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Short-handed Spurs humble Houston to advance to Western Conference finals

The San Antonio Spurs have booked a place in the Western Conference finals of the National Basketball Association playoffs, where they'll face the Golden State Warriors. "I know they feel as bad as I do and this is going to hurt and linger". "Some nights, life hits you in the face", Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said. Read More »

Vegas gives the Spurs virtually no chance to beat the Warriors


The Spurs did just eliminate the No. 2-ranked offense in the league in beating the Rockets , and Popovich slowed down Houston's attack after allowing 126 points to them in a Game 1 loss. San Antonio compiled a 60-37 rebounding edge and limited Houston to 28.6 percent shooting. "And again, I feel so sorry for him because he's had an unbelievable [season]". Read More »

How Ferrari has cut into Mercedes' advantage


The Mercedes driver had scored Briton's 250th pole position in qualifying, but he immediately lost the lead to Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari at the start. After Vettel and Hamilton had both pitted, Vettel hunted down Bottas now in the lead and engaged him in a lap-long duel. Vettel eventually got by, but by then Hamilton had clawed back a few valuable seconds. Read More »

Terry on target in Chelsea victory


Cesar Azpilicueta restored Chelsea's lead with a crisp finish before half-time and the contest looked over when Michy Batshuayi, who scored the title-winning goal at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, added a third just after the break. "You can write some records". A little heavier, clanking about like an eager old tin man, he still has an excellent touch although, had he played much deeper in the second half, he might have been best served bringing out a shovel and digging a trench in front ... Read More »

Rashford can fill Zlatan's boots - Lingard

Rashford was criticised following the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday after being accused of diving to win a penalty in the first half. The Spaniards now lie 11th in La Liga having lost their last three domestic matches and while they are unbeaten in their last five European matches (W4 D1), they have kept just one clean sheet in six Europa League home games this season. Read More »

Spurs Kawhi Leonard re-injures left ankle, done early Game 1

Leonard, my choice for MVP this season (he probably won't win) was with 26 points in less than 30 minutes. Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team above.600 and 7-2 ATS in their last nine Conference Finals games. Read More »

After Game 3 win, Rangers aim to level series against Sens


Will the home team remain unbeaten in this NHL Playoffs series when the Ottawa Senators host the New York Rangers at 3PM ET in Game 5? "I don't think we have to change a whole lot". J.T. Miller grabbed the loose puck and passed to Lindberg at the point for a 3-0 lead at 15:54. "I kind of tried going five- hole but I fanned on it a little bit". Read More »

Middlesbrough Captain Admits Lowest Point of Career Following Relegation From Premier League

Tony Pulis: "Firstly you have to give Chelsea great credit". The Blues have been the Premier League's top performing team by far and are on the brink of being crowned champions. "The first year I came here, I came from winning the league in Spain and straight away we won the league, so that was very nice", Courtois added. "It is not important the single person now, me the players, we must be focused on the moment". Read More »

Si Woo Kim exits AT&T Byron Nelson with back injury

It also marked Kim's second win on the PGA Tour after he was victorious at the Wyndham Championship a year ago. Elsewhere, it was a day of mixed fortunes for the players at the top of the World rankings. He missed the green 10 times and saved par each time. He finished at 5-under 283 to tie for sixth with Scott (70), Brendan Steele (68) and Francesco Molinari (71). Read More »

Big eighth inning leads Arizona Diamondbacks past the New York Mets


J.J. Hoover entered in the seventh to strike out Michael Conforto after Wheeler had reached on Godley's error . NY sends right-hander Tommy Milone to the mound for his second start of the season as a Met. He earned another start as the No. 5 man in the rotation, Lovullo said. Four home runs off D-Backs bats pushed Arizona towards victory. DIAMONDBACKS KEY TRENDS: The Diamondbacks have won 19 of their last 27 games at home and are 13-6 in their last 19 home games versus a right-handed ... Read More »

Popovich fury at Pachulia over Leonard injury

Leonard dismissed the notion that his latest injury came as a result of dirty play on Pachulia's part. Pachulia stuck to his story at Warriors practice on Monday, repeating his previous statements that he was merely trying to contest Leonard's shot and that he hadn't meant to slide underneath him. Read More »

Johansen: Kesler's play 'doesn't make sense'

Though Kesler may have gotten under Johansen's skin to a degree, the Nashville center has still been prolific with four points in two games this round. While playing for the Vancouver Canucks, he scored 41 goals and won the Selke Trophy in 2010-11 as the league's best defensive player. Nashville , without a ton of scoring from its depth forwards, relies heavily on its top line centered by Ryan Johansen , and they've been ultra-hot in these playoffs. Read More »

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry will opt out of final year of contract

Lowry averaged 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists this season, all career highs. "If not, I'm open to seeing what else is out there". Ibaka has intoned many times that he prefers playing centre to power forward, which was an issue in Orlando and would be in Toronto moving forward should both he and Jonas Valanciunas return. Read More »

Si Woo Kim youngest Players Championship winner, Ian Poulter second at Sawgrass

Poulter never imagined all this two weeks ago. Proving that despite a rough year that included a medical exemption for a foot injury, the 41-year-old isn't ready to bow out of competitive play just yet. "The putter is not quite doing what I would like". He hit too shots into the water on the 17th and make a quintuple-bogey 8, then finished with a double bogey to close with an 84, the worst finish by a 54-hole leader at The Players. Read More »

Trotz, Capitals expect desperate Penguins for Game 7


Finding a way to make the conference finals for just the third time ever at the expense of the Stanley Cup champion and longtime nemesis Penguins - who are 3-0 in winner-take-all games against Washington - would just be the icing. That created a two-on-one with Burakovsky and Oshie, and Burakovsky kept it for himself, wedging the puck between Fleury. Another stunning collapse -this one in five games- may have caused total reconstruction of the Capitals organization. Read More »

Reviewed Ducks goal sends game to overtime vs. Oilers


As accomplished as Getzlaf was before the Stanley Cup playoffs began, he might have cemented his legacy this past week, and not just for his eight points in three games. Try a stationary storm system. "I look at it that it's not the same group". The Ducks have really been the aggressor in recent games and I expect that to continue. Read More »

Fernando Alonso expected to slump even without clash

When Bottas finally emerged onto the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, he rose to fourth - just behind teammate Lewis Hamilton - at 0.654 seconds off pacesetter Raikkonen. The season's start is in risk of damaging the reputation of the once proud McLaren, which has 12 driver titles and eight constructor titles to its name. Read More »

Andre Iguodala could miss Game 2, needs MRI on left knee


The team has not officially commented yet. After the results come back from the MRI, the Warriors will evaluate the best course of action moving forward. If Iguodala sits Tuesday, he would again have nearly a week off as Game 3 isn't until Saturday. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP is now averaging 7.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game this playoff. Read More »

Mourinho: Man United Don't Want To Play EPL Games

The final whistle was blown moments later and Celta's players slumped to the ground, some of them holding their heads in their hands and others in tears. I don't know when we would be playing that game. But Smalling has no issue with Mourinho's attitude and sees the fact he wants him back on the pitch as a good indicator. Read More »

Smalling sees positive in Mourinho criticism

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that unless anything changes, Sergio Romero will start for Manchester United against AFC Ajax in the Uefa Europa League final on May 24th in Stockholm . Mourinho once again moaned about a lack of time between matches, and said that the Europa League demands have affected his team selection for games including this one, and that's negatively impacted results. Read More »

Germany and France Agree to Draw up Roadmap on Developing EU


During his campaign, Mr Macron had thrown up ideas on reforming the eurozone, noting that the currency bloc can not go on as it is if it wanted to avoid falling prey to protest and populism. While Merkel and Macron did not decide on any specific measures, they agreed to stick to a "road map" of talks and negotiations. French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil his cabinet on Tuesday, a delicate balancing act for the centrist who has promised to include faces from the left and right as ... Read More »