Conte wants Chelsea to control emotions against Man Utd

Adam Smith's freakish own goal floored Bournemouth from the off, though Joshua King did fire his 13th league goal of the season, albeit via a deflection. "We have shown all season great character, great desire, great will to fight for the title", he said. "He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this". [Full Article...]

'Underdog' Mercedes expecting 'ping-pong battle' with Ferrari

'Underdog' Mercedes expecting 'ping-pong battle' with Ferrari Lewis Hamilton believes his respectful relationship with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will be able to endure a battle for the Formula One championship . Having previously elicited a lukewarm appraisal of the four-time champion - whose superiority came turning the wheel of peerless machinery at Red Bull, perhaps Hamilton acknowledges that possessing a class of the field package is no guarantee of tr... [Full Article...]

Lewandowski was back in training ahead of Real Madrid match

On Real's comeback against Bayern Munich in the second half a visibly happy Ronaldo stated: "I am happy with the win, we reacted well to make a comeback". And then playing against 10 was easier. "We were against a goalkeeper who is a wall". Ronaldo has been rested far more throughout the course of the season by Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane . [Full Article...]

Jurgen Klopp "Really Happy" as Liverpool Win at West Brom, Move Third

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool is nine points ahead of fifth-placed Everton with five games remaining, with Manchester United and Arsenal further back but with games in hand. "I am really happy about the performance". The manager's reasoning was that if his players could deal with the ball in the air as it swirled about in the wind, they would be able to handle anything West Brom threw at them. [Full Article...]

Crystal Palace fans react on Twitter to Martin Kelly's Arsenal display

Arsenal are now placed sixth and struggling to keep their record intact. The Gunners won a mere 21% of their tackles at Selhurst Park - down 18% on their Premier League season average. "We have to respond very quickly and not accept it", he said . "I don't think my players didn't want it, but we lost duels in decisive moments and that's how games are decided at this level", said Wenger. [Full Article...]

Jusuf Nurkic Out for Game 1 vs. Warriors with Leg Injury

I don't buy it, Lillard knows he has no shot at winning this series. Durant averaged 29.3 points against Portland and Curry 27.3. Lillard has been working on his three-point percentage and towards the end of the regular season managed to up it to 41.7% which will surely motivate him to keep pushing in the post-season. [Full Article...]

Craig Shakespeare bears no grudge with Sam Allardyce over England exit

The visitors broke from a Palace corner, with Mahrez setting Vardy free before the England striker cut back inside former Foxes defender Jeffrey Schlupp to curl his shot beyond Wayne Hennessey. "We're in good form and we've got a lot of confidence". "We need the greatest effort of all the players we have". Despite fielding the same starting XI for the games against Southampton and Arsenal, Allar... [Full Article...]

Bastia fans attack Lyon players on pitch

Bastia fans attack Lyon players on pitch As the pre-game warm-ups were coming to an end, some Bastia supporters invaded the pitch and tried to attack Lyon's Memphis Depay. Lyon players, including goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin, are attacked on the pitch. "The LFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the incidents that took place both before the SC Bastia/Olympique Lyon match, and during halftime", it said in a statement. [Full Article...]

Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia It is the second time in a week that Lyon have been caught up in football violence. It made a decision to call off the match following consultations with local Corsican authorities in charge of public safety. "The players then huddled together". "The players and staff are very shocked", he said, explaining that nobody wanted to return to the pitch. "The French league is asking Bastia to ta... [Full Article...]

There will be big international interest in the NBA playoffs

When Milwaukee shifted Thon Maker into the starting lineup, they committed to a smaller, faster lineup whose speed and length can cause opponents all kinds of problems (during the sometimes limited minutes Maker is in). Milwaukee is ranked #20 in points per game and are #13 in offensive rating. The Raptors enter the playoffs with plenty of momentum as they won 13 of their last 16 games includi... [Full Article...]

Walcott says Arsenal let down Wenger as well as the fans

It has consequences on our chances to be in the top four. "I think it will be very hard certainly", he said . "Somebody put him, and us, out of this misery", Morgan wrote on his personal Twitter account . "Tonight the worry is not me. You could feel that it had an impact on us after the second goal tonight", Wenger said. We're in a very good mood at the moment and I hope the lads can keep it... [Full Article...]

NCAA Passes New Early Signing Period

NCAA Passes New Early Signing Period Dates have yet to be established, but it's expected to be a three-day period just before Christmas, mirroring the junior college window. So how will it impact Mike Leach and Washington State? "I think that's right for these families". One drawback to an earlier signing date is that the college coaching carousel tends to be very active during December and January. The new standards are part of ... [Full Article...]

What's a 'championship hydration level'? Just consult Texas' urine chart

What's a 'championship hydration level'? Just consult Texas' urine chart The Longhorns have already shelled out the big bucks for Tom Herman and his expertise, but lockers that will likely have outdated tech in two and a half years are arguably a bigger investment. But, to get to a championship level, there has to be buy-in, maximum effort, and execution. The next category, in a green color block, tells players they have "blatant disregard for teammates", and after t... [Full Article...]

Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain

Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain However, all signs point to Phil Jackson trading Carmelo Anthony and rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis . "I think he's excited from a leadership role to try to help guys that don't have that kind of experience, haven't been through it or are going through it for the first time, to try to help those guys", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said . [Full Article...]

Analysts preview the 2017 NBA Playoffs - the 'real season'

His play was rather inconsistent in the games. His teams went 2-2 in his first four, and are 42-5 since - including 17-0 since May 6, 2012. My personal strategy for playoff betting in round one is to not play game one in any series. Portland made 21 straight trips from 1983 through 2003, and Utah got 20 appearances in a row from 1984 through 2003. Sporting News reported similar odds on Thurs... [Full Article...]

D'Arnaud homers in 16th, Mets beat Marlins 9-8

D'Arnaud homers in 16th, Mets beat Marlins 9-8 Wittgren pitched three scoreless innings and is the lone pitcher in Miami's bullpen who still has minor league options remaining. Anderson, the only member of the Cubs without a World Series ring after Wednesday's celebration, allowed three hits but walked four. [Full Article...]

Pineda takes flawless game into 7th; Yanks beat Rays 8-1

He allowed a long two-run homer to Rickie Weeks in the first inning after a two-out walk to Evan Longoria , then settled in. Montgomery was called up Monday afternoon, as announced by manager Joe Girardi , after beating out Luis Cessa , Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell - all of whom have prior major league starts. [Full Article...]

Penguins' Fleury to stay in net for Game 2 vs Blue Jackets

They probably don't get that first Cup back in '91 if Frank Pietrangelo hadn't stepped in for an injured Tom Barasso and robbed Peter Stastny . For me, I obviously traded my skates for a camera and kept hope alive that I would at some point still be involved in the National Hockey League. [Full Article...]

Barcelona star Neymar suspended for Clasico

Neymar has received a three-game ban following his sending off against Malaga and will miss El Clasico. He had been shown his first booking for delaying a Malaga free-kick while tying his shoelaces, and got his second yellow after charging into Diego Llorente. [Full Article...]

Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves 123-118

Unlike the Eastern Conference, whose seeding wasn't determined until last night, the final day of the regular season, the eight qualifying Western Conference teams were established by the end of the last scheduled game Sunday. Brener: Houston poses the danger of just going on an offensive tear. I was really looking forward to a rematch between the same two teams that hopefully the National ... [Full Article...]

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