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Chelsea's Antonio Conte backing Eden Hazard to put team first

It's great to know that we have a final to play a week after the championship finishes. "We passed a big step, a big psychological step, after the defeat against United", Conte said. Indeed, it took them just nine minutes to add a third goal in the second half as Costa held off Ryan Bertrand to nod Cesc Fabregas's cross past Fraser Forster and bring up his half-century of Premier League goals from just 85 matches.

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Mourinho: City favourites for top four, not United

I just try to be who I am. I just say that we forget the trophy we won. 'You give me everything you have, I thank you for that. It is just common sense. United can make it 24 Premier League games unbeaten if they win tomorrow's derby, but Mourinho has insisted the clash is not about him and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

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Changes in store for Blackhawks after 'unacceptable' playoff run

Majority probably felt we would give them a good game, but they are after all, THE BLACKHAWKS and we could beat them but probably would go seven games and Chicago wins. No one expected the Nashville Predators to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Not only was this a No. 8 seed beating a No.

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Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua happy to forge a career in Britain

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO's gorgeous girlfriend Hayden Panettiere will be cheering him on against Anthony Joshua on Saturday night. "Klitschko has won 64 of his 68 professional bouts and will be looking to secure another success against Joshua, who is yet to taste defeat as a professional and will put his IBF title on the line".

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No more room for error for Madrid after loss to Barcelona

Barcelona has the lead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Madrid still has a game in hand, at Celta Vigo. Osasuna travel to Barcelona with 10 players out injured and knowing a defeat coupled with a win for Leganes at home to Las Palmas would confirm their relegation and a swift return to the second division.

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Sam Allardyce: 'James Tomkins out for rest of season'

Revealing he would leave contract negotiations to Palace's board, Allardyce added: "We haven't had a bid yet". He's quite fortunate there's not more serious damage, but whether he'll be fit by the end of the season is a doubt at this moment in time , which is not great for us with Scott Dann being a long-term injury.

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Funeral held for Aaron Hernandez in Bristol Monday

The notes, found near a Bible, were handed over in full, the district attorney's spokesman said. A lawyer for Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was engaged to Hernandez, went to court Monday morning asking a judge to release the three notes her fiance left in his prison cell before he was found dead last Wednesday .

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Davidson sparks 8-run 6th as White Sox rout Royals 12-1

The rebuilding White Sox (8-9) will look to continue their offensive momentum after they ended a 23-inning scoreless streak with three runs in the first inning Sunday against Cleveland. Speaking of Frazier, the Sox's torching of the Royals bullpen was enough to get him out of his slump, as he followed-up a two-run triple by a scuffling Tyler Saladino by drilling a two-run double to left with the bases loaded.

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Coghlan's leap, Stroman's hit lift Blue Jays over Cards 6-5

Stephen Piscotty collected it and made a strong throw that beat Coghlan easily, but with Molina hunched over securing the ball, Coghlan jumped over him headfirst. In the top of the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, a man achieved flight. Ryan Tepera then came on and closed out a hard-fought 6-5 victory, stranding the tying run at second.

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Spurs Come Up Short in Game Four

In overtime, Kawhi did his best to carry the Spurs to the win with eight points in the overtime period, but Conley's Grizzlies outlasted Leonard's furious effort for the win. Bench players stepped up, as Harrison, Daniels and Green all being big factors in the Memphis win, so it's going to give them more confidence going into the next game.

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Claude Puel: 'Oriol Romeu is not far off N'Golo Kante'

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished third behind the Chelsea duo of Kante and Hazard, followed by Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, Everton's Romelu Lukaku, and Tottenham's Harry Kane. "I think he's not far off Kante", Puel said. "So, we can divide it with two". "Whenever we broke on them last season, I always had the fear factor that Kante was coming back and I knew we didn't have much time before he got there", Deeney said.

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Jazz centre Rudy Gobert ruled out of Game Three against Clippers

In this case, without the Stifle Tower shutting down the paint, Chris Paul put on a show. From the opening possession, Paul came out aggressive and quickly scored the first bucket of the game. All-Star Gordon Hayward (20/6/2) led the losing side in scoring, but shot just 5-of-15 on the night. For the game, the Clippers shot 52.4 percent to 45.7 percent for the Jazz.

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Chelsea up against Southampton; Spurs face tough challenge against Crystal Palace

Chelsea's title rivals Tottenham can cut the gap again back to four points with victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday - live on Sky Sports . "I think it's very important in this part of the season that everyone, every single player, feels a part of this project".

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Serena Williams expecting a baby this fall

Williams, a 23-time major champion, was last seen participating in the Australian Open in January which she ultimately won . Serena Williams has not played since then, citing a knee injury. However, what appears to be bigger than the rumored baby news is that Williams was most likely pregnant as far back as her first match at this year's Australia Open, which was in January.

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Jamie Redknapp: Diego Costa is a throwback centre

The star duo were surprisingly omitted from the starting line up, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi hand starting berths. Hazard almost set up N'Golo Kante for Chelsea's fourth goal of the evening on a lightning-fast counter-attack, but the France international's final product was lacking and parried away by Forster.

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Kevin Durant Back for Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant, sidelined the past two games with a left calf injury, scored 10 points in 20 minutes on the floor and Draymond Green added 21. Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.

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Funeral held for ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez

He was found hanging by his bed sheet last Wednesday inside his prison cell at the state's maximum security prison in Shirley. Officials reported three letters were found in Hernandez's cell; one for his fiancee, the other for his daughter.

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Dortmund coach did not want to play so soon after blast

The Bundesliga side's coach was damaged by three explosions as the team was making its way from the team hotel to the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, with defender Marc Bartra requiring surgery on a fractured wrist and shrapnel wounds following the blast.

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Deal for Malcolm Butler less likely as Saints consider depth of draft

Butler, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year tender from the Pats last week. " Sources: #Saints & Adrian Peterson believed to be closing in on a deal that'd pay him $3M+ in '17". The Saints may want to wait and see if a running back they like is available in the draft, which could make them less interested in Peterson. He posted a message on social media last month insisting that his decision won't be about money and that his main objective is "finding the best fit and helping a ...

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Houston's D'Antoni: Nene 1 of those players you have to have

The Rockets' three-man bench has been exceptional throughout the series, which resumes with Game 5 tonight at Toyota Center and the Thunder on the brink of elimination. The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap. However, a bit of genius turned the one-point opportunity into three.

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Conte admits Blues a work in progress, despite double aim

Chelsea play Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27 and will hope to have wrapped up the league by then, with Sunday's trip to Everton the most hard proposition in their final five games. "I know the history but I believe this is an exciting team", Pochettino said. "We ran the 90 minutes against Spurs, defended all together and fought until the end".

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Bayern report Spanish police to UEFA

Of course, the game was not without controversy as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick pushed Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich. "Swindled in the truest sense of the word", Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in his post-game dinner speech, after Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Madrid saw the Spanish side progress 6-3 on aggregate.

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Investigation Continues Into 'Issues' Surrounding Aaron Hernandez's Death

Investigators believe Hernandez killed himself in a MA prison. Hernandez, were also present to say their goodbyes to the fallen sports star. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd . Hernandez's mother, Terri Hernandez , strayed onto the historic funeral home's wraparound porch prior to her son's service to smoke a cigarette. "The family of Aaron Hernandez wishes to thank all of you for the thoughtful expressions of condolences", read a statement ...

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Penguins vs. Blue Jackets: Game 4 prediction

Werenski led all rookie defenseman during the regular season with 11 goals and 36 assists in 78 games. Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, right, tries to control the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, defends during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio .

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Everton, West Ham play to scoreless draw

Lanzini saw his powerful shot bravely blocked by Phil Jagielka as West Ham continued to look the more likely team to score, before the hosts brought on Diafra Sakho for Jonathan Calleri, who had been ineffective in his first league start of the campaign.

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Barcelona coach Enrique says Clasico victory was morale booster

Gareth Bale's run of injury misery continued on Tuesday as Real Madrid said their record signing had picked up a calf injury that rules him out for up to four league games and their Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo's cross against the post.

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Wilder targets Joshua-Klitschko victor

And given what happened at the pre-fight press conference between Haye and Bellew, when punches were thrown, it might be a good idea for Froch and Wilder to be placed in between the pair. Smothering is probably the best thing that Wladimir can do against Joshua. He needed that loss to Tyson Fury because he forgot to be humble. "Because if he beats Klitschko - and he has to beat him decisively, has to be impressive, he has to go out there and knock him out and show the world that he is the ...

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Cindy Tews runs in footsteps of history at Boston Marathon

Fifty years later, she was awarded the honour of firing the gun for the women's race. The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. While it's usually about that 26.2 mile journey, for that South Bend woman, it's all about the number 261 and honoring a tradition that started exactly 50 years ago.

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San Diegan among team that wins gold at track cycling worlds

The National Cycling Centre in Manchester, home of British Cycling, is expected to stage one of the Track World Cups, most likely in November, but confirmation is still to come. Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins failed to make the final of the Kierin which was won by Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, giving Malaysia their first ever world championship gold.

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Phaneuf scores as Senators tie series

Hoffman scored another goal for Ottawa in the second period, with a rocket on the power play. No, the Senators weren't ideal by any stretch of the imagination in Game 2 when they erased a two-goal deficit to help set up defenceman Dion Phaneuf's game-winning goal, but they took steps in the right direction and the message from coach Guy Boucher on Sunday was that there are still areas the club needs to work on.

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Sharks C Thornton undergoes ACL surgery before free agency

The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the Washington Capitals a frightening first round and the Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the team that won the Stanley Cup past year in their domination of the Columbus Blue Jackets. San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will undergo surgery to fix torn ligaments in his left knee before becoming a potential free agent this summer.

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Reddit post claims Spurs coach Gregg Popovich left hefty tip at restaurant

You've got two hard-playing teams, two well-prepared teams. Zach Randolph contributed his 12 points with 11 rebounds for Grizzlies win in the Game 4. The Grizzlies outlasted the Spurs and overcame Kawhi Leonard's career-high 43 in Game 4 Saturday on a Marc Gasol floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime.

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Significant Stat Shows LeBron James Has Been Most Clutch Player This Season

In the must-win game, IN started off the afternoon IN control, forcing the first timeout of the game when George connected on a wide-open 3-point look to give IN a 13-10 lead. They appear to be unable to score if Russell Westbrook sits on the bench or hits a dry scoring patch. Probably not. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit, and even a Game 4 win was far from guaranteed with a travel call.

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Lebron James thinks Cavaliers are finally hitting their stride

But the 32-year-old rued the fact he was unable to mix it with festival goers in California, where the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga are among the performers. "We're extremely frustrated because we haven't won a game, but we can take some positives from the games we've played". "We were always in the game, so we were little breakdowns from winning the game".

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Chelsea Premier League win would be Conte's greatest acheivement

Conte stopped short of confirming he would restore both Hazard and Costa to his starting team on Tuesday, saying: "I have another day to decide best 11 - they are in good condition, good form". However, having seen a commanding 10-point lead eroded to just four, Antonio Conte's players can not afford a slip-up at home to Southampton. They host Leicester on Wednesday but at least they have an FA Cup final on the horizon.


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