Five outrageous playoff formats MLS should consider using

The MLS Cup Playoffs have never been set in stone. In the league’s 27 seasons, no fewer than four playoff formats have been used to varying degrees of success. The current system, which features a single elimination format with seven teams from each conference, is easy to understand and follow but could definitely use some improvement, at least according to MLS. 

Inter Milan seals Champions League last-16 place and eliminates Barcelona

MILAN - Inter Milan sailed into the Champions League last 16 after an Edin Džeko double fired them to a 4-0 home win over Viktoria Plzeň in Group C on Wednesday, a result that eliminated Barcelona and relegated them to the Europa League.

The Italians moved up to 10 points with the win, six clear of Barça who were hosting Bayern Munich later on Wednesday. Even if Barça beat the Germans and win their final group game against Plzeň, Inter will still qualify with a better head-to-head record against the Catalans.

Thierry Henry blasts a free kick into Micah Richards' face during CBS UCL coverage

The two early matches of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action delivered plenty of drama with Inter Milan beating Viktoria Plzeň 4-0 to condemn Barcelona to the Europa League and Porto beating Club Brugge to put Atlético in a similar position, but the highlight of CBS Sports' coverage was from its ongoing "Destination Brooklyn" viewing party.

The face of embarrassment: Danylo Sikan misses unbelievable chance in the Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk earned a 1-1 draw at Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday after winger Mykhaylo Mudryk canceled out a first-half goal by striker Georgios Giakoumakis to maintain the Ukrainian side's chances of reaching the knockout stage.

Coach Igor Jovicevic's side secured at least a Europa League spot by avoiding defeat in Glasgow as they remain third in Group F on six points and will host second-placed RB Leipzig – on nine points – in their last clash on Nov. 2.

Guardiola warns Haaland not to overdo it on the tasty treats during World Cup break

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola joked he wanted striker Erling Haaland to lay off the food and drink during the mid-season break for the World Cup and come back fit to spearhead the club's hunt for trophies in the second half of the season.

Norway's Haaland, who has scored 22 goals in 15 games across all competitions so far, will not be heading to Qatar for the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 tournament after his country failed to qualify.

Jack Grealish unintentionally manifested Miguel Almirón’s prime into existence

Miguel Almirón has had himself a proper start to the 2022-23 Premier League season.

The Paraguayan has scored six goals in 12 games with five in his last five appearances — his best goalscoring season since arriving at Newcastle United in 2019.

The Qatar World Cup's 'first fan' arrived 6 months ago and has been 'having a blast' ever since

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's self-styled "first fan" Marcelo Martinez is so keen to see Lionel Messi and teammates at the World Cup that he arrived in Qatar six months early.

The first traveling Argentinian fan — and possibly the first visiting fan full stop — flew into Doha on May 3 with his blue-and-white wig, and has been having a blast ever since.

"Wonderful things have been happening," said the 54-year-old lawyer, who has found plenty of Qataris and expatriates sporting Argentina shirts. "They all love Messi and Argentina here."

Championship match delayed for second week in a row due to improperly sized goals

If I had a nickel for every time an EFL Championship match had a goal that was too big, I'd have two nickels — which isn't a lot, but it's weird it's happened twice.

For the second weekend in a row, a Championship match had a delayed start as one goal was larger than the other, again by two inches. This time, the inconsistency occurred in Kingston upon Hull, where Hull City hosted Birmingham City. Referee Leigh Doughty noticed the issue during his pre-match check.

Fan celebrates Pachuca's victory by back flipping through their bench’s roof

Pachuca eliminated Tigres in an exciting match Sunday that decided the last team to go through to the Liga MX semifinals.

With a combined three goals, three comebacks and two red cards, it was classic Liga MX.

Jürgen Damm copió el ¡SIUU! de Cristiano Ronaldo, pero no todo salió como lo soñó

En busca de su título número 14, el América parece imparable. Las Águilas volvieron a demoler al Puebla y se convirtieron en el equipo que más goles ha anotado en una llave de liguilla en la historia de la Liga MX para un global de ¡11-2!.

El conjunto azulcrema había vencido 6-1 en la ida y en la revancha, con equipo mixto, le pegó sin piedad a La Franja con un 5-1 en el Azteca. Cinco jugadores distintos convirtieron y bien pudieron ser seis, si no es por la acción del cuerpo arbitral que le arruinó un gol y un festejo a lo CR7 a Jürgen Damm.