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Hull City 1-1 Stoke City: Visitors equalize late against 10-man Hull

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Hull City went down to 10-men inside 15 minutes, but their hard-fought defending earned them a point as Stoke City were only able to draw level with seven minutes remaining in the match.

Nikica Jelavic scored just before the break against the run of play for the home side down a man, and Stoke struggled to finish until they finally grabbed a goal towards the end of the match.

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Early on Hull City maintained good possession, and all Stoke could do was consistently foul during the home side’s build up play.

However, that pressure from Stoke earned them respite early on, not in the form of a goal but instead in a man advantage.

With Stoke all over the Hull players on the ball, James Chester got a horrifically weak back-pass from Jake Livermore, and with Glenn Whelan giving chase, Chester stuck a leg out and chopped down Whelan, a clear last man foul and rightly earning a straight red on 14 minutes.

It was incredibly unlucky for the 25-year-old defender, who will certainly have some postmatch words for his midfield teammates, who hung him out to dry with terrible play under pressure.

Up a man early on, Stoke powered forward and built chances. After a scrum in front of goal, the ball dribbled out to Erik Pieters who blasted a shot over the bar from a tight angle after 24 minutes.

Following the red card, Hull struggled to get the ball out of their own half, but they put together their first attack in a while on 40 minutes and it bore fruit against the run of play.

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Tom Huddlestone blew by new addition Bojan Krkic as he pushed towards the penalty area, and blasted a shot from distance before he reached the 18-yard box.  It was a dangerous low shot, and Asmir Begovic could only touch it wide of the post, but before it reached the end line Nikica Jelavic was there to tap it into the back of the net.

After the halftime break, Stoke continued with much of the possession, but their finishing also continued to be poor.  Their first shot on target of the match came in the 52nd minute when a low shot by Ryan Shawcross off a set-piece was well saved down low by Allan McGregor.

Charlie Adam tried his luck from long range but McGregor tipped over the bar, and as play continued to frustrate Stoke, Diouf couldn’t put his shot on net from close range after a combo play by by Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie.

Crouch had his first go with 10 minutes left in regulation, but after settling a long ball in the box, he couldn’t control his turn-and-shoot volley and it escaped well over the bar.

Stoke pressed and pressed and pressed against 10-man Hull and they finally picked up the equalizer. Phil Bardsley ripped a volley that crashed into the ground and then bounded over McGregor.  The ball came off the post and hit the unsuspecting goalkeeper, and Ryan Shawcross was the man to tap in the rebound.

Hull boss Steve Bruce accosted the referee for not giving a throw in the right way just before the goal, but it was a deserved equalizer for the visitors who had struggled to finish their possession and Hull struggled to defend on the chance.

They will be disappointed to only earn a point, and after a high water mark finish in the club’s Premier League history, they have just a single point in their first two matches.

Hull City, meanwhile, will cherish their point – the fourth of their season – after having lost midweek in the Europa League and with the squad somewhat thinned.

LINEUPS:

Hull City: McGregor; Chester, Davies, McShane, Elmohamady; Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn (Meyler 76′), Ince (Rosenoir 66′), Jelavic (Boyd 81′).

Goals: Jelavic 42

Discipline: Chester (straight red) 14′

Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Whelan (Krkic 41′), Sidwell (Adam 65′), Arnautovic (Crouch 55′); Diouf.

Goals: Shawcross 83′

Video: Ranieri gets emotional after seeing Leicester fans tribute

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Claudio Ranieri in on the verge of leading Leicester City to the most improbable feat in Premier League history.

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While the Foxes have given the club’s supporters the greatest ride they’ve ever seen, the fans put together a tribute video describing what the 2015-16 season has meant to them.

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Fans of all ages put in their two cents regarding the team’s quirky manager, and the 64-year old Italian began to shed tears.

We likely won’t ever see a team like Leicester again, not only in the Premier League, but any sports league. The club’s assembly of players and Ranieri have coincided perfectly and the Foxes faithful are clearly grateful for what they’ve witnessed at the King Power Stadium this season.

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Premier League Preview: Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United and Joel Ward of Crystal Palace compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on November 28, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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  • Newcastle has won one of their previous 10 PL matches
  • Palace is unbeaten in five of last six
  • Benitez is 1-3-3 since taking over Magpies

Newcastle host Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra) with the Magpies among the three sides battling to stay in the Premier League for the 2016-17 season.

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Crystal Palace isn’t mathematically out of the woods in the relegation battle, but they’re more than likely to remain in the PL next season. Palace has been in decent form of late, securing a win over Watford and draws against Arsenal and Everton. Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are among the dangerous attackers that Newcastle will need to be wary of, each scoring five PL goals on the season.

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A 5-1 drubbing towards the end of November gave Palace bragging rights, but at this stage of the season Newcastle must forget what happened in the past. While draws against Manchester City and Liverpool were certainly encouraging, the Magpies need wins. Anything else simply won’t do, particularly with Sunderland and Norwich each holding a game in hand.

The two-headed monster of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be crucial if Newcastle is to pick up a vital three points at home for the sixth time this season.

What they’re saying…

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “I don’t bet. Obviously, I agree we have to win. In my experience, it’s the players who make the difference, not the managers. I can prepare for the game, but to talk about mind games, I don’t take too much notice.”

Palace boss Alan Pardew: “I’ve always encouraged other coaches and managers to be involved, with comments from them. I asked a bit of advice at the weekend from a couple of people which was very sound. I expect, as I do on occasion, to get calls from some of the players I’ve coached to ring me. You have to keep your network big.”

Prediction

Newcastle needs this game, or at the very least a point. Given the team’s poor goal differential though, this isn’t something Rafa Benitez and company will want to leave up to fate. Palace has dropped plenty of points this season, leaving Newcastle in an opportune position to gain ground on the coveted 17th place. The Magpies will push hard and I think they’ll be able to pull this one out at home, 2-1.

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Sevilla’s Krohn-Dehli out 7 months after knee surgery

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 07:  Michael Krohn-Dehli of Sevilla and Javier Eraso of Athletic Club Bilbao battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at San Mames Stadium on April 7, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) Sevilla says midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli will be sidelined for at least seven months after undergoing surgery on a broken left knee.

The Denmark midfielder suffered the gruesome injury on Thursday during the 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League semifinals.

He was carried off the pitch in the 73rd minute, less than 15 minutes after going on as a substitute.

The operation took place on Friday once the team had returned to Spain.

Sevilla, the two-time defending Europa League champion, will host the return leg of their semifinal next week.

The 32-year-old Krohn-Dehli joined Sevilla at the start of this season from fellow Spanish club Celta Vigo.

Men In Blazers: Music Pod Special

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You are in for a treat as this is a Men in Blazers Pod Special with Aaron Dessner of The National, Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend and Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3.

The focus, obviously, is music.

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