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Bale lifts weights in pool, working for Champions League final

Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates their qualification for the UEFAChampions League final. "Karim is an incredibly great player and today he helped us with his magic", Madrid left back Marcelo said. The 3-0 first-leg defeat gave Atletico little hope of a comeback, although in the days prior to the semi-final the Argentine coach and his players insisted they could overcome their city rivals and reach the Cardiff final. Read More »

Ducks vow better start for Game 2


Fowler played a big role in the 95-second kill after Ryan Getzlaf and Nate Thompson both took delay-of-game penalties for putting the puck over the glass. The Ducks' power play is the worst out of the remaining teams. They're 0 for 21 with the man advantage since late in Game 2 against Edmonton on April 28. Read More »

Utah Jazz point guard George Hill out for Game 2

They weren't sharp from 3-point range while going 7 for 29, with Klay Thompson making three of those on the way to 15 points. He was picked up by Curry (22 points on seven-of-11 shooting) and Green (17 points on five-of-10 shooting), and all of Golden State's "Big Four" scored at least 15 points. Read More »

UFC 211 Preview: Will Stipe Miocic Defend His Title?


Miocic stunned Dos Santos midway through the round with a series of punches ending with a right to Dos Santos' left cheek that dropped his opponent. Revenge is sweet for Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titlist Stipe Miocic . Read More »

Matt Harvey likely to make next Mets start Friday in Milwaukee


He also said first baseman Lucas Duda - out since April 20 with an elbow injury - could return within a week. Especially in this case, considering that Harvey wasn't even scheduled to pitch that day. It was a tough position for Wilk to be in. He made several stops en route to NY and took an overnight flight, arriving at Citi Field straight from the airport around 8:45 a.m. Read More »

NFL Draft: Lessons learned from the first round

The supposed asking price to acquire a backup quarterback has been astonishing. With 76 live hours of coverage beginning Sunday, April 23, an extensive talent roster of analysts, reporters and college coaches, 20 draft war room cameras providing behind-the-scenes access, and powerful features on draft prospects NFL Network ,, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL Now descend upon the city of Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft . Read More »

Is the NHL's concussion protocol failing the players it's supposed to protect?

With T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams , Daniel Winnik, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk set to become unrestricted free agents, this loss may have marked the end of a once-promising era in Washington hockey. "We're having fun now". He returned in Game 5 before playing on Monday. Daly said he can't answer whether the league would consider adding hitting the boards to the list requiring mandatory removal from play. Read More »

Celtics drop Game 6 despite another strong showing from Avery Bradley

Surprisingly, ESPN points out that game-winning shot was Wall's first career go-ahead 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds of an National Basketball Association game; he'd gone 0 for 6 in previous attempts. Like the rest of his teammates, he was left to get back into his dark outfit afterward. "Their season was on the line", he said. "I don't think they were just motivated by that". Read More »

Novak Djokovic survives scare against Nicolas Almagro, Rafael Nadal battles through

The world No. 8, who returned to competition this week after sitting out a month and a half due to injury to the wrist, had been scheduled to meet second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles quarterfinals. After relinquishing the World No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray in November, Djokovic suffered a shocking second-round defeat at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin followed by consecutive losses to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells. Read More »

NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics just one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics, holding home-court serve, used an early 16-0 run and never looked back, cruising to a 123-101 blowout of the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Wherever he went, two and sometimes three Washington defenders were within arm's reach. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives towards the rim as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends him. Read More »

Canelo vs. GGG odds: Gennady Golovkin an early favorite in the superfight


By the end of the sixth, Alvarez had out-struck Chavez Jr. "Canelo beat me, he beat me at the distance", Chavez Jr. said . Obviously they wanted a war, I couldn't give it to them tonight. It's a bout he calls personal. Alvarez and Golovkin will finally lock horns on September 16th from Las Vegas , Nevada, at the T-Mobile Arena. Read More »

Stifled Penguins head to Game 7 looking for a spark


Crosby, 29, incurred a concussion in the first period of Game 3 of the Pens' Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals after receiving a slash from Alex Ovechkin and a cross check to the head from Matt Niskanen in quick succession. Read More »

Rashford has more to offer - Jesse Lingard

Guidetti also bemoaned the way Celta fell behind and the manner in which United killed the game after they took the lead on Thursday night. And Mourinho claimed doing anything but rotating his injury hit squad would give the Galicians an advantage ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford. Read More »

Jazz coach Snyder on Warriors: "They're going to be good".


That's not to say they can't take a game (maybe two if the breaks fall their way), but their odds to shock the Warriors like the "We Believe" team shocked the Mavericks a decade ago are situated somewhere around zero. Score Update: Currently, the Warriors leads Jazz. After Gobert's shove sent him into the seats, Green avoided retaliating with words or action, telling reporters later that he had encouraged the referees not to review the play so that the game could continue. Read More »

Rugby World Cup draw in Japan announced

Two-time winners Australia went into Pool D with Wales and Georgia , while Ireland will face Scotland and hosts Japan in Pool A . New Zealand , the holders, are part of pool B , alongside Italy , "Repechage winner", "Africa 1" and, most mouth-watering of all, the 1995 and 2007 winners, South Africa . Read More »

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) expected to play Game 1 for Spurs

This is an interesting moment for Steve Kerr and acting coach Mike Brown-who are both Popovich pupils-and for Curry, Durant, Green and everybody else: The Warriors are the better team in every single way except for Leonard ( who didn't play in Game 6 vs. Read More »

Bottas: 2017 F1 title battle with Hamilton could get 'tricky'

Valtteri Bottas expects relationships with Formula 1 rivals, and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, to get "more tricky" as the 2017 season intensifies. A spin behind the safety auto in Shanghai raised questions about his ability to step up and, after a tyre pressure issue in Bahrain, he was given instructions to let Hamilton past, prompting the team orders debate. Read More »

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar to receive medal if Blues win PL title

West Brom have won three of their last five Premier League games against Chelsea at the Hawthorns (D1 L1) - this after losing each of their first five between 2003 and 2011. Nothing is done yet and it's a big final on Friday". "It's not just tonight, it's a full season", he said in an interview with Sky Sports after the match. Read More »

What time, channel is Celtics vs. Wizards Game 6

First things first, though. Wall will play like he did in Games 3 and 4 to help the Wizards force a Game 7 Monday night in Boston. It won't matter the location if the Celtics' role players produce as they did in the previous meeting. Unfortunately, the Wizards didn't learn a thing from that experience. That included a 16-0 run during the opening period of Wednesday's Game 5 win in Boston. Read More »

Ranieri proud to pass Premier League title to Chelsea's Conte


Substitute Michy Batshuayi's dramatic 82nd-minute victor gave Chelsea the Premier League title following a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday. The visitors had a huge scare when Salomon Rondon burst clear past David Luiz on the halfway line but his effort was superbly blocked by Cahill. But the 47-year-old suggested after the title success at The Hawthorns that he wanted to build on the rejuvenation he has led this season with Champions League football in 2017/18. Read More »

Brewers score 8 runs in 5th, beat Mets 11-4


And it broke in the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday Night at Miller Park. Davies allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk with a home run and two hit batters. His confidence level looks very low, he is not trusting his fastball and does not have command of his pitches. Hard to argue with that math. "Milone was pretty good, allowing two runs over five innings!" He stranded seven runners during that time, including when he left the bases loaded in the fourth by ... Read More »

Sidney Crosby showed 'zero' concussion sign after fall

Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 34 shots on goal. "We've been out-chancing them nearly every game and he's been saving them". "There (just) wasn't any finish in his game". Maybe it's compounded with the loss of Trevor Daley (lower-body injury), but without two of their best puck movers, the Penguins too often couldn't get it out of their own zone. Read More »

Alonso hits the court after latest McLaren problem


In that time he has travelled to America to visit the IndyCar paddock in Alabama and conduct his highly-publicised test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as contesting F1 race weekends in Bahrain, Russia and now Spain . Alonso is hopeful of being able to score his first points of the season in tomorrow's race given overtaking is hard at the Spanish GP circuit. Champion in 2005 and 2006, Alonso hasn't added to his 32 victories since winning the Spanish GP in 2013. Read More »

Fit-again Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami returns in India's Champions Trophy squad

Dhawan paid a price of his inconsistency, and was axed from the Indian team. Besides Rohit and Shami, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also made his way back after a brief injury lay-off. R Ashwin , and Ravindra Jadeja- and they will be supported by part-time slow bowler Yuvraj Singh , who kept his place after his showing in the ODI in the series against England in January. Read More »

Nadal snaps winless streak vs Djokovic to reach Madrid final


The Scot enjoyed a superb clay-court season a year ago as he reached the final in Madrid and won his first Italian Open title, but he will now head to Rome to defend his crown having experienced his worst start to a season since 2008. "I did try my best", Djokovic said . Dominic Thiem set up a Madrid Open final showdown with Rafael Nadal as the Austrian ended the charge of Pablo Cuevas. Read More »

Ducks Western Conference final tickets on sale


Edmonton didn't only make the post-season for the first time since 2006 - jumping an wonderful 33 points in the standings from a year earlier - but almost cracked the Western Conference final before falling just short in a seven-game second-round series with the Anaheim Ducks. Read More »

Jose Mourinho Worried About Eric Bailly's Europa League Red Card


Liverpool were given 10,236 tickets for last season's Europa League against Sevilla at Basle's 35,000-capacity St Jakob-Park. Jose Mourinho hailed his warriors as they held on to reach the Europa League final. Both sides edged through thrilling semi-final second legs, with Jose Mourinho's men overcoming unfancied Celta Vigo as the Dutch giants dug deep to sneak past Lyon. Read More »

Paulo Dybala reveals his favourite Juventus goal

Which version of Jose Sampaoli's side shows up on Sunday is anyone's guess . Fernando Torres has claimed that Atletico Madrid are in "one of the greatest moments in their history" as he remains positive following Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final elimination to Real Madrid . Read More »

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

The points came in all varieties. This has been the most exciting series of the playoffs to this point, continuing the intensity of their regular season matchups and bringing them to another level. Bradley though was not the only Celtic player to find offense early. It all happened because the Celtics got off to a quick start, which Boston wasn't able to do over the first four games of the series . Read More »

Predators grab overtime win in Game 1 of Western Conference Final


The Nashville Predators had another strong showing in Game 1 of their first-ever Western Conference final, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Anaheim center Nate Thompson refused to point to the lack of rest between series as the deciding factor in the game. The impressive sweep of the Blackhawks, winners of three Stanley Cups in the past seven years, was followed up in Round 2 with a workmanlike elimination of the St. Read More »

Celtics coach defends Kelly Olynyk after 'dirty' diss by Draymond Green


Olynyk had set an illegal screen on Oubre that knocked him to the ground. "I don't respect guys like that", Green said, per Sporting News . "He really did flop it". "I don't get that". Like KD said last night, then they wonder why they call the league soft? We got a quick one in during the off-day in Salt Lake City, taking advantage of the break the Warriors got from a 3-0 lead in the series. Read More »

Ryan nets overtime winner as Sens stun Pens in opener

Sens head coach Guy Boucher said that he is hopeful to have Viktor Stalberg available for Game 1. Consider the forward all caught up. It's Ryan's fifth goal of these playoffs. "I think the way our team does that most effectively is with our own puck possession, in forcing him and more of their offensive players to have to expend energy defending us", Sullivan said. Read More »