8,018 days (otherwise known as 22.9 years) have passed since Tottenham Hotspur last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. Secondly, the time to reset that clock is nearly upon us, as Tottenham take a 14-point lead into Sunday’s North London derby (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) — perhaps the final one to be played at White Hart Lane. With Arsenal having only five games left to play after Sunday, a 17-point deficit would be mathematically impossible to overcome, and would guarantee Spurs’ first PL finish above Arsenal since the spring of 1995.
A guilty plea was entered early Friday by senior Asian Federation (AFC) official Richard Lai to bribery charges, leading FIFA to suspend the 55-year-old indefinitely. Lai has served as the head of the Guam FA since 2001, and is a member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee.
As per FIFA’s last Big Count, around 24 million Americans were playing football in 2006 and 30 percent of American households contained someone playing the game. There are somewhere around 4.2 million players registered with US Soccer, compared to 2014’s tally of just 3 million. And during recent times, soccer has arguably become the second most popular participation sport in the States, behind baseball, even though its cultural imprint remains significantly smaller than the National Basketball Association (NBA) or the National Football League (NFL). While the numbers suggest that the spike in popularity is genuine, there is still great scope for improvement – and specifically so in respect of