August 7, 2014 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Union's present and future are in the spotlight this week as part of Major League Soccer's all-star festivities. The present is midfielder Maurice Edu. He's one of 23 all-stars who will face German superpower Bayern Munich Wednesday night in MLS's midsummer classic at Providence Park. Edu was a late addition to the squad as an injury replacement, but his name recognition and versatility on defense made him a natural fit. "It's definitely an honor, and one that I'm very appreciative of," Edu said.
July 29, 2014 |
OCEANPORT, N.J. - There is an old saying at the racetrack: Speed of the speed. It is applicable in a race where there are several horses with similar front-running styles, but one horse is faster than the others and dominates the race. It is not always obvious prior to the race which horse is the speed of the speed. It was obvious in yesterday's $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational after about 100 yards. Bayern was simply faster than the other speed horses. Once that was settled, it was going to take a superstar to run the colt down.
April 18, 2014 |
MONEY CAN buy a lot of things, but apparently a guaranteed championship in professional sports is not one of them. The results of a survey conducted by sportsintelligence.com and ESPN The Magazine, released yesterday, showed that the soccer club Manchester City FC, of the English Premier League, is currently the highest-paying franchise in the world. While Man City's overall payroll of $202 million ranks behind the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, the average player income of $8.1 million makes it the winner.
May 25, 2013 |
LONDON - Bayern Munich is trying to play things down as the title favorite, while outsider Borussia Dortmund is eager to play up its chances. Even before a ball is kicked in Saturday's Champions League final, the German rivals are at odds in their approach to the biggest game in club football. Bayern is approaching its third final in four years with the self-assured calm of a team fully in control after a season of dominance, while Dortmund is enjoying the role of underdog with everything to gain and nothing to lose.
January 19, 2013
Hannover 96 at Schalke 04 2:30 p.m. Friday (GolTV) Germany's top flight returns from winter break with a matchup featuring U.S. national team stars: Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo and Schalke midfielderJermaine Jones. South Africa vs. Cape Verde 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com) The Africa Cup of Nations opens with the host Bafana Bafana and Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero facing underdog Cape Verde and Lille striker Ryan Mendes. Arsenal at Chelsea 8:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel)
August 13, 2012
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic won his second straight Rogers Cup title and third overall, beating Richard Gasquet , 6-3, 6-2, Sunday night in Toronto's Rexall Centre. The Serbian star, also the tournament winner in 2007, won for the first time since the ATP Masters stop in Miami four months back. Gasquet, the 14th-seed Frenchman, was making his first Masters 1000 finals appearance since losing to Roger Federer in Toronto in 2006. American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan , fresh off their Olympic gold medal, won the doubles title with a 6-1, 4-6 (12-10)
May 19, 2012 |
MUNICH - The dream Champions League final, in pure soccer terms, would have been Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. But the world's two best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both fluffed penalties in the semifinals, leaving us with a thinking fan's final of Bayern Munich against Chelsea. Which isn't to say that Bayern against the Blues is a dull second-best. European club soccer's most coveted trophy along with, in some ways, the game's soul and UEFA boss Michel Platini's ambitions for the future will all be in play when the sober Bavarian side and the glitzy West London club meet at Munich's Allianz Arena at 2 p.m. Saturday.
April 26, 2012
Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid, 3-1, on penalties Wednesday in Madrid to secure its place against Chelsea in the Champions League final. Bayern became the first team to play the final at its home ground after Bastian Schweinsteiger beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas with the final spot kick to reach its second final in three seasons. In the shootout, Manuel Neuer saved from Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka to put Bayern on course before counterpart Casillas denied Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm to drag Madrid back into it. But after Xabi Alonso scored Madrid's first, Sergio Ramos sent his shot high over the bar, and Schweinsteiger sent his shot straight down the middle for the win. Madrid's players left the field with their heads hanging low and some in tears.
April 29, 2011
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United Friday, 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel) Two days after his 28th birthday, newly signed Spaniard Sergio Koke will make his Dynamo debut. Fulham vs. Sunderland Saturday, 9:55 a.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3.com) Fulham's American star, Clint Dempsey, set the club record for career goals (33), scoring two on Wednesday vs. Bolton. Chelsea vs. Tottenham Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel) Chelsea must win to keep its slim hopes of winning the Premier League alive.