We start sports news review from Serie A where Juventus is confirmed as champion after AS Roma defeated Napoli 1-0 today in 35th round. Juve now has unreachable advantage of 12 points ahead of Napoli with three matches to go. Radja Nainggolan scored the winner for Roma in 89th minute to close the gap behind Napolitans to two points. In other games today, last placed Verona beat struggling Milan 2-1 while Carpi secured crucial 1-0 win for survival over Empoli.
Tottenham Hotspur lost the pace behind Leicester City in Premier League title race after they only managed a 1-1 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion in the final game of 35th round. Tottenham now trails seven points behind Leicester who now needs one win from the last three to complete unimagined feat.
Celta beat Granada 2-1 in the final match of Spanish Primera Division 35th round to close the gap behind Villarreal which occupies fourth place, the last one that leads into Champions League to four points. Granada on the other hand, remains in the 17th with only one point above releagation zone.
Fernando Verdasco won his first title since 2014 by defeating Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-2 in rained delayed finals of ATP 250 tournament in Bucharest.
In the meantime clay-court ATP 250 tournaments started today in Munich, Estoril and Istanbul. Scores at BMW Open in Munich are: Santiago Giraldo – Mischa Zverev 7-5, 7-6; Lukas Rosol – Denis Istomin 6-7, 6-4, 7-6; Ivan Dodig – Ernests Gulbis 7-6, 6-2 and Mikhail Youzhny retired against Thomaz Belluci after losing first set 6-3. Scores at Estoril are: Leonardo Mayer – Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4; Nicolas Almagro – Frederico Ferreira 6-3, 6-2; Stephane Robert – Thomas Fabiano 6-2, 6-2; Borna Coric – Andrea Arnaboldi 6-4, 6-1. Scores from Istanbul Open are: Adrian Ungur – Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-3; Diego Schwartzman – Facundo Bagnis 6-1, 6-4; Dudi Sela – Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2; Dusan Lajovic – Renzo Olivo 7-5, 6-4; Roberto Carballes – Marsel Ilhan 6-2, 6-4; Albert Ramos – Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1.
Ladies opened two clay-court WTA tournaments today – Prague Open in Czech Republic and in Morocco. Scores from Prague are: Su-Wei Hsieh – Kristyna Pliskova 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; Ana Konjuh – Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Jana Cepelova – Margarita Gasparyan 7-6, 7-5; Katerina Siniakova – Alize Cornet 6-7, 6-3; Madison Brengle – Naomi Broady 6-2, 6-0. Scores form Rabat are: Kiki Bertens – Anna Schmiedlova 6-0, 6-1; Johanna Larsson – Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2; Ekaterina Makarova – Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 6-2; Teliana Pereira – Annika Beck 6-3, 6-1; Timea Babos – Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-7, 6-1; Pauline Parmentier – Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 7-5.
Golden State Warriors overcame injury of Stephen Curry and beat the Houston Rockets 121-94 last night for a 3-1 series lead in the first round of NBA Western Conference playoffs. Curry returned to the lineup after missing previous two games with a sprained ankle, but did not play in the second half after spraining his right knee. Warriors will host Game 5 on Wednesday. San Antonio Spurs beat Memphis Grizzlies 116-95 to sweep their best of seven series and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals where they’ll wait the winner of Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks series that the Thunder lead 3-1. Isaiah Thomas led Boston Celtics to a 104-95 overtime win to level their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with Atlanta Hawks to 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Los Angeles Lakers fired Byron Scott from the head coach position last night. Scott led the Lakers in the two worst seasons in franchise’s history with total win-loss ratio of 38-126. The Lakers will step into new era without Kobe Bryant and with new coach from next season. Rumors say that main candidate for coaching position in L.A. is Warriors’ assistant coach and former Laker, Luke Walton.
The New York Islanders’ 23-year-old playoff drought is over after they beat Florida Panthers 2-1 last night to advance into the second round of NHL’s Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993. Islanders won the series 4-2 and now go on to face Eastern Conference defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning. In the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars defeated Minnesota Wild 5-4 on the road to close out their series with 4-2 score. Dallas now awaits the winner of St. Louis Blues – Chicago Blackhawks series.
The U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady which was originally handed to him by NFL last year for the involvement in Deflategate controversy. Brady will miss first four games of regular season.