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Plaudits for the Defiance; free travel for City fans attending the Champions League final in Lisbon.

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Puget Sound

Issa Rayyan, Tacoma Defiance: Rayyan recorded one assist, two key passes and completed 3 of 4 dribbles in attack while defensively won 8 of 11 duels and made two tackles and three interceptions in Tacoma’s 3-1 win against San Diego Loyal SC. — Seems good? USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 4

A Herrera fingertip save is up for recognition. Stuff that ballot box. USL Championship Fans’ Choice Save of the Week – Week 4

Most of this story focuses on the Toronto Raptors, but it includes a tease that the NBA is widely expected expand for the first time since 2004, partly to recoup losses from the pandemic. There’s an obvious candidate. Why confidence is mounting that Raptors can re-sign team president Masai Ujiri | Sportsnet

MLS / USL

Blitzer, a private equity executive, is one of “roughly a dozen” interested parties, says Sportico. Report: David Blitzer, 76ers and Crystal Palace co-owner, interested in RSL - RSL Soapbox

Lopez flew home to Argentina several weeks ago following the death of his father. Atlanta United, Lisandro Lopez mutually agree to part ways - Dirty South Soccer

The Crew will remain the Crew after backlash from fans and a quick pivot by ownership. ‘We’re going to be the Columbus Crew forever’; ownership, fans reach much-needed compromise - Massive Report

Sebastián Velásquez, whose contract with Bnei Sakhnin FC in Israel just ended, is stranded in the country as missiles continue to light up the night sky. Former Real Salt Lake Player Stranded In Israel Amid Missiles, War - KSL Sports

Women’s soccer

Champions League finalists’ captain has a deep connection with the club she joined at 14: ‘I realised how important we can be and the massive impact we can have in society.’ Vicky Losada: ‘Every single player in my Barcelona team is a winner’ | The Guardian

US soccer

Forty years ago, Betty Ellis was the first American woman to officiate a men’s professional match. She Ran The Line | US Soccer

Is the USMNT forward on the move soon? Rumor: Werder Bremen open to selling Josh Sargent this summer - Stars and Stripes FC

Player Ruled out of Tournament After Multiple Positive Tests; All Other Players and Staff Have Continued Testing Negative. U.S. Beach Men’s National Team Player Tests Positive for COVID-19 At Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship in Costa Rica

World soccer

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says “the time is right to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football”. Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson to leave at end of season - BBC Sport

Tottenham are left reeling by reports Harry Kane wants to leave the London club but insist their focus is on finishing the season. Tottenham left reeling by reports Kane wants to leave club - BBC Sport

Former Manchester United players Eric Cantona and Roy Keane have been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Cantona and Keane join Premier League Hall of Fame - BBC Sport

West Ham manager David Moyes says he and the club are close to agreeing on a new contract. David Moyes ‘well down the line’ on new deal at West Ham - BBC Sport

City supporters purchasing tickets will be offered a place on the club’s official trip to Portugal. Man City owner Sheikh Mansour will pay for fans’ travel to Champions League final - BBC Sport

Manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is baffled by Everton’s miserable home record in the Premier League this season. Everton: Carlo Ancelotti ‘not a magician’ over poor home form - BBC Sport

Mikel Arteta has said he will be sad to see David Luiz leave Arsenal when the defender’s contract runs out at the end of June. Mikel Arteta sad to see David Luiz leave Arsenal at end of season | The Guardian

Games lasting an hour and fans around the world watching in virtual reality? BBC Sport imagines what a 2050 World Cup in China might look like in the face of climate change. Sport 2050: 60-minute matches and rolling subs - a World Cup like no other? - BBC Sport

Culture

Ravenloft previews, G4 and D&D match up, and a rapper whose name is a reference to the game. Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is now available | Full Moon Storytelling

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa (Premier League) — Peacock

10:00 AM: Everton vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League) — Peacock

10:00 AM: Newcastle United vs. Sheffield United (Premier League) — Peacock

10:00 AM: Lincoln City vs. Sunderland (England League One) — ESPN+

11:00 AM: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal (Premier League) — Peacock

11:00 AM: København vs. Midtjylland (Danish Superliga) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Atalanta vs. Juventus (Coppa Italia final) — ESPN2

12:15 PM: Burnley vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — NBCSN / Peacock

12:15 PM: West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United (Premier League) — Peacock

4:30 PM: Atlanta United II vs. FC Tulsa (USL Championship) — ESPN+

6:30 PM: Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — TUDN

7:30 PM: LA Galaxy II vs. Sporting KC II (USL Championship) — ESPN+