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Stricker proud of his Wisconsin grit to get into US Open

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FILE - In this August 16, 2015, file photo, Jason Day , of Australia, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. He returned for the Masters , where he tied for 22nd at 2-over par. Players have already started to complain. It may make for an ultimate test of golf, but those expecting another major showdown between Stenson and Mickelson , a la last years British Open , or Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose , a la this years Masters ... Read More »

Sam Warburton fit to lead Lions against Highlanders

Warburton is now back in action and captains the Lions against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday. "You wake with the humming noise of the machine - and a freezing cold ankle!" You could be set up right and then the angle is wrong for you and there is nothing you can do about it. Read More »

Golden State Warriors Win Second NBA Championship In Three Seasons

The decision to move Draymond Green into the starting lineup in place of David Lee and moving Andre Iguodala into a sixth-man role sparked the Warriors to a 67-win season. "I'm not the GM of the team ", James said. " Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team", James said. Read More »

Nadal to miss Queen's Club tournament to rest

But the script remained the same, Nadal taking the set in ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration. "Back in 2005 I thought I would have resigned by now and be out fishing in a river in Mallorca . Read More »

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to National Basketball Association title

Durant took home a championship and a Finals Most Valuable Player award Monday night by adding to the Golden State Warriors' strength in numbers that overpowered James' strength in statistics. James said in a press conference screened on nba.com: "I'm not happy he won his first - I'm not happy at all". "And that's the type of guy that I want to be with every single time I'm going to war, because I know what to expect, and you stand your ground, too, with a leader like that". Read More »

Golden State Warriors' MVP Kevin Durant adds an important title: champion

The Boston Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference this season, but they fell to the Cavs in the conference finals after losing star Isaiah Thomas to an injury in the series. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. Read More »

Soccer fans pay tribute to attacks victims

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There is no clear victor heading into the encounter but France should have the slight edge playing in front of a vibrant crowd at the Stade de France . "Dembele played well. He moved well and he hurt England ". The video assistant - being used in an ongoing trial by Federation Internationale de Football Association - ruled that Varane's foul was worthy of a straight red card despite a recent change in the law governing clear goal-scoring opportunities. Read More »

Halep confident of French Open triumph

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If Jelena Ostapenko wins the French Open on Saturday, she would accomplish something no tennis player has managed to do since, coincidentally, the day she was born 20 years ago: earn a first tour-level title at a Grand Slam tournament. "It was a really tough match. I think she's very special". On Court Philippe Chatrier, it did not matter that in the second set, second seed Pliskova sprayed the court with finely-angled forehands to send her chasing. Read More »

Amir's temperament helped team win against Sri Lanka: Sarfraz

Sarfraz shared the nerve-racking last 75-run partnership with Mohammad Amir , who hung on for 28 not out. "We certainly didn t want to be just making up the numbers in this competition, and we ve shown that we weren t", said the South African, who took charge of Pakistan just prior to their tour of England previous year. Read More »

Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

Steve Kerr's team were haunted by their blowing of a 3-1 lead in the finals past year as a LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers fought back to win the series in Oakland in game seven. "From when I played him in the 2012 Finals to now. experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing". Read More »

Unseeded Ostapenko rallies to win French Open

And, unfailingly in each of these five matches, her natural game looked to be much pronounced and dictated with a lot more controlled aggression. Facing the unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final, Halep took the first set and led 3-0 in the second. Read More »

Soft dismissals cost us the match, says de Villiers

A catastrophic series of running mix-ups from the Proteas cost the key wickets of AB De Villiers and David Miller and left their batting effort woefully short at 191 all out. De Villiers was the first culprit. He made it to his crease a fraction before Miller, who was sent back to the dressing room. "I just don't understand why it falls short of expectations at the global tournaments year after year", said Harbhajan. Read More »

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees

Judge's homer, his 20th of the season, was hit to left center in the bottom of the sixth inning. When it comes to the 2017 New York Yankees , it's all about rookie phenom Aaron Judge . Tillman (1-4) was tagged for nine runs in only 1 1/3 innings. ST. LOUIS - Dexter Fowler wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a three-run homer in the fifth inning that sent St. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Captain Sarfraz powers Pakistan into semis

Nonetheless, the likes of Tamim Iqbal who hit a century and followed it up with a 95 in the first two games of the tournament, and Mushfiqur Rahim who scored a fifty against England helped the team punch above weight. " Pakistan can beat anyone when it is in form, we all know that". So hopefully tomorrow - I think tomorrow is sold out as well. Pakistan looked well set to pick off the target and progress easily, particularly as Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman built a telling partnership ... Read More »

The best pictures from the Stanley Cup Final

He ranks second in career playoff goals (31) and career playoff points (66), trailing fellow "U" alum and 1995 Stanley Cup champion Neal Broten in both categories. The Penguins managed to win the Stanley Cup without star defenseman Kris Letang (neck surgery), which was one of the most impressive aspects of the Cup run. Read More »

Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest

Those sorts of comparisons do not interest him. Prior to his straight-sets victory over Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's final at Roland Garros , Nadal had not tasted glory on the biggest stage since his 2014 triumph in Paris . Swiss third seed Wawrinka was trying to win his second Roland Garros title in three years but was blown away by Nadal 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. No. 1 Andy Murray is the defending champion. Read More »

Highlanders select 3 current All Blacks for Lions match

Instead they have listened to local complaints about scrummaging, refereeing and boring tactics with quiet enjoyment and Farrell's nonchalant response - "They have to talk about something" - sums up the squad's collective view that deeds rather than words will define this tour. Read More »

James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs

Durant - who swapped the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in the off-season - walked away with the Finals MVP award after scoring 39 points in game five. Golden State plays under a set of offensive-friendly rules, and critics said they wouldn't have stood up to the rugged play of the past. One sprained ankle can change a series - just ask Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs. Read More »

Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller

Two senators say they are disappointed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent his deputy to testify before a committee hearing on the Justice Department's budget. The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. Read More »

Banks gives Highlanders thrilling win over Lions

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Jonathan Joseph , Tommy Seymour and Warburton had all scored tries to help build the lead and Dan Biggar kicked two conversions and a penalty, but it still wasn't enough. Naholo adds that he saw an old clip of the test match between the Flying Fijians and the British and Irish Lions on social media and it was before he was born. Read More »

Warriors defeat Cavaliers to win 2017 National Basketball Association championship

I was jittery". And that was one thing that I came to understand, because as a young player you want everything to happen right now. Lay it out he did. Durant said. "You guys were great tonight". Still, it's important not to short-change Golden State and to give them all the credit in the world for achieving something we are unlikely to see again for a while - losing just one game in the playoffs. Read More »

Nike ends the KD debate after Warriors win title

The Golden State Warriors used a 28-4 flurry in the second quarter to take a lead they never relinquished, then relied on the scoring of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry down the stretch to hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 129-120 victory Monday night, clinching their second National Basketball Association championship in the past three seasons. Read More »

Rafael Nadal: 'It has been a flawless French Open'

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I was always a little bit between [thoughts] for few reasons. "This is the most important event of my career". In just three sets, Nadal played his way into history, becoming the only person to win 10 titles at the same venue in the Open era. Read More »

Kevin Durant named Finals MVP after winning first championship

For NBA fans unable to catch the Game 5 television coverage, the best alternative is online streaming via the ESPN app, which can be accessed through the following services: DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu Live TV or PlayStation Vue. He did it all for these moments, several of them really, building all season and throughout the night of Game 4. - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were their usual brilliant selves. Read More »

NBA Finals, Game 5 - Cavs vs. Warriors

The Cavaliers had their shot in Game 3, but a furious Warriors comeback slammed the coffin lid closed. Kyrie Irving lives for big moments. The Warriors have not lost back-to-back games since March 11, when they suffered through a three-game losing streak without Kevin Durant . Read More »

Fan pays record-setting price for Cavs-Warriors Game 5 tickets

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It's been about them proving that past year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it's been validated, but, no. "When we were there previous year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again". The Warriors are no longer unbeaten in the playoffs, but James said they still have the Cavaliers where they want them. The Warriors are up 3-1 in the series and are looking to win their second title in three years at home . Read More »

Durant's non-foul looms large in Warriors' game-deciding run

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them previous year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship. Odds are, this is not the last we see of them. What made them great: The Showtime Lakers averaged 117.8 points on 51.6 percent shooting, with Johnson leading the league in assists and winning his first MVP award. Read More »

Fan buys most expensive seats in National Basketball Association history for Game 5

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Durant capped his first season with the Warriors in triumphant fashion with another big shooting night that helped Golden State avoid a repeat of last year's Finals collapse when Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down to win the title. Golden State came out in the second quarter and flipped the script though, running up 38-23 throughout. Tempers flared when Kyrie Irving tied up David West on a loose ball. Read More »

Golden State Warriors reclaim NBA title with 129-120 win over Cleveland

Following a Game 4 trouncing in Cleveland , the Cavs once again gave the Warriors a test in Game 5, buoyed by the one-on-one magic of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and some hot shooting from J.R. Cavs-Warriors III had even more star power than 2016. The dunk forced a Warriors timeout when the Cavs margin grew to 41-33 near the 10-minute mark. Read More »

Draymond Green Stands by Remarks Made About Cleveland

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night. "Just try to make it tough on him ". But he didn't get down on himself. "I hope we're a little more nervous". If Green reaches a level rarely seen during these Finals - and a level he surely is capable of reaching - it will be exceedingly hard for the Cavs to keep the Warriors from closing out the series. Read More »

Warriors have chance to clinch NBA title at home

Green said the chance to sweep was a distraction more so than the now-ended chance to become the first champion to roll unbeaten through the playoffs. We all have a mentality of a Game 7. Add to that the fact that the Cavaliers know they face an uphill battle to come back and beat Golden State , and I think the odds have swung heavily in favor of the team from the Bay. Read More »

Warriors are NBA champions in nearly perfect run through playoffs

The Warriors won 129. For the second time in three seasons, the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to secure the league title. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award. Golden State went 16-1 in this year's playoffs, good for the highest winning percentage (.941) in a single postseason, surpassing the Los Angeles Lakers from 2001 (15-1, .938). Read More »