Author: Rob Barnett

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Birmingham and Blackpool were relegated on a nerve-shredding final day of the Premier League season in which five teams separated by one point battled to avoid going down. Birmingham, who began the day one place above the drop-zone, were defeated 2-1 at Tottenham and Blackpool surrendered a 2-1 lead to lose 4-2 at Manchester United, […]

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Manchester’s two major Football clubs were celebrating this weekend after winning end-of-season silverware. Manchester United won their 19th top-flight title thanks to a 1-1 draw at Blackburn that was enough to clinch the Premier League crown. Rovers took a first-half lead through Brett Emerton but Wayne Rooney equalised from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. Later […]

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The Premier League title-race is alive and kicking after Chelsea closed the gap on leaders Manchester United to three points ahead of their meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday, the first of three remaining league games for both. Chelsea put pressure on United by beating Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday in a game which will be […]

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Manchester United remain on course for the Premier League title thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Everton. Javier Hernandez headed the winner in the 83rd minute. With four games to go Chelsea are United’s nearest challengers – six points behind – after they beat West Ham, who went bottom, 3-0 and Arsenal lost […]

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Manchester City will play Stoke in the FA Cup final after they beat Manchester United and Bolton respectively at Wembley this weekend. It will be City’s first FA Cup final in 30 years and Stoke’s first ever. City saw off rivals United 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Yaya Toure’s 52nd-minute winner and Stoke thrashed Bolton […]

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South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel profited from Rory McIlroy’s nightmare last round to win the 75th Masters. Twenty-one-year-old McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, led by four shots going into the final round at Augusta but carded 80 to finish four under par. Schwartzel, by contrast, saved his best until last in firing 66 – including birdies at […]

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Manchester United opened up a seven-point lead in the Premier League thanks to a stunning comeback at West Ham and Arsenal’s goalless draw at home to Blackburn. United were 2-0 down at half-time through Mark Noble’s penalties but stormed back after the break thanks to Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick and Javier Hernandez adding a fourth. Rooney’s […]

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England beat Wales 2-0 in Cardiff to go top of their European Championship qualifying group. A Frank Lampard penalty and Darren Bent’s goal inside 14 minutes was a double blow that Wales could not come back from and they are now pointless from four matches. Republic of Ireland moved joint top of their group with […]

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England won their first Six Nations title since 2003 despite missing out on the Grand Slam with a 28-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin. England’s defeat handed Wales a mathematical chance of winning the championship but they lost 24-8 to France in Paris. Scotland avoided the wooden spoon at the expense of Italy, who they […]

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England are one win from their first Six Nations title and Grand Slam since 2003 after a hard-fought 22-16 victory over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham. Tom Croft’s second-half try looked to have made the game safe but Max Evans’ late solo effort ensured a nervy finish. Only Wales can pip England now […]