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Watch Manchester City blitz Crystal Palace with two quick-strike goals

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Watch Manchester City blitz Crystal Palace with two quick-strike goals

Manchester City has a ways to go to catch Liverpool FC atop the English Premier League table, but the Cityzens are still capable of dominance. 

City quickly broke open Saturday's match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, winning 2-0 thanks to two goals in two minutes at the end of the first half. 

In the 39th minute, Gabriel Jesus rewarded manager Pep Guardiola's decision to start him over Sergio Aguero. Jesus' diving header from Bernardo Silva's cross gave the reigning champions a 1-0 lead. 

A hair over two minutes later, Raheem Sterling picked out David Silva's run into the Palace box with a lofted through ball. With no defenders around him, David Silva volleyed with his left foot through Wayne Hennessey's legs to give City a comfortable advantage. 

City has now scored 29 goals in nine matches this season. They're nine goals clear of the next-closest club -- at least until Liverpool hosts Manchester United on Sunday. 

The Cityzens set a Premier League record two seasons ago with 106 goals in 38 games, and they're on pace to smash that record this season. City scored at least twice in every game in all competitions this season and continues to roll with a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield now less than a month away.

Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

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Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

The Premier League is pushing back its restart date indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it announced in a statement Friday.

After bringing together the league’s top officials on a video conference, it was decided that the original hopes to begin playing again at the beginning of May were premature.

“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May,” the statement read. “And that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.”

[RELATED: Best PL storylines we would've watched if season continued]

Players also are facing a wage reduction of up to 30 percent as the league deals with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Until health officials declare that social distancing regulations can be lifted, don’t expect to see much in the way of live sports.

Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

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Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.

The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.

There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved

Which storylines would’ve captured our attention? Here are the five we’d be most closely monitoring had the Premier League season continued uninterrupted.

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