Confederations Cup 2017: Fixtures, results, teams, TV & guide to the World Cup warm-up

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez will extend already lengthy seasons even further when they participate in the summer showpiece in Russia Russia will continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer. The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event. It features the champions of each confederation – decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America – as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world …

Mexico Confederations Cup schedule: When and how to watch El Tri’s games in Russia

El Tri kicks off their tournament schedule Sunday with a massive test against Portugal and Goal runs through everything you need to know The Mexican national team is ready to get rolling in Russia.  After winning the CONCACAF Cup playoff against the United States to earn a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup, El Tri are carrying a strong squad into the practice run for the 2018 World Cup. Mexico not focused on Ronaldo Mexico competed in the 2013 Confederations Cup but lost its first two matches against Brazil and Italy and, despite topping Japan in the final group game…

2017 U.S. Open TV schedule, channel, live stream online, coverage, viewing guide

Mixing the uniqueness of Erin Hill with the importance of the golf season’s second major, you are going to want to watch every minute of action from the 2017 U.S. Open this week. Exciting action will be aplenty Thursday through Sunday, and you can catch it all both on your television and streaming live online. Here’s a look at the schedule of events so you can watch as much golf as possible. Weather may dictate some changes to the start times below, and tee times have not yet been released …

Osorio, Mexico not focused on Ronaldo

While wary of the Portuguese star, El Tri know how threatening Portugal’s squad is top to bottom Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio says his team is focused on more than just Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of its Confederations Cup opener against Portugal. Moreno to Roma a good fit Osorio’s men face the European champions in Kazan on Sunday looking to make a strong start in Group A. While Ronaldo shapes as a major threat to Mexico, Osorio said there was more to worry …

Champions League 2017-18: Qualifying rounds & teams explained

With domestic campaigns in 2016-17 drawing to a close, more and more teams are booking their place in various stages of next season’s competition With the 2016-17 season nearly complete across Europe, only a few clubs are still fighting to book their place in next season’s Champions League. The route to next season’s final in Kiev will be much longer for some clubs than others, with the first qualifying round kicking off as early as June – a full two-and-a-half months before the group stage begins in September. Schweini wants Neymar at Bayern The draw for …

Inter arrange meeting with Simeone to present official managerial offer

The Atletico Madrid boss could be tempted to take over the Nerazzurri at the end of the season if the Spanish side win the Champions League EXCLUSIVE Inter have arranged a meeting with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone where they will present to him an official offer to take over the Italian giants, Goal has learned. The meeting is set to take place after the second leg of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against crosstown rivals Real Madrid. The Nerazzurri are expected …

Like Houston before it, SMU is using early 2000s Texas rap stars to gain exposure

Musicians and college football have gone hand-in-hand for decades, from Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew’s ties to the Miami Hurricanes all the way to Michigan State adopting Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way” as an anthem and eventually naming him a Spartan for Life in 2014.  Every season there are a handful of artists and songs that become commonplace in locker rooms and stadiums. What’s not as common is what’s going on at SMU, where Chad Morris and the Mustangs have taken a liking to Dallas’ own Big Tuck.  Tuck’s 2004 release, “Purple Hulk,” includes “Southside Da Realist,” a locally flavored ode to the area over an altered sample of 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah…

Pogba offers Man Utd fitness boost after frustrating afternoon at Old Trafford

The Frenchman did not figure in a goalless draw with West Brom, but he did take to the field for a training exercise after the Premier League fixture Paul Pogba could be set to hand Manchester United a timely boost after stepping up his return from a hamstring injury. The most expensive player in world football has been sidelined since picking up a knock in a Europa League clash with Rostov on March 16. The ailment prevented the Frenchman from gracing a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough …

Spieth wins, but will need help to advance

AUSTIN, Texas – When his match finally ended, Jordan Spieth’s play on the 13th hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t matter, but it was a fitting example of how difficult the conditions were on Day 2. Spieth stepped to the tee at the short par-4 13th with a 3-up lead over Yuta Ikeda and facing a foreboding gale, but he chose to hit driver. “What was not smart about it was that the fairway is pretty narrow with driver when I can’t carry it to the edge; 3-wood is actually a much better play,” said Spieth, who pulled his tee shot into a water hazard. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Full bracket | …

WATCH: NC State fans boo coach Mark Gottfried in pregame introductions vs. UNC

The joyous roar of the crowd upon the introduction of NC State senior guard Terry Henderson was followed up with resounding boos to the next name announced over the loud speakers: Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack coach has had a rough go of it this week. After reports surfaced that Gottfried’s days appear to be numbered as coach at NC State, the Wolfpack fans let loose on the coach after playing back-to-back road games. Then there was still a game against No. 10 North Carolina, and Gottfried’s night didn’t get any better. Against the Heels, the Pack were blown out for the third straight game. It was in part due to a lackluster defensive performance from NC State, which…