No story in 2018 was bigger than the World Cup in Russia, and it was the biggest story on television with new U.S. broadcasters. Read the whole story
3.26 billion. Global audience (at least one minute), up 2.2% vs. 2014.
516.6 million. Global average audience (in-home) for final, down 5.1% vs. 2014.
96.6 percent. South American viewers who watched World Cup.
51.3 percent. Global viewers who watched World Cup.
76.4 percent. Hours of World Cup coverage available on free-to-air networks in Europe.
38.1 percent. Hours of World Cup coverage available on free-to-air networks world-wide.
29.4 percent. Increase in viewing hours in Asia.
5.1 percent. Decrease in viewing hours world-wide.
England Cameron Carter-Vickers, Swansea City/D2, 90 minutes (2-2 vs. Wigan Athletic)
-- Lyndon Gooch, Sunderland/D3, 66 minutes (1-1 vs Shrewsbury Town)
-- Tim Ream, Fulham, 90 minutes (1-0 vs. Huddersfield Town)
-- DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United, 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Watford)
Israel Jonathan Bornstein, Maccabi Netanya, 57 minutes, 1 red card (1-0 vs. Ironi Kiryat Shmona)
Scotland Emerson Hyndman, Hibernian, sub-29 minutes (0-1 vs. Hearts)
Three days after upsetting Manchester City, Leicester City fell, 1-0, to relegation-threatened Cardiff City on a 25-yard stoppage-time shot by Spaniard Victor Camarasa. Read the whole story
"Maybe New Year's Eve will be a bit louder -- maybe not too loud, my dog doesn't like it."
-- Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, after the Reds' 5-1 win over Arsenal, saying it would be "crazy" for Liverpool fans not to be enjoying their nine-point lead in the Premier League -- but playing down Liverpool's title chances with defending champion Manchester City next up on the schedule on Thursday. (BBC Sport)
Villa, who left NYCFC after the 2018 season, will be back in the United States with his new club in January for preseason camp. Read the whole story