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Spurs, USMNT winger DeAndre Yedlin finds his loan destination at Sunderland

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DeAndre Yedlin has moved North in his quest for Premier League action, as the Tottenham Hotspur and USMNT winger is headed to join Sunderland on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light.

Yedlin, 22, can play wing or right back, and it will be interesting to see at which position the Black Cats introduce him to the public. He will join American prospect Lynden Gooch on the Sunderland squad, where Jozy Altidore spent a tumultuous season-and-a-half.

The former Seattle Sounders and University of Akron standout had the following to say about Sunderland after arriving from Spurs.

“I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore,” Yedlin said. “Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”

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Sunderland has Billy Jones and newly-signed Celtic transfer Adam Matthews at right back, and some options at right wing, where it seems Yedlin would have a better chance of gaining playing time.

The struggling squad has added Fabio Borini late in the transfer window as well, and will hope the pair can do big things with teammates Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens.

Hard to believe it’s been just four years since Yedlin was a freshman at Akron, and now has more national team caps (23) than years on this Earth.

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland: Black Cats clinch Premier League safety

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Arsenal may have dominated nearly every statistic in the match, but Sunderland was able to grind out a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

The point guarantees Sunderland will play in the Premier League next season, leaving Hull City and Newcastle the only two teams still in danger of relegation.

[ RELATED: Latest Premier League standings ]

Dick Advocaat was appointed manager of Sunderland in March, and his passion for the club was seen as the Dutchman was in tears as they applauded the traveling supporters after the match.

Arsenal dominated the opening 45 minutes, controlling possession in Sunderland’s end for nearly the entire first half. Jack Wilshere replaced Francis Coquelin in Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup for his first start since November, and the English international was immediately involved in the attack.

Wilshere and Santi Cazorla controlled the midfield and tried to get the ball to Olivier Giroud up top, but despite the lopsided possession, Arsenal didn’t manage to put any solid scoring chances on target. At times Sunderland dropped nine men into the box to defend, leaving Danny Graham as the Black Cats’ lone attacking option. It took Sunderland 42 minutes to get an attempt on goal as Adam Johnson’s shot sailed over the crossbar.

Dick Advocaat made a double-switch at halftime, bringing on Steven Fletcher and Jack Rodwell to try and garner some sort of attack in the second half. In his first minutes on the pitch, Fletcher got Sunderland’s first shot on target of the match.

After a subdued start to the half from Arsenal, the Gunners got back on track and nearly took the lead in the 55th minute. Hector Bellerin’s cross found Olivier Giroud, whose clever flick was just palmed away by the Premier League’s tallest player Costel Pantilimon.

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Theo Walcott replaced Jack Wilshere to make his 300th appearance for Arsenal, as Wilshere hasn’t played a full 90 minutes in over 15 months.

With Sunderland fighting to keep the match level, the Black Cats got a bit of luck as Aaron Ramsey’s cross deflected off defender Billy Jones, only to be saved by the crossbar as Pantilimon could only look on.

In the end, the Black Cats weathered the storm and will back in the Barclays Premier League come August.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere (Walcott, 67′), Ozil (Rosicky, 81′), Alexis, Giroud

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson (Buckley, 75′), Graham (Fletcher, 46′), Defoe, Wickham (Rodwell, 46′)

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Arsene Wenger is still pushing for second place, even though it’s a serious long shot.

Five points back of Manchester City, Arsenal must win out coupled with a Manchester City loss for any hope at achieving second. That starts with today’s match against Sunderland with a 2:45 P.M. kickoff at the Emirates, live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

And for it, Wenger has his men. Laurent Koscielny has overcome a sickness to make the starting lineup, Jack Wilshere is back from his long spell on the bench, and Kieran Gibbs makes a return as well. With the new reinforcements, the in-form Francis Coquelin drops to the bench.

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For Sunderland, this match is much more important. Three points ahead of the drop, they need just one more point to secure safety, and can do so today. If they fail to pick up any points today, they’ll need to make something happen at the title winners on Sunday to ensure their Premier League survival.

Thankfully for the Black Cats, Dick Advocaat also has reinforcements. While Liam Bridcutt is out with an injury suffered last weekend, Adam Johnson comes in to replace him. Billy Jones is fit after finding himself substituted last weekend with a knock, and Jack Rodwell is back and on the bench after recovering from a hamstring issue.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
Bench: Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott.

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson, Graham, Defoe, Wickham.
Bench: Rodwell, Fletcher, Reveillere, Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Mannone.

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace: Early second-half storm sees Eagles win on road

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Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie combined for three goals in six minutes just after halftime and Crystal Palace stunned Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to push Alan Pardew’s squad on the verge of the table’s top half.

Bolasie would finish with a hat-trick and Alan Pardew grabbed his ninth win in charge of Crystal Palace since taking over just after the new year, and his sixth on the road.

Sunderland began brightly, causing problems for the Palace back line but the visitors built themselves into the game by the 15th minute. A failed Sunderland clearance fell to Jack Rodwell, but a heavy touch from the former Manchester City midfielder lost control of the ball. James McCarthy came rushing onto the ball and Rodwell came flying in to win the ball back, lucky to get off with just a yellow card after going airborne to topple McCarthy and wearing a relieved expression after seeing just the caution from Anthony Taylor’s pocket.

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Scott Dann then went into the book confusingly as he went for a loose ball in the box and got his boot to Kasper Schmeichel’s face and left the goalkeeper with a mouth full of blood. The persistent fouling continued past the half-hour mark, and Lee Cattermole got himself a customary first-half caution before Pape Souare went down under a Billy Jones challenge and could not continue, forcing Pardew into an early change.

Palace had an opportunity as Yannick Bolaise was sprung and got off a dangerous pull-back two-on-one but no one was waiting in the middle of the box. Sunderland had a similar opportunity on the other end as Jones whipped in a savory cross looking for Steven Fletcher but Dann stopped the danger full-stretch before it reached its target.

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Just three minutes after halftime, Crystal Palace managed to capitalize on its pressure. A fantastic move on the right edge of the box got Bolaise free, and he whipped a pinpoint cross to the back post and found Glenn Murray unmarked and the 31-year-old headed home. Sunderland complained for offsides but replays showed Murray’s position was legal.

With Sunderland reeling from the first goal, Palace shocked them for a second the other way around. A long ball for Murray found its mark, and the goalscorer touched to Bolasie who beat Santiago Vergini and touched home for a 2-0 lead. Then the floodgates opened. Yet another long ball pumped forward and got past John O’Shea, and Bolasie powered his way past the defender to reach the ball. He finished with a luscious chip over Pantillimon for a third goal in six minutes.

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A stunned Sunderland had little answer, and Bolasie would get his hat-trick when he powered through a pair of defenders as well as Pantillimon to pick up a loose ball in the box and touch it home for Palace’s fourth. James McArthur nearly had a fifth minutes later but Pantillimon made a diving stop to keep him out.

Sunderland would break the clean sheet with just a minute left in regulation through Connor Wickham, but it would finish a resounding victory for Pardew and company, as Palace went into the top half of the table for a moment, before Stoke City picked up a late equalizer and put the Eagles back into 11th. Palace also climbed back to an even zero goal differential with the blowout win, although Sunderland’s late goal put them back to -1. Sunderland, meanwhile, failed to build on last week’s momentum and the Black Cats remain just three points ahead of the drop.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon, O’Shea, Vergini, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole (Bridcutt 65′), Gomez (Johnson 59′), Rodwell, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.

Goals – Wickham 90′

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare (Kelly 35′); Bolasie (Sanogo 70′), McArthur (Ledley 69′), Jedinak, Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.

Goals – Murray 48′; Bolasie 52′, 54′, 62′

Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle: Defoe wonder strike downs poor Magpies (video)

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The 154th Tyne-Wear derby ended in familiar fashion as Jermain Defoe’s stunning goal at the Stadium of Light gave Sunderland its fifth straight victory over bitter rivals Newcastle for a massive boost in the relegation battle.

Defoe ripped home a wonderful goal just before halftime as Sunderland deservedly went ahead after an impressive first half. They weathered the visiting pressure through the final 45 minutes to see out the victory in just Dick Advocaat’s second game in charge.

Things really began in the sixth minute when Newcastle looked threatening and Ayoze Perez went down in the box but referee Mike Dean waved play on. From that point on Sunderland bossed the match through the first half.

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The Black Cats broke down the other end immediately after Perez’s shout and earned a pair of corners, the second of which nearly came off but Billy Jones’ cross at the far post was blocked just feet in front of the net. The atmosphere was bright but things closed down until the 22nd minute when Connor Wickham got away from Moussa Sissokho at the back post on a corner but headed wide. The Black Cats continued to dominate possession through the half-hour mark, owning nearly 75% possession and a 5-0 corner advantage, but they couldn’t get take the lead.

Jermain Defoe had a big chance After 45 minutes of playing on top, the home side would finally get their deserved lead from yet another spectacular goal on a weekend bulging with plenty of the like. A contested header at the top of the box won by Steven Fletcher fell to Jermain Defoe, and the former Toronto FC striker ripped a looping volley into the top corner before the ball even hit the ground.

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After a poor first 45 minutes, Newcastle came out of the dressing room charged for the second half but it didn’t last long. Sunderland got back on the front foot. They allowed Newcastle more possession as the game went on and the clock became an enemy of the Magpies, and looked dangerous on the counter. Wickham had a big chance with 20 minutes left, but shot just over on the break.

The game had its usual physical flair to it, as Mike Dean ended up issuing seven yellow cards throughout the chippy match, five of them to the home side (although Lee Cattermole remained unscathed). Wickham nearly put the game away with seven minutes to go but he scuffed a massive chance wide off a defender’s foot from dead in front of goal. The ensuing corner was headed at the near post by Santiago Vergini but Tim Krul saved well.

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Newcastle had one big chance as the clock wound down as Perez volleyed a corner towards the top corner, but the ball thumped just over the bar with three minutes to go. Sunderland held nervously on for the win and an enormous three points, moving them three points ahead of the drop and into 15th position. Newcastle, meanwhile, is still nine points above the relegation zone and presumably safe, but they remain in 13th position.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe (Johnson 80′).

Goals – Defoe 45+1′

Newcastle: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran (Riviere 58′), Ameobi (Armstrong 87′), Cabella, Perez.