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Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion | Premier League match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:30

If this match was supposed to be about Crystal Palace gaining revenge against the manager who left them high and dry on the eve of the new season, then, clearly, Tony Pulis had not read the script.

An early header from James Morrison and Craig Gardner’s long-range strike ensured that, for the second successive season, Pulis has pulled off his great escape act, as West Bromwich Albion moved eight points clear of the drop zone. Defeat meant that Palace failed to match last season’s club record of five top-flight wins in a row but Alan Pardew will take heart from the knowledge that it could easily have been a different story.

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Bournemouth 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday | Championship match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:25

There is a moment in every season when a team’s destiny becomes apparent and this was surely Bournemouth’s. It was the 84th minute, the score was 1-1 and they were down to 10 men after Simon Francis’s red card a few minutes earlier. Frustration was growing; a year’s work was on the line.

And then it happened. They won a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Harry Arter stood over the ball. Was he going to shoot? No. Think again. He tapped the ball a few yards to his left, where Matt Ritchie was ready and waiting, and the winger’s left-footed shot, struck with venom and accuracy, flew into the top-right corner and threatened to bring the house down.

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Stoke City 2-1 Southampton | Premier League match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:23

Southampton’s Champions League hopes suffered a big blow as they were condemned to defeat by a late strike from Stoke goal hero Charlie Adam.

Kelvin Davis’ error allowed Mame Diouf to equalise Morgan Schneiderlin’s first league goal since September and Adam delivered the knockout blow for Stoke six minutes from time.

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Hoffenheim 0-2 Bayern Munich | Bundesliga match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:21

An injury-ravaged Bayern Munich side beat Hoffenheim 2-0, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.

Sebastian Rode scored in the 38th minute and Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck added an own goal in stoppage time as Bayern, with the youngsters Mitchell Weiser and Gianluca Gaudino in the lineup, opened a 13-point lead. Second-placed Wolfsburg, are in action against Schalke on Sunday, after which both sides will have five games to play.

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Hamilton on pole position in Bahrain

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:21
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight pole position in 2015 as he beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain.

Track and field centre launched

Stabroek - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:16
President Donald Ramotar has expressed optimism that the new National Track and Field Center, at Leonora, West Demerara will bring sports glory to Guyana, GINA said. Before a capacity crowd yesterday...

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Track and field centre launched

Stabroek - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:14
President Donald Ramotar has expressed optimism that the new National Track and Field Center, at Leonora, West Demerara will bring sports glory to Guyana, GINA said. Before a capacity crowd yesterday...

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Bristol City 0-0 Coventry City

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:14
Bristol City are crowned League One champions with two games to play, despite being held at home to Coventry City.

Track and field centre launched

Stabroek - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:14
President Donald Ramotar has expressed optimism that the new National Track and Field Center, at Leonora, West Demerara will bring sports glory to Guyana, GINA said. Before a capacity crowd yesterday...

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Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for F1’s Bahrain Grand Prix

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:13
• Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for Mercedes
• Vettel to start second as Rosberg is third fastest

Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the first time he will start from the very front of the grid here, his fourth consecutive top spot this season and, crucially in Hamilton’s fight with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari through an exemplary lap to knock Rosberg into third.

Hamilton set a time of 1min 32.571sec, four tenths clear of Vettel and six tenths ahead from Rosberg and importantly at a race where Ferrari’s form is very strong with Vettel in second and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, it puts him the perfect position to dictate team strategy in response to their potential threat, especially given the Ferraris can work their rear tyres better and have shown even better race-pace potential.

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Track and field centre launched

Stabroek - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:13
President Donald Ramotar has expressed optimism that the new National Track and Field Center, at Leonora, West Demerara will bring sports glory to Guyana, GINA said. Before a capacity crowd yesterday...

View full article at stabroeknews.com

Cardiff City 0-0 Millwall

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:10
Championship strugglers Millwall are four points from safety following their 0-0 draw away against mid-table Cardiff City.

Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City | Premier League match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:09

Leicester have lift-off, and what a problem that could prove for other strugglers. Nigel Pearson’s side propelled themselves off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time in more than five months after Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King fired them to a third win in a row. Now they are in the relegation zone on goal difference only and the manner of their victory over Swansea City should make teams fret about being overtaken by them in the remaining weeks of the season.

Leicester had been sprawled on the Premier League’s floor since November but they approached this match with a sudden sense of upward mobility, having ended a long winless streak by triumphing in their two games immediately before this one. Hey presto, the King Power Stadium, which, in fairness, had never really sunk into despair, was awash with giddy optimism, especially as the visit of Swansea represented the first of five home matches to be staged by Leicester in their last seven games of the season. The buoyant atmosphere at kick-off suggested home fans were determined to play a part in keeping their team up.

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Everton 1-0 Burnley | Premier League match report

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:06

It had the feel of a defining day for Burnley. Their brave bid to defy footballing gravity and financial muscle alike may be almost over. An afternoon when they could have gone as high as 16th instead culminated with them propping up the table. Their momentum is entirely downward and it threatens to take them back to the Championship. A game where a penalty was wrongly awarded against them and when Everton’s match-winner, Kevin Mirallas, ought to have been sent off suggested they lack both form and fortune.

Instead, the Belgian’s decider took Everton past 40 points. Burnley would have to win each of their five remaining games to progress that far. Their one consolation may lie in the fixture list, which has been imbalanced. Last week’s defeat to Arsenal marked the end of an eight-game run that pitted them against the division’s top eight. If they had hoped a sight of the lesser lights would offer respite, they were mistaken. Everton cruised to a fourth win in five games, despite the latest Goodison Park penalty mystery.

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Glenavon secure top three finish

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:04
Glenavon made sure of a top three finish and a place in the Europa League with a dramatic 3-2 win over Portadown.

Djokovic beats Nadal to reach final

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:59
Novak Djokovic overcomes a battling Rafael Nadal to set up a meeting with Tomas Berdych in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

Pat Symonds lifts the Williams F1 team out of the pits

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:47
Williams’ chief technical officer has turned the team around since he arrived two years ago and he has now set his immediate sights on supplanting Ferrari as the main challengers to Mercedes

Pat Symonds is no stranger to making a little go a long way. Back at cash-strapped Benetton in the mid-90s he was Michael Schumacher’s race engineer when the German won his first two world titles and the team a constructor’s championship. But task he faced when he joined Williams in July of 2013 was daunting even by his standards, yet the turnaround has been extraordinary and despite having lost some pace to Ferrari at the start of this season, he is rightly proud of himself and the team he has brought so far, so fast.

Williams had not had won a title since 1997 and had only two grands prix wins between 2004 and 2013, the latter a nadir for the team when they scored only five points and finished ninth in the constructors’ championship, ahead of only Marussia and Caterham. Symonds, with a lot to do as chief technical officer, went to work immediately and a rejuvenated squad took third in the constructors’ last year, ahead of Ferrari.

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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-2 Bayern Munich

BBC Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:44
Bayern Munich close in on a third successive Bundesliga title as Sebastian Rode scores in a 2-0 victory at Hoffenheim.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:38

4.38pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba.

Subs: Cech, Luis, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Cuadrado, Solanke.

United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair, Shaw, Mata, Rooney, Herrera, Young, Fellaini, Falcao #mufclive pic.twitter.com/94MAtMumbI

4.33pm BST

Team to face Man United: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. #CFC

3.45pm BST

Chelsea striker Diego Costa remains sidelined with his twanged hamstring, but Loic Remy could make a comeback from the calf injury that forced him to sit out his team’s slightly fortuitous win against QPR last weekend. Otherwise, Chelsea are largely injury free.

Manchester United have a comparatively lengthy list of the lame and halt, particularly in their defensive ranks. With Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick forming an orderly queue outside the treatment room, while Jonny Evans continues his occupation of the naughty step, Louis van Gaal will have to choose two from Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair to form a centre-back partnership that could prompt much drooling around the chops of various Chelsea players.

3.45pm BST

Barry will be here shortly.

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Reading v Arsenal: FA Cup semi-final – live | Scott Murray

Guardian Sport - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:38
  • Updates from the first semi-final at Wembley
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  • And follow the live scores from around Europe

4.38pm BST

The team news. Pavel Pogrebnyak has been feeling his calf, but it’s not been enough to stop him playing in Reading’s biggest game for 88 years. Meanwhile a couple of big names return for Arsenal: Mathieu Debuchy is in at right back for his first appearance since January, while Jack Wilshere is on the bench having been out since November. Wojciech Szczesny, reduced to the status of Arsenal’s cup keeper, gets the nod in the nets.

4.32pm BST

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Hector, Pearce, Obita, McCleary, Williams, Chalobah, Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Stephen Kelly, Norwood, Cox, Yakubu, Karacan, Andersen, Cooper.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.
Subs: Gabriel, Wilshere, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Monreal, Flamini.

4.00pm BST

What an FA Cup run Reading enjoyed back in 1927! The Biscuitmen, then as now a second-tier outfit, started in the first round against Southern League side Weymouth, with whom they shared eight goals. A 4-4 draw! And so a high-scoring pattern was set. Reading won the replay 5-0, then in the second round pipped Southend United by three goals to two.

Next up was Manchester United, not yet established as one of the game’s giants, a First Division side in name but barely in ability during the inter-war years. After 1-1 and 2-2 draws, United were dispatched 2-1 in a second replay, Frank Richardson the goalscoring hero in each match. Portsmouth were ejected from the competition in the fourth round, 3-1. Brentford made way, 1-0, in the fifth. Then in the sixth round, Reading won 3-1 at Swansea Town. They’d reached the semi-final stage for the first, and until this year the only, time!

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