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Wenger stuns Arsenal by quitting after 21 years

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger is shown in this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal after more than 21 years, ending a revolutionary reign that saw him introduce new methods to the Premier League and become the club's most successful manager.

While the 68-year-old Frenchman was able to announce his own departure plans on Friday, the tenure of English soccer's longest-serving manager will finish at the end of the season against a backdrop of mounting dissent as the London club's competitiveness in the Premier League has waned.

Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League since 2004, but that feat represented the highpoint of Wenger's career as he became only the second manager to go through an English league season unbeaten.

The "Invincibles" season, his third Premier League title, helped shield Wenger against the critics. But Wenger's power appeared to drain over the last year as executives trying to shape the future direction of the team were brought in.

The new two-year contract that Wenger signed after winning the FA Cup for a record seventh time last May will now not be completed.

"After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season," Wenger said. "I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

"I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever."


Wenger gathered his players on Friday morning to tell them he was leaving.

"It's been emotional and there will be time to digest it but it's a sad feeling right now," Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker said. "He's the major figure for this club, more than 20 years, it's been so impressive."

Midfielder Jack Wilshere knows that better than most players after first entering the club academy 17 years ago.

"We didn't see (his departure) coming because ... he had another year left on his contract," the 26-year-old Wilshere said. "Ever since I've known about Arsenal, Arsene has been there.

"I'm sad. I'm a little bit disappointed that we couldn't give him the season he wanted, but we've still got a chance to win something so he can leave on a high."

Even though Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League, there can still be a successful conclusion to the season with the team in contention to win the Europa League.

"We need to win it for him really and get behind him in these last few games to give him the sendoff he deserves," Wilshere said.

Arsenal's appearance in Europe's second-tier competition is a sign of the recent demise under Wenger. Arsenal became accustomed to qualifying for the Champions League before missing out for the first time in two decades after finishing fifth last season.

Winning the Europa League is now Arsenal's only realistic way of Wenger bequeathing his successor a place next season in the more illustrious Champions League.


With Wenger's footprints all over the Emirates Stadium, finding a coach to step into the dugout after a dynastic reign is a challenge. Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke only has to look at the problems that have afflicted Manchester United since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after more than 26 years in charge. United are on their third manger since Ferguson left after winning a record-extending 20th English title and have not finished higher than fourth.

Ferguson, who experienced a heated rivalry with Wenger on the touchline, can now fondly recall their duels for trophies.

"In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal," Ferguson said. "I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves."

Among the early contenders to succeed Wenger are two Germans: Thomas Tuchel, who left Borussia Dortmund last year, and German national team coach Joachim Loew.

A popular appointment among Arsenal fans could be Patrick Vieira, who has been gaining coaching experience in Major League Soccer at New York City FC. The midfielder was one of Wenger's first signings in 1996 and featured in all three Premier League title-winning sides.

Wenger took over in October 1996 as Arsenal's first foreign manager on the back of successes at Monaco and a stint in charge of Japanese club Grampus Eight. He was a relative unknown but quickly gained respect for helping to modernize English soccer in the early years of the Premier League, eradicating Arsenal's drinking culture and introducing new sports science methods.

Adding Vieira and French players Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Thierry Henry helped to establish Arsenal as an English soccer power until Wenger was shackled by the financial constraints of the move from Highbury into the new Emirates Stadium in 2006. It coincided with the rise of foreign investment in rival clubs, with Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich transforming Chelsea and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour raising the stakes by lavishing even more cash on players at Manchester City.


While Arsenal were taken over by Kroenke in 2011, the American sports tycoon operated in a parsimonious financial environment that irritated many supporters.

Now Kroenke, who told The Associated Press in 2016 that he was "very high on Arsene," has the tough task of replacing Wenger.

"This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport," Kroenke said. "One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.

"Arsene has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude."

Arsenal said they will make an appointment "as soon as possible."

"We have high ambitions to build on Arsene's remarkable tenure and to honor his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game," Kroenke said. "We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal's history and one of the greats of the game."

Moriya Jutanugarn leads HUGEL-JTBC LA Open

Moriya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open golf tournament at Wilshire Country Club, Friday, April 20in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles (AP) — Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA Tour winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005.

"I just want to keep playing my game," she said. "If it's my time, then it'll turn out good."

The 23-year-old from Thailand hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation. She started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

"The key for this week is just stay away from the bunkers," she said.

Ariya Jutanugarn has seven tour victories. She was even par after a second 71.

"I'm trying to beat her all the time," Moriya Jutanugarn said.

Marina Alex was second after a 68.

"I think it's a nice, fun golf course," Alex said. "You've got a lot of variation, some short holes, some long holes. I feel like you hit a lot of different clubs into greens, whether it's a wedge all the way to — I had a hybrid yesterday into one of the holes."

So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69,

"We're on poa annua greens this week, so when you're playing in the morning, you actually can have a purer roll," Ryu said. "I think I was able to trust it more."

Fellow South Korean players Inbee Park (71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69) were 5 under.

Park, the first-round leader at 66, struggled on the greens in the afternoon.

"Today was just so difficult on the greens for me," Park said. "Just playing in the afternoon, it's so much tougher to hole a putt. It's just hard to trust your line when you know it's just going to bounce everywhere."

Lexi Thompson was 3 under after a 71.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 lead over Cavs

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) grabs a rebound in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Friday, April 20. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Michael Marot

Indianapolis (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a 17-point halftime deficit for a 92-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

Cleveland was 39-0 during the regular season when leading after three quarters and kept that perfect mark intact with a Game 2 win.

The incredible second-half charge came exactly one year after Indiana blew a 26-point halftime lead in a historic playoff collapse against the Cavs.

This time, the Pacers delivered a devastating blow to the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs — on a night LeBron Jones joined Michael Jordan as the only players in playoff history to record 100 double-doubles. James finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent Cleveland from losing its first game this season after leading following the third quarter.

The biggest reason for the collapse: Bogdanovic.

After charging back with striking distance, he completed a four-point play to finally give the Pacers an 81-77 lead with 6:10 left. Bogdanovic followed that with another to make it as seven-point game.

Then James answered with the next seven to tie it.

Bogdanovic came right back with a layup and another 3 before Thaddeus Young scored to give the Pacers a 91-84 cushion with 53 seconds left.

James knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to four, and the Cavs got another 3 from Kevin Love with 7 seconds left to make it 91-90.

Darren Collison made 1 of 2 free throws with 5 seconds left, giving Cleveland one more chance. But J.R. Smith's long desperation heave came up short.


Cavaliers: Have lost five of seven this season to the Pacers and are 0-3 in Indianapolis. ... Cleveland is now 37-7 in the playoffs against the Eastern Conference since 2015. ... Love finished with 19 points and six rebounds despite playing with an injured left thumb. ... James has 12 straight double-doubles against the Pacers. He also played in his 221st career playoff game to move past Kobe Bryant for No. 6 on the career list.

Pacers: Have won only two of their last seven playoff games against the Cavs. ... Indiana was 11-2 in games decided by three or fewer points this season — the best winning percentage by a team since the 1979-80 Philadelphia 76ers. ... The Pacers have rallied from deficits of 15 or more points nine times this season. ... Victor Oladipo had 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists. ... Thaddeus Young scored 12 points.


Indiana's fans booed the refs loudly throughout the first half. Then they really got upset after watching Oladipo crash hard to the floor on the final play of the half.

No foul was called and Oladipo slapped the floor before getting up and complaining.

If that wasn't enough to upset the crowd, Larry Nance Jr. walked over and started yelling at Oladipo. That's when Young stepped in and tried to peacemaker.

Nobody was called for a technical foul.


Game 4 is Sunday at Indianapolis.

Marquez and Rossi bring their MotoGP duel to Texas

Marc Marquez of Spain navigates through a turn during a warm up session for the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP motorcycle race at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, Friday, April, 20. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jim Vertuno

Austin, Texas (AP) — Marc Marquez is reigning MotoGP champion and the most dominant rider of recent years. Valentino Rossi is of one the most dominant and popular former champions in the sport's history.

Together, they have the fiercest rivalry on two wheels, with crashes, kicks and harsh words in a simmering feud that can erupt at any race.

Given their most recent dustup, three weeks ago in Argentina when the Italian Rossi called the Spaniard Marquez a "dirty" rider, the series' return to the track at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas could spark some new fireworks.

Other riders are starting to tire of the bickering. Australia's Jack Miller even suggested it is dangerous for others on the track.

"We are all here racing and risking our lives," Miller said. "I think it is quite silly and immature."

Rossi, 39, and Marquez, 24, have won 11 MotoGP championships between them. Rossi's last world title was in 2009 and Marquez has dominated the recent era with four championships since 2013. Their nastiest battle came in 2015 when Rossi appeared to kick Marquez in the Malaysian Grand Prix and sent him tumbling into a crash that knocked Marquez out of the race.

The kick also cost Rossi a shot at his eighth MotoGP championship and 10th in all classes as he was forced to start the final race that season from the back of the grid as a penalty; he ultimately lost the title to Jorge Lorenzo.

The kick that season was the lowlight in an already tense sprint to the finish that saw Marquez even complain that an Italian television comedy crew was harassing his family late in the season.

The feud had been somewhat dormant until Marquez's wild race in Argentina. It began with him frantically trying to restart after his motorcycle stalled on the starting grid. After disrupting the grid and ignoring orders to go to the back, Marquez was forced to ride through pit lane after the race started. He'd been heavily favored and his desperate bid to get back to the front was chaotic as Marquez first bumped Aleix Espargo and then knocked Rossi into the grass and out of the race.

Marquez, who was penalized for both incidents, blamed the touch with Rossi on wet conditions on the track and finished 18th. Rossi called Marquez a menace who is "destroying the sport" with his aggressive driving.

"It was a strange race," said Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who won the race and took the lead in the season standings. "Not only from my point of view, but what was going on behind."

Neither rider seemed interested in fanning the flames ahead of Sunday's race, at least not in their English language interviews Thursday. Rossi said he is not yet ready to meet with Marquez to hash things out. He also didn't back off is post-race comments criticizing Marquez.

"I think exactly what I said after the race in Argentina," Rossi said. "It's better to look forward."

When asked about Rossi, Marquez also decided to keep it generic.

"I'm a rider. I like to learn from everything. From that Sunday, everyone can learn and we'll try to improve for the future," Marquez said.

Marquez could tamp things down quickly if he shows the same dominant form he's had over the last several years at the Circuit of the Americas. The track built for Formula One cars has been a sweet spot for Marquez as his powerful Repsol Honda has scarcely been challenged through its s-curves and long straight. Marquez has won the Texas race the last five years with a pace that has often left Rossi well back in the distance.

Rossi's Yamaha may still make it a fight. He finished third in 2015 and second last year, a result that temporarily put him on top of the season standings. Marquez and Rossi were 1-2 in Friday's first practice session.

Everyone will be watching for new clashes this weekend. France's Johann Zarco said the feud threatens to overtake MotoGP when there is good racing throughout the grid.

"We are touching two gods, we have (Rossi) that is the first god and now Marc is becoming this other god because he is doing incredible things," Zarco said. "It is between riders that we must almost speak together and find a solution together."

Update April 20, 2018

Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

In this July 24, 2004, file photo, Lance Armstrong, right, follows compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, during the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race in the French Alps. (Bernard Papon/Pool Photo via AP)

Jim Vertuno

Austin, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington. Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement along with attorney fees paid by Armstrong.

Seeking millions it spent sponsoring Armstrong's powerhouse teams, the government joined the lawsuit against Armstrong in 2013 after his televised confession to Oprah Winfrey to using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and methods. Armstrong had already retired, but the confession shattered the legacy of one of the most popular sports figures in the world.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Armstrong said he's happy to have "made peace with the Postal Service."

"While I believe that their lawsuit against me was meritless and unfair, and while I am spending a lot of money to resolve it, I have since 2013 tried to take full responsibility for my mistakes and inappropriate conduct, and make amends wherever possible," he said. "I rode my heart out for the Postal cycling team, and was always especially proud to wear the red, white and blue eagle on my chest when competing in the Tour de France. Those memories are very real and mean a lot to me."

The settlement clears the 46-year-old Armstrong of the most damaging legal issues still facing the cyclist since his downfall. He had already taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $20 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits. The government's lawsuit would have been the biggest by far.

"No one is above the law," said Chad Readler, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Division. "This settlement demonstrates that those who cheat the government will be held accountable."

Landis attorney Paul Scott said the settlement, while far less than the potential damages, still holds Armstrong accountable for cheating.

"It's not enough to go on Oprah and say sorry," Scott said. "Our objective was to hold him responsible financially in a very real way and this deal accomplishes that objective."

Armstrong is still believed to be worth millions based on a vast investment portfolio and homes in Austin, Texas, and Aspen, Colorado. He also owns a pair of bicycle shops in Austin and WeDu, an endurance events company. He also hosts a regular podcast in which he interviews other sports figures and celebrities and has provided running commentary on the Tour de France.

Armstrong had built a world-wide following during his career winning races and fighting cancer.

His personal story of recovering from testicular cancer that had spread to his brain, while forcefully denying persistent rumors of doping, had built his Lance Armstrong Foundation cancer charity into a $500 million global brand and turned him into a celebrity. The foundation, which removed him from its board and renamed itself Livestrong, has seen donations and revenue plummet since Armstrong's confession.

Armstrong's team was already under the Postal Service sponsorship when he won his first Tour de France in 1999. The media frenzy that followed pushed the agency to sign the team for another five years. Armstrong and his teams dominated cycling's marquee event, winning every year from 1999-2005.

Armstrong's cheating was finally uncovered in 2012 when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, armed with sworn testimony from Landis and other former teammates, moved to strip Armstrong of his titles.

One of Armstrong's fiercest critics was frustrated by the settlement. Betsy Andreu, whose husband Frankie was a former Armstrong teammate, was the first to testify under oath about his performance-enhancing drug use in a 2005 civil lawsuit.

"It's utterly shocking that the government settled for so little," Andreu said.

Andreu and her husband were close with Armstrong when the men were teammates before Andreu retired in 2000. Armstrong later strenuously denied Betsy's claims of drug use and tried to publicly discredit her, which succeeded for years. She wanted the case to go to trial.

"I would have liked to have been questioned under oath. That's my goal. And whether or not the jury would have convicted him would have been a different story, but it would have been nice to have my say under oath. He tried to destroy me.," Andreu said.

Landis, himself a former doping cheat who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, sued Armstrong under the federal False Claims Act, alleging Armstrong and his team committed fraud against the government when they cheated while riding under the Postal Service banner. According to court records, the contract paid the team, which was operated by Tailwind Sports Corp., about $32 million from 2000 to 2004. Armstrong got nearly $13.5 million.

Under the lawsuit, the government could have pursued "treble" damages, which could have reached the $100 million range. As the person who filed the original lawsuit, Landis will receive $1.1 million, Scott said. Armstrong will also pay $1.65 million to cover Landis' legal fees.

Armstrong had claimed he didn't owe the Postal Service anything because the agency made far more off the sponsorship than it paid; Armstrong's lawyers introduced internal studies for the agency that calculated benefits in media exposure topping $100 million. The government countered that Armstrong had been "unjustly enriched" through the sponsorship and that the negative fallout from the doping scandal tainted the agency's reputation.

Armstrong had been the target of a federal criminal grand jury, but that case was closed without charges in February 2012. Armstrong had previously tried to settle the Landis whistleblower lawsuit, but those talks broke down before the government announced its intention to join the case.

"I am glad to resolve this case and move forward with my life," Armstrong said. "I'm looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life — my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition. There is a lot to look forward to."

Successive wins for Chelsea, draw not enough for Southampton


Chelsea's Victor Moses, left, and Burnley's Stephen Ward, challenge for the ball during theit teams’ English Premier League match at Turf Moor, in Burnley, Thursday April 19.(Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)

Tony Jimenez

London (AP) — Victor Moses has not touched the heights he did in Chelsea's Premier League-winning campaign last season but he was back to his best on Thursday.

The Nigerian international set up the first goal and scored the second himself as Chelsea won 2-1 at Burnley to move within five points of London rivals Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification place with four matches left.

In the night's other match, Southampton were unable to ease their relegation worries after a 0-0 draw at Leicester.



Chelsea, who meet Southampton in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley eight days after beating the same opponent 3-2 in the league, took control early on at Burnley and it came as no surprise when Antonio Conte's men went in front after 20 minutes.

Moses, who performed so well last season after being converted from a winger to a fast-raiding wing-back, was sent galloping clear down the right and when goalkeeper Nick Pope failed to get a hand on his cross, defender Kevin Long turned the ball into his own net from close range.

Chelsea fielded two centre-forwards — Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud — in tandem for the first time in seven years and the duo linked well.

Morata should have made it 2-0 in the second half when he sprinted clear of the Burnley defence but the Spain striker missed the target with only Pope to beat and was soon replaced by substitute Eden Hazard.

The home team made Chelsea pay for that mistake when Ashley Barnes deflected Johann Berg Gudmundsson's long-range drive beyond goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 64th minute.

Moses then settled Chelsea nerves in the 69th minute when he beat the unsighted Pope at his near post with a firm right-footed shot from 10 meters.

Conte praised the way his two strikers played together.

"They did a great job," said Conte. "Giroud and Morata played a fantastic game and sacrificed themselves for the team. They put great pressure on the ball in every moment."

Morata, though, looked frustrated on the bench when he was taken off.

"Alvaro must be angry because when you have a chance to score, you have to score," said Conte. "I think he was very angry with himself for this chance he missed."

Seventh-place Burnley missed the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal in the standings but remain in a good position to qualify for the Europa League.



Southampton snapped a four-match losing run but their 0-0 draw at Leicester did little to ease the club's relegation fears.

Mark Hughes' team are four points adrift of fourth from bottom Swansea, who have played one game fewer, and five behind next-best Crystal Palace.

Dusan Tadic went close for Southampton early on and the visitors should have done better with two chances late in the first half.

Cedric Soares missed the target with a volley from Shane Long's far-post cross before Long failed to make the most of a potential two-on-one opportunity, misplacing his pass to Tadic.

The draw halted back-to-back losses for Leicester, who remain eighth.

Golovkin gets opponent for May 5 fight in Martirosyan

Gennady Golovkin is shown in this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Carson, Calif. (AP) — Gennady Golovkin finally has an opponent for his May 5 fight.

The middleweight champion has found a replacement for Canelo Alvarez, who has been suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing two drug tests. Golovkin will defend his WBC, WBA and IBF titles against Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan at the StubHub Center.

"Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career. He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him," said Golovkin. "I am happy to be back on HBO and fighting at StubHub Center because they have great boxing fans. I will give my fans another big drama show."

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) and Alvarez fought to a draw last September, and the rematch was the most anticipated bout of the year. But Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol.

Should Triple G beat Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), the rematch with Alvarez likely will take place later in the year. Alvarez's promoters say he will return to the ring in September.

Tom Loeffler, Triple G's promoter, said extra seats will be added at StubHub Center for the fight.

"Vanes Martirosyan brings a passionate Armenian fan base from nearby Glendale and an aggressive style of fighting," Loeffler said. "Best of all, he is ready and wants the fight. Golovkin vs. Martirosyan will definitely be the fiesta de resistance of Cinco De Mayo."

Martirosyan has lost three of his last six fights, including to Erislandy Lara for the WBA super welterweight crown last May. He has not fought since.

"I'm sparring, I'm on weight," Martirosyan recently told the Los Angeles Times. "When they asked me if I'd take this fight, I said yes. I didn't ask about money at all. It's a good show for L.A. Cinco De Mayo. Armenians will pack the place. I have a lot of Mexican fans. I do believe in my heart I'm going to beat (Golovkin) because he's never fought someone with my style."

India hopes to host 3 sports events, including 2032 Olympics

President of the Indian Olympic Association Narinder Dhruv Batra, left, speaks during a press conference with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 19. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

New Delhi (AP) — The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events — the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The bidding process for the 2026 Youth Olympics is likely to start in 2020. Thailand has also expressed interest in hosting the event.

Addressing a press conference Thursday with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, IOA President Narindra Batra says he expects fierce competition from other bidders.

Bach says India has the capability to host big events but advised it to wait for the bidding process to start. He said no procedure is currently open for the 2032 Olympic Games or for 2026 Youth Olympics.

Update April 17 -19, 2018

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi surges to win men's Boston Marathon

Yuki Kawauchi, of Japan, wins the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, in Boston. He is the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Kyle Hightower

Boston (AP) — Yuki Kawauchi seemed like just another spotlight-seeking, early front-runner when he darted out to take the lead at the start of Monday's Boston Marathon.

It turns out the veteran Japanese marathoner saved plenty for the finish, as well.

Kawauchi battled a steady headwind and blinding wet conditions to surge with a mile to go, overtaking Geoffrey Kirui to win his first Boston Marathon.

"I've been running for 26 years, and in 26 years this is by far the best day of my life," Kawauchi said afterward through an interpreter.

Kawauchi crossed the finish line in a time of 2:15:58. He becomes the first Japanese man to win Boston since Seko Toshihiko took the title in 1987. He is the first Asian runner to win the race since Korea's Lee Bong-Ju in 2001.

Kawauchi joked that the wind and cold were the "best conditions possible."

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui was second in 2:18:23, followed by American Shadrack Biwott in 2:18:35. Biwott's result marked a huge day for the American men which placed three runners in the top 5. It marks the second straight year that six American men placed in the top 10. Tyler Pennel was fourth (2:18:57) and Andrew Bumbalough finished fifth (2:19:52).

Meanwhile, the usually strong Kenyan team had only Kirui in the top 10.

It is the first major title for Kawauchi, who lists Bill "Boston Billy" Rodgers — a four-time winner of the race  — as one of his mentors. It was also the person who Kawauchi says encouraged him to run Boston.

The last time a Japanese runner finished on top of the podium at the Boston Marathon was the same year Kawauchi was born.

"I can't help but feel the hand of fate in this," he said.

He's also hoping this can be a watershed moment for a new generation of runners on a continent that is not known for its marathoners.

"It's been a long time since an Asian has won here," Kawauchi said. "The level of the sport in Asia is not at its peak right now. I hope this this will help to turn it around."

Kawauchi sprinted out to an early lead before falling back. He surged several times during the soggy, windy race before finally sustaining it late to pass Kirui.

Front-running was one of "several scenarios" Kawauchi said he considered before the race.

"It played out that way," he said.

Though he had never won a major marathon crown, the 31-year-old had captured more than 30 marathon titles in career. He ran 12 marathons in 2017 alone, winning five. He says he runs so many marathons mostly as a training device, with so few races in his native Kuki, Saitama, Japan.

In majors, he finished fourth in Tokyo in 2010 and third in 2011 in the same race.

Kirui seemed to be headed for the victory when he had passed the toughest stretch of Heartbreak Hill at around the 22-mile mark. He was maintaining about a 90-second gap.

"At that point I was trying to control the race. It was not my plan to push," Kirui said.

It's why he said he was not surprised that Kawauchi was able to make the move he did in the final few miles.

"The last mile was very tough," Kirui said. "The legs become stiff so that gave me a challenge."

Kawauchi was in almost a dead sprint when he passed Kirui with just about three miles to go. He was soon all alone as Kirui steadily faded.

Biwott nearly got on the podium in last year's race, finishing fourth. He was fifth in New York in 2016.

He's a native of Kenya, becoming an American citizen in 2012.

"I can't believe today was the day. But I knew it was going to happen someday," Biwott said of breaking through with his first major top 3 finish.

Kawauchi said he doesn't plan to change his training regimen, even vowing to undertake a preplanned run on Tuesday.

"Maybe one hour," he said.

And how long is that, exactly?

"Maybe 10K."

Former champion Tyson Fury to fight again after doping ban

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury talks during a press conference to announce his return to the ring, in London, Thursday April 12. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

London (AP) — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is returning to the ring after a doping ban.

The 29-year-old Briton has signed with promoter Frank Warren and plans to fight on June 9 at the Manchester Arena against an opponent who is yet to be revealed.

Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, a result that shocked boxing and revitalized the heavyweight division.

The British Boxing Board of Control suspended Fury in 2016 for drug and medical issues, amid a separate U.K. Anti-Doping investigation. That UKAD case ended in December when the fighter accepted a backdated two-year doping ban for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples.

Anthony Joshua has now moved to the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing by becoming the WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder.

"He is a belt carrier for me," Fury said. "By the time I get ready to fight, it is going to be an easy fight, no contest. He is looking for one punch all night.

"We all saw the (Joseph) Parker affair. Anybody who can move a bit and throw a few feints, he struggles ... I will outbox him for a few rounds and then I will knock him out."

Fury wants "to reclaim what is rightfully mine" from Joshua.

"There are a few people out there claiming to be the world's best, but I know for a fact they are not," Fury said. "Given the right amount of fights, then I don't believe these guys are going to be much of a match-up for me."

Fury believes the current heavyweight title holders are "sluggers and wild punchers".

He feels WBC champion Deontay Wilder is "top of the pile", but maintained with typical bravado: "They are all vulnerable and very beatable too".

Warren cautioned that Fury would need three or four fights before being ready to take on the best in the business.

"Until (other title holders) fight him," Warren said, "they cannot consider themselves to be the (true) champion."

Nadal wary of saying he's fully recovered from thigh injury

In this Sunday April 8, 2018 file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during a World Group quarterfinal Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Jerome Pugmire

Monaco (AP) — Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he's fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title.

The top-ranked Spaniard only recently returned to action at the Davis Cup, after a recurrence of the injury forced him out of the Mexico Open and then Masters tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami last month.

Those setbacks followed his crushing disappointment at the Australian Open, where he was forced to retire in the fifth set of the quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.

Nadal had expected to make his comeback in Acapulco, but the injury flared up again during a last practice session with French player Adrian Mannarino. Looking back on it Sunday, the 16-time Grand Slam champion said it was mentally "even harder than what happened in Australia" because he was so convinced he would play.

"I did all the things the right way, practicing one week before, to be ready for the tournament and then it happened," Nadal told reporters. "You're in Acapulco, you fly all the way ... Then the doctors told me: 'You will not be able to play in Indian Wells, Miami.' So that was hard to accept."

So was the painstakingly dull recovery which followed.

"I was unable to do any physical work because the psoas (muscle) was affecting all the movements I could do," he said. "It was a boring time because I don't like to be doing nothing."

Nadal wasn't bored last weekend, however, winning both his Davis Cup singles against Germany without dropping a set. Although he appears to have slotted straight back into his clay groove, his Acapulco setback leaves him circumspect about speaking too soon.

"Well it happened twice, so you never know," he said. "Of course it stays a little bit in your mind."

Nadal begins his bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo title with a second-round match against either Aljaz Bedene or Mirza Basic. He needs to win the tournament or Roger Federer will reclaim top ranking in their seemingly endless fight for supremacy. They have won the last five Grand Slams, three for Federer

But with 20-time major winner Federer again skipping the clay season, Nadal must wait a while longer to try and avenge a run of five straight defeats to the Swiss star.

He took a swipe, although an amiable one, at Federer.

"He says he will love to play against me again in best of five sets on clay, and I thought he would play Roland Garros," Nadal said, with a wry smile. "A few days later he says he will not play in one (clay) event, so there's a little bit of controversy with that."

Nadal's victory at Monte Carlo last year made him the first men's tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. He then won a 10th French Open.

He feels at home at the picture-postcard tournament with its center court perched over the glittering Mediterranean sea. The Monte Carlo tournament launched his career as a scraggly-haired 16-year-old in 2003, although the sun had long set when he beat defending French Open champion Albert Costa under floodlights in the second round.

"I always feel good when I am here," Nadal said. "It's been a love story."

The only Monte Carlo final that the 31-year-old Nadal has lost was to Novak Djokovic in 2013. Djokovic added another Monte Carlo title in 2015, during his pomp.

But the former top-ranked Serb looks a shadow of the player he was. Hindered by a persistent right elbow injury, his ranking has tumbled to 13.

Earlier this month, Djokovic stopped working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek — the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion.

After significant rest during the second half of last year and a medical procedure in February, Djokovic spoke confidently of being pain-free — at long last.

Then, he lost his first match at the Miami Open in straight sets.

Djokovic used to be the player everyone was chasing. He even beat Nadal during a glorious run of seven straight finals and holds a 26-24 winning record against him.

They have won a record 30 Masters each, but Nadal looks the more likely to get No. 31.

Kolkata record emphatic 71-run over Delhi in IPL

Kolkata Night Riders' Andre Russel hits out during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against Delhi Daredevils in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 16. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Kolkata, India (AP) — Nitish Rana hit an aggressive 59 and Andre Russell smashed 41 off 12 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

Thanks to Rana and Russell, Kolkata posted 200-8.

Delhi lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out for 129 in 14.2 overs. Spinners Sunil Narine (3-18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) finished off the rout.

"The wrist spinners are picked in the IPL for a purpose. They're doing a good job for us," Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik said.

Kolkata earned their second win, while Delhi suffered a third loss in four games.

After losing the toss and being put in to bat, Kolkata were given a platform by Robin Uthappa (35) and Chris Lynn (31) at the top of the order.

Delhi seemed to be in control at 117-4 after Kolkata lost Karthik on 19 in the 14th over. Then Russell was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy and Russell took full advantage. He smashed six sixes off Mohammad Shami's two overs that cost the seamer 42 runs, and Rana completed his half-century off 30 balls.

Trent Boult, who bowled a first-over maiden to Lynn, returned and clean bowled Russell with a yorker.

Rana holed out to Gautam Gambhir when he was deceived by Chris Morris' slower delivery. Rana's 59 off 35 deliveries included five fours and four sixes.

Delhi legspinner Rahul Tewatia took 3-18, all of his wickets in the last over.

Delhi's chase stuttered at 24-3.

Glenn Maxwell (47) and Rishabh Pant (43) gave Delhi a glimmer of hope with a 62-run fourth wicket stand off 33 balls.

But Kolkata came back hard and Delhi lost their last seven wickets for 43 runs in 5.5 overs.

Yadav hurried the collapse when Pant and Maxwell both were caught in the deep while going for big shots off the left-arm spinner, and Narine ran through the tail-enders.

"It's going to be tough against three quality spinners like theirs," said Gambhir, who switched from Kolkata to lead Delhi.

"We had plans for him (Russell) but when he gets going it's tough for the bowlers to execute the plans.

"We still have 10 more games, a lot of work to do."

Update April 16, 2018

Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car on the way to winning the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 15. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Stephen Wade

Shanghai (AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo yanked off his right shoe, poured champagne into it as he stood on the podium, and then drank up to his unlikely victory in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Australian started from the third row, but took advantage when the safety car came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh, soft tires when the other leaders were running on worn rubber and couldn't get in quickly to change.

Ricciardo got quicker and quicker and took the lead on the 45th lap of the 56-lap race, overtaking Valtteri Bottas with a dive on the inside past the Mercedes driver.

"A lot of time you only get one chance, so I make the most of every opportunity," Ricciardo said. "I don't seem to win boring races. They all are pretty fun, but that was unexpected."

Bottas called it a "fair" pass and finished second with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in third.

Ricciardo said he knew he had a great chance with the fresh rubber. And he knew he got a bit lucky.

"That was obviously giving us a good little bit of grip on the restart," Ricciardo said. "Once I was aware we had the pace, I wasn't going to let that slip."

Red Bull's victory leaves the Formula One season in a scramble after just three races. There's no clear favorite and plenty of questions.

Mercedes, the power of the last few seasons, has not won any of the first three races with defending champion Lewis Hamilton and Bottas at the wheel. Hamilton finished fourth on Sunday and was never a factor.

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari won the first two races in Australia and Bahrain, but failed to capitalize on his pole position in China. He led for the first 20 laps but fell back, first due to a pit stop and then after a collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the 43rd lap. Vettel finished eighth.

Verstappen, who initially finished fourth, was given a 10-second penalty for his brush with Vettel and wound up fifth.

Ferrari's Vettel still leads the season standings with 54 points after three races.  Hamilton, the four-time and defending champion, improved his season points total to 45. Bottas has 40 points in third place and Ricciardo is fourth with 37.

"Saturday and Sunday felt like a disaster from my side," Hamilton said. "I just haven't had the pace since yesterday (Saturday), and I struggled with the car."

Bottas acknowledged Mercedes still "has work to do."

"It's so close between Red Bull, Ferrari and us," he said. "Just depending on the conditions and whoever gets the tires and the set up right. It's very close depending on the conditions."

Bottas said the race "slipped away."

"We were going pretty well and we were looking strong until the safety car," he said. "It kind of felt like we deserved a victory, but not today. That is racing. These things happen."

Nico Hulkenberg of Renault was sixth followed by Fernando Alonso of McLaren. Vettel, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Haas' Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10.

This was Ricciardo's sixth career win, and his first since a victory a year ago in Azerbaijan, the venue for the next race in two weeks.

What a difference a week makes.

In Bahrain the previous week, Ricciardo and Verstappen were out after the first several laps on a frustrating weekend for Red Bull.

"This sport's crazy," he said. "A week ago I was with my head down after two laps; frustrated at the sport, frustrated at all the variables that are involved in the sport. Sometimes I question why I chose this sport. It does get you down a lot. But then you have a day like this it's worth all those bad ones."

United lose to West Brom 1-0, gift EPL title to Man City

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku shows his dejection after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, Manchester, Sunday April 15. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

Manchester, England (AP) — Manchester United gifted the Premier League title to fierce rivals Manchester City in improbable fashion by losing 1-0 to last-place West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

A week after preventing their neighbors from clinching the title in front of their own fans by rallying from 2-0 down to win 3-2, United delivered a similarly unlikely result as managerless West Brom pulled off one of the shocks of the season.

Jay Rodriguez headed in a 73rd-minute winning goal to seal only a second win since August and allow City to clinch the title without kicking a ball.

City manager Pep Guardiola might have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Trafford when he returned from his round of golf with his son. His decision to forego the match looked justified considering West Brom's dreadful form, but the visitors easily coped with United's ponderous attacks and looked dangerous going forward.

West Brom are still nine points from safety and look destined for relegation. United are now just one point above third-place Liverpool.

United should have had a first-half penalty after Craig Dawson caught Ander Herrera, but complacency seeped in and West Brom showed fight under caretaker boss Darren Moore that has been sorely lacking this season.

United were too narrow and predictable, with wide players Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata constantly cutting inside and leaving the midfield congested. By the hour mark, Mourinho had brought on attacking players Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for central midfielders Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba but things didn't really improve.

It wasn't the best day for Romelu Lukaku against his former club, either.

When his first touch wasn't heavy, he found Ben Foster an impenetrable barrier as the West Brom goalkeeper produced impressive saves from Lukaku in each half.

Ultimately, Rodriguez was the savior for West Brom — and the title-clincher for City.

Just days after the Football Association announced that a charge of racially abusing Brighton's Gaetan Bong had been found "not proven," the forward pounced to score from close range after United midfielder Nemanja Matic headed the ball back into his own area at a corner.

"Manchester City, we won it for you," chanted the West Brom fans at the end of a match greeted by jeers by United supporters.

Mourinho said his players were "masters in complicated football."

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated," he said. "One more touch to control the ball, one more flick, one more trick. We always gave them the opportunity to be solid, compact in the low block with strong physical players.

"They always had time to organise themselves. We wanted to dribble and dribble, and everything was complicated."

Double gold for New Zealand at expense of Olympic champions

New Zealand's Michaela Blyde, right, and Australia's Ellia Green battle for the ball during their women's rugby sevens gold medal match at Robina Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, April 15. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Gold Coast, Australia (AP) — Rio revenge, a brain fade and a gripping contest forced into extra time.

New Zealand got some Olympic revenge on Australia to claim the inaugural Commonwealth Games rugby women's sevens gold medal with an extra-time win on Sunday. The Kiwis made it a double within the hour by upsetting Olympic champions Fiji 14-0 in the men's final.

The women's decider was locked 12-12 at fulltime, and it took until the first passage of extra time for Kelly Brazier to run the length of field to gift New Zealand the gold 17-12.

In a game littered with what-ifs for the Australians, Cassie Staples kicked the ball into the crowd while Australia had possession at full time and within 40 meters of the tryline.

Even New Zealand captain Sarah Goss made mention of the costly mistake.

"I couldn't believe it. I had no idea what was going on ... but I am so proud of the girls," Goss said. "It's been an amazing run over the last eight weeks."

For Australia coach Tim Walsh, it was the ultimate gatecrash.

Sunday was Walsh's last day as head coach of a women's team which has raised the national profile of the sport.

"We're devastated ... you can't fault the effort we put in but we don't like losing," Walsh said. "We know we made some mistakes, they do happen ... we did well to come back from 12-nil down, and credit to New Zealand."

Speaking of the intense rivalry with Australia, New Zealand's Theresa Fitzpatrick said: "They are our biggest competition and we are just as skilled, the skill level is high for both teams, it's just about heart."

Charlotte Caslick, one of Australia's best at these games, didn't come back on in the second half after a head knock.

Australia had already lost co-captain Sharni Williams, who was ruled out before the semifinals with an injured left ankle.

The New Zealand men made it a double celebration by upsetting crowd-favorites Fiji after crossing for two first-half tries.

It was their defense that won the game — New Zealand captain Scott Currie pulled off a try-saving tackle in the second half that showcased their tenacity.

An increasingly frustrated Fiji couldn't find their rhythm in a scoreless second half, a rarity for two teams so skilled at running the ball.

"We watched the women go into overtime and their win at the end really inspired us to get the double," said Tim Mikkelson, who was also part of the New Zealand squad that won gold in New Delhi in 2010. The New Zealand men celebrated later with a bare-chested haka on the field.

England got a double, too, beating Canada 24-19 in the women's bronze-medal match and South Africa 21-14 in the men's playoff for third spot.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont timed his run at the Commonwealth Games to announce Fiji was putting in a bid host a leg of the World Series in the near future.

Oladipo scores 32 points, Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

Indiana Pacers' Darren Collison (2) passes around Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood (1) in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 15, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland's second-half rally for a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years.

Indiana was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double. But James got little help as Cleveland's four other starters — Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill — combined for 25 points.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals, and already the path is tougher than imagined.

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. Indiana was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round.


BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton's long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer to top Milwaukee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points, and rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City beat Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference series.

George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous record of five. He made 8 of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with Indiana in the offseason.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

Update April 14-15, 2018

Hamilton quickest in both practice sessions for Chinese GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets into his car during the first practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Friday, April 13. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Shanghai (AP) — Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Englishman has won five times in China — including last year — and will be looking for his first victory of the season on Sunday. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the first two races in Australia and Bahrain.

Hamilton of Mercedes clocked 1 minute, 33.999 seconds in the morning on the 5.451-kilometer circuit. In the afternoon he was slightly quicker with a time of 1:33.482.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was the second quickest in both sessions, and in the afternoon he was only 0.007 behind Hamilton. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third in both sessions.

Vettel was sixth in the first session, but moved up to fourth in the second.

Hamilton has dominated in a decade of racing in China. In addition to five victories, he's taken pole six times in 11 attempts.

A light rain coated the track in the final minutes of the second session. The first session was dry despite the threat of rain on a chilly, windy day.

Rain is forecast for Saturday qualifying, with race day expected to be dry.

Semenya clinches distance double at Commonwealth Games

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the woman's 800m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Friday, April 13. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

John Pye

Gold Coast, Australia (AP) — The world record has stood since 1983. As far as Caster Semenya is concerned, it can wait a few more months.

Semenya won her favored 800 meters in a Commonwealth Games record of 1 minute, 56.68 seconds on Friday night to complete a middle-distance double on the Gold Coast.

The two-time Olympic 800 champion won the 1,500 earlier in a games record time, too, and wanted to enjoy the moment. She went close to the double at the world championships last year, finishing with gold in the 800 and bronze in the longer race.

After her convincing win, questions turned — as they inevitably do for Semenya — to the world record of 1:53.28 set by Jarmila Kratochvilova 35 years ago.

"I'm still young — just turned 27. Still want to have three, four ... months before I decide if I want a world record or not," she said. "Obviously it's not that much important at the moment. What's important now is to be able to win every race that I run."

For now, that means winning the 800-1,500 double at every major championship right through to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After that, who knows?

"We need to run four championships in doubles and then decide if we still have speed for the 800," she said. "If we do, we continue with 800. If not, we go further. We have 5,000 and 10k — I believe I can still do better in future.

"I feel I can fit into distance running. For me, this is more than a game."

After Semenya's double over the middle distance, Joshua Cheptegei completed a longer distance-double for Uganda, adding the 10,000-meter title in a games record 27:19.62 to go with his earlier win in the 5,000.

New Zealanders flocked to the Carrara Stadium hoping for two gold medals, with Valerie Adams targeting a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games title in the shot put and Eliza McCartney among the favorites in the women's pole vault. They both finished with silver.

Canada's Alysha Newman set a games record 4.75 meters to win the pole vault, beating McCartney by 5 centimeters.

Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd's last shot of 19.36 was good enough for gold, breaking a tie with Adams at 18.70.

The 33-year-old Adams, coming back to competition for the first time since having her first child last year, said having her family and baby in the crowd helped give her perspective.

"It's been an amazing six months of my life," she said. "Today I left my heart out there. It was a great fight — Danniel deserved to win. She threw a massive throw, she's young and strong and in shape."

After her event, Adams went to the stands to hug her daughter, Kimoana, and her family. The two-time Olympic champion said she'll consult with her family before deciding on whether to keep training for Tokyo.

"I can't be selfish anymore, it's not just me," Adams said. "If anyone asked me if I was going to be competing with a child, not at all, I could never see myself coming back.  But it's possible. That gives you perspective on life."

The night's last event, the women's 100-meter hurdles, was expected to be Australia's moment. World and former Olympic champion Sally Pearson featured in all the promotional material as the local girl at the game, but withdrew before the program started with an injury.

With Pearson watching in the stadium, Oluwatobiloba Amusan of Nigeria won in a meet record 12.68 from Jamaicans Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.

After competing in seven disciplines in two days, England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6,255 points, a margin of 122 over silver-medalist Nina Schultz of Canada.

In a dramatic finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto won in a meet record 8 minutes, 10.08 seconds to lead a sixth consecutive Kenyan sweep of the medals in that event at the Commonwealth Games.

Urging his teammates on as he moved into lane two coming out of the final curve, Kipruto started his celebrations halfway down the last stretch and was followed in by Abraham Kibiwott.

Canada's Matthew Hughes was in strong position for a bronze to break Kenya's monopoly of the medals but, despite a desperate dive across the finish line, he couldn't hold off the fast finishing Amos Kirui.

Hughes ended on his hands and knees, exhausted and frustrated again. Hughes was fourth at Glasgow four years ago as well.

"I've never done that before in my entire life — it was instinct," Hughes said of his dive. "I'm sick and tired of coming here ... my mentality was rewrite the script — the Kenyans just come in here and do whatever they want and nobody tries to mess up their plans."

Frustrated Golovkin struggling to book Canelo replacement

This Sept. 17, 2017 file photo shows Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin during their middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Greg Beacham

Los Angeles (AP) — Gennady Golovkin is growing frustrated with boxing's sanctioning bodies while he struggles to find a replacement opponent for Canelo Alvarez on May 5.

Golovkin and his promoter and trainer appeared in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to announce they still haven't found a suitable replacement, and time is running out.

"I'm hungry," said Golovkin, who turned 36 years old last Sunday. "Just give me a fight."

The unbeaten middleweight champion's rematch with Alvarez in Las Vegas fell through after the Mexican star failed a doping test in February and finally withdrew from the bout last week.

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is still in training for a fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but he doesn't appear to be much closer to finding a suitable opponent for what would be his 20th defense of his 160-pound titles.

Promoter Tom Loeffler believes he must finalize a deal by "the middle of next week" to stage a bout on a traditionally huge date for boxing.

"At some point, we're going to run out of time," Loeffler said. "Right now, it's three weeks from Saturday. The arenas are all still working with us. The networks are working with us. ... Unfortunately, when you have fights like this that fall out, not everything is under our control. We're under the gun now just to save May 5."

Loeffler said he has worked extensively to reach a deal with a new opponent while still keeping happy all three sanctioning bodies behind Golovkin's middleweight belts — a nearly impossible chore in the fractious world of prizefighting.

Although Loeffler repeatedly declined to go into extensive details about the obstacles in place, Golovkin is determined to avoid being stripped of any titles by the sanctioning bodies.

Unlike Floyd Mayweather and other champions who view title belts as relatively unimportant, Golovkin prizes his reign as a decorated champion after he fought in Europe for years without attention or title belts. After concluding his lucrative business with Alvarez, Golovkin's ultimate dream is to fight Britain's Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title, the only one he doesn't hold among the four major sanctioning bodies.

With that mandate from his champion, Loeffler is having trouble reconciling the desires of the IBF, WBA and WBC in finding a replacement for Alvarez. The IBF is particularly strident in its opposition to any opponent except mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

While Golovkin would be willing to fight the little-known Ukrainian contender, Loeffler believes the matchup would be much less lucrative than other potential matchups.

"If we had enough time, we could promote that bout," Loeffler said. "It would be much more difficult in a short period of time like we have right now."

Irish contender Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, Jermell Charlo and former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan all have been discussed for the bout. Martirosyan seems to be the most likely candidate, with the boxers probably fighting in the famed outdoor ring in Carson, California, but Loeffler hasn't closed the deal.

"I'm a little disappointed because there's no opponent," said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez. "We're on schedule for our May 5 fight. ... I think the fans are clamoring just to see him fight somebody. Hopefully none of the people and the organizations trying to get in the way are going to be able to."

While Golovkin wants to keep busy, he also has his eyes on the future. If Canelo's potential suspension is only a six-month ban after his meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission on April 18, Golovkin and Alvarez probably could meet in September near Mexico's Independence Day, another traditionally big weekend for boxing.

"This is one of the longest layoffs of his career," Loeffler said of Golovkin. "We think it's patently unfair that he doesn't fight just because Canelo is suspended."

Madrid-Bayern, Liverpool-Roma in Champions League semifinals

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev, left, and Former Ukrainian soccer player Andriy Shevchenko, right, pose with the Champions league trophy after the semifinal draw of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18, at the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Friday, April 13. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Graham Dunbar

Nyon, Switzerland (AP) — A Champions League semifinal draw steeped in the competition's rich history paired Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on Friday, and then matched Liverpool with Roma.

Two-time defending champions Madrid will first play Bayern in Munich on April 25 in a clash of powerhouse clubs with a combined 17 European titles.

"It's clear who are favorites. We're up against the Champions League winners," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Madrid and Bayern have never met in the final — despite a combined 25 appearances in the 63-year-old competition's title game — but this will be their seventh semifinal meeting.

In contrast, Liverpool and Roma played in the 1984 final, the only other season in which the Italian club advanced as far as the semifinals. Liverpool won that match in the Italian club's Olympic Stadium home.

Anfield will stage the first leg on April 24, when Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will reunite with the Roma teammates he left last June in a 42 million euro ($50 million) transfer.

"Everybody knows how big Mo's impact on our season has been," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said in comments published on the club's website. "Where would they (Roma) be if Mo was still there?"

The pairing of American-owned clubs pits a Liverpool team tied to the Boston Red Sox against Roma president James Pallotta, who has a stake in the Boston Celtics.

Both return games will be played the following week. The final is scheduled for May 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The Ukrainian city's mayor, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, was at UEFA headquarters Friday for the draw.

Madrid, seeking a record-extending 13th European title, are in the semifinals for the eighth straight year. That run has included three titles and four losses at the semifinal stage, including to Bayern in 2012 on penalties in Madrid.

Bayern, five-time champions, also eliminated Madrid in the semifinals of 1976, 1987 and 2001.

Madrid beat a Bayern team coached by Pep Guardiola home and away in the 2014 semifinals, and also won their 2000 semifinal matchup.

A Champions League final for Bayern would be a fitting end to coach Jupp Heynckes' career with the German champions, who announced Friday they had hired Niko Kovac to take over next season.

Heynckes came out of retirement in October after Bayern's faltering start to the season led to Carlo Ancelotti leaving as coach.

Bayern have not been to a Champions League final since 2013, beating a Klopp-coached Borussia Dortmund in what was also a last game for Heynckes before his first retirement. Heynckes also coached Madrid to the title in 1998 — another trophy-winning farewell before he was fired.

Liverpool won the first of their five European titles in Rome in 1977, and got their fourth seven years later by beating Roma in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. This will be their first Champions League semifinal match since 2008, when they lost to Chelsea.

This season, Liverpool are the only unbeaten team despite playing the most games, 12, after coming through the playoff round in August. The competition's top-scoring team added five goals to their tally by beating favored Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

"Liverpool have made a statement like we did," said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi, who scored in the surprising 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to overturn a 4-1 first-leg loss.

Roma also advanced on the away-goals rule in the last 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk, first losing the away leg then shutting out their opponent in a home win. For the third straight round, Roma start on the road.

Also Friday, Arsenal were drawn to face Atletico Madrid and Marseille were chosen to play Salzburg in the Europa League semifinals.

The first legs will be played on April 26, with the return games on May 3. The final will be played on May 16 in Lyon, France, and the champions will get direct entry into next season's Champions League.

Update April 13, 2018

Surprises highlight big night at Commonwealth Games track

England's Zharnel Hughes, left, and Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards cross the finish line together in the men's 200m final at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

John Pye

Gold Coast, Australia (AP) — The expected duel between Olympic champions was a lopsided contest, with Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning the women's 200 meters in a Commonwealth Games record and Elaine Thompson missing out on a medal.

Zharnel Hughes thought he'd won the men's 200 but he missed out on a medal, too. Hughes was given provisional first place in a photo finish with Jareem Richardson when they crossed in 20.12, but Hughes was later disqualified.

Hughes and world championship bronze medalist Richardson were in adjacent lanes and their arms collided only meters from the finish line.

Richardson, who was inside Hughes and closing in on him quickly down the straight, appeared to be impeded, but didn't know he'd been awarded the win until the pair had completed a lap of honor. A later protest by Hughes was rejected by officials.

"He definitely saw me coming because he broke up when I was coming up on him and I felt his arm hit me across my chest," Richardson said. "I feel for him. To see somebody who is a track and field friend lose a medal is not a good feeling, but also I gained a gold medal from that. I'm thankful, but I feel for his loss."

Aaron Brown of Canada took silver in 20.34 and Northern Ireland's Leon Reid moved into third.

It was a second gold of the meet for Trinidad and Tobago, after Michelle-Lee Ahye won the women's 100 title and relegated Jamaicans to silver and bronze.

Watching it all was eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, now retired but at the Carrara Stadium to present the medals to the women's 200-meters champion. Many expected him to be draping the gold medal over the neck of fellow Jamaican Thompson, who won the 100-200 double in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Instead it was Miller-Uibo, who won the Olympic 400-meter title with a memorable diving finish, who won the women's 200 title in 22.09, taking 0.11 off the games record set by another Bahamas sprinter, Debbie Ferguson, in 2002.

Shericka Jackson of Jamaica took silver in 22.18 and Dina Asher-Smith of England was third in 22.29, fractionally ahead of Thompson.

"Me and Eileen, we compete a lot. She's a great competitor. It's early in the season, so a lot of people weren't in too great shape, but I think we put on a great show for the crowd," Miller-Uibo said.

She was surprised that Thompson didn't finish on the podium.

"Of course it's a little shocking, but ... anything can happen in the summer."

Earlier, Kyron McMaster won the 400-meter hurdles gold medal to give the British Virgin Islands its first medal ever at the Commonwealth Games.

He won in 48.25 seconds from Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas and Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica. McMaster dedicated the title to his former coach Xavier "Dag" Samuels, who died last year when Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean.

McMaster had the word "Guidance" tattooed onto his left biceps and printed on the wristband on his right arm as a tribute to Samuels.

"Tonight the gold meant a lot to the country, but I did what my coach would have wanted me to, go out there and run my race," McMaster said. "He's with me everywhere I go."

The first gold medal of the night went to Jamaica, with Janieve Russell winning the women's 400-meter hurdles.

Canada's Christabel Nettey won the women's long jump with a leading mark of 6.84 meters and Wycliffe Kinyamal won Kenya's first gold medal of the games with victory in the 800 meters in 1:45.11, holding off Kyle Langford of England.

Australia picked up gold medals in the pole vault and the women's discus.

Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.70 meters on his third and final attempt to edge Canada's Shawn Barber. Dani Stevens broke a 20-year-old games record to win the women's discus in with a best throw of 68.92 meters.

Arsenal overcome Europa scare, Salzburg stage fightback

CSKA's Aleksandr Golovin, right, battles for the ball with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey during the Europa League quarter final, second leg soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Arsenal at the CSKA Arena, Moscow, Thursday, April 12. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

James Ellingworth

Moscow (AP) — Arsenal overcame a scare against CSKA Moscow Thursday to reach the Europa League semifinals, while Salzburg staged a stunning comeback to knock Lazio out with four goals in a 20-minute burst.

Played at a time of growing political tension between the Russian and British governments, there was no sign of trouble on the streets outside the VEB Arena in Moscow.

CSKA went 2-0 up to put Arsenal under pressure but the London club hit back to draw 2-2 on the night and progress 6-3 on aggregate.

Lazio seemed poised to clinch a place in the last four when Ciro Immobile struck in the 55th minute to give the Italian team a 5-2 advantage on aggregate.

Salzburg, though, produced a spectacular recovery to become the first Austrian team to reach the semifinals of the competition in its current form.

Marseille also qualified after losing the first leg, beating Leipzig 5-2 to win 5-3 overall, while Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon but scraped through 2-1 on aggregate.

Thursday's Europa League fixtures continued a week of dramatic Champions League comebacks, after Roma beat Barcelona and Juventus came close to knocking out Real Madrid.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was a sign European competition is becoming more evenly matched. "The games are very open and everything is possible in every game," he said.

The Europa League semifinal draw will be on Friday.

It's playoff time: The NBA's first-round pairings are set

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 11. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Tim Reynolds

Miami (AP) — The NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow.

The regular season ended with a flourish.

Wednesday's final night of the regular season was well beyond dramatic — an overtime game between Minnesota and Denver to decide the last berth, another overtime game between Miami and Toronto to determine some East fates, a 46-point first quarter by Philadelphia , an absurd 20-rebound, 19-assist night from Russell Westbrook.

And now, the best time of the NBA year is finally here.

The playoffs are back, with Golden State and Cleveland — who've met in the last three NBA Finals — not exactly looking like the overwhelming favorites the league has come to expect. A fourth straight Warriors-Cavs matchup is no guarantee. A fourth straight trip by either of those teams alone is far from certain, either.

It all starts Saturday, the 16-team tournament that will be a two-month grind following the six-month grind of the regular season.

"I feel pretty ready," Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. "We're ready to go."

So are 15 other teams.

Start with the East pairings: Lowry and the top-seeded Raptors play No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston faces No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia gets No. 6 Miami and No. 4 Cleveland — with LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive appearance in The Finals — opening against No. 5 Indiana, a surprise team at the start of the season and one that isn't a surprise anymore.

"We're one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship," James said. "That's all you can ask for."

Philadelphia, after years of the rebuilding saga known as "The Process," has a chance as well. The 76ers are going into the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak.

"Take a deep breath, then reload," 76ers coach Brett Brown said, talking about what he wants his team to do before getting ready for Game 1.

Out West, it's No. 1 Houston meeting No. 8 Minnesota — which earned its berth by topping Denver in the NBA's first win-and-get-in, lose-and-go-home regular-season finale in 21 years. No. 2 Golden State opens its quest for a third championship in four seasons against No. 7 San Antonio, No. 3 Portland drew No. 6 New Orleans and No. 4 Oklahoma City opens against No. 5 Utah.

"The playoffs are about moments, and you just want a chance to have those moments," Miami guard Dwyane Wade said.

For the Timberwolves, Wednesday was a moment in itself. They needed overtime to beat the Nuggets and get into the postseason. It's Minnesota's first berth since 2004, and ended what was the NBA's longest playoff drought (which now is bequeathed to the Sacramento Kings, who last played a playoff game in 2006).

"They just made the plays at the end," Denver's Will Barton said of the Timberwolves. "Give them credit."

There are some rematches from the 2017 playoffs already waiting. Cleveland swept Indiana in the first round last year, and Boston needed seven games to oust Washington in a thrilling East semifinal series.

But the most intriguing should be the Golden State-San Antonio matchup — because once again, just like a year ago, the Spurs will almost certainly be without Leonard.

Those two teams played in the West finals last season, and the Spurs were up by 23 points when Leonard left in the third quarter after getting injured on a play where he tried a jumper and Warriors center Zaza Pachulia closed out aggressively. Leonard got hurt when he stepped on Pachulia on the landing; he and the Spurs haven't been the same since.

Leonard never returned to that series, and played in only nine games for the Spurs this season.

"There is no pressure on us," Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge said.

There is on Golden State.

The Warriors are trying for a third title in four seasons, and will play this first round more than likely without Curry while he continues recovering from a knee injury. Golden State went 7-10 in its final 17 games, and clearly sputtered across the finish line.

But the records all reset now, and the Warriors have been waiting to get the postseason started.

"It'll be our first meaningful game in about a month," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Looking forward to that."

With good reason. There's a trophy to go chase now.

Verstappen, Hamilton ready tangle again in Chinese GP

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands pauses during a press conference at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, Thursday, April 12. (AP Photo/Andy Wong).

Stephen Wade

Shanghai (AP) — Get set for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to tangle again in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Last Sunday in Bahrain, Verstappen tried to squeeze by Hamilton at the start of only the second lap. But their cars clipped each other and the Dutchman, well known for taking risks and pushing the envelope, wound up with a punctured tire and was forced to retire.

Hamilton got the better of it and managed to finish third.

But the four-time champion — and defending champion with Mercedes — was not happy. Hamilton called Verstappen an expletive after the race and suggested the 20-year-old Red Bull driver lacked maturity and respect for others.

"I went through that stuff when I was a young guy," the 33-year-old Hamilton said a few days ago. "So I know how it is. And it's easy to also get ahead of yourself and forget also the respect for the other guys.

"I just hope he's learning from whatever situation he's going through," Hamilton added.

Verstappen didn't back down on Thursday in Shanghai and defended his driving. He said Hamilton was making him a scapegoat.

"It's quite simple and easy to blame the younger driver," Verstappen said. "That's the only way I can see it. Like I said, those things happen. There's no reason for me to change anything.

"That's racing," Verstappen added. "Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. You can say whatever you like about the incident. I had a fair shot at it. It was nothing crazy, nothing risky. Unfortunately this time it didn't work out."

Verstappen said he had not talked with Hamilton since the incident. He said he might, but only "if it's really necessary."

Just a few minutes after he said that, the two shook hands in the paddock with some form of apology exchanged.

But that won't lessen the tension on Sunday.

Neither Verstappen nor Hamilton have had perfect starts as the young season enters the third race. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has won the first two races with Hamilton second in Australia and third in Bahrain.

Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo both retired early last weekend in Bahrain, and they both had off-the-podium finishes in Australia: Ricciardo was fourth and Verstappen was sixth.

The Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday offers a chance for a turnaround, particularly for Verstappen, who finished third in China a year ago.

"I'm just looking forward to getting started again here because I think we have a good package and have a lot of promising things coming," Verstappen said.

Hamilton is probably the favorite to win on Sunday in China. In 11 races at the Shanghai circuit, he's won five times — three of the last four races, including last year — and has claimed the pole six times.

Rain is possible for practice during qualifying on Friday and Saturday, but race day should be dry and chilly.

Only three other drivers on the grid have ever won on the Shanghai circuit: Fernando Alonso (2013 and 2005), Vettel (2009) and Kimi Raikkonen (2007).

Verstappen was the youthful promise when — at 17 in 2015 — he became the youngest driver to race in Formula One. The next season at the Spanish Grand Prix, the Dutchman became the youngest to win a race.

But he also started slowly last season, retiring in seven of the first 14 races. The only bright spot early was his podium in China.

Asked if he'd be more conservative in China, Verstappen said "there won't be a change."

"We gave each other, maybe not enough space (in Bahrain)," he said, "but that's racing."



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