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Bookmaker pays out on John Terry substitution bets

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One punter who attended the game predicted something similar regarding Terry and made an enquiry with Paddy Power before placing a £25 bet on the phone. "[But] if you ask me who is the favourite now, I can tell [you] it's Arsenal ". The assist proved to be Costa's final contribution as he was withdrawn - notably waving as he left the field, further fuelling rumours that he will leave the Premier League in a lucrative move to China this summer. Read More »

Chicagoans celebrate as Manchester United wins soccer championship

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However, the Swede's astonishing contract also stipulated that a second year at Old Trafford would only be guaranteed if he made 31 Premier League starts and United finished in the top three. The two teams wore black armbands for the match in another mark of respect and both sets of fans came together in a show of unity, mingling happily outside the stadium and in the city center before the match. Read More »

Azpilicueta 'flattered' by Barcelona interest

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Azpilicueta joined Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the new formation, which helped the club clinch the much-coveted trophy by seven points. Hugely respected by those who control the team affairs at Stamford Bridge, Azpilicueta, has stated that he is "flattered" by the interest but feels "really valued" at Chelsea . Read More »

Day 'felt weird' being in lead at Players Championship

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He was 4 over through six holes to start this tournament and had not made up any ground until a birdie on the 16th, his ace on the 17th and a par save on the 18th for a 73. Garcia also shot 71, thanks in no small measure to his ace at the 17th. Two days later his mother Dening successfully underwent surgery to remove a "three-to-four-centimetre" mass in her lungs and Day returned to action in the Masters , finishing in a tie for 22nd at Augusta National. Read More »

Mourinho relishes United's 'victory of pragmatism'

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United became only the fifth club - after Juventus, Ajax , Bayern Munich and Chelsea - to have won the Champions League , the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup. And it was another profitable night for another big-money Mourinho buy, Mkhitaryan. Ajax's starting line-up had an average age of 22 years and 282 days, including six players of 21 or younger, with a 17-year-old in the centre of defence. Read More »

Pederson leaves game after frightening collision with Puig

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Both Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson were running full speed on a fly ball that Yadier Molina hit into right-center field. Though a disabled list stint could be on the table in the near future, like when the Dodgers need to activate Kenta Maeda to start Thursday's series finale. Read More »

Mata dedicates final win to Manchester

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Jose Mourinho had put all of United's eggs in the Europa League basket for Champions League qualification, knowing their odds of finishing in the top four were slim to none by April, and his gamble paid off big. "We had to focus". "He is a very important player for us. We play for England , for Manchester and for the people who died". "The goal was to win all the way through this season. Read More »

Morgan cautious over Stokes injury

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The success enhanced England's status as favourites for the Champions Trophy , which starts on 1 June, and boosted hopes of Morgan leading the country to its maiden piece of global 50-over silverware. The loss of Stokes and Buttler threatened to hobble England but he and Moeen shared a heady stand of 117 to shift the momentum. That's when Moeen came to the crease and alongside his captain he ensured there was a power-packed conclusion to the innings. Read More »

Chelsea's Antonio Conte named manager of the year

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The FA's rules regarding match-fixing state that: "Fixing is arranging in advance the result or conduct of a match or competition, or any event within a match or competition". Terry is given a guard-of-honor in his final game for Chelsea . He could yet make a 718th appearance, although he is likely to be a substitute at best, before deciding whether to retire on play on elsewhere. Read More »

Chelsea cancel victory parade in wake of Manchester terror attack

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And Conte believes Arsenal's failure to secure a Champions League spot will give them extra motivation. The Italian was named manager of the year and Premier League manager of the year at the LMA's 25th annual awards dinner after the Blues, who ended last campaign 10th, finished seven points ahead of Tottenham . Read More »

Man United claim historic Europa League Cup

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Manchester City blended the clubs' colors in a poignant message it sent seconds after the final whistle and two days after a suicide bomber detonated a device, which killed 22 people and hospitalized at least 59 following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena . Read More »

KKR captain Gambhir credits bowlers for 'brilliant' win over SRH

Adding to this, the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - have come good whenever the team has needed them. MI and KKR are very good in utilizing their opportunities and took turns to take lead over the opponents which helped them to be on the top of the points table and made certain to go for the clash to reach the finals. Read More »

Injured and reeling, Celtics rediscover their will to win

The Celtics lost Game 2 at home by 44 and the first two games of the series by a combined 57. It wasn't worth all four. It was worth one. Time to get LeBron back to the Westworld compound and tweak is motor functions. Then he took a shot at a Cleveland reporter, Kenny Roda, for asking an innocent question, officially signaling that pouty, entitled LeBron was in the house. Read More »

Ander Herrera dedicates Europa League success to victims of Manchester attack

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The game was played two days after 22 people were killed in a bomb attack at a concert in Manchester , England, and 12 days after the death of Pogba's father, Fassou Antoine. Prior to this victory they had won the European Cup on three occasions, in 1968, 1999 and 2008, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. It was a very hard week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. Read More »

Avery Bradley's last-second 3-pointer lifts Boston Celtics over Cleveland Cavaliers

After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4. Cleveland has a 3-1 advantage going into Game 5, so they clearly haven't been that tough. "In the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, 'We can not - they can not tie up this series, '" Irving said. Read More »

Arsenal face defensive crisis ahead of final

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His fellow German global suffered a concussion in the midweek win over Sunderland and missed the weekend's home win over Everton as a result, with a bout of sickness causing problems this week, preventing him from training. Wenger continued: "It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home when your mind is on attacking and we lost two centre-backs". Read More »

Gritty Celtics conjure up a win

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Sunday night's Game 3 showed the true meaning of "Celtic Pride". "A weird-feeling game". But give them credit. He makes the right play over and over, and he thinks the game, he sees the game. The way they responded Tuesday night - particularly on the defensive end - is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday. Read More »

Man Utd fans react to Spurs defeat outside White Hart Lane

While Tottenham remained unbeaten at White Hart Lane this term, they won just one of their five games at Wembley - their home next season - in the current campaign. The Blues clinched their fifth Premier League - and sixth overall - title on Friday night following a 1-0 win at West Brom, with closest challengers Spurs opening the door for them by losing to West Ham last week. Read More »

Man Utd beat Ajax to win Europa League

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French midfielder Paul Pogba , who scored United's first goal, dedicated the triumph to the victims, saying: "We played for the people who died". "We wouldn't think twice", Mourinho said. "We had to focus, it was very important". "We knew where we better, where they were better than us". Pogba told BT Sport: "We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester , in London and in Paris, too". Read More »

Europa League 'We played for the people who died' - Pogba

Cruyff died in March 2016 but one of his many legacies that remain is the state of the current Ajax lineup, which has an average age of around 22 and has thrilled European soccer this season with some swashbuckling performances on its run to the Europa League final. Read More »

'There's a lot of questions': Ariana Grande comforted by family

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As well as visiting Germany, Abedi is also understood to have recently flown back to the United Kingdom from Libya, where his younger brother and father live. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the US government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. Read More »

American Motorcycle Racer Nicky Hayden Dies

As Mark Critchley of The Independent relayed, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy , where Hayden was being treated in the intensive care unit, announced the American had died. We are all so proud of that. Moreover, he managed to secure a MotoGP title without making any enemies, which is a feat in itself in the top level branch of the two-wheeled sport. Read More »

BCCI invites applications for India coach role; Kumble a direct entry

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After Kumble was picked ahead of the other shortlisted candidates, including former team director Ravi Shastri, he was handed a one-year contract. Recently, Kumble's former Team India spin-twin Harbhajan Singh wrote to the India coach, to bring to his attention the plight of the cricketers who take part in the Ranji Trophy. Read More »

Luke Walton not stressing LaVar Ball, cites his dad's 'big personality'

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Unlike the no. 2 pick, which likely only involves working out three to five guys, the no. 28 pick could result in the Lakers working out 20, 30 of even 50 players . And there's been talks that he's not exactly the best teammate either. How would current Los Angeles Lakers' guard D'Angelo Russell look playing for the Chicago Bulls? Washington was so bad on defense previous year (the Huskies ranked 333rd in the nation) that you nearly feel obligated to throw that in here, and ... Read More »

Man Utd long-ball tactics made Europa League final boring

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan . "Now it is like Ajax and some other clubs with every trophy in the world of football, so it means everything". "We had to come here we had to play a very important game for us and I think we did the best we could". Read More »

Kroenke says Arsenal not for sale after Usmanov bid

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It comes days after reports that Alisher Usmanov , who owns 30.04% of the club, offered Kroenke £1billion for his shares. Stan Kroenke , Arsenal's majority shareholder, has insisted he remains committed to the club and his company's shares are "not, and never have been, for sale". Read More »

Man United fans loved Josh Harrop's debut against Crystal Palace

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Having signed the Bundesliga player of the year (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), the most expensive footballer on the planet ( Paul Pogba ), the outstanding Eric Bailly and the celestial Zlatan Ibrahimovic, book makers had Manchester United just behind Manchester City as favourites to win the Premier League at the start of the season. Read More »

Nothing changes in our head when we face Pakistan: Kohli

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Of course, if England had sustained their chase of 129 from 20 overs in a rain-shortened match at Edgbaston in 2013 it would have been easier for a home audience to overlook a surface which played significantly to India's strengths. "I might be able to throw something new in this tournament (Champions Trophy), hopefully". "I think because the tournament is shorter and involves all the top teams, the Champions Trophy is far more competitive than other big tournaments". Read More »

LeBron James 'focused on the present' after terrible game three

But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it wont be easy. The Celtics , who are already missing top scorer Isaiah Thomas , could also be without forward Jaylen Brown for Game 5; the rookie is questionable with a hip pointer. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great". Read More »

Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League final

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It comes as absolutely no surprise really. Paul Pogba gave the Red Devils the lead in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan grabbed the second in the second half. Mourinho certainly doesn't. His response to Bosz's "boring" comment was this. "Three trophies in one season and the Champions League ". And perhaps he was due that touch of good fortune after being thwarted by the woodwork so often this season. Read More »