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U.S. World Cup success begins in the middle

The U.S. looks to unlock the door and escape from the Group of Death at the World Cup. Ghana, Portugal and Germany block the exit. How to pick those defenses apart? Start with these two midfielders, <b>Michael Bradley</b>, a strong running creator, and <b>Jermaine Jones</b>, the man of steel. Success depends on …

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Real Madrid punished for fans' racist behavior

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Champions League winner Real Madrid was punished by UEFA on Friday for "racist incidents" by its fans during a semifinal …

Barcelona Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas and Javier Mascherano Exits Ruled out

Following the team's first trophyless season in six years, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told radio station Onda Cero the club has no plans to sell the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Javier Mascherano.<p>Via Barcastuff and Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke, respectively, Bartomeu stressed neither …

Italy vs. Ireland: Film-Focus Preview of the Azzurri Spine

Italy head to Craven Cottage this weekend, facing off in a friendly against Ireland; a match which is clearly a warm up for their World Cup meeting with England. Martin O'Neill’s men provide the ideal test before that Group D opener, possessing similar attributes to those of Roy Hodgson’s Three …

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