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5 countries win uncontested 2-year terms on Security Council


Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden will continue as elected Council members, completing the second year of their respective terms in 2018. The 193-member assembly also voted overwhelmingly Friday for the Netherlands to join the council for one year starting January 1. Read More »

From Hockey 101, Preds bring Stanley Cup Final to Music City

Well, yes, facing a 2-0 Cup Final deficit to the defending champion Penguins is a problem. Guentzel broke the tie just 10 seconds into the third period, scoring on a juicy rebound left by Rinne. Murray has been Sullivan's go-to guy since he arrived, for one; Murray was also the starter before he went down with an injury at the beginning of the postseason. Read More »

Curry & Durant power Warriors past Cavaliers in Game 1

He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense. We both had very different reasons for not watching and watched different things but we both seemed to have the same amount of apathy about the NBA Finals . In the process, the Warriors took a step closer to confirming what many people feared going into these Finals: They simply have too much firepower for any team to contain, even a team sporting LeBron James . Read More »

ESPN's Sarah Spain Breaks Down Game 1 of the NBA Finals

You are talking one of the best players in the game. "They're built to go to the Finals easy, what, the next five to seven years", Miller said Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show ". It underscores the difficulty of the proposition facing Cleveland now. "We have to stop the ball first and foremost", said Cleveland's Kevin Love, whose 21 rebounds in Game 1 were a franchise postseason record. Read More »

Nordqvist leads in search of LPGA three-peat

In a quirk of the Rolex rankings , which run over a two-year period, she will most likely lose it to world No 2 Ariya Jutanugarn , who is also sitting at home rather than teeing it up at the LPGA Classic in New Jersey which begins on Friday (Saturday NZ time). Read More »

Lyon beats PSG to claim 4th Women's Champions League title

Less than three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury that seemed to end her campaign at French club Lyon with the French Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League finals still ahead, USA star Alex Morgan returned for the UWCL final - only to go off after reinjuring her hamstring in the 23rd minute. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton 'can't afford another weekend' like Monaco

That paved the way for Ferrari to take a one-two finish that has helped Sebastian Vettel open up a 25-point advantage in the championship over Hamilton, who regrouped from a troubled qualifying to salvage seventh. 'It's a hard one and there are so many things we need to look into to understand why one vehicle will make it work and the other won't'. "It's clear to me Ferrari have chosen their number one driver, so they're going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will ... Read More »

Cavaliers vs Warriors: 2017 NBA Finals Schedule And Odds

Golden State now has Kevin Durant . The Cleveland Cavaliers will step into the Oracle Arena on June 1 to meet the Golden State Warriors for the first game of the 2017 NBA Finals . That is not a luxury the Cavs, who are powered by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving , can afford if they hope to upset the Warriors. "I don't care who you are". Read More »

Stosur: Court's digging a big hole for herself


The 74-year-old Australian, who won 24 grand slams during a glittering career before becoming a Pentecostal Christian pastor, has been condemned this week over controversial comments she made about same-sex marriage, homosexuality and transgender people. Read More »

Champions League Final: Buffon looks to become oldest winner

Juventus last won the competition in 2006 under Marcello Lippi and have been beaten on their past four appearances in the final, including a 2015 loss to Barcelona . To prevail, Juve must shed their status of perennial Champions League bridesmaids, having finished runners-up on a record six occasions and lost their last four finals. Read More »

British & Irish Lions: Dan Biggar opens up on freaky training ground ritual

England playmaker Owen Farrell thinks the British & Irish Lions have a squad capable of taking on any team in the world and head to New Zealand on Monday believing they can beat the All Blacks in the three-test series. With the current spike in concussion injuries in New Zealand rugby, New Zealand coaches have expressed concern about the physical toll the New Zealand derbies are having on players. Read More »

British and Irish Lions: New Zealand tour starts with Provincial Barbarians game


Ostensibly, Warren Gatland and his captain Sam Warburton appeared happy just to tick off a win against the Provincial Barbarians , ignoring what was a thoroughly underwhelming and error-strewn performance. "I see the tour in two parts: everything up to the Maori game and then everything post that". British High Commissioner, Jonathan Sinclair says, "It's fantastic, it's massively exciting when you get the whole of the UK England Scotland Wales and Ireland coming together". Read More »

Zinedine Zidane revels in Real Madrid's La Liga triumph


Benzema wrapped up the win early in the second half. The play looked easy in the opening. He rounded up Carlos Kameni of Malaga before he kicked the ball through the empty goal . "The Spanish league is the best in my opinion and to win it in this way is incredible - I am very happy". Real Madrid will have to wait till the start of next season before they get their hands on the Spanish La Liga trophy. Read More »

Nadal thumps Georgian to edge closer to 10th French Open

After Schwartzman broke for 6-5, Djokovic had four chances to force a tie-break but could not take any of them , the crowd feeding off the Argentinian's energy. The fourth seed required just 90 minutes to secure a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 victory. Nadal wasn't exactly empathetic: He hammered out a 14 to 1 edge in winners sweeping through nine games. Read More »

Marlins roll to 9-2 win; Angels' Trout injured

Trout, who was 0 for 2 when he left the game, had X-rays taken after the game, which were negative. "It was definitely sore for sure", Trout said. Following a walk to Kole Calhoun, Martin Maldonado gave the Angels a 2-1 lead with a long two-run homer to left. Read More »

Golden State, Cleveland Ready To Play For NBA Crown


Third time's the charm. The 2017 NBA Finals begins tonight! But wait a minute, Cleveland isn't supposed to have a chance, right? Will we forget about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City and joining a rival team if Golden State takes home the trophy? The Warriors have had their way throughout these playoffs so far. Read More »

Kevin Durant ducks postgame question about Rihanna staredown


When asked about his in-game antics with Rihanna during the post-game press conference, Durant acted like he had no idea she was there. Social media says that's exactly what happened, but Durant is pleading the fifth. 'Don't get in that trap, ' Curry advised. Are you kidding me?!,' Van Gundy said. I'm cool. Have fun with that, ' Durant told reporters. The Bajan beauty wore an all-black ensemble that included a jacket with plunging neckline. Read More »

Penguins, Predators face unusual extra time off in Cup Final


In the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, Pittsburgh took a 2-0 series lead into San Jose before losing to the Sharks in Game 3. "We can't just look at the numbers and say , 'Yeah, we're winning all the numbers but the scoreboard, '" Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday. Read More »

Huddersfield Town's star midfielder Aaron Mooy is keeping his options open

The Terriers' Championship play-off final win over Reading on penalties at Wembley put the Yorkshire club back among England's elite for the first time in 45 years. We would pay good money to hear the "clunk" that accompanied the impact but we'll just have to make do with the unbelievable visual. Before I came last season we spoke about what we wanted to do to get in the Premier League . Read More »

Curry Urged Teammates To Just Be Themselves Vs. Cavs

Golden State's length disrupted Cleveland's offense, and James wasn't able to initiate much in the half court or create baskets off drive-and-kicks, as Hayward suggested the Cavaliers would attempt to do. "They're a high-powered offensive team. But one game did allow Durant to not only show the Warriors how to beat the Cavaliers in these 2017 NBA Finals , but also shows the Dubs how they should have beat the Cavs previous year". Read More »

Juventus, Real Madrid hunt history in UCL final

A few weeks earlier, he had scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final , but in the game itself - 120 minutes of football which preceded that lucky dip shoot-out - his impact upon proceedings was negligible. Read More »

Fit-again Bale creates Champions League final dilemma

Do you think Ronaldo can still equal Messi's overall trophy haul? "I have always maintained that, in football, making the final means nothing if you don't win it", Buffon said. " Cristiano Ronaldo ", Zidane replied. It had been a lackluster season by Ronaldo's standards, and his slow start kept him from having a chance of reaching 50 goals for the first time since 2009-10, his debut season with Madrid. Read More »

'Born leader' Ronaldo will drive Real to Champions League glory: Zidane

He also netted a 93rd-minute goal in the European Super Cup final against Sevilla in 2016, again sending the game into extra time and eventually seeing Madrid win the title. "And Madrid probably one of the teams with more potential to score goals and I think have a complete team in all defensive midfield". "We're always favourites, but in reality in a final there are no favourites". Read More »

Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland receive suspensions for brawl

As Harper charged after Strickland, following a fastball to the hip, Posey merely stared at Harper - a fellow MVP victor and teammate on several NL All-Star teams - and allowed him an unimpeded path to the relief pitcher for a helmet throw (that went laughably awry) and several wild roundhouses. Read More »

Predators quiet about starting goalie


The first is goaltending. Jason Aldean, the reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year with multiplatinum hits like "Big Green Tractor" and "She's Country", came to Nashville from Georgia about the same time as the Predators started setting up shop. Read More »

Atlético transfer ban upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport

Atletico Madrid are now under a transfer ban, meaning they can not sign players in the summer window. Griezmann's departure would have left Atletico's forward line significantly depleted without the opportunity to register anyone else until January, although the club remain confident they can do a deal for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette to arrive mid-season. Read More »

Andre Agassi happy to continue coaching 'inspirational' Novak Djokovic

Nadal hit 27 winners, majority off his lasso forehand, which is in ominously good shape. Bautista Agut is coming off a painless match in which he dominated his service game and had 50 percent less unforced errors than his opponent. Despite his 100th best-of-five sets clay court match and being confronted by his 31st birthday and talk of La Decima in Paris , the world number four admitted that he hasn't always felt comfortable with numbers. Read More »

Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Cavs in Game 1


First, look at this clip shared on Twitter by the Warriors . Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks in front of LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 . He shot 9-of-20 and committed a game-high eight turnovers. So when I was asked by my editor to write about Game 1 of the Finals , I quickly agreed . Read More »