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IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians blaze into finale to face Rising Pune Supergiant

Mumbai will now face Steven Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant on May 21 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. If Harbhajan is picked, it will be for Karn Sharma. The calming influence of skipper Rohit Sharma (26 off 24 balls) and his 54-run fourth wicket association with the consistent Krunal Pandya (45 not out, 30b, 8x4) finally sealed it for Mumbai last night. Read More »

Warburton: It's all about the All Blacks Tests

The Lions face a gruelling 10-match schedule that includes three Tests and seven tour matches against New Zealand's top rugby teams. New Zealand First welcomes the British and Irish Lions and their supporters to our country but is disappointed so few New Zealanders will be able to see them play live, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. Read More »

Rays' Dickerson hits bouncing pitch for double

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Whitley allowed four hits and four runs in an inning. "That was a tough loss, but I think you can pull a lot of positives from it", Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. Hu said he got to the ballpark less than an hour before the game. Jose Alvarado did it against Miami on May 3. The Tampa Bay Rays called up Jose De Leon to pitch out of the bullpen on Monday after they played a 15 inning game the day prior. Read More »

Rafael Nadal Demolishes Robin Haase in Straight Sets

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American teenager CiCi Bellis reached the third round of the French Open in her tournament debut, upsetting 18th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5). 63 in the world. Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Francoise Abanda of Canada 6-0, 6-0. "I was more or less under control during the whole match", Nadal said afterwards, a touch modestly. Read More »

Arsenal confirms extension for Arsene Wenger

However his future at the north London is cast in doubt with his contract expires this summer. The delay has been the atmosphere around the club, with the 67-year-old facing unprecedented backlash during a season, where the Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification. Read More »

Angels MVP Mike Trout out 6-8 weeks due to surgery

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WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 4: Boston lefty David Price had an uneven season debut while Melky Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, helping the White Sox rally at Chicago. He finished last season with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs but seems to get lost in the shuffle when mentioning productive outfielders in fantasy. -Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was removed from Monday's game against the Houston Astros with a laceration on the ring finger of his right hand. Read More »

Kyrgios aces way into 2nd round at French Open

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But Hsieh, who had not previously won a match on clay this season, fought back to stun Konta, who has still not won a match at the French Open . Starting splendid in cerise, 26-year-old seventh seed Konta swept through the first set in 26 minutes, dominating her Taiwanese opponent with heavy serves, heavy groundstrokes and an aggressive front-foot-forward style. Read More »

Draymond Green not bored by another Cavs-Dubs Finals matchup

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The NBA finals came around and thrilling game after thrilling game, the Warriors lead the Cavaliers 3-1 in what would seem to end in a convincing 4-1 close-out in last year's finals. "It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr . Green, who is very outspoken, said "he wants to annihilate" the Cavs if they were to meet up in the finals once again, and his wish was granted for with the trilogy of the rivalry. Read More »

Brewers' Anderson no-hits Diamiondbacks through 6 innings

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May. The Brewers are expected to announce sometime in the next day the signing of 17-year-old Cuban prospect Ernesto Martinez Jr., a first baseman-outfielder who checks in at 6 feet 6 inches and 220 pounds. Counsell was then asked which position player would most likely take the mound in a blowout or emergency situation. ROYALS 5, INDIANS 2: Alcides Escobar hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning, Mike Moustakas homered and Kansas City won at Cleveland. Read More »

It's cavaliers vs. warriors

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Not for a minute. This year's National Basketball Association playoffs have been horribly lopsided and they lacked drama because we all knew where it was headed: Golden State vs. It's a conversation that's slowly becoming more compelling. The Cavaliers are averaging 116.8 points per game this postseason while the Warriors are putting up 118.3 ppg, and the two conference champs have combined for an 18-7 Over/Under count in the playoffs. Read More »

Johnson's complete-game shutout lifts Sox to 6th straight win

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No matter. He dominated the Mariners , who have not scored in their last 20 innings. "Our guys joke about it, I think we're 2-0 when I get kicked out of games now, so they'd like to see it probably happen more", the manager said. LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday. Rodriguez started that season on the disabled list with a dislocated kneecap and didn't make his season debut until May 31st. Read More »

Brook loses IBF welterweight title to Spence Jr

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Brook's title defence will take place at Sheffield United's stadium, Bramall Lane on Saturday night, in front of 28,000 fans. "Brook versus Spence is a fight that pits two of the best, if not the best fighters in the welterweight division", executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza told Sporting News. Read More »

Belmont may lack Preakness and Derby winners

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Back then, Pletcher said, "He tried hard". "Never imagined I'd own a horse, let alone be the victor of the Preakness ", said Klarman, whose day job is CEO of the Boston-based hedge fund The Baupost Group. "You're looking at horses that traveled at 2, ran at as high a level as we have, so you're not surprised", said Steve Asmussen, who trains Lookin At Lee and won last year's Belmont with Creator. Read More »

Sevilla reach agreement with Argentina over Jorge Sampaoli

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Sampaoli has taken fourth-placed Sevilla to their highest La Liga finish since 2010 during his only season in European soccer after a long career in South America that culminated with him leading Chile to the 2015 Copa America title. The Argentine Football Association made no secret of targeting Sampaoli for the role after sacking Edgardo Bauza in April. Sevilla and Argentina confirm Jorge Sampaoli will take over as manager of his country's national team. Read More »

Man United beat Ajax 2-0, win Europa League

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Some people may criticise the style in which United won this game, sitting back, defending deep, looking to hit the opposition on the counter, not playing with any great attacking panache. Manchester United's Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini brought a physicality and intensity to midfield that Ajax were unable to match. England's biggest club looks to be in the right hands now. Read More »

Mourinho proud after UEFA Europa League success

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It made this victory, in a largely forgettable match, one to remember. It was a fantastic collective performance, there were very good individual performances and we had total control of the game. Mourinho said: "It is so unfair what happened to him". "If we could we would change people's life for this cup - we would not think twice". The forward, whose future remains unclear, wanted to make sure the people of Manchester knew they were in his, and the team's, thoughts. Read More »

Roster rules: 2nd IR-return spot; no cut to 75

The league passed a rule that says there is no longer a deadline for teams to reduce their rosters from 90 players to 53. The NFL has made a decision to issue a new rule that could change the end of the preseason, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer . Read More »

Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson labels pressure on Arsenal manager as 'ridiculous'

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Fans are beginning to call for the long-tenured manager's head, unhappy without a league title since 2004. "I don't think I will match him on that front", Wenger said . We had a scare about his cruciate but it's medial. But knowing the player, knowing his character and commitment to the club - which I don't question at all - he will do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday. Read More »

Ronaldo: "People talk about me and do not know a damn thing"

Therefore, instead of Barca celebrating winning La Liga it is Real Madrid who are basking in glory. Real Madrid had said they were going for a win, despite only needing a draw to claim the title, and were in front right from the start, with Ronaldo taking advantage of a dire mix-up in the Málaga defence with less than two minutes gone, to round the keeper and slot home . Read More »

Real Madrid hit champions league final

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The 31-year-old was speaking after Real secured a final showdown with the treble-chasing Italian superpowers after easing past Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Kevin Gameiro also should have done better on the end of a swift Atletico counter-attack but Cristiano Ronaldo in particular was growing in prominence and was unlucky to have a 69th-minute effort incorrectly ruled out for offside. Read More »

Ice hockey-Holders Canada stun Russia with third-period comeback

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Canada had to overcome a vocal partisan crowd and a fired-up Germany squad to keep its chances of a third straight world hockey championship title alive. Unlike Tuesday's game against Latvia, the Germans were not able to get the late equalizer as Canada survived a scare from the co-hosts. "It was an even-stevens game, we don't feel like we lost a hockey game - we feel like we lost a shootout". Read More »

Kvitova to decide this week on French Open comeback

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Czech Republic's tennis player Petra Kvitova speaks during a news conference, after she was injured on Tuesday when she fought off an intruder in her home, damaging all the fingers on her playing hand, in Prague, Czech Republic December 23, 2016. Read More »

National Football League relaxes celebration rules, can still penalize

Now, players will be able to express themselves a bit more in celebrations, which should lead to much more memorable moments following a touchdown. Having consulted with players past and present, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced that players will be allowed to use the ball as a prop and celebrate by going to ground or by performing group demonstrations. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

Real Madrid knew they had to be at their very best with Lionel Messi and Barcelona lurking, as you always have to be. In two weeks time , however, Zidane's troops will have to find a way past Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Buffon, something only two players - Lyon's Corentin Tolisso and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, have done this season in the Champions League. Read More »

Premier League Head-to-Head: Grosicki (Hull City) v Alli

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The 23-year-old England global improved to 26 goals - two clear of Everton's Romelu Lukaku with one match remaining. "I'm sure Lukaku wasn't too happy, but there's one game to go and I'm sure he'll be determined to try to score a hat-trick on Sunday". Read More »

Real Madrid end five-year La Liga title drought

REAL MADRID keeper Keylor Navas shaved his head after his side's title win to support children and their families fighting cancer. Ronaldo put Madrid in control early in Malaga , entering the area and rounding the goalkeeper before finding the open net following a pass by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon. Read More »

Maria Sharapova to go through Wimbledon qualifying

Instead, she will attempt to crash the field by playing the qualifying tournament. Wimbledon qualifying provides 16 main draw places for men and 12 for women if they win through three rounds. The LTA confirmed on Thursday that it has handed Sharapova a place in the main draw for the Wimbledon warm-up event at the Edgbaston Priory Club from June 19 to 25. Read More »

10 years on: From fan to Wayne Rooney's teammate

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The 16-year-old is the youngest man to represent United in a league game since the late Duncan Edwards after manager Jose Mourinho sent him on as a late substitute for Wayne Rooney in Sunday's 2-0 final-day victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Read More »

Sarcastic Joe Maddon Has 'Ideas' For Safety Rules

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In three May starts, Martinez in 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA, holding opponents to a.192 AVG over 20 innings in that span. He left in the sixth with the bases loaded, and Brett Cecil allowed all three inherited runners to score. Outs are awarded based on a fabricated rule. As a senior at UC, Happ was named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and finished the season as the league leader in batting average (.369), slugging percentage (.672), on-base percentage (.492), total ... Read More »

Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years

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A performer hugs a young girl on the show floor after the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. "We hope that those circuses will take Ringling as an example of what not to do", Byrne said. The circus had been butting heads with PETA and other animal rights groups for a while. Read More »

Ross Barkley: Everton boss Ronald Koeman says decision due on Monday

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The England global was left on the bench for the final game of the season at Arsenal, and was brought on as a first-half substitute. "Overall the season is really positive", he said . That's what we need to change. "You like to keep your best striker, your top scorer, but we also need around that position more productivity". "My focus is to improve the team", he said. Read More »

German policewoman is first top-flight female football ref

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The 38-year-old, who also works as a police officer, and is dating Howard Webb, has been predominantly officiating lower league games. "That is why I am happy about the trust the referee commission has shown". Steinhaus , who will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1, is one of four officials who have been promoted to the list of Bundesliga referees for 2017/18. Read More »

Ritchie strikes again as Ducks even series with Predators

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According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Predators are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -150 to win, while the Ducks are listed with a money line of +130 to prevail. Bridgestone Arena could barely contain the roars of the dancing, gold-shirted fans when Roman Josi buried a rebound with 2 minutes 43 second left in the third period while Ducks forward Chris Wagner was in the penalty box, serving a needless offensive-zone high-sticking penalty. Read More »

2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital

Luis Alviarez, 18, was killed during protests in the western state of Tachira after being shot by gunfire in the thorax, prosecutors said, without giving further details. It wants early elections to remove him from office. People gather on a highway for a national sit-in against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela , Monday, May 15, 2017. Read More »

Combine still has value even if top National Basketball Association prospects skip it

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Durant remembered strength coaches laughing when he couldn't bench press 185 pounds. Keep laughing.' It was a amusing thing, because I was the only one that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it. "It's 50-50, and depends on the feedback that I get", Alkins told reporters during Combine interviews Thursday at the Quest Multisport complex. Calipari said he hadn't read Durant's comments yet, but when apprised of what Durant said, Calipari's answer was blunt. Read More »

Wanted Tottenham ace admits 'anything can happen in future'

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is focused on enjoying his "journey" in professional football even if it means leaving the Premier League club, the 21-year-old England global has said . We also shouldn't be naive, there will be a time when Dele leaves the club. His Spurs side have challenged for the title in back-to-back seasons but they need to win something to be remembered as a great team. Read More »

Jose cool after missing top four

That means their only hope of Champions League qualification rests with beating Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 - and Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League. Read More »

Mills helps Spurs close out Rockets

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The regular season MVP candidate also dished out seven assists, but was heavily criticized after the game after several pundits called out the star guard for quitting on his team. When we've played well against them, we've either been even or had more field goal attempts than they did, and we were able to get the tempo up. Many expect Cleveland and Golden State to duke it out again this year, but Golden State first has to contend with San Antonio. Read More »

At a big club, I'd have been sacked...

But saying: "At a big club, I'm sacked", isn't helpful to his cause - something he instantly realised at his news conference ahead of Tuesday's game with West Brom. The Spanish tactician will finish the 2016-17 season without silverware and faces a real battle to finish in the Premier League's top four. He previously found success with Barcelona , winning La Liga three times and the UEFA Champions League twice. Read More »

Thiem ousts Cuevas to set a rematch with Nadal

The pair stayed neck and neck until Thiem lost his nerve and made two unforced errors in a row, gifting Nadal the set. These tournaments are so strong, so it's fantastic for me to go that far. Neither player would break again in the first set, though. In total, Rafael managed to play 38 games and won 33 victories in this successful season for himself. Read More »

Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

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For the quarter they were 0-4 from three, for the game they were 2-of-18 from deep. Coach Dwane Casey had promised more fight from his team, saying they hadn't been physical enough in Cleveland. The Raptors managed to score only three points in the first six and a half minutes of the final period, allowing the Cavaliers to pull away. Had he seen the court and helped the Raptors steal this one, we're having a different conversation. Read More »

Warriors' Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks

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Seeing the reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year on the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks had acting Golden State coach Mike Brown in great spirits. Steve Kerr took part in the Warriors' practice once again Monday and now appears healthy enough to help the team prepare on an everyday basis, even if he isn't ready to return to the bench as the head coach. Read More »

The 11 Best Schools for Producing NBA Lottery Talent

At the same time , the draft lottery isn't necessarily a must-win on Tuesday, as the 2017 NBA Draft doesn't have an undisputed franchise-altering player at No. "And as it ended up, all of our hopes and our plans came out as we wanted them to". He also averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game, connecting on 43.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range. Read More »

Aric Almirola hospitalized after crash involving Joey Logano, Danica Patrick

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The crash occurred in turn two when Joey Logano had a part break in his auto, and he hooked Danica Patrick, sending both of them into the wall. As the cars of Logano and Patrick rode the wall, Almirola, who was trailing the accident, lost control and slid where he then had considerable contact with both Logano's and Patrick's cars. Read More »

Sergio Romero happy to fight for his place at Manchester United

He said: "In my life, I have played in a lot of finals". I never understood if it is a draw or if they put the data in the computer, but to finish the season with four matches away from home - Arsenal , Tottenham, Man City - if we were fighting for the title, what a way to fight for the title. Read More »

Marco Silva silent on future after Hull suffer Premier League relegation

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said his side's Premier League survival was a "massive relief" as they powered past relegation rivals Hull City at Selhurst Park. "They finally over-committed and we knocked in two great goals at the end ". After a surprisingly good start to the season which followed a tumultuous summer that saw Steve Bruce leave the club, Mike Phelan was sacked at the start of January. Read More »