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Posted: Jun 30, 2012 2:44:05 am
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LONDON -- West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored with three minutes remaining to take his team into the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Blackpool in the promotion playoff final on Saturday. Jason Witten Jersey . The Portuguese winger lifted the ball into the roof of the net from close range after a goalmouth scramble to end the Hammers yearlong absence from the Premier League. The victory guarantees West Ham about 90 million pounds in broadcast and other revenue and should help it keep hold of its best players, including England goalkeeper Rob Green and Vaz Te, who scored 24 goals this season. "It is another step, a big challenge," Vaz Te said. "We must get there with the mentality that were a Premier League side and not there to fight for relegation. "West Ham is a great club." West Ham was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and hired former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce to get it back to the topflight. The Hammers were challenging for automatic promotion for much of the season but their form dipped late on, allowing Reading and Southampton to pull away and fill the top two spots in the second-tier League Championship. "Its everything to me," Allardyce said. "It was difficult at the start to turn the club around with the relegation problem weve had but we turned it round and came good at the end. "Ill look forward to the celebrations first before I start worrying about the Premier League. Were just delighted about how much it means at West Ham for the players, the owners, the staff and the 30 or 40,000 fans here." Vaz Te hit the side-netting and Jack Collison put a shot high before Carlton Cole put West Ham ahead in the 35th, collecting a cross from Matt Taylor and sweeping the ball past goalkeeper Matt Gilks. Blackpool hit back two minutes after halftime after Cole gave the ball away near halfway. Matt Phillips carried the ball forward and crossed to the feet of Tom Ince, for the son of former West Ham midfielder Paul Ince to score with a shot across Green to the far post. West Ham fans jeered Ince throughout, still irked by the fact that his father was photographed in a Manchester United shirt before he completed a move away from the Hammers in 1989. Matt Cain Jersey . MLS will maintain the 34-match schedule used in 2011, when the leagues 18 teams each played two matches against the other teams - one home and one away - only make changes to prevent the season from expanding to 36 fixtures. Matt Holliday Jersey . Former Liverpool and England star Owen glanced in a 74th-minute header to give United a share of the points at the Reebok Stadium after Bolton had twice taken the lead through Zat Knight and Martin Petrov. Julius Peppers Jersey . Steve Yzerman did it and Nicklas Lidstrom is doing it. Niklas Kronwall wants to be a part of the tradition. Kronwall signed a seven-year, US$33. Alex Smith Womens Jersey . -- Aaron Rublee won in a photo finish Sunday to capture the mens C1 200-metre race at the Canadian canoe/kayak national trials. Sam Bradford Elite Jersey . Related readings: US says watching closely developments in DPRK Kim Jong-il named general secretary of WPK Key facts about DPRK ruling party conference DPRK leader Kim Jong-ils son promoted to general Top leader Kim Jong Il, who had served as general secretary of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) since Oct 1997, was reelected to the supreme post in the 65-year-old party, which has been leading the DPRK since the Northeastern Asian country was founded in 1948.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Eric Moore and promoted defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad. Defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, and defensive back Sterling Moore was releasedd. Cam Newton Elite Jersey. Eric Moore played in four games for the Patriots last season and had 13 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Williams was drafted in the seventh round and went to training camp with the Patriots before being released Aug. 29. He spent two stints on the practice squad. ' ' '

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