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Past articles by Luis:

Why Were a Bunch of Wrestlers From 'SmackDown' Trapped in Saudi Arabia?

Reports suggest some wrestlers characterized the experience as a "hostage" situation. → Read More

The Lions And Chiefs Could Not Hold On To The Damn Football

Usually, when a much-anticipated game delivers, it’s because the quality of football was high enough to match the hype. Think Chiefs-Rams from last year. Kansas City was involved in another of those games on Sunday, as they headed to Detroit to take on the also-undefeated Lions. The drama was there from start to finish, even if the quality was...not quite as good. → Read More

Oh God, Yes, Rutgers Wants To Hire Greg Schiano Again

Rutgers announced on Sunday that it had fired head coach Chris Ash, a day after the team got spanked 52-0 by Michigan to drop its record to 1-3. Also let go was offensive coordinator John McNulty, which is not a surprise given that the Scarlet Knights were shut out by both Michigan and Iowa, the latter in 30-0 rout. → Read More

Sean McDermott Had To Chase Bill Belichick's Son Off The Field During Bills Warm-Ups

The Patriots stay Patriotsing. Before Sunday’s game against Buffalo, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was seen chasing off two Patriots assistant coaches from the field, as the pair was watching the end of the Bills’ warm-ups. As captured by WROC-TV’s Thad Brown, McDermott is clearly gesticulating at the two coaches and ushering them off the field before he himself headed into the locker room: → Read More

Giovani dos Santos Carted Off After Gnarly Studs-Up Tackle Takes Out A Chunk Of His Leg

Club América forward Giovani dos Santos was carted off of Saturday’s match against arch-rivals Guadalajara after a brutal studs-up tackle by Briseño chunked a part of his right leg straight off. → Read More

Lorenzo Cain Put On A Damn Show, Bad Leg And All

Milwaukee Brewers center-fielder Lorenzo Cain entered Saturday’s vital game in Colorado with an already-busted leg, nursing both a left ankle and a left knee injury. But with the Brewers in a tight race against the dreaded St. Louis Cardinals for the National League Central crown, Cain not only suited up and played, but had one of the best fielding days you’ll see from anyone,… → Read More

MLS Caves To Fan Pressure, Lifts Its Ban On The Iron Front Logo

After months of feuding and ejections and protesting, MLS has come to an agreement with various supporters groups to suspend its ban on Iron Front imagery at matches for the rest of the season: → Read More

FIFA's The Best Awards Are The Worst

In what universe is Marcelo still one of the best defenders in the world? Not in this one, or any other where performances on the field or even the amorphous “club success” criteria apply. The only place where Marcelo could be considered a starter in a world’s best XI is one where nothing matters today as much as yesterday’s fame. Which is why Marcelo was both an utterly undeserving and a… → Read More

FIFA Releases Meaningless Statement Condemning Iran's Ban On Women In Soccer Stadiums

An Iranian woman recently died from from self-inflicted burns after she was arrested for trying to attend a soccer match in the country, and her death has brought renewed scrutiny to Iran’s law that bans women from entering soccer stadiums. FIFA, an organization always eager to do the bare minimum in pushing back against human rights abuses, has responded to the heightened scrutiny not with… → Read More

MLS Coach Sues Former Club For Firing Him Over Homophobic Tirade

Following his firing by Real Salt Lake over a homophobic tirade during a match in Mexico last month, former coach Mike Petke is now suing the club for $687,500 of lost salary (a season and a half’s worth). The lawsuit, filed in the Third Judicial District Court of Salt Lake County, alleges that the club tried to force Petke to resign from his position after he was first suspended for two weeks,… → Read More

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Are Already Teetering On The Brink

Zinedine Zidane must have known this time would be harder. The once-former, now-current Real Madrid manager stepped away from the club after winning the 2018 Champions League final—his and the club’s third in a row, and the team’s fourth in five years—just as Cristiano Ronaldo, the key to all that success, left for Juventus. So, when Zidane returned after a tumultuous half-season for the club,… → Read More

The Battle For Germany's Starting Goalkeeper Spot Is Now Being Waged In Public

Germany have a problem—one many national teams would kill for, but a problem nonetheless. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is one of the very best goalies in the world, and yet he can’t get any gametime for his national team. Manuel Neuer, who not that long ago was handily the game’s single best keeper, starts in goal and captains the German national team, even though he’s no longer at… → Read More

Seattle Sounders Fans Walk Out Of Match Due To MLS Ban Of Protest Signs

Following months of ideological clashing and semantic disagreements on the meaning of the word “political,” the largest Seattle Sounders supporter group took a more disruptive approach to its fight against MLS’s ban on protest signs, represented most clearly by those bearing the Iron Front logo. After the stadium officials ejected one fan from Sunday’s match between Seattle and the New York Red… → Read More

Zlatan Punted Sporting Kansas City Into Orbit With Yet Another Hat Trick

At some point, Zlatan Ibrahimović will wear out his welcome in MLS, but that moment has thankfully not come just yet. Beyond all the shit-talking and dunking on MLS of the likes which we here at Deadspin can only aspire to, Zlatan’s still got it on the field, which must make his shtick easier to take. On Sunday, he was kind enough to issue a reminder of his still-prodigious talent, notching a… → Read More

Ronald Acuña's 40/40 Season Now Feels Inevitable

With his 39th home run and 35th and 36th stolen bases on Thursday night against the Phillies, Ronald Acuña put a historic bow on his season by becoming the youngest player to accomplish a 35-35 season in baseball history. While Acuña bashing dingers and swiping bases has come to feel routine this year, the 21-year-old Venezuelan’s eye-popping stats are anything but normal. → Read More

Napoli's Manager Blasts The State Of The Team's Half-Built Locker Rooms

Following a summer of renovations at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo—a project that forced the team to play its first two games of the season away from home—the stadium’s locker rooms are still not ready for use. Which has manager Carlo Ancelotti absolutely furious. → Read More

There's No Good Reason For Shane McMahon To Still Be Wrestling

Behold this potato of a man. That’s 49-year-old Shane McMahon, son of WWE chairman Vince McMahon and also somehow an “active wrestling competitor” on SmackDown. The phrase is in quotes because Shane McMahon is not so much a wrestler as he is the beneficiary of a concoction of nostalgia and nepotism heretofore unseen in professional wrestling. And for wrestling fans who pay attention, patience… → Read More

We Can Now Add Jadon Sancho To The List Of Great Players Arsène Wenger "Almost" Signed

The only thing former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger likes to talk about more than the philosophical implications of life as a soccer manager is all the players he claims he narrowly missed out on signing. The latest addition to this nearly infinite list of Almost Gunners is former Manchester City academy prospect and current Borussia Dortmund starlet, Jadon Sancho. To say Sancho is the most… → Read More

Hong Kong Soccer Fans Turn Their Backs And Boo Chinese National Anthem

Fans at Hong Kong Stadium turned their backs on the Chinese national anthem prior to a World Cup qualifying match against Iran on Tuesday, bringing the long-running pro-democracy protests to the sporting world, per the Associated Press. The fans not only turned their backs, but also held up signs with the word “Boo” on them to go along with their vocal boos, as captured by the South China… → Read More

Iranian Woman Dies From Self-Inflicted Burns After Arrest For Attending Soccer Match

Sahar Khodayari, a 30-year-old Iranian woman, has died after she self-immolated outside of a courtroom where she was being tried for attempting to enter a soccer match disguised as a man. Khodayari was arrested in March as she tried to attend a match featuring her favorite team, Esteghlal. She was facing up to six months in prison. → Read More