ASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTHIf Aston Villa are beaten by Bournemouth at Villa Park they could be relegated, with five games still remaining. A defeat would mean they can win a maximum of 31 points; 17th-placed Norwich, just outside the relegation zone, already have 31. The fact that they have lost seven in a row in the Barclays Premier League – for the second time this season – suggests their fans should start preparing for life in the Championship.CRYSTAL PALACE VS NORWICH CITYPalace remain in a relegation battle and face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Selhurst Park still waiting for their first league win of 2016. Palace drew 2-2 at West Ham United last weekend but since the turn of the year they have drawn two games and lost nine. Norwich last won at Selhurst Park nearly 20 years ago, in May 1996. Since then, Norwich have failed to win in 14 visits, losing eight and drawing six – including the last two.SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLENewcastle United are in dire trouble. With just seven games remaining they are in penultimate position in the Barclays Premier League and three points from safety. And away from home, Newcastle have a dreadful record. The Magpies have lost 13 of their 16 away games – the most of any Premier League team. They have scored just nine away goals – including two at Norwich – and have lost their last seven away games.SWANSEA CITY VS CHELSEAGuus Hiddink remains in control of Chelsea, five days after the club confirmed that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to be their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer. The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016. Swansea, meanwhile, are 15th, 10 points from the relegation zone. They have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.WATFORD VS EVERTONIn their first season back in the Barclays Premier League, Watford are probably one win away from safety. Currently on 37 points, in 14th place, they are 10 points from the relegation zone. However, they are without a win in five league games, losing their last four, most recently the 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal. Perhaps the Hornets have one eye on their Wembley FA Cup semi-final, against Crystal Palace on April 24, but three more points are crucial.L’POOL VS STOKE CITYAt Anfield, Liverpool have won fewer league games than they have on the road with just five at home and seven away. Indeed, with just five home games left, they could be heading for some unwanted records. Liverpool’s record for fewest home wins in a Premier League season is six, in the 2011-12 season. Stoke have two points more than Liverpool and are one place better off, in eighth.
“As a kid growing up, obviously you want to play for the hometown team,” he said. “But I think this will do.”Before Rendon starred at Rice, he was a standout player for Lamar High School, which sits in Houston’s posh River Oaks neighborhood. David Munoz was an assistant at Lamar when Rendon was there, and remains at the school as the head coach.Munoz still keeps in touch with Rendon and raved about his former pupil.“His most enduring quality is that he has not changed,” Munoz said Monday. “This is a kid who is still someone who is not caught up in any kind of anything. Ego. Brand. A very selfless person. He’s the same person he was when he was at Lamar.”Something else that hasn’t changed about Rendon, who led the National League with 126 RBIs this season, since he was a teenager is his knack for making big plays.“The thing that set him apart more than anything else was his ability to come through in clutch situations for us,” Munoz said. “The bigger the situation, the better he was. And his demeanor never changed. Very calm. Always smiling.”He wore that big smile at World Series media day on Monday as hordes of reporters crowded around him, jockeying for position and shouting questions over each other. The beginning of his interview was interrupted by teammate Kurt Suzuki walking by, noticing the crowd and yelling: “We get it, you’re from Houston.”Suzuki was mocking the attention that Rendon was getting, but his status in Houston is no laughing matter. Rendon was such a big deal while playing for the Owls that then-mayor Annise Parker honored him with ‘Anthony Rendon Day’ after he won the Dick Howser Trophy Winner as the National Player of the Year in 2010.Rendon thinks Parker might have been a bit biased since she was a Rice alumna, but he was thrilled by the honor nonetheless. Although there was a little bit of a letdown when he realized what the ceremony would entail.“You hear all these stories like so and so he plays for the Rockets or he’s the best fireman in the world, he gets a key to the city,” Rendon said. “That’s what was going through my mind and I was like: ‘I’m about to get a key to the city.’ And she just hands me like this piece of paper. But it was still an awesome experience.” Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon warms up during batting practice for baseball’s World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON — Anthony Rendon vividly remembers his one visit to the Astrodome as a child to see the Houston Astros and his beloved Killer B’s.“I was really young at that time but that memory still sticks in my head,” the Washington Nationals star said.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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He admitted this week will be a bit different after spending his entire life in Houston before the Nationals drafted him out of Rice with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Instead, he’s leading the Nationals to their first World Series against the team he rooted for as a child.The Astrodome has long been closed and he’ll get a chance to put on a show for friends and family in the domed (and very pleasant smelling) confines of Minute Maid Park. MOST READ Though Rendon has spent his entire major league career in the nation’s capital, he’s never wavered in his love for Houston and said Monday that is something that will never change.“This is my city for sure,” he said. “Born and raised. Still live here in the offseason and I don’t plan on leaving.”So this week he’ll hit up some of his favorite taquerias because he can’t get Mexican food up to his standards in Washington, and will probably grab some barbecue at his college haunt Demeris Bar-B-Q. Then he’ll try and make sure his team doesn’t end up like the 2005 Astros, who made a run similar to Washington’s turnaround to reach their first World Series.“Hopefully that’s not our fate,” he said. “They got swept.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments