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Houston 1-1 Portland: Bruin, Fernandez trade goals; Timbers tie again

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Most of the action came in the first half in Sunday’s lone MLS tilt.

Will Bruin’s early goal for the Dynamo added to Portland’s misery before Gaston Fernandez found an equalizer for the Terrific Tying Timbers, sending the match to another split of the points (which is happening many, many times in MLS).

Brad Davis sent in a looping cross and Bruin rose above a ball-watching Timbers back line to head down and past Donovan Ricketts in the 18th minute (captured so well by Nigel Brooks below).

But Gaston Fernandez cut through the 18 to pick up a rolling ball and hammered a high shot past Tally Hall. The Dynamo keeper had zero choice but to watch the ball whiz past him and into the goal. His third of the season came in the 33rd minute.

At 2W-4L-2T, Houston pulls past Philadelphia on goal differential in the East, while Portland’s first road point of the season isn’t much consolation for the struggling Timbers. At 0W-3L-5T, Portland remains in the basement. The Timbers are five points out of the West’s last playoff spot (with loads of time to go).

Report: FIFA provisionally suspends Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president
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Sepp Blatter could, finally, be frozen out by FIFA.

The 17-year leader of world soccer’s governing body has reportedly been suspended after FIFA’s ethics committee met on Wednesday to discuss allegations against both Blatter and his close ally Michel Platini.

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Blatter, 79, has been at FIFA for over 40 years but under his stewardship the organization has been riddled with allegations of corruption as current investigations from both the U.S. and Swiss authorities continue.

Klaus Stoehlker, who formerly advised Blatter, has told Sky News that the ethics committee “made the ruling pending further investigations by the Swiss attorney general” and the verdict was “pending”  but that “no negative finding had been made against the head of world football’s governing body.”

More to follow…

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

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Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland