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Norwich back to Premier League after three years in the cold

first_imgThe Canaries kicked-off at Carrow Road knowing just a point would be enough to secure promotion.Norwich went ahead in the 13th minute through Marco Stiepermann thanks to the German midfielder’s low shot from 20 yards.The East Anglian club moved closer to a place among the elite through an even more spectacular goal, Mario Vranic’s strike from 25 yards flying into the top corner in the 21st minute.But two minutes later Blackburn threatened to spoil the party thanks to Lewis Travis’s goal.That, however, was as good as it got for the visitors with Norwich seeing out the game to return to the Premier League for the first time since they were relegated in 2016.Earlier, second-placed Sheffield United all but assured themselves of promotion with a 2-0 win over basement club Ipswich — Norwich’s local rivals.The Blades took the lead after 24 minutes through Scott Hogan and they doubled their lead against already-relegated Ipswich after 70 minutes via Jack O’Connell’s header from a corner.Sheffield United are now six points clear of Leeds, who play Aston Villa on Sunday.With the Blades boasting a far superior goal difference to Yorkshire rivals Leeds, only a freak combination of results can now deny them automatic promotion.Fallen English giants Leeds now appear destined for the post-season play-offs, with the teams finishing third to sixth battling it out for the final promotion place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vrancic is congratulated by his Norwich team-mates after his unstoppable drive put them within sight of promotionLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Norwich City secured promotion to the English Premier League after a three-year absence with a 2-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.Victory left Championship leaders Norwich nine points clear of third-placed Leeds with just six left to play for in the final two regular-season games and only the top two assured of a place in English football’s lucrative top-flight.last_img read more

Jury deliberations continue on Sears Tower plot case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – A jury wrestled a fifth day Friday with the guilt or innocence of seven men accused of conspiring to topple Chicago’s Sears Tower and bomb FBI buildings. A day after indicating they were deadlocked, the 12 jurors spent all of Friday debating the case against the so-called “Liberty City Seven” without sending any notes or requests to the judge or attorneys. Deliberations resume Monday. Alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, 33, and the other six face up to 70 years behind bars if convicted of four terror-related charges, including conspiracy to wage war on the U.S. and conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida. Authorities say the group never obtained any explosives or military weaponry necessary to topple the 110-story Sears Tower or bomb FBI offices in Miami and other cities. Much of the evidence revolves around meetings with a man the group knew as an al-Qaida operative named Brother Mohammed who was actually an FBI informant. Batiste testified that he was never serious about any terror attacks and only went along with the informant in hopes of extorting $50,000 from him. The other defendants did not testify but their lawyers said they weren’t involved in any terror talk and didn’t know about the alleged plots. A key piece of evidence against all seven is an oath, recorded by the FBI, in which they pledge loyalty to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. The June 2006 arrests were touted by the Bush administration as a prime example of the post-Sept. 11 strategy of disrupting potential terror plots in the earliest possible stages.last_img read more