Sports Burst - DC Legend Of Tomorrow?


By Tim Stannard

Rooney edges ever closer to DC universe

Whilst Marvel's roster of superhero movies is largely coherent, entertaining and hugely profitable - $1 billion profitable for the last one - the fodder from the DC world has largely been...well...incomprehensible, overblown dross, with Wonder Woman being the notable exception.

Just look at the recent fare - Batman versus Superman, Suicide Squad and the worst of all, Justice League. Where to start? Coincidentally, this DC matches another DC, that of the 'United' variety - a sorry outfit currently bottom of the MLS standings, a perpetual spot for this franchise of late.

So it's no wonder that the club will be delighted by the prospect of Wayne Rooney joining up. For as much as naysayers talk about the footballer being too old, with past-it legs, the situation with DC simply cannot get any worse. Rooney could be the boot that this particular footballing franchise needs.


The English striker's current coach, Sam Allardyce, was speaking on Friday with media-world hoping that the Everton boss would be able to shed some light on the transfer across the pond. Big Sam was able to confirm that negotiations had been taking place but professed not to know much more than that.

Instead, head to the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT to get the latest juice on all things Rooney.


Zizou switches sides on Champions League conundrum

Coach Zizou of Real Madrid was wheeled up before the media on Friday to talk ahead of the following day's clash with Celta Vigo - the last home game of the season.

And the Frenchman decided that it was wise to change tack a little, having once described La Liga as the hardest tournament to win. Not any more.


Of course, the La Primera title chase did not go quite to plan this season with Madrid lying a solid 18 points from Barcelona - a gap that would ordinarily be an instant dismissal offense at the Santiago Bernabeu, by way of being blasted into space from a Galactico cannon.

But Zidane has the protection of a Champions League final against Liverpool, the club's third-in-a-row and to this end, the Frenchman opined that it is this competition that is on top. "It's the one that everyone wants to win," said Zizou. "In the end, The Champions League is the best."

Tune into the Locker Room for a full look ahead to the weekend to come in the wide world of football at 7:30PM ET / 4:30AM PT.


Marseille looks for big Ligue Un move

There is some serious business to attend to in the wacky world of soccer on Friday. None more so than in France where the battle for second spot is hotter than car hood in mid-summer Hialeah.

Second place is crucial in Ligue Un as it affords direct access to next season's Champions League group stages - no qualifying and all that kerfuffle. There are three teams vying for it, all within two points of each other with two games to go.

The fourth-placed side, Marseille, is in action in an away game against Guingamp, ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final. A busy week, indeed. That game is live on beIN SPORTS CONNECT at 2:45PM ET / 11:45AM PT.


Title Chases and Play-off Races

Istanbul Basaksehir still have an outside chance of sneaking the Turkish Superlig. But really outside, sitting three points off the top with two games to go and needing a victory on Friday against Antalyaspor. The task will be that little bit harder as the on loan Arda Turan will be absent, continuing a 16-match ban for shoving a linesman. 16 matches! That gets underway on beIN SPORTS CONNECT at 1PM ET / 10AM PT.

The Championship play-offs also get underway on Friday, the ultimate prize being a spot in the Premier League, worth a handy $100 million or so. Derby County get things going in a home and away double-header against Fulham.

Catch the best of Friday's action on the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT.


Pliskova looks to continue winning streak in Madrid

The women's bracket of the Mutua Madrid Open has reached the semi-final stages and both encounters are live on beIN SPORTS on Friday. France's Caroline Garcia is taking on Kiki Bertens from 9AM ET / 6AM PT followed directly by the very in-form Karolina Pliskova facing Petra Kvitova.


The men's side of the show is at the quarter-final stages on Friday and it is all about stopping Rafa Nadal. The number one seed is up against Dominic Thiem, while John Isner of the US continues a strong year with a clash against Alexander Zverev.


 And there's just time for a pat on the back to the Winnipeg Jets for clinching their NHL play-off series against the Nashville Predators, making one member of the beIN SPORTS staff ludicrously happy indeed.



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