Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Villarreal

Contrary to expectations, Villarreal failed to offer resistance to the attacking Barcelona trio, as they thrashed the visitors 4-1. Madrid also play the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid midweek. [Full Article...]

Canelo Alvarez dominates Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.; GGG next

Canelo Alvarez dominates Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.; GGG next Instead of talking about what a great fight GGG-Canelo will be, De La Hoya used some of his precious airtime and brought up Floyd Mayweather. The victory sets up a September 16 bout between Alvarez and middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin; it was announced as a done deal after the fight. [Full Article...]

Atletico-Madrid rivalry heats up ahead of semifinal

On Wednesday, the Champions League semifinals wrap up with Atletico Madrid going off at +160 at home against Real Madrid, who are a slight favorite to win outright on the road at +155 with draw odds going off at +245. "We will try to do something impossible , but we are Atletico Madrid and we just might be able to do it". With Atletico 10 points behind Real and Barcelona in La Liga , the Cha... [Full Article...]

Canelo Alvarez announces September fight with GGG

The red-bearded Alvarez is normally mild-mannered, but he had criticized Chavez for his work ethic. It should be an excellent fight between two warriors, but most think Alvarez will come out of it on top. Although Saturday's fight was not for a title, both fighters have a championship pedigree. But GBP president Eric Gomez was quick to qualify De la Hoya's statement saying the Golovkin fig... [Full Article...]

Sakho up for Palace POTY after 8 games

Sakho up for Palace POTY after 8 games However, the 28-time-capped France worldwide will have done himself no favours in securing a future at Anfield after celebrating with Christian Benteke in Palace's 3-0 win over his parent club Liverpool. Sakho is up against Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha in the running for the end of season award. Sakho, who is due to return to Liverpool at the... [Full Article...]

Capitals overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7

Capitals overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7 Not that it bothers the Capitals . Backstrom quickly changed that when he issued a laser of a wrist shot to the top left corner of the cage on a two-on-one rush just 16 seconds into the middle stanza. Consider the play symbolic of the way Washington has bottled up the Penguins while evening the series. What the Penguins need to do if they want to take the next step in becoming the first Sta... [Full Article...]

Gilberto Silva blasts Gunners fans over Arsene Wenger treatment

Wenger has seen a number of Arsenal fans protest against him continuing as manager beyond this season. But with a place in the final against either Ajax or Lyon now in sight, United stand to top up this season's earnings by €6.5m (£.5.5m) by winning the competition or €3.5m (£2.95m) if they end up as losing finalists. [Full Article...]

Stroman, Pillar lead Jays past Indians 4-2 in ALCS rematch

After Encarnacion stepped out of the box to regather himself, fans began chanting, "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" First pitch was at 7:08 with a temperature of 68 degrees. Some people were saying he deserves to be booed for turning down the Blue Jays' offer and was greedy for doing so (despite him eventually signing for less with Cleveland). [Full Article...]

Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers - 5/6/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

They are a team created to win close, low-scoring games, and they've generally done so with an effective defense designed by coach Guy Boucher to funnel everything to the sides of the ice. The adjustment that accompanied the video session is responsible for Ottawa pulling two games out of the fire in this second-round series. Ottawa erased its early deficit, pulling within one late in the first ... [Full Article...]

Mets suspend Harvey 3 games for violating team rules

Stanton's blasts were in support of Jose Urena , who himself made a spot start for the Marlins in place of righty Edinson Volquez (right thumb blister). Adeiny Hechavarria also homered for the Marlins. Down 3-0, the Mariners scored three times in the seventh. Coming out of Spring Training, the Mets still looked as if they had as much starting pitching, top to bottom in their rotation, as any t... [Full Article...]

Philippe Coutinho agrees to Barcelona transfer

Philippe Coutinho agrees to Barcelona transfer Liverpool tied Coutinho down to a new five-year contract in January and had rebuffed a €30 million approach from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. Also said to be strengthening the current La Liga champions-elect's case is Coutinho's refusal to entertain a move to PSG, who have held their interest. [Full Article...]

Fabregas 'matured a lot' in tough season

Chelsea next defeated Southampton before a win at Everton and Monday night's success against Boro. The victory was largely thanks to the virtuoso display from Fabregas, who admitted it was one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt, and the Spanish midfielder had a telling contribution in the goals scored by Diego Costa and Matic that sandwiched a Marcos Alonso goal. [Full Article...]

Jhulan is highest wicket-taker in ODIs

Jhulan is highest wicket-taker in ODIs May 9 Indian women's team fast bowler Jhulan Goswami today became the highest wicket-taker in history of ODIs, eclipsing the decade-long record in the name of Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Goswami, who finished with 3 for 20 in 7.3 overs, achieved the feat with the wicket of No.11 batsman Raisibe Ntozakhe. The Indian women's cricket team over the last decade and a half has been synonymous with... [Full Article...]

Matt Harvey apologizes for behavior, says 'I'm extremely embarrassed'

He said he hadn't filed a grievance but said there is a possibility he will. Collins held a closed-door meeting with his team before Sunday's game to talk about the penalty. Plawecki described it as a prank by someone else. On the field, the Mets are missing Syndergaard (latissimus dorsi), outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring), first baseman Lucas Duda (elbow), catcher Travis d'Arnaud (wrist), ... [Full Article...]

Can delighted by acrobatic strike in Liverpool victory

Looking forward to the remaining matches, Liverpool will be confident of winning all three and finishing in the Champions League places, back where we belong. "We have to keep our focus, keep our feet on the floor and keep grinding out results like we did against Watford ", Mignolet said. Coutinho is sure to play a key role in all three of those matchups, all of which the Merseysiders need to... [Full Article...]

Cavs Sweep Pacers, Advance To East Semis With 106-102 Victory

Cavs Sweep Pacers, Advance To East Semis With 106-102 Victory After struggling through the final weeks of the regular season and losing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the defending champs assured themselves of getting a little more rest. Game 4 is Saturday back at the Bradley Center. "I went out being aggressive, putting my teammates into position to be successful, offensively and defensively", James said. [Full Article...]

Rob Manfred explains why he intervened in Red Sox-Orioles feud

Rob Manfred explains why he intervened in Red Sox-Orioles feud Days after a fan at Fenway Park directed racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he is determined to "provide our players with an environment where they feel comfortable in every major league stadium that they play". [Full Article...]

Manchester United injury problems ease on eve of clash with Celta Vigo

Manchester United injury problems ease on eve of clash with Celta Vigo But in-form Rashford, who also scored a dramatic extra-time victor against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, fooled Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez with his set-piece to ensure United take an away goal and an aggregate lead back to Old Trafford for next Thursday's second leg. [Full Article...]

European Union leaders show 'unity' announcing the bloc's Brexit negotiating stance

European Union leaders show 'unity' announcing the bloc's Brexit negotiating stance The EU's negotiating guidelines , first proposed by Mr Tusk in March, list citizens' residency rights, settling Britain's financial commitments to the EU and avoiding a "hard" border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as the three top issues needing agreement in what were termed "separation talks". [Full Article...]

Sunderland dent Hull's survival hopes with 2-0 win

Sunderland dent Hull's survival hopes with 2-0 win He said: "All we did was put down thoughts on what it would take, and then left it with Ellis for him to decide". Goal difference and goals scored will, as usual, be used to split any teams who are level on points - but could the Premier League see its first-ever playoff this month? Such performances have obviously led to a lot of speculation about his future beyond this season, but the 27-yea... [Full Article...]

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