PLEASE NOTE - SOUNDBITES OVERLAYED WITH VIDEO AT TIMES SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (RECENT) (SPURS TV - MUST COURTESY 'SPURS TV') 1. ALEX MORGAN IN NUMBER 13 SHIRT 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEX MORGAN SAYING: "I'm really happy, I mean it's pretty awesome to meet the girls already and be in with the team. Just to be part of this organisation is pretty incredible. The rich history and the fact that the women's team has continued to improve year after year, I'm really happy to take this next step in my career." 3. MORGAN SITTING DOWN AT TRAINING SESSION 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEX MORGAN SAYING: "Actually everything happened really fast. I was spending time in Orlando with my team in the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) and it just hit me that I needed consistent games, consistent training, for an entire season. And Tottenham is obviously a huge club that was on my radar and within less than 48 hours we were able to get the deal signed and completed, and within 48 hours after tha...
Yahoo - 22.09.2020 10:55
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Today’s fluff has knocked over its bulging in-trayLionel Messi may be gritting his teeth having agreed to endure another season of high politics, sound and fury at Barcelona, but his fellow forward Luis Suárez may finally be off to pastures new. At least according to the Spanish outlet RMC, which reports that the Uruguayan is off to Atlético Madrid, having agreed to terminate his contract at the Camp Nou. It would be something of a coup for Atlético, Juventus having widely been seen as the front-runners for his signature. Suárez had even gone to Perugia last week (hadn’t everyone?) and passed an Italian exam that enabled him to acquire dual citizenship, but delays in getting his passport and Juve’s inability to bring in any more non-EU players appear to have scuppered the deal.A move for Suárez would enable Atlético to send Álvaro Morata back Juve on loan, and Diego Simeone to pair the former Liverpool striker with Diego Costa up front. On his way out of the Wanda Metropolitano might b...
Guardian - 22.09.2020 10:15
Michael Gove confirms supporters will not return on 1 OctoberPrime minister pressured to create ‘support package’ for sport The government has dealt a devastating blow to sport by pausing its plans for the partial return of fans to stadiums on 1 October because of the rapid spike in Covid-19 cases. It will add to growing fears that clubs could go out of business due to lack of gate receipts for potentially months more to come.The decision, which was first reported by the Guardian on Monday, was confirmed by Michael Gove, who told BBC Breakfast: “We do want to, in due course, allow people to return to watch football and other sporting events but it is the case that we just need to be cautious at the moment and I think a mass reopening at this stage wouldn’t be appropriate,” the Cabinet Office minister said. Continue reading...
Guardian - 22.09.2020 09:47
Gareth Bale could stay at Tottenham BEYOND one-year loan as Welshman’s Real Madrid career is over, his agent tells talkSPORT
Gareth Bale could be set for a longer stay at Tottenham than just his one-year loan, his agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told talkSPORT. The forward sealed a stunning return to Spurs at the weekend, moving back to north London seven years after his £85million move to Spain. After falling out of favour under manager Zinedine […]
TalkSport - 22.09.2020 09:22
Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale’s agent quizzed on permanent Tottenham stay, Liverpool to launch Mbappe bid next summer, Manchester United enquired for £80m Calvert-Lewin
Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with the summer window now in full swing… LATEST NEWS Premier League done deals: Every completed signing in summer 2020 transfer window Liverpool are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a transfer next summer Arsenal replace Emiliano Martinez with Alex […]
TalkSport - 22.09.2020 09:11
It’s hard being a goalkeeper in England and after his latest calamity it looks all over for Arrizabalaga at ChelseaSo there you were, laid out on the grass, a long way from home. And as Liverpool celebrated their second goal, their whoops and cheers burned your ears, and as your teammates solemnly turned their backs, their silence did the same. And the grass felt cold beneath you, but you were grateful for it all the same. Because without it, you felt like you would never stop falling.And you thought about the hills around Ondarroa, the little Basque fishing village where you grew up, and those hot summer days when you would climb the tall beech trees trying to catch goldfinches. Occasionally you would lose your grip, feel the awful scrape of your foot down the bark and just fall, and as you fell you would remember the words of your father: if the fall doesn’t hurt, then you didn’t climb high enough. Continue reading...
Guardian - 22.09.2020 09:00
Last time it was a glitch in goalline technology that denied Sheffield United at Villa Park, this time Chris Wilder’s men were frustrated by an early red card for John Egan and a moment of class from the home team’s new goalkeeper. Emiliano Martínez marked his first appearance since a £20m move from Arsenal by saving John Lundstram’s first-half penalty. Ezri Konsa secured a winning start to the season for Aston Villa by heading the only goal in the second half.Villa aspire to doing much more than repeating last season’s late escape from relegation and they have recruited accordingly. Before this game they confirmed the £17m purchase of forward Bertrand Traoré from Lyon, and once this game got going, other expensively acquired recruits began to demonstrate their worth. Continue reading...
Guardian - 21.09.2020 21:11
Minute-by-minute updates from the 8.15pm BST kick-offGündogan tests positive for Covid-19 before City openerEmail Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.21pm BST Team sheets have been handed in, and Pep Guardiola gives Nathan Ake a full debut for Manchester City. The other names in the frame are these:Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Traore, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal, Daniel Podence, Jimenez, Pedro Neto. Subs: Silva, Vitinha, Ruddy, Ruben Vinagre, Dendoncker, Kilman, Rasmussen.Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Steffen, Torres, Mahrez, Otamendi, Delap, Doyle, Bernabe.Referee: Andre Marriner.Here's how Wolves line-up for tonight's @premierleague clash against @ManCity. #WOLMCI pic.twitter.com/P7Bw1ifjN3Your first City team of the 20/21 @premierleague season!XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho (C), De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, JesusSubs: Steffen, Torres, M...
Guardian - 21.09.2020 20:21
Crystal Palace ‘by far the better team’ and THREE stars would get in Manchester United first XI, talkSPORT told
Darren Ambrose has claimed that THREE Crystal Palace players would get into the Manchester United’s starting line-up as he delivered a damning assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men following their latest poor result. Palace stormed to a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford as Solskjaer’s side put in a lacklustre performance in their first Premier League […]
TalkSport - 21.09.2020 19:58
After 10 years away, a cameo in a goalless draw with Real Madrid saw one of Spain’s greats return in a Real Sociedad shirt Dry your eyes, mate. “We cried over his departure,” Miguel-Ángel Moyá said, but the tears didn’t last long. On the final day of last season, Martin Odegaard told his Real Sociedad teammates he was staying for another season, only for Real Madrid to decide differently, changing everything. Twenty days later, recently knocked out of the Champions League, the La Liga winners announced they were bringing him home, four and a half years after he had joined, three since he had set off on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad, and one ahead of schedule.In San Sebastián, where he had been the country’s outstanding midfielder until lockdown, initially signed for two seasons, it hurt. “When they announced he was leaving, it left us reeling,” admitted the winger Portu. Continue reading...
Guardian - 21.09.2020 17:00
Der Zakarian has always produced solid if unspectacular teams, but he has something special brewing this seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAfter 37 years of marriage, Véronique Der Zakarian and her husband Michel do not always agree. “If you want it to last, concessions must be made on both sides,” said Montpellier coach Michel in a joint interview with his wife in L’Équipe last month. Having followed her husband’s managerial career from Nantes to Clermont, back to Nantes, to Reims and now to Montpellier, Véronique scoffed – much as fans of those clubs might. Der Zakarian’s effective but defensive sides have often made obvious sacrifices in the way they play. Now though, with Montpellier, Der Zakarian is finally following his own advice to glorious effect.Der Zakarian was born in Armenia but spent his entire playing career in France with Montpellier and Nantes, where he won the league in 1983. After working as an assistant manager at Nantes, he was given th...
Guardian - 21.09.2020 16:06
What a difference a week makes after José Mourinho blasted his side's poor performance after an opening day defeat to Everton. A rampant Tottenham Hotspur put five past Southampton, Heung-Min Son scoring four of the goals. The game ended 5-2 to Spurs who've had a busy week with the new additions of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón. A superb performance by Harry Kane saw him assist four of the five goals before poking one home just before timeHarry Kane tees up Son's four-goal show as Spurs hammer Southampton Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.09.2020 17:07
Live updates as Jürgen Klopp and Frank Lampard lock hornsGet in touch! Email RobBarney Ronay: Lampard’s blue privilege will go only so far 3.33pm BST Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have minor injuries, so Fabinho will play at centre-back for Liverpool. Their new signing Thiago Alcantara is on the bench; Diogo Jota was not registered in time for this game.Chelsea (4-3-3) Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Havertz, Werner, Mount.Substitutes: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Giroud. 2.05pm BST As if this game needs a preamble! Chelsea v Liverpool would have been an early-season humdinger even without the burgeoning needle between the two sides. It will be ultra-competitive on the touchline at Stamford Bridge, never mind the pitch. Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp had a slanging match during Liverpool’s 5-3 win at the end of last season, and though they have been very polite this week, their competitive juices will start flowing once th...
Guardian - 20.09.2020 16:33
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Barty wins Brookwater Golf Club women’s championshipTennis world No 1 has also played cricket professionallyCovid-19 may have cruelled her French Open hopes but it has done wonders for Ashleigh Barty’s golf game. Not content with being queen of the tennis court and a former cricket pro, Barty is now also officially the Brookwater Golf Club women’s champion.With a swing that has even had Tiger Woods gushing, the sporting super talent claimed the trophy with a commanding seven and five triumph in the match play final. She qualified as top seed for the last-eight of the match-play component with rounds of 77 and 80 on the par-72 course, and also won her semi-final with five holes to play. Related: World No 1 Ash Barty to skip French Open title defence due to Covid concerns Continue reading...
Guardian - 21.09.2020 08:16