Soccer

Tue
08
Sep

Digicel SportsMax, Fight Sports TV to broadcast final Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto

Digicel SportsMax announced today that it has secured the broadcast rights for the Mayweather vs Berto bout this Saturday, September 12 with coverage of the undercard bouts beginning at 7pm, and the main fight at 10pm.

The Digicel SportsMax Fight Night presented by Fight Sports TV is being dubbed ‘The Final Showdown’, with the pound-for-pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather declaring that the fight will be his last.

Tue
24
Oct

Jesus revels in blossoming Aguero relationship

Sergio Aguero's Manchester City role was said to be under threat when Gabriel Jesus arrived, but they have since forged a fine partnership.

Gabriel Jesus is relishing his blossoming partnership with the "amazing" Sergio Aguero at Manchester City, claiming their off-field relationship aids their compatibility on the pitch.

The 20-year-old Brazilian joined City in January and swiftly established himself in the side, with many perceiving his form to be a threat to Aguero.

As such, Aguero began to find himself out of the team a little more, with Jesus scoring three goals in his first three Premier League appearances to give the Argentina international some serious competition.

Although a broken metatarsal in February disrupted Jesus' progress, he quickly recaptured his form upon his return and carried that over into this season.

Mon
23
Oct

He has proven himself in the Premier League – Kroos talks up Kane

Tottenham star Harry Kane has proven he is a quality striker, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos talked up Harry Kane, but he was unwilling to be drawn on whether the LaLiga champions should buy the Tottenham star.

Kroos, 27, was among five Madrid players named in the FIFA FIFPro XI of 2017 on Monday.

There was no place for Premier League Golden Boot winner Kane, with the top three in the Best FIFA Men's Player – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar – making up the attack.

Kane has continued his impressive form to start this season, leading to reports Madrid are interested in the England international, and Kroos praised the 24-year-old.

"That's not my job," the Germany international said.

"He's a good player, you don't score so many goals in the Premier League if you're not a good striker of course.

"But if you buy him or not, that's not my job."

Mon
23
Oct

Zidane praises 'amazing' Ronaldo

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo, saying: "He is the best and he's amazing at what he does."

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane lauded the "amazing" Cristiano Ronaldo after the star forward claimed the Best FIFA Men's Player award.

Ronaldo beat Barcelona star Lionel Messi to the prize for the second straight year, having helped Madrid win LaLiga and the Champions League in 2017.

Zidane, who was named the Best FIFA Men's Coach, hailed the 32-year-old for his achievements.

"What can I say about him? He is the best and he's amazing at what he does," the Frenchman said.

"He is always looking to win titles, working very hard as he said. So we're very happy for him."

Zidane also talked up Madrid, who secured four trophies in total in 2016-17, including the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

"It's most important to have passion and to like what you do," he said.

Mon
23
Oct

Neymar happy to be alongside Ronaldo, Messi

Being alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi was pleasing enough for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was happy just to be alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in finishing third for the Best FIFA Men's Player award.

Ronaldo claimed the prize ahead of Messi for the second straight year, with Neymar third – a spot Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann took in 2016.

Neymar, 25, was delighted to be considered in the same group as Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Barcelona star Messi, widely labelled two players who will go down as all-time greats.

"Congratulations to Cristiano. He deserves it and he has merit to win it," the Brazil international said.

"He is making history and that has to be respected. Both he and Messi are two figures in world football.

"I am happy to be in the same group as them, fighting for the trophy."

Mon
23
Oct

Kane: Spurs can win Premier League

Harry Kane wants to win trophies at Tottenham and the star forward believes Spurs can claim the Premier League this season.

Tottenham star Harry Kane believes his team are capable of winning the Premier League this season, urging them to take confidence from their Liverpool thrashing.

Kane scored a brace as Mauricio Pochettino's men hammered Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley on Sunday.

Spurs have finished third and second the past two seasons, and sit five points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Kane, who tops the goalscoring charts in a bid for a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot, believes his side are capable of delivering a first top-flight league title for Spurs since 1961.

"We've been very close the last couple of seasons to winning the Premier League, hopefully this year will be our year," the England international said.

Mon
23
Oct

Wenger ready to unleash big guns against Norwich

Arsene Wenger has often used the EFL Cup as a proving ground for young talent but a well-stocked Arsenal squad might mean a fresh approach.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to bid for EFL Cup glory with senior players as he grapples with a selection headache ahead of Tuesday's fourth-round tie against Norwich City.

The Gunners returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion by beating Everton 5-2 on Sunday – a result that saw Ronald Koeman lose his job in charge of the Goodison Park outfit.

Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez started a Premier League game together and all got on the scoresheet, leaving Wenger to marvel at the attacking talent he has at his disposal.

The long-serving manager has previously used the EFL Cup to blood young talent but the depth of his fully fit forward options means Championship side Norwich should be ready to face a strong line-up at Emirates Stadium.

Mon
23
Oct

The end of Cristiano v Messi? It's just starting, says Ronaldo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo pulled level with Lionel Messi on five FIFA awards apiece and believes there is more to come from both.

Cristiano Ronaldo believes his rivalry with Lionel Messi has plenty of distance left to run after scooping the Best FIFA Men's Player award in London.

Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo was honoured at the gala after a poll of international head coaches, captains and members of the media saw him come out ahead of Barcelona counterpart Messi, with Brazil and PSG forward Neymar in third.

Including the years when FIFA's individual award was merged with the Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo and Messi have now been labelled the best player in the world by football's global governing body five times apiece.

The Portugal captain has come out on top in four of the past five years, with Messi in second place on each occasion.

Mon
23
Oct

Maradona warns Kane that goalkeepers are watching

Diego Maradona marvelled at Harry Kane's goalscoring feats when he was introduced to the Spurs striker but warned him not to be predictable.

Harry Kane might be scoring goals for fun in the Premier League but the Tottenham striker was still on the receiving end of some finishing advice from Argentina great Diego Maradona at the weekend.

Maradona was a guest at Wembley on Sunday and looked on alongside former international team-mate and ex-Spurs manager Ossie Ardiles as Mauricio Pochettino's team thrashed Liverpool 4-1, with Kane scoring twice.

England international Kane now has 17 goals for club and country this season but a video posted on Tottenham's official Twitter page showed Maradona cautioning the 24-year-old against becoming too predictable in front of goal.

"Wow, what a goalscorer," Maradona said, as he was introduced to England international Kane and Spurs goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.

Mon
23
Oct

Spalletti: Inter are Serie A contenders when Scudetto questions stop

On Inter's Serie A hopes, Luciano Spalleti said: "When you want to stop asking me about the Scudetto, it means that we can really compete."

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti believes his team will only be considered Serie A tile contenders when people stop asking him about their Scudetto credentials.

Spalletti's men held Napoli to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday and remain two points adrift of the Serie A leaders, with defending champions Juve a point behind the Nerazzurri.

They host Sampdoria on Tuesday before Napoli visit Genoa and Juventus welcome SPAL to Turin on Wednesday.

But Spalletti is still not interested in talk of the Scudetto for his unbeaten side.

He told a pre-match media conference: "I liked a lot of things at Napoli but at the same time, you can always find something to improve.

"I'm satisfied because we went there to play and get on the ball even if we could have been more effective in certain situations.

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