Chelsea vs Wolves 26 November 2011 Highlights

While Chelsea is in desperate need of a win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge to bounce back from losses in Europe and the Premier League, Wolves will need to improve their poor away record this season. As the heat is starting to be turned up on Villas-Boas, the Portuguese coach is facing possibility to be sacked just five months after owner Roman Abramovic spending 13 million on him as Carlo Ancelottis replacement. Wolves, on the other hand, stand 17th on the table thanks to 11 points. I have to motivate them to get a win against Wolves on Saturday and then against Liverpool in the Carling Cup next Tuesday” height=”512″ src=”” width=”400″ />

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Chelsea vs Wolves 26 November 2011 Highlights: The two teams have met in 6 league games with the Blues winning on 5 occasions and Wanderers triumphed in their last meeting 1-0 at Molineux

Chelsea vs Wolves 26 November 2011 Highlights: The two teams have met in 6 league games with the Blues winning on 5 occasions and Wanderers triumphed in their last meeting 1-0 at Molineux

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Portuguese Andres Villas Boas, 34, has faced criticism for some insipid Chelsea performances, said, Confidence is low but they expect the manager to inspire them. Getting 22 points after 12 games, this is Chelseas poorest start to a Premier League campaign since 2002/03. Football fans at Stamford Bridge are set to enjoy the fantastic English Premier League (EPL) clash between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers when the Blues host Wolves in match week 13, on Saturday, 26 November 2011. I have to motivate them to get a win against Wolves on Saturday and then against Liverpool in the Carling Cup next Tuesday

Mick McCarthy, who also feels feeling the pinch of a poor start to the season with his Wanderers side now sitting fourth bottom, decides to change Wolves' formation and Nenad Milijas might not start even though the Serb played well against Everton

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Wolverhampton Wanderers, who terribly won just one of their last 10 EPL matches, is also the only team yet to score a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season. The poor performance puts pressure onto manager Andre Villas-Boas to recover by winning against Wolves. Currently, the Blues have 22 points in fifth with Liverpool and Arsenal and needs three points to keep up with Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Hence, the three points for Chelsea in their next game would boost Villas-Boas hopes of holding onto his job and create Blues chances of finishing in the top four alongside Man City and Man Utd.

Mick McCarthy, who also feels feeling the pinch of a poor start to the season with his Wanderers side now sitting fourth bottom, decides to change Wolves’ formation and Nenad Milijas might not start even though the Serb played well against Everton

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John Obi Mikel was the biggest villain at Stamford Bridge as his error in the midfield gifted Liverpool the leeway to recording a surprise 2-1 over the team

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Portuguese Andres Villas Boas, 34, has faced criticism for some insipid Chelsea performances, said, Confidence is low but they expect the manager to inspire them. Although Wolves won over Wigan Athletic on 6 November 2011, it suffers a 2-1 loss away at Everton, in match week 12.

<img alt=. Most recently, the Blues has successive 2-1 losses to Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen which is followed by a damaging 5-3 loss at home to Arsenal. The clash remains a game to watch this week.

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In the last 10 matches, the Blues have won 6 and lost 4 and it has not been the good four weeks for Chelsea and manager Andre Villas-Boas

British ‘rich list’ mirrors EPL clubs’ fortunes

Story highlightsDerby victory gives Arsenal the edge in race for Champions League placeWin at 10-man Fulham comes as shareholder Alisher Usmanov is named UK’s richestIt lifts club above Chelsea, owned by fellow Russian billionaire Roman AbramovichFormer rich list leader Lakshmi Mittal drops to fifth as relegation looms for his club QPR On the day Alisher Usmanov was named as Britain’s wealthiest man, his soccer club Arsenal overtook that of one of his “rich list” rivals in the race for a European Champions League place next season.

Usmanov, the English team’s joint-biggest shareholder along with American Stan Kroenke, is worth 13.3 billion ($20.2 billion) according to the annual Sunday Times table — a rise of almost 1 billion ($1.5 billion) since last year.

Arsenal moved up into third place in the Premier League with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Fulham, putting Arsene Wenger’s side two points above Chelsea — owned by Usmanov’s fellow Russian Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich is fifth on the Sunday Times list with an estimated wealth of 9.3 billion (14.16 billion) — a drop of two places. “The next game will be Man United so it’s a good challenge for us.”

Defender Per Mertesacker scored the only goal against Fulham just before halftime, as the home team had former Arsenal midfielder Steven Sidwell sent off for a rash lunge on Mikel Arteta early on — his second red card in as many matches.

Arsenal also ended the game with 10 men after France striker Olivier Giroud was sent off.

“He said to me that he slipped at the moment he went for the ball, and it’s confirmed by the television,” Wenger said. “I haven’t seen it but he’s not a tackler. His team’s fortunes have also been sliding since last year’s Champions League success, but the Blues can regain third with victory in Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.

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Defeat, however, could allow fifth-placed Tottenham to join Chelsea on 61 points if the London side beat second-placed Manchester City earlier in the day.

Despite moving five points clear of Spurs, Arsenal’s top-four hopes remain in the balance, having played two more matches than both London rivals.

The Gunners next face runaway leaders Manchester United, but the final three games are against teams near the bottom of the table.

“We are on a strong run and we just go into the next game and focus on winning that,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.

“He went over the ball and, knowing that Sidwell had been sent off before, I had no illusion of the color of the card.”

Another club with connections to a man on the rich list took another step towards relegation on Saturday as Queens Park Rangers lost 2-0 at home to Stoke.

Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal retained a one-third stake in QPR after Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes became principal shareholder in 2011, but the club’s fortunes have mirrored his own.

Mittal had been Britain’s wealthiest man eight years in a row, but has dropped to fourth on 10 billion ($15 billion) — with 2.7 billion ($4.1 billion) wiped off his value.

His shares in QPR may also be worth considerably less if the club returns to the second division after just two seasons in the EPL, despite having spent large sums on players under Fernandes — that will happen on Monday if Aston Villa manage an unlikely victory against Manchester United.

Saturday’s defeat left the London club level on points with bottom side Reading, who lost 2-1 at Norwich, while Stoke climbed six points clear of the relegation zone after ending a run of six defeats and a draw.

It put Stoke on 37 points along with Newcastle — who held eighth-placed West Brom 1-1 — and Sunderland, whose 1-0 win over Everton was the second successive victory for new manager Paolo Di Canio.

Sunderland’s victory — the club’s second since January 23 — dented sixth-placed Everton’s hopes of European qualification, leaving David Moyes’ team two points behind Tottenham having played two more matches.

Wigan stayed in the third and final relegation place after a 2-0 defeat at Wigan, while ninth-placed Swansea drew 0-0 with Southampton, who stayed 12th.

Gary Speed dead: Tributes flood in for football legend

A good friend. We cuddled each


Pride of Wales: Chris Coleman, Gary Speed and Dean Saunders watch Ryan Giggs train in 1995Pride of Wales: Chris Coleman, Gary Speed and Dean Saunders watch Ryan Giggs train in 1995

Overwhelmed: Former Newcaslte team-mate Shay Given was in tears ahead of kick-off in the game between Swansea and Aston Villa (below)Overwhelmed: Former Newcaslte team-mate Shay Given was in tears ahead of kick-off in the game between Swansea and Aston Villa (below)

So sad to lose someone so special to football, friends, fans, family. Words cannot begin to describe how sad I feel at hearing this awful news. Why! Why! Why! I’ll miss him so much – ROBBIE SAVAGE

Champion: Speed (front of bus, second right) won the First Division title in 1992Champion: Speed (front of bus, second right) won the First Division title in 1992

Great footballer, my condolences and sympathies to his family – ROBIN van PERSIE

Stunned: Tributes have flooded in from former team-mates for SpeedStunned: Tributes have flooded in from former team-mates for Speed

I am totally devastated. Rest in Peace mate – TIM CAHILL

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Bright future: Wales had jumped up the world rankings under SpeedBright future: Wales had jumped up the world rankings under Speed

. It goes without saying my thoughts are with his family at this tremendously sad time – RYAN GIGGS

United front: Speed made his name in football at Leeds in the 1990sUnited front: Speed made his name in football at Leeds in the 1990s

He had that aura about him. I am numb – MICHAEL OWEN

My first PL game was against him, he showed me in that game what British football is about – XABI ALONSO


People are just stunned. I’ll miss you Speedo. Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a team-mate and friend. Heartbroken – JOHN HARTSON

The world has lost a great man. A sad day – SIMON GRAYSON

I am totally devastated. I can’t believe what’s happened – DEAN SAUNDERS

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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs led the tributes to his former Wales team-mate Gary Speed, who has died at the age of 42.


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Top player whose seamless move into management tells us everything you need to know about him – ALAN PARDEW

He is a legend in football and what he achieved with Bolton Wanderers was fantastic – KEVIN DAVIES

Gary was a great friend, the ultimate professional and will be sorely missed by everyone – STEVE HARPER

We have lost our manager, leader and an extremely great person who’s inspired us all in the last year – ROBERT EARNSHAW

We signed on the same day and played in the same youth team. I saw John Hartson earlier and I said “have you

heard about Gary?” The big man just cried and cried. A hero – DAVID O’LEARY

One of the best: Speed made friends wherever he played during his long careerOne of the best: Speed made friends wherever he played during his long career

The reaction from all football fans has been the same – shock and sadness – SHEFF UTD FANS ALLIANCE

Tragic. We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I spoke to him on Saturday morning. He always had time for the young lads and helped them feel good about themselves – STEVEN TAYLOR

Sadly missed: Speed’s playing days ended at Sheffield United before taking up the managerial role with Wales

My first day at Leeds he went out of his way to look after me and help me settle in. Today the world has lost a great football manager but even more sadly a great man – AARON RAMSEY

Tribute: Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs played with Speed for Wales and against him in the Premier LeagueTribute: Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs played with Speed for Wales and against him in the Premier League

He was so fit – he was one of those players who would stay behind all day in training. I am devastated. A son, a father and a husband

Netherlands Beats Uruguay, Makes World Cup Final

Mark van Bommel hustled over to where the ball came to rest, picked it up and hugged it. Outside, a Netherlands fan in a blue and white bodysuit stood on stilts and played a vuvuzela – badly. Sneijder and Robben made sure of that.

While several Dutch players threw up their hands in frustration, Forlan celebrated his fourth goal of the tournament with a suave wave of his arm while Suarez leaped off the bench in jubilation.

2010 CBS Interactive Inc. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. It was about the only thing that didn’t measure up for the Dutch.. The Celeste will head to Saturday’s third-place game, not bad for the last team to qualify.

Pereira made the Netherlands sweat with a goal in injury time, and Stekelenburg’s late save preserved the biggest Dutch win in decades. The Dutch have now won 10 straight and are unbeaten in their last 25 games.

Then Robben sent a cross from Dirk Kuyt past a flat-footed Muslera with a brilliant header as Robben was leaping away from the net. His teammates piled on in an Oranje Crush celebration, and Robben came up from it with mud on his forehead, a smile on his face – and the knowledge that Netherlands was ahead 3-1 and likely headed to the championship match.

Winners of all six games in South Africa, the Oranje will face either Germany or Spain in Sunday’s title game at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Both of those title-game defeats came during the golden period of Dutch soccer, and in the opposition’s homeland. He was given far too much open space in the middle of the field and, from just under 30 yards, his left-footed drive went off goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s hand and into the net.

A Dutch treat: The Netherlands is in the World Cup final.

Long wasteful with its soccer talent, the Netherlands sure has found the right touch in this tournament.

Van Bronckhorst was in his accustomed role early in the second half when he headed a long shot by Alvaro Pereira away from the net after Stekelenburg was caught out chasing a stray back pass. And the Dutch defense was under siege in the final minutes as Uruguay sought to tie it.

For good measure, Robben blew kisses to the fans.

Sneijder’s goal came somewhat unexpectedly because Uruguay had shut down the Dutch offense for much of the second half. The Netherlands lost its other appearance in the final, to West Germany in 1974.

The Dutch captain gave his team the lead in the 18th minute, and the Oranje pressed for more, but when they let up slightly on defense, the superb Diego Forlan pounced. All Rights Reserved. His left-footed shot from just inside the penalty area barely ticked the leg of defender Maximiliano Pereira and, with Robin van Persie almost deflecting it again, it skidded past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Special Section: 2010 World Cup

World Cup Final 4: Holland, Germany, Spain and Ugly

The Jabulani ball Van Bommel grabbed has been a source of criticism for its unpredictability, particularly the way it can soar. No such worries this time, and no country outside of Africa has had as much fan support as the Netherlands.

But not nearly what they wanted. When Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, a true defensive halfback, puts one in from 30 yards off the far goalpost, well, let the debate begin again.

And a tournament that looked like a South American fiesta early on will end in a European showdown for the second straight World Cup. The Associated Press contributed to this report. His teammates then began a joyous stroll around the field, some of them barechested, as the vuvuzelas blared and Dutch flags waved in the stands.

Stekelenburg was screened just enough by defender John Heitinga and didn’t get a good view of the ball until it was too late.

Inside Green Point Stadium it looked like a Florida orange grove. He drew a red card for that, and spent his suspension on the bench watching his undermanned teammates come up just short.

Robben was replaced late in the match, and at the final whistle he fell flat to the turf as he ran back onto the pitch. The Dutch have that.

Dutch stars Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben scored three minutes apart in the second half as the Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2 Tuesday night to advance to their first championship match since losing in 1978 to Argentina.

Uruguay was without dangerous striker Luis Suarez, whose handball on the goal line in the final seconds of extra time against Ghana saved his team in the quarterfinals

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Ibrahimovic ruled out of Chelsea game with injury.

! Berlin, Jumada II 4, 1435, Apr 4, 2014, SPA — Paris St Germainwill have to cope without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the comingweeks, the French club said Friday, dpa reported.

Ibrahimovic, 32, pulled up with a thigh muscle injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

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The Swede will certainly miss the return leg next week and though the injury is not too serious, even if PSG progress against Chelsea there is no guarantee he will be fit in time for the semi-finals at the end of April.

“If the injury doesn’t get worse, he will play before the end of the season,” he added.

“He’s out for the weeks to come,” said coach Laurent Blanc at a press conference.

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Manchester United players and WAGs at UNICEF charity dinner

Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)

Wright also got in on the Twitter action, saying he was having ‘a lovely night for such a lovely cause’, which Ferdinand promptly retweeted.

If the players are anywhere near as sharp as they were here, he should have no trouble cutting through the QPR defence.

TV stars: Mark Wright and Catherine Tyldesley were dressed for the occasion

Anybody who witnessed Manchester United’s demolition of Wolves on Saturday might not think Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in a particularly charitable mood these days.

Boss Ferguson will hope he can have a similarly pleasant evening after his team visit Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. Chart-topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performed at the event, which was hosted by actor and broadcaster Angus Deayton and attended by several first team players and their wives and girlfriends, along with the boss himself.

Loved up: Michael Carrick and wife Lisa grinning, while Ashley Young and his childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike pose for the camera

The event, hosted at Old Trafford, celebrated twelve years of partnership between the two organisations – the longest such link between a Premier League club and a charity.

Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand mentioned the event on the social networking site and even gave a ‘big shout’ to one girl’s parents, who donated 10,000 to UNICEF so she could meet and greet the players.

Unlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio da Silva smile for the cameraUnlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio Da Silva smile for the camera

R&R: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand looking sharp at the UNICEF event


Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron's girlfriend)Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron’s girlfriend)

United: David de Gea and Javier Hernandez looked like they were having fun

Stylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpetStylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpet

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Also present and correct were ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright and ‘Coronation Street’ actress Catherine Tyldesley.

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But on Monday the Red Devils were altogether less troublesome than their moniker suggests, as they held their annual charity ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner

DFB Pokal: Hamburg upset by fourth-tier team, Dortmund advance

After the cobwebs had been brushed off, Dortmund created chances around the 18-minute mark when Aubameyang’s tame effort from 15 meters missed the target.

However, the Gabon international would break the deadlock on 25 minutes, the striker heading in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pin-point cross from the left-hand side.

Hamburg has been knocked out of the DFB Pokal by fourth-tier opposition — just months after securing their Bundesliga status in the relegation playoff.

Bruno Labbadia’s side looked set to be heading out in normal time until Michael Gregoritsch’s 94th minute equalizer secured another 30 minutes of anguish for Hamburg fans.

But 19-year-old Johannes Pieles beat Emir Spahic to a cross ball in the 106th minute to score a famous goal for the East Germans whose fans invaded the pitch in delight at the final whistle.

It is more misery for Hamburg who evidently has serious work to do before next week’s season opener at Bayern Munich.

Justin Gerlach’s free-kick from 30 yards on 15 minutes showed the inadequacies of Hamburg’s current goalkeeper Rene Adler.

Breaking down their well-drilled opponents was difficult for Labbadia’s men, and highlights the need for further investment to prevent the club’s first relegation from the Bundesliga this season.

Hamburg levelled through Ivicia Olic on 48 minutes, but Jena one of the famous East German sides of a bygone era — hit a deserved second 10 minutes later when Velimir Jovanovic rounded off a fine counterattacking goal to put the hosts back in front.

As the clock ticked towards the inevitable conclusion of HSV’s first-round exit, a long ball into the box which included the committed goalie Adler in support — fell to one of the more promising summer signings, 21-year-old Gregoritsch who scored his first goal for the club.

The home side somehow found a supply-after-supply of energy, outrunning the Bundesliga side and looking sharper over the small distances. Freiburg’s Nils Petersen made it eight in three for the season, scoring four times to help beat Barmbek-Uhlenhorst.

Sunday’s late matches see Bayern Munich take on FC Nottingen in Karlsruhe’s Wildparkstadion, whilst fireworks are expected when Fortuna Dusseldorf and Rot-Weiss Essen meet.

. The yellow-and-blacks could relax not long after when Mkhitaryan showed composure to curl the ball into the net from 12 yards on 83 minutes.

VfL Bochum, meanwhile, is the talk of the 2.Bundesliga after an impressive start to the season — and they made little weather of dispatching Salmrohr with Simon Terrode scoring a hat-trick. Chemnitz grew in stature and confidence and forced Burki into some meaningful action.

The goalkeeper from Switzerland was forced into a fine save from Chemnitz skipper Anton Fink with 15 minutes left as it threatened to be a nervy finish for Dortmund. Pieles rose quicker than veteran Spahic and headed in the winning goal to leave Hamburg nursing another embarrassing defeat.

Earlier, Borussia Dortmund returned from European success in midweek to narrowly beat third-tier Chemnitz 2-0 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring his fourth goal in two games.

Mkhitaryan hit a hat-trick versus Wolfsberg in UEFA Europa League action and scored the second to kill the tie, his assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first-half setting Dortmund on their way.

Thomas Tuchel started with the same core as Thursday evening, although Gonzalo Castro and Sven Bender played from the beginning. The pair combined five minutes later with the Armenian enjoying his role on the left-side of a 4-3-3 formation.

Chemnitz could have equalized soon after, though, as Danneberg beat the offside trap but dragged his shot yards wide of Roman Burki’s post. At the other end, Castro hit the woodwork on 38 minutes as Dortmund struggled to turn their dominance into goals.

But Tuchel’s men dropped the pace after the interval, which was a similar problem in the first leg of their European tie with Wolfsberg

Ray Charles to Release Duets Project with Cast of Music Legends

Charles. The label’s current roster of world-class artists includes: Karrin Allyson, Peter Cincotti, Michael Feinstein, Nnenna Freelon, Robben Ford, Barry Manilow, Ozomatli, Eddie Palmieri, and Poncho Sanchez.

During a career that spans nearly six decades, Mr.

“I first worked with Concord on a track for Poncho Sanchez’s Out of Sight CD,” explains Mr. . Charles has appeared on over 250 recordings, many of them top-sellers, across a variety of genres. “We had such a fun time and enjoyed a great rapport that it seemed liked a natural step to work on a whole album together. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. Charles’ first new recording since 2001.

The legendary pianist and composer returns to stage after an eight-month absence on March 2nd, with a performance at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York ( Featured tracks, which were recorded in configurations from Big Band to trios, thus far include: “Here We Go Again” (Norah Jones); “Sinner’s Prayer” (BB King); “Sweet Potato Pie” (James Taylor); “Hey Girl” (Michael McDonald); “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Bonnie Raitt); and “It Was A Very Good Year” (Willie Nelson).

A year in the making, the Concord Records CD is Mr. I am working with some of the best artists in the business, as well as some of my dearest friends.”

Concord Records (, one of the largest independent record companies in the United States, is co-owned by another entertainment legend, Norman Lear. And, while he has performed with various artists in the past, this Concord Records release will be his first full album of duets. Charles is also one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of both the Presidential Medal for the Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Also due for release in 2004 is a feature film based on his life story, “Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story.” In addition to multiple GRAMMY Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, Mr. Norah Jones, BB King, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor are just a few of the notable artists involved with the project. Over its thirty-year history, the label has amassed a catalog of over 1,000 albums from such artists as Charlie Byrd, Rosemary Clooney, Gene Harris, Tito Puente, and Mel Torme, among others. The duets project has been a tremendous experience. 3, 2004– In Stores August 31, the Concord Records CD Features Norah Jones, BB King, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, And More

The incomparable Ray Charles, a thirteen-time GRAMMY(R) Award-winner and inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has teamed with independent record label Concord Records ( to release a duets project that will feature a veritable who’s who of musical guests. The yet-to-be-named CD will be in-stores on August 31, 2004

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc., “The Toughest Sport on Earth,” Names Fenway Sports Group as Exclusive Sponsorship Sales Agency

Their unmatched list of corporate contacts, combined with their sports marketing experience, knowledge and strategic thinking will be a major asset to our brand. Among FSGs consulting clients are Verizon Wireless and Dunkin Donuts.

Under the multi-year agreement, FSG will work hand-in-hand with PBRs sales team to develop programs that leverage PBRs portfolio of sports marketing assets; provide comprehensive property analysis and valuation services; identify new revenue streams; maximize existing sponsorship assets; and cultivate and secure new corporate partnerships that offer sponsors access to The Toughest Sport on Earth. A premier sports marketing organization headquartered in Boston, FSG specializes in representation, sponsorship sales, event marketing and strategic marketing consulting for corporations who conduct business in sports and entertainment. The PBR is headquartered in Pueblo, Colo., with additional offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.

The PBR made the official announcement at a special sponsor and media reception at Madison Square Garden in advance of the Built Ford Tough Invitational, which served as the second event of 2009 on the prestigious Built Ford Tough Series tour.

ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS, INC. (PBR) has selected FSG as its exclusive third party sponsorship sales agency.

More than 100 million viewers tune in each year to the PBR on FOX, NBC, ESPN, VERSUS, and on a host of foreign networks across the globe.

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a leading sports and entertainment marketing firm, today announced that the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. Over 1,200 bull riders compete in more than 300 PBR-sanctioned competitions in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico, for their share of $11 million dollars in prize money. In addition to its work with the Boston Red Sox, FSGs property representation division executes sponsorship sales programs for the agencys tier-one clients including Roush Fenway Racing, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Boston College Athletics, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Volvo Ocean Race. PBR has established bull riding as a professional, stand alone sport and has been bringing it to mainstream America for more than fifteen years. FSG is thrilled to have been chosen to play a lead role in developing and executing the PBRs sponsorship sales efforts. These programs will include traditional on-site branding opportunities as well as digital media and television assets that drive client partner revenue by engaging the 1.7 million fans who attend PBR events and the more than 100 million viewers who tune in each year to the PBR on FOX, NBC, VERSUS and a host of foreign networks across the globe. The partnership will commence immediately and extend throughout the 2012 season. With more than 500 hours of prime time programming annually, PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air, in addition to attracting over 1.7 million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure which includes the prestigious Built Ford Tough Series, the Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, and the Discovery Tour, designed specifically for entry level contestants. The 2009 PBR season officially launched to a record Baltimore crowd over New Years weekend with the Baltimore Invitational at the 1st Mariner Arena.

The Professional Bull Riders is one of the premier properties in professional sports and has quickly become one of the most recognizable and well-respected extreme sports in the country, said Fenway Sports Group Executive Vice President Brian Corcoran. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Fenway Sports Group (FSG) is a wholly owned subsidiary of New England Sports Ventures (NESV). Additionally, foreign broadcasts reached 84 countries and more than 500 million households. “The PBR provides our sponsors with an excellent opportunity to reach a broad array of consumers, and we welcome the additional talent FSG brings to our ongoing efforts to partner with prestigious brands. For more information please visit In addition to Fenway Sports Group, NESV owns the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and 80 percent of New England Sports Network. was founded in 1992 by 20 accomplished bull riders who sought mainstream attention for the most popular event in traditional rodeo, bull riding.

The combination of industry experience and strong network relationships uniquely positions FSG to help its clients drive sponsorship revenue and support the development of strategic marketing, media and promotional campaigns.


We are excited to work with FSG as we continue to increase our strategic partner base, said PBR Chief Operating Officer Sean Gleason.

Professional Bull Riders, Inc.

FSG specializes in representation/sponsorship sales and strategic marketing consulting/event marketing for corporations and leading sports brands. In 2008, eight Built Ford Tough Series broadcasts were first run aired on NBC and FOX and all 30 events were aired on the VERSUS cable network.

With the success of the PBR and the increasing sponsorship interests, major television networks continue to support the PBR. The PBR prides itself in its 1,000 plus stock contractor relationships and over 1,200 PBR bull riders competing in more than 300 PBR sanctioned competitions in five countries.

FSGs experienced team of marketing executives will work with the PBRs internal sales team to create and sell integrated sponsorship programs surrounding the PBRs four domestic tours, including the Built Ford Tough Series; Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour; and Discovery Tour