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US owners of Italian team chose basketball over soccer

ROME (AP) — Europe’s soccer leagues are so full of teams owned and operated by American investors that the market could soon be saturated. That’s why an eclectic group of professionals studying in the executive MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School turned their attention to basketball and acquired a 90% stake in …

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Review of Awakening the Blue Tigers — India’s Quest for Football’s Holy Grail: Fandom to the field

Manvir Singh of ATK Mohun Bagan being tackled by Chennaiyin FC players during a match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. | Photo Credit: PTI Several years ago, I tried out for the I-League’s Mumbai FC on a whim. Overwhelmed at the 80 players in attendance, the coaches cut players on the spot without seeing them …

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Stream vs. cable and satellite: Sports viewers and the evolving TV conundrum

The area on a tennis court halfway between the baseline and net is dubbed “no man’s land,” an area where players typically don’t want to find themselves — too far away to easily volley, too close to deploy groundstrokes on well-hit returns . That may be a rough description of the state of sports TV …

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The fall of the Super League: New Apple doc goes deep on soccer’s ‘coup’ attempt

The richest soccer clubs, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, are different than you and me. They are playthings for the world’s super-rich, a luxury yacht away from the working-class roots the sport was built upon. Soccer, especially in Europe, has long felt at a crossroads between what the wealthiest clubs desire (more revenue to continue …

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Harry Kane overtaking Jimmy Greaves at Tottenham will be unusual – here’s why

When Harry Kane breaks Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing goalscoring record, it will be a historic moment for supporters of Tottenham Hotspur. Greaves remains a legendary figure in English football, primarily because no one has ever come close to his overall tally of 357 English top-flight goals, scored while playing for ChelseaTottenham and West Ham. When a …

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Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez analyzed by Alan Shearer: the pace, the power, the misses

Strikers dwell on misses, but the time you worry and the time that sleep deserts you is the time chances don’t come. Big moments can linger and you replay them in your mind — nothing stays with you like a penalty gone awry — but they’re rarely symptoms of sickness in your game. That’s why …

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Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez analyzed by Alan Shearer: the pace, the power, the misses

Strikers dwell on misses, but the time you worry and the time that sleep deserts you is the time chances don’t come. Big moments can linger and you replay them in your mind — nothing stays with you like a penalty gone awry — but they’re rarely symptoms of sickness in your game. That’s why …

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Benzema, Modric, Kroos and the contracts that could shape Real Madrid’s future

Karim Benzema, Luke Modric, Tony Kroos, Marcus Asensio, Dani CeballosNacho Fernandez and Mariano Diaz. Seven of real Madrid‘s 23 first-team players — 30 per cent of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad — have been free to negotiate and sign a pre-contract for a summer move to another club since January 1. The reason is simple: all are …

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Let’s go! The Athletic is expanding its Barcelona and Real Madrid coverage

I think it’s fair to say we got it wrong. Three arsenal journalists, three Manchester United writers, three for Liverpool too, but no dedicated correspondents for Barcelona and real Madridtwo of the biggest clubs in the world? Well, three and a half years after our big launch in Europe, we are finally righting our wrongs. …

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