Check out this week's Fantasy Baseball Fearless Forecast
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The France striker has a calf injury and will be assessed before the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Antonio was playing his first game in a month after a hamstring problem.
Triller will not pursue legal action against boxing fans who pirated the platform's April 17 fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren provided those individuals pay the original $49.99 price before June 1, a company executive told Reuters. More than 2 million illegal streams of the Triller Fight Club bout occurred, the company said, and it will be pursuing those individuals for the maximum penalty of $150,000 per illegal stream of the fight.
NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith has said the union will negotiate an opt-out for players again for the 2021 football season, NFL Network reported Monday. Dozens of players opted out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith made the comment on a call with rookies and their agents, per the report.
Selby held off a stirring fightback from his opponent in the final session to join John Higgins as a four-time champion.
Alli has endured a difficult season having been frozen out by former boss Jose Mourinho.
Selby beat Shaun Murphy 18-15 in the Crucible final.
Chris Woods’ penalty had put the hosts in front.
Outcomes are rarely as straightforward in life as in art, and Mark Selby proved on Monday night that even Dementors can be victorious. In truth, comparing a multiple world champion to the stifling, joy-sucking villains of the Harry Potter world — as Steve Davis did ahead of this final — is little short of an insult to Selby’s vast array of talents. If he earned his 10-7 lead at the halfway stage of the World Championship final by smothering Shaun Murphy’s free-flowing ebullience on Sunday — at one stage forcing his opponent to go 61 minutes without a pot — he finished the job on Monday by displaying every facet of his superb all-round game, merging tactical acumen with scintillating potting ability. The 18-15 winning margin was a testament to his collective abilities that have now provided four world titles and cemented his reputation as one of the all-time greats of the game. “It’s absolutely incredible,” he said. “Every time you get to a world final you always try your hardest - it’s such a tough tournament to get there and you never know whether it’s going to be your last. “To win it once against Ronnie O’Sullivan for the first time was a dream come true — to win it four times is something I could only have dreamed of.” Described as a “snooker vampire” by Stephen Hendry, Selby is often cast as snooker’s equivalent of an unfashionable Test match opening batsman ill suited to the crowd-pleasing world of T20 cricket. Yet to do so is to ignore that just three months ago he displayed his versatility in reaching the final of the Snooker Shoot Out, a single-frame tournament with matches featuring a shot clock and lasting no longer than 10 minutes. Certainly, if there was any lack of joy from those watching on Monday night, it was far from evident among the 900-plus capacity crowd inside the Crucible. The Cheltenham Festival in March 2020 was the last time a full house had been allowed at any sporting event in Britain and these snooker traditionalists relished the opportunity to watch the pinnacle of their beloved sport. Too much so, in fact, with the evening crowd’s frequent proclamations in favour of their preferred player prompting a scolding from referee Paul Collier: “If you keep calling names out it doesn’t help anybody. Enjoy the evening but just settle down please.” Three frames adrift at the start of the day, Murphy’s only previous world title had come after overcoming an even bigger 10-6 deficit against Matthew Stevens in 2005 and he was soon at his exuberant best with a fine 77 to claim the opening frame. But whatever he managed, Selby seemed able to match. Ranked world No 1 for the best part of seven years up to 2019, during which he won three world titles and two UK Championships, Selby had insisted in the build up this encounter that he felt “very similar” to the player that had so dominated the sport. “A few years ago I had some really dark days and times were tough,” he admitted afterwards. “My aim is to get back to world No 1. You still have goals in your career and I’m going in the right direction.” Selby’s determination was on full display as he repeatedly denied Murphy meaningful time at the table to find his groove. A first century break after what had largely been an error-ridden opening day eventually arrived courtesy of Selby’s 107 on Monday evening and opened the floodgates for a series of superb visits to the table from both men. With Selby one frame from victory at 17-13, Murphy produced back-to-back centuries to threaten an historic comeback, but it was not to be. “He’s just super granite,” said Murphy. “I started the match well and he just went into super hard mode and broke me last night. It was a tough lead to give him overnight and in the end it probably told the difference. I’m gutted myself but thrilled to have been part of a great match.” For Murphy, the result was a third successive defeat on snooker’s biggest stage, while Selby now sits alongside John Higgins with only four players above him in the all-time world title standings. One man who will not have minded the outcome was Chris Henry, who made history as the first man to coach both world finalists. “You’ll be sacked tomorrow,” joked Murphy, who banked £200,000 for his troubles. For Selby, the prize was £500,000 and the knowledge he had made a mockery of the wizarding world’s idea of heroes and villains along the way.
Michail Antonio double boosts West Ham’s top-four hopes with Burnley win Michail Antonio celebrates with Saïd Benrahma after scoring West Ham’s second goal at Burnley. Photograph: Getty Images
The Baggies are close to returning to the Sky Bet Championship after drawing with Wolves.
The Cooperstown, New York-based Hall of Fame said the two-times World Series champion submitted the letter of resignation on Saturday, a day after MLB terminated his consultant contract and placement him on its ineligible list. Alomar, a 12-time MLB All-Star during a career in which he helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, was voted to the Hall of Fame in 2011 and elected to the board in July 2019.
Sapir Berman made sports history on Monday, officiating at a soccer match in Israel's Premier League for the first time since coming out as transgender. At a news conference last Tuesday in which she publicly announced her transition, Berman, at 26 already a top referee in Israel's leading soccer league, said she had always seen herself as a female, even at a young age.
The health situation in France has been improving slightly just ahead of two of the country's flagship sporting events, although late changes are still possible, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said on Monday. President Emmanuel Macron last week said fans would be allowed to gradually return to the arenas, with up to 5,000 spectators on the main showcourts by the end of the May 30-June 13 French Open, while most restrictions are expected to be lifted shortly after the start of the June 27-July 19 Tour de France. "Today we are rather on a positive outlook with a vaccination campaign in full swing, with the possibility for many people to do a lot of PCR tests and the greater integration of social distancing," Maracineanu told Reuters.
The Mexican superstar faces Billy Joe Saunders in Texas this weekend.
The Premier League and the Football Association have made their first major move to stop England’s richest clubs from ever again forming a breakaway league. With fans still furious over the fact that Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham secretly signed up to the doomed European Super League, the Premier League has announced a new Owners’ Charter. This will require clubs to sign up to a series of core principles, including an open pyramid, progressions through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity in order to “protect our game” and stave off “the threat of breakaway leagues in the future”. The Premier League is proposing “significant sanctions” for any breaches, understood to include potential bans from the league. In partnership with FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, it has also been working with government on possible competition legislation that would outlaw breakaway leagues. The FA has separately launched an inquiry into the English clubs’ involvement in the Super League but stressed on Monday that it could not condone the “violent and criminal behaviour” during protests which forced Manchester United’s match against Liverpool to be postponed on Sunday. Of the Super League, an FA spokesperson said: “Clearly what happened was unacceptable and could have caused great harm to clubs at every level of English football.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised a “legislative bomb” if clubs pushed through with the plot and football authorities still want legal safeguards over fair access to sporting competition. The Premier League has been gathering support for its Owners’ Charter, although it is unclear whether they can retrospectively force it on all of their various billionaire owners. Changes of Premier League rules generally require the support of 14 out of the 20 clubs, meaning that it could potentially be introduced even without the Big Six. Representatives of the rebels clubs have already been forced off key Premier League committees. In a statement, the Premier League said that the “actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such division and disruption” and that they would be held to account for their decisions. “We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with the FA and government to identify solutions, but ask that all protests are peaceful,” said the statement. “The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification.”
The New England Patriots will pick up the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, according to multiple reports Monday. The Patriots selected Wynn with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and he moved into the starting spot at left tackle the following season. A slew of injuries -- a torn Achilles that cost him his rookie season, turf toe in 2019 and a knee injury in 2020 -- have limited him to just 18 regular-season games in his first three seasons in the league.
Rory McIlroy will arrive at the Wells Fargo Championship on his 32nd birthday on Tuesday hopeful that one of his favourite stamping grounds can inspire a march back up the rankings after falling to his lowest position in more than 11 years. The Northern Irishman has not been seen since last month's Masters, where he followed his poor showing at The Players Championship with his second missed cut in three events. This inactivity has cause him to plunge another two places to 15th in the world, his worst standing since 2009, when he was a 20-year-old who was not even a member on the PGA Tour. Since then, he has spent 98 weeks at world No 1, most recently in June last year. In those 11 months after the Tour resumed from the Covid-19, it has been a swift descent indeed, but the good news is that Quail Hollow holds special memories to McIlroy. The last time he missed the Masters cut was in 2010 and he bounced straight back in his next event — here at the Wells Fargo — to win for the first time on US soil. His Sunday 62 is classed as one of the great final rounds on Tour and he showed his fondness for Quail Hollow when only losing in a playoff to Rickie Fowler in 2012 before winning again in 2015. In nine appearances in the tournament, he has amassed seven top 10s and even if a first win in 20 months might seem a bit fanciful, he will be looking for a return to form ahead of the USPGA Championship in two weeks time. The venue for the year's second major is also packed with positive omens — McIlroy won the USPGA at Kiawah Island by eight shots in 2012. McIlroy spent the weekend in Florida with new coach Pete Cowen, but the Yorkshireman will not be accompanying him to Charlotte. It is fair to say McIlroy knows what to expect this week, in a field also featuring the world's No 2 and 3 in Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, as well as Bryson DeChambeau. Thomas is sure there will be a McIlroy upturn very soon. "I've been very surprised (by McIlroy's form) — I think we all have been," Thomas said. "Because although Rory is one of the most talented players ever, what goes underrated is how hard he works. The thing about Rory is, I know he will work his way through this and will win a lot more tournaments and a lot more majors. I still and will always have maybe more respect for him than anybody because he is one of the nicest guys I've ever met for how much success he's had."
Diagne cancelled out Silva’s opener in the Black Country derby.
LONDON (Reuters) -Relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion fought back to claim a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday but failure to win the match at The Hawthorns moved them closer to dropping out of the Premier League. Mbaye Diagne equalised for the home side after Fabio Silva had handed Wolves the halftime lead in a Black Country derby that was hampered by belting rain and swirling wind. The point moved second-from-bottom West Brom to 26 points, still 10 away from the safety zone with only four games remaining.