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CHELSEA WINS FIRST FOR NEW COACH

LONDON — Striker Diego Costa struck in the 89th minute as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 Monday night in the English Premier League.

"I'm delighted with the performance, I saw a lot of things that are working, a good intensity with the ball, but we know we can improve," said Conte, a former Juventus and Italy manager. "We are only working one month together, but (Monday) I saw the right intensity."

West Ham thought it had grabbed a late equalizer in the London derby at Stamford Bridge after James Collins' well-struck shot in the 77th minute canceled out Eden Hazard's penalty kick. But Costa was able to steer the ball past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian from outside the box.

Midfielder N'Golo Kante impressed on his league debut for Chelsea, snuffing out the bulk of West Ham's attacks.

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BROADCASTING: ESPN will televise the European Championship in 2020 for the fourth straight time. The network said it had acquired U.S. English-language broadcast rights to the tournament, which will be played in 13 nations.

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NBA: Lakers G/F Nick Young said he harbors no animosity toward second-year G D'Angelo Russell, who secretly recorded Young on his phone admitting to infidelities with rapper and former fiancee Iggy Azalea. "We're teammates," Young said. "It's been so long, so it's kind of old. We'll be able to work it out. We've already been working it out."

NHL: Veteran F Antoine Vermette agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Ducks. … The Islanders signed G Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Serena Williams withdrew from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a shoulder injury, the tournament announced. Stan Wawrinka, the world's fourth-ranked player who withdrew from the Olympics because of a back injury, said he is ready for the tournament.

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