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FIFA clears Brazilians to play in Premier League this weekend, along with Chile, Mexico and Paraguay players | Football News

FIFA has cleared players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break to play in the Premier League this weekend.

On Wednesday it was revealed that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to block Premier League clubs from selecting players who they had refused to release for the latest round of international fixtures, following a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The request came after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last month not to release players for international matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.

However, following extensive talks with FIFA, the FA

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Kylian Mbappe: Real Madrid could look to sign PSG forward in January despite positive talks | Football News

Real Madrid may wait until the January transfer window to make another approach for Kylian Mbappe, despite positive talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for the forward.

Real and PSG held progressive talks on Thursday following their second bid of £145.6m (€170m), but Sky Sports News has been told a deal is not close yet.

Mbappe has told PSG, who turned down Real’s opening offer of £137m on Wednesday, it is his dream to play for the Spanish side.

According to Sky Sports News‘ sources in France, Real Madrid are beginning to get the feeling that it might

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SEC establishes forfeit policies for college football games canceled due to COVID-19

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The Power Five conferences have made it clear: If you can’t play due to COVID-19, you will take a loss. The SEC became the latest to announce its cancellation policy on Monday with a forfeit mandate similar to the rest of the Power Five. The policy will hand a forfeit to any team that is unable to play due to COVID-19 issues, while assigning a win in the conference standings to the team able to play. The SEC also will consider financial reimbursement to any team whose game was canceled through no fault of its own. 

If both teams

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Bay Area football powerhouse Serra is screwed because of their coach’s apathy about vaccines

Junipero Serra High School’s powerhouse football team, the Padres, are supposed to open their 2021 regular season on Friday against another powerhouse, the Pittsburg Pirates. But the game is going to be a dud (if it happens at all), because, as the Mercury News reported on Thursday, a “significant” number of Padres players have been ruled out due to close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the fault of many people at Serra, a Catholic private school in San Mateo — but primarily, it’s the fault of Patrick Walsh, Serra’s football coach. Walsh has been … Read More

Hurricane Ida leads LSU football team to relocate to Houston

BATON ROUGE, La. — All LSU football operations began a move to Houston on Saturday because of the approach of powerful Hurricane Ida, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said.  

“We are going to Houston,” Bonnette said in a text shortly after 2 p.m. CT Saturday.

The No. 13 Tigers will practice and have meetings and film study at the facilities of the NFL’s Houston Texans and stay in Houston until Thursday when they will fly to Southern California for their season opener against UCLA on Saturday (7:30 p.m., FOX).

UCLA hosted Hawaii on Saturday in its season opener.

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Is Bishop Sycamore a legit high school football program? IMG Academy’s ESPN opponent explained

Early in the football season, ESPN has been known to showcase some of the top high school football teams in the nation as a way of giving younger players the spotlight before the college football and NFL seasons are fully underway.

IMG Academy, a prep boarding school in Florida, is consistently one of the top programs in the nation and is always loaded with future Division I and NFL talents. Their opponent on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Classic at Canton’s Hall of Fame Stadium in Ohio also was said to be loaded up with Division I players, thus

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Op-Ed: 5 steps to protect football players’ brains and keep the sport alive

As more and more parents in the U.S. see the connection between football and brain damage, the game we love will change. Many will tell their teenage boys, “You can play any sport you want … except tackle football.” What’s left will be a gladiator sport.

We now know that football is harming players through repeated trauma and long-term brain damage. From the NFL on down to Pop Warner youth leagues, the game, the training and the gear must adapt to reduce harm. Decades of data tell us what needs to change.

Having represented professional athletes since 1975, I’ve been

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Haley Carter: How a ‘ragtag group’ helped evacuate the Afghanistan national women’s football team from the country

Eventually, however, 86 Afghan athletes, officials and family members were airlifted to safety. Their successful evacuation was the result of an internationally coordinated effort involving six countries, but even those who’d scrambled to get them out had to concede that it was still “nothing short of a miracle.”

But what those women had experienced was almost unspeakable, and the people who had worked so tirelessly to save them are now experiencing profound feelings of guilt that they couldn’t help any more.

Empowerment through sport

Haley Carter knows all about stressful work environments — she spent nearly eight years in the

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