Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics aren't giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas , who may need surgery on a hip injury. But the exhausted cliché of "that's why they play the games" unfolded surprisingly over the final 18 minutes, and now we might have a series , right? "I feel we have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful".
The build up to the final has been overshadowed by events back home in Manchester, where 22 people - including children - are reported to have died in a terrorist attack on a concert venue . Those sentiments were echoed by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an email to staff confirming the cancellation of Wednesday's Europa League party at the Victoria Warehouse.
Game 5 of the series is Thursday (8:30 p.m., TNT) at TD Garden in Boston , where the Celtics will to stave off elimination. Nights like Tuesday are why teams such as the Cavs and Warriors are so dangerous-on any given night, one of their stars can take over and render an opposing coach's plans completely meaningless.
Footballing-royalty Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur following another successful Premier League season, stating the North London club have the flawless philosophy for success. All that was at stake for the north London side was to finish with as high a points total as possible and ensure Kane ended the campaign as the Golden Boot victor for the second successive season.
Smalling may no longer be considered good enough for United, but with 30 England caps to his name the 27-year-old would be the ideal candidate to improve a creaking Leicester back line. "Are they entertaining? Are they a nice side to watch?" It is said that Smalling is considered to be behind Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and the now injured Marcos Rojo in the long-term defensive picture, even though he is expected to start this week's Europa League final alongside Daley Blind.
Although the change in tactics has inspired some brilliant performances from Arsenal recently, Wenger has conceded that it was too little to late in their bid for a top four finish. United's Josh Harrop, 21, scored the opening goal against Palace on his league debut while 16-year-old substitute Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for the Old Trafford club in the Premier League era.
With the title already wrapped up, Chelsea's biggest motivation going into the final game of the season was to cement a 30-win record on their books. And Conte has called on the fans to "enjoy the moment", ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Arsenal . The nadir of Arsenal's season wasn't so much the slow death of their Premier League title hopes - after all, everyone suspected Chelsea had things wrapped up before the turn of the year.
There's no cause for players casually flipping the puck behind their backs in their own zone, failing to clear the puck and giving the Penguins easy shots. Its not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly, he said. Despite this, you can still get tickets for Tuesday's Game 6. The first three games, he was outstanding, Boucher said.
He noted a number of coaches said they expect a more aggressive approach to scoring with the shorter extra period. This change is primarily meant to address player safety, as additional snaps could provide more opportunities for injury or concussion.
It was James' lowest point total in the playoffs since he scored seven for Miami in the 2014 conference finals against in, and before Boston's comeback, James was 49-0 in playoff games his team led by at last 20 points. "That's what I always think (with) people of his stature or people like him". If it was going to happen, let it happen now; let us regroup. Using the 2017 postseason as the sample size, there's more to suggest that James will come back strong in Game 4 than have another off ...
On nights when James proves human, the Cavs need more from their defense and other scorers. "What did you do?" Thomas going down should have been the blow to the team that downed them until next fall. "I'm not going to be critical of the best player in the world". Smith asked. "For me it really would depend on if those two are really available". Kevin Love added 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds Tuesday.
Whereas happy with his own performance, Dixon believes that had he not had his crash on Saturday, Sebastien Bourdais would have been in with a shout of beating his time , but the Frenchman will miss the event due to injury. In a statement, Chip Ganassi Racing said Dixon and Franchitti would refrain from making comments so Scott could focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500 .
Hughes took the loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. It started off the way that many Twins' fans feared it would. In his last appearance, he gave up a career-high six runs on eight hits over six innings against the Tigers. Before Carter's key plays, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius homered off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas (5-3). Gibson also got the win. They've continued their steady campaign by posting a 10-7 mark thus far in May, and have really impressed on the road ...
Manchester United may be favourites to win the 2017 UEFA Europa League final , but their midfielder Juan Mata feels that the Dutch side Ajax are no pushovers and will give the Red Devils a stiff test in Stockholm on Wednesday. On the eve of the Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax , Jose Mourinho said the "hearts and minds" of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected.
Defoe joined Sunderland in January 2015 after a spell at Toronto FC and he was persuaded in the summer of previous year by Sam Allardyce, the club's manager at the time, to extend his contract. Defoe spent time on loan at Bournemouth at the start of his career, scoring 18 times in one season. Defoe earned himself a recall to the national side in March this year after hitting form for Sunderland .
Wenger's contract at the Emirates Stadium expires this summer but the 67-year-old, who has delivered three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups to North London, has remained defiant throughout despite facing protests from supporters over his future.
According to Wetzel, the state prosecutor is arguing the fact that Hernandez likely killed himself to get his original conviction thrown out to the financial benefit of his girlfriend and daughter. Prosecutors argued that Hernandez's suicide was a calculated move. This will be appealed to a higher court, so there is more to be done and it will likely take years to figure all this out.
Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, warned councillors in Britain's oil capital they would be in breach of the rules if they went ahead with the extraordinary plan to hook up with the Tories. Ms Dugdale was speaking ahead of a major campaign speech in Glasgow, where she will appeal to voters in Scotland who backed remaining in the European Union and the UK.
Carter's third home run ended an 0-for-14 skid. Adam Warren was on to protect a 3-2 lead in the seventh when the pivotal play occurred. The left-hander allowed a homer to Aaron Hicks on his fastball in the fourth and a homer to Chris Carter on his breaking ball in the fifth but kept the deficit at 2-0 by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.
Liverpool , who secured fourth spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, have not won a major trophy since their League Cup triumph five years ago. With the increased influence of having won his maiden Premier League title, Conte has insisted that his top striker is essential to his team going forward.
Madrid entered the last round needing a draw to make certain of avoiding its worst title drought since the 1980s and keep Barcelona from its third straight championship. In an on-pitch interview reported by Marca , Zidane said: "It was very important (to win the league)". There are no words to define how I feel now", "When you're the Real Madrid coach you know that expectations are very high but I like that.
For all of United manager Jose Mourinho's pre-match bluster about fielding a weakened team, his only concession to youth in eight changes from his midweek Europa League team was 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe , who made his Premier League debut.
However, it is also no secret that Thomas is one of the primary reasons that the Celtics are the number one seed, and are in the Eastern Conference Finals . "We had opportunities. It is what it is". Cleveland not only surrendered a 21-point lead in but blew chances to set a play-off record for consecutive wins (14), dating to Game Five of last year's National Basketball Association finals, and to become the fourth team in history to start the playoffs 11-0.
Larson, one of the rising stars of NASCAR , has led the points standings since the fifth race, when he won at Fontana. "Awesome day. Awesome weekend", said an overjoyed Truex. I hope he's doing well. "I hope Aric is alright", Logano said. That's the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It's unfortunate for everyone.
Manchester United have had a long, hard season but the prospect of winning a European trophy and booking a spot in next season's Champions League will be enough to revitalise exhausted minds and bodies for one more match, midfielder Juan Mata has said.
Arsenal launched an appeal against the decision of referee Michael Oliver but the Football Association rejected the club's plea on Tuesday. Middlesbrough's caretaker manager said: 'It was a definite penalty. And some other reasons that I will talk about another day. Goals by Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sealed victory for Arsenal on Sunday but they now have a defensive headache for next week's Wembley final against Chelsea .
Ginobili struggled in the Finals and was coming off one of the worst playoff performances in his career when Gregg Popovich chose to start him for the first time all season. So, it was great. Spurs fans were saying goodbye, but did not want to let go of the star who helped San Antonio win four of its five NBA Championships with his dynamic play.
Jang, 25, has won four LPGA titles since joining the American-based tour in 2015, including the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in February. "The reason I've chose to come back (to the LPGA of Korea Tour) is that I've found something more precious than golf", said Ha Na, who credits her father as the person who has most influenced her career.
Wenger's contract expires this summer, with a decision set to be made after Arsenal's involvement in the FA Cup Final on 27 May, where they will take on Chelsea . Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp on Sunday expressed his pride after his side sealed a top-four finish in the English Premier League that had looked doubtful after a awful loss of form in January.
On his way to the postgame news conference, the superstar got into an exchange with a fan who heckled him about his rough night. "What did you do?" He he then scolded the reporter for only "asking questions" when they lose. "In this moment when we needed him the most, he made huge shots", Stevens said. "Our guys are itching to play", he said. "You move on and hopefully be better the next game".
Coutinho, 24, has enjoyed an impressive season with Liverpool , scoring 13 goals and recording seven assists in the Premier League to help the club secure Champions League qualification. Do you think I will sit with [sporting director] Michael Edwards and say 'What do you think? Now we have to make decisions. "If you want, usually at the end of the season you're kind of exhausted, but I could start - and don't tell the players this - tomorrow because I'm already looking forward to ...
ANTONIO CONTE has received another boost ahead of Chelsea's attempt to complete the Double with an FA Cup win over Arsenal on Saturday; the manager of year award. Then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho explained Drogba's early substitution was due to a knee injury and had the approval of Dick Advocaat, who had steered Sunderland to safety that season.
Spurs are building a new £800m ground next to White Hart Lane , so have to go to the national stadium next season - where they lost two and drew one of their four "home" games in Europe this season. Following an emotional post match ceremony, White Hart Lane will be demolished today as the new stadium takes another step to completion in time for the 2018/2019 season.
They finished with 75 points, four better than past year when they came second, but managed only two wins from 10 against the top six. Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 despite his dismissal, but his confirmed absence is a further disappointment for manager Arsene Wenger , who also has fitness concerns over fellow defenders Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi.
Durant, who attracted controversy after his blockbuster move from Oklahoma City Thunder previous year to the Warriors, was delighted to be back in the NBA Finals once again. Leonard, a first-team All-NBA selection this season, has been sidelined with since aggravating a left ankle injury in the third quarter of Game 1 of the series.
Obviously, player safety is very important to the NFL . National Football League owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes to address coaches' concerns too many players were exhausted and risking injuries at the end of the extra period.
Arsenal (from): Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel , Mustafi, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Perez, Welbeck, Giroud. "At the moment I think we should focus on short term and what's going on on Sunday and in the cup final". Arsenal now prepare for their FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27.
The 70-lap event was highlighted in the final 10-lap run for a payout of $200,000. We just didn't have it there at the end. The damn rule book is too thick. Denny Hamlin was the first in 2011. Johnson led 18 of the 20 laps in the third segment after passing Ryan Blaney , who got the lead by taking only two tires.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction... More specifically, Terry revealed that following the game at Wembley on Saturday he will be taking a week's holiday which is when intends to make the decision on his future. Nigeria worldwide, Victor Moses , has declared that he is keen to win a domestic double with Chelsea this season. Dozens of small children in Chelsea kit, the sons and daughters of the players and staff, joined the festivities as players sprayed Conte with ...
Wenger, 67, said earlier this year he would make an announcement about his future before the end of the season, but he has repeatedly ducked opportunities to reveal his intentions. "But today we had absolutely no defenders, I would like to see which team could do better", he said. "In terms of how many times Man City have been in Europe, we can not compare against Liverpool , Manchester United , Arsenal or Chelsea ".
Victor Wanyama earned praise as a big game player after a masterful display against Manchester United in which he capped with a bullet header that opened Tottenham's account on their 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering United's last league title, United's net transfer spending has been around 350 million pounds ($450 million).
We've proven that time after time", Bieksa said. Rakell led the Ducks with 33 goals this season and has added another seven in the playoffs but Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he "wasn't ready to skate today". "And we find ourselves back here in a situation where we can, we've gotta do it again". With the chance to go to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the fan base will likely be the loudest they have ever been.
The Premier League-winning manager has only won the LMA award six times: four times by Sir Alex Ferguson, twice by Arsene Wenger and once by Claudio Ranieri. Antonio Conte and N'Golo Kante earned similar honours two months ago at the London Football Awards. "I want to thank people for voting for me".
That meant Arsenal missed out on a place in Europe's elite and highly lucrative Champions League for the first time in 20 years under veteran boss Wenger. But he will be missing Laurent Koscielny after the French centre-back was sent off for a rash challenge on Enner Valencia and also expects to be without Gabriel , who was stretchered off with a knee injury.
Now they will turn to another rookie to try to keep the momentum going. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA three appearances with two starts for Colorado this season. "I think I just see the ball good", Blackmon said. Losers in 17 of their last 21 games, the Phillies have found their lowest of lows in an endless season.
Game 5 of the series is Thursday in Boston. With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show in the third quarter.
The results put Madrid on course for a double this season as they are set to face Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League with Ronaldo now in the best form of his career and on the way to yet another Baloon d'Or. However, three points was not enough as Zinedine Zidane's men defeated Malaga 2 -0 at the La Rosaleda to claim his first La Liga title for the first time as a manager and also for the first time for Real in five years.
Backstrom, Sweden's second shooter in the shootout, beat Canadian goaltender Calvin Pickard low to the stick side and Oliver Ekman-Larsson caught Pickard moving on Sweden's next attempt to go up 2-0. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Gibson wants to play in Game 6, but will be re-evaluated. Sean Couturier made sure with an empty net goal. "I wasn't really friends with the puck there in the second period".
Midfielder Saul Niguez put Atletico ahead by smashing a header as early as in the 12th minute of the match before Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty into a goal to double the side's lead. Atletico are well-stocked in Godin's position at centre-back thanks to Gimenez, Hernandez and Stefan Savic and the Uruguayan still has a few more years at the top left in him.
I can guarantee one thing about Tuesday night's Game 4: That won't happen again. It was Boston's first outing since star guard Isaiah Thomas was shut down with a hip injury, and the Celtics showed they're capable counter-punchers. The Celtics believe their defense had a lot to do with that, although James said Boston didn't defend him any differently than when he scored 30 points in just 33 minutes in Game 2 .