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USMNT star Christian Pulisic scores again for Chelsea but injures hip

USMNT star Christian Pulisic scores again for Chelsea but injures hip

Christian Pulisic headed into the international break in impeccable form, but how much he'll play during that time remains in question.

The Chelsea attacker scored in his third straight English Premier League match Saturday, clinching the Blues' 2-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace with his 79th-minute goal.

But Chelsea manager Frank Lampard substituted Pulisic one minute later, revealing after the match that the United States Men's National Team star injured his hip on his goal.

The USMNT plays its final two games of 2019 during next week's international break, concluding the group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League. The Americans sit second in their group, and face an uphill climb to advance to the semifinals of the tournament -- with or without their best player.

Chelsea won't mind if Pulisic rests next week, considering how well he has played since the start of October. Pulisic did not start a Premier League match in September, only starting a League Cup tie against fourth-division Grimsby Town. Lampard handed Pulisic his first league start in two months on Oct. 26, and the American responded with his first career hat trick.

Pulisic has started every match in all competitions for Chelsea since then, scoring five goals and assisting once. He became the fourth American player in league history to score in three consecutive matches.

The 21-year-old arguably is in the best form of his career, and the USMNT will miss him if he's not fit next week. 

Earthquakes, Shea Salinas pull off most bonkers comeback you'll see in 2020

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Earthquakes, Shea Salinas pull off most bonkers comeback you'll see in 2020

There are absurd comebacks, and then there's what the Earthquakes did against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday during the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida.

Shea Salinas' winning goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time gave the Quakes a 4-3 win. Salinas gathered the ball just in front of the halfway line, and, well, any words I could write about the ensuing solo effort wouldn't do true justice to its bonkers nature.

Just watch for yourself.

San Jose erased a two-goal deficit owed, in large part, to an utterly ridiculous own goal in the 22nd minute and a brutal giveaway from goalkeeper Daniel Vega in the 59th minutes.

Neither of these gaffes were mentioned sooner because, again, they must be seen to be believed.

What was shaping up to be a banner night for the "mLs iS bAcK" crowd turned into one where you couldn't help but earnestly say the league's all-too-on-the-nose tournament name.

It began with the 63rd-minute introductions of Chris Wondolowski (MLS' all-time leading goal-scorer), Carlos Fierro, Danny Hoesen and Salinas off the bench. Wondolowski needed fewer than 10 minutes to cut the Whitecaps' lead in half, adding to his record goal tally with a headed ball that basically missed everything in its path before bouncing off Vancouver defender Ali Adnan's head as it crossed the goal line.

Fewer than 10 minutes later, defender Oswaldo Alanis equalized with a header off a corner kick and sent his teammates into bedlam.

Salinas ultimately capped off the comeback, and a night of unrelenting pressure on the Whitecaps.

A three-goal comeback, with goals from club veterans Wondolowski and Salinas? You could forgive the Earthquakes' social-media team for wanting to party like it was 2012.

Mixing the fundamental weirdness of a tournament behind closed doors at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex with the chaotic energy that drove Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Salinas, Wondolowski and Co. to the 2012 Supporters Shield crown is an appealing cocktail in a time (relatively) deprived of live sports.

The Quakes will have a tough time topping Wednesday's win in Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire, but it's OK to admit you'll want to see them try.

Man City-Bournemouth live stream: Watch Premier League game on Peacock

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Man City-Bournemouth live stream: Watch Premier League game on Peacock

It has been a great couple of days for Manchester City (23-3-9; 72 points).

The club's UEFA Champions League ban was overturned Monday, and cross-town rivals Manchester United failed to grab hold of a place in the prestigious European knockout competition hours later due to a draw with Southampton. City's week can get even better with a win over 18th-place Bournemouth (8-7-20; 31 points) on Wednesday at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Bournemouth has much more to play for than last season's Premier League champions, but it'll be a tall order to earn a vital three points against City. The Cherries are three points (and some help with goal-difference) from moving out of the relegation zone. There might be no better time for Bournemouth to beat City for the first time in their history, and the Cherries' 4-1 win Sunday should give them confidence.

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Wednesday's match, as well as every Premier League game played that day, will exclusively stream commercial-free on Peacock, NBCUniversal's free streaming service.

Here's how to watch Manchester City-Bournemouth on Peacock.

When: Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 P.M. ET/10:00 A.M. PT
Live stream: Peacock

Newcastle United-Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley-Wolves also will air during that time.