After a 30-year wait, Liverpool is champion of England again.

Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field.

The Premier League crown was secured when Chelsea beat second-place Manchester City 2-1, a result that means City can no longer catch Liverpool with seven games remaining. That's the earliest a Premier League champion has clinched.

For the city of Liverpool, this has been a party three decades in the making, and hundreds of fans turned up at Stamford Bridge when the result was known.

"It is such a big moment, I am completely overwhelmed," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Women's soccer

NWSL staking claim as the first to return

The National Women's Soccer League this weekend will become the first U.S. team sport to return to competition during the pandemic.

Eight of the league's nine clubs will play in a monthlong Challenge Cup at two venues in suburban Salt Lake City.

The NWSL hopes to take advantage of starting two weeks before MLS and several weeks ahead of the NBA, NHL, WNBA and Major League Baseball.

2023 World Cup awarded

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, FIFA's ruling council announced. FIFA President Gianni Infantino also revived a suggestion to stage the World Cup every two years instead of every four years. "We need to boost women's football," Infantino said.

NBA

Slam dunk champ Jones tests positive

Miami forward Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for the coronavirus as NBA teams prepare for next month's resumption of the season.

Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, expects to be recovered and able to play next month. He's the sixth player known to have tested positive since testing began Tuesday.

AROUND THE HORN

College athletics: ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced he's retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.

Horse racing: Churchill Downs announced that fans will be allowed to attend the Kentucky Derby, which has been moved to Sept. 5. The track's capacity of about 170,000 fans will be reduced.

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