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Crunch talks with Daniel Levy are still key to Antonio Conte's future despite the denial of PSG rumours

Antonio Conte has once again refused to offer any guarantees he will be at Tottenham next season, saying his future will only be decided after meeting the club at the end of the season. On Friday, Conte dismissed reports he had offered Paris Saint-Germain as "fake news" and "lies" and was suggested at a later briefing that he could put an end to unwanted speculation about his future by saying committed spurs. (Author: Gardener)

Daniel LevyAntonio Conte has once again refused to offer any guarantees he will be at Tottenham next season, saying his future will only be decided after meeting the club at the end of the season. On Friday, Conte dismissed reports he had offered Paris Saint-Germain as "fake news" and "lies" and was suggested at a later briefing that he could put an end to unwanted speculation about his future by saying committed spurs. But Conte reiterated that he was only concentrating on the last five games of the season and would sit down with the club - that is, chairman Daniel Levy and chief executive Fabio Paratici - to come up with "the best solution" after the visit to Norwich in May to find 22. The head coach effectively wants guarantees Spurs can challenge at the top of the Premier League and says he deserves “a lot more” than another scrap for fourth place next season, suggesting his future would depend on whether he had the patience to keep up with the time it would take to rebuild the squad. "As I've said [to the media] many times, we'll talk to the club at the end of the season, but with pleasure and in a really good way," said Conte. "We will talk and try to find the best solution for everyone." I repeat: don't forget, I like to have ambition, not just fighting for a place in the Champions League or a place in the [Europa] League. "It's going to be very important to understand how much time it takes us to fight for something important [and] if we have the patience to wait, because that sure is a process." I always tell you that we need time and patience. And we have to understand how much time we need and how much patience we have. First of all, fighting for the title and trying to win it is not easy. It's also important to understand how much time we need if we want to fight for the title." Spurs are two points behind Arsenal in fourth place ahead of Sunday's visit to Leicester but host the Gunners on May 12 in a game that could effectively become a play-off for Champions League football." Conte added: "With our ambitions for the future, that would be very important because I think I deserve to try to To fight for trophies and to fight for something important, not just sixth or seventh, eighth or, if you have a fantastic season, fourth “But I repeat, this is my ambition and it is important to understand ambition and to fulfill it fully at the time when we need him." "Conte is under contract until the end of next season and the deal is said to have no break clause. We're trying to do as well as we can this season and then we'll see." Conte's comments will put even more pressure on Levy to give the Italian his back, but the boss stressed he's enjoying his role and being under the chairmanship and Paratici works: "I repeat, I really enjoy working here, I have a fantastic relationship with all the people who work here and with Daniel Levy, our chairman, and Fabio Paratici," said Conte. "For that reason, it's right to end up having a good meeting, a private meeting, and trying to find the best solution for 'When you start staying in a club for a good time and understand the dynamic, start you, the people who work with you, get to know the area a lot better.” working at Tottenham, staying at Tottenham and coming to the training ground to breathe that atmosphere. I can only speak well about Tottenham, about the club. For a coach, for a manager, it's a good opportunity and you can enjoy your work here."

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Antonio Conte advises Spurs future but calls PSG Link 'fake news'

The Italian has made it clear he wants to fight for honors. (Author: Gardener)

Antonio ConteTottenham boss Antonio Conte has again turned down a chance to confirm he will be at the club next season, despite speculation linking him to the Paris St Germain job being branded "fake news". Conte said reports in France and Italy this week that he was interested in replacing Mauricio Pochettino at the Ligue 1 club were "lies" but would not leave his future to Spurs. Instead, he will await the outcome of a meeting with chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici at the end of the season to determine the "best solution". Antonio Conte has refused to confirm he will remain at Spurs (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire) That seems to depend on Spurs' willingness to live up to their ambition to fight for the top honor and Conte made it clear he doesn't fancy another fight just to finish in the top four. Conte has been asked many times if he would be at the club next season and remains steadfast. "I think it's important at this moment to be focused. I've been asked that many times and I've already answered it," he said. "At the end of the season we talk to the club, but happily, in a really good way. To talk and try to find the best solution for everyone. I repeat - don't forget that I like to have ambitions, not just fighting for a place in the Champions League or a place in the Europa League. I think that honestly I want to fight for a lot more, you know? “What are our ambitions for the future? That would be very important because I think I deserve to try and fight for trophies and to fight for something important, not just sixth or seventh, eighth or, if you have a fantastic season, fourth Place. "But I repeat, this is my ambition and it is important to understand and fully deliver on the ambition at the time we need it." Spurs are unlikely to, whatever assurances they receive from the club, will be able to challenge Manchester City or Liverpool for the title next season. So it will also be crucial whether the 52-year-old Italian - a coach who has not stayed long at previous clubs - has the patience for a long-term project. "I repeat, it will be very important to understand how much time we need to fight for something important if we have the patience to wait, because it's a process for sure," added Conte, whose side is currently Fifth in the Premier League is Leicester's Sunday visit. “I always tell you that we need time and patience. And we have to understand how much time we need and how much patience we have. We have to understand that and understand if we can match my opinion and the club's opinion. “I repeat, I really enjoy working here. I have a fantastic relationship with all the people who work here and with Daniel Levy our chairman and Fabio Paratici and for that reason it's right to have a good meeting, a private meeting at the end (of the season) and trying to find the best solution for everyone.” A move to PSG in the summer would certainly give him a chance to fight for silverware, but Conte says there is nothing to those speculations. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is the man in charge at PSG (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire) The former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan boss said: "Obviously I think it's good that other clubs appreciate my work. But the truth is I don't like it when people try to make up news - just to talk, just to create problems. "It's not right, it's not fair for me, for the clubs involved and for my players. "But I think that even the people who want to tell something about it have to show respect for all the people involved in this situation and not make up fake news and tell a lot of lies. "In this situation, everyone who works in football - players or managers - knows very well that there is a lot of fake news being spread at this point in the season."

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Ligue 1 result, final standings and reaction

Strasbourg vs PSG LIVE: Ligue 1 Result, Full Time and Reaction - Follow all the action at the Stade de la Meinau (Author: Gardener)

1This website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Paris Saint-Germain is the box-office hit of France's top flight with some of the world's best players including Lionel Messi and Neymar plying their trades in the capital. They are not reigning champions, however, after Lille produced one of the shocks of recent seasons in European play by putting them on the post in 2020/21. Marseille has won it nine times, while Monaco, actually based in a foreign country making it a cross-border competition, are eight-time champions. Nantes holds the record for most consecutive unbeaten matches (32) and also has the fewest losses in a single season (1) in 1994/95. We bring you all the action and updates from today's game on the live blog below: 10:03 PM , admin Wed. Never. 💪#RCSA | #RCSAPSG pic.twitter.com/HxApu8LXv1— Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace English (@RCSA_English) April 29, 2022 21:54 , Admin 21:53 , Admin Attempt failed. Habib Diallo (Strasbourg) left footed shot from the center of the box. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Anthony Caci (Strasbourg) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitri Lienard with a cross. Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Caci with a cross. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Habib Diallo (Strasbourg) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Gameiro after a counterattack. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved. Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Frédéric Guilbert (Strasbourg) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jean Ricner Bellegarde. Assisted by Jean Ricner Bellegarde. Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Habib Diallo (Strasbourg) right footed shot from the center of the box. 9:31pm Admin Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) is yellow carded for a bad foul. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the center of the box to the top left corner. Sanjin Prcic tries a through ball, but Ludovic Ajorque is caught offside. 21:18, Admin Dimitri Lienard (Strasbourg) sees a yellow card for a too hard challenge. 21:18 , admin 21:15 , admin 21:14 , admin Leo Messi and @neymarjr out here having fun 2022 21:15 , admin 21:14 , admin Attempt failed. Sanjin Prcic (Strasbourg) right footed shot from outside the box. Dimitri Lienard (Strasbourg) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. #𝐑𝐂𝐒𝐀𝐏𝐒𝐆 I 1-1 – Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) Apr 29, 2022 21:09 , admin attempt failed. Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from more than 40 yards is too high. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. 21:06 , admin attempt blocked. 21:06 , admin attempt blocked. 21:06 , admin attempt blocked. 21:06 , admin attempt blocked. 21:06 , admin attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 21:04 , Admin Offside, Strasbourg. 21:04 , Admin Offside, Strasbourg. Gerzino Nyamsi tries a through ball, but Dimitri Lienard is caught offside. 20:52 , admin Share your thoughts with fans of @PSG_English on @FanFestLive here: https://t.co/Y4CnnsZP7j - Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) Apr 29, 2022 20:51 , admin 20:47 , Administrator 20:44 , admin attempt failed. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (Strasbourg) right footed shot from outside the box is a bit high. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick. 20:41 , Admin Sanjin Prcic (Strasbourg) is yellow carded for a bad foul. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 20:29 , admin attempt saved. 20:29 , admin attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. 1. Strasbourg, 1. Paris Saint-Germain. 1. Strasbourg, 1. Paris Saint-Germain. 1. Strasbourg, 1. Paris Saint-Germain. 1. Strasbourg, 1. Paris Saint-Germain. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box into the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball following a counterattack. 20:29 , Administrator 20:20 , Administrator Attempt failed. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (Strasbourg) right footed shot from outside the box. Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint Germain) header from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Neymar with a cross from a corner. Frédéric Guilbert tries a through ball, but Ludovic Ajorque is caught offside. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. 20:14 , admin attempt failed. Kevin Gameiro (Strasbourg) header from the center of the box. 20:07 , Admin Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Lionel Messi plays a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

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Rangers vs Leipzig facts

Rangers are hoping for an encore of a memorable quarter-final comeback against a side from Leipzig looking to defend a 1-0 lead from the first leg. (Author: Gardener)

LeipzigRangers will be hoping for an encore of a memorable quarter-final comeback when they return to Ibrox for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final against Leipzig, looking to defend a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Germany and reach a European final for the first time . • Rangers secured a place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages with one game to go and finished second in Group A, eight points behind Lyon. In the knockout round play-offs, they beat Borussia Dortmund 6-4 on aggregate (4-2 a, 2-2 h), Crvena zvezda 4-2 over both games in the round of 16 (3-0 h , 1 -2 a) and Braga 3-2 after extra time in the quarter-finals (0-1 a, 3-1 h), skipper James Tavernier scored twice in the second leg at Ibrox and scored six goals in Europe this spring. • Leipzig have emerged from the UEFA Champions League after finishing third in a group dominated by Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. They then beat Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds play-offs (2-2h, 3-1a) before earning a bye against Spartak Moskva in the round of 16 and Italian interest in it Competition ended with a quarter-final defeat by Atalanta (1-1h, 2-0a), France international Christopher Nkunku scoring both goals in Bergamo to move into double figures in Europe this season. • A hard-fought first leg ended happily for the home side as Leipzig won 1-0 with a spectacular late volley from Angeliño – the Spaniard's first goal of the UEFA Europa League. They've won 13 of their 24 home games and lost just four, but haven't won any of their last three, drawing against Dortmund after back-to-back defeats. The Glasgow team's record in home and away matches against German teams is 9 wins and 10 losses. • Leipzig's only UEFA encounter with Scottish opponents was against Celtic in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage, when they won 2-0 at home before losing 2-1 in Glasgow. The German club finished the segment in third place, a point behind their Scottish rivals, who came to Salzburg as runners-up. • Rangers were undefeated Scottish champions in 2020/21 and clinched their 55th domestic title, extending the record. In addition, Rangers played 13 games in the UEFA Europa League, from the second qualifying round to the round of 16, where their run ended in Slavia Praha (1-1 a, 0-2 h). • Rangers returned to the UEFA Champions League this season for the first time in ten years, but lost both first legs of the third qualifying round 2-1 at Malmö and reached the UEFA Europa League play-offs, where they played against Alashkert made it to the finals group stage for the fourth consecutive season. Despite losing their first two group games – against Lyon (0:2 h) and Sparta Praha (0:1 a) – they went unbeaten afterwards, taking four points (2:0 h, 1:1 a) and taking the Brøndby Second-place win by beating Sparta 2-0 at Ibrox on Matchday 5 in their first game under new coach Van Bronckhorst, who had replaced Steven Gerrard. • This is Rangers' first appearance in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, their previous three appearances in the knockout stages all having ended in the round of 16. This is the sixth semi-final for the Glasgow club in all of UEFA competition. having won every quarter-final, most recently in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup in Italy, beating Fiorentina on penalties after two goalless draws. Their only semi-final defeat came in the first such encounter in European competition in 1959/60, when German club Eintracht Frankfurt defeated them 12-4 on aggregate to prevent them from reaching the final at Glasgow's Hampden Park. • Rangers have lost just five of their last 33 European home games (W21 L7) although three of those defeats have come in the last nine – against Slavia, Malmö and Lyon. In the UEFA Europa League knockout stages, her record at Ibrox is W4D2L3, her three eliminations all being triggered by those home defeats. • Rangers have lost 21 of the 27 UEFA ties in which they have been beaten away in the first leg, most recently in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round against Malmö. However, four of their overall successes came in the six duels as they lost the first away game 0-1, most recently in this season's quarter-finals against Braga (3-1 h aet). • Second in the 2020/21 Bundesliga, their joint highest result, this is Leipzig's fifth European season, all in the last five seasons. They reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League last season, where they were eliminated by Liverpool after also being semi-finalists under coach Julian Nagelsmann the previous season. • New coach Jesse Marsch was responsible for starting this season's UEFA Champions League, but defeats at Manchester City (3-6), at home to Club Brugge (1-2) and in Paris (2-3) came to an end Chances of a third consecutive appearance in the KO stage. • This is the most successful of Germany's three appearances in the UEFA Europa League after their debut 2017/18 season ended in the quarter-finals, where they were previously beaten by Marseille (1-0 h, 2-5 a) and eliminated from the group stage in the following season. The only European semi-final in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League ended in a 3-0 first-leg defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon. • Leipzig's away record in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages is W3 D1 L1, with 11 goals scored and eight conceded, the only defeat having returned 5-2 at Marseille four years ago . They had lost three consecutive European away games and conceded 11 goals before claiming their biggest European win on Matchday 5 in Brugge, and three straight away wins with draws in the UEFA Europa League at San Sebastián and Bergamo. • Leipzig have won three of the four previous UEFA ties in which they have won at home in the first leg, although the only first-leg defeat was 1-0 the last time out – in that UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Marseille 2017 /18 • Leipzig beat Rangers 4-0 at home in January 2017, with Yussuf Poulsen scoring two of the goals. • Rangers' Nigeria international defender Leon Balogun was born in Berlin and played for five German clubs – Hannover (2008–10), Werder Bremen (2010–12), Fortuna Düsseldorf (2012–14), Darmstadt (2014/15) and Mainz (2015–18). • Rangers loanee Aaron Ramsey scored twice against Leipzig goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi in Wales' 2-0 home win in November 2019 to secure UEFA EURO 2020 qualification. • Tavernier's brace in Rangers' home win against Braga made him joint top scorer made This season in the UEFA Europa League he has leveled his six goals - all in the knockout stages - with Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon) and Galeno (Braga/Porto), both of whom scored in the group stage have and whose clubs were now eliminated. • Leipzig have scored in all their European games this season, 24 goals in 11 games. • Rangers' Joe Aribo is the only player to feature in all 13 UEFA Europa League matches this season (11 starts, 2 substitutes), despite seven of his team-mates appearing in 12 of the 13 games – Tavernier, Barišić , Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, John Lundstram, Glen Kamara and Calvin Bassey. • There have been four UEFA Europa League semi-finals where a side that lost the first leg came back to win the draw – all by a goal after losing away. • Germany is the only country with more than one club in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League – Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt. It is the first season in which two Bundesliga clubs have finished in the last four of the competition. A German team has never reached the final of the UEFA Europa League. • Of the four UEFA Europa League semi-finalists, Leipzig are the youngest contenders in the last four of European competition – in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. • Rangers are the first Scottish club to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. This makes Scotland the 12th country represented at this stage of the competition. • This is Rangers' 18th European competition this season – the most of any UEFA Europa League semi-finalist. They are the only team in the last four whose European Championship 2021/22 started in the qualifying phase and the only group runners-up to have reached that stage of the competition. • Rangers' record in four UEFA penalty shootouts is W3 L1: 3-1 v Borussia Dortmund, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round, 4-3 v Paris Saint-Germain, 2001/02 third round UEFA Cup 4-2 v Fiorentina 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-finals • Leipzig have not yet contested a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

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Celtic's Ralston says it's all about staying focused in the crucial game with Rangers

Manager Postecoglou believes that managing the expectations and the atmosphere are the big challenges for the players (Author: Gardener)

CelticCeltic full-back Anthony Ralston vowed to take the "craze" out of Sunday's derby clash before there could be a momentous event for his side against Rangers. The Scottish Premier League leaders will be nine points clear with a goal difference advantage of at least 21 if they defeat Rangers before the last three league games of the season. "It would be easy to get carried away and think about the title, but individually and as a team we have the same focus on taking every game as it comes," he said. "We have three points on the line and that will be the focus. “It's a derby game, they're crazy and things happen in those games. "It's a game both sides want to win, but we're taking all the madness out and not letting the noise of it all get into the game. We focus on ourselves and the team and go out and play our football. “It comes with the experience of playing in front of those crowds and it's also about focusing on our style of play and our football and not letting the noise or the nature of the game or other external things affect it in any way. “It's about focusing on us as a team and focusing on our football and what we need to do to win the game. Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou thinks dealing with the expectations and atmosphere at such occasions is a big challenge for the players. "They know they are people, their emotions are going to run high that day, they understand the importance of the game and when you have the atmosphere that we're going to have at Celtic Park, that affects people," Postecoglou said called. “That's the challenge, to perform well in the big games and play for big clubs. You need to channel that positively, further pushing the principles that got you there in the first place. “The challenge for our players and team on big occasions is to make sure we use them – we want to have the energy, enthusiasm and passion that will be on the day but use it in the context in which we do make sure we still stick to our principles. "That's what players want to challenge the most: When the stakes are at their highest, can I play my best game and stick to my principles?" Rangers visit Celtic Park in the middle of the Europa League semi-finals after defeating RB Leipzig led 1-0 in Thursday's first leg to reach next week's Seville final at the Ibrox. But Rangers showed they could put their European efforts to one side as they beat Celtic within three days of reaching the semi-finals with an extra-time win over Braga of the Scottish Cup. "I look back on how you look back on every game and the game before that and the game before that," said Postecoglou, whose team hit back with a 2-0 win over Ross County. "But that will be checked after the game and we give players feedback on the areas we could have done better. It was a very close game, you expect that in a semi-final, but that doesn't mean you take all of that into this game. “A league game is different from a cup game; There are different burdens and different goals for everyone. We reacted very well last week, which was important, we played our football and it's important that we carry that with us on Sunday too." Postecoglou was quick to point to Celtic's 1967 European Cup win when asked if Rangers have shown the way for Scottish clubs in Europe this season. Celtic have been eliminated from three European tournaments this season but Postecoglou dismissed suggestions that Rangers paved the way for Scottish football. Asked if Rangers' run showed how Scottish clubs can make their mark and if it gave him a taste of next season, Postecoglou said: "Scottish clubs, including this one, have met before in Europe Made names, I don't think we learned anything new this year. "But if you want proof of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe there's a trophy I can show you right down the road mate."

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Rangers panic button

Siemens slump, kids coaching, cowboys coincidences and cryptocurrency confusion, all in this week's DFW sports notebook. (Author: Gardener)

SiemensSemien's slump, Kidd's coaching, Cowboys coincidences and cryptocurrency confusion, all in this week's DFW Sports Notebook. Whether you're at the end of your coffee, your day, your week, or even your rope, welcome to Whitt's End... To hit the Texas Rangers' panic button, I mean. It's not just that they've lost to the Houston Astros three times in a row and are already seven games under .500 at 6-13. That's how they lose. Despite Corey Seager's homer in the 9th inning in Thursday's 3-2 loss in Arlington, Texas, the 1-2-3 batters hit .189, the worst in all of baseball. The main culprit is Marcus Semien, he of the $175 million contract. In three weeks he has more strikeouts (16) than hits (12) and hits a snappy .158 with 0 homers in 72 at-bats. The calendar hasn't turned to May yet, but it's getting early late for Rangers. *Just wait 11 years and our DFW stars will finally align. Before Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys' NFL draft first round coincided with a Dallas Mavericks first round playoff draft for the last time on April 28, 2011, in series winning Game 6 en route. On Thursday night, the Cowboys selected an offensive tackle named Tyler Smith a few hours before the Mavs won a series-defining Game 6 on the road. As one of the best offensive linemen in franchise history, Tyron Smith made eight Pro Bowls and earned a spot on the 2010 NFL All-Decade Team. And of course, the Mavs used the Game 6 win over the Portland Trailblazers to start their run to start the NBA championship. If this is just a deja vu dream, don't wake us up. *Utah's Delta Center-turned-Vividt Arena: Scene of the first win of the playoff series for Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic. *Jalen Brunson capped his impeccable streak by scoring the last four points in Dallas' 98-96 win, but thanks to Spencer Dinwiddie's defense — and a bit of luck — the Mavs advanced to the second round for the first time since 2011. It was Dinwiddie who harassed Utah's Mike Conley to a key trip turnover in the closing seconds. *Cowboys promise Tyler Smith is a "Mauler" who can be better than an adequate Terence Steele today and better than an aging Tyron Smith tomorrow. Jerry Jones swears Dallas ranked Tyler Smith higher than better known offensive linemen Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson. Roll your eyes and voice your skepticism, but no team has drafted more All Pros in the last 12 years than the Cowboys. Maybe it's time we agreed to them when in doubt? *Mavs coach Jason Kidd deserves credit for his first-round strategy of driving the Jazz off the 3-point line. Series History: Dallas beat Utah from across the arc by a staggering 132 points. During the regular season, Utah made 14.5 3s per game; in this series only 8.2. Game. *Luka's NBA debut came on October 17, 2018 in Phoenix when he went 0-of-5 with 3 points and only managed 10 points in a 21-point loss. As the Mavs and the Suns begin their conference semifinals series at the Valley of the Sun Monday night, Doncic is a different, better player who will attract a number of Suns defensemen. Phoenix's Mikal Bridges is long enough to disrupt his 3-pointers and former Mav Jae Crowder is physically enough to throw him off course en route to his trademark slow-mo rides into the lane. *The Mavs have lost to the Suns nine times in a row, including all three games this season. However, Doncic did not play in two of the three and in every game Dallas led into the fourth quarter. But remember, the Mavs had lost 11 straight games in Salt Lake City before winning Games 3 and 6. But it made me wonder: will the birthday boy remember this? (That's me holding her younger brother, FYI.) My first memory is standing in front of the car — remember when that was a thing? Zero memories of any 3 year old birthday celebrations. *Brunson's 27.8 points per game in the Jazz Series is the highest in NBA history for a player who commits five turnovers or fewer, beating the 27.2 mark set by none other than Larry Bird in 1986 became. *Hopefully the Mavs wear their protective cups against Phoenix because at some point it's almost guaranteed that Suns point guard Chris Paul will intentionally accidentally hit one of them in the Family Jewels. Paul, 37, is one of the greatest point guards of all time, as evidenced by his 14-of-14-33-point performance in Thursday night's Game 6 win in New Orleans. Just ask Julius Hodge, Kevin Durant, Chris Kaman or — earlier this week — the Pelicans' Jose Alvarado. If you start getting the best out of him, you will get the worst out of him. And no, it's not a gimmick. It is disgusting. NFTs. Admittedly, as a 57-year-old sportswriter who grew up around typewriters and Blackie Sherrod, I'm an old hand with no enthusiasm for learning new tricks. But I also remember my initial anger back in 1994(ish) when I found out about this newfangled gizmo called the Internet. It's cool for old people not to care about new technologies - to be above them. Avoid if you will, lest you suddenly become a dinosaur ranting about a lack of 8-track players. The market for digital sports collectors is expected to generate over $2 billion this year, reaching millions of passionate sports fans as some of the world's most famous sports stars such as Patrick Mahomes and Ja Morant enter the game. So last week I put a hypothesis to my financial advisor: “If I had $10,000, should I invest it in Bitcoin or NFTs or something confusing but potentially profitable?” His short answer: “Only if you have the stomach for a market that is extremely volatile and unpredictable. Just be aware that your investment could be gone overnight. We don't have a track record or reliable roadmap to predict how these things will play out.” No thanks. When I need that adrenaline rush, I just place a $10,000 sports bet. *Draft Success = Super Bowl Wins? The Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX roster was 61 percent drafted players. No NFL champion in the past 10 years has come close to that ratio. Shorter draft. Recall that XXX MVP Larry Brown was selected in the 12th round (320th overall). In today's 7-round world, he would be an undrafted free agent. *Want an inspirational sports story wrapped in Ukrainian tears? HBO's Real Sports delivers again and confirms why it's my favorite TV show. This month's episode features a story about an orphaned, amputee multisport star who, thanks to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, has overcome a crippling disability, been abandoned by her parents and witnessed her best friend beating to death in a violent Russian children's home. Next time you want to complain about the weather or the traffic or anything, remember the Oksana Masters story. I got into hot water a few years ago when I criticized Colby Lewis of Texas for being the first baseball pitcher to miss one of his 30 starts to attend the birth of his second child. I'm giving a little more wiggle room for an everyday player who's closer to 150 starts, but still... three days?! *Cowboys claim they went into this draft without a "must". Oddly enough, Arkansas alum and fanatic Jones has now drafted 299 players with almost no Razorbacks. In 34 drafts, only Felix Jones in 2008. *Scottie Scheffler wore his green Masters jacket and threw one hell of a first throw before a Rangers game this week. Which reminds me... I can't stop laughing at Micah Parsons' recent puck "drop" at a minor league game in Pennsylvania. *For my money, these are the best and worst Cowboys draft picks of all time. According to a winking Jerry, “Taco was Stephen's choice; Micha was mine.” Touché. *I've lived in North Texas all my life and this seems to be the most annoying windy spring ever. We all love a cool breeze on a hot day, but gusts of 40-50 km/h are good for absolutely nothing. *If you Googled "Who owns the Utah Jazz?" this week you got a giggle. The Mavs had the chance to extend his contract but didn't do it. And now - according to his father - there is "no hometown discount". The more he's gone, the more I appreciate Dirk and his relentless loyalty. *If you're about to turn 80, are a multi-billionaire, have three Super Bowl rings and are already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you've earned the right to be grumpy in your free time. Right Jerry? Sharing at this week's pre-draft press conference on The Star: REPORTER: "Does Kelvin Joseph affect your draft prep at cornerback?" Jerry: "No." REPORTER: "Why?" JERRY: "Just because I said so. " Sir Yes Sir. * Instead of a "wall" that can be climbed or tunneled under, if we're really serious about border security, why not build a maze? * Considering he's second on the team with 10 RBI and has two more home runs than Semien, maybe all Rangers should take BP in...blue jeans? Because I heard with my own ears - as did all of America on TNT - that he's pretty adept at using English swear words. Describing the Mavs' slow start in Game 6, Doncic quipped, "In the first half, our energy was low...we just chatted around..." *Very cool that Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Dak Prescott teamed up to raise $1.5 million to help fight childhood cancer in DFW. For example, sit down in a 98-degree steam bath first thing in the morning and listen to this classic every 16 minutes. When the hardest part of your day is done, you will be a normal Dalai Lama as life tries to argue with you about traffic, broken wires, hangnails, computer glitches, and so on. d last three minutes in a Russian prison. DFW Marine was released this week after three years. *NFL Draft on TV and Aikman's new beer on tap. If that doesn't sound like a party then I don't know how to party anymore. And I (sometimes) still know how to party. Talk to some of our Sports Illustrated Fan Nation writers about a draft. Maybe stay for live music. Friday night at the colony. If you've been paying attention, you know we're hanging out at The Maverick on Friday nights. Saturday is dedicated to introducing Big Brothers Big Sisters lil'bro Ja to the sport of triathlon. On Sunday, you can dive into the final episodes of the best series in Netflix history, Ozark. As always, don't be a stranger.

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Capitals vs Rangers odds, tips and predictions

NHL odds, tips and predictions for the Washington Capitals at New York Rangers on April 29th. Free NHL Moneyline and Over/Under Betting Tips. (Author: Gardener)

NHLWashington and New York will wrap up their regular season schedules at Madison Square Garden tonight, but only one of those two has anything to offer. Washington and New York will wrap up their regular season schedules at Madison Square Garden tonight, but only one of those two has anything to offer. We break that down and the NHL bet value for you in our Capitals vs. We break that down and the NHL bet value for you in our Capitals vs. Rangers picks. The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will wrap up their respective seasons at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The Capitals still have some playoffs to play in Game 82, as a Penguins win and loss would help improve their playoff standings. The Rangers have had home field advantage since losing to the Hurricanes on Tuesday in the first round, and they recovered from their 4-3 loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday by resting many of their regular skaters. Will it be the caps or the blue shirts that end the year on a high? Find out in our free Capitals vs. Rangers NHL picks and predictions on Friday, April 29th. This odds widget shows the best available odds for each betting market from regulated sportsbooks. Use the live odds widget above to follow all future line movement until the puck drops, and be sure to check the full NHL odds before betting to ensure you're getting the best number. When you sign up at a new sportsbook for the 2021-22 NHL season, here are two of the best bonuses available*: A) New users can wager $20 and get $200 in free bets on Caesars! B) New users can get two risk free bets up to $2,000 at PointsBet! Capitals: Alex Ovechkin LW (questionable), Carl Hagelin LW (out). Find more NHL betting trends for Capitals vs. Our page and overall predictions based on our analysis of the line and totals in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets. There are some red flags for the Capitals going into this game, but Rangers are waving the white flag. Legendary Caps left winger Alex Ovechkin is struggling with an upper body injury and is considered fit for everyday use. But considering head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters that Ovechkin would not have passed on Thursday even if it had been a playoff game and that Ovechkin "we'll see" regarding his status for Game 1 of his club's quarter-final series said bettors should not rely on Ovechkin skating in New York. Even without Ovechkin, the Capitals should be able to put together an offensive on Friday night. They will attack a Rangers blueline that featured NHL/AHL Rovers Zac Jones and Libor Hajek as their leading skaters on Wednesday. The Blueshirts are likely to send Alexandar Georgiev to keep goal this season and his game has been a far cry from Vezina Trophy favorite Igor Shesterkin this season. Georgiev has a GAA of 2.95 and a savings percentage of 0.896 on the year. Without top-flight defenders Adam Fox and Jacob Trouba in front of him, Georgiev conceded four goals against hapless Montreal on Wednesday night. The Capitals' goalie situation with Ilya Samsonov (3.02 GAA, 0.896 save percentage) expected at the net on Friday isn't much better, but their skaters should keep the game flowing with Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider and many more others control others all expected to sit out once more for New York. A lack of NHL-caliber talent on the Rangers side should help this game top the total. Physical levels are not expected to be high as New York looks towards the start of the postseason. The Capitals should get into the offensive zone relatively easily and attack the vulnerable Georgiev from there. Some of the youngsters running for the blueshirts - like Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere - have plenty of talent and head coach Gerard Gallant is keen to show they have the ability to contribute in the playoffs. They draw a plum matchup with Samsonov, who has a 3.38 GAA and a savings rate of 0.879 this month. Rangers are 16th this year in goals per game (3.0) but fourth in power play percentage (25.5%), which suggests good coaching can help address a lack of balancing talent on the ice. Bettors should note that the over in the Capitals' last seven games is 6-1 in Game 3 of a 3-in-4 Days and 11-2 in their last 13 away games. The fact that no money flies into Washington when New York is clearly in surrender mode is quite surprising, but bettors shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. The Caps will have trouble progressing in the playoffs if Ovechkin is either out or limping and their goalkeeping situation is what it is. That roster is still capable of fielding a team that will primarily dress AHL talent on Friday night, and maybe handy. Trends suggest that Washington is a smart bet as they are 8-3 in their last 11 away games and 23-9 in their last 32 in the third game of a 3-in-4.

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Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou ends Rangers question with reference to 1967 European Cup

Ange Postecoglou dismissed any suggestion that Rangers had led the way for Scottish clubs in Europe this season, referring to Celtic's 1967 European Cup triumph. (Author: Gardener)

1967Ange Postecoglou dismissed any suggestion that Rangers had led the way for Scottish clubs in Europe this season, referring to Celtic's 1967 European Cup triumph. © Ange Postecoglou referenced Celtic's 1967 European Cup win when asked about Rangers' current run... Rangers score on Sunday just three days after a 1-0 defeat by RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final first leg in Germany on Celtic, a deficit they are looking to reverse in the second leg at Ibrox next Thursday when they attempt to reach the final in Seville. Celtic have been eliminated from three European tournaments this season after being eliminated in the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League, but Hoops manager Postecoglou dismissed suggestions that Rangers had paved the way for Scottish football. Asked if Rangers' run showed how Scottish clubs can make their mark and if it gave him a taste of next season, Postecoglou said: "Scottish clubs, including this one, have met before in Europe Made names, I don't think we haven't learned anything new this year.” “Rangers did very well and Giovanni did a great job to get them to the semis. "But if you want proof of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe there's a trophy I can show you right down the road mate." Postecoglou also confirmed midfielder Nir Bitton will be available for Rangers' visit on Sunday. Right-back Josip Juranovic remains on the sidelines with the injury sustained in the recent Scottish Cup defeat by Rangers at Hampden. Since the 0-1 defeat against RB Leipzig in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League on Thursday evening, the light blues have been in recovery mode.

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why they can't afford to consider big changes against Celtic

There's no free pass for a Rangers manager going into an old firm match, even if it's not the most important game on his immediate schedule. (Author: Gardener)

CelticThere's no free pass for a Rangers manager going into an old firm match, even if it's not the most important game on his immediate schedule. © Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces a difficult selection dilemma for Sunday's Old Firm... If Giovanni van Bronckhorst had the luxury of being able to consider the bigger picture when choosing his team for Sunday's outing to Celtic Park, he would clearly be tempted for one Group of key players to rest ahead of next Thursday's momentous Europa League semi-final second leg showdown with RB Leipzig at the Ibrox. But given the consequences of the result against Ange Postecoglou's side, that really isn't an option for van Bronckhorst. If Rangers lose on Sunday, the Premiership title would be in all but name for Celtic, who would extend their lead at the top of the table to nine points with three games to go and extend their already unassailable goal difference advantage. It's an uncomfortable prospect for those associated with the Ibrox club and one that puts van Bronckhorst on the line of responsibility for trying to ensure Celtic's much-anticipated coronation is delayed at least a little longer. As long as there is a glimmer of hope in Rangers' title race, they are bound to aim for a win this weekend that might raise just a hint of doubt from their great rivals. © Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack, who applauded the support that arrived in Leipzig on Thursday, k... 2007/08 was the last time Rangers reached a European final, and Walter Smith faced one in the last old firm game of the season A similar scenario opposite at Celtic Park took place between the two semi-final matches against Fiorentina. Smith kept his changes to a minimum, but Rangers still lost 3-2 as Celtic seized the initiative in a title race in which they would ultimately triumph. © Rangers players (left to right) Fashion Sakala, Calvin Bassey, Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara are looking good... But would Rangers supporters have the rare experience of seeing their team at one European flagship event against another this year domestic crown exchanged? ? As he prepares for next week's attempt to reverse the 1-0 deficit in the first leg against Leipzig, it's no mystery van Bronckhorst will spend too much time on. "I think it's easy," he said. "I spoke to my team after the game. We closed the Leipzig duel after the game on Thursday evening. “We will prepare for them again next week. We have the recovery and the session today and tomorrow we have the final session to prepare our players for Sunday's game. Especially in these weeks when you have so many games, you have to rotate the players at some point. In midfield there could be places for Steven Davis, who didn't come on as a substitute in Leipzig, and Scott Arfield, who came on as a second-half substitute. While waiting to find out if Kemar Roofe will recover from a knee injury in time to play against Leipzig next week, van Bronckhorst will have to find another solution in attack against Celtic. Whichever combination he chooses, van Bronckhorst is determined that Rangers will be up front as much as possible at Celtic Park. He believes his players are well on their way from their 3-0 defeat in February and are buoyed by their performance in the 2-1 win over Celtic at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-finals earlier this month. “We won an important semi-final to reach the cup final. You see, this season we've won two, we've lost two (against Celtic) so overall it's balanced, it's balanced. "Of course it's not on the balance sheet how we're doing in the league. They have the advantage and we have to do everything we can on Sunday to bring the difference back to three. “We have to win this game. We have to win our games on Sunday and also next week (against Leipzig) so it will be a different approach. “What I've seen in the months I've been here is the focus and preparation for this group's games has been amazing. Being in Europe so far this season and only preparing for a game two or three days a week, I think the players have done really well.” “You want to play big games in a good atmosphere and you had games like that we plentiful in the last few weeks. This is the third time against Celtic in such a short time, but it's an old company, you have to enjoy it and do everything you can to get a good result. It's a great game to participate in. The two Old Firms that followed were different than the one we played in February. We'll have to see on Sunday and we'll prepare the game and the team well to go out and make sure we do everything we can to get a good result. I think the players and the team have evolved from that moment.

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Rangers best bets and player props vs caps

We've got predictions and player props if the Rangers' 2021-22 NHL regular season ends with a matchup against the Capitals on Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

RangersPickswise provides SILive.com with exclusive sports betting content including tips, analysis, tools, games and sports betting deals to help bettors get in on the action. Predicting games at the end of the season can be very difficult. At this point, all playoff teams are decided, but the seeding is not yet. Sportsbook is struggling to separate these two teams but the Rangers are very slight -113 favorites for this game with FanDuel Sportsbook while the Capitals are tiny -106 underdogs. This means that you would need to bet $1.13 on the Rangers to make a $1 profit if they win the game, while a $1.06 bet on the Capitals would also save you $1 if they did win the game. New players can click here to sign up using this FanDuel Sportsbook promo code and grab this $1000 risk free bet bonus. The total line is set at 5.5 goals, meaning you can bet on the number of goals scored being either under or over this amount. For the final time in the 2021-22 NHL regular season, let's dive into our predictions for tonight's Rangers vs. Capitals match-up. Washington may be the team with the greater motivation for this one-on-one game, but the prediction is that Rangers will win this season finale on home ice. New York will ditch the majority of their starters for this game, which is why they have such a reasonable chance, but the Capitals will be without their key player in Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin was injured against the Maple Leafs on Sunday and has missed Washington's last two games. All reports from the team were that they hope he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs. With that uncertain, he has no chance of playing this game against Rangers. Ovechkin is such an important part of this Capitals team and their prolific production that his absence should have a major impact. They decided to rest the majority of their top skaters in the following game against the Canadiens on Wednesday. Instead, the skaters Frank Vatrano and Ryan Strome were introduced, who have a lot of experience. Vatrano skates regularly with Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider, and Strome has been a key figure in Rangers' power play. They each scored a goal on Wednesday night, although many starters were unavailable to help them. It might not seem the same, but the Capitals without Ovechkin are in a worse situation than the Rangers, who are resting a few starters. It might not be the highest-profile hockey of the season, but Rangers should be able to go into the postseason with a win. Our prognosis is that the Rangers will beat the Capitals. Rangers resting key skaters in their last game meant they had backup Alexandar Georgiev in the net. New York will surely keep him sane for the playoffs. Click HERE to unlock the latest DraftKings promo code for NHL action and receive an amazing $1000 match deposit bonus. Similarly, the Capitals will also have a backup goaltender at the net. Vitek Vanecek got the call last night so Ilya Samsonov was expected for this game. Washington was the top team in discussions about improving goalies at the close of trade, but they did nothing. Our prediction is that over 5.5 goals will be scored. The number of skaters listed in the Player Prop Market is limited and will be until official lineups are confirmed just before the puck drop. Ovechkin is not only one of the top scorers in the league, he is also one of the top scorers. With his absence from the Caps' lineup, Evgeny Kuznetsov could shoulder the responsibility of trying to find the back of the net. He's got 208 shots in the season, so he's far from an unknown at taking his chances. When the Caps last faced Rangers in New York, Kuznetsov had five shots on target. Now without Ovechkin he should have even more chances. Our prediction is that Evgeny Kuznetsov will have over 2.5 shots on goal. NFL betting odds: A New York team is set to win the Super Bowl, but what about the Jets? NFL betting odds: Can the New York Giants return to Super Bowl glory?

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