Arsene Wenger claims his recent shift in formation from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 was to bring out the best in all the Arsenal players. After a poor run of form that saw the Gunners win just three of their last 12 games in all competitions, the Frenchman opted to use the formation ahead of their game against Middlesbrough on 17 April. Since then, Arsenal have won three games in a row in all competitions for the first time since January, including an impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.
Swansea City went controversially behind, but they always remained a threat, and Gylfi Sigurdsson was again the man to pull them from the cold, dark waters. Wayne Rooney had bagged a highly controversial penalty at the stroke of halftime, but Sigurdsson delivered his specialty: a beautiful curling free-kick with 11 minutes to go as Swansea grabbed a point and doomed the home side to yet another single point at Old Trafford. Swansea began with much of the early possession, with Manchester United sloppy on the ball.
If ever anyone needed a reminder of this fact, all they’d have to do is look at the many overpaid players in the National Basketball Association. If the market is going to allow professional athletes to make obscene amounts of money for playing a game, then they have an obligation to themselves — and their families — to make the most of it — literally. Now, thanks to the annual “Global Sports Salaries Survey,” courtesy of Sporting Intelligence, which pro team tops them all.
Luis Suarez insists he was not "obsessed" with ending his goal drought after scoring twice in Barcelona's 3-0 derby win over Espanyol on Saturday. The Uruguay international netted either side of an Ivan Rakitic goal to end a run of five games without scoring and help the reigning champions secure three points. Espanyol had frustrated Barca until Suarez opened the scoring five minutes after half-time.
Orlando City captain Kaka scored in his long-awaited return, while reigning MLS champions Seattle Sounders rallied from three goals down to earn a draw against New England Revolution. Back on the pitch following a hamstring injury suffered on the opening weekend of the season, Kaka made an immediate impact as high-flying Orlando accounted for Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Saturday. After Carlos Rivas broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka came off the bench to seal Orlando's fifth successive home victory in the first minute of stoppage time.
When Morrissey expressed his dismay at "The Lazy Sunbathers" in 1994, he crooned that they were "too jaded to question stagnation." It was difficult to not see similarities with this attitude as Stoke City and West Ham United flip-flopped to a humdrum 0-0 draw at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. For Slaven Bilic, a man whose job security could be rather tenuous following the previous season's heady days challenging for a Champions League berth, you can understand a slight conservativeness in his approach at the end of this term. A few losses could see the Hammers dragged into a late battle for survival - a fate that would surely result in a difficult meeting in front of owners Karren Brady, David Sullivan, and David Gold in the guts of the London Stadium, or at the club's Chadwell Heath training base.
Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Stoke City defender-midfielder Geoff Cameron: played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw with West Ham Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan: played 90 in 2-2 draw with Manchester City (will join Atlanta United this summer) Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch: in the 18 but did not play in 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth (relegated) Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers: not in the 18 for 2-0 victory over Arsenal Manchester United defender-midfielder Matthew Olosunde: no U23 match West Brom defender
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the final of the Barcelona Open on Sunday (30 April). Live coverage is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD as well as Tennis TV. After becoming the first player to win a single tournament 10 times following his win in Monte-Carlo, reigning champion Nadal will be hoping to repeat the feat in Barcelona.
Sol Campbell expects Mesut Ozil to sign a new contract at Arsenal but admits there is “a real possibility” that Alexis Sanchez will move on. Campbell believes that enough money will be thrown at Ozil to get that agreement over the line but, amid talk of interest from Manchester City and Bayern Munich, fears that Sanchez could head for the exits at Emirates Stadium.
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Gabriel Jesus marked his return to Manchester City's starting lineup by rescuing a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday. But City failed to take advantage of Manchester United drawing earlier in the day with Swansea and strengthen its place in the top four Champions League qualification places. Fourth-placed City remains only a point ahead of United with four games remaining, but it would have been even closer had Gabriel Jesus not headed in Sergio Aguero's cross in the 85th minute. The forward is back after 10 weeks out with a foot injury. Middlesbrough led through a first-half strike from former City striker Alvaro
With Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United having already clinched the Championship’s two automatic promotion places, all eyes turn to the four teams behind them still jockeying for playoff positioning… 3rd — Reading — 82 points, +2 GD 4th — Sheffield Wednesday — 81 points, +16 GD 5th — Huddersfield Town — 81 points, +1 GD 6th — Fulham — 77 points, +27 GD First of all, the Championship remains the least sensible league in the world. Disagree? Just try to explain the above wildly varying points totals and the corresponding goal differentials. Go ahead, I’ll wait As for the weekend’s results, Reading and Wednesday did themselves major favors in the race for third with victories over Wigan
Carli Lloyd's goal for Manchester City wasn't enough to stop Lyon advancing to an all-French final where it will defend its Women's Champions League crown against Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon won 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 at home to City in the return leg of their semifinal on Saturday, with Lloyd scoring the winner. PSG defeated Barcelona 2-0 to wrap up a 5-1 win on aggregate in the other semifinal.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) The Red Bulls have announced plans for a permanent sensory-friendly space at their stadium for families impacted by autism. Formerly executive offices, the space overlooking midfield is a calm area that is free from the crowds and the noise of Red Bull Arena during matches. Families can use it for free. The team announced the new space on Saturday before the Red Bulls were set to host the Chicago Fire. It was Autism Awareness Night at the stadium. “Families deserve to feel welcome and comfortable each time they step foot into Red Bull Arena, not just one night a year,” Red Bulls GM Marc de Grandpre said in a statement released by the club. “We hope all sports teams and entertainment
Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic Sunderland has been relegated from the Premier League after 10 consecutive seasons in the top flight. A 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday didn't just sink the Black Cats to the English Championship; it could also prove the final bow for a few players, who might leave the Stadium of Light for another Premier League club. Here are three players who could be abandoning ship this summer: Jermain Defoe Fourteen goals and two assists spell the story of Sunderland's bright spot, and for Jermain Defoe, the Championship is about as enticing as a second go in Major League Soccer. In fact, the 34-year-old made it pretty clear his heart was set on Premier League
Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur can wipe a date from the footballing calendar that has rankled Spurs fans for almost 22 years. St. Totteringham's Day, the date when Tottenham is mathematically unable to surpass nemesis Arsenal in the table, has given the Gunners bragging rights in the north London rivalry since the 1995-96 season, but a derby win for Kane's side on Sunday would break that generational hoodoo. That's not at the forefront of Mauricio Pochettino's players' minds, though, as Tottenham tries to close the four-point distance between the club and Premier League leader Chelsea after 33 matches. "It shows how far we've come in a short amount
The next Manchester City match is upon us! The Citizens travel to the Riverside Stadium for a key Premier League game against Middlesbrough, and Pep Guardiola has got some players back. This is the squad in full: Goalkeepers: 13. Willy Caballero, 54. Angus Gunn Defenders: 3. Bacary Sagna, 4. Vincent Kompany, 5. Pablo Zabaleta, 11. Aleksandar Kolarov, 22. Gaël Clichy, 24. John Stones, 30. Nicolas Otamendi Midfielders: 6. Fernando, 7. Raheem Sterling, 15. Jesús Navas, 17. Kevin De Bruyne, 18. Fabian Delph, 19. Leroy Sané, 21. David Silva, 25. Fernandinho, 42. Yaya Touré, 75. Aleix García Forwards: 9. Nolito, 10. Sergio Agüero, 33. Gabriel Jesus, 72. Kelechi Iheanacho A nearly full strength squad
LONDON (AP) An English soccer game restarted in an empty stadium after a pitch invasion led to the crowd being told the fixture had been abandoned. There were five minutes remaining in Leyton Orient’s fourth-tier game against Colchester on Saturday when a sit-down protest was staged on the pitch by Orient fans against Italian owner Francesco Becchetti. It forced the referee to take the players off the field. The protests lasted for more than an hour before the crowd was told the game had been abandoned and the stadium eventually cleared. The teams came out and finished the game. Leyton Orient lost 3-1 a week after its relegation from the English Football League was confirmed after 112 years.
April 30 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Sunday Sunday, April 30 Everton 0 Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1 Swansea City 1 Middlesbrough 2 Manchester City 2 Tottenham
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