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Premier League Roundup: Origi inks long-term deal to stay at Liverpool

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Premier League Roundup: Origi inks long-term deal to stay at Liverpool

It's hard to believe, but the opening fixtures for the 2019-2020 Premier League season are just over a month away.

Here is the latest news from the Premier League:

Player News:

Liverpool: The hero during the Reds Champions League run, Divock Origi has signed a long-term deal to keep him in Anfield. Starting in place of Mohamed Salah, Origi scored two goals in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final epic comeback against Barcelona, helping Liverpool erase a 3-0 deficit and advance to the final. His knack for finding the back of the net continued in the final, as he scored late to seal a 2-0 victory over Tottenham. He is expected to be the primary back-up striker in 2019-20.

Aston Villa: Left-back Matt Targett has signed with the club on an €11 million fee, filling a massive void for Aston Villa. Targett comes over from Southhampton, where he had the highest cross percentage rate (minimum 70 attempts) of any Premier League defender a season ago. He's the club's fifth signing this summer.

Wolverhampton: Defender Matt Doherty has been left off the squad for Wolves pre-season Far East tour to China due to an undisclosed injury. The right-back played in all 38 Premier League contests a season ago, so it's worth monitoring his health as the season's opening fixtures are quickly approaching.

Manchester United: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is playing down concerns that forward Alexis Sanchez was injured during Chile's third-place game against Argentina in the Copa America last week. Sanchez has been a large disappointment since arriving at Old Trafford, unable to find any rhythm as he's suffered multiple injuries and performed very inconsistently when on the pitch. The setback is not expected to be serious, and Sanchez should be fit to play when Manchester United returns from their pre-season trip in three weeks.

Burnley: Forward Jay Rodriguez has signed with Burnley, his former club, after West Bromwich Albion agreed to a move of €10 million. Rodriguez was a member of Burnley's youth academy and made his professional debut for the team in 2007. He returns to Burnley seven years later after leaving the club in 2012.

Liverpool: After losing playing time over the past few seasons to the likes of James Milner and Andy Robertson, defender Alberto Moreno has agreed to a five-year deal with Villareal of Spain's La Liga. Moreno had been one of nine players released from the club following the 2018-19 campaign.

Liverpool: Forward Xherdan Shaqiri's health for the start of the 2019-20 season is in question after the Swiss international was injured in at Nations League contest against England in June. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp announced that Shaqiri has a tear in his calf, and "will not be involved for a while."

Source: Rotoworld

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Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh continue World Cup celebration in New York

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Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh continue World Cup celebration in New York

World Cup champions and Washington Spirit teammates Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh are partying together to celebrate the US Women's National Team victory.

As the team celebrations move to New York City for a parade, the two stars continue to stay by each other's side.

Mallory Pugh's story followed the two from The James New York Soho rooftop to shuttling across the Hudson for their yacht party. 

Lavelle shared a sunset post on the water with her "bestie" Pugh at her hip.

Lindsey Horan, 2018 NWSL MVP, featured the duo on her Instagram stories from yacht party to parade morning.

Mallory Pugh checked in on the USWNT's official Instagram before the parade got underway, and then the celebrations just kept rolling down the Canyon of Heroes.

Christen Press shared a great photo featuring Pugh and the championship trophy.

 

To wrap it up, Lavelle posted a photo featuring herself at the parade with a caption boasting her typical sense of humor.

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Megan Rapinoe, USWNT to visit Congress

Megan Rapinoe, USWNT to visit Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Megan Rapinoe has accepted an invitation for the U.S. women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he looks forward to scheduling a time when "these inspiring women can come to the nation's capital."

Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit. Rapinoe said Tuesday on CNN that she had accepted invitations from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi and Schumer to go to Washington.

The team co-captain has said she's not interested in celebrating at the White House. It's unclear if the winning team would be invited by President Donald Trump to visit.

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