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Man United’s slump continues, Real Madrid thump Girona, Bayern and Leipzig draw

Saturday produced enough talking points across European soccer to solve the energy crisis, as both Manchester United and Manchester City lost, Tottenham overcame Liverpool in controversial fashion, and Real Madrid thumped Cinderella story Girona to take top spot in LaLiga. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich fought back for a valuable point at RB Leipzig, and on Friday night, a longtime Real Madrid star helped his rivals, Barcelona, to victory against Sevilla. –…

Klopp fumes at ‘crazy decisions’ in Liverpool loss

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are not a “kicking team” and criticised what he called “crazy decisions” following his side’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham after receiving two red cards. Curtis Jones was sent off in the 26th minute for a foul on Yves Bissouma when VAR directed referee Simon Hooper to the review screen after he had initially issued a yellow card. Substitute Diogo Jota was then dismissed in the second…

Jamaica boss Donaldson exits after historic WWC

Jamaican women’s national soccer team coach Lorne Donaldson will not renew his contract with the team, the country’s football federation said on Friday. Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Girlz’ reached the knockout phase for the first time in their second appearance at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand but lost to Colombia in the round of 16. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) said “both…

Dog steals ball, shows off skills in Mexican game

A pitch-invading dog gave ground staff the runaround after the slippery canine stole the ball and charged around the pitch in a Mexican second-tier game between Alebrijes de Oaxaca and Dorados de Sinaloa on Wednesday. Oaxaca beat Dorados 4-0 but the highlight of the match came as the clock hit 90 minutes. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The dog sprinted on to the pitch and demanded the…

Bayern’s star attraction, Musiala takes nothing for granted

KIRCHHEIM BEI MÜNCHEN, Germany — Cast your mind back to 2016, when two young footballers became best friends playing for England’s U15s. They’d grow closer as they represented the country’s U16s, U17s and U21s together. Now, they’re taking the sport by storm. While Jude Bellingham has had a fabulous start at Real Madrid following his move from Borussia Dortmund, Jamal Musiala — now representing Germany at senior international level —…

Report: Barca probed for alleged bribery of refs

Barcelona have been charged with suspected bribery for payments worth more than €7 million ($7.3m) made to companies linked to the former vice president of the refereeing committee, José María Enríquez Negreira, according to court documents. Former Barça presidents Josep María Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell also stand accused of the same charges, as do Negreira and his son, Javier Enríquez Romero. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Barça…

Player power: Why Ten Hag has taken a hard line at Man United with Sancho, Ronaldo, other stars

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will hope that after his side’s narrow win over Burnley on Saturday, he’s slowly starting to win the battle for results in the Premier League this season. Off the pitch, however, the Dutchman is still fighting his war against what he believes is falling levels of professionalism at Old Trafford. Speaking after his decision to exile Jadon Sancho from the first-team squad following their…

Derby’s dismal record-low points total looms large on bottom three

There are two crucial milestones for every promoted team to reach as quickly as possible: win a Premier League game and bank enough points to make sure Derby County keep their unenviable record of the lowest total ever achieved. Staying in the Premier League and avoiding relegation back to the EFL Championship is the ultimate objective, but right now Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town must be wondering when they…

‘We’ve got to move forward:’ USWNT players talk World Cup loss and next coach

CHICAGO — Last week provided the players on the U.S. women’s national team an opportunity to cleanse their psyches. They played two friendlies against South Africa in which the USWNT won by a combined score of 5-0. Some new players like Chelsea forward Mia Fishel and Angel City defender M.A. Vignola made their international debuts. It was also a chance to celebrate the stellar careers of two retiring players in…

Vinicius vs. JJ: young stars battle it out in skills challenge

The relationship between Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior and numerous other American sports athletes continues to strengthen as a new video was released by the NFL showcasing an ultimate skills challenge featuring the Brazilian and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) In the video, the two stars face off in Vini’s native Rio de Janeiro in numerous skills challenges composed of their respective…