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Conte doesn't want me at Chelsea: Costa

One possible solution that has been mooted in the Spanish press is for Atletico to buy Costa this summer and then loan him to the Chinese Super League until they can incorporate new signings in January 2018. "Thanks to God I'm not lacking teams (to join)". A return to Atletico Madrid has been Costa's dream move for quite a while. He was reportedly the subject of a huge bid in January which left him unsettled and temporarily dropped from the Chelsea starting XI. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy, Group B preview: India to defend title amid powerhouses


Beating higher ranked teams in the Champions Trophy will also boost Bangladesh's hopes of direct qualification into the 2019 World Cup. Such is the global and commercial appeal of the fixture, as the ICC has effectively admitted to "doctoring" the draw to make sure the teams are paired together in the group phase of major tournaments rather than run the risk of them not meeting later on. Read More »

Beating Pakistan shows we can retain Trophy, says India's Virat Kohli


But Pandya did not let the pressure of an India Pakistan game get to him as he slammed the spinner on three consecutive deliveries for sixes in the last over of the Indian innings. "This was a big game, and after the initial overs, the Pakistani bowlers crumbled rather insipidly". India's top five scored briskly to set a massive 320-run target, while Pakistan's batting unit struggled to match up. Read More »

Warriors capture their second National Basketball Association title in three years

Green shot 34.5 percent for the series and never got around to having the kind of statement game he had in Game 7 of last year's Finals. Even after coughing up a 3-1 lead in last year's championship round, the Warriors are already a dynasty thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant - a free agency coup that might not have happened if not for that Finals defeat. Read More »

National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors' comeback year in memes

Or did the voters get it right in awarding it to Durant? And Curry , too. Even LeBron James , celebrating the fight and brilliance they each demonstrated during an entertaining back-and-forth basketball show in this Finals trilogy. The Warriors also posted a 16-1 record (.941 win percentage) in these playoffs to go on the best title run ever, percentage points better than the 2001 Lakers (15-1, .938). Read More »

USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open

Dustin Johnson admitted it crossed his mind. Each day during the U.S. Open ,'s scribes on site at the year's second major will share their thoughts on the most interesting things they'll be looking ahead to in the following day's play. Read More »

Penguins blank Predators, repeat as Stanley Cup champs


Mere hours after Sidney Crosby won his third Stanley Cup , the hometown museum that touts itself as " Home of the Sidney Crosby Exhibit" was already coveting new keepsakes. Hopefully we can get P.K. Subban to show some love for this young fan, and maybe show her some appreciation for having faith in the Predators after the season ended before she would've liked. Read More »

England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan

Meanwhile Rumman Raees, in for injured fellow left-arm quick Mohammad Amir , took two for 44 on his ODI debut. England , however, are set to drop opener Jason Roy, whose latest low score in the victory over Australia last time out means he has now managed just 51 runs in eight ODI innings this season, and replace him with Jonny Bairstow. Read More »

Sessions's Testimony Clears Sessions (But Not Trump)

But he wrote in his recusal statement that as AG he would have nothing to do with any FBI investigation regarding the presidential campaign, which would have to include the Clinton investigation which he mentioned in his letter to the president as evidence for his recommending Comey's firing. Read More »

Messi and Barca congratulate NBA champions Warriors

Kevin Durant led Golden State's scoreboard scoring 39 points in his first playoff series. "It's a team sport, and we want to achieve the highest honor in a team sport, which is winning a championship", Durant said . "They're all right. They would all kill us", Kerr said to reporters Friday in advance of Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Durant - drafted as second-overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 - was an easy choice for the Finals MVP. Read More »

Top House GOP leader shot at congressional baseball practice

Flake said the suspect was a white man with dark hair, apparently in his 40s or 50s, wearing jeans and a blue shirt. Shots rang out Wednesday morning during practice for tomorrow's congressional baseball game . But his arrest record, compiled by the News-Democrat, seemed to contradict that depiction. President Trump announced Hodgkinson died from his injuries. Read More »

Durant Leads Warriors to NBA Championship

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. After getting outscored 37-33 in the first quarter, Golden State responded by taking an 11-point lead into the break. Steph Curry scored 34 points with 10 assists, while draining 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Read More »

National Basketball Association title a vindication for Warriors' Durant

I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team . "We battled. But we did it". "I can't wait to celebrate for the rest of the night - well, maybe the rest of the summer". But alas Game 4 came and you didn't have to be clairvoyant to know that the 2016 champs and LeBron James in particular, would come out and represent their mantra to the letter, defend the land, with an emphatic 137-116 victory. Read More »

Teenager Ostapenko shocks Wozniacki to reach last four


She double-faulted on match point to hand Bopanna and Dabrowski the victory. The 19-year-old, playing in the main draw in Paris for only the second time, is the first teenager to get to the semifinals at Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic in 2007. Read More »

England, France Unite With Britpop


Southgate is trying to instill a new way of playing, based on a quicker and more fluent approach with a higher emphasis on slick passing and skill. They were warning signs Southgate's men failed to heed. England were soon back-pedalling. This time , Djibril Sidibe tucked home. On that occasion, the London crowd joined in with the singing of the French anthem, " La Marseillaise ", which was also played before Premier League games the following weekend. Read More »

Virat Kohli captures Yuvraj Singh playing with his 'super powers' in England

Kohli , following knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa in the ongoing Champions Trophy , has surpassed de Villiers and Australia opener David Warner to reach the number-one spot. But we were not as confident about winning the game. Going to big games like this, we will be treating it like we treated our last game. Given Bangladesh's population, its passion for cricket and the new-found opportunities, the Tigers are a growing force. Read More »

Liguori: 'Rough' US Open Challenges Await Golf's Best At Erin Hills


Last week: Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the second straight year. But heavy rain descended upon Erin Hills and caused delays to Tuesday's practice round - and as a result the USGA made a decision to cut back some of the grass on a few of the holes, which they stated was because they believed it unplayable. Read More »

Muguruza enters French Open 3rd round


No. 23 Sam Stosur and unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko booked a fourth-round meeting when the Aussie dismissed American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2, and Ostapenko defeated unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-1, 6-4. And we're in the quarter-finals. Despite 16 double-faults, the Frenchwomen was able to pull the upset after the heavy backing of the home crowd. She said: "Everything wasn't flawless". Read More »

Conor McGregor superfight is finalized for August 26

It is unclear whether it was a mistake or whether McGregor did it on goal, as he is known to provoke his opponents. It has also intrigued some in boxing , though most dismiss McGregor's chances under boxing rules against one of the greatest defensive fighters in history. Read More »

Warriors well-built for success over the long haul

After getting outscored 37-33 in the first quarter , Golden State responded by taking an 11-point lead into the break. He acquired veterans J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in 2015, fired coach David Blatt and promoted Tyronn Lue midway through the '16 season and added Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut this year. Read More »

Golden State Warriors win NBA Finals for 2nd time in 3 years

The Golden State Warriors are on the cusp of a dynastic situation. If you are the best player, you are charged with making everyone else on the team better and James does not do that or needs better teammates. "That's a tough play to stop". "If Kevin Durant was the consolation for (last year's) loss, thanks for the loss", Draymond Green said. How many football games will the WSU Cougars win this year? "It was phenomenal to be a part of". Read More »

Scrum concerns for Gatland ahead of Maori All Blacks clash


We put ourselves in a position to win that game and everyone's fighting, everyone wants to play in that Test team. They've seen a different picture. The Lions now head to Rotorua to face the Maori All Blacks in their 5th game of the 10-match tour on Saturday with Gatland set to pick his strongest side with an eye on the first test against the All Blacks on June 24. Read More »

Jose Mourinho 'Convinces' £79 Million Target Into Old Trafford Move


Manchester United have already made one bid for the attacking midfielder, said to be in the region of £52 million, but their offer was rebuffed by Madrid. Morata wants his future resolved within the next two weeks while Jose Mourinho wants executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to try and wrap-up transfer business quickly. Read More »

Sunday's roundup: Dufner wins Memorial after roller coaster weekend


Jordan Spieth was one shot out of the lead after the opening round. However, his ball found a better lie in lighter rough and he punched his third shot to the middle of the green. They're working hard at it. "How could you complain about the weather we had this week, " he said. "He's one of a kind", he said earlier in the week. Read More »

Rory McIlroy returning from another injury at US Open


He is No 10 in the world - only Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia were ranked higher at a younger age. He finished in a share of fourth and in 2016, he was in a share of fifth, behind Dustin Johnson's three-stroke victory, the latter's first major title. Read More »

India set to be unchanged for Champions Trophy semifinals

It happens sometimes in cricket, but we forget it". "It's been 24 months". In the 2010s, India and Bangladesh have met 21 times in all global formats combined on the cricket field. #He became the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup. For India , you could be tempted to ignore the top batsman market and play Virat Kohli at 6/1 to eek out significantly more value. Read More »

Yuvi is an outstanding achiever in Indian cricket: Kohli


And coming all the way to play the semifinal is a big step for us. "Hopefully, it's our day tomorrow". Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh cricket team has enjoyed a steady rise in world cricket and has witnessed a steady stream of success by beating some of the top cricketing sides. Read More »

Hayne scores as NSW stun Queensland in State of Origin opener

We played an under-17s semi-final at Langlands Park against North Queensland I think and he came off the bench and completely changed the game with his defence. Dylan Napa ahead of his first Origin appearance for Queensland . It's over. Not just the first State of Origin match between New South Wales and Queensland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, which NSW won 28-4, but Queensland's era of Origin dominance. Read More »

England 'stood up to be counted', says Southgate


Southgate refused to blame his side for conceding the second late free-kick from which Scotland scored, and is happy group leaders England still have qualification for Russian Federation in their own hands - although Slovakia will close with two points by beating Lithuania, while Slovenia are three points back. Read More »

Ostapenko wins first major title at Roland Garros


Two years later, in 2009, she would win the Open 10-12 in the 12-year-old category, at the Tennis Club de Boulogne Billancourt, a stone's throw from Roland Garros, joining Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin on the list of winners. And she saved 10 of 16 break points - some when the contest hung in the balance. Trailing 0-3 in the second set and 1-3 in the deciding set, she mentally regrouped in the biggest match of her short career to clamber back on terms. Read More »