Real Madrid and Barcelona are fighting to beat third division rivals

Real Madrid and Barcelona started their Copa del Rey campaigns on Wednesday with surprisingly hard-fought victories against lower division teams. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaReal Madrid and Barcelona started their Copa del Rey season on Wednesday with surprisingly hard-fought victories against lower division teams, while third division Atlético Baleares eliminated a second leader with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo. It took Madrid two late goals to beat Alcoyano 3-1, who had eliminated the powerhouse in the same round of 32 a year earlier. Previously, Barcelona had to come back to beat third division Linares Deportivo 2-1. But the hosts consistently created chances to score, leveling on 66 minutes when Dani Vega fell back to avoid Casemiro and Militão before shooting in. Marco Asensio put Madrid back in the lead in the 76th minute when his shot hit a defender, leaving Alcoyano goalkeeper José Figueras no chance of saving. A Figueras own goal secured victory two minutes later. Barcelona strikers Ousmane Dembelé and Ferran Jutglà scored to complete the team's comeback against Linares. Dembelé continued at halftime and equalized Hugo Díaz's goal for Linares in the 63rd minute with an outside shot. Jutglà hit the winner six minutes later to save Barcelona from an embarrassing exit from the Cup in southern Spain. Dani Alves played his first game since returning to Barcelona. The 38-year-old Brazilian right-back played for Barcelona from 2008 to 2016, helping him to 23 titles, including three Champions League trophies. Baleares, who stunned Getafe 5-0 in the preliminary round, scored two goals from Manel Martínez to upset Celta. Substitute Brais Méndez brought Celta to level in the 67th minute, but Martínez headed the winner in the 76th minute. Denis Cheryshev scored a goal in stoppage time to win Valencia 2-1 at second division Cartagena. Mikel Oyarzabal scored two goals to give Real Sociedad a 3-2 win at Leganés, while Real Betis beat Valladolid 3-0 and Mallorca rallied to beat Eibar 2-1.


Ancelotti's plans for the roster in 2022-23

A number of players will be leaving Real Madrid this summer where the top to-do item is the signing of Kylian Mbappé. (Author: Gardener)

AncelottiAt Real Madrid, the strengths and weaknesses of Carlo Ancelotti's squad were identified and a timetable for the next season was drawn up. Ancelotti himself said so publicly ahead of the Madrid Copa del Rey clash against Alcoyano on Wednesday, telling reporters: "We have made our plans for the next term." It was a comment that was made almost on the side, but behind it is a blueprint developed by a club that has years in mind, not months. Before 2022/23, Madrid's to-do list looks like this: Seal contract for Kylian Mbappé, who left the contract at Paris Saint-Germain in June; take the best possible position in the race for Erling Braut Haaland; Fill in the gaps created by off-season departures; and keep an eye on the other free agents on the club's radar. Los Blancos are confident of winning the French on a free transfer at the end of the season, but with a Champions League round of 16 against PSG in February and March, they will wait until then to sign a pre-contract with the FC player, to avoid an uncomfortable situation. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport this week, well-known soccer agent Giovanni Branchini claimed Madrid are preparing to offer PSG € 50m to sign Mbappé in the January window - but the Spanish club deny that claim. The 23-year-old world champion is at the center of Madrid's plans for the summer. Kylian Mbappés Paris Saint-Germain will face Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 in February and March. As this newspaper reported, the Norwegian has long since chosen the Bernabéu as his preferred destination - but he definitely wants to leave Borussia Dortmund this year. However, Madrid aren't too concerned about Joan Laporta's eagerness to link the player with a move to Barcelona in the summer in what appears to be an attempt by the Camp Nou president, the narrative that Barça are one of the top players in the transfer market, restore. Madrid must also agree on an action plan to negotiate with Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, Haaland's agent and father, respectively; they are both likely to go after a large commission. Of the Real Madrid players who were eliminated from the contract at the end of the season, the club are only interested in an extension with Luka Modric, who is about to sign a one-year extension. Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale, who make him the highest-paid player in the squad with an annual salary of 17 million euros, are not in Madrid's plans for the next season. Ceballos is now in the last 18 months of his Madrid deal so this summer is a good time to sell him while Vallejo, a player who only played three minutes this season and Ancelotti failed to win, has to go if it is like it or not. Madrid are confident of signing Rüdiger on a free transfer, but the deal is not free from stumbling blocks. On the one hand, the German international wants an annual salary of 12 million euros after taxes, as does David Alaba, who moved to the Bernabéu as a free agent last summer. While Madrid had no qualms about paying such a salary to the Austrian after the departure of high-earning central defender Sergio Ramos, they are less convinced of paying Rüdiger so much money, especially given Éder Militão's form. With Chelsea stepping down with the loss of Rudiger, PSG are keeping an eye on the situation but Madrid are reluctant to offer the 28-year-old more than 10 million a year plus bonuses despite his brother and agent's alleged attempts to spark a bidding war on the players . Meanwhile, Rüdiger has apparently done his research on the advantages and disadvantages of moving to Madrid and talked to players in the Bernabéu about life in the Spanish capital. Rüdiger is not the only free agent that Madrid is watching, even if the club is less focused on other goals. Antonio Rüdiger's salary claims could prove to be a stumbling block for a summer move to Real Madrid. When it comes to the role of the club's youth academy, La Fábrica will be back next season - subject to a major change in Ancelotti's approach - to provide players whose main role is to replenish the Italians' matchday groups when needed. Last summer, Madrid rejected any advances made by Miguel Gutiérrez and Antonio Blanco as the B-teamers were expected to play regularly in the senior squad after conceding and impressing former head coach Zinedine Zidane's playing time last season . However, Ancelotti did not continue his integration into the first team and was in fact not included in the by no means youth-heavy squad for Alcoyano. The future of Gutiérrez and Blanco, as well as Sergio Arribas and Marvin Park, whose progress in the first team has also stalled, will be checked in the summer. The club are not ready to let them leave permanently, but they will likely need to be loaned out. Not only Marín and winger Peter Federico, but also a number of other players whom Madrid have shown great confidence in and who will be key players for B-Team boss Raúl González Blanco in the next season, such as Marvel and Bruno Iglesias.


Alcoyano vs. Real Madrid live stream, Copa del Rey semi-finals, TV channel, kick-off time, watch

Alcoyano will welcome Real Madrid to the Copa del Rey semi-finals at Campo Municipal El Collao as Real try to move into the final back aft (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridAlcoyano will welcome Real Madrid to the Copa del Rey semi-finals at Campo Municipal El Collao as Real seek to make it back to the final after a shocking 1-0 loss to Getafe in their last game. Who will make it into the last 16? Tune in and find out, here is everything you need to know to catch the Copa del Rey action today! Wednesday Jan 5th 3:25 p.m. ET ESPN + ESPN + Copa del Rey odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. The odds were last updated on Wednesday at 12:00 noon. ET. Fancy some action at the Copa del Rey? Place your legal sports bets on this game and others in CO, IN, NJ and WV at Tipico Sportsbook. We recommend interesting sports broadcasts / streaming and betting opportunities. Ubisoft + brings more than 100 games to the Xbox Carabao Cup semifinals: Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur Livestream, TV Channel, Time, How to Watch Rainbow Six Extraction Will Start in Xbox Game Pass Barcelona Livestream, Copa del Rey Semifinals, TV Channel , Kickoff time, as seen


L'Equipe names World XI in 2021, including two city stars, three Chelsea names and representatives from Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

Manchester City has two representatives in the World XI 2021 of the French outlet L'Equipe. (Author: Gardener)

World XIManchester City has two representatives in the World XI 2021 of the French outlet L'Equipe. 2021 was an incredible year for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's team were crowned Premier League champions, won the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row and reached the very first Champions League final. In addition, the club ended the past calendar year with a considerable deficit at the top of the current Premier League table and sat with an unbelievable 10 points ahead of Chelsea, who are entering the second half of the season. French publication L'Équipe named their 2021 World Cup this week, including two Manchester City players under center-back Ruben Dias and midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne. The City and Portugal international won the Champions League Defender of the Season and Premier League Player of the Season in 2021 and was widely recognized as the preeminent center-back in Europe last season. Kevin De Bruyne's brilliance was also recognized domestically when he won the PFA Player of the Year for the second year in a row - an award that shows how much respect his peers had for his accomplishments over the past season. After all, Ilkay Gundogan was one of the highest-scoring midfielders in Europe in 2021, Kyle Walker made it into the UEFA Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament in addition to an outstanding campaign, and Joao Cancelo was arguably the most outstanding full-back in the world in the previous calendar year. Given their achievements and the fact that these names have also won two trophies and reached a grand European final, the question that was asked certainly carries weight.


Real Madrid face giant killer Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey rematch

Real Madrid will be keen to bury the memories of one of the most embarrassing defeats in recent years when they face third division Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday for the second year in a row. (Author: Gardener)

AlcoyanoMADRID, Jan 4th (Reuters) - Real Madrid will be keen to bury the memories of one of their most embarrassing defeats in recent years when they face third division Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey round of 16 for the second year running on Wednesday. Twelve months after Real was humiliated 2-1 by the low-budget team from a small town near Alicante, Real are returning to another game at El Collao Stadium, which will be played in front of a packed house with 4,850 fans. Last year fans were banned from witnessing Alcoyano's giant killing victory as restrictions were in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. "We know that we will see Real with hurt feelings and there will be no surprise factor like last year. Champions Barcelona travel to Andalusia to face another third division club, Linares Deportivo. Xavi Hernandez's team beat Mallorca 1 : 0. " despite missing 14 players due to COVID-19, injuries and bans - and he will again have to rely on an exhausted squad to keep his title defense alive. Xavi was hoping Pedri could make his comeback after a long injury break but those plans had to be put on hold after the 19-year-old midfielder tested positive for COVID-19. He is the 14th Barcelona player to have tested positive in the past few days. "It is a complicated task to go to a small stadium in a single elimination game," Xavi said at a press conference. "Every year we see that teams from the first division are eliminated. On Thursday, Atletico face 68,000 spectators in their own Wanda Metropolitano stadium against third division club Rayo Majadahonda, although they should play away. Majadahonda however urged the Spanish association to play in move to a larger arena as they usually play their games in Atletico's training facilities, which have a capacity of around 3,500 people Contain the spread of COVID-19.


Getafe overruns Real Madrid in a grand attempt to escape inspired by Crystal Palace

Like Palace four seasons ago, Getafe started with seven losses before a motivational video and the returning hero spearheaded a revival (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridIn 2009, Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino traveled to Montserrat to visit the black virgin to enlist her help in avoiding the relegation that soon came to the rescue. The first time, before the 1986 World Cup, he challenged them to become champions; When he returned four years later he thought that would drive it forward so asked for second place. His name was Jorge, a fan who loved his team and prayed with them; he was a curse too, said Basile. Fifteen years later, Jorge became Pope Francis. As with many rituals, it doesn't always work, but you have to turn to something: a source of comfort or inspiration, even if it's not so much Papa Francisco as Pape Souaré, more Delaney than divine. So Getafe turned to Crystal Palace. Which may sound a bit strange, but while there are no signs of the Messiah, they had Fosu-Mensah and Getafe was desperate. "One point would bring us life," said striker Jaime Mata, but her vital signs quickly faded, each defeat more cruel and inevitable than the last. Seven games later, they'd lost all seven and were already stuck at the bottom. “You feel like you've seen this film before,” said her then manager Míchel González, and there was no happy ending. Not so long ago there was a team in south London that was worse and somehow survived, saved by Roy Hodgson. Seven weeks into the 2017-2018 season, Crystal Palace had lost all seven games. Getafe created a motivational video with dramatic music and headlines, drawing on the Palace experience, saying, "If you don't get results ... if you try but don't succeed ... history shows that it is still possible." Getafe had no points that day and was bottom. They beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Coliseum on Sunday and spent the afternoon singing in the sun to welcome the New Year. This was their first win against Madrid in almost nine years, but it wasn't an isolated incident or coincidence. Yes, the goal was given to them, Éder Militão von Unal was robbed - the perfect illustration of Carlo Ancelotti's line of favoring “pessimistic” defenders fearing the worst - and sure, Ancelotti insisted the guests were “still on vacation” . But that probably exaggerated their passivity and it wasn't just about Madrid but Getafe as well. Unbeaten in six, they have only lost one in nine. "The mental state is different now," said her trainer afterwards. "It's interesting to see how a team converts negative energy into positive, how horizons can change, how a group changes." At the beginning of this season there was a moment when the reporter on the sidelines helpfully pointed out that the fans Míchel's names still chanted for what they actually were; it was just a shame that the words go and now followed. By the time he arrived and Míchel was sacked in October, Getafe had actually just picked up his first point with a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad, but he was replaced by Quique Sánchez Flores, who returned for his third term 16 years after the first. Forty years old when he directed Getafe's debut in the Primera, at 56 it was his mission to keep her there. He couldn't refuse: "Getafe is a family and the family has problems," he said. Under Míchel Getafe got a point of 24. Under Quique they got 17 of 33. A table of his time there occupies fifth place in La Liga. On the night Getafe finally took a point, Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil said: “I have no doubt that Míchel is a great coach. If you have patience with him, Getafe will climb the table. ”Míchel had waited a year to take over and brought a new possession-based style that probably always took a bit of time and luck as well as the players to get it play, but he didn't get that. Even Sánchez Flores admitted, "Míchel is a great guy who hasn't had the luck he deserves." And if happiness always feels empty as an explanation, there was definitely something about it. Getafe lost 1-0 to Valencia after a penalty on matchday one. A goal by Érik Lamela in the 93rd minute defeated them in Seville the following week. In the first six games she only beat Rayo by more than one - and even then they only hit the post with 0-0. "It's a matter of time," said midfielder Florentino Luís, but time passed and they kept losing, their confidence crumbling. The moose match brought 20 minutes as bad as anything you've ever seen, as if the players' legs had been turned the wrong way, as if a mental block had set in and didn't want to let go. "You just have to go back to the cinema and hope this time the good guys win," Míchel said, but they never did. Maybe they had to stop being the good guys. Quique changed the mentality and the approach was changed too. Unal soon talked about a side getting its identity back. It wasn't always nice, that's true, and it's not finished either. Against Levante, the 0-0 felt inevitable. Against Celta they played four central midfielders and a fifth, Nikola Maksimovic, in the front - and lost heavily. They drew 1-1 against Granada in the 97th minute, but it was a miracle that the goal did not come earlier and more followed. Luis Suarez's penalty created an almost impossible vertical trajectory over the crossbar, David Soria knocked one off the line and Getafe, who switched to a five-man chain, had 23% possession and had to face 18 shots. "We weren't comfortable with the ball so we decided to defend," said Quique. That was his first three games. After a 0-0 draw against Mallorca in November, Jaume Costa accused Getafe of constant fouling and complained: “The linesman said they were smart. No. Book one and it will stop. ”But things had changed, signs of life and rebellion. "We need a big heart and a hungry mind, but things only change with a win," said Quique after Granada and three days later it was full-time. "We needed that cheer to justify the effort," said Quique. "It will take a long time and we will suffer: it is a fight for broken hearts." This was followed by a 4-0 win against Cádiz, then three draws: 0-0, 0-0, 1: 1. Darío Poveda next defeated Osasuna in the 93rd minute and eventually lifted her out of the relegation zone, with 4,772 fans freaking out. "We are one spirit: We overcome small barriers, that makes us freer and more courageous," said the coach. “I feel emotional because I feel what I felt 16 years ago.” Sunday felt even better: victory against Madrid, previously unbeaten in 12 games. "You don't look at the statistics beforehand because they can depress you," said Quique. "Instead, games require an artisanal process that creates excitement when you see what you can do." Getafe, he said, needs to know where to "strangle" Madrid. Stefan Mitrovic's insistence that their mentality has changed was repeated in Unal, who said he smelled blood on the gate and someone else's weaknesses revealed instead of theirs. “We have an important fighting spirit; We needed resilience and we are still doing it: it has only just started, ”said the coach. In the stands, they hopped around singing, an old favorite, adapted to new times. “Bordalás, I loved you”, they say, “but now I love Quique.” Keep it up and maybe Wilfried Zaha has a little soft spot too.


How Chelsea and Liverpool cede more ground to Man City

Sunday's 2-2 draw doesn't mean the Premier League race is over, but it's accelerating in that direction. PLUS: Mixed weekends for Spain’s big three. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaFrank Leboeuf thanks Chelsea and Liverpool for an exciting clash in the Premier League, although neither team was able to catch up with Man City. Frank Leboeuf thanks Chelsea and Liverpool for an exciting clash in the Premier League, although neither team was able to catch up with Man City. Chelsea and Liverpool played to an entertaining tie that didn't help either team keep up at the top of the table, while Manchester City took a dramatic late win over Arsenal to stay ahead - don't blame the referee for how the game went. In Spain, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both won to open 2022, but Real Madrid suffered a surprise defeat. Jump to: Chelsea-Liverpool-Fallout | Why Lukaku Was Banked | Barca take a big win | Man City got lucky at Arsenal | Real Madrid slump | Atletico joins, wins | Contes Spurs Taking Shape The obvious headline data point is that Manchester City won on Saturday and won again on Sunday as Chelsea and Liverpool shared the spoils 2-2. Even assuming Liverpool win their game - which is a big assumption - the gap is eight points with the Reds and 10 points with the Blue. Both head-to-head games take place at Etihad, and both Chelsea (Edouard Mendy) and Liverpool (Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah) are on the verge of losing key players in the Africa Cup of Nations. As for the game itself, it is worth remembering that in this team sport, with all of its careful planning and collective emphasis, individual moments are oversized. There is no legislation in place for Salah's genius - shimming to free Marcos Alonso, eyes to confuse Mendy - for Liverpool's second goal. They also can't explain individual mistakes, be it Trevoh Chalobah's botched game that led to Liverpool's opener or, frankly, Anthony Taylor's decision not to let Sadio Mane off because of the elbow against Cesar Azpilicueta in the first minute. Those were four moments that changed the outcome and the course of the game. Chelsea were understandably the most upset about Mane's decision and it's not hard to see why. It's a pretty obvious red card, and there's no point getting into mental gymnastics where Mane is looking - you know what? Most people can throw an elbow without looking in that direction - whether it caught it with his forearm or his elbow - yes, Mane's elbow against Azpilicueta's face would likely do more damage, but that is generally irrelevant - and whether it is an honest attempt to reach for the ball (no player gets to it). There is a duty of care towards your opponent and Mane deserves to be dismissed. Referee Anthony Taylor probably knows that too, at least after seeing reruns. They just hope that his decision to show yellow was an honest, real-time assessment rather than a fear of showing a red card in 15 seconds and "spoiling the game". Let's face it: in the real world, referees often act differently under different circumstances and at different points in the game. (They're not saying they should; it's just what they do.) But in an incident like this, there is no reason not to apply the rules of the game no matter when it happens. Then why didn't the VAR invite Taylor for another look? They hope it's because Taylor said he had a clear opinion and the VAR, while possibly disagreeing with Taylor's judgment, didn't think it was an obvious mistake. They fear, however, that it could have to do with this ridiculous notion that when a VAR calls a match official in front of the field monitor, he is under unbearable pressure to change his decision. It should never be like this: an on-site review of a major incident should simply be about giving the referee more information to make his decision. Taylor is one of the top referees in the Premier League; he won't get it right, but he has the personality to make his own mind up. This was one of those games where it felt like Chelsea had the upper hand all the time and deserved more ... until you look at the highlights and see that Liverpool had as many chances and Mendy as many, if not more , great parades like Caoimhin Kelleher made. Since Romelu Lukaku, Reece James and Ben Chilwell are not available - the former voluntarily, of course, see below - Thomas Tuchel absolutely had to make adjustments, and he got an outstanding performance in the middle of the park from Kovacic and N'Golo Kante. The pair overplayed and overwhelmed Liverpool midfield, which of course had a man advantage. Fabinho, and Jordan Henderson in particular, had very average games by their standards, but the weak link was James Milner. I've talked about how Georginio Wijnaldum went without a replacement all season and this game was an example of that. Maybe Liverpool had no choice but to let him go and maybe they felt that trusting the rest of the midfield corps was better than getting another body, and on the best of terms in terms of development and avoidance Hoping for injuries: Milner, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. And when Liverpool midfield doesn't work as it should, it puts additional strain on the back four, offering Salah, Mane and Diogo Jota only temporary serve - long balls excluded. Whatever you think of his words and the decision to leave him out, two things are pretty clear to me. First and foremost, actions speak louder than words, and Tuchel's decision to drop him is a statement in itself. They could have said that the interview was out of date (it was taped three weeks earlier when Lukaku hadn't started) and that the situation had changed and they could have hidden behind the statements that are often made in those situations spread: "Of course he's not happy that he isn't playing! No manager wants a guy who is content with sitting on the bench and taking a paycheck!" Or: "Of course he wants to go back to Inter one day! He loves the club as much as he came back to Chelsea!" Tuchel decided against it, and there is probably a reason for that. Second, Chelsea can only get a limited amount in here. Lukaku is the only real center forward they have when they want to use a great man. Yes, you can go ahead with a combination of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Christian Pulisic and opt for an easier approach, but of those options, only Werner has any significant experience as a center-forward (and his skills are whole different from Lukaku's). He was also injured for much of the season, like Havertz and Pulisic. Also, the reality of Chelsea's season is that, despite having only started eight league games, Lukaku has scored five goals, all of them in the open game. That's only two fewer than the other four - who played 34 games together - put together. Third, if this was an attempt by Lukaku to endorse his former Inter fans or plan a return, he did it in the most clumsy way possible. Aside from the obvious - Inter's finances are a mess, which is why it was sold in the first place - and the fact that Inter's Ultras made it very clear that they don't want him back (see their banner that says: Those Who Run Away When It rains, it doesn't matter ... bye Romelu ") telling the fans that you would have stayed if you had only been offered a new contract (read: more money), if you had a full three years left. t exactly one option Making friends and influencing people, and after all, he didn't seem particularly smart when telling people that he thought he would join Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid or Bayern Munich last summer when Inter joined Sale offered to level the books. Bayern and Real Madrid had Ballon d'Or candidate center-forwards in Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema, while Barcelona's financial meltdown was obvious to everyone Coronavirus, injuries and the not fully open transfer window in Spain (you open on January 3rd), Xavis Barcelona traveled to Mallorca without about a dozen first-team players and a number of unfamiliar faces for anyone not following the Barca B. Dass adventure they emerged as 1-0 winners and moved up to fifth place was due to three things; a tremendous personality display against a spiky opponent, Marc-Andre ter Stegen's late miracle and the performance of Luuk de Jong. Ter Stegen had a difficult year 2021 but he literally earned Barca two points with his late save. Still, there is no doubt about his skills and he will remain a mainstay of Barca for some time, unlike De Jong, who presumably started packing as soon as Ronald Koeman was shown the door in October. He hit the wood twice (one was after an overhead kick with a highlight reel) and scored the only goal of the game with a towering header. It is understood that De Jong is on his way so that Barca can save a little on his salary and that he can make way for Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay when they are ready to play. But the latter is not a real center forward and does not play like one, while the former has not played since October and you can imagine whether Barcelona can register him. Is there really no role for De Jong, the only real center forward Xavi has at Camp Nou? Regular readers will know that I have absolutely no problem holding referees accountable. Hell, I would go further: I would let them come out to explain decisions and I would publish their assessors' match reports after each game. However, I have issues with part of the bile directed against the match officials and VAR in Manchester City's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. This was a game Arsenal deserved to win, or at least draw. Whether you have the eye test, clear chances (from Nathan Ake's goal-line defense to Gabriel Martinelli's various missed degrees) or expected goals (without penalty xG was 0.97 to 0.44 in favor of Arsenal when it was Gabriel) from 3rd place), Arsenal looked bright and concise, while City looked listless and exhausted. But referee decisions change games. Arsenal fans were upset that the Ederson-Martin Odegaard incident was not reviewed by referee Stuart Attwell while Granit Xhaka's tackle against Bernardo Silva was turned into a penalty. From the replay point of view I've seen I thought Odegaard should have been given a penalty, but I can fully understand why the VAR only being instructed to intervene when the referee overlooked something or an obvious one Makes a mistake, didn't ask him to look again. Obviously he missed the shirt pull too, which is why VAR asked him to look again. I don't understand why the Bernardo Silva incident couldn't have been a punishment unless you are willing to get involved in serious matters. As for the Gabriel red, there is little doubt about the second yellow. But in the real world it doesn't matter. If the referee books you, no matter how unfair or unjustified you find it, it is your responsibility not to give them a reason to book you again (i.e. not checking Gabriel Jesus in the middle of the field). Arsenal have had so many positive results from this game that they may want to focus on these rather than the referee and VAR. As for City, this mediocre performance (by their standards) comes after another ho-hum outing against Brentford and a game against Leicester when they conceded three goals at home. Even so, they got nine points, which is why they are likely to become champions. The nice thing about a massive lead at the top of the table is that you can survive days like this. To come back in these circumstances you have to be in tip-top shape (Real Madrid wasn't), you need your opponent to make a mistake (Getafe didn't) and you need a bit of luck (Luka Modric's shot hit the woodwork; a or two inches the other way and everything changes). Real Madrid were also missing Vinicius Junior, whose sharp north-south runs and directness may have opened things up a little, and Ferland Mendy - was interesting and possibly something we'll see again, although it doesn't bear fruit. Marcelo has been criticized and is obviously no longer a starter, but against deep-seated opponents he still has the quality to do something (definitely more so than Mendy, who is far more of a defensive full-back). It's a long way back if he ever regains his mojo, and maybe this game was a small step in that direction. In addition, Ancelotti can attribute it to a bad day at the office. This Madrid side is imperfect but that doesn't mean they won't win La Liga. Atletico join to beat Rayo and end streak of four games Both Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano were hit hard by absenteeism on Sunday. He switched to a back four, defended much higher and pressed Rayo's build-up game from the start. They were humble and worker - which is not new - but they were so in the other half of the pitch which is (relatively) new. Angel Correa, who seems the ideal worker for this strain of approach, bagged both goals in a 2-0 win. The question is, will we see this version of Atleti again when some of the unavailable guys (Koke, Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, etc.) Atleti, we saw a lot of the campaign. Spurs are still working on creativity, but three points are enough for the moment on Saturday. (It looks a little different for opponents who defend further above, because they then have room to play). Until they get their play patterns right - and maybe a few new hires in certain roles - that is unlikely to change. So in the meantime, take the points as best you can and continue to build trust. In the Spurs' case, they won the xG fight (2.08 to 0.27), made many more shots, and eventually broke Davinson Sanchez and Watford's headers by collective late shutdown. That's now 18 points from eight games since Conte took office, which is easily a Champions League pace.


Dest wants Barcelona to stay amid Chelsea and Atletico

Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest has been linked to an exit but is reluctant to leave. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaTransfer Talk brings you the latest gossip, comings and goings, and of course, closed deals! Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest has been linked to an exit in the January transfer window but Sport claim he is dying to stay at Camp Nou. The 21-year-old Dest has been targeted by a number of clubs including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in the run-up to the New Year and his agent has suggested that a January exit could be likely given Barca both their squad and finances would like to rebuild amidst 1.4 billion euros in debt. S. international has made three assists for Blaugrana in 12 LaLiga games this season but could shorten his playing time with the return of Barca legend Dani Alves. President Joan Laporta confirmed Monday that the 38-year-old Brazilian national right-back will be officially registered as a Barcelona player this week. Chelsea's persecution stems from an injury to Reece James that Thomas Tuchel easily leaves in right-sided defensive options that fit his system. Atletico, meanwhile, are planning a life after Kieran Trippier, who is likely to join Newcastle United, and boss Diego Simeone reportedly sees the American as the perfect replacement for the England international. Sources have told ESPN that Atletico has already started the search. 22.50 GMT: Burnley to replace Everton defender Mason Holgate, Ekrem Konur reports. The 25-year-old has battled for consistent playing time at Goodison Park this season, starting just seven Premier League games while the Clarets could prepare for James Tarkowski's departure as different clubs are linked. 22.05 GMT: Juventus are working to sack Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski in the January transfer window but are struggling to find clubs to sign him for € 35m, Calciomercato write. Sevilla want to bring the attacker in to win the La Liga title but they intend to sign him on loan. 21.30 GMT: Lazio want to move left-back Fabrizio Angileri for River Plates but have to sack players first, report La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Argentine has a € 7m release clause but Lazio are hoping to sign him at a cheaper price due to his contract expiring in 2023. 20.55 GMT: Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel wants Emerson Palmieri, according to Ekrem Konur. to return prematurely from his loan to Lyon. The blues have been linked to Everton's left-back Lucas Digne since Ben Chilwell sustained a cruciate ligament injury, but the Italian international may have done enough during his time in France to convince Tuchel that he's on the left can trust. 8:15 pm GMT: The Rangers are close to signing NYCFC defender James Sands, according to The Athletic. The Scottish giants are said to have overcome competition from Bundesliga clubs and other clubs from all over Europe. The move should help soften the blow of losing Nathan Patterson to Everton - a move mentioned in Transfer Talk. 7.45pm GMT: Watford have completed signing Nice left-back Hassane Kamara, as confirmed by the Hornets on their official Amavi channels. Talks are underway about the left-back's return after he last played for Nice seven years ago. 7.30pm GMT: Liga MX powerhouse Chivas is making reported moves with Eduardo "Chofis" Lopez, who is on loan on MLS side San Jose Earthquakes and may return to Guadalajara. Although San Jose announced in December that it would extend its loan, ESPN Mexico's report indicates that the MLS club has yet to pay for the extension. Lopez was named MLS Player of the Month in September and was a key figure for the Earthquakes last year with 12 goals and 4 assists in 32 games. In other Chivas gossip stories, Record reports that striker Alexis Vega is currently being chased by rival Monterrey. Ahead of their run at the Club World Cup in February, the report claims Los Rayados are ready to pay up to $ 13 million in Vegas in four years' time - which is reportedly three times its current salary. 7.15pm GMT: Manchester United center-back Axel Tuanzebe, who has loaned Aston Villa for the first half of this season, is expected to be on loan to Napoli again. Fabrizio Romano gives the numbers behind the deal. The journalist reports that there is initially a loan fee of 600,000 euros, plus 400,000 euros if Serie A qualifies for the Champions League, and a further 200,000 euros if a certain number of games are played. 18.50 GMT: Blackburn Rovers are calling for at least £ 30million for Ben Brereton Diaz, TEAMtalk says, with Brighton & Hove Albion feeling like the frontrunners to sign him. Since his appointment to the Chilean national team, the 22-year-old has impressed both with his club and with his country. 18.30 GMT: Is David Beckham's Inter Miami facing a major overhaul? It appears the Miami Herald is reporting that high-priced Designated Players Blaise Matuidi and Rodolfo Pizarro are on their way out of Florida. Pizarro has previously been linked with a return to the Liga MX, with Monterrery being the Mexico international's primary target. As for world champion Matuidi, the French star has another year of contract, but is not in the plans for Miami's manager Phil Neville. As for Miami's other well-known DP, Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to stay for another season. The Herald's report says he's "highly motivated" after the franchise's first two lackluster seasons. 17.44 GMT: Another reported move by busy Bruges is that LA Galaxy brings in Mauricio Cuevas, according to Jaime Ojeda. 16.17 GMT: It's been rumbling for a while but PSG are keen to sign Barcelona's winger Ousmane Dembele, Mundo Deportivo say. Dembele, 24, is on the radar of every top club in Europe as his contract expires in 2022. The injury-stricken French international would be a gamble but he's still a quality player and PSG are keen to get a deal across the line before moving elsewhere. 15.36 GMT: Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany but The Sun claims he also has options near his home. Nketiah, 22, is a summer free agent and his accomplishments at Arsenal's Carabao Cup run have earned him quite a few admirers. Brighton and Crystal Palace are leading the line as the striker is keen to switch for more regular time. 15.05 GMT: Fabrizio Romano reports that Lorenzo Insigne "has decided to end the current season with Napoli and then move to Toronto FC in July." The 30-year-old Insigne has a contract that expires in the summer and has now decided to move to MLS for free and sign a contract with Toronto until 2027. The Italian international striker is looking for a new challenge for Naples all his career and is reportedly earning $ 13 million a year in Canada. 15:00 GMT: Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson has signed for Everton on a £ 16m move. The 20-year-old Patterson made 27 appearances for Rangers after joining the club as an eight-year-old but will move to Everton to play under Rafa Benitez. "I wanted to join Everton as soon as I heard they were interested and I'm delighted to be here," the Scottish international told EvertonTV. I'm really looking forward to working under him and can't wait to get started. "14.42 GMT: Can Real Madrid really pull it off? 14.15 GMT: Ricardo Pepi is the latest child prodigy to move to Europe from FC Dallas Academy and counts Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland among his idols. What sets him apart is his general center-forward play, combined with his athleticism and work speed. While most youth strikers tend to hone their game from their early twenties, the 6-foot-1 Pepi Already possesses the ability to get deep into the ball and shows a willingness to retrace and push defenders as the focus of attack, making it ideal for taking advantage of counterattacks. Pepi is already good at targeting with his efforts on the To hit a goal (46% in the MLS last season) and has a varied finishing technique with both feet, which the opposing goalkeepers advise leaves. 02/14 GMT: Inter Miami CF have signed LAFC midfielder Bryce Duke as their homegrown player. We look forward to seeing him contribute and grow with Inter Miami, ”said Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson. 13.50 GMT: Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Gareth Bale remain “committed” to Real Madrid despite not having played for the club since last August, with just six months of contract left. Bale, 32, is absent from the team and is not available for the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday after Alcoyano. I'm not feeling well. "The Welsh striker last played for Madrid in the 1-0 win at Real Betis on August 28. He has since suffered a number of injuries and returned in time to be in September and on international break in November for his country. He only appeared for Real as an unused substitute in the derby with Atletico Madrid on December 12th. His contract is still running for six months and he wants to respect him, "Ancelotti said at a press conference on Tuesday. Real Madrid host Valencia in LaLiga on Saturday before heading to Riyadh for the Spanish Supercopa next week, where they face Barcelona in the semi-finals on January 12, before a possible final against Atletico or Athletic Bilbao four days later. "If a player is not feeling right, if he is not comfortable training together, if he is worried about having a problem, we have to evaluate it and give him individual work." 13.29 GMT: Roma are expected to complete a loan deal for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the next 24 to 48 hours, ESPN sources said James Olley. ESPN announced on December 24th that Italian club's sporting director Tiago Pinto had reached out to the Gunners to consider a move, and talks have since grown positively. It is understood that Maitland-Niles will join Roma by the end of the season and that as things stand by Tuesday lunchtime, the deal does not include an option or commitment to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent basis. Maitland-Niles almost left Arsenal in the summer as Everton hoped to sign the England international but stayed at the club after final talks with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. However, Maitland-Niles has only played four games this season and has not played in any competition since his second-half substitute in Arsenal's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool on November 20. Roma were keen to look into an option to sign Maitland - Niles on a permanent basis and had discussed the possibility of a four-year deal with the player, but Arsenal have so far only been willing to approve a fixed-term contract. Maitland-Niles' existing contract with the Gunners expires in 2023. 13.11 GMT: Ferran Torres tested positive for COVID-19 just a few hours after his official presentation as Barcelona player on Monday, the Catalan club said. It's the third time Torres, who joined Barca from Manchester City for € 55m last week, has tested positive for the virus. The 21-year-old Torres had previously been introduced to 13,000 fans at Camp Nou and had trained together with his new teammates in an open session at the beginning of the year. Midfielder Pedri, who was also involved in the session as he pushes his return from injury, also tested positive to bring the number of confirmed cases at the club to 12 players in the past week. Four of these players - Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti - have since given negative results and are available for the Copa del Rey clash against third division club Linares Deportivo on Wednesday. Torres would not have been involved in the Copa game as Barca still have no place within their La Liga spending limit to register him for the action. 12.50 GMT: Calciomercato says Lille midfielder Renato Sanches is in talks with AC Milan. The 24-year-old Sanches has had an interesting career so far - he moved from Benfica to Bayern for € 35m in 2016 before flopping on loan to Swansea and having to get back on track in Ligue 1 and helped Lille, the French title and he has now caught the attention of Serie A club Milan. 09/12 GMT: Donny van de Beek will continue to examine his options for a possible move from Manchester United in January, ESPN sources said Rob Dawson, despite assurances from interim coach Ralf Rangnick that he will be given opportunities in the second half of the season. Rangnick has told Van de Beek that he would like to keep him at Old Trafford at least until the end of the season. He's ready to stay at the club, but sources have told ESPN that he has reservations about the prospect of a longer season after starting just one game since Rangnick's arrival. Van de Beek, who moved from Ajax in 2020 on a £ 40m deal, is not yet in the Premier League this season and was an unused replacement for the 1-0 loss to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday. He made only four league starts last season and was removed from the Netherlands' squad by coach Louis van Gaal. 12:00 GMT: Manchester United don't seem much better off under a new manager. 11:48 GMT: Sky Sports reports that Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson is receiving medical treatment in Everton before finalizing a £ 16m move. Patterson, 20, will become the club's second signing in January after Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko. 11:33 GMT: Romelu Lukaku is expected to stay at Chelsea after talks with head coach Thomas Tuchel, ESPN sources said James Olley. The 28-year-old was dropped for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool, with Tuchel being concerned about the "noise" caused by an unauthorized interview Lukaku gave Sky Italy of his dissatisfaction the club expressed it, claiming it would return to Inter Milan one day. Lukaku trained at the club's Cobham base on Monday before meeting up with Tuchel to discuss his motivation for agreeing the interview, which took place over three weeks ago but was released last Thursday. Sources have told ESPN that Lukaku has expressed remorse about the way the interview was received, claiming his main focus was on addressing the reaction in Italy to his summer departure from Inter. 11.18 GMT: Luis Suarez will leave Atletico Madrid next summer, El Nacional reports, with MLS club Inter Miami a likely target. The Uruguayan international's contract with Atletico expires in June 2022 and, according to El Nacional, it will not be renewed after a drop in form this season and a dispute with coach Diego Simeone about his tactics and substitutions. The newspaper says Suarez "plans to sign one last big deal before he retires" and has already told his agent and family that he will be leaving Madrid next summer. He is tempted to move to the US and he could reportedly meet up with his close friend Lionel Messi in Miami if Messi's deal at Paris Saint-Germain ends. 11.01 GMT: Erling Haaland will make an "immediate decision" about his future, says the cover story of Marca on Tuesday and says the Borussia Dortmund star has to "decide about his future before January 31st". According to the newspaper, the 21-year-old striker, available for a € 75million release clause in 2022, has "informally said" that his long-term future lies in Spain, while Real Madrid and Barcelona will fight it for his signature next Summer out. Madrid currently have no deal with Dortmund player or agent Mino Raiola, Marca report, but think his arrival is "possible" given the club's strong financial position compared to rivals Barca. 10:27 GMT: Club Brugge and former New England Revolution player Tajon Buchanan has joined his new teammates for training in Marbella, Spain. The Canadian star completed a club record transfer for around $ 7 million to the Belgian side last summer but stayed with the Revs for the remainder of the 2021 MLS season. 03/10 GMT: Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa has signed a new contract until 2026. Correa, 26, joined in 2014 and has 53 goals and 51 assists in 305 games for Atleti. 09.55 GMT: The Daily Mail says Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen wants to continue his career in the Premier League. Eriksen, 29, was fired from Inter Milan after suffering cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 and was later fitted with a cardiac starter device preventing him from playing in Italy. The midfielder has not played since June 12th last year but was released to resume his career after a series of tests and could now be of interest to clubs as a free agent. "He had all the checks just before Christmas and the results were so good that we expect him to take part in group training with a team some time later in January. 09:21 GMT: AS Monaco appointed coach Philippe Clement on a two-and-a-half. Half-year deal on Monday after Niko Kovac's mid-season layoff. Sources previously told ESPN that American coach Jesse Marsch, who is a free agent after his layoff from RB Leipzig last month, is a leading candidate for the Monaco Job was, but the French club chose Clement, Monaco said in a statement that 47-year-old Clement has signed with Belgian club Brugge until June 2024. 08.46 GMT: Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has his contract at Stamford Bridge extended and tied him to the club "Playing here at Chelsea is a real pleasure," he said. "I never thought I'd be here for three years at this g would play a great club so I'm very happy to stay for another season. "The 37-year-old is the first of four center-backs this summer to get a new deal out of the way and the Blues are now off focus on keeping Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen at Stamford Bridge beyond this season. 08:00 GMT: Joan Laporta said "Barcelona are back" adding that they can battle for the best players in the game next summer after introducing new signing Ferran Torres on Monday. Barca let Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann leave before the start of the season due to financial problems but the Catalan club's president has now warned his rivals that they are ready to spend big bucks to return to the top. After signing Torres from Manchester City for € 55m last week, Barca have been heavily linked with a move from Borussia Dortmund's in-demand striker Erling Haaland. "Allow me not to talk about individuals because it is no use to anyone," Laporta said at the Torres presentation amid a flood of questions about whether the club could afford Haaland. "We're working on the summer window. - According to Sky Sports, Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger has started talks with a number of clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Rüdiger is an attractive option he likes." be a free agent at the end of the season, and while Chelsea seem interested in renewing their contract, it seems like the German international has decided to move on. - Newcastle's efforts to sign defender Sven Botman are picking up speed, however, according to Fabrizio Romano, Lille reportedly turned down a € 35m offer. Lille are keen to keep their center-back despite increasing pressure, but Newcastle will likely come back with a bigger offer watching the 21-year-old's situation but have yet to make an official offer and feel their way to the € 60million - West Ham United want in January Sign a new striker and is one of several Premier League clubs interested in Flamengo striker Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa, according to Sky Sports. The Brazilian striker is similarly keen to join England and while three other top clubs are interested in the 25-year-old, the player is said to be impressed with the Hammers' form this season. - Arsenal's search for a new striker has resulted in them being linked to the moves of Real Sociedad's Alexander Isak and Fiorentina sensation Dusan Vlahovic. El Nacional say Sociedad would prefer Sweden international Isak to join the Gunners rather than a La Liga rival like Barcelona. - Juventus have stepped up their search for strikers amid Alvaro Morata's possible move to Barcelona. Morata's loan from Atletico Madrid is cut short and Calciomercato report long-term goal Arkadiusz Milik, who plays for Marseille, remains Juve's preferred option.


The Powerball jackpot of $ 610 million on Wednesday is the seventh largest in the game

The Powerball draw on January 5, 2022, with a jackpot of $ 610 million, will take place at 9:59 p.m. (central). (Author: Gardener)

$ 610 millionOne of the biggest Powerball jackpots in history can be won on Wednesday evening. Thirty-nine draws have been without a big winner since a California player won $ 699.8 million in prize money in October. The grand for Wednesday was originally projected at $ 575 million, but strong sales drove them up, according to USA Today. At $ 610 million, it is the seventh largest in the game's history. Powerball tickets are $ 2 and are sold in 45 states, Washington D. The draws take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. (Center) in the Florida Lottery drawing studio in Tallahassee. (central) on draw nights, as per the Iowa Lottery. Powerball and another lottery game, Mega Millions, started decades ago, but the eight largest jackpots in the US. In 2015, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball, changed the odds of winning the jackpot from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292.2 million. There is a 1 in 6.93 million chance of a person being struck by lightning than of winning a Powerball jackpot, according to the Washington Post. The changes made it easier to win lower prizes - no white balls, but a Powerball or a white ball and the Powerball grosses $ 4 for a player - but jackpots have become more difficult to win and the jackpots have been massively increased, which official sources say is encouraging casual lottery players play. Powerball jackpot winners can choose to receive their prize as an annuity in 30 payments over 29 years. The payments increase by 5% each year until the jackpot is paid out. For Wednesday's drawing, the cash option would be $ 434.2 million, according to a press release. Iowa has a history of great Powerball winners, including three Iowans who won millions in prizes last year - Anton Garrett of Waterloo won a $ 2 million Powerball award on May 10; Karen Kramer of Urbana won a Mega Millions award of $ 1 million on June 10; and Susan Blazek of Delhi won $ 1 million in the Iowa Lottery Million Dollar Summer promotion on August 31. Five jackpots worth at least $ 100 million have been hit by Iowans over the past 16 years, including: November 2018: Lerynne West, of Redfield, won Iowa's biggest lottery win to date - $ 343.9 million. West's ticket sold in New York matched winning numbers 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27 and Powerball 4. June 2012: The Shipping 20, a group of employees in the shipping division of the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, won a Powerball jackpot of $ 241 million. Philip Joens covers the breaking news for The Des Moines Register.


Powerball's jackpot is now $ 630 million. If you win the grand prize, here's what you need to do first

Even if the chances of winning the jackpot are tiny, it is worth thinking about what it would mean to win, and not just financially. (Author: Gardener)

$ 630 million* The game's jackpot was revised up from $ 610 million to $ 630 million on Wednesday due to strong ticket sales. * The amount is Powerball's seventh largest jackpot of all time. Yes, you have another chance to win tons of money at Powerball. No, you probably won't win. The jackpot jumped from $ 610 million prior to the Wednesday night drawing to $ 630 million due to heavy ticket sales. The amount - which has been growing for three months - marks the seventh largest jackpot in the history of the game. While the chances of a single ticket matching all six numbers in a given Powerball drawing are tiny - 1 in 292 million - it is still worth considering what you would do if you held the winning ticket. First, remember that lottery tickets are considered "owner instruments," which means that whoever owns them is considered the owner. Take a picture of yourself with the winning ticket, said certified financial planner Joe Buhrmann, senior financial planning consultant at eMoney Advisor. Also keep the ticket in a safe place - for example in a safe - until it is time to claim your stroke of luck. Be aware, however, that in some states this could affect your ability to claim the award through a trust or other legal entity that would protect your identity from the public. If you cannot remain anonymous - it depends on state law - you need to consider how you can avoid becoming the target of scammers and long-lost family members and friends. You should also seek help from seasoned professionals to guide you through the claims process and the many facets of protecting your windfall. Your team should include a lawyer, financial advisor, tax advisor, and insurance professional. Most lottery winners choose the instant reduced cash amount. The $ 630 million powerball jackpot has a cash option of $ 448.4 million. Either way, a 24% federal tax would be withheld on the money before it reached you. For this jackpot, winning the money would mean shaving about $ 107.6 million from the top, leaving you a cool $ 340.8 million. State taxes may also be withheld depending on where you won the jackpot. Given the top rate of 36%, additional federal income taxes would likely also be payable at the time of taxation. Depending on the jurisdiction's withholding tax rate, more state taxes may also apply. It's also worth thinking about how your life will change - not just from a financial perspective. "Think about how this newfound wealth will change your marriage, family and dynamism with friends and neighbors," said Buhrmann. You might even want to seek advice from a financial therapist or psychologist who can help you deal with the stress that comes with winning, he said. Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot for the Friday night drawing is $ 278 million. The cash option is $ 193 million. As with Powerball, the chance of winning the grand prize with a single ticket is tiny: 1 in 302 million.