Thompson brought to tears discussing 'nightmare' LPGA penalty

An unrepentant Lexi Thompson again broke down in tears while discussing the controversial penalty that upended her title bid at the year's first major three weeks ago and has since led to an expedited rule change.

Thompson, speaking to the media on Wednesday on the eve of the Texas Shootout in Irving, Texas, and for the first time since the ANA Inspiration in California, broke down when asked about the toughest part of the last few weeks.

Boro beat Sunderland for first victory of 2017

April 26 - MIDDLESBROUGH 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Middlesbrough gave themselves a lifeline and virtually condemned north-east rivals Sunderland to relegation with Marten de Roon's early goal earning a 1-0 win.

The Riverside Stadium basement battle was a torrid affair and De Roon settled it after eight minutes when he stabbed a shot through the legs of Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford.

Second-bottom Boro hung on for their first league victory of 2017 to move to within six points of 17th placed Hull City.

Tottenham refuse to give up title chase, Arsenal eye top-four

By Martyn Herman
| LONDON

LONDON With less than a month of the Premier League season left it remains Chelsea's title to lose but Tottenham Hotspur defiantly stayed in contention by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Chelsea's already profitable week looked like getting a whole lot better as Palace doggedly kept Tottenham at bay for 78 minutes but Christian Eriksen's unstoppable blast meant they are once again looking over their shoulders.

PSG sweep aside weakened Monaco team to reach Cup final

By Julien Pretot
| PARIS

PARIS Holders Paris St Germain reached the French Cup final with a thumping 5-0 home win against a weakened Monaco side in a one-sided last-four clash on Wednesday.

Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Blaise Matuidi, Marquinhos and a Safwan Mbae own goal kept PSG on course to win a third straight Cup title.

They will take on Angers, who beat En Avant Guingamp 2-0 on Tuesday, in the May 27 showdown at the Stade de France.

Dortmund stun Bayern to reach German Cup final

MUNICH, Germany Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup final for a record fourth successive season after staging a thrilling five-minute, two-goal comeback to stun holders and hosts Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday.

Teenager Ousmane Dembele scored one goal and set up another in a five minute spell in the second half to help Dortmund come back from 2-1 down after having taken a 19th-minute lead through Marco Reus.

Madrid run riot to keep pace with Barcelona

By Rik Sharma
| BARCELONA

BARCELONA An under-strength Real Madrid crushed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to pull level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday.

Isco ran the show for Los Blancos in Galicia and got on the scoresheet along with James Rodriguez, who hit a brace, Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez and substitute Casemiro.

Arsenal boost Champions League hopes with late own goal

LONDON, April 26 - ARSENAL 1 LEICESTER CITY 0

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of securing a 20th successive Champions League campaign by beating last year's Premier League champions Leicester City 1-0 with a late own goal at The Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side, who have now won four of their last five league and cup games, had most of the first-half possession but it was Leicester who carved out the best early chances, Jamie Vardy firing a first-time shot into the side-netting and then Riyad Mahrez forcing a superb save from Petr Cech.

Eriksen seals crucial win for Tottenham at Palace

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1

Christian Eriksen's superb long-range winner earned Tottenham Hotspur a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace to keep themselves in the Premier League title hunt on Wednesday.

Second-placed Tottenham's eighth successive league victory cut Chelsea's lead back to four points with five games to play after Antonio Conte's side had beaten Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday.

Barcelona in seventh heaven against Osasuna

By Rik Sharma
| BARCELONA

BARCELONA Barcelona thrashed Osasuna 7-1 on Wednesday as Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer each scored twice to send them three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Javier Mascherano scored his first ever goal for the club from the penalty spot as the Catalans built on their Clasico victory over Real on Sunday to move clear of their bitter rivals, who play later at Deportivo La Coruna, one of two games in hand.

Sharapova marks comeback from doping ban with win over Vinci

STUTTGART, Germany Former world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old Russian, three-time winner on Stuttgart's clay courts, received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension for banned substances.

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