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Bale looks forward to Welsh homecoming

For Juventus , victory would be the third occasion they have been crowned kings of the continent, and the first since beating Ajax in the 1996 final. "It was a lovely, unique thing personally for me to score the goal to win the European Cup", Mijatovic told AFP at a sun-drenched Santiago Bernabeu as big screens were mounted to beam back Saturday's final in Cardiff to fans back in the Spanish capital. Read More »

Russia ranked 63 by FIFA for Confederations Cup; Brazil top

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Brazil and Argentina, standing at the top two positions in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, failed to qualify for the Cup, which is a warm-up event for the World Cup. He added that the brand would "bring its personalised, energetic and youthful spirit into the World Cup and the sport of football". As a global sponsor of the World Cup, Vivo hopes to strongly associate itself with the football spirit and show consumers all over the world Vivo's creative, joyful, ... Read More »

Indy 500 banquet controversy: Fernando Alonso wins Rookie of the Year

The Denver Post issued an apology saying Frei's statement does not reflect the organization's standards and values. The Denver Post released a statement on Monday apologizing for the "disrespectful and unacceptable tweet". Sato , the first driver from Japan to win the Indy 500 , held this nation's flag proudly overhead as worldwide media captured the historic feat. Read More »

NBA Finals Game 1: Cavs vs. Warriors predictions, picks against the spread

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland , Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. "We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said. James finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, Kyrie Irving scored 24 and Kevin Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds. Read More »

Joe Root thinks England's confidence is growing after record run chase

That said, it could still become a little bit of a tester if there were weather-related interruptions, which is a constant possibility with all matches played in England at this time of the year. Root told Sky Sports 2 he never had any doubts England would chase their target, adding: "We're a side that's getting better at it". The proof came as recently as Monday when, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs - the worst start in one-day global history - ... Read More »

Del Potro consoles stricken Almagro

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Del Potro walked with a weeping Almagro towards the umpire's chair and after the Spaniard officially retired, the two shared a hug. "Unbelievable gesture #RG17" - @Eurosport_UK posted a picture of a tearful Nicolas Almagro, who was offered support by his opponent Juan Martin del Potro . Read More »

ENG vs BAN Match 1 Prediction - ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (CT 17)

Morgan can lead by example, having blasted a brutal 107 from only 92 balls in a resounding 72-run victory in the first game of the series with the Proteas at Headingley on Wednesday. But Mashrafe Mortaza is confident of Bangladesh surprising the heavyweights, starting with England . It seems clear, however, that Roy is in no danger - despite the excellent performances of Jonny Bairstow during the last two years. Read More »

India Have Edge over Others in Champions Trophy 2017

The fact that Australia and New Zealand would be playing a game on Friday at Edgbaston may have prompted the authorities to deny India full facilities or those at the main arena. Morgan added: " Ben Stokes has had a little bowl today, and we will see how he pulls up tomorrow to see how much he will bowl – but I certainly see him bowling". Read More »

Stanley Cup Finals: Penguins Take 2-0 Series Lead

Two more goals followed in short order, three in all in the opening 3:28 of the period, forcing the Predators to pull goaltender Pekka Rinne and regroup heading back to Nashville. That goal tally is the second most by a rookie in the playoffs. Murray, who had the crowed chanting his name after stretching out to rob Filip Forsberg of a sure-fire goal , redeemed himself as the game wore on. Read More »

Ernesto Valverde replaces Luis Enrique as Barca coach

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Spanish giants Barcelona on Monday confirmed Ernesto Valverde will be their coach for the 2017-18 season, finally putting to rest speculation on who would succeed outgoing manager Luis Enrique . He is an experienced and intelligent coach with good organisational and communication skills, implementing a fast-paced style of play which earned the regular approval of the most important figure in the club's history, his former manager Johan Cruyff. Read More »

Durant may take less money to keep Warriors intact

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He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is almost averaging a double-double and shooting 60 percent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers . Read More »

Mike Brown to coach Game 1 of NBA Finals

This NBA Finals is in uncharted territory. "I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled a year ago, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason, you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out". Read More »

CT2017: England beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in inaugural tie

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Interestingly, his wife is from India and he still recalls the reception he got in Mohali during the World Cup semifinal in 2011 between the two countries. There is the possibility of a shower or thunderstorm on Friday. Although now ranked eighth in the world, Pakistan look slightly improved in limited overs under the young and aggressive wicket-keeper captain Sarfraz Ahmed , who is considered a fighter by cricket greats. Read More »

Barnhill shines as Florida wins

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The biggest bop of the day came off the bat of Aleshia Ocasio , who crushed a three-run homer in the fourth inning that put the game in run-rule territory. It was the Huskies' third victory in four tries against their Pac-12 rival this season. After Thomas' home run put Washington up 3-0, Oregon's Lauren Lindvall doubled to start the bottom of the seventh. Read More »

NBA 2K17 Predicts Epic NBA Finals And Winner

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Never before have the same two National Basketball Association teams faced each other for the championship three years in a row. "I think you've found two great teams, and we've played that way, and maybe people don't appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep", Green said. Read More »

Predators 2-0 deficit with Penguins not encouraging for Rinne

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The OCRegister wrote about the Penguins Game 2 victory and quoted Guentzel on his performance throughout these playoffs. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne , left, sits on the bench after being replaced by Juuse Saros , right, during the third period in Game 2 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins , Wednesd. Read More »

Sri Lanka skipper doubtful for Champions Trophy opener

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South Africa on Saturday at the Kennington Oval. It was a similar struggle for the Sri Lanka bowlers as Guptill and Tom Latham (44) began the reply. "Mathews. had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations which revealed a strain on the muscle", Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. Read More »

Previous British and Irish Lions tours of New Zealand

That winning margin drops to 16 per cent (six wins in 36 matches) when the opposition is New Zealand and that already ordinary record falls to 11 per cent (one win in nine matches) when the matches are played out at Auckland's Eden Park, the All Blacks' spiritual home, where they have not been bested since 1994. Read More »

Tiger Woods 'asleep at the wheel' of stopped vehicle before arrest

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Two breathalyzer tests showed his blood alcohol level at zero. "I don't know what's going to happen [now]", Nicklaus added. Woods remains a favorite among players young and old. Until then, it's a good time to ask America what it wants to give Woods more: sympathy or sarcasm? According to the incident report, Woods, who was asleep when first found by officers, also fell asleep while being investigated and questioned. Read More »

Warriors roll in Game 1 win vs Cavs

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points and Stephen Curry hit six three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a lopsided 113-91 win in the first game of the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers managed to hang within 60-52 at halftime despite committing 12 turnovers and letting the Warriors grab 11 offensive rebounds. When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition. Read More »

Alonso: I will be happy with Indy 500 result regardless

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After a rousing celebration of the 100 running of the Indianapolis 500 a year ago, the question naturally followed: How could the 101 version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax? Indianapolis 500 pole victor Scott Dixon and retired three-time race victor Dario Franchitti were unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night in the drive-thru lane of a Taco Bell, police said Monday. Read More »

Higuain gets chance to end final hoodoo against old club Real

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FILE - In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo , celebrates with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos , left, after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinals first leg soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Read More »

Zidane hails 'f***ing fantastic' Real title winners

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Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema saw Madrid extend their record number of La Liga wins to 33, nine more than their great rivals Barcelona , though it is their first since the 2011/12 campaign. Ronaldo further said that he has a family and such negativity about him in public affects them. " I do not like it because I have a family, a mother, a son and I do not like being put like the others when they do stupid things ". Read More »

LeBron Makes History As Cavaliers Return To Finals Again

In the process, Cleveland set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity. Boston was down 21 points in the third quarter against the reigning National Basketball Association champions and found a way to get the win. Read More »

Schlossman: Carter Rowney two wins away from the Cup

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Ironically, his goal was waved off due to the play being correctly deemed offside. Later in the frame, Subban dropped the gloves with Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin, though neither player connected with any punches. The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals begin, and it's time to choose between one ugly yellow uniform and another the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the upstart Nashville Predators . Read More »

Price makes season debut as Red Sox fall in Chicago

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With the roster and talent there, it shouldn't be surprising that the Boston Red Sox are now one of the best teams at batting across the league this far into the season. He has given up three or fewer runs in each of his past five starts. St. Louis' Michael Wacha (2-3) lasted only three innings and 77 pitches, permitting four runs (three earned). Read More »

Durant, Curry ignite Warriors in Game 1 rout of Cavaliers

Q. Kevin had - Durant had plenty of dunks in the first half. "We're just going to have to dig our feet in and be able to guard the basketball", guard Kyrie Irving said. But the Celtics did manage to rebound and earn the top seed in the East. Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.5 points for the Celtics vs. the Cavaliers. Cavaliers: James' 3-pointer in the third quarter moved him past Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the National Basketball Association postseason list, which is led by Ray ... Read More »

NBA Finals 2017: Cavs vs

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery almost two years ago. Not a single one of them was weak sauce by any means. "So I just tried to stay locked in on that, at the same time have some fun". The Cavs just never seemed comfortable in this one beyond the opening seven or eight minutes. Read More »

Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

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And as familiar as these two teams are with each other come June, there's a colossal difference between this year's Dubs and the team Cleveland's battled against in previous seasons. Cleveland trailed by just eight - 60-52 - at half, but Durant opened the second scoring with a triple - keying a 13-0 run to start the second half - putting the Cavaliers down three TDs before they knew what hit them. Read More »

'Hate Is Living Every Day,' LeBron James Says After Racist Graffiti Incident

The most unfortunate aspect of his situation, James said later, was that he couldn't be with his children to talk about it with them. Sandoval says someone painted over the slur before officers arrived at the home to investigate. "I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to go out and live it themselves. Read More »

Juventus have different level of belief now, says Allegri

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But he has to defeat Juventus , with whom he lost the 1998 Champions League final before moving to the Spanish capital, where he enjoyed phenomenal success. A dream to play in Cardiff? However, unlike back then when Zinedine Zidane commanded the Juventus midfield, the Frenchman is now on the verge of making history as Madrid coach. Read More »

England Will Be Concerned Over Injury Worries

His struggles were brought into sharper focus by Hales and Joe Root combining after Roy's departure for a second-wicket stand of 159 to help England to an eight-wicket win in Group A . You're playing against a bunch of snails, but unlike their real world counterparts they're quite speedy about retrieving the ball and returning it. The right-handed bowler wasn't really impressed with the shot and had a verbal exchange with the Bangladesh opener before the on-field umpires intervened ... Read More »

Mike Brown expects to coach Warriors in Game 1

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James walks on the floor during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. "They constantly break records every year". That much was clear a year ago, when the Cavaliers found their footing and clawed back to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy following blowout losses in the series' first two games. Read More »

Champions League final - Juventus v Real Madrid

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However, the 30-year-old was full of praise for all the coaches at Madrid , but admitted he never felt welcome or good enough by those in the stands despite playing an important role in securing the club's first La Liga title in four seasons in 2012. Read More »