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Thailand Open: Saina, Praneeth to play their respective semis

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Second seed Saina dished out a dominating show to dump Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia 21-11, 21-14 in a 40-minute match to set up a clash with Japanese qualifier Haruko Suzuki . The first game saw no trouble for the third seed and expected it was another win to his name. His semi-final battle could be a final before a final as he is likely to face the top seed Tanongsak that is if he wins against Pannawit Thongnuam. Read More »

After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

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Mistakes by the Cavaliers with the ball and Golden State crashing the glass led to the Warriors shooting the ball 106 times compared to 86 times for the Cavaliers . It's been 16 years since Hampton, VA native Allen Iverson played in the 2001 NBA Finals . "We can continue to get better". And during the epic rubber match, which features some of the best basketball players of this generation, we'll bear witness to one of the most monumental championship rounds in sports history. Read More »

Champions League final: Juventus will beat Real Madrid - Gary Lineker

Buffon is the sole survivor of the Juventus side that lost the 2003 final to AC Milan and feared his last chance at Champions League glory had passed by after suffering the same fate against Barcelona two years ago. "All of us are in place at the end of the season with a very high level of form ". Much will depend on the performance of the 2006 World Cup victor who will be in the crosshairs of a deadly Real attack spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo - the only player to score ... Read More »

Joe Root bats through pain to guide England to victory over Bangladesh

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England's batting mainstay Joe Root's elegant century in Thursday's Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh will reinforce the belief that sound technique is a pre-requisite for success across all formats. Chris Woakes , who opened the attack, bowled just two overs before leaving with a left side strain, the kind of injury which doesn't heal quickly. Stokes would be the first to say England are more than a one-man team but if anyone sums up their revival in limited overs cricket ... Read More »

Tony Adams 'prayed' Arsene Wenger would quit Arsenal after FA Cup win

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If Wenger does continue until the end of the 2018-19 season, he would go past Sir Alex Ferguson's all-time record of Premier League games. "I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement". Owner Stan Kroenke piled on the pressure after confirming that the manager had extended his contract by stating: 'Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe. Read More »

Rain rescues Australia against NZ as match abandoned

The captain struck eight fours and three sixes by the time he was run out with 6.5 overs remaining - moments after reaching three figures - after deliberating with Neil Broom as they tried to nick a single. "Jeetan Patel certainly has plenty of local knowledge and he says they produce the wickets the same way for County cricket and internationals, so he's certainly got some good insights for us". Read More »

STANLEY CUP FINAL: Rinne meets his match -- again

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Murray finished with 37 saves in all as he helped move the Penguins to within two victories of becoming the first team to go back-to-back since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. The amusing thing about Game 2 is that it started nearly completely the opposite of Game 1 . Later in the frame, Subban dropped the gloves with Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin , though neither player connected with any punches. Read More »

Beyond The Mic: Warriors Dominance Will Make For Disappointing NBA Finals

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According to the Game 1 betting odds at OddsShark , Cleveland is a seven-point road underdog. Kerr took the leave between Games 2 and 3 of the opening round against the? The Warriors have already cruised into the NBA Finals opening in Oakland with an unprecedented 12-0 playoff record even though Klay Thompson has been far from his best and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala has struggled to make open shots. Read More »

Ronaldo? Zidane? Real Madrid boss names the ultimate Galactico

For me personally, getting to the final is a great joy. "I experienced it as a player, as they do now, and I do now as a coach". THIS is the sort of match-up that any football fan would want to see in a final. So maybe it's a good match in that sense. While the Italian outfit have the likes of Paulo Dybala , Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain in attack, it is their backline that has caused a lot of trouble to top teams, most recently FC Barcelona to whom they lost in the 2015 ... Read More »

Durant just golden to the Warriors at the start of NBA Finals

When the Cavs gave help, Curry hit 3-pointers. Everything the singer did while she watched the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors was given play-by-play coverage. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards. "And that's one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line". Read More »

NBA Finals predictions: Warriors to sweep LeBron, Cavaliers?

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This is true no matter who wins the Finals . "Are you going to be happy with the outcome if you lose?" Many people on the internet will call them losers, chokers or frauds. Durant is shooting 89 of 160 (55.6 percent) so far in the playoffs, connecting on at least half his shots in each of his past six games. Durant replaces Harrison Barnes , whose offensive struggles played a big role in the Warriors' failure to repeat as champions in 2016. Read More »

Lions will be predictable says Hansen

Many of the Lions players are reaching the end of a long worldwide and club season and there must be genuine fears for player safety as they will experience a new level of physical intensity on this tour. The Lions will hope for the best but it is not likely to be plain-sailing. John Robins was the first official Lions coach, with previous coaches effectively tour managers. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Because both of the team have an International Cricket series recently. Former cricket VVS Laxman on Wednesday backed Indian government's recent stand on India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties , which stated that a series isn't feasible till cross-border terrorism stops. Read More »

Sergio Ramos wants Real Madrid to make history

The Wales forward has not played since coming off in the first half of El Clasico on April 23, and he admitted he may have rushed his return following an operation in November. If Real win today, Zidane will be the first manager to win back to back European Cups since AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990. "It would mean a lot for me", said the veteran, who has won 168 caps for Italy. Read More »

Kevin Durant leads Warriors' Game 1 rout of the Cavaliers

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Curry scored 14 third-quarter points with the help of four three-pointers. WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game post-season road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories past year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. Read More »

Subban guarantees Predators will win Game 3

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The last team to lead 2-0 and take home the Stanley Cup? Malkin has a playoff-leading 26 points, including a goal in each of the first two games of the NHL's championship series , and has Pittsburgh closing in on their second consecutive Stanley Cup and third of his career. Read More »

Barca to make coach appointment on Monday

Valverde was announced as Luis Enrique's replacement at Barcelona yesterday, signing a three-year contract with the La Liga giants. The 47-year-old brought his tenure at the Camp Nou to a close with the Copa del Rey title, after the Blaugrana beat Alaves 3-1 in the final on Saturday. Read More »

Stephen Appiah tips Juventus to win Champions League final

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Real Madrid is expected to prevail, but Juventus just might upset the odds. "We're always thrilled to work with innovative partners like BT Sport to develop our sports coverage in the United Kingdom, in Europe and worldwide". "I play whenever I think I should". Zidane's side are marginal favourites with the bookmakers ahead of the game at the Principality Stadium, but he told the prematch news conference that anything could happen in a final like this. Read More »

Foul mouth aside, Andy Murray continues to find a way to win

In a moving conclusion on Court Two, Del Potro sat next to the stricken, sobbing Almagro , offering him water while patting the head of the inconsolable 31-year-old. He has begun working with coach Sebastien Grosjean, and said: "We both know that I've just got to practice". The Scot was determined to send a message of positivity, saying: "I definitely feel like I'm capable of winning that match". Read More »

Bale: I'm taking my pals down the pub if we win

Ramos also scored a crucial late equalizer in a 1-1 draw against rival Barcelona in the Spanish league in December, finding the net in the 90th minute to keep Madrid in front in the standings and on track for its first La Liga title in five years. Read More »

The Senators Pestered The Shit Out Of Sidney Crosby

Coach Guy Boucher knows what is at stake. "It's gone. You can't change what's happened in the past", said Anderson, asked when he put Sunday's 7-0 loss in Game 5 behind him. Anybody and everybody who watched Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final - or two periods of Game 6 - might have disagreed. The series will be decided on Thursday night in Pittsburgh . Read More »

Chicago Cubs rally falls short in loss to San Francisco Giants

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He allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, striking out five in the Giants' 6-5 comeback victory. Jason Heyward's potential game-breaking three-run homer was pushed just past the right field foul pole. It had won eight of 10 overall. He shrugged off a 65-minute rain delay before the game and struck out the side in the opening inning. Joe Panik was visibly upset Wednesday night after home plate umpire Jeff Nelson called him out on strikes on a borderline pitch by closer Wade ... Read More »

LeBron James Drops Knowledge On Racism, After House Vandalized

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Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors' flawless playoff start. This Finals matchup has been celebrated as the first trilogy in league history with the two teams meeting for the third straight season after Golden State won in 2015 and Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the 2016 title. Read More »

Serena Williams at French Open to watch Venus

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A stray shot from Haase rebounded off the umpire's chair during the third set. "Then he was running around like a rabbit in the fifth set", Lokoli said. But in years to come visitors to the French Open will be able to sit down and watch elite level tennis before wandering amidst verdant and varied foliage. Read More »

Nadal nearly ideal but Djokovic struggles

The most important thing is to be through and I played my best match in a while. A battle with 2015 French Open champ Stan Wawrinka looms in the semis before a potential final against Nadal or Djokovic. As light rain fell, Djokovic regained his composure - despite berating the ball boys - to level the match at two sets each and was quickly a break up in the decider. Read More »

CAS upholds transfer ban on Atletico Madrid until 2018

The 26-year-old has chose to accept Atletico's new contract that was offered to him three weeks ago when several offers from other clubs came flooding into Atletico Madrid's offices. Why? Well, Manchester United were no longer interested in a "number 10" but are after a "number 9". The rejection also meant that Atletico would not be able to replace the Frenchman until the winter transfer window in January. Read More »

Rihanna heckles Durant in Game 1, steals show

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All of which added up to a 12.4 metered market result for the primetime game . His absence has not slowed down the Warriors one bit, who are 13-0 in the playoffs and rolled the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals . Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and added eight rebounds and eight assists, his early domination including six first-half dunks, more than in any prior ... Read More »

Rihanna steals the spotlight from Cavs, Warriors during NBA Finals

His message as the NBA Finals began: be yourselves. With Game 1 looking like a mirror image from a year ago, another clean sweep at Oracle to start the series looks very much in line. Remember Game 7 from last season? While Shaq's 41 points are surely impressive, he was a catch-and-finish type of player, not really amounting to many turnovers. Read More »

Zidane: No added pressure as Madrid defend Champions League

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Buffon is the last line of a miserly defence that has conceded just three goals in Juventus' unbeaten journey to Cardiff , producing displays that have belied his advancing years. "Trust me, it'll be an open and entertaining game". "Sometimes in the middle, sometimes wide", he said of his position in Real Madrid's attack. Back then, manager Arsene Wenger made a move to sign the experienced Italian who is considered by many as the world's best goalkeeper but Buffon decided not to ... Read More »

Steve Kerr could return to coach Warriors in Game 2

At long last, the NBA Finals are here, and it's the series everyone predicted - Cavaliers vs. Warriors . But as the Cavaliers woke up Friday morning and tried to process what happened in the 113-91 beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Warriors in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals Thursday night, they found themselves in a hard position: The one strategy they know has worked against Golden State in the past is also one Cleveland is unable to go to again. Read More »

Juve must be "fiendish" to beat Real, says Allegri

While Cristiano Ronaldo , Karim Benzema and Co may be more accustomed to celebrating their career highs in glitzy venues across Europe, Bale is planning something slightly less glamorous... "We've lost a number of finals". The Spanish club can make it three wins in four years with a victory over Juventus on Saturday. He has scored 40 goals so far. Read More »