Liverpool heed Jürgen Klopp and sprint into Champions League | Paul Wilson

Anfield manager asks players for final surge to finishing line and they race home once Georginio Wijnaldum breaches Middlesbrough’s defence in 3-0 win

‘When you see a finish line you should sprint,” was Jürgen Klopp’s final exhortation to his players before this potentially season-defining final game.

Liverpool were willing to take him at his word, Roberto Firmino landed the first shot on target in a little under 30 seconds, though more than half an hour later they were still shooting and acceleration was beginning to be replaced by apprehension. News from the other games had already filtered through. Arsenal and Manchester City had taken early leads, but though the first half had been a procession towards Brad Guzan’s goal, with Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana almost literally queuing up to take pot shots, the Middlesbrough back line was holding out quite comfortably.

Related: Liverpool seal Champions League place with victory over Middlesbrough

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John Terry gets guard of honor as he’s substituted during his final Premier League match for Chelsea

His teammates and fans gave him an emotional send-off in the first half.

John Terry joined Chelsea in 1995 at the age of 15, and he’s been with them ever since. He was named the team’s captain in 2004 and since then has led the team to five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, and the UEFA Champions League crown.

This has been the first season in 16 years that Terry has been a bit-part player for the Blues, making just nine league appearances at the age of 36. He announced this month that this would be his last season with Chelsea and that he didn’t know yet whether or not he’d retire. On Sunday, he made his final start for the club and was substituted in the 26th minute — the same as his longtime shirt number — and given a guard of honor by his teammates:

After the game, Terry and vice-captain Gary Cahill each put a hand on the Premier League trophy and lifted it together, giving Terry a perfect send-off at Stamford Bridge. No matter what he chooses to do next, he’ll be synonymous with Chelsea FC forever.

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Man saves girl after sea lion drags her into the water

Shout-out to this hero!

Today in don’t mess with Mother Nature: This absolutely gigantic sea lion drags a small girl into the waters off Steveston, British Columbia.

Before you watch, just know that her family members and some heroic bystanders immediately pulled her out of the water.

The video starts out calmly enough, with some folks pointing at and feeding a sea lion in a harbor. But it’s easy to see the sea lion looks a bit agitated. It pops out of the water, nipping at a little girl’s face. (It doesn’t bite her, but she draws back.)

The tourists/viewers stay near the water, though, exclaiming and waving their hands at the animal. The sea lion comes back and grabs the girl by the dress, pulling her into the murky water.

A man jumps in immediately after her, and someone pulls them both to safety. The girl is then rushed away by her family members.

Props to the man who jumped in and grabbed her without a second thought. He lost his sunglasses and certainly his phone in the water.

It’s unclear if he was a family member or just a bystander, but he made sure a bad situation didn’t get worse. Someone needs to buy him new sunglasses, at the very least!

The lesson here is clear though: Just because an animal looks cute, it’s still in the wild. It’s always best to use caution and keep your distance.

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NCAA softball tournament 2017: Bracket, schedule, and scores

Minnesota has plenty to prove after a spellbinding 54-3 season failed to earn the team a national seed.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers had an amazing 2017 NCAA softball season. The Big Ten stalwarts finished the year with a ridiculous 54-3 record, earning the top spot in the final Coaches’ Poll of the regular season. Behind the scorching bat of catcher Kendyl Lindaman (.438 average, 20 home runs) and shutdown pitching of Sara Groenewegen (30-2, 0.59 ERA, 280 strikeouts), the northern school put together one of the most compelling campaigns Division I softball has ever seen.

And yet, despite all this, the Selection Committee failed to find them worthy of one of the 16 hosting gigs at this year’s NCAA softball tournament.

Minnesota had to settle for a No. 2 seed at this year’s regionals, which will ship the team to Alabama rather than a well-deserved home series in the Twin Cities. The Golden Gophers’ lack of quality opponents in the Big Ten was enough of a reason for the committee to exclude them from a coveted national seed. UM was only 2-2 against RPI top 25 teams this spring, which appears to be the only reason for its shocking seeding.

Teams from the Southeastern Conference didn’t have the same problem. All 13 SEC programs (Vanderbilt doesn’t carry the sport) qualified for this year’s field of 64. Eight of those teams — Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, LSU, Kentucky, and Bama — will host regionals this weekend. The Gators are the No. 1 overall seed after winning their third straight regular season title and following that up with a win in the conference tournament last weekend.

The Golden Gophers can correct the selection committee’s mistake by rolling through Tuscaloosa and then dispatching their Super Regional opponent — likely Florida — en route to the Women’s College World Series.

Here’s how that works.

The 64 teams are split up into 16 different regionals, played at the home site of the top team in each region. The regionals, played from May 18-21, will each produce one winner, with the 16 regional winners paired off for eight super regional matchups. The super regionals are best-of-three series to be played from May 25-28, with the eight winners advancing to the Women’s College World Series, played in Oklahoma City from June 1-7.

Here are the 16 national seeds:

  1. Florida
  2. Arizona
  3. Oregon
  4. Florida State
  5. UCLA
  6. Washington
  7. Auburn
  8. Tennessee
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Utah
  12. Ole Miss
  13. LSU
  14. Kentucky
  15. Baylor
  16. Alabama

Here are the regional groupings and opening day matchups. The tournament’s format is double-elimination, so the winners of these showdowns will be set to meet each other on day two — and same with the losers. The full 64-team bracket can be found here.


*all Game 7 contests are if needed

Gainesville regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 1 Florida def. Florida A&M, 9-0
May 19, Game 2: Oklahoma State def. Florida International, 2-0

May 20, Game 3: Florida def. Oklahoma State, 2-0
May 20, Game 4: FIU def. Florida A&M, 3-0 (Florida A&M eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Oklahoma State def. FIU, 5-0 (FIU eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Florida vs. Oklahoma State, 12 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Florida vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Tuscaloosa regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 16 Alabama def. Albany, 5-1
May 19, Game 2: Minnesota def. Louisiana Tech, 11-3

May 20, Game 3: Alabama def. Minnesota, 1-0
May 20, Game 4: Louisiana Tech def. Albany, 8-1 (Albany eliminated)

May 21, Game 5: Minnesota vs. Louisiana Tech, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 6: Alabama vs. G5 winner, 5 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Alabama vs. G5 winner (if necessary)

College Station regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 9 Texas A&M def. Texas Southern, 14-0
May 19, Game 2: Texas State def. Texas, 2-1

May 20, Game 3: Texas A&M def. Texas State, 3-1
May 20, Game 4: Texas def. Texas Southern, 8-0 (Texas Southern eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Texas def. Texas State, 6-3 (Texas State eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Texas A&M vs. Texas, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Texas A&M vs. Texas, 5 p.m. (if necessary)

Knoxville regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 8 Tennessee def. Longwood, 5-0
May 19, Game 2: SC Upstate def. Ohio State, 7-3

May 20, Game 3: Tennessee def. SC Upstate, 7-3
May 20, Game 4: Longwood def. Ohio State, 3-1 (Ohio State eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Longwood def. SC Upstate, 4-2 (SC Upstate eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Tennessee vs. Longwood, 12 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Tennessee vs. Longwood, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Los Angeles regional

May 19, Game 1: No 5 UCLA def. Lehigh, 8-0
May 19, Game 2: San Jose State def. Cal State Fullerton, 3-0

May 20, Game 3: UCLA def. San Jose State, 10-2
May 20, Game 4: Cal State Fullerton def. Lehigh, 10-8 (Lehigh eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Cal State Fullerton def. San Jose State, 1-0 (San Jose St. eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton, 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Oxford regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 12 Ole Miss def. Southern Illinois, 8-0
May 19, Game 2: Arizona State def, North Carolina, 9-3

May 20, Game 3: Mississippi def. Arizona State, 2-0
May 20, Game 4: North Carolina def. Southern Illinois, 4-0 (S. Illinois eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: North Carolina def. Arizona State, 3-2 (ASU eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Mississippi vs. North Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Mississippi vs. North Carolina, 5 p.m. (if necessary)

Baton Rouge regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 13 LSU def. Fairfield, 2-1
May 19, Game 1: Louisiana def. McNeese, 6-0

May 20, Game 3: Louisiana def. LSU, 4-2
May 20, Game 4: McNeese def. Fairfield, 6-2 (Fairfield eliminated)

May 21, Game 5: LSU vs. McNeese, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 6: Louisiana vs. G5 winner, 5 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Louisiana vs. G5 winner, 7:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Tallahassee regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 4 Florida State def. Princeton, 3-0
May 19, Game 2: Georgia def. Jacksonville State, 4-2

May 20, Game 3: Florida State def. Georgia, 7-1
May 20, Game 4: Jacksonville State def. Princeton, 10-2 (Princeton eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Georgia def. Jacksonville State, 8-2 (Jacksonville St. eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Florida State vs. Georgia, 12 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Florida State vs. G5 winner, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Eugene regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 3 Oregon def. Illinois Chicago, 13-0
May 19, Game 2: Wisconsin def. Missouri, 7-2

May 20, Game 3: Oregon def. Wisconsin, 6-5
May 20, Game 4: Illinois Chicago def. Missouri, 5-4 (Missouri eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Wisconsin def. Illinois-Chicago, 2-0 (Illinois-Chicago eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Oregon vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Oregon vs. Wisconsin, 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Lexington regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 14 Kentucky def. DePaul, 6-0
May 19, Game 2: Illinois def. Marshall, 3-2 (12)

May 20, Game 3: Kentucky def. Illinois, 1-0
May 20, Game 4: Marshall def. DePaul, 2-1 (DePaul eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Illinois def. Marshall, 10-2 (Marshall eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Kentucky vs. Illinois, 12 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Kentucky vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Salt Lake City regional

May 18, Game 1: No. 11 Utah def. Fordham, 10-0
May 18, Game 2: BYU def. Mississippi State, 8-0

May 19, Game 3: Utah def. BYU, 3-2
May 19, Game 4: Fordham def. Mississippi State, 9-3 (Mississippi State eliminated)
May 19, Game 5: BYU def. Fordham, 12-1 (Fordham eliminated)

May 20, Game 6: Utah def. BYU, 14-0 (BYU eliminated)

Seattle regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 6 Washington def. Montana, 8-0
May 19, Game 2: Michigan def. Fresno State, 3-1

May 20, Game 3: Washington def. Michigan, 12-4
May 20, Game 4: Fresno State def. Montana, 7-0 (Montana eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: Michigan def. Fresno State, 4-0 (Fresno St. eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Washington vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Washington vs. Michigan, 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Auburn regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 7 Auburn def, ETSU, 11-0
May 19, Game 2: California def. Notre Dame, 6-2

May 20, Game 3: Auburn def. California, 4-3
May 20, Game 4: Notre Dame def. ETSU, 7-6 (ETSU eliminated)

May 21, Game 5: California def. Notre Dame, 5-3 (Notre Dame eliminated)
May 21, Game 6: Auburn vs. California, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Auburn vs. California, 5 p.m. (if necessary)

Norman regional

May 19, Game 1: Tulsa def. Arkansas, 5-4

May 20, Game 2: North Dakota State def. Oklahoma, 3-2
May 20, Game 3: Tulsa def. North Dakota State, 2-1
May 20, Game 4: Oklahoma def. Arkansas, 5-3 (Arkansas eliminated)

May 21, Game 5: North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m.
May 21, Game 6: Tulsa vs. G5 winner, 5 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Tulsa vs. G5 winner, 7:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Waco regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 15 Baylor def. Kent State, 1-0
May 19, Game 2: James Madison def. Oregon State, 3-2

May 20, Game 3: Baylor def. James Madison, 4-2
May 20, Game 4: Kent State def. Oregon State, 2-1 (OSU eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: James Madison def. Kent State, 4-0 (Kent State eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Baylor vs. James Madison, 2 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Baylor vs. James Madison, 4:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Tucson regional

May 19, Game 1: No. 2 Arizona def. New Mexico State 11-0
May 19, Game 2: South Carolina def. St. Francis (PA), 12-2

May 20, Game 3: Arizona def. South Carolina, 5-0
May 20, Game 4: St. Francis (PA) def. New Mexico State, 8-4 (NMSU eliminated)
May 20, Game 5: South Carolina def. St. Francis (PA), 3-1 (St. Francis eliminated)

May 21, Game 6: Arizona vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m.
May 21, Game 7: Arizona vs. South Carolina, 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Super regionals

May 25-28

Gainesville champion vs. Tuscaloosa champion

College Station champion vs. Knoxville champion

Los Angeles champion vs. Oxford champion

Baton Rouge champion vs. Tallahassee champion

Eugene champion vs. Lexington champion

Utah vs. Seattle champion

Auburn champion vs. Norman champion

Waco champion vs. Tucson champion

Women’s College World Series

Who: Eight super regional winners

When: June 1-7

Where: Oklahoma City

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Sebastien Bourdais injured after accident in Indianapolis 500 qualifying

The 38-year-old driver was running 230 mph when he lost control and crashed during time trials Saturday.

Sebastien Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip after a violent crash that caused his car to flip during Indianapolis 500 qualifying Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 38-year-old driver was on his third of four qualifying laps when he lost control of his No. 18 Honda-powered car and slammed nearly head-on into the outside Turn 2 wall, then spun around and flipped once before coming to a stop on the backstretch. Bourdais had posted consecutive 231 mph laps before his accident and was on pace to win the provisional pole.

Safety workers arrived on the scene and immediately removed Bourdais, who was seen moving inside the car, and placed him on a stretcher. The Frenchman was then transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital. IndyCar Series officials said Bourdais was awake and alert, and did not lose consciousness.

Bourdais underwent surgery on his pelvis Saturday night and is expected to make a full recovery. Dale Coyne Racing has not named a replacement to drive its No. 18, which is guaranteed a starting spot in the May 28 Indianapolis 500.

Bourdais is 36-time Indy car race winner and won four consecutive Champ Car championships (2004-07). His 233.116 mph in practice on Friday was the fastest of the entire month leading up to first round qualifying Saturday, with the top nine drivers advancing to final round qualifying Sunday.

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Spurs Coyote mascot danced his tail off in this perfect romper

He gets it.

The Spurs’ coyote mascot gets downright freaky, and that’s why we love him.

He’s known to strip those clothes right off and show us his moves, and despite another bad San Antonio loss, we saw what may be his most topical, trendy and aggressive ensemble of turns and shakes.

Folks, the dang coyote is workin’ this romphim and being his best self. The deep V-neck just helps ooze waves of confidence no other mascot can touch.

The shimmies are on point. The tail wagging is on another level. The security guy was even blown away by all that swag.

This answers the question we’ve been asking on Twitter all week: Coyotes do look baller in rompers.

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