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Transfer rumor roundup: Palace, Sunderland, Man City on alert

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As we wait to see whether anyone matches Burnley’s bid for Robert Snodgrass, there are plenty of names moving theoretically in the rumor mill.

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Sunderland needs to act to replace Patrick Van Aanholt, who’s said to be en route to Crystal Palace. Oddly enough, the Black Cats are looking at another team who has struggled — Swansea City — amongst their options. The Newcastle Chronicle says Neil Taylor (Swans) joins Everton duo Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo as targets for David Moyes.

Ex-Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce might be set to add to Patrick van Aanholt in his stable of former Sunderland players. Yann M’Vila is the name mentioned by London Evening Standard as a target, with the Rubin Kazan player having a $15 million release clause.

Pep Guardiola has some new and old targets mentioned by The Times. Juan Bernat of Bayern Munich is the old name, and he’s joined by Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, Valencia fullback Jose Gaya, and Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin. Throw in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and you’ve got a solid three of five players who almost certainly would have to wait until summer. Could Gaya or Bernat move sooner?

Gaya is 21, and has experience at every youth level from Spain U-15 to U-21. He’s made 56 league appearances for Valencia, and is signed through 2020 with a $54 million release clause.

After failing to break into RB Leipzig’s side following a $16 million summer transfer, 19-year-old Scottish attacker Oliver Burke is open to a move. The ex-Nottingham Forest man has suitors at Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, and Leicester City.

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′)