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Crimes and misdemeanors: Jackson, Ricketts suspended by MLS

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This play (above) was a point of some mild debate in the wake of Saturday’s red card. Then again, isn’t everything online a point of debate? That’s part of the wonder of social networking! With little effort at all, you can find the small pocket of the world that thinks Donovan Ricketts shouldn’t have been red carded against Colorado. Synchronize the message, and you can make some actual noise.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has signed up for that social network. Late Wednesday afternoon, the league announced its “DC” has added one-game to Ricketts’ suspension for Saturday’s incident. Already scheduled to miss this weekend’s match in Dallas, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year will now miss the following week’s visit from Seattle, too.

There’s a small possibility Ricketts would have missed those matches anyway. At 36 years old, the Jamaican international is already a bit fragile, so much Saturday’s collision saw him leave the game on a stretcher. The pool goalkeeper Portland’s called up may be around for more than one game.

In our Power Rankings, we compared Ricketts’ play to something you’d see from the video game Street Fighter (yes, I’m that old). In DC terms, it was “serious foul play that endangers the safety of an opponent.” That’s not the same as the violent conduct charge Clint Dempsey was hit with last week, but it’s still enough to earn the Jamaican an extra game off.

Joining Ricketts on the sidelines this weekend is Toronto’s Jackson, who caught the DC’s ire “for aggressive inflammatory behavior toward D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud” (video, below). It’s the second straight week the former Dallas midfielder’s aggression has caught people’s attention, with none other than Jurgen Klinsmann alluding to his conduct when drawing a contrast between Dempsey’s foul and what others are allowed to do.

What Jackson is allowed to do has likely become much more narrow thanks to the spotlight he’s case on himself. He’ll miss this weekend’s trip to Real Salt Lake.

Federico Higuaín also drew sanction from the Disciplinary Committee. The Columbus midfielder was fined for simulation Saturday against Philadelphia.

Follow Live: Chelsea vs. Liverpool at the Rose Bowl

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is closed down by Nemanja Matic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 11, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Premier League powers Chelsea and Liverpool tangle Wednesday in the Rose Bowl as both clubs prepare for their first full seasons under two coaches.

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Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic start for Liverpool, while Chelsea has a lot of familiar names in the fold for the International Champions Cup match.

Liverpool: Karius, Randall, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Grujic, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.

Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Aina; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Moses. Subs:

Borja goal leads Atletico Nacional to Copa Libertadores title (video)

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Get into space and good things will happen.

That’s how Miguel Borja scored the goal that gave Atletico Nacional an edge that would stand up in the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday in Medellin.

Borja’s goal gave Atletico Nacional a 1-0 win over Independiente del Valle in Wednesday’s second leg after a 1-1 first leg in Quito.

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Colombia’s Los Verdolagas hadn’t won a Copa Libertadores title since 1989, and the match was its first final since 1995. It was Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle’s first final.

Atletico Nacional’s Orlando Berrio traded goals with Independiente’s Arturo Mina in the first leg.

Two Newcastle players set for combined $60 million from Barca, Real Madrid?

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Newcastle player Jack Colback (r) celebrates his goal with Ayoze Perez (l) and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on December 28, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United purchased Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez from Toulose and Tenerife for combined fees of approximately $4 million.

They stand to make a whole lot more if Wednesday’s rumors are true.

Multiple reports say Real Madrid is set to bid $40 million to pry French international Sissoko from St. James Park, while Barcelona is ready to spend about $20 million to get Ayoze Perez as the fourth fiddle to its MSN attacking trio.

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Perez, 22, has scored 13 goals in two Premier League seasons with the Magpies after arriving from Segunda Division side Tenerfie in 2014, and was linked to Spurs amongst other locales.

But Barca has had trouble finding a player interested in being its fourth striker. Pedro left for Chelsea before last season, and players like Robin Van Persie and Luciano Vietto were tipped to join Barca earlier this summer.

Sissoko, meanwhile, was a feast or famine player at Newcastle this season but brought his A-game under the bright lights of EURO 2016 this summer. Real is reported to be giving up on Paul Pogba to focus on his French midfield mate.

As for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez probably planned on losing Sisssoko but Perez had worked well in preseason with new signing Dwight Gayle and was expected to be a factor this year. It could send Rafa back to the transfer mill, and he’d sure have some profit to spend.

PSG’s Meunier fires a laser versus Real Madrid in ICC match (video)

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 27:  Thomas Meunier #12 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C is congratulated by Serge Aurier #19 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C after scoring a goal during the first half of the game against Real Madrid C.F. on July 27, 2016 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Thomas Meunier is feeling it this summer.

The 6-foot-4 right back had a tremendous EURO for Belgium, and now is starting hot for Paris Saint-Germain after moving from Club Brugge.

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Facing Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Meunier scored a pair of first half goals including this absolute laser to beat Kiko Casilla.