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Premier League waits on Virgil van Dijk case

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Liverpool released a statement on Wednesday evening apologising to Southampton for any misunderstanding, and pledging to drop their interest in the 25-year-old. It had appeared that Van Dijk was keen on the move to Merseyside and a deal was in place to bring the Dutchman to Anfield. Until a formal bid is lodged it's all hypothetical but keeping him will still be a tough task. Read More »

Alex Honnold talks with NPR about overcoming fear after historic climb

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Honnold took just four hours Saturday to scale the massive, 3,000-foot wall at Yosemite National Park. (And I guess they used drones?) You can see some more photos via NatGeo now . There are other climbers in Honnold's league physically, but no one else has matched his mental ability to control fear. "They all start with Freeblast, which is like a 10-pitch slab", Honnold said, adding that large sections of the granite slab are "basically like walking on a sheet of glass". Read More »

Venezuela commander urges troops not to hurt protesters

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FILE: Riot security forces members catch fire during riots at a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas , Venezuela , June 7, 2017. Opposition leaders are calling for a general election to settle Venezuela's crisis. He says the crisis is a US-backed conspiracy. The national election board announced on Wednesday that votes for the new assembly would still go ahead on July 30, despite an opposition boycott, criticism from some within government, and a ... Read More »

Draymond Green calls Cavs fans 'rude' after mother deals with hecklers

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With that being said , fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers have made their way into the spotlight for the wrong reasons - and it's not the first time they've done so. His mother is not one to back down from confrontation, or to watch a game without speaking her mind. The Warriors will try to sweep Cleveland and win the National Basketball Association title for the second time in three years in Game 4 at 9 p.m. Read More »

Ostapenko blazes past Bacsinszky to reach French final

With the win, Ostapenko becomes the youngest player to advance to the women's semifinals at Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic in 2007. Bacsinszky or Ostapenko can make it a double celebration when they meet on Thursday as both women celebrate their birthdays. Read More »

Warriors top Cavaliers and move to brink of NBA title

Durant scored 14 in the final frame including a crucial three-pointer to snatch the lead 114-113 with 45.3 ticks left in the game. Afterward, Warriors coach Steve Kerr - in his second game back on the sideline - spoke to reporters. "It's the most firepower I've played in my career", said James, who played all but two minutes. The three-time champion stopped driving to the basket in the second half of Game 2 and he looked spent on the bench when he took a break during the third quarter. Read More »

Rookie Frederick Gaudreau helps Predators even Finals at 2-2

For someone who had gone nearly three months without losing two straight starts, you would think it would cause Murray some soul-searching. "I thought I was OK in Game 3 , obviously not great, but I thought I was pretty good in Game 4 ", Murray said after practice on Wednesday. Read More »

Memory fails Kei Nishikori ahead of Andy Murray quarterfinal reunion

The 32-year-old Wawrinka , a late bloomer who has developed a reputation as one of tennis' best big-match players, radiated confidence after his lopsided quarterfinal win. Murray will nearly certainly have to play better if he is to repeat last year's victory over Wawrinka, who is yet to drop a set and crushed in-form Marin Cilic on Wednesday. Read More »

Cavaliers aim to turn around Finals like past year

Look, LeBron is the best player in the world, and unless there is a 6-foot-8-inch alien that handles the ball like Allen Iverson, has a jump shot like Steph Curry and a post game like Hakeem Olajuwon, he's the best player in the universe, but that being said, he can't do it alone, and even with Kyrie Irving doing his best Scottie Pippen, the Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant are who we thought they were. Read More »

Manchester City confirm arrival of Ederson from Benfica

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Bertrand's supposed decision to walk away from Southampton has piqued the interest of Chelsea , who are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements as they plot a way to defend their Premier League crown next term. This has led to Pep Guardiola turning his attentions to Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand . With Bertrand looking set to leave the side after three years at the club, Saints Marching takes a look at five possible replacements for the England worldwide. Read More »

Warriors eyeing record after Game 3 win in Finals

Despite huge performances from LeBron James (39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists) and Kyrie Irving (38 points), the Cavs were downed at Quicken Loans Arena. After they gave up a 3-1 lead in last year's NBA Finals , the Warriors said their only focus was getting to four wins. They did it exquisitely well in Games 1 and 2; they did it with beauty and precision pretty much the entire season. Read More »

NBA's Warriors on brink of making pro sports history

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Shooting 16-for-33 from downtown masked what was a sloppy ball-handling night from Golden State. We play our game. "So you've got to try to focus on the next game and focus on your job and what you can do to help your team be successful going into the following game". Read More »

Durant's shot sends flawless Warriors over Cavs in Finals

If Irving and James seemed exhausted, Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he didn't think it showed until the final minutes. "He knows this is his moment". "So Kyrie was playing well, the game was on the line, so I chose to stick with those guys, being at home, down 0-2". "I don't know. Great players, they always dig deep and have their will to win". Read More »

Dubs win Game 3 behind fourth quarter comeback

But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted. Read More »

Halep returns to Roland Garros semifinals after epic comeback

Halep dropped her first set of the tournament in her last match, but won a second set tiebreak and the final set, 6-0. "Today I can finally say I felt a little bit better on the court compared to the last matches", she said. She's not afraid of anything. "She played very well, we were both serving well", said Pliskova after reaching her first semi-final in Paris . "She's a baby, but she's a handsome baby". Read More »

Rashford determined to show Manchester unity

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England travel to Scotland for a World Cup qualifier on Saturday and face France in a friendly three days later. With Wayne Rooney having again been overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate , Rashford is the only United forward in the squad, but he does not believe Rooney's worldwide career has run its course. Read More »

French Open 2017: Nadal consoles Carreno Busta after injury withdrawal

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Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for a record 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match Wednesday because of an abdominal injury. I will have to play deep balls. "And my only goal is to try to be ready to play my best, no?" I have positive feelings and am playing well. The rest of the things, we can always find behind the stones. Read More »

Giants want WR Odell Beckham to play entire career in NY

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Wide receivers with his talent make like 8x that. New York Giants WR Odell Beckham hasn't been practicing with the team, but it doesn't look like that has hurt his long-term value or their plans for him. I also pointed out that, by working out out on his own, Beckham risks the kind of injury that would jeopardize his $1.8 million base salary for 2017, and his $8.4 million guaranteed-for-injury-at-work-only option salary for 2018. Read More »

LeBron James destroys Kevin Durant with transition slam

Tonight, for the first time in these NBA Finals , the Cavaliers held a second-half lead. It was another of James triple-double flirtations (39 in the scoring column, 11 rebounds, nine assists), exemplifying the passing and rebounding that make him so unsafe even when he is not starting out as if he could not miss. Read More »

Durant, Warriors storm back to take Game 3 from Cavs

Klay Thompson , who scored 16 first-quarter points, accounted for a game-high six 3-pointers. That remained a possibility the entire game Wednesday night - until the closing minutes, when the Warriors ripped the Cavaliers hearts out. Read More »

Hector Bellerin: 'I miss my family in Spain'

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Our source is reporting that that the 22-year-old is the number one transfer target and that Barcelona are looking to tempt Arsenal to sell the former Barcelona youngster for a sum said to be in the region of £40 million. Indeed, his fine form for Arsenal resulted in the club handing him a new six-and-a-half year contract last November, although Bellerin admitted in an interview back in his homeland this week that living in London without his family has proved hard. Read More »

Pats, Julian Edelman agree to two-year extension

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His base salary for 2017 was $3 million. This is taking into account some of the lucrative deals that the league's top wide receivers have been inking over the past couple of seasons. The Patriots added speedster Brandin Cooks to a crowded receiving corps that already includes Edelman, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola . The ball did not hit the ground, instead, through multiple hands, legs, and feet, Julian Edelman someone fought through a maze of Atlanta Falcons and made one of the ... Read More »