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Juventus' 'top quality' Mavididi joins Montpellier

Montpellier (France) (AFP) - Montpellier announced on Thursday they had signed English striker Stephy Mavididi from Juventus for a reported 6.3 million euros ($7.12million).

The Latest: Wimbledon donates strawberries to health workers
The Latest: Wimbledon donates strawberries to health workers

The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a "berry" big boon for health care workers in London. The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day. The club says more than 26,000 strawberries that would have been used for Wimbledon are being prepared by staff for delivery.

Leicester need to
Leicester need to 'reset mentally' to reach Champions League, says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says Leicester need to "reset mentally" to stay in charge of their Champions League destiny after their slump continued with a 2-1 loss at Everton. The Foxes remain third in the Premier League but are fading, claiming just two points from their three games since the Premier League resumed. "I know we have a very young group, a young squad that is developing, but if you want to consistently compete at the very top end of this table it is a mindset," said Leicester boss Rodgers.

Wednesday Sports in Brief

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Players are still discussing with their union whether to ask for cancellation of all preseason games, according to two people familiar with their thinking. NEW YORK (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa.

Williams scores twice and Courage down Spirit 2-0

Lynn Williams scored twice to help the North Carolina Courage beat the Washington Spirit 2-0 on Wednesday night in the NWSL's Challenge Cup tournament. Williams has three goals in the tournament for the two-time defending league champions, considered the Challenge Cup favorites. Williams put North Carolina in front in the 50th minute, then added a second goal in the 61st at Zions Bank Stadium.

MLS Is Back tournament could be in jeopardy
MLS Is Back tournament could be in jeopardy

MLS Is Back tournament could be in jeopardy due to players testing positive for COVID-19 and other clubs delaying their arrival to Orlando, Fla.

Liverpool-Manchester City Preview

In Manchester, the kings are dead. In Liverpool, however, long live the kings. The passing of the Premier League title assured, Liverpool will accept their first guard of honour as champions from the previous winners the last two seasons Thursday when they face Manchester City in a top-two clash at the Eithad.

Manchester City-Liverpool live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV
Manchester City-Liverpool live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Here's how to watch Thursday's Manchester City-Liverpool match live online and on TV.

Galaxy
Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos ruled out of MLS is Back tourney

The Los Angeles Galaxy will be without Mexican midfielder Jonathan dos Santos when Major League Soccer returns from its coronavirus shutdown. The 30-year-old former FC Barcelona and Villarreal player needs "minimally invasive hernia surgery" that is expected to sideline him for six weeks, the Galaxy said Wednesday. Dos Santos may not be the only player the Galaxy will be missing in Orlando.

Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL
Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL

Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty and set up two goals as Inter Milan thrashed relegation candidates Brescia 6-0 in Serie A on Wednesday, while city rivals AC Milan snatched a last-gasp draw away to lowly SPAL. Sanchez teed up Ashley Young to volley Inter ahead at San Siro after just five minutes and the Chile forward dispatched a spot-kick to double the lead following a foul on Victor Moses.

Atlanta United signs free-agent midfielder Damm from Mexico

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta United has signed free-agent midfielder Jurgen Damm, a former member of the Mexican National Team.

Galaxy's Dos Santos needs hernia surgery, out for tourney

LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos will miss the upcoming MLS restart tournament to have hernia surgery. The Galaxy announced Dos Santos' injury Wednesday. The club says Dos Santos will be sidelined for roughly six weeks by the minimally invasive surgery, which will be conducted at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Santa Monica.

Sheffield United - Tottenham preview: How to watch, start time, odds, prediction
Sheffield United - Tottenham preview: How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

Spurs have taken four of six points in just two matches since the end of the break and need a win to retake seventh place from Arsenal.

Watchalong live: Join us for Manchester City v. Liverpool
Watchalong live: Join us for Manchester City v. Liverpool

Join us for a Watchalong event on our YouTube channel for Manchester City - Liverpool on Thursday, as you can ask questions and react with JPW and fellow fans. Full details.

Moreno double keeps Villarreal on Champions League path
Moreno double keeps Villarreal on Champions League path

Gerard Moreno took his season's La Liga goal tally to 15 with a double strike as Villarreal stayed on course for the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Real Betis on Wednesday. Villarreal are in fifth place in the table, three points behind Sevilla who occupy the fourth and final qualifying spot for next season's Champions League. Moreno opened the scoring after just seven minutes from the penalty spot and added a fine individual goal on the half-hour mark.

West Ham beats Chelsea 3-2 to boost EPL survival bid

Andriy Yarmolenko boosted West Ham's hopes of staying in the Premier League by clinching a 3-2 victory over Champions League-chasing Chelsea on Wednesday. The substitute completed a counterattack started by Declan Rice in the 89th minute to send West Ham three points clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining. "This season so many things have not gone our way," said Michail Antonio, who started as West Ham's lone striker.

PL Update: West Ham stun Chelsea to cap busy day
PL Update: West Ham stun Chelsea to cap busy day

Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino recap the highest-scoring Premier League slate by far since the restart, as four matches produced 17 goals on Wednesday.

Villarreal moves closer to Champions League spot in Spain

Gerard Moreno scored a pair of first-half goals as Villarreal defeated 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Wednesday to move closer to a Champions League spot in the Spanish league. It was Villarreal's fifth win in six matches after the pandemic break, moving it three points being fourth-place Sevilla with five rounds remaining. It is two points ahead of sixth-place Getafe, which visits leader Real Madrid on Thursday.

Lampard on Pulisic
Lampard on Pulisic's superb form: "It's a big positive"

Frank Lampard revealed his thoughts on another wonderful Christian Pulisic display, as the USMNT winger put in a third Man of the Match performance in a row to continue his superb start to the restart.

West Ham defeat shows long way to go for Chelsea, admits Lampard
West Ham defeat shows long way to go for Chelsea, admits Lampard

Frank Lampard said Chelsea's capitulation to lose 3-2 at relegation threatened West Ham on Wednesday is a sign of how much work he still has to do to make the Blues title contenders once more. Chelsea were on course to move third in the Premier League when Willian's penalty gave them the lead in the first half at the London Stadium. Michail Antonio then put West Ham in front early in the second half before Willian's free-kick brought Chelsea level once more.

Inter hammer Brescia to stay in Serie A title hunt
Inter hammer Brescia to stay in Serie A title hunt

Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty and set up two goals as Inter Milan thrashed relegation candidates Brescia 6-0 on Wednesday to keep their slim Serie A title hopes alive. Sanchez teed up Ashley Young to volley Inter ahead at San Siro after just five minutes and the Chile forward dispatched a spot-kick to double the lead following a foul on Victor Moses. Danilo D'Ambrosio powered in a third just before half-time from a looping cross by Young, with Roberto Gagliardini rising to head home a Sanchez free-kick as Inter grabbed a fourth on 53 minutes.

Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival as Leicester lose again
Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival as Leicester lose again

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal climbed back into contention to qualify for Europe next season with a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich, while Leicester's slide continued in a 2-1 defeat at Everton. Aubameyang moved alongside Jamie Vardy as the Premier League's top scorer on 19 goals on a night of contrasting fortunes for the Golden Boot contenders. Arsenal registered a third straight win to move up to seventh against a Norwich side ever more resigned to relegation.

Michail Antonio slides West Ham into the lead
Michail Antonio slides West Ham into the lead

Michail Antonio sidefoots Jarrod Bowen's pass into a wide-open goal to turn the tables on Chelsea and give West Ham a 2-1 lead.

Aubameyang passes 50 Premier League goals as Arsenal rout Norwich
Aubameyang passes 50 Premier League goals as Arsenal rout Norwich

Mikel Arteta claimed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is willing to stay at Arsenal after he reached 50 Premier League goals faster than any player in the club's history in Wednesday's 4-0 demolition of Norwich. Aubameyang won't have scored many easier goals in his Arsenal half-century as he punished a howler from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.

Garcia double edges Athletic to European
Garcia double edges Athletic to European 'goal' with Valencia win

Veteran midfielder Raul Garcia scored twice to move Athletic Bilbao three points from the Europa League places in a 2-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday. Garcia, 33, took his tally for the season up to 13 with his efforts either side of the break at the Mestalla. Voro took charge for the first time of Valencia after Albert Celades was sacked on Monday after a loss to local rivals Villarreal.

Arteta praises Xhaka; Manager, Aubameyang talk contract
Arteta praises Xhaka; Manager, Aubameyang talk contract

"The way (Aubameyang) works every day he decided to get better," Arteta said. "Hopefully he's here for longer. He can see what we are trying to do."

Tomas Soucek heads West Ham level with Chelsea
Tomas Soucek heads West Ham level with Chelsea

Tomas Soucek gets his goal after having one taken off the board, heading in off a corner to equalize for the Hammers.

Six FC Dallas players test positive for COVID-19 in Florida

Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament.

Willian
Willian's penalty breaks the deadlock

Willian slams home the penalty after Christian Pulisic is tripped in the box to give Chelsea the lead over West Ham.

Everton hangs on to beat Leicester 2-1 in Premier League
Everton hangs on to beat Leicester 2-1 in Premier League

Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored early and Everton hung on late to beat Leicester 2-1 in the Preimier League on Wednesday, loosening the visitors' grip on a Champions League place. Kelechi Iheanacho gave Leicester hope of halting a damaging recent slump with a bizarre goal at Goodison Park but Everton managed to stave off late pressure and see out the win. Brendan Rodgers' side once had a firm grip on third place but has yet to win in three games since the league resumed after the coronavirus outbreak, and is now just three points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United and Wolverhampton in sixth.

Sen. McConnell: To avoid another economic shutdown we need to take measures, wear a mask
Sen. McConnell: To avoid another economic shutdown we need to take measures, wear a mask

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighs in on the coronavirus pandemic, call to rename military bases and police reform legislation on 'The Daily Briefing.'

The Latest: FC Dallas isolated after 6 players test positive
The Latest: FC Dallas isolated after 6 players test positive

Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Florida for the resumption of MLS play, after every member of the team's traveling party was negative in league-mandated testing before departing Dallas last Saturday. The team said Wednesday that two players tested positive after arriving in Orlando and were immediately isolated from teammates and FC Dallas coaches and staff, and other MLS clubs and staffs. After more league testing, four more FC Dallas players tested positive.

Sigurdsson scores penalty to put Everton 2-0 up
Sigurdsson scores penalty to put Everton 2-0 up

Gylfi Sigurdsson slots his penalty past Kasper Schmeichel to double Everton's lead over Leicester after VAR awards a spot-kick for Wilfred Ndidi's handball.

UEFA says no Plan B for Europa League final eight
UEFA says no Plan B for Europa League final eight

UEFA says it has no Plan B for this season's Europa League which is due to finish with an eight-team mini-tournament in Germany in August. During a video conference on Wednesday, UEFA and the German Football Federation (DFB) reaffirmed their commitment to staging the event in Germany, European soccer's ruling body said in a statement.

Gayle fires Newcastle ahead of Bournemouth
Gayle fires Newcastle ahead of Bournemouth

Dwight Gayle slots past Aaron Ramsdale after Bournemouth are caught in possession to put Newcastle in front.

Richarlison draws first blood for Everton
Richarlison draws first blood for Everton

Richarlison turns home Anthony Gordon's cutback to put Everton ahead of Leicester City in the early going at Goodison Park.

Schalke plans to slash spending as virus strains finances
Schalke plans to slash spending as virus strains finances

German soccer club Schalke plans to slash its future spending because the coronavirus pandemic has piled pressure on the Bundesliga team's already strained finances. Marketing director Alexander Jobst said Wednesday that Schalke spent heavily in a ''bet on the future'' but ran into trouble when it repeatedly failed to qualify for European competitions. The announcement came a day after Clemens Tonnies stepped down after 19 years as chairman.

Lisbon coronavirus spike leaves Champions League under threat again
Lisbon coronavirus spike leaves Champions League under threat again

Nearly four months after it was suspended, UEFA's plans to complete the Champions League in Portugal are once again under threat from the coronavirus, even if the organisers themselves insist there is "no Plan B". UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin claimed Tuesday following a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa that there was no need to make alternative arrangements to the planned "final eight" straight knockout format for the quarter-finals onwards, with all games set to take place in Lisbon. Costa himself said that "all measures are being taken to ensure that we will host this tournament in a safe and secure manner".

Arsenal tie down Saka to long-term deal
Arsenal tie down Saka to long-term deal

Saka, 18, has made a major impact in 33 appearances in a variety of positions this season and has been a regular since Mikel Arteta became Arsenal coach in December. "Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player," said Arteta. Saka's previous deal was due to expire next year, with Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly keen to take advantage of any breakdown in contract negotiations.

PHOTOS: New Chelsea kit for 2020-21 unveiled
PHOTOS: New Chelsea kit for 2020-21 unveiled

The new Chelsea kit for 2020-21 has been unveiled and the Blues will wear it for the first time against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Klopp promises to
Klopp promises to 'attack' Premier League title not defend it

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will not rest on their laurels next season after ending a 30-year wait to win the Premier League. The newly crowned champions head to closest challengers Manchester City on Thursday looking to build on their 23-point lead at the top of the table. Klopp warned of the threat that City, a resurgent Manchester United and Chelsea, bolstered by the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, would pose next season.

Schalke admit to needing
Schalke admit to needing 'massive savings' to survive

Following the resignation of their billionaire backer, cash-strapped Bundesliga club Schalke admitted Wednesday they must make "massive savings" in order to survive after their struggling finances were further hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Jobst insists "massive savings" must be made, the "stop button" has been pressed in many areas of the club's finances and Schalke's "sporting goals" must be adjusted in the coming seasons. "In the past months, Schalke 04 has presented a miserable public image," he said, apologising for "mistakes we made which must not happen again in the future".

Bukayo Saka signs long-term Arsenal contract
Bukayo Saka signs long-term Arsenal contract

Bukayo Saka has signed a new contract at Arsenal, committing his future to his boyhood club as Mikel Arteta is delighted with the winger.

Fernandes stars as Man Utd momentum builds
Fernandes stars as Man Utd momentum builds

Manchester United have hit the ground running after the coronavirus shutdown, building on their momentum before the enforced break as the inspirational Bruno Fernandes quickly gains hero status. When the Portuguese midfielder was signed in the final days of the January transfer window, United had just been booed off after a shocking 2-0 home defeat to Burnley as the atmosphere at Old Trafford turned toxic. The 55 million euro (£50 million, $62 million) signing has scored six goals and provided four assists in 13 appearances to keep United in the hunt in three different competitions.

Four more MLS players test positive for virus in Orlando
Four more MLS players test positive for virus in Orlando

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that four more players have tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Florida ahead of the start of next week's MLS is Back Tournament. All 26 MLS teams are set to stay in a 'bubble' and will play matches without spectators at Walt Disney World. No specific teams or players were identified, but the league said that in the past two days, a total of 392 players, coaches, referees, MLS staff and club staff had been tested in the past two days at the host hotel to detect the four positive cases.

Guardiola thanks Sane as winger nears Etihad exit
Guardiola thanks Sane as winger nears Etihad exit

Pep Guardiola on Wednesday wished Leroy Sane well, with the winger apparently set to leave Manchester City for Bayern Munich. Guardiola said there were still some issues to be ironed out but it looked like the 24-year-old would be leaving the Etihad Stadium. "I give him a big, big thanks for these years together and wish him all the best for his new chapter at a fantastic club like Bayern Munich," he said.

Championship side Wigan face 12-point deduction after going into administration
Championship side Wigan face 12-point deduction after going into administration

Championship side Wigan will be handed a 12-point deduction after entering administration as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic starts to bite in English football. If the 2013 FA Cup winners are relegated, the sanction will be applied to the start of their League One campaign in 2020/21 but if their results are good enough to stay up, it will be applied to the final 2019/20 table instead. Wigan are currently in 14th place in the second tier on 50 points after a fine recent run -- a 12-point drop would take them bottom and four points adrift of safety.

Bayern signs 18-year-old defender Kouassi from PSG

MUNICH (AP) -- Bayern Munich has signed defender Tanguy Kouassi, who broke into the Paris Saint-Germain first team this season.

Promotion play-off has minnows Heidenheim dreaming of Bundesliga football
Promotion play-off has minnows Heidenheim dreaming of Bundesliga football

Werder Bremen are treating the Bundesliga relegation/promotion play-off "as a gift" in their fight to stay up, but for spirited underdogs Heidenheim, Thursday's first-leg behind closed doors is a chance to "believe in the unbelievable". Last Sunday, FC Heidenheim, from a small town of 50,000 inhabitants in south-west Germany, finished above fallen giants Hamburg, who were chasing a return to the top-flight following their 2018 relegation, to claim third place in the second tier and qualify for the play-off. The first leg is in Bremen on Thursday with the return leg next Monday at Heidenheim, who hope to join Arminia Bielefeld and Stuttgart in claiming promotion to the Bundesliga.

Campaign launched for statue of English football
Campaign launched for statue of English football's black trailblazer

Football fans are raising money to erect a statue of Jack Leslie, who was chosen to play for England but dropped when selectors discovered he was black. The Plymouth player, who had an English mother and a Jamaican father, was called up to the national side in 1925 but the invitation was subsequently withdrawn. It would be another 53 years until Viv Anderson became England's first black player.


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