Morning SportsFlash:
  • NHL conference finalists get Jimmy Fallon superlative treatment (Video)

    NHL conference finalists get Jimmy Fallon superlative treatment (Video)

    As the Stanley Cup Playoffs move from the conference finals to the Stanley Cup Final, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon has returned for more NHL superlatives. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 6 minutes ago
  • Seeking a new club, Ibrahimovic gives Man United hint

    Seeking a new club, Ibrahimovic gives Man United hint

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic deliberated, tapped his fingers on the desk in front of him and let out a beaming smile. The Sweden striker had just been asked if he had received an offer to join Manchester United and his actions spoke as much as his words. … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago
  • Everton veteran Barry dismisses retirement talk

    (Reuters) - Everton's veteran midfielder Gareth Barry has scotched any notion of imminent retirement, saying his commitment to top-level football has not waned as he looks ahead to a 20th campaign in the Premier League. The 35-year-old, Everton's … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Formula One remains Plan A for Maldonado

    Formula One remains Plan A for Maldonado

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado says returning to Formula One remains his priority and he is hopeful of retaining the support of state oil company PDVSA to help make it possible. "We will try again and try to … More »

    Reuters - 22 minutes ago
  • Rosicky determined not to let injuries wreck his career

    Rosicky determined not to let injuries wreck his career

    (Reuters) - Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky has said he still has plenty to offer and is keen to continue playing, even though a series of long-term injuries limited the midfielder to just a few minutes of playing time last season. Despite his lack of game … More »

    Reuters - 24 minutes ago
  • The Latest: Ana Ivanovic into 3rd round of French Open

    The Latest: Ana Ivanovic into 3rd round of French Open

    Ana Ivanovic has reached the third round of the French Open for the 10th time, beating Kurumi Nara 7-5, 6-1. Ivanovic, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2008, is seeded No. 14 this year. Also, 28th-seeded Andrea Petkovic was eliminated, losing … More »

    AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
  • French union leads new anti-reform protests, seeks to maintain momentum

    French union leads new anti-reform protests, seeks to maintain momentum

    By Brian Love and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - France's hardline CGT union sought to choke off power and fuel supplies and hamper the public transport network on Thursday in a showdown with a government that flatly refused to withdraw a … More »

    Reuters - 32 minutes ago
  • United and Chelsea haggle over Mourinho's image rights

    United and Chelsea haggle over Mourinho's image rights

    Jose Mourinho is expected to be named Manchester United's new manager either later today or tomorrow, after the tangled issue of who owns his name - and, crucially, is licensed to exploit it commercially - is resolved. The unusual sticking point … More »

    Reuters - 34 minutes ago
  • German Kimmich has Olympics in sights if he misses Euros

    German Kimmich has Olympics in sights if he misses Euros

    Joshua Kimmich, whose meteoric rise has earned him a spot in Germany's preliminary Euro 2016 squad, says he wants to compete at the Olympics if he misses the cut for next month's tournament in France. The versatile 21-year-old midfielder has had a … More »

    Reuters - 43 minutes ago
  • IOC expresses concern over investigation into Tokyo 2020 bid

    IOC vice president John Coates expressed concern Thursday over payments made to a Singapore firm which have entangled Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Olympics in a bribery investigation. Leaders of Tokyo's bid have admitted making payments of 2.8 … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 16 minutes ago
  • IOC says no reason to doubt Tokyo on bid payments

    IOC says no reason to doubt Tokyo on bid payments

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it saw no reason to doubt assurances from Tokyo about the legitimacy of payments made during its successful bid to host the 2020 Games. IOC Vice-President John … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
  • Hamilton fastest in Monaco after drain cover drama

    Hamilton fastest in Monaco after drain cover drama

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in an incident-filled opening Monaco Grand Prix practice on Thursday, with debris and a loose drain cover bringing an early end to the session. The Briton, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 23 minutes ago
  • Germany defender Boateng questions England's quality

    Germany defender Boateng questions England's quality

    Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at next month's European Championship. Despite having the world's richest league, England go into the competition in France having not won a major … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 25 minutes ago
  • Van Gaal got what he deserved at Man United, says Gullit

    Van Gaal got what he deserved at Man United, says Gullit

    (Reuters) - Manchester United were right to sack Louis van Gaal after the club failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, according to his fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit. Van Gaal, who guided his side to a fifth-place finish in the Premier … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 26 minutes ago
  • Hamilton fastest ahead of Rosberg in 1st Monaco GP practice

    Hamilton fastest ahead of Rosberg in 1st Monaco GP practice

    Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Thursday in an eventful first practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race he has not won since 2008. Hamilton is chasing a third straight title and fourth overall but trails Mercedes … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 33 minutes ago
  • Former Malaga coach Gracia set for Rubin Kazan job

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Malaga coach Javi Gracia is expected to become the new coach of Rubin Kazan.  The 46-year-old Spaniard has reached "an agreement in principle" to take over the Russian top-flight team, the club said on their Twitter account … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 34 minutes ago
  • Olympics-IOC says no reason to doubt Tokyo on bid payments

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO, May 26 (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it saw no reason to doubt assurances from Tokyo about the legitimacy of payments made during its successful bid to host the 2020 Games. IOC … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 36 minutes ago
  • Tennis: Bacsinszky stops Bouchard to reach third round

    Tennis: Bacsinszky stops Bouchard to reach third round

    Swiss eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky recovered from a shaky start and survived a nervy finish to beat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-4 in the French Open second round on Thursday. Bacsinszky, who reached the semi-final at Roland Garros last year, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 39 minutes ago
  • Off-colour Compton admits England future on the line

    Off-colour Compton admits England future on the line

    (Reuters) - Top order batsman Nick Compton admits his England future hangs in the balance after his three-ball duck in the first test against Sri Lanka at Headingley. England thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs to take the lead in the … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 45 minutes ago
  • Bianchi's family taking legal action following his death

    Bianchi's family taking legal action following his death

    The family of Jules Bianchi is taking legal action against motorsport's governing body, the Marussia team and Formula One Management following the French driver's death from head injuries. Last July, Bianchi died after a long battle to recover from … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 1 minute ago
  • World Cup defeat will spur England in Australia - Clifford

    (Reuters) - The defeat by Australia at last year's Rugby World Cup will spur England in next month's three-test series Down Under, flanker Jack Clifford has said. England became the first host nation to be knocked out at the group stages of a World … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 31 minutes ago
  • Bianchi family plan legal action against F1

    Bianchi family plan legal action against F1

    By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - The family of the late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi are planning legal action against the sport's governing body, his former Marussia team and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Group, they said in a … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 59 minutes ago
  • Murray takes long road, others enjoy quick march

    Murray takes long road, others enjoy quick march

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray survived a second close shave at the French Open on Wednesday, but his path towards what he hopes will be a maiden title in Paris is getting so circuitous he may soon find himself hacking through trees … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Blooming partnership with Anderson pleases Broad

    Blooming partnership with Anderson pleases Broad

    (Reuters) - England paceman Stuart Broad believes his new ball partnership with James Anderson has improved a lot in the last two years with their perfect understanding of each other's role. Anderson and Broad shared 15 of the 20 Sri Lankan wickets … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Career milestones beckon on Day 5 of the French Open

    Career milestones beckon on Day 5 of the French Open

    PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal can win his 200th Grand Slam match on Thursday if he beats Facundo Bagnis of Argentina in the second round of the French Open. … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Benitez has full control over football matters at Newcastle

    Benitez has full control over football matters at Newcastle

    (Reuters) - Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been assured full control of football-related decisions by the club's hierarchy as he aims for the side's immediate return to the Premier League. The 56-year old signed a three-year deal to … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Guardiola will transform Man City, predicts Ancelotti

    Guardiola will transform Man City, predicts Ancelotti

    (Reuters) - Incoming manager Pep Guardiola will give Manchester City a new identity, replicating the possession-based football that was the hallmark of his trophy-laden stint with Barcelona, according to his Bayern Munich successor Carlo Ancelotti. … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Bale feels right at home in Madrid

    Bale feels right at home in Madrid

    It took more than two seasons but Gareth Bale finally feels settled at Real Madrid and is dreaming of big things to come. The Wales international will play his second Champions League final with Real in three seasons in Milan on Saturday. Bale, … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Plenty of players ready to shine in Champions League final

    Plenty of players ready to shine in Champions League final

    MADRID (AP) -- Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are filled with players who are in top form ahead of Saturday's Champions League final. … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Australia embrace guided missile technology in Ashes quest

    Australia embrace guided missile technology in Ashes quest

    Australia are resorting to guided missile technology to help their fast bowlers reclaim the Ashes from England next year. Steve Smith's team have been grappling with injuries in their pace attack with Peter Siddle and James Pattinson out of action, … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • St. Louis Blues' tank hits empty in Game 6 of conference final

    St. Louis Blues' tank hits empty in Game 6 of conference final

    Throughout the Western Conference Final the Blues put on a brave face, saying that their prior two seven-game series didn’t matter for this series. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 4 hours ago
  • Uncapped Roux in Ireland squad to face Boks

    DUBLIN (Reuters) – - Ireland have named the uncapped lock Quinn Roux in their 32-man squad for the three-test away series against the Springboks starting in Cape Town on June 11. Connacht forward Roux is one of three players returning to the land of … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • England must be more streetwise to prosper at Euro 2016 - Dier

    England must be more streetwise to prosper at Euro 2016 - Dier

    (Reuters) - England must be a bit more 'streetwise' if they are to have any chance of winning the Euro 2016 in France, according to defensive midfielder Eric Dier. England, who play Australia in Sunderland in a warm-up game on Friday, face Russia, … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • From shaken to stirred: Kyrie Irving learns lesson in composure

    From shaken to stirred: Kyrie Irving learns lesson in composure

    Rattled for two games in Toronto, the Cavs' point guard settled down in Game 5 and helped lead Cleveland's rout. … More »

    Yahoo Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Cheika holds his fire but stocks his armoury for England tour

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - If Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is intending to engage in a war of words with his England counterpart Eddie Jones ahead of the June series, he appears intent on keeping his powder dry until he can see the … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Seleznyov added to Ukraine's provisional Euro 2016 squad

    By Igor Nitsak KIEV (Reuters) - Striker Evhen Seleznyov was added to Ukraine's provisional Euro 2016 squad by coach Mykhaylo Fomenko late on Wednesday after he was surprisingly missing from the initial team named last week. The 30-year-old had … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Joel Ward comes up clutch for Sharks in Game 6

    Joel Ward comes up clutch for Sharks in Game 6

    The Sharks and Ward have found themselves in a mutually beneficial relationship. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 5 hours ago
  • Fit-again Starc gunning for West Indies, South Africa

    Fit-again Starc gunning for West Indies, South Africa

    Fast bowler Mitchell Starc expects to need a couple of games to get up to express pace but is looking forward to coming back from injury on Australia's Caribbean tour next month. "Those 10 wickets might come, they might not. … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • LSU beats Florida 5-3 in 14-inning SEC tourney marathon

    LSU beats Florida 5-3 in 14-inning SEC tourney marathon

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- Jordan Romero knocked home the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit single in the 14th inning and LSU beat Florida 5-3 in a Southeastern Conference tournament marathon that ended early Thursday morning. … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Bayern hint Goetze not first choice under Ancelotti

    Bayern hint Goetze not first choice under Ancelotti

    Bayern Munich on Thursday suggested attacking midfielder Mario Goetze's playing future at the German champions may remain on the bench, even though he showed his desire to earn a starting spot after turning down a possible move away. The Germany … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago