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Former record-breaking footballer Norman Whiteside selling medals and memorabilia for £140k to top up pension

RECORD-breaking footballer Norman Whiteside is selling his medals and memorabilia to top up his “small” pension.

The former Manchester United ace hopes to raise £140,000 through lots including his 1985 FA Cup winner’s gong.


Because he scored the winning goal against Everton, that alone could net £15,000.

Now 55, the midfielder works as an ambassador for United.

He said: “I get a small pension from my footballing days, but we didn’t earn much before the Premier League.

“I want to make sure that all my pension provisions are in place. Also I thought it would be nice for fans to have a chance to bid for something.”

Whiteside made his United debut aged just 16.

In 1982 he broke Pele’s record of becoming the youngest player to appear in a World Cup when he turned out for Northern Ireland aged 17 years and 41 days.

Three years later he became United’s youngest captain. But his career lasted only nine years before he retired through injury.

The auction of 60 lots is being held by Ewbank’s, of Woking, Surrey, on July 29. The shirt Whiteside wore in the 1985 final is tipped to sell for £8,000 and his boots for £5,000.

International shirts he swapped with Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins are valued at £4,000 — as are the shirts of legends such as Michel Platini of Juventus and West Germany’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Auctioneer Alastair McCrea said. “It’s the most extraordinary collection that ticks many boxes.”




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National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup kicks off Saturday in Utah

While professional soccer has been underway in Europe since the Germany Bundesliga restarted on May 16, the game in the U.S. has been on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That will change Saturday, when the National Women's Soccer League will be the first major professional sports league in the United States to return to action when it kicks off a tournament in Utah. The NWSL will have the team sports spotlight to itself for an extended period of time, too, since Major League Soccer's tournament won't start until July 8, and Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL won't return until late July.

The NWSL's tournament — the Challenge Cup — will conclude on July 26 with its championship game (on CBS).

Unfortunately for fans eager to see their favorite players back on the pitch, the Challenge Cup will be without a number of U.S. women's national soccer team stars, as well as an entire team, the Orlando Pride. 

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USWNT World Cup-winning goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will be one of the notable players competing in the NWSL's Challenge Cup in Utah. (Photo: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports)

Challenge Cup format

The preliminary round will take place June 27-July 13, followed by the eight-team single-elimination knock-out rounds culminating with the championship game on July 26 (on CBS).

Challenge Cup location

The games will be played near Salt Lake City, at Rio Tinto and Zions Bank stadiums in suburban Sandy, Utah. Rio Tinto Stadium is home to the NWSL's Utah Royals and Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake. Zions Bank Stadium is home to the USL's Real Monarchs and Major League Rugby's Utah Warriors.

Challenge Cup on TV

CBS will air the tournament's opening game (North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. CBS also will air the Challenge Cup championship game on Sunday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Every game will be available on CBS All Access. CBS Sports Network will offer game replays.

Challenge Cup draw

  • Team 1: Chicago Red Stars
  • Team 2: Washington Spirit
  • Team 3: Houston Dash
  • Team 4: Utah Royals FC
  • Team 5: North Carolina Courage
  • Team 6: Sky Blue FC
  • Team 7: Portland Thorns FC
  • Team 8: OL Reign
  • Team 9: Orlando Pride*

*Orlando Pride withdrew due to COVID-19 outbreak

Just five days before they were scheduled to play their opening game in the Challenge Cup against the Chicago Stars, the Orlando Pride announced that the club would withdraw after six players and four staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Sydney Leroux Dwyer posted on social media her disappointment in not being able to participate, writing: "I’m heartbroken. The majority of our team and staff worked our (expletive) off to put us in the best position to play the game we love again. Not just for ourselves but for our families, friends, fans and our city. Good luck to the teams going to [Utah]. Wish we were there with you. Stay safe."

I’m heartbroken. The majority of our team & staff worked our asses off to put us in the best position to play the game we love again. Not just for ourselves but for our families, friends, fans & our city. Good luck to the teams going to UT. Wish we were there with you. Stay safe.

Also, six-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, who also is a member of the Orlando Pride, will not participate. 

Some USWNT World Cup winners will not play

Nine players from the U.S. national team that won last year's Women's World Cup will not be participating in the NWSL Challenge Cup. 

Megan Rapinoe, arguably the league's most famous player, last year's Ballon d'Or winner and a member of the OL Reign, opted not to participate. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) is out due to COVID-19 concerns and Christen Press (Utah Royals) won't play for health-related reasons. 

Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh of Sky Blue FC will not play due to injuries.

Really bummed to be missing this and super excited for my teammates to compete! They are going to do amazing. 💙For those that think I’m pregnant, when I am….twitter will the first place I announce it 😊 https://t.co/bB01g79A8q

And, the Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger — who each were World Cup winners last summer — will not be participating after their team withdrew from the tournament. Even if the Orlando Pride were to participate, the team would have done so without Morgan, who gave birth to a baby girl in May.

USWNT World Cup winners who will be participating

The North Carolina Courage will feature a quartet of players who helped the U.S. win the Women's World Cup last summer in France. Midfielders Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis, defender Abby Dahlkemper and forward Jess McDonald are all members of the two-time defending NWSL champions.

Defender Julie Ertz and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher are members of the Chicago Red Stars.

NWSL Challenge Cup schedule

All games will air on CBS All Access unless otherwise noted. Games also will re-air on CBS Sports Network.

Saturday, June 27

North Carolina Courage-Portland Thorns FC, 12:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Chicago Red Stars-Washington Spirit, 10 p.m. ET 

Tuesday, June 30

Houston Dash-Utah Royals FC, 12:30 p.m ET

OL Reign-Sky Blue FC, 10 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 1

Portland Thorns FC-Chicago Red Stars, 12:30 p.m. ET

Washington Spirit-North Carolina Courage, 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, July 4

Utah Royals FC-Sky Blue FC, 12:30 p.m. ET

Houston Dash-OL Reign, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, July 5

North Carolina Courage-Chicago Red Stars, 12:30 p.m. ET

Portland Thorns FC-Washington Spirit, 10 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 8

Utah Royals FC-OL Reign, 12:30 p.m. ET

Sky Blue FC-Houston Dash, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, July 12

Washington Spirit-Houston Dash, 12:30 p.m. ET

Chicago Red Stars-Utah Royals FC, 10 p.m. ET

Monday, July 13

OL Reign-Portland Thorns FC, 12:30 p.m. ET

Sky Blue FC-North Carolina Courage, 10 p.m. ET

Friday, July 17

Quarterfinal 1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Quarterfinal 2, 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, July 18

Quarterfinal 3, 12:30 p.m. ET

Quarterfinal 4, 10 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 22

Semifinal 1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Semifinal 2, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, July 26

Championship game, 12:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

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Japanese startup uses bluetooth to create ‘connected’ face mask

TOKYO – As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.

The white plastic “c-mask” fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet application that can transcribe speech into text messages, make calls, or amplify the mask wearer’s voice.

“We worked hard for years to develop a robot and we have used that technology to create a product that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped society,” said Taisuke Ono, the chief executive of Donut Robotics.

Donut Robotics’ engineers came up with the idea for the mask as they searched for a product to help the company survive the pandemic. When the coronavirus struck, it had just secured a contract to supply robot guides and translators to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a product that faces an uncertain future after the collapse of air travel.

Donut Robotics’ first 5,000 c-masks will be shipped to buyers in Japan starting in September, with Ono looking to sell in China, the United States and Europe too. There has been strong interest, he said.

At about $40 per mask, Donut Robotics is aiming at a mass market that did not exist until a few months ago. One aim, he said, is to generate revenue from subscriber services offered via an app that users will download.

Donut Robotics built a prototype connected mask within a month by adapting translation software developed for its robot and a mask design that one of the company’s engineers, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, created four years ago for a student project to interpret speech by mapping face muscles.

Ono raised 28 million yen ($260,000) for development by selling Donut Robotics shares through Japanese crowdfunding site Fundinno.

“We raised our initial target of 7 million yen within three minutes and stopped after 37 minutes when we had reached 28 million yen,” he said.

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Stephen 'tWitch' Boss and Allison Holker Mourn the Death of Their Dog Krypto: 'See You on the Other Side'


Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Allison Holker are in mourning after the passing of their beloved dog, Krypto.

Boss, 37, was the first to announce the sad news, sharing a tribute to the Jack Russell terrier mix on his Instagram Thursday.

Alongside a black-and-white picture of himself sweetly gazing at his pup, the Magic Mike XXL star wrote, "We love you. We’ll see you on the other side old friend 🤍 #Krypto #Superdog #RIP 2006-2020."

On Friday, Holker, 32, posted a picture of the family — including son Maddox, 4, and daughters Weslie, 12, and Zaia, 7 months — with Krypto on her Instagram in honor of their furry friend.

In the post, Boss can be seen holding the pooch on his lap as the family sits around in a circle.

"KRYPTO you will always be with us!" the So You Think You Can Dance alum wrote in the caption. "We LOVE YOU #rip 2006-2020 #krypto."

In addition to their children, Boss and Holker also shared a dog named Luna Lane.

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Last year, the couple — who married in 2013 — gushed about their canine companions while celebrating International Dog Day.

Boss, who named Krypto as a nod to his love of comic books, wrote on his Facebook, "Y’all get on my nerves sometimes 🤣🤣 but I love y’all very much! Krytpo and Luna the Boss dogs."

"Thank you for looking out for us," he captioned two photos of his dogs. "Angels in disguise."

Meanwhile, Holker shared a sweet portrait of herself with Krypto in honor of the pup.

"BOSS DOG ! Spending my day with Krypto 🐶 Because it’s #internationaldogday ! Man I love our pups !" she wrote. "Are you a dog lover? We have two dogs we have a Jack Russell terroir & a chihuahua ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️."

Earlier this year, Boss and Holker opened up to PEOPLE about their tight-knit crew, sharing that it "still takes a village" to look after their little ones.

"[It’s] a little challenging [because] we have family in Utah and Arizona; our family’s spread out. But then also we have what would be our chosen family, our family friends in L.A., that are always there to help. And also we have nannies. And it does — it takes a whole village to run this thing," Boss said in February.

"People always talk about how it takes a village for hair and makeup and styling — it’s the same thing with having kids,” Holker added. “We have hands on deck all the time willing to help and jump on board.”

“I will say, as parents, we’re very, very hands-on parents. But as many people that you can have there to help you out with your kids — to love them, to share joy with them and laughter — it’s a win-win for everyone."

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Starbucks Barista Gets $47K in Tips After San Diego Woman Shames Him for Telling Her to Wear Mask


Nearly $50,000 has been raised for a Starbucks barista in San Diego after he stood up to a woman who was not wearing a face mask.

In the state of California, it is required that people wear masks in public, including restaurants and cafes.

After barista Lenin Gutierrez refused to serve Amber Lynn Gilles because she did not have a face covering, the woman posted a photo of Gutierrez on Facebook, writing, "Meet lenen [sic] from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption."

Gutierrez received an outpour of support, and a GoFundMe campaign acting as a virtual tip jar for the barista has raised $47,118 as of Friday afternoon.

"It's so shocking to see something get so big that only happened within a few minutes," Gutierrez said in a Facebook video.

He went on to explain his side of the incident.

According to Gutierrez, he was assigned to the front cash register, and when he saw a woman with no face mask, he asked her if she had one she could put on.

"She told me, 'No. I don't need one,' " Gutierrez said. "I was going to show her the paper that we've been provided saying that we require face masks, but we can still help — but before I can say anything, she flips me off, she says, 'No. I don't need one.' And she started cursing up a storm. She started calling people 'sheep' and she left."

Gutierrez said that within a few minutes, the woman returned and asked for his name.

"She took a photo of me and said, 'I'm calling corporate,' and started cursing some more at everyone, and just left, this time, for good," he recalled.

"I thought that was going to be the end of it," Gutierrez said, "I didn't know it was going to come to this."

Gutierrez said that before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rendered everyone indoors, he was working as a dance teacher and is an aspiring dancer.

"With this donation that everyone provided me with GoFundMe, I can make these dreams reality," he said. "I can fuel my passions even better now. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for it. It's just amazing to see that I can actually make these dreams of pursuing more into dance a thing now. Thank you so much for it."

Gilles did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

A spokesperson for the company tells PEOPLE, "We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores."

Earlier this month, the coffee chain announced that it is planning to close up to 400 stores and shift its focus to add locations that exclusively offer pick-up and to-go services, PEOPLE previously reported.

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Tenille Townes Decides a Pandemic Is the Perfect Time for Her Hope-Filled Album The Lemonade Stand




To promote the album, Townes has scheduled the LemonAID Stand Virtual Tour, a series of benefit concerts including one next Tuesday that will assist the Grande Prairie nonprofit that she's supported since was 15 years old.

"Big Hearts for Big Kids" will be streamed from the stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and it will feature at-home performances by Dierks Bentley, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Andy Grammer, Lori McKenna, Chrissy Metz, John Osborne and Lucie Silvas. Proceeds will benefit Sunrise House, the youth shelter that Townes has raised more than $1.9 million for over the years.

In this time of quarantine, Townes says she's "grateful for social media to be able to feel like we're still connected." But she's also anxious to resume face-to-face encounters.

"I miss being able to talk to people after the shows and hearing those stories," she says. "Feeling that connection is very much my very favorite part about doing this."

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13 Best Hip Flexor Stretches for Your Tight, Cranky Hips

Have your hip flexors been feeling all tight and fussy lately? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve asked physical therapists for their best hip flexor stretch recommendations to help the tight, painful hips that come from sitting at a desk (or couch-desk) all day.

Your hip flexors are a group of muscles that sit at the front of your hips and connect to your pelvis and low back. They’re an important muscle group, assisting with any movement that brings the knee in toward the chest, explains Brando Lakes, P.T., DPT, physical therapist with Orthology in New York City. That could include active movements like running, walking, and squatting—and it could also include sedentary poses, like sitting in a chair or reclining on your couch.

There are a few reasons this muscle group might feel particularly tight and cranky. The first: all those hours you spend sitting on your butt. When you sit, your hips are flexed in a 90-degree position, explains Vinita Chandra Mody, P.T., founder of and women’s health specialist at Stroma Physical Therapy in New York City. If you sit for long enough, “you get something called adaptive shortening,” which means the muscle “becomes progressively tighter and tighter and tighter,” she says. If your tight hip flexors are shortened severely enough, they’ll start to pull on your spine and femurs and possibly trigger hip pain and back pain.

Your hip flexors might also hurt because of biomechanical errors during activity that cause the muscle group to be overused, says Elizabeth Lamontagne, P.T., DPT, SCS, CKTP, assistant director and physical therapist at Recovery Physical Therapy in New York City. Say, for example, you’ve become an avid runner during quarantine. If you’re overextending your legs forward to increase your stride length, that could actually cause your hip flexors and quads to take on too much force as you run. That overuse can lead to tight muscles, which could very well explain your aching hips, Lamontagne explains.

Another culprit: poor posture. Slouching and rounding your torso forward when sitting (hello, makeshift home desk), standing, walking, or running puts your hips into greater flexion. Stay that way long enough, says Lamontagne, and your hip flexors could shorten to a painful degree.

This is where stretching comes in. By moving your hips into extension with gentle stretches, you can lengthen the hip flexor muscles and counteract some of the pain and stiffness caused by too much hip flexion.

To get the most out of these stretches, do them daily (or even multiple times a day) and always sneak in a quick warm-up first, says Mody. The warm-up doesn’t need to be anything intense—try a few quick high knees or jumping jacks, or simply walk down the hall and back. Also, remember that stretches should be light and gentle, says Lakes. If you feel any sharp pain, a piercing or tearing sensation, or any other type of discomfort beyond the feeling of a gentle stretch, stop. Lastly, if you have a known history of injury, check with your doctor or physical therapist before giving these a go.

1. Standing hip flexor stretch

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on your hips.

  • Step your right foot back about a foot and a half.

  • Bend your left knee slightly, raise your right heel off the ground, and lean forward several inches.

  • In this position, squeeze your right glute. You should feel a stretch at the top of your thigh. Hold for 30 to 90 seconds.

  • Switch sides and repeat, this time stepping the left leg back.

2. Kneeling hip flexor stretch

  • Place a pillow on the floor and position it about a foot away from a chair (or couch or wall).

  • Get into a kneeling position, place your right knee on top of the pillow, and rest the top of your right foot on the chair. Step your left foot forward and bend at the knee to create a 90-degree angle with your left leg. Lean forward several inches.

  • In this position, squeeze your right glute. You should feel a stretch at the top of your thigh. Hold for 30 to 90 seconds

  • Switch sides and repeat.

Tip: For a deeper stretch, move your back knee closer to the chair. For an easier stretch, rest your back foot on the ground.

3. Standing quad stretch

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Straighten your low back and make yourself as tall as possible.

  • Bend your right knee and point your toes back and up. Grab your right foot with your right hand and pull your ankle toward your butt.

  • From here, try to bring your right thigh behind your left thigh while keeping your low back straight. You should feel a stretch at the front and sides of your upper thigh. Hold for 30 seconds.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

Tip: For balance support, gently rest your available hand on top of a nearby object or wall.

4. Side lying quad stretch

  • Lie on your right side and bend your right arm to cradle your head in your palm.

  • Extend your left leg in front of your body and rest it sideways on the ground, knee slightly bent.

  • Bend your right knee and reach back with your left hand to grab your right foot.

  • Pull your right ankle toward your butt and squeeze your right glute. From here, use your inner right thigh to lift your right leg up toward the ceiling. You should feel a stretch on the outside of the thigh. Hold for 30 to 90 seconds.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

5. Lying hip flexor stretch

  • Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.

  • Lift your right knee toward your chest and hold it with your hands.

  • Slide your left leg out straight. You should feel a stretch in the front of your left hip.

  • Hold for 60 seconds or more.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

6. Hip flexor bridge stretch

  • Go into a bridge position and slide a yoga block under your tailbone, which is further down from the small of your lower back.

  • Lift your right knee toward your chest and hold it with your hands.

  • Extend your left leg out straight.

  • You should feel a stretch in the front of the left hip.

  • Hold for 60 seconds or more.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

7. Kneeling hip flexor side bend stretch

  • Kneel on your left knee with your right leg forward and bent at 90 degrees. Put your hands on your hips for balance. Contract your glutes to flatten your lower back and shift your weight forward to increase the stretch on the front of your left hip.

  • Raise your left arm overhead and bend your trunk to the right to increase the stretch.

  • Hold for 60 seconds or more.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

8. Seated hip flexor stretch

  • Sit on a chair. Extend your left leg back, keeping your right cheek on the seat.

  • Keep your back neutral (don’t let your spine arch or round).

  • You should feel a comfortable stretch on the front of your left hip.

  • Hold for 60 seconds or more.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

9. Kneeling hip flexor stretch with rotation

  • Kneel on your right knee with your left leg forward and bent at 90 degrees. For balance, place your hands on your hips.

  • Contract your glutes to flatten your lower back and transfer your weight forward to increase the stretch in the front of your right leg.

  • Then cross your arms over your chest and turn your torso and upper body to the left.

  • Keep your glutes slightly contracted to avoid tilting your pelvis forward. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.

  • Then turn your torso and upper body to the right. Again, keep your glutes slightly contracted to avoid tilting your pelvis forward. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.

  • Switch legs and repeat.

10. Standing extensions

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your palms on your backside.

  • Lean back into your palms until you feel a gentle pull on the front of your hip flexors and gentle pressure in your lower spine. Inhale, exhale, then return to standing. This is one rep.

  • Continue for 10 to 20 reps.

Tip: Widen your stance if you feel unsteady.

11. Tensor fascia latae (TFL) stretch

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Cross your right leg behind your left leg and place your right foot slightly behind and to the outside of your left heel.

  • Lean to the left and reach your right arm overhead. You should feel a stretch in your right hip flexors and the side of your right hip and arm.

  • Hold for 30 seconds or more.

  • Switch sides and repeat.

12. Press-ups

  • Lie on your stomach and place your hands slightly higher than your shoulders.

  • Press through your palms and extend your elbows to lift your upper body off the ground; keep your glutes, legs, and feet relaxed and on the ground. Your head is looking up and forward. You should feel a stretch in your hip flexors and gentle pressure in your low back.

  • Hold this position for one inhale and exhale; then release and lower back to your stomach. This is one rep.

  • Continue for 10 reps.

13. Glutes squeezes

You’re probably wondering why glutes squeezes are included in an article about hip flexor stretches. As Lamontagne explains it, activating your glutes inactivates your hip flexors and thus allows the latter muscle group to better stretch.

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Squeeze your glutes and hold for six seconds; then release. This is one rep.

  • Continue for 10 to 20 reps.

One last note: These stretches can help alleviate your tight and achy hip flexors, but stretching alone won’t completely solve the problem, says Lakes. To see more substantial results, you have to change the activity that’s causing the hip flexor pain in the first place. For many of us, that means spending less time on our butts. Try incorporating more activity into your daily routine, suggests Lakes. Ideas: Drink more water to trigger more frequent bathroom breaks, invest in a stand-up desk, or pencil in five-minute walk breaks during the work day.

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Nordstrom Has Reusable Face Masks for the Entire Family — Starting at Just $5








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Juventus 4-0 Lecce: Cristiano Ronaldo scores penalty as leaders beat Serie A strugglers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 23rd goal of the season as Juventus moved seven points clear at the top of Serie A with victory over 10-man Lecce.

The visitors had Fabio Lucioni sent off for a foul in the first half before Paulo Dybala struck from outside the box just after the break.

Ronaldo drove home a powerful penalty after being brought down before setting up substitute Gonzalo Higuain.

Defender Matthijs de Ligt then headed in a late third for the dominant hosts.

Ronaldo, who also scored a penalty in the 2-0 win at Bologna on Monday, has now scored 23 goals in 24 league appearances this season.

The win means Juventus extend their advantage over title rivals Lazio, who have a game in hand and could reduce the deficit back to four points if they beat Fiorentina on Saturday.

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Match ends, Juventus 4, Lecce 0.

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Second Half ends, Juventus 4, Lecce 0.

Attempt missed. Marco Calderoni (Lecce) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

Foul by Simone Muratore (Juventus).

Khouma Babacar (Lecce) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Gabriel.

Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthijs de Ligt.

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Goal! Juventus 4, Lecce 0. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Douglas Costa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Gabriel.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 3, Lecce 0. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Khouma Babacar (Lecce) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Lecce. Marco Calderoni replaces Brayan Vera.

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Substitution, Juventus. Simone Muratore replaces Federico Bernardeschi.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Paulo Dybala.

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Lecce. Antonin Barak replaces Marco Mancosu.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Gabriel.

Attempt saved. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Bonucci.

Foul by Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Brayan Vera (Lecce) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Gabriel.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Aaron Ramsey replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.

Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Giulio Donati (Lecce).

Foul by Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Khouma Babacar (Lecce) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Khouma Babacar (Lecce) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brayan Vera.

Foul by Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus).

Khouma Babacar (Lecce) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lecce. Khouma Babacar replaces Filippo Falco.

Goal! Juventus 2, Lecce 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luca Rossettini (Lecce) after a foul in the penalty area.

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Todd Cantwell: How Norwich star took confidence from getting kicked and going Dutch

When Todd Cantwell stepped up to take a penalty in the FA Cup last-16 tie at Tottenham, he wasn’t going to miss.

With the pressure of a packed crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium watching on, Cantwell nonchalantly approached the penalty spot by doing kick-ups, plonked the ball down and smashed it into the top corner.

It helped Norwich on their way to the quarter-finals of the competition, setting up a meeting with 12-time winners Manchester United at Carrow Road, which is live on BBC One on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 BST).

Cantwell, 22, has stood out with impressive performances for the Canaries this season but his confident demeanour took some time to develop.

In fact, he grew up quite a shy lad, so how did his coaches help to turn his approach around?

“What we did in training was to get players to kick him on purpose all the time,” Norwich hall of famer and academy coach Darren Huckerby tells BBC Sport.

“I think over the two or three-year period in the academy, he grew and changed his whole mentality. He was a flair player, he had to realise that if he was going to play in this position then people were going to kick him.

“He stood up to the fight and his progression over the past five or six years has been superb. When he was younger he tended not to take a kick too well but he has come on leaps and bounds and is a man now.”

A rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

That education in the Norwich youth team stood him in good stead for a loan move away and when Dutch side Fortuna Sittard were promoted back to the Eredivisie in 2017-18, few Norwich fans could have foreseen Cantwell leading the celebrations that took place afterwards.

The midfielder had been given his first-team debut for the Canaries that season but he spent the second half of the campaign on loan in the Netherlands.

Despite being in unfamiliar surroundings, alone in a foreign country without any family or friends around him, Cantwell made an unforgettable impact both on and off the pitch.

In his 10 appearances, he scored twice and it was his assist that led to the winning goal that confirmed Fortuna’s return to the top flight for the first time in 16 years

In the joyous scenes that followed in the city’s square, Cantwell – hobbling on crutches after being injured in the last game – grabbed the microphone off a team-mate on stage and led a rendition of the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in front of thousands of fans.

“That move was massive for Todd,” former Norwich midfielder and academy coach Adrian Forbes tells BBC Sport. “He didn’t just go to another club where he did not know the players, but took the chance to go abroad and play. You don’t get any more out of your comfort zone than that.

“What was key for him in his development was the injury that he suffered. He came back after his loan period and to go through rehabilitation, missing training and games, is all part of his journey.”

Cantwell was a regular in the Championship title triumph last season and has become a fixture in Daniel Farke’s side this campaign, missing just one Premier League game for a side described as “the best ever team who have been bottom of the table”.

Though they are six points adrift of safety with seven games remaining, Farke has stuck to his principles and continued to deploy the same tactics that worked so successfully last term, playing out from the back with an easy-on-the-eye approach.

Sporting director Stuart Webber, who helped appoint Farke in 2017, has been praised for “breaking the glass ceiling” which has allowed academy graduates, including Cantwell, Max Aarons and Jamaal Lewis, to progress into the first team.

How far can the ‘Dereham Deco’ go?

The ‘Dereham Deco’ – nicknamed after the former Portugal international for his creativity and passing ability – has been a consistent performer with six goals and two assists this season. Only striker Teemu Pukki with 14 goal involvements has more for the club.

But Cantwell has not always been universally popular with Canaries supporters and he addressed this in a tweet in December saying: “I’m on my way to the top and no-one is going to stop me.”

Having won one England Under-21 cap, he may count himself unlucky to emerge amid a generation of attacking midfielders that includes James Maddison, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden.

Huckerby says: “I believe he can get to the top. Unless you are playing well, nobody is going to talk about you. Whether that is in a top-six team you don’t know, but if you are scoring goals and creating chances in the Premier League then it shows you are a good player.

“You don’t just get to the Premier League, you have to work your way to get there and now it is about staying there. He has a had a great start to his Premier League career.”

Forbes says Cantwell’s £30m link to clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and this weekend’s opponents United has not been “achieved by fluke” but through the player’s “passion and desire”.

He adds: “Not only have coaches created a well-rounded, humble individual both off the pitch and on the pitch, people might not know but he is a genuinely nice guy, whether that is the charities he helps out or doing things in his local town of Dereham. He is a good, humble guy.

“He really is a person who has the world at his feet.”

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