Kaka and Ozil lead Real Madrid praise as Manchester United await Super Cup showdown

Current and former Merengue players used social media to celebrate the Champions League final triumph, while the defeated finalists received sympathy Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata and Pepe used social media to celebrate Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus on Saturday, as former players offered their congratulations and commiserations. Ex-Madrid stars Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso were delighted to see their old side become the first team to retain the title since AC Milan’s successful defence of the old European Cup in 1990. Allegri: Juventus will be back There…

Ramsey believes Wenger will stay at Arsenal

After scoring his second winning goal in an FA Cup final, the Gunners midfielder said “of course” the long-time manager will stay at the club Aaron Ramsey said Arsene Wenger will stay at Arsenal after the midfielder scored the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at Wembley. Ramsey stooped to head home a sublime Olivier Giroud centre to give Wenger his seventh FA Cup success and ensure Arsenal won the competition for a record 13th time. Time to show Wenger some respect The Wales international credited Wenger’s decision to switch to …

Biggest questions to consider for Stipe Miocic, Joanna Jedrzejczyk after UFC 211

It was billed as the fight card that could save what has been an underwhelming start to 2017 for the UFC.  Stacked with a pair of title fights on the marquee and plenty of potential for action, UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas lived up to its end of the bargain from an entertainment standpoint.  That doesn’t mean it left fans, and experts alike, without a handful of important questions to consider as we move forward.  Is Stipe Miocic really that good or is the heavyweight division that bad?  With his first-round TKO of Junior dos Santos in the main event, Miocic exacted sweet revenge from his last defeat in 2014 and further distanced himself from the pack …

Mets get relatively good news about Jeurys Familia’s blood clot

Thursday morning, the New York Mets were dealt yet another blow in a season that has been full of them so far. Closer Jeurys Familia had to leave the team and head to St. Louis to have an anterior blood colt in his right shoulder examined . As expected, Familia needed surgery to remove the clot, but the Mets did get some good news. On Saturday the team announced the surgery was not as extensive as expected, and Familia will resume throwing in six weeks. He could return to the team in 3-4 months. It was originally believed…

Canelo-Chavez: Why We Thought Junior Had a Chance

Canelo-Chavez: Why We Thought Junior Had a ChanceCanelo-Chavez: Why We Thought Junior Had a ChanceBy: Sean Crose What was it that led so many of us – myself certainly included – to believe Julio Caesar Chavez Junior would make a good showing last Saturday evening against Saul Canelo Alvarez in Vegas? Junior had proven himself to be less than serious about the sport of boxing over the years, after all. Furthermore, he was up against a foe in Alvarez who had a long track record…

Yonder Alonso has already tied season high in homers thanks to a change in approach

The Athletics beat the Tigers on Sunday, 8-6, thanks to a walk-off home run off the bat of Ryon Healy, but another homer in the game should have turned some heads as well. A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso clubbed his ninth home run of the season.  The home run tied Alonso’s career high for home runs in a season. He hit nine homers in 155 games in 2012. He had seven last season in 156 games. And now, in just 29 games and 101 plate appearances, Alonso already has nine home runs.  Here’s a look at his two…

WATCH: Sapong hat trick leads Union to first victory of MLS season

The striker scored twice in open play and converted a penalty to give his side a much-needed victory Maybe C.J. Sapong should make parody videos every week. The Philadelphia Union striker made some news this week as he starred in a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” spoof for the team’s throwback night. He made more news Saturday as he led the Union to their first victory of the MLS season. Sapong scored all three goals, including one from the penalty spot, in Philadelphia’s 3-0 win over the…

Barcelona 4-1 Villarreal: Messi, Neymar and Suarez score to keep Barca in first

Barcelona remained in first place in La Liga on Saturday with a dominant display against Villarreal, winning 4-1 behind two goals from Lionel Messi and one each from Neymar and Luis Suarez. Entering the day level with rival Real Madrid on points with 81, Barca moved to 84 points with Messi scoring the winner late in the first half.  Let’s look at the highlights. Neymar made it 1-0 with a close-range goal on 21 minutes: But Villarreal battled back just over 10 minutes later, with Cedric Bakambu making it 1-1 with a long run and finish near post: But Messi would get the winner late in the first half with a low strike after leaving a defender in the dust: Suarez then made it 3-1 just before the 70…