Football: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A classic play-off final is overdue, is this goodbye to Brendan Rodgers and who from Newcastle United and Hull will be heading down to the Championship

Norwich have sold their full allocation of 38,800 tickets for Monday’s play-off final, while Middlesbrough sold their initial 38,000 and then got a few more. Meanwhile Arsenal and Aston Villa get 25,000 each for the FA Cup final, meaning Wembley will contain some 27,000 fewer partisan fans for the season’s great showpiece. It’s the absence of the FA’s 20,000-strong army of “volunteers through the football family” that allows the Championship play-off final to create an explosion of noise and colour on a scale that is a distant memory for Cup final day (the Cup semi-finals, where the competing teams share around 60,000 tickets, are better).

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Football: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A classic play-off final is overdue, is this goodbye to Brendan Rodgers and who from Newcastle United and Hull will be heading down to the Championship

Norwich have sold their full allocation of 38,800 tickets for Monday’s play-off final, while Middlesbrough sold their initial 38,000 and then got a few more. Meanwhile Arsenal and Aston Villa get 25,000 each for the FA Cup final, meaning Wembley will contain some 27,000 fewer partisan fans for the season’s great showpiece. It’s the absence of the FA’s 20,000-strong army of “volunteers through the football family” that allows the Championship play-off final to create an explosion of noise and colour on a scale that is a distant memory for Cup final day (the Cup semi-finals, where the competing teams share around 60,000 tickets, are better).

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Football: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A classic play-off final is overdue, is this goodbye to Brendan Rodgers and who from Newcastle United and Hull will be heading down to the Championship

Norwich have sold their full allocation of 38,800 tickets for Monday’s play-off final, while Middlesbrough sold their initial 38,000 and then got a few more. Meanwhile Arsenal and Aston Villa get 25,000 each for the FA Cup final, meaning Wembley will contain some 27,000 fewer partisan fans for the season’s great showpiece. It’s the absence of the FA’s 20,000-strong army of “volunteers through the football family” that allows the Championship play-off final to create an explosion of noise and colour on a scale that is a distant memory for Cup final day (the Cup semi-finals, where the competing teams share around 60,000 tickets, are better).

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Football: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A classic play-off final is overdue, is this goodbye to Brendan Rodgers and who from Newcastle United and Hull will be heading down to the Championship

Norwich have sold their full allocation of 38,800 tickets for Monday’s play-off final, while Middlesbrough sold their initial 38,000 and then got a few more. Meanwhile Arsenal and Aston Villa get 25,000 each for the FA Cup final, meaning Wembley will contain some 27,000 fewer partisan fans for the season’s great showpiece. It’s the absence of the FA’s 20,000-strong army of “volunteers through the football family” that allows the Championship play-off final to create an explosion of noise and colour on a scale that is a distant memory for Cup final day (the Cup semi-finals, where the competing teams share around 60,000 tickets, are better).

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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational scores

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) – Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas -6 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 64 Kevin Na (U.S.) 64 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 64 -5 Ian Poulter (Britain) 65 George McNeill (U.S.) 65 -4 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 66 Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 66 Marc Leishman (Australia) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 66 Colt Knost (U.S.) 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 66 David Hearn (Canada) 66 -3 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 67 Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 67 Tony Finau (U.S.) 67 Kevin Kisner (U.S. …

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational scores

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) – Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas -6 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 64 Kevin Na (U.S.) 64 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 64 -5 Ian Poulter (Britain) 65 George McNeill (U.S.) 65 -4 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 66 Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 66 Marc Leishman (Australia) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 66 Colt Knost (U.S.) 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 66 David Hearn (Canada) 66 -3 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 67 Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 67 Tony Finau (U.S.) 67 Kevin Kisner (U.S. …

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational scores

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) – Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas -6 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 64 Kevin Na (U.S.) 64 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 64 -5 Ian Poulter (Britain) 65 George McNeill (U.S.) 65 -4 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 66 Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 66 Marc Leishman (Australia) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 66 Colt Knost (U.S.) 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 66 David Hearn (Canada) 66 -3 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 67 Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 67 Tony Finau (U.S.) 67 Kevin Kisner (U.S. …

Andrew Bogut stars as Golden State beats Houston in NBA playoffs

  • 7ft Victorian has a stormer, with five shot blocks and four assists

Just two days after playing what he described as a horrible game, Australian centre Andrew Bogut was sensational in helping the Golden State Warriors win a thriller against the Houston Rockets.

The 99-98 win on their home court in Oakland on Thursday gave the Warriors a dominant 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series.

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Andrew Bogut stars as Golden State beats Houston in NBA playoffs

  • 7ft Victorian has a stormer, with five shot blocks and four assists

Just two days after playing what he described as a horrible game, Australian centre Andrew Bogut was sensational in helping the Golden State Warriors win a thriller against the Houston Rockets.

The 99-98 win on their home court in Oakland on Thursday gave the Warriors a dominant 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series.

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Warriors survive Harden onslaught to forge 2-0 lead

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors(Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors survived a stirring James Harden-inspired fightback to take command of the Western Conference Final with a 99-98 Game Two victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. This season's MVP runner-up scored 10 of his team's final 12 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists but again had to accept second billing to Golden State's Stephen Curry. Curry finished with 33 points and teamed with backcourt mate Klay Thompson to swarm Harden on the final play, lifting the Warriors to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Warriors survive Harden onslaught to forge 2-0 lead

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors(Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors survived a stirring James Harden-inspired fightback to take command of the Western Conference Final with a 99-98 Game Two victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. This season's MVP runner-up scored 10 of his team's final 12 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists but again had to accept second billing to Golden State's Stephen Curry. Curry finished with 33 points and teamed with backcourt mate Klay Thompson to swarm Harden on the final play, lifting the Warriors to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid (Yahoo Sports)

The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting the Summer Games. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

Versteeg active for Blackhawks in Game 3 (Yahoo Sports)

Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (19) passes off the puck against Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) during the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Blackhawks forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were active for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, replacing Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen in a bit of surprise. Chicago is coming off a triple-overtime victory at Anaheim on Tuesday night, and the insertion of Versteeg and Nordstrom puts two fresh players in the lineup.

Howard in starting lineup for Rockets in Game 2 vs Warriors (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets looks on against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard was in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. During the portion of the morning shootaround in San Francisco open to reporters, Howard worked on his post-up game – turnaround hook shots, short floaters and even a few dunks – while wearing a black brace around his knee. Howard hurt his knee in a first-quarter collision with teammate Josh Smith in Golden State’s series-opening win Tuesday night.