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Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo could miss a month with knee injury

MADRID — Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo is set to miss between two and four weeks after suffering a knee sprain during his team’s 1-1 La Liga draw at Valencia on Monday. “Vitolo finished the game which we played at Mestalla against Valencia with pain in his left knee,” Atletico said in a statement on Tuesday. “The report from club medics indicates he has suffered a grade two knee sprain.” Although the club did not state the estimated length of Vitolo’s absence, this type of injury can take up to a month to heal. New signing Gelson Martins, who impressed as a substitute against Valencia, may get more playing time in the coming weeks.

Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund in Divock Origi transfer talks – sources

The FC guys are already seeing improvements in Liverpool’s defence and ability to close out games following their victory over Crystal Palace. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp expressed his frustration at not being told about Loris Karius’ potential move to Besiktas. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his side beat Crystal Palace without finding their best form but was still happy despite not playing ‘brilliant’. Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are in talks over a deal for striker Divock Origi, sources have told ESPN FC. Origi has yet to feature in the matchday squad for either of Liverpool’s first two Premier League games this season, and Dortmund are in the market for a new forward before the European transfer window closes on Aug. 31. Liverpool, who sent O...

PSG likely to reject loan offer for U.S. international Timothy Weah – source

After a strong preseason showing, ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens explains how Timothy Weah has quickly made a name for himself at PSG. American international Tim Weah scores his first goal in Ligue 1 after subbing on for Neymar in PSG’s opening match against Caen. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on their five-year anniversary, whether this PSG side has what it takes to win the Champions League and more. PSG manager Thomas Tuchel believes his side need to protect Kylian Mbappe this year and help his development. Strasbourg have registered an interest in United States international Timothy Weah, but Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to sanction a loan move, a source with knowledge of the club’s interest in Weah has told ESPN FC. Weah, 18, was the star of PSG’s preseason...

Hillsborough disaster charges against ex-police constable Norman Bettison dropped

A former police chief constable accused of lying over his role in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 fans died will no longer face any charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday, after a review of evidence. Norman Bettison had been charged with four offences of misconduct in public office related to alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of the disaster and the culpability of fans. Prosecutors announced last year that they would bring criminal charges against six people including Bettison and other former police chiefs over the deaths and an alleged subsequent cover-up by police of their own mistakes. The victims, all which were Liverpool supporters, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, during an FA Cup semifinal between Liver...

Stoke City fans file police complaint after use of pepper spray on crowd

Some Stoke City fans travelling to Deepdale on Saturday were pepper-sprayed by police. A woman has filed a police complaint after her 12-year-old son was among the Stoke City fans pepper-sprayed by officers at half-time of an away game against Preston North End on Saturday. Lancashire police utilised crowd-control measures, including pepper spray, at an incident involving a number of Stoke supporters who were attempting to exit Deepdale after the first half. Robert Spain and his son Alfie were among those on the concourse during the incident, and Alfie’s mother, Claire Wise, told the Stoke Sentinel she made a formal complaint. “Robert and Alfie go home and away with Stoke,” Wise said. “Alfie is a really keen supporter. Many supporters know him and he has made some g...

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric: Reports of Inter Milan approach ‘nonsense’

A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui’s side off to a perfect start in La Liga. Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the ESPN FC panel question if Real Madrid will have the pieces necessary to win La Liga this season. Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric said a report that he told FIFA he initiated contact with Inter Milan this summer over a potential move is nonsense. Modric had been linked with a move to Inter since winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup, but Real Madrid demanded they pay his release clause of €750 million if they wanted to sign him. Madrid reported Inter to FIFA over their alleged approach ...

Mark Milligan ‘joyful and happy’ after Hibernian move – Graham Arnold

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will look to change the style of the of the team and showcase players’ attacking flair. Graham Arnold believes Daniel Arzani’s move to Celtic will be good for his progression. Australia’s Graham Arnold joked about capping Usain Bolt for the national side but believes he will be taken seriously at the Central Coast Mariners. Graham Arnold could tell over the phone just how much Mark Milligan will be revitalised by his shift to Scotland. And the new Socceroos coach is optimistic it will breathe new life into his international career, too. Veteran utility Milligan will finally realise a lifelong dream after signing with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibernian. The 33-year-old has just about seen and done it all in football but there was one glarin...

Paul Scholes should ‘advise Woodward to sell’ Paul Pogba – Mino Raiola

Mino Raiola has hit back at Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder was critical of Paul Pogba’s performance in the loss at Brighton. Raiola, posting on Twitter on Tuesday morning, appeared to joke that he would have “sleepless nights” trying to find Pogba a new club. There has been speculation Raiola has already lined up a move to Barcelona for Pogba after a breakdown in his relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho. Scholes accused Pogba of going missing during the 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday despite being named captain for a second game in a row, prompting Raiola to come out fighting. Some people need to talk for fear of being forgotten. Paul Scholes wouldn’t recognize a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill. @paulpogba —...

Liverpool will be ‘more intense’ than Manchester United – Brighton’s Leon Balogun

Jose Mourinho’s men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton. Jose Mourinho’s men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton. Jose Mourinho’s men looked utterly listless in a shock early-season defeat for Manchester United at the hands of Brighton. Relive the top stops from Week 2 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including Mathew Ryan’s finger-tip save for Brighton against Man United. Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho feels ‘smaller’ teams are harder to beat as they have more ambition when they face the top teams after their 3-2 loss to Brighton. Can Jose Mourinho get his squad to rebound from a tough loss to Brighton or has ...

Marco Reus pleased with Borussia Dortmund’s ‘dirty win’ vs. Greuther Furth

Marco Reus made amends for missing a number of gilt-edged chances in regular time with the game-winning goal in extra time against Greuther Furth. Marco Reus was happy with a “dirty win” after scoring a dramatic 121st-minute extra-time winner against Greuther Furth in the German Cup on Monday. Borussia Dortmund left it late twice against 2. Bundesliga side Furth. After midfielder Sebastian Ernst brought the hosts ahead in the 77th minute against the run of play, it was BVB summer addition Axel Witsel who prevented an upset with a last-gasp equaliser in the 95th minute of regular time. Then, deep into extra-time, with a looming penalty shootout, Reus connected onto Jadon Sancho’s pass in the box to send his side through to the next round. “Furth did incredibly well. ...

Usain Bolt commences training with the Central Coast Mariners

Kevin Muscat hopes everyone can get over the Usain Bolt hype as he gets ready for his trial for the Central Coast Mariners. Usain Bolt has touched down in Sydney ahead of his trial with the Central Coast Mariners. Australia’s Graham Arnold joked about capping Usain Bolt for the national side but believes he will be taken seriously at the Central Coast Mariners. Usain Bolt has officially started his attempt to obtain an A-League contract, walking onto Central Coast Stadium in front of a packed media contingent. Bolt, who arrived in Australia on Saturday, has started a brief training session with the Central Coast Mariners. A 15-minute passing drill will be coach Mike Mulvey’s first chance to judge the Jamaican sprint superstar’s football skills. The eight-time Olympic gold...

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp: Nobody thinks about Virgil van Dijk’s price tag now

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to play better than they did at Crystal Palace, but he’s willing to look past it after getting the win. James Milner converted a penalty kick moments before half time and Sadio Mane scored late to secure Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. James Milner converted a penalty kick moments before half time, and Sadio Mane scored late to secure Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. LONDON — Jurgen Klopp says “nobody thinks about” the price Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk anymore as a result of his consistent assured performances. Van Dijk was named Man of the Match for Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night. The centre-back arrived from Southampton for £75 million — a wor...