ROME — Genoa secured safety on the final day of the longest-ever Serie A season, while Lecce dropped down to the second division on Sunday.

Genoa beat Hellas Verona 3-0 to finish four points ahead of Lecce and ensure a 14th consecutive season in the top Italian league. Lecce lost 4-3 to Parma,

Brescia and Spal had already been mathematically relegated.

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The coronavirus-delayed season ended almost 12 months after it started on Aug. 24, 2019.

“The longest season in history ends today, in our country’s most difficult year in recent memory,” said Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy’s sports minister.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos scored two minutes apart midway through the first half, Santos added a second goal just before halftime and the Philadelphia Union reached the semifinals of the MLS is Back tournament with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night.

Philadelphia’s perfect run in the tournament continued thanks to its first-half scoring blitz. The Union had two wins and a draw in the group stage then beat New England in the round of 16.

Philadelphia will face either New York City FC or Portland in the semifinals next Wednesday.

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MILAN — Lazio kept alive its hopes of finishing second in Serie A with a 2-0 win against already-relegated Brescia in its penultimate match of the season on Wednesday.

Ciro Immobile also boosted his chances of clinching the top scorer award as he netted his 35th goal of the season, moving four clear of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Immobile’s late goal sealed the win for Lazio, which had taken the lead in the first half through Joaquin Correa.

Lazio moved level on points with Atalanta, one below second-place Inter Milan. Atalanta plays Inter in the final round of the season,

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Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau has undergone successful surgery on his fractured left thumb.

The 26-year-old Canadian international was injured in a July 19 goalmouth collision with Seattle’s Handwalla Bwana at the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida.

Axel Schuster, the Whitecaps CEO and sporting director, said Crepeau is expected to be back to full training in October. The surgery was Monday night.

Third-stringer Thomas Hasal, a 21-year-old from Saskatoon, replaced Crepeau at the tournament. Backup Bryan Meredith had left the team to be with his family in New Jersey after the death of his mother.

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TORONTO — York 9 FC has signed Spanish forward Alvaro Rivero.

The 23-year-old was with the Real Madrid academy from age nine to 19. He joins the Canadian Premier League team from the CD Leganes reserve team.

Rivero, who arrived in Canada on Sunday, will join York 9 after fulfilling his 14-day quarantine.

"We had discussions with Alvaro back in January, but he decided to see out the current season in Spain," York 9 managing consultant Angus McNab said in a statement.

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ROME — Before the break for the coronavirus pandemic. After the lockdown. And now for nine years running.

Juventus is the undisputed leader of Italian soccer.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 Sunday to secure the Turin club’s record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.

At the final whistle, Juventus players danced in celebration and embraced each other before the empty stands inside the Allianz Stadium.

It was Juventus’ first title under coach Maurizio Sarri, who brought in a completely new system.

“It was the most beautiful title, because it was the most difficult,” said defender

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The anguish of Leeds and Nottingham Forest provides a reminder of just what is at stake on the final day of the English Premier League for the teams fighting relegation.

Leeds has only just secured a ticket back after 16 years in exile.

Forest’s attempt to gain promotion will extend into a 22nd season after collapsing to miss out on the second-tier Championship playoffs.

Status and history offer little protection when a team is trying to stay in the Premier League or regain a place in the world’s richest league.

Aston Villa, a former English champion like Forest and Leeds,

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