Chelsea coach Antonio Conte rued his side's slow start to Saturday's FA Cup final, and a controversial decision by the referee that set Arsenal on their way to victory, dashing his hopes of a league championship and FA Cup double in his first season in England. I think our start for sure wasn't good, wasn't good enough, Conte told reporters after Arsenal's 2-1 win over the English Premier League champions. I think that this goal disallowed because there is a clear handball.
By the end of the season the Arsenal squad, as so often in the past, had been wrecked by injury. It was a great team performance, striker Danny Welbeck, who has been sidelined twice with knee injuries at Arsenal, told the BBC. Wenger said he would meet the Arsenal board on Tuesday to discuss his future. Mertesacker and young Rob Holding proved solid and masterly in defence, keeping Costa, the tricky Eden Hazard and Pedro at bay.
Llanelli Scarlets scored six tries as they crushed Munster 46-22 to win their second Pro12 title in a scintillating final at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Saturday. South African-born Canada back DTH van der Merwe and James Davies scored second half tries for the Scarlets, who had won their first title in 2004, in a feast of attacking rugby. Flyhalf Tyler Bleyendaal and wings Andrew Conway and Keith Earls replied with tries for three times champions Munster.
Run on the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US heartland, as sporting events go there are few more American than the Indy 500. At Monte Carlo spectators snack on caviar and crackers, at Indy they dine on burgers and beers. While Monaco feels no need for labels, the Indy 500 shamelessly bills itself 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'. Alonso has thrown himself into the Indy experience, but the final day before the race is something he probably would have happily done without.
Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his movie's successful run, taking it to social media. It's a rare occasion that we're all together in a frame, wearing black suits, along with my sister in a lovely saree. Tendulkar's biopic gives a glimpse of his career, his personal life and how he went on to become an aspiration for billions of cricket fans. A few days back Sachin also put up a screening for the Indian cricket team before the players left for England ahead of the Champions Trophy.
London, May 27 Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be in focus alongside speedster Mohammed Shami when defending champions India take on New Zealand on Sunday in their opening warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy here. India last played an ODI against England, back in January this year. Since the match doesn't have official status, all 15 members in the squad will get a chance to play. He has not played 50-over cricket for India since the World Cup semi-final in Sydney, back in 2015.
Ann Arbor (US), may 27 Aditi Ashok had an eventful Round 2 with no less than six birdies and four bogeys as she shot a two-under 70 to make the cut at the LPGA Volvik Championship here. At 3-under, Aditi is tied-44th at the halfway mark, having climbed from overnight tied-56th. Aditi, who shot a 71 in the first round, made good use of the better conditions on Day 2.
The 30-year-old has already reached the magical 10 titles this year at the claycourt events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. For good measure, he also won Madrid for a fifth time, ending a two-year seven-match losing streak against Djokovic in the process. That defeat to the Swede opened the door for Roger Federer to win his only French Open title. - AFP Rafael Nadal is the ultimate clay player and consummate Roland-Garros champion, with 9 titles between 2005 and 2014.
Ajinkya Rahane is confident that if the team plays to its potential then it will be able to defend the Champions Trophy won in 2013. Virat Kohli's deputy stated that the mood in the dressing room has been upbeat after a good practice session. A lot of boys are getting a feel of this ground and it's great culture for the first time, said Rahane.
Southampton, May 27 Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.
Budapest Honved ended a 24-year wait to win the Hungarian first division NB1 title after Ferenc Puskas's former club beat Videoton 1-0 on Saturday. Honved, formerly known as Kispest, won the league title for the 14th time after winning a thrilling showdown with Videoton - with both clubs on 62 points before kick-off. Videoton went into the match knowing they had to win the encounter as Honved had more wins before Saturday.
New Zealand have a new injury concern ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour after flyhalf Beauden Barrett was a late withdrawal from the Hurricanes' Super Rugby clash with the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday having complained of mystery headaches. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the decision to withdraw Barrett was made after doctors were unable to isolate the reasons for his condition. When you come over here on a short turnaround, the headaches and those types of symptoms are pretty normal, Boyd said.
Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to lift the FA Cup and deny their local rivals a double. That was forgotten when the team lifted the FA Cup trophy aloft at the Wembley stadium. In the process Arsenal won their 13th FA Cup title and seventh under the managerial reign of Wenger. They showed strength and we played spectacular football today to win the game, said Wenger immediately after the final whistle was blown.
A few cricketers, among the 13, have also written to the BCCI to enquire when they would receive the cheques. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is once again at loggerheads with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) over one-time payments to cricketers. It is learnt that BCCI officials believe the CoA should not be deciding on one-time payments because it is a 'matter of policy'.
Teenaged Kenyan star Celliphine Chespol recovered from a lost shoe to win the 3000M steeplechase with the second fastest time in history at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Friday. Chespol, still just 18, stormed to victory after a thrilling duel with Olympic champion and world record holder Ruth Jebet and fellow Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech over the closing laps at the Eugene's Hayward Field.
For an obsessive cricket pilgrim, or an ardent worshipper of batting's celebrated binary data, there are 10,000 reasons to undertake the unexplored Ahmedabad-Rajkot trek. 10,000 is a five-digit number, so it was almost like climbing Mt Everest for the first time, says Gavaskar. Before the game, Gayle's West Indian team mate Samuel Badree reminds him that he is just 3 runs short of 10,000. Gayle too would get his greatest cricketing lesson from a special lady, Miss Hamilton, his school cricket and football coach.
Young javelin thrower Rohit Yadav is set to be stripped of the silver medal that he won at the Asian Youth Athletics championship after he tested positive for a banned substance. The 16-year-old Yadav, a 2016 World School Games gold medallist, was placed under provisional suspension after his 'A' sample returned positive for 'stanozolol'. Rohit has tested positive for stanozolol and he has been placed under provisional suspension, a top AFI official told PTI.
HMT Colony Boys emerged champions of the inaugural Red Bull Tashan Kabaddi tournament on Saturday. In the final at the Play Arena, HMT staged a superb comeback to edge Classic Nationals 30-28. HMT will now get the chance to train with the Pro-Kabaddi league team Bengaluru Bulls. Nationals started brightly and were cruising ahead with Yashwanth, Prakash and Goving running the show. It was Arun's show from then on as he produced two brilliant raids to take his team ahead (29-27).
It feels right too because Roland Garros without the Mallorcan in full flow is a lesser spectacle. A couple of years ago against Djokovic that was about the only time I saw Rafa look like he didn't want to be on court. Fourth seed Nadal, who opens against unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire, has second seed Djokovic in his half. In the other half, Murray's route potentially includes a third-round against Juan Martin del Potro and a semifinal against 2015 champion Stanislas Wawrinka.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga warmed up for the French Open by winning his first clay title in Lyon on Saturday, a 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 victory over Czech Thomas Berdych. France`s Tsonga, seeded second, hit 13 aces to claim his third title after Marseille and Rotterdam - both on hard court - a record for him in a season. The 32-year-old Tsonga will open his campaign at Roland Garros - where he twice reached the semi-finals - against Argentine Renzo Olivo, a first round casualty in Lyon.