Returning Grealish can’t inspire Aston Villa in goalless draw with Everton

A fit Jack Grealish was a sight for sore eyes for Aston Villa and England fans, even if the playmaker’s return after a three-month lay-off with shin trouble was not enough to raise this match above mediocrity. Grealish, introduced from the bench in the 72nd minute, looked understandably off the pace even in this tepid contest but his return raises hopes that he could regain his best form in time for the European Championship finals.Villa won three of the 12 matches that Grealish missed after injuring his shin in February and have had to downgrade their ambitions for the season accordingly. Neither team took much satisfaction from this draw, which does the bare minimum for Villa’s ambitions of a top-half finish and Everton’s European aspirations. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 21:29

Man United fans protest outside Old Trafford again, Liverpool use ‘decoy coach’ and arrive for game, Grealish returns to Aston Villa squad, Porto confirmed as Champions League final hosts – Football news live

Keep up to date with all the latest sports news, gossip and expert opinion on HEADLINES: UEFA confirms Porto will host Champions League final between Chelsea and Man City instead of Istanbul despite ‘exhaustive’ efforts to stage match in England Arsenal have outperformed Chelsea and Leicester since Christmas as 2021 form shows why Mikel […]
TalkSport - 13.05.2021 19:56

Leicester ‘very positive’ Jonny Evans will be fit for FA Cup final

Brendan Rodgers to make decision on centre-back on FridayFit Evans will be ‘a huge boost for us’, says managerLeicester will decide on Friday whether their influential centre-back Jonny Evans is fit enough to play in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday. The Northern Irishman has been out of action since damaging his heel last Friday in the warmup before the defeat by Newcastle, which forced Brendan Rodgers to make a late reshuffle in defence.“We’re giving him another day, he has progressed really well in the last 24 hours,” the Leicester manager said on Thursday. “We’ll see what the reaction is after that and make the final decision on Friday. We are still very positive he is going to play. It is a showpiece game so you want to be involved in those. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 19:47

Fans protest against Glazers before Manchester United v Liverpool – live updates!

All the latest from the 8.15pm BST kick-off at Old TraffordKlopp: Liverpool suffering because of United fixtures ‘crime’What next for Manchester United and their protesting fans?Email | Tweet @michaelbutler18 6.27pm BST Two hours before kick off there’s already a large crowd gathered outside the East Stand. People are setting off yellow and green flares and there’s a police helicopter circling the ground. 6.26pm BST Alex Mistlin is one of our reporters who is outside Old Trafford. How exactly the Liverpool (or Manchester United) bus will be able to approach the stadium remains uncertain. There are already a significant number of people outside and one imagines there will be more disruption. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 19:27

Aston Villa v Everton: Premier League – live!

All the latest from the 6pm BST kick-off at Villa ParkPremier League renews £4.8bn TV deal with extra trickle-down fundsGet in touch! Send Scott an email 5.09pm BST Aston Villa make one enforced change to the side named for the 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at the weekend. Keinan Davis takes the place of suspended striker Ollie Watkins. Jack Grealish returns after missing 12 games with a shin problem, but only on the bench.Everton make two changes to the XI sent out for the 1-0 win at West Ham. Mason Holgate steps in for the injured Yerry Mina, while Abdoulaye Doucoure takes the place of Tom Davies, who drops to the bench. 5.02pm BST Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Davis.Subs: Wesley, Grealish, Steer, Nakamba, Elmohamady, Hause, Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka.Everton: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Coleman, Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.Subs: Delph, King, Iwobi, Nkounkou, ...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 18:09

‘I’ll talk to him’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother wants him to play for Sporting

‘Next year he will play in Alvalade,’ says Dolores AveiroRonaldo has one year left on his contract at JuventusThere are very few people who can tell Cristiano Ronaldo what to do, but his mother, Dolores Aveiro, said she will try to convince her son to return to his boyhood club Sporting this summer.Although Ronaldo leads the way in the Serie A goalscoring charts this season, getting his 100th Juventus goal in his side’s 3-1 win at Sassuolo on Wednesday, his club have endured a difficult season and could finish outside the top four. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 17:30

Premier League agrees $7 bln TV rights deal

Manchester City fans this week celebrated their club winning a third Premier League title in four seasons. On Thursday (May 13) all clubs in England's top soccer competition had something to celebrate too. The Premier League teams have agreed a new broadcast rights deal worth around £5 billion - that's about $7 billion. That covers domestic rights up to the end of the 2024-25 season. The clubs decided not to hold an auction for the new deal, instead renewing the existing agreement at the same price. They were concerned that an auction could see the price fall by hundreds of millions of pounds amid a lack of competition from broadcasters. Renewal means the rights will stay with Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Amazon. That may disappoint online broadcaster DAZN, which had hoped to break in, possibly by buying BT Sport.Analysts say BT will now be in a much stronger position to negotiate any deal with DAZN. A series of lucrative rights deals have turned the Premier League into the world's riches...
Yahoo - 13.05.2021 15:20

Kayky: the Brazilian football prodigy on his way to Manchester City

Kayky is breaking records in Brazil and preparing to move to England, but playing football was not always his dreamBy Josué Seixas for Yellow and Green FootballKayky is one of the hottest properties in Brazilian football. The 17-year-old signed for Manchester City last month and will join up with his new teammates next January after he finishes the season with Fluminense. He has already made his mark in Brazil, scoring goals for Fluminense in the Rio state championships, and becoming the club’s youngest debutant and youngest goalscorer in the Copa Libertadores.The transfer marks a shift in approach for the Premier League champions. Manchester City are now going down the Real Madrid route of snapping up young talents from Brazil before they have fully developed. The club have also signed 18-year-old midfielder Diego Rosa – who is currently on loan at Lommel, City’s sister club in Belgium – and the U17 World Cup-winning right-back Yan Couto, who has been sent on loan to Girona, another c...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 14:52

UEFA confirms Porto will host Champions League final between Chelsea and Man City instead of Istanbul despite ‘exhaustive’ efforts to stage match in England

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City has officially been moved from Istanbul to Porto. UEFA has confirmed the Estadio do Dragao will now host the all-English final on May 29 after Turkey was placed on the UK’s high-risk ‘red list’ for international travel. There were efforts to move the match to Wembley, […]
TalkSport - 13.05.2021 13:00

Chelsea ’did everything to lose’ against Arsenal, says Thomas Tuchel

Defeat leaves Chelsea with Champions League uncertaintyTuchel takes full ‘responsibility’ for seven changes to sideThomas Tuchel blamed himself for fielding a much-changed lineup that lost narrowly to Arsenal, saying his side received a “wake-up call” that leaves them uncertain of Champions League qualification via the domestic route with two games left.Chelsea were overwhelmingly dominant against Mikel Arteta’s visitors but missed golden chances in both halves and conceded a 16th minute winner to Emile Smith Rowe after a calamitous error from Jorginho. Tuchel bemoaned their lack of intensity and admitted the seven changes he made, with an eye on Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester, did not help. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 01:00

La Liga title in sight for Atlético Madrid after win over Real Sociedad

Victory in their final two games will give Atlético titleJuventus keep top-four hopes alive with win at SassuoloAtlético Madrid homed in on the La Liga title with a 2-1 win against Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday to move four points clear at the top. Diego Simeone’s side made an aggressive start and after spurning a few early chances they deservedly went ahead with a low finish from Yannick Carrasco in the 16th minute, doubling their lead in the 28th through the Argentinian forward Ángel Correa.Sociedad had their moments but were denied by six saves from Atletico’s talismanic goalkeeper Jan Oblak, while the forward Portu hit the post late on. They finally got a goal when the defender Igor Zubeldia bundled the ball into the net in the 83rd minute, ensuring a nerve-shredding finish for the leaders. Continue reading...
Guardian - 13.05.2021 00:30

Premier League set for £4.5bn new TV deal with Sky, BT and Amazon

Deal would stave off fears of slump in value at an auctionGovernment seeking assurances on helping lower division clubsThe Premier League is poised to announce a new £4.5bn TV rights deal with its existing partners Sky, BT and Amazon, avoiding an auction that could have seen hundreds of millions wiped off the value of the next deal.The league has been in talks for months with its existing UK broadcast partners and the government, which has the power to block direct deals on competition grounds, as the cooling market for sports rights left it facing a £500m-plus drop in the value of the next deal if it went to auction. Continue reading...
Guardian - 12.05.2021 20:12


15-Love: Djokovic Extends Perfect Rome Quarter-final Record

In his 15th appearance at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Novak Djokovic advanced to his 15th quarter-final at the Foro Italico on Thursday. The World No. 1 broke serve in five of his seven return games to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2, 6-1 and stretch his perfect record of quarter-final showings in the Italian capital. Djokovic, who owns five Rome titles, improved to 57-9 at the ATP Masters 1000 after a dominant performance on Centre Court. After dropping serve in the opening game of the match, Djokovic consistently neutralised Davidovich Fokina’s serve with deep returns. The Serbian was able force his opponent into defensive positions in baseline rallies and he benefitted from 30 unforced errors from his opponent to charge through to the last eight in 70 minutes. “I thought I played well. He started well and broke my serve in the first game. I made some errors, but I managed to break back right away and establish the control and consistency on the court. I...
ATP - 13.05.2021 11:46

Gonet Geneva Open: All You Need To Know

Roger Federer is making his highly anticipated return to the ATP Tour by making his debut in Geneva at the Gonet Geneva Open. The 39-year-old hasn't competed since reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open quarter-finals in his first appearance since the 2020 Australian Open. He last played on clay at Roland Garros in 2019 and made his most recent appearance in Switzerland when he won the 2019 Swiss Indoors Basel.  The Geneva field also includes Top 30 stars Denis Shapovalov, Casper Ruud, Cristian Garin, and Fabio Fognini. Ruud has reached the semi-finals at his past three events (Monte-Carlo, Munich and Madrid) and has entered the Top 20 for the first time.  Note: The 2021 Gonet Geneva Open will be held behind closed doors due to COVID-19 precautions. Established: 1980 Tournament Dates: 16-22 May 2021  Tournament Director: Thierry Grin Draw Ceremony: Friday, 14 May at 6:30pm Are You In? Subscribe To Get Tournament Updates In Your Inbox Schedule (View On Official Webs...
ATP - 13.05.2021 04:45

Behind The Scenes With Djokovic During Rome Rain Delay

When there’s a rain delay like there was on Tuesday evening at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, nobody sees what the players do once off the court. So what happens as they wait out the weather indoors? World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brought fans behind the scenes after he finished off Taylor Fritz in straight sets. The Serbian explained how he passed the nearly three hours of time between leaving Center Court and returning later in the evening. “We played a social game. It wasn't Uno, it was Parcheesi,” Djokovic said. “We do play that daily now. We try to kill some time with that.” Last year, Djokovic spoke about how much his team enjoyed playing UNO, a card game. But now they are having fun with Parcheesi, which Rafael Nadal has long played with his team. The Serbian acknowledged that there is a fair amount of uncertainty during rain delays, especially when it comes to figuring out when play will resume. That affects when the player has to warm up a...
ATP - 11.05.2021 22:16