Manchester United retains English title, men’s basketball: Washington Post updates

Manchester United entered Wednesday’s match at Stamford Bridge and won the English Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea. Manchester United’s victory gives them a five-point lead over second-place Manchester City with a match in hand.

Elsewhere, Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 with goals from Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. These two teams meet again at Goodison Park on Jan. 3. Manchester City beat Stoke City 4-1.

United only appeared to have a mathematical chance of winning the Premier League prior to Wednesday’s match. But when Paul Pogba scored his first goal of the season, meaning he scored in four successive Premier League matches, he changed the mood for fans everywhere.

As for Manchester City, they can still win the Premier League, but will need to beat Liverpool, Southampton, Burnley and Swansea at home before facing Brighton in the final match of the season.

John Calipari named National Collegiate Coach of the Year

John Calipari, who has led Kentucky to the Elite Eight in each of the last four years, has been named National Coach of the Year. Calipari beat Vermont’s Robert Becker, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Purdue’s Matt Painter and Georgetown’s John Thompson III.

“You’ve seen over the last 12 years, people that have done it, and they’ve all been together, you know,” Calipari said. “It’s one of those things where you’re a little bit worried if that’s going to be enough.”

Oregon’s Ducks seize control of Pac-12

Oregon routed UCLA, 87-59, in their final regular-season meeting of the season Wednesday night, then won the Pac-12 with a 61-58 victory over USC in the conference tournament semifinals, giving the Ducks the outright conference title for the first time since 2002.

Isaac Burks and Connor Young scored 15 points apiece, and Dylan Ennis added 14 for Oregon (21-7, 11-4), which opened the game with a 12-0 run. Lagerald Vick had 11 points, and Troy Brown finished with 10.

“Our program’s at a high level now,” UC Irvine coach Russell Turner said. “We can play with anybody.”

UCLA (21-8, 10-5) managed to hang in until the early stages of the second half, but the Ducks answered with an 11-0 run and maintained a comfortable lead.

“The physicality of a team like that is unique,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “They got good size, and we just had a couple of breakdowns offensively that were huge.”

“The atmosphere was electric. That’s our opportunity to get in a good feeling, in a great environment.”

Jordan Poole scored 11 points for the Bruins, but UCLA could never find a rhythm offensively, finishing with a season-low in points.

Norwich beats Man United in AP league matchup

Nigel Adkins was fired as Norwich City manager by the Premier League club on Wednesday morning, a day after the Canaries were eliminated from the Europa League by Fenerbahce, and replaced by a surprise late replacement.

Adkins left out defensive midfielder Cesar Azpilicueta, who was suspended Tuesday after a Twitter post about the Europa League match between his former club Chelsea and Fenerbahce.

Adkins lost his job as Norwich City manager on Wednesday and appointed Nathan Jones as the club’s new manager. Jones had been director of football at the club.

“Our chairman has made it absolutely clear the club should be playing the best players possible and I am fully supportive of his decision,” Norwich City chairman Rob Adam said.

Jones, a former midfielder, left his position as director of football and intends to coach Norwich, instead of the more demanding job of being a director of football at a Premier League club.

Jones was told he would become Norwich’s manager Wednesday afternoon and will hold a news conference later in the day.

Jones coached Sheffield Wednesday in the League Championship (the second tier of English soccer) in 2016-17 and led the Owls to 15th place in the standings.

Azpilicueta angered United fans after a social media post praising his former club’s opponent for a European match.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku responded to Azpilicueta with a tweet that thanked the defender for the “best of times. You were always proper man for us.”

On Wednesday, the video of Azpilicueta, posted to his Twitter account, was turned into a music video with French rapper Pointe and production company — Just 360.

Mark Lennihan contributed.

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