The pooling was done on Wednesday in Japan where the Africa victor, hopefully Kenya Simbas, will play reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa and a repechage victor. Another African team, most likely Namibia or Kenya, and the victor of the Repechage round of qualifying will complete their pool. The move aims to halt players leaving tier two nations in search of a place in other national squads.
Chelsea's 1-0 win at West Brom on Friday secured the club's fifth Premier League title, a fitting reward for a remarkable first season under Antonio Conte . A win against West Brom on Friday night will secure the Premier League crown for Chelsea . With less than a quarter of an hour left, Antonio Conte chose to gamble and brought on both Willian and Batshuyai, and it was the Belgian striker who won the game.
The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea's fans and manager Conte was tossed high into the air by his squad. Chelsea are champions for the second time in three years, and despite Batshuayi's victor, there's only one man to thank for it - Conte.
LeBron James scored 35 points with nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers subdued the desperate Raptors to remain unbeaten in eight games in these playoffs. Raptors Patrick Patterson, Serge Ibaka and P.J Tucker are also scheduled to enter free agency. Beefed up by late-season deals for Ibaka and Tucker, Toronto expected to push Cleveland a little harder this year, but showed it still couldn't handle the Cavs.
Chelsea won the next 13 matches, laying the foundations for an eventual title triumph. With less than a quarter of an hour left, Antonio Conte made a decision to gamble and brought on both Willian and Batshuyai, and it was the Belgian striker who won the game.
In those same four games John Wall has 20, 40, 24 and 27 points. For those who like angry postseason hoops, Game 3 was a game that came with its fair share of drama. Personally, I wasn't expecting a sudden turnaround, because for some reason the C's just can't get it together in Washington . Instead the Wizards extended it as they led by 30 points in the second half.
The Colorado Rockies look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. "There was a lot of bad pitching", Kershaw said while holding his young son. Antonio Senzatela beat the Cubs in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, and German Marquez threw a no-hitter for six innings in Colorado's 3-0 over Chicago on Wednesday.
With talks of a merger between ISL and I-League, India's premier football competition, widespread for a while now everyone believed that three clubs from the I-League - Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC - would be picked. "I fear for the future of the I-League teams", said former East Bengal, Mahindra and Dempo striker Raman Vijayan. Ten cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru , Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram - have been shortlisted ...
Anderson is a local product, from Greenville, N.C., the same city where ECU's located. As you can see in the video below, Montgomery goes to Chapman's workplace to surprise her with the news. "I was just praying about it last night, because he needs it". Cameras followed the ECU coach as he told Anderson's mother, Tia Chapman, about the news.
In a draft that's talent is deep in many areas, Jones is a well known gem and C-USA domineer who was sure to be scooped up by the end of the 5th round. "We went in with the idea of trying to find more defenders, especially versatile guys like Josh who could switch from safety to corner", Thompson said.
Having that depth down the lineup helps the Oilers create more chances and make the most of their arsenal. The location of the game in Anaheim is such that the situation won't get out of control if the refs resume nudging the Ducks toward the conference finals.
It would be unbelievable. It's clear that winning the Europa League final and achieving qualification to the Champions League through that route is Jose Mourinho's priority, and the United boss has already confirmed one starter for the all-important game in Stockholm .
The Penguins will never, ever win the physical battle against the Capitals because they're not built to do that. Patric Hornqvist blocked another shot and barely made it off the ice. "It's a day-to-day process", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters. I mean, what are the chances? Niskanen was asked if he had any regrets about what he did on the play.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his first goal against Atletico at the 10th minute as early game. After the match, Ronaldo and Real claimed the 32-year-old had moved on to 400 goals for the club, although official records say 399. The Frenchman, who is on track to become the first coach to successfully defend the European Cup since AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi in 1990, has carefully managed his squad throughout the season.
Emblematic captain John Terry only missed the trip to Arsenal through injury, but he has been unable to get back into the team since then and his storied 22-year association with Chelsea will end when the season finishes. "People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up". Straddling a two-year spell in charge of Italy, it's now four straight domestic league titles for Conte, the other three coming at Juventus from 2011-14, when the team once went through a ...
The Raptors shot 47 per cent on the night, and, after connecting on just two three-pointers in Game 3, went 10-of-29 from long range. If the Celtics win, they would move on to host the Cleveland Cavaliers to open the Eastern Conference finals.
Having wrapped up hard talks last week with Greece's creditors, the government believes the pact will send out a clear signal to the global investors that the Greek economy has finally turned a corner. He shared his belief that this, of course, was a mistake, since the project is about globalization and is China's gift to the world. Alemu believes that the initiative, which has been able to benefit all participating parties, has a great significance not only for developing countries along ...
Here's a look at how some of the Blues' key performers in the victory over Boro - namely Alonso, Azpilicueta and Pedro - reacted to the huge win on Twitter... "The money is important only at this level to give the real value of a player or the coach". "It's great for me, for my players, for the club to see this great atmosphere".
Atletico needed to overcome a 3-0 first-leg deficit and appeared on course for a stunning comeback after early goals from Saul and Antoine Griezmann . "And to do it for the second year in a row, we need to congratulate everyone in this club". Madrid are in the driving seat for their first league title in five years as they also target a first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.
A mega-fight between me and Anthony Joshua. While many are talking about Anthony Joshua's massive win this weekend over Wladimir Klitschko, a lot of fight fans will also wonder if Joshua be facing Tyson Fury anytime soon. "I am not going to consider anything or be making any statements right now", he said . "I have a rematch clause in the contract which I can execute".
Conte is not the kind of manager to count his chickens and his manner suggests he will only be fully satisfied with a Premier League and FA Cup double. "Now the most important thing is to reach our target". "I actually thought Conte looked lost playing with a back four earlier in the season". "I repeat what I said before, I have a contract, two years with Chelsea , but also I like to repeat for me and my players is to be focused in the moment, the moment is very important".
The Nigeria global impressed under Manuel Pellegrini previous year, recording eight goals in 26 appearances, and while Guardiola is said to admire his attitude, there are doubts over whether he fits the Spaniard's style of play. "But still we are fighting for something so important for the future of the club, so now we have to be focused on what we have to do". Wes Morgan is also out as he has failed to recover from the hamstring injury which has forced him to miss the last three games.
In what has been an enthralling series so far, The Celtics take a 3-2 lead into the best of seven fixture at the Verizon Center in Washington . Avery Bradley scored 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting while Al Horford had 19 points and Jae Crowder had 18.
We don't know. But we would much rather have him because he is the hub of our toughness, energy, all of the above. Kevin Love had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs, who outscored the Raptors 66-42 in the second half.
Nobody is suggesting that Chelsea will be in a relegation scrap next season but Conte has got to recognise that this title was won in unusual circumstances, given that all his rivals had much more football to play. The 47-year-old inherited a squad that had declined from domestic superpower to mid-table mediocrity amid acrimony and the sacking of title-winning manager Jose Mourinho.
Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin's energy and the world No 10 conceded the final point with a double fault . Halep will face in-form Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic or Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final. Nishikori, a finalist in Madrid in 2014, is playing in his first tournament since March.
Cormier will defend his light heavyweight title against Jones in Anaheim, over a year after their original 197 bout was called off first due to Cormier's leg injury, and then a 200 date was called off due to Jones' suspension. Next is a pivotal middleweight matchup between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and streaking middleweight Kelvin Gastelum. "He's a b*tch", said Cormier (video and transcription compliments of MMA Fighting ).
MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, Juventus manager, on the challenge that lies ahead for his players. Skomina finally gets a UEFA club final after working six semifinals in the Champions League or Europa league since 2012. That mental strength has seen Juventus shake off the defeat of 2015 and come back stronger than ever, just as Atletico Madrid did after losing in 2014.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has already aimed a little swipe in the direction of Ajax ahead of their Europa League final showdown later this month. "For a club like Man United to win the League Cup and the Europa League , with the teams that are in it, you would expect them to do that", Keane told ITV Sport.
Maria Sharapova needs one more win to reach French Open qualifying after beating Anett Kontaveit to make the semi-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix. Nadal will also attempt to win a tenth title at Roland Garros, and given his outstanding form on clay over the past few weeks he will undoubtedly be the favourite to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris in little over a month's time.
However, Mourinho pointed out that the Eredivisie season ends on Sunday and Manchester United will have to play three more games before the final. Manchester United are now just one game away from securing Champions League qualification and a second major trophy of the season after coming through a nervy night at Old Trafford.
The All-Star led the Celtics to a first-round win over Chicago in a haze after learning the day before that series began that his younger sister, Chyna Thomas, had died in a vehicle accident outside of his native Tacoma, Washington . As a team, the Celtics shot 51 percent from the field and 19 of 39 from the three-point line which was the biggest disparity between the teams. Otto Porter Jr., however, knocked down a huge triple that gave Washington a two-point edge, 114-112, with only ...
Conte's appointment on a three-year contract was announced in April 2016 and he assumed his post last July after leading Italy at Euro 2016. Six months later he was sacked and they were just above the relegation zone in the Premier League. Leading Chelsea into the Champions League should be enough of a lure for Conte, who has two years left on his contract. Pulis said: "We just wanted to make a tough night".
He has been their best, most indispensable player, their leader on the court - and occasionally off of it - as they have won more regular-season games than any team in the Eastern Conference. Tucker played a second less than 46 minutes, defended King James as well as could be (that guy is ridiculous this post-season), and contributed a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.
There was a flashpoint when Higuain appeared to be stamped on by Kamil Glik as the striker made a sliding challenge, but no action was taken by the Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers. Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri shouts during the Champions League semi final second leg soccer match between Juventus and Monaco in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 .
Asked about the fracas, Mourinho said: "I didn't see the incident but he [Bailly] was phenomenal". Manchester United's Eric Bailly and Celta Vigo's Facundo Roncaglia are both shown red cards by referee. It means the opportunity to end the season in a ideal way. Their league finishes on Sunday and they will have 10 days to prepare. Celta, whose fans made most of the noise, were lively from the start but United went ahead when Fellaini got in front of his marker to head in at the far post ...
Man United were made to sweat in the final stages of the game, however, when Facundo Roncaglia levelled with just five minutes left to cancel out Marouane Fellaini's opener. Mourinho said on the game, "I am more than happy, more than happy if we win the Europa League ". Had former Manchester City youngster Guidetti scored, United would have lost on away goals, but he made a terrible mess of the opportunity and United scraped through.
St. Louis coach Mike Yeo hinted at potential lineup changes for Game 4 Tuesday night. The series resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville . Ducks goalie John Gibson made 24 saves. Already playing four on four late in the period, Patrik Berglund put the club in more danger with a high-sticking penalty at the 20-minute mark that gave the Predators a four-on-three power play to start the second, but the penalty-killing unit did its part.
The Special One will be protecting a proud unbeaten Premier League record against Arsene Wenger when his side travels to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but he is ready to jeapordise that to ensure his team are fresh for Thursday's second leg against the Spanish side at Old Trafford.
The sooner the Liberals and Tories hear that message, the better for all concerned. "Constitutionally, the federal government might have the upper hand. "And we have also won the most seats". It'd be natural for us to follow up today by telling you what the election result means for these issues, but we're not going to do that.
Duke Blue Devils freshman guard Frank Jackson is planning on hiring an agent and staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, ending his college career, per Adrain Wojnarowski of The Vertical . The Blue Devils already signed Jordan Goldwire and are considered one of the leaders for five-star point guard Trevon Duval. He had several interviews scheduled last night, so it is possible he received a promise from one of the teams that he would be their first or early second round pick.
With the win, Boston has a 3-2 series lead and can close out the series with a Game 6 victory in Washington on Friday. Thomas took only four shots in the first half. "Avery was terrific: 25 points, 10 for 13 in the first half. And that's really all what we're looking for". In addition to Bradley and Thomas, Al Horford and Jae Crowder added 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Atletico, which trailed 3-0 after the first leg, scored twice in the first 16 minutes at the Vicente Calderon Stadium to move within a goal of sending the semifinal, second-leg into extra time. Retaining Simeone will also make it far easier to hold onto a host of rising young stars. Antoine Griezmann converted the ensuing penalty-though it was not hit all that well and Navas got a hand to it-and the sense of belief grew even more.
Of Carrasco's seven Ks, five were on either his curveball (3) or slider (2), with a changeup and two-seamer earning a strikeout each. The Blue Jays promoted Bolsinger (0-1, 3.18) from Class AAA Buffalo to start Tuesday night because starters J.A.
We were courageous and we fought to the end and I'm proud of them. "It goes to show where they've been all season with the amount of draws they've had, you can see tonight, nearly having that defensive mindset for the whole night". "Roncaglia's not a new person to these kind of situations and probably Eric was a bit naive". In March, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli had the length of his suspension increased to three European club matches for his reckless tackle on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere ...
The Boston Celtics are one victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals after cruising by the Washington Wizards at home. It was a pretty typical night for Isaiah Thomas . Just comfortable. Your crowd's great. The only Wizard who truly showed up to play was Kelly Oubre , who was serenaded with "Fuck You Oubre!" chants.
The last charge led to the other two as McClain was pulled over for having illegally tinted windows and police officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. McClain started 23 games with the Cowboys between the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The officer stopped the vehicle because the window tint was too dark. Those charges were eventually dismissed .
The game of hockey giveth, and it taketh away. Edmonton edged the Ducks by a final of 2-1 on Friday night, jumping out to a 2-0 series lead in the process. "By the second timeout we were down by three". This time, there was no inspired comeback from the Oilers . We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.
Manchester United booked a place opposite Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final on 24 May in Stockholm after a competitive 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday. Former Manchester City striker John Guidetti though spurned the opportunity, and United marched on, on a night their manager had beforehand deemed "the most important match of our history".
I said before the game that was something we were after but so was the performance. "If you look at the two performances: the pitch was terrible at Parkhead and slowed our game down and we went to Hampden and were outstanding and very good a week later".