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Chelsea hitman edges closer to Atletico move

When the Spain global returned to the starting XI for the home win over Hull on January 22, scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 victory, Conte said Costa "wants to stay at Chelsea " and was "very happy to play with us" with the idea of a transfer "far from his mind". Read More »

Hurricanes beat Brumbies 35-16 in quarter-final at Canberra Stadium


Jordie Barrett will play outside centre for the Hurricanes on Friday night while brother Beauden returns at fly-half after missing last week's win over the Crusaders through illness. They hit back in freakish circumstances when a Perenara pass bounced off the head of prop Ben May and over the try line with Jordie Barrett reacting first to touch down. Read More »

El Clasico and derby dates revealed


If Los Blancos reach the final, it is possible that the first league El Clasico of the campaign will be moved to Thursday, 21 December. The two Spanish giants are already due to play each other three times before the La Liga season begins - in the International Champions Cup on July 29, and in the two-legged Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou on August 13 and the Bernabeu on August 16. Read More »

La Repubblica: Atletico Madrid could loan Diego Costa to AC Milan

Costa has been left off Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East and Conte has all but confirmed his exit, ending any lingering hopes supporters may have had of a reprieve. 'Lukaku cost a lot of money but the same with [Alex] Lacazette and Arsenal who spent 65m euros. This is the situation now. This is the situation now and we must be v good and not make a mistake when you buy a player. Read More »

US Earns Spot in FIL World Cup Final

England trailed by four scores (9-5) at halftime, but the US rattled off an eight-goal run in the second half to set up a championship game tilt against Canada Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. Hayes' three goals led England and McNab finished with 12 saves. Treanor opened the scoring in the second half, finding the back of the net 29 seconds in. Read More »

A glance at the first round of the British Open


But a resilient Rory McIlroy insisted he remained firmly in contention for a second Open title at Royal Birkdale after recovering from a woeful start to end the day six shots off the pace. It can't be much worse than what we had in the second round a year ago or it would be unplayable. "That was a really, really nice bunker shot", he said. Read More »

Brooks Koepka holes bunker shot for eagle at The Open


The Irishman's last appearance in the event was back in 2014 and the following week he led from start to finish to win the Open at Hoylake - around 30 miles away from Birkdale - before recording victories in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA in consecutive starts. Read More »

Kuchar takes Open lead with two early birdies


Casey's last round in his 30s contained five birdies and a three-putt bogey on the 11th, but was a 12-shot improvement on his opening effort at Birkdale in 2008. He stuck to a planned trip to Las Vegas after winning his first major, and he spent two weeks out West. But with the rain giving way, wind easing and patches of blue sky beginning to emerge, conditions started to ease and just under 90 minutes after play began the first players managed to get under par. Read More »

Spieth, Koepka set the pace at windy Birkdale


Two-time major victor Jordan Spieth said his opening round in the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday was one of the finest he had ever produced in a major after he took a share of the clubhouse lead with a five-under par score of 65. Read More »

Man Utd unveil fan-designed silver third kit


Carotenuto's design was chosen as part of the adidas Football Creator Studio platform, which has also helped design third kits for the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this summer. But while the shirt represents a golden era for the club, many fans are not impressed with the design. Sir Alex Ferguson's side wore a grey kit at The Dell one April day, but after conceding three goals in a disastrous first-half performance the manager ordered the players to change into a different kit at ... Read More »

Lakers were interested in acquiring Dwyane Wade to help recruit LeBron James


It also doesn't help that the Cavs have been more than a little dysfunctional this off-season - letting GM David Griffin go, failing to hire a replacement and failing to make a big splash in free agency. Had Wade decided one season in Chicago was enough, Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN said on " The Jump " that the Lakers would have been first in line to chat with him. Read More »

Spieth in tie for lead at British Open as rivals trail


I give it a nine across the board for everything - tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting". Johnson, the world's top-ranked golfer, looks to bounce back after missing the cut in his past two events, including the U.S. Poulter came close in 2008 when he finished runner-up to Ireland's Padraig Harrington , but he looked back to his best after overcoming form and fitness problems to take his place at Birkdale via a qualifying tournament earlier this month. Read More »

Rory McIlroy's Open Could Be Over After The Front Nine On Thursday


It's been hard for golfers to get off to good starts because of the dreaded first hole, but the entire course (save for the end with two par-five holes that provide great birdie opportunities) has proved to be incredibly difficult. If I did hit a bad shot, it really kicked me in the teeth. "It looked awfully challenging", Kuchar said. We can see that in his scores and we can see that in the disengaged look on his face when he's out there playing. Read More »

City reeling as starlet talks falter


There are fears that City could lose their young star Jadon Sancho , meanwhile, after Pep Guardiola, the City head coach, chose to leave the 17-year-old winger at home rather than bring him on tour in the U.S. Sancho now has one season left on his scholarship deal at City. Officials at the Etihad, however, believed they had finally done enough to convince Sancho and his family that remaining in Manchester was the best place for him to continue to develop. Read More »

British Open Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka Race to the Top


The two were two shots ahead of Ian Poulter, Justin Thomas and Richard Bland . Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Sung Kang of South Korea are among the golfers who finished their first round at two under par . And that's the big thing". With the first wave of players making the turn, there were few red numbers on the board. He parred the entire back nine to claim a piece of the lead. Read More »

Jordan Spieth Shoots Bogey Free Round To Start Open Championship


Jason Day ended past year at No. 1 in the world, and then found himself emotionally wrapped up in tending to his mother, who was diagnosed with lung cancer. Things didn't quite go according to plan, though, when McIlroy dragged a birdie putt on the par-three 12th. In May, at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Poulter rebounded and came close to collecting his first tour victory since 2012. Read More »

Lauda: Halo has 'destroyed' F1 for fans


However a convincing solution had yet to be found to protect drivers' heads from debris. Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton originally gave the Halo, which is wishbone-shaped and gathers to a point at the front of the cockpit, a cautious welcome when he saw it previous year."It doesn't look like it belongs on a Formula One auto. Read More »

Cavs Were Close To Acquiring Paul George, But Pacers Backed Out

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on " The Jump " Tuesday the Cavs, under interim general manager Koby Altman, were actually very close to getting a trade done for former Pacers All-Star Paul George . We can reason that whatever the package was, Kevin Pritchard found it to not be as valuable as Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis . The Cavaliers were reportedly close to trading for Jimmy Butler . Read More »

First Ever US Legislation on Self-Driving Cars Comes to the House


House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. The full U.S. House of Representatives will not take up the bill until it reconvenes in September after the summer recess. Under the proposal, states are able to set rules on regulation, licensing, liability, insurance, and safety inspections but can't set self driving performance standards. Read More »

Abortion-rights groups sue Texas over new restrictions


Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women's rights. The 8th District U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey's order to have the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services pay lawyer fees and other costs Planned Parenthood Great Plains incurred. Read More »

Jays avoid Sale, face Fister in series finale vs. Red Sox


The homer was his sixth of the season. Smoak has racked up its 25th and 26th circuits of the season, in solo, in the fifth and ninth innings. But Tepera was awarded the victory by official scorer Bob Ellis, who ruled that Leone didn't deserve it after allowing a game-tying double on the only pitch he threw. Read More »

Mariners spoil solid Felix outing in 4-1 loss to Yankees


He allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked one. Hernandez is 10-6 with a 3.13 ERA in 20 career starts against the Yankees but is just 3-4 at home compared to being 7-2 when pitching in NY. Hernandez went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the fastest pitch in the seventh or later by any starter in the last two seasons. Read More »

OJ Simpson Up For Parole


So how likely is it that the board will grant him parole? On Thursday, OJ Simpson was granted parole after serving 9 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery. He apologized to the people of Nevada for his crime. Added Kim Goldman, "He committed a frightful heinous crime, and I have no feeling except rot in hell". Read More »

Stuart MacGill settles pay dispute with Cricket Australia


The former bowler is suing Cricket Australia for $2.6 million, and has been told he needs legal representation. "We can confirm the case has been dismissed", a CA spokesman was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald . The $2.6 million claim came from $1.6 million in lost match payments and prizemoney, and nearly $1 million in interest, plus costs. MacGill originally launched his writ in January 2015, claiming that Cricket Australia had failed to pay him more than $1.6 million in match ... Read More »