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The Morning Kickoff: Wrapping up the weekend

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Some things are bigger than sports.

The death of Osama bin Laden just so happens to be much, much, much bigger than sports.

It's just all-encompassing right now.

Some of you may already know, some may not, that my regular job is to design the front page for The Star. (Covering soccer is an time-consuming labor of love.) Last night, I worked with an excellent team of journalists at The Star to turn around coverage of the death of American's public enemy No. 1. Of course, that's just a sample of what is to come this week -- news of this nature tends to consume a lot of time. (In other words, I'm pre-apologizing for what was already going to be a slow week.)

The news is mesmerizing today; I assume that many of you, like me, are glued to the TV or immersed in other websites. Your appetite for soccer news might be diminished. However, in the event you want a little reprieve from the onslaught of coverage, here are a few soccer-specific links to get you by this morning.

• A few recaps of Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 loss on Saturday. Down the Byline:

Better performance, but another loss. Tale of two halves for KC against NY.

Tickets for KC's friendly against Newcastle United on July 20 go on sale this morning. The Top Five Headlines from MLS

Bizarre loss in Dallas leaves LA puzzled, upset


Chivas USA rolls to 3-0 romp over New England

Timbers hand Real Salt Lake first MLS defeat

Beckham still draws a crowd.

Dyanmo rout D.C. United as rookie pulls off rare hat trick.

How Americans playing abroad fared this weekend.

• The KC Athletics -- who only had 10 men available --

fell in U.S. Open Cup qualifier on Saturday.

This looks like a fun celebration for Borussia Dortmund,

who won the Bundesliga title on Saturday.

• Three teams are still clamoring for the Champions League spots in Germany: Bayer Levekusen (64) is slightly on top of Bayern Munich (64) and Hannover (57). At the bottom, Wolfsburg (35) is just one point out of the relegation zone with Eintracht Frankfurt (34), Monchengladbach (32) and St. Pauli (29).

The title race in England thrown wide open by Arsenal, who stunned Manchester United 1-0.

• Chelsea were involved in a controversial game against Tottenham.

Frank Lampard's goal is re-igniting calls for goal-line technology.

• Chelsea and Manchester United play this weekend.

• The top of the table in England now looks like this: Manchester United (73), Chelsea (70), Arsenal (67) and Manchester City (62). At the bottom, four teams are struggling to stay up: Blackpool (35), Wigan (35), Wolverhampton (34) and West Ham (32).

Barcelona and Real Madird lost this weekend?

This is shocking news. How will La Liga ever recover?

• Barca (88) still sit comfortably in first with Real Madird (80) in second while Valencia (63) and Villarreal (60) locking down Champions League spots. The drop zone is very crowded. Alermia (26) is surely going down and Hercules (33) is very likely to join them. There are seven teams within 4 points of the last spot: Real Sociedad (41), Malaga (39), Real Zaragoza (39), Osasuna (38), Deportivo La Coruna (38) and Getafe (37).

• AC Milan (77) are close to wrapping up the Serie A title with Inter (69) and Napoli (68) vying for second. Lazio (60), AS Roma (59) and Udinese (59) are fighting for the last Champions League spot.

AEK fans celebrate cup win by embarrassing themselves and soccer fans the world over.
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