Top NHL draft prospect makes ceremonial pitch at Wrigley

Players born in 1996 or before are free agents. Nolan grew up in Winnipeg and played Canadian major juniors for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Who from UND will go? But if you look at it a couple years later (after the draft) and you can't still say, 'It was a good pick.' That's more of what you want.

Princess Kate laughs off royal fall at Royal Ascot

The Britannia Stakes is one contest local punters should play close attention to with the 1,600m race regularly raided by bloodstock agents looking for a potential Hong Kong Derby horse. Among Highland Reel's six top level wins are the 2015 Hong Kong Vase and last year's Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita. "If he comes over for the old Emirates Stakes (Cantala Stakes), as we call it , he's gonna be a real live chance so really rapt with the run".

Messi offers to pay €500000 to avoid 21-month jail sentence

A Spanish prosecutor on Friday agreed to swap prison sentences imposed on Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi by a Barcelona court for a joint 510,000 euro ($569,800) fine. They made a voluntary €5m "corrective payment", equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. He was given 21 months in prison, however this was suspended, as Spanish law allows first-time offenders like Messi to serve their time on probation, as long as the sentence ...

Nuggets have held discussions with Bulls about Jimmy Butler

General manager Gar Forman is either playing the ultimate game of National Basketball Association trade chicken or has no intention of actually looking to deal three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. The third scenario in all this Bulls chatter is they make the 16th overall pick, lock up Rondo, and nothing changes. "He'll show our players a lot of the things that he's learned along the way".

Russian Federation get off to winning start, beat New Zealand — FIFA Confederations Cup

Putin had also asked the players to perform like warriors, though they hardly needed to be war-like in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big. Football fans in the United Kingdom can watch live action on ITV1. "We must start small". The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce Federation Internationale de Football Association bidding contest seven years ago.

Detroit Pistons select Duke guard Luke Kennard in the NBA Draft

He's not going to be a starter in the National Basketball Association unless a team is looking to tank. "His 6'5" wingspan won't help him on the defensive end, either. Van Gundy said he can sort of understand why defense may not have been a huge priority for players like Kennard. "We just got to get him to apply himself defensively".

'The Fight Is On': Conor McGregor to Meet Floyd Mayweather in Octagon

The undercard for the fight will be comprised of boxing matches and Mayweather Promotions will handle the matchmaking. " THE FIGHT IS ON ", McGregor tweeted announced first, posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather's father, Floyd Sr.

Tower fire began in fridge, cladding was unsafe

People who believe they may own a Hotpoint fridge-freezer model number FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey) should call Whirlpool Corporation's freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit to register their details for further updates.

Confederations Cup 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo header gives Portugal win over Russia

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo jumps for the ball during the Confederations Cup , Group A soccer match between Russian Federation and Portugal , at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow , Wednesday, June 21, 2017 . "Raphael went to hospital, we think he might have fractured his leg", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. Only a superb one-handed reflex save from Akinfeev , who made his 100th global appearance, stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break.

Kumble quits as India coach over Kohli spat

Downplaying any speculations of a rift that transpired between him and the coach, Kohli said that he had vast respect for Kumble as a cricketer and his achievements for the country. "What's more important for me is to maintain the sanctity of the dressing room". A three-man panel of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who picked Kumble in June previous year, will deliberate over Kumble's replacement.

National Hockey League trades: Blackhawks move Artemi Panarin, Niklas Hjalmarsson in separate deals

The Blackhawks also acquired goalie Anton Forsberg and a fifth round pick in 2018 from the Blue Jackets and send forward Tyler Motte and a sixth round pick this year to Columbus. We'll have more details as they come in on this breaking story . Bowman thanked Panarin for his contributions over two seasons, calling the 25-year-old's rookie year in 2015-16 as one of the best debut seasons in franchise history.

Republican wins pricey $79m Georgia race

In South Carolina , Charleston attorney and Democratic political newcomer Joe Cunningham said on Wednesday he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader.

Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball

For months now, the older Ball has made a lot of headlines for the hilarious and even downright absurd comments he made about different basketball topics, and the way he built-up his sons. Walton said that, in the course of interviewing Lonzo, he was impressed with the description of their father-son relationship. "Just want to get on the court".

Your guide to Duke, UNC, NC State prospects in the NBA Draft

Meanwhile, players like Duke seniors Amile Jefferson , (forward) and Matt Jones (guard), UNC seniors Kennedy Meeks (center), Nate Britt (guard) and Isaiah Hicks (forward) and N.C. Washington's Markelle Fultz, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No.

Fun Facts About Royal Ascot

A racegoer wears an ornate hat as she arrives for the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England , Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Their main 2-y-old fancy for the week is reportedly Happy Like A Fool and if that filly wins the Queen Mary on Wednesday then you would imagine there would be plenty of support for McErin - although he was beaten last time out at Churchill Downs when last seen on dirt back in May.

Paul George Tells Pacers He Plans To Leave Franchise, Prefers Joining Lakers

This week Indiana Pacers star Paul George revealed his plans going forward. While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick - Jayson Tatum - in a deal for George.

After 4 days, Portugal contains wildfire that killed 64

There, about 1,100 firefighters supported by 21 water-dropping aircraft are battling the flames, which officials say they expected to extinguish by the end of the day. The welcome news about the blaze in the Pedrogao Grande region came as another fire grew in size, with some resources being diverted to Gois, about 12 miles away.

Juventus scouting manager joins Manchester United

He will move to Old Trafford to work alongside head of global scouting Marcel Bout and chief scout Jim Lawlor, sources said. On their website Juventus wrote: "Scouting manager Javier Ribalta will be departing the club to take on a new professional adventure elsewhere".

Besiktas crush dreams of reported Man Utd target Talisca

The midfielder agreed for a two-year loan spell with the Turkish club but now reports suggest that he could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer. "It's a dream [to play at Old Trafford], something all players want". " I had a good season so we will see what happens ". Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca is definitely not on the verge of joining Manchester United after a representative of the player has this week completely denied the existence of an alleged "agreement" to join ...

At Glastonbury, Depp asks about assassinating the president

Is she intending to do harm to the White House or President Trump? It seems this is not something that will be ignored by the president or his staff. Snoop Dogg released a music video in which he assassinates a clown dressed as Trump . Last month, comedian Kathy Griffin prompted a national outcry when she posted a picture of herself holding a mock "decapitated" head of Donald Trump .

Nadal Wins 10th French Open, Makes Tennis History

Or as the Nadals preferred: La Decima, Spanish for "The Tenth ". "I didn't play my best tennis for sure, I was a little bit hesitant with my selection of shots". An unseeded player has not won the French Open since 1933. "But not only here". After 31 consecutive victories at the French Open since his debut and four titles, Nadal lost his first match in the French Open against Swedish player Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the tournament in 2009.

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko shocks Simona Halep to win French Open

Ostapenko , who has never previously won a Tour level title, will bank a record French Open women's singles champion prize of €2.1m ($2.4m) for the victory after having only previously earned $1.3m throughout her career. "Then I stayed aggressive and the match turned in my way", commented Ostapenko. "It hurts a lot, and I need time just to - I don't know [to make it] go away".

Clemson's Blossomgame drafted by Spurs in 2nd round of NBA Draft

He's a guard. He can shoot the ball. "There's a point in time that we'll have to address what's next". Gasol's decision reportedly gives him and the team an opportunity to work on a more team-friendly long-term deal. A native of Parker, Colo., White was a two-time All-America pick at UCCS. "To become a professional, there's a certain maturity level that comes with that", Spurs assistant general manager Brian Wright said of the two four-year players.

Srikanth beats Sai Praneeth to reach Australian Open semis

A little later, Japanese seventh seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto defeated Indian women's doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in an hour and five minutes in the second round. Srikanth and Sai Praneeth register hard-fought wins in their second round matches to set up and all-Indian men's singles quarterfinal clash. - Sai Praneeth bagged the Thailand Grand Prix Gold title in the first week of June, beating Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in ...

Spieth storms into early lead at Travelers Championship

Canadian Graham DeLaet had an eagle on the fifth to thank for his lofty position just outside the top three while Idaho-based Troy Merritt also carded 65 after recording four birdies on the front nine. "I am about a month behind my workload", he said. After a good par save from 15 feet at the 10th - his first - McIlroy converted a nice approach to three feet at the 12th and missed makeable putts from 12 feet or less at three of the next four holes before atoning at the 17th.

Crystal Palace set to appoint De Boer as new boss

If De Boer takes the Palace job, he will likely bring twin brother Ronald de Boer along as a scout. If De Boer were to be appointed, the remit will be simple: improve Palace's league position. He was part of the Dutch team that were knocked out of Euro 2000 by Italy after a semi-final shootout. Inter Milan , understandably, wasn't a club De Boer could refuse.

Barcelona agree on 5-year deal with Ousmane Dembele

Fellow Bundesliga side Schalke have also been credited with an interest in signing the Barcelona youngster. However, Dortmund director of football, Michael Zorc, reacted to those rumours on Thursday, telling Barcelona to forget about his signing the club's prized asset and threatening them with legal action.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa wants return to Atletico Madrid

Southampton will speak to former Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino imminently and may appoint him as the club's new manager by the end of this week. This caused a fall-out between manager and club when Costa made the revelation to reporters, with the board fearing that his price tag would be devalued if rival clubs knew he was no longer wanted.

Lakers in talks with Pacers for Paul George

The Lakers have no sure-fire superstars on the roster and have struggled in recent years to attract any stars to sign with them. Taylor also stated Paul George told Pritchard of his intentions to avoid a Kevin Durant situation , but judging from reactions so far, fans don't see it that way.

Twitter reacts to the Mayweather-McGregor fight announcement

Floyd Mayweather posted on social media last night that "It's Official!" and McGregor posted, " The Fight Is On ", hours after an August 26 fight date at the MGM Grand was approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "The impossible deal is now done". " Conor McGregor is a guy who's done a lot of good things over here for the sport and this company and he wanted this and the fans wanted it too", said White in a press conference announcing the fight last night.

Mourinho accused of tax evasion in Spain

The Procurator of Madrid recently accused Ronaldo of tax evasion in the amount of 14.7 million euros. Another day, another tax fraud case is being brought against a Portuguese bloke with ties to Manchester United . A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed to Press Association Sport that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

Patrick Reed sets early clubhouse target at rain-softened Erin Hills

He was not the only big name to miss the cut as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day , world number two and three respectively, also crashed out. The last six majors have been taken by first-time winners. A superb chip to three feet set up the birdie on the 597-yard first hole before he then demolished the short par-four second. "I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course", he said.

Grenfell Tower: Hotpoint fridge freezer started fire, say police

The Sun also reported that a few eyewitnesses told the police that they heard one of the resident claiming that the fire was caused by his appliance. The government will work with local authorities to make sure any risky material is removed and residents are safe, she said. McCormack says: "What we haven't got is a picture of how many people might have been in there".

Perez's slam downs Red Sox

Perez hit his first career grand slam and he says he's going to keep using that bat. Joakim Soria (3-2) pitched the 8th inning and got the win. And the Sox took advantage of another Kansas City miscue three batters later when reliever Mike Minor attempted to pick off Bogaerts at first, but his throw got away from Hosmer, allowing Marrero to scamper home to stretch Boston's lead to two.

With one eye on history, Hansen beckons Lions to Eden Park fortress

Prices for organised tours ranged up to $15,000 for a 40-day tour stay with flights, accommodation and tickets to all 10 matches but most have managed to do it for less by limiting their stay and being selective about the games they see. "'s our home", he said. "Axel's a rugby man, so he would have told us all "play your game, play what you do and what you know", said O'Mahony of Foley, who won 62 caps for Ireland.