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United States-led 2026 World Cup bid in jeopardy to Morocco - sources
Support for the U.S.-led bid to host the 2026 World Cup is divided, with some estimates of voting totals having Morocco ahead in the two-bid race.

Lower league clubs unhappy at prospect of winter break hitting FA Cup replays | Football | The Guardian
Lower league owners and executives are expected to express misgivings about plans to scrap FA Cup replays in order to accommodate a winter break in the Premier League.

Samir Nasri given six-month ban for doping violation over drip treatment | Football | The Guardian
Former France international Samir Nasri has been banned from football for six months for an anti-doping violation dating from 2016.

Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid - BBC Sport
Gerard Moreno scores an injury-time winner as Espanyol beat Real Madrid for the first time in over a decade.

Neymar: Paris St-Germain's injured forward out for 'six to eight weeks' - BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar will be out for "six to eight weeks", according to the Brazilian's father.

Liverpool playing at home just after Grand National is 'madness', says mayor - BBC Sport
City mayor Joe Anderson says it is "madness" to stage a Liverpool home match at almost the same time as the Grand National.

NASL: 2018 season canceled after court denies injunction appeal | SI.com
The NASL has stopped short of folding and says it “will look at all avenues to return to the field for the 2019 season.”

Kelly Lindsey: Afghanistan women's coach says it is 'life or death' for players - BBC Sport
The Afghan women's soccer team faces almost unbelievable obstacles in the 21st century, just to practice much less play.

CONCACAF expands Gold Cup to 16 teams, explores multi-nation hosting setup | MLSsoccer.com
north and central America's (and the Caribbean's) championship tournament gets bigger.

2018 MLS Kits: A Complete Ranking - The Mane Land
MLS 2018: Hope you like monochrome!