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Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals
Football: Weather plays havoc with Chinese rivals' Asian title hopes

Luiz Felipe Scolari was left shaking his head Monday and Andre Villas-Boas spoke of "a very bad trip" after rain and lightning disrupted their AFC Champions League quarter-final preparations. Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande are slight favourites when they visit Villas-Boas's Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their all-Chinese clash on Tuesday. Villas-Boas effectively conceded the Chinese Super League (CSL) title to leaders and reigning champions Evergrande following a 2-1 loss on Saturday at Guizhou Zhicheng.

Catholic leaders call for an end to Duterte's bloody drug war in the Philippines
Catholic leaders call for an end to Duterte's bloody drug war in the Philippines

The head of the powerful Catholic Church in the Philippines has called for an end to the "waste of human lives" after one of the bloodiest weeks in President Rodrigo Duterte's drugs war, in which a 17 year-old schoolboy was among dozens brutally killed. At least 76 people were shot dead last week during police raids named "One Time Big Time". Public anger rose when police killed Kian Delos Santos, 17, and initially claimed he had fired first. Saldy Delos Santos, father of Kian Loyd, who was killed allegedly in a shootout with police, comforts his son's girlfriend Credit: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez CCTV footage later emerged of the boy being carried by two men to an alleyway where his...

Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea to spend big, Draxler to PL?
Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea to spend big, Draxler to PL?

Antonio Conte's side put in a brilliant shift on Sunday during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Tottenham, but the Blues manager is far from done in the transfer market. The Express is reporting that the Blues could spend over $250 million on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil Van Dijk and several others. It is believed that Van Dijk is one of three Southampton players on Conte's mind, while Danny Drinkwater of Leicester continues to be linked to the London side as well.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)
MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn't muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1

Follow Live - Fire host TFC in MLS headliner
Follow Live - Fire host TFC in MLS headliner

With most MLS sides having 10 matches or less remaining in the regular season, it's crunch time for many clubs seeking out a playoff position. Saturday features several massive fixtures in both conferences, including the Chicago Fire taking on East

Report: Atletico closing in on $52 million move for Diego Costa
Report: Atletico closing in on $52 million move for Diego Costa

The Diego Costa-Chelsea saga has not only intrigued but confused many, however, the London side could be on the brink of finally selling off the Spanish international. Atletico Madrid has reportedly struck a $52 million deal with the Blues for the 28-year-old striker, according to Spanish radio station Radio Estadio. The report also states that an additional $12 million could be tacked on to Costa's price tag.

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: Mane the main man
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: Mane the main man

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Anfield on Saturday with Jurgen Klopp's side having Sadio Mane to thank for their victory. Mane's game-winner arrived less than 20 minutes from time after Liverpool had huffed and puffed, plus Christian Benteke missed a glorious chance for Palace. The win means Liverpool move on to four points from their opening two games and can now prepare for their UEFA Champions League second leg against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

WATCH: Christian Pulisic Scores Beauty in Borussia Dortmund
WATCH: Christian Pulisic Scores Beauty in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga Opener

Christian Pulisic scored a delightful goal in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga opener to give the side a 1-0 lead over Wolfsburg. It's Pulisic's fourth career Bundesliga goal, and it's the 18-year-old American's second goal in all competitions in this young season-he scored against rival Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup, in which Dortmund lost in penalties after a 2-2 draw. Later in the match, he produced a fantastic assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first goal of the campaign.

Blair Walsh makes it a point to show Vikings he
Blair Walsh makes it a point to show Vikings he's back

It wasn't like the Vikings cut kicker Blair Walsh for no reason last season. They had, after all, trusted him enough to sign him to a four-year, $13 million extension before the season. But he went 12 for 16 on field goals and missed four extra points, and the Vikings released him after nine games. [

Conte can
Conte can't stop laughing when asked about Costa

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked for his thoughts on Diego Costa's latest comments on the club-player impasse. When he heard a reporter say Costa felt he was being treated like a criminal, Conte lost his composure and began laughing. Conte spent a good 20 seconds giggling during the question before responding, saying "I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows what happened last season with Diego.

Tim Howard Speaks out on Pablo Mastroeni
Tim Howard Speaks out on Pablo Mastroeni's Firing and the Colorado Rapids' New Direction

It's among soccer's unwritten rules: club legends have longer leashes. We'd like to think the bottom lines-points in standings and butts in seats-are the same for everyone. Sports are a meritocracy. But supporters also want to cheer for those whose bond with their team is as deep as their own. A club

Reports: Liverpool reject latest Barcelona offer for Coutinho
Reports: Liverpool reject latest Barcelona offer for Coutinho

Barcelona has reportedly upped its offer for the services of Philippe Coutinho. According to multiple reports, Liverpool has rejected a third Barcelona offer for Coutinho, believed to be worth up to $151.5 million. Coutinho put in a transfer request a week ago but Liverpool has remained firm on its desire to keep Coutinho for this season.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace live score updates What is it? It's Liverpool vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League. When is it? It's on Saturday August 19. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? This one is not on television, but you can watch highlights

Manchester United: How Jose Mourinho Found Paul Pogba a Perfect Midfield Partner
Manchester United: How Jose Mourinho Found Paul Pogba a Perfect Midfield Partner

First impressions can often be misleading. Against West Ham United, in Manchester United's first Premier League game of the season, Matic did all the work Pogba is too creative to want to do on a consistent basis, cleaning up behind him and generally providing a sense of positional awareness that United lacked last season, especially when Marouane Fellaini played next to Pogba. Trending: Donald Trump's Base is Shrinking, Polls Show.

Manchester United Rocked As Real Madrid Prepares Last-Ditch £46 Million De Gea Bid
Manchester United Rocked As Real Madrid Prepares Last-Ditch £46 Million De Gea Bid

Real Madrid is could be about to reignite its interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea by bidding £46 million (about $59 million) for the Spaniard, according to reports. Zinedine Zidane, the Madrid manager, has decided against the need for more outfield players, cancelling plans to bid for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, according to The Sun, which means the club can return for De Gea. The rise of Marco Asensio, the 21-year-old forward who scored a stunning goal in El Clasico on Wednesday night, has reassured the French manager about his team's strength in depth.

Transfer News: Manchester United Makes £39 Million Bid, Arsenal to Lose Defender and Tottenham Lands First Signing
Transfer News: Manchester United Makes £39 Million Bid, Arsenal to Lose Defender and Tottenham Lands First Signing

Mauricio Pochettino's team has plodded along all summer, retaining its best players and squeezing all the juice out of its sales (Manchester City paid £54 million [$69 million] for Kyle Walker), while builders put together a shiny, and expensive, new stadium in Tottenham. Tottenham, it seems, has opened up its wallet. Elsewhere, Manchester United is looking to dig even deeper into its purse, as it searches for a winger.

Barcelona move in on Coutinho and Dembele - Barca director
Barcelona move in on Coutinho and Dembele - Barca director

Barcelona director Robert Fernandez has reiterated Barca's desire to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Pique: For first time in career, Barca star feels "inferior to Madrid"
Pique: For first time in career, Barca star feels "inferior to Madrid"

Gerard Pique does not have the sort of personality that makes admitting defeat an easy proposition. The longtime Barcelona center back is raging after his side was beaten 5-1 over two legs by rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. "This is a long process and there is room for improvement but in the nine years that I have been here, it is the first time that I feel inferior to Madrid," Piqué said.

Prince-Wright
Prince-Wright's Premier League picks - Week 2

The 2017-18 Premier League season is here and my goodness it is beautiful to have it back. [ STREAM: Every PL game live ]  If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Another Alexis link; Zlatan, the coach?
Transfer Rumor Roundup: Another Alexis link; Zlatan, the coach?

Rumors linking Alexis Sanchez to the half-dozen clubs bigger than Arsenal won't subside until the summer transfer window closes, which is to say, Thursday's grandest transfer rumor links the Chilean with a move away from north London. With his current contract down to just 10 months, Manchester City are the latest club reportedly interested in snatching him away from the Gunners for a pittance of his true value. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is four months into rehabilitation from the career-threatening knee injury he suffered in April.

Manchester United Should Cheer Marco Asensio
Manchester United Should Cheer Marco Asensio's Real Madrid Progress

Marco Asensio's goal in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona on Wednesday was wonderful, but it was not a surprise. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the Barcelona goalkeeper, was well-positioned to save the strike and yet he didn't move, just watched it scorch past him, a firework from a world slightly more fabulous than this one. Signed from Mallorca in 2014, Asensio was always meant to be good but it's probable Real never expected his progression to be this rapid.

Liverpool: The Weaknesses Jurgen Klopp Must Address Before Transfer Window Closes
Liverpool: The Weaknesses Jurgen Klopp Must Address Before Transfer Window Closes

Although the game provided drama and entertainment for the neutral, Jurgen Klopp will have been dissatisfied with Liverpool's start to the Premier League season. Away to Watford, at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Liverpool saw a lead slip away twice and had to settle for a draw. Free-flowing, creative Liverpool was at its best going forward but, also, at its typical worst at the back.

VIDEO: Asensio, Real Madrid outclass out-of-sorts Barca; PSG trolls?
VIDEO: Asensio, Real Madrid outclass out-of-sorts Barca; PSG trolls?

Real Madrid claimed the Spanish Super Cup with an aggregate 5-1 win behind Marco Asensio at the Bernabeu.

Matuidi having a medical at Juventus ahead of move from PSG
Matuidi having a medical at Juventus ahead of move from PSG

TURIN, Italy (AP) Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi was having a medical at Juventus on Wednesday ahead of a potential move to the Serie A club. Juventus said that Matuidi arrived at Turin airport in the afternoon and was undergoing tests. Juventus will reportedly pay PSG 20 million euros ($23 million) plus bonuses for the 30-year-old Matuidi, who had a year left on his contract with the French club.

Furious Cristiano Ronaldo responds to five-game ban
Furious Cristiano Ronaldo responds to five-game ban

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at the Spanish soccer federation after his five game ban for pushing a referee in the back was upheld. Ronaldo, 32, pushed the ref after he was shown a second yellow card in Real Madrid's 3-1 win in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Barcelona on Sunday. It capped an eventful El Clasico for Ronaldo who arrived in the second half as a sub, then scored a stunner to put Real 2-1 up.

USMNT
USMNT's John Brooks out three months with thigh injury

The U.S. men's national team will have to do without center back John Brooks for their crucial upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers after his club side, Wolfbsurg, confirmed he ruptured tendons in his thigh in a German Cup game last weekend. Brooks, 24, became the most-expensive U.S. player in history this summer after he joined Wolfsburg from Bundesliga rivals Hertha Berlin for $23.3 million but the German-American will now spend a considerable amount of time on the sidelines. "John Anthony Brooks will be out for VfL Wolfsburg long term," Wolfsburg said in a statement.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Saints won
Transfer Rumor Roundup: Saints won't sell Van Dijk; Aurier to Tottenham

Southampton are said to be interested in signing Lazio's Dutch international center back Wesley Hoedt and have issued an update on Virgil Van Dijk's future at St Mary's. Multiple outlets, including the Sun, say Saints have bid $20 million for Hoedt, 23, and many believe that is the first chain of action in star Virgil van Dijk leaving St Mary's. Van Dijk, 26, has put in a transfer request with Liverpool and Chelsea said to be interested in the $80 million valued center back, but the Press Association is reporting that Hoedt is not seen as a replacement for VVD.

Premier League player Power Rankings - Week 1
Premier League player Power Rankings - Week 1

It is time to take stock of the Premier League's opening weekend and select the top 20 players who dazzled to open up the 2017-18 campaign. [ MORE: Power Rankings archive ] Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in

Everton confirm Gylfi Sigurdsson medical ahead of move
Everton confirm Gylfi Sigurdsson medical ahead of move

Everton's $57.8 million club-record move for Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson is almost complete. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was speaking to the media ahead of the first leg of their UEFA Europa League playoff against Hajduk Split on Thursday, and he confirmed Sigurdsson has undergone a medical at their Finch Farm training ground without any hiccups.

Alexander-Arnold courageous for taking free-kick - Klopp
Alexander-Arnold courageous for taking free-kick - Klopp

Jurgen Klopp admits Trent Alexander has a lot to learn defensively, but praised the 18-year-old's courage for taking the free-kick in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Klopp after UCL first leg win: "Result is okay… We need Anfield"
Klopp after UCL first leg win: "Result is okay… We need Anfield"

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was not impressed with Tuesday's UEFA Champions League playoff round first leg against Hoffenheim. Sure his Reds won 2-1 and hold a distinct advantage heading home for leg No. 2 with a pair of away goals against a side which has never played an away match in the UCL. "We need Anfield, what an intense game for both sides.

Three keys for Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim
Three keys for Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim

Liverpool is making its grand return to the UEFA Champions League, but it faces one of the toughest tests in Hoffenheim on Tuesday for a place in the group stage. Jurgen Klopp faces Germany's newest manager darling in Julian Naglesman, the 30-year-old who managed to take a team in a relegation battle and earn them a place in the Champions League playoff round for the first time in club history. Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho, who's transfer saga continues to dominate headlines, due to a back issue, and Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana also miss out with injury.

Woman Pushed Out of the Way of Speeding Car in Charlottesville Recalls Moment Fiance Saved Her Life
Woman Pushed Out of the Way of Speeding Car in Charlottesville Recalls Moment Fiance Saved Her Life

Marisa Blair is also a friend of the woman killed in the attack, Heather Heyer.

Matchday 1: Impact Player of the Week
Matchday 1: Impact Player of the Week

Go to Facebook.com/NBCSportsSoccer to cast your vote for Impact Player of the Week.

Soccer-La Liga fixtures

Aug 14 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the La Liga matches on Monday Friday, August 18 (GMT)Leganes v Alaves (1815) Valencia v Las Palmas (2015) Saturday, August 19 (GMT)Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad (1615) Girona FC v Atletico Madrid (1815) Sevilla v Espanyol (2015) Sunday, August 20 (GMT)Athletic Club v Getafe

Liverpool leave Coutinho out of Champions League squad
Liverpool leave Coutinho out of Champions League squad

Phillipe Coutinho will not travel to Hoffenheim with Liverpool for their UEFA Champions League playoff first leg. The Brazilian playmaker, 26, handed in a transfer request after Barcelona had two bids turned down by Liverpool, the second said to be over $114 million. For you conspiracy theorists out there, let's clear something up: even if Coutinho did play in Liverpool's second leg against Hoffenheim next week he would not be cup-tied and unable to play for Barcelona in Europe if the deal went through.

Cristiano Ronaldo to get 12-game ban for pushing referee?
Cristiano Ronaldo to get 12-game ban for pushing referee?

Cristiano Ronaldo had an eventful game in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Coming on as a sub in the 58th minute he scored a stunner in the 80th minute to put Real Madrid 2-1 up (they went on to win 3-1) and celebrated by taking off his shirt and holding it up to the Real fans a la Lionel Messi at the Santiago Bernabeu back in April. Moments later he received a second yellow for going down in the box and responded by pushing the referee, Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea, in the back as he walked off the pitch.

Priests Must Report Confessions or Be Charged: Inquiry
Priests Must Report Confessions or Be Charged: Inquiry

The Catholic Church regards what is said in confession as strictly confidential.

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp Eyes Lorenzo Insigne as Barcelona Ups Philippe Coutinho Bid
Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp Eyes Lorenzo Insigne as Barcelona Ups Philippe Coutinho Bid

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will bid for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne if he needs to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. Liverpool's most creative spark last season, Coutinho may be on his way out of Anfield this summer and heading for Catalonia. The club's owners released a statement on Friday insisting Coutinho would not be for sale after reports that Barcelona was willing to pay £120 million ($156 million) for the 25-year-old.

English football team
English football team's eco dream as first vegan club

English football club Forest Green Rovers, run by a former nomad turned renewable energy entrepreneur, are proudly boasting their credentials as a pioneer in environmental sustainability. As at every football ground in the country, chips, pies and beer are on offer at New Lawn, their 5,000-capacity, eco-friendly ground in Nailsworth, a 6,000-strong town in the picturesque rolling Cotswold Hills of Gloucestershire, southwest England. Founded in 1889, Rovers were promoted to the professional leagues in May. They opened their campaign in the fourth-tier League Two on August 5.

Costa reveals root of conflict with Conte, banishment from Chelsea
Costa reveals root of conflict with Conte, banishment from Chelsea

If any Chelsea fan out there were still holding out hope that the conflict between star striker Diego Costa and manager Antonio Conte could be resolved and the Spanish international could return to the field at Stamford Bridge, it's probably time to move on. In an explosive interview with the Daily Mail, from his childhood home in Brazil, Costa has held back absolutely nothing in telling his version of events which led to him being told to train with the reserves and held hostage as he waits for a move away from Chelsea to materialize.

Ronaldo scores golazo, gets sent off, shoves ref… all in 2.5 minutes
Ronaldo scores golazo, gets sent off, shoves ref… all in 2.5 minutes

58′ - Ronaldo is subbed into the game, replacing Karim Benzema, with Madrid 1-0 ahead thanks to a Gerard Pique own goal in the 50th minute. Ronaldo takes his shirt off in celebration and is subsequently booked, his first yellow card of the game.

Mourinho: Manchester United flying at final whistle
Mourinho: Manchester United flying at final whistle

Jose Mourinho didn't want to sound too positive after Manchester United's sterling performance on Opening Day, but he couldn't help himself. While saying the match was more difficult than it looked, admitting that West Ham did come close to making it 2-1 through Marko Arnautovic, Mourinho said his side was humming at the final whistle. "At 2-nil they had a chance and I don't think the game (goes to) 4-nil," Mourinho said.

Bilic: West Ham won
Bilic: West Ham won't forget Manchester United thrashing in a hurry

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says they will not soon forget their 4-0 opening-day defeat to Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's side delivered a commanding performance at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice on his home debut before late goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. The visitors were second-best throughout the contest and managed only one shot on target, while a looping Marko Arnautovic header that clipped the crossbar was the closest they came to a goal.

STREAM: Manchester United vs. West Ham United
STREAM: Manchester United vs. West Ham United

Old friend Javier Hernandez is on the other side of the pitch when Manchester United hosts West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). WATCH LIVE ONLINE, HERE He won't recognize too many

Pochettino puffs his chest after opening win vs. 10-man Magpies
Pochettino puffs his chest after opening win vs. 10-man Magpies

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino isn't convinced the score line tells the story of his side's 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday at St. James Park. Scoreless at half, the match changed when Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey stamped down on the ankle of Dele Alli. Dele would go on to score minutes later against the 10-man Magpies, and Ben Davies made it 2-0 within 10 minutes.

WATCH: USMNT
WATCH: USMNT's Chandler scores for Eintracht Frankfurt

It's one appearance, one goal for USMNT wide man Timmy Chandler in his 2017-18 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt. Granted this goal came against lower-tier competition in the German Cup, but the 29-times capped defender now has two goals and nine assists

MLS Snapshot: Shield, Cup favorites TFC torch Timbers, 4-1
MLS Snapshot: Shield, Cup favorites TFC torch Timbers, 4-1

The game in 100 words (or less): Very rarely is a team in MLS capable of running away from the rest of the field - it's a league designed to create parity, after all - but this Toronto FC side looks as if they intend to smash that very ideal. Greg Vanney

Mourinho: Man Utd, Zlatan "having conversations" about return
Mourinho: Man Utd, Zlatan "having conversations" about return

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United is in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic about the striker playing again for the club. [ MORE: Saturday's PL roundup - A wild return for the top flight! ] The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals before a serious

Guardiola fine with favorite tag after Chelsea "killed" Man City
Guardiola fine with favorite tag after Chelsea "killed" Man City

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are favorites to win the 2017-18 Premier League. Guardiola's men brushed off a stubborn Brighton & Hove Albion side on Saturday to win their Premier League opener 2-0 at the Amex Stadium, but his Man City side will have to cope with the pressure all season long of being title favorites off the back of a $260 million summer spending spree. With nine-man Chelsea losing 3-2 at home to Burnley on Saturday, plus Liverpool drawing 3-3 at Watford and Arsenal struggling in a 4-3 win against Leicester City on opening weekend, Guardiola was asked if making his team the favorites again was about right 12 months on from his arrival in England.

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