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Rising Pune Supergiant make their first IPL final


Pune have no ready replacement available for Stokes and will either go with Australian batsman Usman Khawaja who hasn't played yet or New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson. "We have a couple of options (to replace) Stokes", said Smith, who is also the Australia captain. But he also went and join up with the South Africa team. Read More »

Always Dreaming shows his pre-Derby edge

Royal Mo didn't get into the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby, so Shirreffs had pointed him toward the Preakness, which is Saturday. The colt was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for treatment. Gunnevera: Failed to contend in the Derby after good showings in prior stakes. "The Derby victor is going to be hard to beat, but we're just going to take our chance, and hopefully he gets a good trip and likes the surface at Pimlico". Read More »

Wanted Tottenham ace admits 'anything can happen in future'

West Ham United captain Mark Noble is to undergo surgery for a long-standing abdominal injury and will miss the last two Premier League games of the season, the club said yesterday. Join the Playing for 90 team! There's little question he can still hit the back of the net on a consistent basis, and he's in fantastic shape. And they nearly are good enough; they have a very well-rounded team but just lack that added bit of quality. Read More »

Celtics Win Draft Lottery for #1 Pick in the June Draft


The Celtics will then still have the Nets' unprotected first-round pick next season, giving them further potential trade ammunition or just the ability to add another young piece to go with Jaylen Brown, last year's No. Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks in the deal. After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick". Read More »

Preds Rally Past Ducks 2-1, Reclaim Series Lead

Filip Forsberg tied the game 3:54 into the third period for the Predators. Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring at 5:15 of the first period on Anaheim's first shot of the game. Especially not on home ice. Smashville will be out in force tomorrow night and will bring their full-throated fury to 501 Broadway to help this team maintain that advantage. Read More »

Kawhi Leonard expected to play Sunday against Warriors

I'd be extremely surprised if they win two games. "It's short rest, so I assume he's going to be ready". There's no Tony, no Kawhi as of right now. "It's just such a hard task at hand for this Spurs team. "It makes them less predictable", Golden State forward Draymond Green said. You know, it hurts. Watch him here: he stays as the ball goes baseline, in case he can help, backs out to play free safety as the ball passes the basket, checks to see where the pass may go, cuts off the angle ... Read More »

Spurs Return to Western Conference Finals

Rebounding has been a dominant theme for the Warriors ever since they learned San Antonio would be their finals opponent, and Curry picked up the beat in the final practice before Game 1 . Popovich was asked about Brown's Friday response when discussing the San Antonio coach's intimidation factor. D'Antoni, who helped Houston to a 14-game improvement in his first season, believes the Rockets might have been worn down by dealing with a team that lacks a clear weakness to exploit. Read More »

Number 1 seed Celtics land first draft pick in 2017 draft

Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating. Thomas, 28, finished third in the league in scoring this past season, averaging a whopping 28.9 points per game. Last night's NBA Draft Lottery indicates that the actual draft is only one month away. But while Fultz probably should be the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics shouldn't be the team taking him. Read More »

Arsenal players keen on Sanchez stay, says Koscielny

Alexis Sanchez says Arsenal's inability to mount a sustained challenge on the Premier League title is the cause for his frustrations. Asked about the number of fans who stayed away from the game, Wenger said: "We have to focus on our job, not looking at how many people are in the stands". Read More »

Harden, James top All-NBA team; George, Hayward shut out


In winning his second scoring title in three seasons, the 6-3 guard paced the National Basketball Association in games with at least 20 points (72), 30 points (44), 40 points (18) and 50 points (four). Why would Davis potentially sign a DPE while still under contract with the Pelicans rather than wait until his contract runs out and test free agency? Anthony Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in the past three seasons. Read More »

Kelly Olynyk saved the Celtics in Game 7 like no one expected


Cleveland lit up IN and Toronto from deep (NBA-best 43 percent through eight games), but expect the Cavs to struggle at times IN the series from downtown. The Second Big Three of Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen lost to Miami in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals. NOTES: Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who borrowed a Bill Belichick line pregame by telling his players to "do your job", on his team's mindset coming in. Read More »

Koscielny will require daily treatment on an Achilles injury


The Gunners had to win to keep their top four hopes alive and thanks to Sanchez's goals , they are now one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool going into the final day of the season. Swathes of empty red seats at a hushed Emirates Stadium illustrated the apathy of some Gunners fans, the subdued atmosphere compounded by Arsenal failing to make their early dominance count. Read More »

Will the Predators upset the Ducks in Game 1? NHL Predictions 5/12/17

Ducks: Defeated Flames 4-0; Defeated Oilers 4-3. The Predators made sure they were well-rested for their conference finals debut after 18 National Hockey League seasons. Converting on just one of those opportunities could have changed the outcome entirely. Neither team scored on power plays, but the Predators failed to score with a 5-on-3 power play. Read More »

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their distinct combination of smash and flash. "Whatever they did is fine, but it's on us". Anaheim had led 1-0 through 40 minutes but lost for the first time in the postseason when defending a lead in the third period. Read More »

Kane scores 4 as EPL runner-up Tottenham routs Leicester 6-1

To score four goals was very good for him. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said he has no concerns about holding on to Kane during the summer transfer window. Apart from an error from Hugo Lloris which allowed Ben Chilwell to score , Tottenham were always on top with Leicester now destined to finish mid-table. Read More »

Celtics' Thomas fined $25000 for comment to fan

What adjustments can the Wizards make? Unlike the Wizards , the Celtics fortunately showed up in-front of a wild T.D Garden crowd to take a 3-2 series lead. "He put his injuries aside and laced his shoes up and played", teammate Isaiah Thomas said of Bradley. "Hopefully, everybody else is treating it like that". Read More »

West Brom will not 'roll over' for Chelsea, says Brunt


Despite his side's total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players. Babayaro, who also enjoyed spells with Newcastle United and Anderlecht, went on to praise Conte for the wondrous job he has done during his first season at Chelsea . Read More »

Tottenham Will Not Compete With Richer Clubs Over Huge Wages

However, Pochettino later said the position would be "impossible" for him to take as a former Espanyol coach. We will decide at the end of the season with different players. "We're all disappointed that we couldn't do it in the end and win the league", Alli added. Our performance wasn't the best for different reasons. "That has to motivate us to hopefully be out there next year lifting the Premier League together". Read More »

Warriors Blow Out Spurs, Take 2-0 Series Lead

The Celtics kept changing up defenders guarding James, but he exposed them all and showed that there is no one in the league who can stop a determined James. At the halfway mark in the third, Curry raced up the court, and Spurs backup center Dewayne Dedmon lost his footing while backpedaling on defense. Read More »

Celtics blown out by Cavaliers in opening game

The Cavs front court starters dominated the Celtics, 90-32. He led a bench unit that had both James and Irving on the bench to start the second quarter and was able to actually extend the lead (by one, but still). The good news is that the Celtics have more talent that was not seen in that terrible first half. There were a number of times when Love simply drifted to the corner and waited for a pass that often didn't come, and he sometimes disappeared from games if he didn't get involved in ... Read More »

LeBron guides Cavaliers to another clean sweep

The Cavaliers opened a 14-point lead on Korver's 3-pointer late in the first half. He and his staff will take the methodical approach as they always have. James said. "Should be mad about the shoes you picked out today". "We're trying to be progressive thinkers, and not just continue to pound, pound, pound on something that hasn't worked". Read More »

Cavaliers win Game 1 in Boston


And the Game 1 moment between James and Olynyk was far from the end of the Celtics' defensive woes. When it was over, he'd piled up 38 points plus nine rebounds and seven assists. The first half finished with Cleveland holding a commanding 61-39 lead. Holding the rights to Brooklyn's first-round draft pick from the 2013 trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, they won the lottery and will take the top pick for the first time since 1950. Read More »

Ducks even Western finals with 3-2 overtime win against Predators


Subban. By the end of the game, it wasn't the Predators who ran out of gas, but rather the Ducks, who gave up two goals - not including the two that were disallowed - in the third period of a 2-1 loss. The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. Read More »

NBA Draft Lottery: 5 things we learned

And in 2018, who knows, it could very well be the No. 1 overall pick once again, depending on what the Nets are able to do this offseason. The Celtics should take Jackson if they are comfortable with his character. That gave Celtics fans a day to dream about next year's team, which could add a college star like Washington's Markelle Fultz; at least one fan showed up at Wednesday's game with Fultz's name written on his Celtics T-shirt in marker. Read More »

Kevin Durant on LaMarcus Aldridge's Controversial Closeout: 'Not on Purpose At All'


With teams preparing for another round of match-up games, the public is also quite excited to tune in for more updates from both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals. All 13 Warriors players scored in the game. For Golden State it was Stephen Curry leading the way with an easy 29 points, going 6-of-9 from 3-point range while adding seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Read More »

Freeman hurt; Braves ride big inning to win over Blue Jays


Chalk this particular over/under potentially as one such scenario, considering the two hurlers that are set to go at it in tonight's series opener between the Rays and Indians. In the eighth inning, with the Jays trailing 6-5, Travis was asked to lay down a bunt in an attempt to move pinch runner Darrell Ceciliani from second to third and Justin Smoak from first to second, with none out. Read More »

Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby


Churchill Downs officials say attendance for the Kentucky Derby is 158,070. As might be expected from two successful guys from the neighborhood, he and Viola reveled in Always Dreaming's win together. Pletcher added, "I think it's even more special than the first one". Yes it's engaging and engrossing and many a great story emerges from it - but the stage is a bit of a mess at times. Read More »

James scores 38 as Cavaliers roll over Celtics

Play it in a sold-out arena. The Cavs didn't even play that great! LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs showed no signs of rust last night despite a 10-day layoff between their Game 4 victory over the Raptors and last night's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. Read More »

Olynyk steals the show in Game 7, Celtics advance to East Finals

It wasn't easy at all, but Thomas' 29 points and 12 assists helped the Celtics hold off the Wizards , 115-105, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. We played them four times. Wall made only 1-of-8 three-point attempts and stumbled with three turnovers. They know better than any team how stingy life is with guarantees. Read More »