05/24 09:39 CDT The Latest: Lampard scores on farewell appearance
The Latest: Lampard scores on farewell appearance
LONDON (AP) --- 3:37 p.m. (1437 GMT)
What a way to say goodbye to the Premier League for Frank Lampard.
The midfielder scores to put Manchester City 1-0 ahead against Southampton,
which as it stands will miss out on a Europa League berth.
Lampard has scored at least six goals in each of the last 13 Premier League
campaigns, and is heading to New York City FC on a high.
3:30 p.m. (1430 GMT)
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria is hobbling off with an injury, and
has been replaced by Adnan Januzaj. Is that the last United will see of Di
The Argentina international has endured a disappointing first season at Old
Trafford following his offseason move for nearly 60 million pounds (now $93
million) and has been used mainly as a substitute in recent months.
Harry Kane has another goal in his breakthrough season at Tottenham. He has
scored the opening goal against Everton at Goodison Park.
Liverpool is 3-0 down at Stoke, with Jon Walters scoring the third.
3:26 p.m. (1425 GMT)
What a miserable season it's been for Liverpool and it's ending on a low note.
Brendan Rodgers' team is losing 2-0 at Stoke after conceding twice to Mame
After finishing second last season, Liverpool entered Sunday's finale in fifth
3:22 (1422 GMT)
Arsenal is now 3-0 up after goals by Walcott, his second, and Jack Wilshere.
Walcott is stating a case for inclusion in the FA Cup final next weekend.
Hull has had two goals ruled out against Man United and is piling on the
Arsenal 3, West Brom 0
Aston Villa 0, Burnley 1
Chelsea 0, Sunderland 0
Crystal Palace 0, Swansea 0
Everton 0, Tottenham 0
Hull 0, Manchester United 0
Leicester 1, QPR 0
Man City 0, Southampton 0
Newcastle 0, West Ham 0
Stoke 1, Liverpool 0
3:17 p.m. (1417 GMT) Jamie Vardy has celebrated his first England call-up by
putting Leicester in front against relegated Queens Park Rangers.
The 28-year-old striker was playing in the non-leagues only four years ago and
wasn't even a regular for Leicester for most of this season.
But Vardy has helped the team make a stunning end to the season. Leicester has
won six of its last eight games to climb off the bottom of the standings and
secure safety with one round to spare.
3:10 p.m. (1410 GMT)
It's potentially the goal that secures third place for Arsenal. Walcott has
scored after 4 minutes to put Arsenal 1-0 up against West Brom and within sight
of the Champions League groups stage.
No goals in the relegation games yet, where Hull has started very well against
3:06 p.m. (1406 GMT)
A penny for the thoughts of West Ham manager Sam Allardyce today.
"Big Sam," as he is known, could be taking charge of his last game in charge of
the Hammers before losing his job. And what a way he could go out.
Allardyce's West Ham is at Newcastle, the club where he was fired in 2008 after
just a few months as manager. A win for West Ham could yet send Newcastle down.
3:02 (1502 GMT)
We're underway around the country. It's a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will be picking up the Premier League trophy after the game and
Sunderland will be celebrating staying up.
Chelsea fans lined up outside Stamford Bridge to sign a huge "Champions"
banner. Fans also marked the end of an era --- again. Didier Drogba took the
captain's armband from John Terry in his final Chelsea game. The 37-year-old
Ivorian striker did leave Chelsea three years after winning the Champions
League, but he was persuaded to return by coach Jose Mourinho for this season.
2:58 p.m. (1358 GMT)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he is not leaving the club. Ashley has been
silent in public since buying the northeast team in 2007 but he gave a
television interview at St. James' Park ahead of the West Ham game when the
team's Premier League status is on the line.
Ashley, who owns the Sports Direct retail outlets, accepted responsibility for
the team being so close to the League Championship.
Despite facing years of fan protests, Ashley said he will not sell Newcastle.
"I am not going anywhere until we win something," he told Sky Sports television.
2:40 p.m. (1340 GMT)
So let's have a closer look at the permutations for the issues still at stake.
Hull currently occupies the third and final relegation spot --- above
already-relegated Burnley and Queens Park Rangers --- and is two points behind
Newcastle, which is at home to West Ham. If Hull wins, Newcastle must also win
to avoid going down because should the teams finish tied for points, Hull will
have a superior goal difference.
Arsenal just needs a point at home to West Bromwich Albion to seal third place.
Even a loss should still be enough, as Arsenal is three points above Man United
and has a superior goal difference of 7.
In terms of Europa League qualification, Liverpool is currently fifth on 62
points, Tottenham has 61 and Southampton 60. That competition has proved more
of a distraction than a bonus for English clubs in recent years, so there may
not be tears shed in the dressing room of the team that misses out.
2:37 p.m. (1337 GMT)
It's not just Drogba saying farewell today.
Two more Premier League greats, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, play their
final matches in English soccer before career-ending stints in the United
States. The pair have played in a combined 1,317 Premier League games already.
Gerrard will end his 17-year professional association with Liverpool in a game
at Stoke. Lampard, the former West Ham and Chelsea midfielder, ends his
one-year loan spell with Manchester City in a home match against Southampton.
Both players will start --- and both will be captain.
One player who has potentially played his last Premier League game at
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who misses the match at Hull because
of injury. He has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this offseason.
2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT)
There are three issues to be resolved on the final day of the season in the
English Premier League.
Either Hull or Newcastle will be the third team to be relegated, Arsenal and
Manchester United are vying for third place to avoid a playoff to qualify for
the Champions League's group stage, and two of Liverpool, Tottenham and
Southampton will secure places in next season's Europa League for finishing
fifth and sixth.
Chelsea clinched the league title three weeks ago and its players will finally
be able to lift the trophy this afternoon, after playing Sunderland at Stamford
Bridge. It will be a particularly emotional moment for Didier Drogba, who
announced hours before kickoff that he'll be leaving the club for a second time
to play at least one more season before retiring.