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Could Ronaldo exit be a blessing in disguise for Real?

We shall have to wait to see what happens, but you can be sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will be this summer's biggest soccer story. Spanish radio station COPE reported that Mendes had told Real Madrid was angry over the tax fraud claims and had an offer from a Premier League club, plus clubs in France and China . Read More »

Pakistan has to fight to make Champs Trophy final a contest

Cricket's biggest rivalry has become a bit of a dud. Pakistan lost by 124 runs to India but bounced back after their lucky win via the Duckworth-Lewis method over South Africa. The Pakistan Super League consists of five franchises nominally representing cities in Pakistan . With the win, the Men in Blue have entered their fourth Champions Trophy final (twice in 2002, 2013 and 2017). Read More »

Golden State Warriors reign king in NBA championship parade

Two of them are superstars: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant . Is Durant now the game's best player? But he won't. It doesn't make sense financially. "I can remember that conversation on my sofa, the look in his eyes", Wanda Durant said . "Hopefully we can keep it going". Earlier, Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob insisted the champions will fight tooth and nail to keep Curry and Durant. Read More »

Every Record LeBron James Broke In The NBA Finals

In a sense, the Warriors were a self-made team of great players that were drafted and came up together. Three of the franchise's five titles have occurred since the team moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia. Owner Joe Lacob will be pulling out his pocketbook to potentially give Curry a $200 million deal. "We're going to do what our leader (Curry) does", Iguodala told Amick. Read More »

Murray sets up Nishikori clash

On his part, Swiss third seed Wawrinka had set up another Paris semi-final with Murray after breezing past seventh seed Cilic in the last eight. The problem for Murray, who saw off eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 on Wednesday, is that the man standing in his way is Stan Wawrinka , the 2015 champion. Read More »

French Open 2017: Jelena Ostapenko beats Timea Bacsinszky to reach final

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She had her first match point at 6-5 but Halep found the outside of the line and the Romanian then took her chance, going on to win 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-0. 2014 was her best finish in a Grand Slam losing out to Maria Sharapova in the French Open Final. "I came in playing garbage". Only two women in the open era have won four matches after dropping the first set in a Grand Slam event: Kimiko Date-Krumm at Wimbledon in 1996 (lost in semifinal) and Serena Williams in the 2015 French Open (won ... Read More »

Dufner takes the Memorial Tournament

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It is a 72 hole tournament. At 40, he's certainly not a part of the young crop of golfers that have taken over the tour, and inconsistent play has taken him out of the mix on many weekends. After Dufner holed a long par putt on the 18th green, Fowler's chance was gone and the title was secure for Dufner. Watson turned and acknowledged the heckled after his birdie putt. Read More »

McIlroy hits back after accused of being 'bored' by Elkington

This caused Steve Elkington , who won the 1995 PGA Championship , to make the following comment on Twitter. The Northern Irishman hit back at Elkington, replying to the Australian's tweet - which also suggested that "without Tiger (Woods ) the threshold (for becoming bored) is prolly 4 majors with 100 mill in bank" with a screen-grab of his career record. Read More »

Rory McIlroy calls out Steve Elkington after 'bored' remark

Elkington, 54, played the latter end of his career against Woods, and is likely well aware of just how much money he brought into the professional game. "I'm going to play a lot more than I have in the first half of the year". The top 18 players on the halfway leaderboard were all looking to make a breakthrough into the big time, with English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood sharing the 36-hole lead alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman on seven under par. Read More »

Warriors celebrate National Basketball Association crown with street parade

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William and Rizal's father, Ray Cahambing, said it was unfortunate Oakland was losing the Warriors, "but the diehard fans" would make the trip across the Bay to San Francisco to see the team. Warriors forward Draymond Green appeared to take some shots at the Cavs. A team spokesman also said the Warriors have not been invited yet. Read More »

Steve Scalise Still in Critical Condition But Improving, Doctors Say

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting , said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on. Read More »

NBA champion Warriors to parade through the streets of Oakland

NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant can opt out of his contract this summer to negotiate a new deal. Golden State Warriors fans are waking up early to secure a spot along the team's parade route in Oakland , California. The real reason you want to win the title: the celebratory champagne bath . "That's not what's important, my take on that, it's about us celebrating a championship and we'll move forward with that whenever we get a chance to". Read More »

Like a knife in my side - Woakes frustrated by tournament-ending injury

A scan confirmed that Woakes will miss the rest of the Champions Trophy - and the 28-year-old admits the timing of the injury could not be worse. "More than anything, it's really frustrating", said Woakes. Captain Eoin Morgan had understandably mixed feelings as he reflected on an eight-wicket success against Bangladesh but pondered the probability that scans on Woakes' side strain will at least limit his participation over the next two-and-a-half weeks. Read More »

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season. "He is an idol even for the players, and we hope that he can help Portugal with some of his goals and victories". He has denied any wrongdoing. Alves said that it will be a hard start against the CONCACAF representative, but added that Portugal have come to the tournament to win. Read More »

Victor Martinez hospitalized, place on 10-day DL; John Hicks recalled

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Baseball is a secondary concern to his health, of course, but for posterity's sake: he entered Friday hitting.261/.337/.376 with five home runs. He immediately walked off the field. "I talked to him", manager Brad Ausmus said. "It got to a point where he felt he couldn't go". MLBTR extends its best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Read More »

More twists and surprise to come in Champions Trophy?

We will use whatever momentum we've gained in this tournament to execute what we want to. While few would disagree that it has been England who have played the most strident cricket in this tournament, this was not the occasion to show off one's power or back catalogue. Read More »

Paul Casey survives up-and-down round to take clubhouse lead at US Open

A day after Rickie Fowler's seven-under opening round, that same score is still leading, but it's shared by four players , not including Fowler, who shot a one-over 73 to sit one back. Playing just his seventh tournament of the year due to a rib injury, McIlroy left himself a mountain to climb following a first round of 78 on Thursday, when a record 44 players broke par. Read More »

Manchester United told Eric Dier will cost £50 million

Dier has shone since moving to Spurs in 2014, showing himself to be a capable performer at centre-back and defensive midfield, though it is the latter where he would likely be used at United. Manchester United are keen on Dier and believe the 23-year-old is open to joining them as he would be allowed to play in his favoured central midfield position and be offered substantially better wages. Read More »

Kevin Durant expects to remain with Golden State Warriors

Two titles in three years for Golden State. Later, he was straightforward and serious: "We were heartbroken last year, but this year was our turn". "I have a take, but I'm going to leave it to myself right now", Durant added. "That should be rewarded, and it did get rewarded with a championship". He has constantly spoke out against Trump this season, including this quote on election day. Read More »

Russian Federation vs. New Zealand 2017 live stream

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Control matches before the start of the Confederations Cup for New Zealand were not easy, and the meeting against Northern Ireland and Belarus ended in defeat with the same score 1: 0. This 25-year old is in a good form with scores of 27 goals from 44 Championship games. "Some players are getting a rest from me, because I think three tournaments in three years is borderline", said Loew, referring to Euro 2016, the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup. Read More »

Sarfraz, Imad: Pakistanis to win an ICC final vs India

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The national team's skipper also confirmed that fast bowler Mohammad Amir is fit to play the final. "If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament", he told his players. "Victory will mean a massive amount to them". They have made habit of thriving in adversity over the years and Sarfraz said he never lost faith, despite the heavy defeat to India. Read More »

FIFA Confederations Cup: What you need to know

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Russian Federation reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 but failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and have not progressed beyond the group stages in their three subsequent major tournaments. The spotlight has turned to Russia's staging of the 2018 World Cup as it prepares to host the Confederations Cup, beginning Saturday night (Sunday morning AEST). Read More »

Russia unveils psychic cat to predict results of Confederations Cup

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The FIFA Confederations Cup is a tournament among national football teams held under the auspices of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in the country that will also host the World Cup in 2018. The 57-year-old has made it clear next year's World Cup is the priority. The city of Sochi released a statement insisting the parade was a "celebration of the different continents and a testimony of Russia's open attitude". Read More »

Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid after tax fraud accusation

Arsenal tweeted that, while they might not be able to offer the Real No. 7 the riches he gets from his current contract, they could provide plenty of "tea from a samovar " and " delicious gingerbread ". Ronaldo's tactics are not dissimilar to those of Barcelona's Lionel Messi who took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment, when he was accused of concealing 4.1 million euros ($A6.1 million) from the ... Read More »

AB de Villiers' thoughts: I'm still the man to lead the Proteas

They did manufacture a spark of belief when Morne Morkel surprised Rohit Sharma with an unexpected line to catch the edge and be caught behind for 12. "The side have been missing that spark, or that intensity to their play that characterises South Africa cricket", he added. Faf du Plessis could now be blamed for their early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Read More »

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton nips Vettel for pole position at Canadian Grand Prix

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel labelled himself as "a bit unfortunate" after picking up front-wing damage on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. "I think Mercedes was very strong, but then they had a completely different race", Vettel said. Perez held off his team-mate to just about hold on for fifth and there are sure to be heated discussions back at the team hotel later as Perez ignored team orders to allow the quicker Ocon to pass and try to chase down Ricciardo. Read More »

Pittsburgh Penguins G Matt Murray to start Game 5 vs. Nashville Predators

The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to an early lead with three first-period goals and defeated the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night. Sidney Crosby, who was held without a shot on goal in Game 2, jumped on a loose puck and cruised in on a breakaway. Asked how he'd managed to come through previously when under pressure Kessel responded in typical easy-going fashion: "Just do whatever I do". Read More »

Andy Murray wary of Karen Khachanov test

Del Potro knew as much, and so did Murray. In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted 4 set points then saved two before Murray pounced when the Argentine star narrowly miscued. After walking up to check the ball's mark on the clay - a line judge and the chair umpire confirmed it was out - del Potro leaned forward on the net, head bowed, the very picture of despair. Read More »

How to watch Pittsburgh celebrate a Stanley Cup championship online

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If he wasn't a Crosby fan for life, he is now. But this year's parade will continue into Point State Park, where the players, coaches and other dignitaries will take the stage to deliver remarks. "They actually didn't have a parade then", Schaffer said. Now that the team has wrapped up its second straight Stanley Cup win, he's revealed exactly why he sat out. Read More »

Lions send message to All Blacks ahead of test series

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The Lions forwards dominated the second half and they earned a penalty try when they took the Maori apart at a scrum. England flyhalf Owen Farrell has also suffered a quadriceps strain and could be in danger of missing the first test against the All Blacks next Saturday. Read More »

4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson , who was born Monday. With a record number of scores under par in Round 1, it's no surprise the course was set up tougher for Round 2. "I think at the end of the day , it's competitive rounds and get the card in my hand", McIlroy said. "You're going to make some bogeys in there, so it's really hard to get away from anybody". Read More »

Stephen Curry's 2nd NBA championship puts him in rare company

Although the Golden State Warriors have not confirmed this rumor, they have released the following statement regarding the speculation. Curry starred in the series, combining with Kevin Durant to score 41 points in Game 5 on Monday, and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 for the Warriors second championship in three years. Read More »