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Celtics, Wizards turn playoff into all-out war

But the last two games in Washington were a struggle for the two-time All-Star. It might have been the best stretch that any team has played. On Friday, Oubre gave his side of the story, noting it was hardly the first time he was banged around by Olynyk. Read More »

Energized Anaheim Ducks even Western finals, beat Nashville Predators 5-3

The Grammy Award victor still has time to show her #Smashville love, as the Predators take on the Ducks once more during Game 3 of the NHL's Western Conference Final on Tuesday night. That performance was a precipitous drop for a Nashville power play that was already struggling coming into the series. Gibson was helpless on the game victor, which was set up when a shot by Ekholm hit teammate Viktor Arvidsson and caromed to Josi in the right circle. Read More »

Ronaldo is just more than scoring goals - Zidane


Los Blancos' No.10 has hinted regularly he would prefer first team football at a big club - but preferably one in the Champions League - so United's Europa League final against Ajax next week is crucial as they would qualify if they won. He enjoyed an excellent debut season under coach Carlo Ancelotti scoring 17 goals and providing 18 assists in all competitions but subsequently fell out of favor with former coach Rafa Benitez and has a strained relationship with current boss Zidane . Read More »

Chelsea, Tottenham dominate Premier League 'Player of the Season' nominations


If it was, and the aforementioned scenario did come true, Liverpool (W3, D1, L0) would be third, City (W1, D2, L1) in fourth, and Arsenal (W0, D1, L3) in fifth, and therefore qualifying for the Europa League. Jermain Defoe will nearly certainly be in the Premier League next season too - maybe at West Ham, who were interested in snapping him up in January. Read More »

Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead


I just love this game and I'm playing hard. And more protection is the last thing shooters need, Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert said. "Because if we don't we could end up losing the game". Five other Warriors connected on multiple 3-pointers in an 18-for-37 barrage that dwarfed the Spurs' 8-for-23 success from beyond the arc. But process matters. Read More »

Spurs Open Western Finals Visiting Oakland


Season series: Spurs won, 2-1. The Warriors are dealing with their own injuries although they aren't as significant as missing an MVP candidate in Leonard. San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field, compiled a 60-37 rebounding advantage and limited Houston to 28 percent shooting. Dejounte Murray No.5 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks against James Harden No.13 and Lou Williams No.12 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on ... Read More »

Atletico aim to overturn 0-3 deficit vs Real


I don't know about people who say they are proud of being humble. Preparations for the game were rocked on Monday by the news that French left back Theo Hernandez, who is on loan at Alaves from Atletico, travelled to Madrid to undergo a medical with Real Madrid . Read More »

Home ice remains sweet for Predators

Nashville's win stretches its home playoff win streak to 10 games. "They're special fans, they really are", said Neal. Finland came from two goals down to beat the Swiss 3-2 in overtime in Group B. It looked like they grabbed the lead moments later when Colton Sissons buried a rebound into an open net, but the referees blew the play dead prior to the goal when Harry Zolnierczyk was pushed into Gibson knocking him out of the play. Read More »

Senators vs. Penguins live stream, Game 2

Speaking before the game, Boucher promised the Senators wouldn't alter the way they play just because the Penguins have the likes of Sidney Crosby, Malkin and Phil Kessel. The Penguins only managed 17 shots in five-on-five situations, compared to 32 by Ottawa . We have to give props, however, to the Senators and their defensive scheme. Read More »

Predators win in OT


The victor will play for the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. The Nashville Predators will face off against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night in California for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. Both times I've played them, it's been a six-game series and a seven-game series. "It was their first game in a while". It was so just barely, in fact, that Kase didn't even recognize this shining moment of his career as it happened in real time . Read More »

Ronaldo's Hat-trick Moves Real Close to 12th Champions League Title


Real Madrid have always disputed a ruling by Spanish soccer authorities that Pepe should be credited with a goal in their 2-1 win against Real Sociedad back in 2010, as he deflected Ronaldo's free-kick and was later given the goal. "It's great to have a player like Ronaldo ", he told BT Sport. Atletico knew they needed an away goal to give them a chance in the return leg , but their attempts to attack left them open on the break and Ronaldo was left with an easy chance to score the ... Read More »

James Rodriguez Real Madrid midfielder 'agrees' move to Manchester United


Colombia global Rodriguez, 25, is expected to leave Madrid this summer after failing to secure regular football under head coach Zinedine Zidane, who declined to comment on his player's future earlier on Tuesday. MICHAEL KEANE: Keane is set to rejoin Manchester United for a whopping £25million just two years after he left, reports the Daily Mail , paving the way for Chris Smalling to leave. Read More »

Spurs start Jonathan Simmons over Kawhi Leonard for Game 2


Curry also contributed seven assists and seven rebounds to put the Warriors just two wins away from reaching a third consecutive NBA Finals in the best-of-seven series. But process matters. And the process we've watched so far isn't fun. San Antonio shouldn't throw in the towel considering the fact that they are on the road first which gives Leonard more time to rest his ankle. Read More »

Kenyan marathon runner Kipchoge seconds away from breaking 2-hour barrier

But the trio attempting to make history this weekend may have a psychological advantage, said national marathoner and 2013 SEA Games champion Mok Ying Ren. He ultimately came up just short despite an attempt at a sprint on his ailing legs with the line approaching. Kipchoge would have needed an average of less than 4:35 per mile - an improvement of about seven seconds per mile on Kimetto's record, or around 2.5 percent. Read More »

Rohit Sharma, Shami Return To Indian Squad For Champions Trophy

MSK Prasad-led panel of selectors team announcement brings a great relief for all the Indians fans who were in amidst about India taking part in this years champion trophy. Hardik Pandya: Mumbai Indians player Pandya bagged the seam-bowling allrounder's spot. Meanwhile, Shami, despite being hampered by injuries, has taken 87 wickets in 47 match, at an average of 24.80 and economy 5.54. Read More »

Antonio Conte hails Chelsea stalwart John Terry


And, even though fans everywhere have started showing signs of increasing weariness at these exhausted tactics, the mind games played by managers seem to have become part of the job. "The players and I want to reach this target". The Blues can break the record by beating Sunderland in Sunday's final league game. "I was delighted first and foremost to start the game and then to score and win". Read More »

IPL Qualifier 1 2017


Dhoni finished unbeaten on 40 off 26 balls. In the first eight seasons with the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was a part of the last four on all occasions. KXIP only lasted 15.5 overs and were bundled out for 73, their lowest total in the ten seasons of the IPL . Axar [Patel] was outstanding with bat, ball, and (in) the field. Read More »

Alexis Sanchez keeps Arsenal in Champions League chase

We could have gone divided but we have chosen to be united and that's what you see on the pitch. Mesut Ozil assisted Alexis Sanchez, who tapped in to give Arsenal a much needed breakthrough. "I thought the team showed great character, we set up to try and make it difficult for Arsenal and for long periods we did do but not only that but we created opportunities and the players worked really hard". Read More »

3 adjustments to make in Game 6 — Washington Wizards

Those three pillars of success , more than anything, allowed Boston to assert control in the first quarter and never look back in handing the Wizards a 123-101 thumping in Game 5. The Celtics scored 67 points through the first half. And they literally have nearly three guys on me and there's no way that I can keep going like that. Read More »

Ryan, Senators shock Penguins in Game 1 of East final

When one National Hockey League team executive was asked about the Senators' trap, that's where he focused his attention - the effort of the players. They owe nothing to the game of hockey. Like people here have said, Ottawa's system changed and Sullivan didn't seem ready for it. "I've always been a believer that nothing breaks coverage down better than a shot on goal". Read More »

Canelo Embarrasses Chavez, Fight with Golovkin Set for September 16

Golovkin appeared from backstage after the fight and was invited into the ring by the victorious Alvarez . But Chavez seems to have more wear on him and his conditioning has been called into question at this stage of his career. Instead, we got an in-ring promotion of Alvarez's upcoming fight, which will be against ... GGG. Chavez avoided a $1 million-per-pound penalty when he weighed in at 164 pounds Friday, a half-pound below the catchweight and the lightest he's been since losing ... Read More »

Rickard Rakell: Rickard Rakell scores in fourth straight game


Anaheim may have a Cup win in their past, but there may not be a team out there (and yes that includes the Canucks) who have Game 7 failure attached to their DNA like the Ducks. Talbot acknowledged his own frustration over the no-call, but said: "At the same time , we had a 3-nothing lead with 3 1/2 minutes to go". It wasn't our best. Read More »

Leonard will play in Game 1 of conference finals Sunday, Pop says


After exercising franchise playoff demons against the Rockets in dramatic fashion, San Antonio recognizes the looming test. David Lee will face his old Warriors team, while David West faces the Spurs , his former team. Outside of that, Patty Mills and Danny Green could shoot the Spurs into a competitive series. Game one of the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals will be played at the Warriors' Oracle Arena on Sunday (Monday 5.30am AEST). Read More »

Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final


At one point, Anaheim took back-to-back puck-over-the-glass penalties. There's too much at stake. Nashville has won both playoff matchups against the Ducks , including a seven-game series in the 2016 postseason. It would have been easy for the Predators to start their series against the Blues like Anaheim did; lackadaisical and with little urgency. Carlyle would have preferred an extra day off, but Honda Center is booked for the Stars on Ice touring show Saturday night. Read More »

Aguero the main man for Guardiola as Manchester City shine

But City have suffered from an inconsistent campaign and struggled to keep up with the pace set by league winners Chelsea and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur. On an nearly flawless night for City, popular defender Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off in his last home match. But Guardiola feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can only protect him so far. Read More »

Trotz, Capitals expect desperate Penguins for Game 7


Burky's a great skater and a really good goal scorer, so he's finding whether it's through the line or whether it's just through him, he's creating space to get his shot off and I think we all know how good that is. The Capitals have come back from 3-1, but they're still the team with the best regular-season record. Now, the only question is whether they can keep it going right on into Game 7.? We need to play the same. Read More »

Pillar hits winning homer in 9th, Jays beat Mariners 3-2

Meanwhile, the Jays are 4-0 in their last four games, are 8-2 in their last 10 games against American League West competition, and are 4-1 in their last five games following a win. "We're going to see how the outing's going, if (Biagini's) labouring at all", manager John Gibbons said of what he's looking for from his converted reliever, Joe Biagini , on Friday. Read More »

Penguins' power play in spotlight heading into Game 2 against Senators

The rather pedestrian Penguins pairings that took the ice - Brian Dumoulin/Ron Hainsey, Olli Maatta/Justin Schultz and Ian Cole/Chad Ruhwedel - don't exactly strike fear in the opposition. Since the start of Round 2, the Penguins have scored just 3 goals in 27 powerplay attempts. And so, for the seventh time during the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs, the Ottawa Senators would be forced to settle matters in overtime. Read More »

Tottenham player ratings v Manchester United: Wanyama dominates the midfield

There will always be a White Hart Lane". Pochettino also expressed his gratitude to his players and staff as he reflects on the season. "Second position is fantastic for us". "We're young but we're getting more experience year in, year out". Arsenal's late surge had put Juergen Klopp's side under huge pressure but they responded in style and will definitely finish in the top-four if they beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day of the season next Sunday. Read More »

Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen


At least, that was how fans of the Nashville Predators had been looking at it after on-ice officials almost "cost" their team a win in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. "It's a tough break, tough play ... for sure, I want to have that back". "He's handled it great and he looks comfortable in there". Austin Watson scored his first career playoff goal in their win. Read More »