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

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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

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s compassionate statement after World Cup-ending injury

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Knee ligament damage will cost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain his World Cup and a potential UEFA Champions League final, but it hasn’t hurt his perspective.

The 24-year-old injured his knee in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Roma, and needed to be stretchered off the field.

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Liverpool announced the extent of his injury on Wednesday, and “The Ox” took to social media to declare his regret.

Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that he’s “gutted” to be hurt, but added, “This pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling. My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”

The player is referring to a 53-year-old man was left in critical condition after being beaten by Roma supporters before the match at Anfield.

LIVE, UCL semifinal: Bayern Munich v. Real Madrid

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Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday (2:45 p.m. ET kick off) as two European giants collide once again in the latter stages of the tournament.

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Real are hoping to win a third-straight UCL title but with Bayern showing throughout the tournament they are solid defensively, plus Robert Lewnadowski deadly in front of goal, Real know they will be up against it in the first leg away from home.

That said, Zinedine Zidane has an ace up his sleeve in Cristiano Ronaldo who is in incredible goalscoring form.

What a game this should be.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have reaction and analysis from the clash in Bavaria right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss rest of season, World Cup

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This is awful news.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the rest of the season for Liverpool and England after damaging ligaments in his right knee.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, injured his knee in a tackle with Aleksandar Kolarov early in Liverpool’s 5-2 win against AS Roma in their UEFA Champions League second leg on Tuesday.

In a statement released on Liverpool’s website on Wednesday they revealed the extent of the Ox’s injury.

”Liverpool FC can confirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 2017-18 season is over for both club and country due to a knee ligament injury sustained against AS Roma on Tuesday evening. The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England.

“The 24-year-old was assessed by the club’s medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has reinvented himself this season in a central midfield role following his move from Arsenal in the summer of 2017.

His driving runs from midfield have caused so many problems and he was in the best form of his career over he past few months.

After struggling for so long with injures, the Ox finally had a run of six months or so without an injury and he was fulfilling his potential with big goals and performances against Manchester City in Liverpool’s wins against them in the PL an UEFA Champions League.

The fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to watch on if Liverpool reach the UCL final and then again for the World Cup with England is a cruel blow.

Argentina shocked by abuse of minors at top clubs

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) The young victims are still here: they’re among the kids who like to share stories while they sip on traditional Argentine tea, who check their phones outside changing rooms, and kick a ball around during a break from practice.

The teens live in the boarding house for Independiente’s youth section, where they should have been safe, dreaming of becoming Argentina’s next soccer great.

Instead, investigators say pedophiles turned their lives into a nightmare when they paid many of these children, who come from poor families in remote corners of the country, as little as a bus ride back home or a pair of football boots in exchange for sex.

The prosecutor investigating the case says that at least 10 minors were prostituted and several other more minors are believed to have been potential victims. So far, seven men, including a referee, have been arrested.

The child prostitution ring at Independiente was followed by reports that minors had also been allegedly abused at River Plate’s youth divisions. The growing scandal at two of Argentina’s most popular and successful clubs has shocked many in this soccer-mad nation.

The Argentine Football Federation has ordered monitoring of club boarding houses nationwide. But former players, sports psychologists and parents say that much more needs to be done to protect the children who train in talent factories where Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and other stars polished their skills growing up.

Independiente filed a complaint with prosecutors earlier this year when the allegations first surfaced after one of the players broke down during a session with a club psychologist.

“We had two paths: reporting this or covering it up, and we decided to look the children and the parents in the eyes and file a complaint,” a club official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the case is still being investigated.

“Thanks to this complaint, all the people involved are behind bars,” the source said. “There’s a huge social phenomenon here: There have been other reports since we filed the complaint, and I hope others have the courage to come out as well, because this goes far beyond Independiente.”

Just days after the Independiente case broke out, River Plate said that it would cooperate with authorities after a local group reported minors were allegedly abused in the club’s youth divisions from 2004-11.

“The state should be much more involved so that a child doesn’t have to sleep with a man for some football boots or money to send back to his family,” said Maria Elena Leuzzi, a founder of the AVIVI Association for Victims of Rape that filed the complaint about River Plate.

“A child should always be cared for. We don’t know if we’ll have a future dad, a president, or a soccer player.”

Argentina is home to some of the world’s greatest players, but also fan violence by hooligans and endemic corruption by generations of soccer bosses and scouts who run the lucrative and often unregulated business of finding future stars.

“At the clubs, the bosses need to understand that kids are not numbers,” said Leonel Gancedo, a former player for River Plate and several other clubs who now runs the “Angeles Unidos” club.

“What has happened is shameful,” he said. “It’s a consequence of poor decisions.”

Many children in club boarding houses come from impoverished faraway communities, living far from their parents under the care of clubs, dreaming of a chance to make it big in the ultra-competitive world of professional football.

But for the thousands of talented youngsters who try out in the lower divisions, only a small percentage will become elite players. Some will struggle to overcome injuries. Others will fall to the psychological pressure at home or on the field.

“A kid can’t be pressured to save his family economically. It’s too much,” said Oscar Mangione, a sport psychologist and a former therapist for the Boca Juniors club.

Like elsewhere in the world, Argentina has experienced a string of sex abuse disclosures in the Catholic Church, and more recently, among celebrities and athletes. But the magnitude of the latest abuse scandal in sports is unprecedented in a country that prides itself on its World Cup victories and its Olympic medals in everything from sailing to field hockey.

Argentina’s Olympic Committee recently filed a legal complaint against a gymnastics coach who is accused of abusing a still undetermined number of athletes in the 1990s. As part of the investigation by a local prosecutor, authorities raided the headquarters of the Argentine gymnastics confederation.

“This is being spoken about much more: Newspapers, the radio, they all help to spread the word. We’re helping the victim lose its shame,” Leuzzi said. “The one who has to feel shame is the one who carries out the abuse.”

The kickoff for change should come from a serious effort by the Argentine Football Association to set safety rules among clubs nationwide, said Cesar La Paglia, a former player for Boca Juniors and the manager of Club Social Parque, a youth club.

“There are kids aged 8 or 9 living in these club boarding houses – it’s insane,” he said. “Those kids should be with their parents.”

In all, there are 50 teenagers from across Argentina living at the brick residences painted in the red and white club colors of Independiente. On a recent day, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The sound of a ball being kicked in a field surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees could be heard inside the main hall; Football boots were neatly lined up below the club’s red emblem; and a poster of the stadium with a cheering crowd on a wall, read: “The temple of your dreams.”

The club says that the victims have been reunited with their families in Buenos Aires and continue to receive psychological support while it continues to cooperate with authorities.

Meanwhile, a judge is expected to issue charges this week against the seven people who are being held in the alleged prostitution ring, and the prosecutor investigating the case has requested that they remain in prison.

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