Jose Mourinho Says Good Defending ‘Not a Crime’ After Man Utd’s Benfica Win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hit back at his detractors following the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, telling reporters being a strong defensive team is “not a crime.” 

The Premier League giants barely threatened an out-of-form Benfica team and scored their only goal when 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar―making his Champions League debut―carried a free-kick from Marcus Rashford across his own goal line.

Per the Press Association (h/t Daily Mail), Mourinho made it clear he was satisfied with his team’s performance after the match:

“We were the team that was positive and we were always in control. I never felt that we could concede a goal, we were very solid defensivelysometimes I feel that to be good defensively is a crime, but it is not a crime.

“To be good defensively is one step to get results. We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes.

“The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game. Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive.

“We have nine points, we are basically one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group. A good game, solid.”

Per the report, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was among many who criticised Mourinho for his team’s defensive approach in their match against the Reds. The two rivals played out a drab goalless draw over the weekend.

United have conceded only two goals in eight Premier League matches this season and sit in second place, behind Manchester City. In Europe, they’ve conceded once in three matches and have one leg in the next round after three straight wins.

The Red Devils’ results have been excellent, even if their style of play hasn’t always been exciting. United have scored the second-most goals in the Premier League, but they have done most of their damage against lesser teams and usually play cautiously against title contenders.

Mourinho has had a reputation for coaching defensive-minded teams for years, however, as long as the results stay positive, he likely won’t care too much what others think of his style.

He’s also never been afraid to take shots in the media at his critics, and with the match against Liverpool and Klopp in the rearview mirror, the battle between Mourinho and Chelsea‘s Antonio Conte appears set to take centre stage. Per Matt Law of the Telegraph, the two have started their war of words early:

United’s next outing will be at Huddersfield―who haven’t won in the Premier League since August―before contests against Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur, all in the span of seven days.

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ALCS Schedule 2017: Astros vs. Yankees Game Times, Odds and Prediction

We now officially have a series.

After waking up offensively in Games 3 and 4, the New York Yankees are full of life as they look to force an elimination game in the American League Championship Series. As for the Houston Astros, a familiar problem has undone the impressive two-game lead they earned to start the series, and it could end up sinking their season.

Two more games are guaranteed, but it seems likely that one team is going to need to steal a road game in order to win the ALCS. Want to catch the action? Check out the upcoming schedule, as well as the latest odds after, courtesy of OddsShark.com.

   

Latest World Series Odds

Astros: 9/4

Yankees: 7/2

   

Game 5

When: Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. ET

Television: FS1

   

Game 6

When: Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET

Television: FS1

   

Game 7*

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET

Television: FS1

 

    

Game 5 Preview

Perhaps no two pitchers are throwing as well this postseason as Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, and the pair were instrumental in earning the Astros two wins to open up this series. Now, Houston’s weaknesses are beginning to show up.

Rotation depth and a poor bullpen helped down the Astros in Games 3 and 4. Charlie Morton was tattooed for seven earned runs in just 3.2 innings as Will Harris came on in relief to surrender a three-run homer to the slumping Aaron Judge and allowed an earned run himself in the Game 3 defeat. 

Lance McCullers Jr. turned in perhaps his best start in months as he iced the Yankees for one hit in six innings before conceding a solo shot to Judge. Yet, the relief party of Chris Devenski, Ken Giles and Joe Musgrove combined to allow six hits and five runs to squander Houston’s four-run lead in Game 4. 

In fact, only Keuchel and Verlander have registered wins for Houston this postseason, combining for just five earned runs in 30.1 innings. As for the rest of the Astros, they have combined for a porous 29 runs conceded in 38.1 innings. The bullpen was not much better throughout the regular season, finishing 17th in MLB with a 4.27 ERA. 

Keuchel is set to start Game 5, which is the bright side for Houston. He blanked the Yankees for just four hits and no runs over seven innings in Game 1, but he has only gone at least seven innings four times since May 2. This means the Astros will have to again turn to their shaky bullpen at some point, which forced MLB Network’s Robert Flores to joke that Keuchel may need to stay in the game as long as possible:

Masahiro Tanaka is up again for this deep rotation, and he has also been sensational in the postseason. He’s allowed just seven hits and two walks in a pair of starts, going 13 innings in that time. Tanaka should be fine, but unlike Keuchel, he has a dominant bullpen supporting him that should have Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle and possibly Aroldis Chapman available in Game 4.

That Yankees’ pitching prowess has been able to limit an explosive Astros offense to just nine runs in four games—a far cry from the 24 they scored in four ALDS games to go with their MLB-best 896 runs in the regular season. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are the only two Astros hitting above .231 who have played in all three games, with stars like George Springer, .071 average, being the main culprits for the scoring lag.

Springer understands Houston needs more offensively, but he still feels his team can overcome and grind out enough wins, per Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

“I would be surprised, but [when] you’re facing a staff like that and bullpen like that, it’s hard to score,” said Springer after Game 3. “Those guys are good over there and it’s going to be a battle this whole series. We’re not going to come out and score eight runs every game. We’re going to have to fight.”

Houston needs to rebound quickly, as the Yankees have been an unstoppable force at home in 2017. With the AL’s best home mark of 51-30 during the regular season, New York is using Yankee Stadium to help fuel its playoff run, and history has been kind to the team when doing so, per ESPN:

With that in mind, Game 5 truly feels like a toss-up.

Keuchel should be his excellent self, but he cannot afford any mistakes given the mediocrity of his bullpen and the energy that an error would give the Yankee Stadium crowd. Tanaka and the bullpen should also be fine, but can New York provide enough run support?

The past two games have shown that the most likely scenario is Keuchel going six or seven innings, maybe giving up a run, before New York scores late. The Yankees do not have nearly the same amount of risk associated with them due their pitching depth, so they look to be a safer bet to take Game 5, especially at home.

Still, the Astros have another Verlander start left, and he is much more likely to give them extended starting length to avoid the bullpen. Look for this series to eventually go seven games, but Houston’s chances are slim unless they can find a gem outing from a third starter.

 

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MMA’s First Mother-Son Duo Suffers Pair of Tough Stoppage Losses in Rizin FF

A mother and son competed on the same mixed martial arts card Sunday, but it did not go well for them.

At Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round Part 2, Miyuu and Erson Yamamoto both took tough stoppage losses in a harsh turn for the family.

After largely controlling the early action of her bout with Irene Cabello Rivera, Miyuu got sloppy on the ground and found herself in a deep armbar. She posted, rolled and bucked to the best of her ability but was forced to tap at 7:25 of the second round.

Her son fared even worse.

Facing Manel Kape in the first round of the bantamweight grand prix, Erson seemed flustered by Kape’s smack talk during the pre-fight staredown. Despite owning a distinct grappling advantage, Erson tried to strike with Kape. This was the result:

Neither suffered especially damaging losses—the armbar left Miyuu’s arm unhurt, while Erson’s loss was labeled an early stoppage by many—but this was still a bad night for the Yamamoto family.

The pair previously competed on the same card in Sept. 2016 to become the first mother-son duo to do so. Erson fared better with a split-decision win, while Miyuu took a loss.

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Club America Rally Past Chivas with Late Renato Ibarra Goal

Club America got the better of Chivas on Wednesday with a 2-1 come-from-behind win in the latest version of El Super Clasico.

Down 1-0 in the second half, Oribe Peralta and Renato Ibarra combined for two goals in three minutes to take control. This explosion was enough to win the match, which was rescheduled from Sept. 23 due to the massive earthquake that hit Mexico City.

While Guadalajara had been successful at Estadio Azteca in the past, America earned its first regular-season home win in this rivalry since 2013.

The visitors appeared poised to steal three points with a 1-0 late lead, but these two quick goals led to an America win:

While this matchup pits together two of the most successful clubs in Liga MX, the teams have been going in different directions this season.

America remains a top contender for the Apertura title and are nearly guaranteed a playoff spot, Chivas have done a poor job of defending their Clausura championship and will have to fight just to avoid ending up in last place.

The squad now has just one win in 13 matches this season.

Still, the rivalry and fan support ensure this battle remains exciting regardless of their spots in the table, and that was the case in this one from start to finish.

Even with Rodolfo Pizarro out due to suspension, Chivas looked as good offensively as they have all season, controlling possession while attacking in the final third.

Tom Marshall of ESPN FC broke down the early effort:

Guadalajara controlled 66 percent of possession in the first half, doubled the shot attempts and were responsible for four of the five shots on goal. However, they had nothing to show for it with a 0-0 score after the first 45 minutes.

There were close calls on both sides, but neither team could turn these chances into goals as the match remained scoreless.

Chivas finally turned their strong play into a score in the 55th minute when Carlos Cisneros fired a shot from outside the box into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

However, the game changed in an instant when America scored back-to-back goals in the 71st and 73rd minute.

Cesar Hernandez of ESPN FC summed up the surprise with the first score from Peralta:

This opened the floodgates, with America following it up with a second score from Ibarra to take the 2-1 lead. The home team dominated the action from there, leaving Guadalajara with few chances at the equalizer.

ESPN’s Eric Gomez discussed the broader effect of this match:

This was the first of three straight home matches for America, which will face Necaxa in Liga MX and then Cruz Azul in a Copa MX battle. Chivas will stay on the road for a matchup against Veracruz before hosting Atlas in the Copa MX.

                  

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Syracuse Ended the Nation’s Longest Active Win Streak in FBS

Fact: Clemson had won 11 straight games (longest active win streak in FBS) before losing to Syracuse, 27-24. 

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Warriors Championship 2017 Banner, Ring Ceremony Twitter Reaction and Highlights

For the second time in three years, the Golden State Warriors opened their season by celebrating a championship with some fresh new jewelry and a banner commemorating an NBA Finals triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The highlight of the evening was the ring ceremony, which saw a slew of 2016-17 additionsincluding Kevin Durant, David West and JaVale McGeeflash big grins as they celebrated their first career titles, as The Athletic’s Anthony Slater documented:

NBA TV offered a closer look at Durant’s big moment:

Meanwhile, Slater noted that McGee used the opportunity to flaunt his new diamonds to old friend and new teammate Nick Young:

Not to be forgotten was Stephen Curry, who addressed the crowd before the franchise’s newest banner was unveiled, as NBA TV captured:

At that point, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck observed the Warriors may need to start clearing some space in the rafters as they pursue another championship:

Once the festivities were complete, the Warriors and the NBA relayed videos of the group posing for the cameras:

Now focused on the 2017-18 campaign, the Warriors will attempt to cement themselves as a dynasty with a third title in four seasons.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Inaki Williams Release Clause

Athletic Bilbao are reportedly keen to increase the buyout clause of star Inaki Williams amid rumours Liverpool and Juventus are interested in the winger.

According to Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t Calciomercato.com), the current clause of €50 million is deemed insufficient given the 23-year-old’s significant talent. While he’s still under contract until 2021, the Basques are willing to raise his wages to get the higher clause done.

Mundo Deportivo (h/t Annie Eaves of Sport Witness) previously reported Williams was being tracked by the Reds and Borussia Dortmund during the summer. The player told AS (h/t Eaves) he was flattered by their supposed interest:

“That big teams are interested in you or you can see yourself linked to them, you like it, it’s a sign that you’re doing well.

“I don’t know what I’m worth. The president put that clause and what has to come will come.”

Williams is a full Spain international and has been a regular at the San Mames since 2014. A graduate of Bilbao’s famed academy, he’s mostly known for his exceptional athleticism and solid vision.

This season, he has scored two goals and added three assists in eight La Liga appearances. He has mostly played on the right wing but has also featured as a striker, highlighting his versatility.

Here’s a look at some of his highlights:

Williams has been a popular name in the transfer gossip pages for some time now, but so far, the speedster has given every indication he wants to stay in Bilbao. Like so many Bilbao players, he appears to have a special connection with the club, and the team’s policy will make it difficult to enter negotiations.

Athletic only sign players who are Basque or have a close connection to the Basque Country, giving them a limited pool of talent to work with. As a result, Los Leones tend to be very difficult to deal with in the transfer market―they prefer not to sell their players unless they absolutely have to.

The saga involving Manchester United and Ander Herrera is a prime example of how difficult it is to deal with Athletic―as reported by the Guardian, it took the Red Devils a full year to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

Aymeric Laporte has also been a regular topic of speculation for years―Sport (h/t Goal.com) published reports he had agreed to a move to Manchester City as early as February of 2016―yet despite the rumours, he’s still a member of Athletic.

The €50 million clause for Williams would be exceptional value for a club like Liverpool in January, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Athletic try to boost that figure. In all likelihood, the winger will agree to the new deal, ensuring his hometown club receive fair value when he does leave.

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Forget the Loss: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Offer Glimpse into Superstar Futures

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They had a 6’10″ rookie running the point and a 7-foot cult leader cavorting to the crowd any time one of his feathery mid-range jumpers ripped through the net.

These are images the Philadelphia 76ers had been waiting years to see. There have been losses and injuries and more losses and more injuries and missed lottery selections and strange trades. Also, losses and injuries.

And then, finally, Wednesday night arrived, bringing with it the start of a new season.

For the Sixers, the time had come to stop talking about what could be and instead focus on what is, which, it turns out, looks like a team that should quickly morph into one of the league’s most beloved and talented groups.

And so ignore, for a moment, the 120-115 road loss to the Washington Wizards in D.C.’s Capital One Arena, and all the poor defense and lazy rotations and sloppy end-of-game passes. That’s small-picture stuff. Focus, instead, on the future that Wednesday night teased. 

After all, sometimes, even in professional sports, results don’t tell the full story.

“It felt like I was playing [NBA]2K honestly,” Ben Simmons, the aforementioned 6’10″ point guard, told reporters after the game. “Just looking at [Joel] Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘Man, I’m actually here.’ It’s fun. I’m enjoying it. Lot of games left.”


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This was Simmons’ NBA debut. Picked No. 1 overall in 2016, he was forced to spend his first NBA season watching from the sidelines due to a foot injury—meaning he had every reason to be nervous Wednesday night. Or anxious. Or jumpy. Or tense. Or any emotion not typically felt while sitting on a couch playing video games.

And yet: “It was just normal,” Simmons said of his debut. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. It’s just better players now and better competition.”

He racked up 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and he turned the ball over just once in 34 minutes of action, even while running the show at the point. Every one of his 15 field-goal attempts came inside the paint. 

“I knew Ben was really good, but if he keeps that up, he’s going to be really special,” Sixers guard T.J. McConnell told Bleacher Report postgame. “He plays at his own pace, he didn’t force anything, ran the show—he played like he’s been in the league for six to seven years.”

For most teams, this sort of performance from a No. 1 pick would be cause for a parade. The Sixers, though, aren’t most teams. They haven’t been built like most teams, and they don’t aspire to reach the heights that most teams do. They have loftier goals. That was the whole point of this, um, process.

And so even on a night when he played the point with a level of poise we’ve almost never seen from a man his size, Simmons wasn’t even the star of the evening—not when Joel Embiid was there, soaring through the air (albeit for missed dunks) and physically looking like a man among boys all while urging on a crowd stuffed with loyal Sixers fans to continue chanting his mantra of “Trust the process.”

Because that’s the thing with Embiid—he’s got once-in-a-generation talent (he finished Wednesday night with 18 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes) as well as an entertainer’s instincts.

We’ve seen stars before, but not many have the wit to so cleverly roast future Hall of Famers or the gall to publicly court a pop star like Rihanna or the honesty to curse in anger when learning of a minutes restriction being placed on him. And the thing is, he can violate all those silly standards we, for some reason, hold our athletes to and still remain lovable. 

“No, I’ve never seen anything like that, I don’t think any of us have,” Philadelphia guard Jerryd Bayless told Bleacher Report. “Not only is he special on the court, he’s a…I don’t even know what to call him, what the word is.

“I guess the best comparison I can think of is Shaq.”

Which just might be Embiid’s ceiling, both on and off the floor. Only Embiid now has social media in his arsenal and a running mate in Simmons who looks like he’s going to become a star faster than many thought.

That doesn’t mean the road forward is going to be a smooth one. More losses and lessons are on the way, and perhaps injuries, too. 

But after years of living in the shadows, the Sixers have become a team ready to leap into the spotlight. 

As NBA fans, we’re all better for it. 

      

Yaron Weitzman covers the Knicks and NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow Yaron on Twitter, @YaronWeitzman, and listen to his Knicks-themed podcast here. 

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Europa League 2017: Live Stream, TV Info, Matchday 3 Schedule and Predictions

Arsenal, Everton, AC Milan, Lazio and Athletic Bilbao are all back in action on Thursday as the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League returns for its third round of group-stage fixtures.

The Gunners will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record when they face Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, while Everton will be looking for their first win of the competition at home to Lyon.

Meanwhile, Lazio visit Nice fresh from an excellent away victory in Serie A at Juventus, and Milan host AEK Athens at the San Siro.

Here are the full fixtures and predictions for Thursday’s matches:

     

4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET

Astana vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv (2-1)

     

6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ET

Ostersunds FK vs. Athletic Bilbao (0-2)

Zorya Luhansk vs. Hertha Berlin (1-1)

Nice vs. Lazio (1-2)

Zulte Waregem vs. Vitesse (0-0)

Vardar vs. Real Sociedad (0-1)

Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Rosenborg (2-1)

Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs. Steaua Bucharest (1-1)

Lugano vs. Viktoria Plzen (2-2)

BATE Borisov vs. Cologne (3-2)

Red Star Belgrade vs. Arsenal (1-3)

Konyaspor vs. Red Bull Salzburg (0-2)

Marseille vs. Vitoria Guimaraes (3-1)

     

8:05 p.m. BST/3:05 p.m. ET

Villarreal vs. Slavia Prague (2-0)

Dynamo Kiev vs. Young Boys (3-1)

Skenderbeu vs. Partizan Belgrade (2-2)

Sporting Braga vs. Ludogorets Razgrad (2-1)

1899 Hoffenheim vs. Istanbul Basaksehir (1-0)

Austria Vienna vs. HNK Rijeka (2-1)

AC Milan vs. AEK Athens (3-1)

Atalanta vs. Apollon Limassol (2-0)

Everton vs. Lyon (1-2)

Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (1-3)

Zlin vs. Copenhagen (2-3)

Full TV coverage listings are available via UEFA.com.

Streams: BT SportITV HubFox Sports.

           

Arsenal are not the only side in the Europa League to have won both of their first two group matches. 

Dynamo Kiev, Sporting Braga, Milan, Steaua Bucharest, Ostersunds FK, Nice, Lazio and Zenit Saint Petersburg all are also on six points.

Given they are both in Group K, Nice’s clash with Lazio on Thursday could be crucial in deciding who eventually heads the group.

Hosts Nice go into the Allianz Riviera clash in poor form having lost back-to-back matches in Ligue 1, in which they sit 14th.

Lazio, on the other hand, are third in Serie A after three wins on the bounce, and in Ciro Immobile, they have one of Europe’s most in-form strikers to call upon, per Squawka:

Arsenal have gone about their business in the Europa League this season largely with great efficiency.

They kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win at home to Cologne and then downed BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus.

Red Star will present Arsenal with a significant challenge as they have not lost a match at home since May, an unbeaten run of 12 wins and two draws.

But despite having lost 2-1 to Watford on Saturday, Arsenal have enough quality in their squad to claim a victory against the Serbian outfit. 

Everton arguably have to win against Lyon on Thursday if they are to maintain their hopes of making it to the knockout stages of this year’s tournament.

However, they have shown little this season to engineer confidence they can step up when needed, especially against a Lyon side fresh from a 3-2 win over Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

The Goodison Park crowd are likely to create a fantastic atmosphere for the clash, but manager Ronald Koeman is still struggling to find the correct system for his current personnel.

Only a late Wayne Rooney penalty saved the Toffees a point against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday in the Premier League, and they do not look to have the momentum required to earn all three points in Europe against Lyon.

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Alex Smith Says Mike Mitchell Hit to Knees in Week 6 ‘As Flagrant as It Gets’

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith didn’t hold back his thoughts on a hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell that drew a roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 19-13 win on Sunday.

I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said, per ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher. “I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.”

After Smith had already released the ball on a 37-yard pass to Kareem Hunt, Mitchell appeared to lunge at Smith’s right knee. The play met with immediate scorn from those watching the game:

Mitchell told reporters after the game he didn’t purposefully hit Smith low but had instead lost his balance and couldn’t stop himself from making contact with Smith’s knee.

If you watch the tape, I’m even trying to turn my body as I’m falling,” Mitchell said, per ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler. “Alex is back pedaling into me, I wasn’t even going in the direction of Alex. He’s actually throwing it and fading away. There are a lot of things that go into the play that make it an accident you don’t want to see.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he agreed with the referee’s decision to flag Mitchell for roughing passer since it violated the league rules on hitting quarterbacks low, according to 247Sports’ Bryan DeArdo. Tomlin also defended Mitchell, saying he didn’t think the veteran safety purposefully tried to injure Smith.

Teicher noted the NFL has fined Mitchell twice for unnecessary roughness and that he could face another fine from the league resulting from Sunday’s game.

     


 

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