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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, April 28

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an alligator walks into training

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Hello, all!

That is goalkeeper Becky Spencer at the top of the Hoddle today.

Ramble of the Day

For today, here’s a quick dispatch from MLS. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian teams are based in the United States temporarily so they can actually play the American teams. Toronto FC picked Florida as its temporary home, and got treated to an experience the other day.

This video is both hilarious and incredibly relatable. There is no doubt in my mind that I would also run and scream wildly if an alligator showed up unexpectedly. I love that a few players felt brave enough to grab a distant picture with the alligator — I’d like to think I’d be that brave after recovering from my fear, but I can’t say for sure.

I couldn’t begin to call myself an authority on the manner so feel free to correct me if you are, but this feels like a very Florida experience. Just now, I did a Google news search for “florida alligator” and a ton of different stories from the last two weeks popped up on the first page, so I feel like I’m not horribly off the mark.

tl;dr: I just wanted to share a video of an alligator crashing Toronto FC training.

Stay informed, read this: Lindsay Gibbs Tori Burstein on the lack of coverage about the NCAA women’s March Madness tournament in the US’ major publications for Power Plays

Links of the Day

A Schalke player and staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Liverpool will hold a meeting with a supporters’ group after the creation and demise of the European Super League.

UEFA will increase prize money for the women’s Champions League €24m from next season, more than four times the previous total.

Teams competing at this year’s Euros will be allowed 26 players on their rosters.

Lyon women hired Sonia Bompastor, making her the team’s first female manager.

Bayern hired Julian Nagelsmann to succeed Hansi Flick.

A longer read: Aleks Klosok interviews Bohemia FC’s Seán McCabe, considered football’s first climate justice officer for CNN