Rafael Nadal vs. Stan Wawrinka - player profiles

The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. The 31-year-old Spaniard, ready to reclaim his Roland crown after a two-year hiatus, is on the verge of something special. "I think the difference between Stan and Dominic Thiem (who Nadal beat in the semis) is that Wawrinka has the best one-handed backhand of all time".

Live Nadal playing Wawrinka in French Open final

But Wawrinka is yet to lose a Major final, having won all three thus far. "The feeling that I have here is impossible to describe, impossible to compare to other places", Nadal said on court after the victory, brushing away tears. Past year he withdrew from a third-round match with a wrist injury. Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time.

Mariners lock up shortstop Jean Segura with 5-year deal

It also includes a $17 million option for 2023. Next season is the final year of Segura's initial Major League Baseball contract, putting him on a present path to be a free agent prior to the 2019 campaign. In 43 games this season, Segura leads the AL with a.341 batting average. After leading the National League in hits last season, Segura has not disappointed in his move to the American League.

The Mets mascot was caught on camera giving fans the middle finger

Here's the thing: You're inside an oversized costume built to grab the attention of every fan in the stadium - especially children. They seemed to be in a forgiving mood. All the practice sessions with Homer went well inside an empty ballpark. Sogard worked an eight-pitch walk to lead off the game before Thames homered well beyond the right-center-field fence for his 14th round-tripper but first since May 9.

Reds' Scooter Gennett Has Monster Night With 4 HRs, 10 RBIs

Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds became just the 15th big leaguer to hit four home runs in one game, accomplishing the feat on Tuesday against the St. The Reds have won nine of their last 14 games against the Cardinals , including three in a row for the first time since 2015. Bronson Arroyo will get the start in game three and is 3-4 with a 6.24 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season.

Harry Kane heartened by England character in dramatic draw with Scotland

Kane's injury-time equaliser at Hampden Park on Saturday did not solve any of those issues once and for all. England hardly sparkled against an industrious and spirited Scotland side in the Group F qualifier but Southgate believes they showed they have the right personality to get results in testing environments.

Manchester United hoping to secure £130m double transfer deal

Spain play in Macedonia this evening in a World Cup qualifier - this will be Morata's final game of the 2016/2017 season. "I try to keep my position more because you know Paul has the ability to score; the ability to head, to shoot, to dribble - he has everything".

Liverpool confirm Solanke signing from Chelsea on free transfer

Liverpool are set to sign striker Dominic Solanke from Chelsea . He never truly played for Chelsea's senior team - just once - and fitting into the Liverpool squad may take him sometime. After the move was confirmed, one very angry Chelsea "fan" going by the name of "certified_dhillon" sent Solanke a particularly rude message via Instagram signalling his displeasure at the decision to leave.

Champions Trophy: Amla, Tahir lead South Africa past Sri Lanka

While there were doubts over the fitness of a few of their key players, it looks like the Proteas are all set to go into this CT 2017 Group B match with a full-strength team. It was important for the first 10-15 overs not to lose too many wickets. Tharanga pleaded guilty of the offence and accepted the proposed sanction.

Crosby picks up 3 assists, slams Subban's head

Subban and his partner Ekholm have been mostly up against the other team's top lines and so far they've done a bang-up job of shutting down the Toews, Tarasenko, Getzlaf and Malkin lines over the course of four series. Nashville's blue line is deep, but Ellis has been a productive player with five goals, 13 points and an average of 24:01 in ice time . "We're just going to try to stay in the moment regardless of whether it needs to be played", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.

Sidney Crosby makes it hard to root for Sidney Crosby

After all, it wasn't just Crosby (three assists) who shined for Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Both teams have gone through it to this point so any additional rest both teams can get will make for a higher-quality game. "We've got to get one more win". "But I promise you, in 10 years when we're talking about this to our kids, our friends, our grandkids, we're not going to be complaining about where we parked or how crowded it was".

Predators focus on defense

PLUS Matt Murray made 24 saves to post his third career playoff shutout on Thursday and joined an exclusive club in the process. Rinne gave up three first-period goals in Game 5 and didn't return to the net for the second period . Crosby's eventful night continued in the second period when he was displeased with what he thought was a missed call and then appeared to purposefully throw a water bottle onto the ice during play.

Manchester United FC's Jose Mourinho deserves 'The Special One' name: Paul Pogba

Mourinho hasn't promised Morata a starting place, say Marca , but has explained how and where he'll play, which is essentially the same thing. Herrera made 50 appearances across all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign, while Pogba took in 51 fixtures.

Peter Laviolette: Subban's head was 'crosschecked into ice' by Crosby

It's not about blazing speed, though they have some of that, but about moving the puck quickly and forcing even the stingiest of defensive opponents to get back on their heels. All four of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cups have been clinched on the road with Chicago the last team to win the Cup on home ice back in 2015. He's stopped just 34 of 45 in Pittsburgh during the series.

Alvaro Morata hints create excitement for Manchester United fans

On Saturday evening, Madrid-based radio station Cadena Ser have confirmed that Real Madrid are selling Alvaro Morata to Manchester United and James Rodriguez to PSG. But, as the situation stands, his chances could get more limited at Santiago Bernabeu next season. The Spain global returned to los Blancos in the 2016 summer transfer window after completing a £29m move to Real Madrid from Serie A giants Juventus .

Penguins' soft-spoken Malkin lets play speak for itself

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin may be a man of few words but his on-ice dominance speaks for itself, head coach Mike Sullivan said on Thursday. At the very least, he needs to go to a place where Jake Guentzel doesn't exist. He has found his touch at the right time for Pittsburgh , which leads the Final 1-0.

Predators leaning on Pekka Rinne to force Penguins back to Pittsburgh

No, the reason why the Pittsburgh Penguins had headed into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final having blown a 2-0 series lead to the Nashville Predators was because of the players surrounding Crosby. Kessel ended a six-game goal drought 8:02 into the second. While Pittsburgh created really good scoring chances in the first two periods of Game 4, it was still outshot in each of the first four games, sometimes by a lot in terms of total shots.

ICC Champions Trophy: Empathise with AB de Villiers, says Virat Kohli

Although India posted a solid score of 321 against Sri Lanka , their batsmen failed to push on for an unassailable total. In four-Test series in 2015, he claimed 31 wickets at a quite fairy-tale average of 11.12 and thus would still be a daunting figure for the South Africans.

Rafael Nadal's road to French Open 2017 men's singles final

Stan Wawrinka became the oldest French Open finalist in 44 years yesterday with an epic 6-7 (6-8), 6 -3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over world number one Andy Murray . Rafael Nadal has dropped just 29 games on his way to the summit clash and is undefeated in nine previous semi-final appearances in Paris . US Open champion Wawrinka triumphed in a pulsating four hour 34 minute battle of shot making and endurance and will target a fourth Slam title on Sunday.

Penguins head home upbeat despite losing two to Predators in Nashville

A series has broken out. A week ago, the Nashville Predators headed home down 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins . "I came here well-prepared and we just didn't have it tonight". "What I've really grown to admire and respect about Sid is not only is he a talented player, because there's a lot of talented players; I just think he has such a drive to be the best, and he's willing to do what it takes", coach Mike Sullivan said .

Impact of the new Apple App Store on app developers

Apple is making it mandatory to use its official in-app rating function in the Apple API. While some will view these restrictions as censorship, the fact of the matter is that the company is very up front about its expectations for developers signing up to sell apps on its storefront .

French Open 2017: Murray Defeats Nishikori to Enter Semi Finals

I also think I'm playing better than a year ago. "I think he's been great". It was just today it was unusual how it came about. The world No 1 has played himself into form in Paris and will meet Stan Wawrinka for a place in his second successive final in Paris on Friday after a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori .

Iguodala's moment of redemption against LeBron

Fortunately for the Cavaliers , Chris Haynes of ESPN revealed that James' kick isn't under investigation. And why would James go to the Western Conference? Due to little known National Basketball Association bylaws that say that any free agent must be connected to the Lakers at some point, we now have to talk about the possibility that James could consider the Lakers .

Preds Fall 4-1 As Rinne Struggles Again In Game 2

The call was overturned and the goal did not count. You be the judge of that. The first is to see how Nashville's offense responds. Pittsburgh was outshot throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Penguins' power play went 0-for-5 with two shots through 40 minutes, and neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin registered a shot through the first two periods.

Crosby's wild night puts Penguins one win from Cup

The Penguins played nearly the flawless tactical game to take a 3-2 lead in the series, which is why Hainsey said they'd be in good shape if they could replicate that performance in Game 6 Sunday in Nashville. Crosby, Malkin and playoffs goals leader Jake Guentzel would seem to be the favorites to win the playoff MVP if the Penguins close out the series. That'll take another team effort from the defense.

Subban promises Predators will be better in game six

So do the Predators, who can't get back to Smashville fast enough. "We've played well at home", said Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette. "With all the adversity this team has faced over the course of this season, what jumps out to me is just the character of the people that we have in our dressing room", stated Sullivan.

CT 2017: India win toss, opt to field vs South Africa

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, M.S. Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah. It will be a do-or-die affair for both Pakistan and Sri Lanka when they lock horns in a Group B Champions Trophy tie at the Sophia Gardens here on Monday.

Argentina Score Sensational End-To-End Try In Dramatic Game Vs England

We managed to get lucky at the end with a good try off Denny but I can't fault the effort there. In the end, I think we had 10 new caps on there. "When you are playing a full-strength Argentina team that is a great effort". Set up by Blues first-five Piers Francis , NZ-born Denny Solomona scores a superb match-winning try for England against Argentina . Player ratingsEngland: Mike Brown: 5, Marland Yarde: 7, Henry Slade: 7, Alex Lozowski: 8, Jonny May: 6, George Ford: 8, ...

After upset wins, Pakistan, Lanka square off for CT semis spot

It is a must-win game for both teams, who are looking to reach the semifinals of the competition. Having conceded 319 for three against India , Pakistan restricted South Africa to 219 for eight. Offie Ravichandran Ashwin has had a good track record against the southpaws with figures standing as 63 wickets at 24.23. Morne Morkel has 25 wickets against India in 14 matches.

Predators play 'Rocky Top' to energize crowd, team scores goal seconds later

Not with Rinne 9-1 at home this postseason. The rest of his teammates might not have even been in the same city. "We need to play a better game", Laviolette said . After two straight losses in Nashville , Pittsburgh blitzed the Predators with three goals in the first period to chase goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Preds leaning on Rinne to force Penguins back to Pittsburgh

But we haven't accomplished anything to this point, and so we've got to make sure that we continue to earn our way, and that's through our performance". Subban said he is welcoming the challenge. Malkin ripped a wrist shot over Rinne's glove on the ensuing 4-on-4 to make it 3-0 with just 10 seconds left in the first.

Scooter Gennett homers 4 times, ties Major League Baseball record

ARLINGTON, Texas - Joey Gallo clubbed his team-leading 17th home run as Texas snapped a four-game losing streak. Gennett became the first player ever to produce five hits, four home runs and 10 RBI, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Penguins explode in third, take 2-0 series lead on Preds

He got a long rebound of a shot by Bryan Rust and took advantage of an open quarter of the net to make it 2-1. He bought the catfish in Nashville, then brought it up to Pittsburgh where he prepared it. The series shifts to Nashville on Saturday night for Game 3. "At the end of the day, every time he's on the ice I'm going to be in his face and he's not going to like it", said Subban, who has helped limit Crosby to no points and just one shot in Game 2.

Penguins crush Predators to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Right from the opening face-off you could tell that this was a different team. What made Josi's performance even more impressive was that he logged almost 25 minutes, often matching up against Crosby, and was missing his defence partner Ryan Ellis for most of the second and all of the third period.

Blue mutt named Stanley set tone for Predators' attacking style

Pekka Renne must be cursed in Pittsburgh as he gave up three goals on nine shots and only played one period in Game 5. Six different players scored goals in the Penguins' rout of the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in Pittsburgh .