HARRISON, N.J. - Three quick thoughts after Columbus Crew SC outlasted the New York Red Bulls and advanced to next week's MLS Cup, losing 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday but surviving a furious last-gasp push from the hosts to win the two-leg Eastern Conference championship 2-1 on aggregate. Columbus will host the Portland Timbers next Sunday at Mapfre Stadium in the league's title game (4 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).
FRISCO, Texas -- The Portland Timbers survived a valiant comeback effort from FC Dallas, tying the second leg of the Western Conference finals 2-2 to earn a 5-3 aggregate victory. They will now progress to their first MLS Cup final since joining the league in 2011.
Fanendo Adi scored a critical goal for the Timbers, and by itself it would have been enough to advance, despite goals from Ryan Hollingshead and Blas Perez. Substitute Lucas Melano made the series safe for the Timbers, scoring in second-half...
NORWICH, England -- Three points from Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday.
1. Arsenal slip up
Once again, Arsenal's rivals presented them with an opportunity. Once again, Arsenal failed to take it.
Of the Premier League's top five, only Manchester City won on Saturday. The Gunners had a chance to capitalise on the failures of Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. But at a wet and windy Carrow Road, they fell short once again.
Sunday's goalless draw was a good point for both sides at White Hart Lane, and yet there was also the lingering feeling this was a missed chance.
As they did in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal, Tottenham failed to claim the win that would have pushed them from mere Champions League chasers to title challengers. Meanwhile, Chelsea failed to get the win that really would have gotten them back...
LEICESTER, England -- Three points from King Power Stadium, where Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy made history in a 1-1 draw Saturday against Manchester United.
1. Result is a good sign for Leicester
Leicester are no longer top of the league, but their performance against Manchester United, in which Vardy broke the Premier League record for goals in the most consecutive games, will still provide great encouragement for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
These were the moments that Manchester City paid £55 million for. Kevin De Bruyne was decisive in the win over Southampton, first in scoring the opening goal, then providing the delicious assist that supplied Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to make it 3-1 and kill off the challenge of a dangerous, resurgent Southampton.