Author: 0 Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Hawks are by no means out of this series. Home court advantage can sometimes be the difference in an evenly matched series and if the Wizards can gain an edge from their crowd, they will be tough to beat at Verizon Center. According to the NBA's PIE Player Impact Estimate, or PIE, rating, which measures a player's overall statistical contribution against the total statistics in games they play in, Wall was responsible for a third of all game events (points, rebounds, assists, etc.) in the ...

Sport Leicester went down fighting in Champions League quarterfinals
Author: 0 Leicester went down fighting in Champions League quarterfinals

Leicester can hold their heads high following their Champions League exit, with just a single goal separating them from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid over two legs. Shinji Okazaki and Yohan Benalouane were taken off, as Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa were introduced. Atletico then faced a bombardment which would have seen lesser sides concede again and crumble, with only the European know-how which comes with experience seeing Diego Simeone's side survive.

Author: 0 Borussia Dortmund bus attack could have been deadly, German Police confirm

The Switzerland global was sitting next to defender Marc Bartra, the only player wounded, when three explosions went off as the team headed to the venue of its quarterfinal match against Monaco Tuesday. Police in the western city of Mainz said they had safely accompanied buses carrying both the Mainz and Hertha BSC soccer teams to their match on Saturday.

Sport Cassidy: Bruins Need More Out Of Marchand, Top Players
Author: 0 Cassidy: Bruins Need More Out Of Marchand, Top Players

Mikael Backlund scored a short-handed goal and Sean Monahan had a power-play goal for the Flames. So, for sure, a player like that isn't easy to defend. The Bruins know that, too, and you saw them attempt to address that with some hard finishes on Karlsson along the boards. "We've been trying to roll the lines and it was good to get a balance in scoring and get all the guys contributing".

Sport Liverpool boss Klopp admits he was never comfortable at West Brom
Author: 0 Liverpool boss Klopp admits he was never comfortable at West Brom

The Belgium global made his 175th appearance for Liverpool against West Brom , marking it by keeping a clean sheet. It was generally a poor first half of football at the Hawthorns with the best early chance falling to Hal Robson-Kanu. It came from a setpiece, with a free kick being headed on by Lucas Leiva before Firmino headed in his 11th goal of the campaign. His Albion counterpart, Tony Pulis, was less pleased with his own goalkeeper, Ben Foster, following two charges upfield for ...

Sport Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in season
Author: 0 Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in season

New closer Greg Holland earned his second save in two days, Gerardo Parra hit a three-run double and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers for a 6-5 victory Tuesday night. So in-tune with what they're witnessing is the OKC crowd that they registered Westbrook's 41st triple-double when he brought it up in a sequence that scored him both a rebound and an assist .

Sport Patriots, James White agree to three-year contract extension
Author: 0 Patriots, James White agree to three-year contract extension

During the regular season White was used mostly on passing downs and had 60 catches for 551 yards. That, plus a pair of Super Bowls for the 25-year-old, who is fortunate enough to spend the next handful of seasons in Foxboro. "He just does everything right". White, who is now locked into a long-term contract to stay in New England, should continue to serve in his all-around role behind quarterback Tom Brady .

Sport Toronto Raptors (50-31) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (51-30)
Author: 0 Toronto Raptors (50-31) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (51-30)

Prior to joining the Cavs , Sanders was playing for Cleveland's D-League team. The Bulls finally figured out what they're going to do, who they're going to be. These games are going to be tough. After coming over in a trade from Denver, Nurkic helped the Blazers to 14 wins in 20 games. Matching each other dunk for dunk and jumper for jumper, George scored 43 points with nine rebounds and nine assists, while James scored 41 with 16 rebounds and 11 assists in Cleveland's 135-130 win in ...

Sport Conte: Title Not Ours Yet
Author: 0 Conte: Title Not Ours Yet

Marcos Alonso's whipped free-kick then sealed a fifth win in six Premier League games for the visitors, after Joshua King's deflected shot had handed Bournemouth hope. Instead we won both games. We are all going in the same direction and that's very important. "We have shown all season great character, great desire, great will to fight for the title", he said.

Author: 0 Barcelona vs. Juventus UCL aggregate score: Messi, Neymar, Suarez eliminated

Juventus provoke fear in everyone else and now our objective is to reach the final", Bonucci said. Barcelona march into their Champions League quarterfinal second-leg tie against Juventus with their back against the ropes, but captain Andres Iniesta has issued a rallying cry to his colleagues to dare to believe.

Author: 0 Warriors Dominate Over Trail Blazers in Game-2 Victory

Kevin Durant was ruled out of Game 2 with a left calf strain. He's also not the only Golden State player dealing with an injury. It took Golden State more than 40 minutes to build a double-digit lead in Game 1 . According to The Sacramento Bee , the Blazers, on the other hand, will continue to be without center Jusuf Nurkic , who is now recovering from a right leg fracture.

Author: 0 Rory Best delighted to banish disappointment of 2013 after getting Lions call

England's Jamie George, Ireland's Rory Best and Wales' Ken Owens are the three hookers selected, while Wales number eight Ross Moriarty and New Zealand-born Ireland centre Jared Payne are among the surprise names on the list. His performance against England - one of the showings of this year's Six Nations - saw his stock rocket. He was on course for the British & Irish Lions squad until December, when he had one indiscretion too many.

Sport Warriors rout Portland, Butler shines for Bulls in National Basketball Association playoffs
Author: 0 Warriors rout Portland, Butler shines for Bulls in National Basketball Association playoffs

But when they step on the court Sunday night for Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series between the Thunder and Houston Rockets, friendship takes a backseat. By the close of the second, Harden had discovered his rhythm, pouring in 20 points by the intermission for a 59-54 lead. "None of that happens if the (opposing) team doesn't have their eyes on James", Beverley said .

Sport Aaron Hernandez's prison death shrouded in mystery
Author: 0 Aaron Hernandez's prison death shrouded in mystery

Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots as a valued tight end. Attorney William Kennedy said the joint wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of de Abreu and Furtado against Hernandez will proceed against his estate. But during an appearance on CSNNE's Toucher and Rich on Wednesday, attorney Michael Coyne argued that Hernandez's estate might be able to get its hands on that money since the National Football League and the Patriots would no longer have a legal reason to ...

Author: 0 Wild Lose In Game 2

The Blackhawks, who finished with a Western Conference-best 109 points this year, took the last four of their five meetings with the Predators during the regular season. Put together a winning effort on Wednesday, and try to replicate it in a Game 5 on Saturday in front of a home crowd. "We are going to have to beat them".

Author: 0 I'm a proven match victor, David Moyes tells Sunderland boo-boys

The club's goal drought ended after 701 tortuous minutes when Wahbi Khazri's corner caught the win and flew in. He said: "When you're a football manager, if you're not doing well, you expect to be criticised". 'Which fans are happy? Which players are happy? He maintains that he inherited a poisoned chalice at a club now around £140m in debt which, in recent years, has consistently occupied the Premier League's bottom five positions despite shouldering a top-10 wage bill.

Author: 0 Good squad, but pressure on Lions: Hansen

Unfortunately for the incumbent England captain, the New Zealand born hooker has not made the cut. England provide the highest number of players to the squad, with 16 of their back-to-back Six Nations winning team to be involved. So, with the extended Lions squad now known and with both head coaches extolling their own sides' respective strengths, the battle lines have been drawn and the countdown to the highly anticipated tour has begun.

Author: 0 Cristiano Ronaldo Comments on Doubters After Scoring 100th European Goal

Half an hour later he poked the victor through Manuel Neuer's legs. Doubters? I don't know who doubts me. Ronaldo himself added: "It's an honour to reach this number". Football is a real bag full of surprise and in a few minutes anything can happen. The big German, though, will not want to see a replay of Ronaldo's victor, when he toe-poked the ball in from six yards, which squirmed through Neuer's legs.

Sport Mumbai Indians look to continue winning run against Kings XI Punjab
Author: 0 Mumbai Indians look to continue winning run against Kings XI Punjab

Also the Indore pitch has favoured the team batting second as all four matches played here were won by the chasing side. The only ray of hope as far as Punjab are concerned, and even that came to the fore only in the last game, has been the resurgence of the 23-year-old Manan Vohra, who nearly won them the game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad single-handedly.

Author: 0 NBA Playoffs First Round: Bulls 111-97 Celtics

Through two games of their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls the Celtics don't look like a team that should have stood pat at the trade deadline or one that can stick around past the first round of the playoffs. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays. Stevens said no funeral date has been set, but the Celtics plan to attend. Stevens tried adjustments.

Sport Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found hanged in jail cell
Author: 0 Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found hanged in jail cell

Michele Steele joined ESPN's Boston bureau four years ago, on the day Hernandez was taken into custody. Per WEEI , investigators are also reportedly looking into the possibility that Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana, called K2, on Tuesday night.

Author: 0 Serena Williams announces pregnancy; Confirmed by PR rep

Novak also confirmed that Serena won't be able to play for the rest of the year but was looking forward to make a comeback in 2018. Tennis' U.S. governing body, the United States Tennis Association, wrote on Facebook , "Join us in congratulating the GOAT and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian on this incredible news!" referring to Williams with the acronym for "Greatest of All Time".

Sport Simon Mignolet makes case for the defence after Liverpool beat West Brom
Author: 0 Simon Mignolet makes case for the defence after Liverpool beat West Brom

Recent performances have showcased how much stronger we look at the back with both Lovren and Matip in the team and have, once again, teased supporters and most likely Klopp himself into wondering what might have been. And Klopp admitted he could see how Pulis had frustrated Liverpool on their travels for so long. But it was excitement until the end - pretty much always whenever we are involved.

Sport Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia share Masters lead ahead of final round
Author: 0 Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia share Masters lead ahead of final round

The duo are five shots of the lead, and have an outside shot of winning the green jacket. His short game had the answer for the only hiccups, with deft chips to set up his birdies at Nos. Spieth was 10 shots off the lead after the first round, but he backed up his 69 on Friday with a 68 on Saturday, which included five birdies and only one bogey.

Author: 0 James Harden thinks he should win MVP over Russell Westbrook

Westbrook, on the other hand, averaged a robust 36.3 points, 9.3 assists and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three. "It's fantastic", Westbrook said, postgame, close to tears. "I was open and let it go". Westbrook may not win the NBA's MVP award this year, but the six-time All-Star has had a season that will be immortalised in the record book and is the main reason the Thunder will be in the playoffs as the likely number six seed in the ...

Author: 0 Vijay Mallya, Indian Businessman, Arrested in UK

In January, an Indian court ordered a consortium of lenders to start the process of recovering the loans. "Extradition hearing in court started today as expected". The development was an outcome of the extradition request by India pursuant to orders from a Mumbai court in two different cases against the liquor baron and founder of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Author: 0 Fans pumped, as Blues take 3-0 lead in series against Wild

The Wild didn't wait to tie the game quite as long in that one, but it still got the exact same result in the end, falling 2-1 in another very Mike Yeoish defeat, outplaying the Blues but constantly missing on its most prime opportunities.

Author: 0 Sharks beat down Edmonton 7-0 in game four

Certainly Talbot does not bear sole responsibility for the loss because he had no appreciable defensive help. The Sharks were held to 10 shots over the final two periods and didn't even get a shot on goal on a pair of power-play chances as Thornton's return was unable to change San Jose's fortunes.

Author: 0 Butler serves up late Bulls run to shock Celtics

Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures. "As people say, the series starts when you take advantage of home court, and we did that tonight". The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. And then there's playoff Rondo who morphs into one of the best players on the planet when it matters most - the playoffs.

Sport Antoine Griezmann reveals why he can't talk about move
Author: 0 Antoine Griezmann reveals why he can't talk about move

Real Madrid were generally in control, however and looked happy to move the ball around as Atletico searched in vain for a chance. Zidane was appointed in January a year ago after Benitez - now at Newcastle United - was sacked with Madrid third in LaLiga at the time and reports suggesting that senior players had become frustrated with the team's approach.

Sport No one wants to play Juve after ousting Barca, says defender Bonucci
Author: 0 No one wants to play Juve after ousting Barca, says defender Bonucci

They can't, can they? But any hopes they had learnt their lesson disappeared in last week's first leg in Turin where Juventus ran out deserved 3-0 winners and Messi was largely anonymous. In an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport , former Chelsea coach Gianluca Vialli said the key to stifling Barcelona for Juventus will be to contain the atmosphere at Camp Nou.

Author: 0 Latest Rumours on John Terry and Alvaro Morata

John Terry has made 713 appearances for Chelsea since the defender made his debut for the Blues in 1998. With the loss of Ashley Williams in the summer, signing John Terry would bring leadership qualities back to the Liberty Stadium. Chelsea boast a four-point lead over Tottenham in the title race and also face them in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. " I've always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right ...

Sport Pregame: Pens at Jackets, 7:38 pm (PIT leads series, 3-0)
Author: 0 Pregame: Pens at Jackets, 7:38 pm (PIT leads series, 3-0)

For instance, even though they should have spent the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead, Columbus was more than happy to trade chances with Mike Sullivan's squad. Things have been much better on the offensive side of things in Columbus' last two matchups with Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets were never able to answer.

Author: 0 Juve's Alves expects long night at world's best Barcelona

Talented, balanced and defensively capable, the team is presided over by a coach renowned for his tactical intelligence. Diario Sport says he's more motivated than ever to win this season's European Cup and the way he hammered in the first of his two goals against Real Sociedad on Saturday suggests the loss in Turin riled him.

Author: 0 Barcelona 0 Juventus 0 (0-3 agg)

There were a couple of opportunities for Lionel Messi, but no real clear-cut chances for Barca in a colossal defensive display from Juve that will have left PSG and Unai Emery wondering what might have been after the French side folded with a 4-0 lead at Camp Nou in the previous round.

Sport Sharks regrouping as power play goes from lacklustre to liability versus Oilers
Author: 0 Sharks regrouping as power play goes from lacklustre to liability versus Oilers

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) stops as shot against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday , April 16, 2017, in San Jose , Calif. Trailing 3-2 in the third period, the Canadiens pressed hard and finally scored with 18 seconds left, with goalie Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker.

Author: 0 Serena Williams planning 2018 return after confirming pregnancy

A spokesperson for Serena Williams has confirmed the tennis star is pregnant . This makes her the third women to win a Grand Slam after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong, who won Wimbledon in 1971 and 1980 respectively, while being pregnant.

Author: 0 Jurgen Klopp reveals he could end his managerial career at Liverpool

The former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund manager told German magazine Sport1: "I will not have been in charge of 10 different clubs once my managerial career is over". Lucas has played 242 times for Liverpool since joining from Brazilian club Gremio in 2007. Joël Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva have been unable to train this week owing to injuries.

Sport Kane: 'Ruthless' Spurs have eye on Chelsea
Author: 0 Kane: 'Ruthless' Spurs have eye on Chelsea

Chelsea's title hopes were dented at the weekend after losing 2-0 to Manchester United with Tottenham closing the gap to just four points. "I think if there is one favourite it's Chelsea because they are top of the table, because of the experienced players and the manager that they have", Pochettino, whose Tottenham side lost the 2015 League Cup final to Chelsea, told reporters on Friday.

Author: 0 US Navy Claims USS Carl Vinson Heading Toward North Korea, Again

The Carl Vinson, accompanied by a carrier air wing, two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, was supposed to have been ordered to sail north after leaving Singapore on April 8. "There's not a specific demand signal or specific reason why we're sending her up there", Mr Mattis told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon.

Author: 0 Sale gets win No. 1 with Sox

It was the Rays third baseman's second hit against Sale in 23 career at-bats. Peterson homered in his first big league at-bat since 2015 and Logan Morrison hit a grand slam, two of the career-high four homers allowed by Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello in the Rays' 10-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Sport Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in a 3-0 series hole
Author: 0 Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in a 3-0 series hole

Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson scored, Brandon Saad had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves. He is the first Penguins rookie to score three goals in a playoff game. Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise (11) and St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, reach for a loose puck during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in St.

Sport Michael Keane tells Burnley he is leaving
Author: 0 Michael Keane tells Burnley he is leaving

Hailing the Portuguese superstar as "a genius" as he gave his verdict on his latest hat-trick that fired Real Madrid to a Champions League quarter-final win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Keane didn't hold back as he poured praise on the 32-year-old forward.

Author: 0 Browns have zeroed in on choice with No. 1 draft pick

As recent as last week, the consensus among draft experts was that the Cleveland Browns would select edge rusher Myles Garrett with the first overall pick. Brown described Garrett as "bright, competitive ... we'd be proud to have him". "I'm excited about having him here, because I feel like it's a new energy and, shoot, we need that".

Author: 0 Resting regulars a topic on the final day of NBA season

The Heat were 27-19 with him, 14-22 without him this season. Brooklyn sat six players for its finale in Chicago, a decision that raised some eyebrows in Miami - since the Heat needed a win by either the Nets or Atlanta (in Indiana) to have a shot at reaching the postseason.

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