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Champions League live streams: How to watch 2021 UEFA soccer final online in USA

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Manchester City and Chelsea are getting ready to square off in the UEFA Champions League final in an all-England battle. Chelsea will seek to win their second title in the European soccer series while Manchester City will be looking to take home their first.

The match is expected to be a good one, and American-born Christian Pulisic will look to become the second American to ever win the tournament (Jovan Kirovski was the first) and hopes to be the first to start for the winning side.

It’s going to be a big-time battle for Pulisic and the Blues, and soccer fans in the United States will surely want to watch Pulisic in action, among others.

But what’s the best way to stream the game? Sporting News has your answers about which streaming services will carry the game and allow cord-cutters to get in on the Saturday afternoon action.

MORE: Watch the Champions League final live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

How to watch Champions League games on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus is CBS’ new streaming platform that launched in the United States on March 4, 2021. To access the Champions League on Paramount Plus, you can sign up for the service by visiting ParamountPlus.com and clicking the “try it free” button. Currently, Paramount is offering a seven-day free trial for new users.

Paramount Plus can be streamed on virtually any device, including:

  • iOS and Android devices
  • Chromecast
  • Most smart TVs, including Samsung, Vizio, and LG TVs
  • Playstation
  • XBox
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Portal TV
  • XFinity Flex

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is a streaming service that launched in the United States in the first week of March, 2021. The service used to be known as “CBS All Access” but ViacomCBS elected to re-brand it behind the more recognizable entertainment brand of Paramount.

Paramount Plus offers users access to a library of on-demand entertainment options as well as live programs on CBS networks. This includes live sports — like the UEFA Champions League final, which will air on CBS — news, and more.

In addition to the CBS content that is included on Paramount Plus, programs from BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and The Smithsonian Channel are all included with a subscription. So too are numerous movies, new ones and classics, from the Paramount, Miramax and MGM brands. And new releases from Paramount’s studios will be available to stream on Paramount Plus 30 to 45 days after the debut of the movie in theaters.

Paramount’s programming contains plenty of recognizable titles, from new and old “Star Trek” series, “Indiana Jones” movies and the remake of the “Twilight Zone.” Additionally, children’s programs like “Rugrats” and “iCarly” are getting reboots that will be available on Paramount Plus.

And all programs that were available on CBS All Access is available on Paramount Plus.

MORE: Everything you need to know about the Champions League final

Paramount Plus price

There are two monthly price points for Paramount Plus. The cheaper option is $5.99 per month and comes with “limited ads” within the programming. The more expensive monthly option is $9.99 a month but contains no commercials. Subscribers can also download programs and watch them offline with the latter plan.

Paramount Plus now offers annual subscriptions as well. The annual limited-commercial package is $59.99 a year while the no-commercial package is $99.99 a year.

Champions League free live streams

Fans can stream the Champions League final for 2021 on a variety of streaming options. This includes Paramount Plus, fuboTV (which offers a seven-day free trial) and several other dedicated streaming sites.

Below is a full rundown of options that soccer fans can choose from ahead of the match:

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Chris Paul, NBA Twitter react to Deandre Ayton’s game-winning dunk in Suns vs. Clippers

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Chris Paul, NBA Twitter react to Deandre Ayton's game-winning dunk in Suns vs. Clippers

Deandre Ayton was the hero for the Suns in their Game 2 win over the Clippers.

With less than a second left on the clock, the Suns were down one point and had just 0.9 seconds to get a shot off. Jae Crowder inbounded the ball on the baseline under the Suns’ basket and found Ayton cutting to the hoop.

Ayton threw it down. The play took just 0.2 seconds off the clock and sealed the 104-103 win for the Suns.

Here’s a look at the amazing finish.

Ayton and Crowder deserve a bulk of the credit, but Devin Booker had an impact on the finish as well. His physical screen on Ivica Zubac — who is seven inches taller and 35 pounds heavier than Booker — gave Ayton just enough space to get open off the cut and throw down the dunk.

And Booker put his body on the line despite playing with a bloodied nose that required stitches after an inadvertent hit from Patrick Beverley earlier in the game.

The Suns’ finish thrilled Phoenix fans as well as the team’s star point guard Chris Paul, who missed his second straight game in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He took time to celebrate the victory on Twitter and praised coach Monty Williams for his “big-time play call.”

Indeed, it was a nice play call, and Williams made sure Ayton was prepared to dunk immediately after catching the ball.

“DA — if he throws it, you gotta try to dunk it,” Williams said. “Okay?”

Ayton was ready and obliged. As a result of his make, NBA Twitter erupted and celebrated the exciting end to yet another tightly-contested playoff battle. 

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How Suns perfectly executed game-winning play — and why goaltending didn’t apply on Deandre Ayton’s dunk

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How Suns perfectly executed game-winning play — and why goaltending didn't apply on Deandre Ayton's dunk

Back in December 2017, the Suns and Grizzlies found themselves in a down-to-the-wire contest. Phoenix had the ball with just 0.6 seconds on the clock and the game tied at 97.

So what did then-Suns coach Jay Triano do? He unveiled a play that he had kept in his back pocket for years.

MORE: Chris Paul reacts to Deandre Ayton’s game-winning dunk

While standing on the sideline near the Grizzlies’ bench, Dragan Bender threw a pass toward Tyson Chandler that floated directly above the rim, giving Chandler the opportunity to slam it through the bottom of the net. Wait, you can do that?

“You cannot goaltend a ball that isn’t going to count,” Triano told reporters after the game.

More than three years later, Triano’s words were once again ringing throughout Phoenix Suns Arena. Coach Monty Williams drew up a similar play on Tuesday night, and his players executed it perfectly to give the Suns a stunning 104-103 win over the Clippers and a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Look at this beauty:

OK, let’s break down what NBA TV’s Matt Winer called “The Valley Oop.” (Great work, Matt).

First, notice the positioning of DeMarcus Cousins. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue made a smart move by putting Cousins on Jae Crowder in order to make an inbound pass more difficult, but Cousins is squared up to Crowder, opening up the passing lane Crowder needs.

As for the action in the paint, Devin Booker sets a terrific screen on Ivica Zubac, allowing Deandre Ayton to break free. Could Nicolas Batum have bumped Ayton and recovered? Possibly, but he is understandably concerned with leaving Booker.

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Once Ayton gets a step on Zubac running toward the basket, it’s on Crowder to put the ball in a spot in which Ayton can score. As you can see from the angle below, Crowder just narrowly avoids the backboard. The placement here is simply incredible.

“That’s definitely Jae’s game-winner,” Ayton said after the game.

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Now, you may still be asking, “But why isn’t that a goaltending violation?”

As the NBA explained in its Last Two Minute Report from that December 2017 game, “Goaltending rules do not apply because (Chandler) makes contact with the ball off of a throw-in and not a live ball that has already legally been touched on the playing court.” Scott Foster, who served as the crew chief on Tuesday, offered the same explanation when asked about Ayton’s dunk.

Sometimes less than a second can be all the time in the world. Just ask any Suns fan.

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Clippers’ Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

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Clippers' Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

The box score from Tuesday’s Suns-Clippers game — a pivotal Game 2 win for Phoenix in the Western Conference finals — will show Paul George had a decent game.

Twenty-six points, on 10-of-23 shooting; six assists; six rebounds; and 5-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also scored his team’s last six points, all within the last minute, to help the Clippers to a 103-102 lead with just 8.2 seconds remaining.

The only stats that ultimately mattered in the Clippers’ 104-103 loss, however, were the final two free throws George — a career 84.7-percent free throw shooter — missed. They ultimately allowed Phoenix a chance at an unbelievable comeback victory, which may prove costly even as the series heads back to LA.

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Had George sunk both of those shots, the Suns would have needed a 3-pointer just to send the game to overtime. Had he sunk even one shot, they would have needed a 2-pointer. But he missed both, allowing the Suns to win on an inbound dunk with less than a second remaining:

Credit to Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder and the Suns. That play will go down as one of the top plays in NBA playoffs history. But every heartbreaking loss needs a goat, and no one fits the bill better than “Playoff P,” who could have secured a win for his team with the simplest of basketball scoring plays.

Here’s the bright side for the Clippers, if there is one: They have already overcome 2-0 deficits in each of their first two series against the Mavericks and Jazz, respectively. That’s likely a cold comfort as George and Co. head back to LA, however. The scathing Twitter comments aimed at George likely won’t do anything to help, either:

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