Tennis - Opportunity knocks in Paris for Tennessee's Mr. Tennys

By Martyn Herman
| LONDON

LONDON Tennys Sandgren describes himself as a walking coincidence.

Tennys, the pro tennis player who happens to come from - you've guessed it: Tennessee.

From the moment he began swinging a racket as a four-year-old in Gallatin the significance of his moniker was not lost on him, although his ambition back then was not to match idol Andre Agassi, just not be "bad" at a sport he shares his name with.

Europa league success crucial for Mourinho's reputation

By Simon Evans

Jose Mourinho's first season at Manchester United will be deemed by many as a failure unless they win Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam to secure Champions League qualification.

The Portuguese coach arrived at Old Trafford at the start of this campaign charged with the task of restoring United to, if not their old dominance, at least a place at the top table in the Premier League elite.

Inter forward Gabriel apologises for storming off bench

MILAN Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa has apologised for storming off the substitutes' bench when he realised he was not going to be used during Sunday's Serie A match at Lazio.

The 20-year-old Brazilian has had a frustrating first season at Inter, making just nine appearances, all as a substitute, and playing a total of only 111 minutes since his 30 million euros (25.94 million pounds) move from Santos last August.

He has managed one goal and picked up three yellow cards in that short period on the pitch.

Sri Lankan Sangakkara to retire from first class game

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara will retire from first-class cricket in September at the end of England's county championship season.

The Surrey batsman, who quit test cricket in 2015 with 12,400 runs, is fifth on the all-time list of test run scorers, averaging 57.40 in 134 tests.

"You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you're ahead," the 39-year-old told the BBC on Monday.

"It's the last time I'll play a four-day game here. I'll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket."

Chelsea's Conte named Manager of the Year - LMA

LONDON Chelsea's Antonio Conte was named Manager of the Year at a League Managers Association awards ceremony on Monday after leading his side to the Premier League title and FA Cup final.

The 47-year-old Italian, whose team finished seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, will lead Chelsea out against Arsenal in the Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Chelsea's 93 points was the second highest total since the Premier League began in 1992 and they became the first Premier League team to register 30 victories in one season.

McLaren boss sees a world of virtual F1 teams

By Alan Baldwin
| WOKING, England

WOKING, England All Formula One teams could eventually have their own virtual counterpart, while gaming can become the new grassroots of the sport, McLaren executive director Zak Brown said on Monday.

Speaking at an event to promote McLaren's "World's Fastest Gamer" initiative to recruit a Formula One simulator driver from virtual racing, Brown told reporters the world of e-sports was to be embraced.

Golf - Another 27 players earn U.S. Open exemptions via rankings

Former U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick of England and South Korean An Byeong-hun were among 27 additional golfers to earn full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open golf championship, officials said on Monday.

All 27 exemptions into the June 15-18 event at Erin Hills in Wisconsin were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 in the official world rankings and brought the total number of exempted players to 78 for the year's second major.

Fitzpatrick, who won the 2013 U.S. Amateur, is ranked 41st. An, who won the 2009 U.S. Amateur, is ranked 56.

Juve make Cuadrado's loan move from Chelsea permanent

MILAN Juventus have signed winger Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on a three-year contract for 20 million euros (17.29 million pounds) after the Colombia international's two seasons at the club on loan, the Italian champions said on Monday.

The 28-year-old forward has made 83 appearances for Juve, who have activated a clause to buy the Colombian after he failed to secure a regular starting spot at Chelsea following his 23.3 million pounds ($30.28 million) move from Fiorentina.

Villar re-elected Spanish Football Federation president

Angel Maria Villar was re-elected as the Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) president for the eighth consecutive time on Monday after he stood unopposed.

The term of office for the 67-year-old, who got 112 votes with 11 abstentions and six spoiled ballots, will run until 2020, with Villar having been first elected in 1988.

The former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder has presided over the most successful era in the history of the Spanish national team, who won successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and their first World Cup in 2010.

Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager after relegation

Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following their relegation from the Premier League this season, the north-east club said in a statement on Monday.

Moyes, who arrived at the Stadium of Light at the start of the campaign, had said earlier this month he would stay in charge next term but the Scot has decided to leave after a meeting with the board in London on Monday.

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