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LeBron James says Cavs being underdogs to Warriors 'doesn't matter'

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This sets the stage for the third part of the trilogy. LeBron's rivalry with Boston from his days in Cleveland carried over to his first postseason with the Heat. "There was just a complete feeling of invincibility in our locker room", said Mark Madsen, a rookie forward on the 2001 Lakers and now a Lakers assistant coach . Read More »

Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game One of NBA Finals

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They say the waiting is the hardest part and after another long, pretty much meaningless regular season and an bad playoffs, the NBA Finals are here. James, who was 27 points behind Jordan coming into the game, went ahead of Jordan in the third quarter with a three-pointer from the left wing and now sits at 5,994 points in his postseason career. Read More »

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League

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They had the opportunity to become legends and they have done it". And they have done it. The clash developed into a confrontation of styles; Huddersfield sat back uncharacteristically but attacked like a whirlwind when in possession, whereas Reading's relatively slow and methodical passing made them more akin to a steady breeze intent on eroding the opposition rather than blowing them away. Read More »

Brendan Rodgers: It's an honour to be named alongside Jock

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Football brings you the highest of highs and lowest of lows and the two dressing rooms at full time would have told you that. We just have to work well and in victory always have humility. "There was nothing in the game except we lacked a wee bit of legs and impetus to go forward and apply pressure". Bridging that gap remains the eternal challenge facing Aberdeen . Read More »

Mumbai beat Pune to win IPL

Mumbai's previous victories came in 2013 and 2015. If Bumrah, who headed to Ahmedabad from Hyderabad to spend a couple of nights at home before joining India's Champions Trophy squad in Mumbai on Wednesday, can continue in the same vein in England next week, it would boost India's chances of defending the coveted trophy. Read More »

Isaiah Thomas Addresses Hip Injury After Celtics' Playoff Elimination

NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James pregame on getting set to pass Michael Jordan and become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer: "It's just a personal goal of mine". After playing three halves against the Cavaliers , the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season. As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4 . Read More »

The Warriors will take on the Cavaliers again

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Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff Game Five, and comes with a seven-day free trial. "I think it is making us better". After a while you got a feeling that you were seeing something historic. The environment of Game 5 was a unusual swirl of the recent past and the longterm ahead. Irving has been excellent in this series, averaging 26.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting.627 from the field and.500 from 3-point range. Read More »

James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals

The defending National Basketball Association champions can wrap up their third straight conference title - and a "three-match" against the Warriors - with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston . 2. Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 19 points while Jae Crowder had 18 points and 8 rebounds. At one point in the third quarter, the Cavaliers got 14 straight points from Irving and turned a deficit into a seven-point advantage heading into the fourth. Read More »

Terps top Northwestern 9-5, force rematch for finals berth

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Top-seeded Nebraska was scheduled to play No. 4 seed Maryland later Friday. "Our guys toughed it out, and I am proud of them". Maryland's AJ Lee launched a three-run homer in the first inning after the Terrapins' second batter was walked and fourth batter singled to left field. Read More »

America's Cup qualifiers off to smashing start in Bermuda

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The penalty went against Land Rover BAR, who continued racing nursing the damaged boat around the course, with SoftBank Team Japan taking the win. Crewmen on SoftBank Team Japan had to leap clear of Ainslie's port hull as it smashed onto their starboard hull. Read More »

Vettel wins Monaco GP, Ricciardo third

Vettel's success was Ferrari's first in the principality since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher triumphed in 2001. "It doesn't guarantee anything for tomorrow". While Vettel and Raikkonen took 1-2 earlier in final practice, Hamilton was only fifth. The collision made for the safety auto on track. "We'd elected to try for the undercut on ( Valtteri) Bottas with Max and we were within a whisper of achieving that, which Valtteri covered". Read More »

The opening NBA Finals odds don't make sense

Cleveland finished with 51 victories, behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. Over his 14-year National Basketball Association career, LeBron James has already appeared in 212 playoff games . "But I do know that both teams are better than last year's teams ". Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1. Read More »

No lottery luck: Timberwolves get seventh pick in National Basketball Association draft

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Nothing doing. The 33rd NBA Draft Lottery went off pretty much as predicted with the team with the league's worst record, the Brooklyn Nets , winning the first pick. Los Angeles selected D'Angelo Russell (2015) and Brandon Ingram (2016) with those picks. When the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in 2012, they gave up a bevy of first-round picks for what they thought would be a pair of superstars. Read More »

Weather causes suspension of play at NCAA men's golf finals

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Head coach Scott Limbaugh was pleased with the effort from all five members of his team. "With a championship of this caliber, everyone is nervous and everything is hard". Scheffler said the key was maintaining a rhythm and sticking to his plan each round. You have to keep the negative emotions out of the equation, which is much easier said than done, and you have to know how to handle it when the adrenaline is pumping as well. Read More »

Vettel wins Monaco GP ahead of Ferrari teammate Raikkonen

Asked about the decision to pit, Raikkonen replied: "I was called in and that's about it". The 29-year-old Vettel , who is a four-time world champion, was able to grab the lead near the midway point of the race. "I'm happy, my one and only qualifying session this year and I'm ninth... and start 20th", Button joked afterwards. "I think the worst place was when we had lapped cars and got stuck behind them on quite a few laps, but apart from that the auto was behaving well". Read More »

Defending champion Penguins set to face Predators in unlikely Stanley Cup Final

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Last season, he missed those precious first few days of his son's life. But as Ron Hainsey can attest, having waited 907 games before playing in his first Cup final, it's not something you can take for granted. Either way, it's a mismatch. Sullivan was referring to Ottawa, where Erik Karlsson is the elite two-way defenseman on a team that plays a smothering style. Read More »

Warriors latest 'beast' to challenge James

If the Celtics had won, Bird and Johnson would both have four career National Basketball Association titles, and Bird would have beaten Magic in two out of three Finals meetings. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike". Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell. "So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys". Read More »

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/25/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cavs will have a week off after their 33-point drubbing of the Boston Celtics to end the Eastern Conference Finals, but that's nothing compared to the layoff that the Warriors will have. Their point differential is +16.3 in these playoffs, which is simply insane. That's roughly the same as having a roster full of First-Team All-NBA center Anthony Davis (.196 win shares per 48 minutes) playing against a team made up of Seth (not Steph) Curry clones (.109). Read More »

We are focusing on being ruthless, says Virat Kohli

But because you want to succeed everywhere you play, it motivates you even further to come back and do particularly well in those places where you haven't done well. After an incredible run of form in the past year, Kohli's form has slipped. England's 444 for three against Pakistan at Trent Bridge last summer exceeded by one run a record which had stood to Sri Lanka - against Holland - for a decade. Read More »

Kevin Love says it's amusing to consider Cavaliers underdogs

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may need a Herculean effort to upset the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals but the game's most prolific playoff scorer said he has beaten similar teams before. He led Cleveland with 35 points in the game. Jordan leads James in Most Valuable Player awards 5 to 4 and Jordan is 4th all-time in regular-season scoring with 32,292 points compared to James in 7th on 28,787. Read More »

LeBron James never believed he could get to Michael Jordan's level

While Cleveland toppled Golden State in seven games in last year's Finals , the fact the Cavs are 2-1 underdogs, per OddsShark , makes sense. "It should be the same for us", James said. Clearly, James is one of the best passers that the game has ever seen, and his numbers and the way he plays the game reflect that. "Right now we are going to enjoy this and we will think about the Warriors tomorrow". Read More »

Fabregas questions Chelsea axe: 'I was in great form'

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Asked whether the memory of a punishing loss might have a negative impact on Chelsea's Premier League defence, Conte was quick to point towards the paucity of the situation he inherited at Stamford Bridge less than a year ago. And their task became even harder when Victor Moses was correctly sent off by Taylor in the second half after receiving a second yellow card for diving. Read More »

Arsenal Beat Chelsea 2-1 to Win Record Seventh FA Cup

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that an announcement over his future as manager will be made by "Wednesday or Thursday" following his team's FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on Saturday. "For the trust from my team-mates and my manager because being sidelined for such a long time , I suffered a lot this season because you want to contribute on the pitch". Read More »

Thiem, Zverev aiming to upset old guard at French Open

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The last Rome Masters lost in the quarter-finals, but this year he was unbeaten in the Clay court . "I had a lot of success on clay, winning three events out of four that I played", Nadal said when asked about his fitness. "I love having Roger and Rafa back at the top of their games". Although Federer broke the hearts of millions by withdrawing from the dustiest Grand Slam on the planet for the second straight year in preparation for Wimbledon , the 35-year-old assured that he is ... Read More »

LeBron James' Post-Game Press Conference Filled With Selfies, Laughable Moments

The Warriors were three minutes away from going up 3-1 (famously) when he was called for a flagrant on LeBron. The 73-win team came within one game of missing a trip to the Finals . LeBron James , who scored 35 points on Thursday night in Game 5 as the Cavaliers finished off the Celtics , expressed his admiration for Thomas after the two stars embraced on the court. Read More »

LeBron Makes History As Cavaliers Return To Finals Again

James had overtaken Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer on a deep three-pointer late in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving can take over a game at any time, and Kevin Love is playing his best basketball since joining Cleveland . Read More »

Kevin Love Thinks It's 'Funny' Cavaliers Are Underdogs In 2017 NBA Finals

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Offensively, both teams have been off the charts, and on the defensive end both teams are holding the opposition to under 45 percent from the field. While the Cavaliers were able to turn the final few games of the NBA Finals a year ago into a slugfest, allowing James and Kyrie Irving to have the chance to outplay their opponents late in games, that option will be decidedly more hard with Durant in the mix. Read More »

NBA Finals set: It's Cleveland and Golden State... again

A lot. In Game 1 of the 2014/15 NBA Finals , the line was set at 203.5 and gradually declined to finish at 193.5. Perhaps you watched Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals . But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well. Thomas added that he doesn't know how long he played with a tear in his hip, but that he had hip issues prior to suffering the injury on March 15 in a game against Minnesota. Read More »

Celtics' Thomas says hip surgery not top option

The Red Wings won the rematch in an all home team seven-game series the following year. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2. The Finals don't start until June 1st. There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do. Read More »

Reading boss Jaap Stam: Promotion as big as Man Utd Treble

Finals are there to be won and we need to give it our best shot". "I have the feeling almost everybody, not only in this town, maybe in England, even in Europe, hopes that this fairy tale comes to a happy end". "It is the start of my career as a manager and for the club the ambition was to eventually go back into the Premier League". We've seen games where Reading have passed and passed and nothing has come of it, but you can't question the philosophy now after the season they've had. Read More »

Cavs have plenty of bite for Finals

But the Cavaliers and the Warriors have all the marbles on the line. Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was the most recent contributor to the conversation when he made the shocking comment that the Boston Celtics are "harder to defend" than the Warriors. Read More »

Celtics star Thomas unsure if he will need surgery

It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see. Halftime rolled around and Boston's lead was still at just 10 points. Cleveland can close out the series in Game 5 on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston . The Cavs set a playoff franchise record with 43 points in the first quarter and 75 points in the first half. Tyronn Lue was happy with winning in the Celtics building. Read More »

LeBron James Sets New NBA Scoring Record

Its no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favourites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry OBrien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June. It looked like the Celtics were on their way to tying up the series at 2-2 after silencing the Quicken Loans Arena crowd in Cleveland and with LeBron James in early foul trouble. Read More »

Antonio Conte Wants to Stay 'Many Years' at Chelsea

Chelsea eventually ended up losing the final 2-1, Aaron Ramsey netting the victor with 11 minutes left on the clock. Fabregas had been introduced in place of Nemanja Matic just after the hour mark, with the Spain global unhappy to have been given a watching brief beforehand. Read More »