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'Difference in quality' concerns Jose ahead of Palace

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Pogba has missed United's last two matches following the death of his father, but Mourinho says the midfielder is showing strength after the loss and needs minutes ahead of the Europa League final next Wednesday. Amid mounting media speculation that De Gea could join Real Madrid next season, Mourinho also expressed hope the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford when asked when United fans would see him in action again. Read More »

Sharapova vows to 'rise again' after French Open snub

After the ban expired on April 26 she returned to competition at the Stuttgart Open, reaching the semi-finals, and progressed to the last 32 of the Madrid Open, failing to earn a qualifying spot for Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the season and which starts later this month. Read More »

Watch Paul Daley Attempt Brawl With MVP In Crowd At Bellator 179

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The marquee matchup for Bellator 179 will see the promotional debut for top welterweight acquisition Rory MacDonald, as he faces the British striker Paul "Semtex" Daley. The company put on a hell of a show, delivering four finishes on the main card, with Cheick Kongo's points victory being the exception, but I predicted that one anyway in preview/prediction piece. Read More »

Cavs set NBA record with 41-point halftime lead

Boston's recently-minted All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas was ruled out for the remainder of the contest with a right hip strain, the team announced. He looks so confident in everything he's doing right now, especially his outside shooting. "The Celtics will play with a certain sense of desperation and leave it all out on the court". Read More »

Classic Empire healthy for Preakness run

The trip in the Preakness should be easier to negotiate than the Kentucky Derby in at least one respect: Instead of 20 horses battling for position, the Preakness could go off with a 10-horse field. Thunder Gulch finished third. The son of Pioneerof the Nile overcame considerable trouble to get up for fourth in the Derby. "He's galloped more on the bridle since the Derby", Casse said. Read More »

Mumbai Beat Kolkata To Storm Into IPL Final

Krunal proceeded to finish unbeaten on 45 off 30 balls, which included eight boundaries, as the Indians reached their target with 33 balls to spare. KKR thus ended a disastrous innings with 107 runs on board in 18.5 overs. You also bowled an awesome over. "I think that [different players stepping up] has been the hallmark of this team". Read More »

Jose Mourinho admits inexperienced Manchester United line-up is far from ideal

Sitting 24 points behind League winners Chelsea, Mourinho concedes that United did not come close to competing for Premier League honours this year. Ajax will feel "no pressure" in their Europa League final against Manchester United , says Peter Bosz, who has also dismissed Jose Mourinho's concerns over scheduling before the Stockholm clash. Read More »

Celtics' Thomas sits out 2nd half with right hip strain

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Boston actually avoided a very early knockout punch from Cleveland. After a pair of free throws by Thomas (his only points of the game), the Cavs called a time-out with 6:35 in the first quarter, with an 11-10 lead. "They got it going early", Celtics center Al Horford said. With Boston down 41 at halftime, Thomas did not return to the floor for the third quarter. Read More »

Preakness should be a dream from start to finish

The rest are 30-1. Trainer Todd Pletcher nearly never runs horses at this level off such a short layoff. Lookin At Lee is a closer who could come running late under Lanerie. "Still, there's a lack of other serious and committed speed in the Preakness, and his good draw (the fourth post), I think, gives him a huge tactical advantage", Thomas said. Read More »

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will fight for victory against Middlesbrough

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Philippe Coutinho , who scored twice in Liverpool's 4-0 victory over West Ham , was in high spirits at Melwood as he took part in the light training session. "The season was a little bit short to come back, that's for sure". You would take Middlesbrough at home on the final day of the season to win to make it into the Champions League . Read More »

Champions League spot within grasp for Man City

Both teams are battling it out to qualify for next season's Champions League with just one point separating them as they go into their final league matches this weekend and although the Reds are now in pole position, Redknapp admits that "stranger things have happened". Read More »

Conte says John Terry 'deserves the best' for Stamford Bridge farewell

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Terry, 36, is bringing down the curtain on his Chelsea career and made his first Premier League start since September in Monday's win over Watford at Stamford Bridge, opening the scoring. "If you feel this, it's right to continue to play, to continue your career". "It says a lot about the team spirit, which is really good and has been one of the stand-out features for me even since I've been here, you can see they are a close group". Read More »

Djokovic surives scare to start new era

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In the WTA Madrid Open, holder Simona Halep advanced over 16th seed Samantha Stosur 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The player, who is now ranked 49th in the world, outplayed Murray, who has been in poor form of late and only recently lost in the semi-finals in the Godo Tournament in Barcelona. Read More »

India will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, says BCCI

Mohammad Shami: Shami, selected as fifth pace-bowling option, has not played an ODI since 2015 World Cup. "Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has skipped the IPL owing to a sports hernia injury, has been included in the squad ". After announcing the team, chief selector MSK Prasad addressed the media and said, "It is the most balanced team we could have picked". Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni retained his place in the squad amid whispers that the wicketkeeper-batsman's ... Read More »

Cahill to succeed Terry as Chelsea captain

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Antonio Conte has refused to confirm whether or not John Terry will start his final Premier League game for the club at home to Sunderland on Sunday. "It's very hard to find a lot of players with this kind of career", Conte said. "John has all these characteristics". I have known him a long time, but I don't know what his thinking is, whether he will carry on first of all. Read More »

Manchester United kids need more time admits Jose Mourinho

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O'Hara, 21, is a goalkeeper who does have professional experience, regularly spending time out on loan, most recently at Morecambe last season. "I think all of them gave me positive feelings". 'Paul is fine , ' said Mourinho. However, Wayne Rooney is not guaranteed to feature in what would nearly certainly be his United farewell after 13 years at the club. Read More »

Classic Empire: Preakness Stakes Contenders

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As a public handicapper, I've always been reluctant to just say, "I like the favorites in this race". Notes: California Chrome held off a late threat from Ride On Curlin to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. The importance to me is that Classic Empire is entering the 3rd race of his current form cycle and should be at or near peak condition. "As long as we get a clean break, we'll be up close". Read More »

Sigurdsson: "I'm very happy" to stay at Swansea

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There's no doubt however that we need a better centre back to join current first teamers Fernandez and Mawson, and there's the strong argument too that we could do a lot worse in the transfer window. The match pack for Swansea City v West Brom includes team news, statistics, manager quotes, odds and our prediction. Rondon has scored four goals in his last two appearances against Swansea, including a hat-trick of headers in the reverse fixture back in December at the Hawthorns. Read More »

John Terry and the most prolific defenders

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I got on the scoresheet and a minute later made a mistake and let him (Capoue) in. I had good answers from the game. A 16th will be sought in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when Antonio Conte will bid to end his first season as head coach with the double. Read More »

The weirdness of the Celtics-Wizards series would make David Lynch proud

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In recent interviews, soon-to-be Celtics max-contract player Isaiah Thomas (29 points, 12 assists), when asked about his place among the greats, has simply said: "I haven't done anything yet". While Kelly Olynyk emerged as the unexpected hero of Game 7, Thomas overcame some shooting woes to hit big shots when they mattered. "I've never been to the Eastern Conference finals so this is something off my bucket list", Thomas said. Read More »

England gets 1st win in 20 years at U20 World Cup

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Guinea head coach Mandjou Diallo said they feel comfortable staying in South Korea, and facing the host nation in their first match isn't much of a concern. At least 11 technology firms were in trials with Federation Internationale de Football Association a year ago, though the decision announced Friday appears to favor Hawk-Eye for the 2018 World Cup if a contract is awarded. Read More »

Liverpool can attract top talent, says manager Klopp

It's pretty easy. I'm not sure if I've said it before on the importance or whatever, but it only could be more important if we thought before another game this season that it was not that important. "He's not part of team training, we will make a final test tomorrow and we will see". "It should not sound negative but if the Champions League is the only reason why a player is coming it makes no sense for him or for us". Read More »