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Buffon eyes Champions League final 'fairytale' with Juventus

For a decade, that record has been held by Paolo Maldini , a victor with AC Milan at age 38. "That will not bother us at all, people can say whatever they want". But the 31-year-old Modric remains a key piece in Madrid's midfield, providing the first line of protection to the defense and often threatening in attack with his precise assists and long-range shots. Read More »

Champions League Final: Real Can Deal With Pressure, Says Zidane

The 32-year-old forward will be playing in the Champions League final for the fifth time in nine years. "Our spirit forces us to fight until the very end". You have to analyse when you need to attack and when you need to defend. "Above all else, we must have the conviction that we can bring home this trophy". Read More »

Mesut Ozil: What Cristiano Ronaldo taught me at Real Madrid


I think Real know how to feed off pressure. "He always wants more", was the assessment of his manager Zinedine Zidane . Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon raises his arms during a training session at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff , Wales, Friday June 2, 2017 . Read More »

Predators fan has charges dropped after throwing catfish on ice

Pittsburgh vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than it managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1 , a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened since the National Hockey League started tracking shots in 1957. Read More »

Chelsea to escape Premier League sanction over John Terry substitution debacle


Conte has presided over the restoration of a team which finished 10th last season in defence of the 2014-15 title. " Arsenal missed out on the Champions League and we must prepare in the right way". "I couldn't care less", Terry said on Wednesday after training. So if you have a goalkeeper, number one, is he going to come off in the first minute? "If we have this in the same proportion as Arsenal , we have the possibility to do the Double and win. Read More »

KD, Warriors KO Cavs in Game 1

Like "went to every single game before LeBron was drafted" love them. The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin said the Warriors are capable of repeating Thursday's performance in Game 2 before the series heads to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 next week. Read More »

The Loop Auckland hosts rugby activation for Lions tour


Much has been made of the gruelling schedule the current squad face before taking on the All Blacks, with Saturday's tour opener against the Provincial Barbarians the first of six pre-Test warm-up matches. He needs to juggle the expectations of 41 highly competitive individuals all vying for a test jersey, while gelling combinations and sorting out who is best to implement the plan to beat the All Blacks. Read More »

Cavs' Love eager to avenge loss but sees benefit of extra rest


With the Oakland Raiders just across the bay from where the Golden State Warriors play their home games , it's only natural that numerous team's players have shown up in support of their fellow Bay Area team. Conversely, Golden State's bench scored 24 points, and all but one of the reserves tallied at least one basket in the lopsided victory. "Maybe the first or second possession, there was a loose ball on the ground, and Draymond was the first one to the floor". Read More »

Wenger keen to bring Mahrez to Arsenal


The 26-year old, who won the PFA Player of the Season award at the end of 2015/2016 season, scored 10 goals and provided seven assists as Leicester finished 12th in the league and reached the Champions League quarter-finals this season. "Have we made a bid for him? No". Like everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn't take away from his qualities. Read More »

Enough talk: Cavs-Warriors to start series


This matchup has seemed ordained since James walked off the court in Oakland last June, having delivered his native northeast OH its first major team championship since 1964. The Warriors haven't missed a beat with assistant coach Mike Brown running the show, however, becoming the first team to ever start the playoffs with 12 straight victories. Read More »

Lions will 'struggle' against All Blacks, says Eddie Jones

Heartbreaking losses followed in Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 2009, sandwiching the 3-0 humiliation of Clive Woodward's 2005 party in New Zealand . "It's a part of our DNA". And when it came for the test series to begin, huge expectations were put on the All Blacks to win their third successive series over a Lions team. Read More »

Gatland's Lions won their tour opener, but Twitter was not impressed


Bryn Gatland will face his father Warren's British and Irish Lions side after being named to start at flyhalf for the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in the tour opener in Whangarei on Saturday. They appreciate that by criticising mistakes you tighten up a player and you stop him from playing. "The three 10s came in together but we felt Johnny needed to start this first game, get some rugby under his belt and get off to a good start because he hasn't played a huge amount". Read More »

Twins hit trio of 2-run homers to beat Angels 11-5


The Twins are in the midst of a four-game losing streak during which they've surrendered a total that reached 48 runs after Wednesday's 17-6 loss to Houston. The Twins traded left-handed reliever Jason Wheeler to the Dodgers for cash. He has been out all season with a strained lat. With outfielders Mike Trout and Cameron Maybin on the disabled list, the Angels signed veteran Michael Bourn , 34, to a minor-league contract. Read More »

Spurs legend Manu Ginobili to take time over future

The Golden State Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight season after last night's Game 4 victory over the Spurs , making them the first team in NBA history to start the post-season 12-0. "We all know, obviously, who we're going to play", Curry said. “Theyre really talented, but thats not everything that describes them, ” Popovich said. Read More »

Real Madrid claims first La Liga title in five years

News filtered through that Barca were trailing to Eibar , but it had little effect on Real's resolve, despite Malaga taking a stronger grip of the contest as the first half progressed. "I've won everything with this club, but this title is special". "It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga", said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after the final whistle. Read More »

Novak Djokovic makes winning start with new coach Andre Agassi

With Paire periodically clutching his stomach after a medical time out, the 14-time grand slam champion took nine of the last 10 games to close out the match in just under two hours. Novak Djokovic of Serbia attends a training session before French Open in Paris , May 26, 2017. Eight of his break points came with Granollers serving at 3-5 in the second set but, although the Spaniard held on, Djokovic made no mistake on his ninth chance. Read More »

Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds


Scott Feldman (2-4, 4.29 ERA) will make the start for Cincinnati on Monday as the Reds host the Indians at Great American Ball Park for the first game of a two-game series. Ramirez came up empty on Tuesday, but Lindor managed a solo homer and two runs. "He's hitting a number of balls just foul, but he's barreling up". Fact du jour: Cleveland is a flawless 18-0 when leading after the completion of 6 innings (19-0 when leading after 7; 7-1 in games decided in the 7th-or-later). Read More »

Mathew Leckie: Hertha Berlin "stood out" above other offers


Kicker magazine reports that Hertha took advantage of a release clause in his contract at Ingolstadt and the club is paying around €3 million for the 26-year-old. "I met with Michael Preetz and Pal Dardai for the first time last Monday. I've heard that it's quite easy for newcomers to settle down here". Hertha coach Pal Dardai named 26-year-old Australian Leckie "a versatile player" who can bolster Hertha's attack. Read More »

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Aberg's goal puts Preds past Ducks

Nashville leads the series 3-2 and they have a chance to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Final on Monday Night in Nashville . The Predators are 20-6 in their last 26 Monday games, 20-8 in their last 28 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Read More »

Real will treat 15th European Cup final like a first - Ramos

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon , Giorgio Chellini, Alex Sandro , Mario Mandzukic and Leonardo Bonucci were all rested for the final Serie A game of the season against Bologna last week, while Dani Alves was suspended. "We are thinking positive". One of Buffon's chief responsibilities at the Principality Stadium will be keeping out Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo , who is chasing a fourth success in the competition and third in four years. Read More »

Lebanon calls for ban of Wonder Woman 2017 movie

That's different from the origin story depicted in the Wonder Woman film, in which Wonder Woman is the biological child of Hippolyta (played in the movie by Connie Nielsen , Boss ) and the god Zeus. "I would have been happy to go for PG, but it's World War I, so we couldn't!" "You can't empower women if you don't educate the men and you don't teach the boys, so as much as it's important for girls to be exposed and see this movie, it's important for boys to have a strong female figure ... Read More »

Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy


England captain Eoin Morgan said in his eve-of-tournament news conference that Roy will "definitely play" in the Champions Trophy , that his opening partnership with fellow big hitter Alex Hales was a vital part of a team that has grown in stature in its ODI renaissance since the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Read More »

Vegas Play of the Day: Stanley Cup finals game 2


For the second straight game, the Nashville Predators were the better team for the majority of the game, but were unable to pull out the victory against the Penguins. He has given up eight goals in less than six full periods. "The first one was the first faceoff, and Pittsburgh beat the pinch of the Nashville defenseman that created the opportunity. Read More »