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Monday Myriad: Here comes the soccer deluge

The Monday Myriad is a little delayed this week for a few reasons. Today was a big day for parenting and youth soccer stuff. Also — there’s not a whole heck of a lot going on.

If you have any interest whatsoever in soccer, though, that’s about to change.

Here’s a quick look at what has happened and what’s about to happen:

Tennis: The USA was simply overwhelmed against Spain in the Davis Cup finals. Spain is so good in soccer and tennis … how about soccer tennis?

Meanwhile, Venus Williams led the Washington Kastles to the World Team Tennis title.

Women’s soccer: You surely know the U.S. women came back to beat Australia 2-1 over the weekend. The U.S. players take a few minutes to get the competitive fire burning in these friendlies, so nothing about the game was surprising except for Lisa de Vanna’s marvelous goal.

To give something unique here, check out the Australian perspective.

And something from August that may not have gotten much attention: Shannon Boxx, who scored the game-winner Sunday, wrote an opinion piece for Politico about living with lupus — and what Congress can do about the disease.

Olympic sports: Mostly lower-level stuff this week, with some U.S. prospects looking sharp in figure skating and field hockey. The toughest competition was probably the women’s wrestling team selection for the upcoming World Championships.

COMING UP

Champions League: As the league kicks off, FoxSoccer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens examines the upheaval among Europe’s power clubs, mostly a function of clubs that are shaky economic ground and those that have owners with bottomless wallets.

And if you’re used to buying Four Four Two or World Soccer for your Champions League capsules, you might want to check ESPNFC first. It’s a lot cheaper.

Cycling: The road World Championships will surely favor whichever cyclists can find anything left in their legs after the Grand Tours and the Olympics.

Archery: Olympians Brady Ellison and Jennifer Nichols have qualified for the eight-archer fields at the Archery World Cup final.

MMA: UFC 152 in Toronto, with Jon Jones defending his title against Vitor Belfort. Or Chael Sonnen. Or whoever. The co-main event might be better — the first UFC flyweight title bout, with Joseph Benavidez against Demetrious Johnson.

Cricket: Twenty20 World Championship! Afghanistan qualified for the tournament. England is the defending world champion. Yes, England.

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