May 30, 2020

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Top 10 European Cup finals ever: Liverpool 2005? Man United 1999? Real Madrid 1960?
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The 2020 Champions League final would have been played Saturday, May 30 had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic. So, instead, let's look back at the top 10 finals from the history of European Cup/Champions League.If Real Madrid hadn't yet taken on an invincible air before their third European Cup final win (in the midst of winning five in a row), they certainly had after it. This game was notable for a frantic flurry of goals in the second-half: Juan Alberto Schiaffino put AC Milan in front, Alfredo Di Stefano and Hector Rial scored for Real but their lead lasted for three minutes before Ernesto Grillo took the game into extra-time. It was left to the great Francisco Gento to settle things, scoring with a low shot into the corner.
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What now for Mario Gotze?
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What now for Mario Gotze? The one-time German wunderkind, the World Cup final match-winner, is being released by Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. But the next steps are unclear."It is very unfortunate," says former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. "We all know that Mario Gotze was a great talent when he was younger. Now at the age of 27, these are the best years in football."It doesn't have to be the best club in Europe, but I hope that he will find a club where he will play."That is some re-evaluation of ambition for a player who was dubbed the German Messi as he came through the youth ranks under the tutelage of former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.But since the highs of that extra-time 2014 strike against Argentina in the Maracana, when Gotze became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final in almost 50 years, there have been seasons of frustration.
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Windies agree to three-Test England tour 'in principle'
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West Indies have agreed "in principle" to play their three-Test series against England in July.The West Indies are due to fly out to England on June 8, with three Test matches at venues to be confirmed the following month, a series rescheduled from its original June 4 start date.The tourists will isolate in a bio-secure environment after arriving in England and the series would be played behind closed doors with players screened regularly for coronavirus throughout the duration of their stay.CWI's management is in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean.This includes seeking permission from governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes and conducting medical screenings and individual coronavirus testing for all members of the touring party.
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Kane: We'll need seven or eight wins to make top four
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Harry Kane accepts Tottenham will have to win almost all of their remaining Premier League games if they are to finish in the top four this season.The league is provisionally set to restart on June 17 after a three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Spurs' first game is against Manchester United.Kane has not played since rupturing a tendon in his left hamstring against Southampton on New Year's Day, after which he underwent surgery.He is back to full fitness and "ready to go" as Spurs embark on a nine-game conclusion to the campaign in which there is almost no margin for error."We've got to try to finish in the top four," he said in an interview on Spurs' official website. "There's no doubt about that.
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'Jamie Overton as fast as any England bowler'
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Jamie Overton is as quick, if not quicker, than any other England bowler, says twin brother Craig, after both were named in a 55-man training group for the summer.Somerset seamer Craig has played four Tests - three of them in Ashes series - and a solitary one-day international for England but fellow paceman Jamie is yet to be capped and has seen his progress affected by injuries.Jamie's prospects of a debut were boosted on Friday, though, when he was included in an enlarged pool of players and Craig feels his sibling's speed could be a huge asset."From a distance, it looks to me as though Jamie is bowling rockets in the nets," Craig told the ECB Reporters' Network after the bowlers in England's group resumed individual training at their counties.
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Hayes signals Celtic exit with emotional post
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Jonny Hayes appears to have confirmed he is leaving Celtic after posting an emotional message on social media, with team-mates past and present sending well-wishes in reply.Hayes, 32, is coming to the end of his three-year deal at the club which he signed after joining from Aberdeen in 2017.He made 26 appearances in all competitions for Neil Lennon's side this season, with his only goal coming in Celtic's 2-0 win at Rangers in September.His first season at the club was ended early after suffering a broken leg against Dundee in December 2017.In a post on his Instagram page, Hayes said: "From the lows of breaking a leg to the highs of winning a treble, the last 3 years have been an enjoyable journey, in which I've worked under some terrific staff and shared a dressing room with some unbelievable guys."
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How Rogan thwarted Audley and fought Fury
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Martin Rogan tells Sky Sports about proving his worth in Prizefighter, sparring a teenage Tyson Fury, and beating Britain's Olympic hero.Armchair fans tend to watch Olympic champions receiving their gold medals on TV with a mix of reverence and awe. Not Belfast's Rogan. Having never boxed and aged 29, Rogan took in Audley Harrison's achievement and made what sounded a ridiculous proclamation."I was starting to say something and my brother just looked at me and said 'don't say it.' But I said 'no, wasn't he [Audley] great. But I believe if I start boxing and I get through the amateurs and if, I turned pro, I'd beat him.'"Rogan's brother broke down laughing. But eight years later 'Rogie' made good on that prediction, prevailing on points against Harrison in London.
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Norwood dreaming of Europe and greatness
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Oliver Norwood hopes Sheffield United can qualify for Europe when the Premier League season restarts and become the "greatest" team in the club's history.The former Northern Ireland international is excited to continue the Blades' campaign on the opening night of the league's resumption following the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, with a trip to Aston Villa on the provisional start date of June 17.A win at Villa Park would see Sheffield United move above Manchester United having played the same amount of games, with nine remaining.A fifth-place finish would be enough for the Blades to qualify for next season's Champions League if Manchester City's European ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport next month.
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Ryder Cup 2010 Watchalong on Sky Sports
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Colin Montgomerie and Graeme McDowell will relive a dramatic day in Ryder Cup history as part of a special live Watchalong this weekend on Sky Sports. The final day of the 2010 contest is being repeated in its entirety on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday from midday, before the live Watchalong gets underway at 5.15pm and covers the final two hours of a thrilling finish.Europe took a 9.5-6.5 advantage into a weather-delayed final day at Celtic Manor, the first Monday finish in Ryder Cup history, where the hosts were looking to regain the trophy after being beaten by their American counterparts in 2008.Montgomerie, who captained Team Europe in Wales that week, will give his unique insight into how he motivated his side going into the singles and share his memories from a memorable tournament.
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Bracey looking to learn from Buttler, Bairstow
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Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey says he is looking to learn from Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow after being named in England's 55-man training group.The 23-year-old is one of five glovemen - Buttler, Bairstow, Ben Foakes and Sam Billings the others - picked in an enlarged pool of players, which is likely to be split into red and white-ball squads later this summer when international cricket is given the green light to resume.Bracey knows competition for wicketkeeping spots is fierce but is hopeful he could make his international bow this year, after helping Gloucestershire earn promotion to County Championship Division One in 2019 and then impressing for England Lions in Australia over the winter.
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These Athletes Had the Coronavirus. Will They Ever Be the Same?
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It was the end of March, and Josh Fiske, a urologist from Livingston, N.J., was in the hospital fighting an uphill battle against the coronavirus. Just a week earlier, he had easily jogged a five-mile route around his neighborhood. But his body was failing him now.His oxygen levels dipped dangerously low, and his fever rocketed to a worrying 104 degrees. Shifting his body in bed exhausted him. Walking a few steps felt like “hiking in thin air.” Opening a bottle of iced tea was “a huge task.”Sign Up For the Morning Briefing NewsletterFiske kept fighting, though, and eventually, with the help of his doctors, he turned a corner. Yet even as he did, even as he seemed assured of avoiding the worst outcomes of the virus, a different sort of anxiety consumed him.
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College Football HOF damaged by protesters
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The College Football Hall of Fame was heavily damaged and looted during violent protests in Atlanta on Friday night, Atlanta police confirmed in a statement.The College Football Hall of Fame, which is located near the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, was near the epicenter of demonstrations over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this week.Protesters smashed the Hall of Fame's front windows and looted its gift shop during the demonstrations. It was immediately unclear whether the Hall of Fame's museum, which is the home of many of the sport's most notable artifacts and memorabilia, was damaged by looters."Protesters continue damaging businesses, looting and setting fire to buildings," Atlanta Police Department Sgt. John Chafee said in a statement Saturday morning. "There has been looting at the College Football Hall of Fame ... and many other businesses. We are grateful for the assistance being provided by multiple local and state law enforcement partners as we work to minimize the damage being caused by these individuals and to restore order in our city."
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49ers' Kittle looking for more than top TE money
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George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers haven't made much progress on a new contract, with his agent saying he is looking for more than a deal that makes Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL."I don't care about the tight end market," Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network. "I'm being paid to do a George Kittle deal."Kittle, 26, is set to make $735,000 in 2020 on the final year of his rookie contract.This offseason, Austin Hooper signed the largest contract -- four years, $42 million with the Cleveland Browns -- for a tight end, while the Los Angeles Chargers' Hunter Henry is set to make the most money this year, $10,607,000 on the franchise tag.But Kittle appears to be aiming higher. The top-paid wide receivers, like the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones and Dallas Cowboys' Amari Cooper, are making $20 million per season or more, while the top 10 non-quarterback skill position players average at least $16 million.
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25-1: Best players never to win Champions League
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They came, they saw and they didn't conquer.Today should have been the Champions League final in Istanbul, so Sky Sports have decided to look at the best players who never got their hands on the famous trophy.Here we continue our countdown to No 1...Roberto Mancini loves himself and there is a lot to love. He looks like a film star, he's won 20 major honours and he is now the manager of Italy. Not bad for an altar boy who was born in a small town near Ancona.Sampdoria recently put Mancini's best three goals for them on social media and they are some of the most incredible goals scored in the history of football. Three volleys which are guaranteed to leave you thinking "How did he do that?"Mancini was a fabulously talented forward and he brought out the best in his team-mates. His career was full of trophies and individual honours but the closest he came to lifting the European Cup was when Sampdoria lost 1-0 to Barcelona after extra time in the 1992 final at Wembley Stadium.
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Cal Ripken, the birth of The Streak and the toughness it took to keep it going
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You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1982, Cal Ripken began his consecutive-games streak.It ended 16 years and 2,632 games later, a streak that demolished the previous record of 2,130 by Lou Gehrig, and probably is the most unbreakable MLB record. It was a streak achieved by an unbelievably competitive person, a man who always wanted to be available to help his team, a remarkably strong man and, after his father, the toughest person I've ever met.The full "On this date ..." archive"Cal is an alien,'' teammate Randy Milligan once said.On Opening Day 1985, Game 444 of The Streak, Ripken rolled his left ankle when his spikes caught on the second-base bag on a pickoff play. He heard a pop, but, naturally, he stayed in the game. His ankle was so badly bruised it was black and blue all around. On orders from the team, he went to the hospital after the game. The doctor gave him crutches, and told him to stay on them for two weeks. Ripken got to his car, threw the crutches away, treated the ankle all night and next day (a day off; otherwise, he said, he would not have been able to play). But a day later, he played.
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Agbonlahor: Worst I've ever felt after virus
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Former Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed he "never felt so ill" in his entire life after contracting coronavirus.The Villa academy graduate was struck down with Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days in March, but he has now made a full recovery.Data from the Office for National Statistics that shows black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from coronavirus as white men and women has led to concern among some players.N'Golo Kante - whose brother died from a heart attack in 2018 - and Troy Deeney - whose young son has suffered from breathing difficulties - have both opted against returning to training with their team-mates and Agbonhalor empathises with the pair."I caught the virus on March 15, and I've never felt so ill in my entire life," Agbonlahor told Sky Sports.
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NRL: Warriors, Tigers, Raiders victorious
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Recap Saturday's NRL action as the New Zealand Warriors, Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders beat St George, Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm.Impressive stints from a pair of rookie Warriors helped New Zealand down a disappointing Dragons outfit 18-0 at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday.The two winless teams were desperate to get on the board but it was the Warriors who looked far more desperate and in an injury-ravaged forward pack it was budding stars Eliesa Katoa and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown who set the early running with their physicality and each were rewarded with first-half tries.A rib injury that forced centre Peta Hiku out of the game in the first half was the only sour note for Steve Kearney's men, who have sacrificed more than most to uproot themselves from their homes and families to base themselves in Australia.
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Pep leaves City door open for Kompany return
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Manchester City have left the door open for former captain Vincent Kompany to return to the club in a coaching capacity after the Belgian spoke with Pep Guardiola.Kompany left City last summer after 11 successful years at the club to take charge of Anderlecht on a player-manager basis, with his side eventually finishing eighth after the Belgian league was called off early due to the coronavirus crisis.Reports have suggested that City were keen to welcome their former skipper back to the Etihad as a replacement for ex-assistant Mikel Arteta, who left the club to join Arsenal in December.However, while there was no offer made during a conversation between Guardiola and Kompany recently, it was made clear that the door would always be open for Kompany to return in the future.
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England Women to return to training in June
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England Women will return to training on June 22 as they look to play some cricket in a summer programme truncated by the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement means England will have their first in-person training session since their semi-final defeat to India in the T20 World Cup in Australia in March.Heather Knight's side were due to host India for two T20Is and four ODIs in June and July but those games have been postponed due to the outbreak.South Africa are set to travel to England for two T20Is and four ODIs in September, though Clare Connor, England women's director of cricket, recently said that the Proteas and India both coming over and taking part in a tri-series is an option being considered.
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Spurs' Parrot to miss PL restart after appendix surgery
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Tottenham's Troy Parrot will miss the Premier League restart after having surgery to remove his appendix.The teenage striker was found to have early signs of appendicitis after reporting abdominal pain to the club's medical staff.He will undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and returning to training later in June.The Premier League will resume on June 17, meaning Parrott will miss several of Spurs' remaining games in the 2019-20 season.Parrott, who turned 18 in February, made his senior Spurs debut in September last year against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup before getting his first international cap for the Republic of Ireland in November against New Zealand.His Premier League debut followed in December's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley when manager Jose Mourinho presented him with the match ball after the game.
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Breakfast with Becks: #MyPLMorning mugs & the ideal English breakfast | Premier League | NBC Sports
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Rebecca Lowe goes through your submissions for some of the best Premier League-themed mugs and then helps you assemble the essential English breakfast. #NBCSports #PremierLeague #RebeccaLowe
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'Championship must resume at same time as PL'
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Preston manager Alex Neil believes the Championship must resume at the same time as the Premier League if the season is to be completed.On Thursday, the Premier League announced a provisional restart date of June 17, with a full round of games taking place on June 19-21, but the return of Championship football is yet to be decided.Championship clubs are also hoping to resume their campaign next month amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Neil insists they must start playing by June 20 at the latest."I think we're probably going to have to start by June 20 to fit it in," the Preston boss told Sky Sports News."We've got nine league games remaining. I'm not quite sure what the play-offs scenario is going to be, but I think to fit the games in we would need to start on the same weekend as the Premier League.
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May 30 in sports history: Mantle's monster of a mash
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Here's a look back at notable sports news on May 30 through the years: 1956: Mickey Mantle hit his share of prodigious blasts. But the one he hit on this day 64 years ago was out of this world — and almost out of Yankee Stadium.In the opener of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Mantle crushed a 1-0 pitch from Washington Senators righty Pedro Ramos that nearly left The House that Ruth Built. The ball hit the Stadium's right-field facade, about 18 inches from leaving the ballpark.A check of the Stadium's blueprint indicated that the ball hit a point 370 feet away and 117 feet above the ground, according to The New York Times. Had the ball not hit the facade, it was estimated that it would have traveled 620 feet.
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Mayfield: It's time to work, not talk
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Baker Mayfield says that the time is talking is over, as he prepares for his third season as the franchise quarter-back in Cleveland.The Texas native was drafted by the Browns first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, and went on to have a hugely promising rookie season with the Ohio outfit.However, progress stalled in 2019 as the Browns slumped to a 6-10 season with Mayfield starting all 16 games.But the ex-Oklahoma Sooners star is eager to set the record straight in 2020."I have a different approach to this year," he said."Everybody that has been interviewed in our team this year has hit the nail on the head over and over about [that] it is time work, time to do our thing instead of talking about it. This is the first media thing I've done because there's no need to be talking about it, it's time to go and do it.
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