Messi hails Clasico win as 'important step' in title race

There was still time for one huge twist in the title race, though, as Sergi Roberto's lung-bursting run led a Barca counter-attack to feed Jordi Alba and his cross was smashed into the corner by Messi. Messi was even left with a bloodied nose after a collision with Marcelo - who had no intention of hurting the Barcelona man - but this did nothing to deter his drive and determination to turn his team's fortunes around.

Mike Gillislee headed to Patriots after Bills decline to match RFA offer

As a result of not matching the Patriots' offer, the Bills receive New England's fifth-round selection, 163rd overall, in this week's draft as compensation. He'll join a stable of running backs including James White , Rex Burkhead , Dion Lewis , D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden. The Bills assigned Gillislee the original-round restricted free-agent tender, worth $1.797 million for one year.

Nadal claims record-extending 10th Monte Carlo title

Ramos-Vinolas' only title was on outdoor clay in Bastad, Sweden. The final for the first clay ATP 1000 Masters tournament of the season will be played today in Monte Carlo . But here, he seemed in thrall to his compatriot, dropping into the baseline rhythm on which Nadal thrives. "No, it's over there", Goffin tells Mourier, pointing to a mark to the left of the court.

Reinvented Cristiano Ronaldo poised to make decisive Clasico impact against rivals Barcelona

In December, Lewandowski signed a new contract with Bayern which made him the highest-paid player in the Bundesliga on £12.5 million per season, before bonuses. Our team gave it everything, you mustn't forget that some of our players had knocks. There are few players that are always there in the key moments, and the fans will be grateful for what Cristiano has done here.

Cards' Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season

But I mean, really even the homer hit the other way, I mean, you don't see that happen here very often. Sale had to settle for a no-decision but looked good in the Red Sox's 4-1 win over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays. "We've watched him pretty closely", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Thames. Peralta got out of the inning on a flyout to right by Aledmys Diaz, bringing his day to an end.

Reid back but Carroll out as West Ham prepare for Everton visit

We also have Romelu Lukaku, who has scored in all nine of the games against West Ham in an Everton shirt. "We are going to see", he said. West Ham striker Andy Carroll will sit out the Premier League clash with Everton at the London Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) after yet another recurrence of his groin injury.

Tottenham Hotspur Most Popular Club In London Insists Committed Mauricio Pochettino

But the partisan nature of football is why we love the game and many will still be seething that their team's star (s) were omitted for days to come. Here, we cast a statistical eye over the last 10 years of the PFA teams . "It's great to play in those kind of games, semi-finals and finals". Tottenham have won 11 more Premier League points than any other club since the start of last season, have the youngest regular starting squad in the top flight and have a new 61,000-seater stadium ...

Jose Mourinho provides update on Ibrahimovic and Rojo injuries

In the same series Marcos rojo was also injured on knee. Rojo tried to carry on following a challenge with Alexandru Chipciu in the first half but had to be stretchered off moments later. And sources have said there is now a view within the FA that Rashford's development has mirrored that of Tottenham's Dele Alli last season, elevating him to senior level and increasing importance to Southgate, whose team face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier in Glasgow in June.

Tip-in by Ryan lifts Senators over Bruins 4-3 in overtime

It's obviously easier said than done when it comes to a dominant player who finished with 17 goals and 71 points for the Sens this season. This is the second straight game in which the Bruins have given the Senators a power play in the overtime period and for the second straight game it has cost them.

Bulls Take on Celtics in Playoffs

BOSTON -? Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that if guard Marcus Smart did indeed make an obscene gesture toward a fan during Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls, his actions were "unacceptable" and Stevens expects the league will investigate the matter.

Pats RB White gets 3-year extension

The former Oklahoma Sooners running back was seen punching a woman in the face in 2014 . The Saints also need to look at the draft coming up. "Our focus and goal is to put together the best team possible", Caserio said yesterday during his annual pre-draft news conference.

Carrick: Manchester United won't give up on top four

Phil Jagielka's first goal in nearly two years looked to have caused terminal damage to United's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four. United have now gone 20 matches unbeaten in the Premier League but remain outside the Champions League places - largely on account of drawing 10 games during this period.

Athletics-Ethiopia's champions in Boston to defend marathon titles

The 121st Boston Marathon got underway Monday morning as racers and observers remember the bombing attack, which took place four years ago on April 15, 2013. " No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon! " coach Arnie Briggs told her, according to her memoir, " Marathon Woman ". Switzer's bib number will be retired after Monday's race.

Eden Hazard drops huge hint he could LEAVE Chelsea

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has told his compatriot Michy Batshuayi to leave the club to get first team football. Hazard won the award back in 2015, but endured a bad run of form last season as Chelsea slumped to a 10th-placed finish.

Could Romelu Lukaku return to Chelsea?

But Drogba opted to stay in North America, joining both the ownership group of the nascent USL club and, for one season at least, the first team roster. He has never considered walking away from the game - "that was not an option", he said - but he has not decided precisely what he wants to do within it.

Kawann Short, Panthers Agree to 5-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $80M

After two solid seasons to start his career, Short tied for the league lead among defensive tackles with 11 sacks in 2015, shattering the franchise record for sacks by a defensive tackle by four and earning his first Pro Bowl nomination. "KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defense", Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release. "KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run", head coach Ron Rivera said.

Vettel: Gap to Mercedes bigger than expected

Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 15, 2017. Vettel was a slightly distant third, just under half a second behind the Mercedes front row lockout and a few tenths clear of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull in fourth.

Jackson says that a trade might be best for Carmelo, Knicks

But given the elements, this figures to be a complicated and acrimonious negotiation process. Anthony hasn't necessarily been quiet about the situation either, as he chose to post on Instagram to what seemed to be directed at Phil Jackson after his not so favorited comments.

National Basketball Association playoff schedule 2017

Nurkic said Friday that if the decision were up to him, he'd suit up for this weekend's playoff opener, but being that the Blazers will determine whether he plays, the Bosnian's status remains in limbo. Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum tries to pass the ball as Warriors forward Draymond Green and guard Ian Clark defend. Lillard answered them directly stating that they will win in 6 games.

Penguins top Blue Jackets in playoff opener

Montreal twice fell into a two-game deficit before NY ultimately eliminated them in Game 6. The Rangers have 10 previous participants. The expectation was that Montreal and NY would go toe to toe. His road to appearing in 572 combined regular season and playoff games (and counting) has been paved through a sheer desire to exceed expectations. It's incredible to think a storied franchise like the Canadiens - the old Flying Frenchmen with 24 Stanley Cups - have not had a player finish in ...

Tebow hits another home run

Tim Tebow has come a long way from his One-Man Baseball Fantasy Camp. Columbia defeated Augusta 14-7. He's one shy of Michael Jordan's total with Class AA Birmingham in 1994. Tebow is not preventing some future star from staying in the Mets organization. "That might not matter, but it might, too". The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is now 3 for 13 (.231) with two homers, two walks and five strikeouts in the minors.

Yankees' Pineda perfect through 6 innings in home opener

Instead, they collectively hold their breath, and wait for the proverbial shoe to drop. He started Tampa's season opener last Thursday, striking out eight while allowing three hits, one walk and one unearned run in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Lakeland.

Chelsea star: My thoughts on Diego Costa's slump in form

Manchester United is going to be a tough game for us but it doesn't matter who scores, hopefully we will get the three points. He has nearly scored 20 [current tally is 18] goals and that is a significant contribution. Costa previously revealed the extent to which he tried to engineer a return to Atletico Madrid before finally ending up in front of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with his "tail between his legs".

Browns preseason schedule includes Monday night game

The final two preseason games are familiar opponents for the Browns. New Orleans will open the four-game slate with Cleveland on the road during the week of August 10-14. The Chargers lead the all-time preseason series 4-2. Cleveland also will travel to Chicago during the 2017 regular season. For the third straight year, the Browns will travel to Tampa Bay for the "dress rehearsal" against the Buccaneers Aug 24-27 before heading to Chicago to face the Bears on August 31 or September 1.

According to Forbes, Padres' value jumps to over $1 billion

The San Francisco Giants finish out the top five at $2.65 billion. The Phillies are now valued at $1.65 billion, ranking ninth among the 30 Major League Baseball teams according to Forbes , which released the valuations Tuesday. As a whole, the industry continues to grow. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell , the Yankees have been the most valuable franchise in each of the 20 years Forbes has released its list.

Neymar could miss El Clasico after red card against Malaga

The 19-year-old versatile midfielder has since failed to make the breakthrough into Luis Enrique's side but could be ready for a new opportunity to prove his worth at Malaga. "We know we are a strong team, with a great mentality". It was a vintage performance for manager Diego Simeone's squad, which bent but never broke against a star-studded Real roster.

Hazard Praises Chelsea's Will To Fight

I live off pressure. "I like the pressure". "But in terms of flair players that I played with, of that type, Eden and what he's doing now is probably the best". Conte also praised Costa after the match despite his continuing lack of goals , and preferred to concentrate on the win itself rather than the defence's continuing habit of giving away goals .

Warriors won't limit Kevin Durant (knee) in Saturday's return

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said in a press conference Friday there will not be a minutes restriction on the eight-time All-Star. However, Kerr already spoke to Matt Barnes and Patrick McCaw about their changing roles due to Kevin Durant's return.

Westbrook clinches triple-double average for season

In one sequence late in the game, he ignored a couple of shots he would normally take to pass the ball. He's the first player since the venerable PG Oscar Robertson did so way back in 1962. Like I said, I'm a competitor. His 70% shooting night last night certainly didn't hurt, either, but it's the offensive rebounding-the ability to create more possessions for a team that's starving for them-that is the most impressive new wrinkle in Allen's game.

National Basketball Association says it expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said in a joint statement. Even though nothing is definite for 2019, Silver did say back in October of 2016 that "returning the All-Star game to Charlotte in 2019 is "a high priority".

Why Hazard shouldn't leave Chelsea for Real Madrid - Ballack

Rumours of Real making a swoop for Hazard refuse to go away and the latest suggest they will throw in long-time Chelsea target Morata as part of the deal. Naturally, if he is to leave, Madrid will be desperate to avoid seeing him move to Barcelona, and so Chelsea or City could be the best possible solution given that they will likely have no problem meeting such financial demands.

Eden Hazard double puts Chelsea back on course at the top

Sergio Aguero soon equalised, but Hazard added a second to put the hosts ahead before the break, and they maintained their lead throughout the second half to claim the three points. "It is insane how the goals came in the last few minutes but we pushed and we created chances to win". Neither Chelsea boss Conte nor City counterpart Guardiola saw Costa catch Vincent Kompany with his studs in midfield .

Stars playing for their Man City futures, says Guardiola

The symbol of Chelsea's collapse last season, Eden Hazard has spearheaded the revival under Antonio Conte. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned his under-achieving squad that they are playing for their futures at the Etihad Stadium.

Pakistan announces Test squad for WI series

Brathwaite recently captained the West Indies in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, which the men from the Caribbean lost 3-1. Shah has been Pakistan's leading Test wicket-taker since late 2014. Law put down the omission of the other Brathwaite in the West Indies set-up - Kraigg - to a desire to see a more positive approach in the first Powerplay during an ODI.

Stadium measure's defeat likely ends St. Louis' MLS chances

MLS leaders have expressed strong interest in St. Louis, but only if voters agreed to public funding. St. Louis has two professional franchises, baseball's Cardinals and the NHL's Blues. Jim Kavanaugh, vice chairman of SC STL, said the vote "is likely the final stage of our journey". She will replace St. Louis' only four-term mayor, Francis Slay, who was first elected in 2001 and decided against another run.

Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

Ewing starred at Georgetown from 1981 to 1984, averaging 15.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game over his collegiate career. JT3 led Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007 but has missed the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons.

Arsenal should do everything to keep Sanchez, says Campbell

Arsenal are now sixth in the Premier League table and look likely to miss out on Champions League football next season. Speaking to Sporting Life about Sanchez's future at the west London club, former Arsenal midfielder Merson urged Chelsea to sell Hazard for £100m and sign Sanchez in £50m deal.

Dustin Johnson, No. 1 and headed in the right direction

LPGA rules officials told Thompson she was being hit with a pair of two-shot penalties from an action Saturday , taking Thompson from a two-shot lead to a two-shot deficit in the LPGA's first major championship of the year. Most impressively, he responded from his quadruple bogey by carding a birdie on two of the next three holes. She sank a 16-foot birdie putt on No. 13 to tie for a lead that later briefly went to a five-way tie.

Club gets coach arrested following 12-0 defeat to Barcelona B team

Cheikh Saad said that four players were involved , according to Sport . An Eldense player came forward and told local media that the fix was in after the loss, which pushed the club into the relegation zone with no chance of escape. "If it had been me I would have done the same". He arrived in Spain two years ago following his associate, Ercole di Nicola, an ex-player and former executive who was arrested in Italy for match-fixing.

Anthony Lynn believes Adrian Peterson will have 'a hell of a season'

Peterson, 32, spent the first 10 years of his career with the Vikings, in which he rushed for over 1000 yards in seven of his ten seasons. Peterson could end up being the flawless replacement for LeGarrette Blount , who wasn't re-signed after his contract expired following the 2016 season.

Swansea frustrated by Middlesbrough in goalless encounter

Swansea have the most porous defence in the Premier League but there was no way through for Middlesbrough's shot-shy attack. Swansea City and Middlesbrough were forced to share the spoils after they played out a boring scoreless draw at the Liberty Stadium .

Derrick Rose out for Knicks season with torn meniscus in knee

He averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists for a team with a 29-47 record entering Sunday's game against Boston. "The explosiveness that you saw years ago, you saw (this year)". After a strong start to his career which saw Rose winning league MVP in 2010/11 season, Rose has been pestered by knee problems for the better part of his National Basketball Association career, suffering a torn ACL in the 2011/12 season and then a torn MCL in the 2013/14 season.

Trail Blazers' momentum takes hit with breakout star Jusuf Nurkic's broken leg

The center will be re-evaluated after 2 weeks. There's no other way to say it, other than Jusuf Nurkic saved the Portland Trail Blazers season, and now some surprise injury news to the Bosnian 7-footer may cost them their playoff positioning.

Raiders-themed brothel to coincide with Vegas move, include team specials

If Sam Boyd does end up becoming a temporary home for the Raiders, there are a couple of additional requirements the National Football League might need like new fiber optic lines or added security features with metal dectors or 100' foot security perimeters.

Old Video of LaVar Ball Playing Hoops and Yup, He Stinks

In his defense, Ball said he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one during his "heyday", but this video clip shows us that Ball is well beyond those days. If all goes right in my own life, I will be a sports broadcaster and maybe I will have a son or daughter who will be a prominent athlete. Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are widely considered the top-2 players in the 2017 NBA Draft class.

QB Daniel agrees to deal with Saints

He left to join the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent three years and started two games. New Orleans now has veteran Luke McCown and third year pro Garrett Grayson as backup QBs to Drew Brees. Luke McCown is likely a candidate to be released at this point, given that he's fallen to the No. 3 slot for the Saints. Overall, in his eight-year National Football League career, Phillips has appeared in 111 games with 39 starts, posting 55 receptions for 390 yards with five touchdowns and 33 ...

Brazil confirms Russia 2018 spot with comprehensive Paraguay win

Coutinho also understands the level of joy victory gives to both sets of fans and will be keen to ensure that the points stay on the red side of Merseyside, where UEFA Champions League football is expected for next season. The win coupled with Uruguay's loss sends the Selecao' to Russian Federation with four games to spare. Dunga's surprising appointment as head coach after Brazil lost its home World Cup distanced many fans.

China summons French envoy over man's killing

Demonstrators, who were from the Asian community, had gathered in the multicultural 19th district on the French capital's northeastern edge, police official Agnes Thibault Lecuivre said . The man attacked the officer with a knife "as soon as the door opened", injuring him, according to these sources. China's foreign ministry has lodged an official complaint over the death of Shaoyo Liu, 56, at his home in the French capital, urging the authorities to protect the "rights and security" of ...

National Football League owners approve Raiders move to Las Vegas

I feel like all fans should feel that way. The NFL approved relocation of a third NFL franchise since January 2016, when the Rams were approved for the franchise's fourth move - from St. "Like, moving the Raiders?" For years Davis had threatened to move the franchise if a new stadium was not built. The disgust reached new heights Tuesday when the Raiders sent an email to season ticket holders promoting the move to Sin City.

Saints coach says Malcolm Butler won't be signed to an offer sheet

Payton told the Saints' website that it was his first meeting with Manziel, describing it as a "much different phase" from other meetings with draft prospects or potential free agents. Currently, it's my understanding he hasn't signed his tender, so it was just that. Plus, the Saints have the ability to void the remainder of his contract before the 2018 league year starts without serious penalty since there's no guaranteed money on his deal past this season.