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All Blacks 'expect to win', says confident Read

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Rhys Webb sniped home in added time, but one monster scrummage just shy of the hour allowed Ioane to claim his first try - the score that ultimately sealed the win. " Lions! Lions!" echoed around the ground but an effective counter-shove from the All Blacks prevented the pushover try and the hosts worked their way out of trouble. Read More »

Confederations Cup hosts Russia face decisive match against Mexico

Advancing from the group with European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico was seen as a hard task from the start, but an opening victory against New Zealand had left Russian Federation in position to make it to the semifinals despite a loss to Portugal in the second match. Read More »

Mexico Hopes to Make Statement Against Russia in Confederations Cup

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Young AC Milan striker Andre Silva will take on a bigger role, and he will likely be supported by former Manchester United winger Nani , who has been playing centrally for the national team . Petersburg Stadium , Russia , Saturday, June 24 , 2017. It was their first goal in 555 minutes of Confederations Cup football, but Mexico s Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta struck in the second half as the Kiwis faded. Read More »

No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz makes rookie mistake in Inst

ESPN's digital coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft set several streaming records on Thursday. I was originally going to write this column about the ins and outs of the Sixers' trade with the Celtics that enabled Philly to select combo guard Markelle Fultz first overall, a scorer and ball-handler the team believes is the ideal fit to play alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons . Read More »

Semi Ojeleye drafted by Boston in second round

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Ojeleye was the American Athletic Conference's player of the year this past season. "So any time you play that way, you can give yourself more playing time and be more valuable". He averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in his senior season at SMU. Reports say that forward Ben Moore signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, after going undrafted. Read More »

Bulls throw Butler to the Wolves on draft night

It was clear that the Sixers were rolling out the red carpet for Fultz , between having his own locker and bringing in the team's stars in Embiid and Ben Simmons to greet him. "Philly." I was just waking up. The Lakers also exchanged picks with the Utah Jazz , who made another deal with the Denver Nuggets , while the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers agreed on a two-for-one swap. Read More »

NHL Expansion Mock Draft: Predictions For Vegas Golden Knights' Roster

When the protected lists from the 30 franchises were made public Sunday, there were plenty of surprises and shocks, including the availability of a proven goal scorer such as Neal. The release of the teams' protected lists kicks off a busy two-week stretch for the National Hockey League. Indeed, he mentioned that the Golden Knights won't make a claim until they speak to every team. Read More »

Rio Ferdinand Hoping Manchester United Can Seal Cristiano Ronaldo Return

The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros (about 2.91 million pounds or N1.46 billion), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement. According to the ESPN FC report , Di Maria "failed to declare €1.298m in earnings between 2012 and 2013, while on the books of Real Madrid , by ceding his image rights to an offshore company, Sunpex Corporation Inc, based in Panama". Read More »

Bottas tops final Azerbaijan practice, Vettel suffers problems

Part of the reason for Mercedes' struggles was the stop-go nature of both sessions which saw multiple lock-ups, run-offs, spins and contacts with the barriers requiring local yellows, virtual safety cars and red flag stoppages. Hamilton dominated practice in Baku a year ago ahead of Azerbaijan's first grand prix, but struggled on Friday and finished the second session in 10th place, 1.163 seconds behind pace-setter Max Verstappen . Read More »

Mourinho declares innocence in Spanish tax fraud claims

The claim lists two counts of alleged tax evasion - one in 2011 and one in 2012 - when he managed Real Madrid. In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut campaign at Manchester United , although he drew criticism after a poor league performance in which United finished sixth in the Premier League. Read More »

Hamilton takes pole for Azerbaijan GP in Mercedes 1-2

It was touch and go at one stage as Hamilton trailed his team mate after running wide on turn 16, with Bottas appearing destined for pole. But it was the right-handed Turn Six that caught Daniel Ricciardo on the hop as he lost the rear of his Red Bull , thudded into the wall and stopped on track. Read More »

Ronaldo says he will not pay tax bill

Ronaldo has become one of the biggest household names in professional soccer over the last decade and one of the most decorated players in the world, vying with Argentinian star Lionel Messi year after year for the top awards across both professional and worldwide football. Read More »

Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' first expansion draft

He played 209 games over five seasons and added 30 goals and 81 assists. The Knights will be Garrison's fourth National Hockey League team. By the time the National Hockey League entry draft concludes Saturday afternoon in Chicago , numerous players and draft picks selected by the Knights on Wednesday will be sent packing to other teams as general manager George McPhee begins transforming an abundance of unprotected, unsigned and unproven players into a competitive, 23-man roster by ... Read More »

Islanders Acquire Three Draft Picks

It's the second significant move of the draft weekend from GM Garth Snow who, on Thursday, acquired Jordan Eberle from Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Strome . That request had since been rescinded . In return, NY receives a 2018 first round pick, a 2018 2nd round pick and a second round pick in either 2018 or 2019. Read More »

Fleury officially a Golden Knight

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This isn't an easy thing for Fleury. "My wife's in town, so for a few days we'll be out shopping looking around to see where we should go". "Every day wherever you go you see Knights hats and shirts out there", he said. 15 pick to close out a busy first 15 picks for the Golden Knights. Making those agreements got Vegas forward prospect Alex Tuch from the Wild, defenseman Shea Theodore from the Ducks , unsigned forward prospect Nikita Gusev from the Lightning and the 15th pick and ... Read More »

Lonzo Ball thinks the Lakers can make the playoffs next season

We've got to get the right people in place to do that, but we're building every step. Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/878052762537181184 Luke Walton on LaVar's playoff prediction: "Right now I want (Lonzo) to lead us to a couple of summer league victories". Read More »

Ronaldo's tax fraud case to be heard on July 31

Both Ronaldo and Mourinho are clients of football super- agent Jorge Mendes, who has been summoned to appear before the court at Pozuelo de Alarcon on June 27. Cristiano Ronaldo has been calmed down by Florentino Perez's public backing of him and no longer wants to quit Real Madrid , according to reports in Spain. Read More »

2 on Thunderbirds jet in Ohio accident taken to hospital

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The Thunderbirds say their crew will be alright, but it's unclear whether the team will perform as scheduled at the air show this weekend. Law enforcement official confirms a Thunderbird jet on its top. A U.S. Air Force pilot and tactical maintenance worker were hospitalized Friday after a fighter jet crashed at an airport in central OH, military officials said. Read More »

Germany too good for Socceroos in Russian Federation

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Cameroon and Australia knew they faced a tall order when they were drawn in the same group as Germany and Chile . Australia , on the other hand, were finding it tough to get possession of the Germans in the opening 30 minutes, which led to a lack of chances. Read More »

LEADING OFF: Darvish-Tanaka for first time in US; Felix back

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Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10, before leaving the game with tightness in his triceps. Brett Gardner came up huge with a game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and winning pitcher Chasen Shreve wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the tenth to set up Torreyes' heroics. Read More »