Juan Mata: Arsenal loss has focused Man United minds on Europa League

Rooney continues to be linked with a big-money move to China, where his agent Paul Stretford spent time earlier in the year speaking to interested clubs. Let us know in the comments section below. "I don't think the Old Trafford atmosphere is consistent". "For Celta, in their words it's the most important match of their history".

Sharapova's popularity doesn't earn a French Open wild card — Sports Briefly

They might be very disappointed and she might be disappointed. "Must be tough for her, but it's the way it is", Novak Djokovic said after he overcame a challenging first set to beat British qualifier Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2 in his opening match at the Foro Italico.

Almost arrested? Mike Brown was just trying to get to Game 2

Teams are sure to have taken notice with Simmons set to become a restricted free agent this summer. It was LaMarcus Aldridge's time to step up as the best player on the Spurs roster, and he didn't answer the call as he played his worst game of the playoffs.

McGregor signs deal for Mayweather fight

Asked if it would be the biggest fight in terms of interest since Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Malignaggi added: "Absolutely". The Hartlepool-based fighter who garnered attention in the amateur boxing ranks has closed that chapter, and is ready to build a name for herself amongst the greatest women in professional boxing.

Spurs: Kawhi officially 'questionable' for Game 3 of West finals

With the Spurs down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, the leading scorer said he will balance his desire to get back into the fray against any long-term effect on his career. But this is the same Spurs roster that annihilated the Rockets in Houston not long ago to clinch that second-round series, and the Warriors were all too aware of this.

Liverpool Icon Steven Gerrard Sends Heartwarming Video to 'Best Partner' Xabi Alonso

But then the Liverpool star goes on to reveal he is jealous of Alonso's achievements, especially winning league titles - something Gerrard never achieved. Even now he is producing game after game, and no doubt he could play on for another three years. Xabi Alonso is set to call time on his storied career as a professional footballer this weekend as Bayern Munich welcome Freiburg to the Allianz Arena.

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is 'the devil'

Pickford foiled Arsenal after that and while it was job done as they gained three points, they stay fifth and are still outsiders to finish in the top four. After that you deal with what happens. 'Because in the two games we were leading 1-0 and we got caught in the second half. "I have to say you want to have the Champions League one rather than the Europa League one but you can see more and more, big teams are treating the Europa League with respect because it is a European trophy".

Ajax shouldn't be in Europa League-Mourinho

Asked if his academy players are ready, Mourinho replied: 'All together? No. I just think he has missed a trick. Clubs are in danger of breaching rules if they select players from outside their 25-man Premier League squads. Romero has been Jose Mourinho's goalkeeper of choice in the Europa League this season and the shot-stopper looks set to start for the Red Devils in the final in Stockholm next week.

Punishing Maria Sharapova further is unfair, says WTA chief

In a post on her official Twitter page, she said: "If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday". Announcing the FFT's decision Tuesday, president Bernard Giudicelli said giving Sharapova a wildcard would make a nonsense of tennis authorities' ramped-up efforts against doping.

Celtics should be open to trade No. 1 pick - Danny Picard

Reuters/Jayne Kamin-OnceaOrlando Magic guard C.J. Watson (32) guards Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) in the second half of the game at. Williams-Goss scored in the double digits twenty times this season and also shot a West Coast Conference-best 65-percent from the floor. "The next step for this team, that's got to be Gordon Hayward", Mannix said on CSNNE's "Celtics Pregame Live".

Olynyk shows Celts the way past Wizards, into conference finals

The Celtics won 115-105 to adva. Thomas scored 29 points and dished out a playoff career-high 12 assists, while Al Horford had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jae Crowder 14 points and five boards and Marcus Smart 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.

Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

Beginning next year, however, she'll step into the main role, becoming the league's first female referee to take charge on the field. "It acts as a confirmation of the hard work I have done to get here and an even greater incentive to keep working harder to go further", Steinhaus said .

Rain Delays Chargers-Rams Stadium To 2020

The stadium was due to be completed by summer 2019, but the stadium developer has announced today that it will not be completed until 2020. Rams officials said the water depth sometimes reached 12 to 15 feet. For his part, Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos wasn't caught off guard by the extensive delay. At least one Rams fan said he was willing to be extra patient.

I was being treated like a criminal: Muntari

Per Digby, Muntari explained the decision to card him, rather than address the problem with the fans, was the reason he walked off: "That's where I got angry". The Ghanaian, who has played at three World Cups for his country, said he asked the referee to stop the Serie A match last Sunday and request that a warning be given to the crowd because of the chanting from a group of home supporters.

Celtics coach defends Kelly Olynyk after 'dirty' diss by Draymond Green

Wizards fans are probably not thrilled with Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk at the moment, after he set an illegal high screen on Washington's Kelly Oubre (who reacted and was subsequently ejected/suspended for a game ). Still, some will likely agree with Green's stance on Olynyk . He did have some physical contact with the ref, and that would warrant it especially because Kelly isn't that big of a name.

Wizards forward Oubre ejected for bowling over Olynyk

Oubre was suspended one game without pay for charging and making forceful and unwarranted contact with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk in Game 3 on Thursday night. "I've been hit in the head multiple times by the same person", Oubre told reporters after practice Friday. But it is what it is. "Everybody's got a comment or something to say about others, I guess".

Isaiah Thomas rips Draymond Green for Kelly Olynyk comments

The altercation earned Oubre, a key reserve for Washington , a flagrant-2 foul from the officiating crew and a first-half ejection. Al Horford's sister isn't the only member of the Celtics family who's taking Warriors forward Draymond Green to task for calling Kelly Olynyk a dirty player.

Djokovic, Nadal stay on course in Rome

Both men moved through their opening three service games without facing any danger of being broken but it was Djokovic who struck first blood for a 4-3 lead. That's what happened today. If one looks at the head-to-head record, Djokovic has been mighty impressive, winning 13 matches and only losing four.

Rain causes Djokovic, Del Potro Saturday finish

World number two Novak Djokovic. Djokovic faced Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters yesterday after the unseeded Argentinian's 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori. "I went out there with the belief that if I played well and executed my game plan that I could walk off that court with a win", said Isner. The eighth-seeded Austrian was forced to save three match points before battling to a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (9/7) win over another American, Sam Querrey.

Hahn, Barnes share Byron Nelson lead with stars lurking

Normally one of the best putters on tour, the Dallas native was frustrated with that part of his game after missing the cut at the Players Championship last week. Johnson, who won three tournaments in a row before withdrawing from last month's Masters after injuring his back in a fall before the opening round, said he is still working on regaining top form.

Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final

The Penguins, who trail in a playoff series for the first time all postseason, will go with Murray over Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed four goals on nine shots in a 5-1 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday night as the Senators took a 2-1 series lead.

Watford confirm Walter Mazzarri to leave club at season-end

The most important thing is I'm here to work at Hull City, not to talk about other clubs". "To improve my goals as well, our goals as staff". "It does not have to be a very big club; I am willing to accept any position if I can feel that the project is going to be mine".

Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

Game 2 is Friday night at TD Garden before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points, respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime.

Olynyk guides Celtics to Game 7 win over Wizards

Thomas hit two superlative three-pointers while Marcus Smart added another in a 1:13 spell that put the Celtics up for good. But the fans took a special liking to the performance of their most unexpected hero, who had totaled eight of fewer points during four of the first six games of the series.

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.