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History says Warriors rally to finish the sweep

The record for any Finals quarter was 47, done by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter against Boston on June 3, 1984. James is on pace to become the first player to average a triple-double over an entire Finals. Even teammate Draymond Green knows having Durant on their side makes a big difference. Normally carrying four all-stars in a cap league would be cost prohibitive but there are unique circumstances where the Warriors are concerned. Read More »

Golden State Warriors on the brink of history

I want to see how it feels to win at home", he said. "Every game is do or die and we understand that", Irving stated, "We're ready to live in it". But the challenge is far more hard this time, not only because of the bigger deficit but also given the sheer talent of a Warriors group looking to become the first National Basketball Association team to win a title without suffering a single postseason loss. Read More »

Cavaliers enjoy record-setting points totals in first half vs. Warriors

There's a big streak on the line for Golden State , and it's not just the 15-game winning streak in this postseason. Before the basketball game turned into a variety show with all sorts of extracurricular shenanigans after halftime, the Cavs played some of the best ball ever played in the championship round to thwart the Warriors' bid at a flawless 16-0 postseason. Read More »

Jelena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep to win French Open

Consider: Last year in Paris , Ostapenko lost in the first round. "I think it's quite a big deal in Latvia ", Ostapenko told reporters. In her first Grand Slam final, Ostapenko did not look the least bit cowed. But the question remained in the third - could Ostapenko maintain the momentum with that high-risk game? Time for another Ostapenko resurgence. "It's a tough moment for me, but I hope it will go away with time", said the third-seeded Halep, who is from Romania. Read More »

Ostapenko Stuns Halep for 1st WTA Title at French Open

Ostapenko also recovered from a break behind in the third set and finished the contest with a flashing backhand victor to become the first unseeded player to win the title since Briton Margaret Scriven in 1933. When she drilled a final backhand victor down the line, she dropped her racket to the clay and held her arms aloft in delight and disbelief. Accenting shots with high-pitched exhales, she likes points quick and is not shy about unleashing a forehand measured as being faster than that of ... Read More »

NBA Finals: JR Smith nails 3-pointer from Cavaliers logo

They didn't cool off much in the remaining 24 minutes, finishing the game a ridiculous 46-of-87 from the field and 24-of-45 from three. The Sixers swept LA, which had beaten them in the Finals the year before. "He's just been very special in close-out games", James said. "People can talk about it in historical context, but you just get it done, win the series and let everybody else talk". Read More »

Gary Neville's verdict after Scotland 2-2 England


England's position at the top of Europe Group F weakened as Slovakia and Slovenia both won, but it left Hampden Park relieved to have kept its eight-year unbeaten run in tournament qualifying matches intact. With Hampden Park in raptures after Griffiths's double strike, Kane saved England from a humiliating loss to their old rivals with his late goal from close range. Read More »

Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari still has race-winning pace


Red Bull crashed the Ferrari/Mercedes monopoly at the top of the timesheets with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen going fourth fastest ahead of Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas . Senna, also a triple champion, died in a crash at Italy's Imola circuit in 1994. Vettel was still on the track, with another chance to catch Hamilton. Read More »

Harry Kane set to captain England against Scotland

When they go back to England they'll think about the fact it's a hard match in terms of the calendar. A late tackle from Scott Brown - which was punished with a booking - set the tone for a fast start from Scotland but despite their dominance during the opening 15 minutes, they were restricted to a long-range strike from Griffiths which was well held by Joe Hart . Read More »

Record-breaking LeBron James and Kyrie Irving keep Cleveland Cavaliers' campaign alive

The Cavaliers , who past year made an unprecedented rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the Warriors , were physical right from the opening tip in what was easily the most emotionally-charged game of the series. Opening the game with the highest-scoring quarter and half in NBA Finals history, the Cavaliers became the first finals team trailing 3-0 to force a fifth game since the 1996 Seattle SuperSonics. Read More »

Alvaro Morata will be a great signing for Manchester United - Steve Nicol


It was believed that the Red Devils would had been prepared the break the world record transfer fee that they set last summer in an attempt to bring the French global to the Premier League. "At Manchester United , he absolutely will". Morata has only started 14 games for Madrid this season and is said to have found his lack of playing time extremely frustrating. Read More »

LeBron, Cavs end Warriors ideal postseason run in Game 4

James said after the game that the Cavs have championship DNA as well, and that they showed it Friday night. Then again, few had a player like James, who set an NBA Finals record with his ninth triple-double in Game 4 , or Irving, who scored 40 points. Read More »

Irving, James lead Cavaliers over Warriors to avoid Finals sweep

Draymond Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds. In fact, not only did they come back after a three-game winning streak from the Warriors , they did so in record-breaking fashion. James said his mom didn't want him to leave the Miami Heat for the Cavs because of the letter Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert wrote to fans the night James bolted for the Heat in 2010. Read More »

Watch Game 4 NBA Finals 2017 Online

No team has ever recovered from the 3-0 deficit facing the Cavaliers this year. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving played their best games of these Finals , combining for 77 points, relentlessly attacking the rim. This technical however was given to Warriors coach Steve Kerr , and Green remained in the game. This can generally be associated with the hard salary cap in the National Hockey League, which limits organizations from having too many generational (re: expensive) players on ... Read More »

Ostapenko roars back to upset Halep in French Open final

The Latvian finished the match with the same number of winners and unforced errors compared to just eight winners and 10 errors for Halep . "Jelena, all the credit for what you have done". "I've been sick in the stomach with emotion", Halep said. "I knew about the history", Ostapenko added. The turning point in the final came in the second set when Ostapenko overturned a 3-0 deficit by winning four games in a row before claiming the deciding game with a forehand straight down the line. Read More »

For Predators, all is not lost after Game 5 disaster

So, why does it matter if the Penguins win at home, as long as they win? Nashville's Rinne was pulled after only 20 minutes, meanwhile, in another shaky outing in Pittsburgh - one that saw him surrender three goals on only nine shots. The score had been predicted by Malkin and it came just seconds after Crosby threw a water bottle onto the ice as the play went by Pittsburgh's bench, a move he told referees was unintentional. Read More »

Cavs end Warriors run to keep Finals series alive

LeBron James finished with a triple double, totaling 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists . "We showed that tonight". "We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical". Even the Warriors were impressed. The third quarter featured a confusing sequence and a scramble on the floor that resulted in two technicals , a friend of James being escorted from the arena and back and forth flurries worthy of a heavyweight boxing match. Read More »

Chelsea close in on Tiemoue Bakayoko


Conte is seeking to beef up his squad with Champions' League football to play this season. The 23-year-old is joining the club from Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem for £7m. "It's impossible. I can't leave for a club that finished behind us", he told Canal +. It has been claimed that Antonio Conte has made it clear that the midfielder will not be a first choice selection at Stamford Bridge and according to L'Equipe, after a period of hesitation, the Frenchman has agreed to a move to west ... Read More »

Nadal's no good with numbers? He seeks No. 10 at French Open

Nadal demolished Austrian pretender and sixth seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to return to the final at Roland Garros for the first time since the last of his nine titles in 2014. I'm just going to try my best. Wawrinka broke for a 5-3 lead in the opener but handed the advantage straight back to the Scot in his next service game. Read More »

'They don't seem to be the sharpest people around'

The referees said that the technical that was assessed to Green with 1:55 left in the first quarter should have gone to Warriors coach Steve Kerr . "Maybe he will. I don't know". Draymond Green has not made many fans in the Buckeye state during his career. There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again. Read More »

NBA Finals Game 4: 25 best shots from our photographers


The Warriors let it slip away past year, becoming the first team ever to cough up a 3-1 NBA Finals lead as Cleveland rallied to win. Yes, winning at home would be nice, but the Warriors can do something never done before: go undefeated in the playoffs. Read More »

Rookie Ostapenko overpowers Halep to win French Open

The newly turned 20-year-old trailed by a set and 3-0 - she had to fend off three break points to avoid falling behind 4-0 - before rallying for a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory Saturday on Philippe Chatrier court. A year ago in Paris , she lost in the first round. "So I think it's kind of maybe a lucky, lucky number or something", Ostapenko told reporters. "That was a devastating loss", said NBC commentator John McEnroe after Halep fell to 0-2 in French Open finals. Read More »

Kohli offers no opinion on bilateral ties with Pakistan


Virat Kohli heaped praise on his fellow top-order batsmen after India began their ICC Champions Trophy defence with a 124-run thrashing of Pakistan at Edgbaston . Reflecting on his own performance, Kohli said he let the momentum slip after reaching 40 and regretted trying too hard for big hits during his partnership with Yuvraj. Read More »

Cavs halt Warriors perfect postseason, party in Game 4

The Warriors have been simply on fire during the playoffs and now hold a 15-0 record, just one game away from sweeping the Cavaliers . Much like Game 3 of the 2016 Finals, the Cavs jumped out to a big lead, playing with the type of force the Warriors seemed ill-prepared to handle. Read More »

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel fastest in final practice


Sebastian Vettel topped of the timesheets in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix . Hamilton, a five-time victor at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, won the Canadian pole for a sixth time. His Sauber got onto the grass and then lost control at the rear, with his rear end crashing into the wall and knocking off the rear wing. Daniil Kvyat was 11th ahead of Fernando Alonso , who did not repeat his FP2 heroics in a session which saw him record the joint-lowest number of laps (18). Read More »

Manchester United reach agreement for Lindelof transfer

Missing just one game across the Champions League and Primeira Liga this term, the 22-year-old made no defensive errors, while boasting the best pass accuracy (90%) of any Benfica starter domestically. Following several unsuccessful attempts to bring the Swedish centre-back to Old Trafford, the Red Devils have finally succeeded in their quest, although they will have to wait for few more days before officially unveiling their new player. Read More »

Ostapenko rallies to beat Halep in French Open final


He lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarterfinals, then withdrew from the tournament before the third round previous year because of an injured left wrist. 12 after her win. "Her life will never be the same after this - win or lose the title". But the more experienced Romanian was quick to respond once more, breaking to love as Ostapenko failed to consolidate the break for a second time. Read More »

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

Fittingly she thumped a backhand victor past Halep to seal victory, before tossing her distinctive green headband into the crowd with a look of disbelief. Ostapenko showed right away she would not be bashful in, by far, the biggest match of her nascent career, breaking Halep at love in the opening game by bashing the ball, drawing loud , appreciative gasps of "ooh!" and "aah!" from spectators. Read More »

Roy acrobatics sparks Australia collapse to 277-9 vs England

Having already qualified for the semi-finals, the pressure was off Eoin Morgan's side and they played some magnificent cricket with bat and ball to maintain the tournament's only remaining 100% record. Stokes brought up his century off 109 balls with 13 fours and two sixes after Morgan had been run out by Adam Zampa . And although they flattered to deceive, ultimately they were not even close and had no answer as Stokes and Morgan took their collective tally to nine half-centuries in their ... Read More »

Ostapenko wins; Nadal vs. Wawrinka in final


The world number 47 is the first unseeded player to reach the final in Paris since Mima Jausovec in 1983. Thirtieth seed Bacsinszky , who needed a bandage applied to her right thigh midway through the first set, looked the more likely victor at that point as she sought to celebrate her 28th birthday by surpassing her semi-final run of 2015. Read More »

Conte Defends Victor Moses, Insists He's Not a Cheat


The Frenchman is expected - overwhelmingly so - to stay, despite the opposition of a voluble section of the club's fanbase. He added: "For me the contract does not have a special meaning but, because of the debate, I should have sorted that out earlier". Read More »