Rafa Nadal confirms his King of Clay title in Monte-Carlo

This is his second final of the year (fell to Pablo Cuevas in Sao Paulo) to go along with three other semifinal finishes and three other quarterfinal showings-all on clay. Nadal's celebrations were somewhat muted. Nadal was flawless in the first set, only giving his opponent one game as he was ruthless with his service.

Breaking down Machado, Pedroia controversy and Barnes' retaliation

There's a four-game set starting May 1 between these two at Fenway Park, and the reset button should be hit before then. Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win over the Orioles after he threw behind the head of Manny Machado .

Ilie Nastase unrepentant after abusing British players, umpire

Ilie Nastase unrepentant after abusing British players, umpire

Nastase reportedly sent flowers to the British team after the tie but "he can't be allowed to come out of this smelling of roses", says Sean Ingle of The Guardian , who describes the former world number one as a "sneering, leering, loud, louche" thowback.

Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has made a veiled criticism of Manchester United and Manchester City, saying spending money does not guarantee success. Willian has been the most utilised of the three players having played in 28 Premier League matches. Chelsea are expected to pursue significant squad reinforcements as they prepare for a return to the Champions League next season, but Conte indicated that the Blues will spend only what they need to in order to address their weaknesses.

Pats still planning to keep Garoppolo

Pats still planning to keep Garoppolo

He was drafted 62nd overall in the second round of that year's draft and is considered as one of the most reliable backup signal-callers in the league right now. However, the Patriots have their own issues at quarterback. Pats Shock NFL With Surprise Pick Of QB In 3rd RoundNew England Patriots Draft Rumors: Pats Eye QB Dak Prescott Of MSU, Jimmy Garoppolo On Trade Block? There's only one catch.

Playoff Preview: Rockets Host Thunder On Easter Night

The Thunder finished first in the league overall in rebounding, lead in large part by the Kiwi who finished in the top 20 for offensive rebounds per game. It's clear that the only person capable of at least holding Russell Westbrook back a little bit in this Houston v Oklahoma first round series is Patrick Beverley .