Leicester City's incredible Premier League triumph in 2015-16 was a freak, an aberration, something that appeared impossible until it happened. However, if Leicester had won the FA Cup instead it would not have inspired anything like the same worldwide reaction. The logic is simple: the shorter the competition, the greater the chance of an upset. The reverse of this theory helps explain why the Copa Libertadores is now dominated by South America's big two: Brazil and Argentina. The continent's equivalent of the Champions League was lengthened in 2017 -- rather than being squeezed into the first half of the year, the action now runs all the way from the end of January to late November. There are no more matches - in fact there is now one fewer, because the traditional two-legged final has been replaced by a one-off game on a neutral ground. But the extra time has clear consequences. The Libertadores now straddles the mid-year transfer window. The bigger clubs with deeper pockets will be … [Read more...] about Brazil and Argentina dominate Copa Liberatores but can they be stopped?
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The CIA, Mr. Trump said Thursday, never "concluded" that the Saudi royals were responsible in the death, although CBS News has confirmed that CIA intelligence points to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordering the murder.Hashemi said all eyes will be on Prince Mohammed - also known as MBS - as world leaders gather for the G20 summit from November 30 to December 1 in Argentina.At Abu Dhabi airport, the Crown Prince was received by Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.Turkey's foreign minister has criticized President Donald Trump, saying the USA leader appears to want to turn a blind eye to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.Trump rejected that characterization in an exchange with reporters in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort, but said the American relationship with Riyadh wouldn't be … [Read more...] about Questions swirl over Saudi crown prince’s G20 meet in Argentina
Brazil will host the Copa America for the first time in 30 years, with a tournament that is full of drama. Chile will look to defend back-to-back crowns, the Selecao will seek redemption on home soil, and Lionel Messi returns to Argentina for another chance at silverware with the senior national team. ESPN FC's Tim Vickery spells out the biggest storylines of the tournament and assesses all 12 teams taking part in this summer's Copa America, with all matches streaming live in the U.S. on ESPN+. Jump to: Key storylines | Key players | Must-see days and matches | Team-by-team guide Key storyline: This year's Copa is wide-open South American national teams have not been in competitive action since last year's World Cup. Those teams that failed to make it to Russia have had nothing but friendlies since October 2017, but the silly season comes to an end with a bang in Brazil. It's time to get serious. This summer's Copa begins a new competitive cycle in South America, which will … [Read more...] about 2019 Copa America ultimate preview: Will Messi win this wide-open tournament on Brazil’s home turf?
TOKYO (AP) - The Latest on Day 12 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Facing France at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday will have extra importance for veteran United States prop Eric Fry. The 32-year-old from California has been playing his club rugby in the second-tier Pro D2 league in France with Brittany-based team Vannes since 2016. “It’s a very special game for me. I’ve been immersed in the culture there,” he said Tuesday. “Going back in three or four weeks, I want to look those guys in the eyes and show them I gave everything I got (and) gave France a run for their money.” Three-time runner-up France won its opening Pool C match, a 23-21 thriller against Argentina, and is seeking to gain momentum. True to form France still made 12 changes for its second group game - including the entire pack - but Fry is not expecting a lesser challenge. “Regardless of the front row they’ve put out, they’re always going to be … [Read more...] about The Latest: American Fry looks forward to France game at RWC
The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. QUIZ: Which player are you? | What do Europe's elite need? TOP STORY: Arsenal gunning for Everton Brazil international Everton has revealed he has an offer on the table, but the tease hasn't disclosed which club it is that's keen on signing him. Everton was one of the stars of Brazil's successful Copa America campaign and scored in the final in a 3-1 win against Peru. His performances have brought him to the attention of some of Europe's top clubs, and the Mirror is suggesting Arsenal could be the club leading the race for his signature. It says that AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are also keen to sign the 23-year-old, though Everton himself has said recently that he expects to be playing for Gremio when they play Bahia in the Copa Do Brazil on Wednesday. Arsenal have made only one signing this summer so far, recruiting 18-year-old forward Gabriel … [Read more...] about Transfer Talk: Arsenal plot move for new Brazil star Everton