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Pittsburgh holds off Predators in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

The Predators had been dominating up until then, and the loss of an opening goal clearly rattled Nashville. Maybe that was why he was beaten by Guentzel's shot. The Penguins won the game 5-3. That is a team with Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin and Phil Kessel and others. Hockey has a long tradition of objects being thrown on the ice, usually in affection like when fans toss hats to mark hat tricks. Read More »

Mike Trout out for weeks; may need surgery

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The game started out innocently enough. While the thumb injury isn't on Trout's throwing hand, the torn ligament is on the bottom hand when he grips the bat. Such a season (50 home runs, 30 stolen bases) has never been done in Major League Baseball history, but Trout was setting himself up to be within firing range of it. Read More »

Lebron James surpasses Jordan as all-time playoff scoring leader

Thursday night, the Boston fans do in fact get another home game as the injury-riddled Celtics try to send the series back to Cleveland for Game 6. LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and another trip to the NBA Finals to meet the Golden State Warriors . Read More »

Pittsburgh coach's challenge is first in Stanley Cup Final

It all works out to a heartbreaking series opener for Nashville. Weird doesn't begin to describe it. This was one that the Predators, who outshot the Penguins 26-12, should have had. Surely, they would get a shot. "I think Jake's game has been really good", said Sullivan. In between, fans were treated to one of the most freaky stretches in recent memory, with the Penguins - as skilled an offensive team as there is in the National Hockey League - unable to register a shot on goal ... Read More »

Shot-shy Penguins claim Stanley Cup opener

Pittsburgh scored its five goals on just 12 shots, the lowest total ever by a winning team in a Stanley Cup Final game. If I'm in that Nashville locker room right now, I'm thinking about exactly what it will take to beat Pittsburgh as the Predators outplayed, outshot and outhit Pittsburgh but still couldn't muster a win. Read More »

Wenger gets two-year extension at Arsenal

Arsenal's board met on Tuesday to discuss their out-of-contract manager but the club would not confirm reports he had agreed a prolonged stay. Owner Stan Kroenke said earlier in the season he remained "very high on Arsene". Thus ended Chelsea's hopes of securing a double this season, while Arsenal got a trophy to dress up what has been an otherwise dismal season by the club's standards. Read More »

India beat New Zealand by 45 runs in warm-up tie

Travis Head will get the nod with his ability to bowl tidy off-spin a large bonus, and you would think Chris Lynn will be selected due to his potential to change a game. Having won their first ever ODI match against New Zealand only earlier this month, the Men in Green, with considerable pressure of expectations, will be well-served if they manage to beat India tomorrow. Read More »

Kerr to miss NBA Finals opener

The Warriors have home court advantage and are heavy favourites - James called them a "juggernaut" - when the best-of-seven finals begin Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game , choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip. Read More »

James' Cavs underdogs for National Basketball Association finals

They defeated the Warriors last season after losing their first two appearances (2007 and '15 NBA Finals ). However, the Cavaliers did win Game 2 at Oracle Arena two years ago without point guard Kyrie Irving , who suffered a season-ending knee injury toward the end of Game 1 . Read More »

Warriors do not need to be perfect to beat Cavs say pundits

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals . Game 1 of the series is set to begin Thursday, however, both the Cavs and Warriors have been idle for days. Curry's best win: Game five, at home: 37 points (win). Read More »

Real Madrid is the club of my life, says Zinedine Zidane

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The debate over whether Bale or Isco should start against Juventus has been rumbling on in Spain since the conclusion of La Liga , with the majority of the Spanish press favouring the midfielder over the Wales global. "I haven't played in six or seven weeks". We're more conscious of our own strength [than in previous years], and that makes me calm ahead of the final. Read More »

Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

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And then he apologized. Pittsburgh Penguins win a wild game 1 over the Nashville Predators . "I talked to them for 20 minutes, and they had no idea I had the fish on", he said. "Just trying to use the D as a screen", Guentzel said. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead on eight shots in the first period , the Pens flatlined for an astonishingly long stretch and allowed the Predators to climb back and tie the game. Read More »

Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

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Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 29 points, and Kevin Love added 28 points and 10 rebounds. Irving scared Cleveland fans when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot and rolled his ankle late in the third quarter. As the Cleveland Cavaliers gear up for Game 4 in their conference finals against the Boston Celtics , there is a different atmosphere. " A game like that just happens ", Lue said. Read More »

Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

He has a pretty good resume as it is - a Finals MVP, two Defensive Player of the Year awards, and a top-three MVP finish this season. Kerr, 51, traveled with the Warriors for the final two games of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio. Read More »

Warriors do not need to be ideal to beat Cavs say pundits

Game one of the Finals will take place at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday. The Warriors are 5-13 favorites at Vegas' Westgate Sports Book. "I think you adapt to the culture", James said, as he discussed the way Golden State uses Durant - by moving him more without the ball. Read More »

Kerr to miss NBA Cavs-Warriors Finals opener

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The Warriors are strong favorites, according to Las Vegas bookmakers. LeBron James said closeouts are by far the most challenging games of a postseason series. "You've got to take it as that". He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009. Read More »

Cavs' Kevin Love: 'I Don't Feel Like We're Underdogs'

This is the end of the trilogy, nearly always the worst movie of the sequence2. He's one of the innovators of small ball, a coach who seemed more comfortable with a point forward than a power forward, so it wouldn't have been surprising if he leaned Durant. Read More »

Steve Kerr never seen Draymond Green in 'better place emotionally'

The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history. Those faves have edged their finals foes by an average score of 97-88.8 in that 26-year stretch, covering by 1.95 points per game . "Last year, we took a ton of money on the Cavs in the finals , but the way it looks now, 70 percent of the money is coming in on the Warriors, even at [worse than] 1-2 odds", said Kevin Bradley, Bovada's sports book manager. Read More »

Steve Kerr Warriors coach to miss NBA Finals opener

It felt like the best possible series . Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the post-season 12-0. -Kevin Durant . At some point, the TV debating duo of Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are bound to take sides on whether the first-year Warrior should opt out of his contract and return to Oklahoma City next season or unpack his bags and settle in. Read More »

Steve Kerr not healthy enough to coach Golden State Warriors on Thursday

Now, for the third straight year, the two compete for the Larry O'Brien trophy. There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch. Read More »

LeBron James Break MJ's Playoff Scoring Record

But even if Thompson remains cold from the perimeter, the Cavaliers aren't going to ignore the league's best shooter not named Curry - which will, in turn, open up more space for Curry and Durant to operate. We really do rally around each other in that sense". Let's get back to those numbers. One of Durant's star teammates, Stephen Curry , called it "disrespectful" to criticize the Finals matchup and the overall talent in the National Basketball Association. Read More »

Cavaliers win Game 4, take 3-1 series lead

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But it was Irving who carried Cleveland while his teammates were slow to catch up. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Cleveland is the heavy favorite on the road, as the Cavs are getting odds of -10 points against the Celtics . Bradley talked about the defeat in the postgame interview and stated, " This leaves a certain taste in our mouths, to get here and to not get to the championship ." . Read More »

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

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Sixteen. And they will play four teams in three cities, while spending much of that time outside in the heat at Arlington and Kansas City, Mo. And it likely won't unless the Warriors are able to dethrone the reigning champs. The Warriors have gone 12-0 this postseason. "You know, it's a little trickier, since this has been going on". But the Warriors still have a ton of depth to call upon if Thompson does continue to struggle. Read More »

Morgan's century sets up England's victory

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And when Proteas skipper AB de Villiers was caught in the deep for 45 off Moeen Ali, there was no way back as England cruised home by? runs. If they do so, it would be England's first major global title in the 50-over game. Ben Stokes faces further assessment on his knee after being injured in the opening one-day global against South Africa on Wednesday. The two sides will meet again on Saturday at the Rose Bowl before the final ODI at Lord's on Monday. Read More »

Andy Murray overcomes wobble to beat Andrey Kuznetsov

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After a set to get his bearings followed by a set he would rather forget, he put his foot down and raced towards the next round. The Birmingham player is confident he is in good shape for the grass court season, though, and hopes he will benefit from his clay travails. Read More »

United players dedicate Europa League win to Manchester victims

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But after the Europa League final the Portuguese star released a shedload of emotions. This is just football but what happened the other day was disgusting. "But I don't care about football for now", he said. Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding he was happy to call time on a season that was perhaps his most hard as a manager. Read More »

Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game 1 of NBA Finals

Just how good are the Cavs and Warriors? "King" James said both teams had improved from 2016, but he felt "very good" about the Cavaliers' chances. This series is a rubber match between the Cavs and Dubs as they have split the previous two Finals matchups. Since Green can stretch out to make the long ball, most coaches would decide to put Love on the court instead of a Channing Frye or Tristan Thompson. Read More »

LeBron scores 34, Irving 42 in Cavs Game 4 win

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Consider the 2016-17 Boston Celtics , whose season ended on Thursday with a 135-102 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. By the way LeBron James has dominated the playoffs while playing the best basketball he has ever played it was assumed this conference finals series would be short. Read More »

Steve Kerr says he's not planning to coach Game 1 of Finals

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Bowman recalled with a grin. Shortening up the rotations, given Golden State's star power, can present plenty of problems for the Cavs . In a league where seemingly every team is trying to go small as often as possible, there is no configuration any team can put together that's more risky than the "Hamptons Five", as the Warriors quintet was dubbed after a recruiting meeting in the Hamptons where Durant was convinced to join them as a free agent last July. Read More »

Sunday's Best: Even ugly wins count toward the Cup

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Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Matt Murray , center, lunges toward the puck as Nashville Predators' Vernon Fiddler, left, and Cody McLeod contend during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday , May. Read More »

James passes Jordan as Cavaliers advance to finals

Brown also noted how much James has improved his shooting, saying you can't just go underneath pick-and-rolls on him anymore. James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cavaliers routed the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title. Read More »