Transition game: Chelsea tops Arsenal in thriller
Arsenal was shaky at the back early and down 2-0. Before halftime, it was level. But Chelsea, via Marcos Alonso's late goal, was a deserved winner.
08/18/2018 - 02:37 PM
Bernardeschi scores winner for Juve in five-goal thriller
Federico Bernardeschi provided a Hollywood ending to Juventus' Serie A opener against Chievo on Saturday.
08/18/2018 - 03:19 PM
Lewandowski strikes for Bayern after brilliant Ribery skill
Robert Lewandowski scored late on to secure a 1-0 win for Bayern Munich over fourth-tier minnows Drochtersen/Assel in the first round of the DFB-Pokal cup.
08/18/2018 - 12:51 PM
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal - Managers' review
Chelsea survived a scare to defeat Arsenal 3-2 - take a look at what Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery made of the clash.
08/18/2018 - 08:23 PM
Mourinho 'has never been so happy' with unsettled Pogba
Jose Mourinho says he has "never been so happy" with Paul Pogba and the midfielder will stay as captain against Brighton and Hove Albion, despite his comments suggesting he is unsettled at Manchester United. The comments appeared to suggest disharmony at United, with the player and Mourinho reported to have a difficult relationship stemming from last season, when Pogba was dropped for key games against Liverpool and Sevilla.
08/17/2018 - 09:11 AM
Maurizio Sarri 'sure' that Eden Hazard will remain a Chelsea player
Maurizio Sarri has said he is ‘sure’ that Eden Hazard will remain a Chelsea player beyond August 31. Although the English transfer window shut on August 9, clubs in Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, can make signings for another two weeks. Hazard has long been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to one of the Spanish giants, but the Belgian has said nothing to Sarri to indicate he wants a move away.
08/17/2018 - 09:05 AM
Gossip: Manchester United 'refuse to sell' Paul Pogba, Arsenal 'confident of keeping Ramsey' and more
Paul Pogba is seemingly keen for a Manchester United exit but Jose Mourinho has shut the door on a possible move to Barcelona It truly is an extraordinary saga when a club makes so many mistakes regarding one player that it is difficult to pinpoint the
08/17/2018 - 02:38 AM
Serie A announce dates for postponed Sampdoria, Genoa games
Dates have been set for the Serie A games of both Genoa teams which were postponed after a bridge collapsed killing dozens in the northwestern port city, the Italian football league confirmed on Friday. Sampdoria will play Fiorentina at home on September 19 with AC Milan hosting Genoa on October 31. The games were to have been played on Sunday but were pushed back at the request of both teams after the collapse of the Morandi bridge on Tuesday killed at least 38 people and left the city devastated. The kick-off times will be confirmed at a later date. A minute's silence will be observed before all other matches this weekend with the Italian season kicking off with champions Juventus playing at
08/17/2018 - 02:05 PM
Mourinho: 'I've never been so happy' with Pogba
Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United's record signing. A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from Juventus for £89.3 million two summers ago and move to Barcelona. They were followed by claims this week that manager and player had exchanged angry words in a heated meeting after comments made by Pogba following last week's opening league fixture against Leicester. Having starred, and scored, in United's 2-1 victory, just four days after returning to pre-season training following his World Cup adventures, Pogba claimed:
08/17/2018 - 01:40 PM
The 20 most popular rich-list football teams on social media
Earlier this year, financial services firm Deloitte released its annual Football Money League, charting the massive revenues of Europe's biggest football clubs. As the wallets of the continent's biggest teams continue to grow, so too do their online presences. Social media has become a crucial part of the way the largest clubs connect with their fans around the world, with some even hosting foreign language Twitter accounts. Social media is also increasingly driving revenue for clubs as brands target players with large followings for sponsorships. There is still some disparity, though, between the clubs with the most money and the clubs with the most fans (on social media, anyway). Scroll down
08/18/2018 - 05:58 AM
World Cup fatigue could have caused De Bruyne injury, says Guardiola
Pep Guardiola has suggested post-World Cup fatigue could have been a factor in the knee injury that has ruled out Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne for around three months. De Bruyne only returned to training at City last week, having had a break after helping Belgium finish third in Russia in July. Guardiola expects De Bruyne to be fit again by the beginning of December, but acknowledges City will have a tough task dealing with his absence, just as they did when a knee injury ruled out left-back Benjamin Mendy for virtually the whole of last season.
08/17/2018 - 10:26 AM
Bayern coach Kovac unsure over Rudy future
Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac admits he does not know whether midfielder Sebastian Rudy will stay with the club.
08/17/2018 - 01:03 PM
Mom Says Daughters Were Targets of Racial Slurs at School Soccer Match
Administrators at Alta High School in Utah are investigating allegations of racial slurs on the school's soccer field during a recent match.
08/17/2018 - 01:29 PM
Manchester United mark return to women’s football with a new Liverpool rivalry
Media playback is not supported on this device If there was one thing that drove Sir Alex Ferguson to distraction, it was Manchester United's rivalry with other leading teams. From trying to "knock Liverpool off their perch" to "noisy neighbours" Manchester City and a rivalry with Arsenal that "made the Premier League", Ferguson knew that staying ahead of his enemies would drive his team to greater heights. Likewise, beating Manchester United provides inspiration for their opponents. And the same sort of rivalry can now flourish in the women's game after United decided to introduce a women's side for the first time in 13 years. United will operate in the FA Women's Championship this season, a
08/17/2018 - 07:50 AM
Maritzburg United 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs: Amakhosi fail to beat 10-man United
A combination of poor finishing by Kaizer Chiefs and excellent defending from Maritzburg United saw both sides settle for share of the spoils at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
Amakhosi came into this encounter looking for their first league
08/17/2018 - 03:59 PM
Fans queue up for France's new two-star World Cup shirt
French fans have been queuing for hours in Paris to get their hands on the new Les Bleus two-star kit
08/17/2018 - 06:09 PM
Dele Alli's viral soccer celebration is driving the UK mad — here's how you do it
In the UK, the "In My Feelings" challenge is already dead and buried. Instead, everyone is trying to replicate the soccer celebration of Tottenham Hotspur's mercurial midfielder Dele Alli. Like most viral challenges, Alli's celebration looks simple at first glance — like an upside down "OK" gesture — but it's infuriatingly difficult to master. Over the last few days, celebrities and the general public alike have tried with varying levels of success to recreate the celebration. The #DeleChallenge has even made it across the pond to the US: Some people have even speculated that you need to be double-jointed to master the post — but that's not the case. If you're still struggling to get your fingers
08/18/2018 - 01:00 AM
Like Cruyff before him, Guardiola favouring Foden's style over substance
Pep Guardiola was handed his Barcelona break as a skinny teenager by Johan Cruyff so the Manchester City manager has no qualms in following suit with Phil Foden. The 18-year-old Foden made 10 appearances across all competitions in 2017-18, and looks set for a more significant role this season following a stellar showing in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley. In a media conference ahead of Sunday's visit of Huddersfield Town, it was put to Guardiola that there are similarities with Foden's breakthrough and his own at Camp Nou under Cruyff at the start of Barca's fabled 'Dream Team' era.
08/18/2018 - 05:30 PM
Fox Sports to make history with all-female announcing crew for D.C. United match
For coverage of D.C. United’s match Sunday against New England, Fox Sports has assigned a former U.S. national soccer team defender to handle analysis and a onetime college player with years of sports broadcasting experience to do the play-by-play. The sideline reporter has worked MLS games since 2005. Based on those portfolios, FS1’s presentation from Audi Field won’t differ much from other matches. This one, however, is unique, because for the first time on the national broadcast of a U.S. men’s pro soccer match — and, it is believed, for the first time in any of the country’s five major men’s professional team sports leagues — the announcing team will be entirely female. Lisa Byington will
08/17/2018 - 08:00 AM
Where are Roy Hodgson's final Liverpool squad now?
Rewind: Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool legacy wasn’t much Kop Just the mere mention of Roy Hodgson’s name is enough to make Liverpool supporters squirm. His six-months in charge left Reds fans hiding behind their sofas and for those who actually still went
08/17/2018 - 11:50 AM
Atletico Madrid fined for breaching third-party regulations a year on from two-window transfer ban
Atletico Madrid have been fined €46,200 by FIFA for breaching regulations regarding third-party involvement. The La Liga club were punished and warned about their future conduct by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, following an investigation. It comes a year after Atletico were given a two-window transfer ban due to irregularities involving the signing of underage players from overseas.
08/17/2018 - 11:31 AM
Salah, Mane and Firmino not in competition says Klopp
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's feared front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not in a goalscoring competition as the trio are focused solely on winning matches. The Reds started the new Premier League season with a 4-0 hammering of West Ham at Anfield last weekend, a contenst in which Mane scored twice, while last season's PFA Player of the Year Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge were also on target. After the game, Mane was asked about the competition among the team's forwards but Klopp – addressing the media before Monday's contest at Crystal Palace – believes none of his stars pay attention to the numbers achieved by their strike partners.
08/17/2018 - 10:00 AM
Spanish Soccer Players' Union Against La Liga U.S. Partnership
The Spanish soccer players' union has hit out at La Liga for entering into a partnership that could lead to some La Liga games being played in the USA and Canada. The Spanish soccer players' union AFE said that players weren’t consulted by La Liga, saying “As usual, La Liga has ignored the opinion of players and compromises them with actions which only the league benefits from,” and that “soccer players are not currency that can be used in business deals that only benefit third parties.” La Liga earlier this week announced that it had entered into a 15-year partnership with Relevent, the group behind the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament. That partnership will include bringing
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
Lazio 1-2 Napoli
Napoli were made to work for their first three points of the Serie A campaign, but eventually took the spoils after a 2-1 win over Lazio on Saturday.
08/18/2018 - 05:58 PM
Caf Confederation Cup Group B preview: Al Hilal host Berkane in bid to avoid elimination
Al Hilal are staring elimination from the Caf Confederation Cup ahead of Sunday’s hosting of RSB Berkane at Al Hilal Stadium. Knowing well that a defeat or a draw will send them packing out of the tournament, Al Hilal have in their hands the biggest assignment since the 2015 Caf Champions League semifinal. The Omdurman side have just three points from as many draws, plus a defeat by Berkane in the reverse fixture in June.
08/18/2018 - 08:48 AM
Recap: STL 5, MIL 2
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08/18/2018 - 12:22 AM
Atletico fined for third-party interference
Associated Press ZURICH -- FIFA has fined Atletico Madrid for third-party interference in a player transfer. FIFA says the transfer for an unnamed player included a contract which "enabled a third party to influence the club's independence in employment and transfer-related matters." Atletico, who beat Real Madrid 4-2 in the European Super Cup on Wednesday, was fined 52,500 Swiss francs ($52,720). FIFA cracked down on third-party ownership of players in 2015. Until then, investors were able to buy shares in players in some countries, raising questions over possible conflicts of interest. It's not the first time FIFA and Atletico have tangled over transfer issues. In 2016, FIFA banned Atletico
08/17/2018 - 05:28 PM
Nashville council attorney raises legal concerns with MLS stadium referendum proposals
Nashville was awarded a MLS team in 2017 and now the city is pushing to build a stadium for the team to play in In a new legal analysis, the Metro Council's attorney has raised legal concerns with a pair of resolutions that seek to hold a referendum in November on financing Nashville's proposed Major League Soccer stadium. Mike Jameson, the council's legal counsel, has advised that the resolution be rewritten and a substitute be filed to address the issues. The analysis, released Thursday, comes in response to two resolutions filed by At-large Councilman John Cooper, a top critic of the stadium project, and Budget and Finance Committee chairwoman Tanaka Vercher that seeks council approval to
08/17/2018 - 12:21 PM
Lionel Messi's magical free kick earns Barcelona win in La Liga opener
Lionel Messi hits his free kick for Barcelona against Alaves in the two clubs’ 2018-19 La Liga opener. Lionel Messi’s genius will never expire. With Barcelona stalling in its 2018-19 La Liga opener, Messi stepped up to a 64th-minute free kick.
08/18/2018 - 06:08 PM
USMNT Aug 17-19 viewing guide and open thread
A week before the Bundesliga kicks off most of the action is limited to secondary sources (beIN, ESPN3, Univision Deportes, etc.) but there are a number of opportunities throughout the weekend to watch former, current, or potential USMNT players in action. Perhaps in this final preseason weekend, it would be good to cover some ground rules for those who may be a bit newer to the site or this weekly column. We look to provide some insight into the opportunities you have to view USMNT players in action. Typically we focus on the viewing opportunities through the major networks, because they are the most widely available. ESPN, FS1 and NBCSN reach 4-5 times as many homes as beIN Sport Espanyol,
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
Pochettino claims he knows the secret to doing Alli's eye celebration
Eye eye: Dele Alli’s new celebration has everyone trying it out Even those of us who try to keep our distance from the hysteria which surrounds player celebrations have had a dabble when nobody’s looking. There seemed little to it when Deli Alli scored
08/17/2018 - 05:49 AM
Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks
Week 2 of the Premier League season is almost here and that means one thing: my predictions have landed.
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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage
08/17/2018 - 05:29 PM
Brazil 'doesn't care about clubs'
ESPN Flamengo's president is "outraged" with the Brazil national team's call-ups of local players for upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, telling reporters the Brazilian federation (CBF) "doesn't care about the clubs." Tite on Friday announced his squad for the exhibition matches, including the likes of Flamengo midfielder Lucas Paqueta, Cruzeiro defender Dede and Corinthians right-back Fagner in the team despite the fact the trio will be forced to miss important games for their clubs as the domestic calendar does not stop for the international dates. Flamengo stand to be without Paqueta, who has grown to become the team's most influential player this season, for three
08/17/2018 - 07:49 PM
VIDEO: All 4 goals from a 2-2 half between Chelsea, Arsenal
The Gunners lost 2-0 against Manchester City on opening weekend, and went down 2-0 at Chelsea a week later. Exhale, though, Arsenal fan: It’s now 2-2 at Stamford Bridge after 45 minutes on Saturday. Miserable defending hit Arsenal twice in the first 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea found the back of the net through Pedro and then Alvaro Morata.
08/18/2018 - 01:18 PM
Jurgen Klopp warns stars not to have a problem with squad rotation
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to his star players – if you have a problem with being left out of the team, you have a problem with me. Klopp has the best squad at his disposal since arriving at the club in 2015, with many fans believing they can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title all the way.
08/18/2018 - 04:45 AM
W2W4: Arsenal, Chelsea battle to forge new identities
Nick Miller ESPN.com writer Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. Arsenal and Chelsea seek to forge new identities while Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham focused in light of some disappointing news about their new stadium. 1. Expect the unexpected as Chelsea face Arsenal Once upon a time, you'd know what sort of game you were in for when Arsenal visited Chelsea. For the most part of the Roman Abramovich era, muscular, strong-willed Chelsea would flex Arsenal aside, apart from the few occasions when the Gunners' more subtle attempts to play through their opponents would come off. The results weren't always predictable, but
08/17/2018 - 04:01 AM
Is Lucas Torreira the man to help Arsenal get the best out of Mesut Ozil?
Unai Emery has repeatedly stressed that he will oversee “a new way” at Arsenal and, in trying to identify just exactly what that means, supporters will be hoping that two themes of Thursday’s pre-match press conference are transferred onto the pitch on Saturday. First, in answering a question about Mesut Ozil with reference to why “defensive moments are for each and every player” and then also in talking up how Lucas Torreira, finally a specialist holding midfielder at Arsenal, is ready to make his first start for the club. It certainly felt like no coincidence that Ozil was absent from the Arsenal team last season that were rewarded for a performance of rare defensive discipline with a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge after prioritising defensive discipline.
08/17/2018 - 05:30 PM
Report: Altidore drawing European interest late in transfer window
Toronto FC and United States men’s national team striker Jozy Altidore is reportedly drawing interest from two of the top five leagues in Europe. According to ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle, the 28-year-old has interest from Serie A and Ligue 1 with the summer transfer window set to close around the continent soon. While the windows have already closed for incoming transfers in MLS and England, Italian clubs are free to sign players until August 18 and French teams having all the way until August 25 to get deals done. Altidore is no stranger to Europe. He left MLS as a young prospect in 2008 when La Liga club Villarreal bought him for what was at the time a league record transfer fee of around $10 million.
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
English Premier League Matchweek 2 odds, betting trends
Liverpool had the most impressive debut of the opening week of English Premier League action last week when it crushed West Ham United 4-0 at home. This Monday night, Liverpool heads out on the road to take on Crystal Palace in the final game of this matchweek. The road club is a -230 favorite on the Premier League odds for Monday night at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The test for Liverpool’s big offseason moves may not come until the team’s competition stiffens up down the road, but a 4-0 blowout win to open the season is a great place to start. Crystal Palace (+575 to win, +380 to draw) didn’t get its first win until Week 8 last season, but in 2018-19 it came in the season premiere
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
City's Guardiola wary of Spurs game switch
MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola has indicated that he is not keen on the idea of switching Manchester City's clash with Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium, with the venue for the game in October still unknown. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he does not know where the match, scheduled for Oct. 28, will be played as delays hit the opening of the London club's new stadium, with a possibility that its date could be changed. Tottenham have moved their first three fixtures to Wembley, where they played home games last season, but switching the City match to the national stadium is complicated because an NFL game scheduled for the same day. Sources have told ESPN FC that there has
08/17/2018 - 10:07 AM
Chelsea, Arsenal offer both hope and despair
There was so much for both Chelsea and Arsenal to be happy about after their five-goal thriller in a London derby on Saturday. There were also plenty of red flags for both Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery in their embryonic careers as Premier League managers.
08/18/2018 - 03:44 PM
Morales scores twice as Levante wins 3-0 at Real Betis
MADRID (AP) — Jose Luis Morales scored twice as Levante won 3-0 at Real Betis in the opening round of the Spanish league on Friday. Levante's 4-4-2 formation worked to clinical effect as his strike partner Roger Marti gave Levante the lead close to halftime, tapping in after right midfielder Jason cut through the Betis defense. Morales doubled the lead in the 54th minute, eluding four defenders before beating goalkeeper Pau Lopez with a fine finish, and then sealed the win five minutes into injury time following a Levante counterattack. Earlier Friday, promoted Real Valladolid drew 0-0 at Girona. Defending champion Barcelona hosts Alaves on Saturday, while Real Madrid's first game since selling
08/17/2018 - 06:48 PM
Emery confident in Aubameyang-Lacazette pairing
LONDON -- Unai Emery has no doubts that Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette can co-exist on the pitch, even though he opted to start the latter on the bench in the season opener. Emery faces a quandary when it comes to making the most of his attacking options as he has two two strikers in Lacazette and Aubameyang and two quality playmakers in Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. In Sunday's loss to Manchester City, Lacazette was sacrificed in favour of a 4-3-3 formation with Aubameyang up front, but Emery has also tested systems during preseason where both forwards were on the pitch at the same time. Lacazette gave Arsenal's attack against Man City a boost when he
08/17/2018 - 05:30 PM
Neymar deserves to be praised for his behaviour - Tite
Brazil head coach Tite believes Neymar deserves praise for the way he conducted himself while being targeted at the World Cup.
08/17/2018 - 07:14 PM
Salomon Rondon relishing a fresh start despite the burden of Newcastle’s famous No 9 and a nation’s pride
There is a striking image of Salomon Rondon walking down a narrow entranceway towards the St James’ Park pitch, a small blast of green on what otherwise is grey at the end of that narrow tunnel. Rondon is wearing a black and white Newcastle shirt with the No 9 emblazoned in red on the back. This is a new world potentially for Rondon and his family, and a contrast to a more complicated life back home, in Venezuela, where his mother and father still live.
08/17/2018 - 10:55 AM
Valverde: We're lucky to be living in the Messi era
Samuel Marsden BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi put World Cup disappointment with Argentina behind him to kick off the new season with a bang, scoring twice in Barcelona's 3-0 win against Alaves at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi scored twice, with Philippe Coutinho also on target, as well as hitting the woodwork two times and creating gilt-edged chances for teammates Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez. The forward's first goal, Barca's 6,000th in La Liga (he also scored their 5,000th in 2009) was delivered under the Alaves wall and coach Ernesto Valverde says we're lucky to be living in the same era as him. "Messi is a genius," Valverde said in his postgame news conference. "We're lucky to be able to see
08/18/2018 - 08:17 PM
How much will La Liga miss Cristiano Ronaldo?
La Liga prepares for the first season without Cristiano Ronaldo for 10 years.
08/17/2018 - 06:40 PM
Tite ushers in Brazil's new era ahead of Copa America
Brazil coach Tite confessed that after his country´s World Cup elimination he went for his daily walk along the Rio de Janeiro beach "at 6:00 in the morning, because there was no one else around." With time, sensing a more positive response from the streets, he started out later, no longer afraid of an angry reaction. But the quarterfinal elimination to Belgium still hurts. "I went mad because we didn't go further in the World Cup," he confessed. "I've been waking up at 2:00 in the morning to head the ball along with Roberto Firmino, shoot with Gabriel Jesus and try and take the arm of [Thiabut] Courtois out of the way!" As Tite called up his first post-World Cup squad for games next month against
08/17/2018 - 01:41 PM
Marchisio leaves Juventus after 25 years
Claudio Marchisio has terminated his contract with Juventus by mutual consent, the Serie A club have announced. The 32-year-old, who ranks 18th on the club's list of players with the most club appearances, with 389, brings to an end a spell of 25 years in a Bianconeri shirt. His destination has not yet been revealed, although the midfielder has recently been linked with a move to France. "Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour," read a statement on Juve's website. "And it will be a pleasure to keep following him, with whichever shirt he will wear in the future. For the black and white stripes,
08/17/2018 - 04:32 AM
Barca boss calls La Liga matches in U.S. 'strange'
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga's plan to take one fixture per season to the United States or Canada strikes him as "strange." La Liga announced on Thursday that an agreement with Relevant, the organisers of the International Champions Cup, would see one game played in North America each year to promote the game in the continent. However, the plans have been met with a mixed response, with the Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) among those complaining that the deal was struck without the necessary consultation. "Initially, it seems a bit strange to play a league game abroad," Valverde told a news conference on Friday. "But that was also the case with the
08/17/2018 - 01:22 PM
Eden Hazard proves the difference as Chelsea overcome Arsenal resurgence in five-goal thriller
There are two new managers at these two famous old clubs, and two new ways of playing and yet, in the end of one of the season’s early classics, the decisive influence was the magnificent Eden Hazard, coming off the bench and as good as ever. Chelsea’s No 10 played only the last 30 minutes, brought on after Arsenal had fought their way back from two goals down and with the game delicately poised it was the best player in either squad who delivered the great moment of quality. The third Chelsea goal, scored by Marcos Alonso and enough for Maurizio Sarri’s team’s second win in two, was made by the twinkling feet of Hazard.
08/18/2018 - 04:26 PM
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