Of all the players on Leicester City's title-winning squad, there was no player more important than midfielder N'Golo Kante. The combative, hard-running midfielder covered so much ground that he essentially did the job of two players in the center of the park. It created a mismatch that other teams couldn't match and propelled them to the title as a result. Unfortunately for Leicester, he left for a big-money move to Chelsea over the summer (who are now, coincidentally, top of the league themselves), and on Sunday Kante came face-to-face with his old club. His former manager, Claudio Ranieri, was there to welcome him, and needless to say, there weren't any hard feelings.
After soccer’s international governing body moved to expand the World Cup, regional officials are considering creating a new tournament pitting the best national teams in the Americas against each other, according to several people with knowledge of the discussions. Concacaf, which oversees the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is weighing holding its biennial national team competition every four years, said the people, who asked not to be identified as talks continue. The switch would create room for a new quadrennial tournament that would also include teams from South America, perhaps as early as 2020. Revamping the Concacaf Gold Cup, which has always been held in the U.S.,
Things got heated on Sunday between Real Madrid and Sevilla in La Liga. Playing for the third time in a span of two weeks, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty kick after Sergio Rico took down Dani Carvajal in the box in the second half, and Cristiano Ronaldo went to take it. But before that, Sevilla's Vitolo tried to mess with the penalty spot by kicking up some of the paint and grass. Ronaldo didn't like that, so he threw the ball at him and hit him. He then escaped punishment and put away the penalty kick. Talk about everything going your way. Real gets the penalty kick, gets in a cheapshot and scores a goal. As for Sevilla, it couldn't have gotten much worse.