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first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA, MATIC, FABREGAS, WILLIAN, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTASWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, MONTERO, SIGURDSSON, DYER, SHELVEY, CORK, TAYLOR, FERNANDEZ, WILLIAMS, RANGEL, FABIANSKIChelsea begin the defence of their Barclays Premier League title and are bidding to retain it for the first time in their 110-year history, after four championship successes in the last 10 years.The Blues should be confident; in 23 opening-day fixtures in the Premier League they have lost just three, the most recent in August 1998, at Coventry. Since then, Chelsea have played 16 first-day fixtures, winning 14 and drawing two.And they last lost the first game of the season at Stamford Bridge in August 1993, when they were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers.More reasons for JosÈ Mourinho’s men to be confident are last season’s games against Swansea City; Chelsea won 4-2 at home against the Welshmen and 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium.Furthermore, in 13 visits to Stamford Bridge Swansea have won just once – in 1925. Since that victory 90 years ago, the Swans have drawn three and lost nine.Indeed, in the Premier League, Swansea have lost all four visits while conceding 11 goals and scoring just three. Overall they have lost on their last five visits, conceding 17.Chelsea have doubts over striker Diego Costa, who missed the 1-0 Community Shield defeat by Arsenal last weekend with a hamstring problem.Mourinho started with Loic Remy against the Gunners and could be tempted to give a first start to Radamel Falcao, signed on loan from AS Monaco – to replace the departed Didier Drogba – after a similar spell at Manchester United last season.Swansea, who lost their last two Premier League games of last season, will be tempted to give a league debut to Andre Ayew, signed in the summer from Marseille.last_img read more

Lewis Grabban gives Aston Villa promotion hope with Leeds goal

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Leeds appeared content to operate defensively and relied heavily on the impressive Paudie O’Connor, making only his third appearance, and Matthew Pennington to contain Villa’s free-flowing attack.But Villa broke the stalemate in the 29th minute through the on-loan striker Grabban’s fifth goal for the club. Some slack defending from the visitors allowed him to head in a seemingly harmless left-wing cross from Grealish.In sharp contrast to their indifferent first half, Leeds were more positive after the break and took advantage of some casual Villa play. The Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas went close to an equaliser with a fine dipping shot while Ronaldo Vieira fired just over.But Villa were still a threat and only a reflex point-blank save by Bailey Peacock-Farrell prevented Jonathan Kodjia – on his first home start of the season – opening his account in the 60th minute. Kodija was withdrawn after 66 minutes and Villa saw out the remaining time to record a third straight home win. Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Aston Villa moved to within two points of the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over Leeds. Lewis Grabban’s first-half header was enough to give them victory at Villa Park as Leeds fell to their 10th defeat of 2018.Villa, who at the very least are guaranteed a play-off spot, have played one game more than second-placed Fulham, while Cardiff – a point better off than Steve Bruce’s side – have played two games fewer. Hide Premier LeagueChampions: Manchester CityChampions League: Manchester United and Tottenham in the group stage, Liverpool will face a play-off unless they win this year’s final.Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal and BurnleyRelegation: Swansea, Stoke and West Brom League OneChampions: Wigan (pictured)Promoted: BlackburnPlay-offs: Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe or Rotherham (Sun 27 May)Relegated: Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons, Bury match reports Aston Villa Share on WhatsApp Topics Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Europe Quick guide Promotion and relegation: how they stand Paul Heckingbottom suffered his seventh defeat in 13 games since taking over as Leeds manager, while his Villa counterpart, Steve Bruce, extended his managerial record of never having been beaten at home by Leeds to eight games.Villa completely dominated the first half but had a more difficult job on their hands after the break when Leeds started to cause some problems. Jack Grealish, who produced a fine goal against Cardiff on Tuesday, again provided some silky play as he tormented Leeds and played a leading role in Villa dominating for long spells of the first half.Villa, buoyed by their success over Cardiff, were relentless from the start and Leeds had to stage a rearguard action to keep on level terms. Show Championship Share via Email Leeds United ChampionshipChampions: WolvesPromoted: CardiffPlay-off final: Fulham v Middlesbrough or Aston Villa (Sat 26 May)Relegation: Sunderland, Burton, Barnsley Share on Pinterest Jack Grealish’s spectacular volley grabs late win for Aston Villa over Cardiff League TwoChampions: Accrington Stanley Promoted: Luton Town, WycombePlay-offs: Lincoln v Exeter, Coventry v Notts CountyRelegated: Barnet, Chesterfield.National League: Macclesfield Town were promoted as champions, with Tranmere Rovers winning the play-off final. Reuse this content ScotlandPremiership: Celtic sealed their seventh straight title with Aberdeen in second and Rangers in third qualifying for the Europa League. Ross County are relegated, with Partick playing second-tier Livingston in a promotion-relegation play-off.Championship: St Mirren are promoted as champions, while Brechin are relegated. Dumbarton also went down after losing their play-off to Alloa.League One: Ayr United are champions with Alloa joining them in the second tier. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers are relegated.League Two: Montrose are champions with Stenhousemuir going up via the play-offs. Cowdenbeath stayed up after winning their relegation play-off with Cove Rangers. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Was this helpful?last_img read more

Some of the fallout in Canada of the leak of the Panama

first_imgFor the second time in recent years, a massive leak of data about offshore tax havens has sent shockwaves around the world. The Paradise Papers were released on Sunday after reporting by an international collective of investigative journalists. Here’s some facts about the fallout of a previous leak of a similar nature, the Panama Papers:The Canadian Revenue Agency launched audits into 122 Canadians and opened dozens of criminal investigations for tax evasion following the Panama Papers, the Toronto Star reported earlier this year. Experts say the number of investigations in offshore havens was an increase from previous years thanks to the leaked documents.———The Royal Bank of Canada was the only financial institution in the country to be linked to the massive leak. The bank’s CEO vowed to comb through four decades of files to find any proof of wrongdoing. While the institution accepted responsibility for monitoring the global financial industry, they said they’d been “dragged into” the controversy without any allegations of wrongdoing.———The Canadian government pumped over $400 million dollars into the Canadian Revenue Agency to hunt down billions of missing tax dollars in the wake of the Panama Papers. A large part of those efforts were to look into offshore tax havens.———Bill Morneau, Canada’s current finance minister, said he’d bring up the issue of tax evasion during an international summit and with provincial governments after the leak. The government vowed to fight tax evasion on multiple fronts. One group estimated overseas tax evasion was costing Canadian governments $8 billion a year.———last_img read more