But by the end of the 222 km ride from Rovetta to Bormio - won by Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain team) - Dumoulin's dream was shattered after seeing his lead over Quintana slashed to 31secs. "But we stayed calm and it was a good day for us". In the finale it was all about timing in the sprint. "Just before swinging left onto the Stelvio for the second time, the news came through that the maglia rosa had stopped".
For Slaven Bilic's side to push for a top-six or a top-eight finish in the league next season, they need someone like Defoe who can score 15 to 20 goals in the Premier League in a single campaign. The England global has agreed a three-year deal worth north of £70,000 a week and will return to the club where he spent a successful six month loan spell in 2000/01.
Personally the biggest thing for us at Manchester City was winning the FA Cup [in 2011]. We started the season very well, I started well. "Last year we came close (to a trophy) but couldn't get over the line but playing in those sort of occasions and in those big games is important".
There was further turmoil this week with reports Alisher Usmanov, owner of 30 per cent of Arsenal's shares, was seeking to purchase Stan Kroenke's 67 per cent majority stake for £1 billion, but the American's company KSE UK stressed on Monday that its shares were not for sale.
Both teams passed, but that was before the Celtics won the lottery. But Pierce - nicknamed The Truth for his clutch performances - thinks the Celtics should trade the pick. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it's going to be exciting to see what we're going for". Now, with the #1 pick, it seems like the Celtics will land the extremely talented point guard out of Washington, Markelle Fultz .
The England worldwide stated that he is enjoying playing for Liverpool and isn't looking to leave. That is where all the big clubs want to belong. Manchester United might be doing the same and moving on from Wayne Rooney and David de Gea, while for crosstown rival Manchester City , Sergio Aguero scored City in its 5-0 win and looked like he was trying to prove a point.
What we do know is that both coaches - Pittsburgh's Sullivan and Ottawa's Guy Boucher - have become nearly obsessive in talking about the first 10 minutes of a game, nearly as though everything beyond that is already decided. "We just weren't connecting". "We made it for Game 4". Winger Conor Sheary (concussion) will also miss the game for the Penguins. The experienced Ducks, who might reunite top center Ryan Getzlaf with right wing Corey Perry after separating them to create more ...
Mane was vital to the club's early season form, while Wijnaldum has scored some big goals including the important opener against Middlesbrough in the final game of the season. "For a few weeks we knew that's the maximum we can achieve and we did it". It's a young squad and the average age is the second-youngest in the Premier League, which is another positive - although maybe not for me because it makes me feel a lot older.
Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh took to the micro-blogging website Twitter and endorsed Zaheer Khan's name as the bowling coach for team India. In case you didn't know... India's squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 boasts of four frontline fast bowlers, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, along with pace bowling allrounder Hardik Pandya.
Most indicative of his importance, however, was Liverpool's struggle when he was absent, both on the turn of the year during the Africa Cup of Nations and when injured in the final two months of the season. Hopefully now we can stick a few trophies in the cabinet. Lovren proved again last night he CANT be a first choice CB for next season. "We're looking forward to it and we know we have the players who are capable of winning the game".
Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Sunday that the club will be naming their next manager on Monday May 29 and it would be a massive shock now if it was not Valverde. He led the club to four successive top-seven finishes, a Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The planned announcement will come after Copa del Rey final, but Catalan publication Sport has reported that Valverde has already arranged a place to live and a school for his children.
Francisco Liriano had another one of his patented "occasionally dreadful" starts, and the bullpen actually came in and stopped the bleeding. "When he (first) came up (from the minors in 2013), he was a guy that was up there (swinging away) and I think part of that was because in the minor leagues, he could hit nearly anything they threw out there", Gibbons added.
With Meghan Markle making an appearance at the couple's wedding dinner - but not the marriage service - speculation has mounted that Prince Harry and his USA actress girlfriend will be next down the aisle. While it's a shame she wasn't at the ceremony , we're glad Meghan was able to keep Prince Harry company at the reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted together.
The Cavs need to take two more games from the Celtics before punching their ticket to the NBA Finals, and we'd be comfortable betting our life savings that it happens. Stevens has been quick to bench the 30-year-old veteran, as his 10.5 minutes per game in the postseason rank 10th among all Celtics players. They got some second-chance points.
Mumbai had managed to keep the core of their team - Rohit Sharma , Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Ambati Rayudu, a clear indication of their success this decade. A win of this magnitude at this stage of the tournament was necessary in getting the team's confidence back, something which reflected in their win in the next game as they held on to their nerves till the very last ball of the match to become the most successful team in the history of the competition with a ...
Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored two more league goals than Jimmy Greaves. "He has shown that again today, not just with his goals, he worked hard too in defence". The Galicians' gung-ho tactics were leaving gaps at the back, and Madrid's Karim Benzema had a penalty claim as the game neared the break. "We have one game left but today was very important".
Coutinho, 24, has enjoyed an impressive season with Liverpool , scoring 13 goals and recording seven assists in the Premier League to help the club secure Champions League qualification. Pressed as to when exactly he felt the uncertainty about his future had affected his players, he said: "It's a good question". And speaking on Sunday about his commitment to the Reds , Coutinho said: "I have a long contract with Liverpool ".
Since the end of her 15-month ban, Sharapova has used wild-card entries to play three events on the WTA Tour. Sharapova will have to win three matches to earn one of the 12 qualifying berths for women in Wimbledon's 128-player main draw."I have some great memories of playing there over the years, including winning the title on two previous occasions".
Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray made 25 saves and the defending champion Penguins moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals by routing Ottawa 7-0 in an National Hockey League playoff game on Sunday. "We know it's not an easy task". Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist in his return from a concussion. To wonder about the weird coaching decision to take goaltender Craig Anderson out of the game , then then throw him back in before he yielded his worst goal of the ...
Greater Manchester Police confirmed children are among those killed and wounded in the blast at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening that is being treated as a " terrorist incident ". On facing United in the final . He will watch from the stands, along with fellow injury victims Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young , after sustaining knee ligament damage during the semi-final second leg win at home to Anderlecht.
The Portuguese boss's Twitter comments were set to be his only public statement of the day after United had earlier announced they were cancelling Tuesday's scheduled pre-match press conference in Stockholm. It appeared there might be some tension between Mourinho and Jones when the manager last month publicly urged the player to "be brave" and take a risk in terms of his recovery and making himself available for selection.
President Donald Trump condemned the "evil losers" responsible for the deadly attack. A club spokesman said: "The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night's Manchester Arena attack".
Mumbai Indians' captain Rohit Sharma at a news conference in Mumbai . "When you see them on the field, they are so excited to play the game". "He always bowled the pressure overs because he has got the skills and I think he has done well for Mumbai as well as India.
These are some of the best-looking facial expressions I've ever seen in a game, and the story mode's cut scenes look phenomenal. It's a purely cosmetic way to implement microtransactions and while it's a practice that is looked upon with much scorn in the industry, if it's going to happen this is probably the best way to do it - even if it's frustratingly annoying to continually receive pieces of gear for characters you'll never play.
Defending champions New Zealand were pitted alongside fierce Rugby Championship rivals South Africa , while Pool C will undoubtedly be dubbed the group of death. The ninth World Cup will be the first staged in Asia. The group will be rounded off by yet-to-qualify teams from the Americas - likely to be one of Uruguay, Canada or the U.S.
Madrid will be trying to win its third Champions League title in four seasons in a final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. "I get the feeling Real Madrid supporters are anxious that Florentino Perez is going to bring chequebook players in again", he said.
Speaking outside Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "beyond doubt" that the city was the victim of a "callous terrorist attack". Thousands of people traveled to Manchester for the concert. "We're stuck in the auto park", an eyewitness told Us Weekly. The prime minister said while people had witnessed the worst "we also experienced the best".
Manu Ginobili's storied National Basketball Association career hangs in limbo after the San Antonio Spurs were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals on Monday night. However, the story of Game 4 centers on Golden State's continued excellence. Curry and Durant have figured out how to play together and Draymond Green is also on a roll.
Popovich, in the end and in defeat, pinpointed what makes Golden State appear invincible when running on all cylinders. But it was a win nonetheless and as it tends to happen with Golden State, they got out in front early. The Cavaliers hold a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, but Curry alluded the Warriors are expecting a rematch with LeBron James and company.
It was the highlight of an otherwise drab performance that could have been even worse after his terrible start. Defending champion Jason Day ran off two straight birdies after making the turn and was in the lead at five under, which for the former world No 1 was a peculiar position.
The next points race on the calendar happens to be the Coca-Cola 600, a race that Truex led for 392 of 400 laps - or 588 of 600 miles - last season. "I was super loose there and the No. 10 Ford, sending her head-on into the outside Turn 2 wall. "I met a bunch of them before the race and hopefully they're all psyched". He was later airlifted to the Kansas University Medical Center.
The UEFA statement added that "there is now no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League Final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks". Manchester United defender Phil Jones will take nothing for granted against Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League Final tomorrow night. In my opinion, I think United should go for Kane over Antoine Griezmann .
A lot of treatment. Added Draymond Green: "You're going to prepare for him to play". His Spurs had just fallen into a two-games-to-none deficit with Game 3 coming Saturday night. Curry also collected seven rebounds and seven assists in the comfortable victory as the Western Conference No. 1 seeded side took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series.
OF course there had been great expectations at Manchester City at the beginning of the season when Pep Guardiola went in there as manager, but I wouldn't say it's been a disappointing campaign. The 2-1 defeat at Chelsea when he returned to the starting line-up in April proved to be City's last in the Premier League and the Belgium worldwide has also chipped in with three goals during an eight-match unbeaten run.
The other co-leader was J.B. Holmes, and it was a horror show for the Kentuckian. Poulter shanked his second shot from the right rough at the 18th, and the ball bounced off hospitality tents, down a cart path and into a palmetto bush. No one, not even Kim, could have predicted this win given his form on the PGA Tour this season. NOTES: The largest final-round, come-from-behind victory in the tournament is six strokes by Raymond Floyd in 1981 at Sawgrass CC.
Replacing Alexander will be Randall Burnett, who was crew chief up until last week for JTG Daugherty Racing driver AJ Allmendinger , who is 30th in the Cup standings. Coincidentally, Labbe didn't travel to the following week's race at Richmond International Raceway, a move RCR said was not disciplinary but one that allowed him to stay back at the shop and focus on building cars for upcoming races.
But when he fell for 51, it was advantage Mumbai , the match coming down to the final ball with the Supergiants needing four runs for victory. The men in blue had to put in a disciplined bowling effort as they scored a below par total of 129/8 in their 20 overs after being 79/7 at one stage.
By the time the Super Bowl would be played in Tampa, extensive renovations to Raymond James Stadium will have been completed. On Tuesday, it was announced that Tampa has the opportunity to host Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium if it meets certain requirements.
But the Warriors are stronger, more talented and healthier than they were a year ago, and the proof is that they've barely been tested in three playoff rounds. "He was spectacular", Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said of Ginobili's Game 3 performance. If he decides he's going to play again, that's up to him, but I won't try to convince him one way or the other.
The Frenchman's future is clouded in uncertainty after the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 21 years, with the levels of discontent among the club's support growing louder as the season progressed. " Jurgen Klopp is not a magician, you can't just ask him to win the league with the squad we have". It's about putting yourselves in those situations.
I don't tell the coach sometimes cause I know I got a job to do". From 121 yards out in the 18th fairway, he struck his second shot perfectly, spun it back toward the hole and hit the lip of the cup, almost holing out for an unbelievable eagle that would have earned him a spot in the playoff as well.
It's Real and Barca. We don't need many . We were playing in a hostile environment. But to achieve the next step, the gap is shorter but it's more hard - to compete head to head against the big clubs in Europe , Real Madrid , Barcelona , Bayern Munich , Juventus.
Thankfully, it seems like both drivers are okay. The robbery came hours just after Dixon captured the pole in the upcoming Indianapolis 500 race. New Zealander Dixon was with wife Emma Davies-Dixon and Franchitti at a Taco Bell restaurant late on Sunday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where hours earlier Dixon had clinched pole for the Indy 500.
So why were the racing drivers at a Taco Bell late on Sunday night? It sure didn't affect him Monday. Dixon's team owner, Chip Ganassi, issued a statement to say that the drivers were fine, and they'd allow Scott's full attention to be on preparing for Sunday's 101st Indy 500.
However, according to BBC Sport , UEFA has accepted United's request not to hold the press conference this evening. Twenty-two people were killed and a further 59 hospitalised after the attack, which occurred as crowds departed the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.
Even though they are the No.1 seed in the East, the Celtics don't appear to be a legitimate threat to win the title. Golden State has won 27 of its past 28 overall games (including the regular season) and has won six straight road playoff games, a franchise record.
After scoring only one goal in each of the first three games of this series, Pittsburgh's offense came to life in Game 4, then turned up the heat Sunday and never turned it off in grabbing a 3-2 series lead . "I think Olli is playing the best hockey right now that I've seen", remarked coach Mike Sullivan . "We know they're a better team". According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Penguins are the favorite at home , as they are getting odds of -200 to win today.
ARIANA GRANDE has tweeted about her devastation after her concert was struck by one of Britain's deadliest attacks since the 2005 London bombings. A powerful explosion shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena late Monday as concertgoers streamed out following the American pop star's last song.
At the time of his death, Hernandez had not exhausted his appeals for his first-degree murder conviction in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd , a conviction under MA law that is automatically appealed to the state's highest court. Prosecutor Patrick Bomberg said Hernandez's suicide was a "calculated act". Update: The Bristol County District Attorney's office said they plan to appeal the decision, according to TMZ .
Investigators believe they know the identity of the bomber, and are working to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said: "We express our solidarity to the British people and our support to the relatives of the victims".