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Watford's head coach Nigel Pearson before the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Newcastle at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, England, Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Mike Egerton/Pool via AP)
July 19, 2020 - 2:40 pm
WATFORD, England (AP) — Watford fired manager Nigel Pearson on Sunday with only two games remaining this season as the team tries to stay in the Premier League. The surprise move saw Watford announce internal promotions with Hayden Mullins taking charge for the remaining games, assisted by Graham...
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Manchester United's Eric Bailly receives treatment after a clash of heads during the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (Andy Rain, Pool via AP)
July 19, 2020 - 1:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was wheeled off on a stretcher and wearing an oxygen mask after a second clash of heads during Sunday's FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea. Bailly had returned to action after an aerial collision with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma. But there was...
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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, is airborne as he kicks at the ball away from Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy during the FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley in London, England, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Childs,Pool)
July 18, 2020 - 4:49 pm
LONDON (AP) — Seven months after leaving Pep Guardiola's side, Mikel Arteta outwitted his mentor to ensure his first season as Arsenal manager will end with an FA Cup final. In only his 25th match as a manager, Arteta masterminded a 2-0 victory — secured by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double — that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Meadows has been placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Rays announced the move Thursday night, July 16. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 16, 2020 - 11:25 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows was placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup was added to the roster in place of Meadows, who was a first-time...
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Boston Red Sox baseball players practice at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 16, 2020 - 7:29 pm
Big league players will still hear the roar of the crowd even though the stands will be empty when the baseball season opens next week. Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during games...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, a view shows the Al Janoub Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Doha, Qatar. The 2022 World Cup will open with four games every day in a 12-day group stage and some matches that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. FIFA on Wednesday July 15, 2020 released the match schedule for the first World Cup to be played across November-December. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
July 15, 2020 - 8:00 am
LONDON (AP) — The 2022 World Cup will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage and matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. FIFA released the schedule for the first World Cup to be played in November and December on Wednesday, with kickoff...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 7:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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Manchester City players celebrate after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle at the Ethiad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)
July 13, 2020 - 5:15 am
GENEVA (AP) — Manchester City successfully overturned its two-year ban from the Champions League on Monday in a surprising legal victory. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld City’s appeal against the UEFA ban, but imposed a 10 million euro ($11.3 million) fine on the club for failing to...
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Leicester's Dennis Praet reacts after the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Steele,Pool)
July 13, 2020 - 4:48 am
Manchester City’s success in overturning its Champions League ban on Monday has huge ramifications on the Premier League and the remaining two teams that will qualify for Europe's top club competition. Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester — and maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United...
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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, left, appeals to referee Stuart Attwell after Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke, not pictured, scores his side's second goal of the game and Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu, right, is sent off following a challenge on Bournemouth's Callum Wilson during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Couldridge,Pool)
July 12, 2020 - 4:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — In the top four since September, Leicester's Champions League hopes are no longer so certain. A 4-1 capitulation at relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday summed up Leicester's form since the Premier League returned from its three-month coronavirus-enforced shutdown. “I would say...
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