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Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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Premier League/England

Pedro strike and Trippier howler lift Sarri and give Chelsea win over Spurs | Football | The Guardian
It’s not quite as gory as the running of the bulls, but the Spursing of the Spurs is just as much fun for the casual observer.

Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Sadio Mane & Virgil van Dijk get two each as Reds stay top - BBC Sport
Liverpool return to winning ways to stay top of the Premier League with a dominant performance against Watford.

SheBelieves Cup 2019: England women 2-1 Brazil women after Beth Mead winner - BBC Sport
Beth Mead’s spectacular winner helps England come from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 in the opening game of the SheBelieves Cup.

Manchester City under FA investigation over Sancho signing from Watford | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City are being investigated by the FA over a claim the club made an irregular £200,000 payment to the agent of Jadon Sancho when the then-14-year-old joined from Watford in 2015.

Phil Neville sticks to tried and tested as Lionesses head to US for major test | Football | The Guardian
Decision not to take Beth England or Aoife Mannion could prove crucial in the side’s dress-rehearsal for the World Cup.

League One Review: The Championship Awaits, But For Who? | StatsBomb
League One has made a strong claim to be England’s most compelling, with a heated promotion race and a relegation battle that involves pretty much the entire bottom half of the table.

Europe

‘The Golfer’ Gareth Bale and his below-par attitude... - Football365
The Welshman is definitely not helping himself at Real Madrid. His non-celebration against Levante endears him to nobody.

Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (1-4 agg): Luis Suarez double settles El Clasico - BBC Sport
Barcelona win at Real Madrid in a smash-and-grab victory to reach a sixth consecutive Copa del Rey final.

Kilmarnock v Motherwell abandoned because of fog - BBC Sport
Kilmarnock’s Scottish Premiership game with Motherwell is abandoned early in the second half after heavy fog envelops Rugby Park.

Boom Boom Boom, let me hear you say Weah: American Timothy Weah embraces Celtic FC | Pro Soccer USA
The impact Weah has made at Celtic has been rather profound.

MLS/Americas

USA women settle for draw with Japan after Momiki’s stoppage-time stunner | Football | The Guardian
Alex Morgan scored her 99th international goal, but Yuka Momiki’s stoppage-time goal salvaged a 2-2 draw.

MLS Season Preview - SBNation.com
SB Nation’s MLS blogs take a deeper look at the 2019 season.

MLS roster rules are complicated. Here are 6 ways to build a squad. - SBNation.com
Thanks to the league’s complex roster rules, there are a lot of different ways to build a winner. Or a loser.

New York Red Bulls cruise to 3-0 win over Pantoja, advance to CCL quarterfinals | Pro Soccer USA
The New York Red Bulls advanced to the CCL quarters to face Santos.

MLS Uniforms 2019: The new primary and secondary kits for each team - SBNation.com
The new MLS season starts March 2, so here’s the lowdown on the new primary and secondary uniforms you’ll be seeing this season.

Why A New And Improved SuperLiga 2.0 Would Be Great For MLS Teams - The Bent Musket
New England’s most revered continental tournament might be returning, and that’s a good thing if MLS clubs want to end LigaMX’s regional dominance.

Rest of the World

Hakeem al-Araibi: thank you Australia for bringing me home – but my fight is not over | Opinion | The Guardian
Bahrain will do anything to hunt down dissident athletes and their families. International sporting bodies must step up to protect the helpless.

Other

Soccer can do a lot to fix its racism, it just hasn’t - SBNation.com
A conversation with professor and sociologist Ben Carrington about racism in soccer and the sport’s hope to transcend its norms.