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Kante admits to choosing Chelsea over Arsenal


Speaking to Sky Sports News' Premier League Daily Show on Monday, former Spurs striker Walsh claimed Spurs are in need of a player like Kante if they want to challenge for the title. The ex-Leicester man may not be the only Chelsea player on Madrid's radar, with both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois linked with moves to the Bernabeu in recent weeks. Read More »

Ruff not returning as Stars coach after missing playoffs


The Stars won 4-2 in an overtime shootout. "My apologies to (Klingberg) for taking away that goal", Seguin said. Lindy Ruff will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Stars. Smith, who faced 20 shots in the first period and kept it from getting out of hand early, finished with 42 saves. For most teams, such a third-period comeback might be a catalyst for an eventual victory, but we're not talking about most teams here. Read More »

Rose, Garcia Tied for Lead at Masters in Prelude to Finale

Victory sees Garcia become the third Spanish victor of the Green Jacket, following on from Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, with the 37-year-old delighted to finally win a major. His second shot hit the flag stick and settled a decent ways from the pin. He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt. The one thing everyone else focused on were his sad-sack results in golf's big events until that last putt rattled at the bottom of the cup: 0 for 70 in his pro ... Read More »

Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

And it was Jose Maria Olazabal, who won the Masters in 1994 and 1999, who sent him a text on the eve of the Masters telling Garcia to believe and "to not let things get to me like I've done in the past". "You deserve it all amigo", from second-ranked Rory McIlroy and "Congrats, well earned", from 14-time major victor Tiger Woods. Tied going to the back nine, Garcia immediately fell two shots behind with wild shots into the pine straw bed under the trees. Read More »

National Football League probes casino arm wrestling event


One other notable player under investigation is Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison , according to Steelers Wire, who has a storied (albeit dated) history of butting heads with the league. The primary drivers of Las Vegas' economy are tourism and gaming. The reason for the forthcoming fines is that players are banned from participating in events at casinos. Read More »

Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes hilarious comparison to movie character after Man United win

United are in sixth place in the Premier League table, seven points off the top four, but can move ahead of Arsenal into fifth if they avoid defeat at the Stadium of Light . Despite Defoe wasting another chance for Sunderland late on, United were able to see out the remainder of the game easily, with substitute Rashford adding a third in the 90th minute, drilling the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by Ibrahimovic. Read More »

Leicester City skipper Wes Morgan out of Everton trip with back injury


Or you can follow all the action on The Independent's live blog above. They face Leicester, who are continuing their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare and can even move into the top half of the Premier League table with a win. They haven't won seven in a row since April 2014. The Belgian striker has hit 10 goals in his last six league games at Goodison Park. The first-half header was one of five strikes between the two teams before the break and then Lukaku pounced in the area at a ... Read More »

Griezmann scores late as Atletico draws 1-1 at Real Madrid

Pepe gave Zidane some cause for concern 23 minutes from time when he was forced off following a collision with Kroos on the edge of the area, while Simeone threw on Angel Correa in an effort to breathe life into Atleti's attack. Griezmann had been starved of service but his best chance of the first half came from a poor Sergio Ramos pass, the forward driving towards goal after picking up the loose ball before testing Navas with a low strike from 25 yards out. Read More »

CONCACAF Chief Favors Joint World Cup Bid for 2026


The announcement is set for 2 p.m. ET. Montagliani feels the three-country bid will "fit" the larger format. The Usa will join Canada and Mexico in a threeway play to host the 2026 World Cup, the head of the organization that regulates worldwide football in North and Central America . Read More »

Klopp wants Liverpool to copy Chelsea blueprint


We're not 100% sure when it will happen. I expected it when I saw the video afterwards. "We have to move forward and make sure that the things that went less well don't happen again and just try and take as many points as possible". There was more bad news for Klopp with Philippe Coutinho emerging as a major doubt for Saturday's trip to Stoke . "Phil is still ill". Daniel is part of training, yesterday and today, and we will see. Read More »

Willett picks traditional English dinner at Masters

One of the joys of The Masters is the familiarity of the golf track. But as this exchange from Willett's conference call with reporters last month demonstrates, it's still a touchy subject. The ball suddenly rolled back down a hill on the fringe 32 feet away, but he still got down in two. Actually, let me take that back: Yes, the shot was very bad, but it's kind of understandable. Read More »

Masters 2017: Charley Hoffman leads after first round; Dustin Johnson withdraws


Injured world number one Dustin Johnson was forced to withdrew from the Masters yesterday while another favourite, Jordon Spieth , suffered a repeat quadruple-bogey disaster. "To have a freak accident happen ... it's tough". He said he felt he played better than he scored and seemed to get a real kick out of the course and its unique challenges. Read More »

Knicks snap Bulls' four-game win streak


In the fourth quarter, the Knicks were not thinking about losing for draft purposes. Kyle O'Quinn was a key contributor off the Knicks' bench. But those were the players taking the Bulls to school, when the Bulls were the ones who apparently had something to play for, when they came in on a season-high four game winning streak. Read More »

Schlupp focused on Crystal Palace survival in Premier League


After failing to win any of their first 12 Premier League games against Southampton , the Eagles have won two of their last three against them, though both wins have come at Selhurst Park. However, it's added that he is adamant about moving to a bigger club at the end of the season and will rebuff their advances. Cabaye has been a key figure in Palace's resurgence under Allardyce and his absence could prove a major boost to Arsenal's chances of picking up back-to-back wins for the first ... Read More »

Silva delights at 'best' Hull performance with Boro win


Victory was the Tigers' fifth in six home league games and lifted them two points above Swansea, while Boro, without a league win since December 17, appear destined for a return to the Sky Bet Championship. Ben Gibson failed to deal with a deflected looping cross from Andrew Robertson and Markovic took advantage to toe-poke home from close range. The end-to-end stuff continued unabated as a Middlesbrough surged forward, Rudy Gestede's goalbound header being tipped onto the bar by Hull ... Read More »

Smith leads Pune chase to beat Mumbai in IPL opener


However, after the game turned in the favour of Rising Pune Supergiant with Smith hitting two sixes in a tense finish with Dhoni being at the non-striker's end, Harsh Goenka's tweet irked the Indian fans who panned him on Twitter. South African Tahir (3/28), who was unsold in the IPL auction and drafted in the Pune team as a late replacement, triggered a top-order collapse after Mumbai's rollicking start after they were put into bat. Read More »

Storylines: Seth Lugo has slight UCL tear


The righty had been a huge part of the rotation since previous year given his ability to step in and make spot starts and also come in from the bullpen and eat some innings. Lugo appeared in 17 games and made eight starts last season. At a time when their rotation was being pummeled by injuries to Matt Harvey , Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom, Gsellman-a 2011 13th-round pick who entered the season as the team's 14th-best prospect according to Baseball America-arrived in the big leagues ... Read More »

With Messi back, Barcelona faces free-falling Sevilla

Messi squared the ball in the box after a fine run down the right-hand side, and after Gabriel Mercado failed to deal with the loose ball, it fell perfectly for Suarez with his back to goal to fire a brilliant overhead kick past Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico. Read More »

South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss


She is also the first female to win Final Four Most Outstanding Player and later coach a team to the National Title . Dawn Staley has finally won an NCAA national championship, and she intends on celebrating the way many champions do - by visiting the White House. Read More »

Lesson Learned: Can Trump Build Consensus on Tax Cuts?

Army Chorus. 'Their driving desire to block all things Republican branded, no matter what it means for the American people, is sickening. "If we can provide one of the biggest middle class tax cuts in the history of this country, I think that's important", Priebus said. Read More »

Arsenal vs West Ham

Wilshere is due to return to Arsenal in the summer, with his Emirates Stadium contract expiring at the end of next season. Slaven Bilic says he is unconcerned about becoming the latest Premier League manager to receive a vote of confidence from his board. Read More »

Yankees fall to Rays 7-3 in season opener

In 2 2/3 innings, they touched Tanaka for seven runs, eight hits and two walks. A first-time All-Star in 2015 who lost an AL-leading 19 times last season, Archer (1-0) limited NY to two runs and seven hits. Longoria connected for his fourth homer on opening day. Morrison tacked on a legitimate solo home run to center field in the third inning, then a Tim Beckham double and a Gary Sanchez error created Tampa's seventh run. Read More »