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Mladenovic beats Shelby to reach 4th round

The second seed started well, although his opponent was playing with freedom and finding the lines. "He is showing his commitment [and] having him around always gives you more inspiration ". With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round casualty, familiar faces are relatively thin on the ground in Paris , and Muguruza's 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court. Read More »

DSN NBA Finals predictions

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The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory. "I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals", the ESPN/ABC broadcaster said in a conference call on Tuesday. And that, among all other reasons, gives me hope that we can do this again! Brown, who once coached James with the Cavaliers , has emphasised perseverance when dealing with James, ... Read More »

Game 1 produces historic NBA Finals ratings on ABC

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Past year the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, rallying from 3-1 down to take the title. His presence also forced James to work on the defensive end, sapping some needed energy he needs on offense if Cleveland is going to keep up with Golden State. Read More »

P.K. Subban says Predators will win Game 3 vs. Penguins

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Malkin added his ninth of the playoffs and second of the series just 15 seconds later and Rinne was skating to the bench in favor of backup Juuse Saros after stopping 21 of 25 shots. No one has finished better for the Penguins in the playoffs than Guentzel. Aberg, cutting in from the left wall, got past Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta , who fumbled the puck, and swept across just above the crease, patiently holding the puck and roofing it past Murray. Read More »

Warriors take early series lead as Steph Curry scores 28

But with Durant added to a mix that includes fellow All-Stars Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson , this year's Warriors proved to be too tough for James and Cleveland to handle in Game 1 . And despite the gruesome optics from last night, as sublime as the Warriors looked last night, all they did was hold serve. In Game 1 , she let her allegiance show , as she tirelessly heckled Durant from courtside seats. Read More »

Champions League final: Zidane names son, Enzo in Real Madrid squad

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Saturday's game is a repeat of the 1998 final in Amsterdam, won 1-0 by Real Madrid against a Juventus side featuring current Merengues coach Zinedine Zidane . The back-three of Andrea Barzagli , Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have been outstanding in the Champions League this season, and they will be expected to keep the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema from scoring. Read More »

England's Woakes injured out of rest of Champions Trophy

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 worldwide wickets tally to 24 in 10 matches . Tamim Iqbal took 124 balls to complete his fifth century after 2015 World Cup. Broad, one of England's best Test bowlers of modern times , featured in 50-over games against South Africa on February 12 and 14 but has been overlooked since. Read More »

Kevin Durant Destroyed the Idea That He Should Just Fit In

Zaza Pachulia , Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green held down the fort inside, allowing just 30 of Cleveland's 91 points in the paint and sparking 20 turnovers. And then escalated to Durant shooting everything short of daggers from his eyes in Rihanna's direction following a devastating three-pointer late in the game . Read More »

Vettel victory not orchestrated by Ferrari - Wolff

At yesterday's Monaco Grand Prix , Vettel managed to finish ahead of Raikkonen despite the latter claiming poll position in qualifying, partly due to Ferrari's pit stop strategy for the drivers. This will now be the focus of his attention when returning to the UK. "I did what I came to do today, didn't make any silly mistakes, didn't damage the auto, got those points and I'd like to think at the end of the season those points are going to be valuable". Read More »

Rihanna Allegedly Heckles Kevin Durant During NBA Finals

But the moral of the story? The Cleveland Cavaliers methodically planned for the Golden State Warriors' high-octane attack but after suffering a crushing loss in Game One of the NBA Finals LeBron James said simulating their offense is impossible. Read More »

Ballon d'Or in play as Cristiano Ronaldo bears down on Lionel Messi

However, the Frenchman's sole focus ahead of Saturday's final is winning the game. Juventus is going off at +100 to win its first Champions League trophy since 1996. "Two finals in three years is an important step but it is not enough", he said. Now it's about preventing a repeat of the 2015 final loss to Barcelona . Read More »

Lewis Hamilton 'can't afford another weekend' like Monaco

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Vettel increased his championship lead over Hamilton to 25 points - the equivalent of one race victory - with a third win of the season in Monaco after controversially jumping Raikkonen through the sole pit stops. "One more race like that and we will be much further behind - it is hard to get to within six points and in firing range, but bit by bit we will chip away at it". Read More »

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen questions Lions' tour schedule

Fitzpatrick said the documentary resonated with him not just as a former All Black, but as someone who spent most of his life in New Zealand . The team go into the ten-match tour as heavy underdogs. The world champions, however, have had a run of injuries to several players with captain Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino only expected to return from surgery after the Lions have arrived. Read More »

Will Kevin Durant really give up millions for Warriors plot?

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The Warriors then sign Kevin Durant - a brilliantly orchestrated and fortuitous no-brainer. Durant, benefitting from Curry drawing so much attention beyond the arc had several easy baskets. You have to go back even further for a Major League Baseball trilogy, and it all took place in New York City. The Warriors had four consecutive dunks in one stretch of the first, Kevin Durant finished the period with 10 points and five assists, and Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer at the buzzer of the ... Read More »

I Want To See Buffon Lift The Trophy - Luis Garcia

For me they are the team to beat. I have the feeling that we are going to play a great match and win. He has won twice already with Madrid, and once with Manchester United . He also netted a 93rd-minute goal in the European Super Cup final against Sevilla in 2016, again sending the game into extra time and eventually seeing Madrid win the title. Read More »

Rafa Demolishes Opponent At 2017 French Open

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He will next play compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut , who thumped Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-4 6-3. Novak Djokovic showed plenty of spirit as he defeated Diego Schwartzman in five sets at the French Open . That doesn't mean that the numbers don't worry me now", he said. "Generally, I felt better than the first round, so that's exactly what I wanted". Djokovic smashed his racket after an errant forehand before the man from Buenos Aires had strapping applied to his left wrist in a ... Read More »

Red Sox place Pedroia on DL, activate Sandoval

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Soreness and swelling is still present, though, and could force Pedroia to the disabled list if the Red Sox believe he will miss close to 10 days. If there is one constant weakness throughout the career of Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia , it has been the injury problems he seems to not be able to get away from. Read More »

Kevin Durant absolutely destroyed LeBron James' ankles in the NBA Finals

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His absence have not affected the team's performance, since the Warriors have won all 11 games without him, including Thursday's Game 1 of the Finals . Forget the juicy story lines, or avenging something that happened last June, that championship that got away. They were able to get out in transition and score easy baskets. Read More »

Rihanna Was the Star of Last Night's NBA Finals Game

We're going to hear about the Cavaliers' potential adjustments ad nauseam between now and Game 2, but it doesn't feel like there's any way that the Cavaliers can solve the essential workload advantage that Durant now has over James. The Cavs watched film and vowed to get back to basics and the solid fundamentals that carried them this far, especially on the defensive end. He started this season in Sacramento before getting waived in February and joining the Warriors for the stretch run. Read More »

Penguins stress need for fast start to pivotal Game Three

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They are another hockey business success story and just happen to be two games away from the first consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the NHL since Detroit went back-to-back in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Murray had the fifth-highest even-strength save percentage (.932) in his first full National Hockey League season - trailing only Anderson and the Vezina trophy finalists, Sergei Bobrovsky, Carey Price and Braden Holtby. Read More »

Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets

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Alan Jackson is joining the Nashville Predators' Seventh Man squad in his own unique way by hosting a free concert downtown for game three of the Stanley Cup Final . The tally marked the 22-year-old's fifth game-winner this postseason, the most ever by a rookie player, per Sportsnet Stats . Here's a weird stat for a weird Stanley Cup Final: In Game 2 , the Penguins won their sixth game of the postseason in which they were outshot by 10 or more . Read More »

This is Juve's moment - Zambrotta backs Buffon for European glory

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We should also see less than 2,5 goals , which is paid 8/13 and over 2,5 pay 29/20. "I'm enjoying it all", Zidane said. "[Those late goals] have been a reality in recent years", he said. Considering that, and his relative lack of pace, his scoring record was actually very respectable. He laughed off Juventus' suggestions that his players are going into the match under the pressure of being favourites. Read More »

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cleveland

That isn't the issue. The Cavs have to play better or we might never know. Durant was the difference-maker in all facets of Golden State's high powered attack. "They capitalized", James said. "We're just going to have to dig our feet in and be able to guard the basketball", guard Kyrie Irving said. To be fair, playing the Warriors is a slew of pick-your-poison decisions. Read More »

England fear Champions Trophy is over for Chris Woakes

Among batsmen, Karthik made a strong case for a middle-order slot with a stylish 94 off 77 balls. Qureshi, who will be in England for a tennis tournament after being knocked out of the French Open this week, hopes to get to the big game. Read More »

Cavs expected to have LeBron James guard Kevin Durant in the Finals

Their good news? The reasons they lost were pretty clear. "I have bad games, but it's just a matter of me just trying to be the best me I can be, go out there and work extremely hard on my game and try to showcase it". In the first half alone, the spindly forward attacked for six dunks and made six of his eight assists, relentlessly pushing the pace and applying pressure with his playmaking. Read More »

Position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals

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

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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

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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

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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 »