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November 27, 2018 
Quote of the day – "If you feel pressure, stay at home -- and when I say home I don't say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV." - Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United players to "stay at home" if they cannot handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.
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Premier League: Newcastle revival continues with win over Burnley

Newcastle United are clear of the Premier League relegation zone after a Ben Mee own goal and Ciaran Clark's header in the first half helped them to a 2-1 win at struggling Burnley yesterday. Newcastle celebrated a third successive league victory after failing to win any of their opening 10 fixtures and moved up to 13th place on 12 points from 13 games. The Magpies are four points clear of the relegation zone and three points ahead of 17th-placed Burnley, who stretched their winless league streak to six games. 
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USMNT: U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffan in talks with Manchester City

Columbus Crew and U.S. international goalkeeper Zack Steffen is in negotiations to be transferred to Manchester City, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC, with the fee expected to be between $7 million to $10 million. The Athletic first reported the news of the advanced talks and monetary figures, after The Sun had initially reported City's interest in the 23-year-old over the weekend. Reached by telephone, Crew manager and sporting director Gregg Berhalter told ESPN FC, "The club has been approached regarding the potential transfer of goalkeeper Zack Steffen, but no deal has been finalized, and the club will not be commenting on the specifics of reported offers." Steffen's agent, Dan Segal, declined to comment. But multiple sources have confirmed the talks to acquire Steffen are in an advanced stage and could be completed by the end of the week. Sources also confirmed that Columbus will receive an undisclosed percentage of any transfer fee if Steffen is subsequently transferred. Steffen has seen his stock grow considerably in the past two seasons, and was named the 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. His performances helped the Crew reach the MLS playoffs twice, making 71 league and playoff appearances and recording 22 shutouts. Steffen has also seen his international profile increase, making six appearances for the U.S., including a stellar performance in a pre-World Cup friendly against France that ended in a 1-1 draw. (ESPNFC)

Champions League: Barcelona the only through to Round of 16 qualification with two matchdays left

There are two Champions League matchdays left to play (today/tomorrow and December 11/12) with tight races forming across several 'Groups of Death', and it is a high possibility that a good majority of the last 16 will not be decided until the final day of the group stages in mid-December. The draw for the Champions League last 16 will take place on Monday, December 7 at 6am ET.

So far, Barcelona (Group B) are the only team to have qualified for the knockout phases, having accumulated 10 points with three wins and one draw. Though their position in the last 16 has been assured, they are still to confirm their position within the top two. They currently sit in first place and three points above second-placed Inter, either Inter or Tottenham will occupy the other spot (though the London side are unable to finish first in their group as it stands). The likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli are all still fighting for a spot in the last 16 with just one point separating all three sides who occupy the first, second and third places in Group C. It is likely that the outcome of Group C will only be confirmed and decided on the final matchday, as is the case with Group H consisting of Manchester United, Valencia and Juventus as well as Group A comprising of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge (though the Belgian team are outside favourites to progress).

NCAA: 8 teams remain in 2018 College Cup as Stanford survive and Maryland down Duke

Akron, Stanford, Kentucky, Maryland, James Madison, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Indiana are the last 8 programs standing in the 2018 College Cup. Number 1 seed Wake Forest fell 1-0 to Akron in the Sweet 16, but number 2 seed Indiana and number 3 seed Kentucky remain. 

Defending back-to-back champions Stanford survived in penalties, this time advancing past Saint Mary's, 4-2, following a scoreless 110 minutes in Moraga. The Cardinals have now come out on top in seven consecutive postseason shootouts dating back to 2002 and five in the past four years. With his 11th clean sheet of the season, goalkeeper Andrew Thomas lowered his goals against average to 0.51 and extended Stanford's postseason shutout streak to 14 matches and 1,414 minutes, 20 seconds. 11th-seeded Maryland (10-6-4) meanwhile topped 6th-seeded Duke to advance to the quarterfinals -- their first quarterfinal since 2015 and fourth in its last seven years. Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski has now won 10 games in 25 consecutive seasons. Here are the NCAA Quarterfinal matchups:
  • Akron v Stanford (9)
  • Kentuck (3) v Maryland (11)
  • James Madison v Michigan State
  • Notre Dame (7) v Indiana (2)

Tuesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Paris Saint-Germain want Manchester United's David De Gea and will make him the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, according to the Mail. Spain international De Gea is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season and the Mail says he "has been stalling on a new deal." It reports that PSG will offer £300,000 a week and adds that the French champions can "get around financial fair play restrictions by selling Neymar to Real Madrid and building their team around Kylian Mbappe."
  • Tuttosport report that Juventus could be rivaled in their bid to bring Paul Pogba back to Italy by fierce rivals Inter Milan. Inter are also believed to still have an interest in Real Madrid's Luka Modric, but they are also thinking about an audacious attempt to bring Pogba to the San Siro instead of the Allianz Stadium. 
  • AC Milan's interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to be real, but any deal will likely be a six-month loan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia. The LA Galaxy striker could head back to the San Siro during the MLS off-season until the end of the European season.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • Champions League: AEK Athens vs Ajax 1pm on UniMas
  • Champions League: CSKA Moskva vs Viktoria Plzeň 1pm on Galavision
  • Champions League: Bayern München vs Benfica 3pm on B/R LIve
  • Champions League: Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk 3pm on B/R Live
  • Champions League: Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester City 3pm on Galavision
  • Champions League: Roma vs Real Madrid 3pm on Univision Deportes
  • Champions League: Manchester United vs Young Boys 3pm on B/R Live
  • Champions League: Juventus vs Valencia 3pm on UniMas

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Fulham goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto Ramirez and girlfriend Adriana Reveron Moreno

Highlights to kick off your day

Updated tables from around the globe

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  • Scotland - Scottish Premiership - Table
  • Mexico - Liga MX - Table
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