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The Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Defense Was Historically Bad

It's just kind of the status quo around here. If this Cavaliers team is going to somehow pull off the miraculous, they must matchup the relentless physicality of the Warriors. It's not Rihanna has not made her loyalties clear, tweeting an image of her gazing at a huge photo of James holding the National Basketball Association trophy in last year's victory celebration. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates win with a new haircut


In Real Madrid we find a couple of players who surely will be remembered in the same way as those Milan players in Cristiano Ronaldo , Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric , and Gareth Bale . Real Madrid have achieved the impossible. "We have done a double", Ronaldo reminded. Real Madrid 12th European Cup and third Champions League triumph in four years on Saturday, becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the competition's expanded format, demonstrated their power over the rest of Europe. Read More »

Roland Garros: Murray edges del Potro

The main event of Saturday was a promising match between the first racket of the world Andy Murray and the stellar Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who played Roland Garros for the first time since 2012. Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh. I was starting to get a better read on the returns, and I wanted to come out and make it really tough for him beginning of that second set-because he ... Read More »

Real Madrid celebrates 12th European Cup with fans in Spain

The second marker brought the four-time Ballon d'Or victor to 600 goals for club and country, including a record 105 in the Champions League. Yet in Cardiff , the energy and verve of Zidane's Madrid grew as Juventus , who might have stolen back the momentum with Mario Mandzukic's athletic, brilliant equaliser, faded. Read More »

Murray, Cilic, Halep, Suarez reach French Open 4th round

The Argentinian had four set points in a wonderfully vivid 84-minute opener. "Whoever won that first set had big momentum". "It was a very tough first set and after that I really got into it", said Wawrinka , the 2015 champion. I had struggled the last six or seven weeks. A depleted del Potro, who took treatment for a groin injury in his second-round win over Nicolas Almagro after dealing with shoulder and back issues in Lyon last week, was physically and emotionally spent as Murray ... Read More »

Djokovic to take on Zverev in Rome final

Success earns Svitolina a return to the world's top 10 and comes after back-to-back titles at the Taiwan Open and Dubai Tennis Championships in February, and victory at last month's Istanbul Cup. The German 20-year-old becomes the youngest Masters 1000 titlist since Djokovic won the 2007 Miami Masters as a 19-year-old. "Yesterday I played what I thought was one of the best matches of my life on clay". Read More »

LeBron James denounces racism after home is vandalized

James' wife Savannah, sons LeBron Jr., Bryce, and daughter Zhuri were at the family's home in Bath Township, Ohio, a source close to the family said. "So this is kind of killing me inside right now". Jefferson, the LAPD officer, told CNN that they can not now say if the home was burgled. The incident is now being investigated from an angle of a possible hate crime. Read More »

Reds activate LHP Garrett for start vs. Braves


Teheran continued his outstanding work on the road by beating the Angels on Monday in Los Angeles, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Right fielder Scott Schebler prevented another run with a full-sprint, backhanded stab of Phillips' hard line drive to end the inning. Second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to Great American Ball Park for the first time since his trade in February after 11 seasons in Cincinnati . Read More »

Gianluigi Buffon cannot explain Juve's second half Champions League final slump


A Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid last season might have been seen in some quarters as beginner's luck. "We started with difficulties but I think in the second half we were clearly superior", the Madrid coach said. "( Gianluigi) Buffon will still be the goalkeeper next year. A miserable night for Juve got worse with six minutes to go when Cuadrado, already booked for a late challenge on Ronaldo, saw red after Ramos went down dramatically, the Colombia global having ... Read More »

Real Madrid won't go to Cibeles tonight if they beat Juventus

Real Madrid football team fans gather to cheer their team in the surroundings of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on June 3, 2017 during the UEFA Champions League football match final Juventus vs Real Madrid CF held at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff . Read More »

Martin Truex Jr.: Truex dominates, finishes 3rd in Coke 600

But I can't say enough about my team. We're in the Chase. Austin Dillon passed an out-of-gas Jimmie Johnson two laps from the end in the Coca-Cola 600 for his first NASCAR Cup victory, returning the iconic No. Bad weather caused the lengthy stoppage on lap 143. Alongside the nine cautions, the race was also disrupted by a long red flag period after 143 laps due to a heavy rain shower. Read More »

Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza ousted at French Open


Venus Williams-a seven-time major champion-was the last remaining player in Paris who had previously won a Grand Slam event. "And I don't want people think that I won yesterday that today I gave up or something". How right those folks were. "I'm happy because Roberto is a very good player". Obviously they are excited. "It was very unusual match, because she was playing good and I was playing OK, but I think today was enough", Svitolina said. Read More »

Jets looking into alleged incident involving Darron Lee, Leonard Williams


A two-part video shows the defensive lineman forcibly moving another man, believed to be Lee, away from a woman at the Governors Ball Music Festival in NY. One of the few bright spots on the field for the New York Jets during the 2017 season was defensive tackle Leonard Williams . "We are aware of the reports, we are taking them seriously and we are looking into the specifics of the situation ". Read More »

We were powerless to resist Real firepower, says Allegri

Spanish giants Real became the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy, beating Juventus 12 months after they toppled Atletico Madrid on penalties in Milan. "Two Champions Leagues in a row". Juventus have now lost their four Champions League finals (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015) since they last won it in 1996. Read More »

Champions League: Ronaldo beats Messi to top scorer award

Asensio scored one of the goals in the final on Saturday. In total, his 600 goals have come from a remarkable 855 games. "I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half", said Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon , now a three-time beaten finalist. Read More »

Zidane hails "spectacular" squad as Real close in on title


After a Real Madrid official informed former Tottenham teammates Bale and Modric about the rule shortly after their 2-0 victory over Malaga on Sunday evening, the pair looked shocked by the revelation. Real Madrid are deserved champions, having been the best team in Spain - and probably Europe - for most of the season. "I have experienced it as a player and that is why I say it is the happiest day of my professional life because being a coach changes everything", Zidane stated. Read More »

Huddersfield Town hold Premier League promotion parade

We said no limits, now we know where our limit is. And Wagner hit back at critics like QPR manager Ian Holloway , who tipped the Terriers to go down at the start of the season: "I'm happy we have proven that experience is not everything". Read More »

Smith unimpressed by Aussie show in first Champions Trophy fixer

The difficulty for New Zealand will be applying the same astute recipe against England on Tuesday in Cardiff. Hazlewood had career-best figures of 6-52 off nine overs, and the second best figures in trophy history. New Zealand's innings was interrupted early on by a rain delay of almost two hours, before the showers arrived as soon as paceman Josh Hazlewood skittled out the bottom order with three wickets in four balls in what proved to be the final over. Read More »

Google marks ICC Champions Trophy with its addictive doodle


The West Indies team have not been performing according to the expectations for a long time now except in the T20 arena. I want the team to win. Bangladesh have won back-to-back ODI games (Ireland and New Zealand ) ahead of this encounter with England; if they claim victory in this match, it'll be the first time they've won three in a row outside of Bangladesh since 2009 (five in succession). Read More »

India outclass Pakistan in rain-hit clash


Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a ideal start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event. Read More »

Luka Modric believes Real Madrid will dominate European football for some time

The score was at 1-1 after Ronaldo had netted against the run of play and Mario Mandzukic had equalised but Juventus were creating the better chances and Gianluigi Buffon's net had otherwise gone untroubled. It was the culmination of a counterattack of breathtaking speed launched by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos . Zidane countered by changing his formation entirely, abandoning the 4-3-3 in favor of a diamond midfield with Karim Benzema and Ronaldo up top - and with Ronaldo lined up ... Read More »

Ernesto Valverde confirmed as new Barcelona boss


But, after finishing 8th in La Liga last season Valverde has chose to take charge of former club Barcelona , and he now has some big boots to fill, with the club winning nine trophies in the space of just three seasons under Enrique, including that stunning treble in his debut campaign. Read More »

Refs and Senators Force Game 7

There will be a game seven to decide the NHL Eastern Conference finals after the Ottawa Senators stopped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Dominance is hard. They simply could not have been worse. Meanwhile, Penguins goalie Matt Murray had stopped the last 43 shots he faced before sliding over a beat too late on Ryan's 5-on-3 goal and then a timely screen from Sens defenseman Fredrik Claesson kept him from tracking Hoffman's game-winner. Read More »

French Open plays catch-up after Saturday rain disruption

It is the first time French 13th seed Mladenovic has reached the last eight at Roland Garros . "Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well". Big-serving American John Isner , who was seed number 21, was knocked out in his third-round match by Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3). Read More »

Andy Murray prepared for tough encounter as Delpo rivalry continues

After three hours and 35 minutes on court, Murray said: "I expected it to be very tough". "I think the surprise of knowing what you are going to have on that very special day you give birth is prob the best surprise you can ever have, " Serena wrote, then went on to "clarify what Venus said". Read More »

Modric: Real Madrid can win many more titles

The second marker brought the four-time Ballon d'Or victor to 600 goals for club and country, including a record 105 in the Champions League. By doing so, Real were crowned kings of Europe for a record 12th time and became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in the modern era. Read More »

Polar opposite day at the French Open

Looking at their career head-to-head, Nadal is 1-0 against Bautista Agut. The second seed endured a roller-coaster of an afternoon on Philippe Chatrier court, picking up warnings for his behaviour as his mindset became as gloomy as the weather. Read More »

Kelly Barnhill throws 2-hitter, leads Florida past LSU 2-0


Florida scored four early runs against Taran Alvelo (35-9), who was pulled after recording four outs. Had the Aggies gotten a run across in the first, they could have put pressure on the Gators from the get-go, showing them the top-ranked team was in for a fight. Read More »

Garbine Muguruza vs. Kristina Mladenovic - player profiles


With the news of Timea Bacsinszky's three-set victory over Venus Williams shortly after Mladenovic's win, the realization has hit that there will be a maiden Grand Slam victor on the women's side. "The atmosphere was just, yeah, amazing", Mladenovic said. "I don't think that they crossed the line", Mladenovic said. "Everything wasn't ideal. Read More »

Murray Downs Del Potro in blockbuster match


About one tonne of red dust is needed to cover the average court, with Court Philippe Chatrier requiring 1.5 tonnes because it has more space behind the baseline. How quickly it turned when a loose game from Murray gave the Argentine the early advantage with a break before the first sit down. "The crowd support is like a bonus, an extra energy". Read More »

Crosby has no time for Subban's games in Stanley Cup Final

Preds fans surely didn't mind: It just gave them more opportunities to tell Murray that that it was all his fault, as they're wont to do. The Penguins have an elite power play, but it sure doesn't look like it now. The city has been establishing itself as a very good hockey market in recent years, but during the team's surprise run this spring to its first Cup Final , it has embraced the team like never before. Read More »

South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Turning points

Sri Lanka were cruising at 116 for two when Imran Tahir was introduced to the attack and the momentum swung in South Africa's favour immediately. Hashim Amla took control of the innings with a patient 103 runs from 115 balls. Dickwella made 41 of those off 33 balls with 5 fours and a six. Sri Lanka fought well on either side of the partnership despite having only four specialist bowlers, but with the bat, the Asian side went the other way, collapsing after being 94 for 1 in the 12th ... Read More »

Mumbai defend 130 to clinch third IPL title

Finally, after a nail-biting final against Rising Pune Supergiant, Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2017 and it is the third time that the team has won the trophy in IPL history. Patel mistimed a pull-shot that was taken by Shardul Thakur at mid-on while Simmons was foxed by a slower one which Unadkat smartly snapped inches off the surface. Read More »