelling for the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Roma will experience increased security measures after a man was left seriously injured following an attack at Anfield. Two Italian men were arrested and charged with violent disorder after the attack on Sean Cox, a 53-year-old Liverpool supporter, before the first leg on Tuesd...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 06:54

Chivas wins CONCACAF title, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalty kicks Wednesday night to win the CONCACAF Champions League and the right to play in the Club's World Cup for the first time in its history. Toronto got the 2-1 win in the Akron stadium to force the penalty kicks, where the Mexicans scored their four shots while Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley missed for Toronto. Orbelin Pineda put the home side ahead at the 18th, but Jozy Altidore tied it at the 25th and Sebastian Giovinco added a goal in the 43rd for Toronto. Chivas won the first leg 2-1 and the series finished with a 3-3 draw. In the penalty kicks, Oswaldo Alanis, Jesus Godinez, Alan Pulido and Angel Zaldivar scored
Yahoo - 26.04.2018 05:53

Ex-Roma stars apologise for Liverpool badge gesture at Anfield

Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two. Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco believes his side can overturn the three goal deficit from the first leg in Rome to reach the Champions League Final. ESPN were in the Egyptian capital of Cairo as Liverpool fans react to their 5-2 Champions League first leg victory against AS Roma at Anfield. Steve Nicol explains why he feels deflated after Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Former Roma players Roberto Pruzzo and Bruno Conti have apol...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 05:17

Schalke confirm Max Meyer to leave on free transfer in summer

Schalke's Max Meyer made 192 appearances for the club since 2012-13. Germany international Max Meyer will leave Schalke on a free transfer, club's sporting executive Christian Heidel has confirmed. Following the transfers of Joel Matip to Liverpool and Sead Kolasinac to Arsenal in the past two summers, Meyer, 22, will leave the club in the summer. "Transfers are part of football," Heidel told a news conference in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday. "We will not make him a new offer, but there will be no bad blood." Meyer, who has been linked with Tottenham, has made 192 competitive...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 04:35

Liverpool look to avoid more late drama against Stoke

LONDON (Reuters) - Stoke City will hope that the Liverpool they face on Saturday is the team that wobbled alarmingly in the final 10 minutes of their Champions League semi-final against AS Roma, not the one that dismantled the Italians over the previous 80.
Reuters - 26.04.2018 03:07

NYC FC's Patrick Vieira 'ready to coach any side in Europe' amid Arsenal links

With the Arsenal managerial job now available, the FC crew assess the possible successors to Arsene Wenger and the challenges they will face. The FC panel believe Arsene Wenger could leave a bad taste in mouths of Arsenal fans if he doesn't handle his departure the right way. Arsenal great Patrick Vieira told the Times he is ready to coach "any side in Europe" and has been backed as the perfect candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger by former teammate Sol Campbell. Vieira has repeatedly been linked with the Arsenal job since Wenger announced last week that he is stepping down, but the former midfielder has insisted he has had no contact from Arsenal and that it would be difficult to leave his current role coaching New York City FC. But he also made it clear that he's ready...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 02:58

Hawk-Eye to provide goal-line tech in Ligue 1 after Goal Control deal ended

Hawk-Eye will provide goal-line technology in Ligue 1 next season. Hawk-Eye will provide goal-line technology in Ligue 1 next season, replacing Goal Control after the French Football League (LFP) approved a four-year contract. The LFP annulled its deal with Goal Control after a number of high-profile problems with the system, including two glaring errors in one evening of Coupe de la Ligue football in January.  After suspending the use of goal-line technology for the remainder of the season, the LFP will put Hawk-Eye technology in place from the start of next...
ESPN - 26.04.2018 02:39

Bayern Vs. Real Madrid: ‘Los Blancos’ Win, Gain Champions League Edge

Real Madrid is going to do what Real Madrid does, even against mighty Bayern Munich. “Los Blancos” defeated Bayern 2-1 on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League semifinal first-leg game. Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Marco Asensio scored second-half goals to overturn the advantage Joshua Kimich had given Bayern in the first period. Real Madrid now is in good position to reach next month’s Champions League final and perhaps win it for an unprecedented third consecutive season. Bayern enjoyed the better of play in the first half, despite losing the services of starters Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng due to injury. Kimmich rewarded Bayern’s fine play in the 28th minute on this goal he scored through
Yahoo - 25.04.2018 22:58

Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no US

Fox's World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the tournament. And many of the game broadcasters will be based in the U.S. The network announced Wednesday that eight of its 12 match commentators will be American, headed by the lead team of John Strong and Stu Holden. Aly Wagner will be the first female game analyst for a men's World Cup on U.S. television. Fox's coverage will be a marked contrast to British voices that dominated ESPN's telecasts of the past two tournaments. JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola will be Fox's only other crew based in Russia and will call the host nation's opener against Saudi Arabia on June 14. Strong and Holden
Yahoo - 25.04.2018 22:54


Gasquet, Dzumhur Beaten In Budapest

Richard Gasquet and Damir Dzumhur both made second-round exits on Wednesday at the hands of Italian opponents at the Gazprom Hungarian Open. World No. 159 and qualifier Lorenzo Sonego recovered from a 2-4 deficit in the second set to beat third seed Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 43 minutes. Last week, Gasquet became the first Frenchman to record 500 match wins en route to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sonego will next face fifth-seeded Slovenian Aljaz Bedene or fellow countryman and qualifier Matteo Berrettini. Earlier in the day, lucky loser Marco Cecchinato lost just eight of his service points to beat Dzumhur, the second seed from Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-3, 6-1 in 60 minutes. Cecchinato won seven straight games from 3-3 in the first set to 4-0 in the second set en route to his third straight victory over No. 32-ranked Dzumhur. He will next play in the quarter-finals against seventh-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff, who defeated #NextGenATP Kazakhstani Alexan...
ATP - 25.04.2018 18:01

Governing Bodies Of Tennis Support Independent Review Panel Interim Report

- IRP confirms no evidence of cover-up or institutional corruption by tennis authorities - Unified agreement in principle with recommendations for consultation - Immediate priority work under way to review and respond to IRP The governing bodies of professional tennis (ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board) announced today their agreement with the findings of the Independent Review Panel’s (IRP) Interim Report. The IRP was set up by the governing bodies to investigate thoroughly allegations of corruption in the sport. We are pleased with the Panel’s findings that they have seen no evidence of any institutional corruption or cover-up by the tennis authorities or the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). We are also pleased that the IRP has recognised the positive actions taken by the sport to address the integrity issues it faces: “The International Governing Bodies are to be commended for the introduction of rules specifically aimed at dealing with the integrity problems fac...
ATP - 25.04.2018 15:00

Dimitrov Cruises Past Simon In Barcelona

Grigor Dimitrov notched his 15th win of the 2018 ATP World Tour season on Wednesday, beating Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1 in 82 minutes at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Last week's Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finalist (l. to Nadal), hit 18 winners, including 12 off his forehand side, to secure his first win in the Spanish city on his third visit. Dimitrov narrows the gap in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Simon to 4-5, having now won four of their past five encounters since the 2016 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. The World No. 5 will face Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri for a place in the quarter-finals. The two met for the first time at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships two months ago, with Jaziri claiming a surprise three-set victory en route to the semi-finals. Did You Know? Grigor Dimitrov began the 2018 ATP World Tour season with a 10-3 record, reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to Kyrgios), quarter-finals at the Australian Open (l. to Edmund) and the...
ATP - 25.04.2018 12:49

Djokovic: Rafa Is 'The Guy To Beat'

.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%; } Novak Djokovic knows what almost everyone wants to see this week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Sure, the fans will be pleased to watch the sixth-seeded Serbian face Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the second round on Wednesday. The contest will be only Djokovic's second match ever in Barcelona, after his one-and-done debut in 2006 when he was 18. But what will really make fans smile wide? A 51st FedEx ATP Head2Head matchup between Djokovic and 10-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 26-24, and a quarter-final meeting in Spain would be their earliest matchup at a tournament since the 2016 Rome quarter-finals, when Djokovic advanced in straight sets. Nadal, however, won their most recent meeting dur...
ATP - 24.04.2018 22:12

Goffin Saves 1 MP In Barcelona Scare

David Goffin recovered from a set and a double break down, saving one match point at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to beat Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 on Tuesday. The Belgian had looked down and out at 4-6, 1-5 against the Barcelona-born star, but fought back, saving a match point with aggressive baseline play before coming to the net and extracting an error from his opponent. Goffin improves to 10-5 this season and now owns a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with the Spaniard. Granollers had won their only previous encounter on the red dirt in Monte-Carlo two years ago. Goffin advances to the third round for the second consecutive year, where he will meet either Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer or 16th seed Karen Khachanov. Ecuador Open champion Roberto Carballes Baena set up a second-round meeting with 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, beating Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-4. The 25-year-old needed one hour and 35 minutes to advance, breaking the Austrian five times...
ATP - 24.04.2018 16:32

Lopez The Epitome Of Longevity

During his time on the ATP World Tour, Feliciano Lopez has amassed a number of accomplishments. One of his most impressive, however, is longevity: For two decades, Lopez has been a regular on the tour for 20 years.  Lopez is now 36 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. On Tuesday, the left-handed Lopez will face Dusan Lajovic, a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 winner over Pedro Martinez in the first round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.  When he was just 16 years old, Lopez was granted a wild card by the Real Tennis Club Barcelona, the facility that runs the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, after they saw serious potential in the young Spaniard. Lopez made the most of the opportunity: He battled his way into the main draw of the tournament with straight-set wins over Germany's Jan Weinzierl 6-3, 6-3, and countryman Marcos Aurelio Gorriz Bonhora, 6-2, 6-4.  Just like that, Lopez made good on expectations, and the youngster from the city of Toledo was reveling in his own suc...
ATP - 24.04.2018 04:10