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Watch Tottenham's Dele awaken sleepy match with goal, nap celebration

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Watch Tottenham's Dele awaken sleepy match with goal, nap celebration

After a sleepy first hour at Goodison Park, Sunday's match between struggling Tottenham Hotspur and Everton finally showed signs of life -- thanks to a woeful error. 

Dele Alli opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 63rd minute, capitalizing on Alex Iwobi's errant back-pass. The former Arsenal man intended to pass to his defense, but the ball instead fell directly in the path of Spurs forward Son Heung-Min. 

Son's nutmegged through ball found Dele, and the English attacker did the rest. 

Tottenham and Everton combined for a lifeless first half befitting of a match between two of the English Premier League's most underwhelming sides this season. The Toffees attempted the only shot on target of the first half and began to ask questions of Spurs' defense in the second half.

Dele's celebration after his second goal of the Premier League season was entirely fitting, and just about the most entertaining portion of the match. 

Prior to Sunday, Tottenham had not won a league match away from home since beating Fulham -- who were relegated last season -- in January. Dele's tally had Spurs on the verge of waking up from their own long nap, but Tottenham could not hang on. 

Son picked up a red card in the 79th minute after his reckless challenge on Everton midfielder Andre Gomes resulted in a gruesome ankle injury. Gomes was carted off, and a long VAR check on a suspected Dele handball in Spurs' penalty area led to 12 minutes of stoppage time. In the 97th minute, Everton's Cenk Tosun equalized.

Dele's celebration showed more creativity than Spurs did in the attacking half during Sunday's draw. Tottenham, in the absence of star striker Harry Kane, managed just four shot attempts -- and only two on target. 

Earthquakes' Thompson wants focus on coronavirus, not sports right now

Earthquakes' Thompson wants focus on coronavirus, not sports right now

Earthquakes right back Tommy Thompson had an early read on the coronavirus pandemic. But even seeing the entire 11-million population of Wuhan, China on complete lockdown, he didn’t know how or if it would translate to North America or beyond.

“We were all just confused by it,” Thompson told NBC Sports California of discussions with his teammates. “There wasn’t any real indication from the league or management that this would have the potential to cause our league to come to a standstill.”

The Quakes had completed a full training camp, and already played their first two matches when MLS suspended the season in mid-March.

“It’s been bizarre,” Thompson said. “My heart goes out to everyone affected by coronavirus, and at this point, everyone has been affected some way or another.”

Recently as two weeks ago, the MLS had targeted a return for May 10, which might already seem outdated, and distant from life priorities. Thompson says the best approach might be to avoid the highs and lows of over-speculating.

“It’s important for us to focus on the virus and fattening the curve,” Thompson said. “After that, sports will come. Life will return back to normal. It’s important to look forward to that time, but you can’t get too caught up in getting excited or disappointed.”             

In the mean time, the Sacramento native has been keeping busy with two new-found activities: Cooking, and launching his YouTube channel.

He recently uploaded more than 50 soccer trick and instructional videos, specifically aimed at keeping a young audience entertained and developing their skills.

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“I wanted to challenge kids of the United States to do different skills that I used to work on in the garage of my home,” Thompson said. “I thought now would be the perfect time to communicate that it’s still possible to practice.”

Thompson has seen rewarding growth, from literally zero, to tens of thousands of views in a week.

“It shows that kids need this right now,” Thompson said. “And it makes me excited to see that they’re staying productive by watching, and doing these drills at home.”

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.”

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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.