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Kevin Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3


For most of the second half - at least until Kevin Durant hit a 3 from the top of the key with 40 seconds to give Golden State a 114-113 lead - it looked like the Cavaliers were going to escape with a win. Durant, seeking his first career title after joining the Warriors from Oklahoma City last July, and Curry scored on drives to the hoop to pull Golden State within two. Read More »

Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

The Warriors aren't just looking for another championship. "Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they've been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me", ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said before the NBA Finals . Read More »

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

I think we've got to play determined. "We know we're going to have to", Fisher said. "Two-out-of-three now. It's pedal down. It's pedal down. We're ready". The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Penguins, but they are 13-2 in the playoffs coming off a loss under Sullivan. The 29-year-old has four points in as many games, but the Penguins have controlled less than 45 percent of the total even-strength shot attempts when he is on the ice. Read More »

Conte Defends Victor Moses, Insists He's Not a Cheat


With the captain's armband strapped around his left bicep, the lanky former Germany global bestrode the Wembley Stadium turf in the 2-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday, showing all the authority of a 104-cap veteran. The Gunners salvaged silverware from a season that failed to yield Champions League qualification, with Wenger coming in for sustained criticism amid a fifth-placed Premier League finish and a humiliating exit from Europe at the hands of Bayern Munich. Read More »

Stanley Cup Finals: Penguins return home, looking to regroup


After two straight losses on the road, some wondered if the Pittsburgh Penguins would switch goalies to change momentum. The Sens would go on to win the game 5-1, as Murray allowed only one goal on the next 20 shots. "It's disappointing, for sure", Rinne said. I think we've got to play determined. It was a familiar showing for Rinne. So, the fact that Crosby once again showed up and played arguably his best game of the playoffs on Thursday wasn't necessarily the story in a 6-0 Game 5. Read More »

Stan Wawrinka crushes Marin Cilic to reach French Open semis


You can be worrying about technique, which is never good when you're playing matches. "He was dictating all the points in the first set, making me move a lot". Bacsinszky nearly dropped her serve but held on and won the match when Mladenovic hit a forehand wide. Nadal has dropped only 22 games so far in the tournament, the fewest he has lost on the way to any of his 26 Grand Slam semifinal berths. Read More »

JR Smith Claims a Hacker Sent That 'Cavs in 7' Tweet

Golden StateWarriors, powered by Kevin Durant's clutch scoring in the closing minutes, rallied to beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday in the NBA Finals , moving one victory from the first ideal play-off run in league history. Read More »

Here we go with the LeBron-is-leaving-Cleveland talk again

He's the answer to LeBron, the creator of offense in any moment for Golden State. The Warriors are up 3-0 on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the sweep is expected to happen in Game 4 on June 9, Friday. It's unclear why Curry was singled out for this joke - the entire organization was in on the recruiting process and, ultimately, it was Durant's decision to make the move to Oakland - but, as this joke makes clear, Curry makes for the easiest comedic target, when all else fails. Read More »

Warriors one win shy of NBA crown

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) and Kyrie Irving (2) celebrate a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland , Wednesday, June 7, 2017. And sometimes that brings some commotion out there between two teams. "He's been an wonderful player in this league for a long time, and I think he's - he senses this is his time, his moment, his team". Read More »

Pens jump out 3-0 vs Preds after 1 in Game 5

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne , who gave up eight goals on 36 shots in losing the first two games (a.777 save percentage), gave up merely two goals on 52 shots (.962) as the Predators tied the series at home. Does the home ice trend continue? And goalie problems in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final are a special kind of hockey hell. "They both play speed games", Sullivan said. Read More »

Murray to start in goal for Penguins in Game 5

Those nondescript items, however, have started to acquire an nearly mythical status in the Stanley Cup Final . In a series as close as this, the difference could come down to intangibles, like which team is better rested, or which team is hungrier for victory. Read More »

Penguins on brink of Stanley Cup after blowout win

They "got to their game" (another of Sullivan's favorite mantras) repeatedly in Game 4 only to lose. Yet Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hardly seems frustrated heading into Game 5 on Thursday night back home in Pittsburgh . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the series after he was held without a shot for only the fifth time in his career in Game 3. Read More »

Penguins stick with Murray for Game 5

We've got good players. "I think he thinks the game quickly", said head coach Mike Sullivan . The Predators are tied 2-2 with the Penguins with Game 5 coming up Thursday night in Pittsburgh . "Mario is great because he does entrust us with making the right decisions". He likes to play in tough situations. The unit has been guilty of some unforced giveaways; Ron Hainsey , Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta in particular, but they were better at helping kick-start the offense in Game 4 . Read More »

Lionel Messi Hails 'Phenomenal' Cristiano Ronaldo After Champions League Triumph


And the report claims Real would not stand in Ronaldo's way with the bid nearly doubling the £80million they spent to bring him to the Bernabeu back in 2009. "It didn't happen this year". Only four people-LeBron, Lionel Messi , Roger Federer, and Kevin Durant-were able to match or exceed Ronaldo's salary with their combination of salary and endorsements. Read More »

Nadal into semifinals as Carreno Busta retires


I have responsibility to the game itself, towards others. Spain's Rafael Nadal , right, hugs his opponent and compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta who withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris , France . Read More »

Greatest Ever? Warriors Beat Cavaliers to Move One Win From Perfection

Golden State Warriors are a game away from achieving the first unblemished Playoffs record in National Basketball Association history after Wednesday's away win against a valiant Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. In sports, most professional coaches will tell their players to win the big moments. But Cleveland emerged from halftime energized. Durant faded into the background in the final two games as the Warriors rallied to win. Read More »

Warriors pull rug on Cavs, take commanding 3-0 Finals lead

That ended Cleveland's hopes - and all but certainly ensured the Warriors will be crowned National Basketball Association champions in the coming days. Job's not done. Close-out games are always the toughest. Nothing was going our way, but we were still there. "I thought our guys did a good job". "[I was] trying to make him get off the three-point line and make him finish over the top of me either at the rim or mid-range", Thompson said after the game. Read More »

Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Now, maybe the other Cavs - JR Smith, Kyle Korver , Deron Williams - will be able to have some kind of impact on the games here in Cleveland playing in front of a loud and insane home crowd but, really, I don't even know if that's enough. Read More »

U20 World Cup Finalists Revealed


Indeed, Solanke was Johnny-on-the-spot to volley home into an unguarded net when Italian 'keeper Andrea Zaccagno came flapping at Sheyi Ojo's cross. England were finding opportunities to break through a rigid Italian defence hard to come by, their sole chance in the opening 20 minutes falling to Kieran Dowell who met Lookman's deep cross with a chip that nestled onto the roof of the net. Read More »

Sri Lankan batsmen shine in win over India


All the teams in Group B ( India , Sri Lanka , South Africa and Pakistan ) are now with two points each and two matches now become virtual quarter-finals for them. Dhoni then combined with Kedhar Jadhav to step up the gas in the last five overs to power India to an imposing 321 total. A win today will seal India's spot in the semifinal. Read More »

Pakistan restricts South Africa to 219-8 at Champions Trophy

Sent into the bowl first, Pakistan restricted South Africa to 220 runs for eight wickets in Group B day/night One-day global. Fast-bowler Hasan Ali was the star performer with the ball for Pakistan , taking 3-24, while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim chipped in with two apiece. Read More »

Skipper Smith disappointed after second washout

Twenty overs needed to be completed for a result and with David Warner (40 ) and skipper Smith (22) at the crease, a win seemed a formality under the Duckworth/Lewis system. Shakib Al Hasan (29) was the only other batsman in the top seven to make double figures, the pair sharing a precious stand of 69 off 13.3 overs after coming together at 53-3 when Mushfiqur Rahim failed to review an lbw decision, unaware he'd got an inside edge. Read More »

Exhausted talk: LeBron dunks idea he's worn out guarding Durant

The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals , at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday (AEDT). The 2016-17 National Basketball Association campaign was as predetermined as any in my lifetime, and that includes all those years when the Lakers and Celtics vied for title after title. Read More »

Ready for England showdown: Steve Smith

They lost all the wickets for just 84 runs which show their batting lineup is unstable. Australia , whose first game against New Zealand was also abandoned due to rain , head into Saturday's clash with arch-rivals England needing to win in order to have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. Read More »

LeBron James denies claims that he is wearing down


Which brings us to impending free agent Chris Paul, who is three weeks away from being in position to consider leaving the Clippers and going somewhere else where he can lose to the Warriors or Cavaliers . I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. That's what we want. And we take pride in it, we care about it. The previous National Basketball Association record of 13 straight wins had been set by Los Angeles in 1988-89 and matched by the Cleveland Cavaliers in ... Read More »

Tired Talk: LeBron Dunks Idea He's Worn Out Guarding Durant


We are witnessing a minimum of four (possibly six!) Hall Of Fame level players on the court at the same time . INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Defending Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals has not tuckered out LeBron James one bit, he says. Golden State's defense has been remarkable in the way it has closed out on Cleveland's 3-point shooters, holding the league's best long-range bombers (43.5 percent) through three playoff rounds (and No. Read More »

Novak Djokovic: Dominic Thiem "was the better player"


Fourth seed Nadal is aiming to win a record 10th title at Roland Garros having become just the fifth man to reach 10 semi-finals at a single Grand Slam in the Open era. On the other side of the draw number one seed Andy Murray will meet 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka . Nadal moved onto the last four with a 6-2, 2-0 (retired) win over 20 seed Pablo Carreno Busta . Read More »

1er 8e pour Garcia, qui afrontera Cornet — Roland-Garros


Après une première semaine déjà chargée en émotions, Kristina Mladenovic défie la tenante du titre de Roland-Garros, l'Espagnole Garbiñe Muguruza, dimanche en huitièmes de finale, pour affirmer davantage ses ambitions. L'Ukrainienne s'était imposée en trois manches, mais la Roumaine avait été handicapée en fin de match, conséquence d'une cheville tordue. L'athlète azuréenne a éliminé au 3e tour des Internationaux de France la Polonaise Agnieska Radwanska (10e joueuse mondiale) en deux sets: ... Read More »

LeBron James Took Care Of Business


The Celtics , who are missing their best player, injured guard Isaiah Thomas , led by as many as 16 points in the first half and appeared primed to stun Cleveland again while James flirted with disaster. LeBron James racked up four fouls and sat for half the second quarter. They weren't a decent opponent to the Cavaliers, and one fact shows that. "We've been in that position before", Love said. Read More »

Birthday heartache looms in Paris - guaranteed

Both matches lasted just under two hours in duration, but took the best part of six hours to complete after two rain delays - one that lasted for over three hours. "I know it won't be a bed of roses". I don't prepare my matches out of revenge. "It is my first semifinalist ever". Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match. Read More »

Facing Nadal? Toughest match to imagine, says Thiem


I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger. Carreno Busta had received lengthy treatment on an abdominal injury at the end of the first set. He hinted at issues in his private life at the time before a runners-up spot at the US Open suggested the All England Club defeat was just a temporary blip. Read More »

Bacsinszky, Ostapenko advance to French Open semis


Despite that attachment, she admitted she was struck by nervous anxiety on the eve of Tuesday's quarter-final. "Kiki-Kiki-Kiki" rumbled around the stadium, and the 24-year-old levelled matters up with a break of her own. And when they returned, it was Mladenovic who regained the momentum with considerable poise. Once more that "Kiki-Kiki-Kiki" chant was the soundtrack to Court Philippe-Chatrier, but it was a short-lived affair, with Bacsinszky breaking twice either side of a held service ... Read More »