8,018 days (otherwise known as 22.9 years) have passed since Tottenham Hotspur last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. Secondly, the time to reset that clock is nearly upon us, as Tottenham take a 14-point lead into Sunday’s North London derby (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) — perhaps the final one to be played at White Hart Lane. With Arsenal having only five games left to play after Sunday, a 17-point deficit would be mathematically impossible to overcome, and would guarantee Spurs’ first PL finish above Arsenal since the spring of 1995.
MADRID (AP) Wissam Ben Yedder scored three minutes after entering the game to give Sevilla a late 2-1 win over 10-man Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Thursday. The victory moved Sevilla even on points with third-place Atletico Madrid with four matches left. Third place guarantees an automatic spot in the Champions League next season, while the fourth-placed team has to go through a playoff. Ben Yedder netted the winner from close range after a low cross by Samir Nasri in the 79th minute, beating a defender to the ball and hitting the top of the net with a right-footed shot. “It was a complex game but the team was able to overcome the difficulties,” Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said. Joaquin
Football's most beautiful player, Pelé, popularized the phrase "The Beautiful Game". This week has seen Burnley's Joey Barton banned for 18 months for gambling on games, Sunderland boss David Moyes charged for threatening to slap a female journalist and West Ham United and Newcastle United raided in a tax fraud investigation. On the pitch barely a week goes by without some Premier League footballer dishonouring his profession by attempting to get an opponent sent off or diving to win a penalty.