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Eintracht Frankfurt claimed their first European trophy in 42 years after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Rangers at the end of 1-1 draw in the Europa League final in Seville on Wednesday.

Oliver Glasner's side were playing in their first European final since they beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the same competition in 1980 and they fell behind in the 57th minute when Joe Aribo took full advantage of some slapstick defending.

The Bundesliga outfit forced extra time at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan 12 minutes later, however, courtesy of Rafael Borre's close-range finish.

Borre was the hero in the shoot-out as well, the Colombian slamming home the decisive spot-kick after Aaron Ramsey had seen his penalty saved by Kevin Trapp, who had brilliantly denied Ryan Kent late in extra time.

Allan McGregor denied Daichi Kamada from a tight angle inside the opening 15 minutes, before the Rangers goalkeeper superbly tipped Ansgar Knauff's effort from 15 yards past his left-hand post.

Aribo whipped past the upright from 25 yards shortly after the midway point of the first half, while Filip Kostic dragged wide after running almost the entire length of the pitch.

Rangers looked the more threatening side as the first half wore on, with Trapp tipping over John Lundstram's looping header and Ryan Jack lashing over from a promising position before the interval.

Jesper Lindstrom went close immediately after the break, before Aribo put the Scottish side ahead with a cool finish past Trapp after latching onto Djibril Sow's backwards header, the Nigeria international benefitting from a slip by Tuta.

Eintracht restored parity in the 69th minute, though, when Borre stole ahead of Calvin Bassey to prod home Kostic's superb left-wing cross. 

Trapp made a remarkable point-blank save from Kent with two minutes left of extra time to ensure the game went to a penalty shoot-out. 

After a string of superb efforts, Ramsey, who was brought on with just three minutes remaining, saw his tame spot-kick kept out by Trapp, setting the stage for Borre to slot home from 12 yards and send the travelling Eintracht fans into raptures.
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Cans of beer are priced at a whopping $18 at the PGA Championship

The price of beer, and not gas, had golf fans fired up at the PGA Championship on Tuesday. With a can of suds going for $18, world number nine Justin Thomas wondered if at that price it cured cancer.

With a gallon of gas in Tulsa hovering around $4, getting to Southern Hills Country Club won’t be nearly as costly for most fans as buying a round of beers or even water which is going for $6 a bottle.

The sky-high prices even caught the attention of multi-millionaire golfers. Thomas, who has career earnings of over $47 million, took to social media to express his shock.

“$18 for a freakin beer??????” Thomas posted on Instagram. “Does it cure cancer or something!!????”

The beer might not cure cancer but at current prices may cure a hangover with only spectators with deep pockets able to over-indulge.

Certainly the cost will cut down on action at the 19th hole.

A 24-ounce can on course is going for $18, or about the same price as an 18-pack at a local Tulsa grocery store. For $19, fans can upgrade to a premium brand.

“I just saw it and I was blown away,” said Thomas, explaining his post to reporters. “It’s just a bummer.

“You want people to come to the tournament. If I’m on the fence and I’m looking at the concession stand, that’s not the greatest thing.

“I was just blown away because I’ve never seen a beer (can cost) $18 or $19 in my life.”

Even fun-loving Australians, who are well known for their fondness for a pint, were left gobsmacked. Cameron Smith said he doubted he would be lining up at the concession stand.

“If I had to buy a shout of beers..,” pondered Smith, winner of the Players Championship and nearly $7 million this season. “I probably wouldn’t pay 20 bucks for a beer personally.”

If Thomas and Smith were surprised by the price tag, then they have not been to a Super Bowl or Lady Gaga concert lately where alcoholic beverages routinely run into the high double-digits.

The PGA of America defended the pricing saying it was in line with those other events.

Grounds tickets for Monday to Wednesday practice rounds cost $25-$45. The price jumps to $195 for Thursday’s opening round but includes food and non-alcoholic beverages from concession stands.

That of course does not include beer.

“We also have a new ticketing pricing offer for all the spectators this year, which includes basically as much food and non-alcoholic beverage as they want included in the price,” explained Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s Chief Championships officer. “The pricing of the product is sort of comparable to stadium events.”

Brooks Koepka, PGA Championship winner in 2018 and 2019, also had no major issue with the prices taking a more practical view.

“I mean, it’s bigger than the normal 12 ounces, 16 ounces,” said Koepka. “You drink enough, you’ll be fine.”

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The Blues are blocked from making new signings or securing existing players to new deals under the strict terms of the temporary UK government licence

Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea face a summer of “rebuilding” amid the impact of the Stamford Bridge club’s sale.

Chelsea will lose Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona on free transfers this summer.

The Blues are blocked from making new signings or securing existing players to new deals under the strict terms of the temporary UK Government licence.

Owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the Government on March 10, with Downing Street claiming to have proven his links to Russian president Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

Abramovich’s lawyers are understood to be hopeful of striking a legal resolution with the Government that could now usher through Chelsea’s £4.25billion sale to Todd Boehly.

The Government is yet to agree to any terms, it is understood, with the granting of a licence to complete the sale the final step of Boehly’s purchase process.

Chelsea’s hiatus in the transfer market has allowed rivals, both domestic and European, to steal a march on summer window targets.

“You ask many times if we have a delay in approaching players and making plans; of course, a huge delay,” said Blues boss Tuchel.

“We are affected by it, players are going out. We are rebuilding, not improving the squad. This is always challenging but we are up for the challenge.

“I don’t know where we are from day one. What I can promise is that I will be here – if I can promise that. I will be here with full energy and positive energy no matter what.

“We will still work for Chelsea and I refuse to think of negative scenarios. We will be competitive, on which level we will see.

“On how the delay and sanctions will affect us, there is a risk.

“It will be very challenging to make up for the disadvantage, given the situation of the other two teams, City and Liverpool, who are already improving the squad and set one benchmark after the other in all aspects of the game.”

Lawyers for Abramovich and the Government are understood to remain in talks on how to handle the Stamford Bridge club’s £1.5billion debt to the Chelsea owner.

Abramovich has wanted to write off that debt, but the Government sanctions blocked that process amid frozen accounts.

The Government is understood to have raised repeated concerns that Abramovich would renege on his pledge to waive those loans and seeks legally binding assurances that he will in no way benefit from the sale.

Abramovich’s lawyers are understood to be confident that their latest proposals will prove acceptable to Downing Street.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Boehly struck a purchase agreement to buy Chelsea in the early hours of May 7, having won the ultra-competitive and uniquely public race.

US magnate Boehly met Chelsea managers Tuchel and Emma Hayes last week and will now hope to complete the takeover with little further delay.

The Premier League must give the final sign-off on Boehly’s consortium through owners’ and directors’ tests, before the Government issues a new licence to allow the sale to complete.

Chelsea’s temporary Government licence expires on May 31, with the date acting as a hard deadline for the sale.

The expected resolution between Abramovich and the Government should mean that deadline remains on course to be met.

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Russian artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been handed a one-year ban for displaying the letter “Z” on his outfit during an event in Qatar in March, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said.

The 20-year-old, who won bronze in the parallel bars at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, displayed the letter as he stood on the podium next to Ukrainian gold medallist Illia Kovtun.

Russian forces have used the letter “Z” as an identifying symbol on their vehicles in Ukraine following the invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”. Some supporters of the invasion have also used the sign.

“Mr Kuliak breached the FIG Statutes, the FIG Code of Discipline, the FIG Code of Ethics, the FIG Code of Conduct and the FIG Technical Regulations when he wore the letter ‘Z’ on his singlet,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.

“(He) is not allowed to participate in any FIG-sanctioned event or competition organised by an affiliated FIG member federation for one year as of the date of this decision.”

Kuliak has said he had no regrets about the display and that he would always stand for peace.

“I saw it with our military and looked at what this symbol means. It turned out (it means), ‘for victory’ and ‘for peace’,” he added.

“I didn’t wish anything bad on anyone, I just showed my position.”

Kuliak has also been stripped of his bronze medal and will have to return the prize money of 500 Swiss francs ($502.87). He has 21 days to appeal the decision.

The FIG had already banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in future events. Belarus has been a key staging area for the invasion.

“If the protective measures keeping Russian athletes from competing are still in place on 17 May 2023, the ban shall continue and expire six months after the removal of said measure,” the FIG added.

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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with his players after the match REUTERS/Ian Walton

Juergen Klopp gambled by making nine changes to his side for Tuesday’s crucial Premier League game at Southampton but the Liverpool manager was left impressed by his fringe players after their 2-1 win kept the title race alive.

The victory took Liverpool to within a point of leaders Manchester City ahead of the final round of matches on Sunday.

Klopp, already without Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk due to injury, made a raft of changes to the side that beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final on Sunday.

“After making nine changes, if it didn’t work out it was my responsibility, now it worked out it’s the boys’ responsibility. I thought they did exceptionally well,” said Klopp.

“I’m so happy about the performance it was a bit touching. It’s like having Ferraris in the garage.”

Takumi Minamino, one of the players brought in, cancelled out Nathan Redmond’s early strike as Liverpool came from behind to pick up the win.

“That Takumi doesn’t play more often, that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is in outstanding shape and is not part of the squad very often, Harvey (Elliott) didn’t play for a long time, Curtis (Jones) didn’t play for a long time and all these boys deliver, it’s unbelievable,” added Klopp.

“It is really tough for the boys, but whatever happens this year happens because of this group. It is exceptional and tonight they showed it again.”

Liverpool, who are chasing a quadruple of trophies, host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday while City take on Aston Villa.

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Rangers fans have their photo taken with the Europa League trophy at the Plaza de Espana in Seville ahead of Wednesday's final against Eintracht Frankfurt

Rangers will not get carried away despite being only one game from making history when they play Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final on Wednesday, midfielder Aaron Ramsey said.

The Scottish club, who are in their first Europa League final since finishing runners-up in 2008, will be bidding to win a second European trophy 50 years after they claimed the 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup.

“There’s a lot of energy around the place,” Ramsey told reporters. “Just looking forward to it, you’re one game away from making history.

“It’s a great group, a very level-headed squad, so there are no issues about anybody getting carried away.

“It’s obviously very difficult to reach this stage, you need a bit of luck along the way, but some of our performances have been brilliant. There is a lot of quality in this squad. I’m not surprised with what we’ve done and how we’ve gone about it.”

Ramsey did not feature in either leg of the semi-final tie against RB Leipzig, but started two of Rangers’ last three league games of the season.

The Wales midfielder said he was hoping to make up for missing Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat by Chelsea in the 2019 Europa League final due to a hamstring injury.

“It’s definitely right up there, to play in a final in a European competition,” added Ramsey.

“They don’t come around very often. Unfortunately I missed the Arsenal one a few years back, hopefully I can make up for it in this one.”

Frankfurt, who finished 11th in the Bundesliga this season, are the third German club Rangers will have faced in this edition of the tournament, having already knocked out Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig in earlier rounds.

Spain’s chief of police warned of the potential for ‘serious problems’ as Seville braces for an expected invasion of 150,000 Rangers and Frankfurt fans.

“It’s too many people with too much alcohol, the majority without tickets for the game and lots of construction sites around the city, a recipe that could lead to serious problems,” Juan Carlos Castro Estevez, Spain’s General Commissioner for Citizen Security, said.

He said 100,000 Rangers fans were expected with 50,000 from Frankfurt as the two clubs battle for the title that will qualify them for next season’s Champions League.
While warning that the policing operation will be one of the most “difficult challenges they have ever had,” he said he was confident the showpiece could pass off without major problems.

“We are trying to do everything right and we have a lot of experience with situations like this, although that does not mean that there will be no problems,” he said.
“We will host two fanbases that drink a lot. These citizens, who are used to drink warm beer in their countries, when they find our fresh and cold beers, will drink even more.

“But we sincerely believe that we have sufficient and prepared units to counteract the problems.”

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Prince William was at Wembley for Saturday's FA Cup final

Britain’s Prince William offered praise and support to Jake Daniels after the Blackpool forward came out as gay, saying he hoped the groundbreaking decision would serve as an inspiration.

Daniels, 17, announced on Monday that he is gay, becoming the first active male professional soccer player in Britain to do so since the late Justin Fashanu in 1990. 

“What Jake has done takes courage and will hopefully help break down barriers that have no place in our society,” William wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I hope his decision to speak openly gives others the confidence to do the same … Football should be a game for everyone.”

Daniels, who said he wanted to become a role model for others, has also received support from a number of current and former players, including ex-Germany international Thomas Hitzlsperger who came out in 2013 after retiring. 

“Well done @Jake_Daniels11 Have a wonderful career! Great to see the support of @BlackpoolFC and @stonewalluk to make this possible,” Hitzlsperger wrote on Twitter.

Former England defender Gary Neville said Daniels’ announcement “will go down in history” and could help change the dressing room culture in the men’s game.

“What he has done takes incredible courage,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme. “In a dressing room, that would seem like the unthinkable to announce you are gay. I can’t imagine how difficult that has been.

“The game has not dealt with this issue well at all… A dressing room can be an evil place, you think about the initiation ceremonies, the peer pressure and vulnerability you have. The way in which Jake spoke was absolutely incredible.”

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Joel Matip celebrates his winning goal against Southampton

Joel Matip ensured the Premier League title race will go to the final day as Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton.

A Reds team showing nine changes from the weekend's FA Cup final over Chelsea found themselves down early through a fine Nathan Redmond strike.

However, Liverpool responded through a thunderous Takumi Minamino strike before the break and went on to secure the win in the second half as Matip headed home a corner in the 67th minute.

Victory moved Jurgen Klopp's men to just a point behind Manchester City at the summit, meaning the teams' respective final-day showdowns with Wolves and Aston Villa will decide the destination of the title.

Liverpool enjoyed plenty of the ball early on but were given a scare when Armando Broja escaped on the break before being denied by the trailing leg of Alisson.

A failure to heed that warning was punished with just 13 minutes gone as another Southampton counter ended with Redmond cutting in off the left to thrash a curling effort into the top-right corner.

Klopp was incensed by the failure to award a foul on Diogo Jota in the build-up to that goal, but that did not stop his team responding well to the setback.

They were denied an equaliser when Roberto Firmino was flagged offside in heading home a free-kick, but restored parity after 27 minutes as Minamino smashed home a cute Diogo Jota pass at close range.

That prompted a spell of Liverpool dominance, though they were unable to punish some lax Saints defending before a half-time break that saw Joe Gomez withdrawn due to injury. Jota poked the ball inches wide shortly after the restart following great work from Kostas Tsimikas.

The chances kept coming, Harvey Elliott hitting the side-netting, Jota skewing wide, and Firmino sending in a weak shot from distance. As such, it was no real surprise when the goal eventually came and, in fact, neither was the method.

Only Leicester City had conceded more headers than Southampton in the Premier League this term, while Liverpool had scored a league-high 15 goals in that manner and added another when Matip met Tsimikas' corner to loop one in.

Southampton tried to rally from there, but struggled to see much of the ball as Liverpool ensured City still have work to do on the final day.

What does it mean? Title race poised

Manchester City must beat Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to avoid the possibility of any last-day drama. A draw or a defeat would allow the Reds into top spot at the death, should they take victory over Wolves at Anfield.

Cross-tas Tsimikas

As the Reds chased a second goal at St Mary's, it looked like Tsimikas' poor use of the ball might end up representing a theme of a frustrating night. But the Greece international finally got it right with one of his 15 deliveries into the box across the 90 minutes as he teed up Matip to grab the winner.

Tireless Milner sets the tone

With his contract expiring at the end of this season, Liverpool supporters may well be watching the end of James Milner's Anfield career. But he showed why he will be missed with eight out of 10 duels won, a 93 per cent passing accuracy, and six chances created.

Key Opta facts

- Liverpool are the only side yet to lose a Premier League match in 2022, remaining unbeaten in their first 18 matches this year (W15 D3). They are first side to remain unbeaten in their first 18 Premier League matches of a calendar year since Chelsea in 2008 (first 26).
- Southampton have dropped 29 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, the most of any side and the most by a team in a single season since Saints themselves dropped 29 in the 2018-19 season.
- Liverpool have scored 16 headed Premier League goals this season, the most of any side. The last three instances of a team scoring 16 or more headed goals in a season have been Liverpool: in 2018-19 (19), 2019-20 (18) and this term.
- Matip has ended on the winning side in all eight Premier League matches when he has found the net, while he has only lost in 10 of his 125 Premier League appearances (eight per cent), the lowest ratio of any of the 1,081 players to appear at least 100 times in the competition's history.
- Minamino has scored in each of his last two Premier League starts for Liverpool, separated by 514 days (vs Crystal Palace in December 2020 and Southampton on this occasion). It was the biggest gap between scoring in consecutive starts for a Premier League club since Duncan Ferguson for Everton in April 2002 (vs Leicester) and September 2003 (vs Leeds), a gap of 533 days.
- Milner (Premier League debut: November 2002) started alongside Elliott (born April 2003), the first time two players have started alongside each other for a Premier League match with one making his Premier League debut before the other was born since Sam Field and Gareth Barry started together for West Brom against Crystal Palace in December 2017. Field was born six days after Barry's debut in May 1998.

What's next?

Liverpool go into that meeting with Wolves on Sunday with a hope of lifting the title. Southampton finish off a campaign that has somewhat petered out with a trip to Leicester.
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The Tour had said last month it was still working to find a resolution to the standoff with China over the Peng Shuai issue and would not return to the country this year

The WTA released an updated tournament calendar for the 2022 season on Monday, with no events taking place in China and the venue for the season-ending WTA Finals yet to be disclosed.

The Tour had said last month it was still working to find a resolution to the standoff with China over the Peng Shuai issue and would not return to the country this year.

Former doubles world number one Peng’s safety became a big concern after she posted a message on social media in November accusing China’s ex-Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, before deleting it and disappearing from public view.

The WTA then suspended its events in China, a decision that is expected to cost the elite women’s tour millions of dollars in broadcasting and sponsorship.

In the absence of tournaments in China, the autumn schedule includes a new WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara, Mexico in October and a WTA 500 event in San Diego, California which will take place earlier in the month.

Tunisia will also host a WTA 250 tournament.

“The 2022 WTA fall calendar will provide a robust amount of job opportunities for players in a regional calendar flow that will take us through to the end of the season,” WTA chief Steve Simon said in a statement.

The WTA said that updates to the calendar would be provided shortly, including the location of the WTA Finals which is set to take place the week of Oct. 31. The tournament was held in Guadalajara last year.

The absence of WTA events this year is another blow to China, which is quickly becoming an international sporting wilderness after it withdrew from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup soccer tournament due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

That move came after Asian Games organisers postponed the next edition of the multi-sport event, due to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou in September, until 2023.

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Scottish giants Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night

It looked like a regular busy Monday afternoon in sunny Seville, with tourists crowding the streets like they normally do in a city that is one of Europe’s top destinations.

But unlike most days of the year, thousands of football fans clad in either blue or black jerseys could be seen packed into the bars and restaurants.

Thousands of Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt fans made their presence felt in southern Spain’s largest city ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final.

Local authorities expect around 100,000 fans to turn up in the city, with the majority arriving without tickets for the big game. The two finalists were allocated only 10,000 tickets each for the showpiece match at 42,000 capacity Pizjuan Stadium.

Rangers, beaten in the 2008 Europa League final by Zenit St Petersburg, are hoping to win their first European silverware in 50 years following their success in the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

Eintracht Frankfurt are bidding to end their 42-year barren run in Europe, having won the Europa League when it was called the UEFA Cup in 1980.

“I’m hoping to get a ticket for 1,500 pounds ($1,850),” Greg Coote, an excited Rangers fan, told Reuters on Monday.

He arrived from Glasgow on Sunday after stops in Newcastle and Faro before finally getting to Seville.

“I was lucky because I booked my trip before the semi-finals. But people are really struggling to find a way to get here and go back home.”

Coote said he was sharing an apartment with three friends for 1,600 pounds for four nights. A quick search for a room in Seville for Tuesday or Wednesday showed prices going from 650-1,500 euros ($678-$1,565) for a night in a three-star hotel.

Seville City Council anticipates full hotel occupancy with an economic impact at around 60 million euros for the city.

More than 5,500 police officers will be guarding the streets, while a fan-zone at Plaza de Espana will be able to hold just 4,000 people.

To avoid confrontations, the two fan bases will be kept apart in two separate areas 5.5km apart.

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Forward Mo Salah and defender Virgil Van Dijk were substituted during Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties to lift their second trophy of the season

Liverpool are still assessing the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Southampton where they could close the gap on leaders Manchester City to one point, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday.

Forward Salah and defender Van Dijk were substituted during Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties to lift their second trophy of the season.

“The process is not finished yet because we only played the 120 minutes two days ago… We have a lot of decisions,” Klopp told a news conference.

“Those extra 30 minutes made a big difference… We will have to make changes, I don’t know how many.”

Klopp added that defensive midfielder Fabinho, who missed the win over Chelsea with a hamstring injury, will remain sidelined for the game at St Mary’s Stadium.

“His recovery is going very well, but he will not be involved tomorrow,” the German said.

Liverpool trail reigning champions City by four points with two games left but Klopp said he did not expect Pep Guardiola’s side, who drew 2-2 at West Ham United on Sunday, to slip up again when they host Aston Villa this weekend.

“There is a chance (of winning the league) but is there a big chance? I don’t know the last time City dropped points two games in a row,” Klopp said.

“Aston Villa play midweek as well (at home to Burnley), which they are not used to, so I don’t expect (City) to drop points there. But this has no influence on our game for tomorrow. In an ideal world, we go into the last match one point behind.”

Southampton are 15th in the table with 40 points after a run of one win in 10 games hampered their hopes of a top-10 finish.

Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side beat Liverpool when they hosted the Merseyside club last season and the Austrian said they will look to repeat the result and leave their mark on the title chase.

“It’s fantastic for the Premier League to have such a close title race. Everybody is electrified from this battle and we are now part of this duel,” Hasenhuettl said. “It’s now up to us to show we can be competitive against a top team.

“I have not often won against Juergen so that was a special moment for me. We have a similar way of playing football and big respect for each other.

“We are up against possibly the best team in the world at the moment. As long as Juergen sees he still has a chance of winning the league, he will go for it with everything he has.”

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A dejected Ben White after scoring an own goal

Ben White's own goal and a Bruno Guimaraes strike put Tottenham on the brink of Champions League qualification as Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United.

The Gunners needed a win to move back into fourth place with one Premier League game to play against Everton on Sunday, but Newcastle did Spurs a massive favour at St James' Park.

White, making his return from a hamstring injury, turned a Joelinton cross into his own net in the second half and Guimaraes added a second late on as the Magpies dominated Mikel Arteta's side.

Spurs will head to Norwich City on the final day knowing a point will almost certainly put them in the Champions League next season due to their goal difference and Chelsea are guaranteed a top-four finish, while wounded Arsenal look to be destined for the Europa League.

The Gunners made a shaky start, with Aaron Ramsdale fortunate not to gift Miguel Almiron an early goal when he took far too long on the ball following a back pass.

Dan Burn blocked a goal-bound shot from Bukayo Saka, but the Magpies continued to dictate and Ramsdale make an excellent save low to his right to deny Allan Saint-Maximin after the French winger cut in from the left at full tilt.

Arsenal lost Takehiro Tomiyasu to injury before the break and shaken Newcastle defender Fabian Schar was forced off early in the second half, having landed heavily after taking a blow to the head when he was caught by Eddie Nketiah.

It came as no surprise when Eddie Howe's side took the lead after 56 minutes, when White prevented Callum Wilson from getting on the end of Joelinton's cross but turned into his own net.

Wilson volleyed just over the crossbar and had a shot deflected wide by White, before the lively striker came close to an incredible goal with a long-range strike that went narrowly wide.

Guimaraes stuck the knife into Arsenal when he was on hand to tuck home the loose ball with five minutes to go after Ramsdale rushed out to thwart Wilson and only a sharp reaction save from the Arsenal goalkeeper prevented Ryan Fraser from adding a third.

What does it mean? Agony for fragile Arsenal

Arteta's men made the trip to Tyneside under pressure following Tottenham's 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday and they were unable to keep their fate in their own hands.

They still appeared to be reeling from a 3-0 derby defeat to Spurs and were devastated after slipping to another loss, which will surely cost them a Champions League place.

You have to go back to the 2016-17 campaign for the last time the London club played in Europe's premier competition and that wait looks set to go on, barring a shock at Carrow Road. On the evidence of this display, they may struggle to beat Everton.

Livewire Wilson a constant menace

Wilson was starting his first game since December after a recovering from injury.

He suffered more pain when a front tooth was dislodged during a performance in which he had the bit between his teeth and deserved at least one goal from a livewire display.

White rushed back too soon?

White was an unused substitute in the heavy loss at Spurs and he did not look fully fit as Newcastle gave the Arsenal defence a torrid time.

The centre-back was booked for hauling down Wilson early on and his own goal set Newcastle on their way to a richly deserved win.

Key Opta Facts:

- Arsenal have lost 13 Premier League games in 2021-22, their joint-highest tally in a 38-game season in the competition (also 2017-18 and 2020-21).
- The Gunners have lost their last two Premier League games in the month of May, as many as in their previous 32 such games combined (W24 D6 L2).
- Newcastle have won their final home league game in seven of the last nine seasons (L2), with the two exceptions being defeats against Liverpool in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.
- Since the turn of the year, only Liverpool (25) have won more points at home in the Premier League than Newcastle (22).

What's next?

Arsenal must dust themselves down before taking on Arteta's former club, who Everton in danger of going down. Newcastle could do Everton a favour at Burnley in the relegation fight.
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Man City know that a win at home to Villa on Sunday will clinch the title

The 2021-22 Premier League season comes to a conclusion this week – with the title, survival and European qualification all on the line.

There are matches on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night before the campaign concludes on Sunday afternoon.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what is at stake at both ends of the table.

City in title driving seat

Manchester City have the destiny of the championship still in their own hands, despite being held to a 2-2 draw at West Ham, where they missed a second-half penalty.

FA Cup winners Liverpool travel to Southampton on Tuesday night looking to cut the deficit down to just a point heading into the final game.

Defeat at St Mary’s, though, would see City crowned champions once again, with a fourth title in the past five seasons.

A draw would also all but mathematically rule the Reds out of contention given City’s superior goal difference.

The champagne could well be on ice when City host Aston Villa on Sunday.

Liverpool will finish the domestic campaign at home to Wolves before then turning attention to the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Survival battle going to the wire

Everton missed the chance to secure their top flight status after Brentford came from behind to win 3-2 at Goodison Park, where the Toffees finished with nine men.

Frank Lampard’s side have another opportunity to guarantee safety, by beating Crystal Palace at home on Thursday evening.

Burnley are now back in the bottom three, a point behind Leeds, but also have a match in hand, which is at Aston Villa on Thursday.

Leeds edged into 17th place after scoring a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton.

However, with just one game left to play, Jesse Marsch’s men are now relying on other results to determine their fate.

The final set of fixtures see Everton head to Arsenal, Leeds at Brentford and Burnley host Newcastle.

North London duo in Champions League scrap

Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Burnley saw them move two points above rivals Arsenal into fourth place.

The Gunners, though, can secure Champions League football for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign if they win their final two matches – at Newcastle on Monday night and then at home to Everton.

Spurs can capitalise on any slip-up when they head to relegated Norwich on the final afternoon.

Chelsea will have to pick themselves up from their FA Cup final defeat for Thursday’s league game against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

Victory would mathematically confirm a place in the top four – although dropping out of contention altogether seems unlikely. The Blues host relegated Watford on the final day.

Europa calling

While it might not be the Champions League both clubs had been hoping for, Manchester United and West Ham will be in Europe again next season.

The Red Devils sit sixth, two points ahead of the Irons, and can confirm their place in the Europa League with victory at Crystal Palace.

However, should they not win and West Ham do at Brighton, then it will be Europa Conference League football for Erik ten Hag’s first campaign in charge.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is refusing to accept that a top-five Premier League finish would represent success as he targets Champions League qualification.

The Gunners travel to Newcastle on Monday evening for their penultimate game of the season locked in a battle for fourth place with neighbours Tottenham, who kept up the heat by following up Thursday’s 3-0 north London derby triumph with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

However, asked if fifth would be something to celebrate, Arteta was unequivocal.

He said: “No. We want to be playing in the Champions League, and that’s the end. We’ve come so far.

“It’s in our hands and we want to now capitalise on that and the excitement and the opportunity’s there, and we will really want to go for it.”

The trip to St James’ Park, where the Magpies have secured their top-flight status despite losing to top two Liverpool and Manchester City in their last two games, is followed by a final-day home clash with Everton.

Arsenal have not finished in the top four since they ended the 2015-16 season as runners-up, and have had to make do with eighth in each of the last two campaigns.

That said, Arteta is adamant his players should relish the opportunity to take the club back into European football’s big time.

He said: “It’s not pressure, it’s excitement, and this is what we have built over the last few months. And as I said, top four is the target. Now, it’s in our hands, and we want to deliver that.”

Arteta faces something of a selection headache at the back with Rob Holding suspended as a result of his red card in the derby and Ben White and Gabriel both battling injury.

But asked if he would have taken the current situation at the beginning of the season, the manager said: “Absolutely, yes. It is a good place to be.

“As I said, it is in our hands. We have done a lot in the past few months to be in this position, so let’s go for it.”

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic boosted his preparations for next week's French Open by winning his first title of the year at the Italian Open in Rome

World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his first title in over six months after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6(5) to win the Italian Open on Sunday.

Djokovic did not drop a set en route to the final in Rome, having picked up his 1,000th tour-level victory by beating Casper Ruud in the semi-final to book a clash with Tsitsipas – a repeat of last year’s French Open final, which the Serb won.

A sixth-successive win for Djokovic over his Greek opponent looked inevitable as he stormed through the first set with a blistering display of hitting, to which Tsitsipas had no answer.

Tsitsipas’s name rung around Campo Centrale in the fourth game of the second set, however, as an unforced error from Djokovic gave the Greek player two break points, the first of which he converted to take a 3-1 lead in the set.

After Tsitsipas held to make it 4-1, Djokovic then upped it a gear, winning five of the next seven games to take it to a tiebreak before sealing his sixth Italian Open title, and first since winning the Paris Masters in November.

It has been the perfect week for the 34-year-old, who became only the fifth man in the Open Era to reach the 1,000 wins milestone after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafa Nadal, ahead of the start of the French Open next Sunday.

“I surprised myself I can say,” Djokovic said. “I had a clear game plan and I knew what to expect, so I knew what I had to do, but I did play a perfect first set.

“After that it was a little tighter. At this level, one or two points can turn a match and he was then back in the game at 4-1 up. The match could easily have gone to a third set but I managed to find the right shots at the right time to come back into the match.

“I have been building my form for the past couple of weeks and I knew that my best shape on clay usually comes around Rome time, so it could not be better going into Roland Garros with a title.”

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Riyad Mahrez failed to a convert a late penalty that would have won the game for Pep Guardiola's side, who were 2-0 down at half-time against West Ham

The Premier League title race looks set to go down to the final day after Manchester City dropped two points with a 2-2 draw at West Ham United on Sunday.

Riyad Mahrez failed to a convert a late penalty that would have won the game for Pep Guardiola’s side, who were 2-0 down at halftime at the London Stadium.

The result left City on 90 points with one game to play and second-placed Liverpool, chasing an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, four points behind but with two matches left.

Liverpool travel to Southampton on Tuesday and victory in that game would leave them one point behind heading into Sunday’s final round of games. A defeat would hand the title to City.

Both sides are at home for their last games – City face Aston Villa, managed by former Liverpool favourite Steven Gerrard, while Juergen Klopp’s team host Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jarrod Bowen struck twice for West Ham in the first half to stun City but Guardiola’s men fought back strongly.

Jack Grealish fired City back into contention four minutes after the break and the Hammers’ Czech defender Vladimir Coufal headed a Mahrez free kick into his own goal.

City had a great chance to take all three points when a VAR review led referee Anthony Taylor to award a penalty for Craig Dawson’s challenge on Gabriel Jesus.

Mahrez struck the spot-kick firmly but at a good height for Lukasz Fabianski who produced an excellent save to deny the Algerian, frustrate City and keep Liverpool’s hopes alive.

Tottenham Hotspur boosted their hopes of Champions League football next season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to relegation-threatened Burnley.

Spurs climbed above North London rivals Arsenal into fourth on 68 points from 37 games — the Gunners are on 66 from 36 matches and can return to the top four if they win at Newcastle United on Monday.

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY

The game was decided by a controversial penalty just before the break when referee Kevin Friend reviewed a handball incident and ruled that the arm of Ashley Barnes had been in an “unnatural position” when the ball struck it.

Kane drilled the spot-kick into the bottom corner but Burnley’s protests continued after the halftime whistle with angry exchanges in the tunnel.

Nick Pope made two outstanding saves after the break to keep out Son Heung-min while Barnes struck the post for Burnley with a thundering drive from distance.

Burnley’s defeat left them back in the bottom three but the battle to avoid relegation also looks likely to be decided on the final day of the season.

Leeds United dropped two points with a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion although they were delighted to have salvaged a point with a stoppage-time header from substitute Pascal Struijk.

Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck had put Brighton ahead in the 21st minute and Leeds laboured before Struijk snuck in at the back post to set off wild celebrations.

Everton slipped back into trouble after a 3-2 home defeat to Brentford, ending the game with nine men after receiving two red cards.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first goal since August put Frank Lampard’s Everton ahead but their day turned sour when teenage centre back Jarrad Branthwaite was sent-off for a foul on the last man.

Brentford took control after that as Yoane Wissa forced Everton captain Seamus Coleman to put the ball into his own net, though Richarlison restored the home advantage from the penalty spot to give his team a 2-1 lead at halftime.

But two headed goals in three minutes just past the hour-mark from Wissa and Rico Henry, and a late red card for Salomon Rondon, handed Brentford a win that leaves Everton still in need of points for safety.

Everton are in 16th place on 36 points with two games left to play. Leeds are a point behind with one game left and Burnley are in 18th, inside the drop zone, on 34 points with two matches left.

Burnley travel to Aston Villa before their final game at home to Newcastle. Leeds’s last match is away to Brentford. Everton host Crystal Palace before travelling to Arsenal next Sunday.

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In this file photo, former Venezuela’s Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro gestures during the Conmebol Copa America 2021 football tournament group phase match between Venezuela and Peru at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 27, 2021. EVARISTO SA / AFP

Jose Peseiro has been named as the Super Eagles head coach, months after his initial deal with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) collapsed. 

An NFF statement on Sunday said the appointment is “with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms” between the football body and the Portuguese.

“Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which the three-time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in prestige friendlies,” the statement added.

“The Eagles will tango with the El Tri at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas, the State of Texas on Saturday, 28th May before flying to New Jersey to confront Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, 2nd June.”

The educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences will be assisted by former international George Finidi. Salisu Yusuf will now serve as the 2nd Assistant as well as head coach of the CHAN and U-23 national teams.

“Usman Abdallah is 3rd Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the match analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the goalkeepers’ trainer,” the NFF said.

Peseiro, 62, featured as a striker during his playing days and has a wide range of experience coaching several clubs and national teams across Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

He has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Guimaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC, and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era).

Aside from these, he worked as head coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan national teams.

Before Sunday’s confirmation, the Glass House had appointed Peseiro as the head coach of the three-time African champions following Gernot Rohr’s dismissal in December. Austin Eguavoen was handed an interim coach role to take Nigeria to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Peseiro was then expected to be an observer during the competition after which he would take over and lead the country to the ill-fated World Cup play-off with Ghana.

But the NFF backtracked on the move after the AFCON, citing the “positive performance” of the team at the competition where Nigeria crashed out in the round of 16 against Tunisia.

“We believe that perhaps in the future, there could be an opportunity to work with him,” the NFF said while announcing the reconstitution of the Super Eagles coaching crew in February.

In the wake of the decision, Peseiro refuted claims that he was confirmed as the Nigerian head coach.

The former Porto FC boss wrote on his Instagram handle that it was a “fact that I never confirmed and these (negotiations) did not materialize due to disagreement regarding contractual clauses and financial matters.”

Days after the Super Eagles of  Nigeria failed to pick one of Africa’s tickets to the 2022 World Cup, Eguavoen, however, quit his post.
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File photo: Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates a point against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka during their semifinal match at the WTA Rome Open Women’s tennis tournament on May 14, 2022 at Foro Italico in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Iga Swiatek swept to victory at the Italian Open on Sunday, beating Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 to retain the title and claim her fifth tournament crown in a row.

World number one Swiatek dropped to her knees in tears of joy after winning her 28th match in a row, and is red-hot favourite for Roland Garros which starts later this month.

“I’m going to celebrate with a lot of tiramisu!” Swiatek joked on court before adding “see you at the French Open”.

The 20-year-old Pole has dropped just one set in her last 20 matches and made light work of Jabeur, ranked seven in the world, in a largely one-sided final in Rome.

Jabeur had come into her first Rome final on a roasting Foro Italico centre court on the back of two thrilling comeback wins over Daria Kasatkina and Maria Sakkari.

Tunisia’s Jabeur had made history last week after becoming the first Arab or African woman to win a WTA 1000 title but could not extend a career-best 11-match winning streak against her relentless opponent.

“We’ve had a great run on clay… we will learn from this match and we will continue forward,” said Jabeur.

Swiatek came out all guns blazing and after winning the first three games came close to taking the fourth, failing to capitalise on two break points before Jabeur eventually got a score on the board.

After her heroics in the quarter- and semi-finals fans on the court were hoping for another fightback but by the time she started to show signs of life she was already too far behind.

Down in the second set Jabeur shanked a poor shot wide at break point in game two, and Swiatek then claimed the next two to move into an unassailable lead.

Jabeur then fired up the crowd by winning the next two and another unlikely comeback bid looked to be on when she had three break points in game seven.

However Swiatek took the game to deuce and saved another break point in a superb rally before taking the game, breaking Jabeur’s resolve and then moving on to take the title.

Later on Sunday Novak Djokovic faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s final, a rematch of their final at last year’s French Open which was a five-set thriller eventually won by the Serb.

Djokovic has already ensured he will be world number one for a record-extending 370th week and claimed his 1,000th career victory, against Casper Ruud, on Saturday night to reach the final.

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Nigerian Sprinter, Favour Ofili

A Nigerian Sprinter, Favour Ofili has continued a fantastic run on the American collegiate circuit after scooping three titles at the Southeastern Conference Championships (SEC).

Ofili started off by running the second leg for Louisiana State University in the 4x100m relay as they clocked a season’s best of 42.59s to finish first ahead of Kentucky (42.63s) and Texas A & M (43.38s).

The 19-year-old then struck gold again in the 100m with a time of 10.93s which equals her personal best to place first ahead of her main rival Abby Steiner (11.02s) of Kentucky and Jada Baylark (11.24s) of Arkansas.

She claimed a stunning victory in the 200m clocking 22.04s to beat Abby Steiner (22.07 seconds) again with Talitha Diggs of Florida placing third with a time of 22.64s.

Ofili scored 22½ points by herself as team LSU placed third with 96½ points at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.
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Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her semi final match against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka

World number one Iga Swiatek swept aside third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-1 in a lopsided contest in Rome on Saturday to advance to the Italian Open final, where she will meet either Ons Jabeur or Daria Kasatkina.

Reigning champion Swiatek extended her winning streak to 27 matches, overpowering Sabalenka in just over an hour to reach her fifth straight WTA final.

The 20-year-old improved her overall head-to-head record with Sabalenka to 3-1, having also won both of their meetings earlier this year – the Stuttgart final and Doha quarter-finals – in straight sets.

Swiatek broke Sabalenka twice in the opening set to build a 3-1 lead before closing it out in around 30 minutes. She continued to apply the pressure in the second set, racing to a 4-0 lead.

World number eight Sabalenka, who won only two of her service games, received a medical timeout at 4-1 down, but the Pole shrugged off the disruption to wrap up the win soon after.

Sabalenka finished with 31 unforced errors, twice as many as Swiatek who hit 15 winners en route to victory and matched the tally of 27 straight wins set by Serena Williams in 2015.

Madrid Open winner Jabeur and Russia’s Kasatkina play their semi-final later on Saturday.