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Sunday Olympic Sports - UCLA Women's Soccer & Volleyball - Bruins Nation

Sunday Olympic Sports - UCLA Women's Soccer & Volleyball Bruins Nation UCLA Women's Soccer hosts the Wisconsin Badgers this afternoon at Drake Stadium while UCLA Women's Volleyball will battle the Loyola Marymount Lions at the John Wooden Center. Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Pin Pinterest + ...

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Tim Sherwood urges Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor to show bottle

Tim Sherwood urges Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor to show bottle

• Manager wants long-serving striker to ignore critics and lead team • Sherwood injured hamstring when miskicking bottles in Sunderland draw Tim Sherwood has appealed to Gabriel Agbonlahor to ignore the social media trolls and help play the role of lieutenant in the Aston Villa camp. The Villa manager advised his club captain not to worry about Twitter critics after Agbonlahor, who missed Saturday’s entertaining draw with Sunderland due to illness, posted a cryptic message on Instagram saying he agreed with all the fans’ recent comments following his poor performance in last week’s defeat at Crystal Palace. Continue reading...

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Atlético Madrid enjoy easy win over Sevilla as Koke ends his goal drought

Atlético Madrid enjoy easy win over Sevilla as Koke ends his goal drought

Jackson Martínez came off the bench to score his first Atlético Madrid goal in a 3-0 win over Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. The 28-year-old Colombian moved to the Spanish capital over the summer after a prolific spell in Portugal with Porto and he opened his account with Atlético to cap off a comfortable win for Diego Simeone’s men. Continue reading...

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Eddie Howe sticks to Bournemouth’s passing principles despite costly late slip

Eddie Howe sticks to Bournemouth’s passing principles despite costly late slip

• Cherries manager refuses to blame Eunan O’Kane over Foxes equaliser • ‘I’ll take the blame because that’s how I want my players to play’ Eddie Howe’s mantra has always been that Bournemouth will never betray the principles that have got them this far, even when his players are punished for their ambition in possession, and he refused to blame Eunan O’Kane for the mistake that led to Leicester City’s late equaliser . O’Kane had already been burnt once, giving away the ball in a dangerous position and picking up a booking for a panicky tug of Danny Drinkwater’s shirt, but the midfielder continued to play with fire and Bournemouth’s hopes of earning their first home win went up in smoke when he dithered again in his own half. Continue reading...

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Manuel Pellegrini looking relaxed at record-breaking Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini looking relaxed at record-breaking Manchester City

• City manager says he is feeling good ‘for a dead man walking’ • Pellegrini feeling confident after perfect start to season The sign of the rosy times at Manchester City came when Manuel Pellegrini reflected on the maximum 12 points, no goals conceded and 10 scored in the opening four matches. “For a dead man walking, not bad,” he said. Delivering this with a grin, the Chilean was referring to his apparent state as the City manager after the side’s fall in the second half of last season. The champions were joint top with Chelsea on New Year’s Day. From then on, their title defence folded miserably and time seemed to be ticking down on Pellegrini’s tenure. Continue reading...

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West Brom’s Tony Pulis sees patience rewarded after Stoke see red

West Brom’s Tony Pulis sees patience rewarded after Stoke see red

• Salomón Rondón’s strike gives West Brom first win of the season • Manager Pulis delighted to have signed defender Jonny Evans West Bromwich Albion’s manager, Tony Pulis, is living proof that good things sometimes do come to those who wait. Sixteen years after he began grafting in lower-division management he graduated to the Premier League with Stoke and with such success that he has since become a fixture in the top-flight landscape. Now, once again, a long-standing ambition has been realised. Pulis’s pursuit of Jonny Evans went back the best part of a decade. If he had had his way, the Northern Irishman would have become a Stoke player at the time when Ryan Shawcross was first borrowed, in 2007, and then bought, in 2008, from Manchester United. Instead the former City manager has finally signed Evans for Albion at an initial cost of £6m. Continue reading...

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Energy, conviction, motivation – Palace have everything Chelsea do not

Energy, conviction, motivation – Palace have everything Chelsea do not

• Mourinho at a loss to explain floundering form of trusted players • Palace continue remarkable away record under Alan Pardew In the end there were examples all over the pitch. Linger on Damien Delaney, once considered a mere journeyman who almost gave up football to take up triathlons, bullying Diego Costa to distraction or flinging any part of his body in front of Chelsea’s frantic late pursuit of parity. Or Joel Ward, a right-back popping up in the hosts’ six-yard box just after the concession of an equaliser to nod in the winning goal. The first man to him in the celebrations in front of the away support was Pape Souaré, the left-back, which said much for the visitors’ ambition. Then throw in Jason Puncheon, a converted winger so comfortable in possession that he utterly eclipsed Cesc Fàbregas as a midfield metronome, and James McArthur harrying opponents incessantly at his side. Bakary Sako, a man-mountain of a free transfer arrival with a battering ram of a left foot, intimidated his markers with his sheer presence while Yannick Bolasie, a man coping from the recent loss of his father, embarrassed a team of champions. The showboating served to demoralise. And yet to pick out individuals among the visitors’ number on Saturday would be unfair. This was all about the strength of their collective. Continue reading...

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West Ham’s win over Liverpool not down to Dejan Lovren, says Slaven Bilic

West Ham’s win over Liverpool not down to Dejan Lovren, says Slaven Bilic

• Hammers manager says Croatia defender not to blame at Anfield • ‘It was a mistake but a lot of Liverpool players made mistakes’ West Ham United defended everything en route to a first win at Anfield for 52 years so it was fitting that their manager stepped in where few dared to tread afterwards and offered qualified backing for Dejan Lovren. “If you are telling me Liverpool lost because of Dejan Lovren then no, no, no, no, no,” said Slaven Bilic of the Croatia defender to whom he gave an international debut in 2009 and whose hapless error led to the visitors’ second goal in a momentous triumph. “It was a mistake but a lot of Liverpool players made mistakes.” Continue reading...

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Arsenal’s Wenger and Newcastle’s McClaren need strikers, and quickly

Arsenal’s Wenger and Newcastle’s McClaren need strikers, and quickly

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott prove, in very different ways, why their teams are desperate for attacking ruthlessness For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost … For the want of a striker? … well Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal could well end up missing out on yet another title while much of Steve McClaren’s good work at Newcastle might come undone. Continue reading...

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Hartlepool’s August optimism dented by un-neighbourly Carlisle United | Jeremy Alexander

Hartlepool’s August optimism dented by un-neighbourly Carlisle United | Jeremy Alexander

Ronnie Moore felt his Hartlepool United were bullied into submission by a Carlisle United team who finished with five bookings in their 3-2 win Hartlepool and Carlisle, each United, are in no position to have local derbies but Pools’ new chairman, Gary Coxall, writing in the programme and buoyed by three wins in their first four league games, was “hugely excited to be at my first ‘derby’ game”. These are the two most northerly clubs of the Football League’s 72 and Carlisle, 70 miles west as the falcon flies, took home the spoils with their first League Two win of the season, by 3-2 coming twice from behind. They, too, had lost only once but three draws left them in 20th place, the territory they occupied for most of last season, when they secured safety with two games to go. Hartlepool left it a game later after a more startling recovery. They were bottom for five months from late October, picking up three points from 12 games and, on 3 January, 10 points adrift of survival. Ronnie Moore’s arrival as manager in mid-December did not properly kick in until four wins running in March. On the last day at Brunton Park the clubs shared their relief in a 3-3 draw before major overhauls. Only three starters from each side then were in the initial XIs at Victoria Park on Saturday. Continue reading...

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José Mourinho tells Chelsea players medals should motivate them

José Mourinho tells Chelsea players medals should motivate them

• Manager unhappy with unacceptable form after defeat to Crystal Palace • Mourinho frustrated by lack of progress in transfer market José Mourinho has branded as unacceptable the form of a core of his title-winning team this season and warned he will make changes to his lineup if improvements are not immediate after Chelsea’s worst start to a domestic campaign in two decades. The manager, who expressed dismay at suggestions some of his squad may be resting on their laurels from last term in the wake of Saturday’s home defeat to Crystal Palace , will now hope there is late progress in his club’s long-standing pursuit of the Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. Any interest in the Tunisia centre-half Aymen Abdennour has been dropped after he swapped Monaco for Valencia, while Zenit St Petersburg will resist attempts to prise away the Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay. Continue reading...

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Roberto Martínez says John Stones a ‘true Evertonian’ after Spurs draw

Roberto Martínez says John Stones a ‘true Evertonian’ after Spurs draw

• Manager insists defender will not leave club for Chelsea • Praises Stones’ professionalism despite protracted transfer saga The scoresheet remained blank but this gripping match produced much to encourage both teams, as well as interesting performances from two of England’s leading young talents. Roberto Martínez said that by helping to extend Harry Kane’s goalless streak, John Stones showed Everton fans that he is one of their own. Martínez was adamant that Chelsea would be wasting their time if they made another bid for Stones before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. “We have real clarity: for us it is closed,” Martínez said, adding that the way Stones played at White Hart Lane, and the fact that he walked over to salute the away fans at the end of the match despite being abused earlier in the week by a handful of Everton supporters angered by his decision to submit a transfer request, proved his loyalty to the Goodison Park club. Continue reading...

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