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red-hot blues show few flaws heading into playoff vs. wild


in bruce boudreau's eyes, the st. louis blues — the wild's first-round playoff opponent — don't really have any weaknesses.they have one of the best groups of defensemen in the nhl, they have balance on all four lines, a true superstar in vladimir tarasenko and a goalie in jake allen who has been better than anybody in the league since mike yeo, the former wild coach, took over feb. 1."even the addition of [vladimir] sobotka — he was a great player when he was here last time, that's like a really good trade deadline acquisition or free-agent signing for them," boudreau said of the scrappy center who scored in his first game back from russia on sunday. "it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of pundits pick them over us."so our work's cut out for us. but i've seen our team all year and when [we]






john terry: chelsea captain to leave club at end of season


terry has won four premier league titles with chelsea and his club could win another this seasonchelsea captain john terry will leave the club at the end of the season after more than two decades there.he is their most decorated individual, with four premier league titles, one champions league, five fa cups, a europa league and three league cups.he has made 713 chelsea appearances since his 1998 debut - 578 as captain."i feel i still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at chelsea will be limited for me," terry, 36, said.centre-back terry, who has scored 66 goals for the club he joined as a 14-year-old, has made just four premier league starts this season.he is the club's third highest all-time appearance maker, behind ron harris and peter bonetti, and h






new low for klopp: liverpool knocked out of fa cup by wolves


london — liverpool was embarr ed in the fa cup by wolverhampton wanderers on urday, with a week of misery for juergen klopp completed by losing 2-1 to the second-tier side.liverpool was shocked 4-3 by swansea in the premier league last urday and was denied a place in the league cup final by southampton on wednesday. the collapse to wolves in the fa cup fourth round leaves klopp with only the premier league to contend for and fourth-placed liverpool is 10 points behind leader chelsea.richard stearman scored for wolves in the first minute at anfield and andreas weimann doubled the visitors' lead four minutes before halftime.wolves were once a leading team in english soccer, winning three top-flight titles in the 1950s before collecting the fa cup for a fourth and final time in 1960. the cent






striker edinson cavani continues to prove his worth to psg


lyon, france — at his current scoring rate, paris saint-germain striker edinson cavani could reach 50 goals by the end of the season.not bad for a player many psg fans wanted to get rid of last summer, expressing concerns that he was not good enough to carry the attack after zlatan ibrahimovic left to join manchester united.how wrong they were.the uruguay striker's most recent two goals helped psg win the league cup final in a 4-1 win against monaco on saturday, and took his season's tally to a career best 40. his previous high was 38, set four years ago in his final season with italian club napoli before he joined psg for a french record 64 million euros ($68 million).with eight league games and potentially three french cup matches left — should psg reach the final — cavani has a maximum






striker edinson cavani continues to prove his worth to psg


lyon, france (ap) — at his current scoring rate, paris saint-germain striker edinson cavani could reach 50 goals by the end of the season.not bad for a player many psg fans wanted to get rid of last summer, expressing concerns that he was not good enough to carry the attack after zlatan ibrahimovic left to join manchester united.how wrong they were.the uruguay striker’s most recent two goals helped psg win the league cup final in a 4-1 win against monaco on saturday, and took his season’s tally to a career best 40. his previous high was 38, set four years ago in his final season with italian club napoli before he joined psg for a french record 64 million euros ($68 million).most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.with eight league games and potentially three french cup m






four-time winner seedorf one of a kind - uefa champions league - news


the only player to have won the uefa champions league with three different teams – ajax, real madrid and ac milan – clarence seedorf considers himself to have a special bond with europe's premier club competition."emotions, memories – more good than bad, fortunately," he once said as he reflected on the competition. "great moments of entertainment, great football, unforgettable evenings. i think that's what it's all about: experience, emotions and the special touch that the champions league brings on and off the field."uefa.com recalls the 41-year-old dutchman's four uefa champions league triumphs.1995 final highlights: ajax 1-0 milan1994/95: ajaxstill ajax's youngest ever player in the eredivisie, seedorf broke into the side as a 16-year-old in october 1992 and became a crucial member of






live football league matches download


download download watch live football leagues matches streaming for free. no subscriptions no fees just free football streaming. "live football league matches" provides reliable live streaming of premier league matches. with this app never miss any match of football / soccer. tottenham upcoming matches schedule (2017) : premier league, manchester city vs tottenham hotspur, sat 21 jan fa cup - fourth round, tottenham hotspur vs wycombe wanderers, sat 28 jan premier league, sunderland vs tottenham hotspur, tue 31 jan premier league, tottenham hotspur vs middlesbrough, sat 4 feb premier league, liverpool vs tottenham hotspur, sat 11 feb europa league - round of 32, kaa gent vs tottenham hotspur, thu 16 feb europa league - round of 32, tottenham hotspur vs kaa gent, thu 23 feb premier league,






champions league semifinals begin with another madrid derby


madrid — the champions league semifinals this week begin with spanish rivals real madrid and atletico madrid meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the competition, while monaco will try to keep juventus from returning to the final for the second time in three seasons.juventus lost the final to barcelona two years ago, and real lifted the trophy last year in a repeat final against atletico. real also beat the city rival in the 2014 final and the quarterfinals in 2015.here is a look at the semifinals this week: real madrid vs. atletico madridwith a team that has looked vulnerable in recent matches, real hosts atletico looking to extend its dominance over its crosstown rival and reach the final for the third time in four seasons.real’s regular starters have struggled going into tuesday’s






champions league semifinals begin with another madrid derby – the denver post


madrid — the champions league semifinals begin this week with spanish rivals real madrid and atletico madrid meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the european competition, while monaco will try to keep juventus from returning to the final for the second time in three seasons.juventus lost the final to barcelona two years ago, and madrid lifted the trophy last year in a repeat final against atletico. madrid also beat the city rival in the 2014 final and the quarterfinals in 2015.here is a look at the semifinals this week:real madrid vs. atletico madridwith a team that has looked vulnerable in recent matches, madrid hosts atletico looking to extend its dominance over its crosstown rival and reach the final for the third time in four seasons.madrid’s regular starters have struggled goin






real madrid and juventus on verge of champions league final


madrid — it could be a momentous week for juventus. and a big one for real madrid, too.two of europe’s grandest teams will be defending big leads this week in the second leg of the champions league semifinals.juventus beat monaco 2-0 last week in its quest to reach the final for the second time in three seasons. madrid, looking to become the first team to win back-to-back champions league titles, defeated atletico madrid 3-0.madrid won the title in 2014 and 2016, both times against atletico, while juventus lost to barcelona in 2015. the italian club is seeking its first champions league title in more than two decades.___ juventus vs. monacothe italian champions have a chance to return to the champions league final and clinch an unprecedented sixth serie a title this week.“first we have to






real madrid reveal extent of gareth bale’s calf injury


you should’ve seen my face when i worked out the points totals for the four teams in the running for the two remaining uefa champions league spots…mind. blown.[ live: stream every pl game live ]let’s make an outrageous assumption (it’s basically fact at this point) that chelsea and tottenham will finish in the top two places in the premier league and that everton, who have played up to three more games than their nearest contenders, are out of this battle for the top four.[ more: latest premier league standings | schedule ] so it’s down to man city, man united, liverpool and arsenal for the final two places and it could not be tighter as we enter the final weeks of the season.judging by the projection below, it could all go down to the final day of the season and none of the four teams bel






ronaldo 23rd highest-scoring 'club' in #ucl history - uefa champions league - ne


if cristiano ronaldo were a club, he would be 23rd on the list of all-time uefa champions league goals!ronaldo has struck eight times in his last three uefa champions league appearances – including yet another hat-trick against atlético madrid in the first leg of their semi-final tie – meaning he has now racked up 103 goals in the competition during the course of his career. that total is topped by only 22 clubs.log in for free to watch the highlightswatch ronaldo's century of european goalsall-time uefa champions league goals (group stage to final)498: real madrid459: barcelona415: bayern münchen350: manchester united281: arsenal261: juventus249: chelsea231: ac milan218: porto187: lyon166: borussia dortmund148: internazionale milano146: paris saint-germain146: valencia137: bayer leverkuse






real madrid 3-0 atletico madrid


cristiano ronaldo has now scored 103 champions league goals - three more than atletico madrid havecristiano ronaldo scored another champions league hat-trick as real madrid thrashed atletico madrid in the semi-final first leg to close in on a third final in four years.real were utterly dominant throughout against their city rivals at the bernabeu and led after 10 minutes when ronaldo headed home casemiro's cross.it looked as if the hosts might fail to fully capitalise on their superiority - until ronaldo let the ball bounce and smashed an unstoppable shot from 16 yards past atletico keeper jan oblak, who had made several saves to keep his side in the tie.and the portugal forward ensured all the headlines would be his with a second consecutive champions league hat-trick, having scored five






top 25 rewind: no. 5 tar heels finish 2 games up in acc


chapel hill, n.c. (ap) — north carolina’s win over rival duke ended up putting the fifth-ranked tar heels two games better than anyone else in the rugged atlantic coast conference. coach roy williams is hoping that has his team prepared for what’s to come.“winning the league and winning it by two games is something we’ll always be proud of,” williams said after saturday’s 90-83 win over the no. 17 blue devils. “i think it is the best league. top to bottom, there’s no league in the country like it. now we’ve got to back it up and do in the postseason what we did last year.”last year, the acc put a record six teams in the ncaa sweet 16, four in the elite eight and two in the final four.the league’s final day of the regular season featured three games featuring two ranked teams — no. 15 flori






real madrid 3-0 atletico madrid


cristiano ronaldo has now scored 103 champions league goals - three more than atletico madrid havecristiano ronaldo scored another champions league hat-trick as real madrid thrashed atletico madrid in the semi-final first leg to close in on a third final in four years.real were utterly dominant throughout against their city rivals at the bernabeu and led after 10 minutes when ronaldo headed home casemiro's cross.it looked as if the hosts might fail to fully capitalise on their superiority - until ronaldo let the ball bounce and smashed an unstoppable shot from 16 yards past atletico keeper jan oblak, who had made several saves to keep his side in the tie.and the portugal forward ensured all the headlines would be his with a second consecutive champions league hat-trick, having scored five






mls celebrates 22 teams in 22 years this season – the denver post


the theme for major league soccer this season is 22 in 22, as the league embarks on its 22nd year with 22 teams — including two new teams in the atlanta united and minnesota united.the theme could just as easily be expansion, expansion, expansion.launched with 10 teams in 1996, mls has plans to expand to 28 teams in the coming years. the replacement for the defunct chivas usa, los angeles fc, joins the league next season. it is hoped that a long-anticipated miami franchise, an effort led by david beckham, will materialize as the league’s 24th team.there were 12 bids submitted earlier this year for the final four teams. in a preseason interview with the associated press, commissioner don garber said a decision about two of the teams could come by the end of this year and they could begin pl






mls celebrates 22 teams in 22 years this season


the theme for major league soccer this season is 22 in 22, as the league embarks on its 22nd year with 22 teams — including two new teams in the atlanta united and minnesota united.the theme could just as easily be expansion, expansion, expansion.launched with 10 teams in 1996, mls has plans to expand to 28 teams in the coming years. the replacement for the defunct chivas usa, los angeles fc, joins the league next season. it is hoped that a long-anticipated miami franchise, an effort led by david beckham, will materialize as the league’s 24th team.there were 12 bids submitted earlier this year for the final four teams. in a preseason interview with the associated press, commissioner don garber said a decision about two of the teams could come by the end of this year and they could begin pl






top 25 rewind: no. 5 tar heels finish 2 games up in acc


chapel hill, n.c. — north carolina's win over rival duke ended up putting the fifth-ranked tar heels two games better than anyone else in the rugged atlantic coast conference. coach roy williams is hoping that has his team prepared for what's to come."winning the league and winning it by two games is something we'll always be proud of," williams said after saturday's 90-83 win over the no. 17 blue devils. "i think it is the best league. top to bottom, there's no league in the country like it. now we've got to back it up and do in the postseason what we did last year."last year, the acc put a record six teams in the ncaa sweet 16, four in the elite eight and two in the final four.the league's final day of the regular season featured three games featuring two ranked teams — no. 15 florida st






properly rested, ronaldo thriving at the right time


madrid (ap) — all that rest has paid off for cristiano ronaldo.the real madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time.on tuesday, he scored a hat trick for the second straight game in the champions league, leading real madrid to a 3-0 win over atletico madrid that virtually put the defending champions back in the final. madrid will advance even with a two-goal loss in next week’s second leg at vicente calderon stadium.“i feel very good,” ronaldo said wednesday. “i’ve prepared myself to be in great shape in the final stages of the spanish league and the champions league. you also need to have a bit of luck as well, because i prepared myself and things have been going well, for me and for the






d-league getting respect as legit nba minor league system


salt lake city (ap) — joel bolomboy has been back and forth between the nba development league’s salt lake city stars and the utah jazz 15 times since november.in the old system, the second-round draft pick would have been racking up frequent flyer miles bouncing around the minor leagues and overseas, much like hassan whiteside and danny green did before him. but in a growing trend around the nba, the jazz moved their d-league team closer to home — from boise, idaho to salt lake city.front-office executives are seeing that the closer a d-league affiliate is to the nba team and its staff, and more integrated into the organization, the better it can be used as a true minor league resource.“your average nba team has a better understanding today than they did four years ago of the caliber and






watch zlatan ibrahimovic's gorgeous free kick in the league cup final


zlatan ibrahimovic had won titles all over europe, but he’d never played in england. that was one of the appeals of him joining manchester united — he’d finally get to play in the country that invented the game.and nothing says english football like a cup final at wembley, so it’s no wonder that zlatan was dying to get going against southampton in sunday’s league cup final and did this.goaaaal! @ibra_official just smashes in the free-kick and puts @manutd in the lead! #beineflcuphttps://t.co/o6oaf9jzxq— bein sports usa (@beinsportsusa) february 26, 2017when you hit the ball that hard, you don’t need to put it in the top corner. just crush the ball, clear the wall and get it under the crossbar for a goal. it doesn’t take a ton, but it’s so difficult to do. that is, unless you’re zlatan, for






la galaxy’s reserve team to hold open tryouts in england


manchester united and southampton contest the efl cup final at wembley stadium this sunday as the first trophy of the domestic season in england is up for grabs.[ more: follow efl cup final live ] jose mourinho’s united go into the clash on a roll after losing just one game in their last 25 in all competitions, while pushing themselves back into the top four hunt and reaching both the quarterfinals of the fa cup and the last 16 of the europa league.as for southampton, claude puel‘s men are the undisputed underdogs but will fancy their chances of causing an upset after beating both arsenal and liverpool to make it to their first league cup final since 1979 and just the second in their 132-year history.below is a look at how both teams could line up on sunday, with some analysis on how it co






carli lloyd making big impact at manchester city


carli lloyd is making a big impact at manchester city.the u.s. soccer star, who most famously scored a hat trick in the 2015 world cup final against japan, has played just three games for the english club thus far, but already, her impact has been felt. city manager nick cushing recently told the guardian how lloyd is not only having an impact on the field, but also off of it.“her character has enticed the others to see the bigger picture of what you can achieve and that by working hard on the training pitch you can achieve what you want to achieve,” lloyd told the guardian. “the players have reacted really well because we want good people here. she’s hit the ground running and she’s fit into the squad like we knew she would because of the type of person she is.”in the first leg of manches






cristiano ronaldo, after proper rest, is thriving at the right time – the denver


madrid — all that rest has paid off for cristiano ronaldo.the real madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time.on tuesday, he scored a hat trick for the second straight game in the champions league, leading real madrid to a 3-0 win over atletico madrid that virtually put the defending champions back in the final. madrid will advance even with a two-goal loss in next week’s second leg at vicente calderon stadium.“i feel very good,” ronaldo said wednesday. “i’ve prepared myself to be in great shape in the final stages of the spanish league and the champions league. you also need to have a bit of luck as well, because i prepared myself and things have been going well, for me and for the team






lionel messi appeals 4-match world cup ban at fifa


things are getting very tense at the top of the premier league table.[ live: stream every pl game live ] with chelsea and tottenham battling for the title, the biggest scrap of all appears to be taking place for third and fourth spots in the standings.liverpool, manchester city, manchester united and arsenal are all in contention for the final two uefa champions league spots but of course only two will qualify via their final place in the premier league.[ more: latest premier league standings | schedule ] united have the added cushion of knowing that if they win the europa league they’ll qualify for the ucl, but there are so many factors swirling around with games in hand, tough schedules, injuries and more impacting the four aforementioned team.with that in mind, who better to guide you t






d-league getting respect as legit nba minor league system


salt lake city — joel bolomboy has been back and forth between the nba development league's salt lake city stars and the utah jazz 15 times since november.in the old system, the second-round draft pick would have been racking up frequent flyer miles bouncing around the minor leagues and overseas, much like hassan whiteside and danny green did before him. but in a growing trend around the nba, the jazz moved their d-league team closer to home — from boise, idaho to salt lake city.front-office executives are seeing that the closer a d-league affiliate is to the nba team and its staff, and more integrated into the organization, the better it can be used as a true minor league resource."your average nba team has a better understanding today than they did four years ago of the caliber and the q






milner targets maximum points in champions league push


james milner is targeting maximum points from liverpool’s final three games of the season as the reds strive to secure a top-four finish in the premier league. last monday’s 1-0 victory at watford, coupled with favourable results elsewhere over the course of the weekend, means jürgen klopp’s team have their fate in their own hands in terms of qualification for next season’s champions league.southampton visit anfield on sunday and while milner is anticipating a difficult game against the saints, he is confident of registering a win that would strengthen liverpool’s grip on a top-four berth.“you've got teams trying to stay up or have nothing to play for so they play with a bit more freedom,” the reds’ no.7 told sky sports, in reference to the closing stages of the campaign. “it can be a stra






celta vigo 0-1 manchester united


marcus rashford also scored the winner in united's quarter-final against anderlechtmarcus rashford's superb free-kick gave manchester united control of their europa league semi-final against celta vigo.the 19-year-old striker's curling effort not only gave united the lead, but also a precious away goal going into next thursday's second leg at old trafford.with united outside the premier league's top four - a point behind manchester city and four off third-placed liverpool - the europa league perhaps represents their best chance of earning a place in next season's champions league.they looked to have spurned their best chances in northern spain - three times they were denied in the first half by home goalkeeper sergio alvarez.as celta improved, united's wastefulness seemed increasingly impo






celta vigo 0-1 manchester united


marcus rashford also scored the winner in united's quarter-final against anderlechtmarcus rashford's superb free-kick gave manchester united control of their europa league semi-final against celta vigo.the 19-year-old striker's curling effort not only gave united the lead, but also a precious away goal going into next thursday's second leg at old trafford.with united outside the premier league's top four - a point behind manchester city and four off third-placed liverpool - the europa league perhaps represents their best chance of earning a place in next season's champions league.they looked to have spurned their best chances in northern spain - three times they were denied in the first half by home goalkeeper sergio alvarez.as celta improved, united's wastefulness seemed increasingly impo






celta vigo 0-1 manchester united


marcus rashford also scored the winner in united's quarter-final against anderlechtmarcus rashford's superb free-kick gave manchester united control of their europa league semi-final against celta vigo.the 19-year-old striker's curling effort not only gave united the lead, but also a precious away goal going into next thursday's second leg at old trafford.with united outside the premier league's top four - a point behind manchester city and four off third-placed liverpool - the europa league perhaps represents their best opportunity of earning a place in next season's champions league.they looked to have spurned their best chances in northern spain - three times they were denied in the first half by home goalkeeper sergio alvarez.as celta improved, united's wastefulness seemed increasingly






giants minor leaguer suspended after positive ped test


phoenix – giants triple-a pitcher jose dominguez was suspended 142 games without pay after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, major league baseball announced on thursday.dominguez was in major league camp with the giants this spring after signing as a minor league free agent and was among the final cuts, but was not a serious contender to make the opening day roster.he tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, the league announced. it was his second positive test for a banned performance enhancer.the giants already had moved to replace dominguez when they signed right-hander ryan webb to a minor league contract a few days after the milwaukee brewers released him. webb, 31, has a 3.43 era over parts of eight seasons with the padres, marlins, orioles






sec, yes the football power, has 3 teams in elite 8


memphis, tenn. — the chant "s-e-c" so well known around football across the south is coming to the elite eight.the league best known for winning national titles in football has the most teams still alive and playing for a trip to the final four. kentucky and florida have been joined by upstart south carolina in the gamecocks' first ever trip to a regional final."no," kentucky coach john calipari said sarcastically when asked about three sec teams advancing. "there are not three sec teams in the elite eight. we're supposed to be a bad league. that's got to be all these other leagues, right?"nope. the sec, which struggled to get three teams into the ncaa tournament a year ago, now has two more teams playing on than any other league, including the atlantic coast conference, which sent nine te






chelsea: john terry to leave club at end of season


john terry has made 713 appearances for chelsea since 1998chelsea captain john terry will leave stamford bridge at the end of the season, the club has announced.the 36-year-old centre-back has made 713 appearances for chelsea since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals.he has captained chelsea 578 times - a club record - but has made just four premier league starts this season."i feel i still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at chelsea will be limited for me," terry said.terry is the club's most decorated individual, having won the champions league, four premier league titles, five fa cups, the europa league and three league cups.he is the club's third highest all-time appearance maker, behind ron harris and peter bonetti."i will, of course, always be






police to use facial recognition at champions league final


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south wales police has provided £177,000 for facial recognition technology that may be used at the stadium police in wales plan to use facial recognition on fans during the champions league final in cardiff on 3 june, according to a government contract posted online.faces will be scanned at the principality stadium and cardiff's central railway station.they can then be matched against 500,000 "custody images" stored by local police forces.south wales police confirmed the pilot and said it was a "unique opportunity".a report on the plan was first posted by tech news site motherboard.around 70,000 fans are expected in the stadium and cardiff is preparing for a further 100,000 people to visit the city on the day.real-time facial recognition is planned






police to use facial recognition at champions league final


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south wales police has provided £177,000 for facial recognition technology that they plan to use at the stadium police in wales plan to use facial recognition on fans during the champions league final in cardiff on 3 june, according to a government contract posted online.faces will be scanned at the principality stadium and cardiff's central railway station.they can then be matched against 500,000 "custody images" stored by local police forces.south wales police confirmed the pilot and said it was a "unique opportunity".a report on the plan was first posted by tech news site motherboard.around 70,000 fans are expected in the stadium and cardiff is preparing for a further 100,000 people to visit the city on the day.real-time facial recognition is pla






police to use facial recognition at champions league final


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption south wales police has provided £177,000 for facial recognition technology that they plan to use at the stadium police in wales plan to use facial recognition on fans during the champions league final in cardiff on 3 june, according to a government contract posted online.faces will be scanned at the principality stadium and cardiff's central railway station.they can then be matched against 500,000 "custody images" stored by local police forces.south wales police confirmed the pilot and said it was a "unique opportunity".a report on the plan was first posted by tech news site motherboard.around 70,000 fans are expected in the stadium and cardiff is preparing for a further 100,000 people to visit the city on the day.real-time facial recognition is pla






real madrid reveal extent of gareth bale’s calf injury


whatever way you slice it up, thursday’s manchester derby is huge.[ video: premier league highlights ] manchester city host manchester united (watch, 3 p.m. et on nbcsn and online via nbcsports.com) at the etihad stadium with pep guardiola‘s side just one point ahead of united in the premier league table.city currently occupy fourth spot and the final uefa champions league qualification berth but are coming off the back of a damaging fa cup semifinal defeat to arsenal after extra time.united and jose mourinho haven’t lost in 23 premier league games, the longest current unbeaten streak across europe’s top five leagues, and are in the uefa europa league semifinals as their banged up squad have stood tall in the final months of the campaign.speaking ahead of the derby, one of united’s stars t






famous mozart piece played in the style of surf rock


mozart is not usually equated with surf rock. but this guitarist reprised mozart’s symphony no. 21 in the style of surf rock, and it’s awesome.full story at youtube.more great . posted by josh urich