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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »