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Rihanna heckles Kevin Durant during NBA Finals

Can Durant and Curry play as well if the game is tight? Now for the purists of the game, you know who you are, the anti-analytics fans, these numbers must be driving you insane. What essentially killed the wine and gold were their turnovers. Kevin Durant was a mastermind, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers. Read More »

Rain rescues Australia against NZ as match abandoned

Smith knows that to capitalise on this let off that they now must win and win well when their campaign moves to The Oval in London to play Bangladesh on Monday. Australia had opted against fielding all four of their out-and-out fast bowlers, with James Pattinson the man who missed out on Friday. The wicketkeeper, selected ahead of Tim Latham, struck 24 before showers arrived at the central England venue with New Zealand 67-1, then returned with more lusty blows amid the best atmosphere ... Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 preview: England

It teaches you a lot as a captain, it teaches you a lot composure-wise. In previous seven editions, India have won the trophy twice and ended runners-up once. India, for instance, know exactly how their batting lineup is going to look like, but they do need to make a decision on the bowling - whether to go with one spinner and three fast bowlers or two spinners and two pacers and who those bowlers will be. Read More »

Casemiro is Real Madrid's most important player, says Max Allegri

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One of the most popular shirts among Real Madrid fans has " Sergio Ramos " and "93" on it. Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo Vieira da Silva (left) and Juventus Defender from Brazil Dani Alves (right). It will be Buffon's third Champions League final. We're proud of that, but it's not enough. "As a team Juventus look much better; Real Madrid also have the individuals that can make the difference at anytime but i think the collective should win this time because ... Read More »

NBA Game 1 Key Stat: Korver, Williams Scoreless for Cavs

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As good as James was with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, Durant was the best player on the floor in Game 1 . Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and was ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. After another 3-pointer later in the third, Curry turned from the basket and kicked his feet into the air, celebrating his ability to seemingly score at will against the struggling Cavaliers . Read More »

NBA Finals better live up to the hype

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland , Calif. This year's average is only slightly lower than on the same day in 2016, when tickets sold the day before the finals for the series' first four games had an average price of $1,138. Read More »

Warriors' Green in quick foul trouble in Game 1

The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant , a healthier one after Stephen Curry was banged up last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them. For the Cavaliers , Kevin Love had 15 points with an impressive 21 rebounds. The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason. The ESPN sports network is also hosting their own Warriors vs Cavaliers live stream at their Watch ESPN website, as well ... Read More »

Coca-Cola 600: 5 takeaways from NASCAR at Charlotte

The rain delay lasted for over an hour and a half before the race was resumed with 257 laps to go. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was the official starter of the longest race of the season; the Coca-Cola 600 . My fiancee wrote in the vehicle, 'When you keep God in the first place, he will take you places you never imagined.' And I never imagined to be here at the 600 victory lane. Read More »

Warriors roll to 113-91 win vs. Cavs in Game 1

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You go through it with us. "I mean, it's no if, ands, or buts". It is what it is. "A lot of our actions on the defensive end, a lot of our communication, we're just going to have to dig our feet in and be able to guard the basketball", Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said. Read More »

Rihanna Steals the Show at Game 1 of NBA Finals

But aside from the obvious "LeBron and Kyrie Irving combine for 80 points", here are five adjustments that the Cleveland Cavaliers can make in Game 2 to climb back into this series. "There were certain points where they were getting hands on balls, deflections, and being first to the 50-50 balls". Cleveland was held to just 34.9 percent shooting in the first meeting. Read More »

Durant and the Warriors actualise Cavaliers' worst fears

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Golden State's Stephen Curry , who had 28 points and 10 assists , sparkled in the third quarter, his two 3-pointers capping a 13-0 run to start the second half that produced a 73-52 lead. Half of his 26 shots came in the restricted area, the was throwing down - six alone in the first half. "We got to figure out how to combat that , which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. Read More »

Sri Lanka steps up relief as monsoon toll exceeds 150

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The mud was 30 feet deep in some areas, one rescue operator told Reuters at the time. People in the town of Agalawatte in the Kalutara District of Sri Lanka said they had no hope of the water levels going down anytime soon. The hill in Sri Lanka's Ratnapura district, known for gems and precious stones, is 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of the capital, Colombo . Army helicopters and boats and police were searching for those stranded in vulnerable areas. Read More »

Paramountcy, stephanotis stump area students in national spelling bee

The remaining contestants were set to take a four-section, computerized test in a semi-final round Wednesday evening. But Edith didn't qualify for the finals after a written test and won't be seen on stage Thursday. She organizes the bee for schools in her district as well as the Otsego Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Educational Services. As part of the trip, the family has visited the National Cathedral, the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Nationals Stadium. Read More »

Ronaldo: "People talk about me and do not know a damn thing"

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Real Madrid's lead was doubled by Karim Benzema in the 55th minute with a fine strike that put the game to rest and took his goal tally to 15 in the La Liga this season. "It's quite an interesting one, normally by and large the seasons can be defined in recent seasons between the results between the big teams in the league, particularly the Clasicos and the emergence of Atletico Madrid ". Read More »

"Kiki" Mladenovic feeds off home crowd to advance

No defending male champion has lost before the fourth round at Roland Garros since 2004. With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round casualty, familiar faces are relatively thin on the ground in Paris , and Muguruza's win was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court. Read More »

England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy

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As Bangladesh begin their Champions Trophy campaign against England on Thursday, Tamim wants his team to draw from the good memories of their recent past and go into the tournament with a lot of confidence. But as the runs kept coming, an increasingly frustrated Stokes exchanged words with Tamim and mockingly patted him on the shoulder at the end of the 32nd over, with umpires Rod Tucker and S Ravi intervening to calm tempers. Read More »

Classy Root adds silk to England's batting steel

Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent century to lead Bangladesh to a decent total of 305 for six against England in the opening game of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday. "I just think it sends the wrong message out". "They adapted to the longer boundary pretty well, and to the wicket - it was a really good wicket to bat on". Read More »

Previewing the 2017 NBA Finals matchup

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Check out each of the new logos and watermarks below. Forget about the action on the court during Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Finals, did you catch what Rihanna was up to? "A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said. Read More »

Morgan sees South Africa rout as timely lesson for England

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Without him, England might still have had Tamim run-out for just four had substitute fielder Jonny Bairstow managed a direct hit at just one stump from square-leg. "You earn the right to play positive cricket", he said. Test skipper Root also shared a massive 143-run partnership for the third wicket with Morgan (75 off 61), who continued his rich vein of form by scoring his 33rd half-century, to guide his side to victory with 16 balls to spare. Read More »

Klizan in French Open handshake row ahead of Murray clash

Just 4-4 this clay season and with only one title this year, Andy Murray admits it's been a tough start to 2017. "I do feel I'm a better player at the end of these last few weeks on the surface than I was at the beginning and that is the most I can ask of myself: to keep improving". Read More »

After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

Rihanna is a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, so she didn't enjoy seeing her team get roasted by the Warriors in Game 1 . Durant's presence also benefited Curry, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to a 28-point night. "They're the best I've ever seen ", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. The kid above, by the way, was flown to Oakland by the Warriors for Game 1 and got to meet Curry. Read More »

German Ambassador: 'No, No, No' Feud Between Trump, Merkel

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With Germany's elections drawing closer, Merkel has been forced to turn her attention to her own voters - most of whom loathe Trump and staunchly oppose increasing defense spending, one of his key demands . At a Bavarian folk festival on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped a rhetorical bombshell. "It's a very ambitious project we're starting, but we don't want to put up any barriers to other European countries that don't share our ambitions". Read More »

India confident of defending title - Virat Kohli

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Overhead conditions, a mercurial factor in England, will help to dictate whether the upward trend continues. But now we are balanced, we have good fast bowlers, depth in batting and the series against England [In January] sealed it for us. The Black Caps last played one-day cricket in England during the thrilling 2015 series, which England won 3-2 against Brendon McCullum's side. If you give them freedom to play their game in the middle order, I am sure they know the best how to build up the ... Read More »