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Australia treasurer promises fair budget that reins in debt

It has also agreed to a A$2.3 billion road and rail package and has hinted at funding an inland rail freight project linking Melbourne and Brisbane. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday echoed the theme of budget fairness. South Australia's cancer facility - There will be Federal Government funds of $68 million allocated to give the country its first cancer treatment facility which will house a proton beam therapy. Read More »

NY Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is suspended for three games

Instead, hampered by injuries, they have started out 14-16 against all NL East opponents. Right-hander Dan Straily was lifted after 5 1/3 no-hit innings against the Mets on April 16, when NY didn't get its first hit until the eighth, and right-hander Wei-Yin Chen exited after seven no-hit innings against the Seattle Mariners two days later, when the Mariners finally got a hit in the ninth. Read More »

Crosby skates with Penguins team mates days after concussion

Crosby is no stranger to concussions while playing against the Capitals during his epic National Hockey League career. They once again controlled play when it looked like the Penguins were sitting on the lead. "We love the (resilience) that this team shows in the face of adversity". But they didn't respond with a retaliatory check. A couple of things are going to have to happen, all of them possible. Read More »

Nurkic back out for Blazers in Game 4


On Sunday, Kerr announced his absence was related to lasting pain from back surgery he had in 2015, shortly after the Warriors' championship win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. After missing two games it was good to see Durant on the floor, but he wasn't needed. Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Read More »

Qatar Airways signs as FIFA sponsor through 2022 World Cup

An accelerated process to hand North America the 2026 World Cup is set to be approved by soccer leaders this week, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino hoping for a "bulletproof" process to avoid past voting scandals. Dodd was defeated in the vote for the Council seat reserved for a woman delegate by the largely unknown Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, from Bangladesh, by 27 votes to 17. Read More »

Former Cowboys QB Romo fails in bid to qualify for US Open


Romo needed to finish in the top seven out of the 117 players at the local qualifier to keep his U.S. Open hopes alive. It all went to hell minutes later, when Romo put his tee shot on 15 into the water and finished with a triple-bogey (cue the fourth-quarter choke references). Read More »

Durant, Warriors push Jazz to brink of elimination

The Warriors extended the series lead to 3-0 with the 102-91 win over the Jazz. Besides the tussle with Rudy Gobert on the floor, Durant proved that when he plays angry, there aren't many players that are going to be able to stop him. "We're still going to come out and compete give ourselves a chance to win", said Jazz point guard Shelvin Mack , who's filled in for Hill. Golden State got out to a quick start, again, and led by 10 after the first quarter. Read More »

Barcelona and Real Madrid both tabled offers for Theo Hernandez, agent says

Hernandez extended his contract with Atletico until 2021 just last season, but AS reports that the left-back is now set to confirm his move across the Spanish capital at the end of the campaign. Hernandez is the first player in years to switch between crosstown rivals Atletico and Real in years, ending a "non-aggression" pact that reportedly prevented the two clubs from signing players from each other. Read More »

8 tweets that defined Game 5 of the Sens-Rangers series

The Ottawa Senators have dropped both games in NY to the Rangers by scores of 4-1. But Sens forward Derick Brassard scored the game-tying goal with less than 1:30 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Boucher said his philosophy in 6-on-5 situations is simple: "Score". We needed to win (Saturday) because we know it's going to be very hard there. "We've got to be better than we were there", Boucher told reporters in Ottawa before the club's departure Sunday. Read More »

Sharapova into Stuttgart semis


The former world number one beat Anett Kontaveit on Friday to progress to the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open and said she is happy to be tested more. The organisers' decision to parachute Sharapova into the main draw in Stuttgart , where she has been champion three times , drew criticism from rivals, who believed she was receiving preferential treatment. Read More »

Ronaldo stars in Real Madrid win

Real are bidding to win their third Champions League crown in four seasons. With his goals on Tuesday, Ronaldo increased his total to 400 with Madrid, by far the most of any player in the club's history. Ronaldo has netted 35 goals in all competitions this term but has nevertheless occasionally been on the receiving end of whistles and jeers from some sections of the Madrid support. Read More »

Senators vs. Rangers: Game 3 prediction

Pageau is the first Senator ever with four goals in a playoff game. The club went 0-for-4 on the power play, gave up two shorthanded goals and allowed 48 shots on Craig Anderson. However, the inability to consistently advance the puck allowed Edmonton to cheat and jump on forward passes in the neutral zone. Then comes a top-shelf snipe for the ages. Read More »

What will happen in tied second round National Basketball Association playoff series?

The Spurs prospered in Game 3 without the services of veteran point guard Tony Parker , who is out for the rest of the postseason after rupturing a quadriceps tendon in Game 2. "That's why we have a lot of good scorers and playmakers in that second unit", said sixth man Eric Gordon , who was 3-of-10 from the field in Game 3, in at least making three more shots than his lone bench mates earning playing time in Nene and Williams. Read More »

Jose Mourinho says he is happy Arsenal fans can celebrate


For me football is pretty much the same everywhere, the ball is round, but maybe tactically things are different than at other clubs I've played for. There was no way back for United and, for once in a troubled season, the Arsenal fans could relax and forget the will he-won't he concerns about whether manager Arsene Wenger will renew his contract. Read More »

Mets suspend Matt Harvey 3 days for violating team rules

It happens plenty, and not just with Harvey and the Mets. Shortly after Saturday's game, general manager Sandy Alderson met with Collins to discuss the team's options. The team would consider adding top prospect Amed Rosario to the roster if a need arises, but if Cabrera could avoid the disabled list it would lessen the need to add the touted youngster. Read More »

Spurs plan playoff life without Parker


That could be the case in the conference semifinals, as well, as Leonard looks to get more out of his teammates, namely his star big man. His organization of the team is really important, understanding time and score, what's going on on the court. Read More »

Predators advance, Oilers force Game 7

This game had the same smell as the 4-0 total domination game of Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals at Rexall Place, which was rocking, just like the new Rogers Place. Leon Draisaitl starred, while he was supported by Mark Letestu, Zack Kassian and Anton Slepyshev in Edmonton. "I don't even know what goalie interference is anymore, to be perfectly honest", Oilers winger Milan Lucic said, according to the Edmonton Sun . Read More »

George Hill out again for Utah in Game 4


It's been a contrast from the regular season when Golden State ranked 20th with 14.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. The Jazz were drinking op the playoff experience and the team felt good heading into their next series with the Warriors? Even without head coach Steve Kerr on the sidelines, they haven't put a foot wrong in sweeping Portland and probably Utah, who look nearly certain to succumb in four games tonight. Read More »

Specter of bribery cases hangs over FIFA Council elections

Qatar Football Association vice president Saud Abdulaziz Al Mohannadi was banned from running by FIFA in AFC elections that were originally supposed to take place in September 2016 but postponed in protest over FIFA's decision. China's Zhang Jian , South Korea's Chung Mong Gyu and the Philippines' Mariano Araneta won the seats available to Asian men on the FIFA Council. Read More »

Austin Rivers Will Play Tonight Against Utah Jazz


The five-time All-Star forward will visit a foot and ankle specialist when the Clippers return to Los Angeles. Griffin suffered a similar season-ending injury during last year's playoffs as the Clippers were knocked out of the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers. Read More »

Anthony Joshua beats Klitschko in Wembley thriller


Not since Len Harvey fought Jock McAvoy for the British light-heavyweight title at White City in 1939 had so many fans flocked to a boxing match in Britain, with 90,000 pouring through the turnstiles at the national stadium. Klitschko has now lost his last two fights, albeit over a space of 16 months. What he did tonight against Wladimir Klitschko showed me way more than just the standard steamrolling he's been so accustomed to in his previous 18 fights. Read More »

Giants lineup: Gillaspie at third base in opener vs Mets

The 27 runs are the most the Reds have scored in two games since 2010. In 14 IP, Reed gave up 10 runs (all earned), eight hits, three home runs and 15 walks. The Reds have won the first two games by at least 10 runs, marking the first time they have won back-to-back games by that margin since 1976 and only the second time they have down so since at least 1913. Read More »

Chelsea close in on title by crushing Boro

Fabregas - selected in place of injured Player of the Year victor N'Golo Kante - had Chelsea's next chance when Eden Hazard picked him out with a low cutback, but the Spaniard's placed strike fizzed wide of Guzan's right-hand post. The 30-year-old has not been a regular starter this season and was selected due to N'Golo Kante's injury. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea): The Spaniard showed his enduring class with a string of sublime long-range passes which sliced the Boro defence open. Read More »

Lowry will be gametime decision for Game 3 against Cavaliers

Oddsmakers indicate that the series could be more competitive in Toronto with Cleveland favored by just three points, via OddsShark , but the betting line doesn't reflect how dominant LeBron James and the Cavs have been. Now, trying to tie the series without Lowry, or a diminished version? "Yes, that would have been helpful", DeRozan said. "Kyle is our driving force, our point guard, our leader", DeRozan said. Read More »

Game 6 could be Fleury's Pittsburgh farewell, or just another glorious chapter

Shattenkirk said the Capitals had to read and react instead of overthinking. "I'm a little bit shy because he's still playing hockey, you know?" Netminder Marc-Andre Fleury held the Capitals' lethal offensive corps at bay through the majority of the first four tilts, but the dam finally broke in Game 5 as Washington posted four goals - their highest total in the second round - to push Pittsburgh to Game 6. Read More »

Washington's Markelle Fultz will attend the NBA Draft Combine


Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown represents his team during the National Basketball Association draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. There are 14 teams in the lottery that will all have ping-pong balls on lottery night with a chance of landing the top pick. Read More »

Rockets center Nene out for rest of playoffs with groin injury

On Sunday, the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets picked up huge Game 4 wins, tying up both of their second-round series. The Spurs prospered in Game 3 without the services of veteran point guard Tony Parker, who is out for the rest of the postseason after rupturing a quadriceps tendon in Game 2. Read More »

Harden leads Rockets over Spurs


Well, well, well. It's clear the Rockets were right about those two factors, as they adjusted and successfully achieved both in the comfortable win. Nene suffered a thigh injury on this play in Game 4 . Starting Dejounte Murray wasn't something you'd typically label as a "Pop move". If Popovich commits more minutes to his smaller lineup moving forward, Houston's advantages on offense lessen. Read More »

Lifelong Oilers season-ticket holder rewarded with Game 6

The victor of this series will face the victor of the Nashville-St. Edmonton had a 3-0 lead with roughly three and a half minutes left in the game and it was looking like they were going to take the 3-2 series lead, but Anaheim had different thoughts in mind. Read More »

David Luiz Says He Has Matured Since First Chelsea Spell

During his pre-match press conference, Conte said Tottenham are at a more advanced stage of their development but was happy as to how his first season in England has gone so far and is hoping to win the double with the blues. Steve Agnew will be in the dugout opposite Conte and while he acknowledges the significance to Chelsea , he is focused only on preparing his Boro side for their own vital task. Read More »

Celtics slammed in Game 4 by Wizards, series tied


And when they're at their best, they can win on the road. The Wizards have finished 11 of the 16 quarters in this series with leads. For one game, at least, the Washington Wizards were able to match and even exceed the Celtics' aggressiveness. Read More »

Bears Sign Dan Skuta to 1-Year Contract


Plus Skuta played in San Francisco under current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in 2013-14 and is considered a quality special-teams performer. Dan Skuta is returning to the Midwest after signing a one-year deal Monday with the Chicago Bears. The 49ers used a 3-4 scheme during his stay there, and Fangio will likely deploy Skuta in similar fashion. Read More »

Motivated Bouchard eliminates Sharapova in Madrid Open thriller


Bouchard said Sharapova's return was "unfair to all the other players who do it the right way". When so many people are willing to easily forgive and forget drug use in sports - or wonder why they even bother testing anymore - I always think back to the words in a 2005 column former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound wrote for the Montreal Gazette. Read More »

Bottas claims maiden win for Mercedes ahead of Vettel

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff expects an intense fight between Bottas and Hamilton this season, but he insists the dynamic is very different to the one the team has endured recently. I think it was just the balance that we had", added the Briton. His problems were exacerbated by Bottas, who had tuned in his vehicle over the weekend to perfection. Read More »