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It's Golden State-Cleveland In The Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be motivated by their underdog status when they take on the Golden State Warriors in the fourth instalment of their NBA Finals rivalry, coach Tyronn Lue said yesterday. So we're going to come out and be ready". This makes the Warriors the largest Finals favorites in 16 years, which is pretty remarkable given some Finals matchups during that span that didn't seem very even on paper before the series began. Read More »

Paddy Jackson joins Perpignan after release by Ulster

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Perpignan had also been strongly linked to Springbok out-half Elton Jantjies - who, ironically, was an Ulster target to replace Jackson - but the former Ireland global was always as a better fit than Jantjies as Jackson will not be required for worldwide matches. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo has potential landing spots narrowed down

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Cristiano Ronaldo really knows how to steal someone's thunder, he'd definitely have slept with Rachel the day that Chandler and Monica got engaged, and he did it perfectly after the final whistle at the Champions League final. Reports emanating from Spain suggest that Manchester United are preparing a club-record bid to bring back Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Read More »

Romania's Halep wins French Open, achieves her Grand Slam 'dream'

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Stephens is an incredibly talented defensive player, and she kept stretching points until Keys would err. The 25-year-old said she was proud to have reached the final but hit out over her treatment in the media after her breakthrough US Open triumph last September was followed by a run of eight successive defeats. Read More »

Canadian GP: Hamilton - the man to beat in Montreal?

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The Brit finished third at the Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight ago and gave up some ground to race runner-up Vettel, but the Formula One calendar now returns to Hamilton's most favoured venue. It hindered us this morning, and this afternoon. "A lot of laps, good information that's been absorbed", the 19-year-old said. Not the best day but we are OK. Read More »

Abramovich not interested in selling Chelsea

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The report claims that Great Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe - the boss of multinational petrochemicals giant Ineos - has made a bid for the West Londoners, which was promptly turned down by Abramovich. Ratcliffe's company, Ineos, recorded sales of £45bn and employs more than 18,500 people in 22 countries. He was reportedly incensed at not being allowed to watch Chelsea's win over Manchester United in this year's FA Cup final on May 19 and within days he applied for and gained ... Read More »

Golovkin stripped of IBF title

Mannix added more details, noting the IBF said Golovkin fighting "an unsanctioned contest" against Vanes Martirosyan was the primary driving force in this decision to vacate the title. Promoter Lou DiBella and Derevyanchenko then tried to get the IBF to enforce a fight between Golovkin and Derevyanchenko. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya said negotiations for a September 15 bout were ending on Tuesday, however, Loeffler said Golovkin is willing to drop his demands for an even ... Read More »

Chris Bosh believes former teammate LeBron James could join the Rockets

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He's big on being present and sparking debate and asking questions and speaking rhetorically, and there's a lot of time between now and next summer, when Irving can decline his player option for 2019 and become a free agent. He led the Celtics to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference before knee surgery ended his season. He scored 51 points, his career playoff high, while shooting almost 60 percent to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1 . Read More »

In youthful Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal faces a new French Open challenge

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Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, claimed his 85th win in Paris against just two losses after weathering a big-hitting opening from 2009 US Open victor Del Potro to win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "If I'd won the second set I think it is totally different, the third set", he said. He's playing with big confidence. The fifth seed, playing in his first Roland Garros semi-final in nine years, had three break points in the third game and three more in the ninth. Read More »

Argentina's Lanzini ruled out of World Cup

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Lanzini has scored one goal in his four caps for Argentina and worked his way into Sampaoli's starting XI in World Cup qualifying. West Ham have been linked with a number of midfielders in the transfer market, including Manchester City veteran Yaya Toure, and Lanzini's injury could intensify the pursuit for signings in this area. Read More »

Tiger Woods moors $20m yacht 'Privacy' in marina ahead of US Open

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Open trophy in hand. Woods, 42, will be chasing his fourth US Open title at Shinnecock Hills next week as he continues his comeback after almost two years out injured. In case you were wondering if Tiger Woods is still rich.by the look of his yacht the answer is yes. It's not exactly an easy commute from the Yacht Club to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club-it's an hour without traffic, and considering the clogged highway in the Hamptons , we can only imagine the trek. Read More »

French Open final: Halep vs. Stephens predictions, start time and betting odds

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She then managed to fight off incredible resistance for a hold that saw Muguruza miss three break point chances and held off the challenge to advance to a third French Open final . She had 41 unforced errors today, which isn't going to win you too many two-set matches. But Keys, who made 23 unforced errors in the first set, hit back hard and set up a break point at 3-2, only for Stephens to save it with a service return victor. Read More »

Andy Murray takes home a Jaguar I-Pace

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Andy Murray is set to end silence on his comeback plans in the next 48 hours, according to a report by Daily Mail . With Wimbledon starting on July 2, Murray's objective of making a comeback for the grass-court season is still within reach, according to his mother. Read More »

3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cavs 4-0 in the best-of-seven championship series, but it was after the opening over-time loss in California when James injured himself. "I tried to prepare the team for it, I tried to prepare myself for it, but you just can't - you can't prepare, because the exhaustion sets in, the frustration..." Fans chanted "M-V-P" to James in the final minutes, sensing his possible exit again. Read More »

These are the top 10 highest paid sports stars in the world

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Conor McGregor (US$99 million) and Neymar (US$90 million) are next with Cleveland Cavaliers small forward, LeBron James at six with US$85 million. Nevertheless, he still figures in 26th place in the list with $37.5m, $34m of which came from sponsorship and endorsements. Read More »

New Zealand women make record ODI total against Ireland in Dublin

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New Zealand´s women cricket team posted the world record highest score in any one-day global match when they made a mammoth 490 for four against Ireland in Dublin on Friday. This is the biggest ODI innings total in history. The 172-run opening stand by Bates and Watkins was the sixth highest in White Ferns history, and added to Bates' record of being involved in 27 100-run ODI partnerships for her country. Read More »

Zinedine Zidane's Successor At Real Madrid Revealed?

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Real Murcia president Victor Galvez yesterday claimed Guti will take up the head coach role at former club Real Madrid and not at the third-tier Spanish outfit. Conte also feels a "coach with strong and decisive methods" would not be welcomed in a settled dressing room, which has seen him cool interest in the Champions League winners. Read More »

Ruthless Rafael Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

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Next up on Philippe-Chatrier was Nadal-the King of Clay on his court-and he delivered a terrific performance, making del Potro look patently average en route to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory. I think this is too good of an opportunity for Thiem to pass up. Too good for almost everyone, nearly every time , on clay. After struggling in his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman , Nadal is approaching his best form ahead of the final and hopes are high that the Spanish star will emerge ... Read More »

Manchester United’s Fred suffers injury in Brazil training

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Brazil are now based at Tottenham's training base prior to flying out to Russian Federation, and footage posted to Twitter by Luiz Felipe Castro showed Fred go to ground after a challenge from Real Madrid's Casemiro . A scan may be required as Brazil and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar monitor Fred ahead of Sunday's final World Cup warm-up match against Austria. Read More »

EFL unaffected as Premier League brings in winter break

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We have now been treated to yet another official Premier League statement , the third in the past 24 hours. He then thanked the top flight's past and present clubs and his Premier League colleagues for their support, and singled out Sky for being the league's key broadcast partner since 1992 - their relationship has been symbiotic, with both parties benefiting enormously. Read More »

F1 Raceweek: Hamilton seeks to match Schumacher - Canadian Grand Prix in numbers

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Then came three-time defending Montreal victor Lewis Hamilton , Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas . The video, published on Tuesday, June 5, pages Scuderia Ferrari, says: "We are ready to Montreal ". Canadian Lance Stroll , in the other Williams, caught the Wall of Champions in the morning and punctured a tire. Hamilton has a record 74 career poles, Vettel 53.Max Verstappen, at 20 years old, can still become the youngest ever pole sitter this season. Read More »

Madison Keys edges past Yulia Putintseva to reach semi-finals

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Keys briefly rallied to pull one break back, but Stephens did not waste her second opportunity, sealing victory on her first match point with a glorious backhand victor down the line. "I think I worked really hard coming back and getting in the gym, and when I was chubby trying to get skinny and when I was out of shape getting back in shape", she said. Read More »

Nadal beats del Potro to reach 11th French final

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Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-1 6-2 to set up a meeting with Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final. There's also the emotional toll to consider - after beating Cilic, Del Potro broke down in tears on court and said: "It's tough to speak now". Read More »

Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys to reach second Major final

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Either way, though, we look set for a thriller in Paris . Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in action during her semifinal match against Madison Keys , Paris, France , June 7, 2018. Halep was my pick to win the French Open , and I truly hope she finally gets the money off her back. Kerber eventually prevailed in a tiebreak, but Halep came out all guns blazing in the second, firing baseline bullets at her opponent, who tried to cling on against the onslaught. Read More »

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win title

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James described that Game 1 loss as "very emotional" for him. Smith appeared to mouth "I thought we were ahead" to James after the play. After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span. Read More »

Warriors’ Durant wins second straight NBA Finals MVP

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Thompson began slowly with foul trouble and scored all 10 of his points in the blowout third quarter. The Warriors also won in 1947 and 1956 when based in Philadelphia plus 1975, 2015 and 2017 after their move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1962. Read More »

Everybody gets free tacos next Wednesday, thanks to Warriors win

If you haven't tried the "Doritos Locos Taco" yet, next Wednesday is as good a time as any to do so. Important info here: June 13 is the day for free tacos. Since the Warriors win came in Cleveland last night, that means FREE TACOS FOR EVERYBODY. But taco fans are already the "real winners", according to Taco Bell. Read More »

England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

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A sold out Elland Road was treated to its first England global since 2002 - and boy did the locals enjoy it. This is what England need, sending the team up and down the country, playing their home games in front of all members of their fanbase - not just those who live in London and tourists visiting - to bring excitement back into the national game. Read More »

Harry Kane signs new Tottenham deal until 2024

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First and foremost, Kane's new contract is a strong indicator of Spurs' lofty aspirations. The England captain's previous deal, which he signed in 2016, ran until the summer of 2022 but Spurs have tied him to a longer contract before they move into their new 62,000 seater stadium next season. Read More »

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

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Romero was granted two hours to see if he could lose that last pound but did not show up until 10 minutes before the cut-off point. Soldier of God ultimately won that bout via third-round knockout. Whittaker said: "I have a great team and a great staff". "Look, if you don't make weight, you're breaching a contract straight up. I don't know why the commission didn't give me two hours". Read More »

LeBron James injured his hand punching board after Game 1

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James recently stated that he will do whatever is best for his family and his career when asked how he will approach free agency. Even without another superstar joining James in free agency, the current Lakers roster is arguably more desirable than the one James has in Cleveland . Read More »

NBA Finals: Down 0-2, Cavs Need More LBJ, Less Distribution!

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When you check the stat sheet, he finishes with nights like Game 2. Cleveland routinely miscommunicated its switches, and defenders often looked confused on what strategy to employ possession to possession. A team with a defense this bad has never made the Finals, and expecting it to transform overnight against one of the best offenses of all-time is foolish. Read More »