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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Allardyce quits as Palace manager

Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday he was stepping down as Crystal Palace manager after just five months at the helm of the Premier League club for family reasons.

The 62-year-old, who was previously in charge of England for just one game, said he had "no ambitions to take another job", admitting he was turning his back on a club that had offered him a "chance of rehabilitation".

Allardyce took over at Palace from Alan Pardew in December on a two-and-a-half year deal and led the Eagles to eight wins in 21 games. They finished 14th in the league.
"In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make, but in others it has been a simple one," Allardyce said in a statement following talks with club chairman Steve Parish.
"I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.

"More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation."

Allardyce lost his job as England manager following a newspaper sting. His reign lasted just 67 days and took in one away game.
The England job was the pinnacle of a long career in management that saw Allardyce previously take charge of Bolton, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

But it ended as a fiasco following ill-advised remarks to undercover journalists.
Allardyce gave advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules, criticised the FA's decision to rebuild Wembley and mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson while being secretly filmed by reporters from The Daily Telegraph posing as East Asian businessmen.

FAMILY TIME
Allardyce said his reason to depart Palace had been principally to spend more time with his family.
"It's been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take - and that's been the simple part for me," he said.
"I want to be able to savour life while I'm still relatively young and when I'm still relatively healthy, even if I'm beginning to feel all my 62 years.

"While I've got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.
"This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League."

Allardyce added: "Steve Parish has been superb during our conversations today. I know it came as a shock to him that I would walk away but our discussions have been incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out.
"This is not about transfer targets, club finances or anything along those lines. This is me taking the decision I believe is right for my family and myself.

"I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I've no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Current top 3 world Mathematicians are Nigerians

The trio of Master Honour Olatunji, Master Daniel-Aguebor Emmanuel Jesutobiloba and Master Olatunde Oluwasemilore Olaposi have emerged top in the world in Mathematics at the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education IGCSE, the British Council has said.

They were honoured Friday night at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, along side other 63 awardees in a ceremony well attended by many stakeholders in the sector. Leading universities and employers worldwide accept Cambridge IGCSE as evidence of academic ability.
Master Honour Olatunji, student of Greensprings School, Lagos emerged top in the world at the 2016 Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics.

In his response to the award, Olatunji said: “I love mathematics.” “Finding out about my award did not just make me joyful, but also increased my love and passion for mathematics! “I found the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum very interesting because it is skills-based and makes you think critically. “It was really helpful in exposing and preparing me to do well in international schools and universities in future. Also, I enjoyed the privileged of highly competent and committed teachers.”

Olatunji who urged learners to start exams preparations early, noted that early preparation makes your exams stress free. “My first advice to other learners is to start preparing early; I started preparing for my Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics four months early. “This makes your preparation stress-free. Also, practise a lot of past questions and learn from your mistakes.

Finding a study partner would be very helpful too,” he said. In his future plan, he said: “I plan on applying to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Stanford University to study Electrical/Electronic Engineering. Similarly, in 2015 categories, Master Daniel-Aguebor Emmanuel Jesutobiloba, a student from The Ambassador College, Ota also emerged top in the World at the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics. In his remark, he said: “I gave the exams a 100% focus and made sure I covered my textbooks and schemes.

Also, my teachers taught me in easy-to-understand and interesting ways. “I find Cambridge interesting because I got to see learning in a more practical and exciting way, which taught me to think more critically, to solve real life problems more effectively, and to be passionate about learning. It was also challenging, because it was different from the normal curriculum I had been exposed to for years.”

He urged students to acquire knowledge through in-depth learning, and not just reading to pass tests. “I have been accepted to study Electrical Engineering at university,” he disclosed .
Besides, Master Olatunde Oluwasemilore Olaposi, student of The Ambassador College, Ota also came top in the World, Cambridge IGCSE in Mathematics in the Nov 2015. He said: “The Cambridge IGCSE programme was quite demanding and yet interesting. It made me realise that education was more than just gathering information – it was about being able to apply it to challenges in the real world.

I had teachers who were always there to help me through aspects I did not understand well and provide enough past questions to work on.
“I advice learners to put in their very best as they prepare for the exams, realising that the knowledge gained will go beyond receiving a certificate from Cambridge.”

Top in the world were 8, top in Nigeria, 55 and the best across were 3. On the whole, a total of 66 were honored by the British Council at the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for the November 2015 and June 2016 examination series.

The award night was grace by Country Director, British Council Nigeria, Connie Price, British High Commissioner, represented by Andrew Davidson, Deputy Head of Nigeria, Janet Morris, Director, International Network Cambridge and former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, among others.

First lady of Mavin Records, Tiwa Savage drops her hit single titled "All Over"

The First Lady of Mavin Records, and Afro Pop Queen Tiwa Savage drops the Kaleidoscopic visuals to her hit single titled “All Over“.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFBQzRNsMK0

Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager

David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager following their relegation from the Premier League, the club announced on Monday.

The 54-year-old Scot succeeded Sam Allardyce last July and oversaw a desperate season that saw Sunderland finish 16 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.
"I would like to thank (chairman) Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club," Moyes said in a statement.

"I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League."
Sunderland's relegation to the Championship after 10 years in the top flight was confirmed following a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth last month.
Moyes informed Sunderland officials of his decision to leave at a meeting in London on Monday.

His departure completes a sorry few weeks for the former Everton manager, who has been charged by the Football Association after jokily threatening to "slap" a female reporter.
It is his third successive short-lived stint at a club, following previous disappointments at Manchester United, where he lasted just 10 months, and Real Sociedad.

"I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned," said Sunderland chairman Ellis Short.
"Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.

"In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."
Moyes was dissatisfied with Sunderland's close-season transfer dealings and set the tone for their campaign early in the season when he said he was preparing for a relegation battle.

Sunderland sank into the bottom three in September and did not move off the foot of the table from January onwards, finishing the campaign with only six wins to their name.
An incident involving Moyes and BBC radio reporter Vicki Sparks occurred after a 0-0 draw against Burnley on March 18, but only came to light last month.

After taking exception to a question, Moyes waited until the interview had ended before telling Sparks: "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself.
"You still might get a slap even though you're a woman. Careful the next time you come in."
He subsequently apologised, but was charged by the FA on April 26.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nigerian Star Wizkid wins 3 Billboard Music Awards and counting,see the full list

Nigerians​ Music star and 'Come Closer' crooner, Wizkid, is really winning big at the ongoing 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The singer who set the record as the first Nigerian singer to get 7 Billboard Music Award nominations, has now bagged 3 awards out of those categories, including Top Hot 1oi00 song, Top R&B song and Top R&B Collaboration, and might also be winning the Top Streaming Song (Audio) before the end of the night. Other stars who have won big already include Beyonce and Drake.

Here are winners in the categories that have been announced;

Top Artist:Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

The WeekndTop Female Artist
Beyoncé – winner
Adele
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn
Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
The Weeknd
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake – winner
Beyoncé
Prince
Twenty One Pilots

The WeekndTop Hot 100 Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Twenty One Pilots – winner
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé – winner
Justin Bieber
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé – winner
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé – winner
Lionel Richie
Rihanna
Top Rap Artist:
Drake – winner
J. Cole
Desiigner
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour:
Drake – winner
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton

Jason AldeanTop Country Tour:Kenny Chesney – winner
Luke Bryan
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Twenty One Pilots – winner
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay – winner
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist:
Juan Gabriel – winner
J Balvin
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers – winner
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle – winner
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin – winner
Jekalyn Carr
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé Lemonade
Drake Views
Rihanna Anti
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
The Weeknd Starboy

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
Hamilton: An American Musical – winner
Moana
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad: The Album
Trolls

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé Lemonade – winner
Bruno Mars 24K Magic
Frank Ocean Blonde
Rihanna Anti
The Weeknd Starboy

Top Rap Album:
Drake Views – winner
Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
Kevin Gates Islah
DJ Khaled Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton Traveller – winner
Jason Aldean They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton If I’m Honest
Keith Urban Ripcord

Top Rock Album:
Metallica Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – winner
The Lumineers Cleopatra
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface

Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel Los Dúo 2 – winner
J Balvin Energia
CNCO Primera Cita
Juan Gabriel Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho Recuerden Mi Estilo

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers Bouquet (EP)
The Chainsmokers Collage (EP)
Flume Skin
Kygo Cloud Nine
Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough – winner

Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle How Can It Be – winner
Casting Crowns The Very Next Thing
Joey + Rory Hymns
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Love Remains
Skillet Unleashed

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann One Way – winner
Kirk Franklin Losing My Religion
Travis Greene The Hill
Tasha Cobbs One Place: Live
Hezekiah Walker Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2

Top Hot 100 Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Selling Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Desiigner “Panda” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda” – winner
Drake “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” – winner
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire” – winner
Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Little Big Town “Better Man”
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” – winner
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer” – winner
Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring WisinDuele El Corazon”
Shakira Featuring MalumaChantaje
Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will” – winner
Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”
Skillet “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Travis Greene “Made A Way” – winner
Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy?”
Hezekiah Walker “Better”
The Chainsmokers – winner
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake – winner
Beyoncé
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd
Top Song Sales Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Twenty One Pilots – winner
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Drake – winner
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé – winner
Justin Bieber
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé – winner
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé – winner
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
Drake – winner
J. Cole
Desiigner
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour:
Drake – winner
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason AldeanTop Country Tour:Kenny Chesney – winner
Luke Bryan
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Twenty One Pilots – winner
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay – winner
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist:
Juan Gabriel – winner
J Balvin
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers – winner
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle – winner
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin – winner
Jekalyn Carr
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé Lemonade
Drake Views
Rihanna Anti
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
The Weeknd Starboy

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
Hamilton: An American Musical – winner
Moana
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad: The Album
Trolls

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé Lemonade – winner
Bruno Mars 24K Magic
Frank Ocean Blonde
Rihanna Anti
The Weeknd Starboy

Top Rap Album:
Drake Views – winner
Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
Kevin Gates Islah
DJ Khaled Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton Traveller – winner
Jason Aldean They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton If I’m Honest
Keith Urban Ripcord

Top Rock Album:
Metallica Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – winner
The Lumineers Cleopatra
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface

Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel Los Dúo 2 – winner
J Balvin Energia
CNCO Primera Cita
Juan Gabriel Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho Recuerden Mi Estilo

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers Bouquet (EP)
The Chainsmokers Collage (EP)
Flume Skin
Kygo Cloud Nine
Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough – winner

Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle How Can It Be – winner
Casting Crowns The Very Next Thing
Joey + Rory Hymns
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Love Remains
Skillet Unleashed

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann One Way – winner
Kirk Franklin Losing My Religion
Travis Greene The Hill
Tasha Cobbs One Place: Live
Hezekiah Walker Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2

Top Hot 100 Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”Top Selling Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Desiigner “Panda” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” – winner
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda” – winner
Drake “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” – winner
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire” – winner
Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Little Big Town “Better Man”
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” – winner
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer” – winner
Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin “Duele El Corazon”
Shakira Featuring Maluma “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer” – winner
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will” – winner
Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”
Skillet “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Travis Greene “Made A Way” – winner
Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy?”
Hezekiah Walker “Better”

Arsenal out as City, Reds book UCL berths

Arsene Wenger's torrid year reached a calamitous climax as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years after Manchester City and Liverpool wrapped up the remaining top four places on the final day of the Premier League season.

Wenger's side won 3-1 against Everton, but Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough and Manchester City's 5-0 demolition of Watford pushed Arsenal out of Europe's elite.
After reaching the Champions League for the last 19 seasons, Arsenal will spend next term trekking around the unglamourous outposts of the Europa League.

That indignity will cost Arsenal an estimated £50 million in revenue and increase the pressure on Gunners boss Wenger, who has endured a miserable season filled with fan protests and calls for his resignation.

The Frenchman, who has yet to reveal if he will sign a new contract to extend his 21-year reign, could still finish the season with silverware as Arsenal face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next Saturday.
But even that won't be enough to quell the mutinous atmosphere among Arsenal supporters who believe Wenger has lost his edge.

Hector Bellerin put Arsenal ahead in the eighth minute, but when Laurent Koscielny was sent off six minutes later for a reckless challenge on Enner Valencia, Wenger must have feared the worst.
Alexis Sanchez increased Arsenal's advantage in the 27th minute, but by the time Everton's Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit with a 58th minute penalty, it was already clear results elsewhere had conspired against Wenger.

Aaron Ramsey got Arsenal's third, but his team were condemned to finishing fifth because Liverpool crushed relegated Middlesbrough to reach the Champions League for the first time since 2014-15.
Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool ahead in first half stoppage-time, Philippe Coutinho struck in the 51st minute and Adam Lallana kept the party mood going with the third five minutes later.

Liverpool finish fourth and will enter the Champions League play-off round next season as they look to make the group stages.
At Vicarage Road, City wrapped up third place and automatic entry into the Champions League group stages.
Vincent Kompany headed home in the fifth minute and Sergio Aguero doubled the lead in the 23rd minute.

ASTONISHING -
Aguero scored his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions nine minutes before halftime.
Fernandinho bagged City's fourth in the 41st minute before Gabriel Jesus made it five in the 58th minute.
Harry Kane finished as the Premier League's leading scorer for the second successive year as the Tottenham striker's hat-trick took him to 29 goals and inspired a 7-1 win at Hull.

Kane fired home in the 11th minute and netted again two minutes later.
Already guaranteed to finish second, Tottenham added further goals through Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama.
Kane, who scored four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, completed his treble in the 72nd minute and Tottenham made it an astonishing 13 goals in two games thanks to late efforts from Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld.

John Terry was given an emotional send-off as champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 before hoisting the Premier League trophy.
Terry captained Chelsea on his farewell appearance at Stamford Bridge ahead of his post-season departure.

Blues boss Antonio Conte paid a fitting tribute to Terry, taking him off in the 26th minute – matching his shirt number – and Chelsea's players formed a guard of honour as he walked off to a standing ovation by the capacity crowd.
Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro scored to put Chelsea in control before Michy Batshuayi capped the rout with two late goals.

Jose Mourinho named Manchester United's youngest ever Premier League starting line-up, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days, and the kids rose to the occasion with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
With United due to face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Mourinho made no attempt to conceal his desire to keep his key players fresh for the Stockholm showpiece.
United must win the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Josh Harrop showed no signs of being overawed as the 21-year-old English midfielder put United ahead with a solo effort in the 15th minute.
Paul Pogba, back in the team after the death of his father, added United's second goal in the 19th minute.
West Ham won 2-1 at Burnley, Leicester drew 1-1 with Bournemouth, Stoke won 1-0 at Southampton and Swansea won 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wenger desperate for league lifeline

Arsene Wenger will hope an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City helps silence a growing army of critics as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday's season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal's failure to live up to his expectations, and with a succession of former players questioning his methods, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign – and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

As if finishing below arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in 22 years wasn't bad enough, Wenger's bid to lead Arsenal into the Champions League for a 20th successive season is in grave danger heading into their last league game against Everton.

To make matters worse, his former captain Tony Adams said Wenger "couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag" in an extract from his autobiography "Sober", serialised in The Sun newspaper.
Wenger, however, brushed off the criticism from former defender Adams, whose coaching tenure at Granada has ended in relegation from La Liga in Spain.

With the title race settled in Chelsea's favour, Tottenham guaranteed to finish second and the three relegation places filled by Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull, attention will focus on Sunday on the battle for the lucrative remaining two places in Europe's elite club competition.

Despite winning six of their last seven games, Arsenal are in fifth place, one point behind fourth placed Liverpool and three adrift of third placed City.
If Liverpool beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield and City avoid defeat at struggling Watford, then, even if Arsenal win, Wenger's side will be consigned to the indignity of Thursday nights in the unglamourous Europa League next term.

Having refused to confirm if he will accept Arsenal's offer of a new contract, the 67-year-old Wenger said this week his future will be settled when he meets the club's powerbrokers after the Gunners' FA Cup final date with Chelsea on May 27.
Those are still likely to be led by US-based owner Stan Kroenke despite a reported fresh takeover bid by minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

Meanwhile, a fourth successive City victory will see them hold on to third place and go straight into next season's Champions League, while a draw would also be enough to ensure a top-four finish.

'ICING ON THE CAKE'
However, City could still miss out altogether if they lose, Liverpool defeat Middlesbrough and Arsenal improve their goal difference by at least five in the process of beating Everton.
Calling for one last push after an underwhelming first season in charge, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "We still have 95, 96 minutes to fight to do one thing that's so important for the club and the future.

Liverpool will compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2014-15, and only the second time in eight years, as long as they match Arsenal's result.
"The Champions League, for different reasons, is a wonderful competition. It would be the icing on the cake," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Already certain to finish sixth, Manchester United will send out a team largely comprised of youth team players as boss Jose Mourinho keeps his senior stars fresh for next week's Europa League final against Ajax.
If United win the Europa League they will claim a place in the Champions League, giving Mourinho the last laugh while his old rival Wenger faces a troubled future.

Fixtures (all 2pm GMT)
Arsenal v Everton, Burnley v West Ham, Chelsea v Sunderland, Hull v Tottenham, Leicester v Bournemouth, Liverpool v Middlesbrough, Manchester United v Crystal Palace, Southampton v Stoke, Swansea v West Brom, Watford v Manchester City