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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Molly Darlington/Pool via AP)

Pulisic, Giroud score as Chelsea rallies to beat Villa 2-1

Jun. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Healthy enough to make his first appearance in nearly six months, Christian Pulisic sparked Chelsea to a comeback victory. The 21-year-old American returned from an adductor muscle injury and scored the tying goal five minutes after entering in the second half. Olivier Giroud put...

Everton's Seamus Coleman, left, challenges Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP)

Faltering restart for Liverpool title charge after shutdown

Jun. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool’s title charge has been slowed by the pandemic, and its attacking ruthlessness blunted. After a wait of 103 days, Jürgen Klopp's team returned to action with a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday as it nears the end of a 30-year title drought. It means the world...

Newcastle's Allan Saint-Maximin takes a knee as he celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St James' Park stadium in NewCastle, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

Newcastle beats 10-man Sheffield Utd 3-0 amid takeover talks

Jun. 21, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. Newcastle capitalized on the 50th-minute sending-off of...

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The English Premier League resumes Wednesday after its three-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)

After 100-day wait, English soccer returns and takes a knee

Jun. 17, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Players kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of the coronavirus were remembered as the Premier League made a somber return on Wednesday from a 100-day shutdown that deprived England of its national sport. Back on the sideline at Manchester City was...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, fans walk outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, that the U.S. Open will be played in Queens from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, but without fans in attendance. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

The Latest: AVP shifts beach volleyball season to tournament

Jun. 17, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The AVP tour will have a three-week beach volleyball tournament in Long Beach, California, to replace the 2020 season that has been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The AVP Champions Cup Series will take place on...

Workers block the view of the entrance, at Villa Park stadium, a day ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, as the league resumes play after a 100-day pandemic-enforced shutdown, at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Premier League back with doubleheader after 100-day shutdown

Jun. 17, 2020 6:33 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Exactly 100 days after the last game, the Premier League is back. In stadiums restricted to around 300 people as the pandemic dangers persist, Manchester City will host Arsenal after Aston Villa plays Sheffield United on Wednesday night. It will usher in an unprecedented summer...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 9, 2020, gates stand locked outside the closed English Premier League soccer Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England. The Premier League resumes Wednesday June 17 after its three-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

Talking points ahead of the Premier League restart

Jun. 16, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

Some talking points ahead of the resumption of the Premier League following a three-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic: RECORD-BREAKING REDS The fact that Liverpool will win its first English league title in 30 years is not really in doubt. Still to be ascertained, however, is how much of a...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares skates during the team's NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. NHL players could start participating in voluntary small-group workouts, and teams began opening their training facilities Monday, June 8. Players learned Thursday training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement on returning to play later this summer, and they're now expected to trickle back in preparation of the resumption of the season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The Latest: English Premier League player tests positive

Jun. 13, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A Norwich player is one of two people at two English Premier League clubs to test positive for the new coronavirus ahead of the restart of competition. Players and club staff are being tested twice a week. On Thursday and...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, Gavin Bollmer, left, and his buddy, Austin LaFountain, wear Globe Life Field masks as they tour the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas. Many organizations are trying to bridge the budget gap from the coronovirus through enhanced sponsorship sales, such as temporary billboards that could be stretched over unsold sections of seats. Teams and leagues are selling branded face masks and other personal protective equipment. Almost all of them are trying to engage fans in new and creative ways. It won't come close to making up the budget shortfall, but the hope is to survive long enough for sports to return to normal. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The Latest: PGA Champions Tour event in Washington canceled

Jun. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside of Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tournament director Brian Flajole said Thursday uncertainty about the ability to hold...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2018 file photo, the English Premier League trophy is displayed on the pitch prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. A Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday, May 24, 2020. The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

PL teams prepare for restart with practice games at stadiums

Jun. 6, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League’s return by holding practice matches on Saturday. Clubs are attempting to build up players' fitness as well as get used to playing without fans before the league resumes...