Relegated Swansea and Stoke release coaches in record purge

The departures of coaches Carlos Carvalhal and Paul Lambert from relegated English Premier League clubs on Friday raised the number of manager changes to a record 15 this season.

Also, relegated West Bromwich Albion removed the interim tag on Darren Moore and made him its new coach.

Swansea decided not to renew Carvalhal's contract and Stoke let go of Lambert by "mutual consent."

They were the third and fourth coaches to leave their roles this week, following Sam Allardyce at Everton and David Moyes at West Ham.

There were 10 changes during the league, plus the pre-announced exit of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The previous record was 13 in 2013-14 for a league season from Aug. 1 to May 31.

Carvalhal succeeded Paul Clement at Swansea in December, three days after leaving Sheffield Wednesday.

Carvalhal won five of his first nine league games as Swansea climbed to 13th place, but they picked up only three points from the last 27 on offer and were relegated in the last round last Sunday. They finished 18th, confirmed after losing to Stoke 2-1 at home.

Swansea spent seven consecutive years in the topflight.

Stoke lasted a decade in the league. It slipped from 13th last season to a finish of 19th.

Lambert was appointed on a 2 1/2-year deal in January after Mark Hughes was sacked.

But Lambert won just two of his 15 games in charge; his first fixture against Huddersfield in January and what proved to be his final match at Swansea last weekend.

"Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn't due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part," Stoke said of Lambert on its website.

Moore, a former West Brom defender, became caretaker manager of West Brom after replacing Alan Pardew in April. Moore was given an improved and extended contract.

Moore's impressive spell as temporary boss steered last-placed West Brom to three wins - including victories against Manchester United and Tottenham - and two draws in six matches. He staved off relegation until the last round and restored some pride after a miserable campaign on and off the pitch.

Daredevils beat Chennai Super Kings ahead of playoffs

Chennai Super Kings lost to Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs, making a top-two finish in the Indian Premier League playoffs uncertain going into the last game.

The Super Kings are through, but now need to win against Kings XI Punjab to ensure third-place Kolkata Knight Riders has no chance of jumping up to second instead.

Chasing Delhi's modest target of 162-5, Chennai was restricted to 128-6 despite a quick 50 from opener Ambati Rayudu.

Rayudu scored his third half-century of the season off 28 balls, hitting four fours and four sixes before hoisting to Glenn Maxwell off Harshal Patel. After his dismissal, Delhi's leg spinners restricted Chennai.

Nepal's 17-year-old leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane finished with 1-21 and the experienced Amit Mishra had 2-20, including the key wickets of opener Shane Watson for 14 and No. 5 Sam Billings for 1.

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult had identical figures as Mishra from his four overs.

After Boult removed wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for 17, the visitors simply couldn't cope with the asking rate against the lowest-ranked side in the league.

"The wicket got more difficult (to bat on) in the second innings," Dhoni said. "We haven't used too many batsmen in this season, so they need to improve and put on partnerships in the middle."

Ravindra Jadeja hit two sixes in an unbeaten 27 but was left stranded.

Batting first, Delhi made a slow start against the quick bowling of South African Lungi Ngidi (2-14). His second wicket was the hard-hitting Rishabh Pant, caught by Dwayne Bravo for 38 off 26 balls.

Delhi slumped to 97-5 in the 15th over, with Maxwell making just five runs before being bowled by Jadeja.

Then the momentum shifted back to Delhi.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar struck 36 off 28 balls, including two fours and two sixes, putting on 65 for the unbeaten sixth wicket with Patel.

Patel had four sixes in his 16-ball knock, taking 26 runs from Bravo's last over. Bravo conceded 52 at an average of 13 per over.