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The Champions League starts today. Also the Earthquakes fired their coach

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Seattle

‘Madden 19’: How EA Sports made Shaquem Griffin look like himself - SBNation.com
We go behind the scenes to show how the most unique player in Madden history was created.

Alaskan Way Viaduct - SR 99 tunnel to open in early 2019 after three-week #Realign99 highway closure
Mark your calendars now for a January 11th closure of the viaduct.

10 Delicious Reasons to Visit Tacoma | Eat, Drink, Travel, Y'all!

MLS

Undocumented | By Miguel Aguilar
I'm a professional soccer player, but this is not a sports story.

Oguchi Onyewu announces his retirement - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT defender hangs up his boots.

Building A System for Assessing Player Value, Part 2 — American Soccer Analysis
Last week in Part One of this series, we looked at the overall player value rating and it’s underlying method, top players, its validity, and year-to-year consistency. In this part, we’ll turn to the categories of events make up the overall rating, and examine what can be gleaned from these subcategories.

San Jose Earthquakes fire head coach Mikael Stahre - Center Line Soccer
Ralston replaces Swede as interim boss.

San Jose Earthquakes part ways with head coach Mikael Stahre | MLSsoccer.com

Michael Bradley on Zlatan Ibrahimovic confrontation: 'There wasn't much to it'
"There wasn't much to it," Michael Bradley says of the trash talking between himself and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toronto FC's win vs. the LA Galaxy.

NWSL

A visitors’ guide to Portland - Stumptown Footy
What to see and where to be while you’re in town for the NWSL final

FIFA publishes first-ever report on women’s transfers - FIFA.com
For the first time ever, official information on international transfers of female professional players is presented in a new report entitled Women’s Transfers in ITMS.

North Carolina Courage vs Chicago Red Stars in NWSL Semifinals: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch online | OregonLive.com
The North Carolina Courage and Chicago were forced to postpone their match due to Hurricane Florence and will now play in Portland on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know.

CONCACAF

Concacaf Nations League off to roaring start
With 16 of the 17 Matchday One matches now done and dusted, it is safe to The Concacaf Nations League is off to a roaring start.

An Ancient Ballgame Makes A Comeback In Mexico : NPR
Ulama is a pre-Columbian team sport played with a solid rubber ball that's bounced off players' hips. In olden times, the game is said to have decided the winners of wars.

World

Bayern Munich close to hitting the brakes on Audi, switching to BMW | SportBusiness Group
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are reportedly close to signing a new sponsorship deal with German carmaker BMW, which could take over from rival brand Audi as the club’s Official Car Partner.

Dorados boss Diego Maradona demands privacy amid Mexican media frenzy
Diego Maradona demanded that journalists respect his privacy after he was filmed having lunch on Monday amid a massive media frenzy in Mexico.

Philippe Coutinho: 'It's difficult' to explain Lionel Messi and Barcelona Champions League struggles
Barcelona have won just one of the last five Champions Leagues and Philippe Coutinho was at a loss to explain why.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba can learn from Cristiano Ronaldo on how to manage talent ego - Rio Ferdinand
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said that Paul Pogba could learn from Cristiano Ronaldo on how to balance talent and ego.

Culture

How Two Buck Chuck revolutionized the wine industry
At $2.99 per bottle, Two Buck Chuck is one of TJ’s all-time best-selling products. So where did it come from? And how did it get so cheap?

Spiders blamed after broken siren played creepy nursery rhymes randomly at night to UK townsfolk / Boing Boing
https://youtu.be/MkcntJ9Hnhk Floating in on the wind, yet again, the sound of It's Raining, It's Pouring being sung by a child on the creepiest siren in Britain. The Ipswich Star reports on what one local described as "something from a horror movie." I've embedded a recording made by one alarmed local at the top of this…

Champions League Soccer

9:55am Barcelona vs PSV TNT, fuboTV, Univision

9:55am Internazionale vs Tottenham fuboTV, Galavision

12:00pm Club Brugge vs Borussia Dortmund

12:00pm Monaco vs Atlético Madrid fuboTV, UniMás,

12:00pm Liverpool vs PSG TNT, fuboTV, Univision Deportes

12:00pm Crvena Zvezda vs Napoli Univision Deportes

12:00pm Galatasaray vs Lokomotiv Moskva Univision Deportes

12:00pm Schalke 04 vs Porto fuboTV, Galavision