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Sharapova overcomes shaky start to beat McHale in Rome

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The Russian ace sealed a 6-4 6-2 triumph on Monday to advance to the second round, meaning she will rise from her current ranking of 211 to inside the top 200, earning a spot in qualifying at the All England Club. The fact that Im back and playing three weeks in a row now and three events in a row for me is a big deal. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and if Sharapova wins this tie, she could face top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the third ... Read More »

Tottenham's Dele Alli plans to continue enjoying 'journey'

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With expectations rising under Pochettino though, it could be become more hard to follow that strategy as supporters and the board will naturally want immediate success and so it's certainly going to be a hard balancing act with signing top players to take them to the next level. Read More »

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka doubtful for Southhampton clash due to injury

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Although Mata could not help United to beat Arsenal, he was pleased to get a game under his belt ahead of an important run of games coming up for the Red Devils. Speaking in a press-conference Manchester United's defeat to Arsenal , Mourinho said Gunners were always crying after playing his teams as as he was yet to taste defeat until Sunday evening. Read More »

Hahn, Barnes share Byron Nelson lead with stars lurking

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World number one Dustin Johnson, Masters victor and defending champion Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are all competing in Texas this week but it was Hahn and Barnes who found themselves atop the leaderboard early. After missing on a birdie chance for the win in 2016, Koepka went in the water on 18, the first playoff hole, to open the door for Garcia to become the only two-time victor since Lord Byron's event moved to the Four Seasons. Read More »

Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay: Koscielny

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Arsenal will host Everton on Sunday. Two goals from Alexis Sanchez moved Arsene Wenger's side to within a point of Liverpool in the race for the Uefa Champions League places, with Everton set to visit the Emirates stadium this weekend. We were frustrated at half time not to be leading. "We were in most of the game until the first goal went in and then they turned the heat up - but we had a right go and the attitude was there again so we can't complain about that". Read More »

Lakers Rumors: Possible trade packages for the second overall pick

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The Suns' bad luck, combined with the repeated good luck of more nationally-prominent teams, has led some fans, including those in Phoenix, to believe the NBA Draft Lottery system is rigged. However, it could still be a possibility. Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. Read More »

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins in Game 3

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I can't say that was the case after watching the first two games of the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Eastern Conference Final. Mike Hoffman kicked things off with a great read on a ricocheting puck just 48 seconds in, beating Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury right in front to put the Sens ahead 1-0. Read More »

Jose Mourinho calls up 10 teens who 'aren't ready yet'

United must beat Ajax to qualify for next season's Champions League and with nothing to play for in the Premier League, Mourinho was relieved to leave the south-coast without any major casualties. "I think one in the middle of a good structure, a dynamic structure, an experienced structure, I think, yes". The frantic schedule and injuries have seen Mourinho rotate in recent league games, with captain Wayne Rooney, strongly linked with a summer Old Trafford exit, likely to be among those ... Read More »

No divided loyalties for Zidane's Juventus reunion

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Doubts remain over whether the Wanda Metropolitano will be ready in time for the start of next season. Kevin Gameiro also should have done better on the end of a swift Atletico counter-attack but Cristiano Ronaldo in particular was growing in prominence and was unlucky to have a 69th-minute effort incorrectly ruled out for offside. Read More »

Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top four fight

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Third-place Manchester City are also within mathematical reach - if they lose at Watford, Arsenal beat Everton and there is a five-goal swing in goal difference. Let's give ourselves every chance", Wenger said. "But once he is on the pitch and has the ball he becomes the devil and forgets his pain". "You will always have regrets because you could have one point more ..." In contrast to their London rivals, Arsenal have not won the league since 2004 and Wenger has come under ... Read More »

Jaylen Brown Had A Big Game With Small Minutes In Game 7

The Celtics won all their home games in the series, the final two in convincing style. While we have extolled the virtues of Celtics coach Brad Stevens for the energy and doing-more-with-less group, advancing to play the Cavs in the conference finals was essential. Read More »

Wenger Confirms Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Stoke

The first half was quite even, but we were focused and determined. On Sanchez's well-taken goal , Wenger added: "That's Alexis, he's a player that never gives up and is tricky to stop". Both teams started the second half looking to get on the front foot but it took until the hour for Sanchez to open the scoring for Arsenal . The north London side head into the game fresh from their 2-0 victory over Southampton in midweek as they backed up their win over Manchester United at The ... Read More »

Rinne's rare off-night gives Ducks life in Western Conference Final

Johansen gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 4:18 of the first period. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot from Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm looks on during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Wester. Read More »

Man United held by Southampton in 0-0 stalemate

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It's frustrating for me, and I hope you don't kill me when you see my team". Asked if he had submitted a request for the game to be moved, Mourinho replied: "I don't lose time". "I think the Europa League competition is for teams that go to the Europa League in the beginning, like us". Mourinho said the likes of Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Matthew Willock, Josh Harrop and Zachary Dearnley would join Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba in the matchday squad. Read More »

NBA Mock Draft: Fultz to Celtics, Ball to Lakers after lottery

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Here are the biggest storylines moving forward after the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. Their draft history includes three other No. 4 picks: Alvan Adams in 1975, John Shumate in 1974 and Corky Calhoun in 1972. Some say keep it and use it on Markelle Fultz . Los Angeles reportedly wants Fox and Ball to have a head-to-head workout for them, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress . Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers book Eastern Conference play-off final spot

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The Cavaliers started a 17-7 run while DeRozan was on the bench, opening a 51-41 lead with 3:46 left in the second. "(The Cavaliers ) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons. Maybe he knows he can more money from Toronto . Shutting down Toronto should not have been such an easy task, particularly considering the Raptors entered the playoffs with the sixth-best offense in the National Basketball Association, higher than luminaries such as the Spurs, Celtics and ... Read More »

Claude Puel 'cannot understand' speculation over Southampton future

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He is also said to be causing tension between himself and the squad due to his constant tinkering and changing with the squad both before and during matches. Despite criticism of the style of play under Frenchman Puel, Krueger feels the club have "taken another step forward this season ". There's no way getting round the fact the 2016/17 campaign has been a disappointment for the majority of Southampton fans, though I would argue we've been spoiled by an over-achieving side in recent years. Read More »

Spurs list Leonard as questionable for Game 3

The Warriors have struggled mightily in the past in San Antonio, and with Spurs fans trying to jumpstart their team and get them back in the series, the Warriors will have their hands full as they try to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Steph Curry would go on to score 40 points and Durant finished with 34. "It's not what I expected". The Warriors expect the Spurs will be tougher at AT&T Center , but if Leonard isn't ready, that belief still might be lacking. Read More »

Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz

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Why would you give up on a guy who just put up MVP-like numbers for a rookie? No one knows what the Boston Celtics will do, but Paul Pierce makes a compelling argument. So I'm just going to throw this out there. "For him to play off the ball, where I think he's better at it, or him to play on ball and I can play off the ball, I think the chemistry would be unbelievable". Read More »

Premier League Kane moves into top gear to become leading scorer

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Kane tops the Golden Boot charts with 26 goals, two ahead of Everton's Romelu Lukaku with Arsenal's Chilean marksman Alexis Sanchez third, a further goal adrift. The only player to score more than three hat-tricks in a single Premier League season was Alan Shearer (5) in 1995-96. "We want to win our last two games, that is important", Pochettino is quoted by BBC Sport . Read More »

'I don't remember having a race like this'

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The strategy was on point with the pit stops", Hamilton told his team via radio after crossing the finish line. It was Hamilton's second win of the season, and cuts Vettel's lead to six points as the big two pull clear of the pack in what's looking to be a dramatic fight for the 2017 championship. Read More »

Alan Pardew sends message to Tottenham about Chelsea

Son Heung-Min went closest to breaking the deadlock for Tottenham in the second half but West Ham were always unsafe and Lanzini, wasteful with a first-half chance, delivered what could be knockout blow to Tottenham's title hopes. "We should have increased our level, but we didn't do it". "We shouldn't forget what we've done until now", he added. "When we conceded it was so hard to come back in the game". Read More »

New Zealand's Reid to miss Confederations Cup after knee surgery

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Dyche is set to be without Ben Mee , who is still struggling to shake off a shin problem. This season has been a disaster for West Ham. Angelo Ogbonna could return but Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku are all unavailable. Read More »

Benches clear in Giants-Dodgers series finale

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The Giants, winners of five straight, ran into a familiar buzzsaw. As you can see from the video above, only one player wanted no part of the confrontation: Kershaw. "I explained that the pitch slipped", Cueto said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I told him that if I'm going to hit him, I'll do it low". Matt Shoemaker (3-2) gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, but settled down to earn the win. Read More »

Losing To Arsenal Changed Everything - Antonio Conte

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The players will be a second season in and we saw that last season they couldn't sustain it for a second year. After committing to one more season, Terry admits that he is delighted to leave the club while they are top of the league. The Spain global reportedly was one of the players who fell out with Jose Mourinho last season, contributing to the negative atmosphere that engulfed the club as it finished, somewhat embarrassingly, in 10th place. Read More »

Fabregas' Late Winner Rescues Chelsea In Seven-Goal Thriller

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Chelsea captain and legnd John Terry has insisted that he has enjoyed the current campaign despite only playing a bit-part role in the club's Premier League title triumph. The Blues can break the record by beating Sunderland in Sunday's final league game. 'But I'm delighted with all the experiences and opportunities I have had'. Read More »

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

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A Kendrys Morales single and Darrell Ceciliani double later and Bautista was home with the Jays first run of the game. The incident led to both benches and bullpens emptying onto the field for the second time of the game. With his team trailing 8-3, Pillar struck out swinging to end a 1-2-3 seventh. Braves general manager John Coppolella said he "will leave no stone unturned" in his search for help at first base through a trade. Read More »

Arsenal Win Keeps The Pressure On Manchester City And Liverpool

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Hopefully he will be here a long time". ARSENAL: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerín, Ramsey (Welbeck 69), Xhaka, Gibbs (Iwobi 69), Özil, Sanchez, Giroud (Walcott 85). So I don't know why suddenly it could become such a big problem. "I want to absolutely make sure we are in there, but let's get to 75 points and see what happens". Read More »

Adios to a City legend

City will play Real Madrid in Los Angeles and tackle Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville. He made that one chance with Sergio and scored that handsome goal. He was disappointed not to start but came off the bench to a standing ovation. "I have been struggling to sleep properly because I have been thinking about it". Read More »

Why the Wizards and Celtics hate each other

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Oubre called the suspension a outcome of his actions. "We can turn it up a notch and be more physical", Morris said. "The league has to do what they have to do". The Washington Wizards have won 12 of their last 16 home games. And it hasn't hurt that John Wall has been virtually unstoppable all postseason, averaging 29 points, 11 assists, 2 steals and 1 block per game - and that was before he cobbled together a 27-point, 12-assist, 5-steal, 1-block game on Sunday night to even the series. Read More »

Derek Jeter's number is retired at Yankee stadium

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Along with honoring Jeter with a lengthy tribute video, the Yankees dedicated his number and his career accomplishments on a plaque at the Monument Park. Now the Yankees look to even the series against the Astros with a win in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Alex Rodriguez was not — spokesman Ron Berkowitz said A-Rod was in Miami, spending time with his mother and daughters. Read More »

Jose Mourinho hits back at critics after Manchester United beaten by Tottenham

The Red Devils were beaten by Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, guaranteeing Spurs will finish second in the league - and ending United's hunt for a top four finish. "You can not play two big competitions with 15 players. But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final". On Sunday, United still fielded a team that included the likes of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Michael Carrick. Read More »

Embiid: Cavaliers 'going down' to 76ers soon

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It's no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers star has a thing for the pop star, and on Tuesday he got a chance to make a pitch directly to a good friend of Rihanna's. His reasons? "I mean look at myself", he said on the show, smiling. You know, women usually love my accent, because I'm from Cameroon, in Africa. "And, I'm pretty intelligent too . Read More »

Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Football - 18 May 2017

Hull City have won 21 points from 17 Premier League games under Silva, which is more than eight other Premier League teams since his appointment - but this wasn't enough to avoid relegation. By his own high standards, Kane has started relatively slowly in the last two seasons. It is the first time I've scored four goals in my professional career. Read More »