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Premier League/England

Sergio Agüero hits double but Saints avoid hiding at Manchester City | The Guardian
Southampton loses but avoids a repeat of their hiding by Leicester.

People should stop throwing stones inside English football’s glass house | David Conn | Football | The Guardian
While news of Uefa’s sanctions on Bulgaria was breaking, Haringey were facing Yeovil Town in take-two of an FA Cup tie in which racism caused a player walk-off.

Oxford beat Sunderland on penalties to reach EFL Cup quarter-finals - BBC Sport
Oxford United reach their first League Cup quarter-final since 1987-88.

Europe

La Liga withdraws pink ball after fans complain they can’t see it
La Liga has announced the pink ball used at the weekend in Spain’s top two divisions will now only appear in games with adverse weather conditions.

Toni Duggan: ‘I wanted the ground to suck me in, for the game just to end’ | Football | The Guardian
The Atlético Madrid forward discusses last year’s Champions League final, Twitter rumours and why she left Barcelona.

Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism | Football | The Guardian
Without an education effort to teach fans not to be dickheads, this is meaningless.

Serie A blasphemy bans: Magnanelli & Scozzarella suspended - BBC Sport
Blasphemy ban. In 2019.

Barcelona 5-1 Real Valladolid: Messi scores twice as Barcelona return to top - BBC Sport
Barcelona thrash Real Valladolid to return to the top of La Liga.

MLS/Americas

Dome Torrent hints at desire to leave New York City FC | Pro Soccer USA
Torrent has said whether he returns as coach ‘does not matter.’

Revs keeper Brad Knighton is up for New England Patriots kicker job | Pro Soccer USA
Brad Knighton is joking about his field goal-kicking ability on social media the same day the New England Patriots are cutting their kicker.

NWSL franchise owned by Blank in Atlanta a possibility
Arthur M. Blank Sports and Entertainment is considering starting a NWSL franchise in Atlanta, though there is no specific timetable for doing so.