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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Snodgrass to West Ham, Slimani staying

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Hull City playmaker Robert Snodgrass is all but off to West Ham United.

The 29-year-old is leaving the Tigers in exchange for a reported $13 million fee, on his way to London, Hull manager Marco Silva confirmed. Silva said after Hull’s 2-1 win over Manchester United that Snodgrass’s move “is close” and could be completed “in the next hours.”

According to the BBC, Middlesbrough and Burnley both also submitted bids, but neither reached the level of West Ham’s offer. Hull City, already in the relegation zone, is falling apart at the seams. With Silva just brought on earlier this month, the club has already sold midfielder Jake Livermore to West Brom, and now Snodgrass leaves too. The Scottish international is the team’s leading scorer and assister this season, and when healthy is one of the most electric players in the Hull City squad. However, the performance of loanee Oumar Niasse against Manchester United will give Hull fans hope that they can soldier on in a relegation battle without Snodgrass.

One player who won’t be on the move is Leicester City winger Islam Slimani. The newest player to be subjected to rumors of a big-money offer from China, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Slimani won’t be going anywhere. “Slimani is not for sale,” Ranieri told the media. With last year’s hero Riyad Mahrez unable to recapture his title-winning form, Slimani has become an important player for the Foxes. With the pair in Africa on international duty, the club has garnered just one point from three matches.

However, Ranieri wouldn’t deny rumors that the Foxes were in for Middlesbrough winger Gaston Ramirez. The Italian said that “in six days you will know” the situation with Ramirez. Reports has claimed that Ramirez has handed in a transfer request at Middlesbrough, and manager Aitor Karanka was not happy.

A player Karanka could target to replace Ramirez could be Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish. The Villa forward is a local Birmingham kid who came up through the Aston Villa youth system, but now has the potential to bail on Villa’s Championship struggles and return to the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old has three goals and four assists in 21 Championship appearances this season.

Honduras holds Costa Rica 1-1

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Honduras did the United States a favor by taking a point from visiting Costa Rica in Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Anthony Lozano pushed a 35th minute chance past an indecisive Keylor Navas, as Los Catrachos set the stage for a hopeful three points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston’s haphazard defending helped allow the goal, but he scored off a late Costa Rica corner kick to ensure Costa Rica will finish the international break in second place.

With four points, Honduras moves ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States before both sides play Tuesday.

Costa Rica beat the U.S. 4-0 in 2016, while the Yanks battered Honduras 6-0 on Friday.

WATCH: Video Assistant calls back Griezmann goal

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France and Spain used the Video Assistant Referee program on Tuesday in a friendly, and the French likely rue that decision.

Antoine Griezmann had an incorrectly allowed goal reverse for offside, while Gerard Deulofeu saw an initially ruled offside goal allowed upon review in Spain’s 2-0 win over France.

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Here’s an example, as Griezmann’s barely offside goal was overturned in less than a minute (Both calls took less than a minute to decide):

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, I really don’t like these razor thin offside calls being subject to review.

When you consider the improbability of timing the moment of contact with the ball — how many times have you seen a freeze frame conveniently used to make a case? — it just seems to mess with the spirit of sport.

What do you think?

Bolivia stuns Messi-less Argentina in World Cup qualifying

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Argentina took steps backward Tuesday in its pursuit of a 2018 World Cup berth, on and off the field.

It started as Lionel Messi was suspended four matches for verbally abusing a referee in Argentina’s Friday win over Chile.

Then La Albiceleste made another move in reverse with a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. Argentina started Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Ezequiel Lavezzi on the bench in what many presumed to be an easy win.

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Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins scored as ninth-place La Verde picked up its third win of qualifying with a win over powerful Argentina.

The bad news kept coming for Argentina (and Everton), as Ramiro Funes Mori left the match in the 36th minute with injury.

Bolivia will finish the international break at least 10 points back of the playoff spot, while Argentina could finish as low as that fifth-place spot.

STREAM: CONCACAF tripleheader concludes with USMNT

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CONCACAF’s bottom three sides in the Hex standings look to make the table incredibly tight as World Cup qualifying finds three-straight matches on the docket beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

Honduras vs. Costa Rica

Los Catrachos were creamed 6-0 by the U.S. on Friday, and return home hoping a wounded Costa Rica remains vulnerable. Honduras is dead last on goal differential, but three points would be huge and put them level with Los Ticos. Costa Rica won its first two matches before falling to Mexico on Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico

El Tri has two wins and a draw from their first three Hex matches, and will be without Rafa Marquez on Tuesday. A win guarantees Mexico the top spot heading into the next round of matches in June. The Soca Warriors surprised some with their 1-0 win over visiting Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is a different class.

Panama vs. USMNT

Despite its miserable start, the U.S. can find itself as high as second with a win and help from Honduras. The injuries remain plenty for the Yanks, who are without Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood, Sebastian Lletget, and John Brooks. Panama has allowed just a single goal through three Hex matches, but also has only managed one.