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8-time champ Federer beats Zverev for Halle quarterfinal

You could make a case for either side, but I'm giving the edge to Federer , as he's just too consistent and still pounces on any mistakes his opponent makes. Federer will face Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals following his 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-3 victory over the sixth-seeded Lucas Pouille. Despite winning in straight sets, Federer acknowledged that Russian youngster Karen Khachanov pushed him to the limits in their semi-final match. Read More »

76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers Lonzo Ball at top of NBA draft

When Boston traded out of the top spot of the NBA Draft down to No. 3, essentially passing on Markelle Fultz , the Washington guard didn't get mad. "They need veteran leadership". "Then Keith hit me up and said, 'New plan". Fultz wraps up his article by saying that he intends to come to Philly and take the process to new heights through his work ethic and buying into a team mentality. Read More »

It's Draft Day in the National Basketball Association; everyone go wild!!!

Since trading the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder, the Celtics have been mentioned in nearly every rumor. "Quite honestly, I thought that he was going to be traded last summer", said Ainge . Ford previously reported Boston had Jackson and Tatum in the " same tier " as Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Read More »

Predicting the career outcomes of 2017 draft picks

A few days earlier, the Lakers without hesitation, traded away D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov in return for Brook Lopez and a late first round pick in Kyle Kuzma from Indiana. "We need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of players we now have", he said. They opened as slight favorites to make the postseason at minus-125 (bet $100 to win $80) and plus-105 to miss it (bet $100 to win $105). Read More »

Boston Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

Jayson Tatum was picked third by the Boston Celtics , becoming the first player off the board from a Triangle school, and at least six more players from Duke , North Carolina and N.C. The Suns used the fourth pick to select him then added Miami guard Davon Reed at No. 32 and 6-foot-9 power forward Alec Peters of Valparaiso at No. Read More »

Chauncey Billups, Cavaliers owner meeting for 2nd time, per AP source

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Billups is believed to be the only candidate interviewed for the job, after negotiations between Gilbert and general manager David Griffin hit a standstill, resulting in his departutre from the franchise. "Right now he with us until I hear something different", Cube tells TMZ Sports . Looking back at Griffin's tenure, he was smart and savvy and made the most of his resources while keeping Gilbert out of LeBron's way, but he never got the credit due him. Read More »

Flyers draft Nolan Patrick with second pick in 2017 NHL draft

Louis Blues). The NHL Draft was first held in 1963 and allows teams from the league select available young players to add to their squad. Of course, he's nowhere close to being able to or even wanting to admit that. But that should be Sean Couturier's dominion. or maybe Lehtera's, now. or Val Filppula? Yeah, the Flyers hope he turns into him. The same goes for Patrick in Philadelphia, where they already have Claude Giroux , Travis Konecny , and Jakub Voracek. Read More »

Striker Diego Costa hard to replace at Chelsea, says Frank Lampard

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The Independent understands that United made an enquiry at the beginning of the month and, while they were not given a firm "no", the Old Trafford club were told that a deal with Chelsea is very close. Has Romelu Lukaku just casted doubt on his potential return to Stamford Bridge? Lukaku has bagged 68 Premier League goals in four years at Everton, first joining the club on loan and then permanently from Chelsea for £28 million. Read More »

LSU beats top seed Oregon State to reach CWS final

The switch-hitting catcher hammered a pitch from Oregon State starter Bryce Fehmel over the right-field field fence to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Beau Jordan added a solo home run in the sixth inning, and Antoine Duplantis delivered an RBI single in the third for the Tigers, who will face the Florida-TCU victor in the CWS Finals. Read More »

NBA Draft 2017: Celtics GM Danny Ainge sounds off on Josh Jackson

Following an impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine, however, Jackson kept his name in for good and was projected by many to be a first-round pick. 1 pick knowing he could still land a quality wing - either Tatum or Jackson at No. 3. He was arrested after kicking in the tail light and denting the driver's door of a Kansas women's basketball player's auto while she was in it. Read More »

Red Sox manager John Farrell ejected in 7th inning

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Ramirez tossed six one-run innings and got some help from a balanced Angels offense in a 6-3 win over the first-place Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. John Farrell has his first ejection of the season. "John didn't accept that answer and he was quite adamant that time had been called first and therefore the balk should have been nullified". Read More »

The biggest winners and losers from the NBA Draft

He had some seriously impressive performances for the Wildcats, one included an 39 point game against Ball's UCLA Bruins. "It is a great opportunity", Fultz 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 »

A look into the future of the Vegas Golden Knights

When the protected lists were made public, it was somewhat surprising to see Ryan Strome, Eric Staal and other higher profile players left exposed. The Golden Knights also had two extra picks thanks to expansion draft trades, and used them on center Nick Suzuki (No. Read More »

Two Winterhawks picked in first round of National Hockey League draft

Florida Panthers: Florida made some questionable decisions when it opted to protect eight skaters and a goaltender rather than seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender. While all eyes will be on Las Vegas' picks, it figures to be a busy night for the Penguins at the NHL Awards Show. "It is inconceivable that a person seeking tickets to watch a College of Saint Rose sports team (none of which play hockey), or the Middle Georgia State University Knights or the University of Central ... Read More »

Bellator set for PPV splash with biggest card at the Garden

But on a odd night that delivered many surprises, fans got one more with a fairly exciting main event that kept the Madison Square Garden crowd engaged into the early hours of Sunday. Matt Mitrione provided the fans with a huge shock when he finished Fedor Emelianenko . "The Last Emperor" may have just been defeated for the last time. Read More »

Renault's Palmer out of Baku qualifying

Especially since it is a worthy achievement to win in Baku", he stressed. The main emotion for Max Verstappen is still unclear though: the Dutch driver was the quickest man at Baku City Circuit but the speed couldn't bring him luck. The challenging anticlockwise track runs along the shores of the Caspian Sea and around the walls of the old town. When it came to selecting the flawless route for the race, the organizers made a decision to emphasize the panoramic view of the city. Read More »

De Villiers hails South African never-say-die attitude

Liam Dawson hit a four off the penultimate ball but failed to make contact with the last delivery as England lost a T20 thriller by three runs against South Africa at Taunton . In total, eight players have been dismissed in this fashion on the global arena. JJ Smuts responded well to his golden duck in Wednesday's series opener to strike some lusty early blows, and it took the introduction of Curran to make the breakthrough as he struck with his second delivery in worldwide cricket ... Read More »

NBA Draft Winners, Losers: Analyzing Best, Worst Of Crazy Two Rounds

The Celtics were looking to rebuild after six seasons with Kevin Garnett paired with Paul Pierce and the Nets were looking to win instantly in their second season in Brooklyn. He drastically increased his three point shooting volume last season (from 3.0 attempts per game to 7.1) while also improving his accuracy (37% last season). Read More »

Celtics make Chaminade's Tatum No. 3 pick in National Basketball Association draft

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STRENGTHS: The 6-8 Jackson shot roughly 30 percent on 3-pointers through his first two seasons, but set UNC's single-season record for made 3s previous year to go with a solid midrange game. He turned out to be correct. Ainge wasn't made available to the media until after the draft concluded. "There's been a history over the last three or four years in the league of making outrageous demands for trades", said the Celtics' co-owner, Wyc Grousbeck. Read More »

Leo Messi expected to avoid prison for tax fraud

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Spanish authorities have also recently filed papers against Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo , who is accused of evading tax of some 14.7m euros (£12.8m) by hiding income from image rights. The Portuguese superstar decided he wanted to leave Spain off the back of the lawsuit claiming alleged tax fraud from the former Manchester United winger. Read More »

Warburton returns to captain Lions v Highlanders

Defensively, it was a huge shift for the players, with the Crusaders held scoreless for the first time in 38 games. With cover already deep on either flank and with Ross Moriarty also in the mix, though now sidelined with a back strain, it is certainly valid to consider Warburton's inclusion as a possible weakening of the side. Read More »