Premier League Roundup: Deadline Day sees Arsenal sign Kieran Tierney, David Luiz

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Premier League Roundup: Deadline Day sees Arsenal sign Kieran Tierney, David Luiz

The Premier League summer transfer window closed in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon, and in less than 24 hours, Liverpool and Norwich City will kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season. 

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

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Arsenal: It was a busy few days before the deadline for the Gunners, who sold veteran defender Laurent Koscielny to French side Bourdeaux, sent Carl Jenkinson to Championship club Nottingham Forrest, and then announced the signings of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic and center-back David Luiz from rivals Chelsea as the window closed Thursday. Arsenal also sent young striker Eddie Nketiah out on loan to Leeds United and sold Alex Iwobi to Everton on Thursday, concluding a summer of big change at the Emirates. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Arsenal's arch-rival was also quite busy Thursday, signing English phenom Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham and Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on a season-long loan. 22-year-old midfielder Josh Onomah will join Fulham as part of the Sessegnon deal.  

AFC Bournemouth: The Cherries brought in young Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on a season-long loan. Wilson impressed while on loan at Championship side Derby County last campaign, bagging 16 goals. 

Watford: English striker Danny Welbeck signed with the Hornets after Arsenal released him at the expiration of his contract. The 28-year-old broke his ankle last November and hasn't played since.

Crystal Palace: While the long-anticipated departure of Wilfried Zaha never materialized, Crystal Palace was still busy as the transfer window closed, signing midfielders James McCarthy from Everton and Victor Camarasa from Cardiff City, respectively. Camarasa is coming off a strong 2018-19 season, recording five goals and four assists for the relegated Bluebirds and was named Cardiff City Player of the Year. 

Manchester City: The reigning Premier League champions and Italian giants Juventus agreed on a swap deal that saw right-back Joao Cancelo join Manchester City with Danilo and nearly £30 million heading to Italy. Cancelo will face tough competition for playing time with England international Kyle Walker the incumbent on the right side of City's defense. 

Everton: Along with prying the talented Iwobi away from Arsenal, the Toffees also signed Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe on a loan deal with an option to buy. Sidibe brings big-match experience to Everton, having reached the Champions League semifinals with Monaco and won the 2018 World Cup with France. 

Newcastle United: In a shocking move, English striker Andy Carroll has returned to Tyneside after the Magpies bought him from West Ham. Carroll scored 33 goals during his original stint with Newcastle United before his high-profile move to Liverpool in 2011. "Coming back is something that only dreams are made of," Carroll told reporters. 

Manchester United: The Romelu Lukaku era is over in Manchester, as the Belgian striker joined Italian side Inter Milan Thursday for a reported fee of £73 million. Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 matches with Manchester United since joining from Everton in 2017. 


Coronavirus and Premier League: 'We're glued to the TV'

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Coronavirus and Premier League: 'We're glued to the TV'

The games will go on in the world's most lucrative and watched soccer league.

That's not to say clubs in the Premier League aren't wary of the fast-spreading new virus that is playing havoc with large sections of the sporting calendar.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said Friday his players are no longer greeting each other with handshakes at the training ground, under medical advice.

Journalists heading to Arsenal for a pre-match news conference with manager Mikel Arteta on Saturday have been told to complete a questionnaire about their recent whereabouts before attending.

Posters have been put up across soccer stadiums and training centers, informing players and fans of the guidance coming from Britain's top health officials.

As it stands, though, the Premier League will go ahead as planned this weekend, saying it will follow advice from the government and not act unilaterally in response to the outbreak.

"We're glued to the TV for where it's going to go next," Bruce said, "and let's hope it doesn't get any worse in this country."

Premier League clubs are following the same medical guidelines as other businesses and venues used by large numbers of people, but there is currently no suggestion that they should be taking extra measures while the virus spreads.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his club was acting like it would if there was an outbreak of flu.

"We take it really seriously but we cannot avoid everything," said Klopp, whose team leads the Premier League by 22 points and plays away to Watford on Saturday. "In the end, nobody tells us that we cannot play football. So as long as that doesn't happen, we will play football."

The latest figures reported by Britain's health authority shows there are 19 cases in the country. In total, 57 countries have been hit by the illness and there has been an inevitable impact on sports.

In soccer, Italy has announced that some matches -- including one between title rivals Juventus and Inter Milan -- will be played in empty stadiums this weekend. Across the border, Switzerland's soccer league has postponed all games in the top two divisions this weekend after a federal order that will see all events involving more than 1,000 people banned until mid-March.

The Spanish league said it has not considered suspending Sunday's "clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona but has a contingency plan in place for the outbreak of the virus, including playing matches in empty stadiums.

Javier Tebas, the president of the league, said local officials would ultimately decide whether games can be played, and that the league's first option would be to play them without fans to avoid scheduling problems later in the season. The league does not rule out having games postponed, though.

On Friday, Valencia said players and coaches will not speak in news conferences before or after games because a journalist who covers the club was found to have been infected with the virus after the team's Champions League match against Atalanta in Milan last week.

The club said players also will not speak to reporters after matches, and will not be involved in any other public activity besides the games. It said the measures would keep players and coaches from being at a greater risk of being infected.

Valencia said it was following authorities' recommendations after the disclosure of cases of the virus in Valencia. It said the cancellations would stay in place until further notice.

FIFPro, the world players' union, said Friday it was concerned about the "danger of football acting as a vehicle to spread disease" and was worried for its members.

"Players have contacted our member unions asking for assistance out of fear they could be made to perform in high-risk environments," the union said in a statement, adding it was in talks with stakeholders in the sport to address the rescheduling of international dates, including qualifying matches for 2022 World Cup.

"While we understand the inconvenience this causes worldwide, the COVID-19 outbreak is bigger than football, and we applaud the willingness of competition organisers to take firm action in this delicate period," FIFPro said.

England's authorities, however, are happy to keep monitoring the situation.

There are eight Premier League matches scheduled in England this weekend, as well as the League Cup final between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

City manager Pep Guardiola isn't getting too hung up on the virus.

"We are shaking hands," Guardiola said, when asked if his club was taking any special precautions, "(and) I love to hug.

"Not like Jurgen (Klopp), he is a master of that. But I try."

The Big Twenty: DC United wins MLS Cup

The Big Twenty: DC United wins MLS Cup

For the next three weeks, NBC Sports Washington will be rolling out the 20 biggest stories in DMV sports in the past 20 years. Here is No. 19.

A new phenom. A new coach. A renewed hope that DC United could return to glory and capture their first MLS Cup title since 1999.

That is exactly what transpired as the 2004 MLS season brought the fourth championship in team history to DC United.

The offseason started with the departure of Ray Hudson behind the bench, replaced by retired Chicago Fire star Peter Nowak. One of the best players in the early days of MLS, Nowak had retired from playing in 2002 before taking a job in the Chicago front office. When DCU’s ownership came calling, Nowak jumped at the chance to take over the most highly-decorated team in the league’s young history.

In the same month that Nowak took the helm, DC United brought 14-year-old phenom Freddy Adu aboard, becoming the youngest American to ever sign a contract in any professional league. The youngster carried plenty of hype into his first professional season and finished third on the team with five goals while playing in every match.

The retirement of longtime club legend, and last remaining member of the inaugural 1996 team, Marco Etcheverry at the end of the 2003 season brought an end to the initial Golden Age of DC United when the club collected eight trophies across all competitions in the first three years of its existence. 2004 marked the start of a second golden age with the team winning another four trophies to add to the trophy case in the next four years.

The regular season started slowly for United with a 5-8-6 record in the first 19 games of the season. The team rebounded in August and rode a 6-2-3 close to the season to the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Forwards Alecko Eskandarian and Jaime Moreno shouldered the scoring load for the Black-and-Red with 10 and seven goals respectively as DC got set for a Conference Semifinal matchup with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the first round of the postseason.

United ran through the MetroStars with back-to-back 2-0 victories, booking its place in the Eastern Conference Final with the New England Revolution. A riveting back-and-forth game saw United take the lead three separate times only for the Revolution to equalize thrice themselves. All level at three after 90 minutes and extra time, the game was decided in the first-ever penalty shootout in MLS history. In the sudden-death sixth round, United’s Brian Carroll scored and goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved a Clint Dempsey penalty to advance to the club’s fifth MLS Cup in the first nine years of the league.

Kansas City Wizards emerged from the Western Conference to face the Black-and-Red in MLS Cup 2004 played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Kansas City took an early lead before DC scored three goals in seven minutes and held on for the fourth title in the club’s eight-year history, and to date, the last time the club has lifted the MLS Cup.