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Kevin Durant & LeBron James ready for game 5

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They go 15-and-oh in the playoffs. Call them names. Write them off. It was the third year in succession the two teams had met in the finals. Golden State outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the period. Green had claimed last week that he first contacted Golden State general manager Bob Myers about the need to acquire Durant before then speaking with Durant himself. Read More »

Golden State looks to clinch at home

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And while most teams would prefer not to live on the edge, the Cavaliers seem to thrive there. They added Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association title after leaving Oklahoma City, but a loss would bring a game six Thursday in Cleveland and perhaps a winner-take-all Sunday showdown in Oakland . Read More »

Cavs will be seeing Green for this year's Game 5

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They broke the Finals record for most three-pointers in a game in the THIRD QUARTER. In Game four, the Cavs ran Curry and Thompson through multiple screens on the baselines and on the wing, another way they were physical with Golden State while at the same time creating good offense. Read More »

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to clinch fifth title

After averaging a triple-double over the five games, James knew there was little more he or his teammates could have done to beat a Golden State Warriors team that proved too talented this year with the addition of Finals MVP Durant . "They're going to come out and play with a sense of urgency". "We did a good job of that in game four". I don't even care how many Hall of Famers are on the other bench. Read More »

De Villiers defiant as South Africa choke again

VIRAT KOHLI: "We wanted to step up our intensity and this is probably our best game so far". Kohli ended up making 76 off 101 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Yuvraj remained undefeated on 23 off 25 deliveries, which included a boundary and a six. Read More »

Man Utd captain Rooney breaks silence over England axe

The Manchester City outcast drew criticism from some quarters after failing to keep out a pair of late free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths that put England on the brink of a first qualifying defeat since 2009 at Hampden Park, although Southgate insists he was never going to play against France. Read More »

Warriors head to Game 5 with Green in tow

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You take the good and the bad. "You start searching.we were scattered for the rest of the game". "When we were there previous year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again". For one, Green is available for Game 5 . Now that Golden State has added Kevin Durant to the mix, the Warriors should still be the favorites to win the 2017 Finals, but by not sweeping LeBron James and company, they've allowed the Cavs to gain some confidence. Read More »

India through to the semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

In that light, another opportunity has gone a-begging. Winning was non-negotiable for South Africa if they were to reach the semi-finals. That, however, is an understatement. Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik then got Pakistan ahead of their required run-rate to secure a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method when rain stopped play with their side 119 for three off 27 overs. Read More »

Finn replaces injured Woakes in England squad

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England chased down a victory target of 306 to win on Thursday, with Joe Root contributing an unbeaten 133. "The biggest thing for them was because the wicket was so good they struggled to make inroads into England's batting line-up". Read More »

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win National Basketball Association title

They had but one hiccup all postseason: Game 4 in Cleveland, where all the Cavs had to do was put together perhaps the most incredible offensive performance in NBA Finals history in order to rack up one measly win. Kevin Love is scoreless for the Cavs, who have turned it over 11 times . One person bought a pair of floor tickets for $90,000 total ($45,000 each) on the Warriors' Ticketmaster resale site , a team source told ESPN . Read More »

Halep Defeats Pliskova to Reach Second Roland Garros Final

After Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday in spectacular fashion with a 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3 semi-final victory over Timea Bacsinszky , Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3. She is not one to back down. And she's not one to hide her emotions, either. "I learned many things during the years, not just after that final". Read More »

Latvia's Ostapenko into French Open semifinals

As she often has since the start of the tournament, Ostapenko took many risks, hitting 38 winners to make up for her 50 unforced errors on court Suzanne Lenglen. At 1-1 in the second set, the match was halted for three hours as torrential rain swept across Roland Garros. The second started in similarly nervy fashion, with both exchanging breaks, before the Swiss broke for a 4-3 lead. Read More »

Mahmudullah, Shakib lead Bangladesh to a historic win over NZ

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As the mammoth partnership developed they would have felt the life being sucked right out of their will to be on that cricket field in front of 6000 Bangladesh fans in Cardiff , Wales. Shakib had a quiet tournament until Friday but against New Zealand , when he needed to stand up for the team , he did. Southee was the standout performer in a rather poor bowling effort by the Kiwis with figures of 3/ in nine overs. Read More »

Mathews likely to Lanka's Champions Trophy opener

Sri Lanka began the run chase with a lot of promise with Dickwella in fine touch, picking boundaries easily. With Mathews expected to miss out with a calf injury the attention will turn to Upul Tharanga to lead the side upon the return of Lasith Malinga - the swing bowler having not played ODI cricket since 2015. Read More »

Kevin Durant helps Warriors win second NBA title in three years

If a player is to receive a second technical foul in a game, they will be disqualified from that game immediately. You can tweak some things, but are we going to play hard? "You never want to be in those moments of elimination games, but when you are, you want to be as prepared as possible". Read More »

Warriors' Draymond Green will be on the court for this Game 5

The Cavaliers won and went on to take the series 4-3. When these teams compete it's such a huge defensive/offensive stat that can really tip the game in the favor of the team that wins this element. tip-off, was banished for Game 5 past year for punching the Cavaliers' LeBron James in the groin in Game 4 . So we know what our keys to victory is. Read More »

Ryan Blaney Wins Axalta Pocono 400

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Kyle Busch turned a lap of 179.151 miles per hour to win the pole at Pocono Raceway . It was the 31st career victory for Power, and his second this season. He was struggling off of (Turn) 1 and were able to get under him there. And Harvick's brakes weren't stout enough to allow him to charge the corners as effectively as Blaney could. Read More »

Cavaliers look to keep momentum going in Game 5 against Warriors

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To hear them tell it, they're eyes have been appropriately widened. But the Warriors are brimming with confidence, knowing they didn't have Kevin Durant to help them previous year. "That's up to us". With back-to-back steals, the Cavaliers were able to take the lead. In a postseason often mocked for its length and its grueling travel schedule, Golden State went 16-1 and took just four round-trip chartered flights on its path to victory. Read More »

Warriors' Kevin Durant earns 2017 Finals MVP award

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Expect Warriors to come out with all guns blazing in Game 4. A year ago, the Warriors led the Finals 3-1 with Game 5 in Oakland . Curry, Durant and Co. Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2. He took a swipe at James' groin in Game 4 after the Cavaliers superstar stepped over him. Let's be clear: If Cleveland wins Monday, all bets are off. Read More »

Harry Kane cherishes 'special' England equaliser against Scotland

It was just phenomenal. Dier's free-kick was well saved, but the ball was recycled and substitute Sterling's brilliant cross from the left was side-footed home on the volley by Kane , with Gordon left flat-footed. "But you've got to keep making decisions for the right reasons". "When we went away with the Marines, we spoke about being ready for any situation", said Kane. Read More »

Just believe, Cavs fans

They added Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association title after leaving Oklahoma City, but a loss would bring a game six Thursday in Cleveland and perhaps a winner-take-all Sunday showdown in Oakland. Both teams in The Finals, they both feel the same way. James shrugged off unbeaten runs and celebration talk and just kept his mind on the moment. Read More »

Magpies' World Cup hero deserves more opportunity to impress

Venezuela then enjoyed a strong spell and Ronaldo Lucena almost broke the deadlock with an ambitious free kick from 45 yards out, catching Woodman off guard, only to see his shot thud into the left upright. Subs: Ojo 6, Maitland-Niles 5. After a slow start the game was lit up by an audacious long-range effort after 16 minutes from Ronaldo Lucena, whose swerving, dipping free-kick from all of 40 yards clipped the outside of a post. Read More »

Andy Murray sees off Kei Nishikori at French Open

Lendl has reunited with Murray for the first tournament since the Australian Open having watched his charge's struggles from afar. Murray, who lost back-to-back matches to Borna Coric and Fabio Fognini in Madrid and Rome, said: "They are all obviously playing extremely well". Read More »

Former Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin signs 2-year contract with Ravens

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Mornhinweg was Maclin's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for his first four seasons. With strong-armed Joe Flacco at quarterback, the 29-year-old Maclin should also have an opportunity to stretch out his legs via the deep pass. When the Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin last week, the football world (in fantasy and reality) was stunned. I would have liked to see them make a push for Maclin, but they were never connected to him. Read More »

NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers vs

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As noted by Ben Falk , a former 76ers executive and writer for Cleaning the Glass , one play in particular highlights James' incredible basketball I.Q. Curry was just 2-for-9 on 3-pointers, while Kevin Durant was 2-for-9 and Draymond Green was 1-for-6 as Golden State went 11-for-39 as a team (.282). Read More »

Fan pays $133000 for pair of NBA Finals tickets

It's not only because we didn't play well. "I think it's great for the league what's going on right now, for sure", the Warriors star told reporters Sunday . The Cavs have yet to win at Oracle in The Finals, so either James extends his streak tonight or Cleveland's season is over. Kyrie Irving ran a pick-and-roll with Tristan Thompson, and the Cavs turned it over as Stephen Curry jumped the passing lane and got the ball. Read More »

Tyronn Lue liked the physicality by the Cavaliers in Game 4

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Curry and Durant play fantastic, while Draymond Green avoids foul trouble this time . But the Warriors bench has been the difference through three quarters. Williams had been so bad that I wonder if LeBron was praying for a quick signing of Mario Chalmers to play back-up point guard. The play shows LeBron watching a Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson pick and roll, directing Thompson to the high screen on Irving. Read More »

Artemis man overboard gives Team NZ the lead

If Oracle Team USA or Artemis Racing win, a framework has been agreed among five of the teams for taking it through to the next event, once again in the high-octane foiling catamarans which have proved popular with sailors and broadcasters. Read More »

The Cavaliers Are Beating the Warriors (but Only When LeBron James Plays)

Last year, the Cavs did so at the Oracle Arena in Game 7. He was asked whether this might be the game the Warriors feel they must get. Can the Golden State Warriors finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers when the NBA Finals moves back to California for Game 5 tonight at 9PM ET? The fans, those watching, and even the announcers thought that Green would be ejected for his second tech; however, the refs sorted everything out and finally got everyone on the same page. Read More »

The Dish from Doherty: Don't let Cleveland win Game 5

In other words, it was a once in a lifetime event. The Warriors had swept their first three postseason series, dominated the Cavs for much of the first three games and were 48 minutes away from a title they've coveted for a year. Game 5 will be his second chance to complete this mission. That's a gaping, voracious maw that needs to be filled, today. Altercations are nearing the point of getting out of hand, said Warriors forward Draymond Green , who missed last year's fifth finals ... Read More »

Cavs lead Warriors 37-33 after 1st quarter

No team in National Basketball Association history has bounced back from a 3-0 finals deficit. It's become the most unsafe saying in sports: 3-1. I think they take care of business. Riley: Their win last season wasn't a fluke. With the Cavaliers facing elimination after losing three straight games to start the best-of-seven series, Irving scored a game-high 40 points on 15-of-27 shooting, including a seven-of-12 performance from three-point range, which came on the heels of an 0-for-7 ... Read More »

Harry Kane comes to England's rescue against Scotland

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On a sun-kissed Glasgow afternoon, England took the lead in the 70th minute when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's left-foot strike beat home goalkeeper Craig Gordon's flimsy attempt at a save. Southgate's side upped their level: Kane forced a smart save from Gordon with a snap header from Ryan Bertrand's cross... and then came the opener. Read More »