England crush Bulgaria 6-0 but racist chants force stoppages in qualifier

Given the history and given the buildup, in which claim and counter-claim had raised the temperature around this Euro 2020 qualifier, it was easy to fear the worst. But when it did happen, when the monkey chants towards Tyrone Mings started from a section of the Bulgaria support, there could only be shock and revulsion.

Raheem Sterling with a red ball: Raheem Sterling (left) celebrates scoring his second and England’s fifth goal with Harry Kane.

 © PA Raheem Sterling (left) celebrates scoring his second and England’s fifth goal with Harry Kane.

Mings, who ought to have revelled in the thrill of wearing the England shirt for the first time, was not the only black player to be targeted. Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford also heard the disgusting noises, meaning England’s victory was quickly relegated to a footnote.

The idea for Gareth Southgate and his players was to show their capacity to bounce back from Friday’s 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in Prague and they did that in style. But this was an altogether different kind of psychological test in front of a crowd in which Nazi salutes were performed and the 50-strong group of black-clad ultras who were behind some of the worst abuses were ejected. The mindless minority brought shame on Bulgaria.

It was deeply distressing simply to watch, to feel the skin crawl whenever one of England’s black players had the ball in anticipation of what might happen and so goodness knows how Mings, Sterling and Rashford were able to continue. After the chants had started to ring out with greater clarity, Sterling gilded the scoreline with two smart finishes. “Who put the ball in the racists’ net? Raheem Sterling,” chanted the England support.

Southgate had made it plain he and his players would follow Uefa’s three-step protocol and so they did. First, there was an announcement over the PA system to urge the chants to stop and, when they did not, the referee, Ivan Bebek, halted the game just before the interval and asked Southgate whether he wanted to take his players off to the dressing room.

He said he wanted to get to half-time, talk to the players and take stock. There was the option for England not to return but, according to the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, the players wanted to resume; they did not want the racists to win.

England’s last visit to this stadium in 2011, also for a European qualifier, had been scarred by monkey chants towards Ashley Cole, Ashley Young and Theo Walcott. So much for the progress the Bulgarian Football Union president, Borislav Mihaylov, had trumpeted last week. After half-time, there were more audible monkey chants but the official line was that England did not hear them. They wanted to battle on.

The one hope had been for nothing unsavoury to happen but with tensions simmering in a half-empty stadium – and sounds carrying – that hope quickly disintegrated.

Mings heard the abuse during the warm-up but there were 24 minutes on the clock when Harry Kane, the England captain, began a conversation with Bebek – in line with Uefa’s protocol – and Southgate did likewise with the Uefa official on the sideline. Moments later, an announcer pleaded for the chants to stop or the game would “be suspended and may be abandoned”.

It was not difficult to pick out the monkey chants after Mings had played a pass out of defence and it was clear the England debutant had heard them because he turned towards a section of the crowd, stood still for a moment and stared. The stadium holds 44,000 but the capacity was reduced by 5,000 as a punishment by Uefa for the behaviour of the Bulgaria support in the June qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Kosovo, which was ruled to have been racist. The cordoned off area behind one of the goals was adorned by anti-racism banners. But there were further large swathes of empty seats, giving a curious backdrop to the spectacle.

From the moment Mings effectively confronted the home fans, the game ceased to be a spectacle. It was horribly edgy. At that point, England were 2-0 up and playing well, even though the action came to feel incidental.

Rashford scored the opener with a fizzing shot from an angle and the second was laid on by Sterling, who swapped passes with Kane and crossed for Ross Barkley to tap home. The England fans directed a bellowed chant to their Bulgarian rivals. “You racist bastards, you know what you are.”

Mings heard further taunts on at least two occasions before half-time and the only wonder was that the England players did not leave the pitch. During the stoppage in the 41st minute, the Bulgaria captain, Ivelin Popov, appeared to urge the home fans to calm down. England scored twice more before half-time and it was a pity their imposing football rang so hollow. Kane picked out Barkley to head past Plamen Iliev, while Kieran Trippier and Kane ushered in Sterling. By then, onlookers were wondering how much worse the situation would get and whether the game would finish.

England were quite prepared to walk off in the second half and they might have done so because there were further racist chants. It was, according to Southgate, an impossible situation. Sterling took his second goal nicely, Kane rounded off the rout with the sixth and it would have been double figures but for Iliev’s resistance. The only mercy was the full-time whistle.

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Redskins’ offense will be without Brandon Scherff, Vernon Davis, Jordan Reed against Patriots

The Washington Redskins’ offense will be missing major pieces for a second consecutive week as the team limps into a showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff ankle will miss his second consecutive game, while tight ends Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed both remain in the league-mandated concussion protocol and will not play against the Patriots. Rookie Wes Martin will make his second consecutive start at right guard after making his NFL debut in last week’s loss to the New York Giants. It was the first time he was on the right side of the line since he played right tackle in high school.

“It was a good learning experience,” Martin said. “Assignments and techniques is really the main focus. If you do those things right, then everything else will just kind of fall together.”

Redskins name Colt McCoy the starter at quarterback against New England

Quarterback Case Keenum, who started the first four games, is questionable with a foot injury, and will not start in any case. Coach Jay Gruden named Colt McCoy the starter on Friday and declined to say whether Keenum would be the backup if healthy.

Center Chase Roullier knee and wide receiver Terry McLaurin hamstring are both questionable after being limited in practice all week. Neither played last week, and Gruden called McLaurin a game-day decision after not having him go full speed in Friday’s practice.

“Questionable is a great word for him right now,” Gruden said about McLaurin, a productive rookie who still leads Washington in receiving yards and touchdowns despite missing a week. “It is probably – with him.”

The Redskins are on the verge of a lost season. So what do they do with Dwayne Haskins?

Cornerback Josh Norman knee is listed as questionable but was a full participant in Friday’s session. Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons hamstring is out after not practicing all week.

For New England, running back Rex Burkhead foot, safety Patrick Chung heel, safety Nate Ebner groin, wide receiver Julian Edelman chest and linebacker Dont’a Hightower shoulder were all listed as questionable.

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon knee and defensive end Michael Bennett shoulder did not receive an injury designation after being full participants Friday.

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Condo column: Does condominium association president have rights to residents’ email addresses?

Editor’s note: Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC., respond to questions about Florida community association law. The firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law.

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Q: Does the president of a condominium association have the rights to the email addresses of all its residents for emailing information to the residents? We do not have a community newsletter and the only one who I was told has the rights to all email addresses is the property manager, who is a paid employee of the larger board.

— J. D., Indian River Shores

A: An association cannot mandate that owners provide email addresses to it. However, many owners do voluntarily provide email addresses. 

Once provided, the email address become official records of the association. However, again, unless an owner has provided their email address to the association and expressly indicated that it is to be used for official communication, the email address is not available to owners who request to obtain it. 

So, in most cases, owner email addresses kept by the association are used for what is commonly called “casual communication,” such as newsletters and updates. Traditional mail is used for official communication, such as meeting notices, ballots and proxies.

Who can utilize the email addresses and for what purpose is a decision of the board, not the president, or any single director. So, unless the board has authorized the president to send communication to the owners , he or she does not have any right to do so using email addresses that were given to the association.

Q: My local HOA Board of Directors adopted a rule that states a Board of Director meeting can be recorded only if the person recording announces that they are going to record it, and the videos cannot be published or uploaded to social media websites after recording.  Is this legal to prohibit uploading of the video to a social media website, like YouTube or Nextdoor, and under what authority can this be enforced?

— D.H., Stuart

A:  Owners have the right to video and tape record board meetings and members meetings. However, the board can adopt reasonable rules regarding how this can be done. 

 A rule that requires a person to announce they are recording before they start is reasonable and enforceable. Whether or not the board can enforce a rule prohibiting the uploading of the video to social media is much less clear. 

This is a cutting-edge issue in this day and age and pits free speech rights against a person’s right to privacy. There is no law that presently prohibits what a person can do with such a recording. So, at this point absent a court decision or statutory change, I do not believe the board can enforce such a rule.

Q: Our board is attending a pre-suit mediation with a homeowner who is threatening to sue the association. We have asked if as owners we can attend the mediation. The board said we cannot attend the mediation. Is this true?

A.  Yes. The only people legally allowed to attend a formal pre-suit mediation are the parties of the mediation. In this case that would be the board of directors on behalf of the association and the homeowners bringing the action. 

Legal counsel for both parties and the association manager would also be allowed to attend, but other non-party homeowners would not be allowed to attend. However, if case is settled, the written settlement agreement would be an official record of the association and all owners would be allowed to obtain a copy of it.

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Antonio Brown’s Patriots Debut Is Business as Usual

Five days after a woman who was once his trainer filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexual assault and rape, receiver Antonio Brown made his debut for New England in a 43-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

He caught four passes, one for a 20-yard touchdown, receiving a hug from quarterback Tom Brady and enthusiastic congratulations from teammates. Patriots fans cheered fervently. For the Patriots, legal questions were subjugated in a pursuit of victory against an overmatched opponent.

Asked how he weighed the decision to play Brown, Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ coach, said: “I’ll talk about the game; I’ve already commented on that. I’m not going to say any more.”

Brown left the New England dressing room before the news media were permitted inside.

Asked if he had any conflicted feelings about whether Brown should have played, Brady said: “I don’t make any of those decisions. I just show up and play and do my job.”

Whether Brady and Brown will continue to play together this season remains uncertain. The N.F.L. is expected to interview Brown’s accuser as soon as Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell could suspend Brown with pay if he believes “the circumstances and evidence warrant doing so,” according to the N.F.L. Player Personnel Policy.

Brown, 31, has denied any wrongdoing and threatened to countersue. Last week, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office issued a statement saying there were “no prior police investigative contacts regarding these allegations or these individuals.” ESPN reported Sunday that Brown declined an offer to settle the case for a payment of $2 million.

Last Tuesday, the woman, who met Brown about a decade ago when both were students at Central Michigan, filed a lawsuit that described three assaults, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018. Profane messages from Brown were included as evidence in the suit.

The player’s lawyer has said that any sex between the two was consensual.

On New England’s second play on Sunday, Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, entered the game to a mix of boos and cheers. Brady immediately made him his preferred receiver with an 18-yard pass over the middle, a 10-yarder to the sideline and an 8-yarder on a curl pattern. Then Brown lured the Dolphins into a holding penalty, which set up the Patriots’ first touchdown, a short run.

Late in the second quarter, 20 yards from the end zone, Brown lined up in the left slot and caught a perfectly thrown fade pass from Brady to put the Patriots up, 13-0. Two Patriots fans caught Brown as he tumbled over a padded wall at the back of the end zone.

The decision to play Brown is certain to bring heightened scrutiny to the Patriots and the N.F.L. The league has been accused of being inconsistent in penalizing players in cases involving accusations of violence against women.

In 2014, the league strengthened its personal conduct policy, saying it would no longer rely only on law enforcement officials’ decisions when weighing whether to fine or suspend a player. Brown’s case appears to have made the league’s decision more complicated because it involves a civil accusation, not a criminal one.

Brown has essentially forced his way off two teams since the end of the 2018 season — the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders. Belichick has relished adding what are considered challenging players to the New England roster, a formula that has helped produce six Super Bowl titles. A looming question is whether Brown will remain eligible as the Patriots seek a seventh.

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The Patriots looked unbeatable against the Steelers. And now they add Antonio Brown.

Columnist Jerry Brewer: It’s Antonio Brown’s NFL now, and everyone else is just living in it

They dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a – victory Sunday evening in Foxborough, Mass., to open their season. And that was without Brown, the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver signed Saturday after the Oakland Raiders accommodated his demand to be released. Brown was not eligible to play in this game, but could be added to the lineup for next Sunday’s game at Miami.

The Patriots, during their dynastic run, regularly have turned sluggish regular season starts into Super Bowl triumphs. This time, they looked terrific on opening night. Quarterback Tom Brady, who turned last month, was as efficient as ever. He threw three touchdown passes, two to Phillip Dorsett and one to fellow wide receiver Josh Gordon, in a -for-, -yard passing night.

Brady distributed the ball adroitly to running back James White and wideouts Gordon, Julian Edelman and Dorsett. Gordon played well after being reinstated by the NFL last month following his latest suspension under the substance abuse policy. The New England defense was without linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was on the inactive list, reportedly because his wife went into labor. Yet the Patriots shut down the Steelers in Pittsburgh’s first game since the offseason exits of Brown, who was traded to the Raiders, and running back Le’Veon Bell, who left in free agency to sign with the New York Jets after sitting out all of last season in a contract dispute.

Now he’s a Patriot: The Antonio Brown saga, explained

The interesting thing, of course, is what happens next. Brown was in the area but was not permitted to play because he was not on the Patriots’ roster by the p.m. NFL deadline Saturday. According to NBC, Brady extended Brown an offer to stay at his house while Brown gets settled.

“Everyone comes in here and works as hard as they can to try to establish a great role,” Brady said in an on-field postgame interview with that network. “It’s about getting him up to speed. He’s obviously a great player. I’ve played against him for a long time. So we’re excited to have him and try to incorporate him the best way we can.”

Brown has been one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers throughout his career. If things work out, he potentially could be the best wideout with whom Brady has played, maybe even better than Randy Moss.

But Brown also has become the ultimate diva wide receiver and has prompted his last two teams to accommodate his wish to leave. The Steelers traded him to the Raiders in March for third- and fifth-round draft picks after Brown became disgruntled in Pittsburgh, in part because of a clash with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown’s tenure with the Raiders included ailing feet, two helmet grievances against the NFL, multiple fines, a practice-field verbal confrontation with General Manager Mike Mayock, a YouTube video that appeared to contain a private phone conversation with Coach Jon Gruden and an post seeking his release.

Randy Moss’s advice for Antonio Brown: Put up or shut up’ in New England

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has added controversial and troubled players before. The list includes Moss, Corey Dillon, Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Gordon. Belichick’s success with those moves has been mixed. With Brown, the stakes are raised considerably. Brown could frustrate Brady the way he ultimately frustrated Roethlisberger and the Steelers. He could reject the famed Patriot Way and be sent quickly packing.

Or he could tone down his act, fit in and be the absolutely dominant receiver for Brady that Moss was in , when the Patriots took an – record into the Super Bowl before being upset by the New York Giants.

The Patriots team that was on the field Sunday night didn’t appear to need any help. The night began with a celebration of last season’s Super Bowl title that included former players Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Rob Ninkovich, Willie McGinest, Ty Law and Drew Bledsoe. Then the Patriots dismantled the Steelers. It was – at halftime and – entering the fourth quarter.

Antonio Brown and the Patriots are a match so crazy it just might work

The defense kept JuJu Smith-Schuster, who inherited Brown’s job as the Steelers’ No. receiver, and tailback James Conner, Bell’s successor at running back since last season, from doing much of anything . The Steelers’ supporting cast around Roethlisberger appeared lacking. The Patriots were as ruthless as ever. Brady played the entire game and Belichick called a timeout in the final seconds to avoid confusion that might have permitted the Steelers to score a cosmetic touchdown.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Brady told NBC. “We just want to be a lot better, I think, than we were tonight. But I thought the defense played great and gave us a lot of opportunities. We made some big plays in the passing game, which always helps. But I think we’ve got to get back to work and do a better job next week.”

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Arlo White is the voice of the Premier League on NBC. And although he’s from England, he’s a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.

Sep. –Turns out Arlo White, the NBC Sports Group s lead Premier League soccer announcer, is a Cubs fan — and not one of those new bandwagon types, whose idea of disappointment is losing in the first round of the playoffs, mind you.

Growing up in Leicester, England, White became a Cubs fan in , when he was and his aunt and uncle took him to his first game at Wrigley Field. He s been a Bears fan even longer.

So, you can imagine how he feels about throwing out the first pitch and singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame with his aunt and uncle during the seventh inning stretch of Tuesday s Cubs-Mariners game, then attending Thursday s Bears-Packers opener.

White called Sunday s draw between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, flew to Chicago on Monday and spoke to the Tribune for a few minutes Tuesday ahead of his duties at Wrigley. The conversation has been edited for clarity.

I m so nervous, I need to talk to somebody, so this will ease my nerves a bit, White said.

I saw you posted a picture on Twitter of your first game when you were in . You were spending a couple weeks visiting your aunt and uncle, Kathleen and Bill Grady, who live in the south suburbs. Did you know much about the Cubs before they took you to Wrigley Field?

I wasn t a Cubs fan yet because I didn t know much about baseball. My aunt Kath — who s actually my dad s auntie, but they were so close in age, they re more like brother and sister — had married Bill, who s proper Irish-American Chicago stock, in the early-s. They came to the U.K. on their honeymoon in . We struck it off. They offered to bring me across in . So, I flew to Chicago alone as a -year old. I knew of the NFL at the time. I was a Bears fan because of what they had told me in .

So a Bears fan, but not yet a Cubs fan?

Baseball wasn t really and still isn t quite as popular as NFL is, although the Cubs obviously go to London next year, and the Olympic Stadium was a complete sell-out for the Yankees-Red Sox earlier this year. Both those games were a huge success, and the Cubs-Cardinals is going to be massive next year. But the NFL has the edge in terms of interest in the U.K.

The mid-s was a good time to be a Bears fan.

I actually saw the first preseason home game of the Bears. It was against the Colts. We had tickets by the Bears players tunnel, so I got a high-five from Walter Payton, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton and the Fridge William Perry, who was a huge star in the UK at the time. It was the most incredible day of my life to that point. It remains one of the most memorable days of my life. It was incredible. So it s been a Cubs-Bears love-in for the last years.

Didn t the Bears visit London just before that?

They played an exhibition at Wembley against the Cowboys at the same time I was actually here, ironically, so I missed them in the U.K. because I was in Chicago, but I was fortunate enough to see them in that preseason game.

How did you follow the Bears in England in the s?

Before the internet and satellite and cable TV, we had a one-hour program that showed the highlights from the week before. We had no way of watching live games, but I did manage to find a really, really poor medium-wave radio signal from the Armed Forces Radio Network that was broadcasting out to Germany. You could guarantee that if there was a last-second field goal to win a game, the signal would be lost and you d be listening to some Belgian folk music or something and you d have to wait a week to find the score.

It must have been a shock to the system to go from short highlight packages of American football to actual games that ran three hours.

For us in England, at the time, football hooliganism was rampant, so it was a deeply unpleasant experience as a kid to go down to soccer games. You were held in cages. There were police everywhere. It was a vile atmosphere, coins being thrown, people fighting. It was just awful. Then we saw from America the NFL, this glamorous sport, these wonderful stadiums, these incredible athletes, the gladiatorial aspects of it with the helmets and the pads. It got very popular and it remains popular to this day. But I think the opportunity was there because people were disenfranchised with their own sport of soccer at the time. Soccer in England learned an awful lot from the NFL, which is why we have the Premier League in all its glory today.

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England’s Next Generation Of Strikers Must Take Their Chance This Premier League Season

CESENA, ITALY – JUNE : Tammy Abraham of England and Alexandru Pascanu of Romania in action during the UEFA U- Group C match between England and Romania at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on June , in Cesena, Italy. Photo by Giuseppe


The English transfer window has now closed, and while all the focus has been on how much has been spent, the lack of spending on strikers by some of the larger clubs could give the next generation of English strikers a chance to break into the first team.

Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford have two of England’s striker slots on lock-down, but with Jamie Vardy retiring from international soccer and Danny Welbeck being Danny Welbeck, the other one or two central striker slots have been up for grabs for a while. Callum Wilson may make it his own, should he continue his good form at Bournemouth, but there are also a few young England players who have a chance of breaking into sides in the top six of the Premier League this season.

In Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have two of the best forwards out there. But beneath the surface, their forward line is a bit on the thin side. They relied on Daniel Sturridge in the league on occasions last season, and he’s been released. Danny Ings has also been sold although the deal was wrapped up last year, as was Dominic Solanke last winter, and Jurgen Klopp has opted to have a quiet transfer window this season. While Liverpool’s Divock Origi will be the main beneficiary of that lack of spending, the absence of other options could give Rhian Brewster the chance to finally show what he can do in front of a packed Anfield crowd.

Brewster had a strong preseason and Klopp rates him highly, saying “I love the boy, he is fantastic. Why should I play it down.” Brewster’s golden boot performance helped England win the Under- World Cup back in , but while his then-teammates Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi are fast becoming household names, Brewster missed over a year with injuries after that World Cup triumph. Perhaps this season, he can break into the Liverpool side and reach the level of some of his U- teammates, especially as Liverpool have sold many of their other back-up strikers.

But it is telling that while Brewster played a lot in Liverpool’s early pre-season games he has appeared less and less as the new season has got nearer, and he didn’t even make the bench for the Community Shield. He may not quite be there yet, but this season could be his best chance of a breakthrough as one or two injuries would give him a clear path to the Liverpool first team.

Down the M in Manchester, Liverpool’s arch rivals also weakened their forward line this summer. Manchester United’s sale of Romelu Lukaku gives youngster Mason Greenwood a huge opportunity to break into United’s first team. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Greenwood even had a chance of starting against Chelsea on the opening day of the season, and that “he can play anywhere along the frontline” so he can fit in wherever United need him.

Manchester United may get a lot of stick for their transfer policies, but they are one of the best sides in the country for bringing through young talent. According to traininggroundgurum, they gave more minutes to players who had graduated from their academy than any other Premier League side last season although admittedly one of those players, Paul Pogba, had a $ million detour via Turin. Manchester United already have one young English forward in the year-old Marcus Rashford, but the way Manchester United’s backroom staff are raving about Greenwood, this may be his breakthrough year.

Chelsea’s transfer spending was decided for them by their transfer ban, but they did bring in a lot of new recruits by recalling all the young players they had out on loan. Frank Lampard has been keen to play his youngsters in pre-season, and Tammy Abraham has started four of Chelsea’s six preseason matches.

Abraham is a bit older than Brewster and Greenwood, in fact he is a few days older than Marcus Rashford, and he has also played for his country already. But he has yet to establish himself as a top Premier League striker. Abraham scored five Premier League goals for Swansea two years ago before coming close to being the Championship’s top scorer last season with Aston Villa. But there’s a big jump up from scoring for fun in the Championship and if Tammy Abraham can’t make that jump he won’t stay at Stamford Bridge for long.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are unlikely to go another summer without buying a striker so if the chance comes along, Brewster, Greenwood and Abraham must take it, because like a striker in a goal drought, chances at the top are not easy to come by.

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A Review Of Manchester United, Man City, Tottenham Hotspur And More Changes

This weekend, England s Premier League will come flying back into action for another season. As is becoming custom with leagues across Europe and the world, every team in the Premier League will have a new set of kits for the upcoming season. This is an effort to show and review each of the new looks for all Premier League clubs for the upcoming season. For further changes across the league, click here.

Manchester City

While Puma s sphere of influence within the Premier League may have declined by two clubs, they still have Crystal Palace and Newcastle under their belt and they also pulled a huge coup by getting Manchester City to leave the NikeUmbro umbrella. Puma have been trying to stamp their mark on City s identity and I d say that putting purple trim on their home kit for the first time in club history is a way to do that. The second kit is an asymmetrical adventure of a kit that s inspired by the Madchester club scene of the s and the third kit looks like what would happen if a raspberry mango smoothie became a football kit.

YOKOHAMA, JAN – JULY : Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during the preseason friendly match between Yokohama F.Marinos and Manchester City at Nissan Stadium on July , in Yokohama,


HONG KONG, HONG KONG – JULY : Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City in action during the preseason friendly match between Kitchee and Manchester City at the Hong Kong Stadium on July , in Hong Kong. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images Images


SHANGHAI, CHINA – JULY : Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City in action during Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Premier League Asia Trophy Final on July , in Shanghai, China. Photo by Fred Lee Images for Premier League

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Manchester United

The Red Devils kept things very simple with their home kit. In an effort to go with a design that is intended to be a tribute to the – team that won the European Treble, the three stripes of Adidas are red to match the rest of the shirt and the badge is styled in a similar manner to what was worn on the pitch during that famous season from years ago. The away kit consists of a shirt that appears to be a very light shade of brown with black shorts and black trim.

CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST : Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and AC Milan at Principality Stadium on August , in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Chris


PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY : Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba dribbles the ball during the International soccer match between Manchester United and Perth Glory on July , at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia. Photo by Speed

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Newcastle United

Newcastle and Puma are allegedly celebrating the th anniversary of their last major trophy victory with their home kit for this season. I say allegedly because while this is a decent-looking kit, the only thing that this kit has in common with what they wore while winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup is that it s black-and-white. That s it. The Magpies will continue to have a dark look on the field, as they ve gone with a very deep shade of green from the shirt down to the socks for their secondary look. Finally, they ve gone with an all-orange look for their third kit.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY : Sean Longstaff of Newcastle celebrates scoring from distance in the first half with his team mates during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hibernian FC and Newcastle United FC at Easter Road on July , in


Newcastle United s Miguel Almiron sees his penalty saved by Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd during the pre-season friendly match at Deepdale, Preston. Photo by Anthony Devlin Images via Images

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Newcastle United s Allan Saint-Maximin during the Pre-season Friendly match between Newcastle United and AS Saint-Etienne at St. James s Park, Newcastle on Saturday rd August . Photo by Steven HadlowMI NewsNurPhoto via Images

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Norwich City

If you like Manchester City s third kit, then you will also like what Norwich City will be wearing for home games this season. The Canaries will be returning from the Championship with that competition s trophy in hand and a home kit that starts out yellow, then fades into green once it gets below the sponsor logo and into the shorts. It s basically manufacturer Errea s take on the gradient look that Nike gave to Tottenham Hotspur last season. They will be wearing that strange design alongside a somewhat standard all-red clash kit with yellow trim.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST : Jamal Lewis of Norwich City during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Norwich City and Toulouse at Carrow Road on August , in Norwich, England. Photo by Stephen Pond Images


Sheffield United

The Blades are back in the Premier League for the first time since their one-and-done appearance back in -. They re already reaping the benefits of just being back in the Premier League since they will have a new shirt sponsor in the form of Union Standard Group in what is being reported as a record-breaking deal by the club. As far as their primary kit goes, Sheffield United haven t really settled on a standard look during their time with Adidas but what they usually do is just go with some variation of a shirt with red-and-white stripes and black shorts. That s what we got with their home kit, while their away kit is a gray look with red trim.

CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY : John Lunstram of Sheffield United in acton during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Chesterfield and Sheffield United at on July , in Chesterfield, England. Photo by Nathan Stirk Images



The Saints have been lost in the wilderness from an aesthetic standpoint since moving to Under Armour ahead of the – season. This season is no different, as all three of their kits are a bit of a mess. The connecting thread between the three kits is a shoulder yoke and in the case of the home kit, it looks blocky and out of place.

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Tottenham Hotspur

The good news is that Spurs have finally come to their senses and released a no-nonsense home kit. It s white with the only traces of navy being seen on the sleeve cuffs and the collar, while the rest of the navy is on the shorts. This is basically an ideal look for Spurs. They will be wearing all-navy as a clash kit, which will have a purple pattern near the top of the shirt that could be best described as an enigmatic design that doesn t look great on paper but looks good on the field.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST : Georges-Kevin Nkoudo of Tottenham Hotspur scores his penalty in the shootout during the International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Internazionale at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August ,


MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY : Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Audi Cup match between Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur at the Allianz Arena on July , in Munich Germany Photo by Rico BrouwerSoccrates Images



While some clubs are known for sticking with a baseline design and just adding minor tweaks to it, the only thing that s for sure with Watford is that the colors will be yellow-black-and-red and the crest will be on the right-hand side of the shirt. Other than that, it s a mystery when it comes to what to expect. This season, they will be wearing an Adidas shirt that is half-black and half-yellow. They continue to zig when everyone expects them to zag. On the other hand, their away kit is a somewhat simple navy blue kit, so there s not much zigging or zagging going on there.

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West Ham United

While Newcastle are trying to pass off their – home kit as a throwback of sorts, West Ham United and Umbro haven t really tried to connect their current kit with the past. Yet, if you squint hard enough then you could see a vague tribute to the kit that the team wore during their run to the European Cup Winners Cup Final in . Meanwhile, the all-white away kit is actually inspired by what they wore when they won the FA Cup. The all-blue third kit isn t a nod to anything in particular, which breaks the pattern in that regard.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

After surviving and thriving during their first season back in the Premier League, Wolves are going with a kit that looks very similar to what they wore last season — at least from a distance. There s a sublimated pattern on the new shirt and the three stripes of Adidas are on the sides instead of the shoulder. Wolves will also be wearing an all-black change kit, which is the exact opposite of the all-white look that they wore last season.

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England striker Toni Duggan joins Atletico Madrid after leaving Barcelona

Toni Duggan has signed a two-year deal with Atletico Madrid after leaving Barcelona in July.

The England striker helped Barca reach the Women s Champions League final last term before making three appearances for the Lionesses in their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Duggan will continue her club career in the Primera Division Femenina after champions Atletico saw off competition for her signature from other top sides.

This is an amazing opportunity to play for one of the greatest clubs in Europe, said the -year-old forward.

I had several different offers – from all around the world – but at this stage in my career, I wanted to join a side that is consistently challenging for honours and Atletico s record is incredible. I ve seen this team up close over the last couple of years and they are a real force.

When I visited the new training ground I was extremely impressed. In terms of a facility that caters specifically for a women s team, it is the best I have ever seen.

I have met both the captain and manager – this is the next level for me, in every sense. They have great players and I want to help them to retain the league and to go further in the Champions League.

I played at the Wanda Metropolitano last season in front of , fans, so I know how much these supporters enjoy women s football – I was blown away by the atmosphere and their support for the team. It will be a huge honour to play in front of them. There are plans to play games at the Wanda next season and I am very excited about that.

Duggan joined Barcelona from Manchester City in  and played  games for the club, scoring  goals and helping them finish second to Atletico in the league two years running.

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ENG vs NZ, World Cup 2019: England third team to qualify for WC semis after big win over New Zealand

England entered the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the edition, beating an erring New Zealand by runs to fuel their dream of winning a maiden title.

Jonny Bairstow, who smashed off balls to become the first Englishman to score back-to-back hundreds in a World Cup, was mainly responsible for taking the hosts to for eight on a pitch that got slower as the game progressed.

New Zealand did well to limit England to a little over , considering the start provided by Bairstow and Jason Roy off who shared an entertaining -run stand after Eoin Morgan opted to bat.

However, moments of brilliance from England and some ordinary cricket from the Black Caps led to their downfall as they folded up for in overs.

New Zealand, who lost their last three leagues games to end with points from nine games, remain in hunt to clinch the fourth and final semifinal spot.

They have a much better net run rate than Pakistan who have nine points and must beat Bangladesh by a big margin in their final league match to have any hopes of pipping New Zealand for the remaining semifinal berth.

England, on the contrary, have got their act together following the defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia. The pre-tournament favourites again look like the team to beat having gotten the better of India and New Zealand. If things stand on the points table as they are, second-placed India will meet third-placed England in the semifinals.

A professional performance on July have raised hopes of England finally winning their maiden World Cup following heart-breaking losses in three finals , and .

New Zealand, who lost to England for the first time in a World Cup since the edition, were virtually out of the game after losing their top four for runs. Both their key players, captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor , were run out to leave their team in deep trouble.

Williamson, who was backing up too far, was rather unlucky as Mark Wood found a deft touch on his follow through. In the following over, Taylor went for a risky second run which was avoidable at that juncture of the game. The fatal run-outs came after New Zealand lost their openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, early in the chase to leave them at for two in overs.

Earlier, Bairstow, who had smashed against India in England s previous contest, raced to his ninth ODI hundred, to lay a perfect platform in a virtual quarterfinal.

Openers Jason Roy off and Bairstow were in punishing mood, sharing a century stand for the second game in a row. Bairstow looked in ominous touch again, hitting as many fours and a six in his enthralling knock.

With England cruising at for one in the st over, it seemed the home team would bat New Zealand out of the game.

But New Zealand fought their way back into the game on the back of some tight bowling.

Trent Boult was impressive again and removed Joe Root just at the right time to trigger a mini collapse that also led to the fall of centurion Bairstow and the dangerous Jos Buttler , leaving England at for four.

Spinner Mitchell Santer, who had opened the bowling, then removed the in-form Ben Stokes to make it for five.

The onus, then, was on captain Eoin Morgan to come up with the late fireworks, but he too perished after scoring off balls.

New Zealand were dealt a severe blow before the start of the game with pacer Lockie Ferguson being ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Tim Southee, playing his first game of the tournament, leaked runs in nine overs.

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