Pep Guardiola suffered his worst-ever league defeat as a manager on Sunday as Manchester City were hammered 4-0 at Everton in the Premier League. Post-game he was understandably glum. Guardiola even appeared to concede the Premier League title, as the preseason favorites for the crown have now fallen 10 points behind leaders Chelsea with 17 games to go. When asked if City’s title hopes were over after a fifth defeat of the season, the Spaniard’s answer was emphatic. “Yes. Ten is a lot of points,” Guardiola said. “The second one [Tottenham] is three points. We have to see. I spoke to my players the last three weeks or a month, forget about the table. Focus on the next game and try to do our best
There has been some turnover on the United States women’s national team corps leading negotiations with U.S. Soccer over a new collective bargaining agreement lately. With the old CBA expiring on Dec. 31, these talks have devolved into a seemingly bitter standoff between the sides. The women argue that they ought to be paid as much as the men’s team – and in accordance with the revenue they drive for the federation – and have filed a grievance with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has not yet ruled.
Team Liquid is ramping up their League of Legends coaching staff, picking up both Josh “Jarge” Smith and Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco. Jarge will be the team’s new head analyst, while Saintvicious will be taking on the role of strategic coach. The pair will be joining head coach David “Dlim” Lim, as well as analysts Kevin “TeeKHay” Bracken, and Keith “Snowspots” Torres.