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LONDON---Liverpool regained the lead in
the English Premier League but the crown
slipped further from its grasp as it threw
away a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw away
to Crystal Palace yesterday.
The stunning outcome put Liverpool a
point above Manchester City, but City has
a game in hand and can win its second title
in three years with four points from its last
When asked if the title race was now over,
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers said, "Yes,
it probably is," and rued the irony of his
team s leading league position but fading
"We re going top with 81 points with a
week to go in the season and we re sat here
devastated," he said, insisting Liverpool s
title challenge was not a one-season flash
in the pan.
"I m here to fight, to win titles, and I ll
be relentless in my quest," he said. "We re
trying to build something that s sustainable."
Overconfidence sowed the seeds of Liv-
erpool s downfall against Palace, Rodgers
said, and suggested his team at times was
reminiscent of "Roy of the Rovers," a British
football comic strip famed for depicting
Liverpool was romping to a bonus big win
to help its goal difference thanks to a first-
half goal by Joe Allen before Daniel Sturridge
and Luis Suarez scored in quick succession
in the second to be leading 3-0 by the 55th
Then, Damian Delaney exposed Liverpool s
vulnerability to counterattacks as he scored
in the 79th, launching a dramatic turnaround
and deflating the Reds. They didn t recover,
as Dwight Gayle cut the deficit to one two
minutes later, and drew level with his second
goal in the 88th.
Suarez, the league s new player of the
year, was in tears on the final whistle and
covered his face with his shirt as he left the
pitch, with his team now highly unlikely to
claim a first title in 24 years.
The title race is certain to go to the last
day of the season on Sunday, and City s
superior goal difference means a win and a
draw from its last two games is almost certain
to be enough to clinch the title. City faces
Aston Villa on Wednesday, and West Ham
United on Sunday, both at home.
Liverpool started strongly and seemed to
have put the preceding 2-0 defeat to Chelsea
behind it when Allen darted to the far post
to head in Steven Gerrard s corner, his first
league goal in over two years.
Leading only 1-0 at the break, Liverpool
came out fighting in the second half, forcing
Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to tip a
Sturridge shot onto the post in acrobatic
style, before Suarez missed an open goal on
Sturridge doubled Liverpool s lead with
a deflected shot on 51 minutes, and Suarez
combined with Raheem Sterling to make it
3-0 with a calm low finish two minutes
Chasing a big win to reduce City s goal-
difference advantage, Liverpool continued
to pour men forward and was repeatedly
caught on the counterattack as Palace scored
three goals in the space of nine minutes.
Delaney s 25-yard speculative shot veered
in off Glen Johnson s leg into the top-right
corner of the net, then Gayle scored his first,
coolly finishing off a Yannick Bolasie cross.
Gayle levelled in the 88th, slotting past
goalkeeper Simon Mignolet when Glenn
Murray controlled a long pass.
"At 3-0 you re staring down the barrel.
When we got the first goal I actually thought
we d have a squeak," Palace coach Tony Pulis
"Then the support, everything, took off.
It was amazing. When the second goal went
in, it was only a matter of time before we
got the third."
Liverpool twice had strong penalty appeals
turned down by referee Mark Clattenburg,
first when Johnson was floored by Bolasie
midway through the first half, then shortly
after the break when Suarez argued furiously
for a spot kick, but earned himself only a
yellow card for doing so.
Palace s final home game of the season
saw the home crowd leave in buoyant mood
following a season in which the London
team was expected to battle only against
relegation in its first season since returning
to the Premier League.
Palace can no longer overtake 10th-place
Stoke City, and will secure 11th with a point
away to relegated Fulham on Sunday. (AP)
After a pool of 200 players were reduced
to 30, three Chelsea coaches will have the
task of selecting three young footballers to
participate at the Digicel Kickstart Academy
programme in Barbados, later this year.
For two days, the footballers are expected
to deliver the necessary attributes sought by
the Chelsea coaches in order to catch their
attention. "The players must be willing to work
their hardest; must possess technical strengths
in more than position on the pitch, and most
importantly, must be an ambassador for T&T."
So said David Monk, one of the Chelsea coach-
es, who is on his second visit to T&T.
Monk was speaking at a media conference
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, just
before he and his colleagues started a two-day
screening session at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium s training field. The other coaches with
him were fellow Chelsea Football Club Foun-
dation coach Kobina Elliot and Andrew Patrick
Ottley, Chelsea s international development
Following today s final session, the two foot-
ballers will learn of their achievement. Tomor-
row, a girls session will also take place.
The players selected from the 200-large
pool are: Afton Molino, Anthony Herbert,
Davidson Lawrence, Derek Hooker, Isaiah
Lopez, Jahreed Murray, Jeankaon Alexander,
Jordan Riley, Josiah Callender, Kameron Donald,
Kareem Arcia, Krishon Alexander, Kyle Mowser,
Maliq Walkes, Naim Leis, Nevorne McNicolls,
Rahim Gordon, Renaldo Francois, Ronaldo
Boyce, Stephon Marcano, Tekay Hoyce, Terral
Cambridge, Tristan Perrotte, Yevan Rajpaul,
Lashaun Roberts, Tafaiel Joseph, Jabari McMil-
lan, Che Richards, Oshan George.
Players who are not selected today may still
get the chance to appear at the academy. The
public will vote for three "wild card" players
via Facebook voting. Also, Digicel has offered
a Legendary Skills promotion, where players
are asked to upload short videos showcasing
their skills via a mobile application. Thirty
local coaches, associated with the T&T Pro
League and the T&T Football Association, will
also benefit under the guidance of the Chelsea
coaches. According to Monk, the coaches will
undergo the latest training methods both on
and off the field.
A classroom session will take place, today,
before the coaches are drilled on their studies
on the pitch in an evening session.
left, shields the
and Liverpool at
match ended 3-3.
Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh
allrounder, has been suspended
for two matches and fined 100
per cent of his match fees after
he was found guilty of a Level 3
offence during the Central Zone-
North Zone match in the
Bangladesh Cricket League.
"He (Mahmudullah) has been
charged on a Level 3 offence,"
match referee Showkatur
Rahman told ESPNcricinfo. "I
called him at a hearing at the
end of the day's play where he
disagreed with the charge. The
punishment is a two-match ban
and a fine of 100 per cent of his
match fees. I have already
informed the BCB."
On the third day of the first-
class match, Mahmudullah
reached his century and
according to eye-witness
accounts, he first kicked the turf,
threw away his helmet and
pointed towards the team
owner's logo on his shirt and
made a gesture with his bat.
The reason for such behaviour
is unclear. Interestingly,
Mahmudullah completed a hat-
trick by taking four wickets off
four consecutive deliveries
across two innings. (Cricinfo)
Mahmuddlah suspended for two matches
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