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Premier League AT HALF: Four between Stoke, Sunderland

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We’ve got goals in half of Saturday’s 10 a.m. EDT kickoffs, including four at the Stadium of Light.

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Halftime has Stoke City on top at Sunderland by a 3-1 margin, keyed by a Marko Arnautovic brace.

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There are a few nil-nils dotting the landscape as well, as the Premier League sandwiches six matches between Spurs’ destruction of West Brom and a prime time, NBC battle between Leicester City and Chelsea.

Sunderland 1-3 Stoke City

Jason Denayer‘s midfield giveaway led to a 1v1 showdown between Marko Arnautovic and Vito Mannone. The latter saved the former’s first shot, but Arnautovic blasted his second offering home to give the Potters an away lead.

Arnautovic added a second before Peter Crouch nodded home a third Stoke goal, and David Moyes hot seat isn’t getting any cooler despite Jermain Defoe‘s late half marker. Here’s the top marker:

Hull City 1-1 Bournemouth

Penalty given within two minutes! Ryan Fraser has shown he can draw these things, and Junior Stanislas was happy to finish.

Abel Hernandez returned to the starting lineup and the score sheet for Hull, leveling things before the break.

Swansea City 0-1 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud remains red-hot, and has poured cold water on a promising start from Swansea City.

West Ham United 0-0 Crystal Palace

No Dimitri Payet for the hosts, and both teams are looking toward their target strikers: Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke.

Burnley 0-0 Southampton

This is a game that is currently happening. That’s the best that can be said from a tooth-and-nail offering at Turf Moor.

Watford 0-0 Middlesbrough

Not much cooking at Vicarage Road, where stingy Aitor Karanka and Boro are looking for a road win.

 

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STREAM LIVE: West Brom-Palace, Liverpool-Leicester in PL Asia Trophy

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It’s a incredibly early kickoff for the third place game of the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament, at least here in the States, where West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace duke it out at 6 a.m. ET. in Hong Kong.

West Brom lost to Leicester City in its semifinal when youngster Sam Field missed the side’s seventh attempt in penalty kicks. Jay Rodriguez scored the Baggies goal in regulation of a 1-1 draw.

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Palace fell 2-0 to Liverpool in its semifinal.

The final will be staged at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Liverpool will hope to build on a win paced by Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke goals.

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)