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Strauss sees IPL as risk worth taking for England stars

Even though Bangladesh played seven bowlers but majority were inconsistent with their bowling . Earlier, Bangladesh Opener Tamim Iqbal hit a stylish hundred, guiding Bangladesh to a competitive 305 for six against England . Just when things seemed good for Bangladesh in the middle, pacer Liam Plunkett provided a much needed breakthrough to the hosts. "They were the main three factors", Kohli said. Read More »

John Terry reveals how Victor Moses felt after FA Cup sending off

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That is what I have not accepted this season and I will never accept it. When asked if he felt the right person for the job, he said: "I do". After a hard season in which Arsenal came fifth in the league, their worst finish under Wenger, Mertesacker said that they realised that they had to be more competitive on the biggest stage. Read More »

Huddersfield hero Christopher Schindler reveals weird secret behind historic promotion

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The former Borussia Dortmund reserves boss has applied a high energy football style, similar to that of Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, to defy the odds and join Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight. Premier League football could lure some of the bigger names to Huddersfield Town now however, but who these recruits will be we shall have to wait and see. Read More »

Five key Champs League duels as local fans await final

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Zinedine Zidane's La Liga title winners will become the first ever team to defend the Champions League trophy if they can find a way past Juventus in Wales - but the Italian giants will be no pushovers. "But if they won the title, we will always remember this team for Spanish and European football ". I have to rule out this possibility, so yes, it will be much more special for me. Read More »

Golden State Warriors: Three stars from Game 1 victory over Cavaliers

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James , left, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif ., Thursday, June 1, 2017. Imagine what might be possible if Green and Thompson shoot just 50 percent from the field. This loss is every bit as demoralizing as the 113-91 outcome suggests, if not more so. Read More »

Zinedine Zidane: La Liga title win vital for Real Madrid

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Pique was an obvious target as he has a history of acrimony with Real and does not enjoy a good relationship with the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, per Joaquin Maroto of AS. "Since the beginning of the season we have wanted to win the league and we are in luck", said Ronaldo . There are no words to define how I feel now", "When you're the Real Madrid coach you know that expectations are very high but I like that. Read More »

Muguruza growing in confidence at Roland Garros

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round by beating Yulia Putintseva . Muguruza was kept in the contest by her serve, winning 72 percent of all her first service points. "I'm sorry for my French, my teacher is on holiday", he said. With pregnant superstar sister Serena not competing, it was left to 36-year-old Venus to carry the standard for the Williams family at Roland Garros on Wednesday, with a second-round thumping of Japan's Kurumi Nara . Read More »

Goffin retires from match at French Open

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Nadal would then close out the 28-year-old in the third set to win the match in less than two hours. Nadal will meet fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta def. Georgian Basilashvili could only hit five winners in the match , which lasted - by slam standards - a particularly brisk 94 minutes. Read More »

Ulster ace Payne to miss Lions opener

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The starting 15 includes five players from England , four from Wales and three each from Ireland and Scotland , epitomizing the challenge faced by all Lions sides; to mould players from four nations with distinctive national styles into a single, coherent whole. Read More »

Warriors wallop Cavs in Game 1

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Will the Warriors get revenge and bounce back after blowing a 3-1 series lead in last year's NBA Finals? Durant attacked the rim relentlessly all night for Golden State, which entered the series 12-0 this postseason after posting four-game sweeps in each of the previous three rounds. Read More »

Watch NBA Finals Cleveland-Golden State Game 1 Online Streaming

He capitalized on every awkward closeout and missed defensive assignment by Cleveland and tore through the open floor on the break with impunity. Since entering the league in 2007, Durant has been generous with both his time and wealth, partnering with multiple organizations for the betterment of countless individuals and communities. Read More »

Warriors cruise past Cavs

Granted, Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night had some ugly moments. It was a flawless return to the National Basketball Association final for Durant, who shook the National Basketball Association world by joining the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, adding his spectacular pedigree to a team that won 73 regular-season games in 2015-16 and lost a seven-game final to the Cavs. Read More »

Rihanna star of NBA finals opener

As this highly anticipated rematch tipped off at last, the biggest difference from past year was clear. 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 quarter gave the Warriors their biggest lead. Read More »

Kevin Durrant leads the way as Golden State Warriors take Game 1

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The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland . We thought we saw it all with how the Cavs depended on him a year ago, but now there's no excuses. Durant provided a conundrum for Cleveland's defense. While the Cavaliers left Oracle Arena on Thursday night wondering how to defend the interior, prolong the perimeter struggles of Thompson (3 for 16) and Green (3 for 12), Curry insists the Warriors will change very little. Read More »

LeBron says stopping Warriors' Durant will be tough

Some people watch film and scout the matchups , or listen to expert opinions on the showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors . Both teams have reloaded for this season with Golden State most notably adding the free-scoring Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City during the offseason. Read More »

Will Klay Thompson's struggles carry over to the NBA Finals?

Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. With James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scoring at will during the 2017 playoffs, the Warriors will need their full complement of scorers and we all know how Thompson can light up an NBA Court once he gets on a roll. Read More »

Lions' choirmaster Gatland says harmony key

The Lions showcase the camaraderie and unifying power of sport beyond national borders - perhaps the only other example of multiple countries competing as one in major worldwide sport is golf's European Ryder Cup team . Sexton will get first shot at the role on Saturday. The Irish players in the Lions party have been among the least commented on ahead of the tour, but they might hold the key to success. Read More »

Durant scores 38, Warriors cruise to 113-91 victory over Cavs

The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. But the Celtics did manage to rebound and earn the top seed in the East. However, this is a situation that Cleveland has found themselves in before, specifically a year ago. "I think there's emotions for everyone in this series", he said . Read More »

Thierry Henry reacts to Wenger's new two-year deal

Wenger's contract had been due to expire at the end of the 2016/17 season and he had faced regular questions about his intentions, with supporters divided on whether he should stay or stand down. Arsenal transfers will now take centre-stage, given the news of the day. "We could have been a good team, we could have worked well together". " Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe". Read More »

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta reinjures hip at OTAs

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Pitta sustained his first hip injury in 2013 and injured it again in 2014. He originally fractured the hip in July 2013 after colliding with teammate James Ihedigbo during practice. The Ravens are the only team Pitta has played for in his career. Pitta played all 16 games last season and set a franchise record for most catches by a tight end in a single season. Read More »

NZ win toss, batting first vs Australia in Champions Trophy

Williamson, however, hoisted Hastings for a legside six to go into the 90s before a flicked four and driven single off the same bowler saw him to a 96-ball century, his ninth at this level, with eight fours and three sixes. Morgan, however, said Roy will keep his place in the team for England's next match against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday. Considering the cut-throat nature of the competition, it is important for any team to get off to a winning start and both Australia and ... Read More »

Woakes out of Champions Trophy with side strain

Though it is too early to say how the injury will impact on Woakes' involvement either in the remainder of this match, or England's subsequent group games against New Zealand on June 6 and Australia on June 10, side strains are notoriously hard injuries for fast bowlers to shake off. Read More »

Penguins fail to close out Senators

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Pittsburgh were winning the shot battle 34-19. Game 7 is on Thursday Night in Pittsburgh and the REFS BETTER SHOW UP. But the Senators "flushed" the tapes and moved on confidently. The nervousness grew through the second period as Pittsburgh controlled the play. In a series that has gone back and forth, the Penguins and Senators find themselves one win away from the Stanley Cup Final . Read More »

Calf injury rules Jared Payne out of Lions' New Zealand Tour opener

Meanwhile, Laidlaw has insisted the individual records of the British and Irish Lions' four nations will carry precious little weight on a gruelling tour of New Zealand . "They will be hugely up for it and have half a dozen players who are involved in Super Rugby squads". Will they have enough time to gel combinations before the first test in Auckland on June 24? "If I think back to the last Lions tour and speaking to my old team mates who played them, they still remember the ... Read More »

Juve seeks what Zidane failed to deliver for them

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Los Blancos will have the chance to become the first team to successfully defend the title since the tournament took on its current format, while Juve can join the list of clubs to win the treble, having already locked up the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia, Italy's national cup competition. Read More »

Mr. Met flips off fan at Citi Field after loss

The Mets apologized after the incident, saying the offending employee won't work in the costume again. "We do not condone this type of behaviour", the statement said . Michael Conforto's double in the ninth produced New York's only run and extended his hitting streak to four games. Yet this was NY, and the meaning of the mascot's gesture was clear. Read More »

Major league roundup: Brewers end Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak

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Milwaukee finally got on the board an inning later when Jett Bandy homered off left-hander Jorge de la Rosa and took the lead an inning later against Andrew Chafin on Perez's RBI single to right. I was putting my fingers down and Chase was throwing it. But since then, the franchise has been in a full scale rebuild, jettisoning Greinke in 2012 to the Los Angeles Angels for prospects, including Jean Segura. Read More »

Love grows into role with LeBron in Cavs' title quest

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Perhaps most noteworthy, it gives Durant the chance at a first championship and validation for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the league's latest super team. This is the first time in NBA history that the same two teams are meeting in the NBA Finals for three straight seasons. Barnes would finish the series shooting 35 percent from the floor including 9-of-29 from beyond the 3-point arc. Read More »

Watch NBA Finals GSW-CAVS Game 1 Update, Real-time Commentary

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You are talking one of the best players in the game. "I know from a preparation standpoint we're going to be ready". "You're not going to see insane celebrations". "What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal", he said. "So other than that, feeling fresh". Read More »

Warriors not getting carried away - Curry

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James said he doesn't believe Brown's presence on the Golden State bench in Kerr's absence changes the dynamics of this series. While much of the focus leading up to Cavs vs. James, who took home NBA Finals MVP honors last year, is the only non-Boston Celtic to reach the NBA Finals seven years in a row, that in its own a massive feat. Read More »

Why Wenger Was Not Sacked - Arsenal CEO, Gazidis

Demonstrations and protests from various fans against Wenger's reign have been commonplace over the season, with the likes of Thomas Tuchel, the now unemployed former Dortmund manager, and Eddie Howe having been mooted as possible replacements. Read More »

Arsene Wenger extends his Arsenal stay for two more years

With his contract due to end this summer, groups of supporters called for a change, but instead, the club offered the Frenchman a new two-year deal. "When you can be where you love to be, that's easy", he added. However, Arsenal still managed to finish the campaign on a high, taking their tally of FA Cup wins to a record-breaking 13. "When I went to Arsenal , we didn't play the most attractive football ". Read More »