World Soccer

Stoke City striker Saido Berahino said on Thursday he served an eight-week drugs suspension earlier this season after someone spiked his drink in a nightclub. Berahino joined Stoke in January for a reported 12 million pounds ($14.96 million) having not played for former club West Bromwich Albion since September 2016. West Brom manager Tony Pulis had said repeatedly that the striker was not playing because of a lack of fitness.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:51 pm
The man who once fostered in a revolutionary era in London is now threatened in being swept up in one as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal list seemingly rudderless and try to right themselves. Meanwhile in the sky blue part of Manchester, the transition to Pep Guardiola has not gone completely according to plan - revolution in the Premier League will have to come another day. Sunday's mouth-watering clash at The Emirates between Arsenal and Manchester City has more than top-four positioning at stake.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:17 pm
Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew has a tall task on his hands if he is going to keep the Teeside club in the Premier League next season. Middlesbrough's last Premier League win came Dec. 17, 3-0 over Swansea in the reverse of this fixture at the Riverside Stadium. What's followed is an 0-4-7 top-flight stretch that included Aitor Karanka losing his manager's job.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:17 pm
There are still some words unspoken from Claudio Ranieri's sacking at Leicester City last month, in large part due to the manager's silence on the subject. The Foxes, though, have climbed to 15th in the table and are six points clear of the bottom three on the strength of a three-match win streak in league play. Additionally, they are still in the Champions League picture, though a daunting two-leg quarterfinal starting April 12 against Spanish side Atletico Madrid looms in the distance.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 7:53 pm
It's arguably the most crucial two-match stretch of the season for Hull City, who can go a long ways to avoiding the drop if they can emerge with six points from their efforts, starting with Saturday's clash against West Ham United at KCOM Stadium. The Tigers (6-6-17) enter this match day at the top of the drop, three points behind Swansea City for 17th. "When you look at the fixtures elsewhere, you see that Middlesbrough are playing Swansea on Sunday so there will be points dropped there, and if we can get a win against West Ham that can be a big three points, especially with us playing against Middlesbrough next week," defender Curtis Davies said.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 7:18 pm
With Chelsea already at a canter as champions-elect, the talk has begun about defending the title next season. The intrigue for Crystal Palace, however, lies in the here and now as they visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday desperate for points to avoid relegation. Antonio Conte's Blues have a seemingly unassailable 10-point lead atop the table with 10 matches remaining, and much of the talk in England has gone from who will win the Premier League to who will join Chelsea (22-3-3) in the Champions League next season as the six teams below them are separated by nine points.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 7:07 pm
Southampton's goal at the outset of the season was to challenge for a Europa League place, and while that isn't likely to come to fruition, they can ensure their place in the top half of the table over the final 10 matches. It's been an inconsistent season for Southampton (9-6-12), and they'll need to rebound from a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur prior to the international break. The Saints, who sit 10th in the table on 33 points, are 2-0-3 in their last five league matches.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 7:06 pm
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