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Tottenham cuts point gap to two, keeps pressure on Leicester

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Tottenham cuts point gap to two, keeps pressure on Leicester

Harry Kane scores a brace either side of half-time to let Tottenham secure a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa and keep up the pressure on Premier league leaders Leicester City.

The English striker had sent a warning early in the game at four minutes to Villa, hitting the bar with a lob at four minutes. He then opened the scores as he ran into Dele Alli’s quick free-kick and shot past Brad Guzan before the break.

The same partnership worked twice after the break as Kane slid in Alli’s low cross, and completed the game as strugglers Aston Villa managed only two shots on goal throughout.

Spurs are looking to get back into their title campaign after two games without victory, while Villa looks further fated to be relegated after losing five matches in a row. They now record 20 defeats in a season with eight more games to go – a record that equaled their worst yet.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was accused of fielding a weakened side that led to devastating loss against Borussia Dortmund earlier in the week, was plenty positive after the game.

“It was a good victory and three important points after a few games that have not been so good. We created more chances and played well. It is difficult to play against teams playing for survival but we had the right mentality and I am pleased,” he said.

“We need to keep the pressure on and win games. You cannot stop the dream of the supporters and they are right to dream. But we need to work hard.”

England survives Wales comeback to begin Grand Slam dream

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England survives Wales comeback to begin Grand Slam dream

England takes 25 points against Wales’ 21 to plant their feet solidly into first place of the Six Nations’ table, even as the Welsh clearly threatened to repeat England’s World Cup tragedy at Twickenham last year.

After two successive tries within four minutes, Wales threatened to get past England once again at the last fifteen seconds. George North was racing on for another try before being pushed into touch by Manu Tuilagi.

Wales would remain arguing against the decision of the touch judge. But if the play at 20 metres from England’s line had continued, it would well have not been a victory for England.

Though the match itself began with much anticipation and tense build-up, Wales were virtually absent during the first-half. Ironically, England would only have they own to rue about as they should have scored two tries in the opening 14 minutes.

Wales would miss tackles and blunder through and could not display a single redeeming quality that elevates their game above England. Still, they managed to score three tries and were within earshot of making England rue their day once more.

Still, England was convincing enough as they stole two of three Welsh free throws. Maro Itoje led the Roses’ charge as he crashed through tackles, made 14 himself, beats two defenders, made a clean break, a turnover and secures all four thrown to him.

He is one of the reason England supporters would be hopeful of a grand slam as they progresses to the decider against France. Eddie Jones, England’s coach would build on those hopes too.

“The Grand Slam is on, isn’t it?” Jones said smilingly after the game. “All we need to do is prepare well. We prepare well, we play well, we win the game.

Teams for EU LCS Spring playoffs decided

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Teams for EU LCS Spring playoffs decided

League of Legends World Championship semifinalists Origen and Fnatic have made it into the EU League Championship series (LCS) Spring playoffs with three games left.

Origen (8-7) had to sub out sick mid laner Tirstan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage for owner Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez against Unicorns of Love (9-6), who took a break from competitive play since the 2015 World Championship semifinals since their defeat at the hands of champions SK Telecom T1.

However, with just one day of practice xPeke still managed to be a contribution to the team. It was a game with almost equal number of kills but the Unicorns failed to convert them into towers and allowed Origen to progress from the group.

Meanwhile, Fnatic (9-6) had a walk in the park as they played against a struggling Giants Gaming team, with only two kills collected by their opponents.

The two semifinalists would be joining G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming who tied at first place and 12-3, as well Vitality (11-4) and Unicorns of Love (9-6) who already qualified.

At the bottom of the table, Splyce (5-10) sits in the last qualifying spot at seventh, having defeated Elements (4-11) to pull ahead with a one-win difference. On the other hand Giants Gaming will face elimination should they lose to G2.