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Manchester United sink Bournemouth

Three days before the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, and in the aftermath of Sunday’s pathetic defeat by West Brom, a drama-free win is enough for Manchester United. That is what they achieved thanks to goals by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku. The result tightens their hold on second place in the Premier League and raises spirits, at least a little, before they resume their pursuit of the only trophy they can win this season. …


Added by xiaolan on April 19, 2018 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Experience the saving grace for Joe

“Three days ago against Spain, I felt like crying,” said Vikash Dhorasoo. “I’m not a supporter, I’m not a spectator, I’m a football player and I’m not playing football.” Youth Nike Baltimore Ravens #37 Javorius Allen Black Alternate Vapor Untouchable Elite Player NFL Jersey Filmed before and during the 2006 World Cup, the docu-film Substitute details the existential isolation felt by the France international as he watches his team-mates reach the final in Germany.…


Added by xiaolan on April 18, 2018 at 10:48pm — No Comments

love Joaquín at Real Betis

You must be Joaquín, they said, and he was: unique, no one quite like him, a cheeky scamp with a glint in his eye, a grin on his face, an endless supply of gags, the uncontainable urge http://www.seahawksshopfooball.com/Cliff_Avril_Jersey to tell them and, armed with a gaditano accent, the delivery to do them justice. Ask anyone in Spain for their favourite Joaquín moments and their face will light up much…


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the tactics behind Guardiola’s title win

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Borussia Dortmund and http://www.authenticyankeesstore.com/Authentic-Joe-Dimaggio-Jersey Bayern Munich manager, used to speak of the red zone, a central area of the pitch just outside the penalty box. Control that, he believed, and you controlled the game. If in your half you denied the opposition the ball in that space, they were forced wide and while crosses can…


Added by xiaolan on April 17, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Manchester City crowned Premier

Vincent Kompany has challenged his Manchester City team-mates to retain their Premier League title after Manchester United’s shock defeat to the bottom side, West Brom, confirmed Pep Guardiola’s men as champions. Nike Women's Spencer Pulley Elite Navy Blue Home Jersey - Los Angeles Chargers NFL #73 Vapor Untouchable With Kompany watching on at his wife’s family home after City’s Jarrod Dyson…


Added by xiaolan on April 16, 2018 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Call me nostalgic

If I had to name three highlights from a lifetime, too much of which has been spent watching televised sport and too little reading Homer and Hesiod, they would be Gareth Edwards’ try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973 (though that final http://www.carolinahurricanesofficialonline.com/Adidas-Cam-Ward-Jersey pass from Quinnell was surely forward), Geoffrey Boycott’s hundredth…


Added by xiaolan on April 16, 2018 at 1:14am — No Comments

Arsenal grateful to Welbeck

Arsenal being Arsenal, it http://www.authenticnewyorkmetsshop.com/Mookie-Wilson-Jersey was never going to be straightforward. For much of the evening Arsène Wenger’s players did their best to emulate Barcelona’s performance at Roma on Greg Luzinski Youth jersey Tuesday in a way that …


Added by xiaolan on April 14, 2018 at 12:54am — No Comments

referees need respect

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Gianluigi Buffon, of course, railing with much of Italy against the referee Michael Oliver’s last-minute penalty decision which wiped out Juventus’ marvellous three-goal Champions League second-leg comeback against Real Madrid. Oliver, remaining intently officious while the Juventus players circled him in disbelieving outrage, then met Buffon’s excessive protests with …


Added by xiaolan on April 13, 2018 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Paris Saint-Germain may face Uefa

Uefa has informed Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain they may face sanctions for breaches of financial fair play rules, relating to huge deals with Qatari sponsors which a preliminary investigation has found to be excessive. Youth Nike Atlanta Falcons #44 Vic Beasley Elite White Super Bowl LI 51 NFL Jersey The deals, in particular a sponsorship of PSG by the Qatar Tourism Authority thought to be paying €120m annually, have been assessed for Uefa by an…


Added by xiaolan on April 12, 2018 at 10:58pm — No Comments

late win for Aston Villa over Cardiff

This was a night Jack Grealish http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-3-dwyane-wade-jersey.html will never forget, on which he thumped home the winner, a stunning volley from 25 yards that clattered in off the post, for his boyhood club in front of the Holte End. Youth Limited Mike Tolbert Olive Jersey: 2017 Salute To Service #35 NFL Buffalo Bills Nike It earned his side a…


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Liverpool go through after Mohamed

In the away end there were songs about winning the European Cup and, this being Liverpool, thousands of euphoric voices joining in with the follow-up shout of “again”. And why not? Liverpool had survived a whirlwind, to use Jürgen Klopp’s description, and at the end of this epic tussle it was a sunrise of a smile on the German’s face. His team were in the semi-finals and Manchester City, once again, had been cut adrift from a competition where they repeatedly fall short. …


Added by xiaolan on April 11, 2018 at 7:01pm — No Comments

they need Houdini-style escape

They tell a story at Manchester City, going back to the days when European Cup quarter‑finals were for other clubs, about a time when Liverpool, in their pomp, turned up at Maine Road with all their trophies and continental experience and pushed their luck a bit too far. Authentic Men's Patrick Kerney White Road Jersey: NFL Reebok Seattle Seahawks #97 Throwback Those were the years when the Kop at Anfield was in its heyday. City, on the other hand, had a woman named…


Added by xiaolan on April 10, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Paul Pogba highlights

Is Paul Pogba on the verge of greatness or will Saturday’s barnstorming shredding of Manchester City prove the falsest of dawns? After the Frenchman’s finest display for Manchester United drove José Mourinho’s side to a memorable 3-2 derby win, Pogba declared himself partly “disappointed”. The 25-year-old had just thwarted City’s bid to secure the title before a feverish Etihad Stadium with a memorable second-half performance. It dragged United from 2-0 down at the break, teetering on…


Added by xiaolan on April 9, 2018 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Jürgen Klopp’s defence will give

If we have to score five goals to win, then so be it,” Vincent Kompany said when it was put to him that a single Liverpool goal at the Etihad on http://www.authentictexasrangersshop.com/Russell-Wilson-Jersey Tuesday would surely leave Manchester City with too much to do to progress in the Champions League. “We won’t stop believing. We will still take a positive attitude into the game and try to…


Added by xiaolan on April 9, 2018 at 6:20pm — No Comments

run against Liverpool goes on

When the 231st Merseyside derby ended Idrissa Gana Gueye and Cenk Tosun stared disbelievingly at Liverpool’s goal while Dominic Calvert-Lewin handed his Everton shirt to a young fan at the front of the Gwladys Street End. It was a peace offering. The striker should have given every Evertonian so much more, a first derby win in eight years to be exact, but Jimmy Foxx Jersey a dreadful miss…


Added by xiaolan on April 8, 2018 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Thiago Alcântara’s header gives Bayern

At the final whistle there was applause and then at one end of this stadium they began to bounce about, chanting about how proud they were of the team that soon came over to clap them back. At the same time, Bayern Munich’s players headed to the other end. It had not been easy but they had won 2-1, taking an important lead into the second leg. There is still the Allianz Arena to come, but the reaction from the Sánchez Pizjuán felt final, like the fans here knew they had probably…


Added by xiaolan on April 7, 2018 at 11:44pm — No Comments

they look unbeatable

It took FC Barcelona 358 days to lose their record and 54 seconds to get it back again. Saturday night, week 30 in La Liga http://www.dallasstarsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Radek-Faksa-Jersey and Sevilla were 2-0 up at the Sánchez Pizjuán, but it could have been three, four or five. They had overrun their opponents and although they were exhausted they didn’t have long to hang on now. On the…


Added by xiaolan on April 7, 2018 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Alan Pardew departs as West Brom

Alan Pardew’s short-lived reign as West Bromwich Albion manager came to an abrupt end on Monday following an eighth successive Premier League defeat that has left the Midlands club in escalating danger of relegation. (Los Angeles Rams Kurt Warner Limited Nike Men's Navy Blue Jersey) NFL Home #13 Vapor Untouchable  Pardew, who succeeded Tony Pulis at the end of November, left by mutual consent after holding talks with the chief executive, Mark Jenkins, in the aftermath of the 2-1 home…


Added by xiaolan on April 3, 2018 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Riches of Champions League

Few are likely to complain about Uefa abandoning the principle of players moving between Champions League clubs in January being cup‑tied for the rest of the season – the transfer window itself already does quite a good job of keeping the leading contenders honest – though it was interesting to read in the small print the justification for the change. Elite Youth Jerome Brown Black Alternate Jersey: NFL Nike Philadelphia Eagles #99 Vapor Untouchable In reality, it probably had…


Added by xiaolan on April 2, 2018 at 1:25am — No Comments

firing to save Southampton

Chelsea and Tottenham meet in a London derby on Sunday to battle it out for fourth place place and the capital also hosts the big relegation clash of the weekend on Saturday, when Southampton travel to West Ham. The two sides sit either side of the dreaded dotted line, with Saints able to leapfrog their opponents and escape the relegation zone if they pick up all three points. Authentic Reebok Men's Henrik Sedin Royal Blue New Third Jersey - NHL #33 Vancouver Canucks This…


Added by xiaolan on April 1, 2018 at 7:13pm — No Comments


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