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Murray has to work to book meeting with familiar foe Del Potro

Del Potro, who went on to guide Argentina to their first Davis Cup title, was always going to be a danger lurking for one of the top seeds as he continues to work his way back up the rankings after wrist problems nearly ended his career. Anderson broke into the top 10 after beating Murray at the US Open two years ago but is now down at 56 after injury problems. Murray produced an encouraging four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov in round one, but the early signs were not good against the ... Read More »

Champions League: Real Madrid, Juventus go for history in final

Ronaldo , however, is unlikely to find much freedom against Juventus , a team with one of the best defenses in soccer. Since the competition was rebranded to the Champions League in 1992, both sides have met 5 times in the knockout stages; 4 of which were two legged affairs. Read More »

Hoffman scores tiebreaker as Senators force Game 7

The Senators snapped an 0-of-29 scoreless drought on the power play with a 5-on-3 goal to tie the game in the second period and got a brilliant performance from Craig Anderson , who made 45 saves, including 22 of 23 Pittsburgh shots in the second period. Read More »

Lester pitches 4-hitter as Cubs beat Cueto | Giants 4-1

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Kyle Hendricks picked up his fourth win for the Cubs , going seven innings and allowing five hits over two runs, striking out five and walking none. Ruggiano added an RBI double in the fourth, and Belt hit a drive to left in the fifth for his ninth homer. "So it was a good feeling today". It was the 14th multi-homer game of his career, and it came on a night when the wind was blowing hard from left to right. Read More »

Predators coach refuses to discuss possible goalie change

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The same goes for Penguins center Nick Bonino , who took a shot from P.K. Subban off the left ankle or foot in Game 2, returned but did not take part in their final full practice before Game 3 Saturday night in Nashville . Win the next two, they would get a game six at home and while not ideal they could still be playing for game seven. Jones said he expects to see him in net the rest of the way. Read More »

Durant gets chance to follow LeBron's path to National Basketball Association title

He scored 42 in an important Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and can stand up to any of Golden State's perimeter players from a scoring and finishing standpoint. Question is, can Durant finally put his LeBron demons to rest once and for all? If you listened to the experts this week, who were chatting up about the National Hockey League and NBA finals on SportSXRadio (airs on AM 720 KDWN 7-9 pm PST) you already know the reasons. Read More »

Nishikori beats Kokkinakis at French Open

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Statistically, clay is Thompson's best surface, yet he has never made it past the second round of any grand slam, which he achieved previous year at Roland Garros . - No. 3 Stan Wawrinka had a 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 win over Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia. He will next face sixth-seeded and Dominic Thiem . Muguruza trailed 5-2 at the outset, fought back to force a tiebreaker, but dropped it 7-6 (4). Read More »

Look back: Rafael Nadal hits 100 matches on clay

Spectators watch Serbia's Novak Djokovic , center, serving to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris . ET. It is thus Zeballos, not Belgium's Goffin, who will face Thiem in the fourth round. "I need to focus on winning", said the fourth seed. With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round ... Read More »

CAS upholds transfer ban on Atletico Madrid until 2018

Antoine Griezmann looks to have pledged his allegiance to Ateltico Madrid after the Spanish club's transfer ban imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association was upheld following an appeal at the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) on Thursday (1 June). Read More »

Subban guarantees Game 3 win

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The third goal from the Pittsburgh Penguins was manufactured with a bit of luck. Of those, 90 percent went on to win the Stanley Cup , including Pittsburgh last season. Pittsburgh still had as many shots (12) in one period of Game 2 as they managed in all of Game 1 . It was a Pittsburgh record for fastest playoff goal at the start of a period. Read More »

Rihanna Steals the Show at NBA Finals Game

But lest we forget, once upon a time , Durant was a Rihanna fan. As both teams gear up for another familiar matchup when Game 2 rolls around at Oracle Arena, they'll need to tighten up their game execution to ensure a more hotly contested basketball game. Read More »

Antonio Conte success explained by Gianluigi Buffon

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Bale would have been a good option, or at least a fit Bale would have, but with the Welshman struggling with an ankle injury, the Real Madrid manager has an important decision to make. "Trust me, it'll be an open and entertaining game". "We're very close to doing it (winning successive finals) and we're the first to be so close to doing it for so many years". Read More »

Here's hoping LeBron James makes Cavs-Warriors III more interesting

Kevin Durant led the way with 38 points with eight rebounds and eight assists on 14 of 26 shooting, while Stephen Curry added 28 points with 10 assists. Lue also said the Cavs got "backwards" the game plan on defense, and were running out to the Warriors' shooters even when Durant had the ball and was heading toward the hoop. Read More »

Bale: I'm taking my pals down the pub if we win

The Italian club have gone 21 years since last being crowned champions of Europe but after conceding only three goals to reach the final and remaining unbeaten, there is a growing belief they can topple favourites Madrid . Antonio Conte has earned the praise of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon , who has revealed how the Chelsea manager gets so much out of his players. Read More »

Toto Wolff enjoys idea of Mercedes as the underdogs

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After Raikkonen and Bottas had come in for a tire change a few laps earlier, Vettel changed halfway through the 78-lap race . Sebastian Vettel won and Kimi Raikkonen finished second, and this was the 90th time in history that Ferrari achieved a "one-two" victory, and the first one after 7 long years. Read More »

Ian McGeechan: Warm-up losses are "irrelevant" on Lions tour

Players on the All Blacks fringes like centre Ngani Laumape, loose forward Brad Shields and fullback Jordie Barrett should have an opportunity to push their case for higher honours later in the year if they have not made the June 8 squad. The seven-times champion Crusaders have arguably the best pack in Super Rugby and have re-discovered the ability to score tries through their backs, with flyhalf Richie Mo'unga developing into a player worthy of being in the national conversation. Read More »

Takuma Sato reflects on Indy 500 win

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Terry Frei , sportswriter at The Denver Post , lost his job on Monday after tweeting that Japanese race vehicle driver Takuma Sato's win at the Indy 500 made him "uncomfortable". He blamed his father having to fight the Japanese in World War II for his social media outburst and anger in regards to Sato's win. Jerry Garrett of the New York Times passed along comments from the 40-year-old Tokyo native about winning on the sport's biggest stage. Read More »

Champion Djokovic cruises into third round

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Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 19 games to decide. In another match , American Steve Johnson played his heart out under electric Roland Garros skies before losing to Dominic Thiem in three sets, trading power and precision with the Austrian sixth seed in two hours of tension-filled tennis . Read More »

Zidane: No added pressure as Madrid defend Champions League

A head coach for only 17 months, Zidane has had a hand in Madrid's ninth, 10th and 11th Champions League triumphs - as a player, assistant coach and boss. The formation ensured that Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic could control things from the center of the park and give Dani Alves more space to exploit on the right wing. Read More »

Rihanna stole the show during Game 1

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Kevin Durant also saw his return to the NBA Finals not go unnoticed. Since he was drafted first overall back in 2003, James has consistently been asked about how he compares to Jordan. "We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a hell of a game", James said. "I thought he was awesome under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago". Read More »

Robson backs Manchester United for Sanchez move

Robson, however, is not one of them and the 60-year-old ex-England skipper said: "I think he's improved United". When he's been missing, we miss a bit of something. Jose Mourinho guided United to three trophies and qualification for next season's Champions League , something they failed to achieve in 2015/16. Read More »

Looking to reverse course at home for Game 3

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It includes the arrival of Barry Trotz, and the departure of Barry Trotz. He only allowed the opposition to score more than two goals twice in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but allowed the Anaheim Ducks and Penguins to score three or more goals five times in eight games and allowed 15 goals in his last five games total. Read More »

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gets 2000th career strikeout

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It was just the start of a night full of whiffs, especially for the Brewers. Their pitchers set a franchise record with 26 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 22 set on August 8, 1972 in a 19-inning loss to Cincinnati. "Both sides pitched outstanding". McCarthy gave up seven hits and two runs, walking one and striking out six. RHP Brandon McCarthy lasted only four innings Thursday before being pinch hit for after manager Dave Roberts discovered he had a blister. Read More »

Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavs

James finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and forward Kevin Durant (35) react after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland , Calif., Thursday, June 1 , 2017. Read More »