Dean Smith calls on Aston Villa to finish job and secure survival

Aston Villa manger Dean Smith has called on his players to fight like lions as they moved out of the relegation zone following their 1-0 Arsenal.

The win, courtesy of a fabulous goal by Trezeguet, saw Villa move out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.

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Pacific Rugby campaigners urge review of Bill Beaumont’s World Rugby re-election

Pacific Rugby campaigners have called for a review into Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby chairman in May.

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare alleged World Rugby’s governance was “glaringly deficient” in a stinging 59-page dossier submitted to the sport’s global governing body on Wednesday.

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Relegation focus: Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth battle for survival

The cost of relegation from the Premier League is estimated to be around £200million, and it could be decided by the finest of margins on Sunday.

Three teams are separated by three points, their goal difference almost identical, but only one can survive.

Here, the PA news agency looks ahead to a vital weekend at the bottom.

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Jofra Archer reports racist abuse on social media to the ECB

Jofra Archer has revealed he suffered racist abuse on social media after being withdrawn from England’s squad for the second Test against the West Indies last week for breaching bio-secure protocols.

Archer, who was fined but is available for the third Test which starts on Friday after returning two negative coronavirus tests, accepts he made a mistake but insists he will not tolerate being the target of racism.

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Wigan administrators select preferred bidder for stricken club

Wigan’s administrators have selected a preferred bidder to buy the club.

Joint administrator Gerald Krasner said there were five offers in total from 64 non-disclosure agreements sent out.

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