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David De Gea Won't Play Europa League Final Confirms Jose Mourinho


Writing in the Mail on Sunday , Sunday Supplement regular Oliver Holt claimed Mourinho would be a "success in failure" were United to lose the Europa League final, a claim reluctantly echoed by Hardy. And nobody can blame us, because we have a final three days later'. Asked what his approach to selection would be, he said: "The same". Both will hope to play a part a week on Wednesday and help the Reds lift a third piece of silverware of the season, one that has thrown up overseas trips ... Read More »

Rafael Nadal warms up for French Open with victory in Madrid

The reverse drained Thiem's belief as well as his energy resources as he was broken in the first game of the second set, an advantage Nadal did not relinquish. Nadal has just dropped one set at the Madrid Open so far, in his first match against Italian Fabio Fognini. Winning is very important but also the way I'm playing at the moment makes me very relaxed. Read More »

F1: Hamilton and Co can't stop Monaco's every day bustle


Lewis Hamilton lapped faster than ever at Monaco as the Mercedes driver and Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the pace in first practice for Formula One's showcase race on Thursday. Ricciardo was second for Red Bull in 1:13.207, Kimi Raikkonen another 10th back in third in the second Ferrari, and the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz impressed in fourth and fifth. Read More »

Danny Rose: Tottenham can only do so much to keep stars


The England global is one of a number of players who have been linked with moves before next season, with Kyle Walker a reported target for Manchester City , Christian Eriksen linked with Barcelona and Dele Alli tentatively tipped for a transfer to Real Madrid. Read More »

Quintana reclaims pink jersey with 2 stages to go in Giro


The fascinating race continues tomorrow with the penultimate stage - a 190km trek from Pordenone to Asiago which features two large climbs. "Thanks to my team I was able to take the Maglia Rosa ", said Quintana. "I had bad legs from the start and I made a rookie mistake at the beginning, sitting at the back of the bunch on the downhill", said Dumoulin. "Then Bahrain and Movistar split the bunch and I was in the second group and needed, with my bad legs , to go to the maximum to come ... Read More »

Warriors claim West title with another sweep


The Cavaliers hold a 2-1 lead in the East finals, but Curry suggested the Warriors are expecting a rematch with LeBron James and company. With Golden State completing an inevitable 4-0 series sweep over the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the contest became an ode to Argentinian great Ginobili who may announce his retirement this off-season after 15 years in the National Basketball Association. Read More »

Button's F1 return gets off to a mixed start at Monaco GP


The most heartbreaking thing is that, while every life is important, it was mostly kids going to the concert and that is what hurts the most. I thought that it would feel really weird, but it doesn't, which is nice. It's a very mixed up grid at the moment so I'm sure it's all going to change on Saturday. I don't expect to be 0.1sec off a Mercedes in qualifying. Read More »

Conte says he'll stay at Premier League champion Chelsea

Club captain Per Mertesacker is likely to make his first start of the season after appearing as a substitute against Everton on the final day of a bitterly disappointing Premier League campaign. Chelsea are at full strength for Saturday's game at Wembley . It's not bad, but it can be better. The two teams come into the title clash on the back of nearly contrasting league campaigns. Read More »

David Luiz: 'I took big risk returning to Chelsea last summer'

In one of the most surprising transfers of the window, Antonio Conte signed Luiz for his debut campaign in charge of the Blues, with many critics predicting a failure. "But it's okay, God has given me a lot so I'm happy with this". We now face the team, which administered that low-point of the season, and while Chelsea have already avenged the 3-0 loss at the Emirates with a 3-1 win at the Bridge, the FA Cup final at Wembley is an entirely different proposition. Read More »

Parthiv Patel slams fighting fifty for Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant

That Rohit Sharma has scored a couple of fifties in the latter half of the league stage would also come as a big boost for MI, as would the form of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya . Mumbai started well, reaching 0-35 before Shardul Tharkar ran out West Indian opener Lendl Simmons for five. His economy rate at IPL 10 is just 7! Qualifier 1 is the only match in the playoffs that isn't do-or-die. Read More »

Barcelona favourite to win Copa del Rey against Alaves


And Pique wants his boss to go out as a victor in the last ever competitive game at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium. Luis Enrique is finally saying goodbye to Barcelona , with one last chance at a trophy. And yet, and yet...despite all these negatives it's impossible to avoid going back to the honours board and seeing simple facts: Luis Enrique has won eight trophies during three seasons in charge. Read More »

Morgan cautious over Stokes injury


Moeen Ali insisted no one in the England camp was getting carried away after they underlined their Champions Trophy credentials with a comprehensive 72-run one-day worldwide win over South Africa at Headingley. The Proteas won the toss and elected to field first. " England are Champions Trophy favourites and that comes with a bit of pressure but we all have a bit of pressure - we're all contenders to win". Read More »

Johnny Cueto admits to multiple blisters in right hand


And Moore didn't stay out of the middle of the plate enough to hold a pair of early, one-run leads. Anderson was charged with an error , and it was 5-1. Dellin Betances pitched the ninth for his third save. Colon has a 6.38 mark, easily the highest of his career. Hendricks gave up single runs in both the second and third innings. Read More »

The Lakers Narrowly Avoided Total Catastrophe At The Lottery


After being the worst team in the National Basketball Association this season, the Brooklyn Nets knew there draft pick was going to the Boston Celtics . Before they make a decision on who they will draft ( if they do indeed keep the pick ), they will have to see who the Boston Celtics select with their first overall pick. Read More »

Chelsea: John Terry hits back at critics over substitution


Meanwhile the club confirmed yesterday they had cancelled Sunday's planned Premier League victory parade saying it was "inappropriate" after the Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 dead and more than 60 wounded. For Arsenal , the man picked is Hector Bellerin, who has come back into form after a hard spell. I owe it to this team and to this club. John Terry is Chelsea's most decorated captain in club history with seventeen major honours, and despite all the negativity ... Read More »

Klopp hoping for quick Liverpool transfer business


Gerrard pulled on the red jersey again this week, when he featured in a 3-0 victory over Sydney FC in a post-season friendly, and he lined out alongside a current Liverpool player who really impressed him. Steven Gerrard played with his fair share of Liverpool talent. "It was the most intense football trip for an away game I've ever had". "To have Champions League football back is very important for this club". Read More »

Michael Ballack and David O'Leary's FA Cup final views

Mr Corbyn has previously faced questions on whether there are parallels between his leadership and Arsene Wenger's management of Arsenal , which in recent years has split supporters over his failure to deliver another league title. He did a good job. Chelsea undoubtedly start as favourites to lift the cup after finishing 18 points ahead of Arsenal . "We could start as underdogs because we won the league", said the Italian, whose side overcame Tottenham 4-2 in the last four. Read More »

Chelsea boss set to finalise new deal after FA Cup final

The final is of course against rivals Arsenal , and it seems that the potential of the double in his first season has been enough to convince the Chelsea owner that a new deal - and more money - is in order to keep him out of the hands of Inter Milan. Read More »

European coaches have eye on lucrative Premier League prize


Given how well he's performed, it's highly likely that Stam's name could be linked with vacant managerial positions - especially considering Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Watford are looking for new managers. However, that has often proved easier said than done. But he maintains that, win or lose on Monday, he will still be at the club next term. Reading were the huge outsiders to get through against Fulham in their semi-final but Jaap Stam tactically outmanoeuvred ... Read More »

Lewis Hamilton: Matching Ayrton Senna in Monaco would be 'unreal'


If Daniel Ricciardo wants to join Mark Webber and Jack Brabham as an Australian victor of the Monaco Grand Prix , he's going to have to produce an incredible lap in qualifying. He showed clearly his relish for the fight in his first session when he topped the times in a best lap of one minute and 13.425 seconds, using Pirelli's ultra-soft tyre, a time that was quick enough to dismiss Mercedes' fears of being disadvantaged by having the longest wheel-base auto in the field. Read More »

'Didn't care', 'I'm happy' - Liverpool fans react to Arsenal win against Sunderland

Arsenal shareholder Morgan has always been calling for Wenger to leave Arsenal and has not been afraid to make his views heard on social media in recent seasons. The weekend's defeat to Swansea City damaged Sunderland's confidence once more, confidence that they needed for their two final games of the season coming against Arsenal and the Champions Chelsea . Read More »

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door


Players such as German worldwide Marco Reus and Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have failed to win any major silverware with the Ruhr valley club in the past few seasons. The Mirror reports that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on "red alert" after telling Borussia Dortmund he wants to quit the club this summer. Read More »