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Predators take 2-1 series lead over Ducks


They're both playing hard. Even though the Ducks have solved their regular season scoring problem, they still struggle on the power play. Anaheim would deliver the dagger, however, when Carlyle chose to put three centers on the ice with Antoine Vermette taking the draw. Read More »

Warriors flatten Spurs, go up 2-0


Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots for the Warriors , who got a season-best 63 points from the bench. Game 3 will be on Saturday, and there's enough time between the games that Leonard is now questionable for the contest. The Warriors now lead the Spurs 2-0 heading back to San Antonio. Read More »

Rohit, Shami return in India's 15-member squad for Champions Trophy

India will take on New Zealand on May 28 (Sunday) and Bangladesh on May 30 (Tuesday) as part of the preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy. Rohit's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan , who was adjudged Player of the Tournament in the 2013 Champions Trophy, has retained his place in the team. Read More »

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick (copy)

The NBA's integrity took a huge hit with teams tanking left and right to improve their chances of moving up the lottery ranks. "We also now have clarity that we'll have a 2018 unprotected pick from the Lakers". "Sometimes you need to be patient". If I were the general manager of whichever team drafts Jackson and the Minnesota Timberwolves called offering Wiggins in exchange for him, I would instantly respond with four words: "No thanks. Read More »

Arsenal want Tammy Abraham


This has opened the door for Arsenal to make a move as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his squad. Standard Sport revealed earlier this month that Chelsea are prepared to double the 19-year-old's wages to £50,000 a week in order to keep him at the club. Read More »

IPL 2017: Match Preview: Qualifier 1 - MI V/s RPS


Patel's straight drive off a slower delivery from medium pacer Shardul Thakur was finger-tipped by the bowler before the ball hit the stumps as Simmons was found to be short at the non-striker's end, with Mumbai at 35/1 in 4.3 overs. Punjab are on 14 points from an equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run rate of +0.296. Apart from them, Nitish Rana, skipper Rohit Sharma , the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard are capable of destroying any bowling line up and put fear ... Read More »

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win Madrid Open


Anything could have happened at the end of the first set. "I don't think it changes a lot for me". In game 7 Novak saved a set point with a service victor and he managed to hold and reduce the deficit to 5-2, starting to play a little bit better and imposing his shots to shake off the pressure from his back. Read More »

Warriors trounce Spurs without Kawhi Leonard for 2-0 series lead


Once the Spurs got by, Brown's phone rang with a familiar caller ID - "Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs". "That's what I'm anxious for". They were passive and showed little fire from the opening tipoff. Six different players had at least six points, and Kevin Durant (11 points) joined Curry in double figures. Fourth on Golden State in minutes during the postseason, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP is averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Read More »

Cuban: Mavs tanked after playoff elimination


Telling professional basketball players to purposely lose games isn't ideal, so Cuban had another plan of attack to partially mask the approach of losing down the stretch. The Mavs were certainly nowhere close to implementing a tanking strategy as we have seen in other towns, like Philadelphia, but it is still refreshing to hear a team owner admit it publicly in the way Cuban just did. Read More »

Maria Sharapova denied French Open wild card

Maria Sharapova was forced out of her second-round match at the Italian Open through injury, having earlier been told she would not be handed a wild card for the French Open. Many WTA, and ATP , players have been critical of the way in which Sharapova has been allowed to return through wildcards and it seems that Simon's statement will attract a lot of criticism. Read More »

Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers second

The Nets mortgaged their future to get Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to pair with Deron Williams, who was one of the best point guards in the league at the time. And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. On Tuesday, the Celtics reaped the ultimate reward of acquiring a first overall pick by winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery. Read More »

Yaya Toure: Strong chance Manchester City will offer midfielder a new contract

The 32-year-old has made more than 300 appearances for City since joining City from Espanyol in 2008. However Batshuayi could still stay at the club because of the extra games Chelsea will play next season. For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us. Manchester City veteran Pablo Zabaleta is set to leave the club after his contract expires in the summer. Read More »

Man Utd legend Neville: Chelsea inviting trouble with Lukaku signing


Another exciting Premier League campaign is coming to an end, with the last round of matches being played this Sunday. "But, for sure, I have to pick the players who, for me, are in better form". I am happy. My team-mates have always been supporting me. They encouraged my to grab my chance and advised me not to let my head down. "It was an important game because it's the first game we are champions". Read More »

Sharapova cruises past McHale in Italian Open


Canadian Bouchard had called for five-times grand slam champion Sharapova to be banned for life after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at last year's Australian Open , referring to the Russian as a "cheater". A decision on her participation in the Grand Slam, which starts on 28 May, will be released on Facebook at 18:00 BST on Tuesday. It was inconceivable to take a decision that would have been the opposite of this. Read More »

Maria Sharapova vows to 'rise up again' after French Open snub


Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where the Russian is already one of the bookmakers' favourites for the title. "It's not down to me to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that were taken". However, not long after learning she was not to be granted a wild card for the French Open, where she twice won the tournament, Sharapova had to concede her match against the 16th seed when ... Read More »

Europa League: Rashford magic gives Manchester United the edge over Celta Vigo

Rashford's second-half effort proved decisive as the Reds built an important first-leg advantage in northern Spain, ahead of next week's return match at Old Trafford. He had a fantastic shot in the first half that (produced) a handsome save", added Mourinho. "Sometimes a training session finishes for the group and he keeps doing his individual work with my assistants". Read More »

Warriors to face Spurs in Western Conference Finals


No way. No how."I mean, I really just didn't have a rhythm at the beginning of the game", Harden, who had 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting, with seven assists, three rebounds, six turnovers and a minus-28 rating, told reporters afterward. The Dubs have also had the luxury of enjoying a week rest in advance of their showdown against the Spurs . The only other time that San Antonio was a bigger playoff underdog was at the Los Angeles Lakers on May 27, 2001, a game the Spurs lost 111-82 as ... Read More »

Maria Sharapova breaks silence after French Open rejection

Sharapova has competed at three events since returning to competitive tennis following her 15-month suspension for testing positive for meldonium, a sanction that was reduced from two years by the CAS. She is now ranked No. 211, which is too low for her to qualify for the French Open. "I appreciate the media impact of Maria, I appreciate the broadcasters' expectations but in conscience, it was not possible to go beyond the anti-doping code and beyond the application of the rules. Read More »

Favorite Cavs open East finals on road vs. underdog Celtics


Vincent St. Mary shirt with a fighting leprechaun pictured on the front. As the Celtics prepare to face red-hot LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Olynyk believes they will have more than a fighting chance of being competitive, even though they lost the regular-season series 1-3. Read More »

Real name suspended Nacho in squad ahead of appeal result


We're not going to relax. Only Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more La Liga goals than Iago Aspas this season who has 18 from 23 starts for Celta. Watch Celta Vigo v Real Madrid live on Sky Sports Mix from 8pm on Wednesday. Real Madrid's Nacho celebrates scoring their first goal against Sevilla , with Sergio Ramos (right) and Danilo (centre) at Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, May 14, 2017. Read More »

Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

While he's indirectly conceding the Celtics will select someone else - likely Washington's Markelle Fultz - at No. 1, Lonzo leading L.A. back to relevance appears to be front and center on the country's sports dad of the moment's mind. "I recently had a conversation with Ray and we agreed that it would be in his best interest to transfer to another program", Prohm said. Ainge noted that the Celtics will now have more clarity in terms of the pick they have to trade away, compared to previous ... Read More »

Mourinho Vows To Field Strong Side Vs Southampton, Pogba Out


United are now only in sixth spot in the 20-team Premier League but have reached the final of the Europa League. "I am not upset because we had to make that decision". Winning the Europa League is United's only remaining route into the Champions League after a 2-1 loss at Tottenham on Sunday ruled Jose Mourinho's men out of a top-four finish domestically. Read More »