Noon, ET: The 2016-17 UEFA Champions League promises to deliver world-class soccer to fans around the world. Over the next nine-plus months, Europe’s 32 best clubs will compete for the European Cup, the most prestiguous trophy in the club soccer world. Real Madrid is the reigning Champions League winner, and the Spanish giant is keen to become the first team to retain its European crown under the competition’s current format. Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid lead the list of contenders, but the entire field can dream of glory at this point in the season. UEFA will conduct the draw for the group stage Thursday, with the ceremeony set to begin at noon in Monte Carlo. Join us right
Mats Hummels’ move to Bayern Munich strengthens the champions, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund will challenge for the title. Last summer, the Bundesliga overtook the Premier League in UEFA coefficient for the first time in a decade and a half. Bayern Munich is the class of this country, no question.
USMNT star DeAndre Yedlin has sealed a permanent move to St. James Park, as Newcastle United has bought the former Sunderland player from Tottenham Hotspur. Yedlin, 23, will continue his defensive education on a five-year deal under a man who knows how to teach: Rafa Benitez. The right back was a pivotal part of Sunderland’s survival in the Premier League last season, which coincidentally sent Newcastle down to the Championship. With Daryl Janmaat off to Watford, Yedlin allows Newcastle to use versatile Vurnon Anita in other roles. Here’s what Yedlin had to say about the switch to the other side of Northeast England: “Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honour