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Chelsea hires Potter away from Brighton

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Graham Potter is changing English Premier League clubs, leaving as Brighton’s manager to take the same position with Chelsea, which fired Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday.

Potter, who signed a five-year contract Thursday, said he is “incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea.” His first match will be an away derby with Fulman on Saturday.

“We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea,” Todd Boehly, Chelsea’s chairman, said in a statement. “Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabiliti­es that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful club.”

The hiring of Potter, 47, is something of a gamble, given his inexperien­ce at soccer’s highest level. His résumé shows only one trophy, the 2017 Swedish Cup. He led that Ostersund club for seven years, from the fourth tier to the first division and into the Europa League for the first time.

He has since coached Swansea for one season in English soccer’s second division, taking the team to the FA Cup quarterfin­als before moving to Brighton in 2019. Brighton finished ninth — the highest in its history — in the Premier League last season and currently is fourth in the standings.

The pressure on Potter increases significan­tly at Chelsea, which is five points from the top spot in the Premier League.

— Cindy Boren

Brazilian teenager Marquinhos marked his Arsenal debut by scoring the opening goal and setting up a second in a 2-1 victory over Zurich in St. Gallen, Switzerlan­d, in the opening group stage match of the Europa League.

Also in Group A, host Netherland­s club PSV Eindhoven drew, 1-1, with Bodo/glimt of Norway.

In Razgrad, Bulgaria, host Ludogorets claimed a 2-1 Group C victory over Roma as Brazilian forward Nonato scored the late winner.

Also in Group C, Willian José converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time and added another later as Real Betis won, 2-0, at Helsinki.

In Group B in Istanbul, Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to give Fenerbahce a 2-1 home win over Dynamo Kyiv.

GOLF

Play was suspended late in the first round of the DP World Tour’s BMW PGA Championsh­ip in Virginia Water, England, following the announceme­nt of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Thirty of the 144 players in the field had yet to finish their first rounds at Wentworth.

The tour said there would be no play Friday, and flags at the club were lowered to half-mast “out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Viktor Hovland shared the clubhouse lead after shooting 8-under-par 64s. . . .

Xiyu “Janet” Lin of China opened with five birdies in six holes, birdied all but one of the par 5s and had an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Nasa Hataoka in the LPGA’S Queen City Championsh­ip in Cincinnati.

BASKETBALL

Norris Cole — a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat — scored 20 points, including a game-winning runner with

1.4 seconds to play, and the United States rallied past Puerto Rico, 85-84, in an Americup quarterfin­al in Recife, Brazil.

Jeremy Pargo added 15 points for the United States, which will face Argentina in Saturday’s semifinals.

Argentina routed Venezuela, 76-53, in another quarterfin­al. Canada and Brazil play in the other semifinal, with the bronze and gold medal games Sunday.

MISC.

Overall leader Remco Evenepoel took the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, holding off the attack of his challenger­s and sprinting for the win at the summit in Trujillo, Spain.

It was the second stage win for the 22-year-old Belgian from team Quick-step Alpha Vinyl.

The big stage victory came a day after three-time defending champion Primoz Roglic, who was his closest rival, withdrew after a crash. . . .

U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish will miss the group stage matches in Glasgow, Scotland, next week because he came down with covid-19, and Bob Bryan will fill in as acting captain.

Frances Tiafoe is slated to be part of the American team that will face Britain, Kazakhstan and the Netherland­s from Sept. 13 to 18. Other members of the U.S. roster are Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram.

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