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The 29-year-old is having the best post-season of his life, averaging 28.6 points on 50.2 per cent shooting from the field and 43.1 per cent from three-point range - all career bests. And best of all, they've been playing like they have something to prove. However, Jeff Van Gundy , who is a current ESPN/ABC commentator and former National Basketball Association head coach, can easily envision the current team making it to this stage of the playoffs many more times in the foreseeable ... Read More »

Appiah backs Juventus to win Uefa Champions League

The Brazilian right-back won three Champions League titles with Barcelona and when he signed for Juve past year, Buffon sent him a text message telling him to bring his expertise in the tournament with him. We're not favourites, and neither are Juventus . As football lovers anticipate to see Juventus take on Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final , some football legends have declared their support for goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon . Read More »

Kevin Durant denies staring down Rihanna in Warriors' Game 1 win

Going into game two we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end. Even though her favorite King James didn't take home a win that night, one thing is certain: Rihanna is the real MVP. Neither the Pacers, nor the Raptors nor the Celtics had a chance, though Boston at least put up a fight, winning a game. Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished the game with 28 point, 10 assists and six rebounds. Read More »

Zidane keeping mum on Bale ahead of final


They have a big chance to win this trophy, but it will be a very close game". They can beat their opposition by playing direct, playing short and quick incisive passing, counter-attacking, or patient possession based build-up. Everyone in the squad has grown, including me. Dybala has four goals in the Champions League this season and the freedom afforded to him in Allegri's tactical scheme has maximized his potential and proved he is one of the best young players in all of world football. Read More »

Sauter wins Truck Series race at Dover International track


Custer hopes to build off his seventh-place Charlotte finish from last weekend in Saturday's One Main Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway (1 p.m. Dover is a 1.0-mile, concrete oval that blends the speeds of a larger oval with the side-by-side racing of a short track , and when it comes to NASCAR DFS, I often think of Dover as another short track when assembling my lineups. Read More »

LeBron gives hope to the Cavaliers


Taking $4 million less next season and waiting to get his long-term extension - for instance, inking a two-year deal with a player option on the second year, delaying his five-year, $217 million supermax contract until 2019-20 - certainly would help. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Rain rescues Australia against New Zealand at Edgbaston

Kane Williamson (100 from 148) led New Zealand to a relatively low total of 291 all out, as the Australian bowlers dominated during the first innings. Australia came into this game as favourites, but New Zealand played like they were in charge from the start of the match . Further rain during the mid-innings break left Australia with a tough new target under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Read More »

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91


Kevin Durant completely changed the National Basketball Association landscape with his shocking move to the Golden State Warriors in 2016. But it just wasn't feeling right, just kind of a split decision. "We got to figure out how to combat that , which is going to be a tough challenge for us". " That's very apparent when you look at the film". When a team posts 31 assists with just four turnovers, it's impressive. Read More »

Todd Frazier cracked jokes about Chris Sale's return to Chicago


That meant Chris Sale for Boston , and he was looking to continue his spectacular 2017 season. A Leury Garcia RBI single and a two run single from Jose Abreu brought the Sox right back into the game. In the Red Sox's ideal world, he will return to the lineup, produce the way he did once upon a time with the San Francisco Giants and lock down a position that has been the team's biggest hole since 2012. Read More »

#CT2017: Australia-New Zealand Match Abandoned Due To Rain


These sides last met at the Champions Trophy nearly four years ago at the same ground in a match which was also washed out in the second innings. He's been very good when he's come in, but one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play, and the freedom, is backing that up with (consistent) selection. Read More »

'Born leader' Ronaldo will drive Real to Champions League glory: Zidane


Ronaldo will be Madrid's most unsafe weapon in today's Champions League final against Juventus and Zidane did not try to hide the fact. He is still regarded as one of the best , if not the best, foreign import in Italian football. In his 155 games for Real he scored 37 goals and got another 24 in 151 games for Juve. "You know what this club is and you know that everyone says we're favourites but there are no favourites in football". Read More »

CJ McCollum Thinks Klay Thompson Will Leave The Warriors


Any trials and tribulations you go through, you don't go through alone. "Guys who played heavy minutes get their rest, get their recovery, get in the gym, take care of your body, whatever you need to do", he said. "Yeah, I won't get into that ", Durant said, laughing. There's nothing that really needs to be said. "But if that game never comes and he continues to play the defence that he's been playing, we should be just fine". Read More »

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/4/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LeBron James , meanwhile, essentially cares less about the regular season, but he's in an unprecedented seventh straight NBA Finals overall and eighth career. The Cavs' will have essentially the same team that they had past year. "Defensively, it's tough to match what he does", he added. That is not a luxury the Cavs, who are powered by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving , can afford if they hope to upset the Warriors. Read More »

Rihanna: LeBron James 'is still the King' after Game 1 loss


The only thing that kept Cleveland in the game in the first half was the usually brilliant play from James and Irving and several missed layups by Golden State. Curry, sitting beside Durant, interjected, "Don't get into that trap, man". Tristan Thompson , whose rebounding is such a huge key for the Cavaliers , was scoreless with just four boards and when he wasn't being exposed defensively, J.R. Read More »

Rihanna heckles Kevin Durant during NBA Finals


In the end, Rihanna's beloved Cavaliers lost the game 113 to 91, and Durant ended up scoring 38 of those points. He found his perimeter stroke in the second half, as did Stephen Curry , who was a big factor in breaking open the game in the third quarter, when he scored 14 of his 28 points. Read More »

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs

After another 3-pointer later in the third, Curry turned from the basket and kicked his feet into the air, celebrating his ability to seemingly score at will against the struggling Cavaliers . Oh and while they're at it, maybe figure out what to do about Kevin Durant . James scored 28 points with 15 rebounds and 8 assists . Game 1 of the NBA Finals went to the Warriors in convincing fashion. Read More »

Pogba On Target As Man Utd End On A High


Mourinho used his final set of programme notes of the season to take a dig at Souness over the criticism, drawing attention to Souness' managerial record in the process. Didn't we deserve to be analysed in this context? The only way to achieve that now is by winning the Europa League , which has become a more attractive competition since 2015 when the rules changed to offer the victor an automatic spot in the group stage of the Champions League. Read More »

England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy

Woakes was already on his way to try to find out the extent of his injury while Morgan welcomed England's confidence-boosting win but found himself also discussing the likely absence of such a key bowler. During the 2015 World Cup, Mushfiqur had shared a 141-run stand with Mahmudullah - their previous highest stand outside Asia - against the same opposition at the Adelaide Oval. Read More »

Sri Lanka death toll after flooding, mudslides reaches 146


Sri Lanka has experienced scattered showers in many parts in the past 24 hours but flood waters are rapidly receding, officials said. Mass funerals took place across the affected areas. The Disaster Management Centre said 169 people had been confirmed dead, majority buried by landslides triggered by Friday's intense rains. Terrified villagers huddled in a nearby school, having left their homes for fear of more mudslides. Read More »

Vladimir Putin Suggests American Hackers Framed Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia , Friday, June 2, 2017 . The US blamed Mr Assad's government for the attack which killed at least 90 people, and launched almost 60 cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base in the central province of Homs, where it claims the attack originated. Read More »

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne struggling as Penguins take 2-0 lead


Guentzel collected a long rebound off Bryan Rust's shot and fired home to make it 2-1. After watching Game 2 , a phrase that my Dad who served in the Army for 20 years used to say popped into my head: SSDD (Same. In two games so far, he's scored three goals , two of them being game-winners and has increased his postseason goal lead to 12, three more than anyone else. Read More »

Alan Jackson to headline Nashville Predators Stanley Cup final party


The Grammy Award-winning singer and newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame said it's an exciting time for the hockey team and the city of Nashville . "Our focus is Game 3 and going home to a crowd that's going to be electric", Predators' captain Mike Fisher said. "The identity and the character of our team, how we're built, it's been pretty easy to watch because, I mean, these guys, every time they're on the ice, they throw everything they've got". Read More »

Centerville teen narrowly misses cut after 3 rounds at national spelling bee

Only 40 spellers moved on to Thursday's final rounds. In an interview before Wednesday's second round, Propper said she had no special routine or superstitions as she prepared for the national competition, broadcast live on ESPN. This was Rebekah's third trip to the National Spelling Bee. Following the exam, the students will compete in an all-day competition of onstage spelling. Read More »

Zidane: No added pressure as Madrid defend Champions League

Victorious coach Gerard Precheur hailed his "exceptional" Lyon side after the French club retained their women's Champions League trophy. But Ronaldo even has experience with that. "Many people think about my very long career. He can do many things, I can only save goals". Critics said it would unbalance the team, but Allegri believed Juventus needed an additional dimension when pitted against Europe's elite. Read More »

Juventus different to 2015; Allegri warns Real Madrid

Elsewhere Dani Carvajal will also be back at right back after 6 weeks out and although he is Madrid's right back, Zidane may be anxious at his lack of competitive action over the past two months. Real Madrid have been roundly praised this season for the depth of talent in their squad . But Buffon, 39, says it's not going to be a two-man show as he aims to become the oldest player in history to lift the Champions League trophy. Read More »

Juve must be "fiendish" to beat Real, says Allegri

Spain's Real Madrid, fresh off of winning La Liga, will meet Serie A champions and Coppa Italia victor Juventus on the pitch of Millennium Stadium. All eyes in the soccer world will soon turn towards Wales, as Real Madrid will meet Juventus in Cardiff for the wonderful finale to the 2016-17 Champions League . Read More »

Woakes out of Champions Trophy

However, Joe Root responded with a career-best unbeaten 133, sharing in successive century stands with Alex Hales (95) and Morgan (75 not out) as England coasted to the highest run chase in this tournament's history with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare. Read More »

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors flex its muscles Game 1

He's in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling. " That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level". In the third quarter they began treating the Cavaliers just like the teams they faced before them. They can shoot the ball from the perimeter. "They do everything exceptionally well, if not great, so never surprised by anything that they can do". Read More »

Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with side strain

The match will be played before a packed Birmingham house, but I am confident, if we play to our potential we will definitely go on to win the game, ” he said. Mustafizur Rahman: The young pacer is one of the best bowlers in the world cricket . Woakes insists his body "felt as good as it can be" following his successful spell in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders and adds that there were "no signs" of a potential side problem before Thursday's match against Bangladesh . Read More »

England beat Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener

Plunkett has already made a decent fist of the emergency assignment, his four for 59 in the hosts' emphatic opening win over Bangladesh taking his annual one-day global wickets tally to 24 in 10 matches . Earlier, riding on Tamim Iqbal's brilliant 128, Bangladesh posted a challenging 305/6. Tamim received excellent support from Mushfiqur Rahim (79) in a third-wicket partnership of 166. Read More »

Rihanna Responds To Warriors Fan After Game 1 Blowout Of Cavs


Despite that, the wine and gold will win back-to-back titles. But in Game 1 , only one storyline mattered: These 2017 Finals might turn out to be Durant's career-defining series, on his way to the first championship in his career. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle. And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles previous ... Read More »

Iqbal ton takes Bangladesh to 305

Picking a strong batting line-up - in response to falling 84 all out in their final warm-up against India - worked against Bangladesh , however, as their bowling lacked the creativity and guile to unsettle a powerful England side that cantered to victory. Read More »

Klizan in French Open handshake row ahead of Murray clash

A week before the French Open , Murray was affected by a viral illness. Murray won 11 out of 13 games to take a 2-1 lead before edging the tie-break in the fourth set to progress. Was hitting the ball better when I was defending. Murray will face Martin Klizan for a place in the last 32 after the Slovak prevailed in a tense five-setter against French wild card Laurent Lokoli . Read More »