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MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 02:  Juraj Kucka of AC Milan celebrates a victory at the end of the Serie A match between AC Milan and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 2, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Five soccer clubs heating up at the right time

With the break in international play now in the books, the European football leagues are set to resume play this weekend. While still early in the season, the top contenders are at or near the top of their respective tables. However, a closer look finds some storied clubs woefully underperforming. For some, however, there is reason […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland reacts during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Four English Premier League managers on the hot seat

With international competition set to commence next weekend, European soccer leagues worldwide shut down play to accommodate these upcoming matches. This break in play affords team management the time to review the results of the season thus far and to prepare for the next round of matches. In some cases, strategies and field formations are […]

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 08:  Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on March 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Report: Clint Dempsey to miss rest of 2016 MLS season

Seattle Sounders star forward Clint Dempsey has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 MLS season due to an irregular heartbeat, the club announced on Tuesday. Dempsey, 33, had been dealing with the issue since August. He returned to practice on Sep. 14 after undergoing a medical procedure for his condition, at which point […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after scoring his second goal of the match, in the second half against Real Salt Lake in Leg 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at StubHub Center on November 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The Galaxy won 5-0 to advance to the conference finals.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Report: Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to re-join Galaxy

Retirement didn’t last long for the MLS and United States legend. Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to play for the LA Galaxy again. multiple outlets have since confirmed that the 34-year-old forward is in talks to re-join his former team. Donovan retired from soccer in 2014 after one of his best seasons ever […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Fabian Delph of Manchester City scores the opening goal past Valentin Cojocaru of Steaua Bucharest during the UEFA Champions League Play-off Second Leg match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Champions League group stage preview: Which teams will advance?

With the Champions League draw completed and the group stage set to kick off, 32 teams in eight groups will be involved in top-tier football competition beginning next month. In keeping with the rules of past tournaments, no teams from the same country will compete against each other in the initial stage. The top two […]

Manchester City: capable of fighting on multiple fronts under Pep Guardiola?

“West Ham United Vs Manchester City” (CC BY 2.0) by  joshjdss  Manchester City failed to inspire confidence under Manuel Pellegrini last season as they just about held off Manchester United in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot. However, the tide is turning at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola is now at the helm and […]

FILE PHOTO - (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 540171428 and 544406362) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (L) and Antoine Griezmann of France. France and Portugal meet in the EURO 2016 Final on July 10, 2016 at the Stade de France in Paris,France.   ***LEFT IMAGE*** SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 14, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Antoine Griezmann of France in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 final preview: Who will lift the cup?

After an eventful Euro 2016 tournament, two teams remain to face each other in the final, with the winner lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup on Sunday. While we look forward to seeing Portugal battle it out against France, we also thank all of the competing European teams for showcasing some of the finest football Europe has to […]

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 05:  Head coach Marc Wilmots of Belgium looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Five managers on hot seat after Euro 2016 exits

With the Euro 2016 semifinal matches due to begin on July 6, we’ve seen some of the best football the European stage has to offer. While the players have had a lot to do with their teams’ success, the managers have contributed mightily to these efforts. However, there are some teams who have underperformed at […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on before the game winning penalty kick is made during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi fined $2.3 million for tax fraud, avoids jail time

Lionel Messi’s wallet just got a bit lighter. Wednesday, a Barcelona court ruled between 2007-2009 Messi committed tax fraud and recommended a sentence of seven months for each year, meaning a 21-month sentence. Instead, the court ruled for the $2.3 million fine, according to John Sinnott of CNN.com: However, because this was the first time […]

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: (L to R) Nani, Jose Fonte and Pepe of Portugal celebrate their team's win through the penalty shootout after the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Poland and Portugal at Stade Velodrome on June 30, 2016 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 semifinal predictions: Who will advance to final?

Four teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the quarterfinal round has ended. With the games scheduled for two consecutive days, beginning on July 6, which teams will be advancing to the championship game on July 10? Read on to find out. Portugal vs Wales After an early Lewandowski goal in the 2nd […]

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27:  Aron Gunnarsson (C) and Iceland players celebrate their team's 2-1 win with supporters after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 quarterfinal predictions: Who will advance?

Eight teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the first single-elimination round has ended. With the matches scheduled to begin on June 30, which teams will advance to the semifinal stage? Poland vs. Portugal After an early lead, Poland ceded its first goal of the tournament via an outstanding bicycle kick by Xherdan Shaqiri. The […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina gestures after defeating the United States 4-0 in a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

We should celebrate Messi’s career achievements, not vilify him for retiring

With the Copa America Centenario tournament in the books, the news has not focused on Chile’s repeat victory against Argentina, but rather the announced retirement of Lionel Messi from international play. Much has been reported in the news about this, but there’s been a surprising amount of negativity and even vitriol aimed at Messi. While there […]

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Elmar Bjarnason (R) and Iceland players celebrate after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Iceland shocks England at Euro 2016

Iceland might be the smallest country of the participants at Euro 2016, but they’re going to be celebrating the hardest after pulling off one of the most shocking upsets in years in the Round of 16 on Monday. They sent England packing with a 2-1 win, which may have sealed manager Roy Hodgson’s fate, and […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi retires from international play

Argentina star Lionel Messi is perceived by many to be the best player in the world, but he’s been less-than-impressive on the international stage and his frustration has caused him to call it quits, it seems. For the second consecutive year, Messi and Argentina watched Chile defeat them in the Copa America final on Sunday […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina reacts after he missed a penalty kick against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Chile defeated Argentina 0-0 with the 4-2 win in the shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi cries after missed penalty

Lionel Messi picked a bad time for one of his worst performances in recent memory during Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final against Chile. The knock on Messi is that he disappears in big games, and that’s exactly what happened in the match, which was a big reason why Argentina was held scoreless. Messi had a […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26:  Chile celebrates the win over Argentina during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Chile defeated Argentina 0-0 with the 4-2 win in the shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Copa America final marred by card-happy referee

Fans who tuned in to watch Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final between Chile and Argentina expected an action-packed, high-scoring affair, but thanks to the man in the middle, the match was anything but. The two teams had combined for 17 goals scored in the two games leading up to the final, and even with two […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver looks on during a press conference to announce a marketing partnership between the NBA and PepsiCo on April 13, 2015 at Terminal 23 in New York City. Pepsi will replace Coca-Cola Co with league sponsorship rights, ending a 28-year relationship with Coke.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Adam Silver marches in NYC Pride parade

The NBA sent a great message on Sunday when three of its most important people from the league office marched in the NYC Pride parade. Commissioner Adam Silver, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and another member of the league’s personnel pledged their support for the LGBTQ community, and posed for a few photos while doing so. […]

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 01:  Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field. Belgium won the match 2-1.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Copa America Final/third place predictions

We’ve reached the final matches in the Copa America Centenario tournament, and have seen some of the best players in the world competing for the glory of their country. Virtually every game has been competitive, with the best teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF participating in the tourney. The winner will actually receive two trophies this […]

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22:  Ireland supporters celebrate their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 Round of 16 predictions: Who will advance to quarterfinals?

We’ve weeded out the pretenders and contenders and reached the Round of 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament. The teams remaining from group stage play are the first and second-place finishers plus the four best third-place teams from the six original groups. The winners of each of these eight matches will qualify for the quarterfinals with the […]

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at Stade des Lumieres on June 22, 2016 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo tosses reporter’s mic into lake

When a reporter asked Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo if his team was ready for Wednesday’s Euro 2016 match against Hungary, Ronaldo responded by throwing the reporter’s microphone into a lake according to The Big Lead. Being a soccer player, it would have been more fitting if Ronaldo had kicked the microphone into the lake or […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina celebrates with Ever Banega #19 after scoring a goal on a free kick in the first half against the United States during a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi daggers U.S. with great goal (VIDEO)

Lionel Messi played a part in all four of Argentina’s goals in their 4-0 win against the United States on Tuesday night. He became the team’s all-time leading goal scorer with this free-kick goal in the 32nd minute of the game. Those that tuned in to watch the 2016 Copa America Centenario semifinals got to […]

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