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Magic counting on Ball to turn around lame Lakers

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Why the high expectations on Ball? He says it gives him something to work toward. And [Lakers coach] Luke [Walton] and the coaching staff will do the same thing and it's OK, because he receives all that well. "There's clearly a gift, with what he's been blessed with". Players like Paul George or LeBron James who may be considering Los Angeles don't want to be the only superstar on the team. Read More »

Mexico relishing chance to show their worth against Russia

We like it when people write us off". The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Cristiano Ronaldo , who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer. A draw guarantees them passage to the semi-finals, so they might want to rotate the team again somewhat, but they can't afford to make wholesale changes. Read More »

Lions 2017: All Blacks expect to tame Lions, says Read

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Smith, who was unusually shaky under the high ball but showed up in other areas with his footwork and pace, failed a first-half concussion test and will have to follow return-to-play protocols before being considered for the second test in Wellington next Saturday. Read More »

New Zealand vs Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo , right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Confederations Cup , Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. The Russian team had struggled to generate enthusiasm in their home country, with president Vladimir Putin asking the players to perform like warriors ahead of the tournament. Read More »

Magic Johnson on Russell: 'what I needed was a leader'

I'll definitely be chasing that". Johnson said that Ball has "greatness written all over him" and essentially gave the keys of the franchise to the teenager. "I needed somebody that can also make the other players better.that players want to play with". "When you have this much cap space, we're going to be major players next summer", Johnson said. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal to FIFA #ConfedCup semis as hosts crash out

Akinfeev made a mistake that led to Mexico's second goal after a long clearance by Herrera from near the Mexican area. We have looked at the New Zealand team. Santos said Portugal earned their status as European champions despite winning only two games at Euro 2016 in regulation time. The game is not limited to 90 minutes. Read More »

Kumble-Kohli communication had stopped six months ago

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Amidst all the controversy and speculation regarding the captain-coach spat between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, the Indian cricket team captain has apparently deleted his old tweet welcoming Kumble as the coach of the Indian cricket team. Read More »

Real Madrid looks for Ronaldo's replacement

They also circulated a copy of a tax document dated July 3, 2015, which covers the period in question. According to Spanish media, Ronaldo has expressed much outrage against Spain's treatment of him, especially after being thrown these tax evasion allegations. Read More »

Sanchez becomes Chile's all-time leading scorer

Alexis Sanchez refused to offer any update on his future after helping Chile to a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw against Germany on Thursday. Sanchez now overtakes Chilean legend Marcelo Salas in the rankings, with 38 global goals to his name. Read More »

Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in practice

In the evening, Jolyon Palmer of Renault also crashed into the barriers after misjudging Turn Eight. "Suddenly I lost the rear and then I just had a four-wheel power slide into the barrier". The Force India driver was one of the more impressive drivers in Baku previous year, and had been flying through the city circuit before his collision late on. Read More »

Patrik Berger praises new signing Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah began life at Liverpool with tours of Melwood and Anfield. The 18-year-old star was in unbelievable form for Monaco last season. "He has been already in the Premier League, so he knows what to expect". The media-shy Salah might not be the charismatic player fans usually like, but his persona is that of a mild-mannered footballer whose move to Liverpool led to an outpouring of congratulatory messages from his peers. Read More »

NBA Players React to the 2017 Draft

Bennett last played for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League, who cut him earlier this year. "Right now it's unbelievable really", Fultz said. It was not a good night in the Windy City. It's going to be times where maybe Ben brings up the ball or times where I'm bringing up the ball. Although veterans will always want to join the ring chase, it never hurts to have a few youngsters waiting in the wings - just ask Patrick McCaw. Read More »

Valtteri Bottas continues to outpace Lewis Hamilton on F1 street courses

But it was the right-handed Turn Six that caught Daniel Ricciardo on the hop as he lost the rear of his Red Bull and thudded into the wall. Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix after eclipsing Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with a phenomenal final qualifying lap on Saturday. Read More »

Sixers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball with top picks

And I said, OK, that's all I needed to hear. If Russell shines in Brooklyn, LA will have to rue in what could've been and could be one of those " James Harden " trades. Last season, the Sixers won 28 games despite not having their best player for two-thirds of the season and not having the number one pick see the court. Read More »

Fleetwood keen to build on US Open experience

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What do you do when you've been in a serious auto accident as a child and your doctor advises you to avoid all contact sports? "That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said . Read More »

Gatland praises defence as Lions down Crusaders

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Gatland even claimed he had been purposely singled out for criticism, as he vented frustrations over reactions to the Lions' early tour exploits. With the travel, that would have had an impact on the first couple of games, but we're ready to get battle-hardened for a Test match. Read More »

French Open 2017: Sometimes I felt like a spectator, says Simona Halep

But Ostapenko had made almost as many errors and the challenge for her was to keep the ratio in her favour. The 20-year-old Latvian stunned the tennis world as she reached the showpiece with Simona Halep at Roland Garros and then added another chapter to her remarkable story with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win on Saturday. Read More »

Jose Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations

Cristiano is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain among them Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers. The accusations against Ronaldo have caused speculation in Portugal and Spain that he is considering leaving the country to play elsewhere. The prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which appear to show that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide ... Read More »

Roger Federer through to last four in Halle

But she double-faulted twice when she was trying to close out the match, allowing Mladenovic to eventually even the second set at 5-5. "I'm feeling great on the court", said Cilic, who is chasing his second ATP title this year. I think I did it very well. Federer who has won a record 18-time Grand Slam titles is looking good in his build up to the All England Championships next month. Read More »

Four straight wins put Kiwis in charge of America's Cup

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The Kiwis won one more race to reach match point at 8-1, and then suffered one of the greatest collapses in sports as Spithill staged one of the biggest comebacks. have had a close working relationship. "I'm not happy with how we sailed today, even though we've got two points on the board", Burling said. Out team's really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving. Read More »

Indian police arrest 15 citizens for celebrating Pakistan's victory in Champions Trophy

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Police said the arrests followed complaints by local Hindus who objected to the Muslim men celebrating India's loss, which came as a shock to the entire country, as India were billed as favourites to win the trophy. "Look, I am not being smart after the event, but here, the conditions suited the batsmen and the Indian side have quality batsmen", said Lloyd, who knows a thing or two about big-ticket finals. Read More »

Knicks look overseas for help with No 8 pick

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Instead of making the normal rounds with the media at the Knicks' training facility, after the draft Ntilikina was scheduled to return to France and join Strasbourg for a victor take-all Game 5 of the French League finals Friday night. Read More »

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas tops final practice for Mercedes in Baku

Vettel entered the session on the back foot, after Ferrari reverted to an older engine as a precaution between final practice and qualifying having discovered a hydraulic leak. A red flag with little more than three minutes of Q3 remaining interrupted the session with Bottas topping the timesheets ahead of his colleague. Bottas held the advantage over Hamilton after the Briton made a mistake during his first run in the top-10 shootout. Read More »

New Zealand's All Blacks Overpower Lions

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We won that battle, but that doesn't guarantee that will happen next week". May be doing well to shift Toby "20 tackles" Faletau from the starting team but he definitely offers more in attack and the Lions are now chasing. "But I thought we played some lovely rugby and scored a couple of nice tries, which was hugely positive". With every person in red screaming for Williams to kick for touch, the Wales worldwide stepped past Kieran Read before setting off on an arcing run. Read More »