Rafael Nadal pulls out with injury before Roger Federer semi-final at Indian Wells

The Spaniard has withdrawn from a semi-final matchup with Federer in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals because of a knee injury Rafael Nadal withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, done in once again by a knee injury. He had been set to play longtime rival Roger Federer in the semi-finals. A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete, he said. The Spaniards right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory …

FA Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

VAR inconsistency in the FA Cup, Nuno Esprito Santos stock continues to rise, and James Maddison shows his class 1) Barkley gets the Goodison pariah treatment Ross Barkley would have known what kind of reception awaited him at Goodison Park: the type rained down on previous Everton escapees such as Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott. Goodison might not be much longer for this world, with the latest suggestion being a new stadium for 2023, but for now it retains oldfashioned menace to those who have transgressed the Evertonian code. Barkleys crime among the faithful is to have left Goodison on a cut-price transfer to Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year after running down his contract. As he …

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

(CNN)The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this …

Prosecutors offer Patriots owner Kraft plea deal over massage parlor charges

Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots sixth NFL championship under his ownership. NFL has not taken any action against him but has said its personal conduct policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL and it will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. Krafts wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander …

Chiefs Hill linked to domestic battery case in suburban Kansas City

The Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week The Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to the Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hills address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hills fiance, Crystal Espinal, is identified among others involved. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Zev. No charges have been filed in the case, but Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said the …

Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Batsman Tamim Iqbal says he and his teammates fled after shots were fired at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in the New Zealand city The Bangladesh cricket team just escaped after shots were fired at a Christchurch mosque near to where the team was due to play the final Test match of their tour of New Zealand. Bangladesh Cricket confirmed, after taking refuge in the immediate aftermath in the dressing rooms at Hagley Oval. Australias Under-19s women side, who are also on tour in New Zealand and were staying in the same hotel as the Bangladesh team, were also confirmed safe. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshs highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee the scene. …

Conor McGregor charged with strong-armed robbery after alleged altercation with fan

UFCs biggest star, Conor McGregor, has been arrested in Florida for stealing the phone of someone who was trying to take his photo UFCs biggest star, Conor McGregor, has been arrested in Florida for stealing the phone of someone who was trying to take his photo. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old was arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5am when a 22-year-old man attempted to take his picture. Police say McGregor slapped the phone out of the mans hand and then stamped on it several times. Investigators say McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area. Police later found McGregor …

My critics need to look in the mirror Bottas hits out after Australian GP win

Finlands Valtteri Bottas said he has entered the Formula One season with a fresh approach after his victory in Melbourne Valtteri Bottas hit out at his detractors and claimed he has entered the new season with a fresh approach after an emphatic win at the Australian Grand Prix. The Finn won the opening race of the 2019 campaign ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who acknowledged he had been outraced by Bottas but, in finishing second, said he had been struggling with the balance of his car due to damage. Ferrari finished with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in fourth and fifth, with the Scuderia using team orders, instructing Leclerc not to attack Vettel in the closing stages. They …

Zinedine Zidane responds to the call to save Real Madrid from darkness | Sid Lowe

With infighting rife, the man who brought Madrid such riches in Europe has made a remarkable return to the Bernabu Darkness descended on Real Madrid, the metaphor visiting them on a Sunday night in Valladolid, light not let in until the following evening when he returned. The week after they lost it all, the man returned who won it all. Zinedine Zidane is back. Less than a year since he walked out, insisting that this was a see you later not a goodbye, he has walked back in again. Just how different the place is, just how bad it had got in his absence, was shown by seven days in which it all slipped through their fingers. Shown too, by …

Mikaela Shiffrin adds to dazzling season with first super-G crystal globe

The American sensation won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career crystal globe at the World Cup finals on Thursday Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career crystal globe, and Dominik Paris secured the mens title by winning the season-ending race at the World Cup finals on Thursday. Both skiers won super-G titles at the world championships five weeks ago, but had not won the season-long World Cup prize in the discipline before. Shiffrin finished fourth in the womens race, which was won by Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, for her first globe in a speed discipline. She has also won three overall titles and six slalom titles, and is a strong favorite to …

No plan, no courage German press lays into Bayern after Liverpool loss

Bayern Munich were heavily criticised after their defeat, with Der Spiegel writing that German football has been left behind For the first time in 13 years there will be no German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact not lost on the countrys media the morning after Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Manchester City enjoy seven-goal stroll into last eight against limp Schalke

Sergio Ageros double showed Manchester City the path to seven-goal heaven and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals For Manchester City it was an evening of spectacular superiority. They have had a lot of those occasions at the Etihad and perhaps the scariest part, for all the other sides in Fridays quarter-final draw, is that there were long spells when it did not even feel like Pep Guardiolas team were playing at their maximum point of expression. They did not have to reach their highest peaks when the imbalance of talent was so lopsided, when Leroy San can play this beautifully and there were players on the bench, namely Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus, who could enter the play …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …

Arsenal fire warning to Spurs that race for north London has not yet been won | Barney Ronay

Unai Emerys Arsenal have Premier League rivals and the Champions League in their sights after a victory over Manchester United Were coming for you, were coming for you. Oh Tottenham Hotspur, were coming for you. At the end of a raucous, fun, potentially vital Premier League afternoon at the Emirates the home fans had already turned their eyes towards the other power in north London. Last month, as Tottenham buzzed about just behind the top two, it became fashionable to point out that winning the league was in Tottenhams own hands. Which is, of course, the least secure place of all to be for winning the league. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Instead Arsenal attacked …

Odell Beckham Jr trade shows NFL teams value draft picks over talent

The Giants decision to trade an all-time great at the peak of his powers is the latest example of a team valuing their culture and the allure of hope over talent The Giants that catch and has been tabloid fodder and Hall of Fame producer ever since. In his first three seasons in the league, Beckham eclipsed 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns each year. He snagged an average of 9.6 passes a game at an average of 14.3 yards per reception. The only player to match those numbers in each of their first three seasons in the modern era? Randy Moss. Like Beckham, Moss was considered a cultural distraction, a Me First guy who couldnt exist in the NFLs ever-conservative …

Ronaldos defining display shows fino alla fine spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

Cristiano Ronaldos best performance for Juventus in the Champions League embodied the clubs until the end motto and they can now go on to win the tournament The Juventus motto is fino alla fine in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening the mens team proved these words are not empty but alive. Juve aspire to be a team who never give up, a team who burn with an indefatigable spirit, and this week it was there for all to see. They showed it against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, when they came back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie at the Bernabu, an incredible comeback that ended in disappointment …