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French federation embroiled in another scandal; It’s time to argue over end-of-year lists.

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Puget Sound

If you are a small business owner, or know of one, the state has a tiny bit of help for you. Round 3: Working Washington Grants | Startup Washington

MLS / USL

The most recent positive test was confirmed at the beginning of the week. Columbus Crew confirm one additional player tests positive for COVID-19 - Massive Report

NWSL / women’s soccer

OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe was among the honorees. Inaugural ‘Women’s International Champions Cup Best XI Presented by Ally’ Team Announced

Ball, net. Net, ball. Don’t be shy, go on mingle a bit. Possible solutions to Chelsea FCW’s continuing struggles in front of goal - We Ain’t Got No History

US soccer

The municipality is fully on board with the Atlanta Sports Council’s ongoing work to land a 2026 World Cup match. City of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms offer support for city’s 2026 World Cup host bid - Dirty South Soccer

World soccer

Inappropriate text messages. Nude weigh-ins. Player sleepovers. An instructor quietly discarded by France’s soccer federation over his contacts with a teenage player continues to work in the game. The federation says there is nothing it can do. French Coach Fired for Interactions with Young Players Moved From Job to Job - The New York Times

The ESPN FC 100 is back for 2020, and our annual ranking of the best in men’s soccer shows that Bayern and Liverpool reign supreme. FC 100: Liverpool, Bayern dominate, USMNT stars break into our annual ranking of soccer’s best players

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted the club may have to sell players before they can buy in the January transfer window. Arsenal manager Arteta admits club needs to sell players to buy targets

Stéphanie Frappart made Champions League history on Wednesday as she took charge of Juventus’ 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv. Champions League: referee Stéphanie Frappart makes history in Juventus win | Champions League | The Guardian

The FA has announced Premier League and EFL clubs will not be able to sign foreign players until they are 18 under new post-Brexit regulations. Work permits for EU players and youth signings hit under post-Brexit rules | Football | The Guardian

A part of football’s soul returned on Wednesday as a limited number of fans were allowed back to a handful of English Football League games, writes Phil McNulty. Football gets some of its soul back with the return of supporters to grounds - BBC Sport

Wolves hope striker Raul Jimenez will be allowed to leave hospital “early next week” as he recovers from a fractured skull sustained at Arsenal last weekend. Raul Jimenez: Wolves striker to go home ‘early next week’ after surgery on fractured skull - BBC Sport

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been fined a combined €780 after the player lifted his shirt to pay tribute to the late Diego Maradona. Barcelona and Messi fined over Maradona tribute | ESPN

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has told ESPN he wants to play with former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi again next season. PSG’s Neymar on Lionel Messi reunion: ‘We have to do it next season’

Monchi is football’s most revered sporting director, enjoying almost mythical status for his ability to buy cheap and sell big. These are the secrets of his success. Monchi: Sevilla sporting director on his methods and mission - BBC Sport

By The Numbers brings you the best stats from Matchday 5 of the Champions League. Stats: Ronaldo hits 750, beats Messi’s 70; Giroud oldest since Puskas

Organizers of the sport of parkour urged the IOC on Tuesday to reject adding the obstacle course-style street-running event to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Parkour group urges IOC to keep sport out of Olympics | The Japan Times

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