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th place, 48:49 behind Froome. Quebec Citys David Veill

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Where will this seasons domestic silverware be heading? Nothing will be decided this weekend, but well learn much more about the likely winners of the Premier League title and the FA Cup after the next round of fixtures.League leaders Leicester host Swansea on Super Sunday and Tottenham will hope to see them slip up ahead of their home game against West Brom on Monday Night Football. Plus there are two FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley and important fixtures in the race for the top four and the relegation battle.Heres what will be answered by 10pm on Monday evening...Can City steal a march on United? (Manchester City v Stoke City - Saturday, 12.45pm, live on Sky Sports 1)With Manchester United playing Everton in an FA Cup semi-final this weekend, Manchester City know a win will take them a huge step closer to securing a top-four place.A win for City over Mark Hughes side would take them five points ahead of United, who do not play again in the league until the following weekend - against Leicester City. Stoke boss Mark Hughes thinks players dont understand current guidance on holding in the penalty area City have struggled since Manuel Pellegrini announced he will be leaving at the end of the season, but they have hit their stride in recent weeks, buoyed by their Champions League win over PSG, and will fancy their chances against a Stoke side who have conceded eight goals in their last two games.That porous defence bodes well for Sergio Aguero, who has hit 22 goals this season and is battling Jamie Vardy (22) and Harry Kane (24) at the top of the scoring charts. Will Southampton make a late push for Europe? (Aston Villa v Southampton - Saturday, 3pm) Are Victor Wanyama and Southampton on the rise? Ronald Koeman knows his side must win all four of their remaining games if they are to stand any chance of securing European football this season.A trip to Aston Villa, who are already relegated after nine consecutive defeats, should provide the ideal springboard for the Dutchman, whose side drew 1-1 with Everton last time out. Three points would be the ideal boost ahead of matches against Tottenham and Manchester City.For Aston Villa, relegated last weekend after their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, this match will test Joleon Lescotts weight off the shoulders theory, as the home side seek to restore some pride.Can Rafa Benitez inspire Newcastle on his Anfield return? (Liverpool v Newcastle - Saturday, 3pm) Benitez returns to Anfield this weekend It is almost six years since Rafael Benitez departed Liverpool and his first return as an opposition manager could hardly be bigger as he tries to save Newcastle United from relegation.The Magpies are, belatedly, showing signs of life under the Spaniard, who arrived on Tyneside last month. His first win, 3-0 over Swansea at St James Park, was followed by a creditable draw with Manchester City on Tuesday night that left Newcastle two points behind 17th-placed Norwich City.With Norwich not playing this weekend, and Sunderland hosting Arsenal, a win for Newcastle at Anfield could take them out of the bottom three with three games of their season remaining.That looks a mountainous task against a Liverpool side who are flying under Jurgen Klopp and have scored 14 goals in their last four games. It is, however, the sort of occasion Benitez thrives on.Will Bournemouth do the double over Chelsea? (Bournemouth v Chelsea - Saturday, 3pm) Bournemouth have already beaten Chelsea this season Bournemouths 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in December was just one step on what has been a remarkable debut season for Eddie Howes side in the Premier League.A top-10 finish is not out of the question for Bournemouth - an incredible achievement for a team who, at the start of the season, were widely tipped to drop straight back into the Championship.Eddie Howes side have been magnificent, playing without fear and ruling themselves out of the relegation battle long before they reached the 40-point mark.Now they can do the double over Chelsea, whose campaign is fizzling out following elimination from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain and the FA Cup by Everton, and will almost certainly not be playing European football next season.Are Sunderland set for another great escape? (Sunderland v Arsenal - Sunday, 2.05pm, live on Sky Sports 1) Can Big Sam rescue Sunderland from relegation? Sunderland fans believe again. After last weekends 3-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich City breathed new life into their season, the Black Cats can sense another unlikely escape under the guidance of Sam Allardyce.Jermain Defoe will be key to their survival hopes. The veteran striker has scored 16 goals this season, including three in his last five matches, and will be Sunderlands most dangerous weapon again.Arsenal will be buoyed by their fine recent record at the Stadium of Light. Arsene Wengers side have won on their last four league visits to Sunderland. How will Leicester cope without Jamie Vardy? (Leicester City v Swansea - Sunday, 4.15pm, live on Sky Sports 1) How will Ranieris Leicester cope without top scorer Vardy? Weve been saying it just about every weekend since the turn of the year - but this really is a huge, HUGE, weekend for Claudio Ranieris title-chasers.Leicesters lead at the Premier League summit was cut to five points after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by West Ham United last weekend. Tottenhams 4-0 win over Stoke City on Monday night was a real statement of intent and put the pressure right back on to Leicester.Plus, now they will have to cope without their top-scorer. Jamie Vardy has played every single one of Leicesters 34 league matches this season - scoring 22 goals, the joint-most in the league - but his red card against the Hammers means he will miss the clash against Francesco Guidolins side.That adds even more pressure for Leicester on what could be the defining weekend in the title race. Can Mauricio Pochettinos men turn the screw? (Tottenham v West Bromwich Albion - Monday, 8pm, live on Sky Sports 1) Tottenham Hotspur are in sparkling form Tottenhams 4-0 demolition of Stoke City on Monday night was a ruthless display - they looked every inch Premier League champions.Mauricio Pochettinos men have been building a head of steam and they have lost just once in the league since January. They have scored the most goals (64), conceded the fewest (25) and had the most shots on target (234). Quite simply, the men from White Hart Lane look unstoppable.Fuelled by the goals of Harry Kane, the likes of Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen have the bit between the teeth. They show no signs of slowing down and, after the clash with the Baggies, Spurs play Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle. Can Roberto Martinez ease the pressure? (Everton v Manchester United - Saturday, 5.15pm) Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports he will not have to motivate his team for Saturdays FA Cup semi-final Evertons humiliating defeat in the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday night felt like a turning point for Roberto Martinez. It felt like the moment he lost the fans.Everton were not just beaten by Liverpool, they were utterly broken, producing a display lacking quality, urgency and desire, and at full-time Martinez struggled for answers.Evertons season - and Martinezs future - now rests on the FA Cup. Quite simply, if they lose to Manchester United at Wembley, it is hard to see a way back for the manager.Even if Everton win, the questions around Martinez are unlikely to go away, such as how can a side containing such talents as Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Seamus Coleman be so badly off the pace? For Martinez, even a win at Wembley may only be a stay of execution.Is Alan Pardew heading for another FA Cup Final? (Crystal Palace v Watford - Sunday, 4pm) Alan Pardew admits his side may have had one eye on their FA Cup semi-final clash with Watford after losing 2-0 to Manchester United Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is no stranger to FA Cup finals - but he is yet to taste glory in one.He was part of the Palace team that faced Manchester United in the classic 1990 Final, only to miss out to Lee Martins goal in the replay after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Wembley.As manager, he guided West Ham to the 2006 final at Cardiffs Millennium Stadium and was moments from glory before Steven Gerrards injury-time equaliser forced a 3-3 draw and Liverpool would take the trophy on penalties.Will it be third time lucky? In order to get there, his improving Palace side must overcome Watford in Sundays Wembley semi-final. Also See: Paul Mersons predictions PFA Team of the Year Race for the top four Your teams pros and cons Cheap Nike Air Max Tn Trainers . 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Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd.SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France - On a contrasting day for British riders at the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish moved up the list of sprint greats while Chris Froome lost a large chunk of his overall lead to his main rival. Cavendish sealed his 25th stage win to move into a tie for third place on the Tours all-time list, during an eventful day in which Froome gave up more than one minute to two-time former champion Alberto Contador. To make things more worrisome for Froome, he once again had to fend for himself at the end because none of his withering Sky teammates could keep the pace. This is the second stage so far that they have been unable to support him, and with a tough mountain trek looming on Sunday rivals may try to take advantage. Dutchman Bauke Mollema is 2 minutes, 28 seconds behind Froome, and Contador is 2:45 back — having both gained 1:09 on the leader. "Im just happy Ive got an advantage of more than two minutes," Froome said. Sky is down to seven riders — Edvald Boasson Hagen fractured his shoulder on Thursday and Vasili Kiryienka was disqualified earlier in the race for missing a time cut. Also, Brit Geraint Thomas is riding with a fractured pelvis. "(Edvalds) a huge part of the team and we could really have done with him today and the same with Vasili," Froome said. "Theyre both really strong engines and the team is definitely weakened without those guys." Contador, the Tour champion in 2007 and 09 who was stripped of his title the following year for doping, is now looking like a serious contender again after struggling in the Pyrenees. Froome knows that Sundays massive climb up to Mont Ventoux could have a major bearing on the race. "I think there will be more time won and lost on a stage like Ventoux than the last 20 (kilometres) on this stage," he said. Contadors late attack Friday was timed to perfection and caught Froome cold. "Near the end we saw that many riders were at their limit," Contador said. "There were a lot of people barely hanging on, and we couldnt have asked for a better result." Cavendish, meanwhile, was preparing to "have some Champagne" after moving even with Frenchman Andre Leducq on the all-time list of stage winners. "My team did an incredible job," Cavendish said. "They rode themselves into the ground." His relief was clear to see as he rushed into the arms oof teammate Sylvain Chavanel after the stage.dddddddddddd. On Thursday his teammates had put him into a great position to attack but he was beaten to the line by Marcel Kittel of Germany. "Yesterday they gave everything and I let them down," Cavendish said. "The Tour de France is the most incredible race in the world. It means so much to me. When I think about it, it makes me want to cry." Flat stages are normally relatively free of incident, but the 173-kilometre (107.5-mile) trek from Tours, which is surrounded by the Loire river, to Saint-Amand-Montrond in central France was quite the opposite. With about a third of the stage gone, the main pack split into three and Alejandro Valverde dropped way out of contention after stopping to repair a puncture. None of the teams ahead waited and he lost a huge amount of time, dropping down from second overnight to 16th. "Thats a really unfortunate position for Valverde," Froome said. Contador bounced back after being battered by Froome in the Pyrenees last weekend and losing more time in Wednesdays time trial. "I only can say thanks, thanks and thanks to my whole team," the Spaniard tweeted. "Proud of all of you." Victorias Ryder Hesjedal remained the top Canadian in the overall classification in 54th place, 48:49 behind Froome. Quebec Citys David Veilleux was 135th overall while Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., was 180th. The peloton had splintered after an attack from Cavendishs Omega Pharma QuickStep team, with Tony Martin leading the charge. Thankfully for Froome he did enough to stay with the small group forming at the front as it pulled away from the two groups behind. The reason for Omegas attack was to try and shake off Kittel — who has won three sprint stages so far — and it worked to perfection. "We just felt the wind wasnt in the right position," Cavendish said. "So we decided to ride harder, to make the peloton more tired and finally it broke." Belkin showed no mercy, profiting from Valverdes mishap to push Mollema and countryman Laurens Ten Dam, who is now fifth, up the overall standings. "I just hope that no team would do that to me if I had a mechanical problem," Froome said. Belkin pushed so hard that Richie Porte, Froomes strongest teammate, had to drop back. If Froome is left all alone on Mont Ventoux, his lead could be further shredded. ' ' '

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