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Russell Martin’s wild day: Baby boy and a big goal

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For any father, the birth of a child is one of the best moments of their life. For any footballer, scoring a goal at Anfield to earn a point for your club is one of the best moments of their career.

Combine the two and put a few hours in between, and you have Russell Martin‘s day.

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The Norwich City captain was in Liverpool yesterday when he got a call that his wife was going into labor with their third child. He drove through the night back to Norwich, where his wife gave birth to a baby boy early this morning.

He then hopped on a plane back up to Liverpool, took the pitch and scored an equalizer for his side, as the Canaries left Anfield with a point after finishing with a 1-1 draw.


Despite not getting any sleep, Martin showed some great skill on his goal, controlling with his chest before putting a delicate flick over Simon Mignolet. He honored his newborn son with his celebration, running to the corner while pretending to cradle a baby.

The Canaries still have 32 games to play this season, and Martin’s career will go on much longer than that, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll have a more memorable moment than his goal at Anfield today.

Premier League Sunday preview: Man United looking for revenge vs. Swansea City

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Week 4 of the 2015-16 Premier League season concludes on Sunday, with Manchester United looking to avenge a pair of humbling defeats suffered in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge of the club.

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Swansea City knocked off the eventual fourth-place finishers not one, but twice during the 2014-15 season (both victories came via a 2-1 score). Elsewhere, Southampton return to league action after a frustrating exit from European competition mid-week.

Southampton vs. Norwich City — 7:30 am ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

For Southampton, this is a chance to rebound, right the wrongs of the Premier League season’s early days, and set themselves on their merry way for the rest of the league campaign. On Thursday, Saints went out of the Europa League in very unceremonious fashion, having already dropped seven points in the league while focusing their attention elsewhere. For Ronald Koeman’s side, a home date against newly promoted Norwich City might be just what the doctor ordered.

Though, to be fair to the Canaries, they’ve won twice as many points (4) from their first three games as Sunday’s opponents, and scored three more goals (5) while doing so. 21-year-old winger Nathan Redmond tops the scoring charts alongside center back Russell Martin (two goals each). Following an opening-day defeat to Crystal Palace, Alex Neil’s side has rebounded with an away victory over Sunderland and a draw with Stoke City.

For Saints, the injury list is extensive: Victor Wanyama (illness), Sadio Mane (hip), Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Jordy Clasie (hamstring) all figure to be unavailable. For Norwich, it’s slightly better news with only Youssouf Mulumbu (foot) and Martin Olsson (shoulder) out through injury.

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United — 11 am ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

No one at Man United will have forgotten the club’s two defeats suffered at the hands of Swansea City last season, and no one will remember the pair of defeats to the Swans more clearly than Van Gaal. Nor will United’s Dutch manager forget the late nature of either defeat, with the game-winning goals coming in the 72nd and 73rd minutes, respectively.

For United, the start to the 2015-16 league season has been much more kind, as the Red Devils find themselves unbeaten through three games and one of two teams (Manchester City) yet to conceded a single goal on the still-young season. Wayne Rooney bagged a hat trick in UEFA Champions League qualifying action on Wednesday, but he’s still searching for his first league goal of the season. On the other side, Swansea’s no. 1 striker, Bafetimbi Gomis, comes into Sunday’s game with three league goals to his name, with summer signing Andre Ayew a goal back of his total.

United will be without midfielder Adnan Januzaj (hip) and defender Phil Jones (illness) for this one, while the Swans head into Sunday’s clash with a clean bill of health.

Premier League roundup: Bournemouth, Palace win on day of dramatic draws

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With six games on the slate across the Premier League on Saturday, there was plenty of late drama on tap.

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On a day where the “hot weather” in England forced drinks break and amusement among fans in the U.S., we had a first PL win for Bournemouth, plus Crystal Palace prevailed late on against Aston Villa. The other four matches ended in draws, as it was tight and tense across the PL.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction and videos from all the action, as well as full match replays by clicking on the link above.

Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Don’t let the scoreline deceive you, this was a very good game at Old Trafford. United started well and Wayne Rooney had a goal controversially disallowed, but Newcastle United hit the bar in the first half via Aleksandar Mitrovic. In the second half United piled on the pressure and Javier Hernandez was denied by Tim Krul, then Newcastle new boy Florian Thauvin went close. Three clean sheets to start the season for United, as the Magpies dug in for a good point on the road.

West Ham United 3-4 BournemouthRECAP

What. A. Game. Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through Callum Wilson, but then the Hammers fought back to make it 2-2 via a Mark Noble penalty kick and Kouyate’s cool finish. Marc Pugh then restored Bournemouth’s lead with a fine goal, then Wilson was given the chance to score his hat trick from the penalty spot after Carl Jenkinson had fouled in the box and was sent off. Wilson scored to make it 4-2 and although Modibo Maigi made it 4-3 late on, Eddie Howe’s side hung on after some hairy moments to secure their first-ever PL win.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston VillaRECAP

A slow burner in the sun at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace took the lead through Scott Dann’s header but an own goal leveled things up in south London. Late on new signing Bakary Sako curled home past Brad Guzan to send the Palace fans wild and make it two wins from three for the Eagles to start the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

An end-to-end encounter at the King Power Stadium which really burst into life at the death. Both teams traded plenty of chances but Spurs went ahead in the 80th minute when teenager Dele Alli scored his first PL goal after jumping off the bench. However moments later Leicester were level as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal in three games to rescue a point. Brilliant entertainment.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Another tight game at Carrow Road, as Norwich rallied from a goal down to grab a point. Mame Diouf gave Stoke the lead early on with a header, but Russell Martin scored his second in two games just before the half hour mark. Both teams pushed hard for the winner but went home happy with a point in a game which had a drinks break in each half as the sun beat down on Norfolk.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Bafetimbi Gomis and Jermain Defoe traded eerily similar goals in each half to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light. In a slow burner that really got going in the second half, Swansea hit the crossbar through Andre Ayew and Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside but it finished 1-1 as the Black Cats got their first points of the season, while Swansea remain unbeaten.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City: Butland shines in helping Potters to point

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  • Butland brilliant on the road
  • Shaqiri assists on debut
  • Canaries with 4 pts, Stoke twfour
  • Martin scores again for Norwich

Alex Neil’s Canaries picked up another point in their quest to stay in the Premier League, holding Stoke to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Mame Biram Diouf scored for Stoke before Russell Martin continued his strong early season with an equalizer.

Jack Butland was the star of the match, making a series of strong saves for the Potters.

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Shaqiri’s free kick curled around over the pack to meet Diouf’s diving header, and Stoke had a 1-0 lead.

But Norwich fired back through Martin, who saw his header turned aside by Jack Butland moments earlier before getting past Geoff Cameron to nutmeg the Stoke keeper and tie the score.

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Premier League roundup: Tottenham blow it, Everton on fire, new boys fare well

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After six games on Saturday in the Premier League, we have plenty to catch up on.

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Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City were involved in a thriller, while Everton, Norwich and Swansea City sealed resounding wins. Leicester stay perfect at the top of the table, while Watford were held at home by West Brom.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction, analysis and more from all six games, while if you click on the link above then you can watch all of the available full match replays.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Stoke CityRECAP

Stoke City launched a remarkable comeback at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Tottenham Hotspur squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Potters. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli put Spurs 2-0 up at half time, but late goals from Marko Arnautovic and Mame Diouf grabbed Stoke their first point of the season. Spurs have one point from their first two games, as do the Potters.

Southampton 0-3 EvertonRECAP

Everton cruised to a 3-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday, as the Toffees scored twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley wrapped up the win late on. Roberto Martinez men looked the more dangerous throughout at St Mary’s and Southampton struggled defensively while creating few chances. With the win, Everton now has four points from their opening two games and Saints have just one point after this humbling defeat.

Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Swansea City deserved all three points even before Daryl Janmaat took his second yellow in the 41st minute, as Garry Monk‘s crew cruised past visiting Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis looked like a lethal pair for the second-straight week, and Gomis again prowled with his panther celebration as Swans went fourth in the Premier League. Newcastle is 15th with a single point, and faces Arsenal at St. James Park next week.

West Ham United 1-2 Leicester CityRECAP

Leicester City beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday, as the Foxes kept their 100 percent record going. Claudio Ranieri’s side led 2-0 at the break thanks to a first-ever Leicester goal from Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki and yet another from Riyad Mahrez. West Ham fought back in the second half as Dmitri Payet scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn’t enough to launch a fight back. With the win Leicester is perfect on six points after two games, while the Hammers are on three points after their opening day win over Arsenal.

Sunderland 1-3 Norwich CityRECAP

Russell Martin, Martin Whittaker and NathanRedmond helped Norwich cruise to a 3-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday, as dozens of fans departed the Stadium of Light well before time. Duncan Watmore scored on his Sunderland debut, as the 21-year-old Englishman was able to put a bouncing shot past a confused John Ruddy late in the match. Sunderland is last in the Premier League with a minus-4 goal differential, while Norwich rises with its first three points of the season.

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Watford dominated Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion, but couldn’t find a goal in a 0-0 draw in its home return to the Premier League at Vicarage Road. The Hornets have now drawn both of their opening games since promotion, while West Brom picked up its first point but looked far from a threat going forward.