Wiggins in Tour of Britain defence - Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins is aiming to become the first man to win successive titles since the race restarted in 2004. Watford appoint Garcia as new boss - Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino. Man Utd identity is broken - Phelan - Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan fears the club's identity is broken with the departure of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. Ivory Coast get go-ahead to host tie - Ivory Coast get government permission to play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Abidjan. Ex-Wales prop, 32, set for surgery - Former Wales prop forward Rhys Thomas is undergoing surgery "to prepare him for a heart transplant". Giggs backs Wales for Euro 2016 - Wales great Ryan Giggs says the current side have the talent to qualify for Euro 2016 but must start with a win over Andorra. Louisville defeats Miami 31-13 in ACC debut (Yahoo Sports) - Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth backed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night. The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school. Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided the saving grace with three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15. Falcao caps record summer spending - Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m. Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB (Yahoo Sports) - Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr got the nod ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. Carr will be the first rookie to start the season opener at quarterback in Raiders history. Carr was a second-round pick out of Fresno State in May. He will become the 18th starting quarterback for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season. Hull add £10m Hernandez & Ben Arfa - Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez signs for Hull City from Palermo for a club-record fee, while Hatem Ben Arfa joins on loan.

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Soccer-Tasty icing, cherry on top but will United cake crumble? [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 10:56 am]
By Ed Osmond LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Manchester United emerged from the transfer window with a rich icing and the brightest of cherries to decorate their cake but the suspicion remains that the team's base may crumble under pressure. Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has the pedigree to light up Old Trafford and Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria the class to fill the club's iconic number seven shirt with distinction. The high-profile signings are consistent with United's history of playing attacking football and proof that despite the club's lack of European football this season they can still attract the world's top players. Swapping Falcao for Javier Hernandez and Di Maria for Shinji Kagawa is indisputably a significant upgrade.

Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 10:56 am]
LONDON (AP) -- English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 million) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues.

Everton sign teenage Belgian striker [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 10:26 am]
Everton sign Belgian 18-year-old striker David Henen from Greek side Olympiakos on a season-long loan.

Watford appoint Garcia as new boss [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 9:49 am]
Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

Man Utd identity is broken - Phelan [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 9:35 am]
Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan fears the club's identity is broken with the departure of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.

Ivory Coast will allow Sierra Leone team in [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 9:14 am]
The Ivory Coast government says it will allow the Sierra Leone team in to play an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast's place in the tournament in doubt. The Ivorian government announced the decision late on Monday night after a meeting of its National Security Council. Ivory Coast has restrictions on travel from countries affected by the deadly virus like Sierra Leone and initially said the squad would not be allowed in. The Confederation of African Football insisted Saturday's game should go ahead or Ivory Coast would forfeit its place in qualifying.

WC finalists Germany and Argentina renew rivalry [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 8:51 am]
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf.

Ivory Coast get go-ahead to host tie [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 8:24 am]
Ivory Coast get government permission to play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Abidjan.

Soccer-Papadopoulos blames Olympiakos exit on sour relation with coach [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 8:00 am]
By Graham Wood ATHENS, Sep 2 (Reuters) - Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos has said his soured relationship with Olympiakos Piraeus coach Michel was the reason for his departure from the Greek champions. Papadopoulos, who was the club captain and had been a pivotal figure since joining in 2008, left the club to join Trabzonspor on a free transfer said he never felt the Spanish coach believed in him. "I want to thank wholeheartedly the president of Olympiakos, Mr. Marinakis, and the management who respected my desire, despite strong disagreement, to leave the club for a new challenge..." Papadopoulos said in an open letter on the Olympiakos website. "I thought seriously and I decided to leave the club, which as everyone knows I have struggled to become a member of recently, because I have never felt the appreciation and trust of the current coach.

Maradona’s quote after Pope’s inter-religious peace match is priceless [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 3:30 am]
"Today two powers were brought together, the hand of God and that of the Pope," Maradona joked. No, really. That's what he said.

Falcao, Blind, Di Maria… How might LVG line Manchester United up? [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 2:30 am]
How do you think United will line up?

Premier League Team of the Week: Find out who starred on Matchday 3 [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 2:29 am]
From a 18-year-old Jamaican-English midfielder to a 34-year-old veteran goalkeeper, this team takes a ride through all types of players.

Falcao caps record summer spending [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 2:22 am]
Radamel Falcao's loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as summer spending hits a record £835m.

United signs Falcao in another transfer coup [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 1:51 am]
A week after signing Angel Di Maria, Manchester United persuaded striker Radamel Falcao to join the faltering club in European football's most eye-catching switch as the summer transfer window closed. Falcao's season-long loan from Monaco is set to cost United around $25 million for the salary and fee to the French club, although there is an option to then sign the Colombia forward permanently. After a seventh-place finish under the ill-fated reign of David Moyes, new manager Louis van Gaal has failed to win any of his first four games, including a humiliating League Cup loss at third-tier side MK Dons. ''(Falcao) is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the game,'' Van Gaal said.

Soccer-La Liga lure proves irresistible in window [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 1:51 am]
By Sam Holden LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Even though Spain were ousted in the first round of the World Cup, the tournament's brightest lights still flocked to La Liga as Real Madrid and Barcelona again flexed their financial muscles in a busy transfer window. European champions Real assembled a new breed of 'Galacticos', the most expensive squad of all time with around 640 million euros ($840 million) worth of talent, by snapping up Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and goalkeeper Kayler Navas who all shone at the World Cup in Brazil. ...

Soccer-Premier League deadline day transfers [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 1:51 am]
LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - List of Premier League comings and goings on the final day of the transfer window (all transfer fees undisclosed unless stated) - - - - Arsenal IN Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) OUT Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City) Ryo Miyaichi (Twente Enschede) Loan -- Aston Villa OUT Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord) -- Burnley IN George Boyd (Hull City) Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Loan Michael Keane (Manchester United) Loan -- Chelsea OUT Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan) Loan Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley) Loan Jamal Blackman (Middlesbrough) Loan -- Crystal Palace IN Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton ...

Premier League player of the week — Round 3 [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 1:38 am]
In the end, the player had to come from the nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park.

Soccer-Manchester United confirm Falcao one-year loan [Yahoo! Sports: September 2, 2014, 1:04 am]
* Falcao loan deal confirmed * Takes United summer spending to $250 million (Adds details, quotes) LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Manchester United confirmed they had signed Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on a one-year loan deal from Monaco after the transfer window closed on Monday. "#mufc is delighted to announce Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from Monaco with an option to buy," the Premier League team said on its Twitter feed. Falcao was in Manchester for a medical examination ahead of the proposed season-long loan from Monaco, a move revealed to Reuters on Monday by a source close to the deal. The 28-year-old scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Monaco after joining from Atletico Madrid for a fee of around 50 million euros (65.65 million US dollar) last year.

VIDEO: Breaking down the Deadline Day deals with the NBCSN crew [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 12:48 am]
Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe bring you plenty of analysis on the summer transfer window's Deadline Day.

Hull add £10m Hernandez & Ben Arfa [BBC.co.uk Sports: September 2, 2014, 12:46 am]
Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez signs for Hull City from Palermo for a club-record fee, while Hatem Ben Arfa joins on loan.







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