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Messi magic inspires Barca to retain Copa del Rey

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It's clear that Ernesto Valverde , who is set to be confirmed as Enrique's replacement today, has a lot of work to do, first and foremost in terms of fashioning his players into an efficient collective unit rather than a group of talented individuals who cross their fingers and hope for Messi's best. Read More »

Djokovic names Agassi as coach after losing Rome final

It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit. While Agassi is unlikely to join Djokovic full time, the relationship could prove to be very fruitful for the Serbian's quest to win a 13th Grand Slam title. "You played fantastic and deserve it", he said. He has won just one tournament and was bounced early in the Australian Open , the year's first Grand Slam event. Read More »

Bucket list: Earnhardt seeking Coca-Cola 600 victory

The names of fallen military service members are placed on the front windshields of all the Cup Series cars in the Coca-Cola 600 , and specially-prepared Honor and Remember flags are displayed throughout the garage area, representing those who have died in service from each of the 50 United States. Read More »

Bracco, Spitfires beat Otters in Memorial Cup final

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T.J. Fergus put Erie ahead once again when his point shot glanced off Stanley, but Graham Knott slammed home a power-play goal after a nice feed from Vilardi to make sure it was all square at 3-3 heading to the final frame. As for 17-year-old goalie Michael DiPietro, he displayed uncanny calm during the entire event. Windsor went 44 days between games while waiting for the tournament to begin. Read More »

Cavaliers take 3-1 lead against Celtics in NBA

The Cavs , especially Irving, did that in Game 4 . The Celtics were without star guard Isaiah Thomas , a Second Team All-NBA selection, for the final three games of the series due to a hip injury that may require surgery. Nothing was keeping him out. "I kept telling the guys we've been through this before". At this point, doctors are unsure whether Thomas will have to undergo said surgery. Read More »

After mistake in 2012, Sato learns lesson to win Indy 500

France's Simon Pagenaud was never a contender Sunday, and two-time 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, led only two laps and finished sixth. Takuma Sato on Sunday became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500, in a race that featured a horrific crash involving the driver who started from the pole position. Read More »

Four killed, dozens injured in stampede at Honduran soccer match

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The stampede was sparked as more and more fans attempted to enter an already overcrowded stadium which has capacity to house 35,000 people. The official Motagua statement denied that the club had oversold the game but that fake tickets had allowed other fans to gain entry to the stadium. Read More »

Tigers' Buck Farmer whiffs 11 over 6-plus scoreless innings

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The Tigers struck out 49 times in the four-game series against the White Sox, the most for any four-game series in team history since at least 1913, according to research by Fox Sports Detroit's Austin Drake. Gonzalez's 2017 has hardly been dominant. In the meantime, the Sox scored four more times, including three on home runs by Matt Davidson and Todd Frazier . Read More »

Cavs defeat Celtics in five, advance to NBA Finals

They were like the inhabitants of Whoville on Christmas morning, and LeBron had become their Grinch. "I hope everybody says we have no chance", General Manager David Griffin said during a TV interview following the Cavaliers' 135-102 win Thursday night against the Boston Celtics , clinching a third straight NBA Finals appearance. Read More »

Real Madrid sets its sights on first Liga title in 5 years

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Real Madrid didn't feel the pressure and they thrashed (1-4) Celta Vigo in the postponed game of La Liga. Isco has excelled during Madrid's impressive charge in both LaLiga and the Champions League, but he insists the presence of Ronaldo, who now has 39 goals this season, makes life straightforward. Read More »

Bernhard Langer wins Senior PGA for record 9th senior major

Langer, whose 2 under produced his first score in the 70s this week, had led over the opening two rounds in pursuit of the only Champions Tour major, out of five, he has not won. He missed three birdie putts inside 10 feet and a par putt inside 3 feet. "It means a great deal to win two majors at age 59", Langer said. Singh, meanwhile, had driven into the left rough and muscled the ball out and onto the green. Read More »

2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova wins return from knife attack

Five months after suffering career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, Kvitova looked sharp and eager in a 6-3 6-2 triumph. Kvitova began things with a quick forehand victor on the opening point. "The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me, I am strong and I will fight this". Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers set up Golden State Warriors rematch

The Cavs eased past the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday night to get there, Cleveland now taking its 12-1 playoff record up against the Warriors flawless 12-0 mark. Do they want to be locked into four or five years with an undersized guard who will start that contract at age 29? OddsShark.com has made the Warriors favorites at -400, meaning someone betting on Golden State would have to put up $400 to win $100. Read More »

Luis Enrique farewells Barca with thanks to 'extra terrestrial' Messi

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I am very happy", he said . "We played a good game over 90 minutes", said Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac. The 53-year-old Valverde is a former Barca player, helping the club win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1989) and Copa del Rey (1990) during two years at the Nou Camp under Johan Cruyff, while a 15-year coaching career has included spells at Espanyol , Olympiacos , Villarreal and Valencia . Read More »

Elneny's Arsenal win record 13th FA Cup title

Aaron Ramsey has called on Arsene Wenger to stay at Arsenal following Saturday's FA Cup Final win over Chelsea . "This team is moving forward, is united and the way that we play suits our players", Wenger said after he continued with 3-4-3 formation that already used in the last games of the Premier League. Read More »

James and Cavaliers beat Celtics, set up rematch against Warriors

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the underdog against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week. Cleveland jumped to a quick 14-5 lead and were up by 43-27 after the first quarter - posting a franchise record for points in a quarter of a playoff game. Read More »

Garbine Muguruza v Francesca Schiavone - player profiles

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In Paris , he could face Djokovic or Thiem in the semifinals. "I think Nadal is in a very commanding position right now", said ESPN analyst Chris Evert. Djokovic was out on court with 1999 champion Agassi on Friday before the draw ceremony, where he was paired with Spaniard Marcel Granollers . Rafael Nadal will begin his quest for a 10th Roland Garross title Sunday when he faces Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round of the 2017 French Open . Read More »

Victor Moses credits Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with resurrecting career

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Moses left the Wembley pitch on the verge of tears and though he admitted he had not seen a replay of the incident after the match, Conte spoke up for the integrity of his wing-back. He's also highly thought of by other clubs around Europe, including Inter Milan, and that's something Roman Abramovich is very aware of. "This medal is from my one season in England in the final we finish with a defeat and I must be very proud to receive this and keep this medal". Read More »

Boston Celtics Game 4 Recap: Mr. Buckets

While the 2017 NBA Playoffs have been largely a snooze up to this point, the 2017 NBA Finals looks to be a television spectacular for however long this series goes, hopefully a full seven games like previous year. "He did that and we put him in some good situations". "I was saying to myself, 'They can not tie up this series, they can not, '" Irving said. "I'm just happy and blessed that when I made a decision to come back that I was able to help him blossom, I guess, because he gets to ... Read More »

Barcelona salvage season with Copa del Rey win against Alaves

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Expect Luis Enrique to bow out in style as Barcelona boss, with his side running out the winners on Saturday. Enrique's spell as Barca manager has been trophy-laden, with the team winning all but four of the 13 titles available during the last three years - two La Ligas, three Copa del Rey , one Champions League , a European Super Cup, a Spanish Super Cup and a Club World Cup. Read More »

LeBron James reigns as Cavs book place in NBA Finals

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health. "But I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time". Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been rolling as well, sweeping the Pacers and Raptors before dominating the Celtics in five games. Read More »

Kerber in historic loss, tearful Kvitova returns

Player of the day: Ekaterina Makarova - the Russian rocked the women's draw with a 6-2 6-2 trouncing of world No.1 Angelique Kerber in her first-ever appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier. "Maybe it's good that it's over for me". Petra Kvitova made an emotional and convincing return to competition, showing no ill effects from the stabbing injury to her hand, with a 6-3 6-2 first-round victory against American Julia Boserup . Read More »

HYS: Who should Man United fans sign this summer?

Wayne Rooney should not leave for China as he still has "so much to offer", according to former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins . Jose Mourinho has stated that Manchester United's hopes of landing Antoine Griezmann this summer all rest on the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Read More »

French Open starts with Petra Kvitova's return

Emergency surgery - nearly four hours long - helped fix damage to the Czech's tendons and nerves and she has been battling back to fitness ever since. Makarova, who has made the fourth round here twice, was a tough opponent for a player who does not like clay and has reached just one WTA Tour final all year. Read More »

Warriors: Kerr's status for NBA Finals unclear

I believe you recall of that and you know that everything lasting about this season will be defined by what takes place between these two teams in the Finals, starting with Game 1 at Oracle on Thursday. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. So it makes it even more hard. For James, the Finals are an annual rite. Durant's only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City. Read More »

Ranked Kerber loses 1st set at French Open

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The 36-year-old, who also reached the 2011 final in Paris, has slipped to 78th in the world ranking but has maintained her impressive record on clay. Meanwhile, nine-time victor Rafael Nadal of Spain has been drawn on a path that could see him face the defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, in the semifinals. Read More »

Cavaliers Win: The Sneakers of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Champions

Jordan's six National Basketball Association titles are twice as many as James's three - two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio. 207.93 ave total). Because of the vast wealth of experience and the many stars who understand what it takes to raise their level of play when it counts, there is likely no clear cut advantage for either team in this department. Read More »

Reading and Huddersfield do battle for Premier League riches

Indeed, there is no question promotion to the Premier League , via the automatic spots or the Play-offs, is an exceptionally lucrative enterprise these days. The prize of the Premier League makes it even bigger. The Frenchman has certainly carried the majority of the goal-scoring burden for the Royals this season, with fellow striker Lewis Grabban at 14/5 (3.80 ) having found the net just three times in 18 appearances since joining on loan from Bournemouth in January. Read More »

Cavs' Kevin Love: We're defending champs, not Finals underdogs

Another teammate, Draymond Green , believes the Warriors and Cavaliers easily advancing in the playoffs is a "great thing" for the National Basketball Association. The Cavs wrapped the series up with a win?Thursday in Game 5. The Warriors have continued to accumulate +15-point quarters at a league-leading clip in the postseason, tallying three against the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round, two against the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Semifinals, and one against the ... Read More »

England rest trio for final ODI against SA

After the series, England's first Champions Trophy match will be against Bangladesh at the Oval on 1 June (Thursday). In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Steven Finn, Liam Dawson and Toby Roland-Jones have been drafted in for Monday's match. Read More »

LeBron passes Michael Jordan for top of all-time playoff scoring record

It's very, very hard for a team these days to win two years in a row. So without further ado, here's my breakdown of what could be one of the all-time great series. But James has deep respect for the Warriors. I don't feel like we're underdogs. "It was a weird game", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. At least, that's how I remember the lyrics going. Read More »

Bourdais returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after crash

The popular Alonso, who bypassed Sunday's F1 Monaco Grand Prix to race at Indy, held the lead for 27 laps before he was forced out with engine problems with 21 laps remaining. Buddy Lazier was sent there for observation after complaining of chest discomfort after smacking the Turn 2 wall left side first on Lap 122. Dixon's vehicle was sent flying and sliding sideways on the inside safety barrier, flames shooting out as the back end of the auto was ripped away. Read More »

Warriors sweep Spurs to third straight NBA Finals

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SAN ANTONIO This is the ideal set-up, the flawless record, the flawless storyline on the way to potentially perfectly redemptive NBA Finals. "Everybody tries to put together as much talent as they can, and that's what ( Golden State ) did", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Read More »