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Author: 0 Jeremy Conn: NCAA Final Four Thoughts

That feeling is mutual for USC players. Staley notes one of the challenges of facing this Cardinal team is the "moving parts" that make it hard to guard and the opportunity for any one of its players to step up. However, Bulldogs head coach Mark Few (or Fewey as Coach Martin likes to call him) understands that this SC will provide many challenges for his team outside of the stingy defense they play.

Author: 0 Wenger Will Attack Against Manchester City

Beaten four times in their last five games, Arsenal are at the lowest ebb of Wenger's 21-year tenure, with fans bitterly divided over whether or not the Frenchman should be allowed to stay. The moneybags French outfit have been long time admirers of Wenger, who has on three occasions declined PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi offer to manage the club.

Sport Former Zag, current Husky now fan at Final Four
Author: 0 Former Zag, current Husky now fan at Final Four

Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) is hugged by CT head coach Geno Auriemma, center, after their NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four , Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas. It was the defense that allowed SC to score 65 in the second half of comeback victory over Duke, despite also giving up 51. She's a hard win. The Tar Heels love to get out and run under any circumstance, sometimes scoring five seconds after a made free throw by their opponent.

Author: 0 Arsenal's Iwobi wants manager Wenger to stay

The French giants have let Wenger know the manager's job is his if he calls time on his career at Arsenal after 21 seasons at the helm. Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirate Stadium on Sunday, April 2 in a Premier League clash. Star goalkeeper Petr Cech will also be out against the Citizens. Sanchez, whose contract expires in the summer of next year, has emerged as a target for London rivals Chelsea.

Author: 0 Dustin Johnson wins World Golf Championships Match Play

Johnson's win cements his place as World number one, while Rahm's run top the final, sees him enter the World's top-20 for the first time. In the end, that experience might have helped him. "And so, yeah, got up pretty quick early". "I'll be sad in a couple of minutes, it's understandable, but after that I'll be really happy". Things swung back in Johnson's favor on the course's signature hole, the downhill, par-5 12th.

Sport Juan Mata op confirmed; Man Utd uncertain if he's out for season
Author: 0 Juan Mata op confirmed; Man Utd uncertain if he's out for season

The 28-year-old's injury will prove a sizeable setback to boss Jose Mourinho, with United still chasing the Europa League title and battling for a top-four Premier League berth. United take on Anderlecht in the quarter-finals knowing winning the competition would see them qualify for the Champions League regardless of their domestic finish.

Sport NCAA TOURNAMENT: Final Four X-factors
Author: 0 NCAA TOURNAMENT: Final Four X-factors

The North Carolina players have walked the fine line this season between the natural inclination to dwell on the painful loss, and the impossible task of forgetting it. As I finish my worst postseason in the seven years of this column, perhaps your favorite coin would be more helpful. "(The Tar Heels have) too much size and superior rebounding ".

Sport USC Gamecocks Women's Team Beats Stanford For Trip to National Title
Author: 0 USC Gamecocks Women's Team Beats Stanford For Trip to National Title

South Carolina's Jarrell Holliman goes up for a basket during a practice session for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gamecocks front courters Maik Kotsar and Chris Silva give up at least three inches and a whole lot of poundage to Karnowski. Because they have yet to face a team in the tournament with Gonzaga's size.

Sport Neymar Helps Brazil All But Qualify For 2018 WC
Author: 0 Neymar Helps Brazil All But Qualify For 2018 WC

Brazil guest after a great victory over Uruguay in the near round qualifying for the World Cup 2018 will take Paraguay, which still has chances to catch hold of the top five. After sinking into a long depression after the trauma of their humiliating 7-1 semi-final thrashing by Germany at the 2014 World Cup, Brazil have undergone a transformation since Tite took over as manager past year.

Sport Everton seek rare derby win as European hopes grow
Author: 0 Everton seek rare derby win as European hopes grow

Liverpool's decision to hire a private jet to rush the Brazil playmaker back from worldwide duty in South American qualifying paid off, with Coutinho scoring his team's second goal after a weaving run and also setting up Divock Origi for the clinching third in the 60th minute.

Author: 0 Messi ban unfair: Barcelona

Messi's club, Barcelona, also described the punishment as "unjust and totally disproportionate". While Messi will be forced to sit out the next three of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers, the 29-year-old is set to return to La Liga action with Barcelona this weekend.

Sport SC ends Stanford's season in NCAA semifinals
Author: 0 SC ends Stanford's season in NCAA semifinals

Propelled by junior forward A'ja Wilson's double-double and 13 second-half points junior guard Allisha Gray, No. 3/4 SC rallied past No. 6/6 Stanford 62-53 Friday night at American Airlines Center to secure the program's first berth in the NCAA championship game.

Sport Manchester United confirm Juan Mata injury
Author: 0 Manchester United confirm Juan Mata injury

There is no date of return mentioned but the paper speculates that Mata could be out for the remainder of the season. This only adds to the injury crisis that the coach now faces, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba all out injured with Ander Herrera and Ibrahimović both suspended.

Sport NCAA tournament: Baylor now has the easiest road to Final Four
Author: 0 NCAA tournament: Baylor now has the easiest road to Final Four

SC last won a game in the NCAAs when it topped Southwestern Louisiana 90-85 in a regional consolation game on March 17, 1973. SC forced 18 Duke turnovers, tying the most all season for the Blue Devils (18 vs. Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes, and Baylor defeated USC 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament .

Author: 0 Virat Kohli: 'Friendship Comments' Blown Out of Proportion

Before the four-Test series had begun, Kohli had spoken warmly about his friendships with all of the Australian players, saying: "I'm really good friends with all these guys off the field". "We were enjoying each other's company after a well-fought series", he said. Australia's catching let them down at a few critical times over the series, another reminder that they are not yet as hardened as they need to be.

Author: 0 Roger Federer to face Tomas Berdych in Miami quarter-finals

That seems to already be holding true. "That's my game style that I've had success with, so that's what I'm going to bring", Kyrgios said Thursday, via the official website of the ATP World Tour , while looking forward to Friday's semi-final.

Author: 0 Lukaku, Howe win monthly Premier League awards

The Everton striker enjoyed a prolific month in which he became the club's first player since Gary Lineker in 1985/86 to surpass the 20 league goal barrier. Looking back on his wonder goal, Townsend said: "I shrugged off Leko and Christian [Benteke] ran away so he left me the space, and even though I had nothing left I thought 'I'm going to have to go for this'".

Author: 0 Shell Houston Open Golf Betting Tips

It's easy to say. but it's really, really hard. "It's important that Steve sees me play this week and doesn't come in blind going to Augusta", Scott said. Spieth would have no issue losing once more in Houston this week, if it meant he got to put on a second Green Jacket next weekend. Since winning his opening major last summer at the US Open .

Sport Kulasekara takes four to help Sri Lanka level series
Author: 0 Kulasekara takes four to help Sri Lanka level series

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (Capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Dilruwan Perera Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara. With Bangladesh making regular breakthroughs, Perera launched a counter attack to race to his second half-century in the series before he fell to Mortaza in the final overs.

Sport Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches For Verbally Abusing Referee
Author: 0 Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches For Verbally Abusing Referee

The 29-year-old missed Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Bolivia and will also be banned for Argentina's next three World Cup qualifiers, unless an appeal is successful. Beaten finalists in 2014, Argentina's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is by no means assured. As well as the ban, the Barcelona forward was ordered to pay a sum of £8,100 for his troubles as well.

Author: 0 Pulisic a marked man warns USA coach Arena

They clearly have different skill sets - Nagbe may be the best possessor of the ball in the entire US player pool while all Pulisic does is create scoring chances - but when combined they are undeniably important to the success of their team.

Sport City focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia
Author: 0 City focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia

Man City will remain in the top four no matter what the result but could go up to 2 with a win. Schooling concedes that he was a bit "pessimistic" about Chelsea's chances after a disappointing 10th-place finish last season under Jose Mourinho.

Author: 0 Nick Kyrgios vs. Alexander Zverev 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

But Federer played his sloppiest game of the match when serving at 5-3 to get broken and give Berdych a new lease on life, a slip-up that the Czech capitalised on to send the contest to a final-set tie-breaker. "I definitely got very lucky at the end, but I think I showed great heart". Berdych broke once in the second set to level the match and saved a match point at 5-4 in the third with a rocket second serve of 120 miles per hour (193 kph).

Author: 0 Scoring Chelsea Defender Claims Win at Stoke Was 'Massive' as Title Beckons

Chelsea battled their way to a 2-1 win in an ill-tempered game thanks to an 87th-minute strike from Gary Cahill, extending their lead at the top of the Premier League to 13 points. But Stoke fans didn't have long to wait before cheering a legitimate goal when they were awarded a penalty after Cahill shoved Walters at a Pieters free kick.

Author: 0 LeBron, Cavs end rough March with 122-105 win over 76ers

As a group, they shot 52.9 percent from the field - the best of any unit that played five or more minutes together - in addition to being +11 together which not surprisingly, was tops among the 19 different lineups head coach Brad Stevens played against the Bucks.

Sport LaVar Ball: No NBA team is drafting De'Aaron Fox over Lonzo
Author: 0 LaVar Ball: No NBA team is drafting De'Aaron Fox over Lonzo

After UCLA was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament with an 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the South Regional semifinals on Friday night, Ball announced that he is making himself eligible for the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. Fox scored the first eight points for Kentucky and was all over the court forcing turnovers or diving to the floor to force a jump ball. The Bruins' star freshman finished with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field and committed four of his team's 13 ...

Author: 0 Tar Heels reach Final Four

He then kicked the ball out to Maye for a wide open look. UNC regained the lead two possesions later and take a 40-39 edge to the under-16. Jackson, who scored 34 against the Wildcats in December, led the Tar Heels with 19 points. So I wanted these guys to get back because so many of them played in that game. Justin Jackson was guarding Josh Hart. Fox and Bam Adebayo each scored 13 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures.

Author: 0 Taylor 'despondent' after horror tackle on Coleman

As for a timescale on the defender's return, O'Neill said: 'At the minute, even doctors wouldn't be sure. Sometimes there are complications afterwards and injuries can be more prolonged. "If you gave us this position at the start of the group, we'd have taken it", added O'Shea, who won his 117th cap in Friday's game. Republic of Ireland veteran John O'Shea believes he was fortunate to avoid a broken leg after being fouled by Gareth Bale during his side's bruising World Cup qualifier against ...

Sport Man U says midfielder Juan Mata had groin surgery
Author: 0 Man U says midfielder Juan Mata had groin surgery

Mata has started only 16games Premier League games for United this term, in which he's scored six goals and provided three assist. The club have refused to divulge any further details or suggest how long the 28-year-old will be sidelined for, but Mata is nearly certain to miss the majority of United's run-in.

Author: 0 Barcelona reacts to FIFA's four match ban on Lionel Messi

Brazil leads with 33 points from 14 matches. The Catalan club released an angry statement expressing their "surprise and outrage" at the punishment dished out to their star player. "We will appeal the decision because it's unjust and arbitrary". "Yes, the players are anxious because no one likes to lose". In a game which was initially in the favour of one team, things took an immediate turn for the worse when Messi's ban was announced .

Author: 0 Starting XI for both teams in the EPL Merseyside derby

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he still has a strong squad to choose from for the clash with Liverpool , despite recent injuries. Chelsea and Tottenham are both in action on Saturday afternoon so we'll have reporters at all of the games to keep you up to date .

Author: 0 Roger Federer vs. Nick Kyrgios

Berdych broke to go 5-3 up and took the contest into a third set, where Federer made the most of some unforced errors from his opponent to break at 4-2 but then, uncharacteristically, Federer let some sloppiness creep into his game. semifinal on Friday. "I think it's gotten to a point where everybody wants to be super silent". Berdych duly served out to level the match but found himself increasingly under pressure in the decider and the first break in the sixth game looked decisive.

Author: 0 Dutch World Cup defeat 'nightmare', says Arjen Robben

Two! Saturday's 2-0 defeat in Sofia was Netherland's second in their opening five games in World Cup qualifying Group A and left them in fourth place in the pool, already six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.

Author: 0 Caroline Wozniacki beats Karolina Pliskova to reach Miami Open finals

This is one of the few tournaments where I've never made a final. She won the first three games of the second set - with Pliskova giving her racket a toss afterward - and then controlled the rest of the match. But he held on, joining Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini in the semifinals. Like Federer, Wozniacki rallied, albeit with far less drama. From then the Czech tennis player dropped physically and mentally, hit seven double faults in total as well as Wozniacki, who only had to save two ...

Sport LaVar Ball Gets The Twitter Dragging He Asked For After UCLA Loss
Author: 0 LaVar Ball Gets The Twitter Dragging He Asked For After UCLA Loss

On offense, Calipari wanted Fox to initiate the offense, something that's not a surprise given how Kentucky's played all season long. UCLA guard Bryce Alford squats on the court after an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game against Kentucky Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

Author: 0 Barcelona lash out at Federation Internationale de Football Association over Lionel Messi ban

Messi is unsurprisingly Argentina's top scorer, and they now face a tough trip to historic rivals Uruguay in their next qualifier, without him. "We are alive and we want to qualify for the World Cup". The win at Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians means Brazil are all but guaranteed to extend their record of never failing to qualify for the World Cup by securing their place in Russian Federation.

Author: 0 Jason Day Waiting for Update on Mother's Health Ahead of Masters

Fowler is another guy who plays to win every event. Here are my power rankings for the week. "Obviously, I'm still nervous because we're still waiting to see ... To add to the challenge for the rest of the field, he has form at Augusta, where he tied for fourth past year. So, don't be surprised if the Masters , in the end, comes down to these four.

Author: 0 Federer: I was very lucky against Berdych

Zverev started with an extremely comfortable win, easing past Lu Yen-Hsun for the loss of three games, before saving three match points to edge past 18th seed John Isner in a thrilling contest. "I'm happy to come have through today", said Federer to ESPN after the match . "But I think I showed great heart today, Tomas really started to step it up and it was a great match at the end", Federer told reporters after his victory, via The Guardian .

Author: 0 WBC 2017 GameThread: USA vs Dominican Republic from Petco Park

You saw it when he got the RBI hit. "All the teams are really good", said Baez. Manager Edwin Rodriguez was asked if he planned to join the dyed-hair club for men. They put pressure on the US the entire night, tacking on two insurance runs in the sixth inning on third baseman Arenado's two-base throwing error. Brandon Crawford hit a two-out single to left-centre ahead of Stanton's homer, which was estimated at 403 feet and chased Dominican starter Ervin Santana.

Author: 0 Seeded Wawrinka toppled at Miami

Roger Federer saved two match points against Tomas Berdych to progress to the semifinals of the Miami Open with a hard-fought victory on Thursday. The 6 feet 4 inches tall Australian struck 16 aces and did not face a single break point during the two-hour, 33-minute match , while the 19-year-old Zverev, who is even taller at 6 feet 6 inches managed just three aces and had his serve broken twice.

Author: 0 Pistons playoff chances take hit with OT loss

To see how either the stumbling, bumbling Pistons or the surging Bucks could achieve victory on Friday night, we'll first go through a major key for both teams, followed by a Piston to watch and some predictions on the game's final score. He finished with 17 points. Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead Detroit with 23 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17. Caldwell-Pope hit a 3 with 1:22 left to tie the game at 102, but Detroit didn't hit another field goal until Ish ...

Author: 0 U.S. trounces Puerto Rico to claim first WBC crown

Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman threw six innings of no-hit baseball, while the US offense hammered out 13 hits to hand the Puerto Ricans their first loss of the entire tournament. At Brooklyn Master Barbershop in Park Slope, customers and barbers alike sported emblems of Puerto Rican pride - in their hair or pinned to their shirts.

Sport Robert Covington (meniscus) out for the rest of Sixers' season
Author: 0 Robert Covington (meniscus) out for the rest of Sixers' season

The 76ers announced Friday that Okafor (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of this season, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I know they're very disappointed about not being here with the team and being able to see this through, but it's borderline zero doubt that this is the right thing to do".

Author: 0 Steve Smith offers beer to Ajinkya Rahane and Indian team

A press release by BCCI revealed that each player in the squad would receive Rs. 50 Lakhs, head coach Anil Kumble Rs. 25 Lakhs, and each member of the support staff Rs. No one else got more than one. The Australian's Peter Lalor wrote: "If there were any doubts about the poor spirit between the Indian and Australian sides it was confirmed after the series when the home side shunned a suggestion the two sides drink together".

Author: 0 Liverpool: Key men to sit out derby

There have been a league-high 21 red cards in this fixture in the Premier League , with seven of the last eight shown to an Everton player. The global break has taken its toll on both teams, news that will once again spark the usual club v country debate.

Author: 0 National Basketball Association roundup: Bulls sweep struggling Cavaliers

They now sit half a game back from the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference. They trailed the Celtics by a half game before action March 31. Tristan Thompson had just his fourth double-figure rebounding game of the month in finishing with seven points and 11 boards, while Channing Frye added 12 points off the bench.

Author: 0 Koeman should give these 3 Everton players a chance against Liverpool

Liverpool have won five of the 12 games including the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, highlighting their recent superiority in the derby. Lallana is expected to be out for a month, having suffered the injury during the closing stages of England's 2-0 victory over Lithuania at Wembley last Sunday.

Author: 0 NCAA Tournament 2017: Three reasons No. 3 OR upset No. 1 Kansas

She was just 3 of 14 from the field. That it happened with the Jayhawks down 16 in front of the most partisan neutral-site crowd imaginable? Yeah, we should have seen this coming. Asked what the postgame message from Self was, Lucas shrugged. He was at West Virginia, and I was at Creighton, and we got beat by one point in a last-second shot (in 2005).

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