Sunday, April 22, 2018

Atletico vs Real Betis: From one final to another

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:24 AM
English // marca
Atletico vs Real Betis: From one final to another
Atletico vs Real Betis: From one final to another

Saturday, April 21, 2018

COSAFA Sponsorship: The Facts

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:48 AM
Sport – The Standard
COSAFA Sponsorship: The Facts

Kwese refers to media reports related to the sponsorship of participating teams in the COSAFA Women’s Games and wishes to clarify that the company did not commit to ongoing sponsorship […]

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Wenger’s Arsenal legacy cannot ignore Herbert Chapman’s achievements | Brian Glanville

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:53 AM
News – World Soccer
Wenger’s Arsenal legacy cannot ignore Herbert Chapman’s achievements | Brian Glanville

Chapman was the Gunners' greatest manager, not the current incumbent

Wenger's Arsenal legacyArsenal players want Arsene Wenger to stay.Herbert Chapman was the Gunners' greatest manager, not the current incumbent

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:52 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss
Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss

MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, this time with a backheel flick that saved his team from a loss in the Spanish league. Ronaldo netted an 87th-minute equalizer with a subtle touch of the ball with his back to the goal, redirecting a low shot by Luka Modric from outside the […]

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Radical Heights: Everything you need to know about the new Fortnite – maps, weapons, release date, early access, PUBG and more

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:18 AM
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Radical Heights: Everything you need to know about the new Fortnite – maps, weapons, release date, early access, PUBG and more

Chances are you’re starting to take an interest in free-to-play shooters such as Fortnite and PUBG.

That’s what brought you here, right?

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The good news is that there’s another new kid on the block – and it’s arguably just as fun.

Enter Radical Heights – a fast, fun and free shooter that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus, it’s been getting rave reviews.

Here’s everything you need to know about it – oh, and you check out our Fortnite explainer here.

Radical Heights has been getting rave reviews

What is Radical Heights?

Think Fortnite with vehicles.

It’s set in the 80s and features the same Battle Royale-style combat millions have fallen in love with.

One hundred people drop on a map and then it’s a fight to death, with the winner being the last person standing.

The key difference here is that there is in-game cash on the line – which you pick up when you kill someone.

This can then be used to buy weapons and prizes.

There are vehicles in Radical Heights

Who’s it made by?

It’s developed by Boss Key productions.

Cliff Bleszinski, who made a name for himself as the creative director of the Gears of War series at Epic Games before leaving the company to start a new studio, has recently accused Epic of poaching developers from his studio, Boss Key. Both are based in the Raleigh, NC area.

How can I play it, is itbout yet?

Yes, kind of. It’s available on Steam Early Access.

Be warned, though – a lot of the game is not finished, so some areas will look very rough around the edges.

As the developers explain: “Early Access is an incredible opportunity for us to get the core foundation of the game into players’ hands and start building a community almost immediately.

“At Boss Key, we have some really unique twists we want to put in the Battle Royale genre, and launching into Early Access allows for us to share those high level ideas with our community quickly.

“We want to work with our fans to build Radical Heights into the ridiculous sandbox of fun we want it to be. It’s all about community engagement, and once we launch, this game is no longer our game, but our community’s game, and we are ready to mould it together.”

It’s on Steam Early Access right now

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

Boss Key said: “Our current plan is to be in Early Access for about a year. This gives us time to solidify the foundation of the game with our community, build out additional features, and develop a solid understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and flesh out a full release content plan based on what we think is right for the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our team has a high-level vision for where we want Radical Heights to be by the time we leave Early Access and a solid road map for what new content we will drop throughout. Our community can expect new weapons, gadgets, customization, vehicles, game show events, game modes, and eventually a Daily/Weekly Challenges system! We will continue to push and identify features that the community thinks is best and fits within our development vision.”

Colourful graphics help Radical Heights stand out

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Boss Key said: “Radical Heights is a work in progress; we are launching in a state that we have branded ‘X-Treme” Early Access. The core gameplay experience is complete. However, players should expect to experience placeholder assets in the world including; models, audio, animation, and even entire buildings. We are actively working on improving performance and bringing the level of polish up across the entire experience.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

Boss Key said: “Radical Heights has been built from the ground up with Free to Play in mind, and we plan to keep it that way post Early Access as well.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

Boss Key said: “Balancing weapons and combat experience will be the number one focus with the community.

“We have unique weapons and gadgets we are trying out, and we believe they work, but every game needs tuning and adjustment when you are dealing with a large number of players and their individual experiences.

Players compete for in-game cash

“Outside of combat, we want to develop fun sandbox style experiences within the world, and take Radical Heights to unique places with social features. We need our community’s input to truly do this in a meaningful way.”

So, what is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a FREE co-op sandbox survival game.

Set on Earth, a worldwide storm has caused 98 per cent of the population to vanish and zombie-like freaks to take their place.

Up to four players work together on randomly-generated maps collecting resources and building fortifications to protect survivors from said zombies.

Wave upon wave of enemies head your way – with the aim of the game seeing you and your team trying to stay alive for as long as possible.

Yes, sounds awfully like Metal Gear Survive, doesn’t it?

Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound like the Fortnite I’ve been hearing about? What’s all this about 100 players?

Yep – you’re right.

That’s because in September 2017, a new standalone mode called Battle Royale was launched – which brought the game into direct competition with PUBG – another battle royal-style shooter.

Each game sees 100 players plonked on to a map with little or no weapons or armour – you need to scavenge and explore to find these.

The two titles share a similar, ‘closing in’ mechanic – which sees the game area get smaller and smaller.

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Venture outside the safe zone (a ‘storm’ in Fortnite’s case) and you’ll lose health rapidly, before being eliminated.

Both PUBG and Fortnite can be played solo or with a friend.

Word to the uninitiated – if you’re playing solo, do not try to team up – you’ll get killed.

How much does Fortnite cost?

It’s free – unless you’re mad about upgrades (which some people clearly are).

PUBG is free on mobile but costs around £15 on Xbox (which is a bit ropy at the moment and has been hampered by performance issues).

Here’s the cheapest place we found it, though, if you’re keen.

What games systems is Fortnite on?

It’s on Xbox, PC and PS4.

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Both games have mobile versions, correct?

Yep, you’re correct.

You can register to sign up for Fortnite here (Andorid is coming later) while PUBG can be installed here and played straight away on iOS and Android.

There’s rumours of the game becoming cross-platform? Is that actually happening?

The demand for Fortnite cross-play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is massive right now.

It’s certainly possible for both consoles to connect with each other, as you can play on PC with someone on console and mobile.

However, due to the politics between Xbox and Sony, it hasn’t happened.. yet.

What game has the better maps?

The PUBG Erangel map

Let’s start with PUBG, which features two very different maps – Erangel and Miramar.

Both are 8x8km which means that if the safe zone is not kind, you’re going to be doing a LOT of sprinting.

Thankfully there are vehicles dotted around, which – although make you an easy target – can help you get from A-B very quickly.

Erangel rewards exploration, with Sosnovka Island’s military base one of the best places to grab good gear.

Just don’t get stranded – it’s a long swim back to the mainland.

The PUBG Miramar map

Miramar is a refreshingly change of pace and takes place in a desert.

There are more sniping positions and vast open spaces with plenty of hills.

If you’re a camper, this map is for you – catering to a slower, more measured playstyle.

Fortnite’s game area is smaller than PUBG

The Fortnite map doesn’t feature any vehciles – but it doesn’t really need them.

It’s smaller than both PUGB maps making it easier and quicker to traverse.

Despite plenty of hills and high points, snipers will find it hard to hide – as gamers tend to be more aggressive in searching for loot.

There are no other maps (yet), which will frustrate some, but developers Epic have added to their existing map with locations such as Tilted Towers, Snobby Shores, and Lucky Landing.

Where’s the worst place to land on Fortnite?

It all depends on your ability. Tilted Towers can be the best place if you’re experienced or worst place if you’re a noob.

It’s usually teeming with loot and powerful weapons – but most decent players will swarm on it pretty sharpish.

If you’re new to the game, head for Snobby Shores or Lonely Lodge – they’re a bit further out so they’ll be less competition for decent loot.

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What game has better weapons?

PUBG has a load of amazing weapons – from assault rifles to pans, grenades and machetes.

The best ones are found in crates – which are dropped from the sky randomly – and usually snapped up within minutes.

Unlike Fortnite, they’re not defined by colour – rather a levelling system – from one to three. The higher the level, the better the item.

Combat is measured and clinical – leaning towards realistic simualtion than all-out gunplay. One shot will usually do immense damage so unless you’re skilled, you should keep your weapon holstered for as long as possible.

Fortnite meanwhile is far more accessible, with the colour of the weapon indicating how good it is.

There are far fewer weapons and items relative to PUBG – with each one having their own ammo type.

The shotgun is great for close range, while assault rifles are most popular in open expanses.

If you’re lucky enough to get a gun with a scope then you’re quids in.

Even better, the gold SCAR – which is the best weapon on the game – will render you pretty deadly in combat.

The best weapons are found in loot crates – so keep an eye out for these.

What game has better graphics?

PUBG goes for the gritty simulation look – which will win over more hardcore fans. It’s certainly not that attractive to look at, though (We’re looking at you Xbox).

Fortnite’s more childish visuals may put people off, but no one can deny it’s an impressive looking game – especially given its scale.

What’s more fun to play – and more accessible to complete noobs like me?

The biggest difference between the two is Fornite’s building mechanic.

Here, you need to use wood, stone, and metal to create structures to get a good vantage point over the competition.

Mess around for too long and you’ll be blown to bits – so it’s a steep learning curve.

PUBG, meanwhile, doesn’t let you do this, and you have find sanctuary wherever you can.

Luckily, you can go prone – and thanks to the green and brown colour palette (on one map at least), this can help you stay alive for longer than you think.

It’s also incredibly tense.

What’s a better mobile experience?

Critics are loving both – and rest assured both offer stable experiences.

They’re so good that some teachers are complaining they’re ruining lessons – with schoolkids playing the game instead of studying.

If you had to pick, I’d go with PUBG – simply because there’s more depth in the gameplay.

However, Epic’s Fortnite is showing no signs of slowing down – so expect more content and bigger announcements coming down the pipe.

So what’s better – PUBG or Fortnite?

Rather than running and gunning, a lot of the time will be spent hiding and avoiding combat in PUBG.

You’ll often get into the last 20 without firing a single shot altogether.

If that sounds more like your thing, then you’re encouraged to give this a go.

Fortnite, on the other hand, is all about action – and the fun construction element really helps add a new dimension to battles.

It’s far easier to pick up and play for an hour or two – plus, it’s free. It’s no wonder that more than one million people tuned in to watch some YouTubers play it recently.

 

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:51 AM
The Independent - Football
Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar
Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar
Lemar was close to a move to Arsenal last summer but it broke down late on

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:31 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response
Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response
Scottish athlete Callum Hawkins has been taken to hospital after dramatically collapsing while leading the Commonwealth Games' marathon.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remembering Wolves’ game-changing summer transfer window of 2018

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:14 AM
Dream Team FC
Remembering Wolves’ game-changing summer transfer window of 2018

Today is the tenth anniversary of the erection of the Jorge Mendes statue outside Molineux.

Many years ago, back when humans were still the dominant species, The Portuguese super agent used his considerable connections to turn Wolves from a mid-table Championship team to Premier League juggernauts.

The likes of Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota ensured the club’s promotion to the top flight.

But it was in the summer of 2018 when the game changed forever…

Fitting sponsor

Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez were a stretch too far for the newly promoted Wolves but all of Mendes’ other clients were up for grabs.

Wolves sent a warning message out on the first day of the summer transfer window by announcing the signing of Angel Di Maria.

Frustrated with a lack of game time at PSG, the Argentine leapt at the chance to don the famous orange shirt.

He would go on to exorcise his Premier League demons, being named in Team of the Season in his first campaign back on these shores.

His brace at Old Trafford lives long in the memory…

Speaking of Man United rejects…

Strike partnerships may be all the rage again these days but back in 2018 they were few and far between.

Wolves are partially to blame for the resurgence in popularity of front twos as they’re double signing of Radamel Falcao and Andre Silva proved mightily effective.

El Tigre famously went on to win back-to-back Golden Boots.

A necessary evil

Every team needs a bastard.

Three-time Champions League winner Pepe was brought in as an experienced head in defence.

However, this transfer proved to be ill-advised as the Portuguese centre-back was sent off in every one of his five appearances for Wolves.

He was unceremoniously released the following summer and went on to have a moderately successful career in WWE.

Flair. Pure flair

Remembered as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever impact subs, Ricardo Quaresma remains a cult hero in the Black Country to this day.

The trivelas, the rabonas, the panenkas… what a highlight reel.

This great influx of talent peaked on deadline day when Faouzi Ghoulam, Eliaquim Mangala, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches all signed for Wolves in flurry of activity that nearly hospitalised Jim White.

You can do your own Scottish accent at this pointSky Sports

The moment Sanches donned a Wolves shirt he reverted to the bullish midfielder who grabbed games by the throat during his Benfica days.

Gomes brought with him lessons learned from his time at Barcelona which helped instil an elite mentality among the squad.

The ‘Mendes Nine’ (as they came to be known) ensured a joyous return to the Premier League for Wolves as they qualified for the Champions League, pipping Spurs to fourth place on the last day of the season.

No need to look too much into it either, definitely all legal…Reuters

What a window, eh?

It’s a real shame Mendes was imprisoned soon after…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

FIFA 18: Gamers have just spotted a ‘World Cup file’ on the game

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:06 AM
Dream Team FC
FIFA 18: Gamers have just spotted a ‘World Cup file’ on the game

Gamers have discovered a file that appears to show World Cup content on FIFA 18.

The code, which has been posted on the FIFA reddit, is already causing excitement amongst fans.

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It reads:  ‘Free World Cup pack’, which suggests, at the very least, that EA has something planned for the world’s biggest tournament in June.

FIFA players have long-been asking EA Sports for a World Cup mode to coincide with this year’s competition.

According to Goal, The World Cup download will arrive in spring and be available PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.

 There’s no word yet as to whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will get the version, although a stripped back update could well be on the cards.

Last September, Spanish commentator Manolo Lama confirmed he was to record commentary for the expansion.

There’s no word yet as to whether the mode will be a free update – but if history is anything to go by, it’s most likely going to be

He told Radio COPE: “I have to record it for FIFA World Cup in December, I think it will be out in February or March.”

The World Cup kicks off on June 14, so it’s likely the expansion will land sometime before then to give it the longest shelf life possible.

It’s not the first time EA Sports has chosen to update a game rather than release a standalone product.

Back in May 29 2014, EA added a special Ultimate Team: World Cup mode to FIFA 14 – and better yet, it didn’t cost a penny.

It arrived as a free update – a welcome change given how strongly EA leans on the in-game purchase model.

EA will be missing a huge trick if they do not include a World Cup mode

The mode featured players and kits from all 32 teams taking part. It even included the official adidas Brazuca match ball and Estadio do Maracana in Rio.

There were new player items, too – with updated player images and a fresh World Cup theme to make your squad stand out. Some players even received updated stats for the World Cup alone.

 

New cards and ratings will surely be part of the promotion

But it gets better.

Back then, there was a two-for-one promotion on FUT packs – which meant you got a free normal Gold pack in every World Cup pack opened.

Yes, you read that right.

The mode could be played offline and online – so was accessible to all

You could even play through the full tournament online or offline, from the groups to the knock-out stages. Incredible.

FIFA 14 really brought the World Cup to life – but this year the Frostbite engine should blow it out of the water

Remember, keep on top with all the latest FIFA 18 news and FIFA 19 rumours by checking out our detailed ‘Absolutely everything you need to know’ article.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Watch: The brilliant reactions to Roma's incredible turnaround against Barcelona

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:39 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Watch: The brilliant reactions to Roma's incredible turnaround against Barcelona
Watch: The brilliant reactions to Roma's incredible turnaround against Barcelona
An emotional evening in Rome.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Golfer who dislocated ankle and played on posts pictures showing extent of his injury

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:09 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Golfer who dislocated ankle and played on posts pictures showing extent of his injury
Golfer who dislocated ankle and played on posts pictures showing extent of his injury
He managed a top-ten Masters finish despite an extensively bruised and swollen left ankle, which he popped back into place on-course by himself.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fabio Capello announces his retirement from coaching

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:24 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Fabio Capello announces his retirement from coaching
Fabio Capello announces his retirement from coaching

ROME — Fabio Capello has announced his retirement from coaching.

The former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus coach tells RAI state radio that he’s not interested in the open job with Italy’s national team.

The 71-year-old Capello left as coach of Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last month just three matches into the season

"I’ve already had experiences with the England and Russia national teams," Capello said. "I wanted to coach a club once more and Jiangsu was my last football job. I did everything that I wanted to. I’m pleased with what I did and now I’ll enjoy being an analyst. You always win in that role."

Capello was most successful at Milan, guiding the Rossoneri to four Serie A titles and the 1994 Champions League trophy.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Liverpool can't sit back against Man City, says Milner

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:24 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Liverpool can't sit back against Man City, says Milner
Liverpool can't sit back against Man City, says Milner
Liverpool midfielder James Milner insists the coordinated approach to the team's defensive organisation will be key to keeping Manchester City at bay in the Champions League.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

South Korea World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:19 AM
News – World Soccer
South Korea World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

South Korea scraped into the 2018 tournament, behind the play of Son Heung-min.

South Korea World Cup FixturesScrapping Through: South Korea scraped into the tournament and have a tough group too. (Getty Images) South Korea scraped into the 2018 tournament, behind the play of Son Heung-min.

Friday, April 6, 2018

PFL: Ceres Negros slips past Kaya Iloilo

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:30 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
PFL: Ceres Negros slips past Kaya Iloilo
PFL: Ceres Negros slips past Kaya Iloilo

Brothers Manny and Mike Ott struck in the second half as Ceres Negros opened its Philippines Football League title defense with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Kaya Iloilo last Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Toronto FC off to strong start in Champions League semifinal

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:00 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Toronto FC off to strong start in Champions League semifinal
Toronto FC off to strong start in Champions League semifinal
• Club America 1 (Ibarguen 21′), Toronto FC 3 (Giovinco 9’, Altidore 44’, Morgan 58’)
• TFC close in on reaching CONCACAF Champions League final
• Reds can advance with a 1-goal loss in next week’s 2nd leg

TORONTO – It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Hometown product Ashtone Morgan, Toronto FC’s longest serving player, scored the goal that sealed a 3-1 win for the Reds over Mexican side Club America on Tuesday night in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal in front of 23,463 fans at BMO Field.

Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore also scored for TFC, which moved one step closer towards reaching the final, something only two other MLS teams have done since the inaugural Champions League tournament in 2008-09.

Toronto can advance to the final with a win, a draw or a one-goal loss in next week’s second leg at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. A 2-1 victory on Tuesday night would have suited TFC fine. But Morgan’s goal gives the Reds a little bit more breathing room, as Club America needs to win the return match by at least two goals in order to move on.

The unassuming Morgan debuted for Toronto in 2010 when he was still a teenager and went on to become regular starter. He lived through more dark days at this club than any other player, suffered many injuries, and lost his place in the starting 11 as management has brought in high-priced talent over the years. Through it all, the Canadian has always carried himself with class and grace, putting his love for his city and team above his own ambitions. This was his moment, and it was well deserved.

“The third goal was a beautiful goal that started in transition, worked its way across the field and went all the way to the other side. Ash was one of the guys who started the transition and he was the guy who finished it,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said.

TFC was without defender Chris Mavinga (lower body) and midfielder Victor Vazquez (back). Fullback Justin Morrow, who has missed games in recent weeks with a calf problem, was an unused substitute on the bench. It says a lot about the depth and character of the MLS Cup champs that they beat Club America, one of the best teams in Mexico, minus three key starters who played massive roles in the Reds’ record-breaking 2017 campaign.

“You can’t win games, as we have over the last two years, just on talent. You need to have a great mentality. … You got to have a group who buys into [the game plan] and works for each other,” Vanney stated.

The first half was played out under a steady drizzle of rain, the foul weather a perfect match for the action on the pitch, which was chippy and ill-tempered at times. Referee Henry Bejarano issued three yellow cards for unsporting behaviour through the first 45 minutes, and was constantly being surrounded and hounded by protesting players.

The bad blood carried over into the tunnel at halftime as players made their way to their locker rooms. Club America coach Miguel Herrara accused two Toronto police officers of assaulting two of his players (goalkeeper Agustin Marchesín and defender Bruno Valdez), and assistant coach Giber Becerra, and claimed a CONCACAF official witnessed the altercations.

“Police should be there to separate players, not be aggressive and hit players,” Herrara said through a translator.

Vanney saw it completely different, refuting Herrara’s claims of assault by local police, and that tensions escalated when one of his assistants elbowed Jonathan Osorio in the face as the TFC midfielder tried to separate him and Giovinco. The Italian earned what Herrara felt was a dubious penalty decision that allowed Toronto to take an early lead.

“I was front and centre, and I saw everything. … Just in defence of the Toronto police, I’m going to disagree with him strongly because that’s not what happened,” Vanney stated.

Club America made life difficult for the hosts right from the opening kickoff, using its front five attacking players to press TFC high up the pitch. It was Toronto, though, who opened the scoring when Giovinco broke into the box and was taken down by defender Edson Alvarez. Giovinco missed a penalty in TFC’s last game, but the Italian made no mistake this time, drilling his attempt straight down the middle past Marchesin.

The Reds began to dictate the pace of the game before an Osorio giveaway led to a Club America break. Andres Ibarguen took full advantage of some very sloppy defending, dancing between Toronto captain Michael Bradley and Drew Moor on the edge of the penalty area before slotting it past goalkeeper Alex Bono. It was one of the best goals scored in recent memory at BMO Field.

Toronto looked to be in big trouble after that, committing silly mistakes and lacking composure as halftime drew near. But then Giovinco chipped a through ball for Altidore who rounded a Club America defender and fired a low drive by Marchesin.

Toronto padded its lead early in the second half with a gorgeous, free-flowing sequence that started in the defensive half of the field and ended with Brazilian Auro delivering a killer ball into the box, and Morgan hustling from a deep position to get on the end of it and poke it home.

“We broke out of [Club America’s] pressure, I switched the play and continued my run. I was lucky that Auro found me and I got to put it in,” Morgan said.

NOTES: TFC has a bye this week in MLS play. The team travels to Mexico on Thursday in order to acclimatize to the altitude and conditions ahead of next week’s return match at Estadio Azteca… The winner of this series meets the winner of the other semifinal between the New York Red Bulls and Mexican side Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the two-legged final later this month.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Who are the best teams in Premier League history by points total?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:36 AM
The Independent - Football
Who are the best teams in Premier League history by points total?
Who are the best teams in Premier League history by points total?
City are chasing down an elusive record - so where will they end up in the history books?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Atletico beats Deportivo, cuts Barcelona’s lead to 9 points

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:59 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Atletico beats Deportivo, cuts Barcelona’s lead to 9 points
Atletico beats Deportivo, cuts Barcelona’s lead to 9 points

MADRID — Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona’s stumble to keep alive its title hopes in the Spanish league.

Kevin Gameiro converted a first-half penalty kick as Atletico defeated Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 on Sunday to move within nine points of leader Barcelona with eight matches remaining.

Barcelona lost points in a 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday when it needed two very late goals by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to remain the league’s only unbeaten team this season.

“We will keep doing our part and then we will see what happens,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

Gameiro scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after forward Saul Niguez had his jersey pulled inside the area.

Deportivo La Coruna stayed winless in eight matches under coach Clarence Seedorf. The team is second-to-last in the standings and hasn’t won in 15 matches.

“I’m proud of how our team played,” Seedorf said. “We played a great match against a great opponent. We need to start scoring goals to be able to win matches.”

Deportivo has lost five of its eight games with the former Dutch midfielder, having scored only two goals and conceded 10.

Atletico’s next league game is at third-place Real Madrid on Sunday.

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VALENCIA THRIVES

Valencia defeated Leganes 1-0 to extend its impressive run and stay close to Real Madrid in the fight for third place.

Striker Rodrigo scored a second-half winner to give Valencia its seventh win in eight matches. It’s one point behind Madrid, which on Saturday won 3-0 at Las Palmas. Valencia is five points behind second-place Atletico Madrid.

Valencia opened a comfortable 15-point lead over fifth-place Villarreal — 62 to 47 — practically guaranteeing the last Champions League spot for next season with eight matches left.

“We know we are very close to this fourth spot, but it’s not secured yet,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. “We should be able to earn it, but this is football and anything can happen.”

Valencia is unbeaten in its last eight matches, with the only setback a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao four rounds ago. Its recent run follows a streak of six consecutive losses in all competitions.

Leganes is on 36 points with Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol.

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MALAGA WINS AGAIN

Last-place Malaga ended its 14-match winless streak by defeating fifth-place Villarreal, thanks to a first-half penalty kick converted by midfielder Chory Castro.

Malaga, which had lost 11 of its last 14 matches, is 11 points behind Levante, the first team outside the relegation zone.

Villarreal, which was coming off a win over second-place Atletico Madrid, is one point ahead of Sevilla and three in front of seventh-place Girona, the last team securing a Europa League spot next season.

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DERBY DRAW

Real Sociedad could not manage more than a 0-0 draw at Basque Country rival Eibar in the debut of coach Imanol Alguacil.

Sociedad, which has won only one of its last seven matches, remains near the bottom of the table in 15th place, while Eibar is 10th.

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LACKLUSTER DRAW

Alaves halted a three-match losing streak by holding Espanyol to a 0-0 draw at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona.

The result kept Alaves in 16th place, 11 points from the relegation zone.

Espanyol is four points in front of Alaves.

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