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Author: 0 Djokovic in cruise control to stroll into Rome final

Djokovic, whose dip in form has seen Andy Murray take over as world number one, announced after the match American great Andre Agassi would coach him at Roland Garros . Djokovic has clearly been playing better as the clay court season has gone on, and many thought he would reclaim the title here. But by reaching his first Masters final of the year, Djokovic has still demonstrated that he is quite capable of defending his French Open title in three weeks' time .

Sports Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away
Author: 0 Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away

Under Rafa Benitez last season there were lots of reports of tension in the Madrid camp from the Spanish media, but one of Zidane's greatest achievements has been to calm the squad down. Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season. "We never give up, although we couldn't finish the year how we wanted to", said Barca coach Luis Enrique .

Author: 0 Wenger cites 'hostile environment' for Arsenal's top-four failure

Klopp also hailed his side's progress into Europe's elite, stressing that the Reds "need to be there, consistently". "It's all good. It's a fantastic competition". Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge began spectacularly with a 4-3 away win over Arsenal . "We learned a lot in this year about ourselves and we can use it", Klopp said.

Author: 0 Maria Sharapova will play qualifiers instead of requesting Wimbledon wildcard

The 2004 champion is now ranked 211 in the world, below the cut-off for direct entry, but her first-round win at this week's Italian Open means she is assured of a place in the qualifying tournament, played a few miles away from Wimbledon. Sharapova guaranteed she would be clear to enter the Wimbledon qualifiers by winning a first-round match against American Christina McHale at the Italian Open on Monday, before retiring injured in the third set against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni a day later.

Sports Preds ready for Game 2 against Ducks in Anaheim
Author: 0 Preds ready for Game 2 against Ducks in Anaheim

This is the first time in franchise history the team has made it to the Conference Final. The Nashville Predators were the Western Conference's lowest seed entering the National Hockey League playoffs. The Preds broke the deadlock, as Austin Watson scored his first career playoff goal off a pass from Ryan Johansen at the 2:42 mark. If Game 1 - or the opening round matchup between these two clubs a year ago, for that matter - is any indication, there will be plenty of close games in ...

Author: 0 Tottenham striker Harry Kane eyes Premier League century of goals

Silva gave the Tigers a fighting chance to stay in the Premier League following his arrival at the KCOM Stadium, but defeats in their last three games of the season - including a 7-1 drubbing at home to Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon - ultimately condemned them to relegation.

Author: 0 Novak Djokovic hires Andre Agassi as coach for French Open

ROME (AP) - Novak Djokovic won twice on Saturday to play for another Italian Open title, his first final since January. "I m very excited to see what is ahead of us". Zverev could meet Djokovic in the Rome final if the four-time champion gets past Dominic Thiem in the late semifinal. Djokovic lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray a year ago after a slump in form following his French Open triumph.

Sports Real Madrid coach Zidane delighted with league title win
Author: 0 Real Madrid coach Zidane delighted with league title win

It took Real less than two minutes to take the lead against their southern rivals, with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. The World Cup victor took over from Rafa Benitez halfway through last season and has been hugely successful since. I'm not a saint but I'm not the devil either. Alvaro Cejudo got one back for Betis, but Isco scored a delightful second and Ronaldo wrapped up an emphatic victory.

Author: 0 Warriors continue undefeated postseason with 120-108 Game 3 win over Spurs

When Spurs head coach Greg Popovich blew up to the media Monday regarding Warriors center Zaza Pachulia's play on his best player, forward Kawhi Leonard, many Bay Area fans were upset that he called the play intentional, especially since Leonard said himself that he didn't think the play was dirty.

Author: 0 EPL 2016-17: Liverpool, Manchester qualify for Champions League, Arsenal finish fifth

Wenger's side won 3-1 against Everton, but Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough and Manchester City's 5-0 demolition of Watford pushed Arsenal out of Europe's elite. "I think my personal view is that we should leave him for a week", the Manchester United legend said on Sky Sports . Klopp had targetted a return to the Champions League in pre-season but the Reds struggled towards the run-in and were forced to compete right until the last day, with fifth-placed Arsenal also ...

Sports Richard's 5-hitter carries Padres to 5-1 win over Diamondbacks
Author: 0 Richard's 5-hitter carries Padres to 5-1 win over Diamondbacks

It was his first complete game since his career was derailed by shoulder surgery while he was with the Padres in 2013. "I thought our guys did a great job staying with the game plan", Lovullo said. The 27-year-old native of SC limited the New York Mets to one run and one hit in 6 2/3 frames on Monday but struggled with his control, issuing five walks after handing out only four free passes over 12 innings in his first two outings.

Sports Thunder's Kanter back in U.S. after passport issue
Author: 0 Thunder's Kanter back in U.S. after passport issue

Kanter had been on a world tour for his Light Foundation, doing charity events to provide meals and clothes, and had already made stops in a number of countries. Washington's police chief called the incident last week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters, and the U.S.

Sports Paul Pogba Starts - Manchester United Team vs Crystal Palace Confirmed
Author: 0 Paul Pogba Starts - Manchester United Team vs Crystal Palace Confirmed

Harrop scored a hat-trick for United's reserves in the victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford and had earned his spot in Mourinho's youngest XI in Premier League history. Paul Pogba will return for Manchester United for Sunday's home game against Crystal Palace after missing the last two matches due to the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

Sports US earns late point against Ecuador at U20 World Cup
Author: 0 US earns late point against Ecuador at U20 World Cup

The USA's plan was to press the opposition, but it was Ecuador that took advantage of the shaky US defense and turnovers to overrun the USA for two rapid-fire goals. Just when Ecuador thought they were taking all three points, US midfielder Luca de la Torre pounced on a poor clearance to drive a right-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net in the depths of stoppage time.

Author: 0 Won't allow `special` Kane to leave, says Tottenham manager

I prefer that next season the challenge is to score 30 goals and that he keeps safe and healthy and ready to go to Hong Kong and then the global games he needs to play. Hull manager Marco Silva handed starts to a number of his bench players in this, their last Premier League match before relegation back to the Championship, and the Tigers were outmatched from the very beginning.

Sports Five ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold
Author: 0 Five ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold

They have to play with a lot of intensity, and with the Champions League final on the horizon, that may be easier said than done. Real Madrid have been La Liga's most complete team this season and, even in the face of a constant rotation of injuries to starters, Los Blancos have been one of the best teams in the world.

Author: 0 Warriors become just the 5th team to start National Basketball Association playoffs 10-0

As far as their opponents are concerned, expect prices to drop for Celtics and Spurs home games as this series progresses and the inevitable outcomes get closer. But the Spurs wouldn't win another game as the Thunder beat San Antonio four straight times to claim the Western Conference title. All NBA Finals games will air on the ABC network.

Author: 0 Cavs send Celtics to record loss, lead series 2-0

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said his optimism remains high, and that he was "really encouraged" by his team's performance over the final 18 minutes of the game. "So right there puts him in that position where it's like, 'OK, I understand'". But once again, we're talking about two totally different standards. "He was pretty despondent not to be able to play".

Sports Kante awarded Premier League Player of the Season
Author: 0 Kante awarded Premier League Player of the Season

After driving Leicester City towards their first top-flight title last season, the France global has swept the board this time around by claiming all three big end-of-season prizes. The EA Sports Player of the Season award is voted for by Premier League clubs, a panel of experts and a public vote among supporters. "It's a great honour to receive the award for the player of the year and I appreciate everyone who picked me to receive this award", Kante said to the official website of the ...

Author: 0 Pogba On Target As Man Utd End On A High

He's a free agent this summer and United will undoubtedly look to hand him a fresh deal, especially after his impressive display against Crystal Palace . Receiving a deft outside-of-the foot pass from Pogba, the Stockport-born midfielder moved forward, cut inside, fashioned a snake-hips swivel to evade Martin Kelly and then produced an excellent right-foot finish to beat Hennessey.

Sports Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals
Author: 0 Mandžukić Surpasses Subašić to Advance Juventus to Champions League Finals

Kylian Mbappe pulled one back for Monaco in the second half. Juventus had the best chance on 23 minutes through Gonzalo Higuian who chipped Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic but Kamil Glik got back quickly to clear the ball away. "If we can win the Final, then we'll all be happy". As for Monaco's performances in this season's Champions League , Mbappe saw them as valuable experience.

Author: 0 S. Korea's Kim becomes youngest ever victor of Players Championship

It's just what I need - the chance to come back to Britain and play some golf and enjoy it. And the 21-year-old is also comfortably the youngest victor of the Players Championship, surpassing the record set by former world No 1 Adam Scott, who was 23 when he wonat Sawgrass in 2004.

Author: 0 Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title

Alexander Zverev signaled his anticipated arrival among the tennis elite by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open. Djokovic, chasing only his second title of the year, attempted to rally but again suffered a break of serve as 20-year-old Zverev took control of the tie.

Sports Raptors' season ends with 109-102 loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers
Author: 0 Raptors' season ends with 109-102 loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers

The Rocket's point guard Patrick Beverley played through tears after learning just a few hours before the game his grandfather, who raised him and nine other children in Chicago, had died. In addition to the three-pointers, Korver added a pair of jumpers inside the three-point arc. Kyrie Irving played the closer role with a huge fourth quarter on his way to 27 points and nine assists.

Sports Man United youngsters impress, but Mourinho only thinking of European final
Author: 0 Man United youngsters impress, but Mourinho only thinking of European final

Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney in the 88th minute of the 2-0 win at Old Trafford to make his first senior appearance at just 16 years and 263 days old. Duncan Edwards was 16 years and 185 days when he made his debut in 1953. "It happened so quickly, really, from Thursday [getting the award] to Sunday, training on Friday and making an impression in Saturday's training before being named on the bench today and coming on.

Sports READ: Why RPS coach Fleming donned a suit for IPL-10 final
Author: 0 READ: Why RPS coach Fleming donned a suit for IPL-10 final

I personally feel its how you prepare at the start of the tournament, getting your combinations right. Rohit shared his joy on Twitter , saying that winning repeatedly doesn't take only talent but also grit, character and intelligence. "We mixed it up nicely", Rohit explained. Sharma broke the shackles with the first boundary of the innings on the opening delivery of the sixth over.

Author: 0 Ron & Don: Predators-Ducks Game 5 'most vicious' game ever seen

The Predators won despite being without two of their top forwards, Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen, to injury. "Maybe that was the adrenaline or what-not flowing", Carlyle said. No one wants our season to end. Last week, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended from two games after calling an Atlanta Braves pitcher a "faggot".

Sports Keisuke Honda says he will leave AC Milan
Author: 0 Keisuke Honda says he will leave AC Milan

I had to change something. The boys did well to put into action what I asked them. This is my hundredth win in Serie A, it has a special taste, for AC Milan, for the new ownership and for myself. I may not be a player then, who knows in what way we'll meet. AC Milan need a win in their last two games to definitely qualify for Europe, with Florentina hot on their heels only one point behind, having played a game more.

Sports No Europa, no contract extension for Mourinho
Author: 0 No Europa, no contract extension for Mourinho

With that said, they'd love to end the campaign on a high note at Old Trafford on Sunday as they welcome Crystal Palace . Mourinho's men are already assured of finishing sixth so the United boss will turn to a string of young players for a match that will see Pereira make his first start.

Sports Jose Mourinho Believes Ajax Should Not be in Europa League
Author: 0 Jose Mourinho Believes Ajax Should Not be in Europa League

We are of course talking about Louis van Gaal, who, despite leaving Old Trafford having delivered the FA Cup last season, failed to convince the club's hierarchy that his brand of pass-it-sideways-and-see-what-happens football was moving them in the right direction (ie: forward).

Sports Arsenal FC beat Sunderland 2-0
Author: 0 Arsenal FC beat Sunderland 2-0

Arsenal go into the game packed full of confidence, however as stated, their fate relies on the form of both Liverpool a Manchester City above them. The victory over Sunderland leaves Arsenal one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool ahead of their final match of the season against Everton.

Sports Isco raves over on-field relationship with Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo
Author: 0 Isco raves over on-field relationship with Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo

Do you think Real will win the title this weekend? Ronaldo opened the scoring with a stellar left-footed strike from 18 yards out, and he went to his left boot again in the 48th minute to extend Madrid's lead. "I am happy, I am just a bit exhausted that's all", he said. The team had a shot at the double last season, but failed in the home league and triumphed in the Champions League.

Sports Zverev stuns Djokovic in Italian Open final
Author: 0 Zverev stuns Djokovic in Italian Open final

Alexander Zverev claimed his first ATP 1000 title and the biggest scalp of his career by beating Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final on Sunday. "I'm very excited to see what is ahead of us", added Djokovic, who captured a career Grand Slam when he prevailed at Roland Garross a year ago. The young Zverev had more talent and promising to present good match as much as possible from his side.

Author: 0 Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic in semi-finals — Madrid Open

Rome, where the Spaniard is a seven-time champion, beckons. "Let's respect his level right now because it's true that perhaps it's not as high as it used to be, but I'm telling you, it's been a lot of years, and I know because I've been in his skin, being up there every single week, being No.

Author: 0 Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming gets rambunctious

Pletcher says: "He was moving really well". Obviously, you don't want any stumbles at this stage of the game. Always Dreaming was clearly the best at Churchill Downs, setting swift fractions and still having enough left to avoid being seriously challenged in the stretch.

Author: 0 Mumbai Indians win IPL title for third time

The 30-year-old insisted that individual brilliance could only help a team in winning a few games, but in order to clinch the title, it requires team unity and intelligence. In reply, Ajinkya Rahane struck 44 off 38 balls before he was removed by Johnson to leave Pune on 71-2 after 12 overs. The second wicket partnership, which threatened to run away with the match , was curtailed when Kieron Pollard charged in from the fence and took an excellent catch diving forward.

Sports Arsenal fail to make Champions League for first time in 20 years
Author: 0 Arsenal fail to make Champions League for first time in 20 years

Arsene Wenger defended majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who was the target of angry chants from Arsenal supporters during the 3-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. In fairness, Wenger isn't exactly going to come out and slam the Arsenal chief but his staunch defence of Kroenke won't sit well with many fans who will merely use it as another excuse to direct more fury towards the veteran tactician.

Sports Josh Harrop left delighted after netting in United debut
Author: 0 Josh Harrop left delighted after netting in United debut

After the match, Lingard made his way across Old Trafford to the Hotel Football, which is located next to the stadium, and proceeded to buy everyone a round of drinks. Regardless of how much money any Premier League footballer is earning at their club, it's still very encouraging to see players acknowledging their supporters with gestures like this one.

Author: 0 Bradley hits last-second shot, Celtics stun Cavs 111-108

Minutes after the National Basketball Association announced the three finalists for the MVP award - and James wasn't among them - the Cavaliers star scored 30 points before resting in the fourth quarter. Our guys have done a good job of that all year. "Some adversity is all part of the postseason", he said. "And you just kind of stay the course". Kevin Love appeared to be leading the Cavs, who got a quiet game from LeBron James , to a 3-0 series lead with his 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Sports Zidane: LaLiga victory my happiest day as coach
Author: 0 Zidane: LaLiga victory my happiest day as coach

Elated fans cheered and lit flares when the squad arrived on an open-top bus bearing the word "Campeones" (champions) on the side at the club's traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, as confetti rained down. We are counting on all of your support. Los Blancos will feature in one more match this season, as they'll contest the UEFA Champions League final against Italian champions Juventus―who also won their league title on Sunday―on June 3.

Sports Manchester United 2016/17 Premier League season review
Author: 0 Manchester United 2016/17 Premier League season review

It was a great experience stepping out at Old Trafford . Pogba, the world's most expensive player, was one of the few star players to be handed a start by United manager Jose Mourinho after missing the previous two games following the death of the player's father.

Sports IPL 2017 final preview: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians
Author: 0 IPL 2017 final preview: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians

His compatriot, Lendl Simmons said that Mumbai have big match-winners that help them win their third title. We speak to a couple of K'town celebrities, as they open up about their favourite team and players who have impressed them in the 10th edition of the T20 extravaganza.

Sports Gunners miss out on Champions League spot
Author: 0 Gunners miss out on Champions League spot

Wenger, whose contract expires this summer and still has a chance of winning a silverware this season, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on Saturday. It emphasised how the top clubs have pulled away from the rest, with a gap of 15 points between Everton in seventh place and Southampton in eighth.

Sports City, Liverpool deny Arsenal Champions League slot on final day
Author: 0 City, Liverpool deny Arsenal Champions League slot on final day

Wenger, who had Adams working at Arsenal in the youth set-up for a short spell past year, said the remarks did not cause him pain and said he would rather focus his energies elsewhere. "If you want, usually at the end of the season you're kind of exhausted, but I could start - and don't tell the players this - tomorrow because I'm already looking forward to what we can do".

Author: 0 Bradley's game-winning three pointer on the buzzer completes Boston's stunning comeback

He was scoring 23.3 points per game in the playoffs - including a 53-point game vs. Washington that was one shy of John Havlicek's franchise postseason record. But Bradley didn't just connect on an open 3-pointer. Kevin Love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

Sports Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title
Author: 0 Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

Trigueros quickly put Villarreal back in front and with Valencia fans leaving the stands Sansone assured Villarreal's win. Zidane , who won the Champions League last season, could repeat the feat against Juventus in the Cardiff final on June 3 to make it a famous double in his first full season at the helm.

Author: 0 Gritty Celtics stun Cavaliers to reduce series deficit

Everything looked good. None of the Cavs seem bored. 'You let a team grab momentum like that, you nearly know that last shot is going in, ' James said. Al Horford and Jae Crowder have shown their abilities to score, rebound, and assist, while Kelly Olynyk was a surprise hero in at least one or two games of these NBA Playoffs.