Manolas snubs Inter and agrees terms with Zenit

The Greece international has turned down a chance to stay at Roma as well as an offer from Inter Milan to move to the Russian Premier League Roma defender Kostas Manolas has agreed terms with Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg after snubbing Inter Milan, Goal can reveal. The Greece international is very close to signing a five-year-deal with the Russian Champions after slamming the door shut on Serie A giants Inter and Roma. Manolas had initally looked set for a switch from Rome to…

Confederations Cup 2017: Fixtures, results, teams, TV & guide to the World Cup warm-up

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez will extend already lengthy seasons even further when they participate in the summer showpiece in Russia Russia will continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer. The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event. It features the champions of each confederation – decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America – as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world …

‘A sport has to encourage initiative’ – Wenger questions Chelsea’s style

Teams recently at the top of the Premier League have failed to control possession, and the Arsenal boss has said the game must value a proactive style Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioned Chelsea’s style as Antonio Conte’s men close in on the Premier League title. Wenger’s teams have been renowned for playing possession-based games, but Chelsea are sixth in that statistic this season with 54.2 per cent. That follows on from Leicester City’s remarkable title-winning campaign of 2015-16, when they ranked 18th with just 42.4. Wenger pointed to the trend of the Premier League’s top teams, …

Blixt-Smith outlast Kisner-Brown in Zurich playoff

Cameron Smith rolled in a short birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to clinch the win for himself and Jonas Blixt over Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. A playoff that was pushed to Monday morning began slowly, with the teams combining for four pars apiece on the first three playoff holes. But on their third trip down No. 18 of the morning – with one stop at the ninth, along the way – Smith put a wedge from 59 yards to within a few feet and Kisner and Brown both…

NBA Playoffs 2017: Five things to know about the Warriors-Trail Blazers series

It looked shaky for a few days there in March, but for the third straight season, the Golden State Warriors are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Their opponent, for the second straight time in the postseason, will be the Portland Trail Blazers, who snuck into the playoffs in the eighth and final spot. Game 1 is set for Sunday afternoon, but until then, check out these five things to know about the 1 vs. 8 first-round series in the West.  3-point shootout …

Robbery on the road – Mexico fortunate to escape Trinidad and Tobago with three points

Juan Carlos Osorio’s changes from the win over Costa Rica were unimpressive, and a key call went El Tri’s way as they took the away win. Earlier this week, a Honduras player said his team wasn’t going to hide after a poor result. In his mind, that would only be necessary if he’d committed a robbery or other crime. Mexico may want to lay low for a while. The 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain wasn’t a smash-and-grab result, but it may have been petty theft. The …

Hatton knocked out by rules infraction in playoff

AUSTIN, Texas – Adding to the drama of an eventful day at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Tyrrell Hatton lost on the first extra hole of a three-man playoff because of a rules infraction. According to Mark Russell, a vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA Tour, Hatton moved his ball before putting out for par on the first playoff hole and didn’t move the ball back to its original position. Although a new local rule this year allows for a player to accidentally move his golf ball without penalty, the player must replace the ball. Since Hatton didn’t replace his ball, he was penalized two strokes, made a double bogey-6 and was eliminated from the playoff. WGC-Dell…

NFL’s competition committee is making a training video for player celebrations

Every offseason, the NFL’s competition committee gets together to explore, among other things, rule changes that might positively impact the game. In recent years, we’ve seen changes to overtime ( which might change again ), kickoffs ( touchbacks, really ), extra points , and more.  This year, according to Troy Vincent, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, the committee is tackling the hot-button issue of player celebrations. What’s acceptable and what’s not? Well, Vincent tweeted that the league is working on an educational video. There was a report earlier this month that the NFL might actually relax the rules on excessive celebrations. Per ESPN.com: No final decisions were made, but momentum has grown toward …

Yaya Toure would consider joining Ibrahimovic at Man Utd as he prepares to quit Man City

The Ivorian midfielder’s agent Dimitri Seluk says the 33-year-old will “sign immediately” if he’s presented a decent offer from a rival club Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has suggested the player is ready to leave Manchester City in the summer and that he would consider a move to Jose Mourinho’s United. The 33-year-old’s contract with City expires in the summer, with Seluk insisting that Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to make him an offer to renew. Toure says …

You Oughta Know: Valspar unkind to 54-hole leaders

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Adam Hadwin shot a bogey-free 67 Saturday to take a four-shot lead at the Valspar Championship. Here is what You Oughta Know heading into the final round. • This is Hadwin’s second 54-hole lead in the past seven weeks. When he held the third-round lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, he shot 70 in the final round and lost to Hudson Swafford by one. • The player whom Hadwin led after 54 holes in the California desert? Dominic Bozzelli, who now sits in fourth place, six shots…