West Ham United 1-3 Crystal Palace: Eagles win fiery London derby (video)

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Crystal Palace beat London rivals West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday to pull further away from the relegation zone.

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The away side raced into a 2-0 lead with headers from Glenn Murray and Scott Dann either side of half time. Murray then added his second and Palace’s third with another header, but the Eagles striker was sent off for two yellows and Enner Valencia pulled one back for West Ham to set up a nervy finish.

Palace held on for a huge win, as they set a new club record by winning five games in a row away from home in all competitions and moved up to 12th spot on 30 points. West Ham remain in eighth on 39 points.

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Aaron Cresswell went close to giving West Ham the lead after 12 minutes as the left back picked up the ball 25-yards out and although he looked to have mishit a cross the ball flew just over the crossbar at Julian Speroni’s near post.

Mark Noble then came even close to putting the home side ahead, as the Hammers skipper curled a delightful free kick up and over the wall by the ball rattled the crossbar.

West Ham continued to push forward, however in the 25th minute Jason Puncheon slotted in Murray but Winston Reid pushed him off the ball and the Palace man fired wide. Five minutes later the same duo combined as Murray was in again but this time Adrian blocked his shot as the Eagles looked more dangerous. Murray was in the thick of things and was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Cheikhou Kouyate and then could have been sent off after taking down Kouyate again moments later.

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Murray stayed on the pitch and in the 41st minute he headed a corner towards goal and Cresswell completely missed his kick and the ball bounced past Adrian, after taking a slight deflection, and into the net. 1-0 to Palace.

In the 51st minute Palace doubled their lead as Puncheon’s in-swinging corner from the right was headed home at the back post by Dann, as the Eagles center back towered over Reid and nodded home. 2-0.

Murray headed home another on 63 minutes as Puncheon whipped in a great free kick from the left and Murray sent a diving header past Adrian. 3-0, and three points were heading across the capital to south London. West Ham kept plugging away and debutant Nene curled a superb effort towards the top corner but it rattled off the post and went wide.

Palace’s two-goal hero Murray was then shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Reid, as the Eagles were reduced to 10-men. Valencia then pulled a goal back as he fired into the bottom corner despite Speroni getting a touch on his effort. 3-1. Diafra Sakho then sent a header over the bar as the Hammers threw everything at Palace in the closing stages, with Carl Jenkinson, Stewart Downing and Valencia also going close. Palace dug deep and are now unbeaten in their last seven away games in all competitions.

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West Ham United: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Song (Nene, 61′), Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Sakho, Valencia

Goal: Valencia (76′)

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Kelly, Jedinak, Mutch (McArthur, 33′), Bolasie (Ledley, 83′), Puncheon, Zaha (Ameobi, 72′), Murray

Goals: Murray (41′, 63′), Dann (51′)
Red card: Murray (69′)

Russell hat trick snaps Sporting KC’s win streak (video)

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Struggling, short-handed Sporting KC needed a star show to kickstart its summer, and Johnny Russell was ready to go.

Maybe the 29-year-old Scotsman was feeding off the buzz of his old club Derby County preparing for the Championship Playoff Final, but Russell scored thrice as Sporting took care of Seattle 3-2 in Washington on Sunday.

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The right winger scored his fifth, sixth, and seventh goals of the MLS season as Sporting won its first match since March 30.

Russell scored 35 goals with 34 assists in 205 matches with the Rams, but has destroyed that mark with KC. He now has 19 and 16 in 55.

Seattle loses ground on LAFC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, while KC is now within four points of the playoff places.

 

 

Report: Newcastle in takeover talks with UAE billionaire

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Reports out of Northeast England say Newcastle United supporters who want owner Mike Ashley out at all costs have new hope.

United Arab Emirates billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is said to be in talks with Ashley about a takeover of the St. James’ Park-based club, though there’s a lot of work to do for a deal to be complete.

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One report goes as far as to say Ashley has agreed to accept $444 million for the Premier League club.

Sheikh Khaled, 61, was educated at American colleges Boston University and Michigan State. He’s the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and was turned down with a $2.5 billion bid for Liverpool last season.

From The Chronicle:

NUFC have confirmed some talks with Sheikh Khaled. But say there is still “some way” to go on a deal. Newcastle United refusing to make any further comment at this time.

Takeover talks are nothing new at Newcastle, and there does seem to be some heat to these reports, but Ashley and his crew have spun these stories of interest in the past. And with Magpies supporters waiting for news on Rafa Benitez‘s new deal, some will be way of a smoke screen for an inability to reach an agreement with the celebrated Newcastle manager.

Wondolowski scores 149th, 150th goals; Earthquakes win

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TORONTO (AP) Chris Wondolowski scored his 149th and 150th MLS goals in the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday night.

The MLS career goals leader scored both from close range.

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Wondolowski got a yard’s separation from Drew Moor and deftly redirected in Cristian Espinoza’s cross in the 37th minute to tie it at 1. The go-ahead goal in the 81st minute was a virtual replay, with Espinoza finding Wondolowski in space.

The San Jose striker has six goals in two games. He scored all four goals in a 4-1 victory over Chicago last weekend to surpass Landon Donovan’s league record of 145 goals and up his career total to 148.

Richie Laryea opened the scoring for Toronto (5-6-2) in the 28th minute

San Jose (5-6-2) won for the first time in six road games this season.

Chairman Mubarak: Other clubs are ‘jealous’ of Man City’s success

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak believes that other clubs — namely those who have fallen miles back of the back-to-back Premier League champions — are “jealous” of the club’s success.

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The root of the perceived jealousy is, of course, Man City’s seemingly unlimited spending power which dwarves that of just about — if not — every other club in the PL. There’s a growing sense around the league — and around the world — that clubs like City, just to name one, are doing the game a disservice by distorting the transfer market and building an infallible super-team with the aid of unprecedented financial resources.

Mubarak believes that these feelings also stem from other clubs’ failed dealings in the transfer market: spending comparable — if not more — money on players who don’t justify that price tag the same way some of City’s big-money buys have done — quotes from the BBC:

“With success, there is a certain level of jealousy, envy, whatever you call it. That’s part of the game.

“It’s not easy for our competition, we know that. But the reality is, we didn’t buy the most expensive player in the Premier League [Paul Pogba], we didn’t buy the most expensive goalkeeper [Kepa Arrizabalaga], we didn’t buy the most expensive midfielder, we didn’t buy the most expensive striker [Romelu Lukaku].

“People make decisions, they’ve got to live by them. This is a well-run club.”

City’s financial dealings have regularly been in the headlines of late, as they are believed to have circumvented FFP rules by lying about sponsorship deals so as to balance a larger expenditure on transfer fees and player wages with revenue generated by the club.