9:14 AM ET Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League on Saturday, thumping Watford 5-0 in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge of the Hornets. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino‘s hat trick and a stunning goal from Mohamed Salah ensured a fine afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who wrecked Ranieri’s big day after he
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5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he disagrees with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment that Cristiano Ronaldo should have started against Everton and that it is not the first time he has had a difference of opinion with his former manager. Ferguson was caught on video telling former UFC fighter
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7:39 AM ET UEFA’s chief refereeing officer wants the offside law to be changed in the wake of Kylian Mbappe‘s controversial winning goal for France against Spain in the final of the UEFA Nations League. Mbappe was clearly in an offside position when Theo Hernandez tried a through-ball, but Spain defender Eric Garcia played the
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12:54 PM ET Steve Baldwin, the controlling owner of the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, informed the club’s other investors on Thursday of his intention to sell his stake, sources confirmed to ESPN. The Washington Post was the first to report Baldwin’s plans. – Murray: NWSL’s Riley scandal points to larger league failures Baldwin has been under
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11:19 AM ET Paulo Fonseca is emerging as a serious candidate to take over at Newcastle United, sources have told ESPN. The club confirmed on Friday that Steve Bruce will remain in charge for Sunday’s Premier League home game against Tottenham, his 1,000th match in management. – ESPN+ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more–
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5:03 PM ET Kylian Mbappe ended a four-game scoreless streak for Paris Saint-Germain with a late penalty that helped the capital side extend their Ligue 1 lead to nine points with a 2-1 home win against Angers on Friday. The France striker buried his spot kick three minutes from time after Danilo Pereira had cancelled
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9:59 AM ET Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said he is unhappy at Thiago Silva‘s unavailability for Saturday’s Premier League game at Brentford and that football is being damaged as a spectacle by players being forced to play too many games. The Stamford Bridge side have significant concerns at centre-back with Antonio Rudiger sidelined due to
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5:00 AM ET Thomas Muller has a penchant for handing out nicknames, from “Lewangoalski” (Robert Lewandowski) to “Roadrunner” (Alphonso Davies). But in the Bayern Munich dressing room, he’s known as “Radio Muller.” That nickname was coined by ex-Bayern assistant coach Hermann Gerland due to his unrelenting on-field communication with his teammates, opponents and referees. Bayern
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7:11 AM ET Kathleen McNamee Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has said there are “obviously human rights issues” involved in Newcastle’s takeover and compared it to attempts to create a European Super League. Newcastle were bought on Oct. 6 by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund which is valued at £320 billion. Several groups have protested the
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6:48 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona overlooked serious hygiene issues at the club’s 100,000-seater Camp Nou stadium, according to the company tasked with filing the report that uncovered the problems in 2013. The report, put together by the company Gold Service, detailed how pigeon nests covered in excrement created bad smells and led
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5:34 AM ET U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone has said she is “heartbroken” over allegations of abusive behaviour and sexual misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League and added that her organisation is committed to investigating the “abhorrent conduct.” North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley has been fired following allegations of sexual coercion and
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4:00 AM ET Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future is shrouded in mystery — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: United may have found their replacement. Jump to: Tchouameni a man in demand | Sterling at City crossroads | Barca’s Ilaix fear | Jese’s freak injury | Fenerbahce’s transfer blunder Barcelona step in as Pogba’s
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2:22 AM ET Major domestic leagues deserve to have a greater say in whether or not FIFA’s proposal to shift to a biennial World Cup becomes reality, Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber said on Thursday. Football’s world governing body is conducting a feasibility study into the practicalities of staging a World Cup every
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9:56 PM ET Peru missed a second-half penalty in a 1-0 loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires on Thursday, delivering another blow to their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Trailing to a first-half goal from Lautaro Martinez, Peru had a golden opportunity to level the score when substitute Jefferson Farfan was brought
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11:00 PM ET Raphinha turned in another eye-catching performance for Brazil on Thursday by scoring twice in the home side’s 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier. Brazil took the lead after 10 minutes when Neymar chested down a pass from Fred and rounded the keeper before firing low between two defenders on
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