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West Ham's Antonio signs new four-year contract

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West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate has dedicated last Friday's 1-0 victory over Tottenham to Slaven Bilic, insisting the players have the backing of the manager. "He's a lovely man and thanks very much". One striker West Ham attempted to sign last summer was Michy Batshuayi, but Chelsea ended up outbidding them to sign the Belgian from Marseille, after hitting 23 goals in 50 games last season. Read More »

KC's Vargas lowers ERA to 1.01, Royals beat Rays 6-0

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Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball. Vargas (5-1) entered the game as the major-league leader in ERA. He fielded Kiermaier's slow grounder down the first base line and tagged out the speedy outfielder, and also caught Derek Norris' liner. On the hard turf of Tropicana Field, the ball rolled all the way to the wall and Merrifield had himself a Little League home run. Read More »

Astros Hold Off Yankees

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The Yankees have had the AL's best lineup, leading the league in most major categories. He gave up five runs Tuesday night to end the team's six-game winning streak, and he's the only member of the rotation that won't face the Astros at Yankee Stadium. Read More »

Polanco's HR ends Greinke's no-hitter bid in 8th inning

Glasnow has allowed three earned in each of his last three starts, but he's gone at least six innings in his last two. The Diamondbacks had only thrown two no-hitters in their franchise's history, with Randy Johnson's flawless game for Arizona in 2004, and Edwin Jackson throwing a no-hitter in 2010. Read More »

No practice round, no problem for Mickelson at Players

William McGirt, boosted by two eagles, charged to the clubhouse lead as defending champion Jason Day leaked oil coming home during the first round at The Players Championship in Florida on Thursday (May 11). "I feel like this is one of those places that every time I play, it only frustrates me more". He posted five birdies, but also added two bogeys and two double-bogeys, the first of which included a missed putt from two feet away on the 10th hole that was more careless than poor mechanics. Read More »

Carrick 'desperate' to win Europa League

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It was not a gamble. Not quite what he was brought to Old Trafford to do. "It was a decision based on common sense". "The situation is simple; 17 matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible", Mourinho said. "Mourinho has only signed four players for Manchester United, once he's signed eight to 10 and he is a year further forward I'd be asking the question then if he's still playing a back six. Read More »

Mourinho demands more from Manchester United fans

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He made eight changes to his starting XI for last Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal, which brought an end to United's 25-game unbeaten run in the league and left them four points below fourth-place Manchester City. Rashford is expected to undergo a late fitness test before the match to see whether he will be able to be back to punish Celta Vigo again. "I tell them we really need them to create a good atmosphere, a hard atmosphere for the opponents, who can push us to be in the final". Read More »

Juventus reach Champions League final

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Monaco started brightly as they began the thankless task of trying to breach the Juve defence and the home side's 39-year-old keeper Buffon flapped at Bernardo Silva's cross in the first minute, although nobody was on hand to take advantage. Read More »

Baahubali character was written for Prabhas, says Rajamouli

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Baahubali , which has become the first 1000 crore grossing Indian film in less than 10 days, is continuing it's record breaking saga at worldwide box office. So, he believes he fits the bill perfectly for his next movie. Prabhas is SS Rajamouli's all time favorite, and this Baahubali duo shares a great rapport personally and professionally. Read More »

Chelsea's Moses credits Conte for reviving his career

He has been linked with a move to Inter ever since the Italian giants sacked Stefano Pioli earlier this season. The 26-year-old Nigeria global Moses was previously sent out on loan for three consecutive seasons by manager Jose Mourinho before Conte arrived this season and changed Chelsea's main formation to 3-4-3. Read More »

'Cheater' Sharapova should not play tennis again: Bouchard

Of course, Sharapova has answered a ton of questions professionally in her usual eloquent manner, but these moments are the ones that may be most memorable, aside from her winning play on court. Sharapova was again impressive against plucky Kontaveit, firing down four aces, 28 winners and hitting just two double faults. On Wednesday, Sharapova emerged victorious from a match vs. Read More »

Tony Pulis interested in bringing Premier League star to West Brom

As Cesc Fabregas composed Chelsea's march to the brink of the English Premier League title, it was hard to believe the midfielder was making just his 11th start of the campaign on Monday. "I think consistency is key in this league and obviously we had that incredible 13-game winning run that gave us a lot of confidence". Some of their success can be credited to the summer signing of N'Golo Kante from Leicester City, who has been the midfield workhorse we all fell in love with last season. Read More »

West Brom boss Tony Pulis hoping to delay Chelsea title celebrations

The Italian said this after his side's comfortable 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday, which moved within touching distance of glory. "There's three points riding on it for them and us", he said. Cesc Fabregas was handed a rare start for Chelsea in last night's Premier League tie against Middlesbrough , and he seized upon the opportunity with a spectacular Man of the Match performance. Read More »

'Unique' Cristiano Ronaldo benefits from Zinedine Zidane's guidance

Nonetheless, it was a very impressive performance from a 21-year-old in a Champions League semi-final, even if he ended up on the losing side. "We played great, it is not easy to score three goals (against Atletico)", added Zidane. "There are few players who can do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that". "It's a game we have to focus on - one game at a time, not look ahead - and play well from the first to the 90th minute". Read More »

Benzema's great escape puts Madrid in Champions League final

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That's when Benzema chose to roll the ball along the byline and clear of the pack that thought they had him hemmed in. Now Real Madrid will face Juventus at Cardiff, Zidane's former team: "It's something special because it's a very important club for me as a player". Read More »

Prioritising Europa League not a gamble, says Mourinho

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Paul Pogba celebrates Manchester United making it through to the Europa League final. The former Argentina defender said: "It doesn't matter what games I've played, the main thing is for the club". This is understood to be linked to claims that agent Mino Raiola will earn £41million from the world-record deal that last summer saw the French player return to Old Trafford . Read More »

Celtics players laugh at Draymond Green's 'dirty player' label on Kelly Olynyk

The Wizards are not a big fan of the Celtics' 7-footer, after forward Kelly Oubre took exception to a hard screen by Olynyk in Game 3. Oubre was hit with a flagrant 2, which resulted in an automatic ejection, and was suspended for Game 4. "We're anxious about the Celtics right now". "I think Kelly is far from a dirty guy". "We can't respond that way. I hope we're not going to jinx it". Read More »

Conte hails Chelsea fans after victory at Everton

Chelsea's Pedro, right, scores his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Throughout his Blues career, the Spain global has excelled as a right-back, a left-back and a centre-half and in the latter position on Sunday, he kept out Lukaku with two tackles, four clearances, three successful aerial duels and a whopping six interceptions - the latter statistic being the best return ... Read More »

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater to miss Premier League run

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Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Drinkwater sustained a thigh problem in training last Friday, before Leicester's 3-0 victory over Watford. It is weeks rather than months", Shakespeare told reporters. After winning the Premier League the Foxes broke their transfer record three times last summer, buying £13million Nampalys Mendy , Ahmed Musa for £16million and Islam Slimani for £30million. Read More »

Todd McShay's Round 1 National Football League draft awards

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Still, the baseball draft is just as exciting to me if you do your research. ESPN has had a pretty rough week by just about any measure, and though positive ratings news probably isn't much solace for those who lost their jobs, the Worldwide Leader's NFL Draft broadcast did pick up some year-over-year gains. Read More »

Kawhi Leonard OUT For Game 6

Even if Leonard should play, he won't be at 100 percent. Welcome back my Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs fans. The Spurs have not really had an answer for Harden, as the NBA All-Star has scored around 30+ each game of the series. Popovich said that Leonard wanted to stay in the game, but "it was obvious that he couldn't go". Simmons, and undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston has given the Spurs key minutes off the bench, scoring in double-figures four times, ... Read More »

Jose Mourinho praises match-winner Marcus Rashford

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He said: "We are playing a lot of games and we are playing to get to a European final and for us that is fundamental". It will be tough, we know that. Previous year we scored three goals away against Atletico Madrid to go through and their defence is very strong. "After the goal, [Jose] Mourinho's got a lot of experience and he just tells his players 'game's over, game's finished, 1-0, we're not going to play any more football tonight, "' Guidetti said. Read More »

Andy Robertson says Hull need to 'dig deep' after disappointing Sunderland loss

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I said "I don't think any of those were hard, they were normal for you" I said 'don't start thinking you have done well!' That gives you an impression of where Jordan is, I think he is a big talent I really do. The football, we didn't play well. Alfred N'Diaye, too, missed a glorious opportunity when the score was 0-0. Then on 57 minutes Pickford came to the rescue with a brilliant tip-over from Markovic's header. Read More »

Scotland await news of pool opponents in 2019 Rugby World Cup draw

Joe Schmidt's side are in the same pool as Scotland, as well as host nation Japan - plus a European qualifier - likely to be either Romania or Russian Federation - and the play-off victor. England coach Eddie Jones: "I'm excited by the draw". "I have no doubt that Japan will stage a unique and wonderful tournament in 2019". Argentina, who knocked Ireland out in the last eight of 2015, have found their way into the third tier having fallen to ninth in the world, and are joined by Japan, ... Read More »

Penguins shut out Capitals in Game 7, advance to East final

Pittsburgh improved its record to 6-0 all-time on the road in Game 7s. Near the end of the video, the Capitals fan's frustration finally boiled over as he is seen apparently knocking a female fan in a Penguins jersey heading in the opposite direction to the ground, much to the dismay of onlookers. Read More »