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Man City "make contact" with Cristiano Ronaldo


It's understood that Ronaldo's decision to leave Madrid is partly based on his anger towards Spanish prosecutors after he was accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m) in tax. He could also use Eden Hazard - a long term target of Real Madrid's - as a pawn to persuade the European champions to nudge Ronaldo in Chelsea's direction. Read More »

Yankees' Tanaka gets career-worst 5th straight loss

Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium. Remy apologized on Twitter a day after he said during the NESN telecast of the game between Boston and NY that pitchers such as the Japanese-born Tanaka should "learn baseball language". "I really don't", Remy responded. What happens next cements the Yankees and Red Sox as eternal enemies in a series of showdowns for the rivalry's record book. Read More »

Green to LeBron: You started the super team, bro


Aside from wearing a T-shirt mocking the Cavs' early exit from the Finals and making fun of James' new haircut that makes the 32-year-old look bald, Green also declared, "You started the superteam, bro!" while quoting James' statement that he never played on a superteam. Read More »

Lawrence Dallaglio and Shane Horgan reflect on the 2005 Lions tour

Despite their domination they only managed two tries - one a scrum-powered penalty try and one to impressive lock Maro Itoje, and both when Maori scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow was in the sin bin. Leigh Halfpenny must complete the head-injury protocols to start at full-back against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday - so Liam Williams has been handed a chance to impress at 15 against the Chiefs . Read More »

NBA Finals Fast Facts


Another year, yet another NBA Finals in which the Cleveland Cavaliers were vying to claim the league's top prize: the Larry O'Brien trophy. "That's what brings forth the emotion, and that's what makes it so special when you do win: It's all worthwhile". Read More »

Hamilton secures pole in Canada


It proved to be a tough day for Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel pulling off an impressive recovery following an early pitstop to change a damaged front wing to finish fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen was forced to settle with seventh after suffering brake problems in the closing stages. Read More »

Sarfaraz vows to play 'attacking cricket' in clash against India


Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done. On Aamer Sohail's disparaging remarks , Ahmed said the team was not thinking about what he said. Captain Sarfraz said they had quickly forgotten the opening loss to India and simply focused on the next game in their bid to win the Champions Trophy for the first time. Read More »

Co-leader Koepka has 'bombs away' mentality at Erin Hills


Nobody should have been shocked to see Casey up there on seven-under, alongside another Englishman in Tommy Fleetwood , who shot a 70, and the Americans Brian Harman (70) and Brooks Kopeka (70). I had no idea that 9 under was the best ever in an Open, so that was pretty cool once I saw my card. "The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January ... Read More »

Don't tell Rory McIlroy that he's bored playing golf

Open cut for the second consecutive year. He also listed his achievements in the game, adding his money list and player of the year awards on both sides of the Atlantic to his two USPGA crowns and triumphs in The Open and US Open. McIlroy returns to action right away at the Travelers Championship and also has the Irish Open and Scottish Open on his schedule ahead of the Open at Royal Birkdale. Read More »

Rickie Fowler can shed this dreaded label with US Open win


KEY STATISTIC: In 116 U.S. Opens to date, only six players had ever reached 10 under or better. Now he'll have to go home and try to decipher what went wrong and, just like McIlroy, gear up for the next major, the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. Read More »

French Open Women's Semis Set: Pliskova vs. Halep to Determine No. 1

But the Romanian won five consecutive games and then saved match point to take it to a decider, which she finished off easily. "That's it. It's over", Halep said afterwards. "I felt a little bit tight because it was a semi-final", she said. I just tried to make her move more, to open the court, and it came. "I can not be more positive". Read More »

'Virat Kohli Smashes Pakistan', Fans Sing Ahead Of Final Clash

Title-holders India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side who were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world's top-eight one-day worldwide sides. The Pakistani captain had revealed that he is a great admirer of Dhoni and also idolises him. However, they recovered well and fought back to beat South Africa , Sri Lanka , and England in their way to final. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Basics helping me cut the edge, says Bumrah


Amidst this, he announced his eagerness to continue with the captain's role as he believes he is a "good captain". India didn't had a great start to their chase as they lost Rohit Sharma (12) at team's score of 23. "What I would have liked to have seen from the guys at the top of the order is, at least, an attempt to put Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar under pressure". Read More »

Kohli calm ahead of India-Pakistan final

Even the bowlers whom you play regularly in a series, in two matches you can be on top of him and in the third he can nick you off. By contrast, a single advertisement during an IPL match would have cost around INR. But it is this unpredictability of Pakistan make them such a potent opponent in the final. Though form and history favour India , the resurgent Pakistan side have the capability of upsetting India . Read More »

Luka Modric on Real Madrid's Champions League success


Gareth Bale added: "I am happy here at Madrid ". "I was happy I got on to play". "I'm a very happy man to win the 12th and we'll enjoy this moment now". Bale was injured again in the El Clasico against Barcelona on April 23, effectively ending his hopes of starting in Cardiff, and he later admitted he may have rushed his return following his ankle operation. Read More »

Rain-softened Erin Hills provides daunting weekend challenge

Open at Oakmont, and matched the all-time low for any major of 63. In fact, you have to go down to 19 place to find a victor of a major, Sergio Garcia at three-under. "Pitchers have good days and bad days, and I took an L [loss] today and come back tomorrow and try to finish this round strong going into next week". Read More »

Allen - Wales can cope with Bale's absence


Vladimir Stojkovic, the Serbia goalkeeper, made a pig's ear of dealing with Ben Davies's long ball and ended up bringing down Ramsey just outside the area when he realised that he was unable to shepherd the ball out of play. Coleman singled Ramsey out for praise, saying his "input was immense", but the 26-year-old applauded Wales' collective effort in front of passionate Serbian support. Read More »

Arthur confident India 'aberration' behind Pakistan

You can't ignore it. It was only on June 4 that India launched their title defence with a 124-run rout of Pakistan at Edgbaston. Pakistan are ready to change the course of history in a clash that's "bigger than the Ashes" when they face arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final . Read More »

A classic contest between Pakistan's bowling and India's batting

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan . For Pakistan , it has to be Hasan Ali , the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. "We've got to try and get into them", Arthur told Read More »

US Open spectator dies Friday at Erin Hills

They were joined by Harman and Fleetwood, who each had a 70. Fowler shot a 73 and was still very much in the hunt at a second straight major. Jamie Lovemark and JB Holmes also played their way into contention with under-par rounds to get to within one shot of the lead. Read More »

US Open notebook: Tommy Fleetwood prevents total meltdown on No. 18

After opening with a 79, Day's struggles continued with a second-round 75 ensuring he ended the longest active streak of cuts made (17) at the majors. Open won't miss McIlroy , Day and Johnson . Thomas started his record round with birdies on the first two holes. However, while the world's top three are making other plans for the weekend after missing the cut, college amateur Cameron Champ is proving that massive tee shots can still help get the job done on the long, links-style ... Read More »

Ronaldo rocks Madrid with exit move


The rumours have led to speculation that Ronaldo could be making a return to his former club Manchester United , who are in the market for a forward after they released Zlatan Ibrahimovic . "All parties will be very happy with the deal". "The same year I had the problem with Robinho and he wanted to leave". "Very few clubs can meet his [Ronaldo's] expectations". Read More »

Lions coach Gatland breathes easier after Maori win

Pre-game, Warren Gatland was dealt another injury blow with the news Welsh flanker Ross Moriarty was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with ongoing nerve damage. Prop Tomas Francis, hooker Kristian Dacey, second row Cory Hill and scrum half Gareth Davies were all added to the squad as cover for the Lions' next match against Waikato Chiefs on Tuesday. Read More »