Canada beats Norway 5-0 at world hockey championship

A dynamite power play, and a little bit of attitude, got Canada back on the winning track at the world hockey championship.Colton Parayko scored twice as Canada clinched first place in its preliminary-round group with a 5-0 win over Norway on Monday.Both of Parayko’s goals came on the power play as Canada went 4-for-5 with the man advantage. We played our best game of the tournament today. The quarter-finals take place on Thursday in Paris and Cologne, Germany.France and Slovenia, also with no chance of reaching the quarter-final, faced off in the late game in Group B on Monday night. O’Reilly missed high and wide on a penalty shot, Wayne Simmonds had a nice tic-tac-toe goal waved off, then Canada was whistled for having too many players on the ice.“You’re sitting here thinking, ‘We’ve had a hard time scoring goals against the Swiss and the French and here now, we’re getting our chances but they’re still not going in or they’re not counting,” Cooper said after the game. Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly also scored with Canada a man up, while Mark Scheifele added an even-strength goal. We’re still not scoring as much 5-on-5 as we’d like. Hopefully it comes when we need it.”Chad Johnson stopped all 10 Norwegian shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament.Despite Canada’s determination, Monday’s game began with a series of early setbacks. The laser beam, the sights were on today and it was good for us.”O’Reilly added a fourth power-play goal to put Canada up 5-0 in the late stages of the third period, while Norway failed to record a shot over the last 20 minutes. In a Group A battle in Cologne, Germany between two teams that also won’t be advancing, Denmark beat Italy 2-0 in the early game, so Italy and Slovenia will be relegated to Division 1A.Later, second-place Russia squared off against fourth-place Latvia. Canada’s power play is now 10-for-20 through six games.Cooper continued to alternate Johnson and Calvin Pickard from game to game. “But we felt we were on top of our game and that it was just a matter of time. We dominated start to finish. Coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland on Saturday, the Canadians came into Monday’s game “a little big angry,” according to coach Jon Cooper.“We don’t want to hear any anthem but ‘O Canada’ at the end of the games,” added forward Matt Duchene.Duchene was part of the 2016 Canadian team that dropped a 4-0 decision to Finland to close out the preliminary round before rebounding to win the gold medal.“As soon as we lost, I went in the room and I told the boys — we’re going to win this tournament. Switzerland, Czech Republic and Finland will also advance from Group B.The Canadians play their last preliminary-round game Tuesday against Finland. Canada fired 48 shots at Norway’s net.Canada’s win guarantees it first place in Group B and eliminates Norway from quarter-final contention. There’s no doubt about it after losing that game to Finland.“Hopefully it’s the same way this year. Thank goodness the power play was rolling.”Schenn opened the scoring with 2:12 to play in the first by shovelling a point shot from Chris Lee past Norwegian goaltender Henrik Haukeland while Mathias Olind served a cross-checking penalty.Less than a minute later, with Olind back in the box on a holding call, Parayko extended the lead to 2-0 by threading a wrist shot through traffic and over Haukeland’s glove hand.In the second period, Scheifele deposited a rebound from a Mike Matheson shot past Haukeland for his first goal of the tournament, then Parayko notched his second of the game on a big power-play slap shot with 1:46 to play in the middle frame.“One of the assets he has, is that he’s really got a cannon for a shot,” said Cooper of Parayko, who was named Canada’s player of the game. Johnson has now allowed four goals in his three starts.The Norwegians briefly pulled Haukeland in favour of Steffen Soberg in the third period, but he returned to finish the game after dealing with an equipment issue. “When you can open him up, he can keep a penalty kill honest.“We’ve got a bunch of skill guys that are close to the net and if things don’t open up there, you can put it up to Colton.

Roger Federer pulls out of French Open, wants to avoid clay courts

Open, because of his surgically repaired left knee.He started this season the best way possible, winning the Australian Open in January to add to his record total of Grand Slam championships.The next major tournament is Wimbledon, which begins July 3. That improved his record this year to 19-1, all on hard courts, his best start in more than a decade. “Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.”Federer missed the last half of 2016, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the U.S. Federer won the title at the clay-court major in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam. Federer has won a record-tying seven titles at the All England Club.As for Paris, if there were those who were worried about whether they might have seen the last of the Swiss superstar there, Federer’s message on Monday offered a message about the future.“I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive,” Federer said, “and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.” It’s the second year in a row that Federer pulled out of the French Open.His absence a year ago, because of back and knee problems that plagued him in 2016, ended his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments — every one since the start of 2000.“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month,” Federer wrote, “but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year.”The 35-year-old Federer has not played in a tournament since April 2, when he won his third title of 2017 at the Miami Open. Roger Federer is skipping the French Open and instead will prepare for the grass and hard courts later this season.The 18-time major champion posted a message entitled “Roger to skip Roland Garros” on his website on Monday.His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that Federer won’t compete at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament, which starts in Paris on May 28. At the time, he said he would be taking a break from the tour and did not commit to returning in time for the French Open.Clay tends to be the most physically demanding of tennis’ surfaces, requiring plenty of tricky movement and sliding, along with lengthy, grind-it-out points.“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward,” Federer wrote on his website.

For R.A. Dickey, Cy Young Award was both a blessing and a curse

The 2012 season was a magical one for R.A. He is now considered one of the game’s top young pitchers at 24.“I can certainly empathize with one who would think the Mets got the better part of the trade,” Dickey said candidly.But he added there is more than one way to look at a deal.“I get asked a lot: ‘Do I think it was unfair to be judged the way that I was in my experience here?’” he said. “I would have considered it a fun experience to get to do it,” he said.Dickey is having another typical Dickey season in Atlanta.He is 3-3 in seven starts with a 4.22 ERA. He had a solid 2.73 earned-run average and led the National League in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.7) and complete games (five).And for all that, at 37, he was given the Cy Young Award as the N.L.’s top pitcher.After the season was over, Dickey went to the Toronto Blue Jays in a massive seven-player trade.And for the next four years in Canada he reverted to his past form – never great but usually serviceable, taking the ball every fifth day and running with it.He was a workhorse, somebody who could be counted on to deliver 200 innings over the course of the season – but a .500 pitcher at best.It was something many Blue Jays fans could never come to grips with, always holding him to that Cy Young standard he set in 2012.So when he couldn’t replicate the numbers, there was much grousing at the bar.“It’s a blessing and a curse,” Dickey said Monday when asked about the fallout from winning the award. On paper, when you give up a guy like Syndergaard, you’re hoping for a big return for sure.“And in my mind, I feel like there’s an argument that the first two years I was on this team in Toronto, Noah wasn’t even in the big leagues. “I don’t think it’s unfair. “The best thing I ever did in my career was win a Cy Young. After his contract ran out in Toronto at the end of last season, he became a free agent and negotiated a soft landing by inking a one-year deal worth $7.5-million (U.S.) with the Atlanta Braves.He was in town as the Braves began a two-game interleague set against the surging Blue Jays Monday night at Rogers Centre.After that, the teams will pick it up again for two more in Atlanta beginning Wednesday.Dickey pitched on Sunday in Miami and as a result will not have the opportunity to lock horns with his old team in any of the four games. Dickey when he was employed by the New York Mets.Game in and game out, he managed to harness the unpredictable nature of the knuckleball and for one season was a phenom on the mound.Having never posted more than 11 wins in one season, Dickey emerged from the darkness to go 20-6 for a sub-.500 outfit. That could have been the worst thing I ever did, too.“You’re always held against that mantle, especially when you’re traded after a year like that.”Dickey has moved on – again. He went seven innings Sunday against the Marlins, giving up a three-run home run to Tyler Moore in the seventh in a 3-1 Miami win.Another reason why the four-year Dickey run in Toronto was not really embraced by all was the player the Blue Jays had to surrender to the Mets to secure his services.Although it was a seven-player swap, it is Noah Syndergaard that most Toronto fans will remember going the opposite way.Syndergaard was a highly regarded pitcher in the Blue Jays minor-league system at the time and did not make his major-league debut with the Mets until 2015, two years after the deal went down. So I had already accumulated over 400 innings before he even had an inning in the big leagues with the Mets. So that was worth something.”

Kessel scores winner as Penguins beat Senators to even series

But he could not get a shot away.“The puck kind of danced on me,” said MacArthur. He immediately went to the dressing room, and his place on Crosby’s line was taken by speedy Conor Sheary.Another Penguin, defenceman Justin Schultz, also left the ice after a hard check against the boards from Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman. That tensions were high was illustrated magnificently early in the second period, with still no score, when Pittsburgh scoring stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kessel got into a nasty shouting match on the bench.No one knows what was said. “We got one here.” Clarke MacArthur stole a puck in the Pittsburgh end and found himself all alone with only Fleury to beat. “We encourage our players to talk to one another. The third cost us our game today.”“We just kind of stopped pressing,” said Ottawa forward Kyle Turris.“We’ve got to come back and find our game again,” added defenceman Dion Phaneuf.Game 2 was certainly far more exciting than the opening game in this series, won 2-1 in overtime by the Senators. The Penguins also had history on their side, having gone 27-12 in previous Game 2s played at home, including the previous five in a row.Fleury and his team can now add another plus to those figures.Kessel’s goal came off an attempted shot and then a reload. Sometimes the conversations can get a little heated.”Malkin had the first chance of the game when the big Russian got in alone on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson in the opening moments. Monday was Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the day after Erik Karlsson played the legendary Oakmont Country Club, site of nine U.S. But Anderson, who has been superb in the playoffs, easily turned the scoring attempt away.Compared to Saturday’s match, this one was high-spirited, faster and at times chaotic, with far more superior scoring chances.It was also more physical, with Phaneuf crushing Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust as Rust came across the Ottawa blueline early in the opening period. The star centre had 11 points in seven games prior to the injury, whereas in the five games since he has scored no goals and has only three assists.In Saturday’s overtime loss, he had been held scoreless and was again held off the scoresheet – apart from the penalty list – on Monday. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan had said his team seemed “a little bit stagnant” in Saturday’s loss and he implored them “to shoot pucks more.” Kessel obviously listened.Crosby’s recovery from a mild concussion suffered in Pittsburgh’s series with the Washington Capitals continues to be a concern. “We didn’t. He will not be ignored in Ottawa.Through two periods, whenever the dominant Penguins did penetrate deeply, they could not foil either the Ottawa defence or Anderson, who was particularly brilliant in the third period until the Kessel goal.“Andy played great for us,” said Karlsson.As for Fleury, he was hardly tested as much, though he did make one marvelous save on Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel, who was alone at the side of the net but could not get it over the goal line.Late in the second it seemed Ottawa might once again score the opening goal. “Those are the freebies that will kill you,” he said.Instead, the winning goal came off what appeared to be another routine block by the solid Ottawa defence.What killed Ottawa’s chances of leaving Pittsburgh two up in the series was a lackluster third period in which they could not even manage a shot on net until after Kessel had scored at the 13:05 mark.“They stepped it up a notch,” said Boucher. The Ottawa power play, coming into this match running at a 0-16 pace over the past five games, was dreadful right up until Mark Stone had a point-blank chance, but he could not put the puck past the quick pad of Marc-André Fleury.Fleury came into Game 2 with a 3-1 record in games that followed a playoff loss. The Senators are acutely aware, however, that he has always enjoyed considerable success against Ottawa in the playoffs, with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 21 prior playoff games involving the two teams. No one needs it spelled out.“We like our ‘juice’ on the bench,” said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan. Neither Rust nor Schultz returned for the second period.Ottawa lucked into a man advantage early courtesy of a crowd-displeasing trip called on Sheary. “I wanted to go five-hole.”MacArthur put the loss in context, pointing out that the Senators were now leaving for home ice with a split against the best team in hockey.“We did our job,” he said. The clean, open-ice check left Rust scrambling just to get back to the bench. Sometimes it seems like everything the Ottawa Senators do, they do backwards.They attack by staying back and blocking the middle.They don’t practise and now don’t even have morning skates.Their most formidable offensive weapon is a … defenceman.And that star player, who is also their captain, is already golfing – despite his team being in the Eastern Conference final against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Opens.“Not great,” Karlsson said of his Sunday round.And “not great” on Monday, either, as the Senators fell 1-0.It appeared the game was headed again for overtime, only to come to an abrupt end when Pittsburgh forward Phil Kessel came over the blueline, took a shot that was blocked but shot again successfully to give the Penguins the victory.The series, now tied at one game apiece, will move to Ottawa for Game 3 on Wednesday.Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said before the game that they didn’t want to give up two-on-one rushes or breakaways.

Freeman, Markakis power Braves in win over Blue Jays

Freeman’s 13th long ball of the season moves him into a three-way tie for first in the the National League’s home run race.The Braves took an early 3-0 lead in the second when Garcia scored on a sac fly from Dansby Swanson.Toronto got on the board in the bottom half of the second on Devon Travis’s RBI double.Atlanta added to its lead in the fourth as Swanson’s one-out singles scored Garcia from second giving the Braves a 4-1 cushion.The Blue Jays cut the Braves lead in half in the bottom half of the inning when catcher Mike Ohlman singled scoring Travis from second. Bolsinger (0-2) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits while striking out three and walking two.Freeman put the game out of reach with a three-run home run off reliever Leonel Campos in the sixth to give the Braves a 9-3 lead. Then in the fifth, with Atlanta leading 4-2, Markakis drove home Kemp with a two-out single.Two batters later, Atlanta knocked Bolsinger from the game on an RBI single from Adonis Garcia. Campos was recalled by the Blue Jays from triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) went 1 for 3 with an RBI in a rehab game in Dunedin. In a corresponding move, Steve Pearce was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain. Bartolo Colon (2-4) allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five innings earning his first win since April 16 for the Braves (14-21), who have now won three of four.Markakis got the Braves on the board in the first driving home Freeman and Matt Kemp with a two-out single of Mike Bolsinger. The hit was the first of Ohlman’s big league career.Trailing 6-2 in the fifth, Jose Bautista drove in Kevin Pillar with a one-out double off the wall in left.Garcia’s RBI single in the sixth gave the Braves a 10-3 cushion.Toronto added a fourth run in the seventh on an RBI single from Travis and Smoak added his two-run home run in the ninth, driving in Bautista.Notes: Blue Jays pitchers combined to hit a franchise-high five batters in Monday’s loss. Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman drove in six runs to lead the Braves as Atlanta defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Monday night at Rogers Centre.Justin Smoak had a two-run homer in the ninth inning but it was too late for the Blue Jays (17-22), who had a season-high five-game win streak snapped.

Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title

Vigo authorities at the time accused Madrid of improperly pressuring to play the game despite the security concerns, and the club had to officially respond by saying that it would never want to put the fans’ safety at risk.Madrid wanted to avoid playing Celta so late in the season. “I expect to face the same Celta team as always.”Madrid hasn’t won the league since 2012 and is trying to avoid its longest title drought since 1981-85. “We have two matches to play, two finals, and then it’s all over in the league. Its latest game in the European competition was against Atletico Madrid in the semifinals last week, when it advanced to the final on June 3.Zidane kept regular starters such as Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Luka Modric out of the starting lineup against Sevilla on Sunday, when Madrid won 4-1. Both teams have 87 points, but the Catalan club leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker. There were no other dates to play the match because Celta was participating in the Europa League and Madrid in the Champions League.Celta, which made it to the semifinals of the Europa League, eliminated Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after winning 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and drawing 2-2 at the Balaidos in January. Ronaldo was in that match, scoring two goals, and he is also going to play on Wednesday in Vigo. A win or a draw in the match postponed from February because of bad weather will move Madrid past Barcelona into first place going into the weekend’s final round of matches. 5 but was postponed because heavy winds damaged the roof of the Balaidos Stadium, making it unsafe for players and spectators. The star forward hadn’t played in an away match for Madrid since March, against Athletic Bilbao. The team is currently 13th in the Spanish league standings.“It will be a difficult game because Celta has a good team. It’s longest winless streak since then was when Barcelona won four in a row from 1991-94.Barcelona is trying to win the league title for the third straight time. We are thinking positively and we will give everything we have.”Zidane had been rotating the squad the last few months as Madrid also played the decisive stages of the Champions League. Madrid plays at mid-table Malaga on Sunday, while Barcelona finishes its season against eighth-place Eibar on the same day.“We are prepared,” Zidane said Tuesday. He was rested in the team’s following four away matches in the league.“Cristiano will be with us,” Zidane said.The game against Celta was originally scheduled to be played on Feb. There is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates.Zinedine Zidane is done rotating his squad and will use Ronaldo and the rest of the regular starters when Madrid plays at Celta Vigo with a chance to regain the Spanish league lead and move into position to clinch its first title in five years. Everybody is doing very well physically and wishing that the game starts as soon as possible. It’s going to be complicated, just like it was against Sevilla and like it will be against Malaga,” Zidane said.

Maria Sharapova not given wild-card entry for French Open

But nevertheless Roland Garros invests a lot — along with the other Grand Slams, the ATP, and the WTA — into the fight against doping,” he said. I know the expectation fans and broadcasters have. “It was inconceivable to take a decision that would have been the opposite of this.“I know the media dimension Maria has. 1, 2016.“The Court of Arbitration reduced her suspension but also recognized that Maria was the sole person responsible for her misfortune,” Giudicelli said. They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed,” Giudicelli said. I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. But it didn’t seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code.” At the time, WTA CEO Steve Simon told German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the price.“I don’t think a suspension should wipe out the career’s worth of work,” he said.Sharapova got another wild card for the Madrid Open last week.But she didn’t won enough at those two events to secure a spot in qualifying for Roland Garros, and so was reliant on a wild card into the main draw.Although sympathetic, Giudicelli was also unrepentant.“I know that a lot of people might be disappointed by this decision. Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban.Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he told Sharapova in person.“I decided not to give Maria Sharapova a wild card. “But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can’t be a wild card for return from doping.”Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.Thanks to wild cards at her first two tournaments, she got her world ranking to outside the top 200 this week. “But it’s my responsibility, it’s my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game.”

Sharapova returned to tennis only last month following a 15-month ban for doping.“This suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success,” Giudicelli said. But on Monday, fans cheered and held up signs of encouragement for Sharapova, a three-time Rome champion, during her first-round match.It was much the same reception as she got in Stuttgart, Germany, her first tournament back. But that wasn’t good enough to make the cut even for the qualifying field at Roland Garros, so she will miss the tournament for a second straight year.The French Open begins on May 28.She’s using another wild card to play in the Italian Open this week.Sharapova initially was given a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal, ruling she bore “less than significant fault” in the case and she could not “be considered to be an intentional doper.” Sharapova had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked announcements by WADA that it added the drug to its banned list on Jan. “It’s not down to me to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that were taken.”Top-ranked players Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray spoke out against Sharapova receiving wild cards, while Eugenie Bouchard went as far as calling her a “cheater” who should be banned for life.Italian Open organizers were the first to offer Sharapova a wild card, and they were criticized for not giving one to former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, an Italian.

Blue Jays win fifth straight after Pillar’s walkoff homer against Mariners

“But can’t we keep this about the game?”It wasn’t all good news for the Blue Jays, who may have lost another player with an injury.Left fielder Steve Pearce hurt his right calf muscle in the second inning legging out a double and hobbled off the field, not to return. It was Mother’s Day, after all, and Pillar wanted to look good for his coming photo opp.He well knows the damage that testosterone-charged teammates can inflict on a uniform after witnessing the threads get torn off the back of Ryan Goins following his walk-off single on Wednesday against Cleveland.“I wanted to keep my jersey on because I told my mom we’d get a picture after the game,” Pillar explained after his walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre.“I saw what happened to Go-Go [Goins] the other day,” Pillar continued. His winning jack, his fifth home run, was his 48th hit of the season. The team has won three successive series.And with a four-game home-and-home set coming up against the Atlanta Braves, the team with the second-worst record in the majors, the Blue Jays’ immediate future appears rosy.“I tell you what, he’s having some kind of year,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said about Pillar, always a tremendous defender who is starting to turn into a top-flight hitter since sliding into the leadoff spot two weeks into the season.Pillar entered Sunday’s game leading the American League in hits. “His jersey’s not even recognizable any more.”And neither are these Blue Jays, the recent sad sacks of baseball, who are making others take notice of their success.The Blue Jays, 17-21, swept four games from the Mariners to extend their winning streak to a season-best five in a row. Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera, 3-1, got the win. That play came during what was still a runless game and likely prevented a run.The Blue Jays also celebrated the return of pitcher Aaron Sanchez.The AL’s earned-run champion from a year ago has been assailed this season by problems to his right throwing hand, including a broken fingernail that landed him on the disabled list for a second time at the beginning of the month.Sanchez started Sunday, with a limited pitch count, and looked solid in his first outing since April 30, holding the Mariners to just one run and five hits in five innings.Sanchez was yanked after 78 pitches and the Mariners leading 1-0.“It was good, nice to finally get back out there,” Sanchez said. He is hitting .314 through 38 games.“Sometimes when things are going good, you just can’t stop it,” Gibbons said.Pillar also made an exhilarating grab in deep centre field on a line drive by Danny Valencia in the fourth inning with Nelson Cruz stationed at second base. Kevin Pillar was doing the sidestep and was about halfway to first base when he finally relinquished the grip on his bat after realizing neither he nor the Toronto Blue Jays would be needing it again on Sunday.He completed his jubilant home-run scamper around the bases and touched down at home plate into the awaiting arms of his elated teammates, but quickly broke free from the frenzy in order to protect his uniform. Gibbons said he does not know how serious the injury is and that Pearce would be getting an MRI.The Mariners moved in front 1-0 in the fifth when Carlos Ruiz scored on a throwing error by Jose Bautista in right field.Justin Smoak powdered his seventh home run in the sixth, a two-run shot off Seattle reliever James Pazos, to provide the Blue Jays with a 2-1 lead.But the usually power-shy Jarrod Dyson responded in kind in the top of the seventh, lacing his first home run of the season to right off Toronto reliever Dominic Leone to tie the game and help set the stage for Pillar.Pillar’s homer came off Seattle pitcher Edwin Diaz, who took the loss. “It’s been a long time coming.”There was still some blood spurting from the wound but it didn’t seem to be an issue with either the team or Sanchez, who didn’t really want to talk about the injury.“I mean, yeah,” he said, when asked if the finger was bleeding while he was on the mound.

Spurs beats Man United in stadium finale, locks down Premier League second spot

“If you’ve got the label, you accept it (as a firefighter), but building for the future relieves the stress on you. Tottenham signed out of White Hart Lane, and Hull left the Premier League.Sunday’s results meant there’s only Champions League qualification at stake entering the final week of the season.Tottenham locked down second place by beating Manchester United 2-1 in its final game before leaving its north London home of 118 years. I wouldn’t want to keep fighting relegation at the end of every season. Tottenham’s triumph ended Jose Mourinho’s hopes of United making the top four, leaving three teams chasing the last two Champions League spots: Liverpool, which beat West Ham 4-0 on Sunday, Manchester City and Arsenal.The three relegation spots have also been filled. By the time they are playing in the new home, they’ll hope to have delivered Tottenham’s first league title since 1961.“It’s been a progression from (third) last season,” Kane said. Hull makes an instant return to the League Championship.Hull never recovered after gifting Wilfried Zaha a third-minute goal. Hull joined Sunderland and Middlesbrough in dropping into the second tier after losing 4-0 at Crystal Palace.TOTTENHAM 2, MANCHESTER UNITED 1Tottenham is leaving White Hart Lane after completing its best campaign at the stadium for more than a century. Tottenham’s hopes of catching newly crowned champion Chelsea ended a week ago, but it was still able to secure its highest finish in 54 years. “We’ve just got to keep it going, keep working hard, keep getting better and hopefully next season we’ll finish first.“To finish strong and finish unbeaten here is something special.”It wasn’t so memorable for the “Special One,” with Mourinho’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with United now resting on beating Ajax in the Europa League final later this month.“We know that it is a big objective, we know that if we lose the final we don’t play Champions League,” said Mourinho, who has already collected the League Cup. “But we fight for titles and probably other clubs finishing in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position to try to fight for a title.”WEST HAM 0, LIVERPOOL 4Philippe Coutinho set up Daniel Sturridge before adding a superb double of his own. Divock Origi completed the rout with a tap-in as Liverpool ensured it will qualify for the Champions League, regardless of other results, by beating relegated Middlesbrough in next Sunday’s season finale.CRYSTAL PALACE 4, HULL 0Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce maintained his status as a survival specialist, having never been relegated in management.“I said to myself this would be the hardest one, given the quality of the teams we had to play on the run-in,” Allardyce said. Spurs are due back on the site in a new 61,000-seat stadium in August 2018, after a season at Wembley.This was the perfect send-off.Victor Wanyama’s sixth-minute header set the tone for a carnival atmosphere and Harry Kane added his 28th goal of the season at the start of the second half. It’s about building for the future.”Marco Silva couldn’t save Hull, though, in his five months in charge. It was followed by Christian Benteke’s header, Luka Milivojevic’s 85th-minute penalty and Patrick van Aanholt’s late strike. United captain Wayne Rooney pulled one back but Tottenham held on to win before a ceremony, featuring past and current players, to bid farewell to the stadium.The players are now looking to the future.

Mother’s Day puts playoffs in perspective for some Ottawa Senators

I miss you. But instead, I’ve realized all of my dreams. He came to Canada to play junior hockey and began professional analysis to help work through the demons. I don’t know what word is left to use to describe it. “Bobby’s been one of our best players this playoff run,” he said. “This is probably the first Mother’s Day when I’ve been playing,” he joked.Knowing that his wife and children are in the stands watching gives him what he called “an X-factor” – a bit of inspiration. He’s playing like a man possessed.”Anderson was quick to return the compliment. The father was charged with attempted murder.Out on bail and – it’s complicated, remember – forgiven by his wife, Bob Stevenson decided to run and hide. Love, Bobby.”This past regular season was a struggle for Bobby Ryan, now 30. They left their home in New Jersey and ended up in Southern California, the father calling himself Shane Ryan and the hockey-loving son now known as Bobby Ryan.There was no further violence, but the running away eventually caught up to the small family. They would all “take a little time” this Sunday to reflect on what really matters.“We wouldn’t be here without our mothers,” he added. Every single one. And somehow you also found time to home-school me, make me dinner and teach me how to be a man.“There were a lot of times when I could have screwed up or strayed in the wrong direction. “You got a job as an assistant GM at the rink during the day so that I could skate for free and you worked at the check-in desk for an airline at night so I could fly on standby to go to tournaments with my travel team. Ahead of them, Monday night at the same PPG Paints Arena, would be Game 2 against the defending Stanley Cup champion. But he was not thinking about what a great game he had; rather, about the year he had and how bittersweet it seems on reflection.Up in the morning, he had sent a text to Danielle to wish his wife a Happy Mother’s Day, her first. But Sunday was a day to pause and speak quietly of matters far more important than who wins and who loses in a game best enjoyed by children. Little Riley was born last year, just in time to meet her grandmother, Melody Stevenson, for the first and only time. “And I know my kids wouldn’t be the same without their mom.“It’s definitely a special day for everybody.” And it was all because of you.“I love you so much, Mom. That’s exciting to see as a player, as a team, as a teammate, as a friend.“To see him have some success now and see him get a little bit of his swagger back, it’s a good thing.”Anderson has never gone all the way in the playoffs. Short days later, Melody was dead at 57 from liver cancer.Ryan said he found the day “almost poetic.” This Mother’s Day, he said, was “my first without being able to text my mom. But I woke up this morning and I was able to text my wife because it was hers.“You take the good with the bad on a day like this.”Many people know the story of Bobby Ryan and Melody Stevenson, but for those who do not here is the condensed version of a very complicated story:Bobby Ryan was once 12-year-old Bobby Stevenson.His father, in a rage fuelled by alcohol, attacked Melody so viciously one fall day in 1997 that she ended up in hospital with a fractured skull, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Now essentially a single mom, Melody did everything she could to keep her son in the game he loved, including taking on two full-time jobs.Bobby Ryan decided to stick to the name by which all his teammates knew him. “I think when we traded for him a few years ago, we were expecting the Bobby Ryan we’ve got right now. It was Bobby Ryan who set up the first goal and scored the overtime goal only a few hours earlier. On Mother’s Day, it seemed only natural they would talk about mothers and grandmothers.And pain and redemption.The Ottawa Senators’ unexpected 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins was behind them. … It’s remarkable, I guess. His play slipped and fans began turning on him, particularly in light of the seven-year, $50.75-million contract that makes him the team’s highest-paid player and which runs through the 2021-22 season.His play in the postseason, however, has been stellar, capped off by that dramatic breakaway goal that sealed Game 1.“You can redeem yourself,” he said Sunday. The father was caught and in 2000 began serving a four-year prison term. “With everything that’s been thrown on him and his family this year. When he returned to play, he was always solid, often brilliant.“It’s hard to describe, isn’t it?” said Ryan in admiration. “I look at it as a complete restart.”Not far from where Ryan spoke, goaltender Craig Anderson played in the hotel lobby with his children, 5-year-old Jake and 3-year-old Levi, in for the game with their mother, Nicholle, who was diagnosed last October with a rare cancer found in the throat area.Multiple times this season Anderson was excused from his hockey duties so that he could be with Nicholle as she underwent treatment. Four years ago, in a profile that appeared in Sportsnet magazine, he let out his great secret.Last year, after Melody died, Bobby Ryan penned a heart-breaking tribute to her in The Players’ Tribune, accompanied by a photograph of Melody holding the little granddaughter she would meet but once.“You worked 16 hours a day so that I could realize my dreams of a professional hockey player,” he wrote.

Kelly: As Premier League dynasties fall, so too do their kings

Three of them are rookies.That rate of turnover creates organizational chaos, moreso when each new man is expected to change every single thing about his organization and succeed immediately. In return, Mourinho’s given it a season no more inspiring than the one that got his predecessor canned. They’re the sorts of people who can make the team’s assistant nutritionist sound like Thomas Edison.When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City – a lavishly funded club that hadn’t won anything important in a very long time (i.e. Ten or so were happy to survive. For maybe six months.The urbane Spaniard may have mastered the intellectual style of management, but Wenger created it. “The past gives regrets. Two or three others picked at the edges. Under Conte, it was a good side, but often not a pretty one.The difference in outcome seemed to be that Conte is that rare modern manager who does not arrive in a new job handing out copies of his book, My Philosophy (or, Why Everything You’ve Done Until Now is Wrong). The overall level of play in the EPL is getting worse at the same time the league is getting more interesting.The two emblematic figures of that change are managers – Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger.Conte won the league title in his first year on Friday. Losing to win. Girded by his Barcelona and Bayern Munich trophy cases, Guardiola’s job is safe. And the future uncertainties.”Twenty years on the job, he’s only just now about to learn how true that is. – they thrived.All his contemporaries at the top are conspicuously deep thinkers and tinkerers – either about tactics, man-management, formations, training methods, or just about anything anyone asks them about. Despite his long history of achievement, he’s already looking shaky.Winners get the spoils, meaning this year’s fair-haired boys are Conte , (who makes a miserly $11-million and is in line for a doubling of his salary) and Tottenham Hotspurs’ Mauricio Pochettino – the newest genius (until he slips an inch and has his professional head cleaved off).With the exception of Wenger, no manager in the EPL’s top six has been on the job for more than three years. This gave the league a strong (and often tedious) sense of order. This is why they call the position goalkeeper and not ball-kicker.City will finish third or fourth. Conte managed to win in large part because his team’s poor previous season freed it of European commitments. Manchester gave him a lot of money and latitude. Sadly, however, he could not stop the ball from going into his own net. Wenger’s best player, Alexis Sanchez, is likely to leave in the summer, possibly to a direct rival. Four teams dominated. He let good players play in an easily understood, consistent system and – wonders! Three or four were the chum everyone else got fat on.The four on top went through to the Champions League, massively boosting revenues and exposure, which in turn allowed them to lure and afford the best players. It is hard to imagine dynasties any more, not when kings are constantly being dragged out to the chopping block after a couple of seasons.“The only moment of possible happiness is the present,” Wenger once said. With the notable exception of midfield Dyson vacuum N’golo Kanté, this team wasn’t much different from the Chelsea squad that failed miserably last year. Instead, they are expected to arrive ready-made, transformed overnight through the brilliance of the man on top.United’s Jose Mourinho arrived in Manchester this year with a reputation as the game’s greatest pragmatist. Even that might not do it.If and when Wenger goes, the notion of the coaching lifer goes with him. It was a self-sustaining system.It isn’t any more. Wenger never failed – players failed him.That sort of thing was sustainable when Wenger’s contemporaries were bilious screamers or oafish brutes, but as the Wenger mystique became more fashionable, the man himself has become less so.Arsenal will almost certainly finish outside the top four this season, creating a cascading financial disaster. He has one last chance to save his job – by beating Conte’s Chelsea in the FA Cup final in two weeks. It’s infected soccer as well.The beneficiaries of all this change are player agents (because new bosses are in constant need of shiny new talent) and neutral supporters.The complacent oligarchy that ruled the league through most of its modern incarnation is finished (or, at least, pleasingly expanded). The quartet in question turned over every now and again, but almost always included Arsenal and Manchester United. In this case, the sub-par ball-handling skills of his goalkeeper. He’s engaged in a public knife fight with the club’s CEO over control of soccer decisions.The harder Wenger grips the reins, the more erratic his horses and their supporters get. This didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but through the magic of saying something weird often enough, Guardiola made it plausible.City brought in another goalkeeper who was a silkier passer in the completely empty space between the goalmouth and the fullback. For 20 years at Arsenal, he has given the impression there are patterns in the game only he can see. It was a weekend of farewells in the English Premier League – to White Hart Lane (1899-2017), to Wayne Rooney as an elite player, to the notion of the manager in perpetuity and, in some important ways, to an era.The Premier League thrived over its first quarter century as a big-four establishment. His real magic was maintaining the con while his sides were losing. The trade-off for being paid ludicrous amounts (Guardiola is reportedly on $26-million per year) is that the life cycle of a manager has been reduced to guppy lengths.The world’s elite clubs will no longer wait for great teams to be built. two years) – he fixated immediately on the fundamentals. The Premier League has turned into a scintillating free-for-all in its upper third, and proof that the highest possible quality does not always equal the most watchable sporting product.

Energized Ducks beat Predators to even Western Conference final

Louis in the first two rounds on the way to the first conference finals in franchise history.Two days after Nashville’s 3-2 overtime victory at Honda Center in the series opener, Johansen and Neal scored in the opening 8:32 of Game 2.The Ducks finally awakened at the prospect of their second straight 0-2 series deficit and replied with high-octane hockey – and a few fortunate bounces – that was too much even for Rinne, who hadn’t given up four goals in a game since March 13.Ritchie, the power forward making his first career playoff run, scored the winning goal in Game 7 against Edmonton. Anaheim’s power play was scoreless in 21 straight attempts dating to Game 2 of the second round against Edmonton, but Vatanen beat Rinne cleanly with a slap shot for his first goal of the post-season.Silfverberg evened it in the opening minute of the second period, cashing in Rickard Rakell’s pass on the back side of Rinne for the ninth goal of the Swede’s outstanding post-season.The Predators took another lead when Forsberg cashed in a rebound of a breakaway by speedy Viktor Arvidsson, who had two assists.The Ducks pulled even again on the first career playoff goal for Kase, the aggressive Czech rookie, who slipped a puck through traffic. Four days later, he got his next major goal on an exceptional high shot that appeared to glance off Rinne’s mask on the way in.Anaheim hung on through a frenetic third period, surviving a few mad scrambles before captain Ryan Getzlaf got his third assist of the night on Vermette’s empty-netter. Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Sunday night.Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen and Ondrej Kase also scored while the Ducks cracked imposing goalie Pekka Rinne with a thrilling surge of four goals in less than 19 minutes. The Ducks also got several good saves from Gibson, who has raised his level of play from the first two rounds.Although Honda Center was much fuller and louder than it was for the traffic-affected series opener, the Ducks’ knack for slow starts at home remained constant.After Johansen scored on a breakaway just 4:18 in, Neal doubled the lead on a power play with one of the easiest goals in recent history, escorting the puck unimpeded into the net when Gibson completely lost sight of the play.The now-familiar ominous hush fell over Honda Center, but the Ducks got going in an unlikely scenario. John Gibson stopped 30 shots, and Antoine Vermette had an empty-net goal for the Ducks.Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators Game 3 is Tuesday night in Nashville.Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who faced relatively little adversity while steamrolling Chicago and St. The Predators hadn’t allowed four goals in any game during their excellent Stanley Cup playoff run before Anaheim finally got rolling for its sellout crowd.

Toronto FC to lose Giovinco for up to three weeks, Hagglund for longer

Moor, who has been out since mid-April due to a irregular heartbeat, is back training. He declined to link the crammed calendar to Saturday’s injuries but said improvements are needed if the league wants to show off the best possible product on the field.Giovinco scored Toronto’s first goal Saturday in the 20th minute from the penalty spot. That led to a 62nd-minute penalty after Toronto wingback Raheem Edwards was called for handball.Minnesota scored to tie the game at 2-2, prompting Vanney to change his choice of substitution. Three minutes later, after heading a ball out for a corner, he went down again and hobbled off the field for good in the 60th minute.Things got somewhat chaotic after that with Toronto down to 10 men. He also missed a March game in Vancouver after his right thigh was injured in a hard tackle by Philadelphia defender Oguchi Onyewu the previous match,Hagglund was hurt in the 57th minute Saturday when six-foot-three, 195-pound goalkeeper Alex Bono inadvertently crashed into his knee going after a low Minnesota cross.The 24-year-old defender immediately went down clutching his left knee, his face contorted in pain. He pulled back defender Justin Morrow in favour of Vazquez, who eventually made it on the field in the 65th minute.Toronto scored the go-head goal in the 77th minute via Ricketts’ header. He tried to keep going but his movement was limited. Giovinco has been diagnosed with a quad strain and is expected to be out for up to three weeks.The news is worse for Hagglund, who has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. But he came off in the 44th minute, complaining of tightness in his quad. But things got more complicated for league-leading TFC on Monday with unwanted injury news about striker Sebastian Giovinco and defender Nick Hagglund. Hagglund has been a major part of Toronto’s back three, especially in the absence of injured veteran Drew Moor.On the plus side, Vanney has some ready replacements.Forward Tosaint Ricketts has scored three times in the last two matches, including both game-winning goals. The corner conceded by Hagglund led to another corner, thanks to an Armando Cooper miscue. And veteran Jason Hernandez, subbed out at halftime Saturday due to a bout of food poisoning, has been steady when needed.Vanney has dipped deep in his roster during the recent busy spell, using 19 players during the current win streak.“I think we have an incredibly deep team with players capable of starting on a lot of teams around this league that don’t always get to start for us every weekend,” Vanney said after the Minnesota game.On Saturday, he had five of his starters from the 2016 MLS Cup final on the bench as well as Spanish playmaker Victor Vazquez, who leads the league in assists.Toronto is just the third MLS team since 2007 to post a regular-season win streak of six or more games.According to the league, Sporting Kansas City won seven games — over 39 days — to open the 2012 season and New England won six straight (over 46 days) in 2015.Toronto, which notched its six wins in just 22 days, faces another busy stretch with the Red Bulls game the start of another five-game 15-day run.Captain Michael Bradley, who has played every minute this season, has called on the league to improve its scheduling. He is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks.Both were forced to leave Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Minnesota United.Giovinco is tied with Jozy Altidore for the team lead in goals with six. Toronto FC’s depth, which has helped Greg Vanney’s team to a franchise-record six wins in a row, is about to get tested some more.After a hectic stretch of five games in 15 days, Toronto (7-1-4) was looking forward to a quiet week before Friday’s game at the New York Red Bulls. He soon had an icepack attached to his left thigh.It’s the latest of a string of minor injuries for the 30-year-old Italian star over the first 12 games of the season.He had missed the two games prior to Saturday with a heel contusion suffered May 3 against Orlando.

Gambling ad with disgraced Ben Johnson sparks outrage in Australia

(but) we make no apologies for injecting some humour into advertising,” a Sportsbet spokesman told News Ltd media.The proliferation of gambling advertising at sport venues and on television has raised alarm bells in Australia, where nearly $23-billion (Australian) was lost in all forms of legal wagering in the 2014-15 financial year, up nearly eight per cent on the previous year, according to government statistics.Earlier this month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed the government would ban gambling ads from live sporting events before 8:30 p.m. and for five minutes before and after the start of play. A TV ad for a gambling company that features disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson making light of doping has sparked outrage in Australia, with politicians and sports officials demanding it be pulled from the air.The Sportsbet ad has Canadian Johnson, who was stripped of his 100 metres gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Games after testing positive to a banned steroid, promoting a “juiced-up” mobile phone app. “It tested positive for speed and power again and again,” says Johnson in the ad, which includes other doping-related puns and muscular athletes touting the app.Federal sports minister Greg Hunt criticized Sportsbet and said the company should pull the ad.“To use a known drug cheat such as Ben Johnson to advertise their product is utterly inappropriate,” local media quoted Hunt as saying on Monday.Independent senator Nick Xenophon called upon the national media watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, to take action.“It is just wrong on so many levels – glorifying a drug cheat, tying it in with gambling and promoting it to kids in a lighthearted way,” Xenophon said.Australia’s anti-doping watchdog said the ad sent “completely the wrong message.”“This advertising campaign belittles the achievements of clean athletes and denigrates those who work to protect clean sport across the world,” the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority said in a statement.Outspoken Australian swimmer Mack Horton, who sparked controversy at the Rio Olympics by calling a Chinese rival a “drug cheat”, was also disapproving.“This is naht cool,” the Olympic 400 metres freestyle champion wrote on Twitter.Sportsbet said it would not pull the ad.“Sportsbet does not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs …

Travis steals home as Blue Jays beat Mariners for fourth consecutive win

Kendrys Morales hit a solo shot in his first game back after missing three games with a strained left hamstring. But we got it done. Mike Bolsinger (0-1) will face the Atlanta Braves on Monday in place of injured Franciscio Liriano. “With that, and the fact that it was our guy Luke over there, it definitely surprised me. “Luis said ‘yeah, right now.’ So I did it. We’re all showing up here every day to work hard and get wins and we’ve been doing that lately.”Home runs were the Blue Jays’ bread and butter on their way to the American League Championship Series the past two years but with big guns Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, Toronto found other ways to generate offence.“I’ve definitely [stolen home] before, but it’s not a play you see a ton,” said Travis. He gave up three hits and an earned run before giving way to lefty Dillon Overton, who pitched 1 1/3 innings.Overton was followed by Tony Zych, Nick Vincent and James Pazos out of the bullpen.Both teams wore alternate pink-trimmed uniforms and used matching bats and equipment in honour of Mother’s Day.Ezequiel Carrera’s RBI single in the third gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, driving in Kevin Pillar from second. Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera was telling him to go for a double steal, with Travis targeting home plate and catcher Luke Maile sprinting to second, to try and add to Toronto’s lead against the Seattle Mariners.“I looked at first and it was Luke. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and hopefully I’ll continue to contribute. That was awesome.”Bautista was confident that Toronto had stolen home in some point in his nine and a half seasons with the team, but couldn’t put his finger on it. I saw the arm go and I took off.”

Travis didn’t move off third until Mariners catcher Carlos Ruiz threw to second to try to catch Maile. He wasn’t in the Blue Jays (16-21) lineup until after batting practice because manager John Gibbons and the team’s medical staff wanted to test out his legs before putting him back into action.“I’m just getting the good pitches and I’m not missing them,” said Bautista, who has three homers in his past four games. Jason Grilli, Aaron Loup, Dominic Leone, Joe Smith, Leonel Campos and Roberto Osuna gave up no runs in relief. Second baseman Taylor Motter fired the ball back home but Travis slid under Ruiz’s tag to score the final run in the Blue Jays’ 7-2 victory over Seattle on Saturday for Toronto’s fourth consecutive win.The rare play added some insurance for the Blue Jays an inning after Jose Bautista’s three-run homer broke the game open. Leone earned the win as the pitcher of record when Bautista homered.Ryan Weber had an abbreviated start in his season debut for Seattle (17-20), throwing only 55 pitches before leaving the game in the middle of an at-bat in the fourth inning with tightness in his right shoulder. And no offence to Luke, he can run pretty good for a catcher, but I turned around and said ‘right now?’ ” said Travis with a laugh. It was Carrera’s 17th straight game with a hit as a starter.Ben Gamel hit a double to score Jarrod Dyson and tie the game 1-1 in the fifth before Stroman, who had “Love you Momma!” written on his pink cleats, struck out Nelson Cruz to end the inning.Dyson gave Seattle the lead in the top of the sixth, singling in Danny Valencia from second.Morales answered for the Blue Jays, smashing a pitch over the right-field wall and bringing the 42,346 in attendance to their feet.Bautista hit his three-run homer into the second deck for a 5-2 Toronto lead.Pillar added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, plating Ryan Goins and setting up the double steal.Notes: Aaron Sanchez (0-1) will be activated off Toronto’s disabled list to start Sunday’s series finale. His suspicions were correct: Russell Martin did it on June 2, 2015, also in a double steal, in Washington.“If my memory was that good, I’d be frightened,” said Bautista.Marcus Stroman (3-2) gave up two earned runs but struck out nine over six innings. Devon Travis couldn’t believe what he was hearing.