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Rockets vs. Thunder first-round playoff preview

Westbrook averaged the most rebounds ever for a 6-foot-3 or under player this year. Donovan and the Thunder were rigid with Westbrook this season, resisting the temptation to play him an entire fourth quarter even as the Thunder bench let leads slip (OKC was outscored 8.9 points per 100 possessions with Westbrook on the bench). Read More »

Western Conference NBA Playoffs Preview - LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz

Their defence has been their identity under coach Quin Snyder, and they ranked first in opponents points per game this season. If the Clippers arenot primed the Jazz might look to pack second round experience into this year's agenda. PLAYA VISTA He's one of the best on-court leaders in the game, a hard-nosed defender and unyielding competitor with sublime court vision and a deft ability to deliver passes with precision and élan. Read More »

Manchester United v Chelsea in numbers

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Mourinho fared no better when he went back to the Bridge in the FA Cup quarter-finals in March as Chelsea won 1-0 after United midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off. "They ( Chelsea ) are top for some reasons - it's not just because they are fresh", he added. "It's also because they have individual quality and they have collective quality". Read More »

Everyone Played Well - Arsene Wenger Hails Arsenal Drubbing of West Ham

Arsene Wenger praised Mesut Ozil after the German World Cup victor helped Arsenal to a 3-0 Premier League victory over struggling West Ham and maintain their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League on Wednesday. "We have less possibilities to drop points". Theo Walcott says there is nothing that can keep Mesut Ozil down after the Arsenal playmaker returned to form with a bang against West Ham . Read More »

Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

The team sold about 125 of those $80 tickets, which offer fans access to the concourse, but no view of the actual game and no seat. There's no coaxing anything out or coaching anything out. The Oilers are all fine with the exception of Tyler Pitlick, who's out for the season due to injuries. The Oilers had already killed two penalties when Drake Caggiula got flagged for hooking with 14 seconds left in the first period. Read More »

After Masters, top players eye more majors

To do it on his (Ballesteros') 60th birthday and to join him and Jose Maria Olazabal, my two idols in golf, it is something incredible", said Garcia before accepting the Green Jacket from last year's victor Danny Willett in Butler Cabin. Triumph finally came after his 12-foot birdie putt on Augusta's par-four 18th at the first hole of a play-off against Justin Rose. Rose said his disappointment was tempered by his happiness at seeing his Ryder Cup colleague Garcia finally win a major. Read More »

Good weather offers golfers full day of practice ahead of Masters

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Rickie Fowler, 24th on the Tour in driving distance, is another example. You just try to learn where the misses are, and if you get in trouble, kind of where you can play from. In his first five appearances, he finished no higher than 13 and missed the cut once. Spaniard Sergio Garcia's bid for his maiden major title will open with England's Lee Westwood, who finished runner-up here a year ago, and Ireland's Shane Lowry. Read More »

Cavs to face Pacers after dropping finale

LeBron James and the Cavaliers is a different animal in the playoffs. "We want to win, right?" Tavares was originally drafted by the Hawks as the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and saw action in 11 games in 2015-16 with averages of 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes. Read More »

Manchester City hit three past Southampton to go third

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We gave them opportunities. Nobody celebrates a goal quite like Vincent Kompany. Forster could not scramble across in time. Aguero has 10 goals in his last 10 matches and now finds himself on the right side of the boss. "Then look at United and us and where we are", the Spaniard added. Sane went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Fraser Forster but the goalkeeper was adjudged to have got a touch on the ball. Read More »

Bruins prep for nemesis Senators as playoffs open Wednesday

At 1-0, we should have been able to close that game like we normally do. The Bruins won't be happy with the fact Borowiecki only got a two-minute minor for the hit. As if the spotlight wasn't already bright enough for the promising defenseman, McAvoy's first tilt with the Black and Gold also happened to be Boston's postseason opener against the Ottawa Senators - with the 19-year-old skater expected to shore up a battered Boston D corps playing without two stalwarts in Torey Krug and ... Read More »

Ramos: Madrid doors open to Griezmann

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In this "mattress" season fighting for third place with "Seville". When asked if it would be a "failure" for Madrid to not win the league from the position they are in at the moment, he said , "well everyone has their opinion about that". Read More »

Will the NBA playoffs lead to Cavs-Warriors III in the finals?

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are just two of the scoring threats the Warriors have in their lineup as they seek another shot at an National Basketball Association title. The seedings are just about set, and we can nearly taste the first round of playoff basketball. Sadly we're not likely to see Harden or Westbrook attempt to take down the Warriors . Read More »

Utah's Gobert sprains left knee on 1st play of game

However, with the Clippers hitting their stride, and Griffin playing particularly well, it may be hard for the Jazz to keep pace with Los Angeles. Since Chris Paul arrived in L.A., only two teams have won more regular season games than the Clippers. Read More »

Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham in title-winning form

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Midfielder Fabian Delph was another surprise starter for City, having been in and out of the team this season, suggesting Guardiola is looking at different options as he seeks a strong finish to the league season. "I will be better - definitely", Guardiola said . "That is the way we believe we can win in the future". "I think that the most important thing is to look at ourselves". Read More »

Wenger will stay as Arsenal manager

They came here with the hope they'd win the game. After the right-back was criticised by Arsenal fans, the defender tweeted: "Morning run to recover from a hard night", accompanied with a picture of him running alongside a beach. Arsenal had 72% possession against Palace but they did very little with it and failed to register a shot on target in the second half. When asked about the unrest with the fans he responded, after grimacing at the mere mention: "You can understand that our fans ... Read More »

Tigers hold off Red Sox for 4-1 win

The Tigers eked out a run in the bottom of the eighth on a Nick Castellanos RBI single to edge Boston 2-1 and take three of four games in the series. After quickly retiring the first two batters of the inning, Andrew Romine ripped a double off the glove of Brock Holt . The Red Sox wasted another leadoff double from Moreland in the fourth and the two pitchers combined to set down 17 in a row before Kinsler's homer. Read More »

Rohit Sharma rebuked for dissent

Skipper Rohit Sharma (2), who raised a few eyebrows by sending Rana ahead of him at No.3, lasted just six balls before Sunil Narine brought about the third leg before wicket of the innings. They first defeated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 6 wickets and then followed that up with an 8-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). An hour before toss, he was bowling amidst the dancers who were practicing for their opening ceremony, the seventh such of IPL 2017. Read More »

Bottas ends Hamilton streak to secure maiden F1 pole in Bahrain

And, prior to qualifying, there had been a sense of a changing of the guard after Mercedes failed to top either of the three practice sessions for the first time since the start of the 2014 season. So did third fastest Sebastian Vettel, who slapped his back as he offered his own kind words of encouragement in one of the most good-natured press conferences in recent F1 history. Read More »

Brighter Day dreams of Masters win with mom watching

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Spieth is going to look for redemption on the course and Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson both will make strong pushes to be the one to wear the jacket. The native of Lumberton, North Carolina and Wofford graduate punched his ticket to Augusta by winning last year's Memorial Tournament, the event created by Jack Nicklaus. Read More »

Knicks' Phil Jackson: 'Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else'

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Though reports said the Knicks explored trading Anthony to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers, Anthony told reporters he was never approached with a trade. "Everything has got to be possible, and we have to make sure that if people have something to say, we listen to it, we examine it", Jackson said before complimenting Porzingis for his development this season. Read More »

Felipe Luis: 'Genius' Griezmann will stay at Atletico

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The Portuguese global has just three months left on his current deal and despite reports suggesting earlier in the season that he will be offered an extension, Pepe has yet to receive a formal offer. La Liga is in play, the Champions League is in play, and we will see how it goes". "Interest from Madrid? I can't say "yes" or "no". "It is a final, just like every game between now as well as the conclusion of the season if we would like to win LaLiga ", he said of the Clasico on April 23. Read More »

Red Sox rally to beat Pirates 4-3

The Rays and Red Sox will play the second of their four game series on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. In the third inning, the club announced Odorizzi exited the game with left hamstring tightness. "We wanted guys that had some history playing in the big leagues and Shane has that", Cash said of the club signing him during the offseason. "The thing is Hanley came out on top". Read More »

New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist Shine in Game 1 vs Montreal Canadiens

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There's a couple of guys who would be the first to tell you, 'I need to be better, ' and we all know that. Blues goalie Jake Allen was a revelation, turning aside 51 and being the first star in a 2-1 OT win. The Rangers were fourth in the National Hockey League in scoring at 3.1 goals per game. That would be bad form, and a awful waste of a special moment. Read More »

Bottas ends Hamilton run for first career pole at Bahrain Grand Prix

I'm really happy that there are more than two of us in the mix. It was a total shutdown. If the vehicle was faster, we wouldn't have to take the risk. Qualifying gets under way at 4pm United Kingdom time. "I can't disappear, and I won't", he explained. Hamilton, sitting next to his team-mate was beaming with pride. Read More »

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs: Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Preview

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You didn't think repeating as World Series champions was going to be easy, did you? Last year, the Cubs walk up songs became increasingly popular with fans dancing to all of them. Luis Avilan then struck out Kyle Schwarber to end the inning. Yankees 3, Rays 2 • Aaron Hicks homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, and host NY beat Tampa Bay to move above.500 for the first time this season. Read More »

Clippers clinch No. 4 playoff seed with 115-95 rout of Kings

The Spurs have now allowed less than 100 points per game for 22 consecutive seasons. “We cant do nothing to trick them, and vice versa, ” Chris Paul said Friday. "You've got to protect the 3-point line". Asked for which of the last three seasons he feels he shoulders the most blame, Paul said, "All of them". Read More »

Jeff Teague is starting for Pacers in Game 1

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While the Cavs closed out the regular season in an epic downward spiral, the Celtics finished strong, clinching the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2008 with a 53-29 record. "We have a job to do", George said. Edge: Cavs-Irving is too good to not outplay Teague, unless his knee injury flares up. "Hell, no", he snapped. Read More »