Karim Benzema Says Mathieu Valbuena 'Invented' Claims in Sex-Tape Scandal

Investigators suspect Benzema of acting as an intermediary between the presumed blackmailers and alleged victim Valbuena. France manager Didier Deschamps has described Karim Benzema as "pitiful" after the striker "liked" an Instagram post that mocked the coach.

Howard fastest, Honda dominates Indianapolis 500 practice

The anthem, the circuit, the racing - I'm very thankful to experience it. "Fernando is the same way. I'm very impressed with his approach". "I'm sure he'll have great speed". "He's in as good a position as anybody I know to meet that challenge as a newcomer". Once the initial line of cars have all completed one qualifying attempt, the field will split into two lanes in the pits - the Fast Lane, and Lane Two.

Gregg Popovich Calls Out LaMarcus Aldridge

I felt like coming up here to play, experience this environment. Meanwhile, the Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Finals games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on three or more days' rest. West, who was a member of the Spurs last season, was surprised to be brought into the discussion. Aldridge was asked if he thought Duncan would be an National Basketball Association head coach one day and said, "for sure he will be".

ESPN pundit predicts late transfer window departure for Kyle Walker

But it has been suggested that it will be Kyle Walker who will be first out the door at Tottenham with the club telling him to leave. While Conte is said to be very impressed with Victor Moses' performances this season, the Italian is keen to strengthen his options down the right ahead of the Blues' return to the Champions League next season.

Russian Federation will comply with WADA criteria: Mutko

Even WADA secretary general Olivier Niggli was uncertain how many worldwide federations would sign up, with many IFs expected to stay within national anti-doping programmes. She adamantly denied her country's wrongdoing and gave a speech saying, "We were suspended without proof, insolently, crudely". According to an update on that work at WADA's foundation board meeting in Montreal on Thursday, RUSADA is nearly ready to be reinstated, with the removal of the controversial Isinbayeva being ...

Watch Dion Phaneuf Demolish Penguins' Bryan Rust With Open-Ice Hit

Rust, who broke out this season for Pittsburgh with 15 goals in 57 games, has already been good for five goals in his 14 playoff games alone. I think he's got great puck skills. Mahura, 19, recorded 53 points (17 goals, 36 assists) and 57 penalty minutes in 73 games this season with Regina and Red Deer of the Western Hockey League.

Liverpool join the race for Tiemoué Bakayoko

While the French outfit will want to keep all of their star players as they look to defend their title next season and again go far in the Champions League, there may be an acceptance that they will lose a couple this season. Nwely-crowned Ligue 1 victor and Champions League semi-finalist Tiemoue Bakayoko could swap one title-winner for another this summer, with Chelsea making him their top target in a deal which could see Michy Batshuayi head in the other direction.

Sharapova says she will 'rise up again' following French Open snub

French Open organisers had "no grounds to penalise" Maria Sharapova by denying her a wildcard entry to the tournament, says the Women's Tennis Association . “She has complied with the sanction imposed, ” Simon said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press . Several leading players have spoken out against tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome offering Sharapova wild cards following her return to the circuit last month, arguing she should be given no special treatment during her ...

Always Dreaming is 4-5 favorite for Preakness

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes gets underway on Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Expect Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez to play the break on Always Dreaming , who has won by leading throughout and also by sitting just off the pace, as he did in the Derby .

IPL 2017: First qualifier match, Mumbai Indians vs Rising Supergiants Pune

Rahul Tripathi was the only man to fall for Pune in their reply, losing his wicket after hitting 28 off 20. Rising Pune utilised those sluggish conditions significantly better than Mumbai Indians to clear their path to the IPL final. Axar Patel was the top-scorer with 22 runs while Wriddhiman Saha's 13 was the next best. Shardul Thakur scalped three wickets for 19 runs while Jaidev Unadkat, Adam Zampa and Daniel Christian took two wickets each.

Spurs fan files lawsuit against Zaza Pachulia over Kawhi Leonard injury

Leonard missed Tuesday's Game 2 loss and remains questionable for Saturday's Game 3 at San Antonio . The Warriors outscored the Spurs - which led by as many as 25 points on Sunday's contest - 58-33 after Leonard left the Game 1, going on an 18-0 run and holding on for a 113-111 win and 1-0 lead.

Opening of Inglewood stadium delayed until 2020

The $2.5 billion, 70,000-seat stadium was scheduled to open in 2019 along with a 300-acre entertainment district on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood . The Chargers, who relocated from San Diego to begin play in Los Angeles this upcoming season, will play at the StubHub Center , which now seats less than 30,000.

Bad luck for the Suns or is the NBA Draft Lottery rigged?

Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. The timing was ideal for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. Nothing doing. The 33rd NBA Draft Lottery went off pretty much as predicted with the team with the league's worst record, the Brooklyn Nets, winning the first pick.

Warriors Coach Mike Brown Nearly Arrested While Driving To The Game

Simmons made two free throws later for the Spurs, but Curry tied the game at 106-106 with a trey and Green made a driving layup for the lead. "And that was the message to the team afterward, too, going into Game 3 . A Livingston dunk, Ian Clark's three and a Klay Thompson conventional three-point lead ballooned the lead to 114-77 with 10:37 left in the game.

CM Punk Gets $1 Mil Offer to Return to Wrestling

Hinkles explained that he would let Punk continue to focus on his MMA endeavor but is wants to give the fans of 5 Star Wrestling and the wrestling world a moment to remember. Promoter Daniel Hinkles has offered the biggest ever United Kingdom wrestling contract to the former WWE world champ and current UFC star to headline his forthcoming 5 Star Wrestling shows.

San Antonio Spurs fans file lawsuit against Zaza Pachulia, Golden State Warriors

That being said, the Spurs need more than just the proverbial wing and a prayer. It seemed as though Gregg Popovich had figured something out. The game came and went almost too quickly for the human eye, and the rest of the night was just a matter of waiting for the Inevitable Express to pull into the station.

Diamondbacks homer 3 times in 8th, beat skidding Mets 7-3

Paul Goldschmidt stole home when NY botched a rundown, and Yasmany Tomas hit another home run against the reeling Mets to help Arizona hang on for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night. The slumping slugger struck out looking with the bases loaded in the third and again with one on in the fifth. Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and also stole two bases for Pittsburgh.

West Ham and Stoke leading race to sign £15m-rated Chris Wood

The Elland Road outfit now face a huge battle to keep their talisman, with four Premier League sides all said to be keen on the 25-year-old, who was also linked with a switch to the cash-rich Chinese Super League in January. Leeds paid just £3m to sign Wood from Leicester and banking a £15m to £20m fee for the New Zealand global would represent a big profit for the Elland Road outfit.

NASCAR schedule: Chicagoland Speedway to lose playoff race, report says

From there, a ten lap shootout will give one last guaranteed spot to the victor. The race , which featured an intense finish between Davey Allison and Kyle Petty , is commonly known as One Hot Night. RIR's ¾-mile, D-shaped oval hosts two Cup races a year, a day race in the spring and the fall night race, which will be September 9 this year. Each team will have three sets of "prime" tires with an additional "optional" set of softer tires to use at their discretion.

Matt Harvey was partying at club until 4 am day of absence

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters after Harvey. Since Harvey's ill-fated no-show, there has been a report that he partied until 4 a.m. "It's about our guys relaxing and having some fun". NY called up journeyman Adam Wilk from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill in on short notice and little-to-no sleep.

AS Monaco Halt Paris Saint-Germain's Title Streak At Four

AS Monaco allowed the second least shots per game (9.5), and have given up the second least goals in the league as well (29). Prince of Monaco Albert II told Canal+: "After an extraordinary season, this final victory at home is the culmination of many things".

IPL 10 Prediction: Qualifier 2 - MI V/s KKR

Check out MI vs KKR toss, lineups, live streaming channels and live score updates on this page below. However, the weather is set to play a dampener as there is a possibility of thunderstorm. Prior to this match , Rohit required 13 runs to touch the landmark. Narine also has a record of fastest fifty to his name. "Our message was to get the ground as dry as possible so that it is fair to both teams".

Nathan Ake reveals he has learned a lot from John Terry

He continued: 'You've got to give credit to the gaffer really, they only went long ball because we stopped them playing threaded balls into the holes, into Harry Kane's feet, into Dele Alli letting him get there and turn. The Daily Mail , however, believe the veteran defender will look to continue playing next season with another Premier League club, and thus have reignited old claims that Bournemouth are interested in signing the 36-year-old.

Free agent DB McCourty signs 2-year deal with Browns

Gonzalez is the fourth draft pick signed by the Browns. McCourty was impressed with the Browns during his visit and said he likes "what is brewing within this organization in Cleveland". Briean Boddy-Calhoun (71st) and Joe Haden (85th) filled out the rest of the top 100. In 2015, McCourty missed 12 of 16 games because of groin injuries and two surgeries.

Marco Verratti to Chelsea: Antonio Conte offers £55m for PSG star

When asked earlier this week if he will stay at PSG for another season, the Italy global said: "Yes". Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during warmup before the Ligue 1 match between EA Guingamp and Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on April 9, 2017 in Paris, France.

Chelsea to parade Premier League trophy a day after FA Cup final

Twenty-nine games have already been won, and Conte hailed that as a "great, great achievement", but still wants more. He is an important prospect for me, and we have to take the best decision for him for next season. If Azpilicueta plays the whole game against Sunderland he will have featured in every minute of every Premier League game for Chelsea this season.

Draymond Green says Klay Thompson's All-NBA snub is 'BS'

Sharpshooter Klay Thompson was left off of all three teams. Green continues to be one of the most versatile players in the National Basketball Association. This is Curry's fourth All-NBA selection. "They got somebody who has a triple double". Green has also been All-NBA Defensive first-teamer for the past couple of years.

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said forward Alex Burrows was a game-time decision, but defenseman Mark Borowiecki remains out. It was a odd game in a weird series in a freakish playoffs, and that's hockey this year. This, for Ottawa, was bliss. "We just have to stay with it". We just have to dig down. So Crosby fumed, and the Penguins seemed shell-shocked, and Game 4 is now a swing game.

Yankees retire Derek Jeter's number 2 jersey

Jeter added another terrific pressure-packed performance to his resume Sunday night when he calmly and coolly thanked George Steinbrenner, the Yankees organization, his former teammates and the fans in an unscripted speech. The plaque is a replica of the one in Monument Park. There are no words that can express the love the city of NY and Yankee fans had, and continue to have, for "The Captain".

Vegas Raiders debut could hinge on vote today

The cheers led the Las Vegas Sun to dub the agreement "the lease heard 'round the world" as the construction workers will be part of the group that will build the proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that the Raiders hope to break ground on this summer.

US ousted by Finland, 2-0

Team USA was seeking to secure a place in the semifinals for the third consecutive World Championship, though this was a young team that coach Jeff Blashill brought to the 2017 tournament. The best chance for either side came on a breakaway attempt by Finland's Juhamatti Aaltonen with just under five minutes remaining in the period, but Howard made a sprawling pad save to keep the game scoreless.

Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia

Belgian Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finished third ahead of Italy's Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) and South African Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data). But the break was swallowed up with seven kilometres to go and Bennett appeared to be well placed to take the win as his Bora team controlled the front of the bunch in the final stages.

Partick 0-5 Celtic: Scottish Champions power to victory

Celtic were at their thrilling best as they thrashed Partick Thistle 5-0 in their Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Firhill. Celtic are now on 103 points, level with what Martin O'Neill's Cetic side earned when winning the league in the 2001-02 season.

Rashford, Pogba and Bailly named in Europa League Team of the Week

Rashford was criticised in the lead-up to the Celta clash after being accused of diving to win a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Swansea City. Lingard insists it was the flawless response and shows Rashford is developing a thick skin. In-form Rashford, who also scored a dramatic extra-time victor against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, scored a bending a free-kick into the corner in the 67th minute to ensure United take an away goal and a massive advantage going back to Old Trafford in a ...

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues

Assistant GM Martin Brodeur, who came out of the front office to serve as interim goalie coach to help resurrect Allen's season on February 1, will return to his pist as assistant GM and the team will hire a new goalie coach. We took five games to dust them off. With Klefbom and Sekera gone, Eric Gryba, who hadn't played since Game 1 of the first round, and call-up Griffin Reinhart were dressed.