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Monday Freedom Kicks: Crew Cut

Recaps, head injuries, TCHUB for awhile and David Letterman with a Tom Hanks guest appearance.

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I don't know why Major League Soccer wants to suddenly not list the team with games in hand as first in the Supporters' Shield but oh well. Also, congrats to Kathryn Nesbitt on working her first game with PRO. Yet another reason why soccer rules and others drool.

Recaps of D.C. United 2, Columbus Crew SC 0 from us (and more from us here), MLS, Washington Post, Goal.com, CSN Washington, UnitedMania and District Sports Page.On the other side, Massive Report and the Columbus Dispatch have the angle from the losers' side.

Did Kei Kamara Use Elbow-Shaped Elbows on Davy Arnaud? - Black And Red United: We'll have the GIFs later but first, did anyone see this? Suspension or no?

MLS releases new roster rules, with free agency but few other changes - Black And Red United: The Friday news dump started with details on the MLS roster rules for 2015, released on May 1.

D.C. United signs Bill Hamid to multi-year contract extension - Black And Red United: Considerably less news dumpy was that Bill Hamid isn't going anywhere anytime soon (and if he does, D.C. gets a little more of the transfer money).

Ben Olsen is the Top Ranked Coach in North America - Black And Red United: Just give him the trophy one more time.

RFK Stadium schedules football game 1 day before United match - The Washington Post: Some prime trolling by Events DC. Man, 2018 can't come soon enough.

REIGN DEFEAT THE SPIRIT 3-1 IN SEATTLE — Washington Spirit: Joanna Lohman scored for the Washington Spirit but it wasn't enough to win on the road against the Seattle Reign. The Spirit are in fourth, tied with Seattle and FC Kansas City.

fMRI finds women recover more slowly from concussions than men: I put a lot of conditionals on this (mainly that this is the first study of its kind), but this may suggest a different way for treating concussions between the genders. Registration required.

Real Life Stories — The Jeff Astle Foundation: Related to concussions and dementia, a growing concern among Premier (and English) League defenders similar to the ones heard about Italian defenders from the '70s. Let's find out what it is and solve it, friends.

Blackpool pitch invasion features smoke bombs, a mobility scooter - SBNation.com: Onto different news, and Blackpool's amazing pitch invasion from Saturday. Oyston out.

Sunderland 2-1 Southampton: Gomez Double Gives Cats Vital Win - Roker Report: In partner club news, two Jordi Gomez penalties give Sunderland three big points over Southampton. They're still in the relegation zone, but are a point behind Hull and Leicester, with a game in hand on the latter. Meanwhile...

Chelsea capture their 5th Premier League title - SBNation.com: Look, Chelsea won the title. Pick a narrative, any narrative.

Inter Milan 0-0 Cheivo Verona: Somebody left their shooting boots at home - The Offside Inter Milan: In more partner club news, Inter Milan battles(?) to a scoreless draw with Chievo Verona. The draw moves them up to eighth, with Torino to play Empoli Wednesday. We now that some of them are there, here are some pics of the D.C. Academy players at the San Siro.

Andy Najar scoring (again) for Anderlecht vs. Charleroi - Black And Red United: Andy Najar scores the game's only goal for Anderlecht in a win over Charleroi. Afterwards, he was part of a tribute to Gregory Mertens, a defender from Lokeren who died following suffering a cardiac arrest during a reserve match.


Conan O'Brien: David Letterman disrupted the medium and that's what made him a legend | EW.com: In the last days of Letterman, the man who replaced him at 12:30 on weeknights provides a tribute. In related entertainment, here is Tom Hanks on Dave's last show at 12:30, a personal favorite. Hanks is "promoting" Sleepless in Seattle at the time, but does impressions of Slappy White, Elvis and Barbara Stanwyck. Great stuff.

So how are things otherwise?