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5 takeaways from Game 4 in 2017 NBA Finals

Irving led the charge, netting 28 in the first 24 minutes, the most in the first half of an NBA Finals game since Allen Iverson in 2001. A J.R. Smith three-pointer from Curry range gave the Cavaliers a 60-45 lead early in the second quarter and the margin got bigger from there. Read More »

Stephen Curry picks LeBron James' pocket on fast-break attempt

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the cusp of being swept in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors . Series: Warriors lead 2-0. "We witnessed a closing game by Kevin Durant that you can't prepare for", he said. His offensive struggles finally affected him on the defensive end on Sunday night when foul trouble limited him to just two minutes of action in the second half. Read More »

Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes by 2 lengths for Pletcher

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Tapwrit also became the first horse to win the race from the second post since 1994, according to ESPN . For those looking to lay some money down on the Belmont, you won't be able to wager on the two horses most familiar to you from this Triple Crown cycle. Read More »

Japanese horse Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes

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Epicharis received a treatment of the legal anti-inflammatory Phenylbutazone, or bute, on Wednesday for what was described as lameness in his right front leg. The race was already missing Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming and Preakness champion Cloud Computing. Tapwrit returned $12.60, $6.50 and $5 across the board for a $2 bet. Read More »

Crusaders unbeaten run snapped by Lions in try-less game

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Owen Farrell hailed the 12-3 victory over the Crusaders as a "step in the right direction" for the British and Irish Lions . After the disappointing late loss to the Blues, the task facing them in Christchurch looked doubly hard, but they approached it as they would a full on Test with a team that bore many hallmarks of a first-choice XV. Read More »

Warren Gatland responds to critics after 'challenging' week for Lions

When you've got someone like Te'o or Henshaw there it's a different proposition. The aerial attack rained down on the Crusaders' back three was hugely effective from a Lions perspective. Hogg's head injury will be closely monitored. He would not return, meaning Johnny Sexton came on and Farrell moved to centre. "They're a team that can hurt people from anywhere so to back it up with some good defence is impressive". Read More »

Ferrari has chosen its number one driver - Hamilton

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In addition, Ferrari achieved its first 1-2 since the 2010 German Grand Prix. Hamilton said: "Common sense is of course I can not afford another weekend like this at the going rate when the Ferraris are quick; of course not". "I have the smartest strategist and they said the best result looked like 10th but I went in with a positive mentality and pushed as hard as I could", Hamilton said. Read More »

French Open Semi-Final Jelena Ostapenko's Best Present

The post French Open 2017: Teenager shocks Wozniacki appeared first on The Nation Nigeria . Ostapenko, who had defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 16, and Bacsinszky are set to meet for a place in the final tomorrow - which will be a birthday for both players. Read More »

Marlins star Stanton leaves with bruised wrist, hit by pitch

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Told the distance, Stanton paused for a second then let out a skeptical "OK", hinting that it may have gone farther. "I was an honor to face that kind of hitter", Santana said. He is 1-2 with a 10.73 ERA in his four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings. Glasnow is getting his first career look at the Marlins . Read More »

Sessions reportedly offered to resign as tensions rise with Trump

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Would he answer the same way if he'd asked about Reince?" The Trump-Sessions tryst has allegedly been on the rocks since late April, when Sessions - bowing to pressure from Capitol Hill - recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with Russian Federation. Read More »

Tiger Woods seen confused, stumbling on police dashcam video

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There was "fresh damage" on the driver's side as well as minor damage to the bumper on the driver's side, and scuffs and scratches on the rear bumper, according to police. When asked if he understood instructions to recite the alphabet, the former No.1 golfer told police: 'Yes, recite the entire national anthem backwards'. Read More »

Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

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Sharapova, who is now ranked 178th in the world, was set to play in Birmingham, as well as at a tournament in the London suburb of Roehampton, in hopes of qualifying for Wimbledon. Sharapova was scheduled to play the qualifying rounds at Wimbledon, as she had accumulated enough rankings points for direct entry. She was still controversially handed a wildcard for the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham later this month, a key warm-up for Wimbledon. Read More »

Ostapenko levels French Open final against Halep

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. After falling in the opening set, Ostapenko was not happy. She served for the set, and took it without issue. "I think I can not believe I'm the Roland Garros champion", Ostapenko said. Read More »

Preds: Shutting down Pens' stars not possible every game

A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin gets past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) for a goal during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh . Six different Penguins found the net as the home team seized a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series, which shifts back to Nashville on Sunday. Read More »

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep to win French Open

It was also the Grand Slam debut for Ostapenko-marking the first time since the 1979 Australian Open when Barbara Jordan won that a woman Thas won her debut tour-level title. When Ostapenko is at her best, Halep's coach, Darren Cahill said, "You don't touch the ball". Ostapenko, after somehow managing to hold to keep the score at 1-3, just pulled the insane hitting back half a notch, and thanks to that, the range returned, the shots started to fall in, Halep struggled to cope and all the ... Read More »

Cavs not giving up - James

Of course teams never want to get swept in a series, but the Cavaliers put up the highest scoring quarter in NBA Finals history. Unfortunately for the Cavs, neither of the former No. Fueled by the outburst, the Cavs went on a 12-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from Love and dunk by 36-year-old Richard Jefferson , who earlier in the day said he and his teammates would approach the 3-0 deficit like a marathon, "one step at a time". Read More »

Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid stay

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After what feels like eons, the Griezmann saga has finally reached its conclusion. And after hinting on Twitter this week he could stay at Atletico, Griezmann has now confirmed the club's transfer ban means he will definitely not leave the Vicente Calderon this summer. Read More »

Bonino missing third straight game for Penguins

That's the slogan painted on the door to the Predators' dressing room at Bridgestone Arena , a rallying cry they've stuck to throughout this magical season. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. Wilson, 27, led the Predators in playoff scoring the last two years, with five goals in six first-round games in 2015 aand 13 points in 14 games last year. Read More »

Comeback Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason in Game 4

Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday night. Throughout the series, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said the Cavs would have to score to beat the high-octane Warriors. At one point in the opening quarter, Durant accounted for 10 of Golden State's points in a row. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points with 7 3-pointers, and James added 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Cleveland on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) for ... Read More »

South Africa seamers wreak havoc to secure consolation win

England slumped to 20 for six - the first time in an ODI that six wickets had gone down in the first five overs of an innings - after losing the toss. In several tournaments, South Africa have been impressive in the group stages before falling at the penultimate hurdle. Proof of their resurgence came when they posted a world record ODI score of 444/3 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge a year ago. Read More »

Kevin Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

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Game 4 is Friday in Cleveland , but what the Cavaliers can do to extend this and avoid the sweep is anyone's guess. The Warriors went on to win 118-113. The Warriors finished with an 11-0 run to steal the victory and all but assure themselves of taking Cleveland's title. We're not going to change our game because of who we're playing. Read More »

Stokes passed fit for South Africa ODI

Earlier, Stokes made 101 and Jos Buttler a dashing 65 not out in Englands 330 for six after South Africa captain AB de Villiers sent them into bat in overcast, bowler-friendly, conditions. England were 81 for three in the 17th over when their talisman was dropped by Hashim Amla at slip from the first ball he faced, bowled by spinner Keshav Maharaj . Read More »

Golden State Warriors move one win away from record

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Kerr has talked about Durant sensing that this is his moment and his time. The Warriors entered play as the best team in the National Basketball Association in the third quarter and had outscored the Cavs by 24 in the first two games. James and Irving were relentless in the second half and it appeared they had done enough to get Cleveland over the top and perhaps back in the series. Read More »

Durant's shot sends perfect Warriors over Cavs in Finals

Thompson was scorching with 16 points, while James countered with 16 for the Cavs. For the third straight year, the Cavs came out strong in Game 3. The Cavs set the stage by scoring an NBA Finals record 49 points in the first quarter on their way to a 19-point lead after three quarters. Read More »

Sharp-shooting Cavaliers keep hopes alive in NBA Finals

The game gets worse as time goes on. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit. Along with Kevin Durant , Curry has been the driving force behind the Dubs' 3-0 lead over the Cavs in this year's Finals. Klay Thompson added 30 points and Stephen Curry 26 for this California Dream Team now one win from its second title in three years. The Cavaliers, though, couldn't get far enough ahead in the fourth to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping into their lead before Durant's defining ... Read More »

Cavs halt Warriors to stay alive in NBA Finals

Just like past year, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games . Kyrie Irving said he was aware the Warriors wanted to finish a 16-0 romp through the postseason and celebrate a title on the Cavs' court, just as they did in 2015. I know my teammates do as well. The Cavs set NBA Finals records for most points in a quarter, most points in a half, and most three-pointers made. They don't figure to shoot as poorly again at home, nor should the Cavaliers expect to have a 39-point advantage ... Read More »

Sampaoli wants best from Messi

Gabriel Mercado (right) of Argentina celebrates his goal on the stroke of halftime during the Superclasico de las Americas against Brazil at the MCG. While I think that Argentina's attack is better than Brazil's front three, an inexperienced (at worldwide level) backline and a lacklustre midfield will prove to be decisively fatal for Argentina. Read More »

India and South Africa to play for quarter-final

You know, he's by far the most committed cricketer I've ever seen around, and the reason for that was trying to do something extra for his team and that's the kind of character he's always been. "That took a lot of pressure off ourselves, and we just went out there, expressed ourselves and you can see what we can do when we play with a lot of freedom", a beaming Mathews said after the seven-wicket win over India . Read More »

Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim

That put them ahead of Labour and closed the gap to the SNP - who had a bad night, losing 21 seats including their Westminster leader Angus Robertson and former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Davidson led her party to its best result in Scotland for three decades, in contrast to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's dismal showing elsewhere in the UK. Read More »

Formula One Canadian Grand Prix 3rd and final free practice session

Hamilton laid down the gauntlet with a super-quick opener in the final phase of qualifying before Vettel bit back to move to within just four thousandths of the Briton's time. It was a close battle with Ferrari - they were so quick, as they have been all year, but I was gunning and pushing. The leading lap time improved by almost a second from the morning practice, where Hamilton led. Read More »

MagicalAndy Murray sweeps past Juan Martin del Potro

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World number one Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 for his 7th win in 10 meetings with Del Potro whose challenge fizzled out after squandering 4 set points in the 87-minute opener. But a double fault from the Argentinian made it 7-7 and it was Murray who took his third set point when Del Potro's forehand landed just wide. The South African came from behind to win 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in an epic match lasting four hours. Read More »

Cavs make NBA Finals history against Warriors

But the vendors outside of Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena don't seem so confident. "They would kill us", Kerr said before Friday's Game 4. After sweeping top-seeded San Antonio in the conference finals-outscoring the Spurs by 68 in the final two games-the Lakers' quest for perfection ended quickly in the Finals after Philadelphia won Game 1 in overtime. Read More »

India v South Africa: Everything you need to know

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In the midst of a major rebuilding project, Sri Lanka will clinch an unexpected place in the last four if they beat Pakistan on Monday. "We are out to do a job, and we don't really think about what the opposition think", Mathews told reporters after the game against India . Read More »

Hamilton ties Senna with Canadian GP pole

The 32-year-old Briton, who would race home from school to watch videos of Senna competing in the distinctive red and white for McLaren , is now only three poles behind Michael Schumacher as the greatest single-lap specialist the sport has ever seen. Read More »