The soccer news starts with what still seems like a rarity in England's Premier League. Tottenham Stadium officially opens on Wednesday when Spurs host Crystal Palace. They become the third London club to open a new stadium since Arsenal left Highbury in 2006. With Tottenham Stadium also designed for the National Football League and adding an annual home game for rugby club Saracens, this is already a multi-purpose venue.
AP's Rob Harris explains the financing of the stadium and what it borrows from the North American pro sports model. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke asks about Tottenham's squad with the pressure on near the top of the Premier League table.
"In football, you cannot think too much about things you cannot change," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said following Sunday's 2-1 loss at Liverpool. "Now we have a mini-league, seven games ahead and it’s in our hands to finish in the top four. We also have the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the new stadium on Wednesday. That’s going to be a big boost for us. Of course we’re disappointed because of the result but it’s not like when you lose at Burnley or Southampton and you are worried. Now, after that defeat, I’m disappointed, yes, not happy, but the performance was good."
There are plenty of examples of the new stadium boost in North American sports, but that might not be as much of an issue in the Premier League. Whatever issues Spurs have aren't likely to drop them significantly down the table. This is a season where they're competitive domestically and in Europe while opening their new stadium. Short of being in 1st-place, they couldn't hope for much more than what they have.
How that carries over to next season might be the question, but this is a squad with a global superstar and a manager willing to try things. That includes staying put with the team he had during last summer's transfer window.
Also in the soccer news, DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United lost 2-0 at Arsenal in the Premier League. Arsenal took the lead in the 30th minute, scoring again in the 83rd. Newcastle finished with 1 shot on goal to Arsenal's 4 and had 29% of possession. Newcastle is in 14th-place with Arsenal moving into 3rd, two points ahead of Spurs and Manchester United all on 31 games played.
"Our target is very clear," Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. "It's going to be very difficult but step by step we’ve started to rise up the table after the first two matches in the Premier League when we lost against Manchester City and Chelsea. We are improving and now we are third. But we know it is going to be difficult for us because our opposition is big opposition and it is going to be very tough for us.
SI.com's Avi Creditor on the top four in the Premier League. The Mirror's Darren Lewis talks to Yaya Toure about his experience as a member of FIFA's anti-racism taskforce.
The DFB announced that president Reinhard Grindel has resigned as head of Germany's soccer federation, remaining on the FIFA Council. Keir Radnedge provides the context for why there's so much turnover for FIFA's head of communications.
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