Manchester United’s trophy and legends tour coming to U.S.

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On Tuesday Manchester United officially announced they will be spending the summer of 2014 in the United States, as the Red Devils head Stateside for a preseason tour for the first time in three years.

Now, tied in with the trip to the USA, United legend Bryan Robson will be heading to four U.S. cities in February on the Reds’ worldwide Trophy Tour, which aims to let as many fans as possible get a glimpse of their latest Premier League title which made them the most successful club in English history with 20 crowns.

Fans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York can meet ex-Reds skipper Robson and have their photo taken with the Barclays Premier League trophy, with the entire tour part of the celebrations of United’s 20th league title captured last season.

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In total the legends and trophy tour will span 152 days, 67,000 miles, 4 continent and 31 cities in 24 countries, as Robson and other former United stars, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke, will take the tour’s traveling museum and the famous Premier League trophy around a number of locations including Dubai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Moscow and Istanbul.

In the USA the four destinations will be displaying items of historic United memorabilia from Old Trafford in the mobile museum.

Make sure you get along to your nearest city to see some of the greatest soccer memorabilia on the planet. You will not want to miss this.

Here are all the dates, times and details, as United share their success with citizens of the USA.

Los Angeles
Friday 7 February (Trophy 13:30 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Legend in attendance from 13:30: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the ‘Hollywood’ sign from 16:00.

San Francisco
Sunday 9 February (Trophy 12:00 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Golden Gate Bridge from 14:30.

Chicago
Tuesday 11 February (Trophy 12:00 CT, Museum all day)
Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Skydeck at the Willis Tower from 14:30.

New York
Friday 14 February (Trophy 12:30 ET, Museum all day)
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle
Legend in attendance from 12:30: Bryan Robson

Griezmann backtracks over ‘insensitive’ blackface tweet

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MADRID (AP) Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized for any offense caused after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday.

Griezmann, who is white, was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo which had “NBA 69 ALLSTARS” on the jersey.

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The photo on his official Twitter account was accompanied by the message “80’s Party” followed by basketball and laughing emojis.

One response called the photo a “bad idea” with others urging the France forward to delete the tweet.

Griezmann at first reacted to the criticism by tweeting: “Calm down friends, I’m a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of this great era… It’s a tribute.”

He later tweeted an apology to those he had offended.

“I recognize that’s it’s insensitive on my part. If I offended some people I’m sorry,” he wrote.

The 26-year-old Griezmann plays for Spanish team Atletico Madrid but has been linked to a move to Barcelona.

Alex Morgan named CONCACAF Female POY, Navas wins Male POY

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CONCACAF awarded some of its finest players and coaches on Sunday night, and two familiar faces took home the evening’s most notable awards.

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U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) and Keylor Navas of Costa Rica and Real Madrid each earned Female and Male Player of the Year honors, after boasting tremendous 2017 seasons.

Morgan who primarily plays for Orlando in the NWSL, was also a member of Lyon, who went on to win the Women’s Champions League this past season.

Navas, on the other hand, played a key role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League run, as well as Los Blancos’ La Liga title.

For Morgan, the award is her third since CONCACAF began handing out its annual awards in 2013. Meanwhile, Navas has now won Male Player of the Year on two occasions.

Leon Bailey stars but Bayer Leverkusen held 4-4 by Hannover

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BERLIN (AP) Jamaica striker Leon Bailey scored twice after coming on as a substitute but Bayer Leverkusen failed to hang on as Hannover grabbed a 4-4 draw in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

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Bailey, who came on at the break, needed only two minutes to equalize after Hannover had gone 3-2 ahead, and he scored again 20 minutes later to put Leverkusen 4-3 in front.

But the 20-year-old missed another chance to complete a hat trick and Julian Korb scored late for Hannover to draw.

“I had a third chance, and I just know if I had taken that chance it would have been over for them. It’s just unlucky. But that’s football,” said Bailey. “A wise man learns from his mistakes. But a wiser man learns from others’ mistakes.”

Both teams traded goals on an afternoon to forget for the goalkeepers.

“It was worth the entrance price for the spectators,” Korb said.

Julian Brandt fired Leverkusen into an early lead with a brilliant volley but Ihlas Bebou replied straight away with a header for Hannover.

Niclas Fuellkrug put the home side ahead with a penalty, only for Admir Mehmedi to equalize four minutes later for Leverkusen.

Hannover went ahead again after Fuellkrug set up Felix Klaus with his heel before the break, when Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich reacted with two substitutions.

One of them was Bailey, who raced forward to reach Kai Havertz’s through ball and kept his cool to beat Hannover `keeper Philipp Tschauner.

Bailey claimed his sixth goal of the season after the game’s longest stretch without a goal when Mehmedi played him through on a counterattack after a Hannover corner.

But there was further drama to come as Bebou eluded three Leverkusen defenders to set up Korb for Hannover’s equalizer with seven minutes remaining.

Leipzig, level on points with Leverkusen, had the chance to go second again with a win at home against Hertha Berlin later Sunday.

The 2 Robbies podcast: Liverpool dominates, selling Coutinho discussed

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe start off today’s show by discussing Man United’s win at The Hawthorns as Lukaku scores for the second straight match with Juan Mata impressing with his link up play. The guys also look at Alan Pardew’s influence on the Baggies. Liverpool net four in a dominating victory over Bournemouth and with Mo Salah continuing to dominate, the Robbies ask: can Liverpool now afford to sell Coutinho? And finally, the guys discuss Bournemouth’s recent struggles.

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