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Wenger dismissive of Adams criticism

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I don't question their focus and their determination because in every game they turn up with strong performances". I will be there. The France defender is struggling with a calf issue and could be left out as a precaution ahead of the FA Cup final having missed two of the last three games. Read More »

Ducks spoil the party in Nashville with OT win

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Perry's goal with just under 10 minutes to play in overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 win and tied the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. In 2007 when Perry was in his second year he was part of the Ducks youth movement coupled with future hall of famers, Teemu Selanne , Scott Niedermayer , and Chris Pronger that lifted the Ducks only Stanley Cup. Read More »

LeBron, Cavs Have Reeling Celtics in Must-Win Mode for Game 2

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And then if we play great, we win. Similar to Game 1 Wednesday night, when Cleveland jumped out to a commanding 22-9 lead, it dominated from the jump during Friday's Game 2. There is no hope of holding James down with strength on defense, and his combination of speed and power makes him the hardest player to stop in the paint. Read More »

Isaiah Thomas leaves Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 with hip strain

Does LeBron James need to drop another 20-point half or chase down another block to sway the one or two souls on the planet who are unconvinced? Richard Jefferson added 10 points, while fellow reserve Kyle Korver scored eight. The Cavs are now 10-0 in the playoffs against the field, with a realistic chance of running the table, which would say more about the competition than it does about them. Read More »

Relentless Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final

Especially if you're playing against a Spanish player in Madrid , it's obviously a different game, it's a different feeling. Djokovic made the last four after Nishikori withdrew from their match with a wrist injury. He will face the victor of the late night match between number 8 seed Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric , who knocked number one seed, Andy Murray out earlier in the week. Read More »

Red Sox ace David Price struggles in minor league start

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This story has been updated with quotes and post-game material from the A's clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum. I concede that it will be tough to move prospects for anyone right now considering that our farm system is very close to being a barren wasteland, but in the right deal I would do it. Read More »

LeBron lights up the Garden as Cavs crush Celtics

And, oh, the Cavs beat the No. 1 seed in the East by 44 points. It's one game, and we know this team is a very scrappy team. Defending NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers showed no mercy as they dismantled the Boston Celtics 130-86. The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them. On the other hand, the Cavs were able to produce their best defensive performance of these playoffs, holding the Celtics to their woeful ... Read More »

Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final

The 22-year-old netminder made his first appearance of the playoffs in Game 3 against Ottawa. "We'll see how it goes". According to a Friday morning report from Chantal Machabee , Murray will be starting for the Penguins in Game 4 while fellow goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will serve as the team's backup. Read More »

Always Dreaming looks very much for real as Preakness awaits

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming is washed after a walk on the track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Friday, May 19, 2017. The Preakness is considered the second prong of the elusive Triple Crown, with the final prong occurring three weeks later on Long Island in the Belmont Stakes. Read More »

Desperate Spurs vow aggressive fightback against Golden State Warriors

What's the pain like now? That said, I do not want this to turn into a gripe session. "They're going to play as hard as they can until it's over". "It's frustrating", he said. Thats just being a lot more alert defensively to start and just making them work.”. They were ahead 72-44 at halftime and were up 106-75 heading into the fourth period. Read More »

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

C's guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley combined to shoot 2-for-10 in the quarter. The Celtics haven't found a way, and they're running out of time. We still haven't done that. "We just got to attack the ball and I think we'll be fine". Here are some other notes from Celtics-Cavs Game 2. After Boston was beaten up in the Eastern Conference finals opener, Isaiah Thomas was confident the Celtics could bounce back in Game 2. Read More »

Kompany backs Guardiola to deliver

He said: "We still have 95, 96 minutes to fight to do one thing that's so important for the club and the future". "We will soon lose all of that if we get a two-game ban". "The gap to the leaders is big". We must improve on that next season. As we secured safety long before the end of the season, it is normal that from there the players will relax. Read More »

LeBron's Cavaliers crush Celtics after MVP snub

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James has scored 30 points in eight straight games as he looks to visit the finals for the seventh-straight season. Cleveland led by a record 41 points at the half, and by 46 after three quarters. Harden made the first team for the third time. Lue chuckled when he found out after the game that James was not a finalist. "Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league", said Stevens, in his fourth year in the league and now 0-5 against James and the Cavs in the postseason. Read More »

Paul Pierce says he thinks Celtics should trade No. 1 pick

With that trade, as most may remember, Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce and Jason Terry went to Brooklyn for some role players and Brooklyn's first round draft picks for four of the next five seasons. "His combination of skill and athletic ability give him the chance to become a superstar caliber player for years to come". On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast , MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft. Read More »

Wenger: Europa League won't make Ozil/Alexis talks harder

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The Frenchman was once again asked at his news conference ahead of Sunday's season-ending Premier League clash at home to Everton what his plans are as regards his contract. Both teams are battling it out to qualify for next season's Champions League with just one point separating them as they go into their final league matches this weekend and although the Reds are now in pole position, Redknapp admits that "stranger things have happened". Read More »

Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

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Making his first playoff start since his Cup-winning victory last spring, Matt Murray made 24 saves for the Penguins. "To be honest with you, we don't care", coach Guy Boucher said. "That's a decision we made". The Senators looked great at home and I am sure they have to be in the head of Fleury. They're a team that's been through it. Read More »

Rory Mcllroy Withdraws From BMW PGA at Wentworth

McIlroy announced this injury prior to the start of THE PLAYERS, citing increased practice sessions as he tried to dial in some new clubs. "It is disappointing, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery". But McIlroy will now have to sit out the tournament at Wentworth as he continues to recover. The Northern Irishman has played in six tournaments in 2017 and finished in the top 10 on four occasions but remains the year without a victory. Read More »

Manchester United's David de Gea boost as Real Madrid look elsewhere

I believe it's the Ajax way of playing, because I'm inspired by the 1970s when Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels were in Ajax , playing with the same vision that I have. Manchester United have been handed a big boost in there hope to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford beyond this summer as Real Madrid have started to look at alternative options. Read More »

Spurs-Warriors: 5 Burning Questions

Trevor Ariza led Houston with 20 points on a night when MVP hopeful Harden capped his stellar season by tying a season low with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting before fouling out with 3:15 left. While all the attention is on the superstars on Golden State, Green will likely be key in this series as he continues his postseason redemption tour. Read More »

Vital La Liga matches for both Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Karim Benzema somehow escaped the attention of three Atletico defenders on the by-line and cut the ball back for Toni Kroos. Madrid sit second to Barcelona in LaLiga due to an inferior head-to-head record, but Zidane's side possess a game in hand which they play against Celta Vigo on Wednesday. Read More »

Players history-maker Kim out of Byron Nelson

Poulter is now inside the top-60 of the FedEx Cup rankings. The top 10 automatically qualify, and at No. 28 in the world, he has a healthy advantage over the final qualifying spot. He finished three strokes behind South Korea's Si Woo Kim and showed the fighting quality that has made him so popular with fans around the world. Read More »

Olympics: IOC officials begin Paris visit to study 2024 bid

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With the International Olympic Committee now assessing a proposal to award the next two Olympics - one to each city - Paris officials insist the French capital city is the right choice for 2024. "I'm a little unorthodox about this", Garcetti said. "We'll listen if the rules change". According to Estanguet, Macron looks forward to meeting and working closely with the International Olympic Committee delegation in the latter's visit to Paris , while no clear time has been set yet. Read More »