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Zidane promises full-throttle Madrid approach

The Italian club is seeking its first Champions League title in more than two decades. Real equalised in the 93rd minute of the 2014 final en route to winning their long-awaited 10th European Cup. Real dominated the first leg match as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to give his side an edge. Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show in November 2015, Ronaldo spoke of his son's ambition to become a goalkeeper, saying: "Yes, this is going to be a huge problem for me". Read More »

Manchester United not under pressure to win Europa League - Mourinho

Mourinho said their cramped schedule, which includes a possible two further Europa League games, means they must win the tournament to qualify for next season's Champions League. "It's my style of play and nobody can make me change that". But they were fantastic. "We still have a chance mathematically and we need some help as well from teams around us". Read More »

Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League after defeat at Chelsea

The former Italy coach was delighted with the way his players capitalised on Tottenham's shock defeat at West Ham on Friday and he believes Chelsea will be worthy champions if they clinch the title on Friday. I think that in this situation we showed great will and desire to win the title", he added. "Now he's deserving this". Boro return to the Championship after one season back among the elite, joining Sunderland in sinking into the second tier just as fellow northeast side Newcastle ... Read More »

NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder sentence overturned after he killed himself

According to multiple reports, Hernandez's longtime fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez - the mother to Aaron's 4-year-old daughter - was present during Garsh's decision and left the courtroom in tears. Ward said Tuesday: "In our book, he's guilty, and he's always going to be guilty". Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell April 19, just days after his acquittal on double-murder charges in a separate case. Read More »

Caps smash Pens 5-2 to force Game 7


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period , and Nashville advanced to its first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating St. On the same power play, Patric Hornqvist got a bloody mouth from a stick on a shot attempt. And you already know that Niskanen managed to escape suspension and Crosby missed the balance of Game 3 and all of Game 4 with what was billed as a concussion. Read More »

Conte looks to wrap up title at the Hawthorns


Fabregas made sure Chelsea capitalised on Tottenham Hotspur s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United on Friday by setting up goals for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with Marcos Alonso also finding the net. Cesc Fabregas has admitted that the past year has been hard for him, but insists that he has "matured a lot" and is willing to fight for his place at Chelsea . Read More »

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 5 preview


It seemed the Spurs had finally solved their issues defending Houston's long-range marksmanship in Games 2 and 3 by keeping their perimeter defenders on the Rockets shooters at all times. Backup center Nene was forced to leave the game after suffering a left groin pull in the first quarter. We saw this in Game 4 when D'Antoni opted to start Eric Gordon over Ryan Anderson in the second half. Read More »

'MSN' hit 100 mark as Barca pile pressure on Madrid

Neymar , who excelled in his incursions from the left flank throughout, opened the scoring when he poked in a shot by Messi that hit a defender and fell to him in front of goalkeeper Andres Fernandez. "We could say that they've had a bad season because they've gone down, but all year long they've demonstrated that they can compete at this level". Read More »

Jesus is City's future believes Pep


It was at White Hart Lane against Tottenham. "The others, no chance", Guardiola said. "But in reality the big difference [against Palace] was us being ruthless and the performance was consistent". Silva returned from a hamstring injury sustained during City's FA Cup semi-final defeat last month to open the scoring and turn in a virtuoso display, while De Bruyne took centre stage after the break with assists for centre-backs Kompany and Otamendi either side of a strike of this own. Read More »

Eugenie Bouchard slams WTA over 'cheater' Maria Sharapova

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. The Russian admitted complacency on her part but blamed the ITF for not informing her on time. I still kept in shape but I did put the racket away for a while. Read More »

NBA Playoffs Highlights: Celtics, Wizards Go Up 3-2 In Their Series

Considering all the latest updates on Rondo's broken right thumb, the news comes as no shock. Last night was a important day of basketball for multiple teams as the the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks played in pivotal Games 5's in their respective series. Read More »

Rohit, Shami back as selectors back Dhoni for Champions Trophy defence


The BCCI's use of the Champions Trophy as a bargaining chip was strongly criticised and Indian cricketing greats including Sachin Tendulkar urged the country to compete. The selectors picked Pandey ahead of players like Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh, who have also been in good form in IPL 2017. Like Pant, Kuldeep made it to the list of standby players as another one "for the future". Read More »

Rockets center Nene out for rest of NBA playoffs with groin injury

Even better , the Rockets averaged 15.1 turnovers per game during the regular season in their quick-paced, risk-heavy offense, good for the sixth-highest mark in the league. "He was at every single game that he could possibly make it to". "They were in attack mode", Harden said of his supporting group. They found success with that in Game 3 , but the Spurs will test Anderson's defense more with more type to prepare. Read More »

Real will attack Atletico despite Champions League tie lead - Zidane

Atletico were slack in defence, ineffective in attack and misplaced passes in the middle of the field as Real went a long way towards booking a place in the final which will be held in Cardiff. Dani Carvajal picked up an injury against Atletico Madrid in their 3-0 victory at the Bernabeu, so he will be likely be unavailable for this match. Read More »

Messi, Suarez & Neymar broke the mould - Luis Enrique

Real Madrid visits already-relegated Granada on Saturday. His moves are often more like ballet and something exceptional, rather than simple dribbles. Since their 1-1 draw with Real in the first Clasico , Barca have won their last 10 at the Nou Camp, leading at the break in nine of these victories and scoring 42 goals across these games. Read More »

Team player Fabregas leads Chelsea to brink of EPL title

Chelsea have three games to win the Premier League and can do so with victory at West Brom on Friday night. Now we are very close but we need to take another step. "It's great for me, for my players, for the club to see this great atmosphere", the Italian added. Agnew has failed to convince Boro's owner Steve Gibson and his advisers, Neil Bausor and Peter Kenyon, that he is the right man for the job. Read More »

Judge to hear arguments on bid to erase Hernandez conviction


Hernandez's appellate attorneys made their request under a long-standing legal principle in MA holding that when defendants die before their direct appeal is decided, their convictions should be vacated. Some states have doctrines similar to MA case law that says convictions aren't final until the merits of a defendant's appeal have been decided. That motion was denied by the judge on Tuesday morning. Read More »

Wenger finally beats "The Special One" while #Maltesergate explodes behind him

The pair have endured a fractious relationship over the years, and in their previous 15 competitive meetings Wenger had never beaten a Mourinho team, with his only victory coming in the Community Shield in 2015. Taking it further, Mourinho didn't relent on his jibe. The " Wenger Out" movement has taken sports events by storm, with supporters bringing banners bearing the message to matches from South Africa to Singapore as the manager has refused to confirm whether he will sign a new ... Read More »

Chicago Bulls Trade Rumors: There's a 'Good Chance' Rajon Rondo Will Return


In a guest appearance on TNT's "Inside the NBA" with former Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett and others Monday night, Rondo responded, "Honestly, yeah" when asked by Charles Barkley if the Bulls would've swept the Celtics with him healthy. He was brilliant in the first two games but suffered a fractured right thumb that took him out for the rest of the series. His contract is only partially guaranteed for next season at $3 million if he is not waived on or before June 30, according to Bleacher ... Read More »

Draymond Green Ties Franchise Record with Game 4 Triple-Double

Game 1 the Warriors started the series strong, as Curry scored 22 points and lead the team to a comfortable 12 point lead. You have to be nearly ideal every possession or they turn it into an 8-0 run, 9-0 run, 10-0 run. The Cavaliers have a slightly better record (38-11) than the Warriors (39-14) over that span and have swept six of their playoff series compared with three for the Warriors. Read More »

Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. "We're having fun now", said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. Fleury kept Pittsburgh in touch with several key saves, including a superb block from Alex Ovechkin in the left circle. "When you go in like that, it just kind of knocked the wind out of me", Crosby said , per ESPN . Read More »

Early signing period approved for football


To take it a step further, if Group of 5 schools are successful at that push, I wonder if the talent gap between the two decreases in the next 10 years. The other side of this equation: commitments become binding early, so players had better be certain. Spoke to a non-Power5 coach thrilled about new early signing period: "We hustle to get em evaluated & then big schools swoop in & poach em". Read More »

IPL 2017: Laxman Feels Hyderabad Executed their Plans to Perfection

He has scored 232 runs in six innings, including two fifties, at a strike-rate of 162.23 - he has scored more quickly than Warner , Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh. "So there is some contusion, but luckily we are playing our next match after four days, so there is enough time for him to recover". Yuvraj made the cut in the 15-member ICCChampions Trophy 2017 squad which was also announced on Monday. Read More »

How The Texans Decided Deshaun Watson Was Their Guy


So while G.M. Rick Smith has said Watson will compete for the job, it won't be the typical competition that entails the splitting of first-team reps with a victor announced before Week One. In his cameo as the guy last season, Savage completed 63 percent of his passes and didn't throw a touchdown or an interception in three games with two starts. Read More »

Is it advantage Swansea City in the race for Premier League survival?


Raheem Sterling's cool finish in the 82nd minute was followed by Nicolas Otamendi's diving header in stoppage time as City leapfrogged Liverpool on goal difference. "The Hull result was good for us, but we were only concentrating on our match", said Spain striker Llorente. "It's not a good moment but it's a moment to be calm". Read More »