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    Top PL Storylines: Bye-bye, St. Totteringham’s Day? So long, Sunderland?

    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 soccer fan in Iran looks identical to Messi
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    A soccer fan in Iran looks identical to Messi

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi is one of the most recognizable athletes on Earth, and one Iranian soccer fan is embracing his uncanny resemblance to the Argentinian superstar. Meet Riza Perestes. He's a regular guy from Iran, but he's gained popularity for his stunning resemblance to Messi. The Mehr News Agency met up with Perestes, who was wearing an Argentina jersey, and took photos of the Messi doppelgänger. Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency And here's the real Messi. The hair, the beard, the similar face. Yeah, we totally see it. (h/t 101greatgoals)

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    Asia-based FIFA official pleads guilty to corruption charges

    An Asia-based FIFA official has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges relating to bribery and corruption in elections for soccer's world governing body. Guam Football Association President Richard Lai, who is a member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee and is on the Asian Football Confederation's executive board, pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials. Lai, a U.S. citizen, also pleaded guilty to failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and agreed to pay more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties. The plea was entered before U.S. District