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D.C. United vs. New Englad Revolution: first-ever all-female broadcast team to call game |
The FOX Sports trio made history on Sunday as the first all-female team to call an event in one of the five major U.S. men's sports leagues.

'Listen to the Kids': How Atlanta Became the Black Soccer Capital of America | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
At Five Points station , the MARTA train stop in Atlanta, you can hear the hottest sport in the city before you can see it.

Wright throws full backing behind Arsenal boss Emery - Football365
For once, an ex-player doesn't automatically think things were better in his day.

Klopp throws down the gauntlet to Liverpool old boys - Football365
Jurgen Klopp expects his old boys to rise to the challenge as new arrivals continue to raise the bar.

Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona start La Liga title defence with 3-0 win over Alaves - BBC Sport
Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona get their La Liga title defence off to a winning start.

Brighton 3-2 Man Utd: Brighton score three first-half goals to stun visitors - BBC Sport
Brighton stun a lacklustre Manchester United with three first-half goals.

Manchester United start in style with Lizzie Arnot winner at Liverpool | Football | The Guardian
In contrast, Manchester United Women’s first competitive game could not have ended in sweeter fashion.

Manchester United’s Alex Greenwood: ‘Casey knows how to get the best out of me’ | Football | The Guardian
England defender Alex Greenwood tells Suzanne Wrack that leaving Liverpool and stepping down a division to join Manchester United and their manager Casey Stoney was an easy decision.

Manchester City’s smart band of gold seems to have scrambled fans’ minds | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City have discovered yet another way of making money, a smartband that tells you everything they want you to know.

Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the most gifted athlete in the history of the world. So why is it so hard to like him? It’s complicated, writes Brian Phillips.
For some reason, Cristiano Ronaldo has as many haters as fans. Do we have him all wrong?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut ends in dramatic late win at Chievo | Football | The Guardian
A stoppage-time winner from Federico Bernardeschi sealed a thrilling 3-2 win for Juventus.

Could La Liga’s US venture spark a Premier export? | Ed Aarons | Football | The Guardian
The Premier League has no plans to follow La Liga’s lead with a match in the United States.

Pleas for Usmanov’s riches may add to Big Six but result in Glasgow United | Paul Doyle | Football | The Guardian
Careful what you wish for, Newcastle and Everton fans.