Nadal, Djokovic reach quarterfinals at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday, remaining on course to meet in the final of the clay-court tournament they’ve long dominated. The two rivals, who share 32 Grand Slam titles, could meet for a 54th time. They have won every tournament […]

WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart undergoes surgery for torn Achilles

SEATTLE (AP) — Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart has undergone surgery to repair her ruptured right Achilles tendon. The Seattle Storm said Stewart had surgery Thursday morning in Los Angeles and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2020 WNBA season. Stewart suffered the injury while playing for Russian club Dynamo […]

Just like the old days, double looms into view for Liverpool

They were the sort of momentous weeks that became so commonplace for Liverpool during its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Back then, when the team was virtually untouchable at home and on the continent, Liverpool would be challenging for both the European Cup — as it was called then — and the […]

Pochettino closer to collecting trophy not just plaudits

Returning to the Tottenham dressing room, with his players embracing after the wildest of games, a roaring Mauricio Pochettino turned back to the tactics board. And pounded it with his right hand. No game plan, no master strategy could have prepared Tottenham for what unfolded over the previous couple of hours on the field at […]

Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia, Frankfurt in Europa League SFs

Chelsea scored three early goals before surviving a second-half scare to advance to the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 4-3 home win over Slavia Prague, and Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 to make the last four for the second straight year. In the other second-legged quarterfinal games, Valencia won 5-1 on aggregate […]

Crawford defends vs Khan, seeks win first and respect after

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes it bothers Terence Crawford. He will dominate a fight so completely that it’s hard to find minutes, forget about entire rounds, that he didn’t win. Yet afterward, rather than earning him praise for his package of power and precision, what follows is criticism of the beaten opponent. “When you’ve got […]

Pacers’ resiliency faces tough test with 2-0 deficit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic ignored those who doubted the Indiana Pacers last season. They’re even more determined to prove them wrong in the playoffs. The veterans who helped the Pacers exceed expectations after losing Paul George in a trade and kept them together following Victor Oladipo’s season-ending knee injury now insist […]

Simmons scores 31 points, 76ers beat Nets without Embiid

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star man in the middle, […]