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Dominant New Zealand increase America's Cup lead

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Four years ago, New Zealand were eventually overhauled by an Oracle team that featured Britain's Ben Ainslie as tactician in what is regarded as one of sport's great comebacks. Race 4 was to follow. Well-funded Oracle Team USA has five days to try to come with some answers to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy Kiwis, who are getting by with much less funding. Read More »

Mithali Raj lauds openers, spinners for scripting win against England

Knight (46) and Fran Wilson (81) tried to consolidate the innings but their effort went in vain after the England captain was run out. Half centuries from all of the Asian side's top three batters, Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj , set them on course for a victory at the County Ground which not many had predicted on the tournament's opening day. Read More »

How close Messi came to playing for Real Madrid not Barcelona

That's life, those are the details. Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi , who is widely touted as the greatest footballer ever, turns 30 years today. "You say wow, he can not beat that and then two weeks after he does something again totally different and you will say again it is impossible to do better, and then he does it". Read More »

Warren Gatland urges officials to crack down on All Blacks' illegal blocking

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The British and Irish Lions have summoned reinforcements to their rugby tour of New Zealand , snatching four players from the Wales team which beat Tonga in Auckland on Friday. But Rennie has indeed been schooling up and knows what to expect. "I think he is absolutely outstanding in terms of the amount of touches he has in the game and his pick and go", Gatland said of Nowell and his England teammate Elliot Daly, who was on the bench against the Highlanders, and also has a chance to force ... Read More »

Verstappen leads FP2 of Azerbaijan F1

The ambient temperature at the start of the 90-minute session was 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Centigrade) and the track temperature was 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Centigrade). McLaren's Fernando Alonso had made an early cameo at the sharp end of the timesheets, running second behind Verstappen, but was eventually shuffled out of the top 10. Read More »

Durant: Curry played like a big dog

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It was the first career National Basketball Association title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases. "They have an incredible team". The Cavaliers like to play a more rugged game using the size and strength of James, Love and Tristan Thompson to their advantage. Read More »

Brooks Koepka US Open victory pushes new major victor streak to 7

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New world No10 Koepka proved a great champion, rarely playing a bad shot all week and illustrating again just how much strength in depth golf now enjoys. The U.S. Open was won by Brooks Koepka , who carded a four-round score of 16-under par. The 27-year-old began the day a shot off the lead but fired six birdies and a solitary bogey to finish four strokes ahead of overnight leader Brian Harman and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama , with Fleetwood a shot further back in fourth. Read More »

Mexico knock out Confederations Cup hosts Russian Federation

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Mexico winger Hirving Lozano took advantage of an very bad mix-up in the Russian defence to score an extraordinary goal which gave his side a 2-1 win and knocked the Confederations Cup hosts out of the tournament on Saturday. Ronaldo did not complain and soon scored when Portugal earned its penalty from another two-man tackle. Midfielder Danilo was pushed and tripped trying to meet the ball from a corner. Read More »

Putin says Russia aims to beef up Syrian military in mid-term

In comments aimed at a domestic audience, Putin insisted the latest U.S. sanctions over alleged election meddling are efforts to "contain Russia ". President Trump dismissed Mr. He added that the restrictions have forced the country to "switch on our brains" to reduce dependence on energy exports. Putin reiterated his assentation that the anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S. Read More »

Jimmy Butler traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves

That's all I want to do. Do what I can for my respective organization and let them realize what I'm trying to do. The first seven picks were one-and-dones and a record 16 of them heard their names called in the first round. "I was mad", Ainge said. "I just don't like the way some things were handled, but it's OK". The trade allowed Butler's trainer, Travelle Gaines , to unload on the Bulls front office, headed by GM Gar Forman. Read More »

Time for top pick Markelle Fultz to turn Philadelphia 76ers into winners

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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. I reviewed the tape of Fultz in a Washington home game against UCLA and Lonzo Ball. What stood out to me in that game was Fultz's ability to knock down the three-pointer. Read More »

Devils on the clock with top pick in NHL draft

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Minnesota center Erik Haula , who was chosen in the expansion draft , reportedly has already agreed to a multi-year deal with Vegas. All-time nice guy Marc-André Fleury from Pittsburgh, which had to add a second-round pick to get Vegas to take him off their cap. Read More »

Ward stuns Kovalev in eighth to defend titles

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Ward followed up by digging to the body with a trio of left hooks, some of which appeared borderline in terms of being low. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight with 31 seconds left in the eighth round with Kovalev kneeling down from what he said was a low blow. Read More »

Jimmy Butler Trade, Freshmen Picks Highlight NBA Draft

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As the year wound down, though, the 6-5, 175-pound shooting guard barely saw the court, and the time he was given came during blowouts. He'll be looking to sign as a free-agent, too. Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. There were rumors all over linking him mainly to the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the dark horse candidate to land the All-Star was the one to pull the trigger. Read More »

76ers focused on extending Joel Embiid

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Now with a core of Fultz , Ben Simmons , Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid , Philly is loaded with youth for the future. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers . "I'm going to have some custom-made shoes that I think nobody ever had before". "Everything else is going to pay off". "We were on the horn with Horween Leather the very next day sourcing the real article of National Basketball Association game balls", Gorecki ... Read More »

NBA Draft: Evaluating the top 5 picks

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With the drafting of Fultz in the 2017 NBA Draft , the Sixers now appear to have the core together that will make the past few seasons of losing worth it. His all around scoring ability has been compared to Houston Rockets franchise guard James Harden . "I look as it as good". Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo went on Mike & Mike this morning and revealed a total bombshell: He fully expects Ben Simmons , Joel Embiid , and Markelle Fultz to be completely ready to go for Opening Night with ... Read More »

Lonzo Ball listed as early favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that the Boston Celtics , who took Duke's Jayson Tatum with the third pick, were working on a trade for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George . "Look, I'd just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time ", Harris said. As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started. Read More »

5 key facts to consider for Conor McGregor vs

He posted a picture of himself and Floyd Mayweather sr on Twitter with the caption " THE FIGHT IS ON ". "Showtime is going to put on shows leading up to the fight because they have Mayweather under contract". Dana White told ESPN that everyone involved with the fight is "very happy" with the deal. "The impossible deal is now done". McGregor is the top pay-per-view draw in UFC while Mayweather had been the moneyspinner in some of boxing's biggest bouts, including matchups with ... Read More »

Timberwolves Deal For All Star

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It's going to be the little things and the incremental things we hope to see along the way. "These are hard things to do". We've decided to make the change and rebuild this roster. Minnesota didn't give up much, to be honest. This past season, Butler started 75 games for Chicago , averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game. Read More »

NHL-Devils select Hischier with first overall draft pick

Three of his Guelph Storm teammates were taken shortly after. "I was nearly always the tallest, but certainly never the widest". It's obviously a little different. "I didn't really see that as a hockey place when I went there, but now, with the new team and the fans and season tickets sold out, I think hockey will be unbelievable", Glass said. Read More »

Roy's freakish exit turns 2nd T20 South Africa's way

He's altered and he's seen where the ball is coming from so he's got to go". He took four fours off Morne Morkel's second over - two of them edges that could have gone anywhere - gradually settled and registered his second T20I half-century with a straight-driven six into the Ian Botham stand off the left-arm wristspin of Tabraiz Shamsi. Read More »

Portugal punish All Whites in final match

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Portugal's goal shower started in the 33 minutes, when Christiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and Pen Bernaldo added a goal four minutes later, which made the first half to end 2-0. "I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others, not so well". New Zealand created a few more chances in the second half, their best coming as the hour mark approached. Read More »

GM Ryan McDonough: Suns 'played by rules' in pursuit of Josh Jackson

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He wanted me to be the best man that I could be. Before I even made a decision to go to Kansas , I always felt that he cared about me more than a basketball player. I don't think the other guys in this draft really care as much as I do. There was speculation the Suns could either trade this pick or pair De'Aaron Fox with Devin Booker here, but the Jackson selection addresses a more immediate need. Read More »