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Stuttgart Open: Sharapova receiving 'extra help' says semi-final opponent

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So, I just think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids. She earned her first break points a game later, powering a crosscourt forehand victor to grab the first set. When asked whether Mladenovic's comments would motivate her in their encounter, Sharapova replied: "Not at all". The world No.72 is in great form, though, having reached the final of her last tournament in Switzerland before upsetting French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round in Stuttgart . Read More »

Wenger should choose when he leaves Arsenal - Gilberto

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He simply hasn't been given an important role in the first team squad at Arsenal this term, but at least Wenger has recognised that. "Then two days later we play Southampton and two days later we play Crystal Palace". Listen out for Dermot Gallagher's assessment of what went on before Fraser Forster saved James Milner's penalty. We still need Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up but stranger things have happened. Read More »

Prosecutor to appeal Hernandez conviction ruling

The ruling comes almost three weeks after Hernandez killed himself. Hernandez's appeal was still pending when he hanged himself in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass. "The mere rumor of such a rumor is hardly sufficient to warrant the inference the commonwealth seeks to draw in respect to defendant's specific event", the judge said, adding, "A court should not have to conduct an exhaustive investigation in every case as to the circumstances of a defendant's ... Read More »

Maria Sharapova returns from doping ban

The ban was reduced from two years to 15 months last October by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist, believes governing body the WTA is sending out the wrong message by letting Sharapova resume her career after completing a 15-month suspension. Read More »

Dhawan shines as Hyderabad beat Mumbai

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They will play KXIP and KKR next. The win has helped Sunrisers, who have 15 points, strengthen their position in the points table . If not, they will have to wait for the other results to know their fate. Runs came at a steady pace as the Sunrisers bats men found the going quite easy. It was Unadkat who turned out to be the game changer for Pune as he struck in the 18th over to get rid of the unsafe Yuvraj, who carved out a brilliant 47 before being caught by Rahul Tripathi at deep ... Read More »

Higuain fires Juventus to victory at Monaco

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The tactic worked brilliantly, as the free-scoring Principality outfit were comfortably kept at bay in what was an eighth clean sheet for the Italians in this season's competition. "As always we will send out the most competitive team we can". We will have to study how we played before the return match. Allegri went for the tried-and-tested Andrea Barzagli in defence, for two reasons: to strengthen the back line against Monaco's unsafe attack and to give more freedom for Dani Alves to ... Read More »

Ainge's leadership in spotlight as Celtics chase 18th title

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It's been years since the "betrayal" happened but as the Celtics said they're waiting for Allen to make the first move. I was just hurt by how it went down. He went on to pursue a ring, he got the ring shout out to him, "That's it" . Well, let's be honest: Ray wasn't going to be invited to this mini-Celtics reunion, as both sides are still carrying a grudge over how he conducted his 2012 decision. Read More »

Jesse Lingard hails "amazing" Marcus Rashford after Celta heroics

The victory puts United on course for this month's final with Ajax Amsterdam the most likely opponents after they beat visiting Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 in their first leg on Thursday. Jose Mourinho opted for a double change in the 77th minute as Mkhitaryan and Rashford made way for Ashley Young and Anthony Martial. He's very mature and let's forget the age because what matters is not age [but] the quality. Read More »

Defense best offense for Predators vs. Blues

Pageau keep his unexpected goal tear going with a sublime setup. A puck shot by St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko , of Russian Federation, slips past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne , of Finland, for a goal during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, Ap. Read More »

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha weighs up move for Will Vaulks

Rangers captain Kenny Miller, who scored his team's only goal, said he was "ashamed" and "embarrassed" by the performance. Celtic are now five matches away from completing the domestic season unbeaten. "In terms of tactical understanding and players understanding what we are trying to do". "The last 10 years you have seen some really high profile players still playing at the highest possible level". Read More »

Thames hits 13th HR, Brewers outslug Red Sox in 11-7 win

Three runs from the Brewers in the sixth and two more in the seventh were enough to do it as the Red Sox eventually fell 11-7. But the Brewers struck back with three runs in the sixth. He went 3 for 3 and raised his average to.258 after hitting.191 to start May. Red Sox: Injured LHP David Price threw about 60-plus pitches in a simulated session. Read More »

Lynn returns with a bang

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RCB , who are out of play-offs contention, will conclude IPL 10 journey on Sunday (May 14) with a game against Delhi Daredevils (DD). De Villiers will now captain the South African side as they look to claim their first major ICC title. In this season , RCB played a total of 13 matches , out of which they have won only 2. Yadav struck again in his next over as he trapped captain Virat Kohli lbw for just five runs. Read More »

English Premier League: Anichebe goes down with Sunderland

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I'm not sure it's for now. A awful (at best) defense led to Sunderland's struggles under Moyes, a man in whom the owners hoped could bring success back to the club. As has been the case for the vast majority of the season, Short was not present at Saturday's game, but he issued a statement shortly after the final whistle. Read More »

Hamilton now 'understands' Sochi struggles

Felipe Massa brushed off Sebastian Vettel's blocking complaint at the end of Sunday's Formula 1 race in Russian Federation, saying the Ferrari driver stood no chance of catching race victor Valtteri Bottas at the front of the pack. Bottas had extended his lead over Vettel's Ferrari to 5.3 seconds by lap 21. During the formation lap prior to the race, Fernando Alonso's McLaren ran into trouble and came to a halt which in turn delayed the start of the race and reduced the number of laps by one. Read More »

Chelsea close to Premier League title

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Another championship could follow at West Brom on Friday. From a prohibitive angle at the back post, Alonso drilled a shot towards goal and saw the ball ricochet of Guzan's left thigh and bounce into the net. He said: "Only in England you can see this support". Bakayoko helped Monaco reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and the 22-year-old is now set for a switch. Read More »

Arsenal don't need Champions League money- Wenger

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The weight of a Champions League place is less now than in past years. Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars, now director of football at Ajax, said in April he was on a list of potential names for the role at Arsenal , but Wenger ruled out any talk of the club creating the position at the Emirates . Read More »

Judge vacates Aaron Hernandez's 2015 murder conviction for Odin Lloyd

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Judge Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday that Hernandez's conviction must be dismissed under longstanding case law in MA that says a conviction is not final until a court has decided the merits of a defendant's appeal. The Patriots have declined to comment on players' contracts or financial terms. "We don't know what that refers to, and we'd like to find out". Under Massachusetts state law, convicts who die before the completion of their appeal are often subsequently cleared of their original offence. Read More »

Mourinho Unhappy With United's Missed Chances Despite Win, Praises Rashford

Meanwhile, Boro's brief stay in the top flight has ended after a single season, the fourth time they have been relegated from the Premier League. Mourinho is determined for his side to win the Europa League so that they can be guaranteed a place in the Champions League for next season and is likely to rest several players for Sunday's Premier League game away to Arsenal. Read More »

Red Sox: Chris Sale will not be suspended

Sale threw a 98 miles per hour fastball at the knees and behind Machado in the first inning of Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park, leading plate umpire D.J. Hughes gave up one run and six hits in 62/3 innings while striking out four in his deepest outing of the season for the Twins . Red Sox manager John Farrell said Torre had told the teams to knock it off, but that there were no warnings about hit batters. Read More »

Tony Parker Spurs star to miss end of season over leg injury

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After the first two games of the series were decided by a combined 52 points, things were much more interesting Friday. Play off him to cut off driving lanes, and he'll often raise up and shoot a 3-pointer. Perhaps most disappointing is that Parker had found another gear in the playoffs after an underwhelming regular season, two weeks before his 35th birthday. Read More »

Close your eyes and swing - Kompany plays down technique behind City strike

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Not only did the former Valencia man convert the chance, he created it too: Silva's looping pass to Sterling opened up the Palace defence and turned tidy possession play into a scoring opportunity. Going ahead in the first minutes of the game helped us a lot but we still needed a second and Vincent scored an fantastic goal. He is a real central defender. Read More »

Mercedes SLC 180 pumps up the value

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The Mercedes SLC roadster range has expanded with a new entry-level SLC 180 AMG model, with a smaller engine - and finance figures that could worry its rivals. As well as launching the SLC 180, Mercedes has dropped the Sport trim level for the SLC and reduced the price of the AMG Line across the board by £500. Read More »

Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods gang, authorities say

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Its contents are as follows. "I love you so much and know you are an angel - literally!", Hernandez wrote in the letter , portions of which are redacted. Details about Hernandez have been trickling out since his death last month at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Lawyers for Hernandez want his North Attleboro murder conviction vacated, citing a Colonial-era legal principle in which a person who dies in prison while their conviction is under appeal essentially goes to the grave ... Read More »

Will Barcelona keep their title hopes alive as they host Villarreal?

Luis Enrique's men held on to their place at the top of La Liga for another week, after cruising past Fran Escriba's men with a comprehensive 4-1 victory. The Brazilian in particular was in sensational form, with his dazzling array of skills in this game destined to be replayed millions of times on YouTube. Read More »

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

It wasn't too long ago that Toronto appeared to be in major trouble, losing two of the series' first three games and having to play Game 4 in Milwaukee . Toronto led by as many as 25 points, but the Bucks got back into it with a 20-3 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. Read More »