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3 key observations from Game 7: An all too familiar ending

Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Rust went top shelf to beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby at 8:49 in the second period. "It's going to take some time to get over it", said McDavid, the 20-year-old captain. "I think they feel that they can achieve much more". So let's not miss an opportunity to stick our thumb on the wound just one more time. "He was huge for us all series long". Read More »

Spurs star (ankle) questionable for Game 6


The trio of Aldridge, Murray and Gasol combined for 33 of San Antonio's 60 rebounds, as the Spurs pummeled the Rockets on the glass by a 23-board margin. Two questionable plays closed regulation with the game tied at 101. Jonathon Simmons played a crucial role for San Antonio all night. With a defender out, and the Rockets playing smaller, Harden was used more on defense. Read More »

James Harden Takes Blame For Rockets' Playoff Exit

He said he's fine. The Rockets were touted as favourites to win game six and force a deciding clash after Kawhi Leonard was ruled out with an ankle injury, but even without the MVP candidate, the Spurs dominated Houston in every aspect for a 4-2 series victory to set up a blockbuster showdown against the Golden State Warriors. Read More »

Jonas Blixt Notches Third PGA Tour Victory


After three holes without a result, Smith stepped up on the par-five 18th and pitched his third shot to within a metre, sinking the birdie putt for his first title and Blixt's third. Their impressive final round of 64 included eight birdies but it was not enough to see off the challenge of American duo Kisner and Brown, who finished with a 12-under-par 60. Read More »

We will see how Chelsea respond next season, says Arsene Wenger

Despite his side's total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players. Antonio Conte: "At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat". We must be pleased. The former Arsenal and Barcelona player recently went second in the all-time Premier League assist charts, passing Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard , but was informed in a post-match interview that one of his assists did not ... Read More »

Boston's Thomas fined for cursing at heckler

Though Boston is the higher seed, the Celtics will get all kinds of energy returning home, and Washington can set itself up with a closeout opportunity at home for Game 6 with a win. Had 13 turnovers, leading to 23 Boston points. After four games, the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup between the Celtics and Wizards is exactly back where it began. Read More »

Should the Mets move on from Matt Harvey?

The right-hander, who resides in Manhattan and is a staple of the gossip pages, was eventually allowed to spend time in NY instead of at the team's spring training facility in Florida. Derek Dietrich added an RBI single in the seventh and finished with three hits. "This was a team thing, and therefore it's going to remain with the team", manager Terry Collins said. Read More »

JUST IN: Man United into Europa League final


It was an open game at home, all the pressure on our side . Their league finishes on Sunday - they have 12 days to prepare, and we have three league matches to play. "The game was emotional for everyone. Some kept control better than others", Mourinho said. "Bailly was probably naive". It was very important for us that we equal that desire. Read More »

Mourinho thrilled as Man U book Europa League final


Mourinho said his team accorded Celta Vigo a lot of respect. The Spaniard was quoted as saying by Marca: " We've been better than them ". On Eric Bailly being sent off, Mourinho said "I didn't see the incident but he was phenomenal". Read More »

Penguins advance to Eastern Conference Finals

As usual, I will provide my own predictions for the East and West! After losing Game 5 and Game 6, the Pens played smart in Game 7 , showing that they have what it takes to win another Stanley Cup. Experience is also on Pittsburgh's side. After two straight series of brilliance, Fleury has been the Pens' playoff MVP. The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Ottawa Senators in the eastern conference finals. Read More »

Avery Bradley's defence has been key ingredient for Celtics

This year, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards have a total of nine playoff games at Boston , and the hometown team has won all nine. Sunday's altercation was posted on Instagram by a fan at the Verizon Center. "So I don't feel like I should get anything". Washington trailed by 12 points after the first quarter and never drew closer. When the ball is being trapped out of Thomas' hands, it's inevitable that seams will be created behind the defense. Read More »

Small explosion near Rome post office damages car, no injury


Italian news agency Ansa reported that the explosion was caused by a "rudimentary device" placed between two cars in a vehicle park near the post office in Marmorata street. According to reports, a auto was badly damaged in the incident. According to AP, though no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, similar ones in the past in Italian cities have been blamed on "anarchists". Read More »

Justice Department deputy reportedly threatened to quit after Comey's ouster

Either way, when the president makes a decision like this, and his aides can't keep their stories straight about that decision, alarm bells start going off. "The president knew that Director Comey was not up to the task". Given Trump's dismissal of the Russian Federation controversy, Holt pressed him on whether the FBI's investigation led to Comey's firing. Read More »

Mets say Harvey will return to mound Friday at Milwaukee


Walker also had a two-out RBI ground-rule double in the first for the Mets, who were robbed of a second run when the ball bounced over the fence as Bruce rounded third. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs off Adam Wilk, who was standing in for Harvey. Trout was out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games for the series opener at Oakland. Read More »

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge narrowly misses bid to break two-hour marathon

Speaking after the run, Kipchoge said: "I am a happy man to run a marathon in two hours". "I rank this as the highest-ever performance in my life", Kipchoge said. The Kenyan as well as Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the world half-marathon record holder, began their race at break of dawn, running behind an arrow-head of pace-setters and a auto beaming a green line on the road behind it to show the required speed for the sub-two hours target. Read More »

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard expects to play Game 6 despite ankle injury

This has plagued The Beard for years. The Rockets held a 99-94 lead, courtesy of an Eric Gordon three-pointer. Leonard has been crucial in keeping Harden in check at times , and that might not happen if he's not 100 percent. "They're a great offensive team", Leonard said. The overtime period was ugly for both teams offensively, with the first bucket not coming until the two-minute mark. Read More »

Sharapova dismantles Makarova to make Stuttgart quarter-finals

Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has hit back at Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard after the latter called her a "cheat" and urged the WTA not to allow dope offenders to return to the sport. Roger Federer claimed a remarkable Australian Open title earlier this year after six months out due to injury and Sharapova added: "What he's done is incredible and obviously you want to follow in his footsteps". Read More »

Lewis Hamilton mystified by lack of pace at Russian Grand Prix

Toto Wolff is confident the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will not be strained like it was between the three-time world champion and his former teammate Nico Rosberg, who has now retired from the sport. While Bottas made a scorching start to seize the lead into the first corner, the triple world champion was feeling the heat. Formula One heads home after four opening long-haul races with the championship finely balanced between champions Mercedes and Ferrari and ... Read More »

Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs win in National Basketball Association play-offs

Game 5 , if necessary, would be Tuesday in Cleveland where Toronto has suffered five consecutive double-digit post-season losses. They also have not faced much of a challenge offensively or defensively in their first six games. But the Raptors went ice cold in the fourth. We were in the game throughout the whole game, but shoot 11 percent from the 3-point line. Valanciunas took the message to heart, sending James sailing into the court-side seats after the two got tangled up. Read More »

NBA point guards, beware: The injuries are piling up


It also doesn't hurt the Spurs if James Harden is the one switching onto Leonard. What a contest! The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs are tied up 1-1 in their Western Conference semi-final series. Parker clutched his left knee as he lay on the floor. Houston is favored by 4.5 points, via OddsShark , and the over/under is 214. Michael Jordan is first with 5,987 playoff points. Read More »

Joshua Knocks Out Klitschko, Remains Undefeated Heavyweight Champ


There was a lot to love Saturday night in front of a packed crowd at England's national stadium, where Joshua got off the canvas to stop longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko in a coming out party of sorts that electrified the boxing world. He got up, took time to recover his senses and find a second wind before twice knocking down Klitschko in the 11th round before the referee came to the stricken Ukrainian's rescue. Read More »

Players Championship has enough action for everyone

I feel like we've been married for the past year-and-a-half anyway. I've not finished the tournaments off strong. You know, 12 obviously is a lot different, but I like the fact that it gives you more options than before. 17 with his 26th, in his 26th start. "I felt like I played pretty well". "It kind of made quite a poor round into ... not a great round but a decent round". Read More »

Death Toll Mounts in Venezuela Protests

Anti-government protesters throwing human waste at riot police in Venezuela have resorted to using "chemical weapons", a senior official has claimed. Maduro has dismissed the opposition movement as a violent, far-right effort intent on removing him from power. "Who are we?" the protesters chanted in the capital, Caracas. Read More »