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Rockets eliminated as James Harden struggles against the Spurs

Perhaps the Rockets thought the Spurs would go belly up with Kawhi Leonard unavailable and that the game would be a cake walk. By sitting out, Leonard, who is averaging 27.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting during the playoffs, now has more time to heal before the Western Conference finals. Read More »

Real Madrid vs Sevilla 2016-2017 LaLiga

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (R) vies with Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin (C) and Atletico Madrid's Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on May 10, 2017. Read More »

Lloris: We have been beaten to the title by a machine

Tottenham's Premier League title challenge hit the buffers on Friday night when they lost 1-0 at West Ham . Following the game, West Ham took to Twitter to let Spurs know it, too. "I like playing against Tottenham and scoring against them", smiled Argentinian midfielder Lanzini. But, foreshadowing the anguish ahead, Walker s return nearly got off to an embarrassing start when Andre Ayew s pass found Lanzini in space negligently left vacant by the Tottenham defender. Read More »

NHL playoffs: Bobby Ryan lifts Senators past Penguins 2-1 in overtime

While Ottawa hardly seemed overcome by the stage, the neutral zone trap coach Guy Boucher installed upon his hiring last spring didn't exactly cause the Penguins problems. "If we give up a goal early there I think the building erupts as you saw when they scored in the third". No one has fully taken advantage of the Penguins' numerous injuries, so the Senators will be the first to try and do so. Read More »

Capsule preview of the Spurs-Warriors conference finals

The Rockets are a tiny team who abandoned the concept of multiple big men immediately, and took it to new extremes after Nene went down with a thigh injury. Popovich does not like losing in the playoffs, especially against the offensive mastermind of basketball. Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense. Read More »

Spurs reach Conference Finals

The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a game that was over quickly, and didn't let up to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. The Rockets Trevor Arena led them in scoring with 20 points. The Rockets had many opportunities to step on the throats of the Spurs , and found themselves making poor decisions, and watching San Antonio role players make game changing and series altering plays. Read More »

English Premier League: Anichebe goes down with Sunderland

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Bounce-back promotion will be the target for the Black Cats, although the debate will be centred around whether Moyes is the man leading the squad into battle next term. "I'm just sorry that we weren't able to do a better job", the former Manchester United and Everton manager said. Following the loss, a defeated Moyes admitted he had sympathy for the club's supporters, he said: "My thoughts are mainly with the supporters tonight because we didn't want that to happen". Read More »

This one photo captures the intensity of the Celtics-Wizards series

Usually a game can't come down to a blown call at the end. There were multiple missed layups and open threes that normally go down. Several of the Celtics copied that move ahead of Game 6. "It's unfortunate for us, but he made a great shot". The playmaking of Al Horford feels like the key factor here; he has been phenomenal for Boston, and he should help his team stay steady in this situation. Read More »

Ryan Blaney takes Kansas pole as 11 fail to pass inspection

INDYCAR: Will Power and Helio Castroneves are turning IndyCar qualifying into a two-man race. Patrick's vehicle caught fire, but she and Logano climbed from their cars under their own power and were treated and released from the track's infield auto center. Read More »

Stenhouse Jr. ends long drought to win Geico 500

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Brad Keselowski , Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano are all co-favored to win this race. "This is for all the guys at the shop", Stenhouse said from victory lane. TALLADEGA , Ala. (AP) - The farewell tour for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has officially started. But then his GEICO 500 went downhill face when he discovered he had a loose wheel - and he wound up finishing 22nd. Read More »

IPL 2017 | Preview: Rising Pune Supergiant eye play-off spot against Delhi Daredevils

While Shami was happy with the result, it was a disappointing for Supergiant's Manoj Tiwary to not take the team home despite a fighting 60 off 45 balls. And followed up with another boundary and a six off Amit Mishra. Shahbaz Nadeem broke through trapping Smith plumb with a low delivery. Stokes and Manoj Tiwary stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Stokes was removed by Mohammed Shami for 33. Read More »

Stoke out to upset Arsenal's Champions League hopes

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City now sit three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth, with a superior goal difference, so while they are closest to Wenger's team in the battle for the top four, Liverpool appear most vulnerable and they only have themselves to blame. Read More »

First F1 win 'surreal', says Bottas post Russian GP triumph

Vettel was runner-up to increase his lead in the world championship standings from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who never really threatened to rise from fourth on the grid. While the Bottas-Vettel duel was fun it overshadowed the actual lack of track action with virtually no overtaking following the first lap. He returned in second, behind the leader and, with a 4.7-second deficit, attempted to cut into the gap with fresher tyres. Read More »

Golovkin: Canelo will not dominate me like he did Chavez Jr

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I think the strategy was smart, fight him in the middle of the ring , that's what we wanted to do. Periscope in particular has been effective in the past - quite a few people watched the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that way - though it might not have as many options for this fight. Read More »

John Wall, Wizards use two staggering runs to climb back in series

The Wizards and Celtics were tied coming out of halftime and Washington quickly found themselves down five points after Amir Johnson hit two free throws and a 3-pointer. The Wiz also swished 24 of 27 free throws. Washington scored 34 points off of the Celtics 20 turnovers on 14-for-19 shooting. "If we just played like we did [today], we would have won that game". Read More »

Brunt promises Chelsea tough test at West Brom

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Seven of these defeats have come to nil, and with defenders Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley the only players to score a couple of times in their last 12, they may struggle to cause the Blues any significant problem. The Blues won't lift the trophy till the last day of the season and with John Terry set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season it's expected that he'll be given a fitting send off by accepting the trophy in front of an adoring home fanbase. Read More »

Arsenal maintain top four hunt with impressive Stoke victory

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I am not in politics. The Reds take on West Ham in a tricky away game on Sunday afternoon, and Holding will be hoping they slip up to give Arsenal real hope of overtaking them. "You just didn't think he had it in him". The decisive third Sanchez goal was all the more important given that the Chilean appeared about to be replaced due to injury. Read More »

Stanley Cup playoffs: Ducks eliminate Oilers in game seven

It was the Predators' fourth attempt to reach the conference finals. Anaheim is back in the Western Conference Final for the fifth time in franchise history (2nd in 3 years). Game 2 is Sunday night. Connor McDavid joked about the excitement the playoff run was causing in Edmonton. But the Predators, who are a league-best 9-2 in postseason play, are better than the Calgary Flames, who were swept by the Ducks in the first round, and a more mature and defensively disciplined team than ... Read More »

Giroud double helps Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 in Premier League

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After a 2-0 loss at rivals Tottenham Hotspur last month, Arsenal looked dead and buried in pursuit of a 21st successive Champions League qualification but the Gunners have climbed to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool. He was then immediately substituted . "He has adapted, and become stronger and stronger throughout the season", he told Arsenal Player . The Chilean scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Southampton, but his future at ... Read More »

Mike D'Antoni to consider resting James Harden during next season

The dismantling of the Blazers was expected, but overwhelming the Jazz, the best defensive team in the National Basketball Association, (and making it look easy) was more impressive. Because they're the Spurs . " Just having guys ready to play and having those guys work hard all year it makes it a little bit easier for us, for sure". Read More »

Djokovic and Nadal battle through in Madrid

Coming into Madrid , he had beaten top-10 opponents Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic , Dominic Thiem and David Goffin-and therein lay the story. Despite the recent win, Nadal is expecting a tough match against Goffin, who on his good day can stun top players in any competition . Read More »

Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3: What We Learned

The Cavaliers were not that interested in this game, but they won anyway . Cleveland used a late 17-1 surge to put this game out of reach and put Toronto on the brink of elimination. The Cavaliers had a 49-25 advantage in rebounding. Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances. Toronto had not lost three consecutive games since the All-Star break. Read More »

Conte confident Ake can fill David Luiz void

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Now it is important to prepare the final rush. "It's always hard to go to Everton and play a great game like we did". Antonio Conte remains hopeful that David Luiz will be fit and available to play in Chelsea's next Premier League match against Middlesbrough after the defender was forced off with an injury in the 3-0 win over Everton on Sunday. Read More »

Wizards react to F-bomb chants against Kelly Oubre: 'That's Boston, man'

Boston would prefer for this trend to continue, but the Wizards have five good reasons to remain confident ahead of Game 6. "I really don't think we relaxed, I think they kinda surprised us", Wall said of the lackluster start. Al Horford is a much better distributor and spot-up shooter than he is a go-to post player, which would be fine if the likes of Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could create off the dribble. Read More »

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the Geico 500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the field to green in his No. 17 Fifth Third Ford and was accompanied by none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr .in his No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet. But what was sweet victory for Stenhouse was sour defeat for Kyle Busch , whom Stenhouse passed for the lead during overtime. "The guys said it was real similar to the issue we had at Atlanta, but it was pretty bad". Read More »

Boston move one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

The last player other than Thomas to score 30 for Boston was Bradley on October 29. Bradley hit four 3-pointers and shot 12-for-19 overall as Boston took a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals. Sometimes, Al Horford is just kind of there. Added teammate Markieff Morris: "It's Boston , man". Unlike in Games 3 and 4, the Wizards couldn't get anything easy at the rim. Read More »

Ducks knock out Oilers in game 7

The Ducks won a game 7 Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers to advance. With one of the playoffs worst save percentages and goals-against averages, John Gibson hadnt really distinguished himself this spring until Game 7 against Edmonton, when he was outstanding in a 2-1 win Hell likely have to maintain that level to keep the Ducks competitive against Nashvilles aggressive offense. Read More »

Capitals Lose to Penguins in Game One Despite Deserving Win

Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round. Because of his stellar play, the game was 0-0 after the first period. Pittsburgh took control of the second-round playoff series thanks to Saturday's 6-2 win at Verizon Center. NOTES: LW Chris Kunitz returned to the Penguins' lineup after missing the first round and final five games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Read More »

5 takeaways from Game 3 against Boston Celtics — Washington Wizards

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Beal said of the strategy after the game, retold in the Washington Post , "They're trying to hide him a little bit, so we wanted to expose that". The Wizards have emphasized the need to be the more physical team to win the series. And now it's the Wizards' turn to boast. "Their attack in transition killed us". Even before the devastating third quarter, Wizards fans drowned out those in Boston green. Read More »