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Scotland 2-2 England: All square in WC qualifier

After the match, Graeme Souness suggested Gordon Strachan should be offered a contract extension on the back of the performance against England , as he believes that nobody could do a better job than the former Celtic manager has done with the players at his disposal. Read More »

Manchester United release striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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He is now recovering from knee ligament damage and had not been offered an extension to his Old Trafford deal as he is expected to miss the start of next season on the sidelines. Speaking about the Swede's future last month, super agent Mino Raiola admitted Ibrahimovic's initial plan was to stay in the UK. "Many clubs have asked for Zlatan", he said. Read More »

Crosby has Penguins closing in on repeat Stanley Cup

With all the possible stories about the Predators and the Penguins cropping up, there's one I'm surprised I haven't seen. Predators Coach Peter Laviolette was unhappy that both players received holding penalties. Tweaks made by Sullivan and assistant coach Jacques Martin got the best out of that blue line Thursday with two goals and three assists. "It's not about me, it's all about us". Read More »

Rafael Nadal targets unprecedented 10th French Open title

Nadal reached a 10th final at his favorite tournament - he's 9-0 so far - by overwhelming No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in barely 2 hours. Murray used a three-point run to grab that set, the first lost by Wawrinka all tournament. Murray only notched nine winners in the set but Wawrinka's 23 unforced errors proved his undoing as he shipped his first set of the tournament. Read More »

IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

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It had been almost two years since Tristan Vautier turned a lap in the Verizon IndyCar Series , but that didn't hinder the Frenchman from securing a surprising fifth place in qualifying Friday for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway . Read More »

England convincingly beaten by South Africa after dramatic top-order collapse

South Africa's pacemen duly cashed in, with Kagiso Rabada (four for 39 in nine overs) and Wayne Parnell (three for 43 in eight) running through the top order. "The game got away from us quite a lot (but) Woody was awesome". With de Kock closing in on a 13th ODI hundred - and what would have been his third against England from seven innings - he was drawn into a poke at Moeen Ali to be caught behind. Read More »

Stokes stars as England take South Africa series

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Ben Stokes cashed in on his remarkable early fortune as his century helped England set South Africa 330 for six in the second Royal London Series match at the Ageas Bowl . "It looks a lot better now, we had a lot to play for today and there were some encouraging signs", said the Proteas skipper. Out-of-form opener Jason Roy opened his account in the first over with a four clipped past midwicket off Rabada only to fall to the next delivery, a good one which moved down the slope ... Read More »

Ostapenko makes history with stunning French Open triumph

The last woman to win her first title at a major was Barbara Jordan of the United States at the 1979 Australian Open . Both are seeking their first Grand Slam title. "Actually, yeah, I think it's a quite bit deal in Latvia". I want to have many more, if it's possible. "I mean I can't believe I'm champion at 20", Ostapenko, the first woman to win the title from a set down since Jennifer Capriati in 2001, said on court. Read More »

Getting Swept by the Warriors Will Have No Impact on LeBron's Legacy

He's not saying that Klay Thompson is the best player in the league, like he's been right there for those who have been paying attention". "For me personally, when I chose to go back to Cleveland , I had to decide like, because our owner when I left made a decision to put out this article that we all know about where he bashed me and disrespected not only me as an individual, but disrespected my name". Read More »

Argentina down Brazil in Australian Superclasico

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Brazil also proved risky in the second half even without the services of stars Neymar, Dani Alves and Marcelo but was unable to get on the scoreboard. The deflection found teammate Ever Banega but the midfielder then blasted his shot straight into the right post. The La Masia graduate scored 37 goals in 34 games in La Liga this campaign, while he created 78 chances and was successful with 61% of the take-ons that he completed. Read More »

LeBron James reveals how much Dan Gilbert's letter pissed him off

After James first left Cleveland for the Miami Heat , Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert scribed a letter to the team's fans, thrashing the star forward for "betraying" the organization that drafted him. The Cavs aren't in a great position to improve their roster after those three, something that'll be needed to compete with a two-way behemoth like the Warriors. Read More »

Lions Tour 2017: Warren Gatland claims Kiwi media's 'targeted campaign'

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Owen Farrell kicked all 12 points as the Lions ended the Crusaders' ideal record in 2017 with a battling display in Christchurch where the set-piece proved crucial. "Stuart Hogg's got quite a nasty bruise on his eye and cut there, and both he and Jonathan failed HIAs", said Gatland. "We've had X-rays done this week, so that will just hopefully re-affirm that everything's on track and that I can start using the thumb again", he said. Read More »

Champions Trophy: `Control over emotions` imperative in India-Pak clash, says Jadhav

Hosting England for a three-match ODI series, Kohli-led India clinched the series by 2-1. "Especially, the way they played in the last two warm-up games". "We, the players, always try to take it as any other game, stay normally, play normally, but it's not possible", added the speedster whose three-wicket burst nearly helped India pull off a win in a low-scoring tie in the 2004 Champions Trophy at the same venue where India play Pakistan on Sunday. Read More »

Latvian underdog continues remarkable run into French Open final on 20th birthday

Paris: Simona Halep is targeting the world number one ranking in Saturday's French Open final but fast-rising Latvian upstart Jelena Ostapenko threatens to crash the Romanian's party as a first-time major champion will be crowned. She tried staying in points until Ostapenko would make a mistake. The impatience of youth not only showed up in Ostapenko's play but also, occasionally, in her demeanor. Read More »

Montreal master Hamilton claims Senna-equalling pole

Hamilton was in a league of his own in qualifying at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, a track where he has previously won five pole positions and has five race victories in his nine visits. "The vehicle was very good and I was happy this morning so we should be good in the race". The third row has the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and 2014 Canadian GP victor Daniel Ricciardo. Read More »

Messi agrees to new deal with Barcelona

Messi's current deal expires next summer but is now expected to sign a three-year extension with an option of an extra 12 months after president Josep Bartomeu personally intervened to hold negotiations with the player and his farther Jorge. Read More »

Health of Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis still in question

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Six different players scored goals in the Penguins' rout of the Nashville Predators Thursday night in Pittsburgh. More recent history for Crosby to try to overcome. The Predators, now facing elimination for the first time this season, have eliminated their margin for error. The romp continued.to the point where minimal-scoring defenseman Ron Hainsey got the last goal, finishing off a nifty Malkin pass through P.K. Read More »

Warriors' Green: Officials 'messed up pretty bad' on technical reversal

Last year, the Warriors also led 3-1 but Green was banned from the pivotal matchup after striking Cleveland star LeBron James in the groin in game four. And they all agreed as a unit that they were told by the officials that that first-half technical was on Draymond Green . "So it's all things that happen bad aren't that bad, when you take a step back and look at them". Read More »

Canadian GP - Saturday - Practice Session 3 Report

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gestures to the crowd after the qualifying session. The five-time Montreal champion completed the 4.361-kilometer (2.71-mile) circuit in 1 minute, 11.459 seconds. "I just want to say a big thank you to my family for supporting me all these years and giving me the opportunity to be here today". The Senna family has now clarified to Autosport that the helmet that will be given to Hamilton is not one that was actually raced. Read More »

Luke Bryan opening Game 6 broadcast from honky-tonk roof

Now facing a 3-2 series deficit after the Penguins poured it on Thursday night, the Predators will return to the ice Sunday at Bridgestone Arena looking to stave off elimination in Game 6. "We had a great start", he said. It only seems that a loss in Game 5 of a deadlocked series carries extra weight. We just have to do a better job in front of him. Read More »

Louisville opens 1-0 series lead against United Kingdom in super regional

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And when you do that, and it starts in the classroom, and then the decisions they make off the field, and then the decisions of how they're going to practice and approach each day with enthusiasm and effort. "You want to put your own picture up there", he said. "I've been here 11 years and I can understand the rivalry and the passion the fans have for it". Read More »

Murray, Rinne riding a rollercoaster in final

In the process Crosby moved into a tie for 19th on the all-time list for playoff points and is within one victory of celebrating a third championship with Pittsburgh, something even his Hall of Fame mentor was unable to do. The Predators know exactly what they need to do better against Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel have been non-factors over the last couple games, apart from visibly displaying their growing frustration. Read More »

Tapwrit wins 149th Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit did not run in the Preakness , but finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby . Tapwrit Trainer Todd Fletcher got his third career win at the Belmont after he trained Derby victor Always Dreaming . "It actually wasn't our plan to be on the lead", said Graham Motion , trainer of the beaten favorite. The $800,000 winner's check gave the son of Tapit from the Successful Appeal mare, Appealing Zophie lifetime earnings of $1.14 million with millions and millions in purse money ... Read More »

Crosby doing it all again as Penguins close in on Cup

If Nashville ran them over in the first three games of the series, the Penguins were behind the wheel now. Matt Murray - It wasn't a hard night for him, but the Penguins goaltender did stop all 24 shots that he faced in a 6-0 Game Five win. Read More »

Sharing power, Southgate gives Kane captaincy against Scots

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He curled a 25-yard free kick past Joe Hart into the top corner in the 87th, and repeated the trick just three minutes later as he bent the ball into the opposite side of the goal. "Harry is a player who we have worked with in the Under-21s before". Southgate has so far declined to name a permanent captain of the team, breaking with a long-standing English tradition, but he believes Kane has the qualities for the role. Read More »

Dominic Thiem vs Novak Djokovic

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Thiem has put in some scintillating displays at Roland Garros this year and, like Nadalm has yet to drop a set at the tournament. "It's possible that I'm playing too slow". They had met a month earlier at the Qatar Open, a hardcourt tournament, with Nadal prevailing in three sets. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point. Read More »

Land Rover Bar Move Closer To America's Cup Final

Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge feared for his safety when he was nearly run over by Team NZ on the Great Sound off Bermuda. Artemis, skippered by Nathan Outteridge, will now battle it out against the New Zealand challenge to decide which team will advance to face defending champions Oracle Team USA . Read More »

Champions Trophy 2017: De Villiers Praises Tahir, Tharanga Banned

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Sangakkara said that Sri Lanka performed well with the ball to restrict South Africa at the start and towards the middle overs post the dismissal of Faf Du Plessis . The Sri Lanka vs South Africa Champions Trophy match will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD 1. Read More »

Kiki dumped, Bacsinszky meets Ostapenko in semis

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The weather interruptions forced Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's respective quarter-final matches to be pushed back until Wednesday, drawing a deafening chorus of boos from the Paris crowd. Overwhelmed by Pliskova's power in the second set, Halep regained the momentum in the decider, frustrating her second-seeded opponent with her ability to soak up punishment. Read More »

Hamilton equals hero Senna with pole in Canada

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But Hamilton wasn't finished, breaking his own record to strengthen his position at the top of the board. The Senna family presented Hamilton with a race worn helmet from his childhood hero. As a kid, I always thought if I can get to F1 I want to emulate Ayrton, so the fact that I've now reached him in that area, I honestly can't believe it. Read More »

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep in French Open final

The former Wimbledon junior champion says she is looking forward to playing at the All England Club again next month where she made the second round two years ago. " This one hurts a lot maybe because I realize more what is happening", the Romanian said. Halep saved the first emphatically with a good serve and forehand victor down the line. Read More »