EPL Table: Latest Week 18 Results, Scores and 2014 Premier League Standings

The top contenders for the 2014-15 Premier League title all did what they had to do on Boxing Day, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all winning their Week 18 fixtures with relative ease.

Liverpool also grinded out a 1-0 win over a resilient Burnley squad, while Southampton beat Crystal Palace 3-1.

Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers will finish Friday’s slate of fixtures in the evening. Here are the full results for Boxing Day football:

 

The current Premier League standings:

 

Premier League leaders Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over West Ham United, dominating from start to finish on Boxing Day. John Terry opened the score after 31 minutes, and striker Diego Costa doubled the Blues advantage in the second half.

The Hammers played a more open game than last year’s controversial 0-0 at Stamford Bridge but never truly threatened Chelsea, and as shared by the Premier League’s official Twitter feed, Terry believes he and his teammates will be tough to beat on their current form:

Manchester City remain right on Chelsea’s tail following their 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, and as shared by The Times‘ Rory Smith, the Citizens’ win came in the harshest of conditions:

Fernando opened the score after just seven minutes and Yaya Toure doubled the visitors’ lead from the spot, before David Silva made it 3-0 near the end of the first half.

West Brom didn’t play bad at all but simply ran into a far superior City side, who were clinical in front of goal. Brown Ideye gave the fans something to cheer about late in the second half, but City’s win was never in doubt.

Makeshift forward James Milner was a little excited, according to Smith:

Liverpool once again looked out of sorts against Burnley, relying heavily on the creativity of Raheem Sterling and giving away far too many chances to the newly promoted side.

The youngster came through in the for Brendan Rodgers, however, scoring the only goal in the Reds’ 1-0 win early in the second half. According to Squawka, the England international is been heavily involved in the Reds’ scoring this season:

Manchester United cruised to a 3-1 win over Newcastle United, with Wayne Rooney putting together arguably his best performance from the season while playing as an attacking midfielder.

The England international scored twice and added a beautiful assist for Robin van Persie, rightfully earning praise from manager Louis van Gaal, via The Guardian‘s Daniel Taylor:

Christian Eriksen once again had to play hero for Tottenham, scoring through free-kick to bag all three points against Leicester City. Spurs had taken an early lead before Leonardo Ulloa equalised, but the Denmark international provided another late winner to gift his team the win.

As shared by Squawka football, the midfielder’s scoring output has exploded in 2014-15:

Southampton easily handled Crystal Palace to win 3-1, and Hull City beat Sunderland by the same score. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Swansea City a 1-0 win over Aston Villa with a 13th-minute strike, and Everton suffered another embarrassing loss, this time at home against Stoke City.

Arsenal and QPR will contest the final Boxing Day fixture later on Friday.

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Watch This Guy Win An Eggnog-Chugging Contest — Then Find Out Why It Sent Him To The Hospital For The Holidays!!

The holidays just wouldn’t feel right without a little eggnog.

Notice we said “a little.”

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When Ryan Roche from Lehi, Utah was talked into an office eggnog-chugging contest, the 33-year-old really stepped up and downed an entire carton of eggnog in 12 seconds!!

Wow and Ew!

His amazing performance won him first place, a $50 gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House and … a trip to the hospital!!

When he got home, he began shaking and feeling nauseous; soon he became feverish.

That’s when a friend took him to the hospital and it turned out he had pneumonia!!

Apparently he had poured some of the eggnog down into his lungs!! Yuck!!

Luckily, after a week in the hospital, he’s back to 100%, but still, he could’ve DIED from chugging eggnog!

Check out the video (below) to see Ryan winning the contest that ultimately led to his hospitalization!

Report: In Midst Of Disappointing Season, Devils Fire Head Coach Peter DeBoer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – According to multiple reports, the Devils have fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

The Devils have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons and are currently 12-17-7 (31 points) at the NHL Christmas break. They are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and tied for 13th in the Eastern Conference.

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What Did MJ Tell You After You Broke His Record, Kobe?

“Tryna get that Kobe number, 1 over Jordan”

Just over a week ago, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a couple of free throws. There wasn’t a time during Kobe’s professional career when he wasn’t compared to Michael Jordan, and if there was, no one can remember it. The analysts and critics eventually moved on to compare Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and now Kevin Durant to the man widely regarded as the G.O.A.T., but the Jordan comparisons will always be associated with #8, then #24.

Last night, Kobe didn’t suit up to face the Bulls in the Lakers’ Christmas Day matchup, which they lost–thanks to a vintage performance from the man Kobe won two of his rings with, Pau Gasol–but he answered reporters’ questions, one of which was an inquiry into what MJ told him after those landmark free throws.

“Go get Karl.”

Jordan was referencing Karl Malone, who is currently sitting in 2nd place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at just under 37,000 points. It will be an impressive feat, but Kobe is focusing more on how thankful he is to be in this position.

It was more of a thankful feeling to Michael and the players who came before because I’ve learned so much from them. And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve literally just stolen [stuff] from them—like spin moves and pull-ups. It’s not me passing these players. It’s us.

 

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Mourners Gather For Wake Of Fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Mourners are gathering at a Queens church for the wake of an NYPD officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting.

Officer Rafael Ramos will be remembered Friday afternoon at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale where he was a longstanding and deeply committed member, according to family and friends.

Ramos’ death is too close to home for William Arundeo, who dropped off flowers at the church and said a prayer.

“My brother was a cop for 20 years, my brother-in-law is a cop,” Arundeo told CBS2’s Ilana Gold. “He works in the same precinct.”

Ramos’ funeral is scheduled to be held at the same church Saturday, where more than 20,000 officers from around the country are expected to attend.

Vice President Joe Biden has also said he will attend.

Andres Nazario will be there too, honoring his friend of 14 years.

He worked with Ramos in the usher’s ministry at the church and said Ramos was also training to become a police chaplain.

“He was the best guy,” he said. “Best thing in the world.”

Rick Lopez, an associate pastor at Christ Tabernacle, said their goal is to help the family and the city.

“We’re a strong community and we’re for the community,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “We do a lot of outreach for the entire community and our hope is to bring New York City as one united community as a whole.”

Wake To Be Held For Fallen NYPD Cop

460805820 Mourners Gather For Wake Of Fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos
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Ramos celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this month. He had joined the NYPD in 2012 after working as a school security officer.

The lifelong Brooklyn resident was married with two sons: a 13-year-old who is in middle school and one who attends Bowdoin College in Maine.

Ramos was killed Dec. 20 along with his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself.

Officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu, who were killed in their patrol car on Dec. 20, 2014. (Credit: NYPD)

Officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu, who were killed in their patrol car on Dec. 20, 2014. (Credit: NYPD)

Investigators say Brinsley was an emotionally disturbed loner who started off his rampage by shooting an ex-girlfriend in Baltimore.

He also posted online threats to police and made references to Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

The killings ramped up emotions in the already tense national debate over police conduct.

Since Ramos and Liu were killed, the NYPD said they’ve arrested six people accused of threatening officers. A seventh man was arrested Thursday on gun charges after a bystander overheard him making threats against police officers and talking about guns in his home.

The Silver Shield Foundation, a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, has set aside $40,000 for the education of Ramos’ sons. Bowdoin College said it will cover Ramos’ older son’s education costs as long as he remains a student there.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity created after 9/11, says it will pay off the home mortgages of the two slain officers.

Liu’s funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

JetBlue said it has offered to fly the families of Ramos and Liu to the funeral. The airline is also offering free flights for up to two officers from each department along the routes it serves, space permitting.

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