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Alisher Usmanov makes bid for full control of Arsenal

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Arsenal endured a disappointing campaign under Arsene Wenger , with the club failing to qualify for the Champions Leagues for the first time in the Frenchman's 21-year reign. As has regularly been the case, the atmosphere stands to be tense and the latest machinations behind the scenes could add to the mix. Earlier this season, Everton had signed on a company partly-owned by Usmanov, USM Holdings, as the new sponsor for the Finch Farm training facility. Read More »

Can Manchester United win the Europa League tonight?

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Mourinho was thrown up in the air by his coaching staff in the post-match celebrations, he rolled around on the ground with his son, and jumped up and down in frenzied fashion just before United captain Wayne Rooney lifted the trophy. Read More »

Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

And without lightning rods, we'd have to scrounge for some other metaphor to describe those among us who attract and absorb our most powerful opinions. "The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim". The Celtics , effectively, went into a prevent defense on offense. The Celtics, who are missing their best player, injured guard Isaiah Thomas , led by as many as 16 points in the first half and appeared primed to stun Cleveland again while James flirted with trouble. Read More »

Jose Mourinho sends message to Man United fans about summer transfers

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We tried to kill their good qualities, we tried to explore their weaknesses. "We did it. We are very proud". "We know things like this are very sad all over the world", said Pogba after the match, referring to the attack. The tournament itself was full of great moments prior to the final, however, and Goal has picked out the 11 best performers from this season's Europa League . Read More »

Arsenal have been too nice to Ozil and Sanchez - Keown

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With his contract due to run out at the end of next season, concerns about his Arsenal future are only growing. Arsenal can salvage something with victory in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea but Keown, speaking on behalf of BT Sport , said: "When you're saying that fourth is OK - and it certainly wasn't in my era - that's nearly like a consolation prize and it's been wheeled out as a form of success". Read More »

Monday's NBA playoffs: Warriors sweep Spurs to win West

Facing Cleveland will resurrect chatter of Golden State's collapse in last season's Finals, which saw the Cavaliers rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the franchise's first championship. Some of you might say that is just one game, yes it is, but it is one game on the road more, and it has to be won. Ginobili is a free agent, but is expected to return to the Spurs if he does not retire. Read More »

Djokovic, Nishikori march on in Madrid

Asia's top player next faces Spain's David Ferrer , who advanced when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew prior to their match with a right shoulder injury. " On Friday I woke up at three in the morning with pain, a discomfort I had never felt before", the 14-times grand slam victor told a news conference on Monday. Read More »

Luis Severino's domination gives Yankees' bullpen a break

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Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck sprain on Wednesday night, the result of a spectacular catch. Ellsbury received another ovation for staying in the game to that point, and the inning was quickly completed without Ellsbury getting another outfield chance. Read More »

Monaco secure first Ligue 1 title in 17 years

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Monaco have clinched the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title following their 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday. Key number: 3 Monaco have scored three or more goals in 19 of their 37 top-flight matches this season, finding the net 104 times in total in Ligue 1. Read More »

Dominic Thiem: 'I had worse weeks in my life than this one'

In the final of the men's Mutua Madrid Open , 23-year-old Austrian Dominic Tim will compete for the title with 30-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal . Nadal will be expected to continue his dominance over Thiem later on Sunday, May 14, and given the way he has dominated the clay court tournaments this year, the Spaniard will be expected to win the Madrid Open . Read More »

Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Busch also won the Truck Series race Friday night, but the victory Saturday was the first time he's ever been to victory lane at Charlotte in a Cup vehicle. Before the 16 drivers who earned berths in the race going into the weekend competed in the Monster Energy All-Star Race , four more drivers had to earn the chance to make the field. Read More »

Terror at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester: Who are the victims?

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility on its social media channels, saying "one of the caliphate's soldiers placed bombs among the crowds". May, once of the U.K.'s most experienced national security and anti-terrorism leaders, vowed to fight the "twisted, warped" ideology that inspired 22-year-old British man Salman Ramadan Abedi to target children and teenagers at the Ariana Grande concert. Read More »

Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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In 1996, Yates expanded to a two-car team with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan - and immediately won that year's Daytona 500 with Jarrett. Following Kulwicki in the voting were former drivers Buddy Baker and Davey Allison . In 1948, the first year of NASCAR's existence, Byron won the Modified championship. Read More »

Watch New York Yankees Retire Derek Jeter's Number

I'm pretty sure I remember reading somewhere that ESPN will carry it too. " Derek Jeter was a very special player", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said before the ceremony. Both teams were always battling it out to win the A.L East division, only to meet up in October for some of the most memorable playoff games in sports history. Read More »

Iran sees OPEC consensus for nine-month oil output cut extension

New producers may add their name to the agreement and exemptions for OPEC members Libya and Nigeria could complicate an easy outcome. In Europe on Tuesday, there were relatively cautious comments from the Kuwaiti Oil Minister who stated that not everyone has agreed to a 9-month extension to production cuts , but there is agreement for a 6-month extension. Read More »

Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks Game 2 Preview

The Ducks got just one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of Game 1, but Silfverberg put it into Rinne's far top corner for his eighth goal in 12 games this spring, matching his goal total in 48 games over his previous six trips to the postseason. Read More »

Senators are ready for big push by Penguins

Winger Bobby Ryan scored at 4:59 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference final at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. It's not entirely unfamiliar territory. As is Ottawa's custom, once they gain even a one-goal lead, they try to wrap the game in duct tape - sealing off the neutral zone, chipping pucks out and away, dumping in and barely bothering to chase. Read More »

Romero will start Europa League final - Mou

United's defeat in the final game at Tottenham's White Hart Lane means they can not finish fourth. "Two bad goals conceded but a positive game for us because the players that needed to play 90 minutes, they did it, and it's important for them", Mourinho said. Read More »

MMA: Polish fighter defends UFC title

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Being a girl and wanting to pursue a career in soccer in Brazil is a hard task, though, and it didn't take long until she realized that. Jedrzejczyk is doing a good job of keeping Andrade at bay. As the centerpiece of a pay-per-view and therefore the recipient of a push from the UFC, Jędrzejczyk will at the very least attract significantly more media attention than Demetrious Johnson, which translates to pay-per-view success to some degree. Read More »

Hope to replicate this performance in next games: Maxwell

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They have not won more than two matches in a row this season , and the time has now come for them to better that performance. A rare top-order failure meant that they could not post a competitive total in their last game. After a blazing beginning to the season, Nitish Rana's form has tapered off with scores of 8, 3, 19, 27 and 9 in his last five matches. "Hopefully we can do this in the last two games and give the people of Punjab something to cheer about", Maxwell told after the match ... Read More »

Hamilton sees off Vettel in enthralling Barcelona battle

The Britain took the chequered flag 3.4 seconds clear of the German, who did all he could to beat him. Hamilton took 14 seconds lead against Vettel. Bottas still played a major part in Hamilton's win, helping to delay Vettel long enough to enable the Briton to recoup vital seconds. Looking back on the race, Bottas added: "The first corner was very tight". Read More »

Arsenal's title challenge failure is frustrating: Sanchez

Sanchez's brace in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sunderland took him 23 in the Premier League this term and both he and Ozil have double figures in terms of goals and assists across all competitions. Asked whether it could be hard to keep Ozil and Sanchez if Arsenal don't get into the Champions League, Wenger said: "No, because they are part of the results as well". Read More »

Andy Murray sent packing from Madrid Open, Novak Djokovic eases into quarters

The other quarterfinal will be played between Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who defeated Benoit Paire of France 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, and Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Nadal improved to 9-3 against Fognini and has now won 11 straight matches this season; he is fresh from 10th career clay titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Read More »

Preakness champ Cloud Computing might not run in Belmont

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Brown made no bones about their strategy to give Cloud Computing six weeks of rest before taking on Derby victor Always Dreaming and second favorite at Preakness post time , Classic Empire . He didn't run as a 2-year-old because of injury. Senior Investment , a 30-1 shot, ran third and returned $10.20 to show. Castellano won for the second time . Read More »

Curry leads Warriors to sweep of Spurs

There was some pick-and-roll action early in the third quarter that the Celtics couldn't contain, and maybe that got Irving in a groove. It was probably even more shocking to him and the team because it came after the Cavs annihilated the Celtics during Friday night's game 130 - 86. Read More »

Madrid Open 2017 Semi-Final: Rafael Nadal Vs Novak Djokovic

Nadal is bidding for a third straight title on clay having claimed victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to boost hopes of regaining the world number one ranking for the first time in three years. I just try to focus. Djokovic was playing his first tournament in Madrid since parting company with his long-term coach Marian Vajda. "This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal told reporters. Read More »

Europa League final feels unimportant after Manchester tragedy

Manchester was gearing up once again for one of their clubs to fight for another piece of silverware on European soil, with the final proving crucial to United in their aspiration to play Champions League football next season. Overall, some mixed numbers that point in different directions - but that's very symptomatic of United's first Premier League term under Mourinho; a lesser league standing than the year before and some questionable performances along the way, yet subtle signs of ... Read More »

Koscielny to miss FA Cup final following unsuccessful red-card appeal

The 31-year-old received a straight red card for his reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia and will therefore miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea and the first two domestic fixtures of next season. "It just shows you how unpredictable football can be", Wenger told press at London Colney on Wednesday. I don't know as he has not played 90 minutes for a long time. Read More »

Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Europa League final has lost its glow

What should have been a showpiece occasion will instead carry a sombre tone, with players joining together for a pre-match minute's silence in memory of the 22 people killed at Manchester Arena on Monday. expresses its deepest dismay at the attack committed in Manchester and wants to convey its solidarity with the victims and their families and friends". Read More »

Holder Real to face Juventus in Champions League final

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Real Madrid are all set to offer their manager, Zinedine Zidane , a contract extension at the end of this season, according to a report in Spanish daily, Marca . "It's up to us to be confident and sure in ourselves, and have to desire to play well against them to give ourselves a chance of winning". "I have an awesome team with great players, they deserve the credit for this qualification", Zidane said. Read More »

Manchester United to hold minute silence at Europa League final

United's opponents in the final, Dutch club Ajax , tweeted: "From Amsterdam with love to Manchester. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected". A moment of silence to honor the 22 slain and 59 wounded victims of the suicide bombing attack will precede the game, as Manchester hold vigils in the streets to honor the fallen. Read More »