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EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 18

Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, December 16, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Leicester City v. Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Chelsea v. Southampton, with Arsenal v. Newcastle United at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC. NBC Sports Gold presents three exclusive matches Saturday at 10 a.m. ET: Brighton & Hove Albion v. Burnley; Stoke City v. West Ham; and Watford v. Huddersfield. Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC presents league-leaders Manchester City v. sixth-place Tottenham. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play ... Read more

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final. On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes. In isolation, the 1,143,000 viewing number is understandable given the competition for eyeballs as many sports fans were watching a college football game instead. Plus this year’s final was not on network television like it was last year when the game was on the FOX over-the-air network. ... Read more

World Cup TV coverage FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV schedule

For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips. World Cup TV coverage FAQ:   Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States? A: FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language rights to World Cup 2018, while Telemundo has the exclusive Spanish-language rights to World Cup 2018.   Q: How many games will be televised live ... Read more

Download free viewing guides for Premier League, LaLiga, Sling TV and fuboTV

World Soccer Talk has published four separate downloadable viewing guides that you can get when you subscribe to our daily e-mail newsletter. The guides are for: • Premier League viewing guide, • LaLiga viewing guide, • fubo Premier viewing guide, • Sling World Sports viewing guide. Each guide is packed with tips, links and all of the details you need to better understand how to watch the best soccer on the planet. For the past 12 months, I’ve been writing a guidebook on how to watch soccer on TV and streaming in the United States. After writing 15,000 words of copy, I’ve been close ... Read more

DIRECTV NOW vs. Sling TV vs. fuboTV comparison of top streaming services

Between DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV and fuboTV, which is the better streaming service for residents in the United States? The short answer is it depends on you. Each streaming service is different in many ways. Not every streaming service offers the same channels. Some offer DVR functionality, some do not. The pricing is different with each one, and each of them offers different special offers. So, at the end of the day, it all depends what you and your family or partner wants or needs. To make the process easier, we’ve compiled the most up-to-date listing of all of the ... Read more

Red-hot City chase League Cup glory

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London (AFP) – With Manchester City romping away with the Premier League title race, this week’s League Cup quarter-final action offers Pep Guardiola’s side the chance to remain on course for a domestic treble. City head to Leicester hoping to reach only the second semi-final of Guardiola’s 18-month reign after losing in the FA Cup last four against Arsenal in April. The League Cup also provides hope of silverware for the teams trailing in City’s wake. Holders Manchester United travel to Bristol City to face the only team from outside the top flight still alive in the competition. Arsenal host ... Read more

Klopp sets sights on top four finish

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp admits Manchester City will be almost impossible to catch at the top of the Premier League, but the Liverpool boss would happily settle for a top-four finish as a lucrative consolation prize. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino sent the free-scoring Reds up to fourth place. They are 18 points behind runaway leaders City, but Klopp is happy with his team’s current form as they chase a place in next season’s Champions League. “Can City be caught? I don’t know. I don’t have a crystal ball. But if ... Read more

Mourinho won’t give up on catching City

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted Manchester United will not give up on the Premier League title race after his side cut Manchester City’s lead back to 11 points.  Mourinho’s side won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard before Gareth Barry replied for the hosts. And Mourinho is adamant United will keep going until the end of the season despite their Manchester rivals’ huge lead at the top.  “I know that the questions are always coming in the same direction and I keep saying the same,” Mourinho said. ... Read more

Juventus go second, AC Milan’s troubles continue

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus moved second in Serie A after a trademark Miralem Pjanic free-kick led the reigning champions to a comfortable 3-0 win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan were plunged further into crisis by a heavy loss at lowly Verona. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered a shock first defeat of the season to Udinese on Saturday. Bosnian Pjanic opening the scoring with a stunning 27th-minute free-kick and turned provider nine minutes later, clipping over a beautiful pass to Mario Mandzukic that the Croat ... Read more

Manchester City spurred by Spurs friendly, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes the seeds for Manchester City’s extraordinary season were sown during a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in a pre-season friendly in the United States. City crushed Tottenham again on Saturday, a 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium giving Guardiola’s side a record 16th successive Premier League victory and keeping them 11 points clear at the top of the table. Spurs lie 21 points below them in seventh place, having finished eight points above City last season, and Guardiola thinks the tide began to turn in July’s friendly in Nashville. “Tottenham Hotspur last ... Read more

Mandanda blunder helps Lyon beat Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – A howler from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda helped Lyon beat Marseille 2-0 on Sunday and move clear of their opponents in third place in Ligue 1. Visiting keeper Mandanda gifted Nabil Fekir an early opener, before Mariano Diaz headed in the second shortly after half-time. The victory gave Lyon a three-point lead over fourth-placed Marseille and drew them level on points with second-placed Monaco, nine points adrift of runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Marseille showed plenty of fight but were made to pay for missed chances as a 12-match unbeaten run in the league was brought to an end. ... Read more

Suarez, Paulinho move Barcelona 11 clear of Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona opened up an 11-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico between the Spanish giants as Luis Suarez and Paulinho each scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. Lionel Messi also saw a penalty saved and hit the woodwork three times as Barca regained their six-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second place. Real remain down in fourth, but do have a game in hand on their rivals as they missed out on La Liga action this weekend to win the Club World Cup in Abu ... Read more

Griezmann ‘blacked-up’ photo sparks controversy

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann was forced to remove a photograph from Twitter showing him blacked up and mimicking a Harlem Globetrotter basketball player after the post caused controversy on Sunday. Griezmann was wearing a basketball jersey and a wig with his face, legs and arms blacked up alongside the caption “80’s party” in the photograph on his personal Twitter page. Although the post initially provoked little comment in Spain where Griezmann has spent the entirety of his professional career, many Twitter users around the world questioned the 26-year-old player’s choice of fancy dress, with ... Read more