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Premier League/England

Sheffield United ownership: Prince Abdullah wins court battle - BBC News
Businessman Kevin McCabe must sell his stake in the Premier League club for £5m, a high court rules.

John Stones out for at least a month to deepen Manchester City injury crisis | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City have only one fit senior central defender in Nicolás Otamendi after John Stones suffered a muscle injury in training.

Manchester City’s refusal to pay above the odds is hurting Pep Guardiola | Jamie Jackson | Football | The Guardian
Pep Guardiola would not pay £75m for Virgil van Dijk last year and Manchester City balked at Harry Maguire’s £80m asking price in the summer.

Europe

Cagliari avoid Serie A sanction for fans’ racist abuse of Romelu Lukaku | The Guardian
I get how money works, but why any non-white person would willingly play in Italy is beyond me.

Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague: Inter substitute Nicolo Barella scores stoppage-time equaliser - BBC Sport
Inter deny Slavia Prague just their second Champions League group win.

Real Madrid: Is Zinedine Zidane struggling second time around? - Guillem Balague column - BBC Sport
There are worrying signs for the Frenchman in his second spell as manager.

Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Ross Barkley misses penalty after Rodrigo winner - BBC Sport
Chelsea open their Champions League campaign by losing at home to Valencia.

Neymar: PSG forward’s European ban reduced from three games to two - BBC Sport
His ban for insulting match officials is reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Liverpool make bad start as Napoli’s Fernando Llorente rounds off win | Football | The Guardian
A disputed Dries Mertens penalty and a late Fernando Llorente strike gave Napoli maximum points.

MLS/NWSL/Americas

Washington Spirit: Audi Field games draw record crowds | Pro Soccer USA
In two games at the stadium this season, the NWSL team has averaged 18,645 in attendance.

Rooney says U.S. players in MLS are ‘underpaid’
D.C. United star Wayne Rooney has called for Major League Soccer to increase wages of American players.

Other

Michael Owen: I never hated football; it was just never better than at Liverpool - Planet Football
Michael Owen believes his match-winning performance for Liverpool in the 2001 FA Cup final was as close as he came to perfection in his goal-laden career.