Premier League

Tottenham’s grip on top-4 spot loosens with another EPL loss

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham‘s grip on a top-four place in the Premier League is suddenly under threat after falling to another loss on Saturday, while the fight to avoid the final relegation spot tightened as well. Southampton’s 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham extended Spurs’ winless streak in the competition to four games and left both … Continue reading Tottenham’s grip on top-4 spot loosens with another EPL loss

Tottenham draws 1-1 with Arsenal after Lloris saves penalty

LONDON (AP) — Hugo Lloris saved a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday after Harry Kane had equalized with a spot kick of his own. Arsenal had a chance to win it in the final minutes when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to have … Continue reading Tottenham draws 1-1 with Arsenal after Lloris saves penalty

Jokic scores 36 points, Denver beats Thunder 121-112

DENVER / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Nikola Jokic is making his presence felt down the stretch, and that’s the way the Denver Nuggets want it. Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City’s late rally for a 121-112 victory Tuesday night in a matchup … Continue reading Jokic scores 36 points, Denver beats Thunder 121-112

Tottenham defends fans chanting an offensive term for Jews

LONDON/ FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Tottenham says only a total clampdown on anti-Semitism would make it reassess club standards on its fans affectionately chanting an offensive term for Jews. The statement follows Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck telling The Associated Press “the use of the Y-word by Spurs supporters, or by anybody, is wrong.” Fans of … Continue reading Tottenham defends fans chanting an offensive term for Jews

Nantes files claim at FIFA against Cardiff over Sala deal

PARIS / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) A person with knowledge of the case says Nantes has filed a formal claim with FIFA against Cardiff to start collecting the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala. The person says the French club wants Cardiff to pay the first installment of the transfer fee. The person spoke on condition of … Continue reading Nantes files claim at FIFA against Cardiff over Sala deal

LONDON | Kepa defies coach as Chelsea loses to City in final shootout

LONDON (AP) — Watching goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with cramp, and with a penalty shootout looming to settle the League Cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned a substitute from the bench. Kepa was furious. Wildly gesticulating with his arms, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper forcibly indicated to Sarri he would be ready … Continue reading LONDON | Kepa defies coach as Chelsea loses to City in final shootout

MANCHESTER, England | Liverpool back atop Premier League after 0-0 at Man United

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League by drawing 0-0 at Manchester United on Sunday in a lackluster game featuring more injuries than outstanding chances. United had to make three substitutions in the first 43 minutes alone — Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and substitute Jesse Lingard all hobbled off … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Liverpool back atop Premier League after 0-0 at Man United

LONDON | After Tottenham loss, Pochettino loses temper as well

LONDON (AP) — After Tottenham lost vital ground in the Premier League title race, Mauricio Pochettino lost his temper as well. The Tottenham coach angrily squared up to referee Mike Dean after the 2-1 loss at Burnley on Saturday, venting his frustration over a decision that led to the hosts’ opening goal. It was a … Continue reading LONDON | After Tottenham loss, Pochettino loses temper as well

ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned Chelsea from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering young players. The Premier League club has the right to appeal against the sanction, which covers the next two transfer windows and also includes a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000). FIFA punished Chelsea for … Continue reading ZURICH | FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players in 2 transfer windows

A captain without the armband, Herrera key to United revival

Ander Herrera strode up to Alexis Sanchez after the final whistle, clasped his teammate’s hand forcefully, pushed him aggressively in the chest and squeezed him tight. The final whistle had just blown on Manchester United’s latest impressive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday — but Herrera’s … Continue reading A captain without the armband, Herrera key to United revival

LONDON | De Gea’s saves help United beat Tottenham in Premier League

LONDON —Jan 13, 2019— There were too many saves for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to even remember. Everyone else was certainly counting: Eleven. The most by any goalkeeper in a Premier League match this season. And they were all in the second half to thwart a Tottenham comeback. The Spaniard’s virtuoso goalkeeping performance … Continue reading LONDON | De Gea’s saves help United beat Tottenham in Premier League

BRIGHTON, England | Salah steadies Liverpool’s EPL nerves with win at Brighton

BRIGHTON, England —Jan 12, 2019— Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot as Liverpool steadied its title-chasing nerves with a 1-0 win at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday. Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season to put Liverpool seven points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool went into the game with … Continue reading BRIGHTON, England | Salah steadies Liverpool’s EPL nerves with win at Brighton

DORTMUND, Germany | US midfielder Pulisic to join Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund

DORTMUND, Germany—Jan 02, 2019—Borussia Dortmund says United States midfielder Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea next season. Dortmund says the 64 million euro ($73 million) transfer is effective immediately but the 20-year-old Pulisic will be loaned back to the German club for the rest of this season. It won’t have to pay Chelsea a fee for … Continue reading DORTMUND, Germany | US midfielder Pulisic to join Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund

Blow for Premier League as Dinnage pulls out of CEO role

The English Premier League has restarted its search for a chief executive after Susanna Dinnage withdrew from the job before starting work leading the world’s richest soccer competition. Having announced in November that Dinnage would start in early 2019, the league disclosed Sunday that the broadcasting executive had now rejected the chance to succeed Richard … Continue reading Blow for Premier League as Dinnage pulls out of CEO role

MANCHESTER, England | Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after 2½ years

MANCHESTER, England  — Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games. Mourinho lasted 2½ years at United and won two titles, the … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after 2½ years

LIVERPOOL, England | Shaqiri double earns Liverpool 3-1 win over Man United

LIVERPOOL, England — Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored two goals from deflected shots to help Liverpool beat fierce rival Manchester United 3-1 and lift his team back atop the Premier League on Sunday. Days after keeping Liverpool in the Champions League with a stunning late save against Napoli, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker made a dreadful mistake … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, England | Shaqiri double earns Liverpool 3-1 win over Man United

English announcer Champion to become lead MLS voice for ESPN

Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN’s lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an … Continue reading English announcer Champion to become lead MLS voice for ESPN

NEWCASTLE, England | Wolves beat 10-man Newcastle with late goal

NEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle held on with 10 men for most of the second half before conceding in injury time to give Wolverhampton Wanderers a 2-1 win in the Premier League on Sunday. The visitors took the lead at St. James’ Park in the 17th minute when a cross from the right from Helder Costa … Continue reading NEWCASTLE, England | Wolves beat 10-man Newcastle with late goal

MANCHESTER, England | Man United beats Fulham 4-1 to end 4-match EPL winless run

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United ended a four-match Premier League winless run as Jose Mourinho‘s sixth-place team eased to a 4-1 victory over rock-bottom Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. Ashley Young struck into the top corner to put United ahead in the 13th minute, Juan Mata coolly slotted in the second from Marcus … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Man United beats Fulham 4-1 to end 4-match EPL winless run

Welcome back, Claudio! Ranieri has instant impact at Fulham

A stirring fightback. A first win in nearly three months. An attacking partnership already clicking. Welcome back to the English Premier League, Claudio Ranieri. The Italian coach who masterminded the most improbable title triumph in English soccer, with little Leicester in 2016, is back in the Premier League as the new manager of Fulham and … Continue reading Welcome back, Claudio! Ranieri has instant impact at Fulham

Ranieri’s task at struggling Fulham: Getting back to basics

Before burgers must come the basics. The arrival of Claudio Ranieri as Fulham coach should ensure an end to the chaotic selections, loose defending and naive approach that marked the promoted team’s turbulent first three months back in the Premier League under now-departed manager Slavisa Jokanovic. Soccer is a simple game to Ranieri, who values … Continue reading Ranieri’s task at struggling Fulham: Getting back to basics

LONDON | Post-Brexit bid to curb foreign player imports splits soccer

LONDON — Just like the politicians, English soccer is divided by Brexit. With four months until Britain withdraws from the European Union and no consensus over the terms of the split from the bloc, there is also uncertainty about the players Premier League clubs will be able to recruit. With free movement of people from … Continue reading LONDON | Post-Brexit bid to curb foreign player imports splits soccer

LONDON | Fulham hires Claudio Ranieri after firing Jokanovic

LONDON — Claudio Ranieri is back in the Premier League with Fulham, two years after overcoming 5,000-1 odds to win the title with Leicester. The 67-year-old Italian coach was hired Wednesday by Fulham, which announced the firing of Slavisa Jokanovic at the same time. The London club is in last place in the league. “The … Continue reading LONDON | Fulham hires Claudio Ranieri after firing Jokanovic

MANCHESTER, England | Man City goes 12 points clear of United with 3-1 derby win

MANCHESTER, England— Manchester City surged 12 points clear of Manchester United with a 3-1 derby win on Sunday that highlighted just how far Jose Mourinho‘s team is from dethroning its neighbor as Premier League champions. As United was run ragged, and unable to disrupt City’s passing, David Silva swept the league leaders in front in … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Man City goes 12 points clear of United with 3-1 derby win

LIVERPOOL, England | Salah nets for quick-thinking Liverpool in 2-0 win vs Fulham

LIVERPOOL, England  — Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over last-place Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday. Straight after Fulham had a goal disallowed for offside, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson took a quick free kick to find right back Trent … Continue reading LIVERPOOL, England | Salah nets for quick-thinking Liverpool in 2-0 win vs Fulham

BOURNEMOUTH, England  | ‘Lucky’ Mourinho criticizes Man United despite victory

BOURNEMOUTH, England  — Jose Mourinho described himself as “the luckiest manager in the Premier League” after a last-gasp goal from substitute Marcus Rashford earned Manchester United a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday. United looked completely out of sorts early on and trailed in the 11th minute after the unmarked Callum Wilson converted Junior … Continue reading BOURNEMOUTH, England  | ‘Lucky’ Mourinho criticizes Man United despite victory

Liverpool to offer test of Arsenal’s improvement under Emery

It’s time to find out if Unai Emery‘s new-look Arsenal is the real deal. Since losing its opening two games of the season to Manchester City and then Chelsea, Arsenal has taken advantage of a relatively benign schedule to win 12 of its next 13 matches — and draw the other — in all competitions. … Continue reading Liverpool to offer test of Arsenal’s improvement under Emery

LONDON | Mourinho melee as United concedes late, draws 2-2 at Chelsea

LONDON— Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline skirmish after his team conceded a goal in the sixth minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. One of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistants celebrated wildly in front of United’s bench following Ross Barkley’s … Continue reading LONDON | Mourinho melee as United concedes late, draws 2-2 at Chelsea

LONDON | Mourinho melee as United concedes late at Chelsea

LONDON— Ross Barkley scored in the sixth minute of injury time to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League and spark a touchline fracas involving United manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday. A member of Chelsea’s coaching staff celebrated wildly in front of United’s bench and clearly angered Mourinho, who leapt … Continue reading LONDON | Mourinho melee as United concedes late at Chelsea

Fulham’s struggles give frustrated Khan more thinking to do

For American sports magnate Shad Khan, the collapse of ambitious plans to purchase Wembley Stadium won’t have been his only source of frustration in recent days. He might also be concerned about the plight of the English soccer club he owns, too. Fulham’s return to the Premier League is turning sour, with a five-match winless … Continue reading Fulham’s struggles give frustrated Khan more thinking to do