MiamiNot a good day for Major League Soccer and their soccer specific stadium plans. Following up the the heels of the news that NYCFC will spend its first three seasons playing at Yankee Stadium, comes the news that David Beckham’s plan to build a stadium at the port of Miami is under fire from a shipping alliance.

“We cannot jeopardize well-paying jobs, like crane operators, longshore workers, and mechanics, for low-paying stadium jobs, such as concession sales,” the Miami Seaport Alliance said in a full-page ad that ran in the Miami Herald and its sister Spanish-language paper, El Nuevo Herald.

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yankee-stadium-soccerAccording to a report in the New York Times, New York City Football Club (NYCFC) will play their first three MLS seasons at Yankee Stadium, the home field of their co-owners the New York Yankees.

NYCFC begins play in MLS next season and the prospect of them playing three years in a baseball stadium certainly takes the gloss of what was supposed to be one of the premier franchises in MLS.

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.

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96 men, women and children lost their lives as a result of the events that unfolded on April 15, 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.

Over the last 25 years, the families who lost loved ones and the survivors of the disaster have shown immense dignity and resilience.

In memory of the Liverpool supporters who went to watch their beloved Reds on April 15th, 1989, but never returned. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.

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New England RevolutionWhen you are struggling to score goals, as the New England Revolution are doing this season, then you need help from unlikely sources. And that is what happened on Saturday night as defender Kevin Alston and Jerry Bengtson scored to help New England beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0.

The win moved New England up to fifth place in the east with a 2-3-1 record, while Houston fell to seventh with a 2-3 record.

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FA Cup and Me It will be Arsenal and Hull City who will meet in the FA Cup Final on 17 May, as both Premier League sides overcame battling performances by lower league sides this weekend.

After nine years without a trophy, the 50,000+ Arsenal fans at Wembley on Saturday arrived with the expectation that this was going to be their year. But they nearly left Wembley with their hearts broken again, as Wigan came within 8 minutes of knocking out Arsene Wenger’s side.

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CourtinhoLiverpool took control of the Premier League title race with a thrilling 3-2 win over third-placed Manchester City at Anfield today.

In an emotional day at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers side once put pressure on the opposition early and the game was just six minutes old when Luis Suárez outmuscled Gaël Clichy and released Raheem Sterling, who passed the ball into an empty net after selling Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart and delightful dummy

City were wobbling and looked done for in the 26th minute when Martin Škrtel headed home from a Steven Gerrard’s corner in front of the Kop.

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as-sport-barcaThe La Liga title race has been fascinating all season and it took another turn on Saturday as Real Madrid moved ahead of Barcelona as they beat Ulmeria 4-0 while Barca were shut out for the second straight game, this time 1-0 to Granada.

Barcelona, knocked out of the Champions League by Atlético Madrid in midweek, would have gone above Diego Simeone’s side and to the top of the league with victory against Granada. But for the fifth time this season, Barca lost in the league virtue of Yacine Brahimi’s neat finish from a narrow angle after 16 minutes.

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mind_the_gap-logoWith most eyes on Sunday’s title race clash between Liverpool and Manchester City, Everton jumped over Arsenal and into fourth place in the Premier League on a day when a number of teams boosted their survival hopes.

With the top three in the Premier League all in action on Sunday, and Arsenal on FA Cup semi-final duty later on Saturday, Everton took advantage by winning 1-0 at bottom-placed Sunderland. With five games to go, Everton are in control of their own destiny and if Roberto Martinez’s side win the rest of their games they will be playing in the Champions League next season.

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Rafa-Europa-trophyTough draw for Italian giants Juventus, as they must beat high flying Benfica if they are to book a place in a Europa League final on home turf, while Sevilla face Valencia in the competition’s other semifinal.

This year’s Europa League final is at Juve‘s Turin Stadium, where Antonio Conte’s side will play the second leg of their last-four tie after first visiting the Estadio da Luz.

The Bianconeri have never won the Europa League in its current format, but are joint-record winners of its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, having won it three times (1977, 1990 and 1993) along with Inter Milan and Liverpool.

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mourinho-vs-guardiolaChelsea have been drawn against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, while the other semifinal matches holders Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The first leg will take place on April 22/23 and the return the following week.

The draw sets up an intriguing situation with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the 21-year-old goalkeeper on loan with Atletico from Chelsea. I wrote yesterday how the Courtois situation was
threatening to overshadow the draw
, and Uefa moved quickly to clarify that Courtois will be eligible to face the Blues in both legs. A statement from European football’s governing body read:

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