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Cavaliers avoid elimination, beat Warriors in Game 4

Irving declared his team's intentions: "We're ready to live in it". Guys were into it. With lots of energy and the right amount of sneer, the Cavs rolled up 137 points on perhaps the league's best defensive team. The players wouldn't stop making ridiculous shots. "We weren't coming to blows we were just talking. Emotions are what keeps this game alive, it keeps it going". Read More »

Ostapenko eager to build on remarkable Roland Garros win

The 20-year-old Ostapenko had never been past the third round at a Grand Slam tournament until this one. She thumped 14 winners to Halep's one in the first set, but committed 23 unforced errors to two - and paid the price for her relentless aggression. Read More »

Jelena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep to win French Open

Ostapenko also trailed 3-1 in the third. The unseeded Ostapenko, 20, downed Romanian third seed Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the final, hitting a staggering 54 winners and taking her tournament tally to 299. 2014 - She made her WTA tour main draw debut at the Tashkent Open . The 20-year-old Ostapenko hit 14 winners but made 23 unforced errors, while Halep made just two but only hit one victor. Read More »

Election debacle leaves UK govt in minority on eve of Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street after the election. May did not need to call for a new election. May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result. What does this mean for the Labor Party ? As the smoke cleared in Manchester and the chaos cooled in London , there was a feeling about the United Kingdom that the governing Conservative Party would gain advantage from the attacks. Read More »

Golden State Warriors: 5 takeaways from Game 4 vs

I'll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn't see it", Irving said. It wasn't a goal of ours to start the postseason , but now that's it's attainable, we have our eyes set on it. "The series is not over", Durant said. At the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourselves in position to play another game, and we did that and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here. Read More »

Canadian GP: Hamilton takes pole, given Senna helmet

He was the one who inspired me to be where I am today so to match him and to receive this is the greatest honor. The three-time Formula One world champion set the fastest lap ever seen at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve circuit by an F1 vehicle clocking one minute 11.459 seconds around the 4.361-kilometer (2.709-mile) track. Read More »

The Coach: Omens suggest Stan Wawrinka CAN defeat King of Clay


Murray is still not quite at the same level as he was previous year, when he played probably his best clay-court match to defeat Wawrinka and then went on to dominate the second half of the season. "Stopping him can be difficult, which means I need to make sure I don't let him be in that position where he can hit hard", Nadal said . Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over Court Philippe Chatrier. Read More »

Ostapenko wins; Nadal vs. Wawrinka in final


Ranked No. 47 in the world, the irrepressible 20-year-old became the first Latvian to snare a major with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 success. "So it was a little bit of like emotional moment", said Halep, who had reached the final by saving a match point against Elina Svitolina in the last-eight. Read More »

Ostapenko Stuns Halep In French Open Final

Halep's steady approached looked like taking her to a first grand slam title but she appeared drained at the end by the constant barrage coming from across the net. I think everything was by her side today. 'Everything turned my way, I was just fighting for every point! "I still can not believe I am the Roland Garros champion and I'm only 20", said the youngest victor of the French Open since Iva Majoli in 1997. Read More »

Derby County pair feature in dramatic clash between Scotland and England


They are also undefeated in the qualifiers, winning four and drawing one of the five games played thus far. The result kept England top of UEFA qualifying Group F, while Scotland remain fourth. "It's definitely something I aspire to do", Kane told reporters at England's St George's Park training base this week. Frank Haffey was singing in the bath! "Other than chanting which is racist or discriminatory and therefore illegal, we're generally believers in freedom of speech, and we ... Read More »

Ostapenko rallies to beat Halep in French Open final

At the Australian Open , Ostapenko lost her nerve in the third round when serving for the match at 5-2 in the decider against Karolina Pliskova , eventually losing 4-6 6-0 10-8. "I played well", said Halep, also a runner-up at Roland Garros to Maria Sharapova in 2014. "I don't believe I did something wrong, too wrong today". Read More »

USA successfully tests ballistic missile interceptor


Northern Command. Meanwhile, North Korea has warned today that it is prepared to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at any time, as the USA successfully tested a system created to intercept them. The test involved launching a target meant to simulate an ICBM from a base in the Marshall Islands and then shooting it down with a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg AFB in California. Read More »

Harry Kane set to captain England against Scotland


But with stoppage time approaching the World Cup Group F qualifier sparked into life thanks to the brilliance of Leigh Griffiths . It will be up to Gordon to direct the ball away from the Scotland goal. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is expecting his players to rise to the occasion when they face England at Hampden Park on Saturday. The West Ham playmaker will definitely test the English side, especially with the Scot being comfortable playing against the opposition players - ... Read More »

Kane reflects on 'special' goal after England rescue job


To get the goal was special. I went out to dive at his feet. England went for a walk around at Hampden Park ahead of the match, having trained at St George's Park before travelling north of the border. "I should be absolutely delighted with two goals and man of the match, walking in here with three points". "We proved that on our day we can match anybody". Read More »

Series right where it was last year after Cavs' victory

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points and LeBron James broke all kinds of records as he posted a triple-double. The 1983 Sixers didn't make it that far into the postseason before losing, but still swept the Lakers in the Finals to finish their playoff run 12-1. Read More »

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo still dancing for joy

With the crowd in a frenzy, four-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo - who finished the season with 42 goals in all competitions and as the Champions League's top scorer - ended up singing, "Cristiano, Ballon d'Or" and the fans joined in. "We are still quite young as a team and we have a great squad". "That is why he is already the best coach in the world". "I want to thank all of you". Read More »

Not done yet: James, Irving lead Cavs to Game 4 win

Not again, the Warriors felt. Overall, the final results speak for themselves: with the Cavs out-scoring the Warriors 72-33 from three , it would have taken a miraculous effort by the Warriors to pull the game into reach. "Just one of those games", Curry said. "Not going to overreact to one", Curry told reporters. We're still a special team as well. They didn't do too swell in the rest of the game, either. Read More »

LeBron: 'Resilient' Cavs were desperate to avoid sweep

They had needed every one of his 38 points on 16-for-29 shooting to keep it close against the Warriors in Game 3, but they could not withstand a late run spearheaded by Kevin Durant . Johnson congratulated the Cavaliers forward and called him " the King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals ". LeBron finished with a triple-double of 31 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds. Read More »

Warriors move one win away from record

The Cavs scored a Finals record 86 points in the first half and then held on during a wild third and fourth quarter that included technical fouls, James jawing with fellow superstar Kevin Durant and Cleveland's crowd roaring like a jet engine. Read More »

Murray must up game to defeat Wawrinka in Paris

I think if someone is intentionally slowing a match down, you know, they should be punished for that, but it's a rule that is going to be challenging regardless of whether there is a clock on the court or not. And last year's beaten finalist was not to let the opportunity slip, despite an opening game break, to once again blitz his way to six games and take his place in the last four where Warwinka stands in the way of a second Roland Garros final. Read More »

French Open Day 12: Match Points

Ostapenko didn't lift her foot off the pedal as she took just 33 minutes to win the third set and the match in style to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. "I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I had a chance". Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match. Read More »

Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit


Sharapova said Saturday that the muscle tear she got at the Italian Open last month will not allow her to compete at grass-court tournaments she was scheduled to play. She failed to earn a qualifying spot for the French Open and was then denied a wild card into the main draw by Roland Garros organisers despite being a two-time champion. Read More »

Vettel fastest as Ferrari dominate final practice


Hamilton took the first of his F1 career at the same track 10 years ago with McLaren. I can't believe it came together so well. Drivers first get a "pre-warning' at 3.0 seconds, which the FIA says "should be used by the team of the slower vehicle to warn their driver he is soon going to be lapped and that allowing the faster auto through should be considered a priority". Read More »

Europa League victory lifted Manchester, says Alex Ferguson


He came on for the final seconds of United's Europa League victory on Wednesday night but that now looks likely to be his last appearance in the shirt. All the players who played today learnt a lot. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the club's Europa League success for bringing together the people of Manchester . Read More »