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Newcastle Jets' Kaine Sheppard pens one-year contract extension

Sydney FC have defeated Newcastle 1-0 at the Jubilee Stadium thanks to an own-goal by the Jets' Nigel Boogaard.
Melbourne Victory fought their way back from a 3-1 deficit to clinch a draw with Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.
The A-League's bottom two couldn't be split as Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar played out a draw.
Melbourne City and Perth Glory failed to break the deadlock as Glory extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.
Western Sydney Wanderers fell to another defeat as Craig Goodwin sealed the points for Adelaide.
Central Coast Mariners grabbed their first win of the season and broke their 10-match losing streak being Melbourne City at the Central Coast Stadium.

Newcastle striker Kaine Sheppard has set his sights on playing himself into the starting line-up after securing a one-year extension with the A-League club.

The Jets on Tuesday announced Sheppard had signed on for another year after a strong start to his rookie campaign following his graduation from the NPL.

The 25-year-old has scored two goals and tallied two assists in 10 games so far this season, and it was enough to earn a new deal from coach Ernie Merrick.

"It was my goal to prove myself,...

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo charged with misconduct by FA

Diogo Jota capped his hat trick emphatically in stoppage time to propel Wolverhampton 4-3 over Leicester City.
Diogo Jota capped his hat trick emphatically in stoppage time to propel Wolverhampton 4-3 over Leicester City.
Diogo Jota capped his hat trick emphatically in stoppage time to propel Wolverhampton 4-3 over Leicester City.
Claude Puel laments Leicester City's defensive mistake late on in the second half which saw his side fall short to Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' manager Nuno Espirito Santo was charged with misconduct by the FA on Monday after being sent to the stands for celebrating on the pitch during their dramatic late Premier League win over Leicester City at the weekend.

Nuno ran on to the field after Diogo Jota struck in stoppage time to earn a 4-3 victory at Molineux on Saturday and the Wolves manager accepted he was wrong to get so carried away, saying, "I was sent off -- but rightly so."

The 44-year-old Portuguese could...

American investors buy Spanish second-division club Reus

American investors are taking over Spanish second-division club Reus, keeping it from being dissolved and dropped from the league.

The club says real estate investment bankers Russell Platt and Clifton Onolfo have purchased 99.7 percent of Reus' shares.

Financial details were not immediately released but local media say the club's debt has reached €5 million ($5.7m).

The statement by Reus on Monday says the new group plans to build an 18,000-capacity stadium and an entertainment complex.


Chelsea's Eden Hazard: Maurizio Sarri and I share 'same footballing ideas'

Steve Nicol sounds off on Maurizio Sarri's comments about not being able to motivate Chelsea, saying he should get out if he can't do that.
The guys respond to your tweets about the future for players and the manager at Chelsea, Liverpool's upcoming fixtures, Marco Silva and more.
Gab Marcotti provides an update on Chelsea's pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, after he was left out of Milan's squad for the second straight match.

Eden Hazard has told France Football he wanted to leave Chelsea last summer, but has also not ruled out staying with the club with he and coach Maurizio Sarri sharing "the same footballing ideas."

Hazard said that in Sarri -- unlike more-pragmatic predecessors such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte -- he has found someone who, like himself, values plaudits more than prizes, which the Belgian concedes "perhaps sets me apart among the best players in the world."

"We have the same footballing ideas,"...

PSG ordered to reinstate Adrien Rabiot by pro footballers' union

Paris Saint-Germain put on a show at the Parc des Princes with a Neymar brace alongside hat tricks from Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani marking a 9-0 win.
Julien Laurens gives the latest updates on Paris Saint-Germain's January transfer targets.

Paris Saint-Germain have been warned by the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) that they will face punishment if they do not reinstate wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot within the next 48 hours.

Rabiot has been training with PSG's reserves since they returned from their mid-season trip to Qatar last week and the 23-year-old, with the UNFP's help, has since launched an official complaint to the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

PSG sporting director...

Tottenham want £15m for Vincent Janssen amid MLS, China links - sources

Mauricio Pochettino provides an update on Dele Alli after Tottenham's win at Fulham and offers an optimistic view of the absence of his key players.

Tottenham are looking for around £15 million for wantaway striker Vincent Janssen, who has attracted tentative interest from clubs in MLS, China and Europe, sources have told ESPN FC.

Janssen, who last played for Spurs in August 2017, underwent foot surgery in the summer but is now fully fit and has recently played in three Under-23 matches, including two in the past week where he has scored one goal and provided two assists.

Despite Tottenham's dearth of attacking options, with Harry Kane...