The Warriors are favored, after all, just as they were past year. Golden State then won a record 73 regular-season games and seized a 3-1 finals lead before James sparked Cleveland to victory in the final three games to claim the title, leading every major statistical category in an unprecedented, Herculean feat.
If the Warriors limit the effectiveness of those three, I believe they win going away. Stephen Curry had 28 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals, with six of Golden State's made three-point shots, including his 300th in his playoff career.
It was about being the No. 3. The No. 3 vehicle is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. He sat 22nd in the standings. Those two Toyota cars may have been the best cars on track, but it was Dillon's Chevrolet that ended out front after leading just the final two laps.
Late in the game , Durant drilled a three-pointer and before the ball hit the floor, he turned toward Rihanna and gave her a little stare down. Flash forward to last night's NBA Finals Game One between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers .
I thought he got out in transition, got four or five dunks early and it just kind of opened everything up for him". "There were certain points where they were getting hands on balls, deflections, and being first to the 50-50 balls". "So I'm glad that we got Game 1 out of the way, and to have this type of game and have an effort that we put forward, it's definitely some things that are correctable".
ABC's live game telecast, in which the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers to take the first game of the NBA Finals , generated 11.2 million Facebook and Twitter interactions from 4.5 million unique accounts, easily besting all sports and entertainment shows for the day, according to Nielsen's Social Content Ratings list.
Search and rescue head Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said he does not expect any more survivors to be found as rescuers pulled out more bodies. Army boats raced up and down waterlogged village streets as they rushed to evacuate people and bring relief supplies.
The 22-year-old Guentzel has produced 12 goals in 21 postseason games. He dribbled a puck through Rinne for Pittsburgh's first goal in Game Two and then made no mistake with Bryan Rust's rebound to net the victor here. The group, with help from an engaged forward group, limited shots in and around Rinne, won puck battles along the boards and escaped the defensive zone with seeming ease.
But she didn't score high enough on a written grammar and vocabulary test to progress to the next round. The final round, televised on ESPN in prime time Thursday night, will crown the champion. Meanwhile, 6-year-old Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Okla., had to spell words just as hard as those everyone else faced in the national bee. This year, 138 females and 153 males competed.
Karim Benzema sealed their victory when he kicked the ball early in the second half of play. Bale, who has been sidelined with calf problems for the past month, had prepared himself for the presentation at La Rosaleda following the 2-0 win which earned Real their first league title since 2012.
Though she can be erratic, Muguruza has impressed in Paris so far and should be able to keep her title defense going. Shelby was playing great tennis, but I had no doubt about it, because she played quarter-finals here past year and she has a great game for clay .
Tamim received excellent support from Mushfiqur Rahim (79) in a third-wicket partnership of 166. "You will see us playing to the best of our capabilities". First, a 159-run partnership with Alex Hales and then an unbeaten 143 run partnership with Morgan were the bed rock of the England chase. Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed in the sunshine but the left-hander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11 fours.
Fans have been sitting through the boring series sweeps and blowouts this postseason in anticipation for this NBA Finals matchup, the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers . Curry found himself guarded by Love again in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Finals re-rematch Thursday night. The biggest knock on these Warriors is that they haven't been tested.
Kuznetsov, who was once as high as 39 in the world , has lost both his career meetings against Murray and has never got beyond the third round of a Grand Slam. A fired-up Murray was transformed, racing around the court with vigour and raised the decibels with a sublime overhead backhand victor, going on to lead by lead two sets to one.
The Warriors had 12 steals to none by Cleveland , outscored the Cavaliers 56-30 in the paint and 27-9 on fast breaks. " That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level". We're not saying that this series is over, certainly, but social media is definitely smelling a changing of the guard, if the above is any indication.
The Social Democrat leader then said it did not matter that Merkel and he were in the middle of an election campaign, as "the chancellor represents all of us at summits like these, and I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon himself to treat the head of our country's government".
Then you also have India who have been on fire in Tests and go into the tournament as defending champions. "It was so weird, everything we tried was just going against us". Kohli feels that England is brimming with quality allrounders which makes them one of the two most balanced sides in the world. "As far pressure is concerned, it is about handling one game at a time, as you build up to every game, you start becoming a favorite".
World No. 4 and nine-time French Open victor Rafael Nadal is gunning for La Decima at Roland Garros , and in his current form, there is absolutely no doubt that the Spaniard is the firm favourite to win the tournament. You can win a game at love, and you can win a game after a laborious deuce, but both games get compressed into just one 1 in the box score. Elsewhere in the men's draw there were early retirements for David Goffin and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in their third round matches ...
Asked after the game if there was one thing that stood out for the Warriors - their speed or anything else - Cavs star Lebron James answered with two letters. But going the other way, only James really fits in a matchup with the Warriors' thin man, and that's asking so much of the Cavs' leader at age 32, when all his skills and energy are needed offensively.
Warriors and Cavs in the NBA Finals is as good as it gets. Putting Durant on Golden State's team creates a talent imbalance that would mean Cleveland's three stars - LeBron , Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love - would each need to play an "A-plus" series for the Cavs to win four games.
Oakley, 54, was offered an agreement that would see the charges dropped if he stayed out of trouble for six months and compiled to an order of protection. National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan met with Dolan and Oakley shortly after the incident in an attempt to end the public dispute.
Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship previous year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals . In Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals , the Golden State Warriors proved they are who we thought they were. "We just tried to make him take tough shots".
The first Japanese driver to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" rushed over to say hello to NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and his driver Austin Dillon, fresh off their victory Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600. The biggest points month is now in the rear-view mirror and the race for the championship is starting to take shape. To those people, I apologize ...
Durant scored 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off eight assists while Stephen Curry added 28 points, sinking 6-of-11 3-pointers as Golden State dominated Cleveland in nearly every area of the game . "We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. He scored 38 points with eight assists and zero turnovers in almost 38 minutes.
Meanwhile, England are heading into the tournament having won six of their last seven ODI series, including the last three in a row. " Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales ". Stokes bowled on the outfield during England's training session at The Oval on Wednesday and Morgan said: "We will see how he pulls up tomorrow (Thursday) to see how much he will bowl".
Trainer Mark Casse saidClassic Empire, who lost the Preakness by a head to the oncoming Cloud Computing after putting the early pressure on Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming , will run in the Belmont Stakes unless a reason develops not to go in the Triple Crown finale.
The fourth-seeded Muguruza was made to work hard for more than two hours on the Philippe Chatrier show court before rallying past 53rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Belgian 10th seed David Goffin quit his third-round match after suffering an ankle injury when he got caught up in court covers. Raonic will tackle Pablo Carrena Busta next, after the Spaniard ousted 11th seed Dimitrov in straight sets.
The Warriors committed 11 fewer turnovers; dominated the offensive glass; and outscored the Cavaliers in two separate stretches they should have lost, when Draymond Green went to the bench early with foul trouble and Kevin Durant and Steph Curry sat simultaneously.
But he acknowledged that collecting a trophy because of Day's playoff blunder, rather than his own birdie, "was not the way I wanted to win". Par for the pair forced a playoff where Horschel would eventually make par again, Day had the chance to force a second playoff hole but would eventually 3 putt the 18 and hand the victory to Horschel.
Pittsburgh's offense is lethal, and though it can go dormant (see: 37 minutes without a shot on goal in Game 1 ), the Pens' rapid-fire goals can strike at any moment - often one soon after another. "We want to score more". The third period was when things ramped up, and Nashville would be sent packing once again. According to KDKA Pittsburgh , Amy Santora received the text offering four tickets to the game at PPG Paints Arena.
Harper punched Strickland in the head as the benches and bullpen emptied. All eyes will be on a pair of veteran pitchers Tuesday night when both the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants could have a motive for retaliation following a bench-clearing brawl on Monday.
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 past year, including the series-clinching 3-pointer.
The Penguins will look to take one step closer in their quest to become the first team to win back to back Stanley Cups since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings. NOTES: The Penguins are 4-0 in Game 2s (3-0 at home). Neither Malkin or Sidney Crosby had a shot after two periods. Ten seconds into the third period, Guentzel - who delivered the game-winner in Game 1 - notched his second of the game.
The Predators can be pleased with a lot of aspects of their game, but they don't have much room for error now. As Wednesday night's Stanley Cup Finals game two finished up, it was not what everyone expected. Pekka Rinne closed his eyes and went back to a happy place. He only thinks that Coach Peter Laviolette is playing games by not naming a starter yet for Game 3 and maybe he is giving Rinne something to thin about to take his mind off of his past poor numbers against the Penguins.
You have to work hard to get those runs. England has successfully made 300-plus chases six times, four of them in the last two years. The fall of Hales brought in Eoin Morgan (75 not out), who, along with Root, then continued the pace and added 143 runs to chase down the highest target in the Champions Trophy with 16 balls remaining.
Though Kevin McHale's aggressive at-the-rim takedown of Kurt Rambis in the 1984 title matchup remains a quintessential moment in postseason lore (and swung that Celtics-Lakers series totally Boston's way). "What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal", he said. "It's going to get harder and harder as we go when the stakes rise, but you have to stay focused".
Who better than the man who masterminded the 2-1 win over Australia in 2013, their first success for 16 years? The All Blacks pride themselves on their 23 and using the whole squad, but the Lions will back themselves to have the same impact from their replacements.
The team brought Kaepernick in for a visit last week , and the Seahawks' interest in the quarterback seemed like it could lead to a signing, but it didn't go through in the end. Carroll called the ESPN The Magazine article an "old story" and said that he did not address it with the team. Wilson was asked how divided the locker room has been since the Super Bowl loss.
Ronaldo has scored 49 goals for club and country this season and registered hat-tricks in both the Champions League quarter and semi finals. The final could prove a glorious homecoming for Madrid's Cardiff native Gareth Bale , although the Wales star is expected to start on the bench due to a calf injury, with the in-form Isco due to continue in his place.
Josh Hazlewood was the chief beneficiary as several batsmen holed out, with the fast bowler returning ODI best figures of six for 52. - New Zealand have won 13 of their last 17 completed ODIs in the Champions Trophy and World Cup; winning eight of their nine fixtures at the 2015 World Cup, losing to Australia in the final.
The Cavaliers have a ton of talent, but they'll have a tough time competing in this series even if they put up the same total amount of shots in a game. The Warriors can score enough on their own accord, so giving them extra possessions is almost a death sentence. Kerr had been feeling better and hoped to return on Thursday, but suffered a setback on Wednesday, and instead spent his 11th consecutive playoff game away from the Golden State bench, as he continues to struggle with ...
He made 37 saves and earned a.974 save percentage. And after Rinne had allowed four goals on 11 shots in Game 1 , he wanted to feel good about his game again. A strong individual effort by Aberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first . Skating one-on-one against Olli Maatta , the Predators rookie turned Maatta inside out on a deke and then cut towards the net and went upstairs on goalie Matt Murray .
The correct spelling came after he got catafalque (an ornamental structure in funerals) correct in the morning round, which began with 40 spellers remaining in competition, all hoping to be among the finalists in Thursday's evening rounds. Each word spelled correctly is worth 3 points, and the rest of the score is determined by a written vocabulary and spelling test in round one. However, she spelt the word right and advanced to the finals of the competition.
But the Cavs have been here before. In fact, LeBron James has lost Game 1 in each of his last five Finals, going on to win the series three times. "They're going to make tough shots, so you've got to just keep pressing, sticking to the game plan but focus what's in front of you". "When you are playing against a risky team like we are playing in the Warriors and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out".
When asked what it would mean if his nephew became the first player since tennis turned pro in 1968 to win 10 titles at the same grand slam event, Toni Nadal did not mince his words: "Nothing". Kristina Mladenovic is through to the French Open fourth round after beating Shelby Rogers of the United States 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 from 5-3 down in the last set.
Volatile weather is front of mind for all in a brisk tournament run and won before the British summer formally begins. This was an identical outcome to when the teams met at the Birmingham ground in the last edition four years ago. "We fully support them in everything they are doing", he added. Australia , who were left needing a revised target of 235 to win in 33 overs, were 53 for three off nine when the players left the field for the final time .
He said: "The ankle's okay, it's more of a calf issue - hopefully it's just some bad cramp". With captain AB de Villiers top-ranked among batsmen, South Africa now have the top two bowlers as well as four players in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen - Quinton de Kock (fourth), Faf du Plessis (sixth) and Hashim Amla (10th) being the others.
The Warriors got their Finals started off on a high note after defeating the Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 on Friday. Kevin Durant put together an incredible performance in his first NBA Finals appearance with the Warriors. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 56-30 in the paint, and that's despite missing 15 shots at the rim in the first half. Cleveland has turned the ball over 12 times, seven of those charged to LeBron James .
But the former Borussia Dortmund II boss said the desire of his players helped make promotion a reality. And they said: "Okay give me the opportunity". You can talk about taking risks and taking the initiative but this is not just a league game, in the players' minds there are other things. "I'm so pleased with my players, my group and the whole town, and for the chairman (Dean Hoyle) who backed almost all my ideas".
While Buffon will be bidding to keep Cristiano Ronaldo , Karim Benzema and either Gareth Bale or Isco out of danger at one end, it will be up to Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and others to do the damage at the opposite end of the field.