• Liverpool ready for Chelsea clash, Rodgers says
    Liverpool ready for Chelsea clash, Rodgers says

    Brendan Rodgers is confident his Liverpool players possess the necessary ingredients to get the better of title rivals Chelsea when the two teams meet at Anfield this weekend. Liverpool will go into that game five points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side following their 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday, which followed an unexpected victory by bottom club Sunderland at Chelsea the previous day. Victory next Sunday would put Liverpool within touching distance of their first ever Premier League …

  • Marseille agree Bielsa deal
    Marseille agree Bielsa deal

    Slumping French giants Marseille announced Monday that they have reached "an agreement in principle" with Marcelo Bielsa to take over as coach. The 58-year-old Argentine, who has coached Chile and Athletic Bilbao, has long been the longtime favourite to succeed caretaker boss Jose Anigo. "There is an agreement in principle with Bielsa," said Marseille president Vincent Labrune after Sunday's 0-0 draw with Lille. He had been involved in the search for a new coach and Bielsa, whose last job …

  • Jesus: Benfica braced for 'unforgettable night' of title celebrations
    Jesus: Benfica braced for 'unforgettable night' of title celebrations

    The Eagles were crowned champions of Portugal for the 33rd time thanks to a Lima-inspired 2-0 win over Olhanense at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday night …

  • 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 …

  • Nene shines as Wizards rally past Bulls
    Nene shines as Wizards rally past Bulls

    Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out. They cut a 13-point deficit to one in the third and trailed by three going into the fourth, before outscoring Chicago 18-6 over the final six minutes to come out …

  • Clippers try to recover from Game 1 loss
    Clippers try to recover from Game 1 loss

    The Clippers insist they just weren't themselves in losing their series opener. Whoever those impostors might have been, the Golden State Warriors beat them 109-105 to take away home-court advantage. The Clippers don't have a history of playoff success, while the Warriors have had little since winning an NBA championship in 1975. Since Chris Paul arrived in Los Angeles three years ago, the Clippers had never lost the opening game of a first-round series. …

  • Heat down Bobcats with 18-4 spurt in 4th
    Heat down Bobcats with 18-4 spurt in 4th

    Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark. James Jones got his turn Sunday. And the lift he brought, combined with the expected playoff showings from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, have the Heat off and running in these playoffs. James scored 27 points, Wade added 23 and the Heat rode two big runs - one late in the first half, the other down the stretch - to beat the Charlotte Bobcats …

  • Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win
    Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. …

  • Vekic upsets Cibulkova for maiden WTA title
    Vekic upsets Cibulkova for maiden WTA title

    Croatia's Donna Vekic became the first player under 18 to win a WTA title for eight years on Sunday when she stunned top seed Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in the Malaysian Open final. However, Australian Open runner-up Cibulkova clawed her way back into the match to 5-5 in an absorbing final at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. At 17 years, 10 months and 23 days, she is the first player under 18 to win a WTA title since Vania King won Bangkok in 2006 aged 17 years, 8 …

Tennis

  • Sharapova targets hat-trick of Stuttgart titles
    Sharapova targets hat-trick of Stuttgart titles

    Maria Sharapova opens her claycourt season in Germany this week where she hopes to claim a hat-trick of Stuttgart titles and her 30th WTA career trophy. "I've competed here for the last two years and won both times, so I have only positive memories," Sharapova told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten. "I don't want to miss out on an experience like this." Sharapova, who turned 27 on Saturday, enjoyed her last title in the 2013 final when she beat China's Li Na with a commanding display before losing …

  • Wawrinka plays down French Open hopes
    Wawrinka plays down French Open hopes

    Stanislas Wawrinka played down his French Open hopes despite his Monte Carlo Masters title success against Roger Federer, claiming that the sport's big names remain in a class of their own. His convincing 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 fightback at the Monte Carlo Country Club sealed the first all-Swiss final on the ATP in 14 years and left Wawrinka with fresh confidence in his big-swinging game. I'm really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to now win my first Masters 1000," said the Australian …

  • Germany, Czech Republic into Fed Cup final
    Germany, Czech Republic into Fed Cup final

    Germany reached their first Fed Cup final since 1992 on Sunday -- where they will face the Czech Republic, who will be playing in a third title match in four years. Germany completed a 3-1 victory over Australia in Brisbane while the Czechs, the 2011 and 2012 winners, defeated defending champions Italy 4-0 in Ostrava. The Czech Republic will host the final of the women's international tennis competition on November 8-9. Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first final in 22 years -- the …

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 …

  • Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship
    Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship. …

  • 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. …

  • Liverpool edge Norwich to close on title
    Liverpool edge Norwich to close on title

    Liverpool took another step towards a first league title since 1990 after winning 3-2 at Norwich City on Sunday to pull five points clear in the Premier League. Quick-fire early goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put the visitors in control at Carrow Road, before Gary Hooper replied for fourth-bottom Norwich in the 54th minute. Sterling appeared to have made the points safe with a deflected shot minutes later, but a late Robert Snodgrass header obliged Liverpool to endure a nervy last …

  • Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too. …

  • Vettel asked to make way for teammate again
    Vettel asked to make way for teammate again

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races. …

Formula One News Headlines

  • Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick AFP News - 12 hours ago
    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

    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

    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. …

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain chats with his crew inside the garage during the practice session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Hamilton sets the pace in Chinese GP practice Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, though rivals Ferrari and Red Bull may have closed the gap somewhat … More »Hamilton sets the pace in Chinese GP practice

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain chats with his crew inside the garage during the practice session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, though rivals Ferrari and Red Bull may have closed the gap somewhat on Formula One's runaway leader.

  • Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci, center, watches the monitor during the practice session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Ferrari introduces new team principal in Shanghai Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari's new team principal, Marco Mattiacci, arrived at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday wearing large sunglasses — on an overcast day. More »Ferrari introduces new team principal in Shanghai

    Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci, center, watches the monitor during the practice session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari's new team principal, Marco Mattiacci, arrived at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday wearing large sunglasses — on an overcast day.

  • Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives down the straight before posting the fastest time during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014
    Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari at Chinese grand prix AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday. However … More »Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari at Chinese grand prix

    Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives down the straight before posting the fastest time during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014

    Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday. However it was a mixed morning for the Italian giants and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit …

  • Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland walks on the paddock ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Alonso: No rapid turnaround under new leader Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso doesn't expect a rapid turnaround for his struggling team following the resignation of team principal Stefano Domenicali, … More »Alonso: No rapid turnaround under new leader

    Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland walks on the paddock ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso doesn't expect a rapid turnaround for his struggling team following the resignation of team principal Stefano Domenicali, but he still has hopes the team can be competitive later in the F1 season.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain adjusts his cap during the press conference ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Rosberg expects another tight race in Shanghai Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, although hopefully with a … More »Rosberg expects another tight race in Shanghai

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain adjusts his cap during the press conference ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, although hopefully with a different ending.

  • Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey, right, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, second right, attend the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Appeal Court hearing, Paris, Monday, April 14, 2014. The dispute resolution tribunal for motorsport is hearing Red Bull's case against the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Eric Vargiolu, Pool)
    Court rejects Red Bull appeal for Ricciardo Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Red Bull is "disappointed" but now focused on the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix after a court on Tuesday rejected its appeal against the disqualification … More »Court rejects Red Bull appeal for Ricciardo

    Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey, right, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, second right, attend the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Appeal Court hearing, Paris, Monday, April 14, 2014. The dispute resolution tribunal for motorsport is hearing Red Bull's case against the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Eric Vargiolu, Pool)

    PARIS (AP) — Red Bull is "disappointed" but now focused on the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix after a court on Tuesday rejected its appeal against the disqualification of driver Daniel Ricciardo at the season-opening race in Australia.

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