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Hassan Ali becomes leading wicket-taker of Champions Trophy

A 118 run partnership between opening batsmen Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman led Pakistan to an incredible victory. Their travails were highlighted by the innings of Ben Stokes , who scored 34 from 64 balls without hitting a boundary, the highest boundary-free score for England in ODI cricket since Paul Collingwood "struck" 47 from 71 balls against Pakistan in 2010 at Southampton - in a match England won. Read More »

Rafael Nadal wins record 10th title


American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. "To win a 10th time here is very special for me". The only time in the Open Era that a 30-something has won all four majors within a calendar year was 1969 when Rod Laver completed the calendar Grand Slam. Read More »

An Aussie fond of cheeseheads: Jason Day all in on Wisconsin


I don't really know what we're in for this week. He has plenty of length to tackle this week's beast and a deft putting tough to go along with it. Koepka is another who has played here in the 2011 U.S. "So it is imperative for me to get off to a good start and I haven't been able to do that". "The green complexes, with the exception of a couple, are fairly friendly I would say". Read More »

Pakistan Thrash England to Reach Champions Trophy Final

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and opener Fakhar Zaman are the only Pakistan batsmen who have shown some kind of form in this tournament. England will fancy their chances of extending the search for an elusive major global ODI silverware despite drawing a mercurial Pakistan in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday. Read More »

The Pittsburgh Penguins Capture Second Straight Stanley Cup


We just kept finding ways. "He could feel that we were getting close to winning the Cup and that was the most important game of the season and he played like it". "What an experience", he said. Hope you didn't get salmonella. The loss ended the upstart Predators' deepest playoff run in their 19-year history and one that became the talk of the town - and the league. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semifinals: England vs Pakistan match prediction

The skipper lavished praise on Hasan Ali who changed the game for Paksitan in the middle overs with a brilliant spell. His knock comprised 7 fours and a six and gave Pakistan a solid opening start. England , the only team yet to be beaten in this tournament, are seeking to continue their remarkably one-day transformation since exiting the 2015 World Cup at the group stage. Read More »

Pakistan to lock horns with England in first Champions Trophy semifinal

Injured England bowler Chris Woakes on Test Match Special: " Pakistan opted to bowl first, which we all thought was the wrong decision as we thought the pitch would deteriorate and become harder to score on". Players also deserve credit for motivating themselves and making a comeback in the tournament", he said. They've done it by taking wickets in the middle overs (11-40), 13 in all, the second-most, after India . Read More »

Kohli unfazed by limited game time for India's middle order

It's like mini World Cup. "I am not focussing on my 300th game", he said. I don't underestimate India . I know it could have been England , it could have been anyone. "An important game for us". Bangladesh had defeated India in the 2007 World Cup and Team India will have revenge on their minds. "We would just be happy to be in the finals". Read More »

Nadal up to No. 2; Djokovic slides to No. 4

Yes, I'm talking about the legendary tennis star Rafael Nadal , who on Sunday outclassed a quality opponent Stan Wawrinka by 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in two hours and five minutes. However, there have been numerous instances when Nadal has won a title without dropping a single set and this article has been written to elucidate 5 such tournaments. Read More »

De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

Was South Africa perhaps trying too hard to destroy its image of being a "choker"? It remains the only time Pakistan have won the World Cup and Hafeez said that was where they picked up the "unpredictable" tag. South Africa T20I squad for England series: AB de Villiers (c), Farhaan Behardien , Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir , David Miller , Morne Morkel , Chris Morris, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon ... Read More »

Ostapenko eager to build on remarkable Roland Garros win


Her home town of Riga got in the mood on Saturday when thousands of her compatriots watched her victory on a giant TV screen erected in front of the city's iconic Freedom Monument. And then the fearless Latvian, Jelena Ostapenko , blasted victor after winner past Halep and worked her way back into the match. I think nobody teached me. Read More »

Pittsburgh Penguins Win NHL Stanley Cup on NBC Sports

He led the Final in scoring with one goal and six assists, including three in a 6-0 win in Game 5 that put the Penguins on the doorstep of another title. "When you talk about building off of something, you don't get to this point without investing an very bad lot, as individuals, as a team, and your personal life". Read More »

Sidney Crosby is THW's 2017 Playoff MVP


Assuming this team keeps Johansen and its young but mature core continues to improve, Nashville is in position to contend for years to come. "I think there will be more Stanley Cups in their future. The Predators, who were 9-1 at Bridgestone Arena coming into Sunday's game, needed to set the tone after getting shut out in Game 5 . It's been a hard fought season as the Penguins racked up injuries, including a scary moment in the Washington Capitals series when Crosby was ... Read More »

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh and Nashville Gave us a Thriller

He has enjoyed an incredible run in the past 39 months, with an Olympic gold medal, a world championship, a World Cup title, the World Cup MVP award, and back-to-back Stanley Cups and Conn Smythes. With a roster heavy on players 27 and younger, many of who are under contract for several years, the roster is not likely to undergo significant changes. Read More »

It's just another game, says Junaid ahead of Pakistan-India clash

Both teams are set to feature several survivors from Bangladesh's 15-run win at Adelaide which condemned England to a woeful first-round exit from the last World Cup. India batted first and were put in a spot of bother due to some accurate bowling from Naved-ul-Hasan Rana with the new ball and a destructive mid-innings burst from Shoaib Akhtar. Read More »

Waiting game: Long day on tap for Mickelson's potential sub

After a week off, he plans to play three straight tournaments in Europe - the Irish Open (that he hosts), the Scottish Open and the British Open . Definitely like the golf courses up here. Day's best work usually plays quite well at the U.S. Open. Denied a special exemption, the 50-year-old Wisconsin native shot 10-under to qualify for the first U.S. Read More »

Pittsburgh parties as Penguins take Stanley Cup, again

It's been a hard fought season as the Penguins racked up injuries, including a scary moment in the Washington Capitals series when Crosby was cross-checked in the head and suffered yet another concussion. With Pekka Rinne pulled for an extra attacker, Carl Hagelin set off a bench celebration with an empty netter with 13.6 seconds left. That's what's going to drive us. Read More »

Penguins' Stanley Cup victory parade will be held Wednesday

Like them or not, the Pens will be remembered as a dynasty in the salary-cap era. After Guentzel's spectacular start to this season (21 goals in 33 AHL games) and his quick transition out of college previous year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Clark Donatelli was not surprised to see the University of Nebraska-Omaha alum prove he belonged with Pittsburgh . Read More »

Walters: Score would have been different if Thurston played


New South Wales 28 (James Maloney , Mitchell Pearce, James Tedesco , Andrew Fifita , Jarryd Hayne tries; Maloney 4 goals) def. Queensland 4 (Corey Oates try) at Suncorp Stadium. "He's okay. Just concussion". "I never thought anything like this was possible". The NSW and Cronulla wrecking ball reinforced why he is fast building a reputation as one of the NRL's premier big-game players after turning in a barnstormer in the Blues' State of Origin I win. Read More »

Warriors say no decision has been made on White House visit

Iguodala hopes the Warriors do not. He also praised opponents Cleveland Cavaliers led by forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving for a competitive series and not giving up. In 2011, he would return to the Finals as a member of the Heat, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in six games . The Cavs managed to stave off elimination once in this series with a 137-116 win in Game 4 at home but couldn't pull off another improbable comeback this year. Read More »

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Finals Over Cleveland Cavaliers

Throughout these years it seemed that Durant wants a championship ring not because of himself, but as a gift to his mother and all the sacrifices that she made in order to provide a future for her son. Their best chance was to roll the dice and pray a major piece in Cleveland or Golden State got hurt and gave them an opportunity. Ten years after becoming the No. Read More »

Messi, Neymar and Barcelona congratulate NBA champions Warriors

James collected a game-high 13 rebounds and added eight assists to go while becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals. After the defeat, Lebron addressed both his future and the future of the Warriors . The Warriors' organization is a cohesive unit, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the National Basketball Association champions skip the visit altogether. Read More »

Golden State Warriors Vote Unanimously to Skip White House Visit with Trump

The Bill Russell Finals MVP victor averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks in the five-game series and easily eclipsed the 50/40/90 percentages for field-goal, three-point and free-throw shooting. "A lot of guys cried because they wanted it bad", he said. Durant , who joined from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, was key to the Warriors' victory and their 16-1 postseason run - the best in the league's history . Read More »

Offense backs Montgomery's gem in series opener with Orioles — Yankees Postgame Notebook

They now own a awful 6.20 ERA as a unit over the last ten games after getting burned in the Bronx. The Orioles can only hope they're relevant in September. - The bullpen also crashed and burned in the bright lights of New York City. Given his spring training performance, assume that Bird will get the vast majority of starts at first base with Chris Carter (and maybe Matt Holliday ) occasionally filling in to get him some rest. Read More »

French crowd to sing God Save the Queen

England fans sang along with the French anthem before a friendly at Wembley in November, 2015, just four days after a series of attacks by Islamist militants in and around the French capital. England were breached a second time when they were hit on the break just before half-time as Dembele burst forward. It was not enough, however, to deny a spirited and daring French side. Read More »

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets to seal semis spot

Pumped by India in the opener, his side are through to the final four. The unsafe Dickwella departed for 73 as the middle-order collapsed at the feet of Amir and Junaid, leaving Sri Lanka now struggling at 167-7. It is a big ask for the Tigers to overcome the sub-continent's dominant nation and reach that first final but the 224-run partnership between Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan in the five-wicket win over the Kiwis showed they have the players capable of producing an upset. Read More »

Warburton admits he could miss first Test

Whatever the policing when the front-rows pack down however, Gatland remains confident the Lions have the versatility and the potency to cope at the set-piece. Obviously the attack. They need to keep working at that. One contentious point so far on this tour is how two referees from France - Pascal Gauzere and Mathieu Raynal - interpreted the laws, with the Crusaders the worst affected by Raynal's calls, especially in the scrums where they were penalised at least four times. Read More »

LeBron James spectacular again; his efforts not enough for Cavs

Their one title came a year ago when the Cavs became the first National Basketball Association team to rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver the city its first major championship since 1964. They easily have the best 2018 NBA Finals betting odds. James became the first player to ever average a triple-double in the Finals, and it wasn't almost enough to beat the league's best team . Read More »

LeBron James Doesn't Believe He Played For Superteams With Cavs, Heat

James countered by averaging the first triple-double in Finals history, with 33.6 points on 23.4 field goal attempts, 12 rebounds and 10 assists per game. "And it was fantastic to just see that all year, and right now, just to be here with these guys, it's unbelievable". Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said the experience of losing last year's Finals served them well this season. Read More »

Warriors beat Cavaliers in Game 5, win NBA title

The opportunity to lead true dynasties don't come along frequently for players; the chance of another opportunity being more enticing than the one the Warriors present may not really exist. The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback previous year. "And they waited until late to do it". "They're going to be the highest favorite we've ever had going into a season, any team in any sport", Jeff Sherman, NBA oddsmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook , ... Read More »