LOVERRO: Capitals don't have answer for Penguins' 'compete level'

Now, the top-seeded Capitals are perilously close not only to losing for the ninth time in 10 all-time playoff series against Pittsburgh, but missing out on another home game if they can't win in Pittsburgh Monday or Wednesday. On the other side, the Capitals' Braden Holtby has been leaky, and the soft goals he has allowed have sucked momentum from his team. "We've got to spend less time ... [Full Article...]

Judge Vacates Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction

Hernandez's attorneys praised the judge's decision and declined to answer reporters' questions on whether it would have any influence on civil lawsuits by the families of the men he was accused of murdering. Attorney John Thompson said the conviction is not considered final until it is decided by a higher court. However, Hernandez's appellate attorneys filed paperwork on Tuesday asking the judge... [Full Article...]

Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards

CAVALIERS 116, RAPTORS 105: LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off after a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal. [Full Article...]

Chelsea won't ease up in title race, says Antonio Conte

Chelsea won't ease up in title race, says Antonio Conte Chelsea passed the toughest test of the title run-in to keep Tottenham at arm's length. "We've definitely made a lot of progress this season", the Daily Star quotes Baines as saying. Eight minutes into the second half, Diego Costa scored his first of two second-half goals. In the day's earlier match, a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick dealt a blow to Manchester United's hopes of a top four finish ... [Full Article...]

Tigers' series finale with Indians rained out on Thursday

The Indians said with Kluber on the disabled list, Joe Colon was called up from Triple-A Columbus. After Tigers fans fired back, the Indians responded. Adduci hit an RBI single in the fifth for Detroit , and Victor Martinez made it 3-2 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. Martinez also hit an opposite-field single where a third baseman would normally be standing and into left field. [Full Article...]

Sam Allardyce laments Crystal Palace's defensive errors against Manchester City

Sam Allardyce laments Crystal Palace's defensive errors against Manchester City An important win over Palace sees City loop above Liverpool into third place, with both teams having played the same number of games. It was one way traffic in the first half as the front three of Gabriel Jesus , Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane caused a few problems to the Palace defence. [Full Article...]

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in Barcelona Open final

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in Barcelona Open final The Austrian who had overcome world No. 1 Andy Murray on his way to the final, gave Nadal a stiff challenge for much of the first set, but the Spaniard stole the show after his first break and went on to take the opener 6-4. Elsewhere, British number four Aljaz Bedene beat Serb Laslo Djere 6-2 6-4 to reach the Hungarian Open final. "I enjoyed it even though I lost and I really hope I can come ba... [Full Article...]

Hayward helps Jazz bury Clippers to win series

Hayward helps Jazz bury Clippers to win series No secret now that the Golden State Warriors preferred a second-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, and not the Utah Jazz - but not for reasons you may think. The Jazz is 1-0 all-time in Game 7s in the first round. Pierce shared a hug with his longtime National Basketball Association coach, Doc Rivers , and acknowledged the Staples Center crowd as he walked off the court following ... [Full Article...]

Ducks pluck victory over Oilers in Game 3 at raucous Rogers Place

Ducks pluck victory over Oilers in Game 3 at raucous Rogers Place Anaheim won the NHL's Pacific Division for the fifth straight year, and had won eight straight in their home arena before Wednesday's first game of the series. If the Ducks forwards can't keep him in check, he'll make life hard for goalies John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier. "Tonight it found a way to get in", Letestu said. [Full Article...]

Earnhardt Jr.: 'Out On My Own Terms'

On Tuesday, he said he wants to be part of the "future of this sport" for many years to come and that he would stay involved in racing at some level. "I do have ambition to work", Earnhardt said. "If I'm a race fan, I want to see him on the high banks that one last time", said Caldwell. I promised I'd never write another one of those "what can save NASCAR" pieces that are so prevalent - a genr... [Full Article...]

Wenger feels sorry for forgotten man Perez

But Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners for more than 20 years, says he does not want such a structure introduced while he is in the job. 'He is a top-quality striker but I could not give him the games he wants and deserves, I confess that'. [Full Article...]

Mets suspend pitcher Matt Harvey for 3 days

Left-hander Ty Blach became the first Giants pitcher to allow 10 runs in one game since San Diego scored 10 in 5 1/3 innings against Jamey Wright during a 10-4 win at San Francisco on May 1, 2006. The team began 2017 with 30 consecutive intradivision games, going 14-16. "We've all been a part of situations where guys break team rules", Mets second baseman Neil Walker said Sunday. [Full Article...]

Jamie Carragher's description of Manchester United's away form is undeniably true

The Red Devils will take on Celta Vigo in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night after a 1-0 win in Spain. SERGIO AGUERO is not interested in moving to arch-rivals Manchester United, according to reports . [Full Article...]

Cubs trade Matt Szczur to Padres for Justin Hancock

Cubs trade Matt Szczur to Padres for Justin Hancock Szczur has not faced Darvish. Szczur, 27, hit.211 with no home runs and three RBIs this season for the Cubs. Szczur, who had played all three outfield spots for the Cubs, was designated for assignment Saturday to make room for left-hander Rob Zastryzny to be promoted from Iowa to help the depleted pen. [Full Article...]

Guardiola hails influence of 'real central defender' Kompany

Sterling added another eight minutes from time with a well-taken left-foot strike from a De Bruyne nod-down, and Otamendi completed the scoring with an injury-time header from the Belgium playmaker's free-kick. "But we are the best team in the Premier League at creating clear, clear chances in front of goal - nobody can beat us at that". A Sergio Aguero-less Manchester City steam rolled past a... [Full Article...]

Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Celtic, Niall McGinn, Kenny Miller, David Moyes

Not only were they embarrassed by one dickhead who seemed to think it was okay to do a monkey gesture to Scott Sinclair , but their team were well and truly drubbed in the final Old Firm clash of the season by sworn enemies Celtic . "The players tried to do their very best, they had a fantastic attitude and they raised their level". A Celtic legend has seemingly accidentally predicted the sc... [Full Article...]

Day ready to start the climb back toward No. 1

He's won three of four straight starts. Oh and 4 of his five PGA tours this year have ended in top 30 finishes. If a player sticks approach shots inside 10' consistently, he's going to shoot up the leaderboard and contend on Sunday . Without further ado, let's get to my picks for this week. The UCLA standout is only going in one direction given the opportunity to play a consistent schedule now ... [Full Article...]

Mark Selby into Betfred World Championship final after battling past Ding Junhui

Ding said after the match: "If I hadn't missed that blue it would definitely have gone to a final frame". The 41-year-old Higgins , described by Selby as "one of the all-time greats", was equally complimentary about his opponent. 'Absolute granite. He's a fantastic champion'. "I still think I could come back here and do well". "I struggled from the off and could not get any momentum going... [Full Article...]

Marco Silva laments Hull "tension" in shock loss to Sunderland

Marco Silva laments Hull Swansea have the worst defence in the Premier League this season, having conceded 69 goals in just 36 games, with central-defence a real area of concern for Clement. The loss left City two points ahead of relegation rivals Swansea City, who play on Saturday evening. The Foxes move up into the top half of the Premier League table with their victory with goals from Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and ... [Full Article...]

Clippers' Blake Griffin undergoes foot surgery in North Carolina

Clippers' Blake Griffin undergoes foot surgery in North Carolina In the most closely contested series of the first round - and the only one to go seven games - the Clippers came out flat offensively with their season on the line. The point guard scored 29 in the win on Friday night in Salt Lake City. Game 1: Raptors at Cavaliers, 4 p.m. Utah allowed just over 100 points per game. [Full Article...]

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