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West Ham could face FIFA punishment over unpaid Sebastien Haller transfer fee to Eintracht Frankfurt
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West Ham could face FIFA punishment over unpaid Sebastien Haller transfer fee to Eintracht Frankfurt

In the summer of 2019, West Ham broke their transfer record paying £45 million to German club Eintracht Frankfurt for French striker Sebastien Haller. The tall target man had scored 20 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018-19 helping the club reach the semifinals of the Europa League. Rumours circulated before being recently confirmed that West Ham had failed to make the required payments to Eintracht Frankfurt and are currently struggling to make good on the transfer. The issues have been so bad that the Germans have contacted FIFA over the matter. When Haller’s transfer was finalised by the two clubs, West Ham agreed to pay the fee in installments. With large transfers, installment payments are the typical way in which clubs pay for players. On July 1st, West H...
Manchester United ease past Brighton in Premier League
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Manchester United ease past Brighton in Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Manchester United manager continues to get better after the team eased past Brighton on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium 3-0. The Red Devils are back to fifth-place courtesy of goal difference over rival Wolverhampton Wanderers and their win kept pressure on both third-placed Leicester City and fourth-placed Chelsea. Fernandes and Greenwood star for the Red Devils The Manchester United manager started youngster Mason Greenwood on the right wing and was quickly repaid for his trust with a goal from the player. Greenwood found space on the right side before cutting the ball inside on his left foot. He fired past Mat Ryan in goal as the Brighton defence struggled to slow his approach. The Red Devils didn’t take long to double their lead as midfiel...
Covid-19’s impact on Major League Baseball
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Covid-19’s impact on Major League Baseball

The Covid-19 pandemic was everything Major League Baseball didn’t need in 2020. MLB is suffering from a lack of interest in fans as attendances continue to plummet year-on-year. Now, with the possibility of the MLB season being cancelled or half a regular season played, the baseball league is trying to salvage its future. On June 13, a possible 72-game regular season was reported by the Associated Press. Players’ salaries have been prorated with owners and league executives continually frustrated that a season, so far, cannot be salvaged. While MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and team owners continuing to moan about the loss of a full baseball season, the Covid-19 pandemic has given them the chance to rethink the product. The rethink of baseball’s presentation and its continued decline...
NBA Restart
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NBA Restart

NBA restart: Which team is in position to go all the way? The NBA will restart its season with 22 teams arriving in Orlando on July 7, 8, and 9. The season’s resumption comes nearly four months after the pause of the campaign in March. The tournament will involve 22 NBA teams, eight will not participate due to their regular season record at the time of the Association’s suspension, with nine teams from the Eastern Conference and 13 from the Western Conference converging on Orlando for the tournament. The NBA’s top eight teams per conference will be joined by six additional teams. The six added teams are all within six games of the eighth seed in either conference. When the NBA Orlando tournament tips off, teams will play out their final eight regular season games to determine playof...
Manchester United desperately need Rashford and Martial to remain fit
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Manchester United desperately need Rashford and Martial to remain fit

There should be plenty of optimism amongst Manchester United supporters as the Premier League season winds down. Not only are the Red Devils likely to finish in a top five place and take the Champions League spot forfeited by derby rival Manchester City due to Financial Fair Play punishment, but the club have one of the best scoring duos in the division. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have combined for four goals with the former supplying the latter to score all four of those strikes. The duo has been immense when combining but individually, has been just as good. Rashford and Martial have combined to score 28 goals – 14 apiece – this season in the Premier League making for an incredible one-two punch. Martial has tallied 14 league goals in 25 appearances, while Rashford ha...
Can Frank Lampard usher in a new era with FA Cup win?
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Can Frank Lampard usher in a new era with FA Cup win?

Frank Lampard had big shoes to fill when Chelsea appointed him manager in the summer of 2019. Chelsea had won trophies in three straight seasons prior to Lampard’s arrival under the managements of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri. The hiring of Lampard was hopeful, but after an inconsistent start to the campaign, it looked like he could be sacked before finishing the season. Now, with Chelsea nearing a top-four Premier League finish and qualifying for the FA Cup semifinals, Lampard’s work at Stamford Bridge has proved to be a success and the club are on the cusps of a new era. Lampard has overhauled the Blues in his time at the helm. The team were well-known for playing Sarri-ball in 2018-19 which led to a hit and miss season. Although Chelsea finished third in the Premier Leagu...
NASCAR shows Bubba Wallace support despite FBI undermining driver
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NASCAR shows Bubba Wallace support despite FBI undermining driver

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 29: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands by his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 29, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Ask most sports fans outside the southern region of the United States – the heartland of NASCAR – and you may be surprised how many people associate the motorsport circuit with the Confederate flag. To be honest, the association of racism and NASCAR (or more specifically its fans) shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone all. NASCAR has traditionally held races in the south and in 2019, it was reported that 91% of the motorsport’s fans were white. NASCAR is finally coming out of the woodwork and getting – sort of – ...
Socrates: A case for the Brazilian as the GOAT
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Socrates: A case for the Brazilian as the GOAT

Brazil has produced some amazing soccer stars such as Pele, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Ronaldo, yet one man often gets overlooked by fans as the greatest of all-time. Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, or simply Socrates, was one of the greatest ever produced by the South American nation. Did he score the goals that Pele did? No. Did Socrates gain the fame that Ronaldo or Kaka did in Europe? Absolutely not. Yet, that shouldn’t detract from the great player he was during a 17-year career that stretched from 1973 to 1989. Socrates’ impact on football was so great that former Brazil great Pele included him in the FIFA 100 list of greatest living players in 2004. World Soccer magazine placed Socrates on its list of 100 best footballers. Socrates simply looked like a...
How will Champions League and Europa League restarts look?
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How will Champions League and Europa League restarts look?

The UEFA Champions League and Europa League will follow many of Europe’s domestic leagues and restart this summer to complete the campaign. The tournaments were in the last 16 stages when they were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The restart will see a few alterations as UEFA plays out the final parts of the tournaments to crown the 2019-20 winners. Lisbon has been selected as the host city for not just the Champions League final but for the quarterfinals and semifinals. The tournament will return in August once the restarted domestic leagues finish their campaigns. UEFA will resume the tournament behind closed doors on August 7 with the final game taking place on August 23. There is the matter of half of the last 16 second leg matches still needing to be played. These w...
How will the Premier League finish in 2019-20?
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How will the Premier League finish in 2019-20?

The Premier League returns June 17 with two midweek games before the full resumption of the 2019-20 season on June 19 with matchday 30. Just eight matchdays remain and 92 total games must be played to complete the season. Liverpool are edging toward the league title and their first championship since 1989-90. The Reds are just six points away from winning the title and could lift it as early as Sunday night on matchday 30 versus Everton. While Liverpool nearly have the league title wrapped up, the fight for Champions League qualification is heating up. Eight points separate fourth-placed Chelsea and ninth-placed Arsenal. Teams chasing the top four need to hit the ground running if they hope to achieve Champions League qualification. The race for the top four... err... top five Ma...