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Did US Soccer's 'arrogance' drive Jonathan González to switch to Mexico?

Did US Soccer’s ‘arrogance’ drive Jonathan González to switch to Mexico?

The United States Soccer Federation must better engage with America’s Latino population and hire coaches who “think outside the box” if it doesn’t want a repeat of rising star Jonathan González’s defection to Mexico. That’s the takeaway from those who say the sport’s governing body is “arrogant” and ignoring the country’s ever-growing Hispanic population. González, an 18-year-old American-born midfielder who never ...

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The NFL playoffs show you don't need a great quarterback to succeed

The NFL playoffs show you don’t need a great quarterback to succeed

Each April at the top of the NFL draft, teams grab at quarterbacks they envision leading them to glory. But none of the four quarterbacks remaining in the NFL playoffs took that textbook path to the conference title game. The Eagles, Vikings, Patriots and Jaguars each made it to the championship round without an early pick, “franchise QB” leading the way, not ...

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Sunil Gulati says global perceptions of US could hit 2026 World Cup bid

Sunil Gulati says global perceptions of US could hit 2026 World Cup bid

As a new poll shows global confidence in American leadership is at an all-time low, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has raised concerns about the country’s 2026 World Cup bid. The US is widely seen as a favorite to win the bid for the 2026 tournament, which it plans to co-host with Mexico and Canada. However, a new Gallup poll of 134 ...

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How serious a threat are Steph Curry's ankle injuries to his career?

How serious a threat are Steph Curry’s ankle injuries to his career?

Call it a tweak or a slip or a mild sprain. But really, call it like it is, time to worry. When Steph Curry folded his ankle against the Pelicans on 4 December, there was concern. Barely a month later, after a slip and a tweak in a shootaround, that worry turned into something else, real concern about the long-term ...

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'You are pure evil': Larry Nassar says it’s too hard to listen to victim statements

‘You are pure evil’: Larry Nassar says it’s too hard to listen to victim statements

Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, was rebuked for a half hour during his sentencing hearing on Thursday after telling a judge that it was too difficult for him to listen to the victim impact statements. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read the six-page, single-spaced letter aloud in court on Thursday, in ...

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Everton officials in Turkey to wrap up Cenk Tosun deal before rivals act

Everton officials in Turkey to wrap up Cenk Tosun deal before rivals act

Everton have sent a delegation to Istanbul to complete the signing of Cenk Tosun after Sam Allardyce expressed concern the £25m deal could be hijacked by a rival European club. Everton have agreed financial terms with Besiktas for their leading goalscorer and offered the 26-year-old a four-and-a-half-year contract to move to Merseyside on 1 January. Tosun bid an emotional farewell to Besiktas supporters after ...

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José Mourinho reminds Klopp of Pogba fee comment after £75m Van Dijk deal

José Mourinho reminds Klopp of Pogba fee comment after £75m Van Dijk deal

José Mourinho said Jürgen Klopp should be asked about the comment he made in 2016 that he would never buy success. The Manchester United manager pointed to Klopp’s observation after Liverpool agreed this week to pay Southampton £75m for Virgil van Dijk. Mourinho was clarifying remarks made after United’s 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Burnley at Old Trafford. He stated his near £300m ...

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Arsenal players’ frustrations with Alexis Sánchez led to dressing room bust-up

Arsenal players’ frustrations with Alexis Sánchez led to dressing room bust-up

Alexis Sánchez was at the heart of a dressing room bust-up after Arsenal’s away win against Burnley last month and the tensions between the forward and some of his team-mates – which have simmered for some time – were laid bare during the club’s victory at Crystal Palace on Thursday night. Sánchez was involved in a well-documented confrontation with Laurent Koscielny at ...

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West Ham to recall Reece Oxford from Gladbach loan and target Schürrle

West Ham to recall Reece Oxford from Gladbach loan and target Schürrle

West Ham have decided against selling Reece Oxford to RB Leipzig and intend to recall him from his season-long loan with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach had been hopeful of signing Oxford on a permanent basis, only for their wealthier Bundesliga rivals to revive their interest in the England Under-20 international. Leipzig, who are fifth in the Bundesliga, were confident that an initial offer ...

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Ex-footballer George Weah to become Liberia’s president

Ex-footballer George Weah to become Liberia’s president

The former football star George Weah has won Liberia’s presidential election, defeating the vice-president, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff with 61.5% of the vote. Thursday’s announcement by the country’s election commission chair, Jerome Korkoyah, means Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia’s president next month, after an election fraught with accusations of fraud and irregularities. It will be the country’s first ...

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