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Garber fights leaks with predictable results, Newcastle sale in doubt

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Puget Sound

OL Reign/USWNT star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will preside over the two-hour ESPYS broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird to host remote ESPYS | ESPN

MLS / USL

Former Sounders defender Jalil Anibaba talks with his hometown youth premier club about youth development and his career. Q&A: Nashville SC Defender Jalil Anibaba | NorCal Premier

The Guardian has strong feelings about the Sounders’ Electricity kit. Rainbow splash to electric green: the best (and worst) kits in MLS history | The Guardian

So, what might be going on here? The Athletic’s reporting has reportedly riled up MLS commissioner Don Garber - Hot Time In Old Town

Without live competition, pro sports have relied on esports broadcasts to entertain fans. MLS and NASCAR have also found success in reaching new audiences. Pro Leagues Reach New Fans on TV Through Esports

NWSL / women’s soccer

NWSL is allowing teams to do small group training, but what’s the actual situation in each club’s state? Each NWSL club’s local reopening guidelines - All For XI

Mallory Pugh is joining USWNT teammate and Delran native Carli Lloyd on Sky Blue FC. USWNT, Sky Blue FC rising star Mallory Pugh gets ‘fresh start’ in NJ | APP

The Wolfsburg keeper talks about her mental struggles, being ‘thrown out’ by Chelsea and why she is driven to give something back. Hedvig Lindahl: ‘I can only hope my teammates are careful. We put each other at risk’ | The Guardian

US soccer

While players have been allowed to voluntarily return to their respective clubs’ facilities for individual training in accordance with health directives, officials have had to think outside the box to ensure they can still make progress in their own homes. Adjusting to the transforming lockdown landscape – Professional Referee Organization

World soccer

While the WTO’s final report will not be published until mid-June, the independent ruling reportedly firmly establishes that the Saudi government is behind beoutQ. Newcastle takeover in serious doubt as WTO rules pirate TV channel is Saudi | The Guardian

Playing at Anfield and lifting the Premier League trophy without any fans will be “pretty strange”, says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Henderson: Premier League trophy win without fans would be ‘pretty strange’ - BBC Sport

Expectations were continuing to grow over the prospective return of the Premier League, before the first of two key meetings this week. Premier League players briefed on contact training as key meetings loom | The Guardian

EPL players could be 25% more susceptible to injury when football resumes because of the intense schedule, research shows. Premier League players face ‘25% increased injury risk’ - BBC Sport

A top scientist has criticized the staging of the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League tie. Sports events in March ‘caused increased suffering and death’ - BBC News

The Bournemouth goalkeeper was one of two people to test positive for Covid-19 in the second round of testing for EPL players and staff. Bournemouth’s Ramsdale one of two players to test positive in second round | The Guardian

Leaders Bayern Munich took a big step to retaining their Bundesliga title by winning away from home at second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich sends leaders seven points clear - BBC Sport

A calf muscle, not his achilles, was injured during training. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s achilles is ‘intact’ amid fears of career-ending injury | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: RB Leipzig vs. Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga) — FS2, TUDN

11:30 AM: Hoffenheim vs. Köln (Bundesliga) — TUDN

11:30 AM: Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. Schalke 04 (Bundesliga) — FS2