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Rubber Match: 2017 Finals vs. 2015 and 2016 Finals

Never has there been a team composed of four of the top 25 players in the National Basketball Association before these Warriors . The Warriors won the franchise's first title in 40 years in 2015 and then blew a 3-1 lead last year to put a sour ending on a record-breaking 73-win season. Read More »

Valverde signs contract to become Barcelona coach

Valverde, who played for Barca for nearly 30 years, stepped down as Athletic Bilbao boss two weeks back. "When a team like FC Barcelona calls you, you don't have to think about it too much". It was Barcelona's worst season under Luis Enrique, despite winning two titles, the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey. Asked about Messi, he said: "It's a unique experience to be able to coach Messi". Read More »

Le PSG s'offre un 3e titre d'affilée — Coupe de France

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Revivez en images la remise du trophée au PSG , samedi au Stade de France. L'attaquant Uruguayen du PSG aime les finales de Coupe de France . La dernière fois que les Parisiens ont été dominés dans cette épreuve, c'était en 16e de finale contre Montpellier , au Parc, en 2014 (1-2). Read More »

Woakes to miss remainder of Champions Trophy?

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal slammed his career's 9th ODI ton in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against England . Liam Plunkett (four for 59) was England's banker with the ball here, after Woakes left the field having bowled only two overs, but a longer-term replacement may well be required over the next two-and-a-half weeks. Read More »

What to watch for in NBA Finals

He is always surprising to those of us who met him when he was in high school, in the expansion of his game, the persistence of his hunger, the scope of his dominance, and the breadth, depth and eloquence of his social conscience. Brown does acknowledge the matchup against Cleveland is a little ironic. Unless you're talking about the new Twin Peaks, which I am totally all in on and can go DEEP on many theories. Read More »

Golden State, Cleveland Ready To Play For NBA Crown

Is it LeBron James , chasing down the ghost of Michael Jordan? And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles past year, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26). Read More »

Tottenham's Kane tops Premier League scoring charts

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Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates with Son Heung-Min after scoring the first goal against Leicester City . Only 26 players in Premier League history have reached 100 goals, with Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch the only four on that list still playing in England's top flight. Read More »

Venus Williams hints Serena is expecting a baby girl

Serena is a three-time champion at Roland Garros. Mattek-Sands, however, kept her cool, despite Kvitova's minibreak and watched as the Czech conceded defeat with her ninth double fault, leaving her to plan her return to Wimbledon . Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers' Deron Williams embraces first-ever trip to NBA Finals

There hasn't been a sweep in the finals since. Hopefully there will be no injuries or amusing business and we can just have the two best teams in the National Basketball Association go at each other to see who is the best. "(We'll) take 50 percent in four years in championships any day. The Warriors just have so many players that can hurt you when they touch the ball, when they play their big guns it is near-impossible to stop them. Read More »

Google celebrates commencement of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with an interactive doodle

India were joint-champions in the 2002 edition along with Sri Lanka . The most anticipated clash between India and Pakistan will take place on June 4. "But we know that we are also a better side; that we are a very improving side", he added. When is the second match of ICC Champions Trophy between New Zealand and Australia? When asked about the importance of the tournament Laxman differed from his former teammate's comment. Read More »

Memorial Tournament: Dustin Johnson struggles mightily at Muirfield Village

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In eight previous appearances, Day's best finish is tied for 27th. 17 and 18 to avert a total disaster. The Memorial began in 1976, the ideal date to commemorate legends of the game with a tournament that tries to imitate the pure standards of golf found at Augusta National and a golf course at Muirfield Village that is rarely anything but pure. Read More »

Bangladesh prepare to take on 'favourites' England in Champions Trophy opener

However, what Bangladesh showed with this batting innings is that they aren't in this Champions Trophy just to make up the numbers. That is bad news for Bairstow - a player who would walk in to most other ODI sides - but is indicative of a consistency of selection which Morgan believes has been key to England's improvement in limited overs cricket since the 2015 World Cup . Read More »

Durant not feeling pressure of NBA decider

Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif . That part honestly surprises me. Bench play is always important and the Cavs may be slightly deeper but it may not matter. Or will LeBron James , maybe the best player of all-time (at least the most athletic) pull it off? Tyron Lue and his staff earned a lot of credit for helping find the best matchups to help complete the comeback a year ago. Read More »

NBA Finals preview: Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers begin Round 3

With the 2017 Finals about to begin, BC's NBA Finals Preview will attempt to answer these questions. "So we'll see. It worked pretty well in Game 4 of last series ". There are other factors at play here as well. Since McGee has been struggling with a reputation for absent-mindedness for most of his career, this is next-level trolling, especially because it could have come from anyone ( even Felder). Read More »

Finals pick up where they left off

The Warriors are the first team to win their first 12 games of the postseason, sweeping all three rounds so far. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense. Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. Kyrie didn't shoot the ball particularly well through the first two rounds, but he caught fire against Boston - averaging 25.8 points, shooting.622 from the floor and 50 percent from long-range. Read More »

Cavs, Warriors NBA Finals ticket market strong despite repetitive matchup

Question is, which team has more at stake entering the 2017 NBA Finals? . For the first time in National Basketball Association history two teams will face each other in the Finals for the third year in a row. If the Warriors can accomplish the sweep, they will be looking to pull off a flawless 16-0 playoff record. National Basketball Association 2K17 has the Warriors losing tonight to even that out. Read More »

Cooler heads prevail: A different Mr. Met back at ballpark

Having dabbled in the mascot game myself, I know there's a handful of people who sport the costume throughout the season. "I was just bad tonight". Then he saw Bruce getting dressed across the clubhouse. Thanks to Chase Anderson, Milwaukee made out fine. Santana was stranded when pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar struck out. "I don't think Domingo scores there". Read More »

India Have Edge over Others in Champions Trophy 2017

Bangladesh had set England a target of 306, but the tournament's hosts never looked in trouble as Joe Root hit an unbeaten 133 to help his team to the win with 16 balls to spare. "You will see us playing to the best of our capabilities". Victory came at a price, though, for the bookies' title favourite. The left-arm quick did bowl during training on Wednesday, but not at full tilt. Read More »

Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener

Earlier, after being asked to bat first , opener Tamim Iqbal provided his side with a ideal start by scoring a blistering 128 runs off 142 balls which was studded with 12 boundaries and three sixes. The England batsman hit an unbeaten 133 as Eoin Morgan's side chased down 306 at The Oval with 16 balls to spare. For Bangladesh , Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman took one wicket each. Read More »

NBA Finals Preview: Series will impact legacies of LeBron, Durant

Without a question, MJ has the upper hand there with six titles to LeBron's three and a 100 percent record in championship series to King James' 3-of-7. Love broke out in a big way in the Eastern Conference finals after opening the playoffs with two quiet rounds, averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds against Boston. Read More »

5 talking points ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour

Two of the Super 18 teams, which a potential Lions second team could end up playing in the space of three days, on June 10 and 13, have not been beaten in the last 22 games. "We have got to play a Lions formula of rugby that tries to take away New Zealand's threats, etc". New Zealand are clearly wary of a coach with such an intimate knowledge of their psyche and system. Read More »

NBA Finals Preview: All The Best Things Come In Three's

With a chance to take a 2-0 series lead, the Cavs blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 2 . Their resume, 3-point shooting, mentality, players in the paint, and the big three, LeBron James , 32, Kyrie Irving , 25, and Kevin Love , 28. Read More »

Champions Trophy 2017: Roy Will Definitely Play, Says Morgan

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England's white ball side has gone from strength to strength with Stokes an integral part of the team. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Hales' opening partner Roy just can not get started. "It's a ball and bat and you just want to perform with those". Apart from the duo, Mohammed Shami , Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya also chipped in with a wicket each. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: England win the toss for Bangladesh opener

Roy has been out for single-figure scores in four of his last five one-day internationals and hasn t made a fifty in his last 11 innings in all cricket. The development of Ben Stokes into a top-class allrounder has been key, but this is a side well-served by all-rounders - Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett could also fit in this category - meaning they bat deep and have plentiful bowling options. Read More »

Knight Riders end defending champions Sunrisers' run in IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders stayed in contention for their third Indian Premier League title after beating defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets using the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-hit eliminator on Wednesday. Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Ishank Jaggi (28) put on 56 runs for the sixth wicket but an inspired Mumbai pace attack did not let the advantage slip away at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Read More »

Warburton to lead Lions in New Zealand tour opener

The starting XV includes five players from England, four from Wales and three each from Ireland and Scotland . "It trickled along for four years until I was invited along to a training camp in south Wales". "It would be a pointless exercise coming to New Zealand , the best team in the world , and trying to play them having played mediocre opposition", he said, with his only concern that they were "trying to fit six weeks' preparation into a couple of weeks". Read More »

Bad start but Conte livid with referee

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Arsenal did not buckle though and went back in front when Chelsea's defence went AWOL, allowing Ramsey the freedom of the box to head substitute Olivier Giroud's cut-back past Courtois. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte were unhappy with the first goal . I think the players must keep in mind our fantastic season and also this final . Read More »

Steve Kerr possible to return in Finals, sources say

If he can control the paint and create second chances for the Cavs offense while limiting Golden State on its possessions, the Cavaliers will have a chance to hang close in most games. And since then haven't lost; 12-0 through the playoffs. That's just too much firepower to overcome, though LeBron will bust a gut trying. "I know what I'm about, how I view myself, and my life and my style of play on the basketball court", Curry said. Read More »

Reds Loanee Ward Backstops Huddersfield Town to Premier League Promotion

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Of course you want to work at the highest level, I played there myself, but it doesn't mean that because we've achieved this this season I need to go away, I just need to see what [is] happening in the summer. "This is a very hard competition, and my thoughts are with the other three teams [in the play-offs] as well". "We stuck to it, we had some bad runs but we came back strong and got ourselves into the play-offs". Read More »

Sens and Pens a dud on the excitement meter

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Crosby scored on the power play - his second goal in as many games - while adding an assist. Sullivan went with the tried and true answer, saying he hadn't "even given any consideration to that at this point", meaning that it's unlikely we'll know the Game 4 starter until the Penguins practice Friday. Read More »

Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA Finals

That part honestly surprises me. They play to their competition, and we haven't really seen them challenged like this since last years Finals . "When you lose to a team, you want to see that team again", Green said . Defensively the Warriors have the edge . So yeah, this series a big deal. "It will be a massive upset if they're not there each and every year". Read More »