Pouille Upsets Lopez To Conquer Stuttgart Open

pouille-stuttgart-open-winnerFrenchman Lucas Pouille, ranked 16 in the ATP, won his first title on grass after upsetting Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 and 6-4 to win the Stuttgart Open.

This is Pouille third career title and second this season, after winning the Hungarian Open final in Budapest back in April.

Pouille’s serve was the key to defeat Lopez. The 23-year-old Frenchman had 29 aces against Lopez’s 13, but more important he managed to save six of the seven break opportunities that Lopez had. Read more »

Durant Wins Title To Fulfill Promise To His Mother

kevin-durant-warriors-mvpHe joined Golden State to win a ring. That was his wish since he was 8 years old. To make that wish come true Kevin Durant became a key player in all five games of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

No one on the Cavs was able to stop him as he performed to the best of his talents, not afraid of anything and thinking only in winning his first championship ring.

But all this should probably have been expected. In his career, Durant has had some mind-blowing performances. In 2014, he scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games and he also scored 25 points or more in a record 41 games. Read more »

Nadal and Djokovic Advance In Paris With Solid Victories

rafael-nadal-spain-atpRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round of Roland Garros with solid victories. Both the Spaniard, looking for his tenth Roland Garros title, and the Serbian, who now is trained by tennis legend Andre Agassi; won in three sets.

Rafael Nadal, a nine-time French Open champion, started the quest for his tenth crown with an irrefutable win against Frenchman Benoit Paire (6-1, 6-4 and 6-1) in one hour and 52 minutes.

On the Suzanne Lenglen court Nadal showed that he’s in great shape, as shown by his triumphs on clay in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid this year. Read more »

Terror Overshadows Man U vs Ajax Europa League Final

europa-league-trophy-2017Manchester United and Ajax play Wednesday at the Stockholm Friends Arena for the Europa League final. The English and Dutch teams will face each other in the second major club tournament of the Old Continent.

The game, however, will be marked by the terrorist attack that on Monday night left 22 dead and 59 wounded after a concert of Ariana Grande at The Manchester Arena.

UEFA, the governing body of the competition, declared itself “shocked” after the attack, but was reassuring about the security measures they always take for this kind of event.

UEFA announced in a press release it had “taken into account” the terrorist risk “since the beginning of the project and additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.Read more »

Rafa Nadal Beats a Feisty Fabio Fognini in Madrid

rafa-nadal-atpRafael Nadal, extended his streak on clay this season by beating Fabio Fognini, 29 in the world in a complicated match, 7-6, 3-6 and 6-4, in two hours and 57 Minutes to advance to the round of 16 of the Madrid Masters.

Nadal, champion of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and Barcelona Open, ​​needed patience and serenity to defeat Fognini for the ninth time intwelve meetings.

It is Nadal’s fourth consecutive win over the Italian, adangerous rival for his debut in Madrid, where the Spanish southpaw always has problems with the altitude and it takes him a few matches to adapt his game. Read more »

Monaco Hosts Europe’s Toughest Defense in Champions Semis

kylian-mbappe-monacoA.S. Monaco and Juventus meet in the Principality as they clash for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal, looking to advance to the June 3 final in Cardiff, Wales.

Monaco, led by the brashness of French striker Kylian Mbappe, hosts the Italian side, considered by many in the media as the most solid team in European soccer right now.

Monaco, finalist in 2004 against Porto, is the third highest scoring team in the continent (95 goals in 34 matches), while Juventus is one of the strongest defensively as it has allowed just two goals in 10 Champions League matches this year. Read more »

KC Royals Season Hampered By Poor Hitting And Lack Of Power

Salvador-Perez-baseballThe Kansas City Royals‘ season is so far not going as they expected as they continue to struggle and remain in the cellar of the American League’s Central Division.

They have won just seven of 21 games so far and the reason for so many losses is quite clear: a batting lineup that is not producing and has just 54 runs in that span. On the other end of the spectrum are the Arizona Diamondbacks who lead the National League with 126 runs and the Seattle Mariners who lead the American League with 107.

The Royals are also the majors’ worst in hits (141), total bases (222), homers (50) and batting average .203. Read more »

Nadal defeats Zverev to Advance to Monte Carlo Quarters

Rarafael-nadal-spainfael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 after defeating German Alexander Zverev in two sets, in an hour and eight minutes with a 6-1, 6-1 score.

Nadal was superb on his favorite surface, avoiding adding his name to the list of upsets of Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16.

The Spaniard did not want to leave anything to chance and quickly overwhelmed Zverev, who according to the media is expected to become one of the new sensations in tennis. The German simply could not do anything against the nine-time winner of this tournament. Read more »

Champions League Returns With Barcelona Looking for Another Miracle

Champions League 2017The return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals will begin tomorrow. Eight teams from across the continent compete for the most important trophy at club level in European soccer .

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Leicester City, Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco will seek their place in the semifinals. Although the road is very complicated for some none of them are giving up.

The action will begin Tuesday at King Power Stadium. In that venue, English club Leicester City will host Atletico Madrid, with the idea of reverting the 1-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Spain. Read more »

Real Hosts Surging Atletico in Derby of Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 MadridReal Madrid will host Atletico Madrid tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in a game that may go a long way deciding the winner of the Santander League.

The “Blancos” face this match fresh and rested thanks to the rotation of nine players that manager Zinedine Zidane used on Wednesday when Real Madrid defeated Leganes 2-4 on the road without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid has to rotate its players due to the decisive matches that the team will face in the crucial month of April, where it has to face both in the Champions League and La Liga.

After the derby against Atletico Madrid comes Bayern Munich in the Champions League and then the “El Clasico” against Barcelona that most likely will decide the title of the Liga Santander. Read more »