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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side end the home season with a rout

Rangers defeated Ross County 4-1 in their final home game of the season; Goals from Scott Wright, James Tavernier, Fasion Sakala Jr. and Amad Diallo sealed the win; The Gers have the Europa League final next Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst'sEuropa League finalists Rangers bid farewell to Ibrox for the season with a routine 4-1 win over Ross County. On a night when Old Firm rivals Celtic officially regained the Premiership title with a 1-1 draw with Dundee United in Tannadice, the Light Blues kept things rolling towards Sevilla. Attacker Scott Wright opened the scoring in the 13th minute before skipper James Tavernier won and converted a penalty in the 28th minute. Although Staggies substitute Jordan White closed the gap with a terrific finish in the 72nd minute, Rangers substitutes Fashion Sakala and Amad Diallo struck late. While there is one final league game against Hearts in the Scottish Cup on Saturday in Tynecastle, Rangers are concentrating entirely on the Europa League final against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt next Wednesday evening, before taking on the Jambos at Hampden Park three days later. Rangers had long since come to terms with losing their title, but questions about that are for another day. Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst returned to a very strong line-up after numerous changes for Sunday's home win against Dundee United. Allan McGregor, Calvin Bassey, Glen Kamara, John Lundstram, Joe Aribo - again playing as a false nine - and Ryan Kent returned, while 18-year-old midfielder Alex Lowry made his second start. County manager Malky Mackay made four substitutions, including top scorer Regan Charles-Cook, while Dominic Samuel, Joseph Hungbo, Jack Burroughs and Keith Watson came to the visiting side, who spent most of the game in backcourt. In the eighth minute, county goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw brilliantly blocked a close-range shot from Lundstram after an assist from Aribo. A left corner from left-back Borna Barisic was headed in by centre-back Connor Goldson to volley Wright from six yards into the goal. Rangers continued to play in County's half, looking left and right for goal number two, which came from the penalty spot. Tavernier played a one-two with Lowry in the box and was tripped up by defender Alex Iacovitti. The prolific full-back scrambled to his feet and deflected the penalty past Laidlaw to score in his third straight game, taking his tally for the season to a remarkable 18. Traffic stayed one-way and five minutes before the break terrific block by Dingwall defenseman Jake Vokins denied Aribo's shot from Wright's cut-back test on Laidlaw. Leon Balogun and Diallo replaced Barisic and Aribo early in the second half, and in the 52nd minute Balogun's header from Tavernier's deep free-kick bounced off the post, allowing the Highlanders to escape punishment. Goldson headed a Tavernier corner over the bar 10 minutes later but by then much of Rangers' momentum had evaporated and they were caught when White, who came on for Ross Callachan on the hour, curled a shot from 20 yards past McGregor, to inject some fear into the stands. But Sakala, who came on for Kent after 61 minutes, headed in a Tavernier corner to make it 3-1 before Bassey set up Diallo for a tap-in seconds from time. We started the game very well. We should have scored more than two goals. In the second half we made changes and brought them back into play. In the last 15 minutes we scored two extra goals. “I see a lot of talent in Alex Lowry. He's one of those players who are here to play and be important in the future. He's moving well and can play in midfield and on the flanks.” I think Ryan [Jack] is doing better and I'm hoping to get him back on the training ground this weekend. It's a European final, if we can have Kemar and Ryan on the bench then we have to take the chance. “I think the biggest difference [in the title race] is that they [Celtic] have more points. We had a good time in the league and their winning streak was long. We have to be ready and recover if we start from scratch. We have to fight to get another title."

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3 topics of conversation as Rangers shrug off title loss and prepare for Sevilla with Ross County

It was an enjoyable evening for Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his men on the night they were dethroned as Scottish champions but have Seville on their minds. (Author: Gardener)

RangersRangers beat their sparring partner as they continued to warm up to challenge for the European title on the night they lost their home crown. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men secured the win over Ross County as they remained focused just seven days before Sevilla's showdown against Eintracht Frankfurt. Scott Wright's sixth of the season and an 18th for James Tavernier - again from the penalty spot - had the hosts in cruise control at the break. But the Staggies, having bid very little, pulled one back through substitute Jordan White before substitutes Fashion Sakala and Amad Diallo intervened on goal. Wright lost possession for County's goal and later walked away with an ice pack, with Borna Barisic also looking like he had trouble staying in at the break. Van Bronckhorst resisted the temptation to leave out important men, but youngster Alex Lowry got the start fans were dying to see. For the home team, the game was meaningless in the league, but the guests were chasing a European Championship place and, surprisingly, top scorer Regan Charles-Cook was left on the bench, although he has not scored since February. Borna Barisic floated in a corner and Connor Goldson threw a header towards goal and Wright was there to parry it. He was brought in by Wright and Alex Iacovitti was late with his challenge as he pulled out the full bak and Tavernier made no mistake on the spot. Amad Diallo and Leon Balogun were introduced on the break while Joe Aribo and Borna Barisic were withdrawn. And Balogun was almost on the archway early in the second half when his header came off the post from Tavernier's free-kick. Wright was lucky not to suffer a more serious injury as Jake Vokins roughly challenged the Gers top scorer and fashion substitute Sakala after another shock from Keith Watson. County pulled one back in style but it was a poor play from Wright who conceded possession to Charles-Cook who came on as a substitute and he fed White who scored a brilliant goal. But Sakala made sure there was no late wobble as he got to the end of Tavernier's corner to head home before fellow sub-mate Diallo converted Calvin Bassey's cross to complete the defeat. It was the final home game of an ultimately disappointing league campaign but Rangers fans chanted that they were on their way to Seville. The Europa League final put the fans in a good mood and they were back in Spanish party mode. Giovanni van Bronckhorst is likely to give his big guns a rest when they take on Hearts in their final game in a Scottish Cup dress rehearsal on Saturday. It was just a question of when Rangers would officially lose their Scottish Premiership crown and that was the night it finally happened with Celtics drawing against Tannadice in the penultimate league game. That scenario didn't seem likely early in the season and any other circumstance would result in a major investigation. If winning the Europa League - and for some even just reaching the final - is the price of giving up the title, then many fans would have accepted that price before a ball was kicked. In isolation, however, the season in the Scottish Premiership has been a huge disappointment after last season's euphoria. Ross County were hugely disappointing considering what was at stake for the Highlanders chasing a European spot, despite picking up in the second half when Gers took their foot off the accelerator. Jake Vokins and Keith Watson were both guilty of tackles from which Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala luckily escaped unhurt. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side did not set their sights on Sevilla a week early as they were professional through and through. They should have arrived at Govan to put pressure on Gers as their minds might have been on the Europa League final. The league's top scorer, Regan Charles-Cook, surprisingly stayed on the bench. Regardless of what happened here, it's been a stellar season for the Staggies, but their fans would have expected them to try harder.

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Wolves versus Manchester City, Leeds versus Chelsea and Celtic are all in contention for the Scottish title

Clockwatch: Join Michael Butler for updates from the Premier League and Scottish Premier League on a busy football night (Author: Gardener)

ScottishThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Clockwatch: Join Michael Butler for updates from the Premier League and Scottish Premier League on a busy football night. Surely that's game over? Chelsea break in on the right, James feeds Jorginho inside. The Italian pushes it through to Mount, who flicks around the corner to Pulisic and the American has all the time in the world to find his place at the edge of the area. Pulisic's compatriot Marsch looks like a battered man. 21 – No English player has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than @ChelseaFC's Mason Mount (11 goals, 10 assists). Christian Pulisic scores Chelsea's second goal home. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images Everton are pushing for the opener but Watford's 39-year-old stopper flies left to parry a deflected effort from Richarlison. It is a goal made of absolutely nothing and all by himself. De Bruyne snatches the ball from Neves, drives into space and left-footed a howitzer deep in the bottom corner before dropping the Haaland cheer to safety. It's a 17-minute hat-trick for the Belgian and his first since 2011 when he played for Genk. Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his hat trick. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images @michaelbutler18 For the first few years after De Bruyne came to Man City, I always thought he was left-footed. It wasn't until a year or two ago that I discovered he was right footed. That's your answer exactly - Bryan Tisinger (@BryTyHokie) May 11, 2022 Inter are halfway to winning the Coppa Italia final! Celtic will surely be crowned champions tonight, now! Giakoumakis breaks out of the stalemate and now has a lead when they just need a draw. Postecoglou stands stoically on the sidelines while Celtic fans go mad away. Giorgos Giakoumakis is heading home and Celtic now have a secure hand in the Premiership trophy. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images De Bruyne makes the difference again. Wolves just can't hold back City's No. 17, who pauses from the deep and flicks the ball towards Sterling. The Englishman fails to reach the ball, which bounces off a rushing José Sá and De Bruyne devours the rebound: his shot is deflected from the penalty spot into the top corner. City are three points clear at the top of the table again if this continues. Kevin De Bruyne gives the visitors the lead for the second time of the evening. Photo: Rui Vieira/AP A giant goal at the top of the table! Manchester City are on course to regain a three-point lead over Liverpool! It's a brilliant goal from De Bruyne, who plays a clean one-two with Bernardo Silva before drilling a left foot through José Sá. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores the opening goal. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images It's not the result Frank Lampard will want but the Leeds defeat could be another crucial point in the relegation battle. A stunning Wolves counterattack punishes the league leaders. Jimenez wins the ball in midfield and lets Pedro Neto free on the left. The Portuguese speedster flies into the city box and completes Dendoncker's perfect cut, gaining 50-60 yards to finish off the edge of his foot for the first time. Leander Dendoncker brings the hosts back to balance. Photo Credit: Jack Thomas/WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images Dendoncker (right) celebrates with Pedro Neto (left). Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images Manchester City keeper Ederson looks dejected after conceding the equaliser. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters It was a bad game at King Power. See also: 'Wagatha Christie' trial: Rebekah Vardy denies willing to lie under oath Wolves 1-2 Manchester City: De Bruyne leads show It's not just his two goals. Inter take the lead in the Coppa Italia final! Barella whips an R2 finish into the corner from outside the box. What a goal! A brilliant performance by Nicolò Barella to give Inter an early lead in the Coppa Italia final 🔵⚫ pic.twitter.com/AFTsVijeXz - Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) May 11, 2022 Internazionale's Nicolo Barella strikes home the opening goal. Photo: Isabella Bonotto/AFP/Getty Images Pedro Neto is a Champions League caliber footballer and I will not hear otherwise. It's nice to see him back in good form after his injury. Who has the better weak foot? Son Heung-min or Kevin De Bruyne? I'm happy to say that the supporter who caused a three-minute delay at the start of half-time is conscious and being treated by medical staff. Remember Celtic only need a draw tonight to seal the Scottish Premiership title! Goal No. 18 of the season for the right-back. Rangers are doing everything they can but remain six points and now just 19 goals behind Celtic with two to play. Wright comes home from close range after a shot by Goldson on a corner. Rangers' Scott Wright rolls away jubilantly after opening the shot on goal. Photo: Mark Runnacles/Shutterstock Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: The game was stopped as there appeared to be a medical emergency in the crowd. Let's hope for good news. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: Lukaku has chalked a goal. A really sweet finish from the Belgian, who lobbed Meslier nicely after a clean run but was correctly ruled offside. two minutes later, Lukaku shoots a cross from Reece James just wide of the far post. The big man looks like he got his mojo back after scoring two goals over the weekend. Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku (right) heads the ball past Leeds United's Diego Llorente and wide of the post. Photo: Jon Super/AP Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: Things are getting worse and worse for Leeds. One goal down, one man down and now Jack Harrison has to go. Watford 0-0 Everton: Chance for Iwobi, who sees an attempt for a corner deflected. But a good game at Vicarage Road. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: Kovacic must be withdrawn. That 'tackle' from James has left the midfielder unable to continue. Half an hour away. Dan James is sent off! Oh Leeds! A smooth red for the Welshman who made a terrible challenge for Kovacic. James looks shocked at the sacking but there's no doubt it was a dangerous tackle. James caught Kovacic high, halfway up the shin and flew in with some force. Could easily have been a leg breaker but luckily Kovacic will be fine to continue. Marsch looks absolutely clueless, but maybe it's his attacker's actions. There was no need for him to make that tackle that was in Chelsea's half. Play one on zero and 10 men. Dundee United 0-0 Celtic: After a busy start for the visitors, United have developed into the game at Tannadice. Joe Hart has just walkedabout to the center line to stop a Dundee United counterattack. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters Celtic have so much to offer in 2022. Grimm. — Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) May 11, 2022 Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: They're scared for Leeds. Mount sees another shot blocked by Pulisic down the left after a good job. The home team only had 35% possession in those first 10 minutes. Leeds fans dazzled by Chelsea's sparkling start, shield their eyes from the setting sun. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Leeds - Chelsea 0: 1: The home team has calmed down a bit. They earn a free-kick on the edge of Chelsea's box but the Blues smash the cross away. Remember Leeds scored from a corner against Arsenal. James (Reece, not Dan) finds some space on the right, drives into the box and puts the ball back to Mount, who comes at it with pace and has his first pearler, curling into the top corner. Could Meslier have done better in his brief post? Probably not, that's what the stamp said. Mount puts his hands to the ears of the home faithful. Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring his first goal with Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters There is also an interesting match in Germany where Borussia Mönchengladbach play the Ukrainian national team in a friendly. Here's some background information courtesy of the Bundesliga website: It will be Ukraine's first game since the Russian invasion and will not only raise money to help war-stricken Ukrainians, but also as a warm-up for the FIFA world of the team will serve Cup Qatar 2022 in the semi-final play-off against Scotland on June 1st. Nationals of Ukraine wishing to attend the game can do so free of charge and the international senior team will be official guests of Gladbach after the game, staying at the hotel's Borussia Park hotel and being able to use the club's training ground from 10am to 12 noon . "We are very happy to be able to help the Ukrainian Football Union with this game and hope that as many football fans from all over the country as possible will come to the stadium and donate to a good cause by buying a ticket for the game. All Ukrainian citizens have free entry to the game," said Borussia Managing Director Stephan Schippers. "Out of curiosity, any clue as to why there are markings on the Leeds pitch?" asks Martin Shields via email. "Is it easy to tell Leeds players where to stand while Chelsea work the ball around and through them?" That will be the Challenge Cup semi-finals at Elland Road last week. Maybe Leeds could have put a couple of those guys from the league on the goal line tonight. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: A sad start from Leeds whose game plan probably went out of the window in the opening minutes. Lukaku will relish the opportunity to score some goals tonight. Chelsea seem to be in the mood. Kovacic threatens to go through Leeds defense before a crucial tackle from Phillips stops the Croatian. We're headed into the 7:30pm kick-offs including Leeds v Chelsea and Dundee United v Celtic. City's well-documented defensive problems mean Fernandinho, 37 years young, starts at center-back tonight. He has not played there since 2020. Frank Lampard and Everton are hoping for an easy three points tonight. It's a big night for Lewis Bate. The 19-year-old spent 10 years at Chelsea in the academy but never played for the first-team. He joined Leeds for £1.5million last summer and tonight is his first Premier League start. In his only other Premier League appearance against West Ham in January, he came on as a 22nd-minute substitute before being substituted just after the hour mark. The youngster must have done something good in training to convince Marsch he's right against his former club tonight. Lewis Bate in action against West Ham in January. Photo: Malcolm Bryce/ProSports/Shutterstock I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different times. I try to think about how they fit me and how we play football. The key is to understand which messages to use at the right time. I use things that appeal to me...there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like John F. Kennedy. Jesse Marsch was in fine form ahead of Leeds' big game tonight. Unsurprisingly it made up the main part of the Fiver tonight. Related: The Fiver | Bring Mother Teresa into the white-hot heat of a relegation battle What a night of club football we have in store for you tonight. With the exception of Leicester v Norwich, which is a stone cold dead rubber, there's something juicy about all the Premier League games tonight. Namely, of course, the league title, with Manchester City trying to restore their three-point lead over Liverpool with a trip to the Europa-Jagdwolfen. The early is a game that screams the 1960s: Leeds vs. Chelsea. Put simply, it's a titanic game at Elland Road, with Leeds going up against Burnley and Everton on a miserable goal difference in the last three games of the season – Everton travel to the already doomed Watford tonight. Brighton and Brentford should offer Leeds easier tests but it's an excellent time to play against Chelsea who now risk blowing it up spectacularly. Elsewhere we will also cover Fitba with Celtic capable of winning the title at Dundee United tonight. It's a formality indeed as the Bhoys lead Rangers by six points and 20 goals with two games to go but a draw or win tonight (or if Rangers don't win) will seal the trophy for Ange Postecoglou and company. Boris Johnson's calls for tax cuts are downplayed by the Treasury

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Wolves versus Manchester City, Leeds versus Chelsea and Celtic are all in contention for the Scottish title

Clockwatch: Join Michael Butler for updates from the Premier League and Scottish Premier League on a busy football night (Author: Gardener)

ScottishThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Clockwatch: Join Michael Butler for updates from the Premier League and Scottish Premier League on a busy football night. Dundee United 0-0 Celtic: After a busy start for the visitors, United have developed into the game at Tannadice. Joe Hart has just walkedabout to the center line to stop a Dundee United counterattack. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters Oh, Leeds! A smooth red for the Welshman who made a terrible challenge for Kovacic. James looks shocked at the sacking but there's no doubt it was a dangerous tackle. James caught Kovacic high, halfway up the shin and flew in with some force. Could easily have been a leg breaker but luckily Kovacic will be fine to continue. Marsch looks absolutely clueless, but maybe it's his attacker's actions. There was no need for him to make that tackle that was in Chelsea's half. Play one on zero and 10 men. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: They fear for Leeds. You look so nervous. Mount sees another shot blocked by Pulisic down the left after a good job. The home team only had 35% possession in those first 10 minutes. Leeds fans dazzled by Chelsea's sparkling start, shield their eyes from the setting sun. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Leeds - Chelsea 0: 1: The home team has calmed down a bit. They earn a free-kick on the edge of Chelsea's box but the Blues smash the cross away. Remember Leeds scored from a corner against Arsenal. James (Reece, not Dan) finds some space on the right, drives into the box and puts the ball back to Mount, who comes at it with pace and has his first pearler, curling into the top corner. Probably not, that's what the stamp said. Mount puts his hands to the ears of the home faithful. Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring his first goal with Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters The 7.45pm kick-offs are also underway. Also in Germany there is an interesting game where Borussia Mönchengladbach plays in a friendly game against the national team of Ukraine. Here's some background information courtesy of the Bundesliga website: It will be Ukraine's first game since the Russian invasion and will not only raise money to help war-stricken Ukrainians, but also as a warm-up for the FIFA world of the team will serve Cup Qatar 2022 in the semi-final play-off against Scotland on June 1st. Nationals of Ukraine wishing to attend the game can do so free of charge and the international senior team will be official guests of Gladbach after the game, staying at the hotel's Borussia Park hotel and being able to use the club's training ground from 10am to 12 noon . "We are very happy to be able to help the Ukrainian Football Union with this game and hope that as many football fans from all over the country as possible will come to the stadium and donate to a good cause by buying a ticket for the game. All Ukrainian citizens have free entry to the game," said Borussia Managing Director Stephan Schippers. "Out of curiosity, any clue as to why there are markings on the Leeds pitch?" asks Martin Shields via email. "Is it easy to tell Leeds players where to stand while Chelsea work the ball around and through them?" That will be the Challenge Cup semi-finals at Elland Road last week. Maybe Leeds could have put a couple of those guys from the league on the goal line tonight. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: A sad start from Leeds whose game plan probably went out of the window in the opening minutes. Lukaku will relish the opportunity to score some goals tonight. Chelsea seem to be in the mood. Kovacic threatens to go through Leeds defense before a crucial tackle from Phillips stops the Croatian. We're headed into the 7:30pm kick-offs including Leeds v Chelsea and Dundee United v Celtic. City's well-documented defensive problems mean Fernandinho, 37 years young, starts at center-back tonight. He has not played there since 2020. Watford manager Roy Hodgson, soon to be former Watford manager Roy Hodgson, did so at Crystal Palace on Saturday; one of the funnest moments of this season for me. Frank Lampard and Everton are hoping for an easy three points tonight. It's a big night for Lewis Bate. The 19-year-old spent 10 years at Chelsea in the academy but never played for the first-team. He joined Leeds for £1.5million last summer and tonight is his first Premier League start. In his only other Premier League appearance against West Ham in January, he came on as a 22nd-minute substitute before being substituted just after the hour mark. The youngster must have done something good in training to convince Marsch he's right against his former club tonight. Lewis Bate in action against West Ham in January. Photo: Malcolm Bryce/ProSports/Shutterstock I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different times. I try to think about how they fit me and how we play football. I love quotes and learning from people in the past. The key is to understand which messages to use at the right time. I use things that appeal to me...there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like John F. Kennedy. Jesse Marsch was in fine form ahead of Leeds' big game tonight. Unsurprisingly it made up the main part of the Fiver tonight. Related: The Fiver | Bring Mother Teresa into the white-hot heat of a relegation battle What a night of club football we have in store for you tonight. With the exception of Leicester v Norwich, which is a stone cold dead rubber, there's something juicy about all the Premier League games tonight. Namely, of course, the league title, with Manchester City trying to restore their three-point lead over Liverpool with a trip to the Europa-Jagdwolfen. The early is a game that screams the 1960s: Leeds vs. Chelsea. Put simply, it's a titanic game at Elland Road, with Leeds going up against Burnley and Everton on a miserable goal difference in the last three games of the season – Everton travel to the already doomed Watford tonight. Brighton and Brentford should offer Leeds easier tests but it's an excellent time to play against Chelsea who now risk blowing it up spectacularly. Elsewhere we will also cover Fitba with Celtic capable of winning the title at Dundee United tonight. It's a formality indeed as the Bhoys lead Rangers by six points and 20 goals with two games to go but a draw or win tonight (or if Rangers don't win) will seal the trophy for Ange Postecoglou and company. 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Luis Diaz's mother on what the Liverpool striker has said about the manager and players

Liverpool supporters have fallen in love with Luis Diaz since the Reds signed the Colombian from two-time European champions Porto in a £50m deal four months ago (Author: Gardener)

Luis Diaz'sLiverpool supporters have fallen in love with Luis Diaz since the Reds signed the Colombian from two-time European champions Porto four months ago in a £50m deal that brought him to the dressing room with open arms. The 25-year-old Colombian has made an immediate impression at Anfield since leaving Porto in January. He has scored six goals and provided four assists for Liverpool this season, securing a deal with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Diaz was part of Jurgen Klopp's side that won the EFL Cup in February as the Reds aim to become the first English team in history to win a quadruple. They are in the FA Cup and Champions League finals, played against Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively, and are runners-up in the Premier League when the run-in reaches its final. "He's becoming more mature; I see him more composed in everything he does, very disciplined in everything," said Diaz's mother, as quoted by Colombian magazine Semana. He is loving with his father, with everyone, we talk every day. He tells me, 'Mom, you are the best mom in the world; I love you very much'. He doesn't hold grudges against anyone because he's always been simple, humble since childhood; I've seen him like this since I was a kid. "He tells me: 'The manager likes me; when I play my games he hugs me' - and he gets along well with his team-mates. They welcome him because he is who he is." Luis Diaz's mother spoke on Colombian television about her son's influence in Liverpool. Is Luis Diaz one of Liverpool's top three strikers? Diaz is having the season of his life. He scored 16 goals in Porto before joining Liverpool in a deal worth up to £50m. Porto won the Portuguese league title thanks in part to his efforts, earning him a second winner's medal in the competition. Diaz helped Colombia reach the semi-finals of the Copa America last summer. It was a great start to a new season. "It was really special with Luis that when we saw him we knew he was going to pass straight away," Klopp told Sky Sports in March. "He was in a really good moment with Porto, playing well for Colombia and so he came here full of confidence. But we tried to make sure he didn't lose that because of the playbook like we tell him he has." Klopp added: "It was clear from the moment we saw him that he was going to be a player who could play straight away... whatever happens between now and May his message is that the story of Luis Diaz has just started: “Nothing has happened yet.

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Expert reveals 2022 English Premier League selection for May 12

Martin Green completed his best bets in the English Premier League for Tottenham against Arsenal on Thursday 12th May (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueTottenham are running out of time to move into a coveted place in the top four as they prepare to host Arsenal in a critical English Premier League game on Thursday. Tottenham (19-5-11) are fifth in the EPL table, four points adrift in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League with three games to go. Arsenal (21-3-11) are looking to secure a place in the top four for the first time since 2017 as they finished fifth in a 20-year streak of Champions League appearances. The Gunners have won four straight league games, most recently a 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday, while Spurs drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday. Arsenal won the last North London derby of the season with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium in September. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Caesars Sportsbook lists Spurs as +114 favorites (risk $100 to win $114) on the 90-minute moneyline in their most recent Tottenham vs. A tie +250 and the over-under for total goals scored fixed at 2.5. Tottenham picks, you'll have to see what proven football insider Martin Green has to say. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sportswriter and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Green has generated nearly $37,000 on $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he's at the heart of the game around the world. Now Green has broken down Arsenal vs. Here are the betting lines and trends for Tottenham vs. * TOT: has 11 goals in 16 career games against Gunners Spurs, should bring some confidence after their draw against Liverpool as manager Antonio Conte's tactics paid off against the EPL's second-placed team . Spurs had several chances on the break and Son Heung-min scored his 20th goal of the season. Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot last season, has 13 goals in league games and 21 overall. He and Son could pose problems for a defense that has scored 11 goals in their last seven games. The Gunners have not won an away game against Tottenham since 2014 and seven of their 11 losses this season have come away. Spurs, meanwhile, have 34 points from 17 home games, the fifth-best mark in the league. They'll be on fire and have strong crowd support for a game to win and they've scored four goals more and two goals less than Arsenal. Arsenal also know a draw could be enough so the Gunners could just focus on stopping Tottenham's big two. Arsenal had seven of their 12 shots on target and Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both scored. Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah has thrived in his five league games since becoming a regular. He has twice scored twice in his last four games, in victories against Chelsea and Leeds. Martin Odegaard also plays a key role in midfield, having scored six goals and provided four assists. Arsenal are third in the Premier League with 536 shots, almost 100 more than Spurs. Saka is fifth in the EPL with 86 shots and second on the team with six assists. Green has scrutinized the Arsenal-Tottenham game from every angle and he's leaning down on the goal total. He also offers his three confident best bets, two of which offer plus money payouts, and has a full breakdown of the game. He only shares his expert Premier League tips on SportsLine. So who will win Tottenham vs. Visit SportsLine now to see the best Arsenal vs. Tottenham bets, all from the European soccer pundits who has generated almost $37,000 for $100 bettors over the last four seasons and find it out.

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Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner must resign if fined over Beergate claims - UK politics as it happened

Latest updates: Labor leader promises to resign if Durham police fine him; The Labor Deputy Leader also says she will quit if she gets FPN (Author: Gardener)

Keir StarmerShe was just asked what Keir Starmer would do if Durham Police said he was probably breaking the rules but didn't fine him (like they did with Dominic Cummings). Starmer was slightly evasive when asked about it at his mini press conference. (See 4:20 p.m.) Thornberry said police would not conclude that Starmer broke the rules. But then she also said that she didn't think a Cummings-type outcome was likely in this case. She said Durham Police have (reportedly) six officers working on the case. That doesn't apply to Cummings, she said. She implied that if they concluded that Starmer broke the law, they would have to issue a fine. Three reasons Starmer's promise to resign if fined might impress votersKeir Starmer is often portrayed as a boring politician. But as Labor leader he has produced at least two moments of greatest political drama: first, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn (when was the last time a major party leader kicked out a predecessor?), and today, a promise to resign if he is fined over Beergate will. No one makes such a commitment from a position of strength, and the merits of Starmer's move are hotly debated. But the way he announced it was polished, and many people should be impressed for three reasons. From Johnson, the same sentence would sound more like the punch line for a gag. Second, Starmer sounded like a prime minister. It may not be smart, but it's certainly brave. This announcement also puts enormous pressure on Durham Police who are now in a position to decide the fate of the opposition leader. This can make them think twice about imposing a fine (assuming they ever get to the point where they could - it still seems far more likely that they will decide that this event will mark the threshold for the assessment of the violation of the law). But it is also possible that the police may see this as an attempt to persuade her to give a pro-Labour verdict and will therefore pursue the case more vigorously. Here are the key points. Starmer confirmed he will resign if fined by Durham Police for breaking lockdown rules. But he refused to commit to resigning when Durham Police said he broke lockdown rules but was not fined. (See 4:20 p.m.) This is not a far-fetched hypothesis, as that is exactly what Durham Police did in relation to Dominic Cummings. He emphasized that he says this because it is a matter of honor for him. Politicians who make laws should respect the law, he said. Highlighting a contrast to Boris Johnson, he condemned "this cynical belief that all politicians are equal" and said he wanted to show him wrong. For me, this is a matter of principle and a matter of honour. And I stand for honor and integrity and the belief that politics is a force for good, and we shouldn't all be carried away by this cynical belief that all politicians are equal. We've seen 50 fines down Downing Street, we've seen a Prime Minister who won't resign. And to this day I've explained how I'm different. He claimed that even his accusers (some Tory MPs and newspapers) probably didn't believe he was someone who casually broke the rules. He reiterated his belief that no laws were broken at the Durham event. I just ate something while working late at night, as any politician would do days before an election.Sir Keir Starmer making his statement to three television journalists: (left to right) Ben Wright, Libby Wiener and Beth Rigby . Full text of Starmer's statement offering to step down if he is fined for breaking lockdown rulesHere is the full text of Keir Starmer's opening statement. Ever since the first Covid lockdown, I've always played by the rules. People had a right to expect politicians to follow the same rules as everyone else. When my mother-in-law died suddenly just before the first lockdown, my wife and I were unable to offer her father the support she wanted afterwards because we followed the rules. We've all found following these rules frustrating at times, and I'm no exception. I have had to isolate myself six times during Covid which has pulled me away from my work and the things I love. But I did it because we played by the rules. But I did it because we played by the rules. The idea that I would then casually break those rules is wrong, and to be honest, I don't think those who accuse me believe that themselves. They're just trying to stir up cynicism to make the public believe all politicians are equal. I believe in honor, integrity and the principle that those who make laws must obey them. And I believe that politicians who undermine that principle undermine trust in politics, undermine our democracy and undermine Britain. I am absolutely clear that no laws have been broken. I am absolutely clear that no laws have been broken. I am absolutely clear that no laws have been broken. I just ate late at night while at work like any politician would do days before an election. I just ate late at night while at work like any politician would do days before an election. But if the police gave me a fine, I would of course do the right thing and resign. But if the police gave me a fine, I would of course do the right thing and resign. It matters because the British public deserves politicians who believe the rules apply to them. Rayner also says she will resign if she is fined over Beergate. In a statement, she said: "It was always clear to me that I was working in my capacity as Deputy Director at the Durham event and that no rules were being broken. Eating during a long work day wasn't against the rules. We have a Prime Minister who was found to have broken the rules, lied about it and then been fined. If I were fined, I would do the right thing and resign. Starmer will not commit to resigning if Durham Police say he broke rules but did not fine him. The last question is perhaps the most important. Q: What will you do if Durham Police don't issue a fine but say you broke the rules anyway? The penalty for a Covid breach is a fixed penalty. And I have set out what the position is on that. He seems to be arguing that if the penalty for breaking the rules is a fine, if he doesn't get a fine, he hasn't broken the rules. And that was it. Q: Do you accept that you were hasty in saying that the Prime Minister should resign when he was under investigation? Starmer says PM has not resigned despite more than 50 fines handed down. I justify my position in relation to the events of the past few days. The PM has chosen not to resign despite not only violating the law he enacted, but also handing out 50 fines related to the job he is responsible for. But it is very important that the public does not think that all politicians are the same and that is why I have set out my position on honor and integrity. Q: But he wasn't fined when you said to resign? Starmer says PM wants people to think politicians are all the same. You are not. He was found guilty, found to be breaking the law. I think now over 50 fines in relation to Downing Street and the Prime Minister has not resigned. He and others in his party want the public to believe that we are all equal, that we will all act that way. I am here to clarify that is not the case. Q: How angry and embarrassed are you about this? Starmer says no rules were broken. But if he gets a fine, he will resign. Q: Do you think people in the Labor Party are trying to undermine you? Starmer says he believes in integrity. This is my decision as to what is right under the circumstances. No rules were broken, I said that with great clarity. It's about what I believe in politics. I believe in integrity, and integrity requires that I follow the procedures outlined here if I receive a fine in this case. Starmer says he doesn't think even his accusers would believe he would casually break Covid rules. Keir Starmer says the British people have made heartbreaking sacrifices during Covid. People were right to expect politicians to follow the same rules as everyone else, he says. Everyone found the rules frustrating. He had to isolate himself six times. The idea that he would then casually break those rules is wrong - and to be honest, I don't think those who accuse me believe that themselves. They only feed cynicism, he says. But he says he believes in honor. Politicians who foster cynicism undermine democracy and our politics. If Durham Police were to fine Keir Starmer for breaking lockdown rules the case would be clear for his resignation as he said Boris Johnson should resign if he was fined. Starmer is expected to confirm this later this afternoon. But as explained (see 10.39am), Durham Police have said in the past their general approach is not to issue retrospective fines for lockdown breaches. In the case of Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle in 2020, it instead issued a statement saying Cummings likely committed a minor breach of the rules. Here's what it said: Durham Police have investigated the circumstances of the trip to Barnard Castle (including ANPR [Automatic Number Plate Recognition], witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings' press conference on 25 May 2020) and have concluded that this was the The case might have been a minor breach of the rules that would have warranted police intervention. Durham Police consider this minor as there is no apparent breach of social distancing. Had a Durham Police officer stopped Mr Cummings from driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer would have spoken to him and, having established the facts, would likely have advised Mr Cummings to return to the Durham address to offer advice on the dangers of travel during the pandemic crisis. Had this advice been accepted by Mr Cummings, no enforcement action would have been taken. What would Starmer do if Durham Police made such a ruling? It wouldn't exonerate him, but should he have to resign because of a 'possibly minor injury'? Starmer will be under pressure to sort this out this afternoon.

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Robert's goal sends Sunderland into the play-off final

Patrick Roberts' goal in added time earns Sunderland a place in the League One play-off final after they handed Sheffield Wednesday a draw. (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandSunderland will face Wycombe in the League One play-off final after Patrick Roberts scored in added time at Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday then looked more likely to go ahead and get a second, but the Wearsiders caught them cold. Jack Clarke escaped on the left and pulled the ball back for Roberts to head a shot home. Wednesday still had time to find a second goal that would have sent the tie into extra time as 10 minutes were extended after Sam Hutchinson's head injury earlier in the second half - but they failed to carve out another major chance. They will now spend at least one more season in the third division after being relegated from the championship on the final day of last season. Sunderland's progress means the playoff final will be contested by the sides who finished fifth and sixth in League One after the chairboys overtook third-placed MK Dons. Alex Neil will look to guide them to a win at Wembley that will end a four-year tenure in the Premier League following their consecutive relegations from the Premier League. Wednesday was better than teased in the first half, but they came closest to scoring when Anthony Patterson easily saved George Byers' well-executed overhead kick. Roberts fired straight at goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell after an enterprising run from Clarke before Gregory equalized the tie with a close-range finish after Barry Bannan's sharp pass cleared Marvin Johnson down the inside left and he cut back the first time. After that, it looked like the home side would be more likely to go ahead and score a second goal that would have taken them to Wembley. However, Tottenham loanee Clarke got away down the left and pulled the ball back for the onrushing Roberts to convert, sparking wild celebrations from the traveling fans. Neil will now seek to succeed where Jack Ross, Phil Parkinson and Lee Johnson all failed and lead the Black Cats back to the championship. Norwich and Preston boss Neil has proved a wise appointment. Sunderland have never won promotion through the play-offs with six failed attempts, but in Neil they have a man who has guided both Hamilton and the Canaries through the play-offs. His tie-winner Roberts was influential throughout the two semifinals. The 25-year-old joined the Wearsiders until the end of the season after being sacked by Manchester City in January after a lengthy stint at City where he had seen just one Premier League appearance and numerous loan spells . The former England Under-20 man scored for the derby on loan on the final day of last season to send Wednesday out of the Championship and reappeared in time to pursue the Owls again. Like the Black Cats, the Owls have a poor record in the playoffs, having been unsuccessful in their last three tries, including losing to Hull City in the 2016 Championship playoff final. Their fans felt wrong in a number of 50-50 decisions and were outraged when a handball penalty was not awarded when Dennis Cirkin fell on the ball in the penalty area in the first half, but in truth Patterson didn't score in goal Sunderland make a remarkable save before or after Gregory's goal. Wednesday boss Darren Moore told Sky Sports the game was "a bridge too far" for his side, who finished a point and a place ahead of their opponents. "I thought we didn't deserve the game anymore. I thought we were the better team and this is the first time I didn't make any early changes because I believed so much in this team to win this game or to win." result we needed and I felt if I changed it I would water it down. "I'm over the moon for the players because they deserve it. We have an incredible winning streak and the players deserve a lot of credit.” “I thought we focused on Sunderland from the start and it was a much better performance, we closed the spaces, we didn't allow them to come into the game . "We got back into the game, got a great goal and the momentum and momentum looked like it was with us." Their goal came against the flow of play and that's the disappointing thing - at this late stage of the game when the Players conceded had put in so much effort. "I can't complain about the effort and effort that the players have put in and the fans will have seen that. The players are disappointed that we left the play-offs and it's the end of the journey for this season."

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Britney Spears twists her flowy skirt by modeling a chevron dress with brown pumps

Britney Spears appears in prints. (Author: Gardener)

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Psychologist says naked footage of Britney Spears is her 'taking control'

dr Audrey Tang told FEMAIL that the nude photos suggest the star craves recognition after breaking free from a "scripted childhood" and father-dominated adulthood. (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsFull-on nude photos posted yesterday by Britney Spears to her 41million followers on Instagram - which have sparked fears about her mental health among her devoted fanbase - could be a sign the star is trying to "take control of her lost youth." win back". Conservatorship trauma, a top psychologist has claimed. The 40-year-old star, who is pregnant with her third child by Sam Asghari, the personal trainer's fiancé, had fans fearing for her mental state after posting a spate of nine photos in quick succession to her Instagram account on Monday . Within minutes, fans had expressed their concerns about the singer's mental health, saying, "This girl is sick, she is crying out for help," one wrote, while another said, "I'm pretty sure the conservatory existed for a reason.' FEMAIL spoke to psychologists Dr. Audrey Tang and Jo Hemmings to address fan concerns. Both pundits said that after a lifetime of scrutiny — culminating in the 13-year conservatorship imposed on her — the star will likely struggle to settle into her new life. The pregnant singer captioned her first post Monday, which included six nude shots, "Photo dump from last time I was in Mexico BEFORE there was a baby inside me," adding, "Why the hell am I seeing on vacation." 10 years younger from .' Minutes later, three more extremely similar photos surfaced. dr Tang, author of The Leader's Guide to Resilience, said the exhibitionist snaps could be "urge surfing," finding impulsive ways to grab fans' attention and fill the void left by conservatory restrictions. Since the legal battle that made headlines around the world and gave Spears back control of her finances, medical and personal decisions, the singer has announced an engagement and her pregnancy, and has been vocal about the fact that her head could "explode" under censorship from the legal restrictions that her father imposed on her life. Spears recently vented about feeling silenced during the years the conservatory existed, saying she felt "paralyzed" by "15 years of secrets." Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings says that reckless behavior is a common trait after coercive control finally ends. She explains: “People who have been under forced control, whether by a partner or a parent's nurturing, often have one of two reactive behaviors. "Either they become ruthless, almost overwhelming their newfound freedom and making up for 'lost time,' or they find it difficult to shake off the sense of control and stagger into another relationship where the perceived relative safety of being locked up is felt to some extent is still there.' She continues: "It seems to me that Britney chose more of a combination of the two - she announced her pregnancy to her partner Sam relatively quickly, perhaps because it helped her feel safe and also allowed her to that someone thought she was beautiful and beautiful just the way she was. "However, her nude photo dump on Insta is the more ruthless side of her that she is able to do what she couldn't have done before but also still needs the approval and support of her fans, which again is the minor." shows a level of self-confidence. Appreciation she must have felt throughout her time as a conservator.' dr Describing how Britney is now resisting having much of her childhood and adulthood taken away from her, Tang agrees that the star could try to emulate the attention she received at the height of her pop career — but in a way who could see her mental health falter. Britney CAN still find psychological happiness after the shackles of Jamie Spears' conservatory fans fear that Britney Spears, finally in control of her own affairs at the age of 40, will find herself in freefall without the conservatory's strict regime Star can regain strong mental health, though it takes work, a psychologist says. dr Audrey Tang told FEMAIL: "The latest photos may seem like a cry for help, but I'm not sure Britney even feels that way. "She's still processing the conservatorship and her life since she was a child star — when you've been gassed for so long, you often show up not knowing who you are." Rebuilding: People Who've Been Through the Trauma of Gaslighting , can rebuild, but it takes work, says Dr. Tang (pictured: Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears as child stars in The Mickey Mouse Club). Therapy can help get her life back on track, however, says Dr. Tang, using a technique known as acceptance and attachment therapy. She explains: "It's about not going through coercive control again, but understanding why she feels the need to post these photos now. I think Britney is still in some kind of survival mode, just because the conservatorship ended doesn't mean she's stopped fighting. 'She's screaming for help': Concerned fans have said they're fearing for Britney after the photo dump... but behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings said it will be some time before the star knows who she really is, saying: ' She will. She makes mistakes but hopefully her direction of travel is positive. "If she stops fighting for a minute and holds back with her emotions, she'll realize that the need to post pictures like this is probably an 'urge surfing' to fill avoid. Therapy is about choosing a different behavior to fill the gap that is created. "It's not easy to overcome the multitude of emotions someone might feel after a situation like this — it's similar to a divorce — but you can find ways to start understanding how you chose to survive , and that these decisions don't have to happen again and again.' Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees, saying, "It's going to take time for Britney — or anyone else who's recently come out of a forced or manipulative relationship — to find her balance and self-esteem as this will be new to her and." finding their way forward can be difficult. dr Tang explains, "When you have someone who grew up living a very prescribed lifestyle, you have someone who never learned what freedom actually is. And because it's Britney, the argument will be a lot bigger than for everyone else. It's like a midlife crisis times ten." "Growing up in the public eye, she has adjusted her life to need that attention — if you couldn't get it any other way, get it this way. “A child who knows they can do something is loved by their parents, and it's the same here. Britney thinks, "If I post something that gets me likes, that's something that gets me attention and likes." She hasn't been able to go through all this, she's aged, but she's not an adult. You can't expect someone to just turn 20 years old. dr Tang says that even with a world-class team of therapists and psychologists around her, Britney may not be ready to listen to them because she wants to finally be able to make her own mistakes. Estranged from both of her parents and at war with her sister Jamie Lynn Spears - with whom she fell out over her telltale memoir - the star can't rely on family like most of us, says Dr. Tang . Commenting on the nude photos, one fan felt personal trainer Asghari, her longtime partner, should have stepped in to stop the star from posting the revealing pics, writing: "If your husband had any respect for you, he would never let you post half measures you do! dr However, Tang says it will likely be difficult for the 28-year-old Iranian personal trainer to step in, fearing she might come off as controlling like her father. She says: "He's going to be in a very awkward situation because he wants to give her a choice. "He will have been that support she could trust and turn to - he probably won't want to emulate her father's control. If their need for validation and attention isn't met, their advice, no matter how good, won't be listened to.” The couple is expecting their first child together later this year. In November last year, after a high-profile legal battle, Britney finally regained control of her finances and her medical and personal decisions by ending her 13-year conservatorship. She received a flood of support from her die-hard fans, who helped start the #FreeBritney movement, which is said to have helped free the star from her father, Jamie Spears. However, some fans now appear to be concerned about the pop star's behavior on her social channel, with one writing, "Is anyone else here legitimately concerned?" In control, maybe should have been in control..." "My teenage daughters said that looks forced...please please explain! One fan suggested Britney keep the explicit recordings for an OnlyFans account, writing: "Create at least one page just for fans. I love Britney but she has two big boys who can see that. The worrying posts came after the singer announced she would be taking a break from social media on April 24. The singer is certainly known for quirky social media antics, ranging from attacking her family to posting videos of her dancing and trying on outfits. In April this year, she revealed news about her pregnancy. : "So I took a pregnancy test... and uhhhhh... I'm having a baby," she wrote. Sam also confirmed the pregnancy news, dubbed the pop star a "lioness" and shared a painting of two lions with their cub. He wrote: "Marriage and children are a natural part of a strong relationship filled with love and respect.

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