Championship Sunday focus: Norwich City

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Story so far…  Norwich’s Achilles heel all season has been scoring goals and they knew that going into this campaign. Expensive new signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper failed to do the business and now the Canaries are heading back to the Championship after being relegated, barring a freak combination of results on the final day of the season. In all honesty it has been a drab season at Carrow Road and they have failed to punch about their weight with the same vigor as previous seasons. Just 28 goals all season, a PL low, tells the whole story.

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Their star player has been Robert Snodgrass, as the Scotsman has been consistent and a pest on the right wing. Getting rid of manager Chris Hughton was a shock move from the Canaries board and their horrendous run-in always meant the Norfolk club would be in trouble.

Who do they play and where can I watch it: On the final day of the season Norwich host Arsenal live on MSNBC at 10 a.m. ET and online via NBC Sports Live Extra. The Gunners will rest plenty of their stars ahead of the FA Cup final vs. Hull City, while Norwich’s players owe it to their fans to go down fighting.

Form guide: Norwich were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates and the Canaries have been leaking so many goals of late. They have lost five of their last six, conceding 12 and scoring just twice. Their horror run in cost them dear as games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have proved too much to handle at the end of a grueling season.

March 29 – at Swansea, L 0-3
April 5 – vs. West Brom, L 0-1
April 12 – at Fulham, L 0-1
April 20 – vs. Liverpool, L 2-3
April 26 – at Manchester United, L 0-4
May 4 – at Chelsea, D 0-0

What’s at stake: They are almost certain to finish in 18th position baring a miracle. Norwich last suffered relegation from the PL in 2005 and their three-year stay in the top-flight has almost come to an end as they have that sinking feeling.

When the final whistle blows: They need a 17 goal swing in order to stay up, meaning West Brom must lost by eight against Stoke and the Canaries must beat Arsenal by eight. Yeah… Norwich are down and will finish in 18th.

Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET

UCL Playoff Wrap: Liverpool, Sporting CP, CSKA advance to group stage

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It was another memorable European night for Liverpool in front of the Kop at Anfield.

Lifted by three goals in the opening 21 minutes, the Reds cruised to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim 1899 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff stage Wednesday evening. With the win, Liverpool returns to the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

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Sadio Mane set up Emre Can twice and both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino chipped in with goals of their own to lead Liverpool to victory. After Can’s double and Salah’s goal gave Liverpool a three-goal lead, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann brought Mark Uth off the bench onto the field and he promptly scored in the 28th minute to draw within two.

Firmino again put Liverpool ahead by three goals with a goal into an open net in the 63rd minute. Hoffenheim recorded a consolation goal in the 79th minute through Sandro Wagner but Liverpool was resolute and held on for victory.

Liverpool, and the rest of the winning clubs, will learn their fates for the group stage on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Champions League playoff scores:

Slavia Prague 0-0 APOEL (APOEL advances 2-0 on aggregate)

FC Copenhagen 2-1 Qarabag FK (Qarabag advances on away goals, 2-2 on aggregate)

FCSB (Steaua București) 1-5 Sporting CP (Sporting CP advances 5-1 on aggregate)

CSKA Moscow 2-0 BSC Young Boys (CSKA advances on aggregate, 3-0)

VIDEO: A sneak peek of Everton’s Europa League journey – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.

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FIFA to send in emergency team to run Cameroon football

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.

The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.

FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.

CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.

FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”