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Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea stars in final European Team of the Week


Pep Guardiola's City knocked in five at Watford to give departing home manager Walter Mazzarri a miserable send-off. 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 »

Bills sign free agent LB Gerald Hodges


Hodges , 26, finished second on the 49ers with 80 tackles in 2016 after being forced into action when NaVorro Bowman (Achilles) and Ray-Ray Armstrong (pectoral) went down early in the first month with season-ending injuries. Gaines wore No. 40 for the Bills and Hodges will take over that number as well as Gaines' roster spot. The concern for the former Penn State Nittany Lion are his inconsistencies in coverage, which will limit his ceiling. Read More »

Arsenal defender unsure if he'll be fit for FA Cup final


We saw Tottenham play very well in the semi-final and they still let in four goals . The honours were split when both teams clashed in the just concluded EPL season. 'He (Sanchez) needs to go through some tests at the moment. "We will see if he can start", Wenger said. Knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment for the club, which I don't question at all, he'll do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday. Read More »

Manchester United won Europa League

But Wayne was ready, and yesterday we were speaking and I was telling him that probably he could be crucial man of the match because he was ready. United finished 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea this season, but defender Chris Smalling says the club's first Europa League success has fired their ambitions. Read More »

Pep Guardiola: Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany staying at City

City were set to finish the season two points clear of Liverpool in fourth, who were leading relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 after the hour-mark at Anfield. A lapse from Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes nearly handed City an opener inside the opening minute but a heavy touch from Aguero let him off the hook before Jesus' header was cleared off the line by Jose Holebas. Read More »

Cavaliers look to finish off Celtics

They don't have a lot of weak links to go to, to go at. It was the latter that head coach Tyronn Lue had fun with following the Cavs' Game 4 win on Tuesday. "In the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, "We can not - they can not tie up this series", he said. "They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series". Read More »

Cavaliers rally past Celtics to take control of East final

James also shook off his shaky start to rebound from a 11-point display in Sunday's game-three loss. "It's not enough for him". For what he does, what he brings, its not enough. "I don't want to act like we've figured anything out". "We decided were going to go out and play hard, swinging". The overall performance of Marcus Smart combined with the buzzer beater by Avery Bradley temporarily lifted the doom and groom surrounding the team and fans. Read More »

Manchester United players react to winning the Europa League

Mourinho has also won the club two major trophies in his first season after lifting the EFL Cup in February. Stockholm knows all too well the impact of such an attack as just last month five people were killed by a hijacked truck in the city centre, meaning security around the game had already been beefed up. Read More »

Police make 2 more arrests over Manchester bombing


TWO men have been arrested by counter-terror police in Greater Manchester in connection with Monday's attack , bringing the number in United Kingdom custody to eight. Government officials said almost 1 000 soldiers were deployed to Buckingham Palace, Parliament and other high-profile sites across the country. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said progress was being made in the investigation, but that "the public should remain vigilant". Read More »

Manchester United win first Europa League title

United fans will be rightly delighted with the outcome. Big names are likely to arrive at Old Trafford before then as United look to win the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired four years ago. "They are not used to play a final". It took them nearly 50 years to complete, the longest of any of the three teams. You won't win our league playing like that. Read More »

Man United Dedicate Europa League Trophy To Manchester Terror Victims

United's style in winning the trophy has been questioned, with Ajax head coach Peter Bosz branding it a "boring" final , but Mourinho defended his club's style of play . Ajax , fielding the youngest starting line-up in a European final, were expected to make a quick start as they did in their 4-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais. Read More »

Three Arsenal centre-backs could miss FA Cup final — BBC journalist

Wenger also admitted that missing out on a top-four berth felt "very strange". Arsenal take on champions Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday in the final of a competition they won in 2014 and again in 2015. Gabriel has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury, while Shkodran Mustafi is yet to train after illness. Fitness problems have continued to hamper him, with a foot injury having limited game time since he returned from a serious knee injury in January. Read More »

Vettel tops second practice times


Hamilton ran wide but managed to pass Vettel on lap 44 to regain the lead and go on to claim victory. Vettel finished second in the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, two-tenths of a second behind F1 title rival Lewis Hamilton , but bounced back in the afternoon to finish nearly half a second clear of the field. Read More »

Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

James and the Cavs face the Celtics in game four on Tuesday. One win away from an NBA Finals re-rematch against the Golden State Warriors , the Cleveland Cavaliers still aren't looking past the Boston Celtics . "It's making us work", the Cavs coach said. "I had a tough game, period", he said following the game and following a postgame incident in which he challenged a fan that heckled him about the performance. Read More »

WR Cruz, Bears agree to 1-year deal


Now, he's going after the Giants organization, which he said purposely curbed his production halfway through the season so it could more easily justify releasing him. He also visited with the Panthers prior to the scouting combine shortly after his February 13 release from the Giants . " They don't want me here anymore '". Read More »

Djokovic, Nadal struggle in Madrid openers

They last took on each other in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters in 2016 which the Serbian won in straight sets. The Spaniard, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support on the Manolo Santana court and saved two break points before forcing a decider. Read More »

Cavs' Smith expects 'better' LeBron in Game 4


Boston closed the series gap to 2-1 and yet nobody believes it has a chance to pull off the upset, and rightfully so, especially now that James has the one game in which he played like a mere mortal this series out of the way. Fultz will give the Boston Celtics another great piece to go along with the solid nucleus that they already have. The guy is a tremendous basketball player. Read More »

Sens' Alex Burrows sidelined by injury in Game 4


Was Sullivan interested in sharing his thoughts on the switch or what he might have said to Murray or Marc-André Fleury, the longstanding Pittsburgh goaltender who had started the previous 15 playoff games and won nine of them. Same as it ever was under Sullivan, who is 12-2 following a playoff loss with the Penguins. Pittsburgh pulled itself together after the Sens' opening period onslaught, relieving Fleury of his duties and sending in Matt Murray in his stead. Read More »

UK Stops Sharing Intel About Manchester Attack With US After Leaks

At the same time, the New York Times published photos which it said came from the scene of the bombing. The force said it was too early to say whether the alert was linked to its investigation into the Manchester bomb attack . Manchester police said on Wednesday they're investigating a network they think orchestrated the bombing, and the suspected perpetrator's father and brother were arrested in Tripoli. Read More »

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy Certain Mauricio Pochettino Will Stay


The 45-year-old Pochettino first cut his coaching teeth in Spain with La Liga club Espanyol, for whom he also played as a central defender, and then at Premier League side Southampton . No figures were released for the deal, but sources told ESPN FC it was worth significantly more than the previous deal with the firm, signed in 2014 and worth £16m per season. Read More »

Man Utd Seal Emotional Europa Win


Although he's struggled with consistency this season at Man United, Mkhitaryan has been able to showcase his talent and prove that he'll be one hell of a player with some guidance from Mourinho. Antonio Valencia saw a powerful strike beaten away by Onana but United gradually began to sit deep as Ajax grew into the contest, although they struggled to create any meaningful openings before the break. Read More »

Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

On Tuesday (May 16), the 30-year-old who returned to tennis last month after serving a 15-month drugs ban was denied a wildcard to the French Open , which starts at Roland Garros in Paris on May 28. Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation plays a shot in her women's final match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Jan. Read More »

Cavaliers Rebound, Defeat Celtics in Game 4 of Eastern Conference Finals

Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 in less than five minutes, and James shook off early foul trouble as the Cavs opened a 3-1 lead in the series. The Cavs shot 71 percent in the second half, but Lue was happier with his team's defense. "It's tough. And we really didn't know what to expect". James has never missed a playoff game, and so long as he can keep his hands to himself he should be available for more of Game 5 (tonight, ... Read More »