nbcsports1 (1)

WATCH: Premier League TV Schedule – What to look out for in Week 3

Leave a comment

This weekend the Premier League enters Week 3 and plenty of storylines are already brewing ahead of the huge rivalry matches.

Massive derbies between Liverpool and Manchester United and Arsenal and Tottenham headline the weekend action, but across the board intriguing games will play out before the international break arrives.

So make sure you watch NBC Sports Network for our feature games, and remember watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.

And below that are the details of where and when you can watch every game in Week 3, and you will definitely want to bookmark the NBC Sports Live Extra page, as that’s where you can watch every single Premier League game this season.

Via your TV you can watch the games live on Premier League Extra Time.

So, here’s a quick look at what stories to watch out for in the games this weekend.

SATURDAY

Manchester City vs. Hull City (Etihad Stadium) 7:45 am EST: *NBCSN

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will look to get back on track after their 3-2 humbling at Cardiff City, while Hull will be battening down the hatches as they look to grab whatever they can from the Etihad. Big plus for City is the return of Matija Nastasic from injury. The Tigers are set to start with Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in midfield, as the former Spurs duo impressed in the 1-0 win over Norwich last week. City will be on the prowl to get a big win.

Cardiff City vs. Everton (Cardiff City Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *NBCSN

Can the Bluebirds make it back-to-back wins at home in the Premier League? After picking up their first win in the English top-flight for over 50 years against Man City last Sunday, Cardiff know their home games are crucial if they’re going to survive. Meanwhile Everton are desperate for a win after Roberto Martinez’ side have drawn their first two games of the season. Darron Gibson (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) are still missing for the Toffees. Expect another blood and thunder affair down in South Wales as Cardiff grow in confidence.

Newcastle vs. Fulham (St. James’ Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Alan Pardew’s side are still searching for their first win of the campaign after a 0-0 stalemate with West Ham United last week at St. James’ Park. The Magpies are hoping their one and only signing of the summer, Loic Remy, will play some part. As for Fulham, the last time their made the jaunt to the North East they grabbed all three points on the opening day of the season against Sunderland.

Norwich City vs. Southampton (Carrow Road) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Norwich City will be looking to get their first win of the season as the Saints come to town. The Canaries failed to score against 10-man Hull City in their defeat last time out. Chris Hughton will be hoping new strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander can combine with Gary Hooper still out injured. While Saints are still unbeaten and new club record signing Dani Osvaldo could get his first start for Southampton. Both sides spent big this summer, can the new boys deliver a win?

West Ham United vs. Stoke City (Upton Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

The Hammers have had a fine start to the season as Sam Allardyce’s men still haven’t conceded and have four points on the board. Alou Diarra is out for the season for West Ham and the game comes to soon for striker Andy Carroll who is still recovering from injury. Stoke are looking to get back-to-back PL wins as Mark Hughes’ new-look side aim to keep the momentum going. Two strong, physical and direct teams will battle it out in East London.

Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland (Selhurst Park) 12:30 pm EST: *NBC

A massive clash down at Selhurst Park as this is the best chance yet for Ian Holloway’s men to get off the mark this season. Two narrow defeats have shown that Palace aren’t far from being a good side, they just lack a cutting edge up front. As for Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio’s rebuild is taking a while to gel but some good signs are there. Can US national team forward Jozy Altidore shine live on NBC?

SUNDAY

Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Anfield) 8:30am EST: *NBCSN

A massive game at Anfield as these arch rivals go head-to-head. Liverpool have massive defensive problems as Kolo Toure joins Sebastian Coates on the treatment table, while Martin Skrtel has been rushed back from injury. As for United they have a fired up Wayne Rooney to lead them into the cauldron of a North West derby. David Moyes will be eager to win his first Liverpool-United derby. The atmosphere will be electric.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Emirates Stadium) 11:00am EST: *NBCSN

Another huge derby game on Sunday, as North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs clash at a sold out Emirates. Tottenham’s rebuild has been the talk of the town as Andre Villas-Boas has splashed the cash this summer. It’s been the opposite at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger hasn’t spent a dime. Maybe the Gunners will dig deep if they don’t beat Spurs in a huge early battle for the top four. Must see.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City (The Hawthorns) 11:00am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

West Brom are still searching for their first win of the 2013-14 season and Swansea will provide a tough test for the Baggies. Striker Nicholas Anelka has returned to training after being handed “compassionate leave” but the Frenchman may have to sit on the bench. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will shuffle his pack after their midweek trip to Romania in Europa League action. The Danish manager will want to get the Welsh side off and running after losing their first two games to Manchester United and Tottenham.

FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday’s matches:
7:45 am EST: Manchester City vs. Hull City (Etihad Stadium) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Cardiff City vs. Everton (Cardiff City Stadium) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Newcastle vs. Fulham (St. James’ Park)  *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Norwich City vs. Southampton (Carrow Road) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: West Ham United vs. Stoke City (Upton Park) *Premier League Extra Time
12:30 pm EST: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland (Selhurst Park) *NBC

Sunday’s matches:
8:30am EST: Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Anfield) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Emirates Stadium) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City (The Hawthorns) *Premier League Extra Time

For full schedules of the matches going forward, bookmark this link.

Follow @JPW_NBCSports

‘The Workers Cup’ sheds light on migrant workers in Qatar

DOHA, QATAR - APRIL 09: Migrant workers play football on an area of wasteland beneath the sky scrapers of Doha's West Bank on April 09, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Leave a comment

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) Director Adam Sobel never intended to end up in Qatar, but it was 2010, jobs were scarce in the U.S. and his longtime girlfriend – now his wife – had just been offered a job teaching at a Northwestern University Qatar. So they went.

[ MORE: Man City, Spurs draw and more in Saturday’s PL action ]

While there, Sobel found work with a local production company that did news stories and documentaries for outlets like BBC, CNN, and HBO. One particular story was requested frequently: That of the migrant workers who were building the facilities for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. He didn’t know it at the time, but the assignment would ultimately provide the foundation for his documentary, “The Workers Cup,” which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Because the subject is so sensitive and because media restrictions were so significant, we either had to hide people’s identities or work undercover. The human touch was lost,” Sobel said. “We wanted to do something that went much deeper than that and really honored the workers for their sacrifices and their hopes and their dreams rather than doing something that just saw them as victims … I wanted to build empathy for the workers instead of sympathy.”

The film centers on the multinational men, from Kenya, Ghana, India and the Philippines, who have given their lives over to slavery-like contracts and dangerous conditions to build the stadiums from the ground up. One man, Kenneth, who was a soccer player in Ghana, shares his story about how a recruiter had told him that if he came to Qatar, he’d get a club soccer contract. It was a lie, and now he’s stuck in Qatar under horrific circumstances.

“We’ve had a lot of context about how the recruiting agents are selling a false bill of goods but certainly I didn’t expect that to be wrapped up in a professional soccer contract,” Sobel said.

The title of the documentary refers to the FIFA-sponsored “workers cup” whereby teams from different construction companies play against one another in a tournament. For men like Kenneth, it takes on a greater poignancy. Yes, it’s a welcome distraction from the conditions, but the fact remains that they are still stuck there.

“We saw (the tournament) as an opportunity because we knew they were interested in promoting this and showing to the world that workers welfare standards were improving,” Sobel said. “There was a definite PR angle there that we took advantage of and we somehow managed to stick around and keep shooting in the camps. We were able to actually get pretty close to the story.”

Sobel worked on the documentary for three years, and kept it completely secret for two due to the sensitive nature of what he planned to show and the strict media standards in the country. He’s excited that his subjects are getting their voices heard at Sundance.

“It’s a story about these guys whose lives have been sacrificed in some way for our own entertainment and that in and of itself reveals that we’re all complicit in the system,” Sobel said. “This is a story of globalization.”

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ldbahr

French league responds after Mario Balotelli racially abused

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 file photo, Nice's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during the Europa League group I soccer match between OGC Nice and FC Salzburg, at the Nice stadium, southeastern France. Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura says he will talk to forward Mario Balotelli before the Azzurri's next set of matches in March. Balotelli has revived his career in France, scoring eight goals in as many matches for Nice, but has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
AP Photo/Claude Paris
Leave a comment

PARIS (AP) The French league will open an investigation after Nice striker Mario Balotelli spoke out against Bastia fans he said made monkey noises during a match on Friday night.

[ MORE: City, Spurs draw, Reds fall to Swansea in Saturday’s PL action ]

In a brief statement Saturday afternoon, the French League said it “deplored all of the incidents” that happened on Friday. Before the match, Nice’s team bus had been pelted by stones as it arrived at the stadium.

[ MORE: Saturday’s results from around the Bundesliga ]

The LFP’s disciplinary committee will start looking into the matters when it convenes on Thursday and once it has received further information from officials and both clubs.

Balotelli wrote a message on his Instagram and Twitter pages earlier on Saturday, describing the abuse he heard during the 1-1 draw at the 20,000-capacity Armand Cesari stadium in Corsica and complaining that the French league had not acted swiftly enough.

“Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise (and) `uh’ `uh’ for the whole game and no one of the `commissions discipline’ say nothing?” Balotelli wrote, referencing the French league’s disciplinary committee. “So is racism legal in France? Or only in Bastia? Football is an amazing sport. Those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible!”

Balotelli, 26, the son of Ghanaian immigrants to Italy, concluded his post by writing in French that what happened was “une vrai honte,” or a total disgrace.

Nice’s official Twitter account shared Balotelli’s message. On its website, the French Riviera club threw its support behind Balotelli.

“Nice, which already had stones thrown at its bus before the game, is outraged by what happened to its players on Friday night, and in particular to Mario Balotelli,” a statement read.

Bastia did not immediately respond to an email from the AP seeking a response to Balotelli’s claim.

Balotelli joined from Liverpool on a free transfer in August and has scored eight league goals in 10 games to help Nice challenge for the title.

He did not say in his message whether or not he had informed referee Clement Turpin, who had the authority to stop the game, of the crowd’s actions. Commentators from broadcaster Canal Plus, which covered the game, made no mention of any racist abuse during the match.

In May 2013, when playing for Italian side AC Milan, Balotelli was subject to racist abuse from visiting Roma fans, causing the Serie A game to be briefly halted by the referee during the second half after warnings to stop the abuse were made throughout the stadium. Massimiliano Allegri, Milan’s coach at the time, made stinging comments against those who had racially abused Balotelli.

Bastia was docked two points by the LFP in the 2007-08 season after its fans racially abused Burkina Faso forward Boubacar Kebe by holding up a banner during a second-division home game against Libourne. The kickoff was delayed by a few minutes until the banner aimed at Kebe was removed.

PL Sunday preview: Chelsea looks to extend lead, Gunners host Burnley

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Diego Costa of Chelsea (2L) celebrates with Filipe Luis (L) and Cesc Fabregas (2R) as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Michael Regan/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Antonio Conte‘s Chelsea received everything they wished for on Saturday after several of the Premier League’s big boys all dropped points in crushing fashion.

Now, the Blues have the opportunity to extend their gap at the top of England on Sunday while two other matches are slated on the day.

[ MORE: All of PST’s PL coverage ]

Southampton vs. Leicester City — 7 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Saints will have to make do without one of its most important defensive figures following the sale of Jose Fonte, however, Claude Puel‘s men won’t have to deal with several of Leicester’s attacking threats as the African Cup of Nations rolls on. Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey will each be absent for the Foxes as they play for their respective sides at the tournament.

Southampton has taken points against Leicester in four straight PL fixtures (1 W, 3 D), however both sides have been vastly inconsistent in form throughout the campaign. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and his side continue to struggle, with the Englishman having posted just five goals this season after netting 24 in league play a season ago.

[ MORE: Saturday’s PL roundup — Man City, Spurs finish level ]


Arsenal vs. Burnley — 9:15 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Gunners are unbeaten in five straight matches against Burnley, and Sunday presents the chance for Arsene Wenger‘s side to win its fifth consecutive fixture against the Clarets. Wenger’s men currently sit eight points behind league leaders Chelsea, and after the rest of the the PL’s title contenders slipped up on Saturday the Gunners will be looking to avoid any stumble at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud is expected to be back for Arsenal, while Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs and Francis Coquelin are also healthy once more. Meanwhile, the Clarets are said to be expecting Dean Marney, Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson back in the squad after missing the team’s FA Cup victory during the midweek.

[ MORE: WATCH — Wayne Rooney’s top Man United goals ]


Chelsea vs. Hull City — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Blues will be expected to take advantage of this match but all eyes will be on Antonio Conte’s team sheet, particularly with close attention on Diego Costa. The Spaniard was said to have missed the team’s last PL match due to a back injury, although reports have also suggested interest from China. Chelsea has yet to lose to Hull in nine PL fixtures, having won seven encounters and drawn the other two matches.

Meanwhile, Hull could have some of its reinforcements available on Sunday, including Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui. The Tigers will have a massive task at hand against the Blues, who have won 14 of their last 15 league matches. Marco Silva’s side currently sits in the relegation zone, however, a victory could propel the team above both Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

Watch: USMNT midfielder Hyndman provides assist in Rangers debut win

United States midfielder Emerson Hyndman (8) gets past Cuba defender Adrian Arturo Diz Pe during the first half of a CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying soccer match Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Leave a comment

Well, it didn’t take long for Emerson Hyndman to make an impression at his new club.

[ MORE: Man City, Spurs finish level in Saturday’s PL action ]

The U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder provided the game-winning assist for Scottish side Rangers in Saturday’s 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Motherwell after picking out Kenny Miller for his second goal of the match.

[ MORE: Ghana books place in AFCON quarterfinals, Egypt edges Uganda ]

Hyndman, 20, joined the Scottish giants in January after coming over on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth. The rising USMNT attacker only made three appearances for the Cherries prior to completing the loan move to Rangers.

The former FC Dallas academy product has risen through the USMNT set up over recent years, appearing for the Under-17, U-20 and U-23 sides before Hyndman earning his first cap with the senior team in 2014.

Check out Hyndman’s game-winning assist below.