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Novak Djokovic's father takes swipe at Roger Federer – 'He is not as good a man'

Novak Djokovic's father takes swipe at Roger Federer - 'He is not as good a man'

“When he comes across a wall, he stops and thinks, and I hit my head until I faint. That’s why I don’t watch his matches anymore.

“I watched maybe a few minutes of the Australian Open final [when Djokovic beat Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in February].

“I’m staring around. I’m just waiting for the set to end – ‘let me know’. Diana was watching – women are stronger than us.”

He added: “Obviously, they don’t have the best opinion of us and we are constantly bothering them.

Dean Smith relieved after Aston Villa finally end unwanted Premier League record

Dean Smith is relieved Aston Villa no longer have the fewest points from losing positions in the Premier League[1] after their Fulham[2] fightback.

Smith’s men ended that sorry statistic by recovering to beat Fulham 3-1 at home on Sunday.

They had previously gained just a single point this term after going behind back in December at Chelsea[3] in a 1-1 draw.

Villa hadn’t come from behind to win previously in the top-flight since January 2020 against Watford[4].

They didn’t look like getting anything against Fulham when Aleksandar Mitrovic put the visitors ahead in the 61st minute.

But Villa hit back to win with a double from sub Trezeguet before Ollie Watkins added a third in a devastating late nine-minute spell.

Now they have retrieved four points , double the amount of Fulham, and the same as Brighton[5], Crystal Palace[6] and Sheffield United.

Asked about Villa’s lack of points after going behind, Smith replied: “It has been mentioned before and was something we had been aware of.

“It is really pleasing and we have done well to change that.

Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted to see his side finally come from behind to win in the Premier League this season

“Normally we keep clean sheets and win football games.

“But we have come from behind for the first time and won a football game.

“I think the only point we gained before that was at Chelsea.”

It was all achieved without talisman Jack Grealish who was due to return against Fulham after six games out with a shin injury.

But the star experienced discomfort in the area again in training on Saturday and pulled out.

It was a big blow for Villa but boss Smith was pleased to see Villa’s other internationals, including England newboy Watkins, step up.

Smith added: “We believe we have a quality squad.

“There is no doubting Jack makes that a lot better with the quality of player he is.

“But Bertrand Traore went away and helped Burkina Faso qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

Watkins rounded off the comeback against Fulham with Villa’s third

“Ollie scored for England and John McGinn scored three for Scotland.

“We believe we have quality players here, it is just about them showing it on the pitch.”

All of Smith’s substitutes played a big role in the Fulham victory, especially for Villa’s second goal when striker Keinan Davis crossed for fellow sub Trezeguet.

Smith added: “The impact of the subs pleased me most.

“Keinan came on and did really well as did all the subs including Trezeguet with his goals.

“It will give Keinan a big boost.

“He hasn’t had too many minutes on the pitch but I just felt our energy levels had dropped and we needed two upfront.

“That ball for Trez’s second was a superb ball and will give him a big boost of confidence that is for sure.”


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What to know for Gonzaga's game against Baylor in the national championship

What to know for Gonzaga's game against Baylor in the national championship

The highly anticipated non-conference matchup that was canceled will be renewed on the biggest stage in college basketball. Gonzaga is a 4.5-point favorite.

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s about time for the biggest game in Gonzaga men’s basketball history.
The Bulldogs will play Baylor in the national championship of the NCAA Tournament on Monday.
Gonzaga is riding high following the most iconic shot in program history when Jalen Suggs hit a near half-court shot to give the Zags a 93-90 win in overtime in the Final Four against No. 11 UCLA.
Gonzaga is one win away from its first national title in program history.
The Bulldogs have reached their second championship game in the past five NCAA Tournaments. They are one of just three programs to do that. North Carolina and Villanova also have and won national titles in that span.
The Zags are trying to become the first undefeated national champion since 1976, when Indiana did it.
Baylor is in their first national title game since 1948. The Bears have also never been crowned champions.
Gonzaga’s Drew Timme continues to produce great performances in the NCAA Tournament. He is averaging 22 points per game. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Timme has scored 82 points in the paint so far in the NCAA Tournament, which is the most by a player since 2010.
According to KenPom, Gonzaga has the highest offensive efficiency and Baylor ranks second.
Gonzaga has scored less than 80 points in only three of their 31 games this season.
Baylor has proven in this tournament in multiple games they can shut teams down offensively with their defense. One player to watch out for on their team is Davion Mitchell, who has the nickname “Off Night”. He has that nickname because he often takes players off their game offensively.
Mitchell will likely guard Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs in multiple stints.
Baylor also shoots 41.2 percent from three-point range, which is the highest in the country.
Gonzaga and Baylor were scheduled to play in the non-conference this schedule on Dec. 5. It was the most anticipated game to many in the non-conference slate as it was going to be a matchup between the top two teams in the country. It was canceled due to coronavirus cases on the Gonzaga men’s basketball team.
Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in a press conference on Sunday that him and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few thought it would be cool if they ended up playing in the national championship after that game was canceled. Here we are.
Gonzaga and Baylor have played five times before. The Zags have won all five times.
The last time the two teams met was in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga won 83-71. Brandon Clarke had 36 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Gonzaga  is a 4.5-point favorite in the national championship.
Gonzaga and Baylor will play on Monday, April 5 at 6:20 p.m. That game will be televised on KREM.

‘It puts you under stress’: Russian Premier League player in alleged betting case insists lie detector test would be ‘pointless’

‘It puts you under stress’: Russian Premier League player in alleged betting case insists lie detector test would be ‘pointless’

Russian Premier League newcomer Aleksandr Yerkin, who is one of two Tambov players to have reportedly been summoned by national football bosses as part of a betting investigation, has detailed why a polygraph is not to be trusted.

Less than a month after making his top-flight debut against Dynamo Moscow, 31-year-old Yerkin and Belarusian midfielder Dmitry Herman were questioned by Russian Football Union chiefs in a development that was said to have been confirmed by his club.

Yerkin, Herman and Tambov have always maintained their innocence and have not been charged with any wrongdoing, although the pair have been suspended from training for almost a fortnight in a move that the club said was designed to protect it from “rumors” and “negativity”.

Asked by Match TV about using a lie detector to provide his innocence, Yerkin argued: “[The body] can react differently to such a technique.

“The equipment reads pulses from sensors… heartbeats and emotions, and I suffer from stress.

“Imagine if I sat down [to] a polygraph, telling the truth, and it’s showing [I’m telling] a lie. Who will I prove [my innocence] to after that?”

“[I have] read about the detector [and] realized that it is pointless to trust this device. If you have any evidence [of my wrongdoing], provide it.

“Why would you want to put me through a polygraph, under the stress it puts you through?”
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Tambov have described their position as “quite simple.” “At the moment, we do not see any legal grounds that show the guilt of our players,” they said.

“We don’t believe that the players are involved in any manipulations. Nevertheless, in order to protect the team from negativity and all sorts of rumors, the club management and coaching staff have made a joint decision to suspend Dmitry Herman and Alexander Yerkin from training until the end of the proceedings on this issue.”

A veteran of at least 11 clubs who has had spells in Lithuania, Yerkin made two appearances for Tambov following his arrival last month, playing a total of 35 minutes as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Dynamo and a 4-0 loss at home to Krasnodar.

The Premier League’s bottom side are currently on a dreadful 13-match winless run that has seen them lose 11 times since their most recent victory, which came last October.
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Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

The Premier League returned post-international break with plenty of drama as West Brom hammered Chelsea 5-2, Arsenal lost to Liverpool and Tottenham threw away victory at Newcastle, while Manchester United came from behind to beat Brighton. Express Sport’s Matt Dunn looks at all the major talking points from match-day 30.

Angry rows in the dressing room. Over-exuberant challenges in training leading to bust-ups. A cooling down period required for a senior player.

But none of those are the main problem that should be concerning Thomas Tuchel as he deals with the fall out of only his first defeat as Chelsea boss in 15 games.

The worry he has is that his private business is all very much out in the open.

The sort of repercussions that have gone on at Chelsea are common at any club – especially one that has played as badly as Chelsea did against West Brom on Saturday.

But the speed with which the first signs of cracks permeated out into the wider world is a far more worrying sign of structural problems than some frustrated fisticuffs between two players who did not even take part on Wednesday.

Tuchel is an abrasive character and has left bust-ups wherever he goes as a manager. That is his style.

What he does not need is his dirty linen being washed in public just at the point where he needs to return to clean sheets and winning ways as quickly as possible.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)


A lot of things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have gleaned from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson include, it now transpires, an uncanny knack to have major decisions go his way.

For years now the bigger teams have got the bigger calls and it is going to take more than the ham-fisted use of VAR technology to eradicate that, it seems.

Referees are not deliberately biased, but some subconscious sense – it turns out it is not even baying hordes in giant stadiums either – seems to make them look after the interests of the favourite when making a judgment call.

Danny Welbeck was denied the sort of penalty he used to get when in a United shirt. The touch was not much, but it was there.

It is almost as though referees are guided by what ought to happen – i.e. the Manchester Uniteds of this world should beat the Brightons – when weighing up the evidence of their eyes.

The trouble is, while this subjectivity leads to errors, they are not clear and obvious ones – another reason why the whole VAR concept is flawed.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)


In the long-running game of finger-pointing at Arsenal, never has more compelling evidence been collated to show where the club have been going wrong in recent seasons.

For one of the first times ever, the three most expensive signings in the club’s history all started a game together – and they stank the place out in being totally out-performed by Liverpool in their own back yard.

Nicolas Pepe, £72million, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, £56m, and Alexandre Lacazette, £47m, represent a huge outlay on players who, quite simply, are not good enough.

As Liverpool demonstrated so ably.

Diogo Jota, for example, was signed for less any of those and yet showed the sort of regenerative cutting edge Liverpool need as Mohamed Salah begins to have such wistful, wandering eyes.

Arteta is being relied upon to coach up the cheaper talent from within. But are his players really improving?

Eighth last season, they are currently 10th in one of the most average Premier League seasons in recent years.

The executive are playing as badly in the transfer market as the players have been on he pitch at times. It is a club heading in the wrong direction.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)


By his own admission, Jose Mourinho inherited a squad which, when fit, he believed had the talent at Tottenham to win the league.

Now that they are pretty much all up and running, he now does not trust them to hold on to a lead and beat the most out-of-sorts team in the division.

He blames the players, but it is not exactly rocket science to work out where things have gone most wrong.

A manager who used to turn good players into great players now turns promising players into nervous wrecks.

Just ask Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Steven Bergwijn and Matt Doherty.

Only the remarkable glue provided by Hugo Lloris and the incredible strength of will displayed always by Harry Kane – coupled with talented midfielders Mourinho inherited in Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – is holding the team together at all.

Mourinho told the Kane on the Amazon Prime documentary, “My dimension is universal and by being with me I think I can help you.”

That has since been turned on his head and Kane’s form is the only one keeping the Special One even in a job.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)


It seemed like madness but on Saturday at the Emirates I think we got to see the method.

England manager Gareth Southgate’s treatment of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

We are not suddenly so blessed as a nation that we can afford to leave one of our few world class players out of a major finals.

In reality, the decision to drop the Liverpool full-back from the most recent international get-together is beginning to look like nothing other than a well-timed wake up call to make sure Alexander-Arnold brings the very best off himself to the finals come the summer.

And after a so-so season for the 22-year-old we saw a little bit more of that again on Saturday evening.

Conor McGregor is biggest combat sports icon claims UFC Chandler

Conor McGregor is biggest combat sports icon claims UFC Chandler

UFC newcomer Michael Chandler has claimed that he could “easily” win the title vacated by “greatest of all time” Khabib Nurmagomedov, adding that he would happily take “biggest icon” Conor McGregor’s proposed new belt if required.

With the lightweight division’s former ruler stepping away from the octagon last year and promotion president Dana White finally acknowledging his retirement recently, Chandler will face Charles Oliveira for the Russian’s old championship belt.

Their fight will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on May 16 as the headline draw at UFC 262.

And although Chandler has plenty on his hands with the in-form Brazilian, he is already thinking about what would be his biggest MMA payday yet, which he believes could take place towards the close of the year.

Former Bellator champion Chandler complimented the Irishman’s idea to put an entirely new, McGregor-designed belt on the line for his trilogy showdown with Dustin Poirier.

After McGregor stopped his foe via a first-round TKO in 2014, the pair are tied 1-1 courtesy of a knockout win for ‘The Diamond’ in January,

While their next meeting was being finalized to take place on July 10, ‘Notorious’ suggested that a strap named after him should be up for grabs.

“I love it,” Chandler told Helen Yee, lauding Nurmagomedov while reserving special praise for McGregor. “It’s Conor being Conor. He’s the biggest combat sports icon on the planet.

“The greatest of all time thus far, Khabib Nurmagomedov, retiring opens the door to a crazy, big, exciting lightweight division that I can easily put my name at the top of and then start defending that belt.

“I don’t think [the new belt] is going to happen. [But] I think it’s a cool idea and the prospect of him beating Dustin Poirier and me fighting him – putting my belt on the line in November, December time.

“[He could put] the Conor McGregor belt on the line. I’d love a paddock rare belt, or whatever he said, sitting on my mantel to add to my collection.”

“I want to share the octagon with Conor McGregor sooner or later, eventually, before I retire. How many fights it will take, we’ll see,” he concluded.

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Even if it never comes to fruition, McGregor’s Mac Life page on Instagram has taken the initiative and imagined what the McGregor belt could look like.

But not everyone is impressed.

“The BMF [Bad Motherf*cker] belt [for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal] started this nonsense,” pointed out one fans.

“When you can’t win a real belt you search for an invented one,” blasted another, while a fellow critic pointed out how embarrassing it would be for McGregor to lose “his own belt” against Poirier.

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Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White LIVE: Score updates from World Snooker Championship

Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White LIVE: Score updates from World Snooker Championship

“Eurosport own the rights, I would like it on more than just the Eurosport app, but of course they’re a little bit possessive of their own rights.

“It’s a struggle, I’m nagging, I’m trying my best. It deserves to be on a more open platform. But of course, if you’re a rights owner you have the final call.”

Hendry or White will have four qualifying rounds to navigate before the main draw gets underway on April 17.

Klopp opens up on feelings towards Ramos after 2018 Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp believes his team of Champions is made for the challenge they face against Real Madrid[1].

And the Liverpool[2] manager has vowed to come out punching on the front foot against the Spanish giants, as he insisted the anger he felt at Sergio Ramos has disappeared.

Klopp made clear he still doesn’t like what the Madrid skipper did to his star striker Mo Salah in the 2018 Champions League final, but claims his Reds “are not on a revenge tour”.

Instead he believes his team terrified Madrid with an attacking mentality until Salah was injured. Now, he wants to do it again.

Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018
Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018

“It’s true, with Mo we were really good and (on the front foot) yes, and after he was injured we were not that good any more, Real came up and started dominating,” Klopp explained.

“But actually, our team is built for these kind of games. We face a football playing side which is very helpful for football in general, but for our kind of defending as well.

“It’s how I said, we want to give it a proper go.”

Klopp still believes the outcome of the 2018 final would have been different but for Ramos’s cynical foul which put Salah out of the game.

But he holds no anger any more – just a blueprint of how to beat Real after scaring the life out of them.

“We know we were good that night, but 25 minutes of being really good in a final was never enough. And no-one is interested, when they look back in 10-15 years, how we played the first 25 minutes,” he said.

“But we knew it anyway. It was a different time. We were in a different place. Since then a lot of things happened so we feel good in our situation.”

Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos
Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos

Ramos misses the game through injury, but Klopp insisted it didn’t matter anyway. “It has nothing to do with 2018.

“I said after that if I was asked to invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday I would say no. Not because he’s not a great footballer, but because I didn’t like what happened that night.

“But it is long ago. I cannot get that feeling back, that anger, so I don’t even try. What I try is to prepare my team for tomorrow to show how good we are as a football team.”

Klopp is not interested in revenge…but he does want his side to show Liverpool fans they still have the passion and desire to win trophies. “I don’t believe too much in revenge..I want to show our fans that we are still fighting.

Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday
Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday

“That is much more important to me. If people think because we don’t play a good season I am a worse manager then I don’t like that but I don’t care to be honest.

“It’s not about that. We want to get whatever is possible out of this season.”

Madrid are also without star forward Eden Hazard, who has been left out of the squad despite recovering from injury, and manager Zinedine Zidane said: “The important thing is for Eden to be calm, and fully recovered when he does return.”


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‘You’re embarrassing’: US TV personality slammed after urging boycott of Masters golf, linking it to slavery in voting row (VIDEO)

‘You’re embarrassing’: US TV personality slammed after urging boycott of Masters golf, linking it to slavery in voting row (VIDEO)

Democrat-loving Keith Olbermann, who has more than a million Twitter followers, has divided viewers by linking the Masters golf to slavery and urging sporting events and TV networks to follow baseball’s lead by shunning Georgia.

Over the course of the weekend, Olbermann, who left ESPN late last year, has posted one particular video several times.

It came as a response to baseball officials choosing to move their All-Star Game from Georgia following the passing of voting legislation that increases ID requirements for absentee voters and prohibits poll staff from offering food or beverages to those waiting in line to cast their ballots.

Costing the region over $ 100 million in lost revenue, the decision has been lamented by both the state’s governor, who has vowed to fight it, and the mayor of Georgia’s biggest city, Atlanta.

“Great. Now boycott the Masters,” Olbermann wrote on Twitter.

“Yesterday, the MLB pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to protest Georgia’s new racist voting laws. An outstanding first reply to the war the racists declared on America. Next? A golf tournament starts in Georgia on Thursday.

“You think the term ‘The Masters’ was applied to a golf tournament in the former slave state of Georgia by…coincidence?” he asked later.

“After baseball moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, The Masters, its sponsors, and its tv networks are next.”

Olbermann has received some support for the video, although he has copped criticism from some quarters.

“Shut. Up.” he was told by former ESPN colleague Matt Barrie, who also pointed attention to the ‘Central Park Penthouse’ that he claimed the screen veteran was posting his rant from.

“Took me two seconds to find this on google you gurgling fool,” wrote a radio host, with a link to a Sports Illustrated piece on the real origins of the tournament’s name. 

Even those usually on Olbermann’s side of the fence had to point out his error.

“Keith, as a fellow Dem, I’ve gotta check you on this one. You’re embarrassing yourself and all of us. Knock it off.” demanded one follower.

Republican Kambree Kawahine Koa joked: “My friend’s last name is Masters. Do I boycott, cancel or try to ruin their lives too, like a woke liberal?”

Former professional golfer Kyle Thompson called Olbermann a “complete moron”, but others were fully supportive of his outspoken views.

“A boycott is not enough,” said one. “All companies who advertise must be boycotted.

“It’s too late this year, but [there should be] pressure on [broadcaster] CBS to break the TV contract in 2022. And if the tournament is played, the ‘limited number of patrons’ who choose to use their tickets should be exposed.”
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Texas golf pro Jordan Spieth wins the PGA Tour event for 2021

The Texas Open finished on an excellent Sunday for Jordan Spieth, who carded four scores of 76 and 66 to collect two stroke putts.

It is Spieth’s first victory on the PGA Tour since last year, having struggled since his phenomenal start. A 2-shot winner and runner-up in both of the Texas Open was Stephen Spieth, who ended the tournament on a 66 on Sunday.

He ended the competition with a third-round birdie three of six.

Texas golf pro Jordan Spieth wins

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The victory is a huge for Spieth, because it happened in his home state and before he contests his greatest victory and biggest loss in the following year at Augusta National.

He said there were many occasions when he felt certain he wouldn’t be. “I had faith in my ability to achieve my goals.

When you lose your faith, you also lose sight of the bright spots. It’s hard, but everybody on the team has worked together really well. This is a huge for me. I’ve always wondered about that.”

12th on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2017 Open Championship. He’s on a list of previous winners that includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas.

Prior to the three-year drought, Spieth won three major championships (the Masters in 2015, plus both the 2015 U.S. Open and the Tour Championship in 2016 and 2017).

He will fail tremendously in 2019, the PGA Championship (71, 2020) and the U.S. Open (T65, 2019).

Opening the 2020-21 golf season, Spieth did not finish better than T38 in any three of his first seven tournaments.

However, starting with the Phoenix Open, Spieth has been unstoppable. Additional to that, he has six top-fifteen finishes and two top-fifteen finishes out of seven events (he placed T48 in The Players Championship).

“It’s true. I wanted to blow off some steam “According to him, he said “That’s always been difficult for me on Sundays when I’ve been competing. It was a random day today. Ok, I’ll be damned!”

Spieth is playing his best golf in three years for the 2021; People regard him as one of the tournament favourites, having won the Texas Open with 11/1 odds.

That is in third place, bettered only by Bryson DeChambe, the bookmaker.