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Conte's plan works to perfection

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has revealed that benching winger Eden Hazard was part of the plan that ultimately worked during the 4-2 FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium here. While Lloris acknowledged Chelsea now have renewed confidence they can hold off Tottenham's challenge in the final six games of the season, the France goalkeeper is convinced his club won't surrender without a fight. Read More »

Northwestern agrees on contract extension with Pat Fitzgerald

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The school also competes in the Big Ten as the Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern is one of the few Power 5 schools that have this luxury to pay its coaches seemingly whatever it wants. Collins' new deal will keep him in Evanston through the 2024-25 season, and Fitzgerald's new contract will keep him on campus for at least 10 more seasons. Read More »

Jeter-Bush Lead Bidders for Marlins, Romney Hanging In

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The price tag for the deal, which as of Monday has yet to be finalized, is said to be approximately $1.2 billion, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. With the sale, Loria is making a massive profit: he paid $158 million for the team in 2002. Jeter has long talked about owning a franchise. "Until then, I think I'll hold off to talk about it". Read More »

Dale Earnhardt Jr. set to retire from NASCAR

I have two daughters and people who had concussions a year ago the same time bill could do was going through both the contortions and soccer we are on pit road he was out of the race card over. "But the timing blew me away - a Tuesday after a Monday makeup race due to a rainout". "You mean so much to me, and so on March 29th I drove over and had the conversation with him, and his response, he told me he loved me". Read More »

Chelsea extend Premier League lead with 4-2 win over Southampton

Conte, of course, was correct in his summary, nevertheless the emphatic nature of Chelsea's 4-2 win over Spurs suggests the spirit within the Blues' camp will be at an all-time high for the season - less so, perhaps, in north London . "We scored some unbelievable goals, with great efforts from Willian and Eden Hazard and a world-class strike from Nemanja (Matic) that we'll never forget". Read More »

Bale Will Miss the Champions League Semi-finals

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Come the summer Low would have been in charge of Germany for a whopping 11 years, during which he led his country to World Cup glory in 2014, however he'll no doubt be tempted to finally step back into club management, should Madrid come calling at the end of the season. Read More »

Koeman takes a shot at Man United; says Lukaku should steer clear

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The Red Devils are just four points off fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand over their rivals. Koeman said this week he wanted to keep Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League's top scorer, after reports Everton were asking a world record fee of 100 million pounds ($128 million) for the Belgian global. Read More »

Reddit post claims Spurs coach Gregg Popovich left hefty tip at restaurant

The difference on Saturday was Marc Gasol's floating jumper over LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio with 0.7 seconds left in overtime. ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Gasol hit the game victor but it was point guard Mike Conley doing his best two keep up with Leonard that kept Memphis in the game and helped them even the series . Read More »

Hogg selected for Lions' squad in NZ

They had something like 10 to 11 games together as a team before the first test. After the Lions were named, Gatland highlighted that All Black first five-eighths Beauden Barrett wasn't even kicking for the Hurricanes, emphasising that the Lions would head south with a squadron of goalkicking aces. Read More »

Leicester winger Albrighton: Ref cost us at Atletico Madrid

He said: "It's a real disappointment. I think it is a disappointing moment, a key moment", Shakespeare was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Thursday. Fellow pundit Lee Dixon added: "I think if you had said before the draw that you would get one of the top teams and hold them to just 1-0 away from home, Leicester would have bitten both your hands off". Read More »

Ailing Kerr done for the season?

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The first half of his almost two-minute message was focused on congratulating Paul George and the Indiana Pacers after the Cavs completed their sweep of them on Sunday. "I think they're more versatile". That came out in droves during the team's four-game sweep at the hands of the Warriors this year. Durant started and Golden State jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the outset. Read More »

Fabregas: FA Cup win over Spurs gives us no Premier League advantage

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Antonio Conte has cranked up the mind games with title rivals Tottenham Hotspur after his side's win over the same opponents in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. "It's not easy, honestly, for Ake to go and play his part". "I can't change the past". Conte, of course, was correct in his summary, nevertheless the emphatic nature of Chelsea's 4-2 win over Spurs suggests the spirit within the Blues' camp will be at an all-time high for the season - less so, perhaps, in north London . Read More »

Senators rally past Bruins to win in OT

Though the Senators pushed the pace and dominated a lot of play, goaltender Craig Anderson struggled as David Pastrnak , David Backes and Noel Acciari tied it up in the second period. Hoffman was one of the two players I singled out as needing to step up, and he did so as well. Eric Karlsson and the Sens roared to life not too soon after, Karlsson had a tremendous individual shift that had Derrick Brassard wide open after drawing everyone to him, and the game was tied . Read More »

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters - Day 6

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The world No 1 has endured a hard return to action in the Principality this week which ended with Ramos-Vinolas' 2-6 6-7 7-5 victory. "But sitting here, being 4-0 up in the third, I haven't lost many matches like that in my career". "I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning". "I played well. I played much better than yesterday". Murray briefly threatened to break back with the score at 30-30 as Ramos-Vinolas served for the match , but he ... Read More »

Wenger confident Sanchez will sign new Arsenal contract

ARSENE WENGER has vowed Arsenal are not going to sell Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival this summer. Wenger admits Arsenal are likely to have to win all of their remaining games to stand a chance of breaking back into the top four. Read More »

Golden State Warriors get a break after drama-filled opening series

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Durant finished with 10 points in 21 minutes. The Hawks got double-figure scoring from seven players, including huge contributions off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon. "They're a good team", Kevin Durant told ESPN after Monday's Game 4. If Golden State can come close to maintaining the level of focus it showed in Game 4 against Portland, the Warriors will ultimately have the last laugh. Read More »

Victor Moses speaks on Kante winning PFA Player of the Year

Recognition is overdue, says Tom Adams of Eurosport . But Alli didn't leave the swanky awards ceremony empty handed. Before his coronation Daniel Taylor of The Guardian recounted a story that neatly sums the Frenchman up. "He's working very hard and I think he's improving a lot with these players". Romeu has played internationally for Spain from under-17 level to the under-23s. Read More »

Antonio Conte warns Chelsea's rivals money is no guarantee of success

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The Belgium worldwide came off the bench to inspire the Blues to a 4-2 win over London rivals Spurs at Wembley on Saturday as Premier League leaders Chelsea stayed on course for a domestic double. Spurs have worked hard to close the gap on Chelsea to just four points, but with the Blues in action this evening the gap could grow to seven points with just six games left for Tottenham to play. Read More »

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: Well executed game, poorly executed revenge

His consistency has not resulted in a gaudy batting average, as he's batting.269, but he has three home runs, nine runs scored and eight RBIs in 66 at-bats. But the only thing we know for certain about this silly affair between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox came tumbling out of Pedroia's mouth before he boarded the team bus to the airport on Sunday evening in Baltimore . Read More »

Moses instrumental in Chelsea's humbling of Southampton

It is very important for his confidence, for us, also because he scored two really important goals but also two attractive goals after combinations which showed good. "It's a shame that with the quality of this game we conceded four goals tonight", Puel said. And much of the credit must go to Conte, who was also questioned after he was tactically outmanoeuvred by Mourinho when the Portuguese's decision to man mark Eden Hazard with Ander Herrera was a match-winning masterstroke at Old Trafford. Read More »

Antonio Conte: Chelsea proof that spending doesn't guarantee success

The Eagles have now won six of their last eight games and Sam Allardyce's men, having been in relegation trouble for some time, could move into the top-half of the table with another three points depending on others results. But several of Spurs' key players have been highlighted as potential transfer targets among Europe's elite clubs in recent weeks, with former Barcelona midfielder Xavi claiming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is considering a summer swoop for Dele Alli. Read More »

Predators-Blues, Oilers-Ducks open second round Wednesday

Losing in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was not a preseason goal for the San Jose Sharks. Though the team appeared talented on paper, results did not show throughout the season. San Jose has some big decisions to face this offseason and it starts right here. We know this next series will be tougher than the last one. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joel Ward and Jannik Hansen are the only contracts coming off the books the following year, so San Jose isn't exactly oozing in salary cap ... Read More »

Wenger says Arsenal must 'fight like mad' for top-four finish

Both sides had chances to win it in the closing stages of normal time, notably City, who had dominated the first-half and nearly snatched the win late on when Yaya Toure hit the post and Fernandinho rattled the bar. The Gunners are unbeaten in 20 league games against Leicester. "Nobody was really injured after the game", Wenger said . Arsene Wenger's future may remain up in the air but he is confident Alexis Sanchez will sign a new Arsenal contract this summer. Read More »

Browns talking trade, but maybe not with 49ers?

So, taking my best guess, here is my final mock draft of the season just before we say goodbye to the speculation and take hold of the reality. After this round teams are drafting project players and guys that can help them on special teams as well as provide roster depth. Read More »

Wizards use late surge to go up 2-0 on Hawks

The Hawks will need production from him. The Wizards are led by John Wall , who averaged 23.1 ppg. Marcin Gortat had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, dominating his former teammate Howard in game one and a short time in game two. Read More »

Raptors Bounce Back, Take Game 2

He's a competitor, he's a fighter. The Raptors need to play more of a grind it out type of game and really establish the interior. "He's human. Everyone has a night like that". The Raptors need to find ways to get DeRozan easier baskets. And then, with the crowd on its collective feet, the Raptors played solid defence before Lowry connected to guarantee Toronto the victory. Read More »

Chelsea must 'exploit' their win over Tottenham, says Conte

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Chelsea have gone 10 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 13 matches in December 1996. Against Southampton , though, he began the move for Hazard's opener with a stunning pass for Costa, who squared the ball for the Belgian to score after five minutes. Read More »

Thomas scores 33 as Celtics top Bulls, even series

During the Chicago Bulls' 104-95 defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday night, something weird happened in the form of Isaiah Canaan rising from the ashes of the bench and playing more minutes than all of the regular season games after the All-Star break combined. Read More »

Mike Babcock has bold quote after Game 5 defeat

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Indeed, with Auston Matthews leading the offensive charge and Frederik Andersen showing that he can go toe-to-toe with the reigning Vezina Trophy victor in Braden Holtby, that vaunted rebuild in Toronto is coming along nicely. He's a big, good goalie . Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the closeness of the series is a credit to the parity in the National Hockey League and Toronto's young stars like Auston Matthews and William Nylander . Read More »

Pacers Swept Out Of Playoffs

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LeBron James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers also finished - regular season and playoffs - 7-1 against IN, winning the last seven IN a row, although this one certainly wasn't easy. Over in the Eastern Conference, Isaiah Thomas is playing with a heavy heart due to the recent death of his sister but he still managed to score 33 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-95. Read More »