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England Makes Another Exit

W. Horobin & J. Robinson, Wall Street Journal

Is Messi Really Done With Argentina?

Brian Straus, Planet Futbol

Euro '16 Expansion a Stunning Success

Evan Chronis, The Sports Quotient

How Britain Leaving EU Might Affect EPL

Rob Harris, Associated Press

England’s tortured history of major-tournament heartbreak added what may be its most embarrassing chapter Monday with a 2-1 defeat to Iceland, the smallest nation ever to qualify...(full article)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The United States departs the Copa America Centenario feeling good about itself after a spirited performance, especially in the second half, in Saturday evening'...(full article)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As two teammates walked toward the goal to console Lucas Biglia, whose penalty kick was saved by the Chilean goalkeeper, Lionel Messi stepped away, turned...(full article)

When it was first announced, the expansion of the Euro 2016 field to 24 teams seemed like a poor decision. The European Championship is a tournament that holds a sort of prestige t...(full article)

Britain's vote to leave the European Union could mean profound changes for the country's most successful sporting export if continental players can no longer easily join Premier Le...(full article)

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