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Gianluigi Donnarumma says he will not renew and leaves Milan devastated | Football | The Guardian
Milan’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s elite clubs on alert after deciding not to renew his contract.

Confederations Cup 2017: FIFA is finally stepping up its anti-racism measures in soccer — Quartz
After being faced with accusations of treating racism lightly for years, FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is stepping up its fight against discrimination in the sport.

Premier League viewership dip has raised doubts for live sports on TV - Business Insider
The Premier League, one of the most popular sports competitions in the world, had its biggest decline in viewership on Sky TV in at least seven years. Is this a temporary blip or a sign of the future?

Transfers, bungled testimony and old friendships - how Luka Modric became Croatia's public enemy number two | The Independent
Luka Modric: Popular footballer, seriously unpopular Croatian.

U.S. Soccer Announces Round of 16 Draw for 2017 U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer unveiled the Round of 16 pairings and hosts as well as the potential Quarterfinal matchups for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday.

Cyle Larin DUI: Orlando City striker arrested | SI.com
Orlando City striker Cyle Larin was arrested and charged with DUI after avoiding a head-on collision in Orlando early on Thursday morning.

Soccer Player Admits To Poking Opponents With A Needle During Match
Underdogs sometimes resort to somewhat underhanded tactics in order to win. But an Argentine lower division defender went way too far, even if it worked.