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Arsenal keeps Champions League qualification hopes alive

Arsenal have turned a corner since changing to three at the back, winning five of their six games, conceding in just two of these successes. So Arsenal still sit in fifth, still the same number of points back from a Top Four spot but with one fewer match to make up ground. Read More »

LeBron James: A Familiar Foe

Isaiah Thomas has been unbelievable in this postseason run, but the Celtics won Game 7 with great contributions from Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. "We were able to get by without him scoring". James showed up at Tuesday's media gathering wearing a T-shirt that had a leprechaun with a halo over its head on it. Read More »

Draymond Green says Celtics' Kelly Olynyk is 'a dirty player'

Oubre actually reached across referee Monty McCutchen to deliver the shove, which knocked Olynyk onto the floor. More recently, Olynyk drew the ire of Washington Wizards fans when he set a pick on Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr.in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Read More »

Arsenal not giving up the chase, says Xhaka

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has claimed that he celebrated his goal against former club Manchester United because it was "just business". "He is slowly getting stature in the middle of the park". United remain four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with three games remaining, including a trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. We still need Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up but stranger things have happened. Read More »

Atletico recognizes it needs to improve to succeed in Europe

They have a game in hand, however, which is against Celta Vigo on Wednesday and seven points from their final three matches will see them lift a first title since 2012. Atletico never won the Champions League . The Bianconeri never looked like wobbling in their quest to reach the knockout rounds, with Lyon the only side able to take points off them with a late goal in the 1-1 November draw. Read More »

Man City on brink of Champions League spot after beating West Brom

Pep Guardiola claims his first season at Manchester City would have ended in the sack at former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Manchester City edged ever closer to a guaranteed place in next season's Champions League after an entertaining 3-1 win over West Bromwich at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Read More »

LeBron shines as Cavs humble Raptors

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Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry sustained a sprained left ankle, was still in pain on Thursday and is questionable for Game 3 on Friday. The Cavaliers took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter and took command of the game with an 18-3 run. Read More »

Hamilton wins Spanish GP

That close encounter saw the Brit take to the run-off and concede the place to the Ferrari briefly, but five laps down the road Hamilton was able to catch and overtake the German for the lead, where he remained at the chequered flag. He blocked me, in the end I managed to get past, but by then I had lost an bad lot of time. So I think we can be very happy, but today we're not entirely happy because the win was there, the vehicle was good enough, but the way the race happened it wasn't meant ... Read More »

Neal the OT hero as Predators take Game 1 of West Final

Caggiula challenged defenceman Shea Theodore as he took the puck out from behind the Ducks' net, with Caggiula's stick striking the puck to put it over Gibson's right leg and trickling in. Pekka Rinne made several nice stops, including a dandy on Ryan Kesler. Rinne is now the playoff leader among goaltenders with an astounding.951 save percentage and 1.35 goals against average (GAA). Read More »

Arsenal failure to make top four would be frustrating: Wenger

Theo Walcott might come in, though this new formation doesn't really suit him, so I don't know where he'd fit into it. The second half began in farce for Arsenal as Nacho Monreal's overhit backpass was scrambled behind by a back-tracking Cech, resulting in an indirect free-kick for Sunderland . Read More »

Charlotte Hornets to pick 11th in the NBA Draft

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The Knicks have a 57.2 percent chance of landing in the seventh spot. And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. Celtics at one. Lakers at two. And Porzingis, he's unbelievable. I do feel for the Kings fans. And as much as common sense tells me that the Celtics are going to get crushed by Cleveland's Big Three, there's a part of me that can't totally buy into that. Read More »

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

The Mavericks have a 6.11 percent chance of winning a top-3 pick. Today, we will take a look at the number five overall pick and examine why the Kings should select De'Aaron Fox with that selection. ET. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. Dallas will most likely pick ninth (81.31 percent) or 10th (12.2 percent). Michael Finley will represent the club on stage at the lottery. Read More »

Nadal beat battling Thiem to claim fifth Madrid Open crown

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Having already dispatched Lukas Lacko in the first qualifying round, the
British No 3 displayed early nerves in dropping his opening service game against Olivo.However, four games in succession helped Bedene secure the opening set before a decisive break in game five of the second sealed a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 36 minutes. Read More »

Suns awarded #4 pick in 2017 NBA Draft

The way the ping pong balls fall in the draft, though, could determine how likely that is for either team. Not since winning the Patrick Ewing Sweepstakes in 1985, the first year of the draft lottery, have the pingpong balls favored the Knicks. Read More »

Spurs starting Jonathon Simmons in place of Kawhi Leonard in Game 2

Zaza Pachulia's foul on Kawhi Leonard was either dirty or just unsafe, and Gregg Popovich isn't interested in the NBA's opinion. "This particular individual has a history with that kind of action", Popovich said . However, his comments may be insulting to the San Antonio Spurs who were dominating the game until Zaza Pachulia's controversial foul on Kawhi Leonard. Read More »

Olynyk shows Celts the way past Wizards, into conference finals

In a series where the home team won every game, Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had a playoff career-high 12 assists, according to ESPN , CBS and other news outlets. Olynyk poured it on in the fourth quarter, taking turns dominating in the post and hitting wide open 3-pointers. Bradley Beal got 38 points for the Wizards but their campaign comes to a disappointing end. Read More »

Ricky Stenhouse Jr beats Kyle Busch to first Cup win at Talladega

The drivers on the Fan Vote ballot are: AJ Allmendinger , Aric Almirola , Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney , Clint Bowyer , Landon Cassill , Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Timmy Hill, Erik Jones , Corey LaJoie, Michael McDowell, Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Reed Sorenson , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Daniel Suarez and Cole Whitt. Read More »

Penguins even series with 1-0 win on Kessel's goal

The Sens netted just their second road win in Pittsburgh in their last 11 tries and while they have all the value here I think the Penguins get it done and head back to Ottawa tied at a game apiece. It's an easy recipe for success - especially against a team who likes to trap - and something that becomes a little more important for a team that has struggled with their starts this postseason. Read More »

Braves outlast Jays and the hot bats of Pillar, Travis

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In his first outings he allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. In the process, he's registered the eighth-highest batting average against (.301) and sixth-highest opponents' OPS (.895) while holding just a 6.05 K/9 rate, which stands as the 14th-lowest of all starters. Read More »

City to offer Touré new deal

A 2-1 success over Leicester on Saturday ensured two more victories, against West Bromwich Albion and Watford , will guarantee them a place in Europe's elite club competition. Nine years here is incredible and to replace that you need someone to stay here nine years. "His impact here has been unbelievable". The incident was one of a handful of controversies in the match, with Leicester players furious that City's opening goal was allowed to stand after Raheem Sterling swung a foot ... Read More »

Back To Boston: LeBron, Celtics Meet Again In Postseason

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Oh, and 24 Boston teams have made their league's final four since Washington last had one team go to the conference finals in 1998 (the Capitals). And it was frustrating to see that the bench didn't play very much. I think that it mattered in this series because of how each team plays. The Wizards are going to have another opportunity next year to make it to the Eastern Conference finals. Read More »

Willett withdraws from Players with back injury

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Even with a mild wind in the afternoon, just over a third of the field broke par. "I overreacted probably a bit, but all in all, you just don't see that very often", Spieth said. He hit the talk-show circuit and took the ceremonial kick-off at a soccer match between his beloved Real Madrid and Barcelona - all the while wearing the Green Jacket, which he brought with him to Florida this week. Read More »

Kawhi Leonard to miss Game 2 vs Warriors

Popovich is not planning to call the National Basketball Association to demand further discipline for Pachulia, who was called for a personal foul on the play, but made it clear where he stands. "I wish it didn't happen, [wish it] had a different result basically". Game 2 of the conference finals tips off Tuesday in Oakland at 8 p.m. central time. Read More »

Penguins overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7

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This year's Penguins-Capitals Game 5 was up 4% vs. the same series' Game 5 last year (Total Audience Deliver of 4.187 million), which also aired after the Kentucky Derby. "We've got a chance to beat them in seven". That sentence may be true of the first four games of the series, but it was not of the last two. "Since Game 3 we've had a sense of calmness about what we're doing", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. Read More »

Leon Draisaitl records historic hat trick for Oilers vs. Ducks

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Both the ending in regulation and in overtime did not seem possible given the Oilers' mastery of the middle 20 minutes of regulation. That allowed the Presidents' Trophy winners to remain alive in the series, but they still trail by a 3-2 margin and will have to find a way to win on the road if they are going to force a seventh game at home. Read More »

Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards - 5/12/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Photo: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Top PerformersWashington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacted to a call during the game. I know they got crushed twice in D.C., but is this win a turning point that will carry over to Game 6? However, in the three games the Celtics have worn the home whites, they've won by an average of 14.6 points, and now own a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series . Read More »

Jardim est un entraîneur heureux — Monaco

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L'AS Monaco n'ira pas en finale de Ligue des champions. Nous sommes très heureux de cette demi-finale, très fiers des joueurs. Les trois compétitions restent à jouer et on n'a encore rien gagné. " La tâche est difficile mais je ne pense pas qu'elle soit insurmontable ", a-t-il ajouté. Mandzukic (32e) et Alvès (44e) ont marqué mardi soir pour la Juventus . Read More »

Spurs humiliate Rockets to win series

A complimentary star who can fit in the system, but can take over if need be is vital for the Rockets to make the jump from "exciting team" to "contender". James Harden came up empty when the stakes were at their highest. And at their age, they should be able to play that. Game 6 should have been a walk in the park for the Houston Rockets. Read More »

Frank Lampard: What Andrea Pirlo told me about Chelsea manager

There is probably a good chance, given the respect between the pair, that they will settle for the best of both worlds by standing side by side and lifting the trophy together. - Chelsea's match-winner, and prolific social media user Michy Batshuayi on Twitter , accompanied by a picture of him celebrating his 82nd-minute winning goal with a knee slide. Read More »

Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers To Meet In Eastern Conference Finals

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The Wizards shot 47 percent against him (21-for-45) and averaged 17 points per game when he was the primary defender (they averaged 10 per game in the three in Boston ). That run extended to 18-2 over four minutes across the quarters for the Celtics. Even before the all-black attire in Game 6, bad blood has been brewing between the two teams. Read More »

Celtics vs. Wizards: What to watch in Game 7 Monday night

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With the Celtics trailing late in the third quarter, Boston Celtics' 1.75m (5ft 9in) guard Thomas sparked a game-changing run with three three-pointers to give Boston its first double-digit lead of the game. Live streaming for Celtics-Wizards Game 7 is available via Watch TNT . The Celtics played a Garnett video urging the fans during the first timeout. Read More »

Hamilton celebrates hard-fought Spanish GP win over Vettel

Having secured his third pole position of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya, Hamilton was passed by Vettel heading into turn one but eventually recovered to overtake the German on the track. Stewards investigated the incident but ruled that no driver was wholly to blame. For the time being at least, and after surviving their near-miss at Turn One at Barcelona, the mutual admiration between Hamilton and Vettel is such that the Englishman felt moved to compare their rivalry to one of the ... Read More »

Big man leads Celtics to big win in series decider

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The bevy of role players on the team have seen their roles and playing time shift throughout the series . And there's more work to be done by both of these teams. Gortat has had 24 rebounds the past two games and the Wizards have been out rebounding the Celtics all series . Olynyk had 26 total points in Games 4-6. Read More »