With so much rope, Durant and Curry went wild. Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant smiles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland , Calif. Maybe you can interpret this as the basketball equivalent of the playground ponytail-yanking taunt that signifies a hidden attraction. What had at first seemed like a balanced game eventually buckled under the sheer volume of the Warriors' offense, leading to a 113-91 final and an entire fourth quarter of ...
When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks. Dropping 38 points on Utah during "The Flu Game", sniping Cleveland's Craig Ehlo with "The Shot", taking the soul of Utah's Byron Russell with a Game 1 buzzer beater, his switching of hands as he floated through the lane during the 1991 Finals against the L.A.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James , left, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif ., Thursday , June 1, 2017. And it works both ways. With the sheer talent on Golden State, that's a recipe for getting blown out. Durant gives the Warriors a scoring option when Curry's and Thompson's 30-footers aren't swishing.
Clearly, he has to return to his old ways if Golden State wants to capture its second championship in three years, even if that means having Durant pass up shots and become more of a passer. "When he's going, he makes their team a lot better", Green said, "so it is my job to try to take him out of the game". There will be times when KD and Curry are finding it hard to score the basketball and so when Thompson's number is called he'll need to take that big shot to kick-start the momentum in ...
The wing-back started 29 Premier League matches last season as he played a crucial part in guiding the club to the title. Alan Shearer heaped praise on Arsenal's players for showing a step-up in character to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
He is one eight brothers, who played rugby, hurling and football at various levels for Portlaoise, Laois and Ireland . And that comes across here, albeit in a haphazard manner. Anecdotes are, of course, the cornerstone to any book like this, where the reader is hoping to unearth hidden stories in danger of being forgotten by time .
Many people know that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson meet in three NBA Finals but not three straight finals. "It's a team game ". Nor could we have foreseen the Warriors heading back for their third straight Finals appearance. Last year, Russell Westbrook was Durant's teammate. Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. In a sit down earlier this season with TNT's David Aldridge, Draymond Green expressed his feelings on a potential Finals meeting with the Cavs.
Pitta's injury is a tough blow to the Ravens' passing attack. Each time Pitta hurt the hip previously, the injury was serious enough to be considered career-ending. Pitta, 31, played 16 games previous year. "Dennis is one of the great Ravens", Newsome said, "and he's done everything he can to make our team better".
Although Australia have won nine out of their last 10 encounters against New Zealand , they can not afford to take their rivals lightly. "But again, it's cricket and anything can happen in the game". A brief statement from the European Central Bank read: "A scan has confirmed that Chris Woakes sustained a left side strain in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh ".
Much more importantly, the Senators killed all three Pittsburgh power plays including two in the first period. "We were disappointed after that effort", says Niskanen. "Obviously, we're disappointed in the result but I don't think we can get discouraged by that", Sullivan said. "I think that it's something that in the playoffs you have to get better and better to improve, and that's one area we've got make sure we improve on".
Ben Te'o , Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson add an England flavour to a backline also including Scots Seymour and full-back Hogg. In the process Vunipola nipped in the bud the corrosive speculation about the fitness of key players that is a regular accompaniment to Lions tours.
Team coach, Zinedine Zidane is also attempting to become the first coach to win the UEFA Champions League two years in a row, while Cristiano Ronaldo could become the first player to score in three Champions League finals. They have the pedigree and have a boss in Zidane who encourages his players to go out and express themselves. If he adds to his 14 goals in his last nine games against the meanest defence in this season's Champions League, Ronaldo will likely have his name etched on ...
The Mets said the offending employee would not be the mascot again and that someone else filled the role for this game. The Mets condemned the incident in a statement , saying it does "not condone" the mascot's behavior. " Mr. Met was just upset, he got mad". A source within the Mets organization told the AP the job of playing Mr. Met changes throughout the season, and the person handling the duty Wednesday has been removed from the rotation.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will return to the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. He went 0 for 4 and saw his batting average dip to.213. Diamondbacks may have staying power - With that in mind, we conducted a quick and unscientific poll of five scouts and executives to see which of the four teams they feel has the most staying power.
That was the assumption, anyway. Though the Warriors ended up sweeping Gregg Popovich's team, they weren't always dominant. It was nothing short of a drubbing. Durant and Curry led a charge back from 25 after Kawhi Leonard got hurt, and Curry hit a floater with nine seconds left to ice the game. They've shown that.
For the third straight year the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are squaring off in the National Basketball Association finals. The only thing that kept Cleveland in the game in the first half was the usually brilliant play from James and Irving and several missed layups by Golden State.
The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. Kevin Durant impressed as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in the first game of the National Basketball Association finals.
While much of the focus leading up to Cavs vs. Warriors III has been on how the addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State's star core led by Stephen Curry , Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will make life even more hard for LeBron James , Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers , there are several other newcomers to the rivalry who could play a key role in determining which team wins a second title in this trilogy.
This time around, the first leg was played in Turin and the Italians made sure they imposed themselves with a 2-1 victory. "Only four or five players are still here". However, the Spanish worldwide doesn t seem interested in depriving his teammate of a fifth Ballon d Or to tie Messi s record. "I always dreamed I'd play a Champions League final, but never in my home town".
England , who came into the tournament at the back of a series win against South Africa , were expected to overhaul the target comfortably at the Kennington Oval. With a couple of high quality pace bowling all-rounders in Marcus Stoinis and John Hastings in their ranks, the Australia bowling line=up could prove hard to handle in the swing friendly English conditions.
Demonstrations and protests from various fans against Wenger's reign have been commonplace over the season, with the likes of Thomas Tuchel, the now unemployed former Dortmund manager, and Eddie Howe having been mooted as possible replacements.
In the all-rounder's absence England successfully chased down their 306-run target with 16 balls to spare to kick off with a victory - Joe Root's unbeaten 133 pivotal in their success. Root appeared to damage a calf muscle after playing a pull shot when he had 59. They added an unbroken 143 for the third wicket, Root accelerating after passing three figures to post his highest ODI score.
Hayden was riding with friends close to Rimini last Wednesday when he was hit by a Peugeot, smashing into the windscreen of the vehicle before landing on the road. Hayden most recently rode with the Red Bull Honda World superbike team and was reportedly training in Italy when the crash occurred. Securing two podiums in his opening season, he took his debut victory in 2005 at Laguna Seca and sensationally reached his dream in 2006 as he was crowned MotoGP™ World Champion.
Kvitova threw her racket in frustration after double-faulting on match point, but the players warmly embraced at the net. And the Spaniard held court in supremely commanding fashion on Friday, beating the unfortunate Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0, the most comprehensive victory of his illustrious career at the grand slam venue in Paris .
It's all change under Jose at Old Trafford as it appears not only are the club are on the brink of signing Antoine Griezmann , but they're also keen to get their hands on another Spanish side's key talent: Gareth Bale . - The highest-scoring Champions League game this season took place between Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Poland's Legia Warsaw on November 22.
With the addition of Kevin Durant , the Warriors look to win their fifth National Basketball Association title in franchise history. After the Warriors led by eight points at half-time, Curry helped turn the screws in the second half, finishing with 28 points - including six three-pointers - and 10 assists.
This time there's a chance to achieve something yet to be achieved in 25 seasons of the competition. Given the trend for the more fancied team to win high-scoring finals it could well pay here to look at the Match Result and Both Teams to Score Market.
Maddison Kettler had three hits and Lindsey Cargill had two for Baylor (48-14). "It's hard to watch because I know how much better we are". The Sooners and Bears matched up three times this season. Kelsee Selman (24-9) gave up six runs in five innings for the Bears. Quinn was tagged out at the plate before the obstruction call against UCLA catcher Paige Halstead.
Martin goes for his shots, he can hit winners with that forehand from anywhere on the court", said Murray . Looking to win his first title at Roland Garros, Murray, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final 12 months ago, opened his campaign with a four-set victory against Andrey Kuznetsov that came after a series of disappointing clay-court showings and another bout of illness.
The woman reported it to MSU Police that night shortly after the incident. Mumphery spent two seasons with the Texans, making 24 total catches 198 yards, while also handling return duties. Entering his fourth pro season after being undrafted out of Michigan State, Bullough is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
According to Florida AD Scott Stricklin, the SEC has chose to reduce the grad transfer penalty from three years to one, which means Zaire can come to Gainesville after all - previously the rule prevented schools from adding any more grad transfers for three years if those transfers did not earn all their April points.
The Warriors shot 50 percent in the first quarter against San Antonio's makeshift lineup, built as much as a 14-point advantage and led 31-19 after 12 minutes as Curry pumped in 13 points despite shooting just 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
Much to Ronaldo's chagrin there are a number of Barcelona players - including Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and his great rival Lionel Messi - who have won the Champions League four times. "I thought at 39 I had nothing more to learn, but I am frank and talking to [Dani] Alves I have learnt a lot". Ronaldo has already added his name to more records during this season's Champions League.
The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.9 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Steph Curry , who was rather quiet (for him) through the first 24 minutes, came out in the third and got his game going with 14 points in the third quarter alone to stretch an eight-point Warriors lead to 21 after three quarters.
In other ways, however, it shows how little has changed, as revolutionary coach Carwyn James tried to develop the sort of "all-court game" that remains the hallmark of today's most successful teams but still needed a dominant scrum to do it.
The tournament favourites, team India has played well in the warm-up matches against Bangladesh and New Zea Land. A brief statement from the European Central Bank read: "A scan has confirmed that Chris Woakes sustained a left side strain in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh ".
A POOR Ireland side were put to the sword by classy Mexico in an worldwide friendly in New Jersey. As O'Neill rang the changes and switched to four at the back, there was a late consolation for Ireland , substitute Stephen Gleeson drilling home a low finish after some awful Mexican defending.
Wenger is fiercely loyal to all of his staff members but it felt significant to hear him say: "We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere". "Maybe in the next two years he will have a legacy and he will get a transition of new coaches coming through, I don't know". " Let's be together to support our players, to support the club and all give our absolute best to be at the level that we want to be ", Wenger said.
Golden State's Kevin Durant scored 38 points and sparked a smothering defense that powered the unbeaten Warriors over defending champion Cleveland 113-91 in Thursday's opening game of the NBA Finals . "And I expect nothing less out of him, being the competitor that he is". After long layoffs for both sides after the conference finals, the first few minutes of the opener of this Golden State-Cleveland series has been more about working through a bit of rust more than anything else.
Yes, an Indo-Pak game is always exciting. With the Champions Trophy just a week away, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) moved quickly to reassure all concerned of a "robust safety and security plan" in the aftermath of the suspected suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday.
Asked about reportedly staring back at the pop star, Durant said he didn't remember doing it. Guard Kyrie Irving added 24 points, three rebounds and two assists for the Cavaliers . They scored 21 points off 20 Cavaliers turnovers while making only 4 giveaways, tying the fewest by any team in any NBA Finals game. 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 ...
He has practised today so we are hoping that by the time the first match comes he will be able to play. Bangladesh lost their last home ODI series 1-2 against England in October past year. Bookmakers have placed hosts England as their favourite to win the trophy, followed by Australia and South Africa . "Sometimes it creates pressure".
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif . Korver ranks second among all active players with 104 playoff games without a Finals appearance, trailing only Joe Johnson's 112 games.
Real's road to Cardiff was much bumpier than that of the Vecchia Signora, having failed to win their group and relying on luck more than anything to get past Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. Bale has not played since 23 April but is fit, while in-form Isco has scored five goals in his last eight games. On the other sideline will be a man who has achieved more in 18 months than some coaches do in an entire career.
On the three-way moneyline for Saturday's match in Cardiff , Wales , Real Madrid is offering +155 to Juventus' +183 with the draw going off at +101, indicating that most sharps see this being a tight match. "(Bale's) won a lot of things, helped Wales be more successful than they've been in a long time , and he's playing for one of the giants of world football, so he's right up there, and still in his prime.
Root also suffered an injury scare when he damaged his calf early in his innings but he made light of the problem to post his highest one-day worldwide score. For Bangladesh , Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman took one wicket each. None of the Bangladesh bowler could create much problem for the hosts as they chased down the target easily.
Golden State, with Steph Curry , Klay Thompson , Kevin Durant and its exceptional cast of supporting characters, plays basketball as it should be played - quicksilver transitions, constant movement, making the extra pass and, of course, unbelievable shooting from the perimeter and beyond.
But that view does not appear to be supported by Arsenal's owner Stan Kroenke - and the manager put pen to paper on a new deal on Wednesday. Speculation over the Frenchman's future has been rife in recent months but despite a backdrop of supporter unrest, he has now committed to the club with a fresh deal that will extend his reign to nearly 23 years.
Captain Eoin Morgan , who smashed an unbeaten 75, was all praise for Root, who remained unbeaten on 133. "The injury means Woakes will miss the rest of England's participation in the Champions Trophy". But Bangladesh , skittled out for just 84 by Champions Trophy holders India in a warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday, gave them some nervy moments in the field.
The specialist website Calcio e Finanza states that Juve's turnover in the last five years has risen from 213 million euros to 387 million at the end of last season. I have seen that many times in my life. Dybala joined Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic in a trio sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain , while Miralem Pjanic has been behind them alongside Sami Khedira.