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Liverpool unites to remember the 96

The world of soccer joined in unison with the people of Liverpool yesterday at a memorial service at Anfield to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans.

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Gunners back in the top four

Arsenal 3 West Ham 1
Arsenal’s Faustian pact to give up a place in the Champions League in order to win a trophy this season may not, after all, be signed in blood following a crucial victory over West Ham that moved them back into the top four and above nearest rivals Everton.

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Wilson ready to become central figure for Potters and Ireland

Marc Wilson breezes into the media room at Stoke City’s plush Clayton Wood training ground sporting an Easy Rider T-shirt and feeling every bit the man with a lot of road to travel and time to do it.

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First-year coaches in need of some Copa clasico consolation

Tonight’s Copa del Rey decider between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Valencia will be very different from their last final meeting.

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Costa future up in the air

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted he may be powerless to stop star striker Diego Costa joining Chelsea in the summer.

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Stokes eyes Ireland spot

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes feels he has brought new elements to his game beyond goals this season — and is hopeful it will improve his Republic of Ireland chances.

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Pellegrini not ready to throw in title towel

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Premier League title race.

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Gibson in ‘phenomenal’ return

Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson is set to be available for this summer’s friendly internationals after Everton manager Roberto Martinez labelled his recovery from knee surgery as “remarkable.”

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Martinez wary as boss Pulis puts pluck into Eagles

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is all too aware of the threat Crystal Palace pose to his side’s top-four dreams.

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Given fills Villa coaching void

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been temporarily promoted to Aston Villa’s coaching staff in a shake-up at the troubled Premier League club.

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Ireland agrees new Stoke deal

The prospects of Stephen Ireland returning to the international fold would appear to have improved further after the player’s immediate future at club level was settled.

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Meyler says Bruce was between heaven and Hull

David Meyler has admitted Hull City nearly gave manager Steve Bruce a heart attack in Sunday’s topsy-turvy FA Cup semi-final before the Cork man’s goal put the icing on the cake of a 5-3 win over Sheffield United.

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Wenger targets five wins for top four spot

Premier League
Arsenal v West Ham
Tonight: Emirates Stadium 7.45
Referee: K Friend
TV: Sky Sports 1

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City and PSG among 76 clubs in financial fair play rules sweat

Manchester City and Paris St Germain will learn this week whether they are deemed to be in serious breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

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Respecting the past, Reds look to the future

Today, the city of Liverpool will fall temporarily silent.

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Coutinho puts Reds within reach of glory

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Brendan Rodgers danced on to the pitch to celebrate Philippe Coutinho’s third goal and, somehow, it was advantage Liverpool in the title race.

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Web creaks as skipper speaks from heart

The last time Liverpool won a league title, back in 1990, the internet had not yet been invented; but such is the incredible interest surrounding the current team’s bid to win a first title in 24 years it would be no surprise to see the worldwide web collapse under the pressure of their latest victory.

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We need to keep calm, says tearful Gerrard

Steven Gerrard felt Liverpool made the biggest statement of their title intentions yet as he revelled in the emotions of his team’s dramatic win over Manchester City.

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SANDWICHED: Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, left, and Nemanja Matic take on Swansea's Pablo Hernandez during yesterday's Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium. Picture: PA

Jose gamble pays off again as Ba delivers

Swansea City 0 Chelsea 1
A fourth Premier League goal of the season from Demba Ba kept Chelsea hot on the heels of leaders Liverpool and left Swansea to contemplate what might have been.

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Meyler completes Tigers’ fairytale

Hull 5 Sheffield United 3
The divisive efforts of Hull City owner to abandon the name in favour of Hull Tigers has frequently overshadowed efforts on the pitch this season, but balance was restored when Steve Bruce’s side secured a first ever appearance in the FA Cup final.

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DangerHere.com: The Week in Guff

“Suarez has gone down like he’s been crucified.”
Shouldn’t that keep him up, Stuart Pearce?

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Sherwood’s Danish treat

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If Tim Sherwood was looking to pay Christian Eriksen a compliment following his injury-time equaliser, then it might not have been the way Tottenham supporters would have chosen.

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Martinez piles pressure on Poyet

Sunderland 0 Everton 1
Roberto Martinez drew on his experience of relegation fights to push Sunderland closer to the Championship while at the same time strengthening Everton’s chances of playing in the Champions League next season.

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Kelly quickly finds feet in America

On March 8, 40,000 people packed into Seattle’s CenturyLink Field to watch the local side take on Sporting Kansas City in the opening game of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

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TERRACE TALK: Reaction from the weekend's top Premiership action

Emotions in red zone before ball kicked

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Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga punches clear from Cardiff's Fraizer Campbell at St Mary's Stadium.  Picture:  Steve Bardens/Getty

Cardiff’s ‘fighting chance’

Southampton 0 Cardiff 1
Peter Whittingham believes Cardiff have given themselves a “fighting chance” of staving off relegation with their smash-and-grab win at Southampton.

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