Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker: I need to improve to keep up with the pace of the Premier League

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits he needs to “improve” his game to adapt to life in the Premier League. The 27-year-old joined the Gunners from Werder Bremen during the summer transfer window but has struggled to keep up with the intensity of the league. The German international believes he is improving but concedes that he was taken aback by the physicality of the League. “I have to improve,” he told BBC Sport . “It’s hard work to do important games for the club every three or four days, that is very physical. I have to take my time but I am improving very quickly. …
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Napoli giving loaded Rangers extra punch

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers weren’t too fond of Mike Napoli when he was on the other side. But Napoli has fit right in with the Rangers’ loaded lineup as Texasprepares to host the next three games in the World Series. Game 3 is Saturdaynight with the series tied at a game apiece after Texas rallied for a 2-1victory at St. Louis in Game 2. Napoli joined the Rangers in January when he was traded for the second timein five days. …
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Rangers win helps Ryan’s prediction

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Ryan must have been getting a tad uncomfortable asthe innings ticked by Thursday night and the Rangers crept ever closer to atwo-game World Series deficit. The team’s president and chief executive had boldly predicted on a Dallasradio station that Texas would need six games to wrap up the series, but the St.Louis Cardinals had already taken the opener and were leading Game 2 by a runheading into the ninth inning. That’s when Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus delivered back-to-back singles, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies. …
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Eredivisie Round 10 Preview: Ajax hostS Feyenoord in first Klassieker of the season as PSV meets Vitesse

  Eredivisie: Round 10 Preview All Eredivisie games can be seen live at: www.livedutcheredivisie.tv Friday OCTOBER 21 KO Sunday OCTOBER 23 KO De Graafschap – NAC 1400 Ajax – Feyenoord 0630 Saturday OCTOBER 22 KO Groningen – Twente 0830 VVV – RKC 1245 AZ – Roda 0830 ADO Den Haag – NEC 1345 Vitesse – PSV 1030 Excelsior – Heracles 1345 Utrecht – Heerenveen 1445       all kickoffs in CET De Graafschap vs NAC LAST WEEK’S LINE-UPS De Winter Evers, Van de Pavert, Wormgoor, Breinburg Rose, De Leeuw, Meijer, Kujala Sreckovic, El Hassnaoui Ten Rouwelaar Janse, Botteghin, Luijckx, Gorter Gudelj, …
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Players should not play in Euros and Olympics – Ferguson

By Sonia Oxley MANCHESTER, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Manchester Unitedmanager Alex Ferguson warned on Friday against letting Englandplayers appear at both Euro 2012 and next year’s LondonOlympics, saying they needed more rest after an intense PremierLeague season. England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce was named on Thursdayas the coach of the British team at next year’s London Games andwhile he will select mainly Under-23 players, the rules allowfor three over-age players to be included. …
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The Full English: The Battle of Manchester is here as United and City square for control of the English Premier League

There are big games and there are big games. We all know that Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford is the latter. I could talk tactics for a few paragraphs and end this particular column right there and you wouldn’t need any more encouragement or pre-match hype to get you in the mood for the derby. I could just type Mario Balotelli’s name 148 times and post a picture of my dog Winston staring at the wall and it’d likely be more insight than you’ll want for this one. Point is, this match is why we all watch football. …
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