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Liverpool CEO Peter Moore has told the Liverpool Echo the club have taken complaints about the problems fans have faced in attending the Champions League final against Real Madrid to the “highest levels” of UEFA.

Supporters have had major difficulties finding reasonably-priced transport and accommodation for the final in Kiev, with the clubs being allocated 16,626 tickets in a stadium with a 63,000 capacity.

Moore said the Ukrainian capital did not have the infrastructure to host the final of Europe’s premier club competition.

“To call it a challenging location would be an understatement, and I’ve had discussions all the way to the top of UEFA about it,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful city, but is it capable and fit for purpose when it comes to hosting a Champions League final? We think the answer is no.

“That’s through no fault of their own — they just don’t have the airport infrastructure and the hotel capacity to cope with an event of this size, and there isn’t another major city within real hitting distance of it.

“It’s not only affected Liverpool fans but Real Madrid fans too. There will be lessons learned from this. Rest assured, I’ve raised this at the highest levels of UEFA.”

Moore said Liverpool fans had experienced “extreme difficulties in terms of flights and accommodation” and added that their situation had been “expensive and frustrating in terms of the lack of direct routes there.”

He added: “I’m sure we’ll read some great stories about fans who have travelled across Europe to get there. Liverpool fans always find a way, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult for them.”

Tickets for Liverpool’s first Champions League since 2007 are much sought after, with some reportedly changing hands for thousands of pounds.

The club have been working with private investigators, who specialise in ticket touting, to combat the problem of tickets being re-sold at vastly-inflated prices.Thierry Henry laconically flicks a cross toward the penalty spot, to where Matt Eliason is waiting to chest it down. Cushioning the ball perfectly into the air, Eliason throws his body back and catches the falling ball sweetly, as his leg whips around over his head. The net bulges. On the other team, Lionel Messi can only look on in wonder.

If it sounds like a your-name-here dream for the Matt Eliason character, it was, sort of, though in many ways the reality of what followed that fantasy moment is the more meaningful part of his story.

It’s a story that has been captured in a short documentary, “Messi and Me,” which premieres at New York’s Kicking + Screening Festival of soccer films this week. And if in the end it’s less a story about dreams coming true than about the truths you can learn about yourself in pursuit of your dreams, it’s no less affecting for that.

In July 2013, it was announced that Messi would be playing in a charity game billed as “Messi and Friends” at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

The event had attracted some A-list talent, including the likes of Messi and Henry, but as game day approached, the rosters had not yet been filled out. Cue some panicked phone calls around the city, including one to a former star striker at Northwestern University, now in the early stages of pursuing a finance career in Chicago. Eliason jumped at the chance.

The event had been organized as a fundraiser for Messi’s charitable foundation, but poor promotion and poor ticket sales had taken some of the luster off the event, and Messi himself would prove to be less than a gracious host — subbing out in the 68th minute and walking out of the stadium without fulfilling various meet-and-greet commitments. But as it happened, SportsCenter wouldn’t be needing him that night anyway, because of what Eliason would do.

As one of his Northwestern teammates, also conscripted for the game, puts it in the film, “I knew exactly what I was on the field for: if I get the ball, give it back to the pros.” Eliason, however, a born striker who held his university’s goal-scoring record, had not got the memo, even if he now claims to have blacked out from the moment the ball popped up off his chest.It was a spectacular finish. Taylor Twellman, commentating on the game that day, immediately laughed in appreciative awe at the young man’s nerve: “That was awesome!”

And with headline writers left with a bitter taste in their mouth by Messi’s antics, Eliason’s intervention was a perfect feel-good story to take from the occasion. Eliason, too, enjoyed the media attention, but he quickly found he had something else in mind than riding 15 minutes of internet fame. Some of the questions he was getting about where he would play next had him thinking, “Why not?” Why not make his wonder goal a catalyst to revive the career he should have had?

After an initial abortive tryout with Henry’s New York Red Bulls, Eliason managed to catch on with Icelandic first-division team Throttur FC, and after taking a leave of absence from his firm GE Capital, he found himself starting for Throttur in the physical Icelandic league. Navigating culture shock and the realities of professional life, Eliason nonetheless started promisingly. But as the film shows, he ended up trying to play through injury, to the detriment of both his form and his health.

It’s in those moments that you get to the true meaning of Eliason’s story. Because in terms of the type of happily-ever-after story his goal in Chicago might have suggested, things didn’t work out that way. The injury ultimately ended his career at the end of that first season, and a homesick Eliason found himself back in Chicago resuming his finance career. But the experience did change him for the better.

“Obviously I’d have liked to have it work out that I was now the center-forward for Manchester United,” he tells ESPN FC. “But I got to follow my dream and to answer any questions that would always have been left hanging for me otherwise. Testing myself, having those experiences, I think it’s made me a stronger person.”

Many young men might have taken that initial moment of fantasy soccer and lived off it as anecdotal gold for the rest of their lives, but Eliason used it in perhaps the best way possible: not to allow it to change his life, but to give himself the motivation to try to change his own life.

And if in the end he didn’t get close to Messi, how many do?

Indycar 500

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Josef Newgarden drives the IndyCar Series standings by only two focuses heading into the qualifying area of the 2018 Indy 500, a weight filled end of the week that could direct whether he keeps his place on the roost.

The marquee occasion of Indy dashing comes back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, and Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi is the man hot on Newgarden’s foot rear areas in second.

The 2018 Indy 500 will likewise be Danica Patrick’s last race in the game after she declared her one-time rebound race in Indiana by means of Twitter, seven years after her last race in the IndyCar Series.

The authority IndyCar Series Twitter account gave a full breakdown of the drivers’ rundown during the current year’s race in front of qualifying:We investigate a portion of the best contenders and names to watch out for amid the qualifying area at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finish with TV plan and live-stream data.

Qualifying Weekend Schedule

Saturday, May 19

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET: Practice (All)

12 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. ET: Qualifying (Positions 1-9, ESPN 3)

Sunday, May 20

12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET: Practice (Positions 10-33)

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET: Practice (Fast 9)

2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET: Qualifying (Positions 10-33, ABC)

5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET: Qualifying (Fast 9, ABC)

Watchers in the United States can live-stream parts of qualifying end of the week by means of WatchESPN.

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After over 80 months from IndyCar dashing, 36-year-old Patrick will arrange her goodbye on the game’s greatest phase of all. In any case, in spite of her age, the veteran will go after every one of the marbles, opinion or no slant.

She said in the wake of reporting her dispute that triumph would be the best note on which to close down, paying little respect to the stars of today contending in the field, by means of Autoweek’s Matt Weaver:She’ll drive for the benefit of Ed Carpenter Racing yet won’t be the main lady picking up consideration amid qualifying, with Londoner Pippa Mann additionally set to participate for the 6th year in progression.

Just like the case in her less-included 2017 season, this will be Mann’s first race of the season, and the match got well-wishes from kindred expert driver Leilani Munter in front of qualifying:But neither Patrick nor Mann will be liked to assume a noticeable position among the Fast 9 come Sunday. Newgarden has won two of the last four races this year, and his complete of eleventh at the IndyCar Grand Prix last Sunday was his first time finishing outside the best seven.

The 27-year-old Team Penske sensation will again be seen as the man to keep under control, and he’s given the impression he’s out to set records in the current year’s Indy:Already comfortable with the conditions at Indianapolis following the Grand Prix, it would be an amazement if Newgarden didn’t enhance his outcomes this time around, and the early signs are he’ll do only that:

The Grand Prix of Alabama in April was the main race this season in which Newgarden has figured out how to guarantee post position, with Rossi in second and third-set Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais likewise taking one each.

With just two focuses isolating the best contenders, the Indy 500 could be the race in which 2017 IndyCar Series champion Newgarden either organizes his discharge from the pursuing pack or sees his lead chop down from under him.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool

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Liverpool face Real Madrid in a Champions League final between two hugely offensive-minded teams, with key battles set to shape the outcome.The Reds are hoping to land a sixth European Cup, while Real Madrid are aiming for an unprecedented three-peat of Champions League wins.

In Kyiv the two will battle on Saturday, the biggest night in a decade for the Reds and a sign of just how far they have progressed under Jurgen Klopp.

The match will mark the season and the team as an exciting and progressive one…or one to be remembered for all eternity by supporters.

Here we identify five key factors which will dictate just which way the result falls, and where Klopp and his team must stand up to the reigning champions to wrestle away their crown.There’s no sense glossing over this issue; Real Madrid have far more players who are far more used to the big occasions such as finals.As Klopp himself has pointed out this week though: it doesn’t necessarily matter how much experience is on show, it’s about handling the occasion and dealing with the pressure.Recent finals haven’t been kind to the Reds; they took Man City to penalties and lost at Wembley in 2016, before blowing a half-time lead in the Europa League final against Sevilla.Gradually, Klopp has been adding parts to a lineup which is now much more resilient, much more concentrated, much more determined.

A back-to-front spine of Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Roberto Firmino is, purely in terms of determination and mentality, up there with the very best.

Madrid have elite, world-class match-winners in the side and players who are used to picking up trophies and performing on the biggest stage; Liverpool have to ensure those who are new to the scene are given the guidance and support to allow them to do the same.The entirety of one channel could dictate an awful lot about how the match pans out; Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to operate as Real Madrid’s left-sided forward, while Mohamed Salah will be the Reds’ right-sided outlet.

How both those players fare against their respective full-backs will be telling.From an offensive point of view, Salah will be looking to dominate the space in behind Marcelo, taking advantage of his penchant for wandering forward to instigate attacks.Conversely, Salah will probably have to track back somewhat more than he’s used to if the Reds are coming under relentless pressure.

But there’s no doubting that he will opportunities to exploit and overload Madrid’s back line down the Liverpool right, coming infield or looking for passes from deep which bypass the midfield line.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday, May 13, 2018: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Behind him, Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s incredible campaign will be completed on the club scene by facing the current Ballon d’Or holder.Ronaldo is barely even a wide player these days; he drifts centrally, he looks to remain as close to the penalty box as possible and confuse the defenders as to who is marking him.Trent must be continually aware of when he needs to drop inside, disciplined about keeping his position and vocally advising his centre-backs when he’s passing the No. 7 on.

How that quartet link with each other and protect each other could have an enormous outcome on the match.Even without injuries decimating Klopp’s options, there’s no doubt Zinedine Zidane has a much, much deeper pool of talent at his disposal.

A regular midfield quartet who aren’t guaranteed to start for Madrid could be a Champions League unit in itself: Mateo Kovacic, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

All may be on the bench in Kyiv if Zidane goes with his ‘BBC’ attack.

The Reds, meanwhile, will be able to call upon Adam Lallana and potentially Emre Can for the same area of the pitch, but neither are remotely close to full fitness.Lallana has barely played all season, while Can has been out for two months—and lost his World Cup spot—due to a back injury.Without them though, the Reds would be calling upon an utterly untested Ben Woodburn as a sole midfield option, which makes the suggestion that Can shouldn’t be recalled to the squad (if fit) nothing but laughable.Elsewhere it’s one goal apiece for Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke this term.

Madrid might not have a second-choice No. 9 other than Borja Mayoral (seven this term) but switching in Isco or Asensio, or indeed Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale if they don’t start, isn’t a bad ploy.There’s no question of a surprise Liverpool switch in the eyes of most; Klopp will play his 4-3-3, ask his forwards to put Madrid under pressure at certain points in the game and play on the counter at others.

In-game there are changes the Reds have employed though, and Klopp’s decisions here will prove crucial.

In part, that’s because Real Madrid are far more flexible and unpredictable in terms of their starting XI.

It could well be a 4-3-3, with Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo in attack. But should one miss out, any combination of that trio could play as a two, with a flatter 4-4-2 midfield—or even a diamond.The Reds need to firstly get to grips with the movement and interchangeability of the Real midfield, and then look to exploit the spaces they leave.

Will it be Isco at the tip, free-running and roaming both channels? If so, there’s Casemiro’s surging runs from deep to contend with.

A flatter quartet? Then there’s Modric slightly wider, but scheming from an area of more space than directly in the centre.

Klopp might not make outright formation changes, but we’ve seen countless times how the Reds’ own midfield changes to a four out of possession, Sadio Mane inevitably dropping deeper to leave Salah in support of Firmino.Later in the game a back three is an option for both managers, too, depending on the scoreline heading into the final stages.

Indianapolis 500

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James Hinchcliffe is no longer looking for a way to get into the Indianapolis 500.

The Canadian driver used a Twitter post Wednesday to announce that, “barring unforeseen circumstances,” he would not start Sunday’s race and a decision had been made to stop “pursuing other options” after he failed to make the 33-car field during qualifying last weekend.

“There aren’t really words to describe how missing this race feels,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, we simply didn’t get the job done. No excuses. This is our reality and we will face it head on, we will use it as motivation and we will come back stronger.”EDITOR’S PICKS

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Missing IndyCar’s showcase race, which is worth double points, likely takes Hinchcliffe out of the series championship hunt. He is currently fifth in the points standings.

It appears the only way Hinchcliffe could race now would be in the unlikely event another driver is injured during Friday’s final practice session and wasn’t cleared to drive in time for race day. Even then, it could be tough because he is the face of a national advertising campaign for Honda, eliminating the possibility he could drive a Chevrolet-powered car.

The Honda spots featuring Hinchcliffe are expected to run throughout the race and the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car, Arrow Electronics, has its name on temporary suites set up in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The other driver who failed to make the field, Pippa Mann, was not expected to find a way into the race. But many figured Hinchcliffe, one of the series’ most popular and highest-profile regulars, would find another ride at the expense of less decorated or experienced driver.

Speculation centered primarily on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates: Jay Howard, an Indy 500-only driver, and rookie Robert Wickens, who crashed in Monday’s practice. Instead of putting Hinchcliffe into one of those cars, team owner Sam Schmidt got Hinchcliffe’s sponsors to approve using their logos on the other cars in the team’s stable.

When race purists celebrated the return of bumping during qualifying at Indy, nobody expected Hinchcliffe to be in this position. A combination of rain, bad timing and bad luck was simply too much to overcome. His slower than expected four-lap qualifying average on the first attempt following a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay Saturday was the only official attempt he made.

Four of his six Indy starts have come from the first three rows including the No. 1 spot in 2016. But he has had only two top-10 finishes on the speedway’s 2.5-mile oval — sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2016.

But, as Hinchcliffe has noted repeatedly, he’s also been through worse.

In 2015, he suffered a life-threatening injury when he crashed and a broken piece of his car punctured his leg and cut an artery. He missed the rest of the season but returned the next year and claimed Indy’s prized pole position.

“He’s had a lot worse days here so that helps keep it in perspective,” Schmidt said.

Hinchcliffe has taken responsibility for what happened and he has started focusing on the series’ next stop.

“I’m sorry we can’t be on the track for you Sunday, but we will be pushing hard for the wins in Detroit,” he wrote. “I wish all 33 drivers a fast and safe race. I will be watching and cheering on my SPM teammates. See you in Detroit.”A Memorial Day weekend tradition that dates back to 1965 will come to an end Sunday, May 27, as ABC’s 54th telecast of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race brings a five-decade long streak to a close, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and history.

The telecast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins with a pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET and then polesitter Ed Carpenter will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:19 p.m. The race telecast of the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented by Firestone and is also available on the ESPN App and the WatchABC App.

Allen Bestwick will call the race, joined in the booth for analysis by former series drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. The announcer team also will include pit reporters Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe will host the Pennzoil pre-race show from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda, and SportsCenter reporter Marty Smith will join the pre-race show and take viewers inside some of the activities going on around the track.

The relationship between ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been one of the longest-running between a network and a sporting event, with the race first airing on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1965.

“We have had a wonderful and rewarding relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR and it has been our distinct honor to be partners for so many years,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming & Scheduling. “We wish them all the best in the future.”

Production Utilizing Record 110 Cameras

The Indianapolis 500 telecast, which is annually one of ESPN’s largest and most complex television productions, will utilize a record 110 cameras, covering on-track action from dozens of locations and providing unique viewpoints such as from the pace car, a crew member’s helmet, a parachutist and cameras on cars competing in the race. The camera count also will include the use of four Super So-Mo cameras placed in all four turns of the track to enhance replay coverage.

With the revised design of cars used in the IndyCar Series this year creating more opportunities for camera placements, fans will be seeing different views and angles from four onboard cameras per car carried by 14 drivers in the race. Viewers of the ABC telecast will have the option of a second screen experience through a choice of live streaming video from the onboard cameras on the ESPN App, also including team radio communications.

Drivers carrying onboard cameras will include Danica Patrick, who is competing in the final race of her career, defending Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden as well as former race winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi. Also carrying onboard cameras will be the cars of Graham Rahal, Jay Howard, Robert Wickens, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach, Will Power and Ed Jones.

Sato and Rahal will be wearing Visor Cam, a tiny camera mounted to their helmets, creating a unique view from the perspective of the driver and a true portrayal of how it feels to be inside the car. Also, Blair Julian, left front tire changer for Dixon’s pit crew, will be wearing an “over the wall” camera on his helmet, giving viewers an up-close and personal look at what a pit stop looks like from someone on the front lines.

The production will be supported by 150 technical crew members and will include 210 microphones, 16 EVS machines with 123 record and playback channels, nine mobile units and four uplinks transmitting 17 satellite paths. Some 170,000 feet of fiber cable will connect the equipment.

ESPN’s production of the race telecast will be led by senior coordinating producer Amy Rosenfeld and coordinating producer Kate Jackson, with Jim Gaiero producing and Bruce Watson directing. Jackson will produce the pre-race show with Chip Dean directing.

Features in Indy 500 Coverage

The opening tease for the telecast depicts the Indy 500 as a journey that is about more than the 500 miles – it’s a tradition and a race against time and the drivers and legends that have come before.

Among the features that will air during the pre-race show or in SportsCenter’s Indianapolis 500 coverage:Editions of SportsCenter Friday-Sunday will carry reports from the Speedway, including segments with anchor Nicole Briscoe and reporter Marty Smith. Briscoe will have a SportsCenter Sunday Conversation with the winner that will air in the evening editions of the program. Reporter Ryan McGee also will contribute to the SportsCenter coverage from Indy. Danica Patrick, making the final start of her career, appeared live on SportsCenter:AM on Tuesday morning with three-time race winner Helio Castroneves and 1998 winner (and ESPN analyst) Eddie Cheever also scheduled for SportsCenter appearances this week. SportsCenter also will air a feature with defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and ESPN senior writer Sam Alipour doing standup comedy and an ESPN E:60 interview with Patrick, who will be hosting the ESPY Awards in July, by Hannah Storm.

ESPN.com will have on-site coverage of the Indy 500 with motorsports reporter Bob Pockrass and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. In addition to daily news updates and reports, the site also plans in-depth features including Danica Patrick’s new life without racing after Sunday (Friday, Pockrass); ABC’s last Indy 500 after 54 years (Friday, McGee) and Can Josef Newgarden be the new face of IndyCar? Does he want to be? (Saturday, Pockrass).

ESPN App – ABC’s telecast of the Indianapolis 500 also will be streaming live on the ESPN App. Race fans will also have the option of a second-screen experience on the ESPN App during the Indy 500 telecast with a selection of streaming video from onboard cameras, also including team radio communications. Fourteen drivers in the race will be carrying onboard cameras.

ESPN Radio – The ESPN Radio program Marty & McGee, hosted by Marty Smith and Ryan McGee, will air live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday morning, May 26, at 7 a.m. ET

ESPN+ — Race fans can watch dozens of historic Indianapolis 500 races stretching back to the 1960’s on ESPN+, the recently launched direct-to-consumer subscription sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN. The collection of Indianapolis 500 films is part of an unmatched on-demand sports library on ESPN+, which also includes the entire award-winning 30 for 30 documentary film series and hundreds more hours of content. ESPN+ also offers thousands of live events and exclusive original programs, all for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year).

ESPN International — In addition to television in the United States on ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 170 countries and 100 million homes. In addition, U.S. troops serving overseas and on Navy vessels around the world can watch live via a broadcast agreement between ESPN and the American Forces Network.

ESPN Player — Again this year, ESPN Player will bring fans across Europe (excluding the UK & France), the Middle East, Africa and now parts of Asia live and on-demand coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series season as a channel on the digital subscription service. ESPN Player is available on Mac, PC, iPad, iOS mobile and Android mobile, with high quality streaming on all devices. Information is available at ESPNPlayer.com.

ESPN The Magazine — ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “World Fame 100” issue, which goes on newsstands Friday, May 25, contains content related to the Indianapolis 500. In “Hang Time,” written by Sam Alipour, defending Verizon IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden knows how to pick a line on the track. But can he do it live on a comedy stage?

ESPN Classic started helping fans get ready for the Indy 500 with airings of classic Indy 500 races throughout the week of the race. The airings began Monday, May 21, at 6 a.m. with the 2012 race and will continue all day and night through Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m.

ABC Television – ABC’s Good Morning America Weekend will cover the Indianapolis 500 with ABC News senior meteorologist Rob Marciano reporting live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday (subject to breaking news). Check local listings. Fans can also watch the race on the WatchABC App.

Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS — James Hinchcliffe is no longer looking for a way to get into the Indianapolis 500.

The Canadian driver used a Twitter post Wednesday to announce that, “barring unforeseen circumstances,” he would not start Sunday’s race and a decision had been made to stop “pursuing other options” after he failed to make the 33-car field during qualifying last weekend.

“There aren’t really words to describe how missing this race feels,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, we simply didn’t get the job done. No excuses. This is our reality and we will face it head on, we will use it as motivation and we will come back stronger.”

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Missing IndyCar’s showcase race, which is worth double points, likely takes Hinchcliffe out of the series championship hunt. He is currently fifth in the points standings.

It appears the only way Hinchcliffe could race now would be in the unlikely event another driver is injured during Friday’s final practice session and wasn’t cleared to drive in time for race day. Even then, it could be tough because he is the face of a national advertising campaign for Honda, eliminating the possibility he could drive a Chevrolet-powered car.

The Honda spots featuring Hinchcliffe are expected to run throughout the race and the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car, Arrow Electronics, has its name on temporary suites set up in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The other driver who failed to make the field, Pippa Mann, was not expected to find a way into the race. But many figured Hinchcliffe, one of the series’ most popular and highest-profile regulars, would find another ride at the expense of less decorated or experienced driver.

Speculation centered primarily on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates: Jay Howard, an Indy 500-only driver, and rookie Robert Wickens, who crashed in Monday’s practice. Instead of putting Hinchcliffe into one of those cars, team owner Sam Schmidt got Hinchcliffe’s sponsors to approve using their logos on the other cars in the team’s stable.

When race purists celebrated the return of bumping during qualifying at Indy, nobody expected Hinchcliffe to be in this position. A combination of rain, bad timing and bad luck was simply too much to overcome. His slower than expected four-lap qualifying average on the first attempt following a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay Saturday was the only official attempt he made.

Four of his six Indy starts have come from the first three rows including the No. 1 spot in 2016. But he has had only two top-10 finishes on the speedway’s 2.5-mile oval — sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2016.

But, as Hinchcliffe has noted repeatedly, he’s also been through worse.

In 2015, he suffered a life-threatening injury when he crashed and a broken piece of his car punctured his leg and cut an artery. He missed the rest of the season but returned the next year and claimed Indy’s prized pole position.

“He’s had a lot worse days here so that helps keep it in perspective,” Schmidt said.

Hinchcliffe has taken responsibility for what happened and he has started focusing on the series’ next stop.

“I’m sorry we can’t be on the track for you Sunday, but we will be pushing hard for the wins in Detroit,” he wrote. “I wish all 33 drivers a fast and safe race. I will be watching and cheering on my SPM teammates. See you in Detroit.”

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

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Klopp is preparing Liverpool for the Champions League final on Saturday against Real Madrid in Kiev (7.45pm UK time).

The Reds are aiming to win the competition for the sixth time in their history, while Real are targeting a third European Cup in a row.

Los Blancos are likely to present a big threat, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 15 goals to his name in Europe this season.

Although Zinedine Zidane’s men had an unforgettable La Liga campaign, they have a chance to create more history.Liverpool’s biggest test came in the semi-finals against Manchester City, but they reached the last four after two impressive displays.

And Klopp is fully aware of the challenge facing both sides and insists the magnitude of the occasion will play a big part on the night.

“The only message is it’s football and we have a chance and that’s really enough for me,” Klopp told Radio 5 Live when asked about whether his side can come out on top.

“We played Man City and did we have a chance this year – no.The previous occasion I was supposed to meet with Klopp was at Melwood, Liverpool’s training complex.

That got cancelled because he had to go to hospital, for something subsequently described to me as a ‘precautionary measure’.

There do not seem to be any issues this time as we sit by the pool, with Klopp cutting a calm and relaxed figure in the Spanish sun. But last week’s trip was about much more than topping up the tan.

“It isn’t about bonding, because we are already bonded as a team,” Klopp told me.

“It isn’t even about the weather because we have that in England at the moment. But we need a moment together to concentrate our minds and our forces.”

Five years ago at Wembley against Bayern Munich, his Dortmund side fell just short of the finishing line as a late Arjen Robben goal won the Champions League for their arch rivals. Many felt an exhausting season and an exceedingly demanding coach had finally taken its toll.

“Back home when we have the day free we dedicate them to doing all sorts of things and I just wanted us to have a few days together doing the absolute minimum.

“To recharge our batteries, do things well in training, have tactical meetings and all that sort of stuff. We need to go into the final with refreshed legs and minds.”

Klopp is preparing for the biggest match in domestic football as a man at the top of his sphere. But it has been a long journey for the 50-year-old.

My dad? It was like living with a coach
To understand Klopp it helps to know where he is from and how he was raised.

He was born in the sleepy, natural beauty of Glatten – a small town in the Black Forest, in the region of Swabia.

According to Klopp it is “a great place to grow up, but a bit boring for a young adolescent”.

Klopp threw himself – or perhaps more correctly, was hurled – into the world of sport, by his ever demanding and sports-mad father, Norbert.

A non-stop regime of exercise, drills and sport were put in place by Jurgen’s father, who was desperate to see his son achieve the targets that circumstances and fate had prevented him from reaching.

Jurgen’s two sisters, who had been the sporting focus of Norbert’s attention prior to Jurgen’s arrival, were relieved. Pressure on the girls stopped immediately and they were able to devote time to their favoured hobbies such as ballet and music.

“It was most difficult for my sisters because they weren’t particularly interested in sport,” added Klopp.

“I had a good relationship with him – it was like having a trainer with you all the time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“But it was not that difficult. He never punished me or anything like that. I have always said that all those things my father wanted me to do, I loved doing. That was my good fortune. Football of course, but I also enjoyed tennis, I never argued with him about that.”

Yet his dad hardly ever said “well done”.

He preferred focusing on the chances he missed instead of the goals scored, or the brilliance of one of his team-mates. Pushing his son was Norbert’s way of being affectionate.

There is a Swabian proverb that says “to say nothing is praise enough”. But if that worked for Norbert, it has not been adopted by Jurgen.

“Treating them (his sons) differently was easy because common sense is a big strength of mine,” added Klopp. “I can explain problems to myself and come to a solution. That’s how life is, you learn from your own mistakes or from the mistakes that other people are making, so that’s what I did.

“Sometimes with my sons I had a reaction similar to my father and I thought ‘whoah’. I realised it and stopped it immediately.”

Klopp’s father died in 2000 after a two-year battle with cancer and shortly before his death pushed himself to the limit to play in one final tennis match with his club. He never lived to enjoy his son’s managerial success.

My future? I never doubted it
Klopp never regarded himself as anything other than an enthusiastic but mediocre footballer, playing for little money in the fairly modest environs of second division side Mainz, with whom he spent a decade between 1990 and 2001.

He had to supplement his semi-professional wages by working in a bar and also in a warehouse that distributed new films to cinemas.

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The Stanley Cup Final starts on Monday, May 28, with the Washington Capitals facing the Vegas Golden Knights, with the NHL guaranteed to have a first-time Cup winner.The first-year Golden Knights will have home ice advantage in the series, giving them a leg up in trying to cement their status as the best expansion team ever. This is the second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the Captials, who last made it in 1998.

The first two games are in Vegas before shifting to Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 2.The Stanley Cup Final will get started on Monday, May 28.

If the series goes all seven games, the finale will take place Wednesday, June 13.

The Vegas Golden Knights were the first team to get a berth in the Cup Final after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in six games to reach the championship round in their first season. The Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals, who dispatched the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games to take the Eastern Conference Final.

Due to Vegas finishing with a higher point total in the regular season, T-Mobile Arena will host Games 1 and 2, as well as Games 5 and 7 if needed. Games 3, 4 and potentially 6, will take place at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

Every game of the Stanley Cup Final will be played at 8 p.m. ET.The Vegas Golden Knights, understandably, entered the NHL season as the biggest long shot to win the Stanley Cup. They were a new franchise with a roster of supposed misfits, and at one point they were at 500-1 odds to win the championship. Fast forward to the end of the season and they’re in the Stanley Cup Final — four wins away from defying the odds in every sense of the expression.

The Golden Knights cast aside the Winnipeg Jets in just five games in the Western Conference finals, once again silencing their doubters. They’ve looked unstoppable this postseason, slashing the odds as they’ve gone along. However, should they win the Stanley Cup against the winner between the Lightning and the Capitals, Las Vegas bookkeepers are still on the hook for some big money.

The biggest single payout would be $120,000 for a $400 bet made when the Golden Knights were at 300-1 odds, according to Westgate Superbook spokesman Jay Kornegay, via USA Today. 13 bets were made when the Golden Knights were at 500-1, but they were what Kornegay referred to as “grocery money” last month — not necessarily enough to make a dent.According to Jim Murphy of Sports Betting Experts, most people bought their tickets in order to remember the Golden Knights’ inaugural season. Now, however, the Golden Knights stand to hand sportsbooks what may be the biggest loss in their history.

“It could still end up being the biggest futures loss in Las Vegas history,” Murphy said, via Forbes. “In my experience, it’s unprecedented. I’d have to go back to the 2011 Daytona 500, where Trevor Bayne won at 80-1 odds to find anything remotely close, but even so restrictor-plate racing produces longshot winners now and then.”

The Golden Knights can take the continued disrespect, and bookkeepers can handle the loss. As Kornegay told the L.A. Times last month: “Business will take care of itself.” After all, the worst-case scenario for Las Vegas is that its home team hoists the Stanley Cup in its inaugural season. That’s a pretty cool worst-cast scenario to have.

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WASHINGTON — It’s incredible. Unbelievable, really. Maybe the best sports story in this country and the sport of hockey since 1980’s Miracle on Ice.

And, as a side note, if the Lightning reaches the Stanley Cup final, everyone in the country outside of Tampa Bay will be hoping the Lightning loses.

That’s because the rest of the nation will be rooting for the other team: the Vegas Golden Knights. They’re a lovable expansion team that has reached the Stanley Cup final. Read that sentence again. An expansion team — a team made up of castoffs and misfits that no one else wanted — will play for the Stanley Cup.It’s so remarkable that even the Lightning and Caps, teams wrapped up in their own quest to reach the Stanley Cup final, couldn’t help but notice.

“They’re a wonderful story,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “There’s been talk of ‘How could that happen?’ or whatever. I’ll tell you how it happened: They got an owner that hired an unreal GM and they got an unreal GM that hired an unreal coach. They were all left to do their jobs. They were given a framework to deal with. They could’ve screwed it up or they could’ve done really well and they chose to do really well. They played within the rules that were given to them, and this is what you get.”

What you get is a Cinderella story for the ages. Or is it?”It’s a success story is what it is,” Cooper said. “It’s not a Cinderella story. I know the gentlemen that are involved, the GM and coach, and I couldn’t be more proud of the guys of the job they’ve done. They deserved to get there.”

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The Capitals, an ideal specimen for playoff catastrophe in their 43 years of presence, meet the Golden Knights, a development group looking to finish the most doubtful title keep running in the historical backdrop of North American expert game.

The NHL reported the full Stanley Cup Final calendar following the finish of the meeting finals.

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At the point when is the 2018 Stanley Cup Final?

Full Stanley Cup Final timetable

Diversion 1: May 28 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

Diversion 2: May 30 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

Amusement 3: June 2 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

Amusement 4: June 4 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

*Game 5: June 7 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

*Game 6: June 10 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)

*Game 7: June 13 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, Sportsner, fuboTV)

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Eastern Conference Final champ: No.1 Capitals versus No. 1 Golden Knights

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The Stanley Cup Final amusements will air on NBC in the United States. You can likewise live-stream the recreations at nbcsports.com or for nothing at fuboTV with a seven-day trial. Washington Capitals versus Tampa Bay Lightning

Arrangement tied 3-3

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The Capitals urgently required a win in Game Six, and their play coordinated that circumstance, being responsible for the challenge for the whole night. It was their first win at home in the arrangement, and it came at a basic time.

It sets up a one-diversion confrontation for the Eastern Conference title, with the two division victors choosing which club gets to the last round. That extreme arrangement won’t start until Monday, so there will be a lot of time for the champ to get in some lay before going up against the steady Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

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