Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup:Champion jockey Glen Boss’s dream of a fourth Melbourne Cup on favourite Constantinople has been shattered after he has hit with a six-meeting careless riding suspension at Royal Randwick yesterday

Boss rode Attention Run in the City Tattersalls Cup when he switched inside horses at the top of the straight, causing interference to Re Edit.

He pleaded guilty to the charge before Racing NSW stewards and was given a six-meeting suspension to commence on November 3. He is not due to resume riding until November 16.

From the fashion, to the celebrities, to the jockeys, and of course the races – audiences will be able to access all areas of the Melbourne Cup Carnival live and free on 10, all of our platforms and on social, and engage in a complete Melbourne Cup Carnival experience.”

Network 10’s national sales director, Lisa Squillace said: “Our approach to the Carnival was all about delivering multi-platform opportunities that give advertisers access to all areas of the Carnival.

Our teams developed a number of incredible advertiser-friendly ‘firsts’ for our Carnival coverage including a Jockey’s Lounge and a live fashion stream on 10 Daily.

Advertisers have been really receptive to our vision and plans and we’re pumped to be working with so many partners to bring the Carnival to life.”

Network 10’s national sport director, Nisar Malik added: “We’re really excited to be partnering with existing Melbourne Cup Carnival sponsors such as Lexus, Myer, G.H. Mumm and Kennedy to expand their Carnival sponsorship to broadcast and digital.

It’s also fantastic to be collaborating with sponsors like ZYRTECR, Harvey Norman and TAB to integrate across our coverage, platforms and assets. It’s going to be a huge week and we can’t wait to get into it.”

Another canny international purchase by Jamie Lovett and the crew at Australian Bloodstock could secure them a $500,000 bonus after Chief Ironside’s stirring win in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley.

Winless since 2018, the northern hemisphere four-year-old was purchased along with Cox Plate flop Danceteria and sent to French trainer David Menuisier, who trains in England.

Under Irish jockey Jamie Spencer Chief Ironside gobbled up Cliffs Edge and Best of Days with a storming late surge to leave Menuisier and connections “over the moon”.

The boys, brought the horse about two and a half months ago and for you to come here in Australia, we found that we could improve the horse on his previous form and I think that is what we did,” he said.

A failure in the Toorak Handicap last start, where Chief ironside finished 13th, wasn’t a true indication of his ability according to jockey Jamie Spencer, who reunited with him having ridden the horse at his last start in England in July.

Breeders Cup Live

Breeders Cup Live:So it’s goodbye to the guinea pigs, Sir Percy and King Julian. It’s goodbye to the family for a week, to the nippy British autumn weather, the incessant Brexit disquisition, and increasingly excitable jumps racing posse.

Trainer Chad Brown is the undisputed king of the Turf in the States, and his mare can hand him an overdue first win in the Mile.

Uni was only third behind the reopposing Got Stormy at Saratoga two starts ago (track record time) but the winner was perfectly positioned throughout and Uni was forced to snatch up off heels at a crucial stage.

She didn’t take long to regain the winning thread, bouncing back in spectacular fashion with a stunning come-from-behind victory in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.

The daughter of More Than Ready has push-button speed and will get the fast ground she craves. She is an each-way bet to nothing at 6-1 with Hills.

Goodbye Sam Spinner, La Bague Au Roi, Altior. Hello Shancelot, Dennis’ Moment and Code Of Honor.

To Southern California and the 36th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.

It won’t be my 36th – the Breeders’ Cup began in 1984 and, frankly, so did I – but my second time in attendance, having been to Del Mar in 2017. That was quite remarkable and the wild-eyed celebrations of Classic-winning trainer Steve Asmussen will live long in the memory.

Del Mar was dusty and dated, but delightful. I’m told Santa Anita is on another level.

Like Cheltenham on acid’ a Whatsapp message politely offered over the weekend. I do occasionally get the fear driving up the M6 through Shap, so one can only wonder what impact American racing’s most famous mountain range will have.

Time will reveal all, but Terminal 2 awaits so in the meantime here are some thoughts on what I feel contribute most to making the Breeders’ Cup such an extraordinary occasion

The broadcast of the post position is part of week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders’ Cup which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, from Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. The behind-the-scenes coverage includes a daily Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup by TVG program which airs every morning through Thursday, October 31 featuring workouts and analysis of the contenders. There are also two special handicapping programs scheduled—Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be the focus on Thursday, October 31 and Saturday’s races will be featured on Friday, November 1. Both programs are scheduled to air from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.

NBC is saddled with another major moment in thoroughbred history but having to deal with an elephant in the Santa Anita jockeys’ room.

This weekend’s Breeders’ Cup returns to the Arcadia track for a record 10th time, but none of the previous nine had the stigma of a year-long litany of horses having to be euthanized — 36 since the Dec. 26, 2018 winter/spring opener, including another last weekend.

Jerry Bailey, the 62-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,-based Hall of Fame jockey and NBC thoroughbred analyst, can justifiably wax poetic about the surroundings and history of Santa Anita, “and that’s why I always enjoy doing it there even if it’s a long trip.”

As part of 10-plus hours of coverage on NBC and NBCSN, climaxing with the Classic (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 4), the network has ample opportunities to address and access what has happened. Essay pieces written and narrated by former Sports Illustrated scribe Tim Layden will include one that covers how the 2019 season unfolded, which can’t gloss over the controversial disqualification of Maximum Security as the Kentucky Derby winner.

Everyone loves a ‘Good Samaritan’, and here I am doing my bit for the sport I love. This is not about me owning a leading Gold Cup contender for nothing. This is about me caring for the Sport Of Kings.​

For those of you wondering what on earth I am going on about, classy Cheltenham hope Kemboy could be prevented from running for the foreseeable future following a ban on entries or declarations for horses registered in the ownership of the Supreme Horse Racing Club.​

The club which has risen to become a major player in jump racing, faces allegations of financial impropriety from members.​

Aidan McGarry for Irish racing’s rulers the HRI, said: “We have engaged with Supreme to seek information to resolve a number of queries and concerns. ​

After an unsatisfactory response from Supreme, the HRI has suspended their ownership accounts from all activity, including the running of horses. ​

Breeders Cup

Breeders Cup:In July, FanDuel Group announced a comprehensive multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events to make TVG and FanDuel the official wagering partners of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Date: The 2019 Breeders Cup Will Began on Friday, November 1 and end on Saturday, November 2. Location: Like Every Years Breeders Cup Location is Set to Santa Anita Park. A year-ending showcase of the world’s best thoroughbreds, the 2019 Breeders’ Cup can see the best horses from either side of the Atlantic move to post in what’s the 2 richest days in racing. Start Time: We Will update you when start time confirmed.

When: Monday, October 28th – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: TVG, TVG.com

So it’s goodbye to the guinea pigs, Sir Percy and King Julian. It’s goodbye to the family for a week, to the nippy British autumn weather, the incessant Brexit disquisition, and increasingly excitable jumps racing posse.

Goodbye Sam Spinner, La Bague Au Roi, Altior. Hello Shancelot, Dennis’ Moment and Code Of Honor.

To Southern California and the 36th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.

It won’t be my 36th – the Breeders’ Cup began in 1984 and, frankly, so did I – but my second time in attendance, having been to Del Mar in 2017. That was quite remarkable and the wild-eyed celebrations of Classic-winning trainer Steve Asmussen will live long in the memory.

Del Mar was dusty and dated, but delightful. I’m told Santa Anita is on another level.

‘Like Cheltenham on acid’ a Whatsapp message politely offered over the weekend. I do occasionally get the fear driving up the M6 through Shap, so one can only wonder what impact American racing’s most famous mountain range will have.

Time will reveal all, but Terminal 2 awaits so in the meantime here are some thoughts on what I feel contribute most to making the Breeders’ Cup such an extraordinary occasion.

In such shamefully divisive times, there’s a lot to celebrate in people and cultures coming together over a shared passion.

A shared passion and 30 million dollars, but a shared passion nevertheless. And let’s face it, not many true horsemen and women first get into racing to make a quick buck.

Take a snapshot of who is represented here at the 36th Breeders’ Cup: Baffert, O’Brien, Brown, Gosden, Pletcher, Appleby. In spite of the title sponsor of this year’s Dirt Mile (don’t ask), make no mistake this is, as billed, a thoroughbred world championships. Bigger and better than ever for the Americans; no longer an afterthought at the end of a long year for Europe’s elite.

There are runners from France and Germany, while having Japanese representation through Matera Sky (Sprint) and Full Flat (Juvenile), plus a South Korean entry in Blue Chipper (Dirt Mile) is another feather in the cap for organisers.

On top of the global appeal and best-in-class dirt and turf equine talent, the people play an integral part in making the Breeders’ Cup what it has become.

And it’s not just local LA celebs or the aforementioned stellar cast of trainers that light up the first weekend of November, though Bob Baffert and Chad Brown with respective silver hair and steely glare have their own certain charm.

There are plenty on the periphery who more than hold their own in the character stakes.

French-born, New York-based Christophe Clement, trainer of Gio Ponti and Tonalist in previous years, can hardly be classed as being on the sidelines. But he’s down to earth and not one for pumping his chest in the spotlight.

He has a kind smile and a serious two-year-old colt to boot in Juvenile Turf candidate, Decorated Invader. Few would begrudge a first Breeders’ Cup triumph for the affable, experienced Clement.

If Clement is the Gérard Houllier of North American racing, then Jorge Navarro, trainer of big three-year-old Sprint hope Shancelot, fills the role of a snarling Diego Simeone. His pre and post-race interviews carry a certain je ne sais quoi.

Both fascinating people, and what a year it could be for the O’Briens.

It is a family that continues to blaze a trail in terms of setting records, but there’s one on the horizon here that may never be matched. And for once, Aidan isn’t central to the plot (though his role is implicit).

Starting Tuesday morning, HRRN will host the first of three consecutive Breeders’ Cup Countdown shows live from Santa Anita’s famed Clockers’ Corner. The shows, presented by Red Brand Fence, can be heard Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET. Each show features interviews with owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and handicappers along with real time training reports on Breeders’ Cup contenders. HRRN’s Bobby Neuman will host the shows alongside analyst Megan Devine.
If Iridessa is successful in the Filly & Mare Turf, Aidan’s wife Anne-Marie O’Brien will be in the unique position of having ‘bred’ not only a Breeders’ Cup-winning horse, but also the trainer (son, Joseph), as well as the jockey (son, Donnacha).

Masvidal vs Diaz

Masvidal vs Diaz:Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) can’t wait to crown the “baddest motherfucker” on its talented mixed martial arts (MMA) roster, inviting top-ranked Welterweight contenders Jorge Masvidal (No. 3) and Nate Diaz (No. 6) to New York City to promote their upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) main event at UFC 244, which takes place inside nearby Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2019.

The live press conference will take place today (Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019) at 7 p.m. ET at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, which is located at the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan. UFC 244’s inaugural pre-fight press conference, which will be emceed by company president Dana White, is free to attend and open to the public.

In addition to expletive-laden trash talk and loosely-controlled chaos, a potentially volatile staredown will almost certainly be on today’s menu — you aren’t going to want to miss it.

NOTE the UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz start times

UFC 244 main card start time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View
UFC 244 prelims start time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2
UFC 244 early prelims start time: 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

UFC officials came out of left field when it named the headliner for its 500th event ever.

Initially working toward a welterweight title defense with champion Kamaru Usman taking on challenger Colby Covington, UFC president Dana White surprised everyone when he named a titillating non-title showdown between fan favorites Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal as the UFC 244 headliner, which will take place on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Though there isn’t a UFC championship on the line in the UFC 244 main event, Masvidal and Diaz will be squaring off for the fictitious “Baddest Motherf—er” belt that Diaz conjured out of thin air. With that designation immediately gaining traction, White has decided to create a BMF belt for the winner.

Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz will be fighting for the inaugural “Baddest Motherfu—er” title this November at UFC 244. Given what both men bring to the table, the fight itself is expected to be fireworks.

But for former UFC middleweight champion and reputed smack talker Michael Bisping, there isn’t really much to anticipate in terms of the pre-fight build-up.

I think a lot of people are getting a little too excited for the preemptive trash talk that’s gonna take place,” Bisping said in a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast (transcript by MMA News). A lot of people are expecting these crazy back-and-forths. I actually think it’s gonna be somewhat respectful.

They both know they’re badasses, they both know they’re real dudes. They both know that, ‘listen sh-t can kick off right now motherfu—er. We don’t care.’ So I think for that reason it’s gonna be pretty uneventful, the leadup to the fight.”

But that doesn’t mean that Bisping isn’t expecting the fight to live up to expectations.

Not saying it’s not gonna be compelling,” he added. “Not saying it’s not gonna be must-watch TV. Not saying the fight isn’t gonna deliver, I am. I just don’t think we’re gonna see like a Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz-type situation.

I think both of them are gonna hold each other in a certain level of respect. Hold each other in a certain regard, but the fight will one million percent deliver.”

UFC 244 will take place on November 2nd at Madison Square Garden.

South Africa vs England

South Africa vs England:South Africa head into the Rugby World Cup final against England next Saturday knowing they still have plenty to work on but fully expecting another war of attrition rather than an open game, according to coach Rassie Erasmus.

South Africa lost its opening pool match against the All Blacks, 23-13, but cruised through the rest of its pool matches and defeated Japan, the upstart host nation, 26-3 in the quarterfinals. Japan had gone through its pool undefeated, with impressive wins over Ireland and Scotland.

The match against Wales on Sunday was a defensive struggle that featured a lot of tactical kicking, with both teams alternating between short, high “box kicks” and long punts to gain a territorial advantage.

South Africa have sealed a World Cup final date with England after outlasting Wales 19-16 in a dour semi-final affair that had both nations biting their fingernails.

It means Wales will face New Zealand for third place on Friday before South Africa and England play off for the Webb Ellis Cup.

It was a tough slog from the outset for both teams with plenty of kicking as field position was the name of the game with the goalkickers working overtime.

The 19-16 result was a dour affair with two tries breaking the drudgery midway through the second half as the teams played out a tactical game.

It definitely lived up to the teams’ expectations throughout the week.

It won’t be the prettiest game in the world,” Wales coach Warren Gatland said Friday before the game.

Both teams don’t play the most exciting rugby with South Africa playing a physical game, aiming for a dominant set piece and a disciplined kick-and-chase game while Wales also play a basic, low-risk style under Gatland.

The fans were quick to note their frustration and despite a close game.

Early in the second half, former Wallaby Rod Kafer added that “the game is there to be taken, whoever wants to actually run with the ball and get past two or three phases”.

He added through the second half that “I don’t know how many purists would love this sort of stuff”.

South Africa’s Handre Pollard scored 14 points to steer Rassie Erasmus’ team to a hard-fought 19-16 victory over Wales in Yokohama on Sunday.

Pollard nervelessly kicked the decisive penalty with four minutes to go as the tense game threatened to go to extra time with the scores locked at 16-16.

“We’re in the final of the World Cup… but that’s only half way there. We’d love to win the World Cup,” Erasmus said.

“We play a class England team in the final now but we’re there. We’ve got a a chance now and we might go all the way. You never know.”

It was a true battle of the boot as the 1995 and 2007 World Cup champions ground out a victory that consigned Wales to their third tournament semi-final defeat after previous losses in 2011 and 1987.

The two teams played out a dreadful first half of rugby dominated by turgid set-piece, crash balls and aerial combat as both sides kicked the leather off the ball.

There was none of the verve shown by England in their gripping 19-7 victory over New Zealand on Saturday, but the slowed rhythm suited the Springboks.

Locked at 9-9 early in the second half, centre Damian de Allende finally broke the try-scoring deadlock with a stunning individual effort.

The Bok centre shrugged off a weak challenge by Dan Biggar and fended off Owen Watkin and Tomos Williams for a fine individual five-pointer that Pollard converted.

With 20 minutes to play Wales spurned a shot at goal to go for deep lineout. The maul was thwarted but the Welsh went through multiple phases and were eventually awarded another penalty in front of the posts, electing to go for the scrum.

The bold decision, made to gasps from the crowd, paid off as Ross Moriarty managed to get the ball to Tomos Williams who fed Jonathan Davies, the centre’s instantaneous pass finding Josh Adams, who crossed in the corner for his sixth try of this World Cup.

Halfpenny hit the conversion to put the scores level and with Wales suddenly in the ascendancy.

But Rhys Patchell and Pollard both missed with ambitious drop-goal attempts before the latter kicked his crucial fourth penalty to eliminate Wales and set up a final against England on Saturday.

South Africa will play England in the Rugby World Cup final after a tight semi-final victory over Wales.

In a scrappy game, the first try of the match came in the second half when Damian de Allende crashed over to give South Africa a seven point lead with 24 minutes to go.

Josh Adam scored Wales’ first try of the game just eight minutes later as Warren Gatland’s side’s brave decision not to kick a penalty for a guaranteed three points paid off. Leigh Halfpenny converted to level the scores at 16-16.

With time running out in the match discipline was key, but a Pollard penalty from 35 yards allowed South Africa a chance to lead 16-19 with four minutes to go, and that is how it finished, South Africa making their third World Cup final.

Coming into the game both knew England would be their opponents if they could make it to the final after Eddie Jones’ side’s impressive win over reigning world champions New Zealand a day earlier. All focus was on progression to the next stage of the competition.

It took until the 15th minute for the first points of the match after a nervy start from both sides under the lights at the Yokohama International Stadium. Wales were punished for not rolling away and Pollard successfully put South Africa three points ahead from right in front of the posts.

Just two minutes later and Wales were level. Willie le Roux got his timing wrong at the breakdown and was penalised for being offside. Biggar made the score 3-3 from a tight angle from the resulting penalty.

With so much at stake it was proving to be a tight contest with kicking playing an important role in the outcome of the game. The Boks were given a penalty following a scrum on 20 minutes that put them back ahead 6-3.

South Africa were growing in confidence in a scrappy game, but not even their rolling maul was proving effective against a stubborn Wales defence.

As half time approached South Africa extended their lead to six points. Ken Owens was penalised for a maul infringement and Pollard kicked his third penalty through the posts from the left touchline.

Despite swirling wind, both sides were keen to get involved in a box-kicking battle. Wales were awarded a penalty for a tackle without the ball and Biggar reduced his side’s deficit to three points with a minute to go before half time, as George North was forced off with a muscle injury to his leg.

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The second half started in a similar fashion to the end of the first half. De Klerk spilled a Halfpenny kick into touch and Wales had a lineout inside the Boks’ half. South Africa were then penalised for jumping across the lineout and Biggar levelled the scores at 9-9 from the resulting penalty.

After a long wait, the decisive moment in the match came on 56 minutes with the first try of the match. Damian de Allende showed power and resilience to throw himself over, and following Pollard’s conversion South Africa led by seven points, 9-16.

England produced one of their greatest-ever displays to storm into the Rugby World Cup 2019 final with a 19-7 victory over New Zealand that reduced the reigning champions to a rabble.

From the moment Manu Tuilagi crossed after 97 seconds an extraordinary match beckoned and the final scoreline did little justice to the domination of Eddie Jones’ men, who were superior in every single facet of the game.

New Zealand had won their previous 18 World Cup matches dating back to 2007 but at International Stadium Yokohama they were flattened by a juggernaut led by the unstoppable Maro Itoje.

England will face either South Africa or Wales in next Saturday’s final and having crushed the odds-on favourites to win the Webb Ellis Trophy, they will be expected to repeat their solitary triumph of 2003.

New Zealand’s only meeting with England in a Rugby World Cup semifinal delivered one of the most iconic images in the sport’s history. The sight of the late Jonah Lomu trampling over England’s fullback Mike Catt on the way to score one of his four tries as the All Blacks booked a place in the final of the 1995 World Cup has gone down in folklore.

England vs South Africa

England vs South Africa:Sunday’s semi-final wasn’t the most spectacular of games but my message for England would be not to under-estimate this South African team. They have some very high-quality players, areas of real strength and their entire squad will be lifted and energised by the prospect of a final.

Stuart Barnes has called on South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus to drop skipper Siya Kolisi for the World Cup final against England.

Barnes believes the game plan that saw the Springboks squeak into the final with a 19-16 win over Wales will not be enough to topple England, especially in the back row.

Sometimes you have got to make substitutions and we took a captain off, that’s the way it is,” Barnes said.

The Boks’ set-piece will be the strongest England will have faced at this World Cup, and off the back of that everything goes through Faf de Klerk at scrum-half, who is their conductor-in-chief.

He likes the box kick — does he ever — but we have all seen him star for Sale and he has another dimension up his sleeve. Watching club colleague Tom Curry mark De Klerk will be fascinating and he will be very alert to his sniping breaks which he kept under wraps on Sunday.

South Africa to win the World Cup have got to start competing better at the breakdown. They are going to have to turnover ball.

“Does that mean Malcolm Marx starts and the other question is can they leave Francois Louw out because Louw does that time after time after time.

“When you look at Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Maro Itoje England have got a fantastic turnover game.

“It asks the question Siya Kolisi is a magnificent leader and he stands up for so much in South Africa, but I think Francois Louw is a better openside than Siya Kolisi.

That poses an imponderable question for Erasmus.”

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South Africa grinded Wales into the dust to scrape home with a deadlock breaking penalty goal in the 76th minute of the semi-final.

However Barnes believes it won’t be enough to challenge England in the final unless they drastically alter their playing style and tactics.

But it won’t because England are playing a different modern brand of rugby. South Africa can’t play as they did tonight if they want to win the World Cup.

The Boks also have try-scoring potential out wide. Their back three have some gas and we wait to hear if there is any chance of key man Cheslin Kolbe returning form injury for the final.

ut to my eyes their big weakness is a lack of creativity in midfield. Damian de Allende is a strong runner — he battered his way through impressively for his try — but England have already shown they can cut down strong runners all day long. England can absorb that approach easily and turn such players over at will.

The other huge takeaway is that England are capable of playing at a pace and tempo that could completely take the final away from South Africa.

England’s preparation this week is all about getting that mental mindset right again and I was very encouraged with their determination to ‘park’ the win over New Zealand quickly on Saturday.

Before the Wales game I was chatting with Richie McCaw who was hugely complimentary about England, but he made the very pertinent point about ‘going again’ after an outstanding semi-final win.

In 2011 his New Zealand side were excellent in putting a good Aussie team away in their semi-final but seven days later they barely struggled over the line against a French team who had scraped past 14-man Wales in their semi-final. Backing up is unquestionably the key for England.

It was the same in 2003. In the England camp we enjoyed one of our most impressive ever performances in the semi-final when we despatched France with consummate ease but a week later back at the same ground we found life much more difficult against a pumped-up Australia.

Relive 1 NEWS NOW’s live updates of tonight’s Rugby World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Wales in Yokohama, Japan.

The play-off match for third place is tricky — there have been a few duds over the years — but occasionally they spark up as was the case with France and Argentina in 2007.

Given that both Warren and Steve are signing off from their roles on Friday night, and given that there is no such thing as a meaningless ‘friendly’ between Wales and New Zealand, we might yet be in for a treat.

If any game can rise above the gloom that sometimes surrounds these play-off matches it will be a spirited encounter between two of the proudest rugby nations on the planet.

I am confident that Friday night’s game will be a true celebration of rugby that fans of all nations will enjoy and that would be in keeping with the whole atmosphere of this memorable World Cup.

Panthers vs 49ers Live

The 49ers’ offensive coaching staff was busy Tuesday piecing together the team’s game plan to face the Carolina Panthers when coach Kyle Shanahan began applying the pressure to general manager John Lynch.“We knew John was in discussions trying to get a receiver,” Shanahan said on 49ers Game Plan, which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3).

It’s the most important 49ers game since the last one, except this one is on “Monday Night Football.”

San Francisco is off to its best start in over two decades, as the 3-0 49ers return from their bye week as the only remaining undefeated team in the NFC.

Jimmy G and Co. will put their stainless record on the line against the visiting Cleveland Browns, who are coming off an impressive road win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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49ers running back Tevin Coleman and defensive end Dee Ford are listed as questionable for Monday’s game, while defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive back Jimmie Ward are absent from the injury report for the first time all season.

Here’s how you can watch 49ers-Browns on Monday night:

Start time: Monday, Oct. 7, at 5:15 p.m. PT
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: Watch ESPN

CBS All Access

CBS All Access costs $6 a month and lets you watch AFC matchups on Sunday afternoons. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.

FuboTV

FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and NFL Network but not ESPN. You’ll miss out on Monday Night Football on ESPN but will get the games on Sunday afternoons (CBS and Fox), Sunday nights (NBC) and Thursday nights (NFL Network). The $9-a-month Sports Plus package adds NFL RedZone.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but not NFL Network or RedZone.

Panthers vs 49ers

Panthers vs 49ers: The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Buccaneers look to pick up their first win of the season Thursday night in an NFC South showdown. Make no mistake about it, these two teams don’t like each other. Last year, Carolina won, 42-28, at home in Week 9. Quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns, while running back Christian McCaffrey added two more scores on the ground. Tampa Bay returned the favor with a 24-17 victory four weeks later.

After a fairly dull Vikings win over Washington on Thursday, an almost fully packed slate of NFL Week 8 action should bring some better games Sunday. The 13 games on the docket include the undefeated Patriots taking on the underperforming but talented Browns and the red-hot Packers heading to Arrowhead Stadium to face the injury-depleted Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

With a busy schedule across the league, here’s how fans can catch all the action without cable — as well as the rest of the NFL games this season on Thursday and Monday nights.

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

How can I watch my local team’s NFL games?

For teams in your local market — Jets fans in New York and New Jersey, Pats fans in Massachusetts, and so on — you’ll be able to watch your local team’s games on a major local network channel.

Games are typically broadcast on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons. National broadcasts are shown on NBC on Sunday nights, ESPN on Monday nights and the NFL Network on Thursday nights. Most of the Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox, Amazon Prime and Twitch. (Note that CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

There is also NFL RedZone to consider, a channel that springs to life each fall and shows live coverage from around the league with the promise to show you every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game. It’s a great way to watch out-of-market action and essential viewing for fantasy football GMs.

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Which live TV streaming services are best for NFL fans?
The short answer? PlayStation Vue is our No. 1 overall pick for streaming live NFL football.

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The longer answer: Many live TV streaming services — including Vue as well as AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV — carry one or more local networks (namely CBS, Fox and NBC), so they’re the best bet for cord cutters who don’t want to use an over-the-air antenna.

The catch is that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries the network you want in your area.

AT&T TV Now
FuboTV
Hulu with Live TV (click “View channels in your area”)
PlayStation Vue (choose your location)
Sling TV Blue
YouTube TV

Other stuff to know about live TV streaming services:

You’ll need a solid internet connection.
You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service’s app. You can also watch on your TV using a media streamer, such as a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or Chromecast.
You can also watch on iPhones (See deal), Android phones, tablets and computer browsers.
You can sign up and cancel anytime, no contract required.
All of them offer free trial periods, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue offers all the networks that show NFL games, and you can add the NFL RedZone channel for $10 a month extra. The $55 Core plan is the cheapest option that includes the five channels NFL fans need — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network — and the $10-a-month Sports Pack will get you NFL RedZone. The Core plan is currently discounted to $45 a month for the first two months.

Sling TV
Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25-a-month Blue plan and $25-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky decision or encourages them to spring for both at $40 a month.

Sling Blue includes Thursday and Sunday games on NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Sling Orange includes Monday night games on ESPN. And if you want to add the NFL RedZone, you’ll need Sling Blue. Blue — but not Orange — subscribers can add the $10-a-month Sports Extra package, which includes NFL RedZone. Sling TV does not offer CBS, which typically carries AFC games on Sunday afternoons.

Sling’s packages are discounted 40% for the first month.

Bengals vs Rams Live

Bengals vs Rams: The NFL returns to Wembley, where the bulk of its UK games have taken place, after the first two fixtures of this year’s run, which saw the Oakland Raiders beat the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers hammer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rams vs Bengals were held at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Who’s Playing
L.A. Rams (home) vs. Cincinnati (away)

Current Records: L.A. Rams 4-3; Cincinnati 0-7

What to Know
The Rams will take on Cincinnati at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Rams have the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency.

The Rams took their game against Atlanta last week by a conclusive 37-10 score. Rams QB Jared Goff was slinging it as he passed for 268 yards and two TDs on 37 attempts. Goff’s performance made up for a slower contest against San Francisco two weeks ago. Goff scored three touchdowns overall– his season high.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati has been struggling to pick up a win, with their matchup against Jacksonville making it seven winless games in a row. Cincinnati took a 27-17 hit to the loss column at the hands of Jacksonville. The over/under? 44. So nice work, oddsmakers; you hit the bull’s eye here.

This next matchup looks promising for the Rams, who are favored by a full 13 points. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (4-2), so they might be worth a quick bet.

The Rams’ victory lifted them to 4-3 while Cincinnati’s loss dropped them down to 0-7. We’ll see if the Rams can repeat their recent success or if the Bengals bounce back and reverse their fortune.

How To Watch
When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Wembley Stadium — London,
TV: CBS
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds
The Rams are a big 13-point favorite against the Bengals.

Over/Under: 48

Series History

Cincinnati won the only game these two teams have played in the last five years.

Nov 29, 2015 – Cincinnati 31 vs. L.A. Rams 7

Bengals vs Rams

Bengals vs Rams; The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Los Angeles Rams at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. It’s the third of four 2019 NFL London games this season. Despite being winless this season, the Bengals are 3-4 against the spread, while the Rams have gone 5-2 against the number. Both teams have covered once in their last two games, and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is out with an ankle injury and could be traded ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. L.A. is favored by 13 in the latest Rams vs. Bengals odds, while the Over-Under is 48. Before entering any Bengals vs. Rams picks, you’ll want to see the NFL in London predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception four years ago. It has nailed its recent top-rated NFL picks, entering Week 8 of the 2019 NFL schedule on a strong 24-17 run that dates back to last season. It’s also on an incredible 86-60 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. And in Week 7, it nailed the Chiefs (-3) covering with plenty of room to spare against the Broncos and the Ravens (+3) staying within the spread against the Seahawks in a game Baltimore won outright by 14. The model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch for the third year in a row on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, it has simulated Rams vs. Bengals 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see it at SportsLine.

The model knows the Rams made easy work of Atlanta last week and carried off a 37-10 win. The game was all but wrapped up at the end of the third quarter, by which point the Rams had established a 27-3 advantage. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 22-of-37 for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for another score.

Meanwhile, the Bengals came up short against Jacksonville, falling 27-17. The Bengals had six first downs resulting from Jacksonville penalties. Alex Erickson came out of nowhere to post an 8-137 stat line, while running back Joe Mixon had a receiving touchdown.

The Rams come into NFL London 2019 boasting the fourth most rushing touchdowns in the league at ten. Less enviably, the Bengals are worst in the league in rushing yards per game, with only 53.1 on average.