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Kyrie helps Cavs rebound against Celtics

The Celtics have already lived up to their preseason expectations, but they'll look to keep their season alive with a Game 5 win over the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night, earning the right to play a Game 6 on Saturday night in Cleveland . Read More »

LeBron James' LA home vandalized with racial slur

Imagine Kevin Durant as a skinny, timid teen being told to shoot by his middle school point guard who saw so much potential all those years ago. We're told the word was scrawled on the outer gate. In 1995, they lost Game 6 in Atlanta, 1-0, on a David Justice home run. When they score 102 or less, they're 1-9. While James' team was lacking in talent a decade ago, Cleveland will look to repeat as National Basketball Association champion - becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 series ... Read More »

Novak Djokovic reaches French Open third round

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Open runner-up past year, and Halep reached the final at Roland Garros in 2014. Djokovic led the unforced error count-a trend new coach Andre Agassi will hope to curtail-but not to the point where it inhibited his ability to advance. "I was more or less under control during the whole match, so I'm very happy winning in straight sets". Wilander shared his theory after commentating for Eurosport on fourth seed Nadal's 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory over Robin Haase . Read More »

Lions' schedule savaged by New Zealand's Hansen

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The team go into the ten-match tour as heavy underdogs. "Look, if they win the first Test they may win the series". Who better than the man who masterminded the 2-1 win over Australia in 2013, their first success for 16 years? Win or lose, that is the standard Warren Gatland's men must aim to uphold as the Lions begin another tilt at mission impossible. Read More »

Shorthanded Predators beat Ducks 3-1 for 3-2 series lead

Even the significant trade acquisitions - such as Nashville's P.K. Subban, James Neal , Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen , as well as Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg - were obtained in exchange for homegrown products. Johansen's absence Saturday night was alleviated, though, by timely depth scoring. It took until the 12:46 mark of the second period for either team to finally break through for a score. Read More »

Newcomers to Cavs-Warriors rivalry embrace Finals

Stephen Curry , Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were daunting enough with Harrison Barnes . Cavaliers in 2016 became the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and win the title, which was the first in franchise history. Read More »

Angelique Kerber makes history with first round loss at French Open

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I really don't know what I will do now, but for sure I will think about what is the best preparation for grass. Victory was a bonus for Petra Kvitova as the Czech left-hander made an emotional return to the limelight at the French Open on Sunday, breezing into the second round in her first competitive match since a burglar stuck a knife through her playing hand. Read More »

Police Are Investigating A Potential Hate Crime Against LeBron James

Brown has been coaching the Warriors since Game Three of the first-round play-off series at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship". For the seventh straight season, and fourth time with the Cavaliers , James has led a team to the NBA Finals . Read More »

Giants react to Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland brawl

Strickland struggled to get free the entire time. "I mean, it's not just the bombs". "I think you can see from the way their teammates reacted, that was him taking a shot on his own". "A guy's out there, [throwing] a lethal weapon". Mike Morse is about as big as they come and he was getting knocked around like a pinball. Trout has been put on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and surgery Wednesday will sideline him for six to eight weeks. Read More »

Isco, Bale may appear in Champions League final, says Zidane

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In a normal press conference there's 25 of you and today there's a lot more. Here we guide you through everything you need to know ahead of the showpiece match. "Whatever is best for the team is ultimately the most important". " I prefer Allegri's earlier work with Sassuolo; he's gone a bit mainstream with Juve ". Read More »

Irving and LeBron take charge, push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

The Boston Celtics are 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games as a double-digit underdog and 2-1 straight up in their last three instances as one. This game will mark the sixth time this season that Cleveland is a double-digit road favorite. Irving was crucial during last year's title run, and he'll have to be at his best once again to pull off another upset. Read More »

Warriors wary of LeBron threat

So: The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs, the Cavaliers 12-1. "It looks like the "rubber match" storyline is driving interest". So many questions are out there heading into the 2017 NBA Finals , and the best part is that NBA fans will learn all of the answers as the games unfold and history is made right in front of our eyes. Read More »

Predators fan who threw catfish on ice during Game 1 facing charges

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This game started out with Nashville controlling the play entirely. Their struggles were especially pronounced in the second when the Preds hogged the puck nearly without exception and spent shift after shift in the Pittsburgh zone. He was in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open, run by his Tiger Woods Foundation, but he did not come to the course at Riviera because of his back. Golf star and Predators fan Brandt Snedeker was expected to attend Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG ... Read More »

Mismatch? Please. Warriors-Cavs will be another seven-game thrill ride

We have a bigger goal in mind. It's not quite a courtside seat, but it's the next best thing, and you get to do it from the privacy of your own home . He won't have to win six rings or more MVP awards to validate his claim to the greatest-of-all-time thrown. "Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he's gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC", Green said. Read More »

Cavaliers, Warriors Aren't Dynasties Yet, Says Adam Silver Ahead of NBA Finals

However, no two franchises have met in three consecutive Finals until now. It appears increasingly unlikely that Steve Kerr will be on the Warriors' bench for the NBA Finals , which raises an important question: Could Kerr's chronic pain ultimately force him to retire from coaching? Cleveland went 12-1 in this year's playoffs after entering the post-season on a four-game losing streak to end the regular season. Read More »

Arsenal legend Wright concerned over potential Wenger exit

Leah's been looking back at his time with the team. Any Arsenal supporters hoping for a host of new signings this summer are likely to be disappointed, with Wenger saying after the final game of the Premier League season he only needed "one or two" additions. Read More »

Finally, the Golden State Warriors need Kevin Durant

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He was asked what it means. Cavs forward Love had said: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because at the end of the day we are defending our title". "Every year his game has gotten better". " Klay Thompson .is still guarding the other team's best perimeter guy and getting the job done on the defensive end", said former coach and player Jackson. Read More »

Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

He hasn't blasted Steven Adams' kiwis and hasn't been ticking people off, opponents and general fans alike, with a bunch of dirty acts. I rely on that, rather than showing my emotions about me being in The Finals. But not even Korver's shooting brilliance - he's shooting 41.5% from three - can compare with the variety of ways Kevin Durant can change a game. Two, I wasn't convinced that adding Kevin Durant to the Warriors' loaded mix would be as seamless as Golden State has made it look. Read More »

Why Warriors will win the championship

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 . On top of his versatility and defense that is so important to Golden State , he's shooting 47 percent from 3-point range in the postseason, tops on a team that has some of the best perimeter shooters in the world. Read More »

NBA superstar LeBron James' home vandalised with racial slur

The Warriors and Cavaliers should provide the kind of entertaining basketball . Later in the day, James , speaking at Oracle Arena the day before Game 1 of the NBA Finals , addressed the incident. That would justify all the talk about how the Warriors would've/should've won the title a year ago if not for this injury or that suspension.A Warriors' team bent on revenge stands in his way. Read More »

Predators Fan Charged For Throwing Catfish On Ice During Stanley Cup Finals

He made 38 saves in a whopping 41 shots in game six against the Ducks as the Preds' clinched the Western Conference title. But the defending champions found a way to win that game, as all great teams manage to do more often than not. And no catfish have been thrown on the ice so far. The price is just good enough to take a chance with the Predators. The Penguins at home are an awfully tough team to beat. Read More »

Five things to look out for in the NBA Finals

James had more rebounds and assists and steals, Durant more blocks. "But we're not satisfied". The Cavaliers hit 1,067 threes this season, which is the third-highest mark ever. Montreal Canadians, 1954-56). After all, it is Warriors versus Cavaliers. Golden State coach Steve Kerr has been sidelined by a bad back for almost all of the postseason, with Mike Brown taking over on an interim basis. Read More »

LeBron reacts to slur spray painted on LA home

In 2015, he led the Warriors to their first championship in 40 years. To use LeBron James' word, they are a juggernaut. "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title. With both his two best teammates out with injuries in 2015, James was forced to carry an especially heavy load in the finals . But he knows as well as anyone what James, averaging 32.5 points this postseason, can do. Read More »

Kawhi Leonard 'day to day,' questionable for Game 3

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The Golden State Warriors took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs, a thumping 136-100 the final score in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs came out of halftime looking more determined, but the Warriors were ready for them. The power forward was invisible in Game 2 , scoring just eight points on 11 shots. Read More »

Durant not feeling pressure of NBA Finals expectations

The Warriors have dealt with adversity - particularly Durant's knee injury and coach Steve Kerr's absence caused by his ongoing back problems. Thompson has been stellar on the defensive end even when his shot has been off and will likely be counted on at times to slow down Irving, who scored 98 points in the final three games a year ago, including the series-clinching 3-pointer. Read More »

Djokovic cruises into French Open third round

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The Serbian's opponent in the third round will be Argentine Diego Schwartzman . "It was a very hard match against a really tough opponent like Jo". "You think 'I'm doing this, what could I do better?', then get up and go and do better, put it into play. I came here to win the matches", said twice former Wimbledon champion Kvitova. Read More »

James' house vandalized on eve of Finals

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Korver gives James an additional shooter, which can be deadly off the bench, and can also make timely three-pointers, which he proved in the series against the Atlanta Hawks when he made 11 in four games. He seems to agree with that . The Cavaliers love the underdog role. While that may be possible for some, I find it virtually impossible to watch any sport I care about and not root for one team or the other. Read More »

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'

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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

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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 »