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Warburton to captain British and Irish Lions against NZ

It will take time to develop. Only once has a Kiwi side come out on the wrong side of the result. Indeed, only three teams have beaten New Zealand in a home game out of their last 73. "I'll be just a fascinated spectator because I think it's two heavyweight teams going head to head and I think the Lions are probably in one of their best positions for a long time". Read More »

The top 10 players with the most consecutive NBA Finals appearances

To help set the table, I joined BangTheBook Radio to do a deep dive into the odds for the NBA Finals and some of the matchups to watch as the Finals get going. Considering Curry won a second consecutive regular season MVP award in 2015-16, this Finals was tough to stomach. He's one of the most unsafe guys we have in the world already. Read More »

Kyrie Irving vs. Stephen Curry

These two teams are both so closely matched that making Cleveland +200 seems like a bit too much. That includes the 2012 Finals when the two squared off and LeBron got the best of Durant in five games. Barnes drove to the rim 1.5 times per game during the 2016 National Basketball Association playoffs, where he scored just 1.08 points per possession. Read More »

Warriors without Kerr for NBA Finals opener

This year provides the most exciting matchup yet as Durant and James go head to head. Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Read More »

Stopping LeBron James the focal point for Golden State Warriors

I've made my share of bad picks over the years , too, but thankfully I'm no Stephen A. Smith ( who has somehow managed to go 0-for-6 picking the victor of the past six NBA Finals). The Cavaliers ripped their Eastern Conference rivals apart, but Golden State Warriors is a much stronger beast. Cleveland's Kevin Love ranks second after a 34-point first quarter against Portland on Nov 23, 2016. Read More »

Wenger admits he 'should have sorted deal out earlier'


FA Cup Match victor, Aaron Ramsey , has called on Arsene Wenger to extend his Arsenal reign after his goal ensured Wenger went into the FA Cup record books. But the season has ended with a run of six victories in May after Wenger adopted the three-man defense that has served Conte so well, until now. Writing in his column in The Sun, Wright said: "I've got a nasty feeling Arsene Wenger will walk away from the Arsenal job today, leaving the club totally in the lurch". Read More »

Fan facing charges after throwing catfish during Stanley Cup Game 1


They're not that hard of skates when you only have a handful of guys out there". During the slump his confidence "might waver a little bit but if you're getting the chances you can take positives out of that", he said. Somehow, there have been stranger games played in the Stanley Cup final - somewhere, sometime, only no one could remember when or why or anything to compare it to. Read More »

The Cavaliers stink without LeBron James, except in Game 4

Cleveland Cavaliers , fuelled by another milestone night for LeBron James , powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics here on Thursday. He shot 13-for-18 from the field and put to rest any concerns about his level of play - or a stomach bug - with another championship in sight. But if they come out and dominate early in Game 5 like they did in Games 1 and 2, it should be smooth sailing from there. Read More »

Pune rise above Kings XI into IPL finals


Two-time winners Mumbai Indians wrested back the initiative after a nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Saturday after back-to-back losses . Dan Christian and Jaydev Unadkat both picked up two wickets and leg-spinner Adam Zampa also claimed a couple, both in the 16th over to put Kings XI out of their misery. Read More »

LeBron James entering the NBA Finals as the underdog … again


However, no two franchises have met in three consecutive Finals until now. The Cavaliers were the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit en route to winning the NBA Championship. This time they had to play five games before eliminating the Boston Celtics at 4-1. But this also may be the best all-around version of James , who is averaging 32.5 points on almost 57 percent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Read More »

Blunder sinks Ainslie at America's Cup, Kiwis roll on

Racing is due to take place between 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday. "To compete this year, Ainslie had to scare up the princely sum of £90m to get his challenge off the ground and the chief executive of his team is Martin Whitmarsh, the former team principal of the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team". Read More »

Cavs Enter The 2017 NBA Finals As Underdogs

For the first time the same two teams are meeting in the NBA Finals for a third straight season. Durant replied: "I was the second-best player in high school". He works better with James and has a more respectable demeanor. The 33-year-old forward has been, for years, one of the best options in the National Basketball Association to defend James. Read More »

Cavaliers Aim To Closeout Series In Boston

James recovered from an 11-point, four-of-13 shooting night he endured in Cleveland's stunning Game Three loss. Aside from James' fouls, the first half was downright disastrous for the Cavs as they committed nine turnovers, leading to 13 points for the Celtics and were controlled on the glass 19-17. Read More »

Angelique Kerber Historically Gets Knocked Out Of Roland Garros


With Serena Williams being out for the year with her pregnancy, Kerber was supposed to take the mantle up, but she has only won one tournament all year. But that was about it. Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her first round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in Paris May 28, 2017 . Read More »

Dynasty? Neither Warriors or Cavaliers are…

Cleveland Cavaliers . Kerr has yet to decide whether he'll coach in the NBA Finals against Cleveland , but he hopes to know his status for the series by Game 1 on Thursday at Oracle Arena. There will be an exciting clash of point guards between Curry and Kyrie Irving , two of the game's craftiest ballhandlers. Despite it all, the Warriors have cruised without him. Read More »

Sergio Ramos praises Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon


It's a special final. "I value highly the fact that he took over when the team had a lot of problems". The team that makes fewer errors will probably win. We've already discussed what Juventus will have to do to have a chance of winning against Real Madrid this Saturday night in Cardiff . "With the 4-3-3 you can play more from the sides, with two players on the wings in the front", midfielder Toni Kroos said . Read More »

Here's a closer look at the matchup between Warriors, Cavaliers


Not that anyone expected any different. Durant took his former Oklahoma City Thunder team to the NBA Finals in 2012, where they fell in five games to a Miami Heat squad that featured current Cavaliers forward LeBron James . "They are the champs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. With three-times National Basketball Association champion James in the best playoff form of his career and the Warriors on a revenge path, even the most casual fans may find it hard to turn away when the ... Read More »

Who is Arsene Wenger?


Former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson warned Arsenal and Wenger they may struggle to attract top signings having failed to reach the Champions League. Aspirations lowered at the Emirates. "I am grateful to have the support of the board and (majority owner) Stan (Kroenke ) in doing everything we can to win more trophies". Read More »

Cops: Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

Durant has a much better team and has become a much more complete player now in his first season with the Warriors . During that time , the average Warriors' home game ticket price was $497 (not including the Finals ), compared to $632 and $524 for the 2016 and 2015 playoffs, respectively, according to TicketIQ . Read More »

Warriors vs. Cavs: Full 2017 NBA Finals Preview & Prediction

James looks up to Jordan's achievements, saying last summer he was chasing Jordan's But, even James dismissed comparisons between him and Jordan, saying they were "great for barbershops" but don't influence his play. The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are embracing their darkhorse status heading into the NBA Finals . The Warriors were heavy favorites after setting a record with 73 regular-season wins, and no one expected the Cavs to come back when they fell into a 3-1 series hole. Read More »

Bryce Harper suspended four games for base brawl with Hunter Strickland


Why? He probably figured, "This is the Washington Nationals ". But here is why I think this is such a problem for the San Francisco Giants - Strickland is becoming a team problem. Tempers are going to flare. Both players were ejected. Both players planned to appeal. The lead-off hitter was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first by the opposing pitcher. Read More »

Denver Post Parts Ways With Writer After Racially Charged Indy 500 Tweet


The race was won by Japan's Takuma Sato . "We had the right guy doing it, for sure", said Andretti, who had six entrants in the race. "But this time I ended up still pointing in the right direction and still leading". Sato called it unfortunate that a writer had lost his job but said he appreciates the support he's received from those who thought Frei's comments were inappropriate. Read More »

Scottie Pippen: Steph Curry 'isn't the best player on his team'

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr checks his phone as he watches players during practice at the Warriors headquarters in Oakland , Calif., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Golden State-Cleveland is the best rivalry we've seen since Los Angeles and Boston. But where Oakland really won out was nabbing the top spot among "Best Performing NBA Teams" (Not sure why that was a criteria). Read More »

What do Pens and Preds have in store for Game 2?

I think it just came down to big plays at big times. It was going to be a frustrating and deflating game for the Penguins and their fans. Nashville became the first team since the National Hockey League began tracking the stat in 1957 to hold a team without a shot for an entire period during the Stanley Cup Final . Read More »

England expect to end drought in Champions Trophy


But if you want to look back at the road that Bangladesh have travelled over the last two years, during which the New Zealand victory is the latest of many firsts they have achieved, you can dream of something big. When asked about the same, Karthik said, "When it comes to India-Pakistan match , its all about who can handle the pressure better". Add Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja's all-round abilities to that and we have ourselves a squad , more than capable of defending the trophy. Read More »

Fan charged with crime after throwing catfish on ice during Stanley Cup

The obvious keys for the Penguins is getting shots on the net because the Pens won't win with a dozen shots again and avoid the penalty box. "I mean, I think we create chances", said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby . I would rather be in their shoes. Despite their underwhelming performance in Game 1 the Penguins continue to gain momentum on the odds to win the Stanley Cup , improving to -250 after opening the series at -155. Read More »

Conte defends Victor Moses over FA Cup red card

Battered by criticism from furious Arsenal fans who have called for his resignation throughout a troubled season, Wenger was finally able to celebrate as he won the FA Cup for a record seventh time . "I invite you to live with me one day and one thing you can not question is my commitment". However, it's definitely not going to go down well with some Arsenal fans who will undoubtedly interpret this as an unnecessary sideswipe at them. Read More »

Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals

Now-after dropping last year's NBA Finals in seven games-the team is even more loaded thanks to the addition of forward Kevin Durant . Brown is set to go up against LeBron James and a Cleveland team he coached in two separate stints. Read More »

Doubts about Bale's fitness ahead of Champions League final


Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has suggested his team's tactics for Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus will be determined by whether Isco or Gareth Bale starts. I've already won twice" - Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos speaks to Bild: "It would be my third Champions, it would be great to win, but I cannot make promises. Read More »

No. 1 seed Kerber dumped out of French Open in first round

Kvitova, a French Open semi-finalist in 2012, will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina in the next round. This is published unedited from the ANI feed . It was a comfortable start for the Czech number two as she served out wide with a forehand victor. "I did not know anything about him, so was trying to look around a little bit on the Internet", Karlovic said. Read More »

England confident of ending Champions Trophy drought

India and Australia - ranked Nos. Giving reasons for his shift Bashir in a recent interview said that now there is no competition left between arch rival India and Pakistan as India has now become a far more superior team of the two. Read More »

Ottawa Senators Force Game 7 But Face New Obstacle

Game 5 we all know the Penguins thrashed the Sens by a score of 7-0, but Ottawa came back strong in with a 2-1 win in Game 6 notching another Under. The Pittsburgh Penguins had to kill off a 5 on 3 for almost a minute and a half and couldn't do it with the Senators tying the game. I think it's a great opportunity, just like (Tuesday) was, and I think the players have really stuck to the identity of when we have success . Read More »