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Chelsea beat Man City 2-1 to hand league title to Liverpool

Friday, 2020-06-26 09:17:39
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Manchester City - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - June 25, 2020 Chelsea's Christian Pulisic scores their first goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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A superb solo goal by Christian Pulisic and a Willian penalty gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, a result that handed Liverpool the Premier League title on an unassailable 86, their first league championship win in 30 years.

* Thousands of Liverpool fans celebrated their Premier League title win outside the club's Anfield Stadium on Thursday (Jun 25) as their 30-year wait for the league crown finally came to an end.

* Arsenal claimed their first points since the Premier League restart with a 2-0 victory at Southampton sealed by goals from academy graduates Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock on Thursday (Jun 25).

* Jay Rodriguez grabbed the winner as Burnley beat Watford 1-0 on Thursday (Jun 25) to keep the pressure on the Hornets in the Premier League relegation battle.

* Australia and New Zealand were handed the right to host the 2023 Women's World Cup soccer tournament after a vote by the FIFA Council on Thursday (Jun 25). Their joint bid beat the rival bid from Colombia to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams.

* Former England soccer captain David Beckham is moving into the virtual world as co-owner of London-based start-up Guild Esports. Guild said in a statement on Thursday that it will launch player academies and run teams in various e-sports arenas including Rocket League, EA Sports, FIFA and Fortnite.

* Borussia Dortmund will go into next season with Lucien Favre still the head coach as they bid to break Bayern Munich's monopoly on the Bundesliga, sports director Michael Zorc confirmed Thursday (Jun 25).

* Formula One chairman Chase Carey is donating US$1 million to set up a new foundation as part of an initiative to increase diversity in the sport. Formula One said in a statement on Thursday that the foundation would finance primarily internships and apprenticeships for under-represented groups.

* Newcastle United defender Javier Manquillo and striker Andy Carroll have agreed contract extensions, the Premier League side said on Thursday.

* Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka are among the exempt players for this year's US Open announced on Thursday (Jun 25) by the US Golf Association.

* Experienced Italian MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci will leave Ducati and race for the non-factory Tech3 KTM team in 2021, the Austrian manufacturer announced on Thursday. The departure was expected, with Ducati having already signed Australian Jack Miller for next year and Andrea Dovizioso set to stay.

* Bournemouth wingers Jordon Ibe and Ryan Fraser, and striker Jermain Defoe, will leave the club when their contracts expire on June 30, while captain Simon Francis has been handed a short-term extension, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

* Mackenzie Hughes fired a 10-under-par 60 on Thursday (Jun 25) at TPC River Highlands to seize a three-stroke lead over top-ranked Rory McIlroy in round one of the PGA Travelers Championship.

* FIFA announced on Thursday that it had agreed a US$1.5 billion relief plan to help deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global game. FIFA's plan means world soccer's governing body will dip into its reserves to provide national federations with a number of grants and interest-free loans to cope with budget hits.