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Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks despite face slap from Warriors' Kevin Durant

The Warriors got it done in five games but this Finals felt much closer than that. While James was disappointed in losing the Finals, he knows the feeling Durant has in getting his first title. Without their best player, the Warriors would have had more difficulty matching up with James and Kyrie Irving . Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Game 5 as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the ... Read More »

Durant's epic Game 3 victor swiftly on display at Warriors HQ

The Golden State Warriors have some wheeling and dealing to do, but prized assets Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are ready to commit to the National Basketball Association champions. "They're so committed to each other and unselfish", Kerr added of his players. But like I said, we'll all figure something out. "You don't see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion". Read More »

Camaraderie at Golden State Warriors is awesome, says Kevin Durant

Durant said he simply immersed himself in being the best teammate he could be and fitting into Golden State's unselfish culture. An unprecedented third straight Finals clash between the Warriors and Cavaliers was hyped as the ultimate championship rubber match and expected to be the antidote for a postseason that had little in the way of drama. Read More »

Golden State Warriors unanimously decline to visit White House, Donald Trump

As players from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors warmed up for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, members of the musical Hamilton offered a preview of their national anthem set for a few hours later. Earlier in the season, Curry, responding to Under Armour CEO Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank calling President Donald Trump an "asset" to the United States, jokingly said that he agreed - if you remove "the ET from asset". Read More »

LeBron's finals triple double history doesn't ease loss

The Golden State Warriors' championship parade will take place Thursday morning through downtown Oakland , following the same route as the team's parade to celebrate the 2015 National Basketball Association title. What makes James so great isn't just his physical skill, it's his intelligence. Former President Barack Obama sent Kevin Durant a congratulatory text after the Warriors won their second title in three years. Read More »

Amid diplomatic crisis Pentagon agrees $12 billion jet deal with Qatar

Nasredin Ali , from the Ethiopian-based Eritrean opposition group Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization , said Eritrean troops have now taken control of a mountainous border crossing area that Qatar had patrolled since 2008. Otaiba said the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt were compiling a list of demands for Qatar that would be "handed over to the United States fairly soon". Read More »

10-man France down England in lively friendly


Harry Kane provided England with the flawless start when he turned in Ryan Bertrand's cross after only nine minutes - but the pace and movement of the France attack was soon proving too much for manager Gareth Southgate's experimental three-man defence. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Pakistan shock hosts England in ruthless eight-wicket win


Fakhar completed a 49-ball fifty to follow his 50 against Sri Lanka . "But certainly today it was - coming from Edgbaston , it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to really", he added. Azar Ali (76) led from the front as he and Zaman (57) raced to 118 without loss from 21 overs. "I think the best thing about Pakistan cricket is that we can bounce back from any performance", Azhar Ali said after Wednesday's outrageously one-sided win. Read More »

Here's what Barack Obama texted Kevin Durant after Warriors won NBA Finals


Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry hugs Wanda Durant , Kevin Durant's mother, after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 during Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland . Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson in the first quarter. For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game ... Read More »

Pakistan beat England to reach ICC Champions Trophy final

All Graham Gooch's England had to do in 1992 was to show up at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and be handed the World Cup on a silver platter against a bedraggled Pakistan . At the time of posting this article, Pakistan are 98-0 after 16.4 overs and looking all set to reach the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 . Besides Ali (3/35), the other bowlers who impressed were Junaid Khan (2/42) and debutant Rumman Raees (2/44). Read More »

Bairstow 'a chance' to replace Roy - Morgan

While Bairstow has proven his form time and again lately, Roy has failed to cross 20-run mark in the last nine ODI innings. England can not name their team until the day of the match for anti-corruption reasons, but Morgan said Yorkshire's Bairstow would be a capable replacement for Roy. Read More »

Kohli wary of 'dangerous' Bangladesh

While Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami can extract brisk pace and movement off the deck, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have troubled top class batsmen with their swing and bowling at the death. They made a resounding comeback to stun title contenders New Zealand to boost their chances of getting into the semi finals. Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a one-day worldwide "par score", after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded. Read More »

Victor Lindelof: 'I am a centre-back'


Larsson, who played alongside Lindelof in Sweden's 2-1 victory over France on Friday and has spent his entire senior career in England, insists the 22-year-old will shine in the Premier League once he has had time to settle. Following positive talks over the weekend Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata could be set for a medical as soon as this week ahead of a proposed £60m move from the Spanish capital. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Pakistan stun mighty England to reach final

England's defeat to the lowest-ranked team in the tournament has to be their inability to cope with the demands of the occasions. Defeat extended England's long wait for a maiden major one-day global title until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup. Read More »

Pakistan thrash the hosts to reach final


Pacer Hasan Ali scalped three wickets for 35 runs while Juniad Khan and debutant Rumman Raees chipped in with two wickets each. England struggled on a slow pitch against some brilliant Pakistan bowling and fielding, mustering only 211.Fakhar Zaman's 57 launched Pakistan's chase, while Azhar Ali made 76 as victory was sealed with 12.5 overs to spare. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 2nd Semi-final


But, there is no guarantee in sports . "The team wants to go further (in the tournament)". "We have been quite a few times in these kinds of games before. Mortaza said Bangladesh would need to adapt to the conditions at Edgbaston, a venue they have not played at yet during the tournament. Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza urged his team not to let the hype surrounding the match get to them. Read More »

Pakistan dismisses misfiring England for 211 in semifinals


England's test wicketkeeper, brought in to open for the first time in worldwide cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy , responded with a battling 43 - but bereft of a major contribution on a dry pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, only top-scorer Joe Root's 46 and Ben Stokes' late determination helped drag the hosts above 200. Read More »

Birmingham City make their first signing under Harry Redknapp


David Stockdale has described his time at Albion as "three memorable years" and revealed he is aiming to clinch back-to-back promotions after joining Birmingham City . None the less, this is a bargain buy for Birmingham City , as Harry has done a wonderful bit of business. Brighton signed Stockdale from Fulham in 2014 and he went on to make 139 appearances for the Seagulls. Read More »

Golden State Warriors on White House visit: 'We have not been invited'

I know you wanted another championship, but what do you take from this series? The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship. Read More »

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan in final


Defeat extended England's long wait for a maiden major one-day worldwide title until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup. "It is a cause of great pride and happiness for myself and for the entire Pakistan nation", said Sarfraz after the semi-final triumph. Read More »

CT 2017: Pakistan win toss, elect to field against England in semi

Pakistan had played in Cardiff on Monday, beating Sri Lanka in what was a virtual quarter-final, and Morgan added: " Pakistan did that [adapt] extremely well and full credit to them". England had topped the Group A registering comprehensive wins against Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia in its group and thus come into the match as favourites. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Kohli & Co. draw praise after demolishing Proteas

Having lost the toss and being put in to bat, South Africa started slowly before a spell of eight wickets for 51 runs put them on the back foot as a trio of run-outs cost them dear. "Because I'm a good captain, I can take this team forward. No one has ever had any doubts over the ability that he possesses to win games for the country, and he's done it in big tournaments", Kholi said. Read More »