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Packers, Vikings both need win to boost playoff hopes

Packers, Vikings both need win to boost playoff hopes

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Two high-priced quarterbacks will face off Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in prime time when the Green Bay Packers meet the Minnesota Vikings in a game both teams need to win to enhance their playoff chances. The Packers (4-5-1) and Vikings (5-4-1) played to a 29-29 tie on Sept. 16 in Green Bay as Vikings rookie kicker Daniel Carlson missed three field goal attempts, including two in overtime. Carlson was released after that game and Dan Bailey is now doing the kicking for Minnesota. But the focus Sunday night will be on Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cousins had perhaps his best game of the season against the Packers, going 35 of 48 for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. However, Cousins and the Vikings have...
Ten-man Burnley well beaten in Europa League play-off first leg

Ten-man Burnley well beaten in Europa League play-off first leg

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt the officials succumbed to pressure from Olympiakos players during his side's 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League play-off in Athens.The Clarets lost 3-1 in a game that saw their defender Ben Gibson sent off and both sides awarded a penalty.Dyche criticised the conduct of the home team in the tunnel at half-time. "They were waiting for the referee. You all saw the feel of the game was different in the second half," he said."The scenes I saw at half-time from all and sundry around the referee on their side, you're left scratching your head."All I keep getting told is respect the officials with your conduct around the referee."The score was 1-1 at the...
Exeter City 3-1 Lincoln City (3-1 agg): Grecians earn place in Wembley play-off final with convincing win

Exeter City 3-1 Lincoln City (3-1 agg): Grecians earn place in Wembley play-off final with convincing win

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Fans celebrated the win with a pitch invasion Thursday, May 17, 2018 Exeter booked their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final with a 3-1 victory over Lincoln at St James Park. After a goalless draw in the first leg, Exeter held a narrow lead at the break thanks to Jayden Stockley's neat finish. Hiram Boateng doubled the home side's advantage early in the second half before Ryan Harley finished off Lincoln, who did give their travelling fans something to cheer when Matt Green netted late on. Exeter will face Notts County or Coventry at Wembley on May 28. Let's block ads! (Why?)
Derby beat Fulham in play-off semi-final first leg

Derby beat Fulham in play-off semi-final first leg

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Cameron Jerome scored his fifth goal in four games as Derby County gained the advantage in an intriguing Championship play-off semi-final against Fulham.Jerome powered home a delightful header from Craig Forsyth's cross following a slick first-half move.Fulham bossed possession throughout, but only managed two shots on target. Kevin McDonald came closest to a leveller with a sumptuous first-time shot that hit the bar, but the Rams lead going into Monday's second leg.Relive Derby's first-leg victory over FulhamA bright start by the Londoners, with midfielders Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen prominent, set the tone for the first leg and suggested their final-day failure to clinch automatic prom...
Pelicans fighting for playoff life vs. Warriors

Pelicans fighting for playoff life vs. Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two teams that could be first-round opponents in the upcoming NBA playoffs square off Saturday night when the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors (57-22) are locked into the No. 2 seeding in the Western Conference. They will have the home-court advantage against the seventh seed in the first round starting next weekend. The Pelicans (45-34), meanwhile, are among six teams battling for the final five playoff spots in the West. They will begin the day Saturday tied with San Antonio (45-34) and Oklahoma City (45-34) for fifth place, with Minnesota (45-35) and Denver (44-35) close behind. One of the five won't make the postseason. New Orleans, which is seeking its first playoff spot since 2015, will be playing the second day of a back-to-back...