Crossing Broadcast: Eagles’ Draft Recap with Lefkoe, Sixers/Celtics Schedule Mess — iPhillySports

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In the first segment, Russ is joined by Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe to recap: The Eagles’ draft picks (2:00) Lefkoe’s views on the Sixers/Celtics series (14:00) In the second segment, Kyle and Russ discuss: Kyle’s inability to complete household tasks (20:00) The disgraceful schedule for Sixers/Celtics (27:00) Toronto/Cleveland getting priority for primetime (30:00) Home court […]

In the first segment, Russ is joined by Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe to recap:

 

  • The Eagles’ draft picks (2:00)
  • Lefkoe’s views on the Sixers/Celtics series (14:00)

 

In the second segment, Kyle and Russ discuss:

 

  • Kyle’s inability to complete household tasks (20:00)
  • The disgraceful schedule for Sixers/Celtics (27:00)
  • Toronto/Cleveland getting priority for primetime (30:00)
  • Home court advantage (36:00)
  • Kyle’s obsession with the Kentucky Derby (40:00)
  • Boston’s defense (49:00)

 

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Liverpool vs. Stoke City: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Liverpool and A.S. Roma at Anfield on April 24, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

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Liverpool and Stoke City have very different priorities heading into the final weeks of the 2017-18 season.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have just about wrapped up a top-four finish in the Premier League and are unlikely to be fully focussed on Saturday’s home clash against the Potters given they have the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Roma just four days later.

Stoke, meanwhile, are fighting for their lives in the relegation battle and must win at Anfield given they are four points from safety.

Saturday’s clash on Merseyside should then be an intriguing contest. Read on for a preview of the contest, along with scheduling and viewing information.

Date: Saturday, April 28

Time: 12:30 p.m. BST, 7:30 a.m. ET

TV Info: Live on Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go, NBC Sports App

Preview

Liverpool were devastating as they routed Roma 5-2 in their semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Per Squawka, Mo Salah netted twice to continue his incredible 2017-18 season as the Reds put one foot in the final:

Were Stoke to come up against a Liverpool side in that kind of form on Saturday they would be blown away.

However, it seems likely Klopp will rest some of his key players so they are ready for the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

Given the circumstances, it also seems unlikely Liverpool will be as motivated to perform as they were against Roma.

The Anfield outfit have little left to play for in the English top flight this season, while Stoke can only afford a victory.

The problem for Paul Lambert’s side, though, is they are winless in 11 Premier League games.

They need to remember how to win, and fast.

It is not guaranteed that Klopp will rest his key front men for the Stoke clash, although he will have no option to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was stretchered off against Roma, per football broadcaster Melissa Reddy:

Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have the ability to seal the three points with early goals should they start, after which they could then be substituted.

But there is also the chance that one of them could pick up an injury.

Liverpool’s top-four spot is not guaranteed, but it is also not in any immediate danger.

It will be a balancing act for Klopp to decide what team he puts out, as even a second string XI could likely claim all three points against an out-of-form Stoke.

But the Potters are in a brutal relegation scrap and that means they will pose Liverpool some danger, as West Bromwich Albion did last time out in claiming a 2-2 draw against the Reds.

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Wembley deal ‘could take eight to 12 weeks’, says Fulham owner Khan

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Fulham owner Shahid Khan says he hopes a deal to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association will be completed in eight to 12 weeks.

Khan, who also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars, has made an offerthought to be worth £900m.

It is understood he would pay £600m for the stadium and the FA will continue to run the £300m-valued Club Wembley hospitality business.

“This offer makes a lot of sense for us,” he told BBC Sport.

“When I say us, I’m talking about the Jaguars, NFL, Wembley, and I think it also makes a lot of sense for the FA and the English football team.

“I’m pretty confident – that’s why we’re putting our name, our reputation on the line to get it done.”

Khan said England games would remain at Wembley and he would retain the stadium’s name.

BBC Sport understands selling Wembley would allow the FA to make a major investment into football at grassroots level.

Pakistan-born Khan has a current net worth of $7.2bn (£5.2bn) and is the 217th richest person in the world, according to the 2018 Forbes rich list.

He said he understands fans’ concerns over his offer for the 90,000-seat stadium, which is the largest in the United Kingdom.

“I think they have to understand the value and the attraction for myself,” Khan added.

“We’ll leave the tradition and the stadium itself. Even though this is a new stadium, it does need upgrades.

“Under this arrangement the FA retains the right, the revenue, and that is really the most positive part of Wembley for the FA. So they will be retaining it and obviously we want it to be there.”

The 67-year-old added that the deal would make lead to “more meaningful discussions” over a permanent NFL franchise in London.

“NFL has been playing in London since 2007,” he said. “Until now, NFL doesn’t have a stadium solution or have a home. And it can’t work with a Premier League club, because of the schedule. It does work very well with Wembley, so I think it makes it closer.”

According to the FA’s latest financial results, it still owes £113m to public bodies such as Sport England, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, plus the London Development Agency, which helped pay to build the stadium, which cost £757m and opened in 2007.

In January, the FA said it would finish paying for the ground by the end of 2024.

In a statement, Sport England said it had invested £120m of National Lottery money into the development of Wembley and it looked forward to “hearing more detail about how such a deal would work and whether it would benefit grassroots sport”.

‘It could be a positive move’ – reaction to Khan offer

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman: “This process is at an early stage and it’s ultimately a decision for the FA. But Wembley is the historic home of English football and holds a very special place in the hearts of fans up and down the country and I’m sure the FA will want to strongly consider the views of these supporters before deciding what to do next.”

Labour Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan: “The FA should not rush into any deal to sell and any deal must guarantee that England continue to play at Wembley as well as around the country; that major tournaments, cup finals and play-offs for multiple sports are still held at Wembley; and that ticket prices for England games are frozen for 10 years. The FA needs to guarantee that profits of the sale will be put into grassroots football to ensure that future generations will benefit.”

Hodgson would be ‘disappointed’ if England stopped playing at Wembley

Crystal Palace boss and former England manager and Roy Hodgson:“I am a massive supporter of Wembley as the national stadium and England playing there but I also have great faith in the FA that they won’t be making decisions lightly. If they think that is a good deal, a deal that will bring in money that they can spend in a better way, then I would be behind that.”

Former England captain and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: “If the money goes towards grassroots football, most importantly on pitches, artificial and otherwise, for youngsters to play then it could be a positive move.”

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal, who guided Sheffield Wednesday to the 2016 Championship play-off final:“I think they are monuments and we can’t sell them in my opinion. If you sell Wembley you can sell Big Ben and Buckingham Palace? We can’t sell monuments, it is culture, and you can’t sell culture.”

Chairman of Matchroom Sports and former Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn: “Unless there’s a very good reason why it shouldn’t be sold, frankly the laws of commerce take over. It’s he who has most will win. I would be saddened but I would be realistic enough to say it’s life in the current system.”

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Arsenal and Manchester United fans react to shock Louis van Gaal announcement — Metro

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Louis van Gaal claims he has an offer he cannot refuse and is in line for a return to management (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he has been offered a chance to return to management and it’s one he cannot refuse. The Dutchman was sacked by United shortly after he masterminded…

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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he has been offered a chance to return to management and it’s one he cannot refuse.

The Dutchman was sacked by United shortly after he masterminded the club’s first FA Cup success in 12 years, paving the way for Jose Mourinho’s appointment.

Van Gaal has since been critical of the way in which he was treated and of his former protege’s Mourinho’s methods, particularly with regards to the way in which Bastian Schweinsteiger was exiled.

Christian Benteke sweating on Belgium World Cup call-up — Vickspiration

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Christian Benteke says he will be hurt if he is overlooked for Belgium’s World Cup squad Christian Benteke admits his indifferent form for Crystal Palace could cost him a place at the World Cup. The Belgium international has just three games left to impress Roberto Martinez before he picks his squad for the tournament in […]

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Christian Benteke admits his indifferent form for Crystal Palace could cost him a place at the World Cup.

The Belgium international has just three games left to impress Roberto Martinez before he picks his squad for the tournament in Russia this summer.

The striker has scored just twice in 28 appearances for his club this season and is yet to play for this national side this campaign.

“In the past I have had just one opportunity on the match and I scored,” Benteke said.

“This year, I feel more involved in the game, I make more effort but I’m not rewarded. I do not say it’s the fault of others, I’m clumsy, lack of lucidity, lack of success too. But I will work.”

Benteke was overlooked for Belgium's match against Saudi Arabia
Benteke was overlooked for Belgium’s match against Saudi Arabia

Benteke was left out of the squad for the recent friendly against Saudi Arabia and he admits it would hurt if he did not regain his place for the World Cup.

“I knew it was 50-50, I’m no longer a kid, I also knew the reason – it’s my statistics and not the overall quality of my matches,” he added.

“The positive was that it allowed me to stay at my club and to be able to work on knowing why I was not taken in. And to address it.

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Benteke last scored in January against West Ham

“If I had to miss [the World Cup], it would hurt me but I would recover. For my family, my cousins, it would be different. It is also their dream.

“It’s not an individual sport where I’m alone. The more time goes, the more pressure I will feel, because they want it to work again for me, for me to be there.

“They’d see me on TV, with the others, with the team but I’m more motivated than ever.”

The first of those remaining chances to impress Martinez comes on Saturday when Palace play Leicester at Selhurst Park.

That game is followed by a trip to Stoke a week later on Sky Sports before the season finale against bottom club West Brom on May 13.

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, date and odds — Metro

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Arsene Wenger has one last shot at glory (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger takes charge of his last home European game in charge of Arsenal on Thursday night as the Gunners host Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League. It is the Frenchman’s last chance to win a European trophy with Arsenal before he…

Arsene Wenger takes charge of his last home European game in charge of Arsenalon Thursday night as the Gunners host Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League.

It is the Frenchman’s last chance to win a European trophy with Arsenal before he steps down from his role as manager in the summer.

His side face a stern test, though, against an Atletico side who sit second in La Liga, two points clear of their city rivals Real Madrid.

It is only the first leg on Thursday night but it is hugely important, here is everything… Read the full story

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Does anybody want to Coach Arsenal? — INKLING LEAGUE

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25 April Arsenal could be running out of candidates to take over from Arsene Wenger, if the Times are to be believed. The North London side will be without the Frenchman next season, as he announced his retirement last week. Yet one of the prime names to take over, Jogi Low, is likely out because […]

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West Ham vs Man City: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League clash — The Sun

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WEST HAM need to beat this season’s champions to continue their push for Premier League survival. The Hammers will be looking to get things back on track after a devastating 4-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. But Pep Guardiola’s side still have a job to do, despite already securing the silverware. The Blues are chasing […]

What time is kick-off?

THIS match will take place on Sunday, April 29.

It will kick-off at 2:15pm.

The London Stadium will host the showdown.

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Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

THIS match will be available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport live blog.

What is the team news?

Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier this week that City talisman Sergio Aguero will be out for the rest of the season.

The Argentina international, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season, has undergone a minor knee operation.

He will now be facing a race against time to get fully fit for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

John Stones, who has not featured for City since the start of March, is set to continue his stint on the sidelines.

But Guardiola hinted earlier this week that he should be back in the squad before the end of the season.

The Hammers could welcome back James Collins, who has been out of action after damaging his thigh.

Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and Sam Byram will all miss out through injury.

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Inter will surely win -Materazzi

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Inter legend Marco Materazzi talked to La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the nerazzurri Serie A tie against Juventus.

Juventus are desperate to get the three points and maintain distances with Napoli, whilst Inter need points to qualify for the Champions League.

“I think Inter will win”, Materazzi says.

“They can’t let this chance go. Inter must qualify for the Champions League and a win would create so much troubles to Juventus. Interisti would celebrate twice. Juve are dangerous, especially when they are angry. But San Siro is Inter’s home and Juve can’t win there. Failing to win against Juve, however, would create trouble to Inter.”

“Inter have quality but it takes time to reach the level of Napoli and Juve. With restrictions of Fiancial Fair play they can make no mistake in the transfer window. De Vrij is a bargain for example. He is a leader as well as a defender capable of scoring 6-7 goals per season.”

VAR: Will the Video Assistant Referee be used at the World Cup 2018, and what decisions will it make?

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FOR more than two years the Video Assistant Referee has been trialled in leagues around the world.

In Germany, Australia and Italy the system is now commonly used in its current form – but has been met with strong criticism for the way it is affecting the game.

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The system has been met by a mixed response in the Bundesliga and A-League

 

Some see it as removing emotion and spontaneity from the game, whilst others are concerned about the amount of time decisions are taking to be reached.

Despite trials in the English cup competitions this season, the Premier League won’t be using VAR next season – but what about in Russia?

 

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Legendary ref Pierluigi Collina is backing technology at the World Cup

 

Will the video assistant referee be used at the World Cup 2018?

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is firmly behind the system and confirmed in March that VAR will be used at the World Cup.

It was used in the Club World Cup in December 2016, before another trial in the 2017 Confederations Cup – and has now been unanimously cleared for use despite numerous hiccups.

Infantino has been met with criticism for introducing the system despite its teething problems, but hit back at those unwilling to embrace change.

He said: “We need to live with the times. We wanted to give the referees tools so they can make better decisions, and in the World Cup some very important decisions are made.”

“It’s not possible that in 2018 everyone in their living room knows a few seconds after the play whether a referee has made a mistake and the referee doesn’t.”

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There was confusion in Meinz as a penalty was awarded after the half-time whistle had gone

What decisions will it make?

JUST like in domestic games, referees will have the same powers to consult the VAR on ‘clear and obvious errors’.

This is where much of the controversy over the system has been levelled, as many of the decisions we’ve seen overturned – such as the James Tarkowski penalty against Italy – have been borderline calls.

They will also be able to review “serious missed incidents” involving goals, penalty awards, red cards and mistaken identity.

With 36 refs from all around the world taking part in this summers final, the worry is that many will have not used the system before, which will be remotely based at a Moscow hub.

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Italy were awarded a penalty against England on review – but was it ‘clear and obvious’?

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Olivier Giroud sends tribute message to Arsene Wenger over Arsenal exit — Metro

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‘I improved so much alongside you.’

Olivier Giroud has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger.. (Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud has sent a tribute message to Arsene Wenger following the 68-year-old’s decision to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has called time on his 22-year reign, even though he still had a year remaining on his contract, and will leave at the end of the campaign.

Giroud was signed by Wenger from Montpellier for £9.6 million in 2012 and helped the club win three FA Cups during his six years at the club.

Giroud left Arsenal to join Chelsea in the January transfer window, and the France striker has thanked Wenger for improving him as a player.

Giroud insists Wenger improved him as a player. (Getty Images)

‘Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make my childhood dream comes true,’ Giroud posted on Twitter.

‘A huge respect for your resilience and your full commitment to the Arsenal over these 22 years.

‘I improved so much alongside you on and off the pitch thanks to your support and your trust over the years!’

 

via Olivier Giroud sends tribute message to Arsene Wenger over Arsenal exit — Metro

Mohamed Salah equals Shearer, Ronaldo & Suarez’s Premier League goal record- Metro Sport

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The Egyptian’s stellar season in front of goal continued away to West Brom (Picture: Getty) Mohamed Salah has equalled the Premier League record for most goals in a single Premier League campaign thanks to his 72nd-minute goal against West Brom on Saturday. The Egyptian has been in incredible form this season, scoring 41 goals in all competitions, and has now notched his 31st goal of the Premier League campaign to tie the record for a 38-game season.

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Salah is the only player to win three Player of the Month awards in a single season (Getty)

Alan Shearer (1995-96), Luis Suarez (2013-14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) all shared the record and now Salah has joined them – though they may not be tied for much longer. Salah is the only player to win three Player of the Month awards in a single season (Getty) Salah is not only targeting one final goal to claim the record outright, but he also wants to break the record for a 42-game season. Shearer (1994-95) and Andy Cole (1993-94) both netted an astonishing 34 times with Blackburn and Newcastle respectively.

 

I Am Very Happy At Manchester City – Ederson

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PepEderson has said he had “almost a perfect year” after Manchester City clinched the Premier League title.

Ederson made his debut for Brazil in October, while the 24-year-old has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award.

City have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and the former Benfica player is one clean sheet behind Manchester United’s David De Gea in the race for the Golden Glove.

“I am very happy,” he told the club’s official website. “Everything happened very quickly. My two first years at Benfica, I was able to play, and now being a regular for City in the Premier League is a dream for me.

“And to win the title, be shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year and be able to be part of the team that conceded the least number of goals this season … I can assure you with that this has been almost a perfect year.

“I am extremely happy at the club. My family is also very happy and is growing as well. We are over the moon.”

City went out of the Champions League to Liverpool, but Ederson feels they will learn from that disappointment.

“I believe going out of the Champions League can be a good lesson for the next season,” he said.

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Justin Kluivert and 3 Ajax Team-Mates Reportedly on Barcelona’s Radar

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Justin Kluivert and 3 Ajax Team-Mates Reportedly on Barcelona’s Radar

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Barcelona have sent scouts to watch four of Ajax‘s young prospects as the La Liga leaders look to strengthen their squad this summer, per Diario Gol (h/t Callum Vurley for the Daily Star).

Justin Kluivert, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek are reportedly being watched by Barca’s recruitment team, continuing a longstanding tradition of players leaving the Dutch club’s elite academy for the Camp Nou.

The two teams have enjoyed a close relationship ever since Johan Cruyff moved to Barcelona in the 1970s, with a subsequent spell as manager of both sides cementing a link that was renewed down the years by Louis van Gaal. It is because of Cruyff that the two broadly share a playing style and approach to academy production.

And the relationship could continue as Barca aim to update an ageing squad. Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique are all 30 or over, highlighting the urgency with which the club must recruit the next generation of talent. It is only natural they should start at Ajax.

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Kluivert, son of former Barcelona and Ajax player Patrick, is highly rated in his home country and is reportedly also of interest to Manchester United, who considered signing the striker in January, per Duncan Castles for Yahoo Sport. The 18-year-old has featured in 22 Eredivisie games so far this season, scoring six goals.

All four of the players have been regulars in the Ajax team this season. De Ligt, 18, and Van de Beek, 20, have both started 25 of a possible 26 league games, while De Jong, 20, has started 16 times.

Ajax are 10 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and haven’t lifted the title since 2013-14, reflecting a regeneration project that is still in the works. Fourteen of the 25 Ajax players to have played for the club in 2017-18 are 21 or under.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are top of La Liga by eight points, making this the ideal time to begin searching for the next generation of talent.

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