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Positive signs emerge from Man United

We break down the highs and lows from matchday nine of the Premier League season, with a little of each occurring at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Bolt deal is for 'much less' than requested

Central Coast Mariners have offered Usain Bolt a contract for "much, much less" than what the Olympic great's camp requested, the head of the A-League says.

Scenes at Stamford Bridge, Man City rampant

Dan Thomas and Steve Nicol recap Saturday's Premier League action, including Jose Mourinho's touchline scuffle and Man City's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley.


How will Barcelona cope without Lionel Messi?

The FC guys look ahead to Barcelona's schedule during the three weeks Lionel Messi is expected to be out after he fractured his arm against Sevilla.


Nicol: I'd have reacted the same as Mourinho

Steve Nicol believes Jose Mourinho was well within his rights to react the way he did after he was taunted by Chelsea assistant coach Mauro Ianni.


Zlatan reminds SVP of his God-like status

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Scott Van Pelt to look ahead to Sunday's crucial game vs. Minnesota and how he's adapted to life in LA.


Football Exposed: The truth about pitch invaders

The Exploding Heads go undercover to reveal staggering revelations about fans -- of all ages -- on the field.


Honigstein: Bayern press conference embarrassing

Raf Honigstein breaks down how Bayern Munich's press conference to confront media criticism turned into a disaster for the club.




Chelsea 2-2 Man United: Dramatic ending sparks touchline bust-up

Jose Mourinho was involved in an unsavoury clash with Chelsea coach Marco Ianni following Ross Barkley's 96th minute equaliser.


Juventus 1-1 Genoa: Ronaldo goal not enough

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus an early lead at home against Genoa, but the Grifoni persisted and earned a shock draw in Turin.


ICYMI: Messi hurt, Real slumping and Inter rule Milan

Check out all the notable action from Europe this weekend, including Lionel Messi's injury, Thierry Henry's debut and Icardi's Milan derby heroics.


Fiorentina 1-1 Cagliari: Fiorentina drop first home points

Fiorentina's perfect home start to the season is finished after Cagliari are able to grab and equalizer to Jordan Veretout's penalty in the second half.


Parma 0-2 Lazio: Lazio leave it late

Lazio needed 80 minutes to break through against Parma as they win to keep pressure on league leaders Juventus and Napoli.


Bologna 2-2 Torino: Bologna roar back

Bologna erased a 2-goal deficit with goals from Federico Santander and Arturo Calabresi to draw 2-2 with Torino.


Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool: Salah goal enough

Mohamed Salah's neat finish in the first-half proved decisive as Liverpool stumbled past a valiant Huddersfield.


West Ham 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs win again

Tottenham battled their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win thanks to a first-half Erik Lamela header at the London Stadium.


Udinese 0-3 Napoli: Partenopei trump Zebrette

Fabián Ruiz's beautifully-curled opener set the tone for Napoli to secure a see out a 0-3 win away at Udinese.


PSV 6-0 Emmen: Eindhoven cruise

Gastón Pereiro and captain Luuk de Jong both scored braces in PSV's 6-goal demolition of visitors FC Emmen VV.


Man City 5-0 Burnley: Blues canter

Man City made light work of Burnley at the Etihad easing to a 5-0 rout to stay top of the Premier League.


PSG 5-0 Amiens: Parisiens dominate

Paris Saint-Germain secured their second successive five-goal win at the Parc des Princes, this time against SC Amiens.


Roma 0-2 SPAL: Spallini conquer Rome

Roma's four-match winning run in all competitions came to a grinding halt at the Olimpico, as they were outclassed at home by SPAL.


Cardiff City 4-2 Fulham: Hosts' first win

Cardiff City earned its first Premiere League win this season over their newly promoted partners Fulham, to give them some breathing room at the bottom of the table.


Major League Soccer

Hislop: I thought Rooney would be good, not this good


Power Rankings: FC Dallas' season on the slide

FC Dallas fell from third to seventh in the MLS Power Rankings after a costly 3-0 thumping at the hands of Sporting Kansas City.

LAFC 2-2 Vancouver: Whitecaps eliminated from playoff contention - Via MLS

Vancouver's playoff hopes came to an end after their comeback effort in a must-win game against LAFC ended in a 2-2 draw.


Houston 2-3 Seattle: Set-piece defending dooms Dynamo - Via MLS

The Seattle Sounders scored twice off of corner kicks to extend their win streak to four straight and 13 of their last 15.


Portland 3-0 Real Salt Lake: Timbers clinch playoff spot - Via MLS

The Portland Timbers clinched a berth into the MLS Cup playoffs with a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake.


San Jose 0-0 Colorado Rapids: Wait continues for Wondolowski - Via MLS

Tim Howard had his fifth shutout of the season for Colorado as San Jose's Chris Wondolowski will have to wait to equal the MLS all-time goalscoring record.


FC Dallas 0-3 Sporting KC: SKC leapfrog Dallas - Via MLS

Sporting KC moved up to first place in the Western Conference, vaulting over Dallas, after winning both of their games this week.


Minnesota 1-3 LA Galaxy: Zlatan keeps Galaxy hopes alive


D.C. United 3-1 NYCFC: Rooney fires D.C. into playoffs

Wayne Rooney's double propelled D.C. United to their fourth consecutive victory and into the MLS Cup playoffs with a comprehensive win over NYCFC.


Philly 0-1 New York: Red Bulls' Shield hopes live on - Via MLS

Kaku scored a penalty-kick winner at Philadelphia to keep New York Red Bulls within a point in the Supporters' Shield race with one match to go.


Atlanta United 2-1 Chicago Fire: Supporters' Shield within reach

Franco Escobar's first goal for the club and a Chicago Fire own goal ensured Atlanta United's quest for the Supporters' Shield remains on track.


Montreal 2-0 Toronto: Impact stay alive - Via MLS

Montreal are two points back of sixth place with one match to play after dispatching bitter rivals Toronto FC in the 401 Derby.


MLS MVP: Martinez or Ibrahimovic?

Josef Martinez has been leading the MVP race all season but could a late charge from Zlatan Ibrahimovic tip the award towards the big Swede?


Highlights | RSL 4-1 NE - Via MLS

Desperate to stay in the picture for the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, Real Salt Lake need a win when they host a New England Revolution squad that is playing for pride Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.


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Transfer Talk: Milenkovic to cost Man Utd £40m

Jose Mourinho's search for a new centre-back continues, with Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic touted as a top target. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Ake to City, Koulibaly to United

are some of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

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Extra Time: Celebration reactions, ranking Icardi and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Mauro Icardi, Gigio Donnarumma, why some people allegedly hate Inter and reacting to exuberant celebrations.


How will Barcelona cope without Lionel Messi?

The FC guys look ahead to Barcelona's schedule during the three weeks Lionel Messi is expected to be out after he fractured his arm against Sevilla.


Burley: Mourinho handled touchline incident very well

Both Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop felt Jose Mourinho reacted appropriately to the taunts from Chelsea's assistant coach in the weekend's draw.


Should Real Madrid look in-house for a new manager?

With Julen Lopetegui in the hot seat, the FC panel examine Real Madrid's options internally for a new manager.


Man United were 'in the ascendency' & invited pressure late

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner understands the emotions late on at Stamford Bridge, but feels Man United should've kept their foot on the pedal in the late stages.


Icardi, Donnarumma in spotlight after thrilling Milan derby

Mauro Icardi's heroics and Gianluigi Donnarumma's positioning are the focus of the FC crew's attention after Inter bested Milan in the Milan derby.


Nicol: Real Madrid players don't have structure under Lopetegui

Steve Nicol sees Antonio Conte as a good short-term solution for Real Madrid should the club decide to part ways with Julen Lopetegui.


Extra Time: Chelsea's title pursuit, dream UCL fixture

The guys respond to your tweets about the Bundesliga's relevance, Chelsea's title bid, Jose Mourinho's job, UCL fixtures and Liverpool's injuries.


Mariner: Real Madrid's players are still playing for Lopetegui

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer look at how Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui can turn things around after a fifth-straight game without a win.


Honigstein: Bayern press conference embarrassing

Raf Honigstein breaks down how Bayern Munich's press conference to confront media criticism turned into a disaster for the club.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best moments from ESPN FC over the past week, including Craig's critiquing of Seb's attire and Mark Donaldson as an American Outlaw.


Stewart Robson gives his Man United best XI

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson reveals his best XI for Manchester United ahead of their encounter against Chelsea on Saturday.


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Premier League fantasy: Sign up, check scores!

ESPN has a brand new fantasy game! Compete against your friends or people around the world in the Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and Liga MX.

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Champions League fantasy transfer market: Replacing Messi

Lionel Messi is set to miss his team's midweek match, meaning fantasy managers have a tough decision to make at Tier 1 forward to replace him.

Fantasy UCL: Focus on Liverpool, Roma and Real Madrid

ESPN FC's fantasy guru Mark Donaldson says target the players that have easy fixtures. This week it's the stars from Liverpool, Roma and Real Madrid.


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Eagles put 'foot' back in football with touchdown celebration

The Philadelphia Eagles put the "foot" back in gridiron football after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Bielsa funds $2.5m player hotel with BBQ balcony, games room

The complex is costing the Leeds United manager $2.5m, and will open to mark his hometown club's 115th anniversary in November.

Neymar supports friend in World Surf League in Portugal

Brazil and PSG forward Neymar was a spectator at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal surfing event to lend support to his friend Gabriel Medina.


Montserrat score amazing goal in rare win

The tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat scored a rare victory in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying thanks to this spectacular goal.


No bounce challenge featuring Danny Williams


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