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'I'm happy to know' says Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho about Barcelona interest


With Liverpool 90 minutes and three points away from Champions League football, it is of the utmost importance that the Reds secure a return to the elite European football competition. Reid, who captained a depleted West Ham in Mark Noble's absence, said they paid the price for being too open. Brazilian playmaker Coutinho struck twice in the space of four minutes midway through the second half and Divock Origi rubbed salt into West Ham's wounds as the visitors ran riot. Read More »

Giants Place Hunter Pence on Disabled List


He was competing for the left field job in spring training when he dealt with a left quadriceps strain, the same injury that ended his season early previous year. "Every time you get an opportunity, you want to work hard and succeed", Williamson said. The right fielder said the signs of his mild strain are similar to what they were previous year when he continued to play on it and got seriously hurt. Read More »

Nadal bags 5th Madrid Masters


Should he lift the trophy again in Madrid , Nadal will overtake Roger Federer in the world rankings and return to the top four. "It's just one of these days where your opponent is playing better than you, and you have to be able to say "congratulations" and move on". Read More »

Indians call up top prospect Zimmer, starts in CF vs Rays


Free webinar: Register now to learn about progress and best practices for data center optimization. Terry Francona, as he always does the first time a player is promoted from Columbus, called Bradley Zimmer into his office at Progressive Field on May 16 to deliver a message that made Zimmer smile. Read More »

It's Honda's problem, not mine, says Fernando Alonso

Alonso qualified a solid seventh in Barcelona before fading and finishing out of the points in 12th place and two laps down from the leaders. Fernando Alonso believes McLaren could be just behind Mercedes and Ferrari on vehicle performance after the Spaniard qualified a brilliant seventh for the Spanish GP. Read More »

Female broadcaster Beth Mowins to make history for ESPN in 2017


She has done play-by-play for Oakland Raiders exhibition games for the past two seasons along with her college football duties, Sports Illustrated noted. But she told the newspaper that "the management at her local NBC station did not want her to call more games the next season". In addition to calling his first MNF game, Ryan will make weekly appearances on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show this fall as a studio analyst. Read More »

James Harden partied at multiple clubs, heard MVP chants, following loss

Were you surprised at the margin of victory in this game? A must-win game. At home. This was their chance to force a Game 7 and turn the momentum around. May. "Obviously, we'll sit down". "It's not smart to always play the way they play, and see who is best". Barkley returned for a cameo appearance in one final game, months ahead of schedule, in what was only a ceremonial affair. Read More »

Manchester City remember to send Yaya Toure a birthday cake

City said on Saturday that the Argentina worldwide, who is out of contract this summer, informed the club of his intention to leave. The 32-year-old joined the Premier League side from Espanyol for £6.5million in 2008 and has won five major trophies, including two Premier League titles. Read More »

Asdrubal Cabrera: Mets finally place SS Cabrera (thumb) on DL


Collins said his conversations with pitching coach Dan Warthen of late regarding his staff have been "ugly". "We've had situations where we've tried to hand out instructions on how to go about things, and it's got to get executed". But the Mets put Cabrera back in the starting lineup over the weekend against the Brewers only to aggravate the injury. Jose Reyes was set to fill in at shortstop again Tuesday, with Wilmer Flores playing third base. Read More »

Players history-maker Kim out of Byron Nelson

Si Woo Kim may have just announced his name on the world stage by winning the Players Championship, but that could be the last we'll hear from him in a while. What's even more ironic is that to some degree, the players thought to have a reasonable chance to win on Sunday at all played like kids and the 21-year-old played like the seasoned vet. Read More »

Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona interest is "cool"


Jurgen Klopp's side take on Middlesborough this weekend in their last game of the season. Liverpool put four past a hapless West Ham, secure in their Premier League position and ready to head off for the summer a week before the season ended. Read More »

Michael Owen: 'Manchester United better with Marcus Rashford'

United seemed to overpower Celta throughout and Guidetti added: 'I think we have to play a bit quicker. Obviously he's seen the keeper move to the left and he's created that space for himself to find the corner. Rashford, who netted an extra-time victor against Anderlecht in the quarterfinals, drove a right-foot strike over the wall and into the far left corner in the 67th minute, securing United the advantage going into the second leg in Manchester next week. Read More »

Red Sox starter Pomeranz leaves games with a triceps injury


Despite the loss on Friday, the Red Sox have plated 47 runs in their last six games (7.8 per game). Only two other pitchers have ever had seven games in a row of 10-plus strikeouts. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer with two outs in the last of the ninth inning off Edubray Ramos as first-place Washington stormed back to beat Philadelphia. Read More »

Nadal outlasts Thiem, wins third straight ATP Tour event


Talking about the match he said: "I think it was a tough match since the beginning, especially here in altitude, which is hard to make breaks against a player like Thiem". But the Spaniard, buoyed by his belief and eager to avoid a third set, would earn two more championship points, converting the fourth with a backhand volley victor. Read More »

Bastian Schweinsteiger does not blame Jose Mourinho for Manchester United exit


United visit Southampton tomorrow before entertaining Crystal Palace on the season's final day and while there is nothing riding on the games, Mata says he and his team-mates can not afford to take them lightly. "But like this I never have". " We are forecasting better full-year financial performance than expected and as such have raised our revenue and profit guidance for the year", said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a press release. Read More »

Cavs bring out the brooms again in Raptors sweep

He had more again in Game 4 of the series this weekend with a Raptors fan sitting courtside in Toronto , who James teased about his shoe selection. They were wrong. After stealing two games from the champs a year ago, Toronto was swept and there's just no sugarcoating the reality: the result - and, most importantly, what led to it - should be considered a major disappointment. Read More »

Nadal beats Djokovic to reach 8th Madrid final

Having already dispatched Lukas Lacko in the first qualifying round, the British No 3 went on to beat Vesely 6-3, 6-4 and join Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund in the main draw. Nadal , who was out for much of past year because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week. Read More »

Alonso's McLaren gushes liquid in breakdown during practice

Instead, Alonso went from surprise to surprise, making the cut from the first session that eliminated the slowest five drivers, then surviving the second cut to reach the remaining 10 drivers for the first time this season. It was Hamilton's 64th career pole and his third in five races this year, putting the three-time world champion in position to challenge Vettel for the series lead on Sunday. Read More »

Jason McCourty signs with Browns on a two-year deal


He reunites with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams , who was a senior assistant defensive coach with the Titans in 2013. After fourth-round cornerback Howard Wilson suffered a fractured kneecap at rookie minicamp, the need for help was real at the position. Read More »

Cavaliers to face Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals

Boston Celtics centre Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had a career night with 26 points during Boston's Game 7 victory against the Washington Wizards on Monday. "We have to go out and fight". "He's the main guy, and we had to stop him", Gortat said. The Celtics are playing in their first Game 7 since 2012. Read More »

Celtics take down Wizards 115-105; now face Cavs

Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5. Not even the best point guard in the East, who still finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds, could out duel the long-haired flamethrower. Read More »

Fernandinho sees improvement during 'tough' season for Man City

The midfielder was nearly certain to leave the Manchester club after he was frozen out of the first-team squad by Guardiola in the beginning of the campaign. "Of course, with the players who were a long time here, it's so important because with Pablo it's how he teaches the new generation and the people who are coming from behind". Read More »

Mourinho hits out at Man Utd supporters and fixture schedule


We have just to focus on where we are and nobody has more motivation than I have to try and win tomorrow". Spanish side Celta have never reached a continental final of any stripe, but Mourinho says there will be no difference between the teams when it comes to their will to win. Read More »

Why Arsenal could play Liverpool for final Champions League spot

Wenger said: "He asked to come off". "He scores important goals ". Aguero will turn to Kevin De Bruyne for ammunition following the Belgian's complete showing in their 5-0 demolition last time out. We've gone through a hard period but at the moment we have consistency and let's finish well. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game. Read More »

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza Pachulia unlikely to be disciplined

During West's time with San Antonio, he mixed it up with Pachulia while he was a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The NBA said Monday that Pachulia won't face any disciplinary action for the play. As in Game 6 of the Houston series, Aldridge will need to deliver tonight. "So, I'm not going to go dirty". While voices on social media suggested Pachulia tried to injure Leonard on the play, both Pahulia and Leonard said after the game that it was not an intentional play. Read More »

Ricciardo 'envious' of Mercedes-Ferrari fight

With Vettel in the lead for most of the race, Hamilton was a close second to his much respected Ferrari rival. A virtual safety vehicle after Stoffel Vandoorme and Felipe Massa clashed gave Hamilton the chance to pit earlier than Vettel and close the gap, paving the way for a brilliant victory. Read More »

French right torn apart as Macron, PM prepare to name government


By appointing Philippe, Macron has passed over some loyal followers including Richard Ferrand, a former Socialist who was one of the first to join Macron's cause a year ago and is secretary general of REM. The list of new ministers will be announced on Wednesday, according to the Elysee. Germany, which instituted a painful process of economic reform more than a decade ago, would welcome its western neighbor following suit. Read More »

Guus Hiddink backs Conte to stay on as Chelsea manager


Vote below to have your say. Mazzarri said: "They have to celebrate over the weekend and don't think about our game". Costa had threatened to douse the flames and jeopardise the title bid in January, when he apparently had his head turned by a lucrative offer to join Chinese Premier League side Tianjin Quanjian. Read More »

Nastase return 'casts shadow' in Madrid


French Open last week followed their Wimbledon counterparts in barring Nastase from a grand slam in 2017 and the WTA had revoked his credential privileges while the ITF investigated his actions, with chief executive Steve Simon said in a statement. Read More »

Mata eager for Man United to build momentum

He said of Smalling and fellow defender Phil Jones: "It's time for Jones and Smalling to be courageous - to [take a] risk - because for the team you have to do everything". I want to show I am a player you can trust.' And that's what I was doing at Manchester. "I think his Europa League team will beat Southampton ". Read More »

Yann Kermorgant penalty sends Reading through to Championship play-off final


No one would have backed a penalty to settle this infernally tight contest before kick-off. Stam admitted he feels the tension of a semi-final as a manager far more than he ever did as a player. It was a golden opportunity. Reading , buoyed by a fervent home support, started the brighter of the two sides and almost took the lead in the 13th minute when Yann Kermorgant saw his low drive tipped wide by Marcus Bettinelli . Read More »

Champions League hopes in Liverpool's hands


If Philippe Coutinho was instrumental in Sturridge scoring his first goal in eleven games, he guaranteed the victory with two goals in five minutes in the second half . The player talked to ESPN Brasil after Liverpool's win over West Ham on Sunday, and when asked by reporter João Castelo Branco about the negotiations, claimed he's not aware of it. Read More »

Chelsea, with EPL title assured, beat Watford

Youth-team graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah will also hope to make their first league starts of the campaign in Chelsea's last two fixtures. One challenge will be keeping individuals happy, like Willian, their outstanding player in last season's 10th-place finish but this season more often a substitute. Read More »