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Whatever happened to Julian Green?
The scorer of the USMNT's most recent World Cup goal has revived his career and could play a key role for the Americans.

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 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.

Premier League standings
The Premier League has restarted after a three month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, and here are the latest standings.

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.

Chula Vista teacher among 47 MLS referees who also will experience 'bubble life'
Felisha Mariscal is one of 47 referees chosen to officiate the MLS is Back tournament and will spend the entire tournament inside the league's protective bubble in an effort to keep the coronavirus at bay.

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.

Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos to have hernia surgery, will miss MLS Is Back tournament
The Galaxy will be without Jonathan dos Santos for the MLS Is Back tournament after the team announced he would undergo minimally invasive hernia surgery Thursday.

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
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
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
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
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’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
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.

West Ham stun Chelsea, Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival
West Ham rocked Chelsea's top-four hopes and boosted their survival bid with a dramatic 3-2 win, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal climbed back into European contention with a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich on Wednesday. Chelsea were hoping to take advantage of third-placed Leicester's 2-1 defeat at Everton earlier in the day, but instead the Blues were beaten for the first time since the Premier League restart. West Ham were denied the opening goal at the London Stadium when VAR ruled Michail Antonio was offside as he lay on the ground while Tomas Soucek slotted home.

Lampard angry as Chelsea needs ‘extra mentality’ to succeed
"I have seen us play great games, but then I have seen opportunities to jump teams or close points, but we haven't taken them," Lampard mused.

Klopp expects four teams in title race next season
Jurgen Klopp expects Liverpool to face a stern challenge for their Premier League title from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea next season. City set a Premier League record with 100 points when they cantered to the title two years ago, while last season Pep Guardiola's team pipped Liverpool to the silverware on the last day.

Instant reactions after West Ham beat Chelsea
Hear from both managers as Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino break down West Ham's crucial last-gasp victory over Chelsea.

Fans break distancing rules at Bulgarian Cup final
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE SHOWS: SOFIA, BULGARIA (JULY 1, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. BUS CARRYING THE LOKOMOTIV PLOVDIV SQUAD ARRIVING AT STADIUM 2. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 3. PEOPLE WAKING PAST STADIUM 4. CSKA SOFIA FANS MAKING THEIR WAY TO STADIUM WITH FLAGS 5. (OFFENSIVE) CSKA FANS CHANTING RACIST SLOGAN, LOOSELY TRANSLATED TO (Bulgarian) "PLOVID GYPSIES" 6. CSKA MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE STADIUM 7. MORE OF GROUP WITH FLAGS AND DRUMS HEADING TO STADIUM 8. SECURITY CHECKING PEOPLE 9. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GOING THROUGH GATES AND BEING CHECKED BY SECURITY SOFIA, BULGARIA (JULY 1, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES VIA ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) 10. STILL PHOTO OF PACKED STANDS 11. STILL PHOTO OF FANS CHEERING FROM PACKED STANDS 12. STILL PHOTO OF FANS 13. STILL PHOTO OF FANS NEAR A BANNER THAT READS, (English) "WHITE LIVES MATTER" - BANNER NOT COMPLETELY VISIBLE 14. STILL PHOTO OF FANS CHEERING WITH FLARES AND SMOKE FILLING THE AIR 15. STILL PHOTO OF PLAYERS ON SMOKE-COVERED PITCH FROM FLARES 16. STILL PHOTO OF LOKOMOTIV'S MOMCHIL TSVETANOV SCORING HIS GOAL FROM THE PENALTY SPOT 17. STILL PHOTO OF LOKOMOTIV PLAYERS CELEBRATING AFTER THEY SECURE THE WIN 18. STILL PHOTO OF TSVETANOV AND BITCENT KARAGAREN CELEBRATING WITH TEAM MATES 19. STILL PHOTO OF CSKA LOOKING DEJECTED AFTER LOSS 20. STILL PHOTO OF LOKOMOTIV'S DIMITAR KRASIMIROV CELEBRATING WITH TROPHY SURROUNDED BY TEAM MATES STORY: Thousands of fans broke social distancing rules in the stands as Lokomotiv Plovdiv beat CSKA Sofia 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday (July 1) to win the Bulgarian Cup for a second consecutive year. The Balkan country's government allowed 12,000 spectators at the game despite multiple COVID-19 rules violations since the domestic league resumed on June 5 after an almost three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov ordered Health Minister Kiril Ananiev to attend the match at the Vasil Levski national stadium to monitor whether spectators were complying with the health measures. The fans, however, again demonstrated little respect for the requirements of the authorities, with CSKA supporters standing close together and shouting abuse at Borissov during the 80th Cup final. The government also said spectators should wear face masks with stewards offering everyone entering the stadium a free one. But only a very small number of fans used the protective cover-up. Referee Georgi Kabakov interrupted the game for a few minutes in the second half after CSKA fans set off flares and threw smoke bombs. Fans of Lokomotiv, last season's Cup winners, also mocked the "Black Lives Matter" movement, displaying a banner reading "White Lives Matter". Last week a plane carrying a banner declaring "White Lives Matter Burnley" flew over Manchester City's Etihad Stadium at the start of the Premier League game against Burnley. Bulgaria's Sports Minister Krasen Kralev had warned that violations during the Cup final could lead to "more drastic measures". There were few chances in the game with both sides struggling to break down disciplined defences. CSKA, seeking their first trophy since 2016, finished with 10 men after midfielder Kristiyan Malinov was sent off for a second bookable offence with five minutes remaining. The clash ended goalless after extra time and Lokomotiv, who have clinched Europa League qualifying berth, held their nerve in the penalty shootout. The Plovdiv-based side converted all their spot-kicks with substitute keeper Ilko Pirgov saving the penalty of CSKA's Gambian striker Ali Sowe.

MLS confirm that six FC Dallas players test positive for COVID-19
SHOWS: ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES. (JUNE 27, 2020)(DISNEY-MUST COURTESY DISNEY) 1. FC DALLAS PLAYERS ARRIVE AT ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX AFTER TRIP FROM DALLAS 2. FC DALLAS PLAYERS ARRIVING AT HOTEL (MUTE) 3. PLAYERS GO TO REGISTRATION (MUTE) 4. FC DALLAS COACH LUCHI GONZALES (MUTE) 5. MORE PLAYERS GOING TO REGISTRATION STORY: Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19, Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Wednesday (July 1), a week ahead of the kickoff of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida. Two of the positive tests came "immediately" after the players arrived at the host hotel in Florida on June 27, while another four players tested positive within the last two days. "Every member of the FC Dallas traveling party had tested negative for COVID-19 through an MLS-mandated testing service prior to the club's departure on Saturday morning," the team said. "FC Dallas took proactive steps to isolate the newly-affected players as well as all FC Dallas players and staff in Orlando out of an abundance of caution." The 54-match MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex kicks off on July 8, while Dallas are scheduled to play on July 9 against Vancouver. It was not immediately clear whether the positive tests would impact that schedule. "All members of the club delegation are following MLS health and safety protocols and will remain quarantined in their hotel rooms pending the results of further COVID-19 testing," the team said. A group of 392 players, coaches and other league and team staff members were tested in the last two days, and the league previously said 20 players and six staff members had tested positive for COVID-19. Teams began arriving in Orlando last week for the relaunch of the league's 25th season, which was abruptly put on hold in March amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Production: Peter Bullock)

Watch West Ham stun Chelsea, Christian Pulisic with 89th-minute winner
Chelsea picked a bad day to debut a new kit with a gigantic "3" emblazoned on the chest.

Guardiola eyes 'incredible' season end despite Premier League failure
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have "incredible things ahead" as he focuses on a trophy treble despite surrendering their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Guardiola's side will perform a guard of honour to their major rivals of recent seasons on Thursday after Liverpool ended City's two-year reign as English champions last week. A 23-point gap at the top of the table allowed Jurgen Klopp's men to win the title with a record seven games remaining and Liverpool are on course to smash more Premier League records set by City two seasons ago.

Yarmolenko the hero as West Ham stuns Chelsea
Andriy Yarmolenko provided the late winner for the Irons, whose 30 points move them into 16th. West Ham is 2W-2D-11L when the Ukrainian does not play.

Extended highlights: West Ham 3, Chelsea 2
West Ham claimed three priceless points in a wild London derby against Chelsea to move into 16th place.

Pulisic Watch: USMNT star dazzles for Chelsea v. West Ham
Christian Pulisic was the best player on the pitch as Chelsea lost at West Ham in the Premier League, as the USMNT star continued his fine start to the restart.

Andriy Yarmolenko fires Hammers into a late lead
Andriy Yarmolenko arrows a shot into the bottom corner to cap a clinical West Ham counterattack and give them a 3-2 lead over Chelsea in the 89th minute.

Remaining Premier League fixtures
The 2019-20 Premier League season will restart and here are the remaining fixtures for everything coming up in Premier League tomorrow and beyond.

Willian's free kick makes it 2-2
Willian bends a brilliant free kick in off the post to get Chelsea back on level terms against West Ham with his second goal of the match.

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
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 '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
"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 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'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
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.

Newcastle beats Bournemouth 4-1 in Premier League
Bournemouth stayed in the Premier League relegation zone after a 4-1 loss to Newcastle on Wednesday extended the team's winless run to seven games. First-half strikes from Dwight Gayle and Sean Longstaff were followed up by substitutes Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro, handing Bournemouth a club-record 19th loss in a top-division season. Dan Gosling claimed an added-time consolation - the hosts' first goal since the league resumed following the three-month coronavirus pandemic break.

Thorns, Red Stars play to scoreless draw in NWSL tournament
The Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Stars played to a scoreless draw Wednesday in the group stage of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament. Portland dominated possession and outshot Chicago’s young lineup but couldn’t manage to score in the match played without fans in Herriman, Utah. Rookie Morgan Weaver had a good chance for the Thorns in the 14th minute but Chicago goalkeeper Emily Boyd got a hand on it and pushed it over the net.

Gosling grabs consolation goal for Bournemouth
Dan Gosling taps Nathan Ake's flicked header over the line to deny Newcastle a clean sheet against Bournemouth.

Aubameyang gifted two goals as Arsenal beats Norwich 4-0
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was gifted two goals by Norwich as the Gunners earned a comfortable 4-0 victory in the Premier League at an empty Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Aubameyang was teed up by opposing players in either half, and also set up Granit Xhaka for the midfielder's first goal of the campaign. There was even time for Cedric Soares, who was signed on loan from Southampton in January in a move made permanent last week, to mark his return from injury with a goal after making his debut off the bench.

Extended highlights: Bournemouth 1, Newcastle 4
Newcastle United set a new season-high goal tally, crushing Bournemouth 4-1 in a dominant effort.

Leicester collapse continues with defeat at Everton
Leicester's alarming slump continued with a 2-1 defeat at Everton to give the chasing pack in the hunt for a Champions League place next season another boost. Chelsea will move above Brendan Rodgers's men into third with victory at West Ham later on Wednesday and Manchester United and Wolves are now also just three points behind the Foxes. Leicester had been held by lowly Watford and Brighton in their first two league games since the Premier League's restart and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea on Sunday.

Everton beat stumbling Leicester
Everton edged past Leicester City with a 2-1 win as the Foxes continue to drop points and are in real danger of dropping out of the Champions League positions.

Extended highlights: Everton 2, Leicester City 1
Everton continued their unbeaten restart, riding two early goals to an impressive victory over Leicester City.

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