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Maria Sharapova returns from doping ban


Meldonium, which was previously legal, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier that year, but Sharapova claims she missed the memo instructing her to stop using it. I'm not getting a wild card to receive a trophy or a golden platter. On a different surface and against an opponent who is lacking match play, the Italian fancied her chances. Read More »

Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0 - Emphatic City cruise past Palace


One - at White Hart Lane. But Palace did well to withstand the pressure and chances at the other end. Especially with the teams competing with us, there is no chance to relax. "We have four teams fighting for two places", he told a post-match news conference. However, Jose Mourinho's side still hold a game in hand and have the opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, which Guardiola eluded to - ahead of their rivals clash with Arsenal on Sunday. Read More »

Will Rohit Sharma make it to India's Champions Trophy squad?


While the selectors went for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for the opening slot, the fans were of the opinion that Gambhir deserved a chance keeping his IPL form in mind. The southpaw, fresh after marriage with Hazel Keech last year, returns to play in the Champions Trophy after a 11-year absence. "We've been preparing him for the Champions Trophy" said MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors after the announcement. Read More »

Celtics Biggest Issues in Games 3 and 4 Against Wizards

The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line . Wall and Porter each had one steal and Morris had two. So when the Wizards jumped out to an 8-0 lead, it appeared as if that trend would hold true for a fourth straight game. In all four games, Washington has built up large leads, but the Celtics were able to stave off their scoring runs off the strength of Isaiah Thomas's offensive prowess. Read More »

McIlroy returns with a wedding ring and new clubs in the bag


Confirmation of McIlroy's new branding - he recently signed a 10-year extension to a Nike apparel agreement worth $200m alone - arrived in advance of his appearance at the Players Championship, which begins at Sawgrass on Thursday. June is the month of the U.S. Open, July has the British Open, August the PGA Championship and September the FedEx Cup playoffs and season-ending Tour Championship. Read More »

Real eliminate Atletico, reach Champions League final


We may have beaten them in two finals but it will still be a different game. The two sides have faced each other in the knockout stages of the competition 4 times in a row now and the past 3 years, Real Madrid has been triumphant. This marks the last game Atletico plays before moving to a new venue , according to the Denver Post . Zidane also said on Tuesday that Pepe has been passed fit to face Diego Simeone's side, but has finally decided not to rush his return following a month on ... Read More »

Atletico-Madrid rivalry heats up ahead of semifinal

We had chances to score more. Zinedine Zidane's men are sure to be spending the evening dissecting Atletico's tactics and discussing means to quell the threats they pose. "We can be happy with the performance of the whole squad". I hope that one day we can equal them'. "I am content and proud to be in the final". It was the hat-trick by Ronaldo that put the match beyond the reach of Atletico Madrid . Read More »

Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt


I must confess that. "It's hard for me at the moment, it's between Welbeck and Giroud". "He scores important goals ". - Halkat Jawani (@OneLoveManUtd) May 10, 2017Arsenal will be 1 point behind us when we play West Ham. Worldwide viewers can see their options here. The game on the south coast in the first of Arsenal's last five Premier League matches of the season, to be played through a packed schedule. Read More »

Countdown to UFC 211 full episode


It will be Miocic's second defense since flat-lining Fabricio Werdum - whose resume rivals that of Emelianenko, and includes a win over the Russian - to take the strap last May. His title win last May was widely celebrated in his hometown, which channeled his win into a rallying cry. "I'm going to be the champion of the UFC, so I would like to fight to see", said Dos Santos. Read More »

'Man City not yet a finished product'

It was at White Hart Lane against Tottenham. "The others, no chance", Guardiola said. You can see teams dip away and we have. "We look like the team we should have been for much more of this season". De Bruyne, who has hit the bar a league-high nine times this season, was happy to end his goalless 16-match run but insists that it is not something that was playing on his mind. Read More »

Lowry 'interested' in playing for Sixers

Toronto is an above average basketball team - and that's hasn't been enough . Kyle Lowry , right, could form an intriguing partnership with Philadelphia's Joel Embiid . And that means guys like DeRozan and Powell and Joseph and Wright and Ibaka if he's back have to become more accomplished at it. Lowry is not only a Philly kid, but somebody who has a connection to management. Read More »

Spurs' Parker ruptures quad tendon, out for playoffs

Aldridge, who had only four points in the series opener, scored 15 in Game 2 and looked like his old self Friday night. The best 3-point defense is to limit your opponent's attempts - especially the easy ones. Looking beyond this series, San Antonio could look to improve at the point guard position as it gets more aggressive in free agency. Parker's injury puts the Spurs in a hard spot this offseason because they have no cap room to go after a guard, especially with Pau Gasol ... Read More »

Senators need to find way to finish off Rangers in NY


What a swing of emotion. In Game 2 of this series, the Rangers blew a 5-3 lead with three and a half minutes left in the third period and lost the game. "You need a little bit of luck and you need presence (around their goalie) and we had both today". Karlsson encountered two painful moments before the third. Read More »

Bairstow, Root star as England seal Ireland series

Jason Roy (20) and Hales (32) both made promising starts before falling in quick succession, which was followed by a 140 third-wicket stand between Root and Eoin Morgan who made 73 and 76 respectively. "Hopefully we have shown we can do some damage and we can carry it on", the man-of-the-match added after surpassing his previous ODI best of four for 43 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in October. Read More »

Cubs, Rockies postponed by rain


For once, this park wasn't unfriendly to him. Colorado Rockies' Ryan Hanigan follows the flight of his single to drive in three runs off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta in the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Denver. Read More »

Spurs' Leonard injures knee, ankle in OT win

SAN ANTONIO - Things looked bleak for the Spurs on Tuesday night when an ankle injury sidelined Kawhi Leonard in the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals . The Houston Rockets trailed the San Antonio Spurs by three points in the closing seconds of overtime in Game 5 . As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 48 from the three-point line, but in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime, the ... Read More »

Runner falls 25 secs short in sub two-hour marathon bid

Traditionally, Nike has spent lavishly on deals with the world's most popular athletes and on print and television advertising. "We believe that once a sub-two-hour marathon is done, the records will fall at traditional marathons after that", Brad Wilkins, the director of NXT Generation Research in the Nike Sport Research Lab , told CNN ahead of the race. Read More »

Manchester United train as Jose Mourinho considers options for Celta Vigo clash

Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck scored in a three-minute spell early in the second half as the Gunners ended the visitors' 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Mourinho insists there is no hostility between the pair but couldn't resist another veiled dig at Wenger in an interview with ESPN Brazil . The only player (for any club) to have played in every single match in the Europa League this season, Paul Pogba has been the beating heart of United's campaign. Read More »

Maria Sharapova wins first match after return to tennis from doping ban

The former World number one, who has been handed wildcard for the tournament, recovered from losing her first service game to register a 7-5, 6-3 win over Vinci in a thrilling first-round contest. Roger Federer claimed a remarkable Australian Open title earlier this year after six months out due to injury and Sharapova added: "What he's done is unbelievable and obviously you want to follow in his footsteps". Read More »

Higuain double sends Juve close to Champions League final


Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini: "We have to congratulate Dani Alves and Gonzalo Higuain - sometimes we look to Gianluigi Buffon". Kamil Glik tested Gianluigi Buffon; Radamel Falcao should have done so much better when played through on goal by Silva; Valere Germain nearly inspired a grain of hope with a late header. Read More »

Hamilton could become rival - Bottas

Lewis Hamilton was frustrated by the performance of his Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix. The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire. This was the first time since Azerbaijan last June that Hamilton finished a race but was not on the podium and it highlighted an all-round dismal weekend for the Briton. Read More »

8 tweets define Game 4 stinker between Sens, Rangers

Turris then knocked in the rebound of his own shot through Lundqvist's five-hole to put the Senators one win away from returning to the conference finals for the first time since 2007. The first coming with just under four minutes left. "We obviously can't look like we did in the two games there or else there's no chance for us". The rule of thumb in the playoffs is to be cautious about what you hear about injuries and the roster isn't really settled until the league issues it moments ... Read More »

Jazz coach Snyder on Warriors: "They're going to be good".

Behind one of the best crowds of the season lathered up from the "We Believe" festivities, the Warriors lurched to a 9-0 start and never looked back. Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and seven assists . Curry did miss a bit of time in Game 1 getting attended to by a trainer after the injury, which occurred on the following play. Fourteen Jazz turnovers led to 20 Warriors points, and the Dubs held a startling 29 to 6 advantage in fast break points - an area the Jazz have been ... Read More »

Eriksen stunner fires Spurs, Huth helps Arsenal


On-loan Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will remain at Crystal Palace for treatment on the knee injury he suffered against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday amid reports he could feature for the Eagles again this season. While Townsend and Zaha struggled to replicate their menacing first-half form, Palace's sturdy back-line continued to keep Spurs at bay, Eric Dier nodding a rare opening high and wide. Read More »

Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns


Meanwhile, Australian duo Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker and their Milwaukee Bucks nearly pulled off a stunning comeback, but the Toronto Raptors survived to score the win and move on to the NBA's Eastern Conference semi-finals. Yet, the Raptors saved the series by going small - swapping a big man out of the starting lineup for a winger. After giving up the lead on a Jason Terry 3-ball, the Raptors suddenly rediscovered the bottom of the basket. Read More »

Agnew coy on Boro future

When he's not orchestrating his side's defensive press or directing its attacks, he is imploring Chelsea's supporters to encourage their team. "It could have been 6-0, but the fans didn't stop singing, wherever we've been this season they've been the same", he said . Read More »

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid live stream

We may have beaten them in two finals but it will still be a different game. He told Real's website: "We knew we were going to suffer, especially at the beginning". On the other hand, Real Madrid would be looking to win their 12th champions league title. Being able to play at both left and centre-back makes the player sought after by Real as well as FC Barcelona . Read More »

Colombian Fernando Gaviria sprints to second stage win at Giro d'Italia

Both are now retired from the sport after several years of duelling with Spanish star Alberto Contador , a three-time Tour de France victor, on the world's biggest bike race. The ascent was very hard, we had headwind all the time. We've won in the best way. Ahead of Thursday's stage 6, a 217km race from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane that may be another sprint finish, both Nibali and Quintana sit 10 seconds behind Luxembourg's overall race leader, Bob Jungels of Quick-Step. Read More »

Atletico eye 2015 repeat to stage 'impossible' turnaround against Real

Real Madrid are hoping to become the first side since Milan in 1989 and 1990 to retain the European Cup, although that was before it was transformed into the Champions League. A match more than two years ago is keeping Atletico Madrid hopeful of a comeback against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals. Madrid had nine starters in 2015 who are still on the current team, including Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo, who scored a hat trick in the first leg last week ... Read More »

Lynn has full control of his ability as a batsman - Narine


Talking about Narine-Lynn's record partnership of 105 runs in first 6 overs, Chawla said the batsmen stitched a partnership with proper cricketing shots. The real fireworks started once KKR went out to bat, with Narine suddenly looking every inch an opener, albeit against a bowling attack that lacked cohesion. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo earns plaudits after another Champions League hat-trick

Atletico are very good, but we must be careful on Wednesday". "It's great to have a player like Ronaldo", he said. "I will always try to give everything for them". "He has natural ability coupled with hard work". Nacho Fernandez replaced Dani Carvajal in the Madrid side after the break after the right back suffered a muscle injury in the last action of the first half. Read More »

Arsenal revive top four bid with United victory


The experienced midfielder fondly recalled home Champions League wins against Barcelona and Roma and clearly believes United will soon be back at European's top table under Mourinho. "Impossible", he said when asked about United's hopes of finishing in the top four. I've tried to help the team on and off the pitch and tried to help us win. Read More »

Mourinho demands more from Manchester United fans


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney wants to remain at Old Trafford next season despite his lack of playing time under manager Jose Mourinho, he said on Wednesday. Before the game Wenger had played down the significance of achieving his first league victory over the Portuguese. "It was the second leg quarter-final so hopefully (Thursday) they have this feeling that it is a second leg semi-final". Read More »

Sharapova advances to Porsche Grand Prix semi-finals


The former World number one, who has been handed wildcard for the tournament, recovered from losing her first service game to register a 7-5, 6-3 win over Vinci in a thrilling first-round contest. "I returned better today, but I know I can still improve that tremendously". Sharapova has been invited to play in Madrid and Rome, and will also find out next month whether she will receive a wild card for the French Open. Read More »