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Thursday Kickoff: Benitez linked to Newcastle, Copa Libertadores and more


Currently in the midst of a relegation battle in the English Premier League, Newcastle United may soon bring aboard a new manager to steer the ship.

Rafael Benitez is reportedly interested in the head coaching position at Newcastle, while one report claims that a three-year deal has already been agreed upon. (REPORT)

Deportivo Tachira stunned Mexican club Pachuca, 2-0, in Copa Libertadores action, while Cerro Porteño, Santa Fe, Rosario Central and Nacional de Uruguay all earned important wins. (REPORT)

Following its loss to Nacional in the Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras sacked head coach Marcelo Oliveira. (REPORT)

Bolton Wanderers announced the transfer of ownership from Eddie Davies to Sports Shield, Inner Circle, as Dean Holdsworth and Ken Anderson will join the board of directors at the club. (REPORT)

Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink revealed Diego Costa and Eden Hazard might have injuries that would prevent them from playing in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Everton. (REPORT)

Robin van Persie, 32, was left off of Danny Blind’s Netherlands roster for upcoming friendlies against France and England. (REPORT)

Currently in the EPL relegation battle, Sunderland announced the signing of fullback Emmanuel Eboue until the end of the 2015-16 season. (REPORT)

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger said there is a “small alert” in regards to Aaron Ramsey’s health, while Petr Cech, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere will still not be available for selection this week or next week. (REPORT)


Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin revealed captain Maurice Edu is sidelined for at least three months. (REPORT)

The New England Revolution are hoping that Diego Fagundez’s Week 1 performance is a sign of things to come this season in MLS. (REPORT)

After turning down D.C. United in the offseason, Perry Kitchen officially joined Scottish club Heart of Midlothian, also known as Hearts. (REPORT)

Landon Donovan would consider the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team missing out on the 2016 Olympics as a “failure.” (REPORT)

The U.S. Women’s National Team won the inaugural SheBelieves Cup after defeating Germany, 2-1, in Boca Raton, Fla. (REPORT)

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