• Lennon blasts 'holiday' Celtic players
    Lennon blasts 'holiday' Celtic players

    Neil Lennon says a half-time dressing-down inspired his players to come from two behind to seal a dramatic 3-3 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park. The Scottish Premiership champions trailed 2-1 at the break after they fell behind to goals from John Sutton and Zane Francis-Angol. Kris Commons missed a penalty before Anthony Stokes pulled one back for Celtic in first half stoppage time. However, following a heated team talk at the interval the Hoops came out fired up and soon found themselves …

  • Sunderland boss Poyet sympathises with angry Mourinho
    Sunderland boss Poyet sympathises with angry Mourinho

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet tried to console Jose Mourinho after Fabio Borini's controversial penalty condemned the Chelsea manager to a first home league defeat. The Chelsea bench and players were angry at the decision of referee Mike Dean to award a spot-kick at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Sunderland substitute Jozy Altidore went down under a challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta. …

  • Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP
    Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP

    Dominant Lewis Hamilton will gun for his third win in a row at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix and hope he can also snatch the world championship lead from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Such is Hamilton's form that he stormed to his third pole position of the season in a rain-soaked qualifying session on Saturday, and has won both races he has completed this year. But the Briton, seeking his second world title after winning in 2008, also knows that Mercedes' supremacy this year could come …

  • Formula One's Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job
    Formula One's Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job

    Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ricciardo was no match for pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest by almost six-tenths of a second, but he put himself ahead of Vettel by qualifying on the front row for the second time this season, with the German third. Ricciardo was also comfortably quicker than Vettel in all three practice sessions for …

  • Formula One's Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans
    Formula One's Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans

    Lewis Hamilton said F1 teams should be allowed more tyres Saturday after restrictions prompted some drivers to sit out final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, meaning a raw deal for fans. Hamilton claimed a British-record 34th pole position and he did it without going out for a meaningful lap in final practice on Saturday morning as the rain teemed down in Shanghai. With FIA regulations only allowing four sets of intermediate tyres and three of full wets for a race weekend, many teams …

  • Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener
    Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

    The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of …

  • Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener
    Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto's return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series. With A list celebrities, including rappers Drake, Jay-Z and Beyonce, …

  • Resilient Bulls take on rolling Wizards
    Resilient Bulls take on rolling Wizards

    The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them. They lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury to his right knee in November after he sat out last season because of surgery on his left knee, and they traded away one of their top remaining players in Luol Deng. Not only did the Bulls get by, they started to flourish just when it looked as though they might come apart. With 36 victories since Jan. 1, the Bulls led the Eastern Conference and captured the …

  • Vekic upsets Zhang for final Cibulkova date in Malaysia
    Vekic upsets Zhang for final Cibulkova date in Malaysia

    Teenager Donna Vekic pulled off the surprise of the Malaysian Open so far, edging out second seed Zhang Shuai 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to clinch a final clash against top seed Dominika Cibulkova. Zhang Shuai played a flawless game," the seventh seed said. She will battle world number 10 Cibulkova for the championship after the Slovakian was stretched to three sets against defending champion Karolina Pliskova before living up to her top billing. Cibulkova, who is seeking her fifth career WTA …

  • Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysian Open
    Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysian Open

    Lee Westwood survived high temperatures and fierce competition from compatriot Andy Sullivan to cling onto the lead in the Malaysian Open on Saturday by a single-stroke. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen managed a three-under 69, but that still leaves the South African seven strokes off the pace. …

Tennis

  • Federer beats injured Djokovic to reach final
    Federer beats injured Djokovic to reach final

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 Saturday, and the second-ranked Serb said he plans to take a break to let his injured wrist heal. …

  • Championship Round-up: Burnley edge closer to automatic promotion
    Championship Round-up: Burnley edge closer to automatic promotion

    Sean Dyche's side require just one more win in order to reach promotion to the Premier League, while Brighton crept into the final play-off place with a draw at Huddersfield …

  • Derby keep Burnley waiting for promotion
    Derby keep Burnley waiting for promotion

    Burnley will have to wait at least another few days to clinch promotion to the Premier League as Derby stayed in the hunt on Friday. Sean Dyche's Burnley moved within touching distance of the top-flight thanks to a 1-0 win at Blackpool, but just hours later Derby beat Doncaster 2-0 to claim the victory they needed to keep their hopes alive. Michael Kightly's 49th-minute goal earned the points for Burnley at Bloomfield Road, where fans of struggling Blackpool threw tennis balls onto the field …

MotoGP

  • Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win
    Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win

    World champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to register his second win in two races this season but he admitted it was a boring triumph. The Spaniard repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position. Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174sec ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking third place, a huge …

  • World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas
    World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda …

  • Marquez takes pole in Texas
    Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession on Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a …

  • Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets
    Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pablo Larrazabal couldn't believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets "three times the size of bees" began an assault. …

  • Nadal crashes in Monte Carlo, Federer faces Djokovic
    Nadal crashes in Monte Carlo, Federer faces Djokovic

    Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggled into a semi-final showdown. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his third loss in the principality just a day after Nadal had won his 300th career claycourt match and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Meanwhile Federer, bidding to win the title for the first time, squandered his …

  • MH370 steward's daughter 'blessed' with Liverpool kit
    MH370 steward's daughter 'blessed' with Liverpool kit

    The daughter of the chief steward aboard the missing Malaysian jet has thanked Liverpool fans for giving her a signed jersey in honour of her football-mad father, in a story that has captured the nation's hearts. Maira Elizabeth Nari -- who has become a social media phenomenon in Malaysia for her poignant posts refusing to give up hope of finding her father alive -- said three Malaysian Liverpool fans "went through a few obstacles" to get the shirt signed by the club's players and manager …

  • Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail
    Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. …

  • Pressure on PSG ahead of Lyon final date
    Pressure on PSG ahead of Lyon final date

    If they had their way, France's leading clubs would have done away with the League Cup a long time ago, but Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon both need the boost of winning Saturday's final. The sides meet at the Stade de France in the final of the country's secondary knockout competition just six days after Lyon beat the capital club 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland in Ligue 1. Under normal circumstances, PSG would be the heavy favourites, but a difficult last 10 days have considerably increased the …

Basketball News Headlines

  • Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs AP - Sports - 2 hours 33 minutes ago
    Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs

    The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season. A year later and with the addition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets are back in the postseason and looking to make some noise. They play Game 1 of their first-round series against Portland on Sunday night. Houston's Chandler Parsons says: ''Just …

  • Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets AP - Sports - 2 hours 55 minutes ago
    Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

    Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying …

  • Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

    The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing …

  • Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
    Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk AP - Sports - 6 hours ago

    NBA players are warned at the start of every season about the dangers of nutritional supplements. One of them could be the reason the Memphis Grizzlies will begin the … More »Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk

    Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk

    NBA players are warned at the start of every season about the dangers of nutritional supplements. One of them could be the reason the Memphis Grizzlies will begin the playoffs without Nick Calathes. The reserve guard was suspended 20 games Friday for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing positive for tamoxifen. …

  • Bobcats-Heat Preview
    Bobcats-Heat Preview AP - Sports - 8 hours ago

    If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in … More »Bobcats-Heat Preview

    Bobcats-Heat Preview

    If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, going 15-0 in the series since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed …

  • Mavericks-Spurs Preview
    Mavericks-Spurs Preview AP - Sports - 9 hours ago

    While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost … More »Mavericks-Spurs Preview

    Mavericks-Spurs Preview

    While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence. ''Yes there is,'' said Popovich, in typical deadpan fashion. What the Spurs have created is a program unlike any other …

  • NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL and Premier League
    NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL … Sportskeeda - 9 hours ago

    NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL and Premier League More »NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL …

    NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL and Premier League

    NBA is the highest paid league in the world ahead of the likes of the IPL and Premier League

  • Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA
    Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA 16 hours ago

    If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, … More »Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

    Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

    If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, the cream of the regular season in the NBA always seems to rise to the top of the rim come playoff time. So maybe the two-time defending champion Miami …

  • Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs
    Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland AP - Sports - 17 hours ago

    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts expects guard Damian Lillard to make a quick adjustment to playoff basketball. Last season Lillard ran away with the league's Rookie … More »Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland

    Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs

    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts expects guard Damian Lillard to make a quick adjustment to playoff basketball. Last season Lillard ran away with the league's Rookie of the Year race, leading all first-year players with a 19-point scoring average. This season, Lillard became the first player to participate in all five …

  • Grizzlies-Thunder Preview
    Grizzlies-Thunder Preview AP - Sports - 20 hours ago

    - A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. Back then, Oklahoma City was without dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook because … More »Grizzlies-Thunder Preview

    Grizzlies-Thunder Preview

    - A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. Back then, Oklahoma City was without dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook because of a season-ending right knee injury from the previous series, and the Thunder were eliminated by the Grizzlies in five games. Westbrook is healthy now, and …

  • Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games
    Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games AP - Sports - 20 hours ago

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. More »Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games

    Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

  • D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future
    D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future AP - Sports - 23 hours ago

    Mike D'Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers' coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family. How long D'Antoni … More »D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future

    D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future

    Mike D'Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers' coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family. How long D'Antoni retains his job won't be decided at least until next week. General manager Mitch Kupchak praised his embattled coach Friday while the Lakers finished their …

  • 76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success'
    76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success' AP - Sports - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Billions of dollars couldn't console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. ''When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family's kids and say, … More »76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success'

    76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success'

    Billions of dollars couldn't console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. ''When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family's kids and say, ''Hey, the Sixers lost 26 in a row. How do you like that?''' Harris said. This is my doorman, he says to me, 'Hey, can't you get those players going?'' Get …

  • Warriors-Clippers Preview
    Warriors-Clippers Preview AP - Sports - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    There's an All-Star point guard on each side, they're both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them … More »Warriors-Clippers Preview

    Warriors-Clippers Preview

    There's an All-Star point guard on each side, they're both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for most of their years in the NBA. They've tangled while splitting their four games this season, most famously on Christmas, when Blake Griffin …

  • Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA
    Motivated LeBron preps for the playoff grind AP - Sports - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    LeBron James was walking down the hallway that the Miami Heat call ''Championship Alley'' a few minutes after last season's NBA Finals, when he decided the time was right … More »Motivated LeBron preps for the playoff grind

    Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

    LeBron James was walking down the hallway that the Miami Heat call ''Championship Alley'' a few minutes after last season's NBA Finals, when he decided the time was right to send a message. ''Keep giving me motivation! I need it!'' James shouted in the crowded corridor, as the champagne for a second straight NBA title …

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