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The Daily Dirt: Copa in the U.S., after all?

An announcement regarding the big tournament could be coming soon.

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The Copa America Centenario, a potentially huge tournament that brings together CONCACAF and CONMEBOL together for a competition on American soil, could still be in the cards. In recent months, plans for the 2016 tourney appeared all but certain to fall through, thanks in large part to the United States' roll in targeting FIFA's corruption. But now, reports indicate an announcement confirming the tournament could come as early as Friday. If it does actually happen, it will be the biggest tournament in America since the 1994 World Cup.

Key MLS Players Union officials, including Pope, leaving for Octagon [SI]

Octagan is a pretty massive sports marketing firm that represents the likes of Stephen Curry, Michael Phelps, and Daniel Sturridge. Perhaps Eddie Pope and Mike Senkowski, who are heading up the company's new North American soccer practice, will be able to raise the profiles of some MLS players.

What's happening in The A?

Nothing lasts forever, not even the Falcons' unbeaten run to open the 2015 NFL season. Atlanta traveled to New Orleans and fell to the hated Saints, 31-21. Despite outgaining New Orleans, 413-385, three lost fumbles doomed Atlanta.

In ESPN's rankings all franchises in professional sports, the Hawks are up 19 spots to No. 29. That ranks them as eighth best in the NBA.