Mesut Ozil celebrates the second of his three goals against Ludogorets. For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, something feels a bit different this season. A 6-0 destruction of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday has Arsenal level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Group A, but the remaining head-to-head fixture against the French champions will take place at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Pep Guardiola has seen Lionel Messi score a lot of goals, but this time was seated in the opposing dugout. Standout Manchester City midfielder slipped in the middle of the 18, stunning his listless teammates and allowing Messi to reap the benefits early in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage match at the Camp Nou. Another former Messi teammate, Claudio Bravo, was left clawing at air as the diminutive megastar darted around him to make it 1-0 to Barcelona.
Aaron Davidson, former president of the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate Traffic Group, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. Davidson, who also agreed to forfeit $507,900, is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation that upended Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world, and one of 18 people and two companies to plead guilty. In court, Davidson, 45, admitted he participated in schemes to direct $14.1 million in bribes to Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president and president of CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean.