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Tyronn Lue says Cavs were 'too nice' before Game 4

Forward Kevin Durant was in sublime touch for the Warriors again as he claimed his first National Basketball Association title since controversially joining from the Oklahoma City Thunder over the off-season. "So our mindset is to try and go up there and get one, which is probably one of the toughest environments we have in this league, along with our building". Read More »

Warriors aim to finish off Cavaliers in Game 5

The addition of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors was supposed to do many things. Or make 24 3-pointers, which set an NBA Finals record. "I can tell you a lot of people didn't believe that we wanted to get on a plane and come back here", Jefferson said. Asked before Sunday's practice if there's pressure on the Warriors to close out the series in this Game 5 , Richardson was emphatic: "You're damn right there is". Read More »

Real Madrid must decide on Man Utd's 'very important' Morata bid


Contributing to the recent La Liga and Champions League success, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances , Morata was mostly relegated to a supersub role behind Karim Benzema . The report claims United and Real are going to meet on Monday, though they remain a way apart on a valuation. Morata scored 15 goals in La Liga previous year - second only to Cristiano Ronaldo among the Real squad despite only making 14 starts - while he scored, on average, every 81 minutes. Read More »

NBA Finals take on a feisty tone, pleasing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue


Every year's different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never count ourselves out. Either way, you've got to tune in. Two playful superstars who found a way to coexist through all the questions and constant scrutiny, together and smiling as champions. Both teams in The Finals, they both feel the same way. Read More »

India defeat South Africa to reach Champions Trophy semi-finals

India , who were surprisingly beaten by Sri Lanka in their previous match, bowled out South Africa for 191 in 44.3 overs at The Oval before easily overhauling that target with 12 overs to spare. It was Tahir's (1) wicket that bundled up South Africa for 191 runs. Sri Lanka are having to shore up their top order after injuries saw both Chamara Kapugedera and Kusal Perera ruled out of the remainder of the Champions Trophy , while vice-captain Upul Tharanga, an experienced batsman, is ... Read More »

Slam drought done, Nadal heads to grass


And now Roger Federer just won the Australian Open in January, having beaten Nadal. Nadal said he had not given up hope of taking back the world number one ranking that he last held in June 2014. It was Nadal's 60th win in a row on clay. "If I don't feel that, then probably my chances are not there, no?" Veteran Roger Federer , who skipped Roland Garros remains No 5. Read More »

Earnhardt Jr. Will Take Top 10


Austin Dillon picked up his first career win early Monday morning by winning the Coca-Cola 600 in a race that came down purely to a strategy that paid off. I got underneath the auto when I got out and looked at. Although Dillon is far removed from the legendary Intimidator, No. 3 in Victory Lane was a sight for sore eyes for NASCAR faithful. Read More »

This 90 Second Video Demonstrates The Basketball IQ Of LeBron James

Irving scored 40 points in the Game Five win at Golden State past year, hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of Game Seven and scored 40 more on Friday, raising his average in those elimination games to 32.5 points per game. Cleveland never led in the second half, but was within 3 early in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers brought their A-game in Game 3, which they could have won if not for an open missed corner 3-pointer by Kyle Korver and Durant's heroics. Read More »

French Open 2017: Toni Nadal hails 'brilliant' Rafa


You're talking about a kid who has never won a tournament, she's got a match point to win a Grand Slam and she hits that shot - that for me was phenomenal. Tennis icon Rafael Nadal once again proved today that he is king of the clay court . I think it was 10 titles that year and he was coming off the back of the bad injury to then end the year as No 1. Read More »

Liverpool and Roma Reportedly Near €40M Salah Compromise


Liverpool were believed to have already had a bid of around £28m rejected by Roma for Salah this summer. Now, if the reports out of Egypt and Italy are true-and there is at least a chance it's information being put out by Salah's people in the hopes of pushing through the deal and that the transfer isn't actually quite done yet-it looks like Roma have gotten a little more out of the Reds. Read More »

MLB DRAFT: Twins hoping for more Mauer magic with No. 1 pick

Was standout on USA Baseball's gold medal-winning Under-18 team at Pan American Championships past year. The Padres will then select again later tonight with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round (39th overall) and with a Competitive Balance Round B pick (69th overall). Read More »

Warriors beat Cavaliers to win NBA Finals


The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to force a Game 6 back at Quicken Loans Arena, while the Golden State Warriors can wrap up their second National Basketball Association title in the last 3 years with a victory. Smith's contract holdout and right-thumb surgery to Love's knee procedure to a roster that started the season without a backup point guard after the free-agency departure of Matthew Dellavedova and retirement of Mo Williams, things never truly clicked. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Results: Australia, Bangladesh Ends in No-Contest


Having scored 83-1 from 16 overs, Australia only needed to play for four more overs to be eligible to win via the Duckworth-Lewis rule for rain-affected games. "I think in the middle patches of the match , we couldn't get any wickets, that's also a [key] point", he said. "I was happy to keep batting through the rain", Smith said. Read More »

Brendan McKay drafted fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays

In McKay's three years at Louisville, he's won the John Olerud Award, which is awarded to college baseball's top two-way player each season. McKay has stamped himself as one of the all-time greats in college baseball and he has helped lead the Cardinals to the College World Series, which starts on Saturday in Omaha, Neb. Read More »

Rafael Nadal eyes 10th French Open title with injury misery in mind


The only time in the Open Era that a 30-something has won all four majors within a calendar year was 1969 when Rod Laver completed the calendar Grand Slam. "The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling". I was trying to play the game I wanted to play. "But that's clearly his best he ever play". Read More »

Fireworks, honors in Usain Bolt's farewell in Jamaica


A nervous Bolt got off to a slow start, but made up the difference as he delighted the crowd that included IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness to win in 10.03 seconds. "When you're sitting in the pub and you're having the discussion: who is the greatest footballer?" "It's a slam dunk". (Bolt) is the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. Read More »

Magpies' World Cup hero deserves more opportunity to impress

Match-winner Calvert-Lewin joined Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters as the only Englishmen to score in a World Cup final and is honoured to have his name etched into the history books. Solanke, who was named Player of the Tournament, can be proud of his contributions in this England campaign, just ahead of his move to Liverpool from Chelsea's system. Read More »

Shanley's Reinholz named Gatorade Soccer player of the year


He joins recent Triangle-area recipients Ade Taiwo (2012-13, Cardinal Gibbons), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (2010-11, Athens Drive), Teddy Mullin (2009-10, Jordan), and Watt Williams (2007-08, Broughton) as N.C. "What made Cam so good is he was unsafe from any spot on the field", said Chad Sichak, head coach of Panther Creek High School. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state victor receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant ... Read More »

Red Sox place Eduardo Rodriguez on 10-day DL

The 24-year-old from Valencia, Venezuela had a solid rookie season in 2015, going 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA in 21 starts, but was 3-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts last year in a season in which he also had knee issues. "This team" is feeling more and more like Sale's team every day. There were just four occasions during his first season with the Red Sox that matched what Price managed this time around, giving up one or fewer earned runs while going as many as seven innings. Read More »

Curry vows more aggressive play after finals struggles


But upon returning to Cleveland, he's erupted: 38 points on 16-of-29 in Game 3 and 40 points on 15-of-27 in Game 4. Irving will need all his skills Monday when the defending champions face Golden State in game five of the NBA Finals , the host Warriors up 3-1 in the best-of-seven showdown with a chance to reclaim the crown they lost to the Cavaliers previous year. Read More »

Cavaliers seek emotional rescue in Game 5


James went to four-straight NBA Finals in Miami before leading the Cavs to three Finals in a row. Led by LeBron James' 41 points, the Cavaliers hung within 108-102 with 8:29 to play on a 3-pointer by Kyle Korver . Green said the chance to sweep was a distraction more so than the now-ended chance to become the first champion to roll unbeaten through the playoffs. Read More »

Why the Warriors Will Still Win the NBA Finals


Whether it's extending a season with a pair of 40-point performances or hitting the series-deciding 3-pointer in a Game 7 win previous year, Irving's already stellar game has risen to another level whenever the Cavs have faced elimination. Read More »

Harry Kane: 'I want to be England captain full time'


Kane had come close on several occasions as Scotland sat in with a 5-4-1 formation, although the hosts improved for a spell after Jake Livermore's deflected effort hit the post just after half-time. "But that's why he's a top player". England boss Southgate has opted to start with Tom Heaton in goal for the clash at the Stade de France, while Jack Butland will play in the second half. Read More »

McCullers latest Astros pitcher to go on disabled list


Yu Darvish pitched seven solid innings and Nomar Mazara hit a three-run homer to give the Texas Rangers a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night. McCullers, whose move is retroactive to Friday, joins Dallas Keuchel , Collin McHugh and Charlie Morton as Astros starters now on the disabled list. Read More »