Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Soccer

After FA Cup win, Man u set to fire coach

LONDON — Louis van Gaal had little time to savor delivering Manchester United's first trophy since the Alex Ferguson dynasty ended three years ago.

Within an hour of collecting the FA Cup after Saturday's 2-1 victory in extra time over Crystal Palace, Van Gaal left his jubilant players to face more uncertainty about his future.

The BBC and ESPN reported that Jose Mourinho, a former manager at Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, will be named to replace van Gaal next week at Manchester United.

The Glazer family, which owns Man U and also owns the NFL's Bucs, remained silent Saturday, rather than publicly backing Van Gaal.

Jesse Lingard scored five minutes after United was reduced to 10 men for the winning goal at Wembley Stadium.

Guzan over Howard: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan will start ahead of fellow veteran Tim Howard for the U.S. national team in next month's Copa America tournament, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Cup trouble: Rangers said its players were assaulted on the field by swarming Hibernian fans after Hibs won the Scottish Cup final 3-2 at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Hockey

Canada ousts U.S. in world semifinal

Canada squandered a lead but came back to defeat the United States 4-3 in a semifinal at the World Championship in Moscow. Finland beat host Russia 3-1 and faces Canada in today's final. Defenseman Ryan Ellis of the Predators scored the winner 1:34 into the third period for Canada. A goal by Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte put the Americans ahead 8:25 into the second, but Ranger Derick Brassard's power-play goal tied it seven minutes later.

ET CETERA

Taekwondo: Belgian Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of a Brussels airport suicide bomber, won a European title in Montreux, Switzerland, beating Spain's Jesus Tortosa Cabrera 6-3 in the under 119-pound final. Laachraoui, who had already qualified for the Rio Olympics, had distanced himself the past few years from older brother Najim, who blew himself up in Brussels in March as part of the attacks at multiple sites that killed 32 plus three attackers.

Boxing: Denis Lebedev stopped Victor Emilio Ramirez in the second round to unify the WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles in Moscow.

Cycling: Steven Kruijswijk took the overall lead after the 131-mile 14th stage in the Giro D'Italia, ending in Corvara, Italy. Esteban Chaves won the stage in a three-man sprint.

Tennis: Stan Wawrinka warmed up for his French Open title defense by defeating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) for the title at the Geneva Open.

Times wires

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