‘Now it’s official!’ – Aston Villa relegated from Premier League after 28 years

first_imgLONDON (AP):Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0.The threat of relegation ended some time ago for Chelsea, but an 11th loss of a feeble title defences was inflicted by Manchester City. Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick secured a 3-0 win that bolstered City’s position in the Champions League places.Relegation to the second-tier League Championship was confirmed for former European champions Villa in a season of turmoil that has seen the bottom-placed club collect only 16 points from 34 games. Marcus Rashford’s goal sealed Villa’s fate, while keeping United in touch with the top four.”It’s never nice to see it confirmed, but it’s been on the cards for a while,” Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott told the BBC. “Now (that) it’s official, it’s a weight off people’s shoulders and we can go into the last four games with a bit of freedom and something to prove … and show the fans we still have a fight in us.”Villa have been in the Premier League since their inaugural season in 1992-93 and had been in the top flight in their previous guise for four years before that. Villa won the top tier in 1981 and followed it up by lifting the European Cup the following season, but were relegated in 1987.Villa, now owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, are likely to find it harder to make an instant return to the top division like they did in 1988.There has never been a worse time to be relegated from the Premier League. New television contracts kick in from next season, worth more than £8.3 billion ($12 billion) over three years. Teams are set to earn at least £100 million per season in TV and prize money.SLIDINGSCALEVilla are in line to receive around £65 million for finishing bottom in a sliding scale that sees the champions earn around £100 million.Newcastle and Sunderland are both scrapping to avoid missing out on the larger windfall from next season.Sunderland moved one point from safety by winning at Norwich and they have a game in hand over the eastern England club, who are immediately outside of the relegation zone in 17th. Fabio Borini put Sunderland ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, while Jermaine Defoe and Duncan Watmore netted after the break.Newcastle are two points behind Sunderland after beating Swansea, and Rafa Benitez’s team also has a game in hand over Norwich. Jamaal Lascelles headed Newcastle ahead at the end of the first half and there were late goals from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend.Yesterday’s focus at the top of the standings was on the scrap for the fourth Champions League spot.City followed up their midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain, who secured a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, by completing a hat-trick of Premier League wins for the first time this season.Aguero’s first two goals completed counterattacks launched by Kevin De Bruyne. The third came from an 80th-minute penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was dismissed for clipping Fernandinho.City provisionally climbed above Arsenal into third place. United are three points behind Arsenal in fifth place and could have to settle for a place in the second-tier Europa League.The focus returns to the title race in the coming days. Today, Leicester host West Ham and third-placed Arsenal take on Crystal Palace. Tottenham, who are seven points behind Leicester in second, are at Stoke tomorrow.Elsewhere yesterday, seventh-placed Southampton remained in contention for Europa League qualification after drawing 1-1 at Everton. Watford climbed to 12th place by winning 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saving two penalties after Ben Watson’s goal.last_img read more

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Letran out to give favored Lyceum a good fight in NCAA Final 4 match

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Right direction: ‘Non-losing season’ already an achievement for St. Benilde Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In that game, the Knights took 76-65 lead with six minutes left before faltering when it mattered most.Napa likes his team’s chances but he remains cautious, knowing how good of a team Lyceum is.“We still need to go through the eye of the needle. We need to beat them twice so we have to be ready,” he said. “We have to have a good approach and we have to go all out for us to give them a good fight and still play on Monday.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Head coach Jeff Napa sees an intriguing matchup between his team Letran and Lyceum in the NCAA Season 94 Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments And Napa has every reason to look forward to the duel after the Knights split their season series with the second-seeded Pirates.“Very exciting matchup against Lyceum. We’re not gonna think about what Lyceum is going to do against us, we will just take care of ourselves,” Napa said on Tuesday after Letran lost to College of St. Benilde, 94-81, to end the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Knights beat the Pirates, 80-79, in a bizarre finish in their second round encounter earlier this month after Jaycee Marcelino’s 3-pointer with 40.8 seconds remaining was downgraded to just two points after the final buzzer.Letran fell to Lyceum in the first round, 87-82, two months ago but it was also a game where the Knights could’ve won. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Flawed and unconvincing

first_imgDear Editor,The letter by Timothy Jonas which is captioned “ANUG supports the call for legalisation of marijuana in Guyana,” is highly flawed and unconvincing. Such a call by ANUG (A New and United Guyana) also comes across as an unpatriotic manipulation to attract votes.Flagrantly, ANUG fails to address the scientific influence of this substance on human behavior in the context of a profound lack of education and deep poverty, among a sea of problems in Guyana. In my view, this calculation is a pivotal frame of reference which is critically important to determine whether marijuana is suitable for legalisation at this time in Guyana. Obviously, ANUG remains clueless about the problems associated with marijuana use and misuse, particularly for a country such as Guyana.ANUG needs to be reminded that the social, political and economic dynamics in Guyana are strikingly different from those in Canada and California where marijuana is legalised. The legalisation of this substance in those countries should never be a justification for its legalisation here. Further, ANUG needs to be informed that the recreational use of marijuana remains largely illegal in both the Netherlands and Jamaica.ANUG also needs to be reminded that the legalisation of marijuana will never reduce the prison population in the face of deep poverty in Guyana. Legalisation is guaranteed to produce the opposite effect. At the very least, it can be reasoned that legalisation under current conditions will dramatically send more Guyanese into prison via armed robberies, pickpockets, burglaries and a variety of illegal means simply because unemployed users will need to come up with scarce dollars necessary to purchase such an expensive drug. I just do not see how marijuana can be affordable under conditions of poverty and where unemployment is sky-high. Legalisation under current conditions just does not make any sense. It is simply an insane proposal. At this time, Guyana can’t afford to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.If ANUG seriously cares about the welfare of marijuana users, then it must guide Guyanese to do the right thing by respecting our laws. Discipline is needed. The breaking of our laws directly expands the prison population and none of this is ever acceptable. To this end, Guyana must never rush to legalise marijuana in the absence of the required foundation just to reward those that are hell-bent on breaking our laws, or to reward those who want to profit financially from this drug at the expense of human lives or to reward those that issue hollow calls for votes.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

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Lindener remanded for stealing car

first_imgA Lindener who allegedly stole a car was remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse on Wednesday, following an appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court. Denzil Bentick of Lot 394 One Mile, Wismar, Linden, is accused of stealing a Toyota AT 192 motorcar bearing licence plate number PLL 9006 on August 14 at Potaro road, Mackenzie, Linden. The motorcar, which is valued million, is the property of Uroy Major.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in questioned, the Virtual Complainant (VC) parked the car at his girlfriend’s home around 01:30h but when he checked for the vehicle at about 05:07h, he realised it was missing. The matter was then reported to the Mackenzie Police Station and an investigation was launched. Based on investigations, the Police went in pursuit of the 24-year-old in whose possession the car was found.He was then arrested and charged for the offence. However, the defendant disagreed with the facts presented to the court, stating that he returned to Linden from Georgetown at approximately 11:45h on the day in questioned and saw someone else with the stolen motorcar while passing at a location but did not revealed how he came into possession of the stolen car. He was remanded to prison.The case will continue on August 31.last_img read more

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Nearly eight pound fish caught at Charlie Lake Father’s Day fishing derby

first_imgRods were in Charlie Lake all weekend as young ones got the chance on Saturday to learn the basics about fishing, then apply those skills the next day in the Father’s Day fishing derby. The event was a hit for all involved as organizers said it had been the most fish that had been brought in compared to past years.It was the fifth year running for the derby, and was a great success said organizer Tammi Drapeau.“I know we had more fish brought in and weighed in and more people checked in than I’ve had in the last few years,” she said. “Given it’s my fifth anniversary with these events I’m super impressed and super happy with everything.”- Advertisement -She added the main reason why she helps in putting on the derby is the reactions of kids and their parents.“That’s the reason I keep on doing it is because of people coming out here and how much they enjoy it. I teach the kids on the Saturday how to fish. I get the parents coming back saying it was so much fun. I had one kid that was suppose to be at a soccer tournament. He had so much fun Saturday that he insisted on coming fishing with his family. That was worth everything to me.”Below are the results from the derby:Advertisement Adult1. Chris Lofgren 7 lbs 11 oz2. Kehlan Huhn 5 lbs3. Lane Navratil 3 lbs 10 ozAdvertisement Kids1. Liam Harris 3 lbs 10 oz2. Dreama Huhn 3 lbs 6 oz3. Trevor Laminski 2 lbs 12 oz4. Tyler Laminski 2 lbs 10 ozAdvertisementlast_img read more

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‘I’m really comfortable!’ Sunderland ace convinced club will survive this season

first_imgSunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has urged his team-mates to keep the faith after suffering yet another late blow in their efforts to crawl out of relegation trouble.The Black Cats came within seven minutes of a seventh successive derby victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday, a result which would have lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone, albeit only on goal difference.However, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late equaliser, which cancelled out Jermain Defoe’s 44th-minute opener, denied them two extra points for the second time in as many games and left them in great peril once again.Manager Sam Allardyce could not disguise his frustration after watching his side dominate the first half, but January signing Kirchhoff is convinced Sunderland will get themselves out of trouble if they continue to play as they have in recent weeks.The 25-year-old German said: “We are still above Newcastle, we are still in a position to stay in the league. We are two points behind Norwich, who have one game fewer, so it’s all in our own hands.“We can stay in this mentality, to be sharp, to be focused and believe in winning our games. That’s how we can go on.“I am really comfortable and I have the feeling we can stay in the league and are good enough to stay in the league.”The international break means the Black Cats do not play again for a fortnight, and successive home games against West Brom and leaders Leicester are likely to have a major say in their destiny this season with Allardyce having set his players a target of four wins from their remaining eight fixtures, one of which takes them to Carrow Road on April 16.With the Tyne-Wear duo both failing to collect the three points they craved at the expense of the other, Norwich were the weekend’s big winners after their 1-0 away victory over the Baggies.Kirchhoff said: “They won their last game, so it’s a good feeling for them, but we have got a game more so if we win it, we will go above them. We will have one point more than them, so it’s in our hands.“We don’t have to focus on Norwich. We still have to play against them in a really tight, big important game, so we can do it. It’s in our hands, we can go on, we can believe in it and just work hard.“If we go into the next game and get a clean sheet, I am sure it will be enough to win the game.”A clean sheet, however, is something the Black Cats have managed only three times during Allardyce’s five-and-a-half-month reign to date, the last of them on November 28, and the 61-year-old is acutely aware of how costly that has been.Allardyce said: “I know that we have got to keep clean sheets. If we don’t start, it’s going to go right to the very wire, and if we need two goals to win every game, that means that we need to score 16 goals at least in the next eight.“We are going to have to score two goals to win any game. There are eight games to go, that’s 16 goals minimum we have got to score. We can’t do that.“We could have won two games 1-0 now, and should have won two games 1-0 now and be sat on 30 points instead of 26.” 1 Jan Kirchhoff in action for Sunderland against Newcastle last_img read more

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‘Arsenal haters make me laugh’ – Adebayor shakes off Emirates boo boys

first_img Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor battles Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor accepts why Arsenal fans give him such a hostile reception, though he insists he just laughs off their jeers and boos.The Togo international returned to the Emirates Stadium with the Eagles on Sunday, and his introduction from the bench was probably the highlight of what was a largely forgettable afternoon in north London.Alexis Sanchez had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, but Yannick Bolasie struck a deserved equaliser late on to seal a 1-1 draw, which sees the Gunners remain in fourth place.The arrival of Adebayor on 64 minutes attracted the most noise within the stadium, however, although the 32-year-old insists he will ‘forget about all the haters’ after being roundly jeered by the Gunners faithful.“It is not my first time coming back to play against Arsenal at the Emirates,” he said.“You can see when I was on the bench and warming up and they were booing me I was just laughing. I cannot say I’m used to it because it is not good to get used to this kind of stuff.“But at the end of the day it is funny, the weather was good, we were playing in London and 20 minutes from my house, I have to be happy. If I’m not happy then something is wrong.“For me, at the end of the day I have to be happy about where I came from and what I have become today – I have to forget about all the haters.”Adebayor left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2009 and sparked outrage among Gunners fans when he celebrated scoring for City by running the length of the field to celebrate in front of his old supporters.He has since gone on to play for fierce rivals Tottenham, before joining Palace in January, and knew he was always going to get a hostile reaction on another return to his former side.“All the Arsenal fans boo me and when I look back I understand where everything went wrong but there are certain things in life you cannot come back to any more. “You just look at it and say, ‘okay, I made a mistake’.“We all do things at some stage of our lives that we are not supposed to do, but the most important thing is to keep moving.” 1last_img read more

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‘If Antonio Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea’ – Italy star eyes Blues switch

first_img1 Emanuele Giaccherini in action for Italy Emanuele Giaccherini would drop any potential move to Serie A to work under Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season, according to his agent.The Sunderland man has featured in three of Italy’s four games at Euro 2016 and has won plaudits for his dogged displays for the Azzurri on their way to the last eight of the tournament.Having spent last season on loan at Bologna, the 31-year-old is certain to leave the Stadium of Light this summer with a number of clubs in Italy keen on landing him.However, according to his agent, Furio Valcareggi, Giaccherini would halt any move to an Italian club if Chelsea show an interest in him when Conte takes over next month.He told Lady Radio: “There is Torino, Bologna and there is also a team abroad.“I’d like to see him at Fiorentina, undoubtedly, but we have other situations at stake now.“This is probably the high point of Giaccherini’s career.“If Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea.”last_img read more

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Leeds planning summer swoop for Championship ace

first_img IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Bryan has one year left on his deal at Ashton Gate, and the report states that he will not renew his contract having already rejected several offers to do so. There is a load of interest in Bryan, with Burnley reportedly bidding for him earlier this summer, and the likes of Bournemouth and Fulham also tracking the 24-year-old.And now, according to Bristol Live, Leeds have entered the race for Bryan, along with second tier rivals Middlesbrough. LIVING THE DREAM Leeds United are considering a summer move for Bristol City star Joe Bryan, according to reports.Bryan, the left-back, caught the eye with some brilliant displays for the Robins last season, coming out as the statistically best left sided defender in the Championship. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Statistically, Bryan was the best Championship left-back last term Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets REVEALED LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Latest transfer news moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Bryan looks set to leave Bristol City after refusing to extend his contract three-way race TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Leeds struggled in the left-back position throughout 2017/18, with Gaetano Berardi the most reliable, if uninspiring selection. Vurnon Anita and Laurens De Bock both made appearances on the left of defence to little success, though Tom Pearce did show promise when he broke into the first-team towards the end of the campaign.last_img read more

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Fulham duo set to miss Stoke game

first_imgJamie O’Hara will sit out Fulham’s League Cup clash with Stoke and Tom Cairney is also likely to miss tonight’s game. A hip injury meant O’Hara missed training on Monday, while Cairney picked up a knock during the session and is being assessed.Neither injury is serious but Whites boss Kit Symons wants to make sure the pair are available to face QPR so is reluctant to risk them ahead of Friday’s derby.Both players scored in Fulham’s 3-2 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.Fulham will also be without recent signings Ryan Fredericks and James Husband against Stoke as both players are cup-tied.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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