World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball

Wayne Rooney is loving the quiet life in the United States of America. The all-time leading goalscorer for England and Manchester United made his MLS debut on Saturday, coming on for the final 33 minutes as D.C. United won 3-1 against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their own debut at their new $500 million Audi Field home. [ MORE: All of PST’s MLS coverage ]  Rooney, 31, impressed in his brief spell on the pitch as DCU’s loyal fans celebrated a marque moment for the franchise in their new stadium and with a big-name Designated Player wearing the No. 9 jersey. The former Manchester United and Everton man assisted Paul Arriola for D.C. United’s third goal and was involved in the build-up for their
Yahoo - 17.07.2018 13:50

Jorginho tops Chelsea's new midfield pecking order; Cesc Fabregas slipping out of first-team picture

With Maurizio Sarri's appointment at Chelsea now official, Gab Marcotti explains what the former Napoli manager brings to Stamford Bridge. After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer. The first signing of the Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea arrived with the man himself at the weekend, as Italy international midfielder Jorginho signed from Napoli for a reported fee in the region of £50 million. Jorginho's presence and importance to Sarri shift the midfield pecking order at Chelsea significantly, with some likely to face a reduction in playing time and others battling for their Stamford Bridge futures. Here's a look at where each of Chelsea's midfielders now stands: Jorginho Having...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 12:37

Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus move will improve Serie A

With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition. After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded. Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy. Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus is going to make Serie A more appealing -- as long as other clubs continue to challenge their dominance. Ronaldo joined Juve in a league-record transfer worth €112 million, strengthening a side that have already won the past seven Serie A titles. Mourinho was the last coach to lead a side other than Juve to the title, guiding Inter Milan to a historic league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010, and he congratulated Juve on...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 12:20

Portland Timbers acquire Tomas Conechny on loan from San Lorenzo

Argentina youth international Tomas Conechny is joining the Portland Timbers on loan from San Lorenzo. The Portland Timbers have acquired Tomas Conechny on loan from San Lorenzo, the MLS club announced on Tuesday. Conechny, 20, is an Argentina youth international with 21 caps and seven goals and played for his country at last year's U20 World Cup. In a statement, Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said the club had been following the player closely for some time and are excited to add the versatile attacking midfielder to the team. "We believe [Conechny] has the tools to become a dangerous attacker in this league moving forward."Coach Savarese is excited about this young talent, and it's easy to see why. #RCTID— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) July 17, 2018 Wilkinson said: "We have been looking to add a young,...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 11:54

Lack of depth means Sturridge must stay

It is widely assumed that Liverpool will part company with Daniel Sturridge this summer and accept anything they can get for him just to remove his salary from the books. It is becoming increasingly clear that such a move would be a mistake, particularly with Danny Ings expected to move on any day now. Sturridge has looked sharp so far in preseason and hasn't missed a session, though that should not really influence any decision on his future. Frankly, it means nothing. It is what others do that should determine whether the Reds keep Sturridge, and on the evidence of the three friendlies we've seen so far, it doesn't appear that Sturridge has anything to worry about. Let's be clear: Sturridge's
Yahoo - 17.07.2018 09:39

Chelsea send Mason Mount on season-long loan to Frank Lampard at Derby County

After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer. With Maurizio Sarri's appointment at Chelsea now official, Gab Marcotti explains what the former Napoli manager brings to Stamford Bridge. Derby County have completed the signing of Chelsea's Mason Mount on a season-long loan. Mount, 19, is regarded as one of Chelsea's most promising midfield talents, and he will link up with Frank Lampard and assistant Jody Morris, who coached Mount in the Chelsea academy. Mount spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnheim, where he had 14 goals and nine assists in 32 Eredivisie appearances and was named the club's Player of the Year. Chelsea and England have high hopes for Mount, who won the UEFA...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 08:54

Arsene Wenger: Staying at Arsenal for 22 years perhaps my biggest mistake

Former Arsenal defender Lauren praised Arsene Wenger following his departure from the Gunners. Unless a "big opportunity" arises, Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he won't feel the need to make any further summer signings. West Ham United took to their social media account to reveal the signing of Jack Wilshere from Arsenal. Arsene Wenger says staying at Arsenal for 22 years may have been his biggest mistake and that he regrets sacrificing so much for the job. Wenger told French radio station RTL in a wide-ranging interview that he may have been better off seeking out a new challenge sooner. Wenger stepped down as the longest-serving manager in Europe in May, having held the Arsenal job since 1996. Asked what his biggest mistake in his career was, Wenger said: "Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years. I'm someone...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 08:43

Jose Fonte leaves Dalian Yifang after only seven appearances

Jose Fonte is reportedly eyeing the Premier League again after leaving Dalian Yifang. Portugal international Jose Fonte has left Dalian Yifang after making just seven appearances for the Chinese Super League club in three months. Fonte, who left West Ham United in February for a reported £5 million fee, has been linked to a return to the Premier League. He joined West Ham in January 2017 after spending parts of seven seasons at Southampton. "My time in Dalian and [the] Chinese Super League comes to an end," Fonte wrote on Instagram. "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 07:34

Joe Hart travels with Manchester City for preseason U.S. friendlies

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez believes Harry Maguire his England performances at the World Cup have shown he is capable of playing for a Champions League side. After finally sealing a move to Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez says he has to perform and show that can play at the top level. Joe Hart and Oleksander Zinchenko were among the Manchester City players flying to the United States for the International Champions Cup despite their uncertain futures at the club. Hart, the former England goalkeeper, has spent the last two seasons on loan -- first with Torino, then West Ham United -- and has not featured in a game for City since August 2016. The 31-year-old, who was left out of the World Cup squad, wants a permanent move away from City but was a surprise inclusion when the squad...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 07:04

Lionel Messi is the most perfect but he has weaknesses, says Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been talking about our very own Lionel Messi and reckons he’s the most perfect player of all but does still have his weaknesses, Wenger reckons his aerial ability is pretty dubious and is not too impressed with the defensive side of his game either. “There’s no perfect player. They all have flaws,” he said. “For example, Messi is the most perfect of them all because he can make others play and he can score himself, but he has weaknesses, contrary to what some people think. ”If you analyse his game, he’s not very good in the air, he’s not great defensively. ”But you don’t make a living out of your weaknesses, you make a living out of your strengths, therefore
Yahoo - 17.07.2018 07:00

Inside France's World Cup party: The Pogba Show, songs for Kante, Macron's joy

Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998. France paraded down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans celebrated their second World Cup triumph. Led by captain Hugo Lloris, France were given a heroes welcome as they arrived back in Paris for the first time since they beat Croatia to win the World Cup. France's World Cup winners left each other late on Monday night, some later than others, some more tired than others and some still full of beans after two days of non-stop partying. They have two stars in their eyes and on their shirt now, too. Following their triumphant 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday afternoon and the official start of their holidays on Tuesday morning, the 23 musketeers came home victorious from their campaign in Russia on Monday, welcomed in Paris by hundreds of thousands...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 06:52

Heimir Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach after seven years

Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down as Iceland coach after seven years with the team, the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) said on Tuesday. The 51-year-old guided Iceland to their first World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated in the group stage. "The FA of Iceland can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men´s national team," KSI wrote on Twitter. "Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach at his own request after seven years in the...
ESPN - 17.07.2018 06:21


Ruud Wins All-#NextGenATP Battle In Bastad

Fans got a glimpse of the future on Monday at the SkiStar Swedish Open when #NextGenATP wild cards collided. And after two thrilling sets, Norwegian Casper Ruud pulled away to defeat Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-0 after two hours, 38 minutes. The youngest player in the field at 19 years old, Ruud saved six of seven break points to earn his seventh tour-level victory of the season. Ruud can face three-time Bastad champion David Ferrer in the second round, should the Spaniard oust qualifier Zdenek Kolar in his opener. World No. 147 Ruud will try to reach his second ATP World Tour quarter-final, after making the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro last year. In the only other singles main draw match of the day, Italian Matteo Berrettini upset No. 6 seed Leonardo Mayer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours, seven minutes in the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The 22-year-old Berrettini is at a career-best No. 75 in the ATP Rankings, having won his first six tour-level matches this ...
ATP - 16.07.2018 21:30

Anderson Cracks Top 5, Reaches Another New Career-High

No. 5 Kevin Anderson, +3 On the back of his maiden Wimbledon final, the 32-year-old South African cracks the Top 5 for the first time and celebrates a new career-high ATP Ranking. Anderson's Top 5 debut also continues his steady climb up the ATP Rankings. Before 2018, the 6'8” right-hander had spent exactly one week in the Top 10 – 12 October 2015, just after advancing to his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open. But this season, Anderson re-joined the Top 10 on 19 February and has made himself at home there. Read More: Anderson Incredibly Proud, Looks To Future No. 8 John Isner, +2 At last, Isner has reached No. 8 in the ATP Rankings. The top-ranked American had hit No. 9 on three different occasions: April 2012, April 2014 and April 2018. But he had always stayed there or fallen backward. Until now, thanks to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final run at Wimbledon (l. to Anderson). Isner saved two match points against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in the second round and be...
ATP - 16.07.2018 10:49

Tribute: Mike Bryan Returns To No. 1 In ATP Doubles Rankings

Almost 15 years after first reaching the summit of the team game (8 September 2003), Mike Bryan is once again at No. 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. One of the sport’s best returners and volleyers has vaulted seven spots from No. 8 to No. 1. Today marks Mike’s 455th week in the top spot (extending his own record), his 13th different stint atop the doubles rankings and the first time he has held the position since 25 October 2013. Mike’s twin brother, Bob Bryan (1 week), Marcelo Melo (56), Jamie Murray (9), Nicolas Mahut (39), Henri Kontinen (26), Lukasz Kubot (19) and the player he replaces, Mate Pavic (8), have all led the individual doubles standings since he was last at No. 1. At 40 years and 78 days, Mike is the oldest player to rank World No. 1, bettering the previous age record of Canada’s Daniel Nestor, who was 40 years and five days on 9 September 2012. "To hit No. 1 at 40, it's a great feeling," said Mike. "I didn't think actually I'd get back up there a...
ATP - 16.07.2018 10:18

How Djokovic's Historically Great Return Game Carried Him At Wimbledon

Cultivating break point opportunities is the beating heart of Novak Djokovic’s return to Grand Slam glory. Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) to win his fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday, creating exactly 100 break points as he successfully navigated his way through seven matches during the past two weeks at SW19. [ALSO LIKE] Since 1992 at The Championships, Lleyton Hewitt is the only other player to hit triple digits with break points created. Djokovic now takes over two of the top three spots on the critical leaderboard. Top 10: Break Points Created at Wimbledon Since 1992 2002: Lleyton Hewitt = 110 2018: Novak Djokovic = 100 2013 Novak Djokovic = 96 2002: David Nalbandian = 95 1995: Andre Agassi = 91 1992: Andre Agassi = 90 1998: Tim Henman = 90 2012: Roger Federer = 89 1999: Tim Henman = 89 2002: Andre Sa = 86 It took exactly five points in Sunday’s final for Djokovic to dive into his predatory element – ready to pounce on a critical break point. Djo...
ATP - 15.07.2018 23:42

Anderson Incredibly Proud, Looks To Future

Kevin Anderson was left disappointed on Sunday, but was also immensely proud for reaching his second Grand Slam championship final. The 32-year-old lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, but remained positive about the future with the news that he will now rise to a career-high No. 5 in the ATP Rankings. “I definitely believe I have the game to win these tournaments,” said Anderson. “If you asked a lot of players [about] their dreams, it's to win Grand Slams, win [ATP World Tour] Masters [1000s]… Even though it was a huge goal of mine, if you asked me this time a year ago, I don't think I could sit here and say I really believed that I could win a Grand Slam and a Masters [1000] and say it with the same self-belief and confidence that I can now.” “Obviously, that's by no means a sure thing whatsoever, but it's a big starting point. It's taken a long time to get to this point. I feel like I'm on a great path. I'm trusting the process a lot. I...
ATP - 15.07.2018 20:29

Melichar/Peya Claim Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Title

Alexander Peya had come close to lifting a Grand Slam title before, reaching the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles final in 2015 and the 2013 US Open Men’s Doubles championship match, but he had always fallen short. Not on Sunday. The Austrian Peya partnered American Nicole Melichar to lift the trophy at The Championships, defeating Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray 7-6(1), 6-3. The No. 11 seeds saved all four break points they faced to triumph after one hour, 28 minutes. Peya has captured 17 ATP World Tour titles, including two this season alongside Nikola Mektic. The 38-year-old has also reached at least the quarter-finals in men’s doubles at the All England Club on four previous occasions, and recently made the semi-finals at Roland Garros with Mektic. Peya/Mektic, who fell in the Round of 16 at SW19 this year, are currently the No. 4 team in the ATP Doubles Race To London in their first campaign as a team. Melichar fell just short of triumphing in women’s doubles, losing...
ATP - 15.07.2018 19:19

We Meet Again: Tseng Defeats Draper To Lift Wimbledon Boys' Title

After a runner-up finish at the Australian Open and a maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros earlier this season, Chun Hsin Tseng defeated a familiar rival, Jack Draper, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4 to lift the Wimbledon Boys' Singles trophy for the first time on Sunday. In a rematch of their U14 invitational presented by Lacoste final at the 2015 Nitto ATP Finals, Tseng once again came out on top, beating Draper to lift the title at the grass-court championship after two hours and five minutes. The inaugural edition of the event, at London's O2 Arena, saw six of the best young talents from around the world compete in a round-robin format, with Tseng and Draper emerging as group winners to qualify for the final. The top seed, from Chinese Taipei, fired eight aces and won 87 per cent of net points (13/15) en route to victory at SW19 to repeat his success over the British left-hander. Tseng had not lost a set en route to the championship match. Draper was bidding to become the first British winn...
ATP - 15.07.2018 18:21