Hull City 1-1 Cardiff City: All square at KC Stadium (video)

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It took awhile for the match between two of the Premier League’s newcomers to get off the ground, and even then, neither Hull City nor visiting Cardiff could do more than claim a point. But when survival must be the primary goal of both clubs this season, a mere point is better than none.

Tom Huddlestone, who made the move from Tottenham Hotspur in August, was responsible for creating Hull’s goal. The home side took advantage of a corner in the 40th minute, and it was Curtis Davies that got on the end of the excellent delivery from Huddlestone. Joe Lewis could do nothing to stop the close range header, and the Tigers went into the break thinking they just might have another home win on the books.

But Cardiff, who have refused to lose since their opening day fall to West Ham, had other plans for the match. The Bluebirds’ equalizer was a lovely one, with Don Cowie getting in a fine cross to Peter Whittingham, who volleyed home past Allan McGregor.

Both sides continued to press for the win. Just after the equalizer, Aron Gunnarsson put his shot just wide, and the attacker pulled a similar move ten minutes later. But with twenty minutes left to play, the visitors settled down a bit, allowing Hull the chance to get back in the game. Sone Aluko saw his goal disallowed and, in nearly the final move of the match, Danny Graham had a fantastic opportunity to give Hull all three points. Instead, he placed his header directly in the arms of the Cardiff keeper.

Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Brady (Quinn 67), Aluko, Graham

Subs not used:Bruce, Meyler, Jakupovic, Boyd, Rosenior, McShane

Cardiff City: Lewis; Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Campbell (Gestede 65), Kim (Maynard 45), Gunnarsson, Cowie (Mutch 90),Theophile-Catharine

Subs not used: Noone, Hudson, Odemwingie, Moore

WATCH: Spain’s Saul smashes a shot past Italy’s Donnarumma

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Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.

Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.

Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.

Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.

Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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Agent Jorge Mendes appears before judge in Falcao tax probe

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MADRID (AP) Football agent Jorge Mendes has told a Spanish judge that he had no involvement in the financial planning of client Radamel Falcao, who has been accused by a state prosecutor of tax fraud.

Mendes, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, appeared before a judge in a Madrid court for 45 minutes on Tuesday as part of the probe into whether there are grounds for the case against Falcao to go to trial.

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Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying that “neither he nor his employees have ever intervened in the creation of corporate structures for his clients and much less provided any tax advice to them.”

Last month, a state prosecutor accused Falcao of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of around $6 million from 2012-13. The alleged unpaid taxes were from money the Colombian player made from endorsement deals through image rights, not from the salary he was then being paid from club Atletico Madrid. Falcao now plays for Monaco.

Arfield, Adekugbe on Canada’s Gold Cup roster

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Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and on-loan Brighton defender Samuel Adekugbe are among the players who will represent Canada in this summer’s Gold Cup.

Arfield, 28, was born in Scotland and earned the first of seven Canada caps in 2016, and Adekugbe returns to Vancouver from a year-long loan to Brighton and Hove Albion on June 30.

The pair join nine MLS players, two NASL player, and a USL player, with the rest of the group based outside North America.

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Notably, Orlando City players Will Johnson and Cyle Larin were not called up by coach Octavio Zambrano.

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Montreal), Milan Borjan (MKS Korona Kielce), Jayson Leutwiler (Shrewsbury Town)

Defenders: Samuel Adekugbe (Brighton and Hove Albion), Fraser Aird, Manjrekar James (Vasas Budapest), Dejan Jakovic (New York Cosmos), Adam Straith (FC Edmonton), Steven Vitoria (Lechia Gdansk), Marcel de Jong (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Midfielders: Scott Arfield (Burnley), Patrice Bernier (Montreal), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver), Raheem Edwards (Toronto FC), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Louisville City FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto), Michael Petrasso (QPR), Samuel Piette (CD Izarra), Russell Teibert (Vancouver)

Forwards: Lucas Cavallini (CA Penarol), Tosaint Ricketts (Toronto)