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May 25, 2015

Soccer-Norwich back in the big time at first attempt

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Norwich City’s return to the Premier League at the first attempt via the playoffs on Monday owes much to their young Scottish manager Alex Neil who was virtually unknown south of the border when he was appointed in January.

Although the Canaries failed to win automatic promotion under Neil — finishing third in the Championship — their new boss quickly fashioned an expansive side with a cutting edge who outplayed Middlesbrough to win 2-0 at Wembley.

May 25, 2015

Early goals seal Norwich’s win in playoff final

LONDON (Reuters) – Norwich City were promoted to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Monday to secure a 120 million pounds bonanza from the richest game in world football.

Cameron Jerome put Norwich ahead in the 12th minute before Nathan Redmond stunned Boro with a second three minutes later to see the Canaries back in the top flight after one season in the second tier.

May 25, 2015

Soccer-Early goals seal Norwich’s win in playoff final

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Norwich City were promoted to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Monday to secure a 120 million pounds ($185.90 million) bonanza from the richest game in world soccer.

Cameron Jerome put Norwich ahead in the 12th minute before Nathan Redmond stunned Boro with a second three minutes later to see the Canaries back in the top flight after one season in the second tier.

May 19, 2015

Confident McIlroy targets two more majors this year

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is confident he can add two majors to his trophy haul this year after a successful 12 months in which he has proved himself to be the world’s best player.

At Wentworth this week to defend his PGA Championship title, McIlroy on Tuesday picked up the European Tour Golfer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

May 16, 2015

Soccer-Saints’ Mane grabs fastest top-flight hat-trick

By Ken Ferris

(Reuters) – Southampton’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane scored the fastest English top-flight hat-trick in an extraordinary 6-1 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa at St Mary’s on Saturday.

His treble was timed at two minutes and 56 seconds breaking Scotland forward Graham Leggat’s record of three minutes for Fulham in a club record 10–1 win over Ipswich Town in 1963.

Apr 29, 2015

Wigan relegated to third tier two years after winning Cup

By Ken Ferris

(Reuters) – Wigan Athletic, whose meteoric rise saw them reach the Premier League and lift the FA Cup, will play in the third tier of English football next season after a second relegation in three years was confirmed on Tuesday.

The Latics’ fate was sealed when Rotherham United beat Reading 2-1 with second-half goals from Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington to secure their Championship status.

Apr 26, 2015

Hazard wins England’s PFA player of the year award

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea’s Belgium forward Eden Hazard won England’s PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.

England striker Kane, 21, was voted young player of the year at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner with Hazard, 24, second and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 22, third.

Apr 26, 2015

Soccer-Hazard wins England’s PFA player of the year award

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s Belgium forward Eden Hazard won England’s PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.

England striker Kane, 21, was voted young player of the year at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner with Hazard, 24, second and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 22, third.

Mar 31, 2015

Wasps’ Hughes banned for Champions Cup quarter-final

LONDON (Reuters) – Wasps forward Nathan Hughes will miss the Champions Cup quarter-final at holders Toulon on Sunday after receiving a three-week ban for striking an opponent, the RFU said on Tuesday.

Hughes was sent off after colliding with Northampton’s George North in an English Premiership match on March 27.

Mar 31, 2015

Rugby-Wasps’ Hughes banned for Champions Cup quarter-final

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Wasps forward Nathan Hughes will miss the Champions Cup quarter-final at holders Toulon on Sunday after receiving a three-week ban for striking an opponent, the RFU said on Tuesday.

Hughes was sent off after colliding with Northampton’s George North in an English Premiership match on March 27.