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Major Link Soccer: Hope Solo, USSF reach settlement over suspension

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Time will tell what's next for the ‘keeper. Mark Cuban wants to copy the FC Dallas academy for the NBA. Carlos Tevez slams Chinese player quality.

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Hope Solo and the US Soccer Federation have reached an agreement to settle her grievance over the way she was suspended from the USWNT last year.

Does NBA All-Star Schedule Open an Opportunity for MLS?

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Prologue: This year's CONCACAF Champions League could have partnered better and promoted better with MLS to have Thursday's FC Dallas game be played prior to the re-start of the NBA season.

Vancouver Whitecaps part owner & former 2-time NBA MVP/8-time All-Star.

MLS Will Have to be the Chosen League to Evolve Soccer

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It's hard to believe that not too long ago, there weren't two point conversions in the NFL or three-point shots in the NBA.
As sports fans in the U.S., we have gotten used to our sports evolving. In recent years, each of our major sports have consistently looked for ways to streamline and make their sports better games to watch and fairer to the players playing them.

Should MLS Stop the Clock on Out of Bounds Plays Like the NFL?

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With a newer, more transparent FIFA leadership, MLS should be allowed to make subtle rules changes to its game, like the NBA does for basketball. The NBA puts its own twist on how rules are applied, deviating from FIBA, the international arm of basketball.

Can Five New Stadiums Push MLS to Mainstream?

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Overshadowed by the NFL, college football, MLB playoffs and now the NBA, it's easy to understand how difficult it is for MLS to break through and reach mass amounts of casual sports fans. There was practically no mention Monday on sports talk shows of the regular season ending and the playoff match-ups set.

How 2016 MLS salaries compare to NHL, MLB and NBA

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We all know that Major League Soccer's players aren't getting rich, for the most part. They make less than the men playing soccer in Europe's big leagues; they make less than the men playing football, basketball, baseball, and hockey in North America. But just how much less can be hard to determine.

MLS SuperDraft is far from super but still serves a purpose

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The drafting of players is not unique to sport in the United States and Canada, but it is an idea that has not traveled very well throughout the rest of the sporting world.

When Major League Soccer came into being, there was never a doubt that a draft process would be put in place, just like the other North American leagues such as NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

MLS SuperDraft is far from super but still serves a purpose

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The drafting of players is not unique to sport in the United States and Canada, but it is an idea that has not traveled very well throughout the rest of the sporting world.

When Major League Soccer came into being, there was never a doubt that a draft process would be put in place, just like the other North American leagues such as NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Could Jay-Z be David Beckham’s saving grace in Miami?

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Just seeing this headline nearly gave me a headache. Jay Z is rumored to invest $100 million in David Beckham's Miami MLS team.

So maybe recruiting Jay Z, a hip-hop icon and ex-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets who's lately dabbled in sports management with Roc Nation Sports, could be an attempt to reboot Miami Beckham United's bid for professional fútbol in South Florida.

A Holiday To Call its Own

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On Christmas Day, millions across the countryand abroadwill tune in to watch at least one of the five nationally-televised NBA games in what has become a holiday tradition for many sports fans. Heck, evensome who wouldn't call themselves basketball fans will watch.

An Open Letter to Julian Green

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That's a good look for you, JG. (Photo: sportscityscramble.com)

Welcome new OTF contributor Joe Maskivish as he extends this offer of welcome to Julian Green...

Dear Julian,

As a fellow American, I root for the underdog to rise up from the fringes and succeed against all odds.

So what happened next? A Philadelphia Atoms denouement

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Our series commemorating the Philadelphia Atoms' historic 1973 NASL title concludes with a look at what happened to the team after the championship and the team's impact on American soccer.

NBA Finals

Is soccer getting worse?

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The NBA finals came to a close this week with many people feeling that the league blew an entire season of games and four rounds of playoffs to get to the obvious conclusion. We all knew who the best team was in October. There's more to this than what we now expect in the era of hot take sports coverage.

Warriors star Curry swaps jerseys with Brazil’s Neymar

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Oakland (United States) (AFP) NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry swapped jerseys with Brazilian football star Neymar after Curry helped the Golden State Warriors rout Cleveland 110-77 in the NBA Finals.

NBA scoring champion Curry made the exchange shortly after the defending NBA champions seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series, which resumes Wednesday in Cleveland.

Warriors star Curry swaps jerseys with Brazil’s Neymar

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Oakland (United States) (AFP) NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry swapped jerseys with Brazilian football star Neymar after Curry helped the Golden State Warriors rout Cleveland 110-77 in the NBA Finals.

NBA scoring champion Curry made the exchange shortly after the defending NBA champions seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series, which resumes Wednesday in Cleveland.

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Top NBA prospect Markelle Fultz attends D.C. United’s win Saturday

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Kid's organic, supports his local, bless him.

Spotted at RFK Stadium Saturday night taking in D.C. United's win over New York City FC? Markelle Fultz, a freshman point guard from the University of Washington, who is expected to be the first pick in this year's NBA draft:

@MarkelleF
⚫️& are definitely your colors #JustSayin #DCU pic.

Swish: Gareth Bale Pretty Much Nails NBA Half-Court Trick Shot Challenge (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which gigantic €100million Real Madrid enormo-mondo-flop Gareth Bale takes on and pretty much nails the NBA half-court trick shot challenge...

BOOOOOOO!!!! HISSSSSS!!!! Three out of five? BOOOOOO!!!! Call yourself a man? Get F**KED. Get all the way F**KING F**KED!

Only 3 NBA Eastern Conference Teams Are Above .500

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After a dozen or so games played by each of the 15 Eastern Conference NBA teams, only three of them have win/loss records better than .500.

The two-time defending NBA champions, Miami Heat, and last season's Eastern Conference finalists, the Indiana Pacers, are dominating the competition with 10-3 and 12-1 records, respectively.

7 Foot NBA Stars Blatant Dive For Penalty!

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NBA star Dirk Nowitzki and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer held a match in Germany to benefit their respective charity organizations on Sunday.

And Nowitzki showed the NBA are catching up on their soccer counterparts in the act of simulation and incidently he tucked away the spot-kick.

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As NBA Discusses 4-Point Goals, Soccer Doesn't Even Consider 2-Point Goals

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Two of the greatest long-distance shooters in NBA history were today for a New Yorker piece today on whether there should be a four-point goal in basketball. Larry Bird and Reggie Miller provided fodder for how the game may or may not play out in the future.

Justise Winslow leaving Duke early for NBA

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Elite 8: Duke vs. Gonzaga

Justise Winslow, the Duke freshman from Houston, is entering the NBA draft, the school announced.

The forward said in a statement issued by the school that "my dreams and aspirations have literally come true" while winning the national title in his only season in college.

Another ramble, this time about Fulham’s lack of attacking purpose

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Curiously, I'm going back to the Grantland well. This is an article I read the other day and is about basketball. What? No problem. The point is that in basketball there's a new emphasis on moving the ball quickly so as to create open three point shots (three point shots being those taken from distance):

NBA teams are increasingly addicted to 3-point shooting.

Ho Ho Holiday Bowl Season

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The holidays are upon us and for sports lovers, that means lots of big games, good cheer, classic rivalries and national championships on the line. In fact this Thanksgiving weekend dozens of college and pro teams launched the holiday season by battling it out on gridirons and basketball courts across the nation.

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Report: Barcelona, Atletico among investors in 16-team Pro Futsal League

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Soccer's continued rise in America took a different path last week when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his investment in the Pro Futsal League (PFL).

That's not the only interesting part, though.

On Monday, the Dallas Morning News revealed that PFL will consist of 16 franchises and will additionally feature various NBA owners and many prestigious world soccer clubs.

Kobe Bryant: FIFA corruption ‘damages the emotional Shangri-La you get from sport’

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant called the eight-year bans issued Monday to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini an "important first step" in cleaning up global soccer. The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, a five-time NBA champion and twice an Olympic gold medal winner, is in his 20th and final NBA campaign, announcing his retirement last month.

Kobe Bryant: FIFA corruption ‘damages the emotional Shangri-La you get from sport’

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant called the eight-year bans issued Monday to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini an "important first step" in cleaning up global soccer. The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, a five-time NBA champion and twice an Olympic gold medal winner, is in his 20th and final NBA campaign, announcing his retirement last month.

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Disentangling the Counterintuitive Language of Futbol

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Ahh, the language of sports. Has any other activity seeded such a diverse flowerbed of dialects within English? In the NBA, amnesty is not just for the losing side in a civil war. If you think that's confusing, soccer has also given birth to its own add vernacular in both the US and UK.

Here are the ones that really stand out.

Several Manchester United Players Attend NBA Game in UK While On International Break: Nightly Soccer Report

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Several Manchester United footballers attended a NBA game last night to relax while on their international break.

United players Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and former players Andy Cole and Quinton Fortune watched the game in the same arena as Patrick Vieira, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Jack Rodwell, Curtis Davies, Fabrice Muamba and others.

NBA star reveals love for Chelsea

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American basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire has revealed his love for Premier League side Chelsea following the club's recent tour of the United States. The Blues took on Jose Mourinho's former side Real Madrid in the final of the International Champions Cup this week, and the New York Knicks player was in Miami to see the defending Europa League champions stumble to a defeat at the hands of Los Blancos.

Man City Wages Highest In The World

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According to a new report from Sporting Intelligence, Manchester City are the best paid team in the world. Their average first-team pay is higher than anyone in the NBA, NFL or MLB.

The average first-team wages at Man City are £5.2m per year, or £100,764 per week. That tops baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers whose stars earn £4.

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Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

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New York (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.

The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income.

Similarities between two Powerhouse Franchises

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Posted: April 1, 5:45PM; Author: Nicholas Vega Recently, I was on Twitter and came across a Tweet that comparedthe dominance of two different teams, from two different sports: the Golden State Warriors (NBA basketball) and Barcelona (soccer). Initially, I thought the comparison was as much as a stretch as it was trivial: how could two.

Levelling the playing field

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http://tangotiger.com/index.php/site/article/how-to-control-the-amount-of-random-variation-in-your-sport

We've talked about this in the past several times. The answer is "confrontations". The more confrontations you have, the more talent will overcome the noise from random variation.

The True Importance of Winning?

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In the latest issue of The Classical, there's some pretty words written about losing. In particular, the NBA has stories from the 2000′s about teams that couldn't win a ring but earned critical acclaim. I speak, of course, of the Chris Webber Sacramento Kings and the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns. These teams both were fun to watch the Suns tried to score in six seconds each possession, and relied on the delicious pick-and-rolls of Nash and Amare Stoudemire.

Would Promotion/Relegation Work for the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB?

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Is promotion/relegation more than an American professional soccer issue? Could promotion/relegation be an economic boost to all the popular American professional sports, the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB?

My feeling is yes it can. But, will it be instituted anytime soon for any of them? No, probably not.

The Top 8 Current NBA Head Coaches as Former Players

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There have been many good to great NBA players who have left the game and ended up coaching in the League. Or, in Bill Russell's case, he never left the game before he started coaching. He began his coaching career as a player-coach.

Other greats who have gone on to become head coaches in the NBA include Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas.

25 Championship Records of Superstar Athletes

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A player really establishes himself as an all-timer when he is competing for a championship and the public recognizes him as someone who belongs there.

As sports are dominated by a handful of teams, the players associated with those teams begin to ascend the rankings among their peers and standout in the sports world.

Mexico City Deserves Another NBA Opportunity in 2014

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What a disappointment in Mexico City last night, as a fire from a generator filled the new 18,000 seat arena with smoke and the first ever regular season NBA game in Mexico was cancelled.

The San Antonio Spurs versus the Minnesota Timberwolves was ready to become a historic moment. Unfortunately, it was a historic moment, but a forgettable one.

Top 6 NBA Reputations for 7-Footers

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This list is all about the teams with a TALL ORDER that is hard to follow.

Dwight Howard's press conference with Houston Rocket legends attending was the impetus for trying to figure out which NBA teams have the all-time best Big Men. Oh, and there was also those contributions by Shaq and Kareem of Dwight not living up to the L.

USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard shows off new Tattoos

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If you are a fan of soccer/futbol than you have surely seen the increased trend of most of your favorite players sporting tattoos.

David Beckham was most likely the first soccer player to gain recognition from his many tattoos but just like in the NBA, many soccer players around the world can be seen with tattoos covering their arms -- and in some cases even exposing multiple tattoos on their torsos when exchanging jerseys in the post match ritual.