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Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can improve again next season - SkySports

The Italian Conte recorded the triumph in his first season with the club, and it was the sixth time the Blues were crowned the champions of the Premier League. We had so many chances in the first half and then we got a bit nervous. Conte wants to keep his best players and strengthen his squad ahead of next season's Champions League return, but there is fervent speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa , in particular. Read More »

Celtics players suggest Kelly Oubre, Wizards targeted Kelly Olynyk

Green, whose Warriors remain undefeated in the playoffs, notoriously has had trouble keeping his feet to himself with Golden State, taking multiple cheap shots to players' groins and even one to an opponent's head earlier this season. The score was 45-24 at the time of Oubre's ejection. Asked if he considers Olynyk dirty , Thomas sarcastically started, "Kelly's one of the dirtiest players I know". Read More »

Zabaleta to leave Manchester City after 9 years

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Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho was unlisted as Manchester City defeated Leicester 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday. Liverpool visit West Ham United on Sunday and host relegated Middlesbrough on the final day, while Arsenal entertain relegated Sunderland on Tuesday and finish the campaign at home to Everton. Read More »

The Penguins, NHL can't get story straight on Sidney Crosby

After Sidney Crosby barreled into the boards near the end of the first period Monday, he lay face down on the ice for a few moments before pushing himself up. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference series with the Washington Capitals is Wednesday night. The NHL did this because players are obstinate and stubborn and singularly focused on playing the game. Read More »

Ovechkin Played Through Hamstring, Knee Injuries During Playoffs

Odd to say, but it's true. This is clearly an issue. Yes, the Senators were being outplayed but it was Pageau, who else, that opened the scoring for Ottawa with his eighth of the post-season. We had spurts and shifts where we executed really well in the neutral zone, but we have to put more pucks in. They are noticing that, this spring, the Penguins' most lethal weapon has not been a Crosby or a Malkin or a Kessel, but a Guentzel. Read More »

A Riveting Prelude to Champions Final

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Italy worldwide Bonucci said a more mature Juventus - an immovable force in Serie A as they seek European glory - have shown they belong on the big stage, having lost to Barcelona in the 2014-15 Champions League decider. The final of the Champions League is scheduled to be played on June 3 in Cardiff. "We have grown over the last two years", Bonucci said. The core of the Juventus team remains the same, especially in defense, although it has lost the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, ... Read More »

Thierry Henry: This is how Jose Mourinho will have the last laugh

Xhaka has been sent off nine times in the last three years and has picked up 11 bookings for the Gunners this season, with manager Arsene Wenger questioning his tackling technique on more than one occasion. Leicester beat Watford 3-0 and move into the top half for the first time since September. "I left Highbury and they were crying, I left The Emirates and they were crying". Read More »

Miocic 2nd UFC heavyweight defense is rematch vs. Dos Santos

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But, just because they're enemies in the Octagon doesn't mean they can't be friends after the fight , right?? When Miocic and dos Santos were flown to Dallas a couple of weeks ago to hype their title bout, they ended up seated near each other for a Mavericks game at American Airlines Center. Read More »

Buck Showalter hopes Orioles can return to normalcy after win

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On Monday, Baltimore's Dylan Bundy hit Boston right fielder Mookie Betts near the hip with a pitch. Machado also took almost 30 seconds to round the bases after a home run during Monday's game. That forced manager Buck Showalter to use Jimenez in relief and bring Wilson up from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. The pitch of "grave concern" was surely Matt Barnes' pitch near Machado's head, that earned Barnes a four-game suspension. Read More »

Rafael Nadal sets up Novak Djokovic semi-final at Madrid Open

Nadal, on the other hand, is enjoying a resurgent 2017, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open, Acapulco and Miami, and then winning historic 10th titles at the Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters. The other semi-final is between Dominic Thiem and Pablo Cuevas, and the final is on Sunday. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the two prohibitive favourites heading into the 2017 French Open, will lock horns in the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday. Read More »

Francis Coquelin Plays - Arsenal Team vs Stoke City Confirmed

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The wins and the goals are piling up. Arsenal have won both of their games since losing 2-0 at White Hart Lane last month and now find themselves fifth, three points off the top four with as many games remaining in their season. "That was frustrating, and then second half we were chasing a game which was hard to come back into". Swansea could be celebrating another season in the league on Sunday. Read More »

Mazzarri feels Lady Luck deserted Watford in Liverpool loss

However, they are keen to finish the campaign strongly and Janmaat believes they have a chance of upsetting the Blues at Stamford Bridge. "If we win the three last three games we are in the Champions League". Emre Can scores against Watford with a spectacular overhead kick. "I think we've played a lot of good football this season", Mignolet said. Liverpool were denied a second late on when Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes thwarted Daniel Sturridge, while a last-gasp volley from ... Read More »

Who is Man Utd's Player of the Season?

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Jose Mourinho will stick with Sergio Romero as his Europa League keeper, insisting De Gea won't play the final. 'Hopefully Crystal Palace don't have a lot to play in the last game because I will make a lot of changes. United snatched the lead through Marouane Fellaini's first half header, but Roncaglia equalised and, after Celta nearly won it late on, Mourinho conceded his team once again lacked a cutting edge. Read More »

Chelsea on brink of glory after victory over Middlesbrough

He is the second most fouled player in the league this season having been brought down 89 times as he attempts, on average, four dribbles-per-game. They deserve to be where they are. Middlesbrough needs a miracle, as it trails Hull by six points with just two games remaining for both sides, and Hull's goal difference was superior by 12. Read More »

Spurs rout Rockets to advance to West finals

For his part, Harden took the blame for the Rockets' loss and said in the post-game news conference that he never felt he could get in a rhythm. The Rockets were also missing a key player in reserve centre Nene Hilario, who suffered a torn adductor in Game Four. Read More »

Spurs wrap up series with rout

The San Antonio Spurs got some good news Saturday as they prepare to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference finals . The San Antonio Spurs are thrilled to be in the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. Read More »

Syrian Kurdish official praises United States decision to provide arms

A US-backed alliance on Wednesday captured Syria s Tabqa and its nearby dam from the Islamic State group, a day after Washington said it would arm the force s Kurdish fighters. Talal Sillo, a commander with SDF, said no weapons have been delivered yet but noted the USA -led coalition said a delivery was expected from weapons already in Syria with the global coalition. Read More »

Game 7 Preview: Boston Celtics

Thomas turned the ball over on the next possession and Bradley Beal (game-high 33 points) hit a 3-pointer. Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics showed up dressed in black, but couldn't back up the fashion statement, blowing an 87-82 lead over the last two minutes. Read More »

…to win in England is not easy - Chelsea's Conte

Inter would give Conte £125m to spend this summer. Although Ancelotti praised Conte for his role in the club's success, and for introducing the hugely successful 3-5-2 formation that provided the bedrock to Chelsea's upturn in form, he pointed out that the Italian initially needed some time to settle. Read More »

De Gea won't play Europa League final, Mourinho confirms

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Considering the absentees and the fact Europa League glory offers silverware and Champions League qualification, Mourinho will again rotate with the final in mind. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will all miss the final against Ajax with injuries, while Bailly is suspended after being sent off in the semifinal second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday. Read More »

After title, Costa sets sights on FA Cup

It's all down to Conte. Chelsea have clinched the Premier League title with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich . Batshuayi's impossibly good humour on Twitter made him a fan favourite, even if he rarely spent enough time in his kit to warrant many footballing reasons for the popularity. Read More »

Conte leads Chelsea to EPL title, but will he stay next season?

Arsenal were leading the division less than a week ago but a loss at Chelsea saw the Gunners miss out on the league title. Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said: "I thought it was going to be one of those days. In attack: As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are all on Chelsea's radar, with the former being top of Conte's wish-list. Read More »

UFC 211 results: Demian Maia decisions Jorge Masvidal, earns title shot

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Masvidal stuffs a takedown and then starts landing a few leg kicks. Maia controlled the fight and grappled his way to yet another victory. Maia tries to find his way inside and go for the takedown but Masvidal defends well. Survival was his only option, but it was still much more than most of Maia's opponents were able to do on the mat. Maia once again took the back while peppering away with punches as Masvidal played defense on the ground. Read More »

Wenger: My Arsenal team stuck together to beat Stoke

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But two goals in four minutes killed off any hope of a fightback and illustrated the confidence and form that Wenger's side has somehow found in the closing stages of a trying campaign. Aaron Ramsey , booed by some Stoke fans having come on for Sanchez, then made a lively contribution at the ground where he broke his leg in 2010. Read More »