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Wenger reveals Koscielny has 'small chance' of facing Stoke

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Arsene Wenger is ready to put his faith back in Hector Bellerin as the Spanish full-back is set for a recall against Stoke on Saturday. The Frenchman has never finished outside the Premier League's top four in a full season at the helm and is optimistic they can gatecrash the Champions League places this time around, despite a bad run of form which saw Arsenal lose six of 11 league games . Read More »

Ducks knock out Oilers in game 7

You can call it a revenge series for the Ducks, who probably still remember last year's seven-game series loss, but a revenge series is on the back burner with a chance to play for the Stanley Cup . I wish we would have scored one more goal tonight. "You look out for the fact they're not coming back or being able to adapt", said Silverstone. Drake Caggiula accounted for Edmonton's lone goal Wednesday. Read More »

Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semis as Nishikori retires hurt

The second set was more routine for Nadal, who conjured a sliding backhand to win a point he looked certain to lose, leaving Goffin with a rueful smile. He will face the victor of the late night match between number 8 seed Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric, who knocked number one seed, Andy Murray out earlier in the week. Read More »

Avery Bradley, Celtics Throw Shade At Draymond Green In Kelly Olynyk's Defense

Wizards fans are probably not thrilled with Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk at the moment, after he set an illegal high screen on Washington's Kelly Oubre (who reacted and was subsequently ejected/suspended for a game). At Saturday's practice, both Crowder and Thomas shared the advice they have given Olynyk about how to handle those situations. "So I wouldn't necessarily say I kicked somebody". Read More »

Eddie Jones laughs off 'group of death' tag

Considered New Zealand's greatest threat after equalling the All Blacks' tier-one world-record 17 Test wins before falling earlier this year to Ireland , England will again have a tough time emerging from the group stages. "It's massively exciting, a unique country and unique culture", said England head coach Eddie Jones , who led Japan at the last World Cup. "The pools consist of five teams each and history shows that you need to win at least three of your four pool matches to be ... Read More »

Sterling claims he deliberately left controversial Silva strike

Riyad Mahrez was adjudged to have kicked the ball against his standing foot as he slipped while taking the 77th-minute penalty, which span high into the top corner. "I was right behind him and I could see". Schmeichel placed no blame on Mahrez but lamented the lack of consistency from referees and the inability for players to make their voices heard in the debate around rules. Read More »

How the Team Contained Isaiah Thomas in Game 3 — Washington Wizards

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Their 26-0 run in the third quarter represented a 5:59 clinic on what Washington basketball has become under Coach Scott Brooks. "We've had a next-man-up mentality all year", Brooks said. "So I think that has to change". The Wizards were successfully physical with Thomas. When he left the game the Wizards trailed by five points. "If you turn the ball over against these guys, you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so you can at least set up your D", Brad Stevens said after the game. Read More »

Spurs set up Warriors meeting as Harden and Rockets crumble

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on Saturday that Leonard will be available after missing Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal against the Houston Rockets. The Golden State Warriors play host to the San Antonio Spurs at the Oracle Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Houston had a chance to tie Game 5 as overtime expired, but Harden's shot was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili. Read More »

Spurs reach Conference Finals

He scored just 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed six turnovers. "Once he got it going, we tried to keep going back to him", Patty Mills said of Game 6 . "The guy that's hardest on James is James". The Spurs finished with eight turnovers and a Ball Control Index (see the Team Stats table below) of 5.00, their best mark of the series. Read More »

Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0 - Emphatic City cruise past Palace

United will qualify for next season's Champions League if they win the Europa League, giving the Premier League an extra spot in the competition. City have struggled for defensive solidity under Guardiola but boast clean sheets in three of their past four league matches with their skipper restored to the team. Read More »

Capsule preview of the Spurs-Warriors conference finals

LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Spurs , who will need more of the same from him against the Warriors, who have yet to lose a game in this season's play-offs. In the first round, the Warriors cruised past a shorthanded Portland team in four games and then they followed that up with a sweep of Utah in the second round to get to this point. Read More »

India recall Shami, Sharma for Champions Trophy

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Manish Pandey. Read More »

Antonio Conte warned about Chelsea summer transfers

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League leaders Chelsea hold a seven-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and can seal the title if they beat West Bromwich Albion away on Friday. However, Chelsea remain determined to fight off Inter's challenge and keep Conte in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge and it has been claimed that they have already offered him a new contract. Read More »

Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Live

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Not in contention for the playoffs, Lions were depleted without worldwide recruits Andrew Tye, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Jason Roy (on national duty), and played only three against Kings XI - Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch and James Faulkner. Read More »

Caps' Alex Ovechkin finished playoffs with lower-body injury

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Backstrom will be 30 next season and Ovechkin will be 32 after already showing a considerable decline in his goal-scoring and five-on-five play this season. Alzner said the injury will not require offseason surgery. "To a man, we weren't good enough". It is also worth noting that the Russian Hockey Federation previously revealed that Ovechkin had been dealing with a "lower-body injury" and that he " finished the NHL playoffs on pain numbing injections ". Read More »

Mourinho confirms Romero to start over De Gea in Europa League final

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Jose Mourinho believes it will be a successful season for Manchester United , even if they don't win the Europa League . Jesse Lingard has explained how Manchester United will beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24. I know what I had to do. European football's governing body only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity. United's preparations for the final have already taken a hit as a result of Eric Bailly's red card in the closing stages ... Read More »

Juan Mata backs David De Gea to stay with Man United

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Madrid are said to have the Spain goalkeeper in their cross hairs once more , but Mata is hopeful his compatriot and team-mate will stay put. Bale is now on the sidelines with injury and club legend Roberts, who will be attending the weekend match, thinks that could stop him from attending. Read More »

James Harden: Rockets may rest Harden during regular season

He played half of the fourth quarter but did not take the court for overtime. He was also held scoreless and turned the ball over three times in the overtime period of Game 5. Patty Mills had 14 points and seven assists, and Pau Gasol added 10 points and 11 rebounds. He was out of sorts from the start and the Rockets were all but out of the game by halftime. Read More »

I'm Not Sure Sidney Crosby's Brain Is OK

The Penguins will start by shaking the lines up for Game 7. Prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League instituted a new concussion protocol, as first reported by Elliotte Friedman. The NHL released a statement on Tuesday saying that the spotters did not have the authority to pull Crosby because this particular scenario is not included in their guidelines as a " mechanism of injury ". Read More »