Chicago Fire midfielder John Goossens out 5-6 months with ankle injury

The Fire will be without the Dutch midfielder for at least the majority of the 2017 season.The Chicago Fire have announced that midfielder John Goossens will miss 5-6 months with an ankle injury.Goossens was injured late in the Fire's season-opening 1-1 draw at the Columbus Crew last weekend. He will undergo surgery on Friday and will be placed on the disabled list.

“John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"

Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said in a news release. “We're sure he will work to return to the field this season and find ways to contribute to the team in the interim.”The 28-year-old joined the Fire prior to the 2016 season and tallied three goals and four assists in 24 games last season, 15 of which were starts.

Hummels feels no sympathy for humiliated Arsenal

The Gunners suffered a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but the latter's defender is not sorry at all for their plight Mats Hummels had little sympathy for Arsenal after Bayern Munich beat them 5-1 on Tuesday to clinch a 10-2 aggregate win and secure passage to the Champions League quarter-finals.Arsenal fans will beg to lose 10-2 to Bayern Arsenal went into meltdown at the Emirates Stadium as Laurent Koscielny's dismissal, after Theo Walcott had scored the opener, sent the Gunners into raptures.

Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot after Koscielny's foul, and it soon got embarrassing for Arsenal.Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and an Arturo Vidal Double left Arsene Wenger's men in utter disarray as merciless Bayern romped to victory, and Hummels has now revealed the Germans felt no sympathy for them.

"I do not know if you can have pity in sports," he told DFB.de. "Everyone has to give their best on the pitch."Of course, the result looks very unfortunate for them. And who knows, perhaps next year we will meet them again and then we will be the ones who have such problems."But no, you do not have to feel compassion for them. The team that wins can also look forward to it."

Five-match ban for Mings after Ibrahimovic stamp

Pic via hitc.com

Pic via hitc.com

The Cherries will be without their player for five matches after he was punished for appearing to stamp on the striker, who was punished for an elbow Tyrone Mings has been banned for five matches following his clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Bournemouth's match with Manchester United last Saturday.

The Football Association (FA) confirmed the defender's punishment after an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday. Kings appeared to stamp on Ibrahimovic's head towards the end of the first half and was charged with violent conduct by the FA, who recommended a stronger punishment for Mings when he and the United striker were charged on Monday.

The FA submitted a claim that a standard punishment would be "clearly insufficient" given the offence.Bournemouth reacted angrily to the suspension in a statement which read: "Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission's decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday’s incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as 'proven' when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional."It is our strongly held belief – backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character – that it was an accidental collision. "Tyrone twice apologized to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.

"We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards – the last of which came in April 2015."

Mings, 23, is due to miss Premier League matches against West Ham, Swansea City, Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea.

BT Sport secures £1.18bn Champions League deal

The broadcasters believe that the competition is set to "become stronger" from the 2018-19 season and have raised the price they will pay accordingly BT Sport has won the right to continue broadcasting the Champions League and Europa League in the United Kingdom, having agreed a £1.18 billion deal.

The telecommunications company will spend around £394 million per year on the competition over each of the next three seasons to retain the competition – up from the current deal, which is worth a shade under £300m per year.As a result, BT has the exclusive rights to screen all continental competition in the UK, having outbid rivals Sky.From the 2018-19 season, Champions League evenings will change, with the perception being that the competition will only become stronger thanks to four guaranteed representatives from England, Spain, Germany and Italy. Furthermore, kick-off times will be staggered, with matches beginning at 18:00 and 20:00.John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT, said: “We are delighted to have renewed these rights. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK.

“The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.”

 

David Silva one reason I joined Man City - Guardiola

David Silva one reason I joined Man City - Guardiola

David Silva one reason I joined Man City - Guardiola

The manager says the opportunity to work with the Spaniard was one of his motivations behind heading to the Etihad Stadium Pep Guardiola described David Silva as one of the best players he has ever worked with after the Spaniard led Manchester City to a 2-0 victory at Sunderland.

Silva was instrumental as City earned their fourth consecutive Premier League victory, starting the move that led to Sergio Aguero's opening goal and later playing Leroy Sane in to double the visitors' lead at the Stadium of Light.

The 31-year-old was embraced by his head coach on the field after the game, and Guardiola hailed Silva's qualities in his post-match comments."David is one of the best players I ever trained in my life so I am a lucky guy to be with him," said Guardiola."One of the reasons why I decided to come here is because I was pleased to be with him. I was in Spain when he was with Valencia.

I was in Barcelona and I thought, 'Wow! That guy is special'."But I was impressed the most when I met him by the fact of how competitive he is. The skills, you know them because he is a long time here in England, but how he is a winner, he has a winning mentality, he's a fighter, he runs, he's a fantastic player.