Comedy corner: CNN declares Chelsea “linked with” Kevin de Bruyne


The geniuses over in CNN’s international sports department should probably steer clear of sports they don’t know in the future, or at least do their homework in the fact-checking department.

Their recap of yesterday’s UEFA World Cup qualifiers added a touch of breaking news to it – declaring that Belgium’s Kevin de Bruyne is “being linked with” Chelsea.

What they failed to realize is that de Bruyne is already on Chelsea, and he has been for over a year – since January of 2012 as a matter of fact.  The 21-year-old moved from Belgium’s Genk to the Premier League for a reported £7 million ($10.9 million), heading right back to Genk on loan for the rest of that season, and he spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen in Germany.

The article says “De Bruyne…could be the next Belgian to move to the Premier League – he’s being linked with Chelsea.  The majority of players Belgium used on Friday ply their trade in England’s top divison.”

In fact, they’re also partially wrong by declaring that the “majority” of players in the Belgian squad played in England, too.  Of the 11 players Belgium started in yesterday’s qualifiers, 5 of them played a match in the Premier League last season – Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, and Christian Benteke.  Two others, Thibault Courtois and de Bruyne, are both owned by Chelsea but spent the entire last season out on loan.  I’m no math major, but I’m pretty sure if they took a majority vote, “not Premier League” would win that one.

CNN’s saving grace was that all three substitutes used were from the Premier League (Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Mouasa Dembele).


Next up, we’re all excited to see CNN’s recap of the U.S. Men’s National Team qualifiers, where they’ll declare Landon Donovan a “shock absentee” from the matches, in addition to praising Jurgen Klinsmann for his “fantastic capture of Graham Zusi on a free transfer from Sporting KC.”

Thanks to Brooks Peck of Yahoo! Sports for finding this little gold nugget.

Miss of the season candidate as Correa whiffs for Sampdoria

GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jaoquin Correa of UC Sampdoria disappointed during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 23, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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21-year-old Joaquin Correa may be young and inexperienced, but he may have grown today.

Painful growth.

The young Sampdoria attacker will not want to watch the highlights of today’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in Serie A play knowing he could have given his side all three points.

Could have, had he – you know – hit an open goal from less than three yards out. Spoiler alert: he didn’t.

Correa rounds Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thanks to a fruitful rebound after his initial shot was smothered, but as he turned to face the wide open net, he scuffed his shot and it trickled embarrassingly wide.

Not much more to say about this one than try to put it behind you, Joaquin. It’s an ugly one.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups & Live Stream)

MONACO - OCTOBER 01:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham can go third in the table with a road win today at one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League at the moment as they visit the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spurs are coming off a massive win over Manchester City last weekend – their third straight victory in league play – but will be without bright new signing Hueng-min Son for the forseeable future after he suffered a foot injury in the victory. Spurs then managed a stout 1-1 draw with Monaco in Europa League play.

They are also without Danny Rose from an injury in that midweek meeting and Nabil Bentalib misses his fourth straight match due to injury, but Deli Alli is fit while Moussa Dembele makes the bench. Erik Lamela is in the starting lineup as he finds himself in fine form the last few weeks.

WATCH LIVE: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Swansea, meanwhile, have a fully fit squad eight matches into the Premier League season, and they would move into the top half of the table with a win.

Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front with four goals on the season, but he has not scored in his last three appearances, and conversely the Swans have picked up just one point over that span.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Montero, Gomis.
Nordfeldt, Tabanou, Bartley, Cork, Barrow, Routledge, Eder.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Alli, Dier; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.
Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll, Dembele, Townsend, Clinton.