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Celtics star Thomas unsure if he will need surgery

After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points. From trying to emulate Jordan's fadeaway jump shot to copying his uniform quirks, James said, "I did pretty much everything MJ did when I was a kid". The playoff rampage has already added another historic accomplishment to the Warriors' remarkable three-year run, which includes an National Basketball Association title and a 73-win season. Read More »

Irving leads way as Cavaliers take victory


Cleveland Cavaliers' James Jones, right, and LeBron James sit on the bench against the Boston Celtics during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals , Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland . He had only been called for four fouls in a playoff game three times over the last two years. While the Cavs routinely discussing the Warriors during the 2015-16 season after losing to them in the 2015 Finals , the Warriors were not a common topic around ... Read More »

Pittsburgh holds off Predators in Game 1


The Penguins won despite putting just 12 shots on goal . Guentzel's shot changed everything. Still, it was a bullet. That it was Guentzel who scored the victor seemed fitting. It was Malkin's playoff-leading 25th point. We have to applaud the effort, but hockey fans are dedicated. And it cost them. Then the rest of the game happened, and it got deeply weird. Read More »

Mike Trout diagnosed with left thumb sprain


In the fifth, Urena walked Mike Trout , who stole second base a few moments later and got up from the play in pain. Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field off Vance Worley was estimated at 443 feet. On the other side, the Marlins are an terrible 1-11 in Urena's last 12 home starts, are 6-15 in his last 21 outings overall, and have dropped seven of their last eight interleague home games as well. Read More »

Woo, woo, woo, what a win for young star


The 75th-ranked prodigy, who has played 120 professional tournaments worldwide, became only the second Asian victor of the event after South Korea's K.J. At the 18th, Poulter shanked his second into the trees and after a penalty drop, improbably hit his next from 115 yards away (in the pine straw) to 12 inches. Read More »

LeBron James undaunted by Warriors

It's no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favorites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry O'Brien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June. In the Celtics series, Kyrie Irving averaged 25.8 points and 5.4 assists per game on 62.2 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from three. Read More »

Lions face tough Tests against All Blacks - Eddie Jones

A player's competency when he is under the utmost of pressure within a game is also likely to be taken into account. In other ways, however, it shows how little has changed, as revolutionary coach Carwyn James tried to develop the sort of "all-court game" that remains the hallmark of today's most successful teams but still needed a dominant scrum to do it. Read More »

Kevin Love says it's amusing to consider Cavaliers underdogs

The banter comparing James' resume to Michael Jordan's for Greatest Of All Time makes for good sports-talk on a slow day. "I didn't ever believe I could be Mike". I couldn't get past him. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and took massive steps forward in comparison to their two previous years. Read More »

Manchester United Must Win Europa League To Attract Antoine Griezmann


Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho , with the Spain global hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League . Palace nearly leveled matters 10 minutes into the second half when Wilfried Zaha picked out Christian Benteke, who sent a header against the crossbar. Read More »

Ranked Kerber ousted in first round


The world number 40, Makarova represented one of the toughest opponents Kerber could have drawn in round one and wasted little time in stamping her authority on the contest. "I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won", the 15th-seeded Kvitova said. "At the end, maybe it's good that it's over for me". The double Wimbledon champion, who required almost four hours of surgery on the tendons and nerves in her left playing hand after being stabbed by an intruder during a ... Read More »

Ferrari have given Vettel preferential treatment, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has said he is determined to solve the problems that have stymied his bid for a fourth Formula One world championship after a hard weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix . It was a landmark win for Ferrari , their first in Monaco since 2001 and a first 1-2 since 2010. Raikkonen kept his lead at the start and the two raced ahead of the pack with Raikkonen pitting first on lap 34, which didn't seem entirely logical, and he came out behind slower cars. Read More »

French Open gets underway amid tight security on a hot day

Kvitova dropped her racquet and held her head in her hands, her eyes filling with tears while her support team, wearing T-shirts marked "Courage, Belief, Pojd (Come on! in Czech )", celebrated wildly. "I don t really have nightmares", she added. "I'm really happy that here, the dream comes true". "The first point was fantastic", she said. The hand is still not ideal, but crucially for the 15th seed she remains pain free. Read More »

John Terry: Chelsea Defender Needs Time To Decide Whether To Continue Playing


Terry was given an emotional send-off by Chelsea supporters in the final of his 717 appearances for the club against Sunderland - the Blues' last game of a successful Premier League campaign. Ian Wright has praised Antonio Conte for using his coaching ability to transform Chelsea into Premier League champions. "But it's always good to have options". Read More »

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny out of FA Cup final against Chelsea

The north London side lost 10-2 to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League as Arsenal exited at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive season. "It's not about me, it's about us winning the trophy and giving everything to achieve it". Chelsea won the Premier League this season - the fifth time they have done so under the ownership of billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has spent heavily since taking control in 2003. Read More »

James surpasses Jordan as NBA's leading playoff scorer

Even in the game Boston won, the Celtics had to rally from a 21-point deficit to steal Game 3 on an Avery Bradley last-second 3-pointer. The Cavaliers , who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals , set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game . Read More »

Pakistan eager to start Champions Trophy with win against India: Sarfraz

There is no need to motivate players any differently because if you're playing for India, there is no need for any separate motivation. It is the best possible way of going into a big tournament like the Champions Trophy . "The first challenge is to not think about the fact that we are defending the title". "As far as the team goes, we won last time because our fast bowlers did very well, our spinners were strong and our opening batsmen did well". Read More »

Tiger Woods blames medications for his arrest on DUI charge

The way the course of Game 1 played out, I wouldn't bet against it happening again in the next week or so. Not their home-ice advantage . The 30-year-old Swede hasn't played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Ottawa Senators , but Penguins coach Mike Sullivan confirmed he would be back against the Nashville Predators and was 100 percent healthy. Read More »

Player guide for Champions League holder Real Madrid

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has released an interview with Marca five days before the Champions League finale between Real Madrid and Juve. David De Gea : Even though Keylor Navas has been playing very well lately, Real Madrid could finally sign the Spanish goalkeeper. Perhaps they have a great defensive line, but despite the great defenders, there is always a flaw in each defense. Read More »

Irving stars, Cavs run down Celtics in NBA


I mean, it's the Eastern Conference finals . Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) gathers a rebound over Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals , on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston . Read More »

No-name Penguins defense faces unheralded Predators centers

The Predators will take the ice in Nashville on Saturday for Game 3. And when you consider one of the other players in that top half-dozen - Ryan Johansen - is gone for the series with a thigh injury , you can see just how much the Preds rely on their back end for offence. Read More »

Dodgers rough up Leake to knock off Cardinals


Third base coach Chris Maloney cost the team a key baserunner in the bottom of the seventh, electing to wave rookie Paul DeJong home from second after Dodger shortstop Corey Seager booted Martinez's grounder in the hole into short left field. Read More »

Wagner takes Huddersfield out of their comfort zone


Wagner , 45, a former USA worldwide, arrived at the northern English club in 2015 from Borussia Dortmund , where he was reserve-team coach, and only just managed to keep Huddersfield in the second tier. The Aussie midfielder played a crucial role in Huddersfield's 4-3 penalty shootout win over Reading in front of nearly 77,000 fans at Wembley Stadium . Read More »

Senators rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Up until now, Fleury was perhaps Pittsburgh's leader in the Conn Smythe Trophy race, and he could have made a bigger deal of his sudden demotion. But on Day 36, Fleury may have seen his outstanding run come to an end. The nature of the injury Murray suffered has never been disclosed and there's no telling if he's entirely healed or choosing instead to battle through whatever is or was ailing him. Read More »

Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

The Penguins had played almost two periods in a defensive shell that Predators goalie Pekka Rinne could have been reading a book or watching TV back in the dressing room. Taking a page from the Detroit Red Wings' time-honored octopi-throwing tradition, Predators fans have made it a tradition to throw catfish on the ice in Nashville. Read More »

Big twist in Diego Costa's Chelsea future


Ramsey played a major part in the final, scoring the victor minutes after the Blues had equalised through Diego Costa , the second time he has scored the victor in the finals of the FA Cup , with the first being against Hull City in 2014. Read More »

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

Cleveland , which seemed sleepy at times in the regular season, went 12-1 in the Eastern Conference playoffs that ended with a win over Boston on Thursday night. Less than three seasons ago, they traded point guard Rajon Rondo , the last remaining starter from the 2008 championship team, to the Dallas Mavericks. Read More »

Nashville Predators @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 1 Preview

Four victories against the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final would make Pittsburgh the first franchise to win back-to-back championships in almost 20 years and the first in the parity-driven salary cap era. "We had a good first, we had a bad second and we were awful in the third". Just after that power play ended, Nashville's Austin Watson carried the puck behind the Pittsburgh net and fed Frederick Gaudreau for a one-timer in front that went under Murray's pads for a ... Read More »

No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Lue


The deficit quickly grew to 16 before Irving caught fire. He dropped 15 points in the final frame to finish with 34 points. Cleveland walked onto the parquet Thursday night, not with thoughts of Golden State, but with a mind to putting these exacerbating Celtics down for the year. Read More »

Conte defends Victor Moses over FA Cup red card

The Nigerian worldwide brought them all out to celebrate the English Premier League victory for the Blues on Sunday, May 21, 2017. But Conte refused to hang Moses out to dry and hinted that the 26-year-old could have gone to the ground due to tiredness rather than with the intention to cheat the referee. Read More »

Mumbai Indians to take on Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1

The must-win game turned out to be a cake-walk for Rising Pune Supergiant as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in a low-scoring game at MCA Stadium, Gahunje on Sunday. But, RPS need to grow up to win their next games of this IPL 2017 playoffs. Pune's batting has clicked in patches and the team will be anxious by the inconsistent form of captain Steven Smith, veteran MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane . Read More »

Antonio Conte reveals Chelsea's squad overhaul plans for this summer

Conte played down talk of establishing a dynasty at Chelsea though similar to the one created by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal or Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. He said: "I am committed to giving everything to stay". "Overall I just want to do well for this club and apart from that it's down to the board members to decide whether I'm the right man to take this club further". Read More »

LeBron James Likes Cavs' Chances in NBA Finals

That may be enough for a more talented and more rested Warriors team (than a year ago) heading into the Finals starting Thursday night. The championship win previous year, however, does have a positive impact in a different way. James had one of the iconic blocked shots ever late in Game 7 of a potential Andre Iguodala layup. One obvious reason losing to the Warriors this year wouldn't hurt LeBron is that the Warriors are too good for LeBron to "fail" against them. Read More »