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As It Happened: Premier League season finales (Manchester City takes the title)

Samir Nasri Samir Nasri, right, celebrates his goal that brings Manchester City closer to the EPL title. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The English Premier League championship trophy is headed back to the Etihad Stadium for the second time in three seasons, after Manchester City removed all drama from the final day of the season with a comprehensive 2-0 win over West Ham.

City needed to lose and have Liverpool top Newcastle in order to add a final twist to a Premier League campaign full of them, and while the Reds did their part in coming back to win, City failed to cooperate, ensuring that the title stays in Manchester -- just on the blue side of town.

Here's how it all unfolded:

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The 2013-14 EPL season summed up:

CHAMPION: Manchester City

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal (into the play-in round)

EUROPA LEAGUE: Everton, Tottenham (into the play-in round)

RELEGATED: Norwich City, Cardiff City, Fulham

LEADING SCORER: Luis Suarez, 31 goals (ties Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer's single-season record)

MANCHESTER UNITED: From first to seventh, David Moyes out, transition year.

AMERICANS: Tim Howard - 15 shutouts; Jozy Altidore - 2 goals in all competitions; Geoff Cameron - stalwart starter; Brad Guzan - steady again

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And with that, the Premier League season has come to an end. Final scores across the league:

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle

Norwich 0-2 Arsenal

Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa

Sunderland 1-3 Swansea

Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

West Brom 1-2 Stoke City

Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea

Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace

Hull 0-2 Everton

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WATCH: Manchester City fans rush the field:

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And there's the final whistle! Manchester City tops the Premier League for the second time in three seasons as the fans rush the field in celebration. What scenes from the Etihad. Congratulations to Manchester City. Liverpool finishes in second after a remarkable campaign of its own. Chelsea takes third.

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INTO STOPPAGE TIME. There will be no miracle at the Etihad.

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Stoke goes ahead of West Brom, and Palace goes ahead of Fulham. The Potters get their goal through Charlie Adam, while Dwight Gayle gets his second for Palace. 2-1 in both of those.

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Yaya Toure walks off the field to a deserved standing ovation. Player of the Season? It's either him or Suarez. Given the trophy is going to the Etihad, he's got quite the strong case. Tremendous campaign for the Ivorian.

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Wow and right away Altidore narrowly misses a crack at goal. Decent sign (if you're a U.S. fan) ahead of next week's U.S. national team camp.

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JOZY ALTIDORE ALERT: He's on for the final seven minutes of Sunderland's season. Is it his final seven minutes in a Sunderland shirt?

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City on cruise control, with Nasri being denied his second after a great save by West Ham's Adrian. David Silva and Edin Dzeko have been subbed off. About 12 minutes remain before confetti and trophy time.

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And Chelsea has taken the lead! Fernando Torres (seriously) with the go-ahead goal. 2-1.

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Chelsea nets its 70th of the season and ties up Cardiff through Germany's Andre Schurrle. 1-1, though the Blues look set for a third-place finish regardless.

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Arsenal up 2-0 on Norwich through Carl Jenkinson. Result means absolutely nothing, but for Arsenal, it's positive momentum heading into the FA Cup final vs. Hull.

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Andy Carroll subbed off for West Ham after a dire day. Liverpool fans hoping for a bright light from their once way-overpaid signing...got absolutely nothing.

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City and Liverpool both crack the 100-goal mark for the season after the Reds' latest push. Next closest team: Chelsea, with 69 goals. That is simply incredible.

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Equalizers elsewhere: Juan Mata gets Manchester United even with Southampton 1-1. Fulham ties Palace through Cauley Woodrow.

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WHOA. Daniel Sturridge now on the board! 2-1 Liverpool! OK then. Now if West Ham scores three, the title goes to Anfield. Very unlikely, but in the words of the immortal Lloyd Christmas: "So you're telling me there's a chance."

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And there's the liveblog jinx never ceasing to fail! Liverpool is on the board: 1-1 through Daniel Agger. City would still need to have a massive collapse and Liverpool would need to score another to entertain the thought of a dramatic championship comeback.

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Liverpool could even finish as low as third if its score stays the same and Chelsea comes back on Cardiff City. Amazing how it's all fallen apart for the club down the stretch.

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Liverpool doing nothing to even put the slightest amount of pressure on City by laying an egg at home. 61 minutes in and the Reds still trail Newcastle 1-0 on Martin Skrtel's fourth own goal of the season.

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West Brom has equalized Stoke 1-1 through Stephane Sessegnon. Given how things currently stand, the Baggies could jump to 14th, salvaging a more respectable finish.

As for Norwich, the 0.00000001% chance it had of staying up has gone by the wayside. Back to the second-tier (and horribly named) League Championship for the Canaries.

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And here it is. Well done Mr. Ramsey:

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Remember when Arsenal was in complete command of the Premier League? Seems like ages ago. One of the reasons for that early lead, Aaron Ramsey, just turned in a beauty to put the Gunners up 1-0 on Norwich. Will pass that along when we can.

Swansea has restored its 2-goal edge on Sunderland as well, through Wilfried Bony.

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Not to be outdone on the Belgians Abroad circuit, Romelu Lukaku has doubled Everton's edge over Hull City, making it 2-0.

And Sunderland is on the board as well through Fabio Borini, trailing Swansea 2-1.

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GOAL VINCENT KOMPANY! Manchester City has zapped all the drama out of this one. Kompany bundles home from close range, and the title is CERTAINLY City's now.

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Quick PSA: Happy Mother's Day to all! You're great. All of you.

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OK, 45 minutes and change left in the Premier League season are underway.

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Watch the goal that put Man City in command of the title race, courtesy of Samir Nasri:

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Your halftime scores:

Manchester City 1-0 West Ham

Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle

Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa

Cardiff 1-0 Chelsea

Sunderland 0-2 Swansea

Hull 0-1 Everton

Southampton 1-0 Manchester United

Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

West Brom 0-1 Stoke City

Fulham 0-1 Crystal Palace

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On the stroke of halftime, City hits the crossbar! Certainly looking like City's day. Halftime across the league, 45 minutes left in the season.

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GOAL MANCHESTER CITY!! Samir Nasri with a BLAST from outside the box! City 51 minutes from a championship.

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Did we say 2? Better make it 3. Emmanuel Adebayor's penalty after a Gabriel Agbonlahor handball has Tottenham in full command. 3-0.

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Tottenham looks to be good for sixth place, going up 2-0 on Aston Villa after a Nathan Baker own goal. Championship seemingly all that's left to be determined.

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And Manchester United takes a step away from the Europa League: Southampton's Rickie Lambert puts the Saints ahead at St. Mary's 1-0. In the process, attempts to strengthen his case for England's World Cup team.

Crystal Palace has also gone ahead of Fulham, adding insult to a horrific campaign. Dwight Gayle with the goal there.

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Watch Skrtel's not-so-glorious own goal:

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In that Stoke game, Geoff Cameron is again starting at right back. He's gone the distance in every league game he's played this season except for one.

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Stoke goes ahead of West Brom 1-0 on a Gareth McCauley own goal. 16 more of those, and Norwich can start dreaming about staying up!

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Liverpool continues to be it's own worst enemy. Martin Skrtel's own goal puts Liverpool down 1-0 to Newcastle. Big hill to climb now for the Reds.

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Goals coming fast and furious now: Brazil World Cup midfielder Paulinho beats Guzan to put Tottenham up 1-0 over Villa. Important, because it puts Tottenham in command for that Europa League playoff place.

Sunderland down 2-0 to Swansea after Martin Emnes extends the advantage.

And Chelsea down 1-0 to Cardiff after Craig Bellamy's deflected effort.

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Everton is on the board! James McCarthy with the opener, giving the Toffees a 1-0 lead over Hull City. Hull in full-on FA Cup final focus mode.

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Pretty nice set-up, this:

https://twitter.com/NBCSportsPR/status/465493663909675009/photo/1

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SILVA fires over the bar! Good rhythm to City's game in the opening 10 minutes. Liverpool still scoreless with Newcastle.

Meanwhile in Tottenham-Aston Villa, Brad Guzan comes up with a big save to deny Harry Kane.

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Nearly a chance for Manchester City to take a big step closer to glory after Edin Dzeko's cross appeared to be handled in the box, but no penalty given. Even so, City looks in control, not playing tentatively at all with all with the title on the line.

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If you had Swansea City for "First Goal of the Day" in your Championship Sunday pool, congratulations. Nathan Dyer's strike has Swansea 1-0 up at Sunderland.

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Today will mark the final day of the season for a pair of Americans who have thrived in the EPL: Stoke City's Geoff Cameron and Aston Villa's Brad Guzan. The season will also (mercifully?) come to an end for Jozy Altidore at Sunderland, whose club somehow avoided the drop. Altidore is on the bench for the Black Cats today, but what a way to enter U.S. camp this coming week it'd be if he could get in and cap the season on a high note with a goal. Only two in all competitions for Altidore after 31 a season ago with AZ Alkmaar.

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Certainly seems like a coronation ceremony in waiting at Etihad Stadium. City fans know all too well about counting their chickens before the eggs hatch, though, when QPR had the club's title chances on the ropes two years ago. Major difference between that game and today: QPR was fighting to avoid relegation. West Ham has nothing to play for, except spoiling City's party.

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And this final day of the Premier League season is underway! Buckle up.

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The lack of unknowns around the league takes a lot of the fun out of the day, but the fact that the title is very much up for grabs -- in addition to Luis Suarez potentially setting the league's single-season scoring record (he is currently tied with Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo with 31 goals -- makes for an entertaining couple of hours nonetheless.

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On the other end of the spectrum, the four Champions League places have all been decided, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea going straight into the group stage, and Arsenal claiming fourth place and going into the play-in round.

Everton's quest for a Champions League place came up short, but U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard's side will play in the Europa League after securing fifth place.

As for defending champion Manchester United, the club will finish its disappointing campaign either in sixth or seventh place. It could still manage to squeeze into the Europa League qualifying rounds in July (which might be more of a curse than a blessing considering the club's stacked summer slate in addition to the World Cup) with a win and a Tottenham loss, which would cement a sixth-place finish.

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Just to recap: Cardiff City and Fulham have already been relegated, and Norwich City's relegation is all but a formality. The Canaries trail West Brom for 17th place and safety by three points, so they could feasibly pull level if they can beat Arsenal. Only problem is, West Brom has a goal differential edge of +17. Sorry Norwich. Ain't happenin.

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Here is the TV schedule for the day's games, with NBC broadcasting every one across its network of channels:

Manchester City vs. West Ham - NBC

Liverpool vs. Newcastle - NBC Sports Network

Cardiff City vs. Chelsea - CNBC

Norwich City vs. Arsenal - MSNBC

Tottenham vs. Aston Villa - USA

Southampton vs. Manchester United - SYFY

Hul City vs. Everton - Bravo

West Brom vs. Stoke City - Oxygen

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace - E!

Sunderland vs. Swansea - Esquire

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