• Is the Chinese Super League really a threat to the Premier League?
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    Is the Chinese Super League really a threat to the Premier League?

    It’s becoming something of a January tradition. A few rumors, a big money signing, a Premiership manager bemoans China’s ability to outspend on players. In 2016, it was Ramires and Wayne Rooney. This year, Oscar (for £51 million) and Carlos Tevez (possibly £70 million) have gone; Diego Costa is the subject of rumors, and Yaya Touré reportedly turned down a huge offer to play in China. Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, said this week that China is paying “crazy money” and it “looks like they broke the market.” Tevez will earn a reported £615,000 per week. That does seem crazy. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. But should the football leagues and major clubs

  • Jones speaks out on Tim Howard’s “dangerous” talk (video)
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    Jones speaks out on Tim Howard’s “dangerous” talk (video)

    New LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT mainstay Jermaine Jones is hoping he can clarify Tim Howard’s controversial comments about dual nationals. Howard said Wednesday that there were commitment issues with some of the dual nationals on the United States squad, adding that players like Jones and Fabian Johnson were great for the team. Jones answered those thoughts on Thursday, labeling them “dangerous stuff”. From ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre: “With all the respect for Timmy, I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full-American. It’s more what you have in here [taps his chest]. “If you go on the field and you give everything for this country, then of course sometimes there’s a situation where you’re

  • Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad score, highlights: Barca ends losing streak at Anoeta
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    Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad score, highlights: Barca ends losing streak at Anoeta

    For the first time since 2007, Barcelona has won at Real Sociedad. The Catalan club edged Sociedad 1-0 at the Anoeta Stadium on Thursday in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg thanks to a first-half penalty kick goal from Neymar. In a stadium that has brought nightmares to Barca fans, including losing to a David Moyes-led Sociedad in 2015, Barca was strong at the back and didn't give the hosts much room to create moving forward. Barca was boosted by the return of Gerard Pique from injury, and the team did just enough to come away with a big win in Spain's domestic cup tournament. All that was needed was a little Neymar. The Brazilian went down in the box and converted this penalty kick on