Manchester City, which appeared to be a runaway Premier League favorite and legitimate Champions League contender in the first few weeks of the season, has crashed to Earth. After a 4-1 domestic drubbing at the hands of Liverpool over the weekend, the Citizens fell at Juventus, 1-0, in Champions League play Wednesday. Juve's win sent the Turin club to the top of Group D and clenched a spot in the knockout round. Man City previously clenched advancement, but now is in a funk having won one out of four in November.
The red side of Manchester isn't in any better shape. After a goalless home draw against PSV Eindhoven, United is in serious danger of relegation to Europa League. Manager Louis van Gaal has officially worn out his welcome.
Perhaps Jurgen Klinsmann shouldn't go out of his way to alienate the USMNT's best player. This goal is fantastic:
Miami-Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said a school board vote to approve a partnership with the team has been postponed.
"I think we are out of time," he said.
Miami Beckham United partner Tim Leiweke told CNBC, "I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, but we're going to know in the next several days." For Beckham's sake, let's hope this one doesn't fall through. The fledgling club probably can't take much more turmoil.
Portland Timbers fans are engaging in the treacherous activity of thinking about an MLS Cup title before the club has actually won. Proceed at your own risk, Timbers Army.
Chicago Fire have a new manager in Veljko Paunovic, and fans seem to be pretty happy.
What's happening in The A?
The Hawks fell apart in the fourth quarter Wednesday and dropped a 99-95 result against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Atlanta went 6-of-22 from the field over the final 12 minutes, including 1-of-9 from three-point range.
The Braves have signed veteran starting pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year contract. Does that mean Shelby Miller is on his way out?