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Player guide for Champions League holder Real Madrid

But he looked fit and ready during Madrid's open media day - the final will be taking place in his birthplace Cardiff . We know it will be a very hard match, a tight cagey affair as all Champions League finals are. The rise of Isco in recent months has been evident, and has filled much of the void created by Gareth Bale's injuries-enforced layoffs. The time out of action has at least allowed him to focus more fully on a more fundamental, underlying problem: the rehabilitation of the ... Read More »

Penguins Hold Off Predators 5-3 In Game 1

P.K. Subban got the Predators out to an early lead less than eight minutes into the game-at least, that was the original call on the ice. Given a five-on-three advantage when Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal were sent to the penalty box at 13:50, the Penguins took the lead on a shot by Evgeni Malkin that snaked over the left leg of Rinne at 15:32. Read More »

Jones omitted from US roster for World Cup qualifiers

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IF YOU WERE HOPING to see some new names, or perhaps a few adventurous selections, from United States men's national team coach Bruce Arena , sorry. "We have a roster that has good balance all over, we have good young players and hopefully it's a team we can put together to get us points in both games". Read More »

Gareth Bale targeting hometown glory in Champions League final

He said: "Football sometimes places you in situations like this one where I will face Real Madrid in the final". "I don't feel there is much difference between the teams". However, his experience as one of the greatest players of his generation has given him a huge advantage over his predecessors at the Bernabeu with the respect he commands from an ego-filled dressing room. Read More »

Arsene Wenger to sign new Arsenal deal on Wednesday

The FA Cup victory against Chelsea ensured the Gunners finished the season on a high despite missing out on Champions League football for the first time under the 67-year-old. Since the turn of the year, the team has turned in some torrid performances too, most notably in away losses to West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace. Read More »

NBA Finals: Steve Kerr not ready to coach Warriors

After adding Durant, the expectations are on their shoulders, but the Cavs , as we've learned the hard way, are the only team which can challenge them. It will be their third National Basketball Association title showdown in three straight years. Irving outplaying Curry, the two-time MVP times who averaging a team-high 28.6 points per game in the playoffs, at least four times in a seven-game series would go a long way towards Cleveland repeating. Read More »

Astros Shock Twins with 11-Run 8th Inning, Win 5th-Straight Game

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Peacock was thrust into the starting rotation after 12 relief appearances and showed no issues with the transition, allowing one hit and striking out eight in 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Detroit last Monday. Astros: Manager A.J. Hinch left the bench during the game due to an illness. Buxton dived for a ball in the top of the sixth inning and appeared to hit his hand on LF Eddie Rosario, who caught the ball. Read More »

National Football League makes new changes to touchdown celebration policy

Now, teams can keep all 90 players on their roster for the final exhibition contest, giving them an extra look before meaningful games begin. We're smack dab in the middle of the post-draft, pre-camp lull in the NFL , but the league owners gave us something to read about today by making a few noteworthy rule changes. Read More »

Djokovic makes winning French Open start on Agassi's watch

No. 10 seed David Goffin of Belgium beat French qualifier Paul Henri-Mathieu 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. A recent ankle injury didn't appear to be troubling the No. Muguruza's middling form this season saw her arrive in Paris with just three wins on clay, but the Spaniard dispatched 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4. Read More »

Conte tells Chelsea fans: I'm staying to build something positive, important

Captain Laurent Koscielny (suspension), Gabriel (knee) and Shkodran Mustafi (concussion) all miss out, meaning a first start of the season for former Germany worldwide Per Mertesacker. Wenger said: "Per Mertesacker, for me, is a ideal example for any young professional football player. I'm here for whatever the team needs and I have shown that during the season". Read More »

Johnson runs out of gas, Dillon earns 1st win at Coca-Cola 600

The drivers were able to complete the first segment, won by Kyle Busch , the All-Star race victor a week ago here. Looking to add some competitive mojo, a VHT traction compound was imbedded into the top lane on the asphalt at the track. "I saw parts and pieces flying", Elliott said. "I know Dale is up there smiling down because he would want this win, he'd want to see it with Austin". Read More »

Brace yourselves for a Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals series

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Irving's 42 was the most points scored by a LeBron James teammate in the four-time MVP's 13 years in the NBA Playoffs. We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2 to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend. So when Al Horford , Avery Bradley , Marcus Smart and the Celtics stole Game 3 , any chance of a Game 4 upset was unthinkable. Read More »

LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader

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LeBron James moved into first on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. "That [Jordan] closed out series faster than me", James said with a smile when asked what the mark meant to him. Both teams dominated throughout the playoffs - the Warriors made history by going an unprecedented 12-0 through three rounds in the Western Conference, while the Cavs lost just one game to the Celtics to cap their dominant run. Read More »

City complete Bernardo Silva deal

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Bernardo Silva last season helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League . He has won 12 caps for his country. "If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best". Man Utd had been linked with the 22-year-old, but Pep Guardiola has moved quickly to agree a deal with Monaco and Silva. Read More »

Bournemouth sign Bosnia keeper Begovic from Chelsea

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The Bosnia-Herzegovina stopper has been playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge since joining the club from Stoke City almost two years ago and heads south in pursuit of first-team football . "I want to show people what I am capable of", Begovic said. "When I spoke to Eddie Howe I knew AFC Bournemouth was the right club for me and I want to bring my experience to the squad, both on and off the pitch". Read More »

Frenchman Maxime Hamou kicked out of French Open after kissing journalist

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Footage of the interview showed Hamou pulling Maly Thomas close before kissing her on the side of the head. Hamou has not publicly commented on the incident was heavily criticized by viewers at home, as well as the reporter herself, Maly Thomas, who told Huffington Post France on Monday that the interaction was "frankly unpleasant". Read More »

Mourinho set for bumper five-year deal at Manchester United

Wayne Rooney recently suggested to The Manchester Evening News that Manchester United have had a better season than Tottenham Hotspur . Europa League glory also means United join Ajax , Bayern Munich and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup. Read More »

Pablo Zabaleta proud of Manchester City career

Pablo Zabaleta relives his favourite moments at Manchester City as he prepares to bid farewell to the club. It remains to be seen if he will sign it, but Toure didn't behave like someone who meant to leave following Manchester City's final home game of the season against West Brom on Tuesday night. Read More »

Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game 1 of NBA Finals

Same with Serena Williams, another active G.O.A.T. Mike Trout is passing through town with the Angels and even at 25 he's looking like he might be an all-time great. Are you kidding me? " You've got to challenge him on both ends of the floor". "I saw the quote from Kevin Love". The Lakers shut down Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the final 15 games while trying to hold on to their lottery pick, and the Nets may have had the biggest head-scratcher by not playing three key players despite ... Read More »

Kvitova: I already won my biggest fight

Before Kerber's loss, though, the sport got its feel-good story of the year, as Petra Kvitova was the first victor of the day, playing shockingly well in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Julia Boserup . "I think that my movement is not the best, especially on clay", Kerber said , per Ian Chadband of RolandGarros.com. She described her return to Paris as a "last-minute decision". Read More »

Kane has no reason to leave Tottenham, insists Pochettino

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Safe to say, it will certainly be interesting who comes out on top for the battle of the best striker but Kane is no doubt the heavy favourite. "It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep", he said. It's his second season in the Premier League. But England forward Kane is focusing on scoring goals for his current club and is hoping it will not be too long before he hits the three figure mark. Read More »

No surprise: It's Cavaliers-Warriors in NBA Finals

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It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs. Read More »

Late goals lift Penguins in Stanley Cup Final opener

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A little over three minutes later, Frederick Gaudreau tied the game at three. They became the first team to go shot-less in a period in a Stanley Cup final game since the National Hockey League began tracking shots on goal in 1957-58. The goal would be credited to Nick Bonino. Peter Laviolette is sticking with Mattias Ekholm with P.K. Subban, Roman Josi with Ryan Ellis and Matt Irwin with Yannick Weber on defense. Read More »