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Premier League roundup: Leicester gets its crown; Sunderland rises

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It was a day for coronation in the Midlands, but desolation for some of the Northeast.

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The majority, however, was decidedly livelier following Sunderland’s defeat of Chelsea and Middlesbrough’s promotion to the Premier League.

Newcastle, well, that’s another story, one we’ll tell over the course of Saturday’s Premier League roundup.

Leicester City 3-1 EvertonRECAP

Jamie Vardy returned from suspension with a roar, scoring twice and missing a penalty kick that would’ve given him a hat trick. Andy King had a goal and an assist for Leicester, which somehow was not distracted by a glorious performance from tenor Andrea Bocelli. Leicester led 1-0 before the entire crowd had settled into the King Power Stadium, and led 3-0 before Kevin Mirallas put one home for Everton.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

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If and when Newcastle United is relegated to the Championship for the second time in a decade, it can point to the fact that it gave Aston Villa two of its 17 points through 37 weeks of the season. Rafa Benitez‘s unit couldn’t find a goal with Papiss Cisse up top, and a more lively Aleksandar Mitrovic missed three opportunities to provide a winner against an already-relegated Villa side which has allowed 72 goals this season.

Newcastle outshot Villa 9-2, but few will care about anything other than the scoreless result. Woof. Villa was also rife with protest against owner Randy Lerner, with inflatable balls strewn about the pitch.

Sunderland 3-2 ChelseaRECAP

The Black Cats came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before Jermain Defoe belted Sunderland back into safety with a match-in-hand on Newcastle and a 4-point lead on Norwich City. Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini also scored for Sunderland, but Defoe will never buy a drink at a Sunderland pub again; He’s got 15 of the Black Cats’ 40 goals.

Norwich City 0-1 Manchester UnitedRECAP

Juan Mata kept United’s Top Four hopes alive while essentially dooming the Canaries. Norwich is three points behind Newcastle and four back of Sunderland with two matches to play. The victors, meanwhile, are in a mix of teams hoping to finish third, four points back of Arsenal, three of Man City and four ahead of West Ham. All four sides have two matches this week.

Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Artur Boruc of Bournemouth saves the penalty of Craig Gardner of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion at the Vitality Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Artur Boruc made a remarkable pair of saves off a Craig Gardner penalty attempt, and Matt Ritchie scored for Bournemouth as the Cherries erased a 1-0 deficit brought about by Salomon Rondon’s early header.

West Ham United 1-4 Swansea CityRECAP

West Ham picked a bad day to have a stinker at home, going down 3-0 to Swansea and conceding (probably) far too much ground in the race for the Top Five. Andre Ayew, Wayne Routledge, Bafetimbi Gomis and Ki Sung-yeung put balls in the West Ham goal, with an own goal the Irons’ only route into the Swansea cage.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Veteran midfielder Charlie Adam gave the visitors a 26th minute lead before Dwight Gayle scored a pair of second half tallies to lift Alan Pardew‘s side to a win.

Follow Live: Jamaica hosts Honduras in first Gold Cup match in Kingston

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With Curacao v. El Salvador as the undercard, host Jamaica will make history on Monday evening ahead of its match v. Honduras in Kingston.

The evening at the National Stadium at Independence Park represents the first time that Gold Cup will be held in the Caribbean, an historic achievement as CONCACAF looks for ways to continue growing the game across the entire region.

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Although it struggled in World Cup qualifying, Jamaica seems like it has turned a new leaf and after a 2-0 win over the U.S. Men’s National Team in Washington D.C. earlier this month, the Caribbean nation is riding plenty of confidence and is looking to make yet another deep run at the Gold Cup. Standing in its way is plucky Honduras, who always seems to come up with goals when it’s least expected and manages to put together a strong defense to make things difficult for opponents.

It should be a fun opener in front of a partisan, but decidedly local crowd in Jamaica.

Report: Barcelona in negotiations with PSG to sign Neymar

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In a stunning development, Neymar could be returning to the Camp Nou as early as this summer.

Brazilian media giant Globo Esporte reported Monday afternoon that Barcelona is currently negotiating with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of Neymar. According to the report, the deal could include a payment of around $112 million along with one or more players moving to Paris, including Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti.

[READ: USWNT: We have the best, and second best team]

There’s so many layers to this deal, so let’s break it down.

The news that Neymar could return to Barcelona comes on the heels of an interview by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and France Football, in which he called out Neymar, stating “nobody forced him to sign here,” and that Al-Khelaifi said earlier in the interview he didn’t want “to see stars anymore.”

“I want players willing to give everything to defend the honor of the jersey and to join the club project,” Al-Khelaifi told France Football. “Those who do not want, or do not understand, we see each other and we talk to each other. There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project…nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.”

Meanwhile, Neymar has plenty of time now to think of his future. Ever since moving to PSG, it feels like he’s been stricken by the injury bug. While he’ll probably go down as a Brazil legend when he retires, he’s on the precipice of being a what if player, as in, what if he wasn’t injured for parts of the last two World Cups, and for picking up an ankle injury that’s kept him out of the 2019 Copa America.

It’s been ankle injuries as well in February of each of the last two seasons at PSG that has effectively ended his season just as it was reaching the important stages, the start of the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

Remember, Neymar decided to force his way out of Barcelona and move to PSG in an effort to break the hegemony of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or and truly write his name in the history books. Instead, his time in Paris will be remembered abroad more for his antics, injuries, and of course, the incident with the fan at the Coupe de la Ligue final.

Of course, that’s not to say Neymar didn’t have success in France. He’s scored an incredible 49 goals in 55 games in all competitions, including in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League. But ultimately, Neymar wasn’t able to score goals when it mattered, like in the Champions League knockout stages or in high-pressure games.

At Barcelona, Neymar achieved some of his biggest club success and took his game to new heights after being a raw diamond needing polishing at Santos in Brazil. Perhaps Neymar has realized that it’s better to play in Messi’s shadow, and potentially win the UEFA Champions League again, than try and stake it out on his own. Neymar has a good relationship with Messi and Luis Suarez, among other South Americans on the team, and on paper he’d clearly be a big upgrade at left wing over the duo of Ousmane Dembele and Neymar’s Brazil teammate, Philippe Coutinho.

The deal makes sense for both sides, but will it get done? That’s the big question this summer, and it will remain unanswered until the second of September, the close of the Spanish transfer window.

Watch Live: Copa America — Japan v. Chile

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It may be hard to remember, since it didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but Chile is actually the twice-defending Copa America champions.

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La Roja look to defend their title with the final opening game of the tournament, facing Copa America invitee Japan at the Estadio Morumbi in Sao Paulo. After both Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal announced they were leaving the national team following the failure to qualify for the last World Cup, both veterans are back and starting as Chile looks to find its 2015 and 2016 form under new manager Reinaldo Rueda, the former Colombia, Honduras and Ecuador coach.

Chile will face an interesting test in Japan, as the Samurai Blue have taken mainly an Under-23 side as it prepares for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and potentially making a deep run. Many of the starters are making their first senior international caps for Japan, as it looks to gain crucial international experience against a strong side.

Hit the link above (or click HERE) to watch Monday’s primetime fixture (in Spanish) and check back on PST for a full roundup of the day’s action down in South America.

You can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App. All you have to do is click on the links below.

How Twitter reacted to VAR decisions in France v. Nigeria

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The introduction of Video Assistant Referees to top level soccer has been criticized at times, but more often than not has been given the benefit of the doubt.

That seemed to change on Monday, as France was aided by two controversial VAR decisions, which helped the European nation defeat Nigeria, 1-0, in the final group stage game for both countries at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Both VAR decisions, the first to award a penalty and especially the second, to award a retake, were planned by both journalists, fans, and even former players on social media in real time.

Here’s some reaction below to the big controversy from this afternoon’s match.