Sport Messi to make Barcelona Decision May
Author: 0 Messi to make Barcelona Decision May

Lionel Messi is back, and for Barcelona , it could not have come a minute sooner. Madrid, minus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and several other regulars, beat struggler Leganes 4-2 to maintain a two-point lead over the second-place Catalan club.

Sport Rain saved Proteas - Faf
Author: 0 Rain saved Proteas - Faf

While the Proteas proved altogether tougher opponents, it was the weather which had the last word on a finely-poised first Test in Dunedin, with a final day washout again forcing a draw. "There is so much time left", Amla said, with South Africa maintaining a win was still possible, despite rain forecast for the remaining four days.

Sport Eden Hazard: Chelsea are 'nearly there' in Premier League title race
Author: 0 Eden Hazard: Chelsea are 'nearly there' in Premier League title race

Not to indulge the player but to bring out the best of the English graduate of the Sporting academy in Portugal and ensure he felt comfortable. Premier League leaders Chelsea will be looking to take a step closer to the title when they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday evening (5.30pm kick-off).

Author: 0 National Hockey League roundup: Lightning beat Maple Leafs, maintain slim playoff hopes

Also in his favor is his spot on the second power play unit. Victor Hedman gave the Bolts three helpers while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots in the win. Andersen then had to make two dandy saves, one after his own giveaway before the Leafs finally got some rhythm on offence. Leafs fans would've killed for this deal to be offered to them before the season.

Sport Bannon threatened to quit if removed from National Security Council role
Author: 0 Bannon threatened to quit if removed from National Security Council role

National security adviser H.R. McMaster will remain on the NSC, and the removal of Bannon is seen as a boost to McMaster and other generals on the NSC. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford have been elevated to the principals committee again after their roles within that group were changed shortly after Trump took office.

Sport Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby
Author: 0 Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby

But any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Real just three minutes into the second half, with Morata completing his three-goal haul from a free-kick that he headed past the keeper via a wicked deflection off Martin Mantovani. Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table as Mourinho looks to steer the Red Devils back into the Champions League. The Slovenian global continues to show he's among the greatest goalkeepers in Europe after enjoying a breakout season in 201516.

Author: 0 Garcia at peace with Augusta National but no surrender

He made a 4-foot putt on 14 for a share of the lead. The American did get to eight under at one stage in his round a run of five bogeys is six holes between sixth and the 11th cut the legs from under him. Johnson has appeared in 13 consecutive Masters. Reigning Olympic champion Justin Rose was at one-under with 13 holes remaining. He played most of the back nine not knowing if he would be assessed a penalty or not, leading his competitors to come to his defense and the USGA to acknowledge ...

Author: 0 Willett to serve up Masters feast

Favourite Dustin Johnson is part of an all-American trio also comprising two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker , while Olympic champion Justin Rose is set to play alongside world No3 Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker in another high-profile group.

Author: 0 Russell Westbrook Ties Oscar Robertson With 41st Triple-Double

Despite already setting a couple of records in recent weeks, Westbrook is still chasing one. With his left leg crossed in front of his right, Russell Westbrook gave a little wave and patted his heart. It's no secret that the Thunder need this other-worldly production from Westbrook to win games and they're fighting for the best seed possible heading into the postseason.

Sport Barcelona boss Luis Enrique delighted with first-half blitz against Sevilla
Author: 0 Barcelona boss Luis Enrique delighted with first-half blitz against Sevilla

A surging run from Messi in the 24th minute saw him drill in a low cross for Suarez and when the ball bounced kindly for the Uruguayan, he beat Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico with an overhead kick. Messi , who has now scored 43 goals in 41 matches for Barcelona this season, was playing his first game in almost two weeks. In an ad for the campaign released in February, Messi appears with black war paint on his face in place of the reflections of three children battling the disease.

Author: 0 How Chelsea coach sparked Manchester City tunnel bust-up

TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed recent comments by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte suggesting that whereas the West Londoners expect to win, Spurs merely hope to do so. "We are disappointed we couldn't win the game". Pastorello is a friend, I know him well, but I don't like when others speak for me. "The respect is always important".

Sport MASTERS: 'I'm flying under the radar' Scott says
Author: 0 MASTERS: 'I'm flying under the radar' Scott says

And all of a sudden, 10 shots is now four". Scott, who is playing with Kevin Kisner and Andy Sullivan in the opening two rounds, said patience would be key if the wind raged, conscious that not everything would go as planned. Curtis Luck was impressive in his first appearance at Augusta National recovering from an opening round of 78 to make the cut on the number. He fired an even par round featuring three birdies and three bogeys to be tied 46 on 6-over and teeing it up in The Masters ...

Author: 0 Chelsea regain title momentum by beating "maybe the best in the league"

Delph joined City from Aston Villa in 2015 as an England starter, but his career at the Etihad Stadium has been dogged by fitness issues. "I am very happy for him". "The Premier League is gone and in the last eight games, we have to think to qualify for the Champions League". We want to finish top. "Regarding our position, it will be a fight until the end for us", Kompany added.

Author: 0 Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho draws confidence from unbeaten run

Seven of the stalemates have come at Old Trafford, including the last two against West Bromwich Albion and Everton, while United have drawn nine games in total at home this season. Sunderland are at the bottom of the Premier League ahead of Sunday's clash at the Stadium of Light with Man United, with Moyes already stating he doesn't expect his team to pick up any points from the fixture.

Author: 0 Celtics lose again as Millsap lifts Hawks

Hawks: Visit Cleveland on Friday and host the Cavaliers on Sunday. The Celtics are now 50-29, lying in second spot behind reigning NBA Finals champions Cleveland who are 51-27 and now primed to lock up first place. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George had 23 points and 10 rebounds and IN beat Milwaukee to keep its playoff hopes alive. IN coach Nate McMillan said he was encouraged by the grit shown by his team on their road trip.

Author: 0 Roger Federer wins Miami title to complete hard court sweep — ATP Miami

He followed that up with defeats in 2008, 2011, 2014 and now 2017 and is desperate to be standing in Federer's place one day. Bravo! Legend! The only match I´ve been able to watch this past weeks, turns out to be pretty awesome! It's been a confetti-laden year so far for Roger Federer.

Author: 0 Smith-led Supergiants look to start on winning note against MI

When asked about KXIP's chances this season ahead of the team's first game against Rising Pune Supergiant, Miller said, "We just have to continue to perform as a unit and make sure we don't lose our momentum till the end". Buttler put on a show at the top of the order after Smith won the toss , scooping Stokes audaciously over the wicketkeeper from outside the off stump for one of his three sixes.

Author: 0 Lingard signs new long-term Man United contract

The 24-year-old signed a four-year deal with Manchester United on Thursday, which saw his wages treble to £100,000 a week. Lingard had spells on loan at Leicester, Birmingham and Brighton before he was given his first-team debut by Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal against Swansea in the opening game of the 2014-15 season, BBC reports.

Author: 0 Westbrook sizzles but falls just shy of history

With triple-doubles in over half of his games, it's a safe bet that Westbrook notches at least one more to break the record with five games left in the season. The remaining three are against teams with losing records - the Knicks, Detroit and Dallas.Gasol connected on his third 3-popinter of the game midway through the third quarter, giving him 100 for the season.

Sport National Basketball Association says it expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte
Author: 0 National Basketball Association says it expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

He says it's "not a done deal" that Charlotte will get the game, because the league would need assurances of anti-discriminatory policies for venues that would host its events and hotels they would use. The 2017 game was relocated to New Orleans and the 2018 edition is slated for Los Angeles , so 2019 is the next opportunity for Charlotte, but all signs point to it getting done and Silver indicated a decision would be coming soon.

Author: 0 Masters first round whips up something different

Several players were still on the course mid-afternoon. "I don't feel there's any chance of competing", he said. Johnson was still trying to digest the last 24 hours, as shocking as any for a No. "It (stinks). It (stinks) really bad", he said. But it came at the 15th hole instead of No. 12, and in the first round instead of the last, leaving himself plenty of time to recover.

Sport Zverev ousts top seed Wawrinka in Miami
Author: 0 Zverev ousts top seed Wawrinka in Miami

In the victory, Kyrgios won 79 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Bautista Agut played the match of his life, hitting the ball deep with relentless precision in an effort to keep Federer pinned to the baseline, giving the 18-time grand slam champion everything he could handle.

Author: 0 United players 'not in love with goal', says Mourinho

Mourinho's men head into the weekend a massive 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand. "Ashley Young is injured, and no more news because Mata, Smalling and Jones you already what you are speaking about", Mourinho said .

Sport Griezmann to lead Atletico against Real Madrid in derby
Author: 0 Griezmann to lead Atletico against Real Madrid in derby

Griezmann has proven to be just what Atletico hoped for when it secured his transfer from Real Sociedad in 2014; he has blossomed into one of the league's most creative and talented scorers with expert vision, a strong shot from distance, and speed.

Author: 0 Charley Hoffman soars to pole position at Masters

McIlroy admitted he was stunned to see Hoffman shoot 65 in the tough conditions, adding: "I thought if anyone broke 70 today that would be an unbelievable score and then to see what he did over the last six or seven holes was incredible golf.

Author: 0 Masters leader Hoffman starts his 2nd round

Those competing are careful not to lose focus amid the snacks, banter and unusually heavy winds; if they win the tournament, they are invited back to play in it for life. His four-shot lead over McGirt was the largest at Augusta National after the opening round in 62 years. After a wind gusts of almost 40 miles per hour in the opening round, Friday's conditions were sunny and much milder - opening the way for several capable challengers looking to fill the void left by the withdrawal of ...

Sport Harry Kane set to make Tottenham return against Watford
Author: 0 Harry Kane set to make Tottenham return against Watford

But he returned to full training early this week and Pochettino told a news conference on Friday: "We'll see tomorrow if he can start the game or be on the bench". "He played with Under-21 with Spaniard nation team last week". We will see tomorrow if Hugo will be involved, we need to decide tomorrow if he is available to play but if not, it is true we must wait for the scan that Michel is going to do this afternoon.

Sport Denver defenceman Will Butcher wins Hobey Baker Award
Author: 0 Denver defenceman Will Butcher wins Hobey Baker Award

Butcher is a 2013 Avalanche draft pick, so maybe Denver will keep him around. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago and aired nationally on NHL Network.

Sport Pochettino: Title hopefuls Tottenham can win every Premier League match
Author: 0 Pochettino: Title hopefuls Tottenham can win every Premier League match

We are in the bottom three now and there are seven games to go. "Britos was important because Kaboul and Prodl were injured and we do not have a defence now". Pochettino shrugged off the implied jibe, however, claiming Spurs will simply focus on pushing for as many points as possible between now and the end of the campaign.

Author: 0 Willett shanks ball en route to opening quad

Willett did manage to birdie the 10th for the second day running, but promptly three-putted the 11th to lie six over par, two shots outside the projected cut. Westwood, whose most recent win came at the 2015 Indonesian Masters, said he kept his composure after his poor start. "I was a bit surprised at how loud the cheer was", Spieth said, chuckling, "when my ball landed about 35 feet away from the hole".

Author: 0 NFL Owners Approve Raiders Move To Las Vegas

Miami was the lone dissenter. He recalls the team's move to Los Angeles, Calif., as well as the team's move back to Oakland. If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Opposing teams' players, coaches and personnel will now be traveling to the strip for a few nights if ever an away Raiders game appears on the schedule.

Author: 0 Millsap, Hardaway boost Hawks past Celtics

In 11 games as a starter this year, he's averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 boards. LeBron led the Cavaliers on a 22-4 run over the first six-plus minutes of the second quarter to turn Wednesday's much-hyped matchup into a laugher by the time Thomas returned to the game .

Author: 0 Crunch Time: Thunder Faces Grizzlies With Playoffs Looming

Everything has been going right for Russell Westbrook as of late. But Westbrook, who on Monday equalled Oscar Robertson's 1962 single-season record of 41 triple-doubles, was left just one rebound short of breaking the 55-year-old mark.

Author: 0 Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal, claims embattled Arsene Wenger

The defending champions trail leaders Monaco by three points with eight games remaining and are looking for a fifth consecutive league triumph. Wenger , speaking at London Colney this morning ahead of Monday night's clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, revealed he is formulating a strategy for the club's summer trip to China and Australia.

Author: 0 Koeman pleased with point despite painful late United equaliser

The Swede has the option to remain at Old Trafford for one more season upon the expiration of his contract, but has given little indication as to his decision. "He had a good performance but it was his body with my brain", Mourinho said. "I could feel some of the boys in trouble with the confidence levels".

Author: 0 Mauricio Pochettino: 'We are fighting for title'

It is always hard in the first game after global duty, all the players arrive at different dates we were very professional. Spurs are now seven points behind Chelsea heading into the midweek round of fixtures and Pochettino is not giving up hope that his side can secure their first top-flight crown since 1961.

Sport Masters leader Hoffman tees off with top rivals on his heels
Author: 0 Masters leader Hoffman tees off with top rivals on his heels

The second round of the year's first major championship opened in cool and breezy conditions at 7,435-yard Augusta National, brisk winds likely to play havoc with top shotmakers as they did for most on day one. Els, who at 47 could possibly be competing in his final Masters (this is his 23, but he never has landed a green jacket), was visibly angered and a little on edge at the end of his round, having just finished bogey-bogey after doing the hard part, playing 16 holes in tough conditions at ...

Sport Frenetic fortnight to judge Madrid's season, Zidane's future
Author: 0 Frenetic fortnight to judge Madrid's season, Zidane's future

But then if Atletico have Griezmann, Real look even more risky with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to find the back of the net. The FC crew preview the derby clash between Real and Atletico , which comes four days before both return to UCL action. Should Real win the league this term, it will be their first title since 2012, but Zidane has admitted that he isn't taking anything for granted.

Author: 0 Dustin Johnson has plenty of momentum entering Masters

He said: "My mum went through successful surgery on her left lung and just got the news from the doctor yesterday she doesn't have to do chemo, which is exciting stuff". Marc Leishman arrives at the year's first major as the most-in form Australian golfer. "When I first drove in, I think it was a bit mixed", he said.

Sport Ball bounces out of UCLA to NBA; Alford stays on as coach
Author: 0 Ball bounces out of UCLA to NBA; Alford stays on as coach

Second-seeded Kentucky leaned on its defense on one end of the court while its own heralded freshman point guard took advantage on the other. It was the second time this year that the Burins and Wildcats met, and UCLA took home the victory back in early December 97-92.

Sport Lynch visits Raiders amid talk of comeback
Author: 0 Lynch visits Raiders amid talk of comeback

On his earlier appearance Schefter reported that the sense was Seattle would release Lynch, thus allowing him to sign with the Raiders. A few more pieces have been added to the puzzle that is the Marshawn Lynch-to-the-Raiders scenario. "My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play, that it would be for the Raiders and that'd be about it". The Raiders certainly need a bruising back like Lynch, but must feel confident he's a solid fit in the organization.

Author: 0 Ryu wins dramatic ANA Inspiration as Thompson handed four-stroke penalty

She birdied the 13th and 15th holes and gave herself a 15-foot eagle putt on the final holes that could have won the title. This was Ryu's fourth LPGA victory and her second major following the 2011 U.S. "It's a hard thing to do, and it made me sick to be honest". On top of that, consequently, another 2-stroke penalty was tacked on for signing an incorrect scorecard after her Saturday round for not accounting for the assessed 2-stroke penalty.

Sport Few thrills as England continue steady progress under Southgate
Author: 0 Few thrills as England continue steady progress under Southgate

Gareth Southgate has offered Jermain Defoe hope of featuring for England at the 2018 World Cup if he maintains his form in the Premier League after the striker marked his return after three and a half years in the global wilderness with the first goal in the defeat of Lithuania.

Sport Klopp delivers nightmare update while key man to miss Stoke clash
Author: 0 Klopp delivers nightmare update while key man to miss Stoke clash

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will have to do without his top scorer for the remaining seven games of the season, as Liverpool fight for a Champions League spot. Liverpool will have Joel Matip available should Klopp wish to make changes, with the central defender able to appear as a substitute against Bournemouth after recovering from a back injury.

Sport Charley Hoffman takes four-shot lead after first round of the Masters
Author: 0 Charley Hoffman takes four-shot lead after first round of the Masters

He was clearly in pain, rubbing his back several times and letting his caddie tee up the ball so he didn't have bend over. After months of buildup, it certainly wasn't what fans expected at the year's first Grand Slam gathering; but in Johnson and Spieth's defense they weren't the only stars who didn't exactly deliver on Day 1.

Author: 0 No surprise here, National Hockey League players are angry about missing 2018 Olympics

The league announced Monday that it would not halt its schedule to accommodate the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. So they started looking for conciliatory offers (i.e. "I'm just going to tell you I'm disappointed". Players immediately blasted the decision. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price , who won gold with Canada in Sochi in 2014, wondered if the announcement was part of the league's negotiating "tactics".

Sport Ronald Koeman: 'Everton still fighting for fifth place'
Author: 0 Ronald Koeman: 'Everton still fighting for fifth place'

I like this, you need to do everything to win the game and after you can be friends". Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Williams were captured squabbling on the pitch during Everton's last match against Manchester United. Speaking exclusively in the May 2017 issue of FourFourTwo magazine, the current Belgium manager says: "It's hard to say [if Everton can keep hold of Lukaku]".

Author: 0 I've made my decision on Januzaj - Mourinho

While Mourinho was quick to nail down Lingard's future, the same can not be said for Adnan Januzaj, who is on a season-long loan at Sunderland. But the Manchester United manager has admitted the team is "not strong or good enough to score the goals we should".