So I don't really think about it much. This NBA Finals is in uncharted territory. This marks the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues.
It's been the case like that for the last couple of years. Sending legal notices, publicly expressing angst against Indian officials and exciting the national media with juicy anti-BCCI quotes are age-old tactics to keep India's no-cricket-with-Pakistan simmering.
It was rough. For me personally, it was only slightly helped by the fact that I was in LA for E3 during the loss and could assuage my spirit with a shit ton of free booze. The Warriors went at the rim initially before the 3-pointers started to go in during the third quarter. He's going to get other players involved in the scoring by passing the ball off.
The Penguins were back-to-back Stanley Cup champions on a night that included a milestone. Then it's too much. On Sunday, Jake Guentzel looked like a healthy scratch, the odd man out with Patric Hornqvist seemingly ready to return from an upper-body injury.
Donald has been working with the Sri Lankans for a month now and has provided valuable inputs about South Africa batsmen. In his absence, Tom Latham made 44 off 49 balls as the wicketkeeper-batsman. "Lasith is very keen to play again". There are also question marks about all-rounder Mathews's availability for the South Africa match after scans revealed he'd suffered a calf strain.
They will need their forward pack to be at full strength if they're to win back to back titles, but are on the verge of two try scoring records, needing just three more to eclipse the 81 scored past year by the Lions. It has become axiomatic to say that this Lions tour is too short and too packed. Army officer Campbell-Lamerton was a surprise choice as captain and did not earn selection for two tests.
Not that we didn't know it before, but to actually see them both at their best, in the NBA Finals ... it was pretty breathtaking. And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles previous year, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26).
It said Woods was cooperative but had a hard time walking and keeping his eyes open. The golf star said in a statement released Monday night that the charge was a result of an unanticipated reaction to prescription medication and not from alcohol.
Woods added that he understood the severity of what he did and takes full responsibility for his actions. Tiger Woods has apologised for his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving - but claims alcohol was not involved. He underwent back surgery in April - his fourth since spring 2014. Woods said on his website last week that he would not be able to twist his back for three months because of his surgery.
OH native Jason Dufner dialed up a 7-under-par 31-34=65 during round one of the Memorial Tournament , grabbing a share of the early lead alongside David Lingmerth as play starts to wind down for the day. Met duty for Thursday's game against Milwaukee. I've been working hard all year and the results haven't really been there but I've been sticking with it.
Sometimes I look to pass when I should look to score."It just shows you how fickle the two professions Mark and I chose after he got done playing are", Van Gundy said. Durant guarded James. Here's why they will come out on top! But mindful of how the Cavaliers and Warriors went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs before colliding in The Finals , Silver says "we should also celebrate excellence".
Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso surprised himself with his qualifying success for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 , but the Spaniard knows his biggest challenge will come on race day. "With everything that has happened being among the top five is a dream", he said. "I enjoyed it and I tapped the barrier a couple of times ". It's still in the back of my mind some nights and that's just part of it.
Both go into the game as winners of their domestic leagues and after overcoming hard semi-final opponents, and between them they boast numerous best players in world football in nearly every position . He credited his great run to coach Zinedine Zidane's ability to keep the team competitive despite constantly rotating the squad. The 32-year-old Portuguese has exploded reports of his demise with stunning hat-tricks against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and Atletico in the last four.
And, Karim Benzema made it 2-0 early in the second half for a comfortable win. He came into the game with a record of 11 goals in his last nine final matches of campaigns and it wasn't long before he added to that record. Coach Zidane said that the win is very important to the team, since it's been a while since they've held the Spanish La Liga trophy aloft. Therefore, instead of witnessing a joyous parade with the trophy in full view, it seems that Real Madrid will have to wait until ...
They beat Washington in seven games, including a Game 2 victory in which Thomas scored 53 points - one shy of the franchise playoff record. Led by its Big Three of James, Irving and Love, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.
But Hamilton was left in no doubt as to the reason Vettel won this race , coming from behind at a circuit where overtaking is near-impossible. It was clear that, I think they had the same plan to be honest so the lead auto normally gets priority so if I had a choice at that point, sitting behind Kimi, if I was going in the pits first, that's maybe what you like to do, because you are sooner on the fresher tires so I think it's probably one of the rare occasions where the over-cut turned out ...
On Tuesday, Guentzel was a feel-good story after scoring the winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray stopped 37 of 38 Nashville shots while waiting for the top offense in this year's playoffs to kick in.
Indeed Chris Sale will pitch against his former team in his former home on Tuesday night as the Red Sox visit the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field . Third base coach Nick Capra motioned for Smith to head for home. "I don't think it will be a hard week", White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He knew it was going to be a bang-bang play to put is in a position where he was moving, had to be a flawless throw, actually".
The victory set up a clash with former US Open champion Del Potro, who is still working his way back up the rankings after wrist problems that nearly ended his career. It's a rematch of their final at the Rio Olympics, where del Potro's silver medal marked a significant step in his comeback. "That year", del Potro said, "I thought it was my year".
Nike Basketball has owned the Finals PE look, with succinct hits of gold elevating each and every colorway for the big stage. Kevin Durant starred as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in game one of the NBA Finals .
This would be good news for the Golden State Warriors , as guard and former MVP Stephen Curry , who also becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, is eligible for a "supermax" contract, which allows the Warriors to offer Curry a contract worth 35 percent of next year's salary cap, which is expected to be approximately $101 million.
Pachulia? Why?The Warriors seek a fifth National Basketball Association title in franchise history on the 70th anniversary of their first, which came in 1947 when the team was based in Philadelphia."Obviously it's a new season, especially this last series of the season, and we gotta bring it", Durant said of the best-of-seven clash.
One of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time will be trying to stop one of the greatest forwards. He is not wrong about the goals: No Champions League final has ended goalless since Milan beat Juve on penalties in 2003. Higuain, the overpowering Argentine striker, had a solid season with 24 goals in the Italian league and five in the Champions League . "He was one of the best players at the start of the season", said Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
It's true that they were reduced to 22 for six by India's seamers in a warm-up game at the same venue on Tuesday, but that was on a livelier surface than on Thursday. "He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play". That makes sense from a man-management perspective, but you can't give someone unequivocal backing, as if they have the gig for life.
Manchester City are set to take their summer outlay to £75million with Benfica goalkeeper Ederson joining Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva at the Etihad Stadium and the £100m barrier looking like soon being broken by their interest in £40m-rated Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.
When things are not going your way, you need extra support. The winger has experienced extreme highs and lows, with triumphs like scoring a crucial goal in the 2014 Champions League final that helped Madrid beat rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 offset by long periods out of the team due to injury.
They will have their hands full, however as the Cavaliers boast an elite offense headed by Lebron James . Cleveland finished with 20 turnovers while Golden State had just four, tying a Finals record . Rather than reiterating what everyone has already said a million times over all year, let's take a look at a few things to watch for tonight. The burgeoning rivalry between the two teams will be the dominant Finals narrative after conference playoffs that saw increased viewership ...
Or will LeBron James solidify his case as King by thwarting the "super-est" of all super teams? He racked up 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while looking like the best player on the court. We'll have our answers after the best-of-seven games series. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Boucher, who dressed seven defencemen in Sunday's 7-0 Game 5 loss, confirmed that Ryan Dzingel would replace Tommy Wingels and added that both defenceman Mark Borowiecki and forward Alex Burrows would remain sidelined by injury . A shift of that magnitude isn't likely to reoccur, but it did illustrate what the Penguins are hoping to do against an Ottawa defensive scheme that takes away opponents' transition games.
He stressed that "racism will always be a part of the world and of America" and how Americans still have a long way to go. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has had to deal with a far more disturbing confrontation than anything the Golden State Warriors will serve up in game one of their National Basketball Association playoffs on Friday morning (AEST).
The annual IOC Session will take place September 13 in Lima, Peru where the 2024 host city election has been scheduled. There is also a mid-July meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland where Los Angeles and Paris will make detailed presentations regarding their bids.
Johnny Sexton has been given the first audition at No 10, knowing that Owen Farrell is breathing down his neck and is one of the form players in the world. All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick says the quality of this year's Six Nations has "woken up" New Zealand ahead of this summer's highly anticipated showdown with the British and Irish Lions .
World Rugby is expected to announce the 2023 hosts in November this year. Over 100 children from different schools and rugby clubs around the country will be part of the presentation. "I want to pay tribute to everyone involved in putting together the bid which exemplifies the strength of partnership working throughout the island".
Del Potro will face Nicolas Almagro in the second round, with a potential matchup against No. 1 Murray in the third. From 1-2 down he won five games in a row to take him into the third looking capable of another whirlwind finish, drilling the ball deep and wide, and all looked set for a quick denouement.
Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and was ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. Cleveland shut down Indiana's Paul George, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Boston's Isaiah Thomas before he went down with a hip injury on the way to a 12-1 postseason record.
Thompson has been stellar on the defensive end even when his shot has been off and will likely be counted on at times to slow down Irving, who scored 98 points in the final three games previous year, including the series-clinching 3-pointer.
Tamim Iqbal batted beautifully for a fine 128, while former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hit 79 off 72 balls. England's number three battled cramp to anchor a tricky 300-plus run chase, constructing his 129-ball knock in a meticulous manner and staying at the crease for nearly 45 overs to score the winning runs with back-to-back boundaries.
As the 29-year-old Vettel beamed with pleasure on the victor's podium, his team-mate looked as if it was the last place he wanted to be. Polesitter Raikkonen led Sunday's race until the pit stop phase when the Finn pitted in response to the early-stopping Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas , while Ferrari opted to leave Vettel out.
Mbappe remains adamant that he will not leave Monaco for a club who will offer his less playing time than he has been given with the Ligue 1 champions this season. 'The coach is completely different, he is a great coach who has quickly achieved results and continues to develop. 'Why play less?' said Mbappe. He said: " The advice of [Deschamps] counts ".
Strickland was suspended for six games for beaning and later punching Harper, who was in turn suspended for four games for storming the mound, throwing his helmet, and punching Strickland. It may be changing, but until that happens, you don't want your team to be the lone conscientious objector. "Like I said, I left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him and he's taken advantage of that".
Many people will argue the utter dominance of these two sides is ruining the National Basketball Association. The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant , a healthier one after Stephen Curry was banged up last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them.
The White House did not say whether Mr. Trump talked to German Chancellor Angela Merkel , French President Emmanuel Macron , Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the UK's Theresa May before or after he announced his decision .
The 59-year-old German, who began the day a shot behind Singh, produced five birdies at Trump National Golf Club on Sunday to finish on 18-under par, one stroke ahead of the Fijian. Langer, whose 2 under produced his first score in the 70s this week, had led over the opening two rounds in pursuit of the only Champions Tour major, out of five, he has not won.
Steph Curry is gearing up for a shot at redemption as the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row at the NBA Finals . "He's competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he's not happy about past year and he's going to go after this one". The Warriors are the best first quarter team in the postseason in terms of net rating (+32.1 points per 100 possessions) and are +112 in point differential in first halves.
Honestly, that's as likely as what I'm predicting now. I think about how there could be four or five legitimate contenders every season, each with a definitive star fighting for his place on the totem pole. They have lapses and you will not get away with that against the Warriors. Curry had 11- and 18-point games in wins. He led the National Basketball Association, amongst players with at least 70 games played, with a 48.3 opponents' field goal percentage within six feet of the basket.
For a guy who played great for five straight months, he's got to have a bad game sooner or later. We know it's coming."We've got to figure out how to be better than them in Game 4", James said.Why did the Celtics only score 86 points? Worth one.
Lyon now have back-to-back trebles having collected the French league and cup domestically. "People may have thought I was being rude to our opponent when Sarah went up to take the penalty", Precheur said. Lyon's goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (left) celebrates with teammate Kadeisha Buchanan after scoring the winning penalty during the Women's Champions League Final soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday, June 1, 2017.
The Warriors are on a roll and have more individual talent than Cleveland does, but their cakewalk to the NBA Finals hasn't done them any favors in preparation for their first dose of real postseason competition they're about to face.
The graffiti, which included the N-word, was on an outer gate of the residence, said Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson. James said the decision of Till's mother, Mamie Mobley, to have an open coffin at Till's funeral to show the brutality of racism was the first thing he thought of upon hearing of the incident at his house.
Nadal was largely happy, saying: "I'm always at the start, happy for the victory. I'm really enjoying it so far". Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal took the first step toward a 10th title at Roland Garros with his 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Benoit Paire , running his record at the event to 73-2.