Paul Scholes will join Sir Alex Ferguson in bidding farewell to Old Trafford today as the former England international confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season.
It’s the second time Scholes will retire from football after initially calling it quits in 2011 to take up a position on United’s coaching staff. With United’s midfield, he returned to the squad in January 2012 after admitting he had missed playing.
His return proved quite fruitful as the midfielder made 17 appearances in six months, scoring four goals. This year, however, nagging injuries have hampered Scholes, reducing him to 14 appearances across the entire season, scoring once. The 38 year old confirmed that this time, his retirement is a final decision.
“Yes I am finally hanging up my boots for good,” Scholes said. “Playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United, under the greatest manager of all time, has been an honor.”
The midfielder will make his 498th Premier League appearance for United against Swansea on Sunday. The match is guaranteed to be an emotional roller coaster as the Red Devil’s will be presented with the league trophy (Scholes’ 11th overall), Ferguson will be carried off the field in celebration of his retirement, and Scholes will wave goodbye to the fans who consider him to be one of the best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen.
With Scholes retiring, Darren Fletcher continuing to struggle with illness, Anderson facing a summer transfer, Nick Powell still developing and Michael Carrick nearing the twilight of his career, this summer promises to be one that sees United sign at least one central midfielder.
The recent hiring of David Moyes has prompted many to believe that Marouane Fellaini is a prime candidate to join his boss at United. Other rumors suggest the Glazer family may be intent on bringing in 27 year old Juventus star Claudio Marchisio, 22 year old holding Dortmund maestro Ilkay Gundogan or 21 year old Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara.
If the New England Revolution’s latest stadium idea comes to fruition, the Revs, Boston, and even UMass Boston could be in for a major soccer boon.
The Revs currently play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, but would prefer to play in Boston proper in what could be a key component to strengthening its rep in the city.
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The Kraft family is speaking with City of Boston and UMass Boston in the hopes of putting a stadium on the latter entity’s Boston campus. The discussions are said to be in the very early stages, with several obstacles.
From the Boston Globe:
The Kraft family has been engaged in regular discussions with the city of Boston and UMass, which owns the Bayside site, but the sides do not appear close to an agreement. Any deal would be likely to involve the University of Massachusetts offering a long-term lease for the land, while the Krafts would pay for a $250 million stadium that seats 20,000 to 25,000 fans.
Both Fenway Park and TD Banknorth Garden are 15 minute drives from UMass Boston, while the new site would be a half-hour drive from Foxborough.
UMass Boston has Division III programs in men’s and women’s soccer. The men’s team entered Saturday with a 13-1-1 record and a No. 16 ranking nationally under coach Jake Beverlin.
Six games take center stage at 10 a.m. ET in the Premier League on Saturday, with both north London clubs in action.
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Red-hot Arsenal host Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium, while Swansea City welcome Watford as Bob Bradley manages his first home game in the Premier League. Leicester City and Crystal Palace do battle, while Everton head to Burnley, Stoke go to Hull and West Ham host struggling Sunderland.
You can stream each game live by clicking on the links below or above.
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
- Spurs remain unbeaten
- Bournemouth impress
- Wilshere plays 90 minutes
- Surman, Stanislas injured before game
Tottenham Hotspur remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League as they drew 0-0 at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Both teams hit the woodwork in the first half with Charlie Daniels going close for Bournemouth and Erik Lamela clipping the post for Spurs.
Bournemouth’s high-energy approach halted Spurs’ usual fluidity as an intense game played out in the autumnal sun on the south coast.
With the point Spurs momentarily moved joint-top of the PL on 19 points, while Bournemouth on 12 points as they’re now four games unbeaten.
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Bournemouth started very brightly and after six minutes they hit the woodwork. A short corner found Dan Gosling and his pull back found Daniels but the former Spurs’ player saw his shot deflected onto the bar brilliantly by Hugo Lloris. The Cherries continued to push and Callum Wilson was looking lively on the break.
Then Spurs hit the woodwork as a magnificent double nutmeg from Dele Alli in the middle of the pitch set up Lamela and the Argentine struck the post with an audacious long-range effort.
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Spurs grew into the game as the half wore on and Bournemouth’s intense pressure subsided a little, and Christian Eriksen‘s deflected effort was well saved by Artur Boruc at his near post. A flurry of yellow cards then emerged in the first half as a midfield battle ensued.
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At the start of the second half Lamela fired over the bar at the near post as Spurs looked the more dangerous. Vincent Janssen replaced Son on the hour mark as Tottenham tried something different in order to break down a stubborn Bournemouth back line. Moussa Sissoko then came on and was involved in an incident with the superb Harry Arter where the Frenchman appeared to elbow Bournemouth’s midfielder off the ball.
Boruc denied Danny Rose and try as they might Spurs failed to break through the Cherries rearguard, which saw Jack Wilshre (playing his first 90 minutes for over two years) trying to create as much as possible in midfield.
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In the dying stages it was Bournemouth who looked more likely to score but Benik Afobe headed just over as the Cherries’ final flourish didn’t yield a winning goal.
At 10 a.m. ET this Saturday you will be able to access NBC Sports Digital’s Premier League Goal Rush.
It will be available on the NBC Sports App, on NBCSports.com and on a dedicated Premier League Extratime channel as goals from all four matches in the 10 a.m. ET window will be shown simultaneously as live look-ins occur around all the grounds in the Premier League.
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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of NFL RedZone-like action from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window.
The feature game this weekend will be Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough and as goals and incidents occur around the league, you will be transported to the action as it happens.
More info is available here, plus the schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below.
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Stoke City
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Sunderland
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Everton