• 'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking
    'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history. After being hand-picked by his predecessor Alex Ferguson to take over at United, Moyes was hailed by supporters as the chosen one, a reference to Chelsea …

  • Chelsea's Ramires hit with four-game ban
    Chelsea's Ramires hit with four-game ban

    Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the club's Premier League campaign after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct on Thursday. Ramires had until 1700GMT on Thursday to respond to a Football Association charge after he struck Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in an off-the-ball incident during his team's shock 2-1 home defeat against the Black Cats on Saturday. But the Brazilian has decided not to contest the charge and, having already been sent off against Aston Villa …

  • Dortmund's Klopp again rules out Man Utd job
    Dortmund's Klopp again rules out Man Utd job

    Borussia Dortmund's charismatic coach Jurgen Klopp reiterated Thursday he will not be joining Manchester United despite UK media reports linking him to the vacant manager's job following David Moyes' dismissal. "It's a bit uncomfortable to give someone a rejection when no offer has come, but it looks like that's what I have to do," said Klopp when asked about the role after Moyes was sacked on Tuesday morning. Klopp has a contract with Dortmund until 2018 and said while United are "a really …

  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment. …

  • Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?
    Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far -- after a broken spark plug forced Hamilton out of the season-opener in Melbourne. Since then, Mercedes have enjoyed three consecutive one-two finishes with 2008 world champion Hamilton leading team-mate Nico Rosberg, the winner in …

  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. …

  • PG Conley wins NBA's sportsmanship award
    PG Conley wins NBA's sportsmanship award

    Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger calls guard Mike Conley the kind of man a father would want to marry his daughter. Conley's peers certainly think highly enough to award him the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green, Phoenix's Channing Frye, Washington's Bradley Beal, Portland's Damian Lillard and Chicago's Mike Dunleavy. …

  • Are we witnessing the greatest playoffs in NBA history?
    Are we witnessing the greatest playoffs in NBA history?

    Are the 2014 NBA playoffs the greatest playoffs ever seen? The early going suggests that they might be. …

  • Heat 12-2 in playoffs when Bosh has 20
    Heat 12-2 in playoffs when Bosh has 20

    In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason. LeBron James was stellar for the Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against Charlotte, and Dwyane Wade helped save the game with a steal to deny the Bobcats a chance at tying the game in the final seconds. And perhaps best for Miami, Chris Bosh might have found his offensive groove again. It's a simple formula: When Bosh - the oft-overlooked member in Miami's trio of stars - is scoring at playoff time, the Heat are …

  • Stenson slams China Open course, Poulter in the hunt
    Stenson slams China Open course, Poulter in the hunt

    Flu-stricken Henrik Stenson branded the rough "silly" and the greens "slow" after an inconsistent first round Thursday at the $3.2 million Volvo China Open left him four shots off the pace. The big Swede cut a frustrated figure at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, even throwing his club towards his bag on the eighteenth hole before signing for a one-under-par 71. Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang carded the same score but was much happier with his efforts while Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter …

  • Shaky start for Dubuisson in Indonesian Masters
    Shaky start for Dubuisson in Indonesian Masters

    Rising French star Victor Dubuisson got off to a shaky start at the Indonesian Masters Thursday with a two-over-par 74 first round, while Malaysia's Nicholas Fung and American Anthony Kang shared the lead. Expectations are high that Dubuisson, the highest ranked player in the tournament at number 23 in the world, will be the star performer at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club after winning his maiden European Tour title last year. However the 24-year-old failed to shine in the first round of the …

  • Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly
    Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. …

Tennis

  • Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA
    Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 27-year-old Sharapova needed just one hour, 32 minutes to see off Pavlyuchenkova to pick up her tenth straight win in Stuttgart, having won the 2012 and 2013 titles, and faces Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals. Her victory was in stark contrast to her struggles of Tuesday when she …

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 …

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. …

  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
    Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. …

  • Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats
    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. The Bobcats cut Miami's lead to 10 points at halftime Wednesday after shooting 50 percent from the field in the second quarter. But the Heat led by seven heading into the fourth and then held on for the victory. Miami now takes a comfortable series lead into game three on Saturday in Charlotte. …

  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
    Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. …

  • Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105
    Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

    HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge's son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks. …

Formula One News Headlines

  • Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stands between his lawyers Sven Thomas, right, and Norbert Scharf after he arrived in the regional court in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US$ 44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment.

  • Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone arrives at court for his trial in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2014

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany Thursday accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton who has controlled the motor sport for four decades. Ecclestone, 83, has denies charges of bribery and abetting breach of trust over a $44 million (31.8 million euro) payment he …

  • Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stands between his lawyers Sven Thomas, right, and Norbert Scharf after he arrived in the regional court in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US$ 44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone went on trial Thursday in a bribery case that could threaten his grip on the sport.

  • A photo taken on November 9, 2011 showing Bernie Ecclestone waving as he arrives at the courtroom in Munich, southern Germany
    German bribery trial threatens Ecclestone's F1 reign AFP News - 14 hours ago

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany on Thursday facing bribery charges in a case which threatens his nearly 40-year-reign of the motor sport. … More »German bribery trial threatens Ecclestone's F1 reign

    A photo taken on November 9, 2011 showing Bernie Ecclestone waving as he arrives at the courtroom in Munich, southern Germany

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany on Thursday facing bribery charges in a case which threatens his nearly 40-year-reign of the motor sport. The 83-year-old Briton denies charges of bribery and abetting breach of trust in relation to a $44 million (31.8 million euro) payment he made to former …

  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file picture President and CEO of Formula One Management Bernie Ecclestone arrives at the Circuit of the Americas for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race, in Austin, Texas. Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday, April 24, 2014, on bribery charges that could put him in prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The trial could spell the end of the 83-year-old Ecclestone’s career in the racing series that has become a lucrative business under his guidance. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
    F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is c … More »F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file picture President and CEO of Formula One Management Bernie Ecclestone arrives at the Circuit of the Americas for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race, in Austin, Texas. Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday, April 24, 2014, on bribery charges that could put him in prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The trial could spell the end of the 83-year-old Ecclestone’s career in the racing series that has become a lucrative business under his guidance. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is convicted.

  • Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (L) celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 20, 2014
    Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes? AFP News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. … More »Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

    Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (L) celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 20, 2014

    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far -- after a broken spark plug forced Hamilton out of the season-opener …

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 20, 2014
    Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick AFP News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened … More »Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 20, 2014

    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened their grip on the season Sunday. The former world champion got away smoothly from pole and was rarely troubled as he finished 18 seconds ahead of his team-mate …

  • F1 Grand Prix of China
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP Associated Press - Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand … More »Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    F1 Grand Prix of China

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

  • Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, 2014
    Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP AFP News - Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    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 … More »Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP

    Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, 2014

    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 …

  • Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany speaks during a press briefing before the upcoming the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 17, 2014
    Formula One's Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    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 … More »Formula One's Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job

    Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany speaks during a press briefing before the upcoming the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 17, 2014

    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 …

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britai10drives during his practice session for Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes' perfect record in qualifying this season, holding off the two Red Bulls to capture his third pole position of … More »Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britai10drives during his practice session for Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes' perfect record in qualifying this season, holding off the two Red Bulls to capture his third pole position of the campaign on Saturday at the rainy Chinese Grand Prix.

  • Infiniti Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia takes his car in for a pit-stop during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 18, 2014
    Ricciardo fastest in wet final Formula One practice AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Australia's Daniel Ricciardo pushed his Red Bull to the fastest lap time during a wet final practice session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. With championship … More »Ricciardo fastest in wet final Formula One practice

    Infiniti Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia takes his car in for a pit-stop during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 18, 2014

    Australia's Daniel Ricciardo pushed his Red Bull to the fastest lap time during a wet final practice session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. With championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton opting not to set any flying lap times in the miserable damp and cold conditions but instead perform …

  • Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain at a pit stop during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, 2014
    Formula One's Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    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 … More »Formula One's Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans

    Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain at a pit stop during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, 2014

    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 …

  • Andrea Dovizioso of Italy leads Stefan Bradl (6) of Germany out of Turn 5 during the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP motorcycle race, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Dovizioso finished third in the race. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
    Marquez setting pace on march to MotoGP title Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Marc Marquez safely navigated the first turn of the Grand Prix of the Americas and quickly settled into 21 comfortable laps and his second consecutive … More »Marquez setting pace on march to MotoGP title

    Andrea Dovizioso of Italy leads Stefan Bradl (6) of Germany out of Turn 5 during the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP motorcycle race, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Dovizioso finished third in the race. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Marc Marquez safely navigated the first turn of the Grand Prix of the Americas and quickly settled into 21 comfortable laps and his second consecutive victory of 2014.

  • Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiachi talks to the media after the second practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014
    Ferrari's new F1 boss won't 'give up' on title AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci said Friday that the team had not given up on this year's world championship, two days ahead of the Chinese grand prix.  … More »Ferrari's new F1 boss won't 'give up' on title

    Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiachi talks to the media after the second practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014

    Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci said Friday that the team had not given up on this year's world championship, two days ahead of the Chinese grand prix. Mattiacci was addressing reporters for the first time upon arriving at the Shanghai circuit after taking over from Stefano Domenicali, who quit on Monday. …

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