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Steve Hansen rejects Warren Gatland claim as New Zealand squad is revealed

I don't think there is any comparison between Test rugby and Super Rugby , but he's probably just trying to make a light comment. "I've always said this and I still believe it, this is the best Lions side to come here". "They (the Lions ) haven't been together (for long)". "I've been asked about Johnny in the lead-up to this tour and we understand each other well, and that's the challenge now; to get to know Owen a little more than I did in 2013, to understand him a little bit more". Read More »

Earnhardt Jr baffled by lack of success at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame auto owner Richard Childress finally let the emotions flow when he looked up at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's scoring board after the Coca-Cola 600 and saw the iconic No. "It matters that the runs are no longer than 100 laps guaranteed, so that puts a lot of emphasis on pit road", two-time 2017 victor Brad Keselowski said. Read More »

Wawrinka oldest French Open semi-finalist in 32 years

Very smart tennis player. [He] won in Vienna, so is obviously confident. Today was a flawless match for me, I thought very well from the beginning. I'm happy to be in the semis again. Nishikori settled again in the third set to force a tie-break, but the Japanese eighth seed imploded when it mattered - losing all seven points with a flurry of unforced errors. Read More »

Champions Trophy 2017: Rain washes out Australia-Bangladesh tie

Having bowled Bangladesh out for just 182, Australia looked to be cruising to victory, reaching 83-1 after 16 overs before the heavens opened and washed out the game. Skipper Smith (25 off 22 balls) then joined Warner and took little time to get in the groove before incessant rain had its say. "We hit some good areas early on and challenged the defence of Bangladeshi batsmen", Smith said. Read More »

FC Barcelona confirm Valverde as new head coach

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The 53-year-old stepped down after four seasons in a second spell at Athletic Club last week and was widely expected to take over from Luis Enrique this summer. Valverde on the other hand joins the Blaugrana after managing the likes of Valencia, Olympiacos, Villarreal , Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao . Valverde didn't hide that he will be hoping Barcelona wins the Copa del Rey title this weekend, which would guarantee Athletic a spot in the Europa League next season. Read More »

Coles, Barrett brothers named in All Blacks squad for Lions series

Called up to the full squad to join his brothers for the first time, the full-back actually toured with Beauden and Scott in Chicago, when he was selected as part of an apprentice scheme. Backs: Ben Smith, Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Ngani Laumape, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow. Read More »

NBA Finals 2017 Game 3

This trend somewhat began a year ago, with the Warriors unlocking their "lineup of death" by moving Draymond Green to center and Harrison Barnes to power forward in order to be able to push the tempo, space the floor, and essentially run teams off the floor. Read More »

Rain helps Pakistan shock South Africa by 19 runs

Pakistan must beat South Africa if they want to stay alive in the competition after their forgetful performance against India on Sunday. Having completed 27 overs, with 119 runs over three wickets for Pakistan , the umpires called the covers on as rain affected the match. Read More »

Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors at Cavaliers

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LeBron James quipped at a reporter that asked him if he planned to defend home court after losing Game 2. Cleveland SG J.R. Smith has just three points on 1-of-6 shooting in the series but coach Tyronn Lue said on Tuesday that Smith will again start in Game 3. Read More »

How Lionel Messi Really Feels About Cristiano Ronaldo, Their Soccer Rivalry

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has labelled Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as a "phenomenal player" while admitting constant comparisons between the pair don't phase him. The Barcelona superstar also confirms what has been accepted wisdom for some time: Messi and Ronaldo have driven each other on to greater heights throughout their careers. Read More »

Tottenham's Harry Kane aspires to be on Cristiano Ronaldo's level

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Indeed, Sportsmail has learned that Southgate emphasised to his players at a team meeting this week the importance of showing flexibility in their playing style from game to game. I want to get back playing, hopefully get back scoring", he told reporters. I don't really look at records, but I look at past players and how they played and obviously Alan Shearer was a fantastic player for club and country, which I aspire to be. Read More »

NBA Eastern Conference Finals

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It's unusual to imagine the Celtics could lose their leading scorer - Thomas was averaging 23.3 points a game before a hip injury in Game 2 of the conference finals ended his season - and be more of a challenge. They lost the first two games at home in the first round against Chicago, then came back to win four in a row. "(We) went through some tough times in the regular season, but we knew we had confidence to be great", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Read More »

Ostapenko blazes past Bacsinszky to reach French Open final

Pliskova has been critical of her own performances at this French Open , specifically referring to her backhand and inconsistency on her potentially big serve. By match's end, the statistics were striking: Ostapenko had far more winners, 50-22, and far more unforced errors, 45-19. The only real sign of nerves came at 3-3 in the second set, when she dropped serve from 40-0 and Bacsinszky went on to level the match. Read More »

Caroline Wozniacki crashes out of French Open

Ostapenko, though, produced the required resolve when play resumed, with a double break putting her on the brink of victory which she delivered when holding her serve to love. "Is she mature enough to play Bacsinszky and not just close her eyes and blaze away?" Her now trademark smile followed a fearless win in the first set. Read More »

Internet Reacts to JR Smith's "Cavs in 7" Tweet (TWEETS)

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Immediately, the Twitter message was retweeted thousands of times, some Cavs fans pointing to it as a ray of light. If the Warriors win, they will not only be the finals champions, but will also be the first team in National Basketball Association history to finish a postseason 16-0. Read More »

Half-Naked Man Invades Miller Park Field During Brewers-Giants Game

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The Brewers optioned Phillips back down to Triple-A Colorado Springs before their game Thursday against the San Francisco Giants . Maybe this will be the victory that will give the Giants a spark. The right-hander's eight-game winning streak against the Brewers came to an end with the no-decision. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy gave C Buster Posey the day off and RF Hunter Pence wasn't in the starting lineup before being utilized as a pinch hitter. Read More »

Jelena Ostapenko to face Simona Halep in surprise French Open final

This was a great tournament and I know there will be a birthday party when I get back home. "But I was working on the forehand, and I think it's pretty good now". Ostapenko trained as a ballroom dancer for seven years but seems more suited to thrashing the fluff off of tennis balls. In a stunning coincidence, the amiable Brazilian secured the first of three victories here on the day Ostapenko was born. Read More »

Conte's warning on transfers after Chelsea cup defeat

When the final whistle blew on Arsenal's record 13th FA Cup title, Mertesacker trotted over to Ospina and they shared a warm embrace. "Honestly, I did not see the situation. And Conte revealed his thoughts about the incident that led to the Victor Moses' second yellow card, which severely dented the Blues chances of beating Arsenal at Wembley. Read More »

Ranked Kerber ousted in first round

The two-time Wimbledon champion's comeback ended in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday after a close match against qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who recorded her best result at a major in almost two years with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) victory. Read More »

The Special Olympics Torch runs through Farmington

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The Burbank Police Department's leg of the run started near the city's border with Toluca Lake, and runners were escorted by several motorcycle officers as they made the almost 6-mile trek to the border with Glendale. "It's energizing", said Tammy Torkelson, the Area 4 Special Olympics Coordinator. The Charlottesville Police Department believes the fundraiser should bring in up to $10,000 before the end of Thursday night. Read More »

Latvia's Ostapenko into French Open semifinals

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She is the first Latvian woman in the Open Era to make a grand slam semifinal and first teen into the semis at Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic in 2007. "We had all the seasons rolled into one today", Bacsinszky said. With only four games on the board, Bacsinszky already had 10 errors to her name, but she would begin to manage the conditions better than Mladenovic to go on a tear of five points for the break, 3-2, and she held with a superb drop shot and a volley victor. Read More »