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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
It's hard to gloss over the USA's draw for the 2014 World Cup, but Jurgen Klinsmann & Co. have been doing their best since Friday afternoon, when they were handed a group containing 2010 quarterfinalist Ghana, Euro 2012 semifinalist Portugal and perennial World Cup favorite Germany. But let's not forget ... Read the whole story
After suffering consecutive 1-0 defeats at home to Everton and Newcastle, respectively, David Moyes admitted that Manchester United is in the midst of 'a transitional period.' Indeed, the club-now 13 points adrift of first-place Arsenal-is most likely transitioning from being Premier League champion into something else. And as it continues ... Read the whole story
Jose Mourinho highlighted Chelsea's weak forward and defensive lines following the Blues' 3-2 loss at Stoke City on Saturday. The Portuguese admitted that his team, now third in the Premier League, would be first if the misfiring forward trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba had more than ... Read the whole story
Following his team's 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Sunday, Rudi Garcia warned Serie A leader Juventus that, "Roma are in the Scudetto race." The Giallorossi famously began the season with 10 consecutive wins, setting a Serie A record, but after losing key players like Francesco Totti and Gervinho to injury, ... Read the whole story
As expected, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery have been named to FIFA's three-man shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo and Ribery are the frontrunners for FIFA's top individual prize, while Messi, winner from 2009-12, is expected to be third after suffering so ... Read the whole story
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Jermain Defoe says that a potential move to MLS club Toronto FC is out of his control. The Tottenham striker acknowledged that he has been linked with January moves to either Toronto or West Ham, but that ultimately, "it's out of your hands." ... Read the whole story
Borussia Dortmund added Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender to its lengthy long-term injury list on Saturday following the 1-0 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen that put a hefty 10 points between it and Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich. Dortmund heads to Marseille in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday already ... Read the whole story
Blackburn striker D.J. Campbell is one of the six people arrested in English soccer's latest match-fixing investigation, the Associated Press reports. The arrests came after an investigation by The Sun on Sunday; the 32-year-old Campbell is the only former Premier League player named so far. Last month, another investigation by ... Read the whole story

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