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CRAWFORD | Justify the hype: Baffert's colt wins Triple Crown

He conquered the slop on May 5 to become the first horse since 1882 to win a Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old and followed that feat with a damp and daring Preakness victory through soupy fog on May 16 that sent him to NY with the crown on the line. Read More »

Rafael Nadal ready for 'tough final' against Dominic Thiem on Sunday


Both men knew that full well. "The only way to beat Rafa on clay is to take over-achieve you have to over-play and risk more than you feel comfortable doing", Wilander said. "It's going to be a tough one but I will fight all the way". "So it was good for me that I won it". That win ended Nadal's 21-match winning streak on clay and his streak of 50 straight sets won on his favorite surface. Read More »

Detroit Pistons Name Dwane Casey as Head Coach


The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach, despite the fact the team doesn't have a general manager or team president. According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Casey will meet with players in Los Angeles, where most the players are working out and training. Read More »

Bill would keep 4 New Jersey casinos in sports betting game


It indicated late Thursday it would wait for Murphy to act, noting "the governor must still sign the bill" and that it is "eager to review regulations as soon as they are issued". The amount of money that the state can expect to reap from sports betting is unclear. "I think it will boost business, bring a lot of new people to the area", Oceanport resident Janet Cosengino added. Read More »

Neymar shines as Brazil beats Austria 3-0 in friendly


It was Neymar's 55th goal in a Brazil shirt, allowing him to draw level with Romario on his country's list of all-time leading scorers - only Pele and Ronaldo have more goals for their country. Neymar Jr. and Philippe Coutinho added to the goal tally during the second half of the friendly match. And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour - when Austria's tight defense opened up - showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further ... Read More »

Vieira Finalizes Nice Move from New York City

The news that he would leave to take over at Ligue 1 side Nice was strangely announced on Manchester City's website, before being taken down. Domènec Torrent , who has been Pep Guardiola's assistant coach since 2007 at Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, will be the new coach of New York City FC , the club announced on Monday. Read More »

Liverpool meet with Xherdan Shaqiri’s representatives


With Shaqiri's eyes firmly on the prize of Russian Federation 2018, his team begun talks with Liverpool officials last Friday, Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones reports (via Stoke Sentinel ). The attacker refused to be drawn on transfer speculation after insisting his agent will take care of his future while he concentrates on representing Switzerland at the upcoming World Cup . Read More »

Goldman Sachs’ AI predicts Brazil will win the World Cup


Brazil coach Tite says he's still unsure of Neymar's ceiling after another wonder goal in Sunday's 3-0 win over Austria, though he also admitted the superstar's recent injury is still weighing on his mind. The Egyptians arrived at their base in the Chechen capital Grozny on Sunday, after Salah sat out their final training session in Cairo. A free-kick from Zinedine Zidane was volleyed home by Thierry Henry to end Brazil's dream of a sixth World Cup title. Read More »

Emre Can: Liverpool announce midfielder to leave Anfield


The Germany global lined up primarily in the central midfield, but also featured on occasion as a defender. The defender was a mainstay of the team that challenged for the Premier League title in 2013-14, making 23 appearances as the Reds ultimately finished second, and became a senior England worldwide. Read More »

NZ eves set world record with mammoth 490-4 vs Ireland


The highest ODI score in the men's game was set in 2016 when England scored 3-444 against Pakistan at Nottingham. Bates reached 4,192 ODI runs to surpass Debbie Hockley (4,066) as the all-time leading run-scorer for the New Zealand women's team . Read More »

Andy Murray not yet ready to make his comeback


It is encouraging to hear he is now back on court, but after five weeks on the sidelines - and with the Queen's Club tournament starting in less than a fortnight - it is hard to see how he can be truly competitive on the grass this year. Murray, who has slipped to 47th in the world, said in a promotional video released yesterday that he was "getting closer" to playing again following his frustratingly long injury lay-off. Read More »

Arsenal have secured a deal for defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos


Arsenal have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £16m and the defender is set to pen a three-year deal at the Emirates, according to the Telegraph . The 29-year-old is expected to slot straight into Emery'starting lineup next season, where he will become the third former Dortmund man to lineup at Arsenal alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Read More »

Germany target improvement against Saudi Arabia


In its last leg before going to the opening match against World Cup hosts Russian Federation next Thursday, the Saudi national football team made a good effort to reconcile with its fans when it lost 1-2 to world champions Germany in a friendly at Cologne stadium on Friday. Read More »

Twitter Ablaze as Abramovich Refuses to Sell Chelsea to UK's Richest Man


With doubts over Abramovich's political status, Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe has made an approach to take the club of the Russians hands. Ineos already owns Swiss side Lausanne-Sport. He was reportedly incensed at not being allowed to watch Chelsea's win over Manchester United in this year's FA Cup final on May 19 and within days he applied for and gained Israeli citizenship. Read More »

Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title


Dominic Thiem remembers sitting in front of a TV to follow along as Rafael Nadal made his Grand Slam final debut and won his first French Open title back in 2005. Nadal needed five match points in a tense final game, eventually completing the job when Thiem fired a backhand long. Nadal's win-loss record in Roland Garros finals, which is the best in a Grand Slam final among men in the Open Era, ahead of Sampras (7-0, Wimbledon ), Djokovic (6-0, Australian Open) and Borg (6-0, ... Read More »

Lewis Hamilton feared engine failure 'every lap' in Canada


I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari and to have a race like we had today is unbelievable", said Vettel . "So I tried it all but I wasn't sure until the end if it was enough". The pair were eliminated in Q1, along with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Williams duo Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin. After being checked at the medical centre, Hartley was then sent to hospital for further checks. Read More »

LeBron James free agency: When will Cavs star reveal his decision?


I don't have an answer for you right now as far as that.... You just don't get opportunities like this against Golden State to take Game 1 and I let the emotions get the best of me. On a podcast during the finals , Gilbert said he views James as much more than a player. Love is a controllable asset by the Cavs until 2020, when the five-year deal he signed with Cleveland in 2015 is set to expire. Read More »

U.S. Open: Woods grouped with Thomas & Johnson


It has a crew of nine, and is thought to cost around $2m a year to run. Woods is believed to be staying on his yacht throughout the tournament, but whether he would be holed up in Montauk all week was unclear. Other amenities include a full bar and eight-person hot tub on the deck, as well as a scuba decompression chamber. The area around Shinnecock Hills on the eastern end of Long Island is full of handsome rental homes and beachside hotels. Read More »

Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal


Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds. The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the vehicle until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win. Read More »

Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism claims


Guardiola described his claims as "lies". Guardiola's response comes after Touré made accusations in an interview with France Football . That's because he sensationally accused the Spaniard of racism when his contract finally expired. (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings). "But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!" Toure, who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona before the Catalan sold him to City, pointed to the ... Read More »

Trump says Cavs, Warriors won’t be invited to White House


Both LeBron and Steph Curry revealed before game 3 of the National Basketball Association finals that they don't want an invite to the White House if their respective teams win. Afterward, Trump wasn't happy with the Warriors and went full petty on a Twitter rant that led to the Warriors being no longer invited to the White House. Read More »

Kevin Durant Loves The NBA Finals


On top of that, he also recorded an NBA Finals high of nine three-pointers made despite shooting a lackluster 11-of-26 from the field. Ty Lue and his coaching staff haven't found any winning solutions to the problems posed by Golden State, though, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the gameplan shift for Game 4. Read More »

ITV extends French Open rights deal until 2021


Dominic Thiem remembers sitting in front of a TV to follow along as Rafael Nadal made his Grand Slam final debut and won his first French Open title back in 2005. Rafael Nadal has consolidated his lead in the French Open final by breaking Dominic Thiem in the Austrian's first service game of the second set. Read More »

Nadal wins 11th French Open title

Thiem , a 24-year-old Austrian who was playing in his first Grand Slam final, had 18 unforced errors in first set and 42 for the match. No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer , here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. Read More »