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West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bournemouth: Baggies hit 40 points

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  • King converts 5′ PK
  • Boruc gaffe puts WBA in front
  • Dawson scores, leaves injured

Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored as West Brom overcame an early concession to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Joshua King converted a penalty to give the Cherries a lead that the Baggies canceled out before halftime.

West Brom hits the 40-point mark with the win, 10 points shy of the Top Four. Bournemouth is now five points shy of the drop zone.

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Jack Wilshere sprung Ryan Fraser into the right side of the box, and Allan Nyom‘s arm bar took him to the turf. Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, and King went right to beat Ben Foster.

Dawson fired home from outside the box to bring the Baggies level. Set up by a nice chest trap by Darren Fletcher and some patient work from Nacer Chadli, Dawson’s hard shot took a deflection past Artur Boruc to make it 1-1.

Gareth McAuley completed the fight back when Boruc made a horrible attempt to punch clear a corner and the ball dropped to the West Brom man for a tap into the empty goal.

Salomon Rondon had the Hawthorns howling for a penalty in the 35th minute, but replays proved King to have made a terrific tackle.

Boruc somewhat redeemed himself by stopping a Johnny Evans header before the break.

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The 50th minute saw a scary moment as Dawson’s follow-through on a headed flick connected with the dome of marker Tyrone Mings to leave both on the turf. Dawson went off, and Chadli’s redirected goal was ruled offside literally adding insult to injury.

Chadli’s head appeared to be onside, but the linesman felt otherwise.

Hull City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Tigers snatch big point

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  • Tigers come back for point
  • Defenders score
  • Hull 18th, West Brom 9th

Michael Dawson‘s second half goal pushed Hull closer to escaping the drop zone, as West Brom wasted an early lead in a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Gareth McAuley headed the Baggies in front, but the promising start led to a mere point. West Brom sits ninth with 17 points.

Hull remains in 18th, but is level with Crystal Palace and West Ham with 11 points.

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West Brom looked very much like the side that battered Burnley 4-0 on Monday, while Hull City followed suit by looking almost as shaky as it did against Sunderland.

A yellow card came Michael Dawson’s way after a perceived block on Allan Nyom, and West Brom had a free kick from 25 yards out from goal.

Sam Clucas took a yellow card that could’ve bene red for a nasty tackle on Darren Fletcher. McAuley then put West Brom ahead when his header turned a set piece into a goal.

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The second half was lacking pace and fun, but Hull’s captain changed that when he plucked a nodded down ball out of the air from a free kick to make it 1-1 in the 72nd minute.

David Marshall made a fantastic save on Nacer Chadli‘s high-powered free kick to keep it level with four minutes to go.

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Own goal pushes Wales past Northern Ireland, into EURO quarterfinal

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A Gareth McAuley own goal lifted Wales into the quarterfinals of EURO 2016 in a 1-0 decision over Northern Ireland on Saturday in Paris.

The game wasn’t too lively, but supporters for both sides nearly made up for it.

The lone goal came when Gareth Bale‘s pass across the edge the six was headed for Hal Robson-Kanu. McAuley had to intervene and unfortunately for Norn Iron, that intervention went into the back of the net.

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Stuart Dallas forced a save out of Wayne Hennessey in the 10th minute, earning a corner that Hennessey collected.

Sam Vokes won a header that Aaron Ramsey finished, but Ramsey was offside.

The game didn’t entertain much in the first 45, and the tight marking, tactical fouling continued in the second 45 until the breakthrough.

Ashley Williams of Swansea City was injured in a collision with a teammate, and could hardly move his shoulder.

EURO 2016 qualifying roundup: Germany downs Poland, Keane sets records for Ireland

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Eight more EURO 2016 qualifying matches took place today across the continent. Check out a quick roundup of all the action below.

Germany 3-1 Poland

Poland stunned Germany with a 2-0 win in their first meeting in qualifying, but the defending World Cup champions took the second meeting 3-1 to gain control of Group D. All four goals in the match came from Bayern Munich players, as Thomas Mueller and Mario Gotze (2) tallied for Germany, while Robert Lewandowski scored Poland’s lone goal. Germany is now unbeaten in 21 straight EURO qualifying matches at home.

Georgia 1-0 Scotland

Scotland hasn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, and they blew a massive opportunity to improve their shot at qualifying for EURO 2016 with a 1-0 loss away to Georgia. Scotland could have moved into a temporary tie at the top of Group D with a win, but a 38th minute strike from Valeri Kazaishvili was enough to sink Gordon Strachan’s side.

Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland took advantage of Scotland’s loss and handled business against minnows Gibraltar with an easy 4-0 win. Robbie Keane has scored 12 goals in his last eight matches for the LA Galaxy, and his superb form carried over for Ireland, as the captain scored two goals to become the all-time leading scorer in EURO qualifying history with 23. With the win, Martin O’Neill’s men jumped Scotland into third place in Group D.

Faroe Islands 1-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has never played in the European Championship before, but after a 3-1 over the Faroe Islands, they now sit atop Group F with 16 points through seven matches. With the match tied at one apiece, Faroe Island’s Joan Edmundsson was sent off after receiving his second yellow card, as Northern Ireland quickly scored two goals in five minutes to take the match. West Brom’s Gareth McAuley had two goals for his country, who now face Hungary on Monday.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group F

Hungary 0-0 Romania
Greece 0-1 Finland

Group I

Denmark 0-0 Albania
Serbia 2-0 Armenia

Free transfers? Full list of players released, retained by Premier League clubs

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With the transfer window officially opening for Premier League clubs on Wednesday, June 10, a full list of the players retained or released by all 20 PL teams from the 2014-15 season has been published.

Safe to say there are some tidy free transfers to pick up.

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Although those players on the released section can still agree to sign new deals at their current clubs up until June 30 when their contracts officially expire, the likes of Glen Johnson, Abou Diaby, Micah Richards, John Guidetti, Didier Drogba, Ron Vlaar, Sylvain Distin, Paul McShane, Brad Jones, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wes Brown, Youssouf Mulumbu and Gareth McAuley have all technically been released.

Surely a few of those players will land elsewhere in the PL this summer?

Here is the full retained and released list from the Premier League’s website, while below are the players released by each Premier League club following the end of the 2014-15 season.

Use the comments section below to let us know who could be savvy pickups on a free for your club this summer.

Arsenal

Ajayi Oluwasemilogo Adesewo
Diaby Vassiriki Abou
Jebb Jack
Lipman Austin
Miyaichi Ryo
Ormonde-Ottewill Brandon
Vickers Josh

Aston Villa

Bent Darren Ashley
Burke Graham Dylan
Crooks Alfie
Herd Christopher
Hill Craig Dennis
Lewis Bradley
Nehemie Isaac
O’Brien Daniel William
Stevens Enda
Strain Thomas James
Vlaar Ron Peter
Wildin Courtney James

Burnley

Howieson Cameron Drew Neru
Reid Steven John
Wallace Ross

Chelsea

Drogba Didier

Crystal Palace

Ameobi Foluwashola
Chambers Michael John Miles
De Silva Kyle Mattew
Dobbie Stephen
Garvan Owen William
Hangeland Brede Paulsen
Price Lewis Peter
Ramage Peter Iain
Sow Ghassimu
Thomas Jerome William

Everton

Alcaraz Antolin
Distin Sylvain
Green George William
Langton Curtis John
Lundstram John David
McLaughlin Ben Padraic

Hull City

Cracknell Joseph
Dawson Leon Stanley
Dudgeon Joseph Patrick
Figueroa Rochez Maynor Alexis
Harper Stephen Alan
Mahon John
Margetts Jonathon Gary
McCawl Eoghan Martin
McShane Paul David
Oxley Mark Thomas
Rosenior Liam James
Sagbo Latte Yannick Anister
Topliss Sam David

Leicester City

Bakayogo Zoumana
Barrington Marcel
Dawson Adam Ryan
Gallagher Paul
Kennedy Kieran
Logan Conrad Joseph
Pepe-Ngoma Herve
Rowley Louis James
Taylor-Fletcher Gary
Upson Matthew James

Liverpool

Gerrard MBE Steven George
Johnson Glen McLeod Cooper
Jones Bradley
Lussey Jordan
Pelosi Marc

Manchester City

Drury Adam John
Guidetti John Alberto
Lampard Frank James
Leigh Greg
Oduro Dominic
Richards Micah

Manchester United

Amos Benjamin Paul
Cleverley Thomas William
Evans Callum Leeroy
McConnell Ryan Peter
Thorpe Thomas Joseph

Newcastle United 

Alnwick Jak
Campbell Adam
Gutierrez Jonas Manuel
Streete Remie
Taylor Ryan Anthony

Queens Park Rangers

Andrade Bruno Miguel Carvalho
Barton Joseph
Dunne Richard Patrick
Ferdinand Rio Gavin
Gibbons Jordan Leon Chidubem
Henry Karl Levi Daniel
Lennox Aaron Keith
Murphy Brian
Sendles-White Jamie Alexander
Wright-Phillips Shaun Cameron
Zamora Robert Lester

Southampton

Boruc Artur
Cropper Cody Joseph
Hooiveld Jos
Johns Christopher Patrick Adam
Rowe Omar Reiss
Sinclair Jake Tony

Stoke City

Adeloye Oluwatomisin
Alabi James
Coulson Samuel Philip
Grant Alexander Ian
Palacios Suazo Wilson Roberto
Parry Robbie Jay
Ricketts-Hopkinson Nathan Alton
Sorensen Thomas
Thomas Adam Christopher
Ward Charlie
Wheeler Elliot Peter
Wilkinson Andrew Gordon

Sunderland

Brown Wesley Michael
Burke Peter
Cartwright Andrew
Dixon Joel Stephen
McNamee Thomas Gerard
Reveillere Anthony

Swansea City

Atyeo Thomas David Benjamin
Cornell David Joseph
Donnelly Ruaridhri
Francis Corey Benjamin
Gallifuoco Giancarlo
Jones Joseph Michael
March Kurtis Charles
Obeng Curtis
Owen Gareth Thomas
Tancock Scott Russell
Tate Alan
Tremmel Gerhard

Tottenham Hotspur

Archer Jordan Gideon
Ceballos Cristian
Friedel Bradley Howard
Khumalo Bongani
McEneff Aaron
McQueen Alexander Luke
Miles Jonathan David

West Bromwich Albion

Atkinson Wesley
Baird Christopher
Birch Aaron
Davidson Jason
Garmston Bradley
Jones Alexander
McAuley Gareth Gerald
Mulumbu Youssouf
O’Sullivan Mani

West Ham United

Bywater Kieran
Cole Carlton
De Carvalho Anderson Luis
Demel Guy Roland
Jaaskelainen Juusi Albert
Maguire Sean
McCallum Paul Leon Miller
Potts Daniel