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sounders shore up midfield by signing swedish veteran gustav svensson


looking to shore up their midfield after some key departures and player health concerns, the sounders on monday signed swedish veteran gustav svensson out of the chinese super league.the sounders took steps monday to shore up their midfield by signing swedish midfielder gustav svensson, 29, to a two-year deal. svensson comes over from guangzhou r&f of the chinese super league and provides the sounders some veteran presence up the middle following the departure of erik friberg and continued health uncertainty surrounding osvaldo alonso and clint dempsey.sounders general manager garth lagerwey said the guangzhou club picked up most of svensson’s salary. recent roster rule changes in china now limit teams to carrying only three foreign import players instead of four, causing some to have






galaxy agrees to deal for french midfielder romain alessandrini


the galaxy finally got its man sunday, completing a deal to acquire midfielder romain alessandrini from french club marseille.although the galaxy declined to comment on the transfer sunday, the team is expected to call a news conference for the middle of this week to introduce alessandrini, who will ume one of the galaxy’s two vacant designated-player spots.terms of the contract or the transfer price the galaxy paid marseille were not released. but if alessandrini joins giovani dos santos as a designated player, that would leave one additional vacancy, a hole the team is expected to fill by re-signing defender jelle van damme.the acquisition of alessandrini, a speedy 27-year-old winger, completes an off-season makeover of the galaxy’s midfield.  earlier this month the team signed national






sounders shore up midfield by signing swedish veteran gustav svensson


the sounders took steps monday to shore up their midfield by signing swedish midfielder gustav svensson, 29, to a two-year deal. svensson comes over from guangzhou r&f of the chinese super league and provides the sounders some veteran presence up the middle following the departure of erik friberg and continued health uncertainty surrounding osvaldo alonso and clint dempsey.sounders general manager garth lagerwey said the guangzhou club picked up most of svensson’s salary. recent roster rule changes in china now limit teams to carrying only three foreign import players instead of four, causing some to have to scramble to offload non-chinese players at bargain rates.the sounders already had a potent midfield duo in alonso and cristian roldan. but alonso is still recovering from strained






galaxy agrees to deal for french midfielder romain alessandrini, report says


marseille midfielder romain alessandrini appears to be heading to the galaxy.the galaxy declined to comment publicly on the reported transfer, but the team did not deny it. if the deal goes through, as french sporting newspaper l’equipe suggests it will, alessandrini is expected to fill one of the team’s two vacant designated-player spots.“we’re not in a position to make anything formal yet,” a team spokesman said.the signing of the speedy 27-year-old winger would complete an offseason makeover of the galaxy’s midfield.  earlier this month the galaxy signed national team midfielder jermaine jones, 35, and acquired joao pedro, 23, from portugal. both players were signed with targeted allocation money (tam), meaning their individual salaries will not count for more than $481,000 against the






jozy altidore makes 100th international appearance


san diego — jozy altidore has become the second-youngest american men’s player to make 100 international appearances.altidore started sunday’s exhibition against serbia, the first game for the u.s. since bruce arena replaced coach jurgen klinsmann in november and took over the national team for the first time since 2006.altidore has 37 goals for the u.s. he is the 17th american male to reach 100 appearances and at 27 years, 84 days, trailing only landon donovan at 26 years, 96 days.with europe-based players not available, nick rimando started in goal and arena used a 4-2-3-1 formation that had graham zusi at right back with steve birnbaum and chad marshall in the center and greg garza at left back.captain michael bradley and jermaine jones were in defensive midfield, with sacha kljestan in






barcelona got crushed because psg completely eviscerated their midfield


barcelona walked into the parc des princes as heavy favorites to topple paris saint-germain and put one foot into the champions league quarterfinals. instead, they left in shambles, having been completely torn apart by psg, 4-0, and left to wonder what happened to their midfield.for all the talk about lionel messi, luis suarez and neymar, barcelona’s feared trio didn’t matter so much. they were on an island up top, left to just was as psg rolled through the barcelona midfield in ways that no one has seen in years. it was downright unbelievable.simply, psg have the most mobile midfield in the world and barcelona’s trio of sergio busquets, andre iniesta and andre gomes is short on pace. psg stretched the midfield, turned it into a track contest and then feasted. but this is hardly a new phen






barcelona got crushed because psg completely eviscerated their midfield


barcelona walked into the parc des princes as heavy favorites to topple paris saint-germain and put one foot into the champions league quarterfinals. instead, they left in shambles, having been completely torn apart by psg, 4-0, and left to wonder what happened to their midfield.for all the talk about lionel messi, luis suarez and neymar, barcelona’s feared trio didn’t matter so much. they were on an island up top, left to just was as psg rolled through the barcelona midfield in ways that no one has seen in years. it was downright unbelievable.simply, psg have the most mobile midfield in the world and barcelona’s trio of sergio busquets, andre iniesta and andre gomes is short on pace. psg stretched the midfield, turned it into a track contest and then feasted. but this is hardly a new phen






former chelsea, england midfielder lampard retires at 38


frank lampard retired from soccer on thursday, ending a 21-year career in which he won every major honor at club level with chelsea and established himself as the premier league’s highest-scoring midfielder.renowned for his professionalism, work rate and the timing of his runs into the penalty box, the 38-year-old lampard will go down as one of the greats of the premier league era.in his time at chelsea from 2001-14, he be e the club’s record scorer with 211 goals, made 649 appearances and was the heartbeat of teams that won three premier league titles, four fa cups and the champions league in 2012. he started out at west ham before finishing his career with short stints at manchester city and then new york city fc in major league soccer.only strikers alan shearer, wayne rooney and andy co






u.s. soccer coach bruce arena plans lineup experiments vs. jamaica


chattanooga, tenn. — after a dismal 0-0 tie against an inexperienced group of serbians in his first game as u.s. coach in more than a decade, bruce arena gets one more look at the domestic part of his player pool when the americans play jamaica in an exhibition on friday night ahead of the resumption of world cup qualifying.arena said defenders walker zimmerman and jorge villafana will play against the reggae boyz, with zimmerman making his international debut five days after villafana.luis robles, making his third appearance, will take over from goalkeeper nick rimando. sebastian lletget, who made his debut at the start of the second half against serbia, figures to see action in midfield on the artificial surface of finley stadium following the departures of midfielders jermaine jones and






united plays first controlled intrasquad scrimmage of p


casa grande, ariz. – for an intrasquad scrimmage and minnesota united fc’s first 11 vs. 11 action, a 1-1 draw urday was a pretty fair result.well, maybe not for the green team.“i guess. we were winning 1-0, consider that s py goal,” green team midfielder mo saeid said. “but it’s the first week. we’ve still got a lot to do.”midfielder miguel ibarra scored off a header for the greens before trialist duke lacroix equalized for the gray team in the hour-or-so-long game on a not-quite full-size field at the team’s preseason p at grande sports world.the green team ran a 4-2-3-1 system with thomas de villardi, brent kallman, trialist tiago calvano and kevin venegas on the back line; saeid and collin martin as the holding midfielders; trialist eugene starikov, ish jome and ibarra in the midfield;






united plays first controlled intrasquad scrimmage of p


casa grande, ariz. – for an intrasquad scrimmage and minnesota united fc's first 11 vs. 11 action, a 1-1 draw urday was a pretty fair result.well, maybe not for the green team."i guess. we were winning 1-0, consider that s py goal," green team midfielder mo saeid said. "but it's the first week. we've still got a lot to do."midfielder miguel ibarra scored off a header for the greens before trialist duke lacroix equalized for the gray team in the hour-or-so-long game on a not-quite full-size field at the team's preseason p at grande sports world.the green team ran a 4-2-3-1 system with thomas de villardi, brent kallman, trialist tiago calvano and kevin venegas on the back line; saeid and collin martin as the holding midfielders; trialist eugene starikov, ish jome and ibarra in the midfield;






should bruce arena have the usmnt playing with one or two strikers?


the second bruce arena era of the united states national team opened on sunday, and it was difficult to take away too much from the game because of the limited player pool available. but one thing was obvious: arena likes idea of a lone-striker system.the a ntage of the system is clear – by having a single striker, the americans can have more numbers in the midfield to control possession. that includes having a dedicated no. 10 who can dictate the tempo of the game and provide the creativity arena has said the team needs, while having other midfield help to shore up defensive vulnerabilities.arena deployed the usmnt in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1 against serbia, depending how you look at it, and it’s a formation that in a lot of ways suits the usmnt’s personnel:• michael bradley gets to sit dee






should bruce arena have the usmnt playing with one or two strikers?


the second bruce arena era of the united states national team opened on sunday, and it was difficult to take away too much from the game because of the limited player pool available. but one thing was obvious: arena likes idea of a lone-striker system.the a ntage of the system is clear – by having a single striker, the americans can have more numbers in the midfield to control possession. that includes having a dedicated no. 10 who can dictate the tempo of the game and provide the creativity arena has said the team needs, while having other midfield help to shore up defensive vulnerabilities.arena deployed the usmnt in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1 against serbia, depending how you look at it, and it’s a formation that in a lot of ways suits the usmnt’s personnel:michael bradley gets to sit deepe






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






arena's 2nd stint as us coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






no hall of fame entry again


terrell owens, the 49ers’ second-most prolific wide receiver ever behind jerry rice, announced urday he was not elected to this year’s pro football hall of fame cl .an official announcement is expected later urday afternoon. new 49ers general manager john lynch is among the finalists.owens tweeted the news, however, and did not hide his disappointment, ending two tweets with the hashtag “flawedprocess.”owens was a finalist for the second time in as many years since he be e eligible after a 16-season career. he ranks second in nfl history with 15,934 receiving yards (rice is first; 22,895 yards) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns (rice had 197, randy moss 156).a 1996 third-round draft pick by the 49ers, he played his first eight seasons there, and he ranks second in the franchise recor






sounders newcomer gustav svensson looking forward to ‘physical’ mls play


sounders newcomer gustav svensson is looking forward to the more physical style of play in mls after spending most of his career in sweden and lately, china, before joining seattle two weeks ago.gustav svensson is still in his first week acclimating to seattle, but likes what he sees of the city so far. parts of it remind him of his native sweden and he’s excited about the chance to experience american culture for the first time as well.something else he’s looking forward to experiencing more of is the physical style of major league soccer play. svensson, who turned 30 last week, developed a penchant for throwing his weight around during a decade of professional play in europe and most recently, the chinese super league. but it’s here in mls where the 6-foot, 176-pound defensive midfielder






super bowl li live chat, updates from patriots vs. falcons


super bowl li is here.tom brady and the new england patriots face matt ryan and the atlanta falcons tonight at houston’s nrg stadium in football’s biggest spectacle.super bowlthe falcons lead, 28-9, in the third quarter.lady gaga performed the halftime show, and luke bryan sang the national anthem before the game.follow along below for live super bowl li play-by-play and updates from newsday’s team of reporters in houston and on long island. (mobile users can access the live chat at the above link.)the falcons won the coin toss and chose to defer, so the patriots received the ball to start the game. they went three-and-out on their first drive.advertisement | advertise on newsdayfalcons running back devonta freeman broke off a 37-yard run on atlanta's first play from scrimmage, but ryan wa






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as u.s. coach began with the same result as his first, a 0-0 exhibition draw.the united states had just one s of target against a young serbia team on sunday, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena."clearly we would have liked to win the game today," arena said. "but for this time of the year i was encouraged by a number of performances by our team."arena led the u.s. to a 71-30-29 record in his first stint, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia in 1998 and was fired following the team's first-round elimination in a loss to






psg playing its best soccer since qatari takeover in 2011


paris — paris saint-germain is dreaming big, just like its motto says.the french club, desperate to join europe's elite since qatari owners qsi took over six years ago, made an eye-catching breakthrough in the champions league on tuesday, routing barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the last 16."this was the best performance i've been part of since coming to psg," said midfielder blaise matuidi, one of qsi's first signings after its takeover in june 2011.in the years since the new ownership came in, psg has pumped hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) into acquiring big-name coaches and big-name players, including thiago silva, edinson cavani, angel di maria and julian draxler.qsi also launched an advertising campaign with the motto "revons plus grand," french for "let's dream bigger."it ha






2 lyon players sent off at end as saint-etienne wins 2-0


paris — lyon paid dearly for poor defending as its hopes of catching the top three slipped further away following a 2-0 defeat at bitter rival saint-etienne on sunday.lyon's players lost their heads at the end with midfielders rachid ghezzal and corentin tolisso sent off. tolisso's two-footed challenge on midfielder fabien lemoine almost sparked a m brawl.the game was well over for lyon by then.wingers kevin monnet-paquet and romain hamouma scored first-half goals as saint-etienne dominated the local derby with florentin pogba — older brother of manchester united star paul pogba — impressive in midfield."we're going to make the most of this and celebrate with the fans, let me tell you," pogba said.the sides are separated by only 60 kilometers (37 miles) and their rivalry is one of the fier






'mutant football league' is revamped and back on kickstarter


why it matters to you 'mutant football league' looks to not only be the spiritual successor to a cult hit, but a means to fill the void left by the absence of the nfl blitz franchise.digital dreams entertainment, the development team behind mutant football league, is asking for your help once again to bring its zany football sim back to the gridiron. a kickstarter paign has been set up, but it’s not your ordinary crowdfunding project. as the game is near completion, the $60,000 goal is merely to smooth out bugs and put the finishing touches on the project. and as of publication, the paign has crossed midfield.the game is described as “the next-generation, spiritual successor to the cl ic retro game, mutant league football,” which was released on sega genesis in 1993. as shown in the kicks






psg playing its best soccer since qatari takeover in 2011


paris (ap) — paris saint-germain is dreaming big, just like its motto says.the french club, desperate to join europe’s elite since qatari owners qsi took over six years ago, made an eye-catching breakthrough in the champions league on tuesday, routing barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the last 16.“this was the best performance i’ve been part of since coming to psg,” said midfielder blaise matuidi, one of qsi’s first signings after its takeover in june 2011.in the years since the new ownership came in, psg has pumped hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) into acquiring big-name coaches and big-name players, including thiago silva, edinson cavani, angel di maria and julian draxler.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.qsi also launched an advertising campaign with the m






trojans soccer falls to fremont


taking on first place fremont (sunnyvale) on feb. 2, the milpitas high boys varsity soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to the host firebirds.at home on jan. 12, milpitas lost 2-1 to fremont in what coach bill leffler described as a spirited game. the second time around against the firebirds, the trojans (0-15 overall and 0-8 league) played well with a solid game by junior goalie mariano robles.sophomores jose perez, raul villalobos and miguel diaz played strong in the center and left side of the middle of the field, leffler said. diaz scored on a long free kick placed in the far upper corner of the net to tie the match at 1-1.“with less than two minutes left in the match a fremont corner kick was touched off the head of a fremont player and our defender had poor positioning so the ball hit hi






manchester city dealt big blow as gabriel jesus breaks metatarsal


gabriel jesus joined manchester city in january and immediately sparked a turnaround for the citizens, pushing sergio aguero out of the starting lineup and starring despite being just 19 years old. unfortunately, city will now have to do without him because the club announced that he has a broken metatarsal.it’s unclear how long jesus will miss due to his injury. he was hurt early in manchester city’s win over bournemouth on monday, being substituted off after 15 minutes. he was spotted getting around on crutches afterward.jesus picked up an assist in his first ever start with manchester city, then followed it up with a goal and assist in his next contest and two goals in the one after that. it was a surreal start for the brazilian teenager, who everyone had high hopes for but also expecte






super bowl li live chat, updates from patriots vs. falcons


super bowl li is headed to overtime.tom brady and the new england patriots face matt ryan and the atlanta falcons tonight at houston’s nrg stadium in football’s biggest spectacle.super bowlthe game is tied, 28-28, in overtime.lady gaga performed the halftime show, and luke bryan sang the national anthem before the game.follow along below for live super bowl li play-by-play and updates from newsday’s team of reporters in houston and on long island. (mobile users can access the live chat at the above link.)the falcons won the coin toss and chose to defer, so the patriots received the ball to start the game. they went three-and-out on their first drive.advertisement | advertise on newsdayfalcons running back devonta freeman broke off a 37-yard run on atlanta's first play from scrimmage, but r






tim howard could make u.s. soccer roster for world cup qualifiers


new york — brad guzan could start for the u.s. in critical world cup qualifiers against honduras and panama next month despite his lack of playing time with middlesbrough, and tim howard may return from leg surgery in time to be included in the roster.u.s. coach bruce arena said thursday he was impressed by recent performances of hamburg forward bobby wood and bayer leverkusen midfielder christian pulisic. arena also said nottingham forest defender eric lichaj and tijuana winger paul arriola, who have not been national team regulars, would be given strong consideration for the training p in san jose, california, ahead of the qualifiers against honduras on march 24 and at panama four days later.stuck behind victor valdes, guzan has made just two appearances for middlesbrough since august: i






philipp lahm will retire after the season, ending one of the most decorated care


philipp lahm’s magnificent career will come to an end after the season. the bayern munich and germany legend announced that he will retire after the paign, bringing a 15-year career to a close.lahm may be the most decorated player in the history of german soccer. he has won the bundesliga seven times, the dfb-pokal six times and added the champions league in 2013. he could add to all those totals this season too, further filling a resume that also includes captaining germany to the 2014 world cup.it’s not as if lahm has to retire. the 33-year-old is still plenty good enough, continuing to captain bayern munich this season. he’s a starter for the bavarian giants and age hasn’t slowed him down much. pep guardiola called him the “most intelligent” player he ever coached, using him both in def






hope solo slamming coach jill ellis isn't going to help her get back in the uswn


hope solo will be eligible to return to the u.s. women’s national team later this month following a suspension for comments she made at the rio olympics. 60 minutes spoke to the goalkeeper in an interview the aired tuesday night, where she again made it clear she wants to return to the team.the most interesting part of the interview, however, may be the part they chose not to air. according to 60 minutes correspondent norah o’donnell, solo called uswnt coach jill ellis “a poor leader and bad tactician,” although solo’s comments were not shown.since solo’s return is entirely up to ellis after the goalkeeper’s suspension is served, calling ellis out as a bad coach is a pretty poor strategy for reinstatement. ellis, when asked about solo’s return, has always been coy, saying she hasn’t though






la galaxy hungrier, younger and rebuilt for 2017 reboot


if the galaxy had seemed a little stale under now-departed coach bruce arena over the past couple of seasons, successor curt onalfo is poised to promote to mls the fresher, younger group he has nurtured the past few seasons at los dos.with the high-priced likes of steven gerrard, robbie keane, a.j. delagarza, alan gordon, leonardo, landon donovan, jeff larentowicz and mike magee all gone in the galaxy’s biggest offseason shake-up in a decade, onalfo is remaking the senior squad by tapping the club’s youth academy to an unprecedented extent.the retooled galaxy signed a new designated player this week, albeit one few fans will have ever heard of — french midfielder romain alessandrini. they also previously announced the acquisitions of portuguese midfielder joao pedro and feisty national tea






united midfielder martin hoping for breakthrough season


collin martin always is looking toward the next step.sometimes, that's short-term, like his next preseason training session with minnesota united fc.other times, it's more into the future, like when he was on the under-14 u.s. youth national team and already making plans on how to make the u-15 roster.but for the first time in his life — or at least since he was a 2-year-old arranging his toys in soccer formations when he barely had mastered walking — martin's next step is hazy. and soccer might not even be in focus.that's because martin, like many of united's players heading into this inaugural major league soccer season, is treating this opportunity with the loons as, quite possibly, his only one. the team plays vancouver at 7 p.m. thursday at providence park in portland, ore. it's the f






menlo keeps rival shp from clinching title


atherton — the stage was set for sacred heart prep to clinch the west bay athletic league foothill division title in front of its home fans during a rainy thursday afternoon.rival and neighbor menlo school had other plans in a rematch of last year’s central coast section division ii s soccer final.the knights avenged a 1-0 loss suffered three weeks earlier with opportunistic goals from seniors cleo king and emily demmon more than enough for a stifling defense in a 2-0 triumph.“we kind of underestimated them (three weeks ago), which you never should do,” king said. “but this time, we had a lot of people out — a lot of people sick, recovering — so we knew that we had to give it 110 percent.”“also, we have a lot of new people on the team,” demmon said. “so i don’t think they understood the ca






menlo keeps rival shp from clinching title


atherton — the stage was set for sacred heart prep to clinch the west bay athletic league foothill division title in front of its home fans during a rainy thursday afternoon.rival and neighbor menlo school had other plans in a rematch of last year’s central coast section division ii s soccer final.the knights avenged a 1-0 loss suffered three weeks earlier, with opportunistic goals from seniors cleo king and emily demmon more than enough for a stifling defense in a 2-0 triumph.“we kind of underestimated them (three weeks ago), which you never should do,” king said. “but this time, we had a lot of people out — a lot of people sick, recovering — so we knew that we had to give it 110 percent.”“also, we have a lot of new people on the team,” demmon said. “so i don’t think they understood the c






chargers set season ticket prices for first season in los angeles


of course you’d pay more to see the rolling stones at a club, to hear keith richards’ fingers hitting the guitar strings, to see the sweat fly from charlie watts’ brow behind the drum kit. now, whether the los angeles chargers are the rolling stones, that remains to be seen. but the nfl team is betting you’ll pay up to catch them there before they graduate to playing stadiums.with the chargers set to begin playing in the relatively cozy, 30,000-or-so-seat stubhub center this season, the team on tuesday unveiled a season-ticket plan that ranks as the priciest in the nfl.the average ticket in the league’s smallest stadium will cost approximately $192, which would’ve been the highest average in the nfl last season according to data compiled by teammarketing.com.the rams, playing their first s






los altos triumphs in de facto el camino title game


los altos — nothing is etched in stone, but for all intent and purpose a de facto championship game in the santa clara valley athletic league el camino division took place tuesday afternoon.gunn vs. los altos — winner-take-all, maybe.“we knew what we were getting ourselves into and we this league was going to be between us two,” los altos coach eric madrigal said. “we knew that from the get-go.”behind a hat trick from midfielder hannah wendelken, the host eagles avenged an earlier loss with a 3-0 victory on senior day to leapfrog atop the standings, leaving each team to close out the regular season thursday against cellar dwellers in the el camino.“we know gunn is our only real competitor and that’s the team to beat,” wendelken said. “so every practice was just training hard for this game.






los altos triumphs in possible de facto scval title game


los altos — nothing is etched in stone, but for all intent and purpose a de facto championship game in the santa clara valley athletic league el camino division took place tuesday afternoon.gunn vs. los altos — winner-take-all, maybe.“we knew what we were getting ourselves into and we this league was going to be between us two,” los altos coach eric madrigal said. “we knew that from the get-go.”behind a hat trick from midfielder hannah wendelken, the host eagles avenged an earlier loss with a 3-0 victory on senior day to leapfrog atop the standings, leaving each team to close out the regular season thursday against cellar dwellers in the el camino.“we know gunn is our only real competitor and that’s the team to beat,” wendelken said. “so every practice was just training hard for this game.






gabriel jesus already looks like a star and is winning matches for manchester ci


gabriel jesus was one of the best young players in the world. so good, in fact, that manchester city didn’t just pay €32 million for him, but nobody was surprised they did it. that’s the going price for a soon-to-be star.and yet, despite the considerable hype, nobody expected jesus to shine right away. he was a 19-year-old moving to a new country, and that culture shock has hampered more than one player. he was also taking a huge step up to the premier league, had to adjust to pep guardiola’s unique style of play and learn a whole new set of teammates. the brazilian may have joined manchester city in january, but this spring was really just going to be a warmup for next season.only nobody told jesus that. he showed up in manchester and by the end of the week had made his debut, coming off






philipp lahm is one of the greatest players bayern munich has ever seen


this coming summer marks the end of an era at bayern munich.philipp lahm, bayern’s captain and longest tenured player, confirmed on tuesday that he will forego the final year of his contract and call it a career at the end of the season. lahm also turned down a chance to be the club’s next sporting director in the offseason as his bosses had hoped, though the expectation remains he’ll join the front office in due time.the 33-year-old’s decision to step down doesn’t come as much of a shock – lahm has hinted at early retirement for over a year now – but his departure will still leave a mark. not only must bayern now replace one of the best full backs of his generation, and one who still appears to be at the top of his game, they’re also about to lose one of the club’s greatest players of all






terrell owens, john lynch miss hall of fame cut


terrell owens, the 49ers’ second-most prolific wide receiver ever, and john lynch, the 49ers new general manager, did not make this year’s pro football hall of fame cl .some positive, 49ers-related news did emerge urday, however. their future coach, kyle shanahan, was named the nfl’s istant coach of the year by the ociated press, and 49ers all-time leading rusher frank gore won the nfl’s art rooney sportsmanship award.shanahan’s honor wasn’t a surprise as it e on the eve of super bowl li, where he will serve one last game as the atlanta falcons offensive coordinator before officially getting hired as the 49ers coach, a move that’s been umed for two weeks. gore has played the past two seasons for the indianapolis colts after the 49ers did not re-sign him in free agency.while owens railed on






terrell owens, john lynch miss hall of fame cut


terrell owens, the 49ers’ second-most prolific wide receiver ever, and john lynch, the 49ers new general manager, did not make this year’s pro football hall of fame cl .some positive, 49ers-related news did emerge urday, however. their future coach, kyle shanahan, was named the nfl’s istant coach of the year by the ociated press, and 49ers all-time leading rusher frank gore won the nfl’s art rooney sportsmanship award.shanahan’s honor wasn’t a surprise as it e on the eve of super bowl li, where he will serve one last game as the atlanta falcons offensive coordinator before officially getting hired as the 49ers coach, a move that’s been umed for two weeks. gore has played the past two seasons for the indianapolis colts after the 49ers did not re-sign him in free agency.while owens railed on






patriots win wild, historic super bowl


we thought super bowl li might be historic.epic showed up.the new england patriots e back from 25 points down with less than 24 minutes remaining, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter and scoring a touchdown on the first drive of overtime to win their fifth super bowl of this millennium, 34-28 over the atlanta falcons.it had seemed a coronation had turned into an implosion by the team used to embarr ing the rest of the nfl.the falcons led 21-0 in the second quarter and 28-3 midway through the third.and then the patriots defense stopped breaking and started making plays. their offensive line stopped leaking and tom brady started completing p es.julian edelman made a catch that defied all that should be believed about physics, with the ball going from being tipped to caroming off a defend






the latest: freeman gets 37 yards; both teams punt


houston — the latest on super bowl 51 (all times local):5:50 p.m.it was a great start for the atlanta falcons with devonta freeman's 37-yard run on their first offensive snap of the game.freeman then ran for 3 yards and they didn't get another first down on the opening drive before mvp matt ryan was sacked on third down by trey flowers.so the teams exchanged punts on their first two drives. it was the first time atlanta hadn't scored on its opening possession in nine games.— stephen hawkins reporting from houston___5:35 p.m.former president george h.w. bush and his wife, barbara, took part in the pregame coin toss — and new england patriots have the ball first in super bowl 51.the atlanta falcons won the toss, but deferred their selection to the second half.the former first couple got a hu






sounders coach brian schmetzer preparing for ‘soccer’ phase of p


sounders coach brian schmetzer is pleased his team emerged from the tucson, az phase of training p with no serious injuries, but knows the real soccer work is now about to beginthroughout the world of professional sports, the early part of training p is generally spent essing fitness levels. major league soccer is no different, which is why sounders head coach brian schmetzer e out of the arizona phase of his team’s p pleased mainly with the fact his squad suffered no serious injuries.but that’s generally it. questions about how his team is rounding into form? stuff about how players are meshing together in the midfield? you save those for when there’s something close to actual regular-season style soccer being played. that wasn’t the case in tucson, where a pair of exhibition games had so






albanian midfielder to join san jose earthquakes


san jose — on a day the earthquakes introduced two new european players thursday, the up-and-coming team also has struck a deal with an attacking midfielder from albania.san jose plans to announce friday the signing of fc lucerne’s jahmir hyka, a league source confirmed after espn fc first reported the transaction.hyka, 28, is the latest foreign signing in the past two weeks that potentially boosts the quakes’ prospects heading into the season opener march 4 against the montreal impact.new general manager jesse fioranelli, the mastermind behind a blizzard of recent roster upgrades, wouldn’t confirm the hyka signing, only saying a deal was imminent.“he’s an attacking player,” fioranelli added. “an unpredictable player. it will be difficult for opponents to read him.”hyka plays on the left s






family of teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues edina dentist


the “negligent and dangerous” actions of an edina oral surgeon during a routine wisdom teeth extraction led to the death of an eden prairie teen, the ’s family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in hennepin county district court.the medical malpractice and wrongful death suit against dr. paul tompach, who continues to see patients under state licensing board restrictions, alleges that several missteps caused the death of sydney galleger in june 2015. the lawsuit’s allegations about what tompach did wrong early in the procedure mirror much of what the state board of dentistry investigation determined before it put him under indefinite restrictions starting in march 2016.those missteps range from incorrectly administering general anesthesia to failing to provide proper monitoring durin