Men's sports - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Men's sports Kiwi America's Cup catamaran sidelined after collision It's rough out there on Bermuda's Great Sound, where America's Cup catamarans are staging an inadvertent demolition derby before the competition has even started. Emirates Team New Zealand's 50-foot catamaran will be in the boat shed for three days to repair the significant damage sustained when it was hit from behind by Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain's Land Rover BAR during a p... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:33:00Z 2 recent incidents spotlight MLS concussion protocol Dallas players Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta knocked heads during a match against New York City FC last weekend, a collision so intense that Hedges required six stiches at halftime and had to change his jersey because of the blood. Yet some viewers questioned whether either player was sufficiently checked for a concussion. "I didn't know I was bleeding un... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:27:00Z Huffman wins from breakaway in Stage 4 of Tour of California SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Evan Huffman had spent nearly the entire day in a breakaway with four other riders at the Tour of California, his energy drained and his legs pushed to the limit in an effort to stay away. Yet his mind couldn't help but wander. Huffman thought back to last year's stage into Santa Clarita, when he was part of a breakaway that a... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:50:00Z Key players behind Monaco's French title win PARIS (AP) — Such was Monaco's extraordinary versatility and the level of teamwork instilled by coach Leonardo Jardim that it is hard to narrow down the team's most influential players. Here is a look at the main contributors to Monaco's first league title since 2000 and eighth overall: RADAMEL FALCAO Falcao's return from mediocrity and frustration with M... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:49:00Z Huddersfield moves 1 win away from the Premier League SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Huddersfield is one victory away from sealing a place in England's top division for the first time in 45 years after advancing to the second-tier League Championship playoff final on Wednesday. The team managed by German-born American coach David Wagner beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the two-legged semif... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:44:00Z Monaco changes tack to become a free-scoring French champion PARIS (AP) — Monaco has won the French league title for the first time since 2000, breaking four seasons of Paris Saint-Germain dominance. After finishing a whopping 31 points behind PSG in third place last season, Monaco completely turned things around to seal an eighth title overall. On Wednesday, Monaco clinched the title with one ma... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:36:00Z Monaco wins 1st French league title in 17 years PARIS (AP) — On the night Monaco clinched its first French league title for 17 years, it was fitting that rising star Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal. The teenager, who has taken just six months to become one of Europe's most sought-after players, scored the opener in a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday. Mbappe scored his 15th ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:25:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:25:00Z Madrid a draw away from Spanish title after win over Celta MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years. Ronaldo scored early in each half as Madrid defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday to retake the league lead from Barcelona and move within a point of winning the title. A draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round o... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:14:00Z Italian Cup title puts Juventus in line for treble ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday. Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:01:00Z Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Sergio Romero showed Manchester United will be in safe hands in the Europa League final by saving an early penalty and producing many other great stops in a 0-0 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday. Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini's sixth-minute s... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:43:00Z Greek playoff abandoned after beer can hits PAOK manager ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek league playoff match between Panathinaikos and PAOK has been abandoned after a beer can thrown from the stands hit PAOK coach Vladan Ivic on the head. Ivic was taken to hospital for treatment after his injury, which followed a brawl involving several players on the pitch in the 54th minute. The match was suspended for over an hour, and then aban... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:30:00Z Bayern Munich presents new youth academy MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich is looking to the future after presenting its new 70-million euro ($78 million) youth and women's academy on Wednesday. Bayern president Uli Hoeness says, "It's been our dream for many years to have our own academy, like many big clubs around the world, a Bayern Munich campus. Now it's almost ready." Construc... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:42:00Z Zlin fails to emulate Leicester, still wins the Czech Cup PRAGUE (AP) — A provincial club from eastern Czech Republic that drew comparisons with last year's Premier League champion Leicester is finishing the season with a trophy after winning the domestic cup. FC Fastav Zlin, which has a stadium that seats just over 6,000 spectators, was dubbed "Zlincester" after six wins and three draws in its first nine games ... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:38:00Z Billion dollar race to break 2-hour marathon mark is afoot LONDON (AP) — The two-hour marathon. For distance runners, it's a mystical goal equivalent to the four-minute mile that Roger Bannister broke in 1954; a test so difficult some have estimated it may be 50 years or more before anyone achieves it. Now the $270 billion market for athletic shoes and apparel is fueling an assault on the mark.... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:13:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:13:00Z Nelson finale on course where Masters champs played as teens IRVING, Texas (AP) — Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth were teenagers playing at Byron Nelson's tournament before they became Masters champions. Garcia, now the reigning Masters winner and defending Nelson champ, was only 19 when he shot a 62 in his first round as a pro at the 1999 Nelson. Spieth was a baby-faced 16-year-old high school junior when he teed off as an amateur in... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:11:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:11:00Z NHL Network gets broadcast rights for world championships The NHL Network has gained exclusive U.S. television rights to broadcast the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships from 2018 through 2020. The IIHF world championships are an annual international tournament featuring 16 teams. NHL Network currently is airing the 2017 IIHF world championships in France and Germany, including the Russia-Czech Republic and Can... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:10:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:10:00Z Nadal extends winning streak to 16 when Almagro retires ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal hardly had to get his socks dirty to extend his winning streak to 16 matches. Back to being the best player on tour over the last month, Nadal advanced from his opening match at the Italian Open on Wednesday when Nicolas Almagro retired in the first set with an apparent injury. Top-ranked Angelique Kerber, meanw... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:51:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:51:00Z Fraile wins 11th stage of Giro; Dumoulin protects lead BAGNO DI ROMAGNA, Italy (AP) — Spanish rider Omar Fraile won the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia after being on the attack for most of the day Wednesday, and Tom Dumoulin kept the overall leader's pink jersey he earned a day earlier. Amid a group of four breakaway riders, Fraile outsprinted former world champion Rui Costa and Pierre Rolland to take his fi... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:08:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:08:00Z Trusty replaces Fossey on US Under-20 World Cup roster CHICAGO (AP) — Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty has replaced Fulham's Marlon Fossey on the U.S. roster for the Under-20 World Cup. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday that Fossey arrived at training camp with a groin injury. The Americans open the tournament in South Korea against Ecuador on Monday, play Senegal three day... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:00:00Z Dirk Kuyt retires after winning Dutch league with Feyenoord THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dirk Kuyt, the veteran Feyenoord captain who led his team to its first Dutch league title in 18 years, is retiring. The 36-year-old Kuyt, who returned to Rotterdam two years ago saying he wanted to win the league, told coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst of his decision early Wednesday. The announcement came jus... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:44:00Z Mazzarri to leave Watford at end of Premier League season Watford will start a Premier League season with a new manager for the third straight year after announcing the departure of Walter Mazzarri on Wednesday, following a slump in form and amid reports of dressing-room unrest. The Italian coach will step down from his position after Watford's final game of the season, at home against Manchester City in the lea... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:28:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:28:00Z USA Luge announces national team pool, athlete retirements Olympic bronze medalist and reigning world sprint champion Erin Hamlin has been awarded an automatic spot on USA Luge's fall World Cup team for the coming season, a step that moves her significantly closer to a place in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. USA Luge will send 10 sliders to next year's Olympics. Besides Hamlin, the others will be chosen from a field... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:34:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:34:00Z Ceferin ends Platini's policy on trophy presentations NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini's favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section. UEFA says Ceferin decided "trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions." Ceferin says "offici... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:28:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:28:00Z Germany makes 6 new call-ups for Confed Cup, rests stars FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew made six new call-ups for the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, opting to leave established internationals Marco Reus and Mario Gomez out. Loew, who said he was bringing a "perspective squad" to Russia for the June 17-July 2 tournament, nominated Borussia Moenchengladbach captain Lars Stindl, Hertha Berlin defender Marvin P... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:33:00Z Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region's soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC announced the internal probe Wednesday in fallout from the U.S. Department of Justice's sprawling investigation of corruption in international so... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:46:00Z Remodeled Aguero finally gets Guardiola's seal of approval MANCHESTER, England (AP) — For a player who has excelled for years as a penalty-box poacher, Sergio Aguero found himself doing some unusual things in Manchester City's final home game of the season. When he wasn't dropping deep to link up play with flicks and one-twos, he was drifting out to the wing to leave space in the middle. He eve... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:03:00Z After missile tests, NKorea's Asian Cup qualifier postponed KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying has been postponed a second time amid new missile tests by the host nation. The Asian Football Confederation says the June 8 game, itself postponed from March 28, could be played on Oct. 5. Still, the AFC did not commit to playing in Pyongyan... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:18:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:18:00Z Benzema reveals connection with French president Macron PARIS (AP) — Can Emmanuel Macron save Karim Benzema? Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president. Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper on Wednesday that he met Macron before he started... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T08:32:00Z Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick NEW YORK (AP) — The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel. Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating. The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 03:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T03:03:00Z Sharapova's popularity doesn't earn a French Open wild card PARIS (AP) — Maria Sharapova's popularity and past success did not earn her the wild-card invitation she needed to get into the French Open after serving a 15-month doping ban. "I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed; she might be very disappointed," French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Tuesday in a live broadcast ... 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