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T&T s MIKEL
THOMAS won a gold
medal in the Men s
110m Hurdles at the
Costa Rica on Satur-
"These pathetic Aus-
tralians are so bad it
BOYCOTT on his
country s innings and
78-run win in the
fourth Ashes Test.
BARCELONA---Barcelona says Brazil
striker Neymar has the mumps and will
be unable to play for 15 days.
Barcelona says on its club website that
Neymar has been diagnosed "despite the
fact that he had previously been vacci-
nated against the disease."
Neymar will miss both the European
and Spanish Super Cups and is doubtful
for the Spanish league opener.
Barcelona plays Sevilla in the European
Super Cup tomorrow. It then faces Ath-
letic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup
on August 14 and 17 before visiting Bilbao
again on August 23 to start the Spanish
Neymar diagnosed with mumps, out 15 days
NEW YORK---As Rebecca Lowe
focused on the start of the English
Premier League season on Saturday,
she also kept attention on Califor-
Starting her third season as studio
host of NBC s EPL coverage, Lowe
is married to former English soccer
player Paul Buckle, who was hired
last month as coach of the Sacra-
mento Republic of the third-tier
United Soccer League.
They left their house in Westport,
Connecticut, for an apartment in
Sacramento when he was hired, and
Lowe headed east as NBC s prepa-
rations for the new season intensi-
"Paul s been so busy with the new
job that we haven t really decided
yet how we re going to make it work,"
Lowe said. "His season finishes in
The 34-year-old Lowe comes from
a journalism family. Her father, Chris,
spent 37 years as a broadcaster with
BBC until his retirement in 2009
and her brother, Alex, is a sports
reporter for The Times of London.
Rebecca grew up a Crystal Palace
fan and broadcast for BBC, Setanta
Sports and ESPN before joining NBC
two years ago, when it took over U.S.
rights from Fox under a $250 million,
three-year contract that runs through
The EPL is accepting three- and
six-season bids this month for U.S.
rights starting in 2016-17.
Buckle, a 44-year-old former mid-
fielder, played for a succession of
clubs from 1989-2007, far from the
glamour of England s elite, spending
time with Brentford, Wycombe Wan-
derers, Torquay United, Exeter City,
Northampton Town, Colchester
United and Aldershot Town.
After retiring as a player, he man-
aged Torquay, Bristol Rovers, Luton
Town and Cheltenham Town before
moving to the U.S. In January 2013,
his Luton team won 1-0 at Norwich,
becoming the first nonleague club
in 24 years to beat a top-tier oppo-
nent in the FA Cup.
"We met in England. Obviously,
we ve got an awful lot in common
in terms of what we like," he said.
"She s very sporty. She loves to keep
fit. I m doing everything I can. She
beat me in half-marathon last year,
which I still can t get over. We agreed
that we would run it together. We
trained together. We agreed that we
must finish together, and with two
miles to go, she opened up on me.
So that s what I m dealing with.
We re very competitive."
Buckle laughed when thinking
back to the race in Fairfield, Con-
necticut. The course is about 15 miles
from NBC s studios in Stamford,
where Lowe anchors EPL studio cov-
erage with Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle
and Robbie Mustoe. NBC and
NBCSN averaged 479,000 viewers
for Premier League telecasts last sea-
son, up 9 percent from 438,000 in
NBC s first season and more than
double the average in 2012-13, when
Fox held rights and sublicensed some
games to ESPN and ESPN2.
Manchester United averaged
572,000 viewers for its matches on
NBCSN, where the majority of
matches were shown, followed by
Arsenal (512,000), Manchester City
(490,000). Chelsea (470,000) and
On nearly every weekend from
August until May, excepting breaks
for national teams and the FA Cup,
the Premier League is ever-present
around the globe. NBC s networks
show every match live, either on
NBCSN, the main network, USA or
its other networks plus overflow
channels. Spanish-language coverage
is provided on NBC Universo and
"Over the last two years, we have
gathered some people who were
probably interested but had yet to
really find a team and find a place
for soccer in their lives," Lowe said.
"I think we ve gone from having a
real hardcore group of fans a few
years ago, to having a much bigger
group of supporters who maybe
weren t going to come on board with
Lowe remembered how different
the U.S. attention level was in 1999
when she attended Mercersburg
Academy in Pennsylvania during a
gap year after high school.
"Only myself and my German
teacher, who lived in our dormitory,
we were the only two people who
were interested in watching the
Champions League final between
Bayern Munich and Manchester
United," she said. "Two Europeans
interested in this massive game of
football, which of course, turned into
a legendary game of football. Now,
it really is everywhere."
"There s a lot more pressure on
the English game, whether you re a
player, a coach or a manager. You
would know that by how many man-
agers and coaches are dismissed
every season," he said. "They re
crazy. They re absolutely crazy."
The football couple
Inside studio, out on pitch
This photo provided by Rebecca Lowe shows Lowe and Paul Buckle posing for a
photograph in New York. Starting her third season as studio host of NBC's EPL
coverage, Lowe is married to former English soccer player Paul Buckle, who was
hired last month, July 2015, as coach of the Sacramento Republic of the third-tier
United Soccer League. PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCA LOWE VIA AP
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