Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among UEFA's technical observers in Stockholm along with former Romania internationals Cristian Chivu and Ioan Lupescu, ex-Serbia and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic, former Poland defender Stefan Majewski and Mixu Paatelainen, who played for and managed Finland.
Among the other favorites, third-seeded Simona Halep will be up against Jana Cepelova in the first round if her right ankle injury does not prevent her from playing. With the world's top five occupied by players over 30 for the first time, Rafael Nadal is poised to tighten the old guard's Grand Slam grip by capturing an unprecedented 10th French Open .
One more team. I couldn't have made the (entire) East better. On top of all of that, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is a shrewd decision-maker who is well-aware of the task facing his team if they want to be mentioned with the likes of the Cavaliers and Warriors .
National Football League adopts rule changes to roster cutdown, overtime, IR-return and celebrations
This rule change could prove immensely important moving forward. It will reduce the number of plays in overtime , following a season in which more games than usual exceeded 70 total minutes. It used to be that the rosters would first slim down to 75 players, but the league has approved to get rid of the middle man, reported by MMQB's Albert Breer .
The outgoing manager said the player was "from outer space" after the Argentina forward set Barcelona on their way with his 54th goal of the season, before superbly setting up Alcacer for the third. After the match , the players returned triumphantly to Barcelona to celebrate with the fans. For Barca , it was a chance to put a positive spin on a disappointing season.
Recent reports have suggested Chelsea may have to fork out £100million for the Belgian hitman, which would eclipse the world-record for a signing, held by Paul Pogba when he rejoined Manchester United last summer from Juventus. One player to be linked with a move to Chelsea is Romelu Lukaku , who has become one of the most lethal strikers in England since leaving for Everton in 2014 , but Hazard joked that his own new contract could prevent his compatriot from a return.
It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. Now they meet for the rubber match starting June 1 in Oakland. While James is going for his 4th ring, Warriors forward Kevin Durant will be trying to win his first. That was 10 years ago, leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball.
The Penguins had thrown their first proverbial punch with Chris Kunitz's goal in the second period, but Mark Stone countered 20 seconds later with a goal of his own. He won his second Olympic gold medal, his first world championship, his second Stanley Cup, his first World Cup, and now he and the Penguins have a chance to become the first repeat National Hockey League champs since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
On a beautifully sunny day, but one with strong gusts of wind that would have tested the patience of a saint, Italian Francesco Molinari , Belgian Thomas Pieters and Scotland's Scott Jamieson claimed a share of the midway lead - on seven-under-par 137 - but all were only too aware that the second half of the journey will be the more hard part, with the course firming up and the threat of tougher weather conditions.
But it meant little as Celtics never led in any of their home games in the series. "Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. "We feel like we should be here, and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team". Thomas had his front tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington, but it was a lingering hip injury he aggravated later in the series ...
I think it was a boring game". "Obviously happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that's the way it's been over the last 18 months, last year, and that's a decision I have to make now, whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football".
His best finish this season was 14th at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on April 29. Former F1 driver and IndyCar specialist Cheever feels the Spaniard, who will be driving #29 Chandon Honda for McLaren Honda Andretti in the 101st edition on Sunday, is one of the best drivers of all time - but says the challenge of IndyCar racing is as tough as it gets.
For the first time in National Basketball Association playoff history, the same two teams will meet in the Finals for the third consecutive year. That was the Warriors' first NBA Championship in 40 years. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. So this is the rubber match, and now former MVP Kevin Durant is added to the mix.
Just five minutes into the game, Simon Bourque slid the puck between Otters' goaltender Troy Timpano's legs. "We had a pretty strong first half and then around the World Juniors we were missing guys and we started losing games". A positive that sits firmly in the Otters' corner is that this group has brushed aside adversity previously. He finished it off to give Erie the 5-2 lead.
The story lines are plenty, including a few fresh ones, such as acting Golden State coach Mike Brown going against the team he coached not once but twice. I'm going to be honest, I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State. "It sounds to me like the course of action right now is, like a lot of other injuries, prior to deciding on a course action, is to let the inflammation calm down a little bit", Stevens said .
Murray was a revelation previous year as he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup , but is this an overreaction to be being utterly and thoroughly outcoached? Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey goalie Marc-Andre Fleury throws a puck aside as he takes shots during practice Thursday, May 18, 2017 , in Ottawa .
They'll have to do so without Rickard Rakell , as a lower-body injury suffered in Game 4 kept him out Saturday and left him unable to travel with team. Rakell has scored seven times in the postseason and was termed day-to-day by Carlyle, who assigned the same status to injured forward Patrick Eaves (career-high 32 goals), sidelined for the past nine games of the playoffs.
The Lakers , meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot. A second top ten selection is another opportunity to fill a need and grab another exciting young prospect for the Kings' rebuild. The 2017 NBA Draft lottery gave us a few shocks Tuesday night. "We don't want to make any mistakes, and so far, we've been pretty good". "When you defend like we did there is a lot you have to improve, and we have to analyze every aspect".
It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the National Basketball Association playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season. "I'm excited for that moment and I know we are, too". Bradley talked about the defeat in the postgame interview and stated, " This leaves a certain taste in our mouths, to get here and to not get to the championship ." .
After routinely discussing the Warriors during the 2015-16 season after losing to them in the 2015 Finals, the Warriors were not a common topic around the team over the past several months. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals. Oden's knee injuries ended his National Basketball Association career after 105 games, long before he would've had to worry about playing away from the basket, the way traditional centers such as Marc Gasol now do.
Kvitova severely injured her left hand leaving her career in doubt - but after months of rehab returned to the court this morning in Paris . She will face USA player Julia Boserup in her first competitive game at the French Open . The French Open is set to start, and the featured match on Day 1 will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's return to competition less than six months after being stabbed.
James' series win in five games against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals is the sixth time he has played Boston . Regardless of what happens in this year's NBA Finals and in the coming years, James has already put himself into the conversation with the NBA's all-time greats like Jordan and Bryant.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell challenged the call and, after a almost two-minute review, it was upheld. Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, and then Jett Bandy worked a seven-pitch at bat that ended with a ball that hit the left-field wall on a bounce, clearing the bases and staking Chase Anderson to a 3-0 lead.
Maria Sharapova has been handed a wild card to the Aegon Classic in Birmingham this summer, one of the most significant warm-up tournaments for Wimbledon . Grand Slam officials traditionally extend wild-card invitations to well-known players who have not met the qualifying requirements for reasons such as injury.
In the second period, the Blues improve, but were dealt a major blow on 68 minutes when Victor Moses was rightly sent off after picking up a second yellow for an obvious dive. I have nothing against Antonio, he has done a fantastic job. "I'm just blessed for this opportunity and for the trust from my team-mates and my manager because being sidelined for such a long time , I suffered a lot this season because you want to contribute on the pitch".
Aberdeen gave Celtic arguably their toughest test of the domestic campaign and edged the first half as they pressed their opponents all over the pitch. "Whether it's managers or players, if you are doing your job and you are linked with bigger or better clubs then you are obviously doing something right".
And if I start him, of course, I have to make that decision until Saturday and I have not made up my mind yet. "I think we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see what's next for us". Chelsea won the Premier League this season - the fifth time they have done so under the ownership of billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has spent heavily since taking control in 2003.
Led by former Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers, Celtic finished the season undefeated and won each of the three domestic trophies. Jonny Hayes had given the Dons the lead before Stuart Armstrong levelled nearly immediately. Captain Scott Brown told Sky Sports: "The gaffer's come down and changed our philosophy and we've stuck by it". The Pittodrie men drew first blood when Niall McGinn's corner to the back post found Hayes, who had escaped Griffiths, and his low volley flew into the net ...
Now they have agreed to collaborate on a temporary basis for the French Open , where Djokovic, 30, is on course to meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals after yesterday's draw. " Everybody knows clay is not my favourite surface, but I try my best ", said Kerber. Rafael has won the tournament in Madrid and only lost in the semifinals of the Rome open.
But it all evaporated. Cleveland's 2016 title forced Golden State to reload and acquire Kevin Durant to form a formidable Big 4 consisting of Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green . In the first championship meeting in 1952, Layne and Walker ran for TDs to give the Lions a 17-7 win and their first championship since 1935. Of course, one might say that the Spurs finally found a way to make the Warriors flinch or think, until Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle.
Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit to win its first championship in franchise history, taking a historic Game 7 in 2016. The Cavs won the series 4-1 and will now face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The answer is 2010. It hasn't always been the case, but LeBron James is pretty comfortable playing in Boston . The Celtics have carved out their path as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference over the next few seasons.
But Boston , which was without the services of star player Isaiah Thomas for all but 56 minutes of the series, absorbed its four losses by an average of 25 points a game. And. that's it: Those were the only three times in major American sports that two franchises played each other in back-to-back-to-back championships before this year.
If we think in that manner, we will get the results we want more often than not". They should play their game in the middle order. "We will prepare for the game in the same way we prepare for other games". "The fact that all these players are in good touch ahead of such a high-profile competition augurs well for the team", he added. I will regard them as the two strongest pillars of the team.
Perhaps it is considering how thoroughly the Cavaliers dominated them two nights before at Boston . "That's just how the game be played". "I didn't have it", James said. The fan was escorted away by security personnel, but minutes later James, nearly always totally cooperative with the media, got testy when asked about his second-half struggles.
With eight wickets down and still 93 runs required for victory on Saturday, Pakistan's hopes of avoiding defeat seemed unlikely - especially with just 44 balls remaining. Meanwhile, Captain Virat Kohli had said that India will go out "to enjoy" their cricket as they aim to defend their Champions Trophy crown against the backdrop of a row over money with the worldwide board.