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Zlatan tests positive for coronavirus
AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović says he has no symptoms and has been placed in quarantine.

Burnley – Southampton: How to watch, start time, team news, odds
Burnley v. Southampton sees two committed, hard-working clubs clash at Turf Moor on Saturday as both are aiming for their first points of the season.

League Cup: How to watch, start times; Liverpool, Man City in action
Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham enter the League Cup this week.

Europa League qualifying: How to watch, start time, odds
Here's the historical rub for Tottenham: Shkendija's home legs against AC Milan, Salzburg, and Partizan have all been close and this is a one-legged affair.

Premier League odds, Prince-Wright’s picks: Week 3
Here are Prince-Wright's Premier League score predictions with the odds on upsets, big wins and tight clashes for Week 3 of the season.

Ibrahimovic shrugs off positive COVID-19 test
AC Milan's talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and the 38-year-old responded in typically irreverent style, saying it was a bad idea for the virus to challenge him. Milan said that Ibrahimovic, who will miss the Europa League match at home to Bodo/Glimt later on Thursday, was placed in quarantine at home and the health authorities had been informed. The announcement came one day after his team mate Leo Duarte returned a positive test, however Milan said the rest of the squad, who were also tested, were negative.

'No symptoms', says Ibrahimovic after positive coronavirus test
AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Thursday he had no symptoms after testing positive for coronavirus before his team's Europa League qualifying round match.

UEFA boss Ceferin defends decision to allow fans into Super Cup
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to allow fans to attend Thursday's Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest, despite concerns about the Hungarian capital being a coronavirus hotspot.

Leverkusen sign Santiago Arias on loan from Atletico Madrid
Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday signed Colombia defender Santiago Arias on loan for the rest of the season from Atletico Madrid with a buy option of around 12 million euros ($14 million).

Liverpool – Arsenal: How to watch, start time, odds, predicted lineup
Two heavyweights clash at Anfield on Monday as both Liverpool and Arsenal have a perfect record with two wins from two so far this season.

Valcke/Al-Khelaifi TV rights trial verdict on 30 October, says court
The verdict in the trial involving former FIFA number two Jerome Valcke and Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding alleged corruption in the allocation of World Cup TV rights will be announced on October 30, a Swiss court said on Thursday.

Super Cup staff confident with COVID-19 measures
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: MATCHDAY STAFF WAITING OUTSIDE PUSKAS ARENA, SOUNDBITES FROM MATCHDAY STAFF AND SUPPORTERS SHOWS: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. EXTERIOR OF PUSKAS ARENA 2. UEFA SUPER CUP SIGNS ON EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 3. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 4. HUNGARIAN WORKERS GATHERED OUTSIDE STADIUM WAITING TO BE ALLOWED IN 5. VARIOUS OF WORKERS WAITING 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN WORKER, ALEX, SAYING: "I pay attention to always wash my hands, to keep the distance, I do what I can but I have to make a living somehow, so one must work, this is how it is." 7. WORKERS GATHERED 8. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) UNIDENTIFIED HUNGARIAN WORKERS, SAYING: WORKER STANDING ON THE RIGHT, SAYING: "Everyone will be far away from each other, they will be barricaded away. The preparations are really good." WORKER STANDING ON THE LEFT, SAYING: "There will be plastic walls in the buffet, no cash allowed so everyone must pay cash so we won't have to touch money either" 9. VARIOUS OF POLICE ARRIVING 10. HUNGARIAN BAYERN MUNICH SUPPORTERS STANDING OUTSIDE STADIUM 11. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN BAYERN SUPPORTER ZSOMBOR LUKACS SAYING: "(I have come) because I am a big Bayern fan and a Super Cup final is such an occasion I think for every Bayern fan that one must simply see if their team is there." 12. LUKACS AND FRIEND STANDING OUTSIDE STADIUM 13. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN BAYERN MUNICH SUPPORTER, ZSOMBOR LUKACS, SAYING: "I agree that the organisation is risky but I think if everyone keeps to the rules and regulations then perhaps there won't be a big problem out of this." 14. VARIOUS OF POLICE AND STAFF WEARING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) OUTSIDE THE STADIUM 15. ENTRANCE FLAG OUTSIDE STADIUM STORY: Hungarians who will be working as matchday staff during Thursday's (September 24) Super Cup waited outside the Puskas Arena mid-afternoon feeling re-assured that they will be working amid safe working conditions. European champions Bayern Munich face Europa League holders, Sevilla in the traditional curtain raiser for European soccer. One worker named Alex said he would be careful to keep safe and he shrugged off concern saying he needed to earn a living and work. Others said they felt reassured that the working conditions inside the stadium were safe for them. One of first Bayern supporters to arrive at the Puskas Arena was Zsombor Lukacs who said he was a big fan and could not bear to miss the match despite having some concerns over COVID-19. According to UEFA, some 16,000 spectators will be in the stadium to watch the match. The stadium gates will open at 1600GMT and the match kicks off at 1900GMT. (Production: Balazs Kaufmann, Krisztina Fenyo)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for COVID-19
Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for COVID-19: "Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea."

Leeds sign Spain international Diego Llorente
Leeds announced the signing of Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad on a four-year deal on Thursday for a fee reported to be around £18 million.

European soccer nations get new 2021 program during pandemic
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- UEFA detailed a program of national team games in 2021 on Thursday to catch up on the schedule disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Emotional Suárez says it was tough to accept Barça departure
Luis Suarez was emotional when he was introduced by Barcelona six years ago, and again on Thursday when he had to say goodbye after being told he wasn't wanted by the club anymore. The Uruguayan striker, who has joined Atletico Madrid, couldn't hold back tears as he bid farewell and said he will always be grateful despite being told to leave. ''When the club says it doesn't need you anymore, you have to accept it,'' he said in a news conference organized by Barcelona.

Fans shrug off health fears ahead of Super Cup
European soccer's governing body UEFA has said the Super Cup, a traditional season opener played this year by Champions League winners Bayern Munich of Germany and Europa League champions Sevilla of Spain, would be safe to attend. Despite UEFA filling the stadium only to one-third of its nominal capacity of 67,000 and painstaking attention to limiting the spread of the coronavirus, there has been a growing number of voices calling for fans to stay away. UEFA considers the match a safety test before any future game is opened to spectators, which was rejected as cynical by Hungarian opposition groups; but the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an avid football fan, has persisted.

Ibrahimović tests positive for coronavirus
MILAN (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimović has the coronavirus, AC Milan confirmed on Thursday.

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović tests positive for virus
Zlatan Ibrahimović tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, and he reacted to the news as only he can. The AC Milan striker said he was positive a day after testing negative for COVID-19. Ibrahimović will miss Milan’s Europa League match against Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt on Thursday and the Serie A match at Crotone on Sunday.

AC Milan announces Zlatan Ibrahimović tests positive for COVID-19
AC Milan star star Zlatan Ibrahimović has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Thursday.

Africa roundup: Mighty Esperance close to Tunisian treble
Four-time African champions Esperance moved closer to a Tunisian treble after defeating Chebba 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals.

'I've lived a dream' Kearney bids farewell to Leinster, Ireland
Irish rugby great Rob Kearney says he lived the dream of "every five-year-old" as he announced his retirement from Leinster and the national side on Thursday.

Transfer news: Reyna to Liverpool; Jorginho to Arsenal
In the latest transfer news USMNT teenage star Gio Reyna to Liverpool and Jorginho to Arsenal is hitting the headlines.

Milan forward Ibrahimovic tests positive for COVID-19

UEFA allows five substitutes in Champions League and international matches
UEFA will allow up to five substitutions to be made by teams in all European club and international matches this season, it announced on Thursday, although a decision has yet to be reached for next year's European Championship.

Dortmund 'reserve right' to stop players from Germany duty
Borussia Dortmund's head of player department Sebastian Kehl said on Thursday they could stop their players from featuring for Germany in the Nations League next month due to coronavirus worries.

Mourinho grants wish to reporter after touching exchange
Jose Mourinho stuck to his promise to pose for a picture with Macedonian journalist Igor Aleksandrovic after a touching exchange during an online press conference.

How to watch PLTV on Peacock
How to watch Premier League TV in the USA on Peacock, with NBC featuring all of the top PLTV shows.

Lampard hails 'leader' Thiago Silva after Chelsea romp
Frank Lampard hailed Thiago Silva's "perfect 60 minutes" after the veteran Brazil defender made his debut for Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Tearful Suarez says goodbye to Barca ahead of Atletico switch
Luis Suarez cried as he bid farewell to Barcelona on Thursday but said he wants to prove he can still deliver at the highest level after joining La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

'Hollywood glitz' welcome at humble Wrexham, says Welsh first minister
Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds would be welcome at lower-tier football club Wrexham... especially if he can play centre-forward, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford joked on Thursday.

Ryan Reynolds stars in Welsh soccer team takeover
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney confirmed Wednesday (September 23) they are in talks to invest in a Welsh soccer team, currently playing in the fifth tier of the English game. Deadpool star Reynolds could soon be setting his sights on Liverpool - the current English Premier League champions - if the Wrexham plan comes off. He even hinted at the takeover on Twitter, replying to an unrelated message posted eight years ago. One user said, quote, “you never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham” to which Reynolds replied yesterday: “yup, you never know.” A statement from the club's Supporters Trust on Wednesday said an overwhelming majority of its 1,223 members had voted in favor of continuing talks with the two actors. Wrexham have never played in the top division and on average only fill half of their 10,000 capacity stadium with fans for home games. Reynolds and McElhenny will now put forward their vision for members to vote on at a second Special General Meeting.

Edouard Mendy to Chelsea: What does it mean for Kepa, Blues’ defense?
Edouard Mendy to Chelsea: What does it mean for Kepa Arrizabalaga and how much does it improve the Chelsea defense?

Bundesliga fans back in stadiums but tracking virus stats
It's not expected goals, distance run or passing accuracy, but the coronavirus infection rate. The return of fans to the German soccer league last week came with a catch. If there are too many infections in the host city, a circuit-breaker rule kicks in and fans are banned again.

Lukaku: Vidal could be the difference for ambitious Inter
After coming close to two titles last season, Inter Milan has high hopes that its upgraded squad will end a 10-year wait for a trophy. Inter finished a point behind Juventus in Serie A and lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in manager Antonio Conte's first season. During the transfer window, the Nerazzurri were among the most active by bringing in midfielder Arturo Vidal and defenders Achraf Hakimi and Aleksandar Kolarov among others.

Revamped Barcelona starts new season with spotlight on Messi
Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. After all, never before had Messi told the club that he wanted to leave, and never before had Messi been forced to stay. Will Messi still give his best?

Soccer with no fans 'massive concern' economically, says players' union
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: INTERVIEW WITH FIFPRO GENERAL SECRETARY JONAS BAER-HOFFMANN IN WHICH HE TALKS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC NEED OF FANS TO ATTEND GAMES, FIFA'S COVID RELIEF FUND, THE DANGERS OF PLAY BURN OUT / FILE FOOTAGE OF FANS AND STADIUMS, PLAYERS TRAINING AND FIFA SIGNAGE SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF LIVERPOOL FANS CELEBRATING AFTER THEY WON THE PREMIER LEAGUE HEIDELBERG, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFPRO GENERAL SECRETARY, JONAS BAER-HOFFMANN, TALKING ABOUT NOT HAVING FANS IN THE STADIUM, SAYING: "It is a massive concern, for sure. I think when we are talking Premier League, Bundesliga etc. it will have an impact there. But these leagues have other substantial sources of income than for example lower leagues in England or let's say a league in Scotland or another much smaller footballing market that very heavily depend on match day revenue, but who also heavily depend on of course their sponsors to be attracted by their exposure they get to match day attendance and some leagues are close to 50% when it comes to dependence on their match day income. So, the longer this of course gets delayed, the more severe the economic situation will become. And as a matter of fact, the way that we are seeing it now, probably economically, this current season now just starting will be harder on football than the one we just left behind us where we had a massive impact but it was in a fairly short amount of time in terms of the overall duration of the season. Whereas now we may be going half or two thirds through the season without significant attendance and that will hit the industry hard and which will trickle down to the position of players, the wages they can receive and that is of course not only the millionaire players who are very well compensated at the top of our game, but that is also guys and women who are making a few thousands, possibly less a month, and for those the impact will be just as severe as the impact on any other part of our countries." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF MANCHESTER CITY'S ETIHAD STADIUM HEIDELBERG, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFPRO GENERAL SECRETARY, JONAS BAER-HOFFMANN "What I think is important is when there is a chance to combine a very well developed protocol that the competition organisers are putting in place with a decent state of the pandemic in that certain location, then we do try to find a way to get fans back. Which is of course in the interest of the game itself. It is just not the same without fans. It is probably 50% less at least and economically the impact is severe, but we want to be cautious, not be advising governments on how they manage public health and that needs to be their primary concern." ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FILE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. VARIOUS OF SIGNAGE AND FLAGS OUTSIDE FIFA HEADQUARTERS HEIDELBERG, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFPRO GENERAL SECRETARY, JONAS BAER-HOFFMANN, TALKING ABOUT FIFA'S COVID RELIEF FUND, SAYING: "The question is the way this programme is structured is whether the money ends up in the right corners, and we have many countries which players really may be going months and months without receiving their salaries. Clubs may be close to insolvency. We are really very concerned of course that the federations now of course need to do the right thing and they invest the money in the right corners. And not in every part of the world are we terribly encouraged with what we have seen in the past and how money has been spent, and really at this time, it is not important to build more office buildings or fancy infrastructure, we need to make sure that the game is picked up from the ground up, which is of course the amateur game, but which is also the lower part of the professional game, and hopefully this money really kicks in in these corners, to make sure that we don't have insolvencies coming our way. We may have players leaving the professional game, contracts not being honoured, a lot of disputes coming in between clubs and players, so somehow manage the economic impact of the crisis." COLOGNE, GERMANY (FILE - AUGUST 15, 2020) (UEFA - PART NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020") 7. VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER UNITED TRAINING AHEAD OF EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL AGAINST SEVILLA HEIDELBERG, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFPRO GENERAL SECRETARY, JONAS BAER-HOFFMANN, TALKING ABOUT PLAYERS SUFFERING FROM BURNOUT, SAYING: "We have already seen over the last few years in studies that we have done, that a lot of players very frequently do not get medically reasonable rest time between matches, they don't have the off-season breaks, they have mid-season breaks and need to recover fully. And now we are cramming more games into shorter periods of time, and that will have an impact on wear and tear type injuries, muscle pulls and things like that, and we are very concerned that these numbers of injuries will be increasing. And that is where everybody in the end loses, the player in regard to his career and the fans who are trying to watch players playing at their peak, when it matters most." COLOGNE, GERMANY (AUGUST 15, 2020) (UEFA - PART NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020") 9. VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER UNITED TRAINING AHEAD OF EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL AGAINST SEVILLA STORY: FIFPRO, which represents around 65,000 professional soccer players around the world, says the new soccer season will be a "severe" economic challenge for clubs if fans cannot attend matches. This week the UK government announced that a pilot scheme to get fans back into stadiums in October would be postponed due to a rise in coronavirus cases. However, supporters have been attending Bundesliga matches - in reduced numbers - and Thursday's UEFA Super Cup in Budapest between Bayern Munich and Sevilla will go ahead with people watching on from the stands. Speaking to Reuters on Thursday (September 24), FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said the current situation was of 'massive concern' and while clubs in big European leagues have substantial sources of other income, others lower down the chain were facing huge uncertainty, which in turn would impact on player wages. He also warned there was a danger that players would suffer an increase in injuries as they were being asked to play more matches in a shortened period of time due to the season beginning later. (Production: Iain Axon)

Chelsea sign Rennes goalkeeper Mendy
Chelsea on Thursday announced the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year deal for a reported fee of £22 million ($28 million).

AFC defends Champions League safety after virus-hit Al Hilal axed
Asia's football body Thursday defended safety measures for the AFC Champions League after coronavirus-hit title-holders Al Hilal were kicked out of the tournament for failing to field enough players.

Captain Obvious: Week 3
Steve Rothgeb looks at the positive and negative factors to weigh for the top captaincy options every week. (Getty Images)

All hail the King! Praise for Japan footballer Kazu, 53, after new record
Japan's 53-year-old footballing golden oldie Kazuyoshi Miura, better known as King Kazu, won plaudits Thursday for his latest record-setting appearance, but said he was disappointed he didn't score.

Yimmi Chara gives Portland 1-0 victory over Seattle
Yimmi Chara scored in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers went on to beat Pacific Northwest rival Seattle 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was the first time two sets of brothers played against each other in MLS history: Yimmi and Diego Chara for Portland, and Alex and Cristian Roldan for Seattle. ''You want to score in these type of matches, that's one of the reasons they brought me here,'' Yimmi Chara said afterward through a translator.

LAFC might miss top players during crucial MLS playoff race
A league-mandated 10-day quarantine period for returning players on LAFC and Galaxy could leave teams short-handed during a crucial stretch.

Wright-Phillips scores twice, LAFC beats Whitecaps 6-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to move into fifth place on the MLS career list and Los Angeles beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Portland Timbers enter tie for 1st in the West after victory over Seattle Sounders FC
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Pozuelo scores in 90th minute, Toronto FC beats NYCFC 1-0
Alejandro Pozuelo scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute and Alex Bono tied the Toronto FC shutout record with 28 in the Reds' 1-0 victory over New York City on Wednesday night. Pozuelo scored his fifth of the season, beating goalkeeper Sean Johnson with a right-footed shot to the bottom right corner. Pozuelo has converted nine of 10 penalty attempts for TFC, missing one of two spot kicks in a 1-1 tie with NYCFC at Yankee Stadium last September.

2nd-half goals lift Real Salt Lake over LA Galaxy, 2-0
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach scored second-half goals and Real Salt Lake beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Second-half goals lift Real Salt Lake over Galaxy
Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach scored second-half goals and Real Salt Lake beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 on Wednesday night.

19-year-old Bassett, Lewis help Rapids beat Earthquakes 5-0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis each scored for the second consecutive game and the Colorado Rapids beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Rios scores first MLS goal, Nashville beats DC United 1-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Daniel Rios scored his first MLS goal on a diving header and Nashville SC beat D.C. United 1-0 on Wednesday night in the league's first game with a female center referee in more than 20 years.

Red Bulls score 3 second-half goals in 4-1 win over Miami
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Brian White scored the first of New York's three second-half goals and the Red Bulls beat Inter Miami 4-1 on Wednesday night.

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