Fulham and QPR battle it out for Tottenham’s Scott Parker

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By the end of his career, 32-year-old Scott Parker may come close to playing for every professional team in London.

No joke.

Reports this morning suggest that the tenacious Tottenham Hotspur star could well be on his way to West London, with Queens Park Rangers and Fulham fighting it out to land the industrious central midfielder.

QPR are said to have the advantage, with Spurs apparently accepting a second bid from the Loftus Road side as they aim to bolster their Championship squad for an instant return to the Premier League.

But PL side Fulham may want Parker to lead the way at Craven Cottage. And that could be problematic for Harry Redknapp and QPR. So, Parker has down the rounds in London, working his way across the capital through various moves over the years.

He came up through Charlton Athletic’s ranks and shone as a youngsters coring spectacular goals. He then got a $15 million move to Chelsea in 2004. Following an ill-advised move to Newcastle, Parker returned to the capital and becoming club captain and fans favorite at West Ham United after a $11 million switch in 2007. He stayed there for four years before joining Tottenham for $9 million in 2011. Parker certainly loves to play in his hometown but where will he go? QPR or Fulham?

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Parker has some affinity to Redknapp. He signed him at Spurs and often lauded his impact, leading to Parker featuring prominently for England at Euro 2012. There’s no doubt Parker likes playing under Redknapp but does he really want to drop down to the Championship at this stage of his career?

One more chance to establish himself at yet another London club in the Premier League would appeal to Parker. It’s the dream of every player to play in the PL week in, week out.

Fulham are good at drafting in former internationals who are coming towards the end of their careers. The likes of John Arne Riise, Danny Murphy, Dimitar Berbatov and others prove that. Small transfer fees and big wages have been their specialty in the past, will new owner Shadid Khan keep that trend going?

But back to Parker, rewinding to before AVB arrived at Spurs and even for most of last season he was an integral part of a side pushing for the top four. Yet Parker’s 2013-13 season was ravaged by injury and the arrival of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli this summer will see him move further down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Wherever the England international ends up, looks like Parker will play for his fifth professional team in London. There aren’t many players who can say they’ve done that. Some achievement.

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): For nearly 75 minutes, NYCFC couldn’t muster up any chances in the attacking third, but thankfully their captain did what he does best. David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season on Sunday night to pull out a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution, but it was rookie Jonathan Lewis that notched the winner. The visitors took the lead 20 minutes prior after Sean Johnson spilled a shot in front of his own goal, allowing Teal Bunbury to pounce on the rebound. NYCFC now moves to within four points of Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

Three four moments that mattered

16′ — Harrison breaks ankles, but Villa can’t finish — This might be the only time all see you’ll see David Villa miss a chance like this…

38′ — Johnson gets a finger tip to Rowe’s blast — Sean Johnson had no work to do in the first half, at least until Kelyn Rowe decided to rip a shot from distance just before halftime.

57′ — Johnson’s error grants Bunbury, Revs the lead — Look away, NYCFC fans.

77′ — Villa find the back of the net — When you need a goal, who you gonna call? That’s right. David Villa. The NYCFC captain is now up to 19 this season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Teal Bunbury (57′), David Villa (77′), Jonathan Lewis (90+4′)

Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

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Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and the Catalan hashtag “TOTSSOMBARCELONA” (We are all Barcelona) was on display around the Camp Nou stadium. The message was also shown on the stadium’s large screens, as well as on many banners carried by fans.

An emotional minute’s silence was held before the game as the music of Catalan cellist Pau Casals played in the background.

Before the minute was up, the more than 55,000 fans at the stadium broke into a round of applause and began chanting “No tinc por” (I’m not afraid), a chant which has become a symbol of people’s reactions to the attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Extra security was implemented in and around Camp Nou.

There was a minute’s silence before every Spanish league match this weekend.

Without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, Barcelona got off to a winning start in the league after consecutive losses to rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

It scored two goals three minutes apart near the end of the first half – an own-goal by Betis defender Alin Tosca and a close-range shot by Sergi Roberto. Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We lost depth with Neymar’s departure and we have to find a way to overcome that,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

Lionel Messi looked lively but wasn’t able to score his 350th goal in La Liga. He came close, though, being denied by the woodwork three different times.

AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

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Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

MLS Follow Live — NYCFC hosts Revs, Minnesota meets Sounders

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Only two matches will feature on the MLS docket Sunday evening, but luckily two of the league’s most exciting teams will take to the pitch.

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First, New York City FC will attempt to continue its ascent up the Eastern Conference ladder when they host Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution.

In the night cap, the Seattle Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches when they welcome newcomers Minnesota United to CenturyLink Field.

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Here’s the schedule and kick-off times for Sunday’s two MLS fixtures.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution — 6 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 10 p.m. ET