After drawing a foul outside the box, Xherdan Shaqiri steps up to take the free kick and scores his second goal of the match to give Stoke City a 2-0 lead over Hull City.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is open to the idea of the UEFA Champions League final being played outside Europe. Specifically, Ceferin thinks about New York. Ceferin said Thursday that staging the first ever UCL final away from Europe would be discussed at some point. From FOX: “To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans it’s no problem but we should see. It’s a European competition so let’s think about it.” Given the preseason matches played in the United States, China, and Australia, it makes sense to stage an important UEFA match outside Europe. Those first two countries especially aim to become power players in
World Cup champion Lauren Holiday has had a brain tumor removed, one month after giving birth. Holiday’s husband, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that his pregnant wife was diagnosed with an operable tumor in September, and Lauren Holiday has publicly thanked fans for support while requesting prayers. The Holidays welcomed their first child earlier this month, and Jrue left the Pelicans preseason to help his wife. The BBC added this tidbit: Unbelievably as a three-year-old, she had open-heart surgery to repair a defect and went on to become one of the world’s most respected football players. Get well soon, Lauren.