Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has passed away after suddenly fainting during a trainings session with Beijing Enterprises, his club in China. The Ivory Coast international was rushed to a local hospital, but he could not be revived. Tiote moved to China in February, after six and a half seasons and 150 appearances with Newcastle. He scored one goal in his career, the equalizer in Newcastle's thrilling four goal comeback against Arsenal in 2011. Internationally, he was capped 53 times for Ivory Coast, winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and appearing in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
USMNT defender John Brooks is in doubt for next weekend's World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico with a bruised quad. He was injured in the second half of Sunday night's 1-1 draw against Venezuela. He took part in training yesterday, but it's still unclear if he will be able to give it a go Thursday night in Colorado.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard had surgery on his injured ankle and will miss approximately three months. That would keep him out for the opening of the Premier League season on August 12. Hazard injured his ankle during training with Belgium over the weekend.
Finally, several middle eastern nations have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over concerns of their possible support if Islamic terror organizations and support of Iran. FIFA remained mostly quiet on the issue, but the move could stall construction of the many uncompleted World Cup stadiums, which threatens the 2022 World Cup.
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