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Sharapova had needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to avoid needing a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw. Sharapova's exclusion was down to WADA "breaching their own rules", he said. French Tennis Federation's new president Bernard Giudicelli told Sharapova the news in person. The Russian issued a statement afterwards that failed to address the French Open and said merely that she hoped her injury "is not serious".
  • LeBron scores 35, Cleveland takes 3-0 lead

    LeBron scores 35, Cleveland takes 3-0 lead

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    The Raptors missed 11 of their first 12 field-goal attempts in the fourth. He scored 20 points but spent the fourth quarter in the locker room icing his ankle. "Yes, that would have been helpful", DeRozan said. The fight was back, at least it was for three quarters. "When you see them knocking down their threes, it's kind of deflating".
  • No practice round, no problem for Mickelson at Players

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    Noting Thursday's front pin location, which made things a bit less stressful for the golfers, as well as the firmness of the green, he said, "It's going to be a test throughout the whole week". Day was playing in the same group as Rickie Fowler, the 2015 champion who also got off to a fast start until one bad shot - a really bad shot - on his 15th hole at the par-4 seventh.
  • Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool can draw top players to Anfield

    Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool can draw top players to Anfield

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    Actual footballing consequences riding on this one, with Liverpool needing a win to make sure of their Champions League place. Wenger first has to worry about beating Everton on Sunday in possibly his last game at the Emirates while hoping Liverpool or Manchester City drop points.
  • Lahm and Alonso set to hang up their boots

    Lahm and Alonso set to hang up their boots

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    On his unique career I can only tip my hat and congratulate him on what he has achieved in a one and a half decades of his professional career. The 2008 European Championship final against Spain, the 2010 Champions League final against Inter Milan, the infamous 2012 Champions Final "at home" against Chelsea, followed quickly by a semi-final defeat to Italy at the Euros that summer.
  • Canada stuns Russia for ice hockey worlds final vs. Sweden

    Canada stuns Russia for ice hockey worlds final vs. Sweden

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    Nate MacKinnon led the Canadian revival, setting up Mark Scheifele on a power play, then equalizing with his sixth goal of the tournament. The Canadians will bid for a third successive title against Sweden, who beat neighbours Finland 4-1 in the second, bad-tempered semi-final.
  • Liverpool join race for Kylian Mbappe

    Liverpool join race for Kylian Mbappe

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    Vital to Liverpool's hopes of signing top players this summer is the ability to offer Champions League football next season and it's likely that nothing less than a win on Sunday afternoon will suffice with Wenger's Arsenal snapping at their heels.
  • Opening of Inglewood stadium delayed until 2020

    Opening of Inglewood stadium delayed until 2020

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    Kevin Demoff, Rams chief operating officer, said it's "paramount that this building is a world-class experience for fans from Day One". "That it would be world class, it would be of the highest-quality, and it would be a game-changer in terms of the way stadiums and sports districts interact".
  • Take a spin with Fernando Alonso on the Indy Motor Speedway

    Take a spin with Fernando Alonso on the Indy Motor Speedway

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    Alonso has completed four days of the opening week of practice for his first Indy 500, which he is contesting in a McLaren-Honda entry run by Andretti Autosport. He's one of the drivers that is in the conversation for greatest living racing drivers. Qualifying gets underway Saturday but fans can get into the tack starting at 10 a.m.
  • Hawks Offered Crazy Package Of Draft Picks For Pacers' Paul George

    Hawks Offered Crazy Package Of Draft Picks For Pacers' Paul George

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    If George leaves IN, teams can only offer him four years and around $133 million, which is just about $80 million *less* than if he made one of the All-NBA teams and re-signed with the Pacers . The Indiana Pacers heard offers for their All-Star guard Paul George at the trade deadline , but ultimately chose to stick by him, keeping their core intact.
  • Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

    Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

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    Ko, who raved about the course after an opening-round 67, said she enjoys the tour stop for different reasons. The course is in the best shape I've ever seen it. "It's just so convenient". Ironically, in the 2017 LPGA player guide, they list Thompson's top three things on her bucket list: Skydiving, playing a round at Pebble Beach, and flying an F/A 18 fighter jet.
  • Novak Djokovic beats Aljaz Bedene in Italian Open

    Novak Djokovic beats Aljaz Bedene in Italian Open

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    With a potential semi-final meeting with Rafael Nadal on the cards, the Serb will be determined to storm past Del Potro, who had forced a decider in their last two meetings this year. The Austrian fought off a double match point at 4-6 in the tiebreaker, then thwarted a third match point at 6-7 before surviving. Isner next faces another big server in sixth-seeded Marin Cilic , who dismissed ninth-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.
  • Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

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    Never in the wildest dreams of the most passionate Celtics fans could this week have been expected. Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-rounder in 2018 from the Nets.
  • Man United's bonuses for winning the Europa League revealed in the Times

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    Bastian Schweinsteiger has a reward awaiting him should Manchester United win the Europa League tournament this season. I don't know when we play the game. "We have the Ajax way of playing football". Spurs ensured second spot with the win, thanks to goals from Wanyama and Kane, while Rooney scored for United.
  • Real Madrid one point off title following win in Vigo

    Real Madrid one point off title following win in Vigo

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    Madrid went into the match knowing that four points from their final two LaLiga games would guarantee them the crown regardless of Barcelona's efforts and they successfully passed their first test in an expert manner in Galicia. And boy, has that plan worked out perfectly. His shot touch the net. It was deadly finishing of the highest quality. It's the sort of performance he's been putting in consistently over the second half of this season, with 13 goals in his last eight games to put ...
  • Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4

    Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4

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    Leake allowed two runs or fewer in six of those starts. Rodriguez walked 2, struck out 5 and threw a season-high 110 pitches. St. Louis tacked on three more runs in the second inning. Brett Cecil would have had two outs and nobody on, but instead walked the next two left-handed batters and Christian Vazquez greeted Miguel Socolovich with a sacrifice fly.
  • India Announce Team for Champions Trophy; Dhawan, Rohit and Shami Return

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    Unhappy with cricket's new revenue model, which considerably slashes their share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle, India failed to submit a squad by an April 25 deadline, triggering panic among advertisers. Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes he is ready now more than ever to make his way back into the national squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.
  • Conte was wrong - Pochettino says Chelsea spending key to title win

    Conte was wrong - Pochettino says Chelsea spending key to title win

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    Pochettino arrived in the Premier League in January 2013 when he replaced Nigel Atkins at Southampton and he led the Saints to eighth in his first and only full season in charge. "We love to help the club try to reach the next level, to develop young players and to build something special that does not exist in another club in the world".
  • Hamilton wins Spanish GP ahead of Vettel

    Hamilton wins Spanish GP ahead of Vettel

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    Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas also dropped out after his Mercedes engine failed midway through the race. "I was really happy, but after thinking I lost a lot of time in the adventure, so I was not so happy because the real battle was with Lewis", Vettel said.
  • Maria Sharapova through to second round in Rome

    Maria Sharapova through to second round in Rome

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    The Russian's 6-4 6-2 triumph over Christina McHale in Rome sees her move into the world's top 200 and secure a qualifying berth at the All England Club - but should she reach the semis in Italy this week, Sharapova would be set for a place in the main draw at Wimbledon.
  • Angry Gregg Popovich can't even say Trump's name

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    Leonard, one of the leading candidates to win MVP, participated during Saturday's practice session, according to coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich is being his typically dry, humorous self, but there's some truth in what he's saying. Anything can happen in a playoff series. It's only right that they're going at it for the conference title and this series is going to be EPIC! The Spurs are without French star guard Tony Parker , out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn left ...