World Cup Quarter-Final Preview | Match Day Qatar

Premier League winner Chris Sutton makes his Matchday Qatar debut to look ahead to all the World Cup quarter-final matches, while France legend Emmanuel Petit joins us to add a bit of France v England balance! Nat also speaks Kylian Mbappe with Gus Poyet, analyses the current state of US football with Andy Brassell, plus we hear from our A-list lineup on their soccer superstitions.
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Houston Dynamo sign forward Ifunanyachi Achara

Houston Dynamo FC have signed forward Ifunanyachi Achara for the 2023 Major League Soccer season with an option for 2024. 

The player was picked up by Houston in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on November 22. 

“Achara is a powerful and fast, young attacker who provides valuable depth across our front line. As a club, we are looking to add more players with a history of winning trophies, regardless of the level,”  Dynamo general manager Pat Onstad said in a release.

“We were impressed by Achara’s leadership role during a very successful period for the Georgetown Hoyas, including a National Championship in 2019. We look forward to his continued growth as a young professional and expect him to add to our culture and contribute to our attack in 2023.”

The forward last featured for Toronto FC, where he recorded three goals and two assists in 30 games since 2020. He originally joined the league in 2020, coming in after serving a first round pick by Toronto FC in the MLS SuperDraft. 

Achara stands as Houston’s third addition this offseason, putting their roster at 22 players for the 2023 campaign. New head coach Ben Olsen is hopeful the new crop of players can end the team’s five-year absence from the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Miedema volley puts Arsenal Women on verge of CL knockouts

Vivianne Miedema’s first-half strike was enough to move Arsenal Women within touching distance of the Champions League knock-outs with a 1-0 win over Juventus Women.

Miedema was perfectly placed to volley home Stina Blackstenius’ whipped cross at the back post 17 minutes into a first half which the Gunners dominated.

They had chances to extend their lead before the break, with Caitlin Foord testing Pauline Peyraud-Magnin from distance and Blackstenius looping an effort over the bar.

Juventus dominated large periods of the second 45 minutes but were unable to find a way through, leaving Manuela Zinsberger to gather Julia Grosso’s long-range shot as one of few clear-cut chances for the visitors.

Arsenal remain three points clear at the top of Group C thanks to reigning champions Lyon’s thumping win over Zurich, which has lifted them into second spot.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Arsenal are back on Sky Sports this weekend for a Women’s Super League trip to Aston Villa on Sunday, live from 3.30pm; kick-off at 4.15pm.

Araiza, ex-SDSU players not charged in rape case

Former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza and former teammates on the San Diego State football team will not face criminal charges in connection with an alleged gang rape of a minor that occurred at an off-campus party in October 2021, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

“Ultimately, prosecutors determined it is clear the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges and there is no path to a potential criminal conviction,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “Prosecutors can only file charges when they ethically believe they can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The DA’s Office said the San Diego Police Department did not recommend charges be filed when the case was submitted in early August.

A civil suit remains ongoing.

The Bills released Araiza on Aug. 27, two days after a civil lawsuit was filed accusing him of having sex with a then-17-year-old high school senior, who was under the age of consent in California, outside an off-campus party held at his residence in the early morning of Oct. 17, 2021, when he was a member of the SDSU football team. The lawsuit states that Araiza, who was 21 at the time, then took her inside the home, where at least three other men, including the other two defendants named in the suit — Araiza’s then-Aztecs teammates Zavier Leonard and Nowlin Ewaliko — were located and that she was repeatedly raped for about an hour and a half. The lawsuit states that nose, belly button and ear piercings were pulled out during the acts and that she was bleeding from her vagina.

The teen reported the rape to San Diego police the following day. Nine months later, on Aug. 5, 2022, San Diego police turned their investigation over to prosecutors for review.

“I am never surprised when a prosecutor does not file sexual assault charges when the victim was intoxicated,” the plaintiff’s attorney, Dan Gilleon, said in a statement to ESPN. “It’s a very rare case where the criminal justice system achieves anything satisfactory for the victim in a sexual assault.

“The lawsuit we filed is not in the criminal justice system. … It is only in the civil system that a victim of sexual assault can achieve justice, and we plan to do just that.”

Araiza’s criminal attorney, Kerry Armstrong, previously told ESPN that his client spoke with the girl at the party but that the rape allegations are “just untrue.” In a statement released after the allegations were reported, Araiza said, “The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press. I look forward to quickly setting the record straight.”

Leonard’s name was removed from the SDSU roster after the lawsuit was filed, and Ewaliko was not on the roster when training camp began.

According to the statement Wednesday from the DA’s Office, sexual assault experts, including prosecutors and investigators, analyzed the evidence in the case, including over 35 taped witness interviews, the results of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) exam, DNA results, and “forensic evidence from cell phones and video evidence of the incident itself.”

The DA’s Office also said it “met with the young woman at the center of this case twice” and also “worked with SDPD to conduct further investigation, which resulted in interviewing additional witnesses.”

Why The Oilers Need To Rally Around Jack Campbell | Kyper and Bourne

Bob Stauffer joins Real Kyper and Bourne and explains why the Edmonton Oilers needs to rally around goalie Jack Campbell and if the team can play better.
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Is This The Best Stretch Of Coaching From Sheldon Keefe We Have Seen? | Kyper and Bourne

Nick Kypreos and Jason Bourne discuss if this recent run by the Maple Leafs has seen the best stretch of coaching by Sheldon Keefe.
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Stina Blackstenius lÄg bakom Arsenals vinst mot Juventus

Matchens enda mÄl kom efter cirka en kvarts spel dÄ Stina Blackstenius slog ett perfekt inlÀgg till Vivianne Miedema som volleysköt in 1-0 i krysset. Det var Miedemas tredje mÄl pÄ de tre senaste matcherna.

Juventus, med Linda Sembrant i startelvan, hade det kĂ€mpigt i första halvlek och kom bĂ€ttre in i matchen under andra halvleken. Men Arsenal var starkare och tog en bekvĂ€m 1–0-seger.

Det var Arsenals tredje seger pÄ fyra matcher i CL-gruppspelet som nu leder grupp C med tvÄ matcher kvar. Tre poÀng bakom ledarna Àr franska Lyon som pÄ onsdagen besegrade Zurich med 4-0.

Rolfös Barcelona förlorade

I den andra gruppen som matchade pĂ„ onsdagskvĂ€llen, grupp D, förlorade först RosengĂ„rd hemma mot Benfica efter en otĂ€ck huvudskada. De tvĂ„ topplagen i gruppen, Barcelona och Bayern MĂŒnchen möttes senare under kvĂ€llen och dĂ€r var det tyskorna som fick utkrĂ€va sin revansch.

NĂ€r de möttes i Barcelona i slutet av november vann hemmalaget med klara 3-0. Nu kunde Bayern MĂŒnchen trycka till spanskorna, med Fridolina Rolfö som spelade hela matchen som vĂ€nsterback, med 3-1. DĂ€rmed stĂ„r bĂ„da lagen pĂ„ nio poĂ€ng med tvĂ„ matcher kvar.

HÀr Àr nÄgra av VM:s snyggaste mÄl:

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Öberg inför Anamarija Lampic VC-premiĂ€r: ”Inte lĂ€ttaste bytet”

– Det Ă€r jĂ€ttekul att fler inser att skidskytte Ă€r kul att hĂ„lla pĂ„ med, sĂ€ger Hanna Öberg med ett skratt och fortsĂ€tter:

– SjĂ€lvklart ska det bli spĂ€nnande att se henne i helgen. Hon kommer förmodligen Ă„ka snabbt men jag vet att det Ă€r svĂ„rt att fĂ„ ihop alla delar sĂ„ hur det gĂ„r Ă„terstĂ„r att se. Men det Ă€r vĂ€ldigt kul att hon vill vara med och varit sĂ„ pass modig och bytt sport.

Syster Elvira Öberg Ă€r inne pĂ„ samma spĂ„r inför Lampic VC-premiĂ€r, att det Ă€r ett modigt skifte.

– Men det Ă€r verkligen kul och visar att skidskytte Ă€r en attraktiv sport Ă€ven för lĂ€ngdskidĂ„kare. SĂ„ det ska bli intressant att se hur hon kommer göra det hĂ€r. Men vi vet att det inte Ă€r det lĂ€ttaste bytet att göra, sĂ„ förmodligen behöver hon nog kanske lite tid pĂ„ sig för att Ă„tminstone stabilisera sig.

”Kommer göra det hur bra som helst”

En som redan gjort samma byte som Lampic nu gör Àr Stina Nilsson. Hon tycker att det Àr helt rÀtt att slovenskan fÄr en blixtsnabb vÀrldscupdebut.

– Jag har fĂ„tt med mig hennes extrema Ă„kning frĂ„n Idre och jag tycker att det Ă€r helt rĂ€tt att hon fĂ„r debutera i vĂ€rldscupen och jag tror att hon kommer göra det hur bra som helst.

Damernas sprint frÄn Hochfilzen under torsdagen börjar 13.55 i SVT1 och Play.

Tappade magasinen – nu har Stina Nilsson hittat lösningen:

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