We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? That's how it goes when James, the best player of his generation, decides to make a matchup a priority. With James leading the way, the Cleveland Cavaliers have correspondingly been more dominant during the playoffs than they were during a somewhat inconsistent regular season.
Any time the Nationals and Giants played in 2015 or 2016 and Strickland was on the mound with Harper coming to the plate, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy summoned a left-hander for the matchup. Strickland is a big boy and he chose to handle things himself, and he shouldn't need Posey to protect him. "A baseball's a weapon, and to be able to use that to his advantage, what do you want to do in that situation?" His style has made him a polarizing figure in the game, with veterans ...
A club spokesman insisted they were not aware of a reported meeting between Wenger, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis on Monday, but contact between the trio would not be out of place given the magnitude of the situation.
ESPN's BPI says the Warriors have a 93 percent chance of winning the series. The rivalry between the Cavs and Warriors is the only potential saving grace for this year's postseason. We have a lot of depth, and we have guys that want to play, that deserve to play. Will they become the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in a postseason? Be it one or two, though, those pieces are going to be hard for Ainge to make happen in what's expected to be one frantic ...
The 31-year-old Brook was forced to pull himself out of the fight after taking a deliberate knee when he couldn't see out of his left eye, having seen a strong advantage over the 27-year-old Spence Jr quickly eradicate during the second half of the bout inside the home of Sheffield United Football Club.
She said: "I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more women that I recognise in my own day-to-day life". "Ones who are pro-active, have their own agencies, just don't react to the men around them". "This movie is really about grief", she told People magazine. Chastain said she believes increasing the number of women behind the camera will lead to better storytelling.
Ozil's agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, complained in February that the player had been a scapegoat for Arsenal's failings this season. The duo have been linked with moves away from the Emirates, with clubs in Turkey thought to be monitoring Ozil's situation, while Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have been named as potential suitors for Sanchez.
Sanchez appeared to handle the ball in the build-up to his strike, which was provisionally ruled offside until referee Anthony Taylor over-ruled his assistant. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go". "It is not about popularity, it is about confidence". Sure, Diego Costa scored, and saw another effort saved by David Ospina, but for the most part the Arsenal defence kept him quiet and that was quite deliberate according to the club captain.
France's Kristina Mladenovic survived two heated arguments with the umpire in a three-hour epic victory over American Jennifer Brady elsewhere in the women's draw. The 14th-seeded American recorded his worst result ever at the clay-court Grand Slam , losing 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside. What's for sure is Wenger got everything right for the FA Cup final win. "I'm especially proud of the way we won this season, in the semi-final we had to play against Man City here and in the final Chelsea here, you can not get tougher and we had two outstanding performances, this cup was won with special spirit ...
Both times she did not make it any further. "I enjoy [the clay]". I'm a very lucky person in the sense that I get to do something that I love on a daily basis. And, after the contest, the Australian-born ace paid tribute to Hsieh while confessing that she was looking to go deep in the Paris event. Now she's done it two years in a row.
Although Isco has been in sublime form in the closing stages of the 2016-17 campaign, the Spain worldwide is in danger of losing his starting berth to Bale following the Welshman's return from injury. 'We know: commitment, we do everything possible to win. Victory would also see Zinedine Zidane win the trophy as both a manager and a player after his stunning volley at Hampden Park in Glasgow secured the trophy in 2002.
Well, the reports of the Celtics elimination had been greatly exaggerated, as Boston bounced back in Game 3 to stun the world. The series now shifts back to the TD Garden for Game 5, which takes palce Friday 10:30am AEDT. "I don't think I've ever had four fouls in a game before in the first half, so my rhythm is kind of broken and you've got to figure out ways you can still help the team, and my team-mates said be aggressive, be you", he said.
And then P.K. Subban opened the scoring at 7:13 in the first period of Game 1 on a wrist shot. Rookie Jake Guentzel fired a shot by Nashville's Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a flat-out weird 5-3 victory.
USA national team head coach Bruce Arenacalled in 27 players to training camp ahead of Saturday's friendly against Venezuela in Sandy, Utah, and World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico the following week. Those new faces to Arena, who returned to national team duty previous year when Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked, are goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath , defenders Timmy Chandler , DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson , and forward Bobby Wood .
If I have to come on and make an impact that way, then that's what I have to do and that's what I'll do for the team. He told Real Madrid TV that he was feeling "very good" and had "fully recovered" in time for the final. "Now I feel finally it is healing, it is right there, nearly at 100 percent". They don't concede many and we score a lot but that won't influence what is going to happen.
In eight seasons, the forward scored 174 Premier League goals and 226 in all competitions, passing Ian Wright to become the top scorer in the club's history and earning himself a statue outside Emirates Stadium in the process. First on his to-do list will be making improved contract offers to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Since the turn of the year, the team has turned in some torrid performances too, most notably in away losses to West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
Here's the Love quote Kerr is referencing: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title". In last year's Finals, he kept his squad determined and fundamentally sound despite trailing 3-1 to the Warriors and ultimately coached them to the series win.
All seemed well once he made it out to Court 6 on Tuesday, though. "He has been around for a long time now and he knows what to do to win matches and he is pretty comfortable on the clay". 'I don't really know if there is a changing of the guard, ' he said. Kyrgios' nearly ubiquitous clash with authority came in the second set, when he had a long argument with the umpire after a call went against him on a big point.
The owners also approved a proposal enabling each team to activate two players from the injured reserve list per season rather than one. The NFL will now allow plays that had recently been considered "excessive celebration ", the kinds that came after touchdowns and often resulted in a flag and a stadium-wide groan.
A year ago, when Djokovic finally fulfilled his quest to win a trophy in Paris , he was working with Boris Becker - who was on hand Monday and visited with Agassi - and Marian Vajda . "I got two balls, one when I missed my return, and then if it was 5-3 I thought I could finish the set and perhaps I could kind of liberate myself", Nadal said.
It's not about popularity, it's about competence". The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal yesterday took place amid heightened security measures after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.
But the ethos of this team, and the vibe and atmosphere around it, all come from Kerr. "That's the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami". "I wear the number because of Mike". "If I were healthy, feeling good, life would be easy no matter if I was coaching or not coaching", Kerr said.
Two out of three he we lost it on fuel mileage. It was Dillon's first NASCAR Cup victory and returned the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane. He has already won twice on the Cup Series circuit this year. "You just couldn't stop or turn or anything". "I wasn't even running hard up there. I'm just glad to add to the legacy of it". This year Truex Jr. again led the most laps but could only come home third.
The other seeded teams along with Dortmund and Liverpool are Sevilla, Napoli or Roma (Serie A's final fixtures will be played this weekend), Dynamo Kiev and Europa League Finalists' Ajax . Henry told Sky Sports News HQ: "He wants to win the Champions League ". Providing they win a Champions League qualifier at the start of next season they will take their place in Europe's elite competition for only the second time in seven seasons, having missed out on Europe altogether this ...
Led by Kyrie's career night, the Big Three did nearly all the heavy lifting on Tuesday night - combining for 93 points , the most Cleveland's power troika has ever tallied in a playoff game. In the fourth quarter, Kyrie scored just three points to boost his total to 42 points on the night. Kevin Love added 17 points and a career play-off-high 17 rebounds for Cleveland .
The Cleveland Cavaliers , fuelled by another milestone night for LeBron James , powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics in Boston on Thursday. Avery Bradley one game. Deron Williams (14 points) and Kyle Korver (seven points) provided the Cavs with the spark off the bench they had been lacking.
Eddie Howe is delighted with the signing of Asmir Begovic from Chelsea , claiming that the Bosnian is "exactly the type of character" that he was after. "You want me back on the bench?" Begovic has agreed terms with Bournemouth and will move to the Cherries with Antonio Conte looking for a new No.2.
Hamou's actions have drawn comparisons to those of Australian cricket star Chris Gayle, who openly flirted with Network Ten journalist Mel McLaughlin after a game past year. French tennis player Maxime Hamou grabs and kisses Eurosport's Maly Thomas during an interview. "Maly is a highly respected journalist and we are pleased that a full apology is being offered", the statement went on to add.
Following Manchester United's victory over Ajax in the Europa League final, Jose Mourinho was asked about the club's transfer plans for the summer. Speaking at an event in Glasgow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Celtic becoming the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967, the Scot hailed Jose Mourinho's side.
There was though plenty of drama once the penalty shoot-outs got going with Huddersfield beating Reading 4-3. Stam watched on from the dugout, as his Berkshire charges played out a goalless draw against the Yorkshire outfit. "I think the manager did it ideal the whole season". "You need to have a certain structure in achieving that and that's what we spoke about at the start of the season".
Today's match will be filled with emotion as City defender Pablo Zabaleta will make his last appearance at the Etihad Stadium . "It is time to move on", said Zabaleta, who said he plans to play for two more years before retiring to his wife's home city of Barcelona .
What first looked like a 1-0 lead for the Predators was now a 3-0 Penguins lead thanks to three Penguins' goals in the final five minutes of the period. Incredibly, that would be the last shot Pittsburgh would take until Jake Guentzel broke the 3-3 tie with 3:17 remaining in regulation. It was Gaudreau's first career playoff goal.
Now right back where we were previous year with both teams in good health, both with stellar shooters and defenders, and both feeling confident and validated by their respective Conference wins, it's fair for us as spectators to ask ourselves what the difference is and will be in these finals and what it is that one team needs to have over the other to secure the coveted National Basketball Association championship title and the backing to utter the phrase "Kiss the ring" with vindication.
How her left hand responds to the stress of competition will be key, but she will hope to use her experience to get past Boserup , who has never played at Roland Garros. Seeded losers in the men's first round: No. 26 Gilles Muller. The youngest male player in Paris this year is 18-year-old Alex De Minaur. That's part of the reason for his "Baby Fed" nickname.
Prolific striker Harry Kane expressed his determination to seal the Premier League's Golden Boot award after a four-goal rampage during Tottenham's demolition of dethroned champions Leicester . However, Pochettino remains insistent that Tottenham's key players are content to stay put amid other speculation linking the likes of Dele Alli , Eric Dier , Danny Rose and Kyle Walker with summer exits.
The 12 shots were also the fewest that any winning team in a Stanley Cup game has had in the expansion era. The Penguins' influx of offense started with a pair of penalties on Predators at 13:50. "I can't remember facing that kind of game before". The Predators gave up three quick goals in the final minutes of the first period. Maybe, but the Penguins looked a step behind at the outset.
A victorius Ekaterina Makarova , left, shakes hands with Angelique Kerber . Kerber won the Australian Open and US Open titles a year ago and also reached the final at Wimbledon . Before Kerber's loss, though, the sport got its feel-good story of the year, as Petra Kvitova was the first victor of the day, playing shockingly well in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Julia Boserup .
Huddersfield , coached by German David Wagner , also won their playoff semi-final, against Sheffield Wednesday, on penalties but they will feel they deserved the victory having restricted Reading to long-range efforts. "Everyone is playing well, it means the world to everyone, it is a completely different experience". "I'm not freaking out over the game or anything - it's a game of football ", he said.
Wenger has aired his commitment to the cause on the regular basis , admitting at one stage that he has shunned offers from the biggest clubs in world football to stay in north London , but Adams claims he is only in that position because Arsenal have given him "free rein".
Ekaterina Makarova refused to let Kerber stay in step bouncing the world No. 1 out of the Roland Garros first round. Kerber could also face a challenge of losing her top position on WTA world rankings if second-seeded Karolina Pliskova managed to make into the final.
When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan , it's nearly like a god. They have earned a rubber match with the Warriors , setting up one of the most anticipated NBA Finals in recent memory. As much as you want to, it's not over. "Because I think we saw it first hand, especially in these home games ". Brown has been at the helm as the Warriors stormed unbeaten through the first 3 rounds of the playoffs with Kerr sidelined by debilitating symptoms stemming from back surgery ...
The Predators' P.K. Subban scored at 7:13 of the first period , but linesman Brian Murphy reviewed the play and agreed with the Penguins coach that Filip Forsberg was in the offensive zone before the puck crossed the blue line. "It's tough. He's been a rock for us", Laviolette said. Just after that power play ended, Nashville's Austin Watson carried the puck behind the Pittsburgh net and fed Frederick Gaudreau for a one-timer in front that went under Murray's pads for a 3-3 tie.
Mahrez, who was linked with Arsenal after orchestrating Leicester's fairy-tale Premier League title triumph , revealed he had agreed to stay for "another year" last summer but added that he was "fiercely ambitious". But Mahrez only signed a new four-year deal last summer leaving Leicester in a strong bargaining position. Mahrez, who was part of the Leicester team that were crowned the 2015/16 Premier League champions against all the odds, has been mooted as a possible transfer target ...
He said: "I don't know for sure but there is a lot of attention in this moment". Midfielder Ramsey, however, has made it clear he wants Wenger to stay and highlighted the Frenchman's switch to a three-man defence late in the season as the key to Arsenal's FA Cup glory.
While his line across nine starts is unremarkable, he did have a two-start stretch in April in which he allowed just a lone earned run in 16 1/3 innings against the Yankees and Royals. His fastball velocity at times proved too much for the Sox hitters to handle, as Farmer pitched 6.1 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 11 K. The Chicago White Sox have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs.
He said: "I don't know my friend, finished now, so happy for the win and the FA Cup , happy for the players, now I dont know". In the midst of those protests, the club endured a turbulent spell as Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in February and suffered crushing away defeats against Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace.
But of course I'm more actively watching the people around me", she said. Indeed, just being there under a cloud-filled sky at Roland Garros was a victory for Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand the one she holds her racket with after being stabbed by an intruder in the Czech Republic in late December.
The result marked Busch's 16th top-10 finish in in 27 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, one of only two tracks - the other being Pocono Raceway - where he hasn't won a points race. "We're in the chase, baby". The rain arrived and drenched the track, forcing a delay of 1 hour, 39 minutes, 56 seconds before the cars started rolling again.
Terrys availability has unsurprisingly led to a number Premier League clubs expressing an interest with Bournemouth previously in the mix along with Swansea and West Brom. "Everyone keeps asking me and no-one believes me when I say that I've not got anything sorted". "I don't want to kind of make a knee-jerk decision and then kind of regret it later", Terry said.