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Altidore starts at forward with Dempsey for US vs. Trinidad

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US opened their bid to qualify for Russian Federation with defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica prompting the firing of coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "We've got to focus here and get these three points, and then we'll quickly move forward". "When you look at our team, I think Bruce, if there's one thing he's good at it's putting teams together", Altidore said. Jozy has been in solid form for his club team this season registering 6 goals and 4 assits on 13 games played. Read More »

Babar Azam key player in Pak-India clash, says Azhar Ali

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Ben Stokes is the big question mark for England as the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 gets underway with the hosts playing Bangladesh in the opener on Thursday. "It's just we couldn't finish well, that's it". Eoin Morgan's team have been transformed since their dismal World Cup performance two years ago, playing a vibrant and aggressive brand of cricket that should make them formidable in their own conditions. Read More »

Halep and Svitolina advance to French Open quarterfinals

Verdasco, world no. 37, needed one hour and 33 minutes to defeat his Uruguayan rival 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. I was starting to get a better read on the returns, and I wanted to come out and make it really tough for him beginning of that second set-because he had had opportunities to close it out. Read More »

Matt Murray maintaining historic pace for Penguins in Cup Final

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If Nashville looks to have any hope of making a comeback in this series against the Penguins , they must use their home crowd to their advantage. The next two games are played in Nashville. In Game 2 , though, Laviolette had seen enough. Neither Malkin or Sidney Crosby had a shot after two periods. Read More »

Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Result

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He's probably think in the back of his mind 'I could go blind if I don't do this.' But you have to expel all those things from your mind. In front of a passionate crowd at Bramall Lane in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England, Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) made a strong case for pound-for-pound recognition by forcing Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) to submit due to a badly swollen left eye. Read More »

Golden State Warriors: why Durant should be in the MVP conversation

In Game Two, Curry recorded his first career post-season triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant - seeking his first ring - had 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition, and four points from Shaun Livingston. Read More »

LeBron Says Warriors Have 'the Most Firepower' He Has Ever Faced

And, man, did he ever get it, burying a dagger into James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with what proved to be the winning shot in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, and probably the decisive one in the series. He's just going up against a better team. Last year they were 73-9, this year they're thankful to even be the one seed. Cleveland nearly had this one, and they probably should have won. Read More »

Durant dagger lifts Warriors past Cavs

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They blew us out. And we take pride in it, we care about it. Hopefully we get to hear the song one day. Detractors will say of course Durant is having a great finals performance, he plays on a great team. The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. Forward Kevin Love went 1-9 from the field, including 1-7 from three, but did have six steals. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 : England thrash New Zealand by 87 runs

I really hope England do what Eoin Morgan says they'll do and back their man. Although pleased with England's bowling performance - with all five bowlers taking wickets - Morgan was less satisfied with the batting. Eoin Morgan came down the track to deposit Boult over the covers for four and then hooked well to the deep square fence but was dismissed trying to force the pace, Corey Anderson enticing a feather from a wide ball. Read More »

Dabrowski-Bopanna win mixed doubles title

I was like: "There is no chance I (will) make the final here". Logic suggested the steady approach she adopted after losing a topsy-turvy first set in a tiebreak would get the job done for the experienced Swiss, not the white-knuckle rollercoaster tennis Ostapenko was playing. Read More »

LeBron's best not good enough in crushing loss to Warriors

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James needs to go back four seasons atop his powers while he was a member of the Miami Heat . "I believe in our guys", Kerr said. Throughout the second half Wednesday night, Cleveland had hope. Yet it's hard to argue with how Cleveland managed the game. The Cavs took forever to foul. The Golden State Warriors can't be beaten. "I would be much smarter than that, than to tweet that at literally 12:04, right after the game". Read More »

CT2017: Sri Lanka opt to field against India

Moments prior to Sri Lanka's must-win Group B match against India at The Oval, Sangakkara laughed off a possible return to national duties despite suspension and injury rocking his former teammates. Rohit-Shikhar pair is the only pair to be involved in two consecutive 100 stands in Champions Trophy and they have done it twice for their side. The first time India and Sri Lanka met on the global stage, at the 1979 World Cup, the islanders did not even have Test status. Read More »

Miller backs De Villiers to come good against India

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At 118/6 in the 29th over, South Africa needed attacking players in David Miller and Chris Morris to play within themselves. "The result throws Group B wide open and gives Pakistan a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals when they face Sri Lanka in their final match on Monday". Read More »

WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Highlights of French Open 10th day

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She has played in one previous major semifinal, also in Paris , losing to eventual champion Serena Williams two years ago. "Being aggressive is my style of game and I was just trying to play aggressive today", Ostapenko said after the match. Read More »

LeBron James: Warriors' 'firepower' probably most I've seen

Kevin Durant was the biggest prize of last year's offseason and on Wednesday he showed why the Warriors were so keen to get him, draining the shot of his career to put Golden State on the cusp of an unprecedented ideal postseason. Seven of those points came from Durant, including this triple with 45 seconds to play to give Golden State the lead for good . Kevin Love missed a layup, James a turnaround jumper, and Kyle Korver an open 3-point try in the corner. Read More »

Warriors' late rally buries Cavs in 3-0 NBA Finals hole

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. If it is just five games, so be it, as long as they don't get swept! "I've never been in this position, trying to close it out". Read More »

Warriors seeking Game 3 victory at Cleveland as road betting favorites

It's so hard to do. "I'm hoping as the series goes on for me, get some more looks and be able knock 'em down". "That's the important lesson, not any historical benchmarks or anything like that". Yes, they responded with a resounded 30-point win, 120-90 at Quicken Loans Arena. It is their other team-mates who have come up short. Forget about the Warriors. Read More »

Does LeBron have any chance to stop the Warriors?

There are rumblings that he is not 100 percent (his knees are reportedly bothering him), and that may well be true, but you can ask Curry if there is any sympathy for that as an excuse in the Finals. If not for their meltdown a year ago, the Warriors, whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown. Read More »

NBA Finals Game 3: Open Thread

It was his pull-up three-pointer over LeBron James with 45 seconds remaining that gave the Warriors their first lead since late in the third quarter that had everyone talking. "But when you're the one making the run, you could definitely feel the other team looking for answers and being deflated as the game goes on". But that's what we call kicking a guy while he's down. Read More »

Predators, Penguins adamant fatigue is not an issue in Stanley Cup final

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Over the last two games, the Penguins have allowed nine goals, while Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has performed remarkably, allowing just two goals with 50 saves in that time. They "got to their game" (another of Sullivan's favorite mantras) repeatedly in Game 4 only to lose. The Penguins won their two home games by a combined 9-4. Read More »

Kiki dumped, Bacsinszky meets Ostapenko in semis

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Ostapenko said: "We are good friends, because we played the doubles in China past year, and that's how I got to know her, she is a really nice person". Bacsinszky simply got on with business, cracking groundstrokes from side to side. In the deciding set when the score was 1:2 a native of Riga have won five games in a row. Read More »

Highlights: Stan Wawrinka halts Marin Cilic run

He'll play 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the last four tomorrow - as he did at the same stage a year ago. Kei missed a second-serve return, and then I think a good serve on the next point. "But he has found himself, he has found himself in the right moment - when you're the top seed, last year's finalist and you want to win", Ivanisevic said. Read More »

Golden State Warriors Looking Ahead to Busy Off-Season

We literally have never once mentioned 16-0. The Warriors have assembled some of the best three-point shooters the league has ever seen, helping them win their postseason games this year by an average of almost 17 points per contest. And it's part of what has them two games away from a title. "Kyrie and LeBron had it going the whole game, but that's pretty taxing to go one-on-one the whole game", Kerr said. Read More »

Theresa May on course for big election win, say polls

But those two years have seen the nation's politics upended. After one of the most tumultuous years in British political history, polls have opened in the country's general election . The country's major polling companies have produced their final projections for today's election. ICM and ComRes have tended to give the Conservatives bigger leads than other polling firms. Read More »

Rafael Nadal hammers Roberto Bautista Agut to reach French Open quarters

Pablo Carreno Busta is coming off a five set win over Milos Raonic that took 60 games to decide. Wozniacki, who made her only other quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko next. As for 17th seed Bautista Agut, he has advanced to last 16 of a Slam seven times but never beyond. Former player Imaz, described as a "spiritual guru" was the squad's only survivor to welcome the arrival of Andre Agassi, who teamed up with Djokovic shortly ... Read More »

LeBron James shuts down that 'tired LeBron' storyline

Going into Game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers , everyone is already jumping the gun with the conjecture and what-if questions. Curry called the Warriors' record in Game 3 "terrible". Like most success stories, they had a fair amount of luck. It was their first lead since the third quarter. Read More »

Golden State one win from title

Game 4 is Friday night. "It's an exciting time". James had 39 points and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavaliers , who must now do something no other National Basketball Association team has ever done - win a playoff series after trailing 3-0. Read More »

Karolina Pliskova: It's my first big result on clay

Walk fast". Halep, the third seed, made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros on Monday for the first time since 2014 when she went on to finish runner-up to Maria Sharapova . "She's a baby, but she's a attractive baby". "But then he liked how I was in Fed Cup and then in Stuttgart", she explained. Regaining control, Svitolina closed out the 43-minute opener on the strength of 13 winners compared to four for her opponent. Read More »

Rain intervenes again - and this time Australia are on the wrong end

Steve Smith's Australians looked in control against Bangladesh at the Oval overnight, bowling the Tigers out for 182 then reaching 83-1 after 16 overs before rain stopped play. England's chase against Bangladesh was a canter; Sri Lanka capitulated to South Africa; Pakistan were woeful even by their recent standards against India, while Australia's attack would have been too good for Bangladesh , but for a farcical denouement in the puddles. Read More »

James Comey's Opening Statement For The Senate Intelligence Hearing, Annotated

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Comey said that he considered Trump's request on Flynn "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency" but made a decision to keep it "very closely held". It appears to confirm multiple New York Times reports that Trump asked Comey to be loyal to him and to end the FBI investigation into fired national security adviser Lt. Read More »

Warriors top Cavaliers and move to brink of NBA title

But when the Cavs desperately needed points to stop the bleeding, James missed a lay-up, a turnaround fadeaway and a potential game-tying 3-pointer that was stripped by Andre Igoudala. Obviously, he didn't feel he could do that with the Thunder . The dynamic duo, Steph Curry , 29, and Kevin Durant , 28, came out on fire, and were almost impossible to control on both, offense and defense. Read More »

NBA Finals Game 3 preview

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 33 points while Stephen Curry unleashed his first NBA Finals triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to power Golden State, who set a play-off win streak record of 14 games, to victory. Things went a lot differently for the 2001 Lakers who only lost one game on their way to the championship. We saw what happened previous year. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why ... Read More »