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Pacers, Bulls clinch final playoff spots in Eastern Conference

The Bulls will take the court against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center, and their path to clinching a playoff spot is pretty simple: beat a shorthanded Nets team that will be resting several of its key players, and they're in. 28 of 30 National Basketball Association teams are scheduled to play then. "I know they addressed it at the owner's meetings, " Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. Read More »

Celtics' Thomas grieves for sister

I was hoping to see the best we've had to offer. But we are in this position and we've earned it. The Celtics opened the game with a 14-4 run, only for the Bulls to counter with six straight. Coming back is a bit easier now that there is one more game required to advance, but two games on the road will be hard to win in order to retake home court. Read More »

DeShields RBI single in 13th gives Texas 1-0 win over Royals


We have become accustomed to seeing the powerful bat of Joey Gallo , but this home run he hit Friday night was absolutely ridiculous. "He probably thought he could get lucky or something", DeShields said. The Rangers also won 1-0 in the other two games at the ballpark that went to extra inning scoreless. Lorenzo Cain leads the Royals with 18 hits and three RBI while Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas have combined for 32 hits and 15 RBI. Read More »

Shorthand Goals are Downfall of Sharks, Oilers Tie Series

San Jose tied the game just more than five minutes into the third period when Martin jumped on a rebound off Tomas Hertl's wraparound shot and put the puck in. The Sharks are a deep, experienced team with a heavy lineup. They had beaten the Sharks twice in the final week. "I think we got back to the style of game we want to play". Read More »

Rangers aim to locate missing offense vs. Canadiens

He scored a massive goal early in the second period to put the Rangers up 2-1, and if not for the crossbar, would have buried another in the third period. New York's offensive playmakers have been very disappointing in the playoffs . Brandon Saad scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal and Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 28 shots. Read More »

Lynn's IPL under cloud after shoulder injury

Kolkata Knight Riders got a big boost ahead of their first home game in IPL 2017 with India's pace spearhead Umesh Yadav joining the squad on Tuesday (April 11). Two mis-fields (one leading to a boundary and the other a drop catch off a Pandya shot) gave MI the upper hand, as they raced to victory with one ball remaining. Read More »

F1 Chinese GP: Ferrari got even quicker in China - Hamilton

Hamilton's engineer said over team radio after the triple world champion took the chequered flag in China for the third time in the last four years. "I think we could have, should have had a better result - but this is what we got today", Raikkonen replied when asked if such an approach compromised his race. Read More »

Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead


Officially, it will go down as the third-largest comeback in playoff history. "We slowed the game down, and that gives a team momentum", George said. Now they've got to win or go home. "LeBron was the guy who kept us rolling and his performance was incredible". It was the entire Pacers season summed up in one game. Read More »

Cassidy: Bruins Need More Out Of Marchand, Top Players

The Bruins meanwhile likely see this one as a must win game as they can ill afford to go back to Ottawa down 3-1 and for all of the hype surrounding this team coming into the series they haven't been able to capitalize on their opportunities in the offensive zone. Read More »

Thunder's Russell Westbrook, Pacers' Paul George named NBA Players of the Week

Westbrook now stands alone in the record books as he went insane in the Mile High City racking up 50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and an MVP-securing game-winner that will be talked about for ages. Westbrook received a standing ovation from the opposing crowd amid cheers of 'MVP'. The Oklahoman reported that forward Doug McDermott will miss the Tuesday game with left knee soreness after he was sent back to Oklahoma City for an exam. Read More »

Jazz need a big Favors vs. Clippers' duo of Jordan and Blake


Heading into Game 2 , the Clippers coaching staff harped on the need to push the ball aggressively and not allow the Utah defense to get set. Paul rattled off 10 straight Los Angeles points, drawing the Clippers to 90-89 on a 3-pointer. At one point, Paul's mouthpiece went flying and landed on the opposite side of the court. But Paul scored then found Griffin open on the corner triple as the Clippers responded well to every Jazz run. Read More »

Boston Celtics Need Extreme Wakeup Call After Game 2 Loss to Bulls

Granted, the grief All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is going through following the death of his sister has had an impact on the team, but following down 0-2 to the No. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that. "There's just stuff that we can clean up", Amir Johnson , center for the Celtics, tell ESPN . Read More »

Harden scores 35 in Rockets' win over Thunder

Despite the astonishing stat line, it's a one-dimensional offence that the Rockets can contain. The Thunder can not bank on the Rockets shooting 30.3 percent from three-point land in these games, either. However, the concept is still the same. I love the passion he plays the game, but he has the ball a lot in his hands, he does, so he should be with his ability, he should be there. Read More »

Reliable Golden State reserves maintain Warriors' high level

San Antonio has won more than 60 games for a second straight season, and in some ways, they are more risky than San Antonio's 67-win team from 2016. The only other Western Conference team to reach the Western Conference Finals within the last five years was the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More »

Celtics face must-win situation against Bulls


Just three months ago, Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was pulled from the lineup entirely. Green, who spent one season as Rondo's teammate in 2006-07, played in 47 games for Boston this season as he began his second stint with the C's. We are here to support him in any which way we can. Avoiding the defending champions in the first two rounds is a blessing. The margins are just that thin without Rondo, an astonishing conclusion given all that the Bulls have been through. Read More »

Isaiah Thomas remembers late sister Chyna from head to toe


The Boston Celtics guard wept on the sidelines prior to the team's first playoff game, looking down at his shoes on which he'd written "RIP Lil Sis", " Chyna " and "I love you". "He's putting guys in position, he's calling out sets, he's just been a very good leader out there for those guys and I think they feed off of that". Read More »

Family asking judge for order on Aaron Hernandez evidence

Baez has said that he doubts the official story of Hernandez death, and will be conducting his own investigation. Hernandez's family wanted his brain turned over to Boston University's CTE centre, his attorney Jose Baez said. Hernandez, whose football skills at one point earned him a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the NFL's top franchise, had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, a onetime friend. Read More »

Cavs look for 3-0 series lead against Pacers


Scoring 28 points in the second half, James ran his streak of consecutive first-round playoff victories to 20 with a shocking 119-114 decision. Thaddeus Young added 16 while Lance Stephenson registered 13. Cleveland closed the gap to 96-91 with 9:24 remaining. After trailing 74-49 at halftime, James helped spur a rally that cut the deficit to 77-62. Read More »

Serena Williams expecting a baby this fall

After Serena deleted her Snapchat post, everyone started speculating if she was actually pregnant . Her spokeswoman Kelly Bush Novak said that Serena Williams intends to come back to Tennis next year and had clear intentions of doing so. Read More »

Rangers release Josh Hamilton after another knee injury


While general manager Jon Daniels said he wasn't sure on details of the upcoming surgery, he said it was significant and that Hamilton wouldn't be able to play this season. With the Rangers from 2008-12, Hamilton hit.305/.363/.549 (137 OPS+) with 142 home runs while averaging 129.4 games per season. That'd be 2012, when Hamilton set himself up for a big free-agent payday by slashing.285/.354/.577 and swatting 43 home runs in Texas. Read More »

Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Hamilton 2nd


Hamilton chased Vettel all the way to the end but was ultimately hampered by a mistake earlier in the race. "I didn't find any words", he said. After the safety vehicle went in, Sebastian Vettel was leading the race. Vettel's 44th career win puts him in command, heading into the Russian GP in Sochi in two weeks. Hamilton accepted it was his mistake although he appeared confused as to why he had been penalised. Read More »

Afridi thanks Kohli and Indian team for "wonderful farewell gift"


The jersey also carried this special message from Kohli: "Best wishes, Shahid Bhai ". 1 2And Virat Kohli took no time in replying to Afridi for his kind words. An elated Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to snap a picture of the jersey and thanked Kohli as well as the Indian team for the gift. It's always nice to see cricketers from both countries sharing love and appreciation for one another. Read More »

Canada, US, Mexico To Make Joint Bid For 2026 Fifa World Cup

The North American powerhouse trio was there to announce its joint bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup . Given the growth in countries competing - and thus the number of matches they're competing in - ESPN reports the joint bid is now the odds-on favorite to win. Read More »

Good chance Thornton plays Game 3

The Oilers. Panic sets into the San Jose area as Talbot comes up with another dandy of a game to send the series to Edmonton with the Sharks facing elimination. Martin Jones finished with 34 saves for the Sharks. "We've got to just get back at it", DeBoer said Saturday in a conference call. For San Jose, at least - the Oilers got trampled under the hooves. Read More »

I will not let World Snooker bully me, says O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan was sent a letter by World Snooker about his behaviour after the Masters row and he added: "It's important I keep focused, stay professional and stay out of trouble". "Obviously when it got to 6-0, 7-0 I wasn't so comfortable, dreading I was going to have the bagel after my name, but winning that first frame was quite enjoyable because the crowd were willing me not to be whitewashed". Read More »

Jurgen Klopp dismisses Liverpool move for Joe Hart

Usually we don't talk about things like this, ' said Klopp. "He's a fantastic goalkeeper but it's not for us at the moment or in the future." the German coach said. Hart himself has publicly stated that he doesn't see a way back at City whilst Guardiola is in charge, recently telling the BBC that, "I'd say I'm pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment". Read More »

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

Lynch is still under the Seahawks' control and is technically retired. Oakland would like to pay him one-third that amount while Lynch is now balking at taking less than half, league sources said. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but rather serve as a reminder that the Raiders aren't putting all their eggs in one basket. "He came off very well and explained each and every thing", McKenzie said. Read More »

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz - 4/18/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


It was widely assumed that the game had quickly changed in favor of the Clippers when Jazz center Rudy Gobert went down early in the first quarter with what has turned out to be a hyperextended and bruised left knee, and didn't return. "Steph gets banged up the first game of the playoffs which affected his whole run", Kerr said. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can't score all of the points. Read More »

Zola resigns as Birmingham slip close to drop zone

The Italian left the St Andrew's club on Monday evening after a disastrous four-month run including just two wins and 13 defeats that left them only three points clear of the Championship relegation zone. I would have got fed up sitting around and doing nothing. "I haven't signed a contract or anything for the three weeks, or couple weeks I'm here even". Read More »

Mourinho fears worst after Ibrahimovic, Rojo blows

An excellent finish in the second half of extra-time led Manchester United to the semi-finals of the Europa League at Old Trafford last evening. Player ratingsManchester United: Sergio Romero 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Eric Bailly 6, Marcos Rojo 5, Luke Shaw 6, Michael Carrick 6, Paul Pogba 6, Marcus Rashford 8, Jesse Lingard 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5. Read More »

Why Wenger MUST start Giroud for Arsenal v Middlesborough

Wenger shocked Arsenal fans by switching to a back three for their visit to Middlesbrough, and the 67-year-old backed up his decision based on recent disappointing results. "The fans want to be behind the team and the way we respond on the football pitch will decide the attitude of the fans", Wenger said. We were tested just after half time when they came back to 1-1. Read More »

Hamilton takes no solace in second place


A generator problem on the grid meant the team were unable to bleed his tyres properly and he started the race with higher pressures than he would have liked. "When I heard the call initially, for me it made sense". "When I faced the traffic I lost a lot of time but then obviously he [Hamilton] had to face traffic as well". Read More »

Giants place C Posey on concussion list

Remember when the schedule came out, and April was declared a critical month for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants? So the Giants find themselves at the bottom of the National League West as they prepare for a rematch with the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Read More »

Chelsea and Tottenham Players Dominate PFA Team Of The Year


Pedro and Cesc Fabregas have both been world champions with Spain while Pedro, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and John Terry have all won the Champions League. "We have improved a lot", he said. Rose could, however, be back for the north London derby against Arsenal next weekend. Asked whether success could only be measured in terms of trophies, Pochettino offered an interesting perspective in the build-up to Saturday's Wembley showdown. Read More »