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Middlesbrough promoted back to Premier League

Cristian Stuani celebrates with the fans after putting Middlesbrough into the Premier League.

Cristian Stuani celebrates with the fans after putting Middlesbrough into the Premier League.

UNITED KINGDOM, May 7 – Middlesbrough have won promotion back to the Premier League seven years after they suffered relegation following a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Boro started the day in second place on 88 points, level with Brighton but with a better goal difference. That meant they only needed a point from the clash between the two sides at the Riverside to take the second automatic berth alongside Burnley.

Cristian Stuani put Boro in front after 19 minutes, but Brighton came back strongly after the break and Dale Stephens levelled in the 55th minute.

But, just four minutes after his equaliser, Stephens saw red for a high challenge on Gaston Ramirez, who was forced off on a stretcher with a bad gash to his shin. The Seagulls pushed for a winner with 10 men but Boro held firm.

The red rules Stephens out of the playoffs, where Brighton will now face Sheffield Wednesday. The other match sees Hull City take on Derby County.

Burnley sealed the Championship title with a 3-0 win at relegated Charlton Athletic,

Each goal was greeted with a chant of ‘Champeones’ from the visiting fans in the Jimmy Steed Stand, and a chorus of ‘We want Roland out’ by the home supporters.

Sam Vokes scored the opener after 20 minutes as the statuesque Charlton defence failed to deal with a Stephen Ward cross and were duly punished. Burnley doubled their lead four minutes after the break when Andre Gray found George Boyd and he netted with a left-foot shot.

Gray added to his assist with a powerful finish after being picked out by Dean Marney to seal the win.

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Hull warmed up for a playoff semifinal meeting with Derby with an emphatic 5-1 win over Rotherham at the KC Stadium.

Lee Frecklington gave Rotherham the lead before Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, Jake Livermore and Mo Diame hit back as Hull finished the first half in dominant fashion. A second goal from Livermore after the break completed the scoring.

Wolves ended their home hoodoo as they secured a 2-1 win against playoff bound Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux.

Kenny Jackett’s side had drawn their previous four home games 0-0 and had gone 360 minutes without scoring in front of their own fans. The goal drought came to an end after seven minutes against Wednesday thanks to an own goal by Michael Turner and Wolves then doubled their advantage through George Saville in the 35th minute.

Lewis McGugan capped an improved second-half display by Wednesday with a last-minute penalty but Wolves held off their late flourish to record their first home win since beating Bristol City 2-1 on March 8.

Derby suffered a worrying blow ahead of next week’s playoff semifinal when George Thorne was stretchered off in the 1-0 defeat to Ipswich at the iPro Stadium.

The influential holding midfielder appeared to damage a knee during a Derby attack late in the game which was won by David McGoldrick’s first-half penalty.

Scott Hogan continued his stunning return from injury to seal Brentford’s seventh win in nine games with a crushing 5-1 victory at Huddersfield.

Hogan struck a second-half double to take his tally to seven goals in four matches. The former Rochdale striker had been sidelined for 18 months with a recurring knee injury but his return to fitness has coincided with Brentford’s powerful end to the season.

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The Bees claimed one of the quickest goals of the campaign when Sergei Canos scored after just 21 seconds. Jamie Paterson equalised just after half-time but Hogan’s quick-fire brace followed by others from his replacement Lasse Vibe and fellow substitute John Swift completed the demolition.

Karl Henry scored a superb winner as QPR ended their season with a 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Loftus Road.

Henry, whose contract expires this summer, struck in the 64th minute, curling a right-footed b
shot from near the edge of the penalty area beyond goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and into the top corner of the net.

Russell Slade’s tenure as Cardiff manager ended with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham.

Slade, who will move into a new head of football role over the summer, saw his side fall behind to David Cotterill’s low drive in the 11th minute, but Anthony Pilkington’s close-range finish ensured a share of the spoils at Cardiff City Stadium.

Fulham ended a disappointing campaign on a high as they disposed of relegated Bolton 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

A Tom Cairney curler was enough to separate the two sides in a game the West Londoners were on top throughout and left the visitors without a win on the road for the season.

Paul Lambert was given a winning send off as Blackburn beat Reading 3-1.

The Rovers manager activated a release clause to bring his short tenure to an end but his team still gave everything for him and Elliott Bennett’s eighth-minute volley – his second for the club – and Danny Graham’s controlled effort six minutes later set the hosts on their way.

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Yann Kermorgant’s third of the campaign – an unstoppable free-kick – gave the visitors a lifeline but a quiet second half was ended perfectly for Lambert’s men as Simeon Jackson tapped in a third.

Jordan Hugill’s stoppage-time equaliser secured Preston a 1-1 draw against Leeds at Deepdale.

Hugill profited from a defensive mistake to fire in the leveller after Chris Wood’s 78th-minute penalty appeared to be giving Leeds victory in what could be Steve Evans’ final game as head coach.

Britt Assombalonga came off the bench to score his first goal in almost 15 months as Nottingham Forest condemned relegated MK Dons to a 2-1 home defeat.

After Chris Cohen handed Forest the early lead with his first goal since September 2013, Nicky Maynard levelled for the hosts after 20 minutes.

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  1. Gathii

    March 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Point # 18: I petition the SC to provide the petitioner with post election counseling to help him overcome the pain of and deal with defeat!

  2. teetoh

    March 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    and the court battle begins!

  3. La-Proffesore' Abdul Njoka

    March 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I dont hear any one refuting the allegations about voter turn out exceeding number of registered voters! Is this silence where the game will be won?

    • Natural Sceptic

      March 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Those are the highlights. For all 17 points download the response from a public website.

    • mumo

      March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      That’s the whole problem. Raila doesn’t mention any instances of votes exceeding the register in his court petition. He only mentions it in rallies. His petition deals mostly with BVR…

    • Gabby

      March 20, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Voter turn-out DID not exceed registered voters. That would mean mismatched votes for senatorial or sum of MP votes or even women rep votes. That has not happened so far. Raila is hallucinating about the census’ estimates upon which IEBC based expected voters well before registration. Some constituencies by-passed the latter number by some percentage points INCLUDING Langata!

      • chumbibye

        March 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

        what then can you say of cases whereby someone registered but his name was missing from the final register even after corrections had been made? 2nd, what of the case whereby someone registered at point A but come election day his name is at point B which is almost 10kms away? this is not fiction but real my friend.i was an EO and know wot am talking of…or you will say it was to do with logistical issues?

    • gmwaura

      March 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Check and you will see It is in Hassan,s response that cord has cooked up its own figures to support its petition

  4. Emmy Sawe

    March 21, 2013 at 5:07 am

    EU, the problem.

  5. muchiri wachira munene

    March 21, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Truth Non Abridged:

    “Reason, the ability to self-consciously change ones beliefs,
    attitudes, traditions and institutions, is the faculty that raises
    humanity above the animal, availing humanity the capacity for freedom
    and self determination.”
    The same faculty of reason however is the
    tripartite cause of social stratification in humankind that looses its
    power of good when by reaching its apex, instead of transcending its
    power of motive evolves into the ego, an eagle so blinded by its own
    hubris that it sees its elevated sense of acuity not as the mace of the
    human good but as a carver of political entitlement.
    The integral
    driver of the soaring royal carriage of truth, its lofty vision so
    debased that it can only look down on its yet fettered charge, its
    fingers curled for the reign of eternal discovery become the talons
    of a savage beast.
    The hand of good has now become the turret of
    the merkava that mows down the brood of the foul of the earth in its own
    society for political expediency.

  6. kamau1947

    March 21, 2013 at 6:01 am

    When will the petitions be published showing the facts of the allegations. It is not a good argument from Hassan to say it is poor looser syndrome. Mr Chairman show the proof of the result you declared and keep off of personalities.

    • Gichira Peter

      March 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

      In a court of law, margistrates are always interested in knowing whether an accused is a first offender or a repeat offender. Character is very important in any legal process.

      • peter

        March 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

        A repeat offender? interesting!!

      • kamau1947

        March 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

        I did not know that having an opinion was an offence. I believe Mr Hassan has been paid a good salary to do a good job and his job is to show that the figures he used and the electoral register he used, the tallying process etc. back up his decision to announce Uhuru’s success. If I go to the bank and there is no money in my account the fact that I am unhappy and have been unhappy at an empty bank account previously is totally irrelevant (it is of course a ‘repeat offence’ in your book) but the bank still have to show that I spent the money. Likewise Hassan has to show his proof.

  7. Gichira Peter

    March 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

    “Prayers sought for in the petition are inviting the court to “to stage a
    coup against the constitutional governance of Kenya” as the prayers
    will not only invalidate the presidential election but even the
    parliamentary, gubernatorial, senatorial and county assembly elections.” – My hypothesis is that this is what will influence the decision of the Supreme Court.

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