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New Premier League schedule for December, January released

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It is time to update your calendars for December and January, including Boxing Day and the frantically busy holiday period, with schedule changes announced for the 2019-20 Premier League season.

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Due to games being selected for UK broadcasters, the dates and times of several encounters have been changed with European action also impacting when PL games are now played.

Below is a look at the new dates and times for PL games in December and January, with the changes for February and beyond forthcoming.

Tuesday, December 3

2:30 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth
3:15 p.m. ET: Burnley v. Man City

Wednesday, December 4

2:30 p.m. ET: Chelsea v. Aston Villa
2:30 p.m. ET: Leicester City v. Watford
2:30 p.m. ET: Man United v. Spurs
2:30 p.m. ET: Southampton v. Norwich City
2:30 p.m. ET: Wolves v. West Ham
3:15 p.m. ET: Liverpool v. Everton

Thursday, December 5

2:30 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Newcastle
3:15 p.m. ET: Arsenal v. Brighton

Saturday, December 7

7:30 a.m. ET: Everton v. Chelsea
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v. Man United

Sunday, December 8

9 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Leicester City
9 a.m. ET: Newcastle v Southampton*
9 a.m. ET: Norwich City v Sheffield United*
16:30 Brighton v Wolves (Sky Sports)
*After Sheff Utd v Newcastle moved to 5 Dec

Monday, December 9

3 p.m. ET: West Ham v. Arsenal

Saturday, December 14

7:30 a.m. ET: Liverpool v. Watford
12:30 p.m. ET: Southampton v. West Ham

Sunday, December 15

9 a.m. ET: Man United v. Everton
9 a.m. ET: Wolves v. Spurs*
11:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal v. Man City
*Due to Wolves’ participation in UEFA Europa League

Monday, December 16

3 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. Brighton

Saturday, December 21

7:30 a.m. ET: Everton v. Arsenal
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v. Leicester City

Sunday, December 22

9 a.m. ET: Watford v Man United
11:30 a.m.ET: Spurs v. Chelsea

Thursday, December 26

17:30 a.m. ET: Spurs v. Brighton
10 a.m. ET: AFC Bournemouth v. Arsenal
10 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Norwich
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea v. Southampton
10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. West Ham
10 a.m. ET: Everton v. Burnley
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Watford
12:30 p.m. ET: Man Utd v. Newcastle
3 p.m. ET: Leicester City v. Liverpool

Friday, December 27

2:45 p.m. ET: Wolves v. Man City

Saturday, December 28

7:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Bournemouth
12:30 p.m. ET: Norwich v. Spurs
12:30 p.m. ET: West Ham v Leicester City*
12:45 p.m. ET: Burnley v Man United
*After Leicester v Liverpool moved to 20:00 on 26 Dec

Sunday, December 29

9 a.m. ET: Arsenal v Chelsea
11:30 a.m.ET: Liverpool v Wolves
1 p.m. ET: Man City v Sheffield United*
*After Wolves v Man City moved to 27 Dec

Wednesday, January 1

7:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v Chelsea
7:30 a.m. ET: Burnley v Aston Villa
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v Leicester City
10 a.m. ET: Southampton v Spurs
10 a.m. ET: Watford v Wolves
11:30 a.m. ET: Man City v Everton
11:30 a.m. ET: Norwich City v Crystal Palace
11:30 a.m. ET: West Ham v Bournemouth
3 p.m. ET: Arsenal v Man United

Thursday, January 2

3 p.m. ET Liverpool v Sheffield United

Friday, January 10

3 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v West Ham

Saturday, January 11

7:30 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace v Arsenal
12:30 p.m. ET: Spurs v Liverpool

Sunday, January 12

9 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v Watford
11:30 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v Man City

Saturday, January 18

7:30 a.m. ET: Watford v Spurs
12:30 p.m. ET: Newcastle v Chelsea

Sunday, January 19

9 a.m. ET:  Burnley v Leicester City
11:30 a.m. ET: Liverpool v Man United

Tuesday, January 21

2:30 p.m. ET: Bournemouth v Brighton*
2:30 p.m. ET: Aston Villa v Watford*
2:30 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v Southampton**
2:30 p.m. ET: Everton v Newcastle*
2:30 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v Man City
3:15 p.m. ET: Chelsea v Arsenal
*Change from 2:45 p.m. ET kickoff
**Club agreement

Wednesday, January 22

2:30 p.m. ET: Leicester City v West Ham
2:30 p.m. ET: Spurs v Norwich*
3:15 p.m. ET: Man United v Burnley
*Change from 2:45 p.m. ET kick-off

Wednesday, January 23

3 p.m. ET: Wolves v Liverpool

Jose Mourinho on Tottenham unveiling: “I am humble”

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Okay, this is still weird, but Jose Mourinho has given his first press conference as Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach.

As expected, it was box office.

Mourinho, 56, answered questions from reporters at Spurs’ training ground on Thursday ahead of their clash at bitter London rivals West Ham United on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss began by praising his friend Mauricio Pochettino who was fired less than 12 hours before he was hired as Spurs’ new manager.

“Mauricio, for the work he did, this club will be always his home,” Mourinho said. “He can come when he wants. When he misses the players, when he misses the people he work with. The door is always open for him. He will find happiness again. He will find a great club again. He will have a great future.”

Mourinho then interestingly said he will not make the same mistakes he made previously in his career, as he’s spent his recent time off tweaking his methods and thinking about how he can evolve as a coach.

“I always thought that these 11 months were not a waste of time. They were months to think, to analyse, to prepare. You never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity, you are what you are,” Mourinho added. “I am humble. I am humble enough to analyze my career, and the problems. There was no one else to blame… I went really deep in that analysis… I am stronger, I am relaxed, I am motivated, I am ready and I think the players felt that in two days. I am ready to support them, this is not about me. It is about the club. I am here to try and help everyone.”

The press conference room was packed, with a limit of one journalist per organization such was the demand, and Mourinho smiled and lapped up the attention as he is back in the Premier League after a 11-month hiatus after his firing by Man United.

“Happiness-wise I am convinced my choice was a great one,” Mourinho said. “The club is huge. I know that I have potentially a great job in my hands.”

Asked about signing new players in January and beyond, Mourinho was keen to put his faith in the players he currently has at his disposal.

“The best gift are the players who are here. I don’t need new players,” Mourinho said. “I just need to get to know these ones better. I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.”

That will be music to the ears of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, initially, as he’s made a huge call to bring in Mourinho to replace Pochettino and many believed that would spark a period of heavy spending for the north London club.

With Spurs 11 points off the top four in the Premier League as things stand, Mourinho has a heck of a job on his hands.

But he is now in role he relishes.

The Special One is the underdog once again.

Gareth Bale sparks angry reaction at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale has upset plenty of people around Real Madrid and in Spain over the international break.

Following the 2-0 win against Hungary on Tuesday, Bale, 30, celebrated Wales reaching EURO 2020 by singing “Wales. Golf. Madrid” with this teammates, while holding a flag which had the same message and “in that order” printed on it.

Safe to say that didn’t go down well in Madrid, with Bale’s critics, of which there are many, livid with his actions.

Did it needlessly poor fuel on the fire? Yes. Was it a bit of banter towards his situation for Bale? Yes.

It has already spoken about playing for Wales being more fun than playing for Real Madrid and many in the Spanish capital were surprised to see him play for Wales over the international break as his last game for Real was on Oct. 5 due to injury.

Real’s fans don’t like Bale and their former president Roman Calderon called his behavior “childish” as others said fans should demand he leaves in their next game against Real Sociedad at home on Saturday.

Here are a selection of the headlines across the Spanish newspapers, as Bale still has three years left on his current contract a Real and looks set to stay, despite Zinedine Zidane desperate to offload him in the summer.

Chairman of Swedish club Ostersund appeals against conviction

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OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) The former chairman of Swedish soccer club Ostersund has appealed against his conviction for serious financial crimes.

Daniel Kindberg was sentenced on Nov. 5 to three years in prison, banned from doing business for five years and ordered to pay damages after being found guilty of funneling millions of kronor in taxpayer money into Ostersund. The scheme involved two other men and three companies, one being the Ostersund municipality’s housing corporation for which Kindberg was chief executive.

Kindberg said immediately after the verdict was handed down that he would appeal, describing it as “a legal scandal.” His defense lawyer, Olle Kullinger, says the appeal was submitted this week and will be heard in the Court of Appeal in Sundsvall, likely next year.

Kulllinger said Kindberg is appealing against the conviction, the damages, and “regarding all points of the indictment.”

Ostersund, which plays in Sweden’s top league, will not be facing any sanctions from the Swedish soccer association following Kindberg’s conviction.

More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Report: No money in January for Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho will have to deal with the squad he has for the rest of the season, according to a report the Guardian.

The report states that Tottenham isn’t making any money available for signings in January, meaning that Mourinho won’t have the chance to add to his Spurs squad. Usually, when a new coach comes in, they’re given at least a transfer window to bring in one or two players, especially mid-season, to stabilize the squad.

[READ: Mourinho speaks for the first time as Spurs manager]

It’s certainly an unusual move from Tottenham. It leaves Mourinho in a bad spot in terms of the five first-team players who will be out of contract in June. If any of them, including Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, leave on transfer, perhaps Tottenham can use those funds towards new signings. However, it’s more likely at this point that all five will finish the season at White Hart Lane and leave, setting up a massive summer for Mourinho.

At the same time, Tottenham has shown financial austerity for the past few seasons, as it struggles to pay back the loans it took to renovate its stadium. Pochettino didn’t make a single signing for the entirety of the 2018-2019 season and while the club broke its transfer record to sign Tanguay Ndombele, there wasn’t investment throughout the squad.

Considering Tottenham’s financial behavior, it does question why Mourinho took the job in the first place. But with his reported eight-figure salary, and the chance to work with Harry Kane, Mourinho may have decided it’s worth it, even if he can’t sign his players and mold the squad in the way he wants.