United and Leicester in action as battle for top four continues; Tiger returns in Ohio

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 Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park tonight in the Premier League. File photograph: Getty Images

Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park tonight in the Premier League. File photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool’s hope of ending the season with a record number of points was ended by Arsenal last night, following a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. The Premier League, European and World champions took an early lead via Sadio Mane, but Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson pounced on costly defensive mistakes to turn the game around before the interval. Despite numerous chances, Jurgen Klopp’s team failed to find the net again. Bournemouth need a dramatic turnaround to preserve their top-flight status after an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Manchester City pushed them closer to relegation, Harry Kane went past 200 club goals to hand José Mourinho a first Premier League win at St James’ Park at the eighth attempt as Tottenham beat Newcastle 3-1, while Chris Wood’s stoppage-time penalty denied Wolves victory in a 1-1 draw which intensifies the battle for European places. Tonight, both Manchester United and Leicester are in action as the battle for the top four nears its climax - the latter face Sheffield United at 6pm before United visit Crystal Palace at 8.15pm.

The British and Irish Lions confirmed on Monday that next year’s tour of South Africa will go ahead as scheduled in July and August, thus ending any possibility of a global calendar coming into being in 2021. There will be a reduced total of eight matches in the tour and with 30,000 supporters expected to take in some or all of the tour the four home unions felt compelled to confirm the schedule now. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Sport Ireland and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) could potentially result in the reopening of the James Cronin anti-doping case. The Munster prop received a one-month suspension back in April after a mix-up at a Cork pharmacy led him to collect medication, on Wada’s prohibited list, meant for another James Cronin.

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