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Juan Mata rescues Manchester United from opening pre-season defeat

Opening pre-season games are often soporific affairs and Manchester United’s 2018-19 edition was no different.<p>Before a sparse crowd of 37,660 that was markedly below the University of Phoenix Stadium’s 63,400 capacity, José Mourinho’s men ended with a draw courtesy of Juan Mata’s late strike.<p>The …

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Guardiola bemoans absence of resting World Cup players

(Reuters) - Manchester City’s World Cup representatives could miss the Community Shield tie against Chelsea and Premier League opener against Arsenal as they recover from a sustained period of club and international action, manager Pep Guardiola has said.<p>FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League …

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Raheem Sterling fears World Cup performances could cost him improved contract at Man City

Raheem Sterling fears his chances of earning a new deal at Manchester City which would see him become one of the highest paid players in the Premier League have receded following his performances at the World Cup this summer.<p>Sterling’s advisors began discussions with City officials at the end of …

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Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Stops 'Crazy' Jordan Henderson From Returning to Training Early

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has denied Jordan Henderson the chance to return for pre-season training earlier than scheduled.<p>Henderson was keen to …

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Sergio Aguero attends Drake party as Raheem Sterling relaxes in Ibiza

Sergio Aguero attends Drake's party in Hollywood and Raheem Sterling relaxes in Ibiza as Manchester City stars enjoy delayed summer</b> …

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Jose Mourinho Voices Displeasure Over Alexis Sanchez Absence From Man Utd Tour Squad

​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has voiced his displeasure over the situation that forced the club to leave star forward Alexis Sanchez …

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Raheem Sterling Could Be Sold by Manchester City as Contract Stalemate Continues

A lack of progress in the contract negotiations between Raheem Sterling and Manchester City could reportedly lead to a sale if the two parties can't find an agreement by the end of the season.<p>According to the <i>Mirror</i>'s David Anderson, Sterling put the negotiations on ice ahead of the 2018 FIFA World …

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Football may be caught in the crossfire between Qatar and the Saudis

Most football fans will still be reflecting on France’s win, Germany’s failure, Messi’s frustrations, Harry Kane’s goals and the rest. Yet many of us …

Culture (UK)

The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline

There are only three weeks until the Premier League transfer window closes, the day before the new season begins and 22 days before top-flight clubs in France, Germany and Spain are obliged to put their own chequebooks away. The early deadline, agreed last September, represents a massive change to …

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USMNT’s $72M Pulisic amongst top eight U-21 values in world

USMNT and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic is among the most valuable U21 players in the world, according to a new study.<p>Pulisic’s value of …

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Russia 2018 in numbers

• <b>FIFA.com highlights some of the best stats from Russia 2018</b>• <b><br>Height, kilometres, shots and save percentages feature</b>• <b><br>So, too, do Messrs Mbappe, Messi,</b> …

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Blitzboks have to bury World Cup hoodoo in San Francisco

The Blitzboks know the can beat any Sevens team on the planet and statistically are currently the top team in the world.

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Benjamin Pavard snubs Tottenham for Bayern Munich? Transfer gossip from Friday's papers

Benjamin Pavard has reportedly snubbed Tottenham in favour of moving to Bayern Munich.<p>The France World Cup winner's stock went through the roof after …

Soccer

England playing first Ireland test before Ashes in 2019

LONDON (AP) — England's first cricket test against Ireland is scheduled for four days at Lord's before the Ashes next year.<p>The England-Ireland test is scheduled for July 24-27, 2019.<p>Ireland made its test debut in May against Pakistan at Malahide.<p>The Ashes begins at Edgbaston on Aug. 1. Lord's hosts …

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The Player Kylian Mbappe Really Plays Like

Breakout performances seemed to be everywhere at the 2018 World Cup — young talents were launched to international fame, and established players had …

Soccer

Columbus Crew SC turns down Bristol City's offer for Zack Steffen

Columbus Crew SC turned down an offer from English Championship side Bristol City for goalkeeper Zack Steffen on Thursday.<p>"We evaluated an offer and …

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Already miss the World Cup? Your guide for picking a new favorite soccer club

The World Cup is over, but there's still a whole lot of soccer to watch<p>With the World Cup now over, a lot of the U.S. will go back into soccer …

Sports

How football site Goal has weathered Facebook’s changes

U.K.-football site Goal has been steadily reducing its reliance on Facebook to reach audiences.<p>The inflated traffic highs that come with the World …

Advertising Industry

Big Six Premier League XIs without World Cup stars

“We cannot start the Premier League with our players that were in the World Cup, which is a shame for the most important club competition in Europe,” …

Soccer

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate the inspiration as England team spirit fuels title bid

Captain Alex Danson believes England’s counter-attacking play will be a key factor in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, which starts in London …

FIFA World Cup

Odds slashed on Everton signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Palace remain interested in Chelsea star

He impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season, but the Eagles are not the only ones interested in signing the Chelsea midfielder again this …

Soccer

World Cup stars absent as Chelsea confirms squad for Australia trip

The Blues had confirmed the inclusion of David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro on Saturday with the full travelling party revealed on …

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Fay Maschler's week in food, from Bar Termini to Greenberry Café | London Evening Standard

Nibbled on the slippery extra almonds requested by my chum with his Marsala martini made from Beefeater gin, Marsala dolce, dry vermouth and almond …

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Liverpool star sidelined for next season

Liverpool expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss the majority of 2018/19 and insist that any competitive play next season would be a ‘bonus’.<p>The …

Soccer

All 169 goals of World Cup 2018

From Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular free-kick to Kylian Mbappe's World Cup winning goal, re-live all the 169 goals of the tournament.

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World Cup star John Stones 'bodes well' for Man City Premier League title defence

Manchester City were without peers last season as they produced an extraordinary title win.<p>But while Pep Guardiola was happy to admit it was an …

Soccer

Kieran Trippier's mum speaks of pride about son's World Cup exploits

Although the Three Lions’ dreams came to an end following a 2-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia last week, it was Trippier’s early goal …

Manchester

How the World Cup made some people feel more English

<b>Could England's unexpected football success in the World Cup have had a small but significant impact on feelings of Englishness?</b><p>Since England reached the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years under manager Gareth Southgate, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people - …

Harry Kane

How soon will Ramadan Sobhi be ready to make his debut for Huddersfield Town?

World Cup ace Ramadan Sobhi could make his Huddersfield Town bow this weekend – if all goes well in training near Frankfurt.<p>The 21-year-old wing …

Huddersfield Town AFC

Tottenham star Dele Alli hires private jet to treat four friends

Dele Alli hires private jet to treat four friends to eight-day blow out in Los Angeles and Ibiza for summer break<p><b>Tottenham star Dele Alli whisks</b> …

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