That was quick: ‘Livestrong’ already gone from Sporting Park

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Sporting Kansas City wasn’t messing around. When they said they were done with the Livestrong Foundation, they got to work, and like a zealot who had that curiously supportive guy from work help move the boyfriend’s stuff to the curb, the franchise is moving on with a vengeance.

Today, a drive by Sporting Park will show little evidence that the home of K.C.’s Major League Soccer franchise was ever association with the Lance Armstrong-founded charity.

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That big white box at the top of the building may as well say “INSERT NAME HERE.” Something will fill that slot, but until it does, one of Major League Soccer’s jewels will by crowned by a big blank. And the memory of the venue’s first sponsor will persist in its absence.

In case you hadn’t heard, last Monday the fan got defiled in Kansas City, and the relationship between Sporting and the Livestrong Foundation dissolved. Livestrong said Sporting owned it money. Sporting said Livestrong was wrong and strong-arming them. The two sides quickly walked away from each other.

Which is fine. In addition to its 17 Major League Soccer games, Sporting Park will host an All-Star Game in 2013. It’s one of the favorites to get a World Cup Qualifier, and there’s always the Gold Cup.

Business will go on as usual around Sporting Park, but now instead of fans walking up, seeing “Livestrong,” and being reminded of the now-clouded history of that well-meaning organization, they’ll probably just think about soccer.

WATCH: USMNT’s Sargent works 1-2 to put Werder Bremen ahead

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Oh, look: Josh Sargent got proper service and scored. Weird.

The United States men’s national team man was on an island against Canada earlier in the week, but became part of an archipelago as Werder Bremen took a 1-0 home lead over Hertha Berlin at the Weserstadion.

[ MORE: Everton reacts to “urgent” win ]

Sargent started the move with a flicked pass to Maximilian Eggestein, then found the cutback offer and put the business end of a 1-2 into the goal via a wicked deflection.

It’s the 19-year-old’s second Bremen goal of the campaign to go with an assist against Borussia Dortmund in late September.

PL AT HALF: Spurs trail at home; Brighton down a man

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Six 10 a.m. ET kickoffs are at the break in England, with Tottenham and Leicester losing at home.

Tottenham 0-1 Watford – NBCSN [STREAM]

Miserable defending from Spurs saw Abdoulaye Doucoure walk onto a Daryl Janmaat cross for an easy goal. Danny Welbeck has been injured for the Hornets.

Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Adam Webster‘s stock continues to rise as he did to pound a Pascal Gross free kick into the goal, but Villa leveled the score through Jack Grealish.

Leicester 1-1  BurnleyNBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Chris Wood is a unit, and if we tell you he scored you can probably guess the style of goal. Jamie Vardy answered the bell with a goal off a Harvey Barnes pass before halftime.

Wolves 0-0  Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Raul Jimenez saw a goal ruled off for a handball, but found the opener before halftime. WAIT! That one was taken off the board as well!

Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Cherries dominating the chances but yet to lay down a marker.

Chelsea 0-0 Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Allan Saint-Maximin producing chances at both ends, but finishers not finishing.

Everton’s potential meets “sense of urgency” in win

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Everton again tantalized the league with a complete performance on Saturday, opening the door to the possibility that Marco Silva‘s side finally gets it.

[ RECAP: Everton 2-0 West Ham ]

Theo Walcott said his side was ready to go from Moment No. 1 at Goodison Park, where a 2-0 win over West Ham United could’ve been doubled on another day.

“The sense of urgency was what we needed,” Walcott said.

“The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”

That urgency needs to come each week, and Marco Silva has borne the brunt of the blame for his side’s inability to deliver on a weekly basis.

The manager said the win was not a matter of his men showing up in his defense.

“It’s not that the players delivered for me,” he said on NBCSN. “We are a group who are a team. I’m big proud of them that we played football. This is how we worked from the first day since I joined the club. When I see them express themselves on the pitch like I saw this afternoon, that’s the main thing for me. The quality we showed from the first minute, the intensity, the pace… Very good performance, and the crowd was really good as well.”

With another nice run of schedule the next few weeks, the Toffees will have a chance to prove themselves a contender.

The Toffees are away to Brighton before a winnable League Cup match versus Watford, and that competition is something that could help Silva put a feather in his cap. Spurs then visit before match-ups with Norwich City and Southampton. Surely there are points there if Everton is anywhere near its potential.

Of course, given Everton’s problems finding any semblance of consistency this season, that’s easier said than done.

“There was a real purpose to our game today,” said Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Now replicate it.

Watch Live: Chelsea v Newcastle, Tottenham v Watford headline 10am ET games

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Six games kick off at 10 a.m. ET on a busy Saturday in the Premier League.

[ STREAM: Every PL game live here ] 

Tottenham host Watford, Newcastle head to Chelsea, Wolves host Southampton, Bournemouth and Norwich do battle on the South Coast, Burnley travel to Leicester and Aston Villa host Brighton.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

[ STREAM: “Goal Rush” here ]

For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for the six games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Watford – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Brighton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Norwich  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea v. Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Wolves v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]