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The Daily Dirt: England continues to struggle in Europe

What's wrong with Premier League teams?

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Tuesday brought about another round of UEFA Champions League action, along with a surprising amount of goals — 27 in eight games. The Barclays Premier League, once a dominant force in Europe, continues to struggle.

Let's try not to talk about this: Chelsea lose 2-1 at the Dragao [We Ain't Got No History]

Jose Mourinho returned to the place where he broke out as a manager, but the welcome from Porto wasn't as kind as he would have liked. Despite the defeat, Mourinho wasn't too critical of his side, chalking up the result to only two mistakes. Chelsea now sits third in Group G.

Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos: A Thing That Happened [The Short Fuse]

Arsenal scored more goals than Chelsea, but the result wasn't any better. The Gunners are now 0 for 2 in Champions League play this year and sit at the bottom of Group F. The game included a pretty massive blunder from backup Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

Brazilian soccer ref pulls gun on players during red card dispute [SB Nation]

That's one way to command respect from players on the field.

What's happening in The A?

A long Braves season is finally winding down, but not before Atlanta plays a three-game series against the disappointing and dysfunctional Washington NationalsThe Braves took Game 1 thanks to two solo home runs from 38-year-old catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

With DeMarre Carroll gone to Toronto, the Hawks have an open spot in the starting lineup. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has an "open mind," though Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore should be the favorites.