Tears in Turin as Juventus said an emotional goodbye to Chiellini and Dybala

There were incredibly emotional scenes in Turin on Monday as Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala played their last home game for Juventus. (Yazar: Gardener)

JuventusThere were incredibly emotional scenes in Turin on Monday as Juventus hosted Lazio in the final home game of the Serie A season - a game in which they said a loving farewell to two of their long-time players. Both Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala made their last appearances for the Bianconeri at the Allianz Stadium before their departures this summer. After 17 years at the club, Chiellini started the game against Lazio, but only after Juve fans showed a huge tifo in the stands applauding 'CHIELLO' and his service to the cause. The 37-year-old centre-back has made 560 appearances for Juve since arriving in 2004, winning nine Serie A titles and a host of other major accolades and becoming the club's captain. With nothing heading into the game for Juve, who had already sealed a top-four finish, Chiellini's engagement against Lazio ended after just 17 minutes - a nod to the time he has spent at Juve - when his number popped up over there the contact line. This drew an enthusiastic ovation from the ground as Chiellini began walking off the field while being surrounded by his teammates. With the game still underway, Chiellini then did a lap of honor around the fence and waved to his adoring fans, who graced their hero with hearty applause, chants and thrown scarves. Juventus secured a 2-2 draw but not before Dybala was also ceremoniously substituted in the 78th minute. In fact, the Argentina striker was visibly in tears as he made way for Martin Palumbo in what is likely to be one of, if not the last, appearance of his long seven-year association with Juventus. The first player to greet Dybala after being substituted was of course Chiellini, who lay in wait on the touchline with his trademark grin and an offer of a timely hug. Dybala has not been offered a new contract extension at the Old Lady and will therefore leave the club next summer as Arsenal are reportedly keen on bringing the 28-year-old on board should he become a free agent. More tears flowed after the final whistle as Dybala got his own lap of honor, wiping his eyes repeatedly as he said goodbye to the thousands of Juve fans who stayed behind to say goodbye. Back in the dressing room, both players received more hugs and well-wishes from their colleagues after the game, in which Sergej Milinkovic-Savic saved a late point for the visitors with the very last shot of the evening. Both players then reappeared on the pitch for one last hooray, with Chiellini being joined by his children as he received a special guard of honor from members of Juve's men's and women's teams. “I always said that I would have liked to have competed at a high level and I succeeded. It wasn't an easy year, but I managed to prepare well for the games.” That gave me more incentive to go now and make room for the young players. Chiellini is set to officially announce his retirement from international football with Italy next week after the Euro 2020 winners take on defending Copa America champions Argentina at Wembley Stadium in the first-ever 'Finalissima' match between the champions of Europe and South America. However, he is unsure what the future holds in terms of his next club venture, although sources have told ESPN that LAFC are interested in bringing him to Major League Soccer. "Leaving my comfort zone [Juventus] will do me good for my future and what I want to do next." As for Dybala, the former Palermo striker bids farewell after scoring 115 goals in 291 appearances for Juve and winning five Scudettos and four Coppa Italia trophies in his seven seasons in Turin.


'I fear for' - Carragher and Neville predict who will be relegated from Burnley, Leeds or Everton

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have predicted who will go down from Burnley, Leeds or Everton... (Yazar: Gardener)

EvertonJamie Carragher and Gary Neville have given their thoughts on who will be relegated from Burnley, Leeds United or Everton. Burnley in 18th place are currently a point behind Leeds United while Everton are a point better off in 16th place. The Clarets and the Toffees have two games to play while Leeds have just one. Burnley and Everton were respectively beaten by Tottenham and Brentford at the weekend. Leeds, meanwhile, salvaged a point late as they held Brighton to a 1-1 draw. Leeds Second Season Syndrome is collective; Nobody, including Marsch, is to blame Burnley and Everton both have away games on Thursday. The latter meet Crystal Palace, while Mike Jackson's side travel to Aston Villa. Leeds have the disadvantage of having a far worse goal difference than their rivals going into the final round. Carragher and Neville both 'fear' for Jesse Marsch's men: 'I think Everton will be fine. Listen, there's going to be a real panic there if they don't get a result against Crystal Palace," Carragher said during Sky Sports' Monday Night Football. “But Everton need to remember where they were two weeks ago ahead of that Chelsea game. I think they were five points behind, so they're still in a really good position. "I'm scared for Leeds. I think Burnley can get something out of the next two games, whether it's their last game [or their next against Villa]. I would still say Leeds are going under." Neville added: "I think Leeds [are going to go under]. I think Burnley get something but I don't think Leeds get anything at Brentford. I could be wrong but I think Leeds are in trouble. When asked if it was possible for all three teams not to take another point, Neville continued: "It could happen. But I have a feeling Burnley will get something against Villa or Newcastle." Leeds boss Marsch is aware his side need to be at their best on the final day to beat Brentford: we need to show up next week and break away from ours show your best side. We have to be able to show that at the beginning of the games. Stick to fixtures and try to win the game.” The article 'I fear for' - Carragher and Neville predict who will be relegated from Burnley, Leeds or Everton appeared first on


Will it take a miracle for Tiger to win?

It's still asking a lot for Tiger Woods to be in the mix to win a Major. So he's at the bottom of our list as we rank the players with a shot, the players without a shot, and those who are just happy to be there. (Yazar: Gardener)

Tiger Woods-- The PGA Championship returns to Southern Hills Country Club for the first time since 2007 when Tiger Woods won his 13th major championship and fourth Wanamaker Trophy. Woods will be back this week trying to win his 16th Major Championship and 83rd PGA Tour win, which would be the highest in history. Defending champion Phil Mickelson is not here as his exile from professional golf continues after his controversial comments about the PGA Tour and financiers of a Saudi-backed breakaway circuit became public. It will be only the fourth PGA Championship without the defending champion in the field. Woods was last; He did not defend his title in 2008 while recovering from knee surgery. While Woods is expected to be a contender not only in his second start after a serious car accident in February 2021, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will be looking to finish the career grand slam , are among the favourites. Who can win in the hot and blustery Southern Hills conditions? Here's a look at each of the players on the field, categorized into groups from legitimate contenders to PGA club pros: Guys Who Can Win | If everything goes right | miracles happen | Happy to make the cut | Amateurs They are many of golf's biggest young stars, with the game, guts and guts to handle four intense rounds in a major championship. Scheffler would achieve rare air with his fifth PGA Tour win. In the past 30 years, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information, only three players have won five Tour events in a span of 10 starts or less: Woods (multiple times), Vijay Singh (2004), and Nick Price (1994). Scheffler would also become the first player since Tom Watson in 1980 to win five times in a season before the end of May. The Spaniard claimed his first win in almost a year since the 2021 U. He has a career majors scoring average of 70.90, which is not only better than Woods (70.98) but fifth best with 50 main rounds played of all time among the players. Rahm has finished in the top 10 in 41% of his major championship starts. Justin Thomas Thomas just turned 29 and has only one major championship win, the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. He admitted at the Masters that he didn't do well enough in the majors. As a wizard with a wedge in his hands, JT could be poised to end the drought this week. He would be only the fifth player to win multiple PGA championships before the age of 30. Patrick Cantlay Cantlay is perhaps the best player in the world not to have won a major championship. His five tour wins since October 2020 are the most by any player on the tour. In his last two starts he lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the RBC Heritage and won the Zurich Classic together with Xander Schauffele. Cameron Smith The Australian's track record in the PGA Championship hasn't been great. His best finish was his first, a tie for 25th place finish in Whistling Straits in 2015. But his putter was red hot; He ranks fourth in one putt percentage (44.97) and putt strokes scored (.922). Rory McIlroy The two-time PGA Championship winner returns to the top five for the first time since March 2020, with a second-place finish at the Masters and a fifth solo at the Wells Fargo Championship. He looks to be in great form to end a nearly eight-year drought without a major title. He has 14 top 10 finishes since his last major win, second most of any player since early 2015. Jordan Spieth Spieth won again at RBC Heritage last month and finished second at AT&T Byron Nelson last weekend. He only needs a win in the PGA Championship to become the sixth man to complete the career grand slam in the Masters era. Given his recent form, his sixth try could be his best shot. At 28, he would be the third youngest to have accomplished the feat, after Woods (24) and Jack Nicklaus (26). Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park on his first start at the event. The previous three players to win the event at the age of 23 were Nicklaus, Woods and McIlroy. Morikawa's ball-hitting skills will be the focus at Southern Hills. Hovland played in the state of Oklahoma and still lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, so the churning Southern Hills winds probably won't be a problem for him. He's made the cut in eight of his nine career major starts but has yet to make a top-10 finish. The 2021 Masters champion has been plagued with neck and back injuries this season, but he's been very good when he's healthy. He tied for third place at the Byron Nelson and is one of only three players to make it in every PGA championship since debuting at the event in 2013. Schauffele has nine top-10 finishes in 19 starts in majors, but only one in the PGA Championship: a tie for 10th place at Harding Park two years ago. He's only played Southern Hill once, an amateur event eight years ago. The ball hitting machine grew up in Texas, so he'll be used to the unpredictable gusts of Southern Hills. In 2014, as an amateur, he won the Trans-Mississippi Championship here, cut short by rain, at the age of 17. Lowry was on form heading into the PGA Championship, with a third-place tie at both the Masters and RBC Heritage. The Irishman loves blustery conditions, as evidenced by his victory at The Open at Royal Portrush in 2019. The two-time PGA Championship runner-up hasn't been in the running much this season, but he hasn't played bad golf either. He had two top 10 finishes at The Players and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and tied for 12th at the Masters. The 25-year-old has won three times on tour but hasn't done very well at majors. His best result in a Major was a tie for 29th place at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. In the 2016/17 season, Homa had 17 tour starts and missed 15 cuts. As of May 2019, he has won four times on the PGA Tour. Only Cantlay, McIlroy, Morikawa and Thomas have won more often. A back injury has limited Berger to just eight starts on tour this season. But he's one of the best players in the world with a wedge in his hands, so he could be a factor at Southern Hills. The two-time PGA champion has not played since missing the cut at the Masters. Last year he finished second at Kiawah Island, 2 strokes behind Mickelson. The list includes former major champions who have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies this season. Will it all come together in Southern Hills this week? The Englishman isn't a fan of Augusta National, but he does have two top-10 finishes at the PGA Championship. He's one of the best putters on tour. Oosthuizen has not been in good form this season. But he finished third or better in three of four majors in 2021. Horschel has been one of the more consistent players on the tour, but not so much in the majors. He has a top-10 in 32 career starts in majors. He has been good lately with five finishes 16th or better in his last eight starts. Niemann, the wire-to-wire winner at The Genesis earlier this season, has yet to finish better than a tie for 23rd place at a Major. The Australian has six career top-10s at the PGA Championship, including a tie for third place at Medinah in 2006 and a solo third at Bellerive in 2018. Matt Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick, a 27-year-old Englishman, leads the Tour with total strokes won an is fourth in scoring average. That must eventually translate into his first tour win. Conners, 30, has finished in the top 10 three times in a row at the Masters. His best result at the PGA Championship last year was a tie for 17th place. Power got off to a roaring start after the turn of the year, but cooled off significantly by missing the cut in five out of eight events. A three-time PGA Tour winner, Henley is still looking for his first top 10 at a major. The former world No. 1 has had top-10 finishes in each of the last two PGA championships: ninth place at Harding Park in 2021 and a tie for eighth place at Kiawah Island last year. No player had shot 60 in the same season until Munoz did it in the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson last week. His 60 on Thursday included a penalty for an unplayable lie. He also shot 60 at the RSM Classic. After a not so good start to the season, there were signs of life again with a tied second place at the Mexico Open. He has had back-to-back top-10 finishes in the last two PGA Championships: a tie for fourth place at Harding Park and a tie for eighth place at Kiawah Island. Ancer had his best result in a Major at last year's PGA Championship with a tie in eighth place. He shot 7 under 65 in the last round at Kiawah Island. Kevin Kisner Kisner is putting very well again and is quite creative on the green. Southern Hills' length will put him at a disadvantage off the tee, so there's little room for error. Gary Woodland Woodland, winner of the U.S. Open 2019, has two top 10 finishes in 10 starts at the PGA Championship. Webb Simpson Simpson, winner of the U.S. Open 2021, has never finished in the top 10 in 11 PGA Championship starts. Patrick Reed Reed's game had been out of control this season with just one top-10 in 16 starts on the tour for much of the season. Cameron Champ Champ hits the ball very, very far - he leads the Tour in driving distance (323.8 yards) - but the rest of his game hasn't been great this season. At the Mexico Open he finished sixth. Another former Oklahoma State star, Gooch hails from Midwest City, Oklahoma. He will be a fan favorite at Southern Hills. Harman has been on form since late March with a couple of top 10 finishes. He retired from AT&T Byron Nelson last week for unknown reasons. He retired from AT&T Byron Nelson last week for unknown reasons. A six-time PGA Tour winner, Leishman has missed the cut in each of his last three starts in the PGA Championship. HV3 has made the cut in each of his last three PGA Championship starts, finishing 36th, 29th and 49th. List, who won his first on-tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, finished solo sixth at the 2019 PGA Championship in Bethpage Black. Cameron Young The PGA Tour rookie has three second-place finishes and is averaging more than 315 yards from the tee. The former Alabama star already has five top-10 finishes as a PGA Tour rookie, including a tie for ninth-place AT&T Byron Nelson. They're long shots - even if the list includes the biggest star in golf history. It will take a lot of breaks and good jumps before they are in the race this weekend. Tiger Woods It's worth noting that Woods, a four-time PGA Championship winner, is returning to golf after nearly losing his right leg in a car accident in February 2021. It's probably asking too much, too soon. But he's had five extra weeks to get stronger, so excluding him entirely is probably foolish. The two-time Masters champion has missed the cut in three of his last five PGA championship starts. Kevin Na Na's track record at the PGA Championship hasn't been great. He missed the cut eight of 13 starts and has just one top 10 finish. Bryson DeChambeau DeChambeau underwent surgery on April 14 to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. His recovery was supposed to take 6-8 weeks, but he tore up drivers at his home this weekend and arrived in Tulsa on Monday. Barring a setback, he will be looking to compete this week. — Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) May 15, 2022 Three-time PGA Tour winner Kokrak is still looking for his first top-10 at a major. At the Masters in April he finished 14th. Straka won his first PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic in late February. This will be only his second PGA Championship start; In 2020 he finished 66th. Hoge picked up his first PGA Tour win at Pebble Beach in early February. He has only had one top 15 result since then. Lee, a multiple Byron Nelson winner, once joked that he wants to be the "World's No. 1 Sexiest Golfer." Kevin Streelman Streelman, who once drove 200,000 miles in his mother's Nissan while playing on the Dakotas Tour, finished surprisingly eighth at Kiawah Island last year. Cink, 48, placed fourth at the 2018 PGA Championship in Bellerive. Could this be the last we see Poulter before he jumps into the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf Invitational Series? Along with Mickelson, Westwood and Garcia, Poulter has strong ties to LIV Golf. Matt Kuchar Kuchar has been consistently good in the PGA Championship with four top 10 finishes and six top 25 finishes in 13 starts. They are not expected to be among the contenders unless something magical happens. There are former champions who are still playing because they deserve the chance to keep playing. Last year, too, no one gave Mickelson much of a chance of winning at Kiawah Island. The 26-year-old former Stanford star is brimming with talent and it won't be long before he wins on the PGA Tour. But he has yet to make a cut at a major. Mickelson wasn't the only aging former champion who performed well at Kiawah Island last year. Harrington, captain of the European Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, finished tied for fourth, 2 under 4 behind Mickelson. Fowler had his best major performance in a while at last year's PGA Championship. He placed eighth at 1 under with three underperforming rounds. Hojgaard from Denmark is considered one of the European up-and-coming stars for future Ryder Cups. At just 21, he has already won twice on the DP World Tour. Brehm, who won the Puerto Rico Open in March to retain his PGA Tour status, is only playing in his second major. He placed 53rd at the 2017 US Open. Bio Kim Kim was banned from participating in the Korean Tour for a year after flipping a fan and throwing his racquet to the ground at a tournament in September. Cejka was disqualified from Regions Tradition in Alabama, an event he won last year in Saturday's third round for using "a yardage book that had not been approved by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee for use in the competition." He was disqualified from the 2019 Honda Classic for the same rule violation. Larrazabal of Spain is probably the only player in the field who once jumped into a lake to avoid stinging hornets. It happened at the 2014 Malaysian Open. He needed injections for several stitches but somehow still shot 68 in the round. Joohyung Kim The 19-year-old from South Korea is playing in his second major after missing the cut at Harding Park in 2020. Interestingly, he went by the name Tom as a child because of his love of the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends TV show. The most memorable moment of the 1991 PGA Championship winner's performance last year was when his golf cart (the PGA allowed him to use one due to osteoarthritis in his right knee) got stuck in the sand on Kiawah Island.He finished last after shooting 85-86.Daly was also disqualified by Regions Tradition on Friday for not signing his scorecard They finished in the top 20 in points at the PGA Professional Championship in April to earn a place in the field.Only one PGA professional, Brad Marek, made it at Kiawah Island in 2021. Alex Beach Beach of Rye, New York , is ambidextrous Although he plays left-handed, he's better at swinging a club with his right hand most days He has "Why Not?" embossed on his golf balls The Vero Beach, Fla. club pro played i Only one year of golf in high school and did not play at Eastern Kentucky University. Hurt from Bainbridge Island, Washington competed in the 2001 Little League World Series. A Junction City, Oregon pro, Caroline, Inglis' sister, plays on the LPGA Tour. Jones, a former Ohio State letterman, was a caddie for Nicklaus on the Scarlet Course in 2006 after the Golden Bear redesigned it for $1. A former star in Iowa, McCarty grew up on a nine-hole course that his parents bought when he was 3 years old. Mueller is the General Manager of the Grand Canyon University Golf Course and a volunteer assistant at the school. He won the PGA Professional Championship in April by 5 shots. Worthington, from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is starting in the PGA Championship for the second time. In 2016, he became only the second black club professional to compete in the PGA Championship; Tom Woodard was the first in 1991.


Iconic moments from the last day of the Premier League

After another exciting season of Premier League football, the English top flight promises another high-stakes drama on Sunday. In anticipation of a dramatic afternoon, Planet Sport looks back at the most iconic moments of the Premier League's final days. (Yazar: Gardener)

Premier LeagueAfter another exciting season of Premier League football, England's top flight promises another high-stakes dramatic drama on Sunday. Everywhere you look there are crucial disputes, with the title, last place in the Champions League and the identity of the third relegated team yet to be decided. In anticipation of a dramatic afternoon, Planet Sport looks back at the most iconic moments from the final days of the Premier League. Going into the last game of the 2011/2012 season, only Queens Park Rangers stood in the way of Manchester City and their first league title since 1968. After closing an eight-points gap to their Cross-City rivals Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged City had "both hands on the trophy". Top of the league on goal difference, Roberto Mancini's side knew a win would secure them their first Premier League title. Everything seemed to be going to plan as Pablo Zabaleta scored the opening goal before half-time. With 35 minutes remaining, Joey Barton was sacked for violent behavior against his former club and the pendulum swung back in Manchester City's favour. The Red Half of Manchester were getting closer to another Premier League title. City's 44-year wait for the highest title was over. Steven Gerrard is a true legend of the game and will forever be a hero to Liverpool fans having risen through their academy to become a legendary captain. Having lost his last appearance at Anfield to Crystal Palace the week before, Gerrard was determined to end his glittering career on a high. Liverpool traveled to ninth-placed Stoke City on the final day and had nothing to offer but Gerrard's pride. However, Stoke, led by former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes, was in no mood to play the perfect hosts. The Potters put in a superb first-half performance, scoring five goals before the break, including three in eight minutes. The second half went a little better for Liverpool and Gerrard pulled one back in the 70th minute to give the Liverpool fans something to cheer about. It was to prove cold consolation when Peter Crouch added a six for Stoke in the 86th minute, capping Gerrard's nightmarish departure from his boyhood club. Sir Alex Ferguson, widely regarded as the greatest manager of all time, has won everything with Manchester United. His impressive and ruthless United sides had dominated English football throughout the Premier League era and when he announced his retirement in 2013 he knew nothing but a title would be a fitting ending. After Agüero's last-minute heroics snatched another title from their hands the previous season, Ferguson's United, led by Robin van Persie, returned with a vengeance in 2012/13. A Van Persie hat-trick against Aston Villa weeks earlier had already clinched the title as United traveled to West Brom on the final day of the season. But since Ferguson was set to oversee his 1,500th and final game, it would always end in fireworks. And it was accentuated within 30 minutes as United took a 3-0 lead through Shinji Kagawa, an own goal from Janas Olsson and Alexander Buttner. James Morrison clinched a setback for the Baggies in the 40th minute but with United leading 3-1 at half-time Ferguson's victorious United departure seemed signed, sealed and delivered. However, the substitution of Romelu Lukaku changed the face of the game and the Belgian halved the deficit within five minutes. United reiterated their dominance through Van Persie and Javier Hernandez but a barrage of Baggies goals in the final ten minutes, including two more from Lukaku, meant the game ended 5-5. While Ferguson would have preferred his side not to falter from a three-goal lead, the ten-goal thriller was a worthy addition to Sir Alex's long list of iconic Premier League moments. With Tottenham set to face West Ham in the final game of the season, they were on pole for Champions League qualification. West Ham sat in 17th, safe from relegation and with an FA Cup final on the horizon - everything seemed to be going in Tottenham's favour. Until the night before the game, when the team ate a "rotten" lasagna dish that spoiled the weather for some key players. Tottenham were so concerned for their players' well-being that they called the police, had the food sample examined and asked for the game to be postponed. Tottenham manager Martin Jol recalled the incident: "I've never seen anything like it in football. But star players like Robbie Keane and midfield maestro Michael Carrick clearly struggled at kick-off and Tottenham fell behind Carl Fletcher by a goal. Manchester City fans might want to cover their eyes. The Premier League leaders are looking to add a remarkable sixth league title to their trophy case on Sunday afternoon, but rewind to 2008 when City had reached the end of the season in stark contrast to their current position. Ninth in the table, City endured a frustrating end of the season with three straight defeats and manager Sven-Göran Eriksson's future hung in the balance. City traveled from Middlesbrough to Middlesbrough for the last game of the season and with both clubs sitting in mid-table many assumed it would be a relatively low-key affair. Richard Dunne's 15th-minute sending off was the catalyst for City's and Stewart's troubles Downing's penalty was just the beginning of Middlesbrough's attack. A goal from Alfonso Alves rounded off the first half and City seemed to stay on the ball despite their player deficit. Downing added a third, at which point Eriksson admitted his City side "had nothing left". In the remaining 30 minutes, Middlesbrough scored five goals, including two more for Alves, who completed his hat-trick, and Fabio Rochemback's exceptional long-range free-kick. Elano scored a consolation for City in the 87th minute, but it wasn't enough to spare City's blush or Eriksson's job - he was sacked at the end of the season. After signing for Newcastle United in 2008, Jonas Gutierrez showed promise in his debut season despite eventual relegation. He then played a crucial role in reviving Newcastle, helping them win the Championship and securing a return to the top flight at the first attempt. With the arrival of French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, Gutierrez limited himself to coming on as a substitute but nonetheless provided valuable goals, including strikes against Chelsea and Manchester City. However, at the end of the 2012/13 season, Gutierrez's career was put on hold after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and required surgery. After undergoing surgery in his native Argentina, Gutierrez was loaned out to Norwich City but was still struggling for game time. Returning to the Magpies, Gutierrez made his first appearance as a substitute against Manchester United and received the captain's armband from team-mate Fabricio Collocini as a mark of respect. In his last game for the club, Newcastle faced West Ham on the final day and needed to at least match Hull City's score to ensure safety. After Hull held Manchester United to a goalless draw, Gutierrez helped calm Newcastle's nerves by assisting Moussa Sissoko to open the scoring. He then allayed their fears of relegation with a remarkable strike from outside the box, cutting inside and hissing past Adrian into West Ham's goal with little effort to set off wild scenes at St James' Park. Gutierrez was subsequently sacked from Newcastle, prompting the Argentine to slam the club for "not caring". 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Harry Kane's penalty puts Spurs in the top four and dashed Burnley's hopes of survival

Harry Kane's controversial penalty was enough for Tottenham to get past Burnley and put pressure on Arsenal in the race to qualify for the Champions League. (Yazar: Gardener)

Harry Kane'sKane struck from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time after referee Kevin Friend ruled the ball flicked Ashley Barnes' outstretched arm after a VAR check. It's been a nerve-wracking 90 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur which would have been far less stressful if Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope hadn't made a series of superb saves. Burnley almost equalized in the second half when Barnes hit the post from long range, but that defeat kept the pressure on the Clarets in their relegation battle. It was always going to be a game of attack and defense and Spurs camped in Burnley's half for the first 20 minutes. Kane went straight for Pope from Lucas Moura's cross, while Pope also struggled to ward off a Son attempt at the near post. A big moment came in the 16th minute when Ryan Sessegnon floated in a cross for Kane but the England captain's header back over the goal was cleared off the line by Nathan Collins. Nervousness at the stadium grew as Burnley enjoyed a rare period of possession and they created the best chance of the game in the 28th minute. Spurs were frustrated when Burnley held on, making things difficult ahead of a crucial passage in first-half injury time. The hosts forced a corner which the Clarets seemed to clear before Moura danced into the box and pulled back for Kane, who missed a shot. However, despite minimal appeals at the time, VAR looked into a possible handball when the corner was cleared. After checking the pitchside monitor, Friend decided the ball hit Barnes' outstretched arm and missed a penalty. It was a lifeline for Spurs and Kane grabbed it with both hands and sent a low penalty into the corner while Pope was rooted in the spot. Burnley didn't make the decision well and surrounded Friend after the goal came in and the benches collided in the tunnel at half-time. Kevin Long headed a corner just wide before they were inches from equalization just after the hour when Dwight McNeil served Barnes, whose 25-yard shot smacked the post. Burnley, pushing the body further up, opened them up to counterattack and Spurs enjoyed more space in attack. They switched the ball from right to left with a clean one-touch pass and ended up with Sessegnon pulling back for Son, who seemed poised to score with a low shot until Pope reached out a hand and turned it around the corner. He was there again in the 81st minute as the same pair combined again, this time to repel another attempt destined for the roof of the net. Those saves made it a nervous end for Spurs, who held on to scoring three huge points.


Saints vs Liverpool, Everton, Burnley, Tuchel, Rangers in Europe Finals

A big midweek dictates how massive the weekend will be as the Premier League title, Top 4 and relegation races near the line... (Yazar: Gardener)

EvertonA massive midweek dictates how super-mega-big the weekend will be as the Premier League title, Top 4 and relegation races near the finish line. Game to watch - Southampton v Liverpool Manchester City teased Liverpool by dropping points at West Ham on Sunday, but it doesn't matter if the Reds don't go to St Mary's on Tuesday night and take all three. Liverpool are steaming towards a possible quadruple while some Southampton fans have had enough of Ralph-Ball and last week called for Hasenhuttl to be sacked. But, as Klopp has very much pointed out, Liverpool played a grueling 120 minutes on Saturday night and changes need to be made. Refreshing his squad means Liverpool are losing the rhythm advantage non-stop football could give them. But it's hard to imagine that a team Klopp could realistically pick wouldn't be strong enough to push Southampton aside. The final week of the season is ripe for madness, but even Hasenhuttl will struggle to speak up for his side, who are doing City a favour. Only City fans - and most United fans - would want Liverpool to miss a highlight of the final day by slipping at St Mary's. It'll be fascinating to see how much hangover the Reds take from the weekend, if any, but unless Liverpool show up in the snow with eyes like p*ss holes and sporting a McDonalds and a Lucozade, they should be fine. The Liverpool meltdown is included in the final ranking of the 10 biggest final days in Premier League history The end of their season is sagging harder than it already is. Admittedly, that looks unlikely as they welcome a Watford side – and manager – who have already checked out for the season to Stamford Bridge on the final day. Chelsea can make this game a dead rubber by beating Leicester midweek, something Tuchel's men achieved after last season's cup final in a crucial game for their Champions League prospects. The Blues also had the Champions League final to look forward to at this point last season; This year, Chelsea aim to write just one season of upheaval in the history books. It has hardly been a memorable season for Leicester either, but Brendan Rodgers is attacking the last few games and is firmly focused on next season. He tried different shapes and for the first time in four years did without Kasper Schmeichel on Sunday. The message is that the Foxes are fighting for their future and the performance at Watford – set-piece defense aside – suggests the penny has dropped. Assuming he takes care of the difference between third and fourth, Tuchel will need to shake up his troops to avoid a potentially awkward final day. Team to watch - Everton However you rate Frank Lampard's Everton, they've been an entertaining watch lately. Not always for reasons that please the manager, but there was some encouragement for Lampard to hold on to. They welcome Palace on Thursday night with another opportunity to retain their Premier League status and apologize from the bottom of the table from last matchday. As Lampard said, Jarrad Branthwaite's early red card changed the game but the Everton defender couldn't blame anyone but himself for a poor lack of concentration. If Branthwaite was naïve, Salomon Rondon was foolish to squander Everton's hopes of an equalizer as he capped a four-minute cameo with one of the strangest impressions of a tackle all season. So the focus is on Palace and the Evertons will no doubt make their contribution one last time. But few who get to Goodison in time to welcome the players will trust those cheering them on from the coach to get the job done in a way that won't result in ass-bitting on Gwladys Street. When they last faced Palace, Lampard lamented a lack of 'b*llocks' in his squad after a dismal 4-0 FA Cup hit. The manager can only hope his players have found them by Thursday because missing that chance could jeopardize their Premier League status when they join Arsenal on Sunday. Player to watch - everyone who played for Burnley's men Mike Jackson swapped places with Leeds on Sunday after losing to Brighton at Spurs before the Yorkshire side's final point. Four points from the six they will battle for on Thursday at Villa Park and on Sunday against Newcastle will be enough to survive meaning they end the 3-1 defeat they suffered against Villa last week cannot repeat. After the defeat against Tottenham, which happened as a result of a dubious handball decision, there was reason for positive mood. Ashley Barnes' handball was a penalty, but it really wasn't meant to be. It proved to be the difference after a performance that was more guaranteed for Burnley. European game to watch - Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers As you read this, half of Glasgow is making its way to Seville for the Europa League final and all trips for the Andalusian street cleaners have been cancelled. In their first European final since 2008, when Manchester hosted between 200,000 and half a billion Glasgowers, depending on belief, the Gers meet Eintracht Frankfurt, who have not reached this stage since winning the 1980 UEFA Cup. Frankfurt fans can give their Gers' peers a run for their money when it comes to traveling armies. They took over the Nou Camp in the quarterfinals where Barca suffered an embarrassing defeat for a number of reasons. Rangers, however, have no reason to fear German resistance. On the way to Seville they prevailed against Borussia Dortmund and in the semifinals against RB Leipzig. They have won just three of their last 14 games, with all of those wins coming in the Europa League. The carrot for both - apart from the shiny pot - is a place in next season's Champions League. It has been 11 years since Rangers have seen the group stage but Frankfurt have not been involved in the European Cup since 1960, when they were coached by Puskas and Di Stefano and beaten 7-3 by Real Madrid in Hampden. A highlight for both sides, which is why it is worth tuning in on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. EFL games eyed - Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United The Blades are fortunate to still have a realistic prospect of a move to Huddersfield after their first leg against Forest on Saturday. At Bramall Lane, the hosts seemed to forget how to defend but Forest let them off the hook. Sander Berge's stoppage-time header to halve the deficit again puts Tuesday night's return at the City Ground on the razor's edge in what, like most facets of the play-offs, is great for you and me but terrifying for Forest fans and United. On Wednesday and Thursday, League Two play-off contenders complete their semi-finals, with both first-leg hosts leading 2-1 away. Northampton host Mansfield on Wednesday before Swindon join Port Vale the following evening. The article Big Midweek: Saints v Liverpool, Everton, Burnley, Tuchel, Rangers in the European final appeared first on


How to make your garden worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show on a budget

You don't need a huge budget to create a Chelsea-ready garden. (Yazar: Gardener)

the Chelsea Flower ShowThese cheap plants can still make a statement (Image: Alamy Stock Photo) We'd all love to look out onto a magnificent garden worthy of a Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea. Well, you don't need deep pockets to produce some magic bags in your own backyard, says RHS Chelsea designer Richard Miers (Instagram @richardmiers). "A Chelsea garden is a significant investment, but these plants are of great value and will give you years of pleasure if you take care of them," says Richard, who is making his Main Avenue debut at the world's most famous flower fair. Here are Richard's 10 best grower heroes to add a touch of Chelsea class to your garden. This inexpensive evergreen shrub with bright green foliage produces fragrant small clusters in late spring and again in fall. Both flowers and leaves exude the heavenly scent of orange blossom - rich in nectar, they are prized by butterflies and bees. Ideal for wall borders and hedges as they grow to around 2.5 meters in height. This tree is extremely showy when it blooms in early summer with cream colored bracts and blooms in late spring and summer, turning to stunning shades of red and purple in the fall. Cornus kousa is more hardy than the other flowering dogwood and is also resistant to dogwood anthracnose disease. Requires full sun or part shade and does well grown in the lawn, in a mixed border or against a wall. The dense, thorny habit of this deciduous tree makes it an excellent habitat for nesting or roosting birds. Produces fragrant white flowers in late spring, followed by glossy dark red fruits. Known to attract bees, beneficial insects, birds and other pollinators and can grow in partial shade. If you are looking for a holiday feeling in your garden, you have come to the right place. Its silvery, uniform foliage and bushy habit look great in full sun in a Mediterranean setting. Good in large, heavy containers on balconies and patios as they don't require much soil or water, being from such hot climates and gaining an ancient looking rind as they mature. I have one in my garden and it blooms through October with heavily scented notes of almond blossom, cucumber and lemon zest from its double white flowers. This plant has received the RHS Award for Garden Merit and would do great in a mixed border or in a rose border. Makes a stunning combination with white (Verbascum, Digitalis) and purple (Geranium, Salvia). Likes a sunny spot, but tolerates some shade. Looks stunning and is great for an urban space as it is hardy and tolerant of pollution - also works well in exposed coastal locations as it can shrug off salty winds. Requires minimal pruning and produces beautiful edible variegated fruits in fall that are popular with birds and pollinating insects. The profusion of heavily scented white flowers arrived in mid to late spring. The evergreen foliage is also useful for brightening up darker parts of a garden as it does well in partial shade. This plant is multi-stemmed and has a very interesting bark with lots of character that will add a sculptural feel to the garden. Also flowers in poor soil (Image: Alamy Stock Photo) This evergreen shrub has beautiful full spikes of funnel-shaped white and purple flowers in late spring. Understandably popular due to its tolerance of poor soil. It is compact and with its beautiful green leaves it is ideal for a border, windbreak or privacy screen up to 2.5m tall. Needs full sun or part shade. This showy deciduous tree or tall shrub looks fantastic in the multi-stemmed variety which is very sculptural. This one has good seasonal interest: the leaves are a uniform green but turn yellow, red and purple in the fall, striking when perhaps much of the garden is asleep! Small purple flowers appear in late winter/early spring on bare stalks resembling witch hazel adding another element. Stunning structural plants for topiary and hedges - this evergreen tree has also received the RHS Award for Garden Merit. It has very dark, uniform, matt foliage and the mature plants attain a nice velvety texture with regular pruning. If you have a large garden, it can grow to over 12m - but it can also be kept small with trimming and shaping. Richard's The Perennial Garden 'With Love' will be on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 24th to 28th May.


Arsenal's big mistake? Guimaraes reveals Gunners transfer failure as inquest into Champions League collapse begins

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday night to all but wipe out their chances of a place in the Champions League (Yazar: Gardener)

Champions LeagueThere was something ironic that Bruno Guimaraes scored the goal that all but ended Arsenal's Champions League dreams for another season. The Brazilian midfielder was a player everyone knew was available during the January transfer window. He could have been the kind of signing to see Mikel Arteta's side across the finish line in the race for the top four but Arsenal decided against it and allowed Newcastle to seal a deal for the Lyon star. Despite having their best chance in years in Champions League qualifying, the Gunners opted not to strengthen their squad at all ahead of the second half of the season. "We had a clear plan of what we could do, but then it had to be doable," Arteta said in defense of Arsenal's approach to the January window. It was very clear to us that we only want the best people and the best players at this club. "If the reasons for bringing a player on board weren't the right ones, we didn't do it." In a way, that's an admirable attitude and it's understandable that Arsenal mid-season were reluctant to simply sign someone. But there were quality players like Guimaraes and now, after Monday night's crushing 2-0 defeat at Newcastle, it's difficult not to look back to Arsenal's failure in January as the main reason for the disappointing end to the season. Finished last in the Champions League, Arteta's young and flimsy squad couldn't get the job done. Season-ending injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey were staggering and when Ben White and Gabriel Maghales both suffered hamstring problems during the warm-up Arsenal looked as if they had run out of breath. "We knew what was at stake, but we didn't master it," said Arteta after the defeat on Monday evening. "We didn't start, we never got into the game, we lost every duel. Following Thursday's defeat at Tottenham, the Gunners were win-or-lose when it came to securing a place in the Champions League. This was Arsenal's Cup final but they went down with a whimper after a Ben White own goal and a late Guimaraes strike. Newcastle, who splurged heavily in January and reshuffled their squad with five newcomers, looked set to be chasing the top four. Eddie Howe's side were revitalized and fresh, while Arsenal looked stale and tired. Approaching the January window always looked like a risk given what was at stake. Now, four months later, it looks like a gamble that has massively backfired. "We did what we could with what we were allowed to do," said Arteta when asked if he regretted not having strengthened his squad. After a dramatic season of ups and downs, Arsenal will surely have to settle for fifth place in the Premier League. "We have to be there if that chance arises," Arteta said. However, deep down he will know that the door to the Champions League is almost entirely closed. At the start of the season, fifth place would have been taken as a clear sign of progress for Arsenal, but the end of things will now leave a dark cloud over the Emirates as they head into summer. The club hierarchy has already shown their faith in Arteta by handing him a new contract, meaning the Spaniard's substitution before the new season is out of the question. But the way Arsenal buckled under the pressure at the crucial moment of the season has certainly called some of the manager's decisions into question. Tactically, he was overtaken by Antonio Conte in the north London derby and his second-half substitutions at Newcastle seemed to hinder rather than improve Arsenal. Arteta looked dejected after the final whistle and should Tottenham continue and claim fourth place as expected, he will need to pull himself and his players together somehow ahead of the new season. Nobody will know better than the Spaniard what Champions League football would have meant for Arsenal in the long run. The financial boost that would have come before the summer transfer window would have been huge and made it much easier to keep players like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli ahead of scheduled contract negotiations. Now the same questions remain that have plagued Arsenal for years. Does Arteta have what it takes to outsmart some of the best executives in the business? But ultimately, one of the main reasons Arsenal didn't come over the line this season was the decisions they made during the January transfer window. Arteta now has to deal with the consequences.


Mikel Arteta's Arsenal now have 'no chance' of the Champions League and I'm scared for them," says Jamie Carragher

Arsenal lost 2-0 at Newcastle meaning Tottenham need just a point against Norwich to secure fourth place ahead of Mikel Artetas' side; Jamie Carragher says he's scared for Arsenal while Gary Neville says he never trusted this team... (Yazar: Gardener)

Jamie CarragherArsenal's 2-0 defeat by Newcastle was a major blow to top-four hopes of Jamie Carragher, who now fears for Mikel Arteta. Ben White's own goal and late Bruno Guimaraes strike mean Arsenal remain two points behind Tottenham going into the final game of the season, with Spurs needing just a draw to finish fourth on their vastly superior goal difference. Asked if their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were over, Carragher said: "Yes. Spurs don't lose from that position. Arsenal know it. There's nobody in world football who thinks Arsenal will come out of Champions League football. Carragher." heavily criticized the performance at St James' Park as Newcastle dominated possession from the start and Arsenal struggled to muster much at the other end. "I thought they were terrible. And I've been a huge supporter of Mikel Arteta and this Arsenal team because ever since I started at Sky I've gotten tired of saying the same things about Arsenal. It was a cup final today, we know how important the Champions League is."To be so bad in the first half and then produce that in the second half is unacceptable. The defeat sends Arsenal into the Europa League and Carragher believes that will have far-reaching consequences for the Gunners - and their manager – will have." I think that's not just a problem this season, but I think it's a big problem for Mikel Arteta and this Arsenal team going forward," added Carragher. "Europa League next season, Thursday, Sunday. I think they had their chance this season - a big one - because they didn't have European football." They're not in the top four teams in the country, but they had a pre against the other teams and they still haven't paid it off. I fear for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta next season. "I think it's going to be difficult for him. I think this will be a game to look back on when he eventually leaves the club. "When Antonio Conte is having a bad time, you know he's at Chelsea and Inter Milan won the league. You feel like he's done it before and he knows what he's doing." Arteta has never done it before. I'm really scared for him next season and when Arsenal come Christmas time Finishing seventh or eighth in the Europa League with them puts a lot of pressure on his job Definitely at half-time," Neville told Monday Night Football. "It's a young side that doesn't have the experience or the character. But I thought they would come out and reply in the second half.Regarding the Premier League title race, Carragher has seen signs of Aston Villa - managed by his former Reds captain Steven Gerrard - threatening to beat Manchester City on the final day can cause problems. "Aston Villa have the kind of players who can make the kind of runs that Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen did," Carragher told Monday Night Football. "If you think of Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins, the problems they caused when they went down against Liverpool." However, Liverpool need a result against Southampton on Tuesday to bring the title race into the final day and with key players struggling for fitness after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, Carragher expects Jurgen Klopp to keep an eye on Real Madrid will. "I don't think Klopp will play against someone who is at risk of injury. I know Manchester City have dropped points and that opens the door slightly for Liverpool. People might say Premier League or Champions League, which is more important? But Liverpool." "I think if Liverpool play their best team in the Champions League final, they have an 80 per cent chance of winning that game, I really believe in that." "You have to remember that both Liverpool and Manchester City made big changes to their sides in the middle of the Champions League semi-finals, Liverpool at Newcastle and Manchester City at Leeds, that's how important the Champions League was to them." So it certainly won't be Full-strength Liverpool team most likely to face the crash - and help Everton stay on top "I think Everton will be fine, I believe that. Listen there will be a real panic if they don't get a good result against Crystal Palace but Everton need to remember where they were two weeks ago going into that Chelsea game when they were five points down. He is less confident that Leeds can get the win they may need at Brentford to stay out of the relegation zone. "I'm scared for Leeds. I think Burnley can get something out of the next two games, be it Aston Villa or the last game against Newcastle. I just think Leeds will go down."


Arsenal are being washed away while resurgent Newcastle ride a wave of fan fervor

For the second game in a row, Mikel Arteta's players were thrown off balance by a raucous home crowd (Yazar: Gardener)

NewcastleAfter a season of gentle optimism, global improvement and reasons to believe, it felt like it was all coming down to this. The question was whether Mikel Arteta's best Jose Mourinho impression after the north London derby, demonstratively avoiding explicit comments and covering up his Arsenal players by making himself history, should have the desired effect. In a season where the Spaniard's team gave many half-answers, they did it again at St James' Park. The schedule and the occasion called for it and if there was ever a night Arsenal could show that they had truly changed and become a strong team, this was it. This wasn't quite the bear pit they faced in N19 last week (and that initially inspired them), but it wasn't a million miles from when the game started, in an arena that's been closing again of late Returning to their most vibrant best was the departure of Mike Ashley in the autumn - with a crowd poised to celebrate the Newcastle United side's powerful resurgence in 2022 ahead of a summer of unusual optimism. The suspicion was Aaron Ramsdale's warmly acclaimed slip in the opening seconds as he pointed the way to the mishap to come on his opening clearance of the evening and Arsenal began nervously. The inclusion of Ben White and Gabriel in defense had heightened pre-game optimism that they were arriving north with composure and fortitude, even if there were suspicions Arteta was taking a justifiable risk on their fitness. In the early stages, Takehiro Tomiyasu peered cautiously over his shoulder at the lurking Allan Saint-Maximin and if he was facing the right direction it might have been the wrong man as the home side used every possible space behind the right. back through an advancing Matt Targett and Callum Wilson. It was in this corridor of uncertainty that the returning White was given a caution in the eighth minute after failing to spot Wilson's run quickly enough and clipping it. It was clear Newcastle weren't here to gently milk the applause, as an irritated exchange between Wilson and Gabriel in the far corner before the 20-minute mark had pointed out. They pushed back their visitors with increasing rhythm, and one wondered how Arteta could have appreciated a player with the personality of Newcastle's newly-crowned club player of the year Joelinton in the center of the pitch, winning balls and driving his team forward with panache. What Arsenal did was defend with hearts, with White clearing in front of the line after a low delivery from Emil Krafth. The early ring rust gave way to genuine determination, even if the ability to pose a threat on the other end was few and far between. Arsenal fended off the home side's set pieces with courage and conviction in the first half, which was good work as there were many to deal with. At the other end, a couple of typically quick shots from Bukayo Saka were the Gunners' best chance to escape from their own half and move up the pitch, with the England winger their only option to attack the threat. Dan Burn's block from a Saka cross was the first time Arsenal made a truly threatening effort into the home side's penalty area, before cutting in again and securing a save, albeit a comfortable one, from Martin Dúbravka. The Arsenal manager decided early in the second half that the inventive talent required was certainly not enough when Gabriel Martinelli promptly came on to replace the almost invisible Emile Smith Rowe and the Brazilian immediately added some panache to his team. But Wilson's opening goal, created by Joelinton's unstoppable attack down the left – in the gap left by the struggling Tomiyasu, who was eliminated late in the first half – and deftly bounced off the near post, snatched the momentum from them. Arteta, a typically nervous presence throughout the touchline, threw the kitchen sink at it, with the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepé his team left what resembled a front five. Worse was to come when Bruno Guimarães, a former Arsenal target, heroically blocked a shot from Martin Ødegaard on one end and pocketed a second almost immediately after Ramsdale thwarted the excellent Wilson.