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Ginobili lifts Kawhi-less Spurs to overtime win against Rockets

Patty Mills' shot went cold in the final minutes of the San Antonio Spurs' thrilling game 5 playoffs overtime victory against the Houston Rockets, but his coach Gregg Popovich didn't mind. "We weren't going to lose the game being on our heels". "But we will be ready on Thursday". It would also make sense to have superstar Kawhi Leonard take the ball to the rack early and often. Read More »

Arsenal loss has focussed Man United minds on Europa League, says Mata

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Asked Tuesday if Arsenal can still finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League after Sunday's win, he replied they still have a chance. And today, no problems. "And during the game I didn't like what I never like: he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time ". However, after his first league defeat at the hands of Wenger, Mourinho just couldn't help himself and have a dig at at his old rival. Read More »

Rockets look to take 3-2 series lead over Spurs

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The Spurs were able to squeeze pass the Rockets but it came at a cost as All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle. Both teams were executing well and the period ended with a 32-29 lead for the Spurs. He also made a foul shot down the stretch to help San Antonio hold on."The competitiveness was off the charts", Popovich said . Everybody's got a comment or something to say about others, I guess. Read More »

IT Wins Epic PG Duel, Dedicates Effort to Late Sister

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After Kelly Oubre Jr opened overtime with a triple for the Wizards, the Celtics went on a 6-0 run then rode a 5-0 blitz by Thomas after another Oubre basket to go up 125-119 with more than a minute left. Wall ended up with 40 points to lead Washington, while Morris chipped in 16 markers. "We are focused on Game 3 right now, and we are going to watch film on these guys right now". Read More »

Major League Baseball reportedly will not suspend Chris Sale for throwing behind Manny Machado

First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. The Baltimore Orioles are hitting the end of their seven-game road trip and they can not get out of Boston soon enough. If you think about the things we've done in recent years - the catchers rule, the second-base slide rule - those are player-safety rules. Hopefully by then tempers will have simmered and players can just enjoy the game. Read More »

Real will attack Atletico despite Champions League tie lead - Zidane

Just a theory but is it one you share? The goal all but ended Atletico's hopes of advancing, and the second half was played at a much calmer pace, with few significant scoring opportunities for both teams . The Bianconeri await the victor of the Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid - probably Real . It had heart-breaking losses in the finals in 2014 and 2016, and also was eliminated in the 2015 quarterfinals. Read More »

Players to watch for on Day 2 of the NFL Draft

Nazair, who was the 102nd overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks, followed North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky , who was the second pick on Thursday night. "I like to get picks and I like that the league is a passing league". Florida State's Dalvin Cook , right, in action. He should go early in the second round Friday night, and the belief here is that Cook will become a star who comes fairly close to matching what Ezekiel Elliott gave to the Dallas Cowboys previous year. Read More »

Saul Alvarez to take on unbeaten Gennady Golovkin

Alvarez didn't send his fans home disappointed as he invited WBC middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez into the ring to announce their long overdue fight, which is said to take place on September 16 . Read More »

Sharapova marks comeback from ban with victory

Sharapova, a three-time victor in Stuttgart , triumphing in 2012, 2013and 2014, was welcomed on court with a loud cheer from fans and brilliantly took the first set 7-5 despite losing the opening two games. I need to play points and games and sets and matches - all matches are important for me. Not all of her peers have welcomed her return but Sharapova received a good reception when she was introduced to the crowd and subsequently walked out on court alongside her opponent in Germany. Read More »

Spurs star Leonard vows to play in game six

Popovich said he was unsure of the severity of Leonard's injury, despite Leonard's claim that it would not keep him out of the lineup. The Spurs led, 91-87, with eight minutes remaining. "When they play their big lineups, we can get stops and run them, confuse them in pick and rolls, get their bigs in the pick and rolls regardless if Aldridge is guarding Trevor or who the bigs are guarding, we need to get them mixed up into hard situations, so transition is really important, but running ... Read More »

Smith holds nerve to claim maiden win with Blixt at Zurich Classic

The Kisner/Brown (60) pairing trailed Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (64) by a shot heading into the final hole, but the former's eagle shifted pressure back on the young duo. But Smith noted that with each team keeping the best score per hole in the final round, there's always the possibility for the veteran Blixt, who has won twice, to pick up the slack. Read More »

Spurs' Parker has torn tendon, out for playoffs

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The genius of coach Gregg Popovich will be severely tested after the San Antonio Spurs learned Thursday they will be without veteran point guard Tony Parker for the rest of the playoffs. "No excuses, we're just going to go complete and play our best game in Houston", he said. His rim protection enabled Leonard's roaming defense, and his chemistry with Pau Gasol in the paint helped San Antonio dominate the Rockets. Read More »

Russian Media Invited Into Trump's Closed-Door Meeting With Kremlin Officials

Russian Federation and Iran are both aligned with Assad against rebel factions that want to remove Assad from office. The Trump administration is not guilty of collusion with Russian Federation in Syria, at least not yet. "This strengthens the criticism that the Trump admin lacks transparency, especially when he hasn't held a press conference on James Comey, who was in the middle of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election". Read More »

Champions League: Real Madrid join Juventus in final

Diego Godin remains the key man in the defence for Atletico , who really has to put up something inspirational on Wednesday evening. He is one goal behind the Argentine for the competition's top scorer this campaign, and will probably have two games to surpass him. Read More »

Winding up Celtic fans, Rangers stopping '10 in a row'

Callum McGregor added a third shortly after the break with Dedryck Boyata heading home a fourth. While Rangers' hopes of finishing second are all but gone, their old rivals need to negotiate their final four league games and the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen to complete a loss-free league season and an historic treble. Read More »

Preds outlast Blues to take 3-1 series lead

He scored the game-tying goal at the 7:39 mark of the third period in Friday's 3-2 win over the Predators that evened up the second-round series. They paid dearly in Game 1 when they gave up a pair of power-play goals in a 4-3 loss. Louis . The Ducks came out with some determination in Game 3 after losing the first two games of the series at home. Yeo said if the Blues can bring this kind of effort the rest of the series, he likes their chances to come back. Read More »

John Wall, Wizards use 26-0 run to rout Celtics, tie series

Bradley Beal rebounds from back-to-back subpar offensive showing to score a game-high 29 points in Sunday's Game 4 . The second round playoff series is now tied at 2-2. According to Celtics stat guru Dick Lipe (as relayed by CSNNE's Abby Chin ), the 73 second-half points allowed were the most but the Celtics in a playoff game since May 24, 1987 and are the fourth most in franchise history. Read More »

Dodgers' Urias through 6 no-hit innings against Pirates

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McCarthy is the 15th Dodger to hit the DL this season. Yasiel Puig added a solo homer in the first as Los Angeles jumped all over Trevor Williams (1-2), who was filling in for Jameson Taillon after he had surgery Monday for suspected testicular cancer. Read More »

Indians put Kluber on 10-day DL with lower back strain

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Corey Kluber lasted just three innings, allowing five runs and seven hits. Norris (2-2) allowed five hits - including Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single in the third inning - four walks and struck out a season-high eight over six innings. The Tigers have a 4-2 record against the Indians, including two wins in three games this week. Manager Terry Francona said Jackson jammed his toe on first base, but didn't have any more information on the injury. Read More »

Rashford goal gives Man United advantage in Europa League semi-final

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He works every day. Manchester United, England's last European representatives, have travelled far and wide in their bid to win the only major continental trophy to have eluded them in their success-laden history. "After that Mourinho has got a lot of experience and he just tells his players: "Game's over, game's finished, 1-0, we're not gonna play anymore football tonight". Read More »

Chelsea one 'little step' from title - Conte

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That is why he is able to register 11 league assists in as many starts during a season where he has played a second fiddle to other midfielders at the club. I see my players every day, and I see in them the right concentration and attention. With Tottenham putting up nine straight wins before their loss to West Ham on Friday, Chelsea were pressured by Spurs, but the win over Middlesbrough means it would take a collapse of epic proportions if the Blues were to miss out on the title. Read More »

Instant analysis: Cleveland Browns draft Michigan's Jabrill Peppers

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This offseason, the front office signed guard Kevin Zeitler and center J.C. Tretter to multi-year deals. "That's how much we liked him", Grier said. "Representing something a lot bigger than yourself is one concept, but when you are doing it at an worldwide level with a fan base that truly expands all over the word, it was an honor and privilege". Read More »

Chelsea one 'little step' from title, says Conte

After the Tottenham title charge fell flat on Friday, Chelsea picked up that expected win against Middlesbrough on Monday to move to within one win of the English Premier League title, a remarkable Premier League title tilt at that. After the highs of last season we've wasted an opportunity to play in the best league in the world. Conte then paid tribute to Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who was instrumental in the win over Middlesbrough . Read More »

Kohli: Other teams have played better than us at Chinnaswamy

In doing so, Narine, notched up his half-century in just 15 balls. Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn during the IPL 2017 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Trinidadian has been a key cog for the two-time IPL champion Kolkata Knight Riders, essentially because of a bag of tricks with the ball that continue to baffle the best batsmen in the lucrative league's rich roster. Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Game 3

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The Raptors led by as many as five points in the third quarter. However, without Kyle Lowry - who sat out due to an ankle sprain he suffered in Game 2 - Toronto didn't have enough firepower to keep pace with the Cavaliers . The Raptors were happy to be home after being routed by a combined 33 points in Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland, buoyed by the fact they were in the same position last season. Read More »

Silva, De Bruyne orchestrate City's win over Palace

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Everton's pursuit of the top-six has taken a blow in recent weeks and as a result they look nailed on for 7th and the best of the rest award. The France worldwide is making strides towards full fitness but will not face Swansea on Saturday . Read More »

Warriors' smothering defense overlooked during win streak

The Warriors' combination of length, athleticism and basketball IQ has given Utah fits and Snyder said they need to attack aggressively much more often. "The other 19,000 people in the arena and everyone else watching on TV saw the same thing I saw", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "It's an easy decision to at that moment (to defer to Durant )". Read More »

PGA Tour extends FedEx Cup sponsorship for 10 years

And now, FedEx will be sponsoring this event for another 10 years. Monahan did say that in announcing the lengthy extension, there will be flexibility to increase the bonus pool for players. Jude Classic in Memphis, FedEx has been a sponsor for the PGA Tour. What is it that makes the mix work so well? Woods also won the FedEx Cup in 2009 and remains the only player to win the cup a few times. Read More »

Selby comeback earns third world snooker crown

Mark Selby won 17-15 and advanced to the final. Mark Selby , one, then. The Leicester native won six of the session's seven frames to take a 13-11 lead. Normally tasked with helping the official in the white gloves replace disturbed balls when players are put back in after a foul, his score-marker and assistant, Brendan Moore, was unable to say with certainty that cue-ball and black had caressed. Read More »

Allegri backs Juventus for Champions League glory

Monaco needs just one more goal to reach 150 for the season but at least two to have a chance of reaching the Champions League final . But those prodigies and their wise old figurehead Radamel Falcao barely laid a glove on Juve over two legs and the determined, drilled - and occasionally dastardly - trio of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will relish a showpiece battles of " BBC " line-ups, with Real Madrid - of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano - 3-0 up on neighbours ... Read More »

Mets: Matt Harvey Will Return To Mound Friday At Milwaukee

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Monday's matchup with San Francisco will be the first game against a team outside the NL East for the Mets this season. Sometimes, though, home runs seem a little more predictable. Adeiny Hechavarria later homered off Mets reliever Paul Sewald. And Terry Collins was still as star-struck about Harvey as a lot of us in NY were when the kid first came along with a fastball he seemingly could throw past the world, ready-made for the big-city spotlight. Read More »

Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett

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You knew this was a Douglas draft when the Birds' first pick, Derek Barnett, stood center stage at nearly 10 p.m. Thursday while 75,000 or so Eagles fans occupying the Benjamin Franklin Parkway looked at each other and wondered why anyone would bring back Fred Barnett. Read More »

Without Crosby, Pens open 3-1 series lead on Caps

Pittsburgh posted a 3-2 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday to seize a 3-1 edge in the Eastern Conference second-round series. The Penguins' advantage doubled 3:51 into the second when a centring pass by Guentzel smacked off the skate of Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov and by a surprised Holtby. Read More »