Virgil van Dijk says Ballon d’Or win would be a dream come true, but trophies with Liverpool is more important

Virgil van Dijk has said winning the Ballon d’Or would be a dream, but more silverware with Liverpool is the priority. The Dutchman is one of the favourites to claim the award thanks to his starring role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph and Premier League title charge. The Reds beat Tottenham in the final and […]
TalkSport - 23.07.2019 12:09

Fekir leaves Lyon in surprise move to Real Betis

French World Cup winning midfielder Nabil Fekir has completed a surprising move from Lyon to Real Betis, the La Liga club announced on Tuesday. "Real Betis and Olympique Lyonnais have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Nabil Fekir," the club stated on its website. Fekir becomes
Yahoo - 23.07.2019 10:59

Pep Guardiola hits back at ‘false’ claims Manchester City were ‘arrogant’ during Premier League Asia Trophy in China

Pep Guardiola has branded claims Manchester City were ‘arrogant’ during their pre-season tour of China as ‘false’ and ‘far away from reality’. China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial which criticised the Premier League champions for their conduct while playing in the Asia Trophy last week. While their three opponents, Newcastle, Wolves and West […]
TalkSport - 23.07.2019 10:48

Gareth Bale: Zidane says Real Madrid player didn’t want to play against Bayern Munich as transfer speculation continues

Gareth Bale didn’t want to play against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed. The Bernabeu manager caused a storm when he said earlier in the week the club and player were working on a transfer away, which led to Bale’s agent labelling Zidane a disgrace. Bale was left out of the team […]
TalkSport - 23.07.2019 09:44

Sources: Barca lose Xavi Simons, set for PSG

Sergi Busquets' uncharacteristic error in defence gifted Tammy Abraham the opening goal for Chelsea against Barcelona. New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann went down injured just 17 minutes into his debut against Chelsea in Japan. With the summer transfer window coming to an end, Sid Lowe says Barcelona will probably have to overpay to get Neymar to Camp Nou. Antoine Griezmann discusses what it will be like to play with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and teases a brand new celebration for his first Barcelona goal. Highly rated midfielder Xavi Simons has announced he is leaving Barcelona after failing to reach an agreement with the club over a new contract. Simons, 16, is now expected to sign for Paris Saint-Germain this week, sources have told ESPN FC. Barca will only receive €130,000 in development rights as the player's terms expired last month. - When does the 2019-20 La Liga season start? He becomes the latest in a long line of playe...
ESPN - 23.07.2019 07:25

FIFA bans Botswana official for life for taking bribes

FIFA says its ethics judges have banned a soccer official from Botswana for life for taking bribes linked to convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal. FIFA says Mooketsi Kgotlele, the former general secretary of the Botswana Football Association, was also fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,100). It is unclear
Yahoo - 22.07.2019 17:22

Ronaldo won't face charges in rape case

Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after being accused of raping a woman in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused him of raping her at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2009. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said in a statement Monday that after reviewing a new police investigation, he determined that sexual assault accusations can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charges will be filed. @LasVegasDA Declines to Prosecute 10-year-old Sexual Assault Allegation Against Cristiano Ronaldo. @ClarkCountyNV— Clark County DA (@LasVegasDA) July 22, 2019 Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, wasn't immediately available to comment. Christiansen has said the sex between the accuser and Ronaldo was consensual. Attorneys...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 14:48

Kerr inspires Red Stars past Courage

A pair of saves by Alyssa Naeher and an incredible goal from Sam Kerr helped Chicago beat NC Courage in front of a club record crowd of 17,388. NWSL: Sam Kerr (58') Chicago Red Stars 2-1 NC Courage Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means. On the eve of her third World Cup, Sam Kerr has her eyes firmly set on glory, taking down the US and what success would mean for women's sport back home. Sam Kerr has returned to the scoring ranks in the U.S. National Women's Soccer League with a brilliantly-taken goal that secured her Chicago Red Stars a home victory over the competition's defending champions. Matildas captain Kerr was played in on 58 minutes and expertly nutmegged North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg on the edge of the box before slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to give Chicago a 2-1 wi...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 11:12

Man United season ruined my holiday - Shaw

Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood comes of the bench to earn a 1-0 win over Inter Milan. International Champions Cup: Greenwood(78') Manchester United 1-0 Inter Milan. To watch 2019 International Champions Cup, sign up for ESPN+. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol identifies five players that are under the most pressure to perform this coming campaign. SINGAPORE -- Luke Shaw has said Manchester United's campaign was so bad it ruined his holiday, but the defender is determined to make life more difficult for Manchester City and Liverpool next season. A sixth-place finish saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side miss out on a place in the Champions League. To make matters worse, while Shaw was spending time in Los Angeles and Dubai, three of United's rivals won trophies. - International Champions Cup: All you need to know - Full International Champions Cup...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 07:41

Emery praises versatile Arsenal target Ceballos

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour tells ESPN the key to getting the best out of Mesut Ozil is for Unai Emery to build the team around him. Arsenal manager Unai Emery said on Monday that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos was someone he admired as the Premier League club work on bringing in one player. The Gunners have yet to make a marquee signing in this transfer window, but British media have reported that Ceballos, 22, is close to completing a season-long loan move to London. - Transfer Talk: Celtic playing hardball with Arsenal on Tierney deal - When does the transfer window close? - All major completed transfer deals "We are...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 06:18

Transfer Talk: Pogba's Madrid move tied to Bale's Bernabeu exit

The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need TOP STORY: Bale the lynchpin in Pogba move to Madrid The rumours that Paul Pogba would leave Manchester United for Real Madrid have been nearly as ubiquitous as the ones about Gareth Bale's imminent and inevitable departure from the Bernabeu. And now it seems the two moves are also inextricably linked. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Neymar confident over PSG exit - Barca want Bayern's Alaba - Pogba to Real 'will be difficult' - Arsenal beat Spurs to Saliba - United miles from Maguire valuation AS...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 05:21

Who will win big-club clashes in International Champions Cup?

Harry Kane's wonder-strike from the halfway line sealed the win for Tottenham against Juventus in the last minute of added time. Craig Burley and Ian Darke recap Bayern Munich's emphatic 3-1 win over Real Madrid in their International Champions Cup match at Houston's NRG Stadium. Our tip Senegal enjoyed 63% possession and won the shots count 15-2 but still somehow lost the African Cup of Nations final 1-0 to Algeria on Friday evening. There's more Champions League qualifying action for punters to get stuck into this week while the International Champions Cup continues. Running total: -£27.25 The Banker Celtic continue their 2019-20 Champions League odyssey this week but are a virtually unbackable 1/20 shot to beat Nomme Kalju. The Estonian minnows look set to travel...
ESPN - 22.07.2019 04:30


Lajovic Lifts Maiden Trophy In Umag

Dusan Lajovic capped his week at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag by reaching a career milestone on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Serbian claimed his maiden ATP Tour title after rallying from 3-5 down in the opening set to defeat qualifier Attila Balazs 7-5, 7-5. Lajovic dropped one set en route to the title, making further progress in a year of improvement on the ATP Tour. In April, Lajovic became the second player since 2013 to reach his first tour-level final at an ATP Masters 1000 event. The Serbian did not drop a set en route to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters championship match before falling to Fabio Fognini. Eight days later, Lajovic reached a career-high No. 23 in the ATP Rankings. Lajovic improves to 17-16 at tour-level this year and 7-5 at the ATP 250 event following his one-hour, 50-minute victory. The 29-year-old broke serve on four occasions, winning 44 per cent of return points (36/82). It was Balazs who made the first move in the opening set at 3-3, taking control of point...
ATP - 21.07.2019 22:20

Isner Clinches Fourth Newport Title

John Isner lived up to his top seed status on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Open, becoming the first player to win four titles in Newport with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Kazakh Alexander Bublik. The American won his first ATP Tour title of the year on the back of landing 79 per cent of his first serves. He converted all three of his break points en route to the 76-minute victory. Most importantly, Isner is still at full strength. Newport is his second tournament back from a broken left foot, which he sustained in April during his Miami Open presented by Itau final against Roger Federer. Isner's foot withstood three-set battles in three of his four matches this week, which saw him spend nearly eight hours on court. Despite the loss, Bublik can be pleased at reaching his first ATP Tour final. He has primarily competed on the ATP Challenger Tour and picked up four Challenger titles in the past year. Bublik is guaranteed to reach a career-high ATP Ranking when the newest stand...
ATP - 21.07.2019 21:05

Jarry Chases Down First Title In Båstad

In his third ATP Tour championship match, Nicolas Jarry made a significant breakthrough at the Swedish Open on Sunday. The 23-year-old defeated Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6(7), 6-4 to earn his first tour-level trophy in Båstad, landing 10 aces and converting both break points he created to triumph in 90 minutes. Jarry did not drop a set en route to the trophy in his maiden appearance at the clay-court ATP 250 event, improving on previous career-best runner-up finishes in Sao Paulo last year and Geneva in May. Jarry produced his best tennis on Swedish west coast to improve to 19-15 at tour-level in 2019, powering past Henri Laaksonen, home favourite Mikael Ymer, Jeremy Chardy and Federico Delbonis before overcoming Londero for the first time. In February, Londero defeated Jarry in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter during his title run at the inaugural Cordoba Open. Jarry joins his grandfather, Jaime Fillol Sr., as an tour-level titlist. Fillol Sr. lifted six tour-level trophie...
ATP - 21.07.2019 16:26