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Did your team live up to expectations this weekend in their Premier League or FA Cup outing? Weve caught up with Sky Sports Now guest and former Arsenal and Leicester striker, Alan Smith, to grade each side based on their 90-minute performance over the weekend. Discount Under Armour Shoes .So how did your team fare? Did they get an A or an F, or somewhere in between? Read on to see how each top-flight side has been ranked... Weekend results Premier League FA Cup Norwich 0-0 Man City Reading 1-2 C Palace B’mouth 3-2 Swansea Everton 2-0 Chelsea Stoke 1-2 So’ton Arsenal 1-2 Watford Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs Man Utd 1-1 West Ham Premier LeagueBournemouth - AIts three wins in a row now for the Cherries, so wonderful stuff from them. Manager Eddie Howe and his players are on 38 points now so theyre all-but safe. For a newly-promoted team to do what theyve done is great for the league.Southampton - ASouthampton were worthy winners against a Stoke side that have had a good season and are full of entertaining players. Saints should have had a penalty when Jack Butland brought down Dusan Tadic and they were unlucky to have Sadio Mane sent off. Graziano Pelle will have welcomed his goals and Shane Long looked good getting in behind the Stoke defence. Sadio Manes red card at the Britannia was harsh, according to Smith Tottenham - AExcellent. They had to absorb some pressure in the second half against Aston Villa at Villa Park, but the way Mauricio Pochettino approached the game was great. They bounced back from disappointing results against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in style. They were so quick and theyve clearly got the bit firmly between their teeth.Norwich - B+This was a good point for Norwich against a very good team, even though Manchester City arent firing on all cylinders. The clean sheet would have encouraged Canaries boss Alex Neil.Aston Villa - C+ Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur shoots past Alan Hutton of Aston Villa I dont want to kick a team while theyre down. It was men against boys in the first half and when Harry Kane scored Spurs could have had plenty more. Villa couldnt cope with Spurs pace and intensity but, to their credit, they kept going and should have found the net through Rudy Gestede and Joleon Lescott. Villa are virtually relegated so its not easy for them, so at least they didnt give up and showed a bit of heart.Swansea - C+Swansea pegged Bournemouth back twice at the Vitality and for that reason they deserve a C+. They didnt give up which is good for a side who arent completely out of the relegation mix - although I think theyll be fine. The managers health problems havent helped, and theyll be hoping for a couple of wins as soon as possible to take the doubt away.Stoke - C Graziano Pelle celebrates after opening the scoring You would have expected more from Stoke, particularly because they were playing at home. Pelle struck twice in succession and, despite Marko Arnautovic pulling one back, Southampton were the better team. It wasnt Stokes day.Man City - DManchester City are lucky to get a D. For a team that still has an outside chance of winning the title there was no intensity, belief or urgency. It was almost as if theyd already given up on the title. They didnt cause many problems to Norwichs goal. Poor. City were poor at Carrow Road as their title charge faltered FA CupWatford - A+Watford have struggled to score recently but Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were back to their best at the Emirates. They were brilliant and the result was a reflection of the fantastic season theyre having. Adlene Guediouras goal was wonderful and capped off a great day for the club.Everton - A Romelu Lukaku scored against his former Chelsea for the first time It was a very tight game at Goodison Park but they hung on and were better defensively where they havent been in recent games. Romelu Lukaku was on the scoresheet with a pair of stunning goals and, by all accounts, the ground was rocking. It was a fantastic win.West Ham - B+West Ham will be gutted they allowed Manchester United back into the game but theyll be confident in progressing at Upton Park. Dimitri Payets free-kick was nothing short of incredible, another stunning effort from a player vying for the Player of the Season award.Crystal Palace - B Yohan Cabayes late penalty sent Palace on their way to Wembley Palace will hope their FA Cup run can aid their Premier League form, as theyve been struggling of late. Theyre in the semi-finals and that will bring back memories for Alan Pardews playing days, thats for sure! Frazier Campbell scoring was a bonus too!Manchester United - BThis certainly wasnt Uniteds worst performance, they did quite well to come back from a goal behind. Theyve relied on Anthony Martial a lot this season and once again he delivered.Reading - B-Playing against Premier League opposition is not easy for Reading. They frustrated Crystal Palace for most of the match and couldnt quite hold out. The late red card was telling.Arsenal - C Holders Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Watford Arsenal werent a threat, they were flat and they conceded too many chances and openings to a Watford team that struggled to score in the build-up to the game. That was down to Arsenals shape. Theyve won the cup for the last two seasons so the fact theyre out of it isnt the big problem, it was the manner of the defeat.Chelsea - CThis was a big game for Chelsea. Diego Costas ugly side reared itself once again - the theatrics didnt help as they failed to score and he was sent off. Its turned out to be a crippling week for them following their Champions League exit and its going to be hard for Guus Hiddink to lift them for the rest of the season.Watch Sky Sports Now weekdays from 10am to 12pm, Sky Sports News HQ. Also See: La Liga v Premier League Transfer Centre LIVE! The relegation run-in Live on Sky Under Armour Sale Outlet . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. Under Armour Clearance Sale . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. http://www.saleunderarmour.com/ . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu hit another home run Thursday. And not just any homer.Abreu continued his second-half surge with two more hits and Carlos Sanchez drove in the winning run in the ninth inning in the White Soxs 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.Before the game, Abreu met with a young cancer patient and said he would try to hit a home run for the boy. He lived up to the promise on his second at-bat, a blast over the left-field fence that tied it.You feel for the people, Abreu said through an interpreter. It was very emotional for me, too, because if I couldnt hit the homer, I would feel bad because I couldnt accomplish what I promised to him. This is something I feel proud of, because these are the moments that you make people feel happy.Abreu needs six homers and five RBI to join Albert Pujols as only major leaguers with 30 homers and 100 RBI in each of their first three seasons.Hes getting close, manager Robin Ventura said. He started out a bit slow, but when you look at the end of the year, hes probably going to have numbers that are as impressive as anybodys the league.After Omar Narvaez led off the ninth with a single off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-5), pinch-runner Leury Garcia stole second while Avisail Garcia struck out. Sanchez followed with a bloop single to right-center.Reliever David Robertson (5-3) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory.Cleveland threatened in the ninth, when the shadows around home plate made it more difficult to hit. Pinch-hitter Francisco Lindor and Coco Crisp struck out to strand the lead run at third.You could see it coming, Indians manager Terry Francona said. Youre hoping you get a lead before that. We had a good chance. ... Its hard enough to hit without being able to only see half the ball.In his most effective start since late July, Chicago starter James Shields gave up one run on three hits and three walks in six innings but remained winless in his last nine starts. He was 0-5 with a 10.75 earned-run average in his previous eight appearances.After a rocky third, Shields mowed down nine consecutive batters before Carlos Santana reached on an infield hit in the sixth.The White Sox took three of four games in the series to conclude a 6-4 homestead agaainst three playoff hopefuls. Mens Under Armour Sale. The first-place Indians remained six games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.Winning the series against the Indians, especially how theyve been playing at the end of the year, is real nice, Shields said.Cleveland counterpart Mike Clevinger retired seven batters in a row before Abreu took him deep in the fourth. That was the lone run off Clevinger, who allowed three hits and one walk in four innings.Shields labored through a 33-pitch third but avoided major damage. The Indians scored only on Jose Ramirezs sacrifice fly despite a single, three walks and two wild pitches.Clevinger encountered trouble in the first, but retired Narvaez on a pop out with the bases loaded.RIGHT STUFFGarcia has a .341 batting average in his last 11 games and five home runs and 16 RBI in his last 28. The hot streak coincided with his move from designated hitter to right field.His swings are better, Ventura said. Whether it was playing the outfield or not, there could be a correlation to that. But I think its more (about) his mechanics and just the timing that he has right now.ON HOLDLindor remained 22 hits short of 200 this season. Since 1996, Michael Brantley (2013) is the only Indians player to achieve the feat.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes could be activated and start on Friday pending the test results on his right wrist. He was struck by a pitch Wednesday in a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. He has been on the disabled list since July 18 because of a dislocated right shoulder. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall (abdominal discomfort) was a late scratch. Crisp replaced him.White Sox: INF/DH Justin Morneau (neck stiffness) sat out a third consecutive game as a precautionary measure.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Corey Kluber (16-9, 3.05) will bid for his third win in as many starts against the Tigers this season on Friday. Rookie RHP Michael Fulmer (10-6, 2.76) is scheduled to start for the visitors.White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (15-8, 3.03) will take the ball in the opener of a weekend series in Kansas City on Friday night. The Royals will counter with RHP Ian Kennedy (11-9, 3.62). ' ' '