Premier League Sunday Preview: Chelsea host Man City, Sunderland, Newcastle clash in derby

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There are four massive Premier League games coming up on Sunday, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Here’s a quick preview of what to look out for as the ‘Clash of the Cash’ takes place between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, and there’s the small matter of a huge Tyne-Wear derby up in the Northeast at the Stadium of Light.

Whatever game you decide to watch, NBC Sports has got you covered on NBCSN, Premier League Extratime or you can watch it all live online via NBC Sports Live Extra.

9:30am EST: Sunderland vs. Newcastle *NBCSN

The Magpies and Mackems square off with both sides desperate to record a win, especially the home team. New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet saw his men lose 4-0 at Swansea on his debut, and the Black Cats have lost seven and drawn one of their eight PL games so far. Can the passion and pride of a derby get Sunderland going this season? They hammered Newcastle 3-0 at St. James’ Park last season, so revenge is on the minds of Newcastle’s fans. Make sure you don’t miss this blood and thunder affair.

12:00pm EST: Chelsea vs. Manchester City *NBCSN

Two title contenders clash in West London, as Chelsea and Manchester City are clambouring to make up ground on Arsenal at the top of the table. Jose Mourinho’s Blues are ominously clicking through the gears, as the ‘Special One’ finally gets his best team out on the pitch and stamps his authority on the Londoners. Man City are doing the same under Manuel Pellegrini, and after winning two away games in the last seven days, can City make it three? USMNT ‘keeper Tim Howard will provide commentary for the game, the first-active PL player to do so for NBC.

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Can Jozy Altidore and Sunderland get their first win of the season?

12:00pm EST: Tottenham vs. Hull City *Premier League Extra Time

Spurs return from Europa League action in Moldova on Thursday aiming to keep up with the chasing pack in the PL. Hull are missing four key players for the trip to White Hart Lane, as ‘keeper Allan McGregor, Danny Graham, Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady look to be out. Tottenham will bring back Kyle Walker, Paulinho and Andros Townsend as they aim to continue their splendid start to the season, with Hull hoping to cause an upset after their great start.

12:00pm EST: Swansea City vs. West Ham *Premier League Extra Time

The Swans gave up a late goal in Europa League action on Thursday to draw, but following their thumping 4-0 win over Sunderland last week things are back on track in the league. It’s been a real mixed bag so far for Michael Laudrup’s men and the same can be said for West Ham, who beat Spurs 3-0 away but were then hammered at Upton Park by Man City last week. Hard to predict, so definitely a game to watch out for.

Barcelona plan Cruyff tribute at club’s training center

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) One year after his death, Barcelona says it will name the future stadium at its training center after Dutch great Johan Cruyff.

The new stadium at Barcelona’s training center just outside the Catalan city will be called “Johan Cruyff Stadium” in honor of the club’s former player and coach.

Barcelona says in a statement that “the most emblematic building in the facility where future Barca players are coached is to be named after somebody who played such a central role in fostering youth talent at the club.”

Barcelona also says it will commission a “commemorative sculpture” of Cruyff, who died of lung cancer on March 24 last year at age 68. The statue will be placed at Barcelona’s main Camp Nou stadium.

Cruyff is largely credited with launching Barcelona’s era of trophy success, both as a player and a coach.

As a player, Cruyff joined Barcelona midseason in 1973 and led the middle-of-the-table team to its first national title in a decade.

He later returned as a coach and guided Barcelona to four consecutive Spanish leagues from 1991-94 and the club’s first European Cup in 1992.

“I think the tributes are very warming,” said Cruyff’s son, Jordi Cruyff. “It sort of changes the sadness that we might feel as family to lose a father, a husband and a grandfather. It changes to a certain kind of pride to understand that he left something behind.”

MLS Snapshot: Defense optional — Crew SC outlast Timbers, 3-2

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The game in 100 words (or less): As far as teams who get out in the open field and score the lion’s share of their goals on the counter-attacking, there aren’t many MLS teams better than Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers. The two sides met Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium, site of their MLS Cup 2015 clash, and lived up to their reputations. Of the five goals scored, two were notched on flat-out counters and two more came to pass through quick transitional movements. Portland (9 points) dropped their first points of the season, falling 3-2 to goals scored by Justin Meram, Ola Kamara and Niko Hansen, while Crew SC have back-to-back wins and find themselves level on points (7) with the New York Red Bulls with each side having played four games.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

4′ — Asprilla opens the scoring early on — 2017 Crew SC defending, same as 2016 Crew SC defending.

11′ — Meram fires home the rebound for 1-1 — One of Portland’s biggest weaknesses last season was their set-piece defending. Looks like not much has changed.

19′ — Higuain feeds Kamara for a 2-1 lead — The question mark that Portland will eventually have to answer is this: How much, if at all, have they improved defensively in the open field? Based on this Crew SC counter-attack, the answer might be “not much.”

45+3′ — Adi recovers to make it 2-2 — Everything Adi does these days (even the bad things, like this first touch) ends up being good.

84′ — Hansen cleans up at the back post for 3-2 — Jake Gleeson made a spectacular reaction save to deny Kamara his second goal of the game, but the rookie, making his MLS debut, was in the right place at the right time.

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Men of the match: Wil Trapp

Goalscorers: Asprilla (4′), Meram (11′), Kamara (19′), Adi (45+3′), Hansen (84′)

Andorra’s 11-year, 58-game losing streak is over

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rarely has a scoreless stalemate in front of the home fans tasted so sweet.

But 11 years of nothing but losing will do that to a team.

Andorra’s 0-0 draw with fellow minnow Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Saturday ended its run of 58 competitive defeats.

It was the first point in qualifying for the Pyrenees mountain principality, population 80,000, since a scoreless draw with Finland in 2005.

Faroe Islands finished with 10 men after Joan Edmundsson was booked a second time with 15 minutes to play.

World Cup qualifiers: Dutch disaster persists; Greece hold Belgium

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s World Cup qualifying fixtures, as Groups A, B and H hit the halfway point in Europe…

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Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands

Spas Delev scored both Bulgarian goals (5th and 20th minutes) to secure all three points and send Danny Blind’s Netherlands side (7 points) into fourth place in Group A, six points back of leaders France and three back of second-place (qualifying playoffs) Sweden.

17-year-old Matthijs de Ligt was handed his international debut for the Dutch; he was ultimately at fault for both of Delev’s goals; he was subbed off at halftime (as was Georginio Wijnaldum).

Luxembourg 1-3 France

Olivier Giroud scored twice (28th and 77th minutes) for France, and Antoine Griezmann added the other (37th minute – penalty kick), as Les Bleus maintained their three-point lead in Group A. Kylian Mbappe, Monaco’s 18-year-old rising star, made his international debut in the 78th minute, when he replaced Dimitri Payet.

Portugal 3-0 Hungary

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the 69th and 70th goals of his international career (36th and 65th minutes), as Portugal (12 points) kept pace with an unbeaten Switzerland side (15 points) which managed a 1-0 victory over Latvia to keep their 100-percent record intact. Andre Silva scored the opener (32nd minute) for Portugal, the 21-year-old Porto striker’s fifth goal in six international appearances.

Belgium 1-1 Greece

Romelu Lukaku‘s 89th-minute rescued a point for Group H leaders Belgium (13 points), but it did little to mask an otherwise uninspiring performance from Roberto Martinez’s side. Kostas Mitroglu put Greece ahead in the first minute of the second half, but Panagiotis Tachtsidis saw his second yellow of the game in the 65th minute, and that was the start of Greece’s unraveling. The draw was just enough to keep Greece (11 points) in second, ahead of Bosnia-Herzegovina, whose 5-0 thrashing of Gibraltar moved them to 10 points with a superior goal differential.

Elsewhere in UEFA’s World Cup qualifying

Group A

Sweden 4-0 Belarus

Group B

Switzerland 1-0 Latvia
Andorra 0-0 Faroe Islands

Group H

Bosnia-Herzegovina 5-0 Gibraltar
Cyprus 0-0 Estonia