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Butler, Bulls Battle Celtics in Game 2

The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass. Isaiah Thomas had a team-high 20 points for the Celtics. Thomas will play again tonight in game two and over the weekend when the series moves to Chicago. Thomas had his Game 1 technical foul rescinded by the league, but he got one 1:51 into Game 2 . Read More »

Sabres fire Murray and Bylsma

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Murray was hired in 2014 to install a rebuilding plan, the centrepiece of which was ensuring Buffalo would have the best possible chance of drafting phenom Connor McDavid in 2015. Bylsma is most noted for taking over the Penguins in February 2009 and leading them to win the Stanley Cup four months later. Murray, however, noted that the ultimate decision on Bylsma and his own future rested with owner Terry Pegula. Read More »

3-on-3 Discussion: First Round Predictions

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That's largely due to James Harden's spectacular performance all season. Harden's line of 29.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 11.2 assists is not that far off Westbrook's Oscar line of 31.6, 10.7 and 10.4. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shoots the ball during the second half of a game against the Denver Nuggets. We had a similar race at the conclusion of the 1961-62 season, when Bill Russell beat out Wilt Chamberlain and his 50-point scoring average , Robertson and his ... Read More »

Ben Te'o selected in Lions squad to tour New Zealand

The Lions kick off their 10-match trip against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3, with the Blues, Crusaders, Highlanders, Maori All Blacks and Chiefs all on their agenda before the first of three Tests three weeks later. Read More »

Atletico Madrid Puts A Damper On Leicester's Champions League Dreams

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Jamie Vardy, the striker signed from a non-league club five years ago, powered in an equalizer just after the hour-mark. Simeone said he was happy to make Atletico regular contenders. Saul Niguez's first-half goal turned out to be all that Atletico Madrid needed here to defeat Leicester City 2-1 on aggregate and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four years. Read More »

Raptors need to find another level in Milwaukee

No play was bigger than the jumper he hit with 8.9 seconds left to seal the win. For all the talk about how the Bucks have looked better since Parker was lost for the season and Khris Middleton returned to the lineup, a poor first half offensive showing from Giannis Antetokounmpo showed why this team is better with Parker. Read More »

NHL Playoff Odds Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a weird deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series . "We showed good character coming back, but we're not gonna win many games getting down 3-0", Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand said. Boston had the league's best penalty kill during the regular season and their special teams units will have to be big in this game and in the rest of the ... Read More »

Ill Short of Nerves, Liverpool Defeat West Brom 1-0

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Liverpool went into the fixture in the West Midlands having under-performed during their visit to Stoke City last weekend, and it initially appeared that they were going to replicate their efforts from that match. "For me, I don't look for [a man of the match] because I don't care about it but I thought, for a striker who didn't score a goal, it was a nice performance". Read More »

Celtics' Isaiah Thomas Reveals His Top 5 Candidates For NBA MVP

After dominating the competition in 2016-2017, the Rockets have the pleasure and opportunity to host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. "So, we have to build that wall around him, put a lot of bodies around him". Both teams have undergone impressive transformations in their own right but the end result will be one team moving on and the other moving on to a vacation. Read More »

James White Signs 3-Year Extension With Pats

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A fourth-round pick in 2014, White has been far more useful catching the ball than running it, with 105 catches for 984 yards and nine TDs, while rushing for just 260 yards on 3.7 per carry. That, plus a pair of Super Bowls for the 25-year-old, who is fortunate enough to spend the next handful of seasons in Foxboro. "He just does everything right and you can never get mad at him". Read More »

Giants will be in Washington on Thanksgiving night

Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins will host the Giants while Americans around the country try to fight off the temptation to snooze on the couch after gorging on turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and family squabbles. Read More »

Spurs relishing chase of Chelsea

Son has now hit the back of the net 15 times in total in the Premier League since joining Spurs and Saturday's goal brings his total in all competitions this season to 18 goals in 39 appearances. Hugo Lloris returns between the posts to replace Michel Vorm , while Kieran Trippier and Vincent Janssen come in for Kyle Walker and Moussa Sissoko. Read More »

Bournemouth vs Chelsea Preview: Cherries look to halt Blues' march to title

The Blues secured a vital 2-1 win against Manchester City on Wednesday, Eden Hazard scored both the goals to keep Tottenham at bay. "And I'm sure he can score in every game". Diego Costa's Premier League goal drought stretched to four games, with the Spain hitman having only hit the net three times in the league since January. Read More »

West Brom boss Tony Pulis hits out at Liverpool goal

It affected us for the first 20 minutes of the second half and that was the negative I spoke to them about afterwards. "A lot of people have been saying that we can't deal or defend as well as we can but today we proved that we can". Emre Can: Played more on the left in the first half but was used centrally in the second and was more influential for the Reds. Firmino settled a poor match of few clear chances at the Hawthorns , although Nacer Chadli and James Milner wasted fine openings. Read More »

Sam Warburton to captain British & Irish Lions on tour to New Zealand

As expected, Dylan Hartley is the third successive England captain to miss out, following in the footsteps of Chris Robshaw and Steve Borthwick, but the RBS 6 Nations champions still supply the largest contingent, numbering 16 players. Hartley was not the only notable England omission, with in-form lock Joe Launchbury also missing out. In February's Six Nations clash against Italy he made his first start at centre and made a good impression on Gatland, who believes he can thrive in New ... Read More »

Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

Charles Barkley is particularly stubborn, as he still thinks the Warriors aren't a good defensive team (Golden State has ranked in the top five in defensive efficiency for four straight seasons). That lead would balloon to 25 before the start of the fourth. And of those 11, five of them are centers, which means someone is going to have to play out of position. Read More »

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet: A massive 3 points for us today

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Because the league is like the league is, [the other teams] have three, or maybe next week after the [FA Cup] semi-finals, four games less. Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's global break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net. Read More »

Harden powers Rockets past Westbrook's Thunder

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Right now it feels as if the Rockets hold a huge advantage after their blowout win on Sunday, but the Thunder would possess the homecourt advantage with a win in Game 2. The hyper-competitor he is, Westbrook should relish facing his old nemesis (see: 2013 first round) and outdueling his old teammate and MVP co-favorite. Read More »

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis addresses confusion over carrier

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Photos released by the Navy showed instead that on Saturday it was in the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java and then the Indian Ocean. Carl Vinson was headed north, toward the Korean peninsula. "The president said that we have an armada going toward the peninsula". U.S. media reported on Tuesday that the supercarrier deployed by President Donald Trump to deter North Korea did not reach the Sea of Japan right away because White House and Defense ... Read More »

Kane aims to make Chelsea doubt title credentials

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Antonio Conte: Spurs now best team in the league. Everton are one of the three Premier League clubs that could stop Chelsea from winning the Premier League title although the Blues annihilated them 5-0 in the first fixture on November 5, 2016. Read More »

Down and Distance: Aaron Hernandez, A Life Full of Darkness

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The former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself from his cell window using a bedsheet, officials said , but that method of suicide is rare in max-security prisons. The case will be investigated by the state police. The timing of Hernandez's death came as a surprise as he had been acquitted of a double homicide on Friday. Read More »

Monday Report: Boudreau Stresses Game 7 Attitude From Here on Out

Time and time again he has made big saves on quality scoring chances against him. "We're not anxious about series, up two games, three games, we're just worrying about ourselves". Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury overcame a shaky first period to make 33 saves. All those misfires in the zone for the Wild added up to a wasted home-ice advantage. Read More »

Warburton to captain Lions; no place for Hartley, Launchbury

The Wales back-row was named skipper when Lions coach Warren Gatland announced a 41-man squad Wednesday for the three-Test series in June and July. Now coaches Warren Gatland and Andy Farrell explain why. He also coached Scotland to a Grand Slam in 1984 and again seconded McGeechan in 1990 when they managed another clean sweep. "Our advantage is we play with that expectation all the time". Read More »

Amla ton takes KXIP to 198/4 against MI

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The Punjab team have won two out of the total five matches played by them till now. The MI team has been successful in gaining the right momentum for their team. While Axar Patel has been reliable, they are still to figure out who their best second spinner is. With Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron failing to deliver consistently, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get T Natarajan back into the side. Read More »

Real Madrid Beat Bayern Munich, 2-1

Ronaldo himself added: "It's an honour to reach this number". Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 28 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid so far this season. "We showed the willingness to get a good result after the first half and if we had gone in at 2-0, it may have been a different match". But after his double against Bayern he is now three goals ahead of long-term rival Lionel Messi, who has scored 97 times in European football. Read More »

Investigation Continues Into Aaron Hernandez's Death

Simpson was found innocent and set free; Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., says detectives assigned to his office and the Department of Correction are investigating Hernandez's death. Read More »

Boston Celtics Lose Game 2 to Chicago Bulls

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Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason. Chicago again used its big men to push the Celtics out of the paint and was quicker to the ball in a lot of 50-50 situations. It's going to be exciting so don't miss a single second of the game. The Celtics fell to the Bulls, 106-102. "Rajon, when he got back in there, I thought was really, really good with that second group". Read More »

Divock Origi: James Milner believes Liverpool star deserves to play more

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Recent performances have showcased how much stronger we look at the back with both Lovren and Matip in the team and have, once again, teased supporters and most likely Klopp himself into wondering what might have been. When that competitiveness yields a win, it creates a lot of joy for the Liverpool Manager, and today sees the German admittedly "very happy". They throw everything at you, including the goalkeeper but we did well, we defended it. Read More »

Zidane tells Isco his future is with Madrid after heroics in Gijon

Isco's future is now uncertain, with the 24-year-old having just over 12 months left on his current Madrid contract, and having hinted that he will consider his future this summer in search of more regular playing time. The 21-year-old made a huge impact by setting up Cristiano Ronaldo's victor against Bayern Munich on Wednesday after replacing Gareth Bale for the final half hour. Read More »

Masters primer: What you need to know heading into Sunday's final round

The players ahead of Spieth on the leaderboard are all stars in their own right, but none of them could feel any better than him on this course at this moment. Garcia entered the day with a 74.9 scoring average in third rounds at Augusta, the worst among any player in the last 30 years with at least 10 appearances. Read More »

Columbus loses top defenseman for rest of playoffs

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski blocked a shot with his face during the second period of tonight's playoff game versus the Penguins. Werenski returned in the third period with a full facemask and a significant cut and bruise under his right eye - he tweeted a photo of his face after the game that showed his eye almost swollen shut. Read More »

Serena Williams Seemingly Announces She's Pregnant, Then Deletes The '20 Weeks' Snapchat

Williams, who is engaged to the co-founder of community news and chat site Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, is on top of the all-time list of major winners since Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968. The next major tournament is the French Open, which starts on May 28. James Pivarnik, a kinesiology professor at Michigan State University, said her muscular build could overcome some of the changes that usually impair performance. Read More »

Oscar Robertson Salutes Russell Westbrook For NBA Triple-Double Record

With averages of a league-leading 31.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists, Westbrook will finish the season as the first player since Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double for the season. "My motto is 'why not?', and I always stick by it, regardless of what people say what's possible and not possible". Portland earned the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth with Denver's loss. Read More »