August 25, 2018

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 15-20, 2018

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Last Saturday’s Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal drew a combined 1.167 million viewers on NBC and Universo, making it the most-watched soccer match on American television since the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Through the first two rounds, the Premier League is averaging 587,500 viewers, up slightly from 578,250 in the first two rounds of the 2017-18 season.

The UEFA Super Cup averaged 871,000 viewers across TNT and

Dembele, Griezmann give Barcelona and Atletico narrow wins in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ousmane Dembele’s second-half strike was the difference as reigning La Liga champions Barcelona ground out a 1-0 win away to newly-promoted Valladolid on Saturday to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.

It was not a classic Barcelona performance by any means at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, and they escaped at the death as a Keko equaliser for the hosts was disallowed due to a marginal offside

Positive Pochettino gives Mourinho a lesson in crisis management

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The spotlight is on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to deliver a positive response to a week of negative publicity when faced on Monday with an opposite number who has adopted a very different attitude to similar off-field frustrations.

While Mourinho appears at odds with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and key players like Paul Pogba, Mauricio Pochettino has kept Tottenham on track to

Juve win on Ronaldo’s home debut, Ancelotti’s Napoli edge Milan

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting for his first competitive goal in Italy but the Portuguese superstar made a 2-0 winning home debut with Juventus as Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came from two goals down to beat AC Milan 3-2 in the second round of Serie A action.

Ronaldo, 33, unintentionally played a role in Mario Mandzukic’s second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Miralem Pjanic

Liverpool’s Karius joins Besiktas to overcome Champions League torment

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Istanbul (AFP) – Goalkeeper Loris Karius on Saturday arrived in Istanbul to join Besiktas on loan from Liverpool, seeking redemption in Turkish football after his nightmare performance helped cost the English side the Champions League final.

Liverpool announced earlier that Karius, whose first-team place had been taken by Brazilian Alisson Becker, was joining Super Lig contenders Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

The player was then flown by private jet

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