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Soccer Football - Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference - Real Madrid City, Madrid, Spain - May 22, 2018 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos during the press conference REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference
Soccer Football - Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference - Real Madrid City, Madrid, Spain - May 22, 2018 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos during the press conference REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Soccer Football - Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference - Real Madrid City, Madrid, Spain - May 22, 2018 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos during the press conference REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference
Soccer Football - Champions League - Real Madrid Press Conference - Real Madrid City, Madrid, Spain - May 22, 2018 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos during the press conference REUTERS/Sergio Perez
“Seguramente el clásico fue el punto de partida para esta racha”, declaró el delantero tras perder frente a Vasco da Gama.
Para Pinilla, los malos resultados de Universidad de Chile son culpa de Colo Colo
“Seguramente el clásico fue el punto de partida para esta racha”, declaró el delantero tras perder frente a Vasco da Gama.
ESPN is taking control of the television rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from Fox Sports, according to multiple media reports.
ESPN Takes UFC Package From Fox in Five-Year Deal
ESPN is taking control of the television rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from Fox Sports, according to multiple media reports.
Soccer Football - Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference - German Football Museum, Dortmund, Germany - May 15, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference
Soccer Football - Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference - German Football Museum, Dortmund, Germany - May 15, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
Soccer Football - Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference - German Football Museum, Dortmund, Germany - May 15, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference
Soccer Football - Germany - Joachim Loew Press Conference - German Football Museum, Dortmund, Germany - May 15, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
FILE - This Sept. 25, 2006, file photo shows the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans. The decision was made Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)
NFL awards Super Bowl to Arizona (2023), New Orleans (2024)
FILE - This Sept. 25, 2006, file photo shows the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans. The decision was made Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks compete during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans. The decision was made Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
NFL awards Super Bowl to Arizona (2023), New Orleans (2024)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks compete during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans. The decision was made Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero talks to teammate Wilfredo Caballero as they attend a training session of the Argentina national soccer team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Argentine Football Association announced that goalkeeper Sergio Romero will not be able to play in the World Cup due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
Argentina goalkeeper Romero out of World Cup with injury
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero talks to teammate Wilfredo Caballero as they attend a training session of the Argentina national soccer team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Argentine Football Association announced that goalkeeper Sergio Romero will not be able to play in the World Cup due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 21, 2018 Manchester United's Nemanja Matic celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 21, 2018 Manchester United's Nemanja Matic celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 21, 2018 Manchester United's Nemanja Matic celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 21, 2018 Manchester United's Nemanja Matic celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Keylor Navas celebrates after Karim Benzema scores their second goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Keylor Navas celebrates after Karim Benzema scores their second goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Keylor Navas celebrates after Karim Benzema scores their second goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - May 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Keylor Navas celebrates after Karim Benzema scores their second goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Noticias de la Selección argentina: se sumó Nahuel Guzmán a los entrenamientos en Ezeiza
Con las llegadas de Acuña y del Patón para reemplazar a Romero, Sampaoli ya cuenta con 17 de los 23 convocados.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
FKF had ordered KPL to quash the fixture to allow Harambee Stars honour the hurriedly assembled friendly matches
Defiant KPL turns down AFC Leopards' plea to postpone derby
FKF had ordered KPL to quash the fixture to allow Harambee Stars honour the hurriedly assembled friendly matches
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James Harden put Draymond Green on a poster in Game 4
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden absolutely JAMMED on Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
Will the kickoff be more exciting with the new rule changes?
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
Will the kickoff be more exciting with the new rule changes?
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
Will the kickoff be more exciting with the new rule changes?
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
Will the kickoff be more exciting with the new rule changes?
The "Good Morning Football" crew talks about the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
​El debate por Griezmann está más activo que nunca. Durante el último encuentro del Atlético de Madrid, Godín se acercó a la grada del Frente Atlético y le pidió aplausos para el francés, que les había dicho que se quiere quedar. Esto ha ocurrido cuando todos daban por hecho su vuelta al ​Barcelona. La situación ha dado un vuelco tremendo. El jugador del Atlético de Madrid lo comunicará antes del Mundial. De mientras, Ousmane Dembélé sigue muy atento el caso, la llegada de su compatriota...
MERCADO | El futbolista del Barça que podría irse si llega Griezmann
​El debate por Griezmann está más activo que nunca. Durante el último encuentro del Atlético de Madrid, Godín se acercó a la grada del Frente Atlético y le pidió aplausos para el francés, que les había dicho que se quiere quedar. Esto ha ocurrido cuando todos daban por hecho su vuelta al ​Barcelona. La situación ha dado un vuelco tremendo. El jugador del Atlético de Madrid lo comunicará antes del Mundial. De mientras, Ousmane Dembélé sigue muy atento el caso, la llegada de su compatriota...
​El debate por Griezmann está más activo que nunca. Durante el último encuentro del Atlético de Madrid, Godín se acercó a la grada del Frente Atlético y le pidió aplausos para el francés, que les había dicho que se quiere quedar. Esto ha ocurrido cuando todos daban por hecho su vuelta al ​Barcelona. La situación ha dado un vuelco tremendo. El jugador del Atlético de Madrid lo comunicará antes del Mundial. De mientras, Ousmane Dembélé sigue muy atento el caso, la llegada de su compatriota...
MERCADO | El futbolista del Barça que podría irse si llega Griezmann
​El debate por Griezmann está más activo que nunca. Durante el último encuentro del Atlético de Madrid, Godín se acercó a la grada del Frente Atlético y le pidió aplausos para el francés, que les había dicho que se quiere quedar. Esto ha ocurrido cuando todos daban por hecho su vuelta al ​Barcelona. La situación ha dado un vuelco tremendo. El jugador del Atlético de Madrid lo comunicará antes del Mundial. De mientras, Ousmane Dembélé sigue muy atento el caso, la llegada de su compatriota...
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL adopts changes to kickoff rules for 2018
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL adopts changes to kickoff rules for 2018
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL adopts changes to kickoff rules for 2018
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
NFL adopts changes to kickoff rules for 2018
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the latest information on the NFL's adoption of changes to the kickoff rules for 2018.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah won the Premier League golden boot award for the 2017/18 season (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah won the Premier League golden boot award for the 2017/18 season
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah won the Premier League golden boot award for the 2017/18 season (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
En una charla exclusiva con el periodista español Josep Pedrerol para El Chiringuito de Jugones, Cristiano Ronaldo fue preguntado sobre la posibilidad de formar una dupla de ataque nunca antes vista junto a Neymar en el ​Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo no quiso hacer caso omiso de la polémica y dejó unas declaraciones sobre el fichaje de Neymar que no dejarán indiferente a nadie. “¿Neymar en el Real Madrid? No sé, no controlo esas cosas. No controlo las contrataciones. Llevo aquí ocho años y...
BOMBAZO | Las declaraciones de Cristiano Ronaldo sobre la llegada de Neymar al Real Madrid
En una charla exclusiva con el periodista español Josep Pedrerol para El Chiringuito de Jugones, Cristiano Ronaldo fue preguntado sobre la posibilidad de formar una dupla de ataque nunca antes vista junto a Neymar en el ​Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo no quiso hacer caso omiso de la polémica y dejó unas declaraciones sobre el fichaje de Neymar que no dejarán indiferente a nadie. “¿Neymar en el Real Madrid? No sé, no controlo esas cosas. No controlo las contrataciones. Llevo aquí ocho años y...
En una charla exclusiva con el periodista español Josep Pedrerol para El Chiringuito de Jugones, Cristiano Ronaldo fue preguntado sobre la posibilidad de formar una dupla de ataque nunca antes vista junto a Neymar en el ​Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo no quiso hacer caso omiso de la polémica y dejó unas declaraciones sobre el fichaje de Neymar que no dejarán indiferente a nadie. “¿Neymar en el Real Madrid? No sé, no controlo esas cosas. No controlo las contrataciones. Llevo aquí ocho años y...
BOMBAZO | Las declaraciones de Cristiano Ronaldo sobre la llegada de Neymar al Real Madrid
En una charla exclusiva con el periodista español Josep Pedrerol para El Chiringuito de Jugones, Cristiano Ronaldo fue preguntado sobre la posibilidad de formar una dupla de ataque nunca antes vista junto a Neymar en el ​Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo no quiso hacer caso omiso de la polémica y dejó unas declaraciones sobre el fichaje de Neymar que no dejarán indiferente a nadie. “¿Neymar en el Real Madrid? No sé, no controlo esas cosas. No controlo las contrataciones. Llevo aquí ocho años y...
Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez thinks winning a fourth UEFA Champions League title would be an 'unbelievable' achievement ahead of Saturday's final with Liverpool.
Nacho daring to dream of fourth UCL crown with Real
Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez thinks winning a fourth UEFA Champions League title would be an 'unbelievable' achievement ahead of Saturday's final with Liverpool.
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Neymar evoluciona “mejor de lo que esperábamos”
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Neymar evoluciona “mejor de lo que esperábamos”
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Neymar evoluciona “mejor de lo que esperábamos”
Neymar se recupera mejor de lo esperado por los médicos de la selección brasileña, que se encuentra concentrada en Teresópolis a 21 días de que comience el Mundial de Rusia-2018.
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
CG: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
CG: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
CG: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Condensed Game: KC@STL - 5/23/18
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam speaks as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks on at right after they announced NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room, during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam speaks as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks on at right after they announced NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room, during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tells reporters the NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tells reporters the NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, in San Diego. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, in San Diego. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe takes part in a drill during an NFL football minicamp session Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe takes part in a drill during an NFL football minicamp session Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, center, watches his players during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, center, watches his players during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II speaks to reporters after it was announced NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II speaks to reporters after it was announced NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" or remain in the locker room during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor throws during a practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor throws during a practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, is flanked by Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, left, and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill during a news conference where he announced that NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room, during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, is flanked by Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, left, and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill during a news conference where he announced that NFL team owners have reached agreement on a new league policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room, during the NFL owner's spring meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon (92) sits on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon (92) sits on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stands on the field during an organized team activity at its NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy 'not really a compromise'
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stands on the field during an organized team activity at its NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Looking back at the exhilarating highs and crushing lows for both teams.
Game 7 history for Ovechkin’s Capitals, Stamkos’ Lightning
Looking back at the exhilarating highs and crushing lows for both teams.
Looking back at the exhilarating highs and crushing lows for both teams.
Game 7 history for Ovechkin’s Capitals, Stamkos’ Lightning
Looking back at the exhilarating highs and crushing lows for both teams.
Giants make crucial mistakes, get rocked by Astros
Giants make two crucial mistakes, get rocked by Astros
As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms this week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
As retirement approaches, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?
As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms this week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms this week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
As retirement approaches, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?
As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms this week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Game 7 is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.
Ovechkin, Capitals prepare for ‘biggest game of life’
Game 7 is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.
A look ahead to Formula 1's Grandest Grand Prix of all: the Monaco Grand Prix.
F1 Preview: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix
A look ahead to Formula 1's Grandest Grand Prix of all: the Monaco Grand Prix.
The five names who received votes from the NBCSports.com writer.
Nate Ryan’s ballot for the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class
The five names who received votes from the NBCSports.com writer.
The five names who received votes from the NBCSports.com writer.
Nate Ryan’s ballot for the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class
The five names who received votes from the NBCSports.com writer.
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final (AFP Photo/OSCAR DEL POZO)
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final (AFP Photo/OSCAR DEL POZO)
Salah celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Roma at Anfield (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Salah celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Roma at Anfield
Salah celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Roma at Anfield (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
Real coach Zinedine Zidane watches Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of this weekend's final (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Real coach Zinedine Zidane watches Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of this weekend's final
Real coach Zinedine Zidane watches Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of this weekend's final (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
Recap: DET 4, MIN 1
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
Recap: DET 4, MIN 1
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
Recap: DET 4, MIN 1
5/23/18: Goodrum's homer lifts the Tigers
Three and easy: Real Madrid are looking to become the first side for 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups (AFP Photo/Handout)
Three and easy: Real Madrid are looking to become the first side for 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups
Three and easy: Real Madrid are looking to become the first side for 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups (AFP Photo/Handout)
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane at a press conference on Wednesday (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane at a press conference on Wednesday
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane at a press conference on Wednesday (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
After the NFL owners voted on an anthem policy requiring players to stand when on the field, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said he will pay any fines for players who choose not to stand, according to Newsday.
Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson Will Pay Players' Fines for Anthem Protests
After the NFL owners voted on an anthem policy requiring players to stand when on the field, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said he will pay any fines for players who choose not to stand, according to Newsday.
Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis slides safely into third as Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson tries to make a play in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
A's slugger Khris Davis on disabled list with hurt groin
Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis slides safely into third as Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson tries to make a play in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis slides safely into third as Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson tries to make a play in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Toronto, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
A's slugger Khris Davis on disabled list with hurt groin
Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis slides safely into third as Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson tries to make a play in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Toronto, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Fulmer, Goodum help Tigers top Twins 4-1, stop 5-game skid
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson throws to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Fulmer, Goodum help Tigers top Twins 4-1, stop 5-game skid
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson throws to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez celebrates the run scored by Leonys Martin (12) after he hit a sacrifice fly against the Minnesota Twins to score him in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Fulmer, Goodum help Tigers top Twins 4-1, stop 5-game skid
Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez celebrates the run scored by Leonys Martin (12) after he hit a sacrifice fly against the Minnesota Twins to score him in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Fulmer, Goodum help Tigers top Twins 4-1, stop 5-game skid
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
NFL players who don't stand for anthem will be fined - Goodell
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
NFL players who don't stand for anthem will be fined - Goodell
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
NFL players who don't stand for anthem will be fined - Goodell
NFL players will be fined if they don't stand for the national anthem under new laws outlined by Roger Goodell.
Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
Close calls force Indy 500 drivers to learn lessons, coping skills
Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
Close calls force Indy 500 drivers to learn lessons, coping skills
Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
Recap: KC 5, STL 2
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
Recap: KC 5, STL 2
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
Recap: KC 5, STL 2
5/23/18: Butera comes up clutch in 10th in 5-2 win
Earnie Stewart is in negotiations to become the first general manager of the U.S. men’s national team, a source close to the discussions confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Earnie Stewart to be named first general manager of U.S. Soccer
Earnie Stewart is in negotiations to become the first general manager of the U.S. men’s national team, a source close to the discussions confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Jack Roush, Roger Penske, Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki join Jeff Gordon in Class of 2019.
Jeff Gordon leads 2019 Hall of Fame Class
Jack Roush, Roger Penske, Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki join Jeff Gordon in Class of 2019.
Earnie Stewart is in negotiations to become the first general manager of the U.S. men’s national team, a source close to the discussions confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Earnie Stewart to be named first general manager of U.S. Soccer
Earnie Stewart is in negotiations to become the first general manager of the U.S. men’s national team, a source close to the discussions confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The Philadelphia Union sporting director and USMNT centurion is reportedly in negotiations to become the USSF general manager.
Report: Earnie Stewart in negotiations for U.S. Soccer GM job
The Philadelphia Union sporting director and USMNT centurion is reportedly in negotiations to become the USSF general manager.
The Philadelphia Union sporting director and USMNT centurion is reportedly in negotiations to become the USSF general manager.
Report: Earnie Stewart in negotiations for U.S. Soccer GM job
The Philadelphia Union sporting director and USMNT centurion is reportedly in negotiations to become the USSF general manager.
Danica Patrick poses after the unveiling of a life-size Lego statue creation of herself, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Danica Patrick to host ESPYS in July
Danica Patrick poses after the unveiling of a life-size Lego statue creation of herself, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, race car driver Danica Patrick arrives for the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS. She will preside over the show honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Danica Patrick to host ESPYS in July
FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, race car driver Danica Patrick arrives for the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS. She will preside over the show honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Danica Patrick walks down pit lane during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Danica Patrick to host ESPYS in July
Danica Patrick walks down pit lane during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2018; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Webb Simpson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
FILE PHOTO: PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2018; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Webb Simpson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
FILE PHOTO: May 20, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the first fairway during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
FILE PHOTO: PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson - Final Round
FILE PHOTO: May 20, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the first fairway during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2018; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Webb Simpson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
FILE PHOTO: PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2018; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Webb Simpson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, is congratulated by teammate Jorge Soler (12) after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, is congratulated by teammate Jorge Soler (12) after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Empty feelimg: Toulouse's and Ajaccio's players warm up prior to the closed-doors play-off in Montpellier (AFP Photo/PASCAL GUYOT)
Empty feelimg: Toulouse's and Ajaccio's players warm up prior to the closed-doors play-off in Montpellier
Empty feelimg: Toulouse's and Ajaccio's players warm up prior to the closed-doors play-off in Montpellier (AFP Photo/PASCAL GUYOT)
Under Center Podcast: What should we make of Kevin White?
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
Junis' 7 strikeouts
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
Junis' 7 strikeouts
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
Junis' 7 strikeouts
Jakob Junis tosses five innings of two-run ball, striking out seven Cardinals in St. Louis
FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand watches a tee shot during the LPGA Texas Shootout golf tournament in Irving, Texas. Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn play golf and live life differently. The sisters from Thailand have won two of the last four LPGA tournaments and are attempting at the Volvik Championship to become the first two-time winner this year. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Jutanugarn sisters shoot for same goal differently in LPGA
FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand watches a tee shot during the LPGA Texas Shootout golf tournament in Irving, Texas. Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn play golf and live life differently. The sisters from Thailand have won two of the last four LPGA tournaments and are attempting at the Volvik Championship to become the first two-time winner this year. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Moriya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, watches her shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the LPGA Tour's HUGEL-JTBC LA Open golf tournament at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn play golf and live life differently. The sisters from Thailand have won two of the last four LPGA tournaments and are attempting at the Volvik Championship to become the first two-time winner this year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Jutanugarn sisters shoot for same goal differently in LPGA
FILE - In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Moriya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, watches her shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the LPGA Tour's HUGEL-JTBC LA Open golf tournament at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn play golf and live life differently. The sisters from Thailand have won two of the last four LPGA tournaments and are attempting at the Volvik Championship to become the first two-time winner this year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Margot's RBI single
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Margot's RBI single
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Margot's RBI single
Manuel Margot singles through the right side to plate Freddy Galvis, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead in the top of the 5th
Houston Astros Brian McCann (16) congratulates Carlos Correa (1) after he scored on a hit by Yuli Gurriel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros Brian McCann (16) congratulates Carlos Correa (1) after he scored on a hit by Yuli Gurriel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros Alex Bregman (2) high fives George Springer (4) after scoring on his two run home run, driving in Tony Kemp (18) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros Alex Bregman (2) high fives George Springer (4) after scoring on his two run home run, driving in Tony Kemp (18) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) fields the hit by San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria as shortstop Carlos Correa (1) backs the play during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) fields the hit by San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria as shortstop Carlos Correa (1) backs the play during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros George Springer (4) tosses his bat to round the bases after hitting his two run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros George Springer (4) tosses his bat to round the bases after hitting his two run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Verlander and the Astros play the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Verlander and the Astros play the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt, left, congratulates Gorkys Hernandez (7) after scoring the first run of the game during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt, left, congratulates Gorkys Hernandez (7) after scoring the first run of the game during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) attempts the throw to first base on the infield hit by San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford that deflected off of Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris (36) during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Verlander improves to 6-2 as Astros beat Giants 4-1
Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) attempts the throw to first base on the infield hit by San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford that deflected off of Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris (36) during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
What the Capitals mean to the D.C. community
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and fans describe what rooting for the team has meant to them, and what a Stanley Cup would mean to the community.
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Wacha K's 6 vs. the Royals
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Wacha K's 6 vs. the Royals
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Wacha K's 6 vs. the Royals
Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out six Royals
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Jim Brockmire goes off the record with Keith Hernandez
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Jim Brockmire goes off the record with Keith Hernandez
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Jim Brockmire goes off the record with Keith Hernandez
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
Jim Brockmire goes off the record with Keith Hernandez
Broadcasting legend Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) sat down with Mets great Keith Hernandez for an unforgettable conversation about his path to the big leagues, his time in the booth and his epic mustache.
A's place Khris Davis on the DL, call up top prospect
If golf has come easy to Rory McIlroy then he revealed at Wentworth on Wednesday that the challenges of fame continue to be a struggle. And the bad news for the Irishman in that regard is that his celebrity only seems to be increasing. A poll published this week named McIlroy as the most famous UK sports person, relegating Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Lewis Hamilton to the lesser placings. When told about this “honour” on his eve-of-tournament press conference at the BMW PGA Championship, McIlroy’s head noticeably dropped. “I dreamed of being a great golfer. I never dreamed of all this other stuff,” he said. “I feel very privileged that I’m in the position that I’m in, but I just try to live my life the way I normally would. I never wanted to be famous. I wanted to be known for my golf and that was it.” The worst part for McIlroy is obvious. “Everyone knows what you do 24 hours of the day,” he said. “You can’t really get away from it too much. That’s why I’ve tried to withdraw from social media and keep my life more private. As time has gone on, I’ve started to value that part of my life more.” McIlroy will probably be relieved to discover he is “only” in 15th place on the world list of the ESPN Fame 100. The index used three criteria: social media following, Google Trends and endorsement deals. If it measured cheers from home galleries then it is likely McIlroy’s stature would leap up at 12.30pm on Thursday. The 29-year-old tees it up in the first round of the European Tour’s flagship event alongside Lee Westwood and defending champion Alex Noren. McIlroy with Teddy Sheringham and Michael Carrick Credit: Reuters There can be no doubt who is the main draw in this high-quality field. McIlroy won this event four years ago and what he would give to do so again. If only to stop being asked about his Masters shortfall last month, when he went out in the final group as the favourite to complete the career grand slam and shot a 74 to finish fifth. After admitting to feeling flat in the days afterwards, McIlroy claims to be “well over that now” and credits his two indifferent showings since – a tie for 16th at Quail Hollow, one of his favourite courses, and a missed cut at The Players Championship – to a fault in his swing. He believes that he and his coach, Michael Bannon, have eradicated the gremlins and he intends to feed off the memories of 2014, when he came here out of form but proceeded to prevail on the West Course and then went on to collect two majors. Wentworth | First round top pairings “It did snowball from when I won here and I’d love to be able to do something like that again. I’ve got a busy summer coming up,” he said. “There’s a lot of big tournaments to play in. I have still got three major championships and Ryder Cup, and everything else. Maybe this could be the spark that gets that all going again.” The problem is that McIlroy has missed four cuts in his eight appearances in this tournament and so is a long way from being a course specialist. Still, he is eminently more suited to this layout than Ian Poulter, who boasts one top 10 since making his debut at the turn of the century. “Fifteen years of rubbish,” is how Poulter summed it up. “So let’s leave all that rubbish behind in my mindset when I’ve got this level of confidence. I’ve got loads of friends and family here, the sun’s shining, the course is in great condition, I’m in good form – so there are no excuses.”
Rory McIlroy: I never wanted to be so famous
If golf has come easy to Rory McIlroy then he revealed at Wentworth on Wednesday that the challenges of fame continue to be a struggle. And the bad news for the Irishman in that regard is that his celebrity only seems to be increasing. A poll published this week named McIlroy as the most famous UK sports person, relegating Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Lewis Hamilton to the lesser placings. When told about this “honour” on his eve-of-tournament press conference at the BMW PGA Championship, McIlroy’s head noticeably dropped. “I dreamed of being a great golfer. I never dreamed of all this other stuff,” he said. “I feel very privileged that I’m in the position that I’m in, but I just try to live my life the way I normally would. I never wanted to be famous. I wanted to be known for my golf and that was it.” The worst part for McIlroy is obvious. “Everyone knows what you do 24 hours of the day,” he said. “You can’t really get away from it too much. That’s why I’ve tried to withdraw from social media and keep my life more private. As time has gone on, I’ve started to value that part of my life more.” McIlroy will probably be relieved to discover he is “only” in 15th place on the world list of the ESPN Fame 100. The index used three criteria: social media following, Google Trends and endorsement deals. If it measured cheers from home galleries then it is likely McIlroy’s stature would leap up at 12.30pm on Thursday. The 29-year-old tees it up in the first round of the European Tour’s flagship event alongside Lee Westwood and defending champion Alex Noren. McIlroy with Teddy Sheringham and Michael Carrick Credit: Reuters There can be no doubt who is the main draw in this high-quality field. McIlroy won this event four years ago and what he would give to do so again. If only to stop being asked about his Masters shortfall last month, when he went out in the final group as the favourite to complete the career grand slam and shot a 74 to finish fifth. After admitting to feeling flat in the days afterwards, McIlroy claims to be “well over that now” and credits his two indifferent showings since – a tie for 16th at Quail Hollow, one of his favourite courses, and a missed cut at The Players Championship – to a fault in his swing. He believes that he and his coach, Michael Bannon, have eradicated the gremlins and he intends to feed off the memories of 2014, when he came here out of form but proceeded to prevail on the West Course and then went on to collect two majors. Wentworth | First round top pairings “It did snowball from when I won here and I’d love to be able to do something like that again. I’ve got a busy summer coming up,” he said. “There’s a lot of big tournaments to play in. I have still got three major championships and Ryder Cup, and everything else. Maybe this could be the spark that gets that all going again.” The problem is that McIlroy has missed four cuts in his eight appearances in this tournament and so is a long way from being a course specialist. Still, he is eminently more suited to this layout than Ian Poulter, who boasts one top 10 since making his debut at the turn of the century. “Fifteen years of rubbish,” is how Poulter summed it up. “So let’s leave all that rubbish behind in my mindset when I’ve got this level of confidence. I’ve got loads of friends and family here, the sun’s shining, the course is in great condition, I’m in good form – so there are no excuses.”
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
John Terry could extend Aston Villa stay with deal that allows him to miss Chelsea games
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery says he will get 'fearless' Arsenal back on top
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery says he will get 'fearless' Arsenal back on top
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has insisted he has not thought about his future beyond Saturday’s Championship play-off final, despite speculation that a string of key figures will leave the club if they cannot seal promotion to the Premier League. Jokanovic, who has turned Fulham into one of the Championship’s most attractive sides, has been linked with a move and is likely to be in demand this summer. Speaking ahead of the match against Aston Villa at Wembley, Jokanovic refused to discuss either his future or the prospect of key players leaving. Tom Cairney, Fulham’s captain, warned this month that the club needed to be in the Premier League next season if they wanted to keep the team together. Cairney has been linked with a move to West Ham United, while Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks have also been targeted by top-flight clubs. Jokanovic, who has one year remaining on his deal, said: “I have a contract and that’s it. I am not thinking about the future. This game is so huge that I do not know what I am going to do on Sunday morning. “To be honest, I do not care. I am not thinking about this. I am only thinking about the job ahead of us. We want to fight to bring Fulham to the place we believe they belong.” The 49-year-old added that he believed Fulham could “dominate” Steve Bruce’s Villa with their high-intensity, possession-based style of football. Tom Cairney wants to be playing in the Premier League Credit: pa Fulham were defeated 2-1 at Villa Park in October, but won 2-0 when the sides met again in February. Jokanovic said his players would attempt to target Villa’s John Terry, the 37-year-old centre-back who played alongside Jokanovic at Chelsea from 2000 to 2002. “We are going to try to put against him some fast and some stronger players,” said Jokanovic. “I hope he will make some mistakes. This is the kind of impact I expect from his side. All of us can make mistakes. I expect some mistakes from his side and that’s it.” In Terry and James Chester, his defensive partner, Villa boast an experienced back-line, as well as former Premier League players Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Robert Snodgrass and Alan Hutton. Jokanovic, however, believes his younger side, who enjoyed a 23-game unbeaten run during the regular season, will have the required energy to overcome the more wily Villa, who finished fourth in the Championship, one place behind Fulham. “When you talk about experience, you are talking about the past,” Jokanovic said. “Terry is a fantastic player, Chester is a fantastic player. They have experience playing in this stadium. But probably they cannot be in their best level right now. “We are the youngest team, the team with more energy. We believe in our style. We believe we can dominate the situation. Experience in life is important but it is not everything.”
Slavisa Jokanovic unfazed by talk of Fulham players leaving if they do not get promoted
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has insisted he has not thought about his future beyond Saturday’s Championship play-off final, despite speculation that a string of key figures will leave the club if they cannot seal promotion to the Premier League. Jokanovic, who has turned Fulham into one of the Championship’s most attractive sides, has been linked with a move and is likely to be in demand this summer. Speaking ahead of the match against Aston Villa at Wembley, Jokanovic refused to discuss either his future or the prospect of key players leaving. Tom Cairney, Fulham’s captain, warned this month that the club needed to be in the Premier League next season if they wanted to keep the team together. Cairney has been linked with a move to West Ham United, while Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks have also been targeted by top-flight clubs. Jokanovic, who has one year remaining on his deal, said: “I have a contract and that’s it. I am not thinking about the future. This game is so huge that I do not know what I am going to do on Sunday morning. “To be honest, I do not care. I am not thinking about this. I am only thinking about the job ahead of us. We want to fight to bring Fulham to the place we believe they belong.” The 49-year-old added that he believed Fulham could “dominate” Steve Bruce’s Villa with their high-intensity, possession-based style of football. Tom Cairney wants to be playing in the Premier League Credit: pa Fulham were defeated 2-1 at Villa Park in October, but won 2-0 when the sides met again in February. Jokanovic said his players would attempt to target Villa’s John Terry, the 37-year-old centre-back who played alongside Jokanovic at Chelsea from 2000 to 2002. “We are going to try to put against him some fast and some stronger players,” said Jokanovic. “I hope he will make some mistakes. This is the kind of impact I expect from his side. All of us can make mistakes. I expect some mistakes from his side and that’s it.” In Terry and James Chester, his defensive partner, Villa boast an experienced back-line, as well as former Premier League players Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Robert Snodgrass and Alan Hutton. Jokanovic, however, believes his younger side, who enjoyed a 23-game unbeaten run during the regular season, will have the required energy to overcome the more wily Villa, who finished fourth in the Championship, one place behind Fulham. “When you talk about experience, you are talking about the past,” Jokanovic said. “Terry is a fantastic player, Chester is a fantastic player. They have experience playing in this stadium. But probably they cannot be in their best level right now. “We are the youngest team, the team with more energy. We believe in our style. We believe we can dominate the situation. Experience in life is important but it is not everything.”
If golf has come easy to Rory McIlroy then he revealed at Wentworth on Wednesday that the challenges of fame continue to be a struggle. And the bad news for the Irishman in that regard is that his celebrity only seems to be increasing. A poll published this week named McIlroy as the most famous UK sports person, relegating Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Lewis Hamilton to the lesser placings. When told about this “honour” on his eve-of-tournament press conference at the BMW PGA Championship, McIlroy’s head noticeably dropped. “I dreamed of being a great golfer. I never dreamed of all this other stuff,” he said. “I feel very privileged that I’m in the position that I’m in, but I just try to live my life the way I normally would. I never wanted to be famous. I wanted to be known for my golf and that was it.” The worst part for McIlroy is obvious. “Everyone knows what you do 24 hours of the day,” he said. “You can’t really get away from it too much. That’s why I’ve tried to withdraw from social media and keep my life more private. As time has gone on, I’ve started to value that part of my life more.” McIlroy will probably be relieved to discover he is “only” in 15th place on the world list of the ESPN Fame 100. The index used three criteria: social media following, Google Trends and endorsement deals. If it measured cheers from home galleries then it is likely McIlroy’s stature would leap up at 12.30pm on Thursday. The 29-year-old tees it up in the first round of the European Tour’s flagship event alongside Lee Westwood and defending champion Alex Noren. McIlroy with Teddy Sheringham and Michael Carrick Credit: Reuters There can be no doubt who is the main draw in this high-quality field. McIlroy won this event four years ago and what he would give to do so again. If only to stop being asked about his Masters shortfall last month, when he went out in the final group as the favourite to complete the career grand slam and shot a 74 to finish fifth. After admitting to feeling flat in the days afterwards, McIlroy claims to be “well over that now” and credits his two indifferent showings since – a tie for 16th at Quail Hollow, one of his favourite courses, and a missed cut at The Players Championship – to a fault in his swing. He believes that he and his coach, Michael Bannon, have eradicated the gremlins and he intends to feed off the memories of 2014, when he came here out of form but proceeded to prevail on the West Course and then went on to collect two majors. Wentworth | First round top pairings “It did snowball from when I won here and I’d love to be able to do something like that again. I’ve got a busy summer coming up,” he said. “There’s a lot of big tournaments to play in. I have still got three major championships and Ryder Cup, and everything else. Maybe this could be the spark that gets that all going again.” The problem is that McIlroy has missed four cuts in his eight appearances in this tournament and so is a long way from being a course specialist. Still, he is eminently more suited to this layout than Ian Poulter, who boasts one top 10 since making his debut at the turn of the century. “Fifteen years of rubbish,” is how Poulter summed it up. “So let’s leave all that rubbish behind in my mindset when I’ve got this level of confidence. I’ve got loads of friends and family here, the sun’s shining, the course is in great condition, I’m in good form – so there are no excuses.”
Rory McIlroy: I never wanted to be so famous
If golf has come easy to Rory McIlroy then he revealed at Wentworth on Wednesday that the challenges of fame continue to be a struggle. And the bad news for the Irishman in that regard is that his celebrity only seems to be increasing. A poll published this week named McIlroy as the most famous UK sports person, relegating Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Lewis Hamilton to the lesser placings. When told about this “honour” on his eve-of-tournament press conference at the BMW PGA Championship, McIlroy’s head noticeably dropped. “I dreamed of being a great golfer. I never dreamed of all this other stuff,” he said. “I feel very privileged that I’m in the position that I’m in, but I just try to live my life the way I normally would. I never wanted to be famous. I wanted to be known for my golf and that was it.” The worst part for McIlroy is obvious. “Everyone knows what you do 24 hours of the day,” he said. “You can’t really get away from it too much. That’s why I’ve tried to withdraw from social media and keep my life more private. As time has gone on, I’ve started to value that part of my life more.” McIlroy will probably be relieved to discover he is “only” in 15th place on the world list of the ESPN Fame 100. The index used three criteria: social media following, Google Trends and endorsement deals. If it measured cheers from home galleries then it is likely McIlroy’s stature would leap up at 12.30pm on Thursday. The 29-year-old tees it up in the first round of the European Tour’s flagship event alongside Lee Westwood and defending champion Alex Noren. McIlroy with Teddy Sheringham and Michael Carrick Credit: Reuters There can be no doubt who is the main draw in this high-quality field. McIlroy won this event four years ago and what he would give to do so again. If only to stop being asked about his Masters shortfall last month, when he went out in the final group as the favourite to complete the career grand slam and shot a 74 to finish fifth. After admitting to feeling flat in the days afterwards, McIlroy claims to be “well over that now” and credits his two indifferent showings since – a tie for 16th at Quail Hollow, one of his favourite courses, and a missed cut at The Players Championship – to a fault in his swing. He believes that he and his coach, Michael Bannon, have eradicated the gremlins and he intends to feed off the memories of 2014, when he came here out of form but proceeded to prevail on the West Course and then went on to collect two majors. Wentworth | First round top pairings “It did snowball from when I won here and I’d love to be able to do something like that again. I’ve got a busy summer coming up,” he said. “There’s a lot of big tournaments to play in. I have still got three major championships and Ryder Cup, and everything else. Maybe this could be the spark that gets that all going again.” The problem is that McIlroy has missed four cuts in his eight appearances in this tournament and so is a long way from being a course specialist. Still, he is eminently more suited to this layout than Ian Poulter, who boasts one top 10 since making his debut at the turn of the century. “Fifteen years of rubbish,” is how Poulter summed it up. “So let’s leave all that rubbish behind in my mindset when I’ve got this level of confidence. I’ve got loads of friends and family here, the sun’s shining, the course is in great condition, I’m in good form – so there are no excuses.”
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
John Terry could extend Aston Villa stay with deal that allows him to miss Chelsea games
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
John Terry could extend Aston Villa stay with deal that allows him to miss Chelsea games
John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea. Terry has an option to extend his £80,000-a-week contract for another season should Villa beat Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while he would rake in a £2 million promotion bonus. The former England captain joined last summer on a free transfer, dropping down to the Championship as he was reluctant to play against Chelsea, the club he served for more than two decades. It can be revealed that if Villa are promoted then Steve Bruce, the manager, is prepared to let Terry decide whether he will face Chelsea in either league game. Villa are focusing on ending their two-year exile from the top flight and extending Terry’s stay. Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club. Terry has played a crucial role for Aston Villa this season Credit: Reuters “He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give. “I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.” Terry will be 38 in December but has proved a crucial member of Villa’s squad, playing 32 games in the Championship to help them finish fourth. His experience will be vital on Saturday after winning five FA Cups at Wembley. Bruce said: “That’s what we’ve brought him for, not just to win a game on a Saturday but his overall contribution. He’s never let us down. “What I realised straight away was I needed people who can handle playing for Aston Villa with the demand of a big club and intensity of a big club. “Here you are straight under the pump. You have to play well and handle it. That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak. Steve Bruce is chasing another promotion Credit: Getty images “Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around. There were too many bad apples here and we haven’t got them any more.” Bruce has also revealed that Villa will discuss a new contract with defender Alan Hutton next week, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game. Hutton will be a free agent but is in line to be rewarded with an extension after reviving his career under Bruce. The Villa manager is targeting his fifth career promotion in the Wembley showpiece and has already selected his starting XI. “On Tuesday, I had to stop training early because they were champing at the bit – too early. It got a bit feisty, to say the least. It’s not a bad sign. “I’m not against it at all. It’s normal. We just stepped in and cut it a little short “So, it has all the makings of a big game round the corner. It’s what we’re all in it for, to go to Wembley for a big occasion and try and be successful.”
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has insisted he has not thought about his future beyond Saturday’s Championship play-off final, despite speculation that a string of key figures will leave the club if they cannot seal promotion to the Premier League. Jokanovic, who has turned Fulham into one of the Championship’s most attractive sides, has been linked with a move and is likely to be in demand this summer. Speaking ahead of the match against Aston Villa at Wembley, Jokanovic refused to discuss either his future or the prospect of key players leaving. Tom Cairney, Fulham’s captain, warned this month that the club needed to be in the Premier League next season if they wanted to keep the team together. Cairney has been linked with a move to West Ham United, while Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks have also been targeted by top-flight clubs. Jokanovic, who has one year remaining on his deal, said: “I have a contract and that’s it. I am not thinking about the future. This game is so huge that I do not know what I am going to do on Sunday morning. “To be honest, I do not care. I am not thinking about this. I am only thinking about the job ahead of us. We want to fight to bring Fulham to the place we believe they belong.” The 49-year-old added that he believed Fulham could “dominate” Steve Bruce’s Villa with their high-intensity, possession-based style of football. Tom Cairney wants to be playing in the Premier League Credit: pa Fulham were defeated 2-1 at Villa Park in October, but won 2-0 when the sides met again in February. Jokanovic said his players would attempt to target Villa’s John Terry, the 37-year-old centre-back who played alongside Jokanovic at Chelsea from 2000 to 2002. “We are going to try to put against him some fast and some stronger players,” said Jokanovic. “I hope he will make some mistakes. This is the kind of impact I expect from his side. All of us can make mistakes. I expect some mistakes from his side and that’s it.” In Terry and James Chester, his defensive partner, Villa boast an experienced back-line, as well as former Premier League players Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Robert Snodgrass and Alan Hutton. Jokanovic, however, believes his younger side, who enjoyed a 23-game unbeaten run during the regular season, will have the required energy to overcome the more wily Villa, who finished fourth in the Championship, one place behind Fulham. “When you talk about experience, you are talking about the past,” Jokanovic said. “Terry is a fantastic player, Chester is a fantastic player. They have experience playing in this stadium. But probably they cannot be in their best level right now. “We are the youngest team, the team with more energy. We believe in our style. We believe we can dominate the situation. Experience in life is important but it is not everything.”
Slavisa Jokanovic unfazed by talk of Fulham players leaving if they do not get promoted
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has insisted he has not thought about his future beyond Saturday’s Championship play-off final, despite speculation that a string of key figures will leave the club if they cannot seal promotion to the Premier League. Jokanovic, who has turned Fulham into one of the Championship’s most attractive sides, has been linked with a move and is likely to be in demand this summer. Speaking ahead of the match against Aston Villa at Wembley, Jokanovic refused to discuss either his future or the prospect of key players leaving. Tom Cairney, Fulham’s captain, warned this month that the club needed to be in the Premier League next season if they wanted to keep the team together. Cairney has been linked with a move to West Ham United, while Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks have also been targeted by top-flight clubs. Jokanovic, who has one year remaining on his deal, said: “I have a contract and that’s it. I am not thinking about the future. This game is so huge that I do not know what I am going to do on Sunday morning. “To be honest, I do not care. I am not thinking about this. I am only thinking about the job ahead of us. We want to fight to bring Fulham to the place we believe they belong.” The 49-year-old added that he believed Fulham could “dominate” Steve Bruce’s Villa with their high-intensity, possession-based style of football. Tom Cairney wants to be playing in the Premier League Credit: pa Fulham were defeated 2-1 at Villa Park in October, but won 2-0 when the sides met again in February. Jokanovic said his players would attempt to target Villa’s John Terry, the 37-year-old centre-back who played alongside Jokanovic at Chelsea from 2000 to 2002. “We are going to try to put against him some fast and some stronger players,” said Jokanovic. “I hope he will make some mistakes. This is the kind of impact I expect from his side. All of us can make mistakes. I expect some mistakes from his side and that’s it.” In Terry and James Chester, his defensive partner, Villa boast an experienced back-line, as well as former Premier League players Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Robert Snodgrass and Alan Hutton. Jokanovic, however, believes his younger side, who enjoyed a 23-game unbeaten run during the regular season, will have the required energy to overcome the more wily Villa, who finished fourth in the Championship, one place behind Fulham. “When you talk about experience, you are talking about the past,” Jokanovic said. “Terry is a fantastic player, Chester is a fantastic player. They have experience playing in this stadium. But probably they cannot be in their best level right now. “We are the youngest team, the team with more energy. We believe in our style. We believe we can dominate the situation. Experience in life is important but it is not everything.”
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Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
Crawford's hit streak reaches 10
Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
Crawford's hit streak reaches 10
Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
Crawford's hit streak reaches 10
Brandon Crawford rips a comebacker off Will Harris, then legs out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in the 7th
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis joined by six first-timers on NBA's 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis joined by six first-timers on NBA's 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis joined by six first-timers on NBA's 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis joined by six first-timers on NBA's 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams
The NBA unveiled the 2017-18 All-Defensive Teams on Wednesday afternoon, two five-man squads that featured six first-time honorees, and a First Team led by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans everything Anthony Davis, two of the three finalists for the NBA’s 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Hernandez's triple in the 4th
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Hernandez's triple in the 4th
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Hernandez's triple in the 4th
Gorkys Hernandez drills a liner over Tony Kemp's head and to the wall in center field, wheeling into third for a leadoff triple in the 4th
Buster Posey brings home Gorkys Hernandez with the game's first run on a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a lead in the 4th
Posey's sac fly opens scoring
Buster Posey brings home Gorkys Hernandez with the game's first run on a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a lead in the 4th
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st
Samardzija, Hundley turn 2
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st
Samardzija, Hundley turn 2
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st
Samardzija, Hundley turn 2
Jeff Samardzija freezes Carlos Correa and Nick Hundley nabs Alex Bregman at third for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the 1st

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