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Brad Stevens responds to Fred Hoiberg's dig at Isaiah Thomas

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I've believed in trusting these guys all year long. "Not let him get settled in for what they want to run, so I'm just out there to make him uncomfortable and speed him up". "The atmosphere is much more intense, everybody is competing for the same thing, and there's going to be lots of things that happen to ramp up the competitiveness". Read More »

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham now ready to win title

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Christian Eriksen's long-range strike consigned Palace to a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday and Allardyce believes his side need three more points to guarantee Premier League survival, as they prepare for Saturday's home game against Burnley. Sam Allardyce has turned things around at Selhurst Park and has even overseen wins against Chelsea and Liverpool recently. Tottenham's bid for a first title since 1961 rests on Chelsea dropping points on the five-game final stretch. Read More »

Joshua Bans Mum From Watching Fight Against Klitschko

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NOT JOSHING AROUND When is Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko , how can I get tickets and can I watch it on TV? "I am a completely different person now". But Klitschko showed a big heart, the stamina he supposedly lacked and tremendous mental fortitude on his way to a unanimous decision victory - 114-111 on all three scorecards - in a fight in which he almost knocked Peter out in the final round. Read More »

Brewers' Eric Thames exits game in eighth inning with hamstring tightness

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Votto put the Reds on the board with his seventh homer of the season. Oh, and in case you're wondering, he has also been drug-tested twice this month, most recently Tuesday after home run No. But Wednesday afternoon, when Milwaukee wraps up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park, he will have nearly no choice but to scribble in the names of Hernan Perez and Eric Thames alongside stalwart No. Read More »

Kevin Durant Still Questionable For Game 4

The Warriors just announced that Kevin Durant will play tonight in Game 4 in Portland . The Warriors shot 58.1 percent through the break. He also missed the last game, where Warriors came from behind to win in a close encounter. The Warriors have been a juggernaut with Kerr on the sideline (173-34 in three regular seasons), but when he missed half of last season due to the same back issues, the Dubs cruised right along without him (34-5 under interim coach Luke Walton). Read More »

Israeli minister says strike in line with policy

More details are awaited . A monitoring group has claimed there has been a "large explosion" near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday morning. The Reuters news agency quoted what it called a high-placed Israeli security source as saying that the attack had been undertaken by the IDF. An Israeli military spokeswoman said: " We can't comment on such reports ". Read More »

Red Sox hold out Dustin Pedroia (knee) again on Sunday

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Mychal Givens pitched two ideal innings, Donnie Hart got two outs in the ninth and Darren O'Day finished for his first save. In the eighth inning of Sunday's game, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes threw a pitch behind Machado and near his head. Read More »

Pregnancy: Serena Williams to miss rest of season

Williams' Snapchat post, quickly highlighted in United States media, showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed an apparent baby bump. Williams, the world's highest paid female athlete, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December. Read More »

Bottas ready to take one for the team in Russia

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In Bahrain, Vettel took his second win of the season after Hamilton lost time behind Bottas, who struggled to keep up with the German. Mercedes' problems, however, appear to be centred on which driver to propel to the world title but Valtteri Bottas says he will not hesitate to move out of Lewis Hamilton's way if asked. Read More »

A Non-Expert's Mock Draft Of The Top Five Picks

This practice is particularly enticing when using the 49ers because we can get a better idea of trade down scenarios. This year , the draft will take place outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval - becoming the first NFL Draft to be completely outdoors as players will be selected on a stage built on the steps made famous in the movie Rocky . Read More »

NFL Predictions: Who will come out on top in the 2017 draft?

I will not pretend like I know everything about the top prospects of the draft and I've spent literal seconds watching tape on the top prospects of the draft. 4. The bullish running back market It's insane to think that just three drafts ago, back in 2014, we had our second consecutive NFL Draft where no running backs went in the first round. Read More »

Chelsea Premier League win would be Conte's greatest acheivement

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That's very sad. It's not my idea of football and I will never understand this. "I played with Barcelona and won the Champions League with eight guys growing from the academy", he said at a press conference on Wednesday. But we want it to become a great season, a fantastic season. You reach the final in the FA Cup, a great competition. "We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season". Read More »

Dortmund's Bartra ruled out for a month

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One team member was injured. The note contains phrases suggesting an Islamist motive, with calls for Germany to withdraw reconnaissance jets that are assisting the fight against the Islamic State group, and for the closure of the U.S. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was " horrified " by the " repugnant act " and that she is hoping for a "peaceful and good game" when the two teams meet (Wednesday) for the rescheduled match. Read More »

Maria Sharapova returns to Bouchard hate - and a win

To know you were walking back out there was special. "I spent a long time without hitting any balls". The match was Sharapova's first since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in almost two years. Read More »

Predators complete stunning sweep of Blackhawks

There will be no second-round reckoning against their archnemesis for the Minnesota Wild, no chance to exorcise demons from Chicago ousting them three consecutive postseasons from 2013-15. That change, though, he insists won't include Coach Q. But Chicago was sent packing after a 50-win regular season that saw the Blackhawks compile the conference's top record. Read More »

Man City boss Pep accuses Chelsea of transfer hypocrisy

The Manchester United manager's insistence that Marcos Rojo's long-term knee injury meant it was time for Smalling and Jones to be braver has failed to coax either player back for the game at Manchester City. "I think we'll be able to qualify for the Champions League but, if we are not able to, we are going to adapt and play the Europa League", he told the media. Read More »

Sanchez won´t be sold to Premier League rival, insists Arsenal boss Wenger

Nevertheless, Wenger did reveal he is already working on the club's transfer targets for next season - although he insisted there was no clue to be had from that. Asked about the controversial incident near the end of the match when Leicester's Christian Fuchs throw-in hit Alexis Sanchez's head, Wenger said, "I think he didn't know he had to be further away", Wenger said. Read More »

Chelsea demolish Man City to win Youth Cup yet again

Those in for particular praise would have been the five goalscorers on the night with Trevoh Chalobah, Ike Ugbo, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Cole DaSilva all hitting the back of the net to secure an emphatic victory. The former Chelsea midfielder added: "I like to go and watch him as much as I can". 'Through the season I've had text messages off him congratulating me and the boys'. Read More »

Spurs fan seriously hurt in attack after 'being mistaken for Chelsea supporter'

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Finding himself in a rare bit of space the Dane unleashed a thunderous drive from 30 yards and the ball flew into the Palace bet beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey. "We are showing we learned a lot from last season, and that is important". "We're unable to say what the extent of the injury is at the moment". "Our biggest problem is at centre half - Sakho with another knee injury, but it is a good job we are blessed with outstanding centre halves", Allardyce told Sky Sports. Read More »

Young Bucks hope they've learned lessons in time for Game 6

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They lost to IN and Miami a year ago IN Game 6 before rallying to win Game 7. The Cavs will play the victor in Cleveland next Monday night. So the Spurs will be driven to get their elusive first victory in Memphis this season. The intriguing parallel between the two cases is that Powell's points per game as both a starter and a bench player equate to roughly 50 percent of the minutes that he plays - leading one to believe that the more Powell plays, the more efficiently he shoots. Read More »

Mourinho Still Hopes Phil Jones, Chris Smalling Will Return this Season

Ibrahimovic , 35, suffered a serious knee injury in last week's Europa League victory over Anderlecht and was due to undergo surgery in the United States this week. He said: "We should analyse game by game what happened". Avoid defeat on Thursday and they will equal the club's record for the longest unbeaten run in a top-flight season - a 24-game sequence enjoyed in 2010-11 by a United team who finished as champions. Read More »

Blue Jackets' Calvert suspended one game for hit on Penguins' Kuhnhackl

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert is suspended one game for his cross-check to Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss to the Penguins. He's done for the year, coach John Tortorella said. "He's stepped up to the plate and delivered for three games straight. We've got to come to work tomorrow, try to get better and make sure we come out with same excitement we have in the first three games, and just try to sustain it for 60 minutes". Read More »

Little Big Man: Celtics' Thomas finding stride after tragedy

We'll have to see how his presence could dictate the tone of tonight's important game . Thomas finished the team-high 24 points with five rebounds and four assists, while Horford had 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. Read More »

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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Matthew Dellavedova delivered a trademark gritty performance to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a stunning game three win over Toronto in the National Basketball Association play-offs. A free throw by Antetokounmpo with five-and-a-half minutes left pulled the Bucks to within five points, but the Raptors, who led the league in comeback victories this season, refused to get frazzled. Read More »

Brewers sweep Reds with 9-4 afternoon win

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Eric Thames put a brief scare into the Milwaukee Brewers. "We have an off day tomorrow". But he's doing stuff that I haven't seen done for a long time. Thames has been the big talk of the majors this season, as the 30-year-old has blasted a league-leading 11 home runs after not playing in the league since 2012. Read More »

Warriors complete sweep of Trail Blazers

Motivated by that goal, the Warriors emphatically achieved it in the first quarter, tying a playoff record with 45 points in the opening frame. Curry finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He had stayed behind at the team hotel for Game 3. "I'm sure we'll evaluate this season but this was a roller coaster for us from Day One", said Stotts. Read More »

Manchester derby underwhelming XI: a team with a point to prove

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A win tomorrow morning (Singapore time) would lift United above Manchester City and into the top four, but Mourinho said stealing a march on their neighbours would be relevant only if it meant they secured Champions League football - which they can still achieve by winning the Europa League. Read More »

Costa's return to form gives Chelsea new momentum in title bid

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Chelsea energised by their 4-2 win over Spurs in last weekend's FA Cup semifinal, got two goals from Diego Costa , who had gone seven matches without scoring, reports Xinhua news agency. "We have six games to play in the league and we need to win five if Tottenham wins all of theirs, so we will see". Hazard also dismissed talk of his individual goal statistics mattering as he insists he just wants to help the Blues pick up the Premier League title. Read More »

Nadal beat Goffin to reach Monte Carlo Masters final

Nadal has beaten 29-year-old Ramos-Vinolas in their two previous clashes, both times on clay in Barcelona. With the win, Nadal became the first men's tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. Instead, it was Goffin playing the role of the dominant finisher by claiming five of the final six games to notch the improbable victory. He said: "It has been an awesome week on one of the most important events on the tour". Read More »

National Football League mock draft: amNewYork offers its projections for Thursday's first-round

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In a statement Wednesday, the NFL first round-hopeful said he would not be attending Thursday's NFL Draft as a result of the allegations. Conley said the allegations are not true and do not fit his character. 5 and No. 18 on Thursday night. There were several witnesses, including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place. Read More »

Half-ton Costa gives Chelsea breathing room

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Hazard's performance in the FA Cup semi final was crucial in Chelsea's victory. A normal life can be led without a gallbladder, but surgery to remove it and the associated recovery time would have prohibited Cahill from playing for the rest of this season. Read More »

Unbeaten run, UCL spots at stake in rare Thursday night Manchester derby

Besides any red cards accrued between now and the season's end, only players who have been booked 15 times over the course of the campaign can now be handed a ban. "Wayne, I didn't think (it) was possible to go for 90 minutes and he did". "Another team was better than us in that moment and I congratulated them, they deserved it and [we] aim to improve the next season". Read More »