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Wednesday Kickoff: Platini; Nainggolan; Sakho and more


The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A’s top midfielders may be on the move.

Michel Platini’s lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years. (REPORT)

Chelsea has reportedly agreed to a deal for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who will command a fee of $41 million. (REPORT)

Liverpool centerback Mamadou Sakho will not contest the results of his recent failed drug test. Sakho tested positive for a fat burner following Liverpool’s Europa League victory over Manchester United on March 17. (REPORT)

David Silva is unlikely to be fit in time for Manchester City’s Champions League match against Real Madrid next week. Silva pulled up with a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Mario Gotze’s future with the club will not be determined until the end of the season. (REPORT)


A pair of NBA owners have partnered in an effort to bring an MLS franchise to Detroit. (READ)

The LA Galaxy appear to have found a winning formula following improved performances from Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard. (READ)

D.C. United has found a positive pairing in the duo of Alvaro Saborio and Luciano Acosta, who will need to step up for the club in the coming weeks. (READ)

SBI asks what you think Christian Pulisic’s role will be at this summer’s Copa America in Tuesday’s Reader Poll. (READ)

After defeated Real Salt Lake, the LA Galaxy have moved to the top of the SBI MLS Power Rankings (READ)

The Carolina RailHawks remain top of the NASL Power Rankings after remaining perfect with a win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. (READ)

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