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Back in the NBA Finals: Dominant Cavs crush Celtics

So it essentially has the same effect of leveling the playing field for teams with less money. Avery Bradley led the Celtics in scoring with 23 points in Game 5, but he understandably celebrated very few positives after the loss. "As insane as it sounds, going into halftime, we had cut it to at least a manageable number". Go take back what they took from us. In a pre-season poll of National Basketball Association general managers 97 per cent of votes cast picked the Cavs and ... Read More »

LeBron James surpasses Michael Jordan as all-time playoff scoring leader

Golden State was a -20,000 favorite against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the postseason, -10,000 against the Utah Jazz in the second round and -1,600 to win against the San Antonio Spurs . Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. Whether it's the individual exploits of James; Irving and Love reminding us of why they are All Star material; or Tristan Thompson stepping ... Read More »

'Threematch' at hand for Cavaliers, Warriors

The Boston Celtics made a huge leap forward this season: They got the No. 1 seed in the East and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals . Plus the Warriors are well familiar with Irving's offensive repertoire, especially since he effectively ended their championship aspirations in Game 7 of the last year's NBA Finals with a dagger three-pointer in the closing moments of the fourth quarter. Read More »

Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to win FA Cup

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Here, however, Wenger coaxed and cajoled an inspired 90 minutes out of his Arsenal side in a performance that can rank alongside their finest in recent seasons. "If Ramsey was not in an off-side position, I could go out and touch the ball but I had to stop because he was there". Chelsea got themselves back into the contest as Costa struck despite the fact Victor Moses had been sent off having been shown a second yellow card following a dive inside the Arsenal box. Read More »

Lester fires four-hitter in Cubs' win

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The Cubs are trailing the National League lead by just 11 home runs, in fact. Bryant went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, but Rizzo slapped two homers. "I do feel good right now". Cueto (4-4) was just OK, striking out eight in six innings, but surrendering Chicago's three homers. "I felt like I executed quite a few pitches, but they got a few more balls up than we did". Read More »

Bale resumes Real Madrid training ahead of Champions League final

Presumably he is not the only one who was happy as the Real management took a bold step in appointing him manager in January a year ago. "This team defends with all 11 players", the experienced vice-captain explained. "Regarding the Champions Festival, fans will still be able to enjoy wide-ranging activities, including the opportunity to take pictures with the famous UEFA Champions League trophy, play football on mini-pitches and see a legends match". Read More »

England are going to be a challenge for every team: Virat Kohli

But if we don't do well overseas, it's like a knife hanging over our heads. "I will never play for redemption". But because you want to succeed everywhere you play, it motivates you even further to come back and do particularly well in those places where you haven't done well. Read More »

Andretti rules Indy _ and other takeaways from the 500

After coming close in 2012, Takuma Sato held off Helio Castroneves to win the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. It wasn't a complete loss for Team Penske or Castroneves , whose had the best showing from the five-car team over the last two weeks. Read More »

Final: Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists. James had 20 points and Deron Williams added 14 at the intermission. Read More »

Sri Lanka seeks worldwide help after deadly flooding, landslides

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Jaliya Wedarachchi told Al Jazeera that his guesthouse in Tangalle, 200km south of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo , had been swept away by floodwaters on Thursday. The government withdrew an evacuation order for thousands of residents in the southern district of Matara as water levels subsided . Sri Lankan military and rescue teams have used boats and helicopters to reach those stranded, but officials said access to some areas was very hard. Read More »

James leads Cavaliers back to Finals

It doesn't matter who you're going against or how you get the job done, you're just trying to figure it out, and I think we did that". "This is a great moment, and this is not promised", James said after scoring 35 points and becoming the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer in a 135-102 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday to clinch the Eastern Conference title. Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Forget playing like he had throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. "It's not enough, for him, for what he does, for what he brings". But Kevin (Love ) and Kyrie (Irving ) had it going early and they played well, so it kind of got him out of rhythm a little bit in that first half. Read More »

Big man leads Celtics to big win in series decider

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For the Wizards , it's a chance to remove, or at least reduce, the sporting gloom left by another early National Hockey League playoff exit by the hometown Capitals and remind opponents they had the second-best record in the East from December 1 through the end of the regular season. Read More »

Mourinho in line for new Man Utd contract

United will be in the Champions League next season, and a squad overhaul seems inevitable . On an emotional night in Sweden, United won their second major trophy of the season as they earned a 2-0 win against the Dutch side, securing Champions League football. Read More »

David Luiz's comeback at Chelsea has proved everyone wrong, says Conte

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He will now have the chance to complete an English domestic double in the FA Cup final on Saturday. When Luiz left Chelsea in the summer of 2014, he did so as something of a joke in PL circles - his eccentric playing style had caused him to commit a number of memorable sometimes-hilarious gaffes which eventually branded him a liability as a "defender". Read More »

Isaiah Thomas won't make surgery decision until swelling goes down

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Hearing King James say that chasing MJ's ghosts isn't him trying to jump over the Jumpman will inevitably have hoop fans saying that he's seeing how unstoppable the Golden State Warriors have looked and might be trying to save face in the scenario his Cavs lose to them in a Finals trilogy. Read More »

Cueto bounces back as Giants top Braves 7-1

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The two-time All-Star was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four starts. The win secured San Francisco's third straight series win at home. The Giants scored the game's first run when Nunez came around from third when a knuckleball glanced off catcher Kurt Suzuki glove in the bottom of the first. Read More »

F1 driver Sato makes history at Indianapolis 500

The win gave Andretti Motorsports its second consecutive victory and third in the last four years. Castroneves finished second for the third time in his career. "It was a wild ride, for sure", the 2008 500 victor and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver said after exiting the track's medical center. "You know, winning today, it's just superb". Read More »

Tom Rogic's injury-time strike seals treble for Celtic

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Having already wrapped up the Scottish Premiership and League Cup - with Aberdeen runners-up in both competitions - Rodgers' undefeated side needed no inspiration heading into the final game of what has been a brilliant maiden campaign for the former Liverpool boss. Read More »

Thiem beats Tomic to reach French Open 2nd round

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Two-time champion Sharapova was denied a wildcard after returning from a doping ban and three-time victor Williams is expecting a child, while in-form Romanian Simona Halep has been struggling with an ankle injury. In a battle of left-handers, 2013 Roland Garros doubles champion Makarova took the ball earlier, controlled the center of the court and pushed the sturdy German behind the baseline racing out to a 5-1 lead. Read More »

Cavaliers set franchise playoff record for points in a half

It's been one heck of a series . Golden State, they've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP ( Kevin Durant ). The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters - after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2. Read More »

Wenger: FA Cup win my presentation for new deal

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A mesmerising Arsenal side outplayed the Premier League champions; they should have won be a far greater margin, hitting the woodwork three times; they played like a Wenger side, but one from twelve years ago. He described the criticism he had faced as a "disgrace" in a BBC interview broadcast prior to the final and returned to the theme after lifting the trophy. Read More »

Ferrari are favouring Vettel - Hamilton

Kimi Raikkonen ( Ferrari ) +3.145s 3. WHAT does each Formula One driver's new helmet look like for the upcoming 2017 season? Knowing that Lewis Hamilton was so far down the track took huge pressure off the German and he easily defended his position from Valtteri Bottas going up the first corner. Read More »

Antonio Conte hails Chelsea stalwart John Terry

The 36-year-old however said that he has not taken the final decision yet and is evaluating his options. Absolutely (not). Otherwise he stays here. It is important for me, it is important for the players. Kurt Zouma's header from a corner somewhat fortuitously fell to his defensive partner and Terry was alert to poke the ball past Gomes from close range. Read More »