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Premier League/England

Ole Gunnar Solskjær apologises – ‘We let the fans down. We let the club down’ | Football | The Guardian
The Manchester United manager said the 4-0 defeat at Everton was so bad ‘it is difficult to describe’.

Title race, top four, promotion, relegation – what’s still at stake? | Football | The Guardian
As Manchester City and Liverpool enter the home straight, take a look at their remaining games and the potential ups and downs across the leagues.

Women’s Super League: Arsenal Women 2-1 Everton Ladies - BBC Sport
Arsenal move four points clear at the top of the Women’s Super League with two games to go with a home win over Everton.

Benitez reveals where Newcastle’s ‘level’ should be - Football365
Rafa’s assessment of where Newcastle should be included a warning for the Toon hierarchy.

We are Norwich City – and none of this makes any sense | FourFourTwo
The Canaries have stepped beyond a financial quagmire to top the Championship – and it really shouldn’t have been possible.

The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19 | Football | The Guardian
It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards.

Europe

John Delaney continues to split opinion as he steps aside from FAI | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
The FAI’s great survivor is heading off for some gardening leave, and his days with the FAI look numbered.

Neil Lennon questions Celtic’s attitude after Hibs stalemate | Football | The Guardian
Neil Lennon told his Celtic players ‘the holidays aren’t here yet’ after a second successive goalless draw in the Scottish Premiership.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund win at Freiburg to keep pressure on Bayern Munich - BBC Sport
Borussia Dortmund maintain their title challenge with a comfortable win at Freiburg, to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Ligue 1: PSG win French title without playing - BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain claim their eighth Ligue 1 title without kicking a ball after second-placed Lille were held to a goalless draw at Toulouse.

How an ageing Didier Drogba went to Galatasaray and became a legend
Despite struggling for motivation in China, Didier Drogba would return to Europe at Galatasaray and instantly become a hero for the fans.

MLS/Americas

Orlando City coach James O’Connor shares method behind managing star players’ minutes | Pro Soccer USA
For Orlando City coach James O’Connor, there’s a method behind who is in the starting XI on match day and how that meshes with managing players’ minutes.

On Frame: A chat with Jon Champion, ESPN’s voice of MLS | Pro Soccer USA
If you watch a lot of soccer on TV, then you will recognize the voice of Jon Champion.

MLS announces plan to expand to 30 teams | Pro Soccer USA
MLS plans to expand to 30 teams “in the coming years,” the league announced in a statement Thursday following its Board of Governors meeting.