Month: December 2021

10:19 AM ET Three Liverpool players and more staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the trip to Chelsea but it is too soon to ask the Premier League to postpone the game, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday. The league has postponed 18 games so far due to a mixture of COVID-19
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11:09 AM ET Jess Marsch is on the shortlist to be the next Monaco manager. Photo by Guenther Iby/SEPA.Media /Getty Images American Jesse Marsch is one of the leading candidates in the running to become the new manager of AS Monaco, sources have told ESPN. The Ligue 1 club sacked Niko Kovac on Thursday after what
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7:28 AM ET Nigeria will be without striker Emmanuel Dennis for the Africa Cup of Nations. Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis has been excused from participating at the Africa Cup of Nations as his club side Watford are “baring fangs,” according to a statement released by the country’s FA. A Nigeria Football
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5:36 AM ET Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said he fears Romelu Lukaku‘s controversial interview could destabilise his side’s season and that he was surprised over the striker’s claim he is unhappy at the club. In a conversation with Sky Sport Italia recorded three weeks ago but released on Thursday, Lukaku suggested he was “not happy”
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4:00 AM ET Real Madrid want to pair Kylian Mbappe with Erling Haaland in a forward line that would be the envy of world football — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Arsenal have plans to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jump to: Arsenal’s list of Auba replacements | City goodwill towards Barca in Torres deal
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12:00 PM ET UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reiterated his opposition to FIFA’s plans to stage a biennial World Cup, saying the women’s tournament or the Olympics would be affected if they were held in the same year as the finals. The European football governing body and its South American counterpart CONMEBOL have strongly opposed
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6:16 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo revealed that he was assaulted. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Joao Cancelo was assaulted in a home robbery which left the Manchester City defender with a cut above his eye. Cancelo posted on Instagram on Thursday to reveal he had jewelry stolen after being attacked by four men. City’s
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5:06 PM ET Manchester United moved up to sixth in the Premier League thanks to a 3-1 over struggling Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday to maintain their unbeaten start under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. After the poor display in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle, Rangnick made six changes to his side with Edinson Cavani
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7:45 AM ET The Africa Cup of Nations is “disrespected” more than any other international tournament, according to former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright. Wright said aspects of the coverage of the tournament, which will be held in Cameroon from Jan.9 to Feb.6, are “tinged with racism” after players were made to defend their
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6:45 AM ET Chelsea have announced a post-tax loss of £145.6 million ($196.4m) for the year ending June 30, 2021. The figure is in stark contrast to a £36.4m ($49m) profit for the previous year, reflecting the huge financial impact of COVID-19. – ESPN FC 100: The top male players and managers of 2021– Darke:
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5:56 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have made Alvaro Morata their top target for January following the signing of Ferran Torres for €55 million, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Morata, 29, is on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, but sources told ESPN he is ready to cut his stay in Italy short
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5:09 AM ET Barcelona have just nine first-team players available for Sunday’s trip to Mallorca after confirming that Sergino Dest, Abde Ezzalzouli and Philippe Coutinho have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 10 players have now been ruled out this weekend with the virus as they isolate at their homes, per LaLiga protocols. Ousmane
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