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How Durant pushed Cavs to brink

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The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. (Like they were previous year, when Durant wasn't on the team.) Remember when Durant missed a couple games at the start of the postseason? In game two, Thompson busted out of his playoff slump with a 22-point game, shooting 4-7 from deep. Read More »

Formidable England storms into semi-final

However, Alex Hales and Joe Root put up a strong partnership with totals of 56 and 64 respectively, while Jos Buttler also enjoyed a good day with the bat as he registered 61. His last seven one-day worldwide innings have yielded just 47 runs. Joe Root proved the usual rock for England , hitting 64 off 65, with four fours and two sixes, but went after chopping the ball back onto his wicket against Anderson. Read More »

Penguins rout Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 Cup lead

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The Penguins have won a Stanley Cup since the trade and got to the Cup Final in consecutive years. Pittsburgh's one-sided win sets up the champs to repeat Sunday in Smashville. Crosby was upset over a missed slashing call on the ice and expressed his displeasure....by throwing a water bottle? He pulled his starter, Michael Leighton, in Games 1 and 5. Read More »

Halep won't let it go now in French Open final -Evert

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But seven-times French Open champion Evert , in Paris commentating for broadcaster Eurosport , would not have recognised the high-risk tennis served up by Ostapenko who clearly does not subscribe to the old-school theory of waiting for your opponent to make a mistake. Read More »

Ostapenko becomes first unseeded finalist since '83

It's just natural coming. Bacsinszky was left to ponder what might have been after losing in the last four of the Paris major for the second time , but took the positives from an impressive run. Don't get me wrong, I'm very disappointed today, as well , but I think I'm looking at things from a different perspective. Ostapenko clinched victory with her 50th victor, a forehand into the corner, and has hit more winners - 245 - than anyone else in the tournament despite the men playing ... Read More »

Lions face tough test against Crusaders in 3rd tour match

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The pair of them toured Australia in 2013 but they found their place as back-up players, with Farrell benching behind Johnny Sexton for all three Tests, and Murray providing cover for Mike Phillips for the closing two Tests. "There was a lot of pressure around the way they did that, and it probably wasn't the right way to do it, and it's different to how we do things in New Zealand". Read More »

Has a team ever blown a 3-0 NBA Finals lead?

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This must be an incredible feeling for her - to see her son leading a team to a championship. As the Cavs lost a single game in the East, not much extra was to be thought of the Warriors sweeping through the west. Thompson was scorching with 16 points, while James countered with 16 for the Cavs. James suffered a scary moment late in the first quarter when he collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of teammate Tristan Thompson , bringing a hush over what had ... Read More »

British PM May faces pressure to resign after losing parliamentary majority

In practice, the threshold for a majority is around 323, because the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party takes up no seats that it wins in Northern Ireland . Guenther Oettinger, the German member of the European Commission, said it was unclear whether negotiations could be launched on Monday, June 19, as planned, while a weak British government raised the risk that talks could fail to reach the kind of deal that can limit disruption when Britain leaves in March 2019. Read More »

Kevin Durant's Game 3 heroics illustrate why Warriors needed him

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The temptation is to be highly critical of the Cavaliers . "They have thrown their game plan out there, what they're going to allow me to do, and now I've got to figure out what to do". Kyrie Irving scored 38 in 44 minutes. That's exactly what they struggled with at this time previous year, and there were questions about what would happen when Golden State was challenged to the point where excellence no longer looked easy. Read More »

Halep reaches semifinals of French Open

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Not only did Thiem of The Cross-Court - or if you like, Thiem of the Heavy Groundstrokes defeat Nadal, he defeated Nadal in straight sets. Djokovic will win more slams (though catching Federer seems, for the moment, to be out of the question) but going four-for-four and playing in three major finals per year? Nadal, who is bidding for his 10th Roland Garros title, broke his opponent four times in the opening set and was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta was forced to quit just after ... Read More »

Durant's dagger 3 key as Warriors rally late

Typically, that gives the edge to the Warriors, and they punished the Cavaliers by draining a Finals-record nine 3-pointers in the first quarter, making seven of their first nine attempts. Cleveland was led by James with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. "All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", said Durant of his late three-pointer which he shot over Cavs' star LeBron James. Read More »

Giovani dos Santos and Mexico grab 3-0 win over Honduras

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An Oswaldo Alanis header put the hosts in front at the Estadio Azteca, but they had to wait until the second half to seal their win. Juan Carlos Osorio's charges first need to qualify for the finals, but that should be a mere formality considering that they are five points clear at the summit with five games to go. Read More »

Chelsea's Eden Hazard in London for surgery on fractured ankle

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With second-placed Greece taking on third-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina that same night, it could be a huge game week in group H for Belgium . They beat Estonia 8-1 in Brussels back in November and are expected to do the same again. On Chelsea's campaign, he added: "We had a great season with (manager Antonio) Conte ". The Belgian had a torrid 2015-16 which saw Chelsea finish 10th in the Premier League . Read More »

Thiem rested and in form ahead of rematch with Djokovic

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I played finals in Madrid before, and then already in the first two matches of Rome I felt that somehow I'm getting more and more empty. Twelve months after becoming the first man in 47 years to hold all four grand slam titles, Djokovic exited Roland Garros with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-0 loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. Read More »

Andy Murray's march continues in Kei Nishikori fight back

Having levelled the match by winning the second set 6-1, Murray won the third set on a tie-break and romped home in the fourth, 6-1. "Obviously for a couple of points after that I was sacked up, because I was frustrated at that moment", Murray said in his news conference after his 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Nishikori. Read More »

Warriors Take 3-0 Lead Over Cavs

Despite an impressive effort from the Cleveland Cavaliers in general and the duo of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in particular, the Cavs find themselves down 3-0 in the series following a 118-113 loss to the Warriors . That was the 2016 NBA Finals , and we all know how that turned out against Golden State. In the third quarter of Games 1 and 2, the Cavaliers settled in the third quarter, but not Wednesday. Read More »

Murray-Wawrinka, Nadal-Thiem in French Open semifinals

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The third-seeded Wawrinka broke Murray to love in the seventh game and broke again in the final game to win 6-3. Pliskova will next play either No. Taking all the risks, Jelena Ostapenko has won the opening set against Timea Bacsinszky in the French Open semifinals. No. 3 Stan Wawrinka No. 4 Rafael Nadal vs. Read More »

Penguins thrash Predators in Game Five

Twelve different players had a point for the Penguins. Midway through the first period of Game 5, the Penguins have six shots to the Predators' four. In fact, the Pens scored six of them and they set the tone early. The rest of the team followed. Crosby grabbed hold of the puck as he strode below the goal-line and then slipped a backhand in front to Sheary, who promptly beat Saros on his 25th birthday. Read More »

Mats Point: Murray is a tactical 'genius', says Wilander

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A champion at the French Open in 2015, Wawrinka comes into the semifinals having not dropped a set, but he faces top-ranked Murray, who beat the Swiss in four sets in last year's French Open semifinals. "And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn't faced before in (my) professional tennis career". Read More »

"We are not ready to surrender", Qatar's foreign minister says

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U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has suggested Tillerson, who as Exxon Mobil's CEO had business with Qatar, as a possible mediator for the dispute. Qatar says its foreign minister has spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The minister also said Iran was ready to help with providing food and other necessary supplies to the small Arab nation. Read More »

Ostapenko beats Bacsinszky to reach French Open final

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Mladenovic had beaten defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, but there was to be no repeat as Bacsinszky made the most of the conditions. The pair eventually won their quarter-final matches after torrential rain interrupted the first two women's last-eight ties in Paris . It looked like the same might happen in the third when Bacsinszky fought back from 3-1 to 3-3 but Ostapenko had learned her lesson and clinched victory with a forehand into the corner, her 50th victor. Read More »

Jelena Ostapenko books slot in women's final

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Because to play semi-final of Roland Garros on your birthday, I think it's really nice", added Ostapenko . Her successful all-or-nothing approach saw her fire 50 winners and 45 unforced errors against Bacsinszky. The matchup is a real contrast in styles, pitting Ostapenko's big strokes against Bacsinszky's changing speeds and drop shots. Pliskova went kind of under the radar in the lead-up to the French Open, with many focusing on Halep, top seed Angelique Kerber , and defending ... Read More »

Mike Sullivan says Matt Murray will start for Penguins

The trade was a major salary dump for the Leafs who would later begin their rebuild, but for the Penguins it landed them a major offensive asset in Kessel. "It's an opportunity for us to get on the ice, play the best game that we can play and put ourselves in a position to accomplish the ultimate goal, and I think that's how our team is certainly looking at it, that this is a great challenge and it's a great opportunity and we're excited about it". Read More »

Penguins crush Predators 6-0

Power plays (goals-chances) - Nashville: 0-5; Pittsburgh: 1-4. It all started when Crosby gave Subban a whack in the back with his stick while Subban navigated toward the Pittsburgh net. Going into Game 5 Thursday night, this series was a coin flip in progress: Nashville dominated two games and lost , Nashville dominated one game and won, Nashville and Pittsburgh exchanged chances and Nashville won. Read More »