Author: 0 Paul Pierce: Kevin Durant Joined 'Bully's Gang'

You were expecting someone else? In an global matchup at center , Cleveland's Tristan Thompson of Canada will go against Zaza Pachulia of Golden State , who could become the first player from Georgia to win an National Basketball Association crown.

Author: 0 Nationals and Giants brawl in Major League Baseball

And then he did this. Harper and Strickland were both ejected from the game. "You either go to first base or you go after him and I made a decision to go after him". Kind of weird, no? Yet Posey just stood there despite it being clear as day that it was about to go down. Early on, Harper has been backed by many of his teammates.

Author: 0 Klizan in French Open handshake row ahead of Murray clash

The world number one was broken three times but remained competitive - immediately recovering the break on two occasions - but Kuznetsov hung on to take the set. Murray broke back to keep the deficit to just a single break but the set was Kuznetsov's. "I did that in the end". World number one Murray, who was the first British man to reach the Paris final since 1937 when he lost to Novak Djokovic 12 months ago, faces Andrey Kuznetsov , the world number 85, in his opening round.

Author: 0 Trump, Merkel get along well: White House

This will change", Mr Trump tweeted . German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rued the fact that Europe could no longer depend on others which is a reference to the United States and the UK. "We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States , in friendship with Great Britain, with other neighbors wherever possible, also with Russian Federation ..." British anti-EU politician Nigel Farage, who has built a bond with Trump, accused ...

Sport Griezmann will be at the Wanda Metropolitano, says Atleti president
Author: 0 Griezmann will be at the Wanda Metropolitano, says Atleti president

Asked by a Telefoot reporter if he will be reunited with Griezmann, Pogba breaks out into the forward's famous telephone celebration before telling the press: 'Watch this space'. Antoine Griezmann has not told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave, a club spokesperson has revealed to Sky Sports News HQ. "My future will be decided in the summer".

Sport Georges St-Pierre reveals why he chased Michael Bisping fight
Author: 0 Georges St-Pierre reveals why he chased Michael Bisping fight

But if down the road I lose, I pass the torch, it's over. St-Pierre, who has not fought since November 16, 2013 split decision victory over Johny Hendricks, still does not have a return fight confirmed. The doctor insisted for me that I don't spar until September". The native of Saint-Isidore, Quebec says he still intends to fight Bisping and is now walking around at 195-197 pounds.

Author: 0 Wenger signs 2-year contract to remain as Arsenal manager

AFP | Arsene Wenger looks set, according to the British media, to be offered and agree to a new contract at an Arsenal board meeting on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty which the Frenchman admitted affected performances. "He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing". "I believe football is first entertainment", he said. Last week's FA Cup win saw the Gunners finish an otherwise underwhelming season - which saw them miss out on Champions League football for the ...

Sport Jimi Manuwa vs Volkan Oezdemir set for UFC 214 on July 29
Author: 0 Jimi Manuwa vs Volkan Oezdemir set for UFC 214 on July 29

Oezdemir (14-1) publicly asked for the Manuwa fight in the aftermath of his stunning 28-second knockout victory over Misha Cirkunov this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 109 . Immediately after his win, Oezdemir campaigned for a fight with Manuwa while knowing that the UFC wanted to put him on the July 29 card. After watch the UFC Fight Night 109 main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira, the now retired light heavyweight teased a potential MMA return.

Author: 0 Warriors boss Kerr will travel to Cleveland, but might not coach

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives around Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 25, 2016 in Cleveland . I think we can all agree that last year's NBA Finals was one of the best sports things to ever happen, and that it would be maximally good if the same thing-by "same thing" I mean LeBron and the Cavs banishing the Warriors to hell-happened again this year.

Sport Former Gunners Lauren backs new Arsenal deal for Arsene Wenger
Author: 0 Former Gunners Lauren backs new Arsenal deal for Arsene Wenger

That's why I said it's not about popularity, it's about effect. "I didn't realise he was on a yellow so when that happened [the sending off] that was more of a surprise for me". "It's heart-breaking, going out like that and losing". "What was really important was that we kept on running with Costa, to make sure those long balls didn't get to him".

Sport Andy Murray overcomes wobble to beat Andrey Kuznetsov
Author: 0 Andy Murray overcomes wobble to beat Andrey Kuznetsov

Then an immediate break in the fourth set him finally on his way as Kuznetsov was forced to hit more and more wildly just to find some corner of the court Murray could not get to. Murray has not progressed past the round of 16 in three of his last four tournaments on clay, suffering a third round loss to Croatian Borna Coric in Madrid and losing out to home favorite Fabio Fognini early in the Italian Open this month.

Author: 0 Samsung announces VR Live Pass

Owners a Gear VR device and compatible Samsung smartphone will be able to access VR Live Pass for free . As new video game platforms slowly make their way into homes, the ways that VR can be applied continue to expand. Later in the month, Gear VR users will have the opportunity to watch the X Games Minneapolis. Samsung says viewers can stream the event in a 360-degree live stream and will also have access to pre-event and post-show highlights of the battle between UFC featherweight ...

Sport LeBron James' Brentwood home vandalized, spray-painted with racial slur
Author: 0 LeBron James' Brentwood home vandalized, spray-painted with racial slur

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are now in California's Bay Area preparing for their 3rd straight National Basketball Association finals series against the Golden State Warriors . James is set to play in the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors . Records show LeBron bought the house back in 2015 but it does not appear he lives there on any regular basis.

Sport Fair shake? Refusal to clasp hands creates French Open flap
Author: 0 Fair shake? Refusal to clasp hands creates French Open flap

Undoubtedly, though, Andy Murray is back on track. But come Indian Wells, Murray lost his opener against Vasek Pospisil, ranked 129, and then missed the Miami Masters due to an elbow injury. His prize money for the year so far is $52,000 - he's guaranteed $34,000 for making the first round in Paris . "So, I want to make the a lot of them".

Author: 0 Position-by-position Matchups For The NBA Finals

Then there is the X-factor: Tristan Thompson. "So this is a bigger deal than just another championship". Also notable is East Bay native Damian Lillard, who is rated as No. POINT GUARD: Stephen Curry vs. The NBA website (NBA.Com) notes “no team has made more 3-pointers than Cleveland with a play-off average of 14.6 pts.

Sport Baseball hosts fifth straight NCAA regional
Author: 0 Baseball hosts fifth straight NCAA regional

The Tigers should not expect any more favors, though, especially considering the other three teams who will open play at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday . Therefore, if the Cougars advance to the regional final, that game will take place June 5; otherwise that regional championship game is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 .

Sport Celtics get top draft pick, Lakers second
Author: 0 Celtics get top draft pick, Lakers second

They have dropped in the order on nine occasions, including Tuesday, and have remained where they would have been 10 times. The lottery basically determines the first 14 picks in the draft and includes the teams that did not qualify for the postseason.

Author: 0 Warriors coach says he's not ready for Game 1

I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals . "The Lakers with Magic Johnson went to the Finals during "Showtime" nine times in 12 years", Riley told So as of now, I'm consulting with my doctors, hoping for some improvement and if I get improvement, I'll get back on the sidelines. And unlike the Warriors squad that blew a 3-1 Finals lead previous year after a record-setting 73-9 regular season, this version of the team is even more unsafe ...

Author: 0 Another Warriors-Cavaliers Finals clash not bad for NBA

And then there's LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant , a matchup of the two best players in the National Basketball Association . Cavs forward Love had said: "The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because at the end of the day we are defending our title".

Sport Wenger extends Arsenal stay
Author: 0 Wenger extends Arsenal stay

Wenger, on his part, was confirmed was the most successful manager in FA Cup history, having hoisted the cup an impressive seven times . Wright believes Arsenal should have singled out Wenger's eventual successor some time ago and now fears what the knock-on effect could be if the Frenchman does go at this point, with regards summer planning and transfer activity.

Author: 0 Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as new coach

Former player Ernesto Valverde was hired as the new coach, the club confirmed on Monday. Luis Enrique rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King's Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.

Author: 0 State of Origin series 2017

There will be multiple millionaires across the pitch. That series win continued Queensland's recent dominance in the inter-state battle, having won 10 of the last 11 series against their bitter rival. Pearce's return at halfback has been at the centre of the build up, but NSW assistant coach John Cartwright said the decision to train Laurie Daley's team at Kingscliff until Monday had allowed them to avoid most of the hype.

Sport Button struggles to get a grip on F1 return
Author: 0 Button struggles to get a grip on F1 return

A lack of experience may cost him on the biggest day of United States racing when a champion will be crowned after 200 laps of the massive 2.5-mile oval, but Alonso is geared up for the chance. He suffered a fractured pelvis and will miss the rest of the season. Veach may hail from the southern OH farmland, and Harvey may have got his racing start in Europe, but both 2017 rookies admitted to being in awe of the famed Brickyard - the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway - and the ...

Author: 0 Stanley Cup playoffs: Predators edge ahead of Ducks

Out of the 299:47 of ice time in the series , 265:24 of it has been played with a tie score or one-goal lead by either team. The Predators also played without captain Mike Fisher - who left Game 4 after taking a blow to the head. Pekka Rinne has given up 25 goals on 433 shots faced. Anaheim was knocked out of the playoffs past year by Nashville , and the Ducks are facing their second elimination game of the postseason after winning Game 7 against Edmonton in the second round.

Author: 0 Danilo Gallinari opts out of contract, will test free agency

Gallinari will have a $22,575,000 cap hold on the Nuggets salary cap, and will likely be signed to a similar dollar amount per year on his next contract. While he was never quite a superstar, Gallinari at the peak of his game was an incredible player who played a huge part in Denver's two most recent playoff runs.

Sport Ronaldo rounds on critics following league title
Author: 0 Ronaldo rounds on critics following league title

Ronaldo said he was glad to be of help to his team that won Madrid's first title in five years. A goal from Karim Benzema ten minutes into the second-half guaranteed the win, and the title. "We have conquered one of the most handsome leagues in the world and to win it here and with this template has been wonderful". The Frenchman added that the sense of achievement surpassed that of winning La Liga in 2002-03 and the Champions League in 2001-02 as a player.

Author: 0 Steve Kerr Warriors coach to miss NBA Finals opener

And I know where he is, too. "I've been fortunate enough to be able to do that and be able to take two franchises [Heat, Cavs] to four Finals apiece and no one has ever done that either". The Cavs , on the other hand, are the best third quarter team in the playoffs with a +25.8 net rating. "It's just been such a better progression for Steph this post-season", Kerr, the ailing Golden State coach, told reporters Monday.

Sport Arsene Wenger staying at Arsenal
Author: 0 Arsene Wenger staying at Arsenal

The 67-year-old Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 and has led them to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies, the latest of which coming when they beat Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday. There were concerns over his future at the club following a fifth place finish in the league in the 2016/17 season. The unsettled Arsenal stars are holding out for weekly wages of around £300,000 ($385,000) per week with their present deals due to expire at the end of next season.

Author: 0 Manchester police stopped sharing info with US after leaks

United Kingdom broadcaster Sky News aired two screengrabs of security camera footage, reporting that British police believed they showed Abedi walking in Manchester's Arndale shopping centre late on Friday. Manchester's mayor, Andy Burnham, called the U.S. "arrogant, wrong and disrespectful" to Manchester. Police have named 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the person suspected of carrying out the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

Sport Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 'set to sign new two-year deal'
Author: 0 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 'set to sign new two-year deal'

The Frenchman met owner Stan Kroenke on Monday with the club's board informed on Tuesday that he was keen to extend his 21-year reign as manager of the London club. The 53-year-old ex-England global also warned fans of the north London club who are upset at a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League that things could get even worse.

Author: 0 Steve Kerr on Warriors as NBA Finals Favorites: "Are You Kidding Me?"

There is a way to beat Golden State . But that's the beauty of a third series: We might get to fix all that. Not since the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s has the NBA seen a rivalry so intense, this one involving seven of the past eight NBA Most Valuable Player award winners in James with four, Curry with two and Durant with one.

Sport Who Should be the Starting Goalie in Game 4?
Author: 0 Who Should be the Starting Goalie in Game 4?

What's next: The series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. "He made a really big save early on with his leg save when the guy kind of went around him after a rebound and I think right after that our team went into the offensive side and really played at the puck and gave us that momentum", said Chris Kunitz.

Author: 0 Warriors do not need to be perfect to beat Cavs say pundits

Golden State has dominated in three straight playoff series sweeps this spring, lifting its straight-up record to 27-1 in its past 28 games overall ahead of Thursday night's Cavaliers vs. They're not really looking to post to try to punish us on the block". "He's in Oklahoma", James said in 2013. The only person who could relate is James, whose struggles in his first Finals with Miami snowballed so furiously that Dallas took the title.

Author: 0 By the numbers at the NBA Finals

Cavaliers in 2016 became the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and win the title, which was the first in franchise history. The finals aren't scheduled to tip-off until June 1st, but like any good sports media, we have to get our picks out there early so that we can boast when we're right! I get Jackson not wanting to step on the toes of the players now in the finals , and maybe he lives by some unwritten code that ...

Author: 0 Wenger 'agrees' new two-year deal

I'd love to see Arsene Wenger go out on a high and, maybe now on the back of FA Cup glory and history, the time has come for him to go. "I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players", the Frenchman said.

Sport High-octane America's Cup gets off to flying start
Author: 0 High-octane America's Cup gets off to flying start

Second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand are well-placed after beating Sweden in a dramatic second race on Monday while France went on to lose to Japan in race three to throw the battle wide open. The America's Cup catamarans, which will reach speeds of more than 80.47kmh as they rise on hydrofoils to "fly" above the surface of the water, are smaller than the 72-footers used in San Francisco.

Author: 0 New look Wentworth faces BMW PGA field

Poulter's 14th and last appearance at Wentworth came three years ago before four-time Major victor Ernie Els , Tomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley made the most recent design tweaks. May is being considered which would clash with the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, which starts at Wentworth on Thursday, and that could have implications for the quality of the field, and Pelley says they may have to change the calander.

Sport Kashima axe coach Ishii after AFC Champions League exit
Author: 0 Kashima axe coach Ishii after AFC Champions League exit

Japan's Kawasaki Frontale's Neto Eduardo of Brazil heads the ball to scoring his first goal against Thailand 's SCG Muangthong United FC during their soccer match of the AFC Champions League in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 .

Author: 0 Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for Finals

Kerr has missed Golden State's last 10 playoff games as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery two years ago. There are seven 2017 NBA All-Stars and 11 players who have been All-Stars in their careers, as well as winners of seven of the last eight MVP awards, the most in either category since the 1983 NBA Finals .

Sport Arsene Wenger hopes of a new contract now
Author: 0 Arsene Wenger hopes of a new contract now

In the most tumultuous season of the Frenchman's 21 years in charge, he's managed to cling on to power, despite an increasing core of supporters demanding the club sack their most successful ever manager. Writing in The Sun, Wright said: "I've got a nasty feeling Arsene Wenger will walk away from the Arsenal job today, leaving the club totally in the lurch".

Sport Miami's 44-year run in baseball tourney ends
Author: 0 Miami's 44-year run in baseball tourney ends

Thompson expects to start Keegan Thompson in the opening game against the Knights, which are 40-20 on the season, winning four of their last six games including a trip to the semifinals of the American Conference tournament. The entire 64-team field will be revealed at 11 a.m. Monday on ESPN2. Tournament play will begin on Friday with 16 regionals kicking off. Winners will advance to eight super regionals that are best of three.

Author: 0 Gunners set to end speculation and confirm where Arsene Wenger's future lies

Arsenal have officially signed a two year deal with the manager who has been heading the team for the last 21 years. Having failed to qualify for a Champions League place for the first time since 1996, the pressure on Wenger's future undoubtedly increased with the Frenchman previously admitting that the continuing uncertainty led to an "absolutely horrendous" environment at the club this season and contributed to their fifth-place finish in the Premier League .

Sport LEADING OFF: Discipline on deck for Harper-Strickland brawl
Author: 0 LEADING OFF: Discipline on deck for Harper-Strickland brawl

Strickland has not forgotten that Nationals phenom Bryce Harper homered off him twice during the 2014 National League Division Series and he drilled Harper in the hip with a 98 mile per hour fastball in the top of the 8th inning. It took three Giants players - George Kontos , Mac Williamson and Hunter Pence - to drag Strickland all the way off the field and into the dugout.

Author: 0 Arsene Wenger finally signs a two-year deal at Arsenal

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup , before winning the trophy again the following year. Fan unrest was at its worst the following season as the Gunners slipped from league contention by February and were routed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the Champions League .

Author: 0 Angels will have Mike Trout (thumb) undergo MRI on Monday

Stanton's two-run homer was his 12th of the year but his first since May 8. He was examined by a trainer and stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth when the thumb became stiff. LAA starter JC Ramirez allowed an unearned run on seven hits over seven frames to up his record to 5-3. In 24 games (23 starts) vs. Atlanta, Nolasco is 6-10 with a 5.11 ERA.

Author: 0 Conte defends Moses, says he was tired

Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the fourth minute with a somewhat controversial goal , and after Diego Costa tied things up for Chelsea in the 76th minute, Ramsey scored the victor in the 79th minute. Despite playing in a three-man defence for the first time in his career, Mertesacker's composure and leadership were crucial to subduing Chelsea striker Diego Costa and playmaker Eden Hazard.

Sport Bale fully fit for Champions League final
Author: 0 Bale fully fit for Champions League final

Zidane was asked about how Juventus will set up with either Barzagli or Marchisio in midfield but he deferred yet again and went back to focusing on his own side along with heaping some praise on Dani Alves, "Alves is a player who has freedom around the field".

Author: 0 Andy Murray looks for French Open tonic

It seemed like it could be a very hard afternoon for the world number one when Russian Kuznetsov, ranked 73, won the second set. Murray then rediscovered the verve that has been missing from his game so often in 2017, moving through the gears in the third and dropping just two games before administering a whitewash in the fourth.

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