The Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series to stun the defending champs in 2016, using a 112-97 win in Game 5 in Oakland as a catalyst. The league continues to try to use the leverage of the collective bargaining agreement - salary caps and incentives - to get superstar players such as Durant to stay with their teams .
The crowd at Quickens Loan Arena rode him real hard Friday, two days after his mother had an argument with a Cavs fan in the stands. Nearly everyone thought he'd been ejected. "But still trying to figure out why did I get the second one". In all, five players committed technical fouls in the third - James and Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers and Kevin Durant , Green and Zaza Pachulia from the Warriors.
I'm thankful for this team, this city and it's fans, and most of all, I'm thankful I don't live in Pittsburgh . Chris Kunitz ($3.85 million), Nick Bonino ($1.9 million) and Matt Cullen ($1 million) are unrestricted free agents, as are defencemen Trevor Daley ($3.3 million) and Ron Hainsey ($2.83 million).
Kevin Durant's mom got plenty of spotlight on Monday after Durant took charge in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, helping the Golden State Warriors put away the Cleveland Cavaliers and win their second title in three years - the first for Durant .
Evidence collected by tax officials will be scrutinised before prosecutors decide whether to charge Ronaldo before the end of June. Messi was found guilty last year and sentenced to 21 months in jail, although never spent a single day behind bars due to the way that Spain's justice system allows for any sentence under two years to be spent on probation.
LeBron James (41 points) and Kyrie Irving (26) combined to score 67, but the third member of the Big Three, Kevin Love , scored just six points on 2-of-8 shooting. In Game 3 we just - down the stretch we couldn't make any shots, and they did. Golden State would rather forget that monumental collapse past year, when Green's absence for Game 5 because of flagrant foul point accumulation helped swing the series.
The Golden State Warriors have gained redemption, capturing their second National Basketball Association title in three seasons. When it was over, James went straight to congratulate Durant, who got revenge for losing the title with Oklahoma City to James' Miami Heat five years ago.
Irving: Man, that guy is - I think that some people would say that he's on the toe of - like he's on the line of greatness. "I'm happy for him", Curry said. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face.
All Blacks great John Kirwan has dismissed claims that British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is one-dimensional, saying his former team-mate brings an "X-factor" to the touring squad. They'll only get better and better. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Thursday said he was expecting the "kitchen sink" from the British and Irish Lions - but scoffed at suggestions the All Blacks weren't much better than a Super Rugby team .
Looking ahead to the ladies French Open final, former champion Chris Evert had said: "Not many players win their first final in a Grand Slam ". Before arriving in Paris , she had prize earnings of $1,288,260 for her whole career. "Actually, it's something I can not understand". After finishing a high-quality backhand to seal the history-breaking win, an excited Ostapenko threw her racquet onto the ground at the Philippe-Chatrier Court.
When asked by Calciomercato if Morata had already agreed to a deal, Lopez said: "I can say there's a very important proposal and the decision rests with Real". But, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Tuesday, Real and Man United appear close to agreeing a fee. Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions last season but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane continued to favour Karim Benzema as the club's first choice striker.
The player in question is Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who is the man United want to replace David De Gea, should he decide to head back to his home city to play for Real. The Portuguese forward joins Milan for €38 million, after hitting 20 club goals across the 2016-17 season. Instead, he signed a contract extension with Atletico last summer and saw his buyout clause increase to €100m.
Even with the strikeouts, the Dodgers were intrigued with the production, and potential. It says something about Jeren Kendall's raw ability that the Vanderbilt junior outfielder hit.307/.372/.556 with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases. "He's big and strong, 6'5, 220 pounds", Gasparino said. "He's what you expect out of of a Texas right-hander". It appears that Kendall was rumored to be going much higher than the 23rd pick but slipped his way down to the Dodgers where they picked him up ...
The Golden State Warriors have been crowned the 2017 National Basketball Association champions after smashing the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five at Oracle Arena. The story about NBA referees being awarded a $10 million bonus after the NBA Finals extended to Game 5 is a piece of satire. As players from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors warmed up for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, members of the musical Hamilton offered a preview of their national anthem set for a ...
Having bowled Bangladesh out for just 182, Australia looked to be cruising to victory, reaching 83-1 after 16 overs before the heavens opened and washed out the game. Memories of Cardiff Australia were the victims of one of the all-time great upsets when Bangladesh beat them by five wickets in a one-day worldwide in Cardiff in 2005.
In 2012, an in-his-prime LeBron James took home his first NBA Championship when his Miami Heat earned a win over a young Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder . The Warriors went 16-1 this postseason, beating the 2000-01 Lakers' 15-1. "You want to reward your home fans and you obviously don't want to extend the series any longer than it has to be when you're in this position ".
England , who were not impressive overall, remain top of Group F on 14 points while Scotland are in fourth spot on eight points. "Whatever you think about this group of players, I tell you one thing, you can't question their personality, character, commitment".
However, the Warriors have controlled most of the action in these Finals, despite their demoralizing loss in what could have been the closeout game. After his stunning seven points-in-63-seconds show in Game 3 , Durant came back and scored 35 points when the rest of the Warriors were suffering whiplash watching the Cavs race past.
He has also dropped just 20 games in the tournament so far and remains overwhelming favourite to win the Grand Slam yet again. The only player to have beaten Nadal on clay this season is Austrian Dominic Thiem - who was playing Argentine Horacio Zeballos later Sunday in a fourth-round match.
Though it's only been one match , when he beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the French Open , the Serb ensured a solid start to the high-profile collaboration. Meanwhile, reigning women's champion Garbine Muguruza put aside her middling for this season to begin her Roland Garros defence with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 2010 victor Francesca Schiavone .
Nadal never relented in this first men's final featuring two thirty-somethings at Roland Garros since 1969. "And for that reason, I am having the success that I had". "I won all the matches with unbelievable results". "It's hard to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it's like no other place".
The '96 Bulls breezed through the playoffs, reaching the NBA Finals with an 11-1 record, then zipped through the Seattle SuperSonics the first three games of the Finals. If this keeps up, we could see a Durant poster dunk over LeBron at some point in Game 5 . "When we were there past year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again".
Cleveland last season became the first team ever to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven finals but after falling 3-0 down this time around, they were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors finished the job. But for now, the Golden State Warriors are rid of their demons. He was spectacular throughout the series and validated why he was the most valuable player in these NBA Finals.
Whether you like his move from Oklahoma City to Oakland or not, Kevin Durant left no doubt as to who the NBA Finals MVP recipient would be. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry have been superb for Golden State in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
FILE - In this June 9, 2017, file photo, Louisville's Brendan McKay bats during the team's NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Kentucky in Louisville, Ky. "But it's quite an accomplishment to do it at the collegiate level". The 40-round draft will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. The draft order is determined by inverse order of finish the previous season.
It remains to be seen whether Roma will accept this latest bid as the newspaper says the offer is still short of their £44m asking price but it shows that Liverpool certainly mean business. The 24-year-old is predominantly a right winger but he's capable of playing anywhere across the attack and he chipped in with 19 goals and 15 assists in all competitions last season so he'll certainly bring an added threat in attack.
The Bangladeshi captain though answered in just a single line. "Three hundred is an easy score to get by playing real positive cricket", captain Eoin Morgan said. As he awaited the results of the scan, England captain Eoin Morgan admitted Woakes, who is now No. 7 in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings, would be a significant loss.
The tweet attracted much attention from fans of cricket in India, who promptly got to tearing Latif's comments apart. But unlike his usual posts, this time he chose to play it down and not react to the instigation. The former Pakistani cricketer even attacked Sehwag for not knowing the history as he claimed that Muslims made significant contributions before the Independence in 1947.
The Cavaliers would sometimes double-team Curry to ensure he found no rhythm while still containing Warriors star forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson. Speaking to reporters more than 90 minutes before tip-off of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland, Kerr - in his third season as the Warriors' head coach - figured it was time to again reference his mentor's axiom.
Faith Baca of Aurora, an eighth-grader at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, successfully spelled "sempiternal", which means eternal and unchanging. Among those who didn't make the cut because of the test was 6-year-old Edith Fuller , the youngest speller in the history of the bee. She's one of 40-students vying for the $40,000 grand prize.
Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland , California. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face.
Lue said he thought Green had two techs, but that "evidently" that's not what happened, as a small smile crept over his face. "In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on Coach Kerr", Goble told a pool reporter after the game.
The 24-year-old former Florida State standout is the fourth back-to-back victor at St. Jude and the first since David Toms in 2003-04. Sutherland, whose only PGA Tour win came at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship 15 years ago, played largely mistake-free golf and scored multiple birdies on par 3, 4 and 5s.
If anything, he would be even more devastating in a 3-on-3 setting, with less bodies in the paint to clog up the floor, making it easier for him to get to the hoop and find teammates for easy baskets. When asked by the AP which current players he'd love to team with, James was a bit more cautious. USA Shooting, the national governing body for the sport of Olympic-style shooting in the US, made clear they opposed the move, noting Team USA's historic success in these events.
Although he said recently after winning the Champions League trophy that he's a Real Madrid supporter and he would like to stay in the club, he also wants to enjoy more minutes in a top flight club and feel important within the squad.
Durant finally has a ring and he won it on one of the single most dominant squads in National Basketball Association history. The Warriors lead 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. The mentality they carried into Game 4 San Antonio, where they went up 21-7, led by as much as 22 and won by 14. At the very least, the near-win gave Cleveland some life.
During games 1 and 2 Curry laced up an all-white colorway of the Curry 4, but as he visited The Land he brought out a new black/white colorway. Now, if you have absolutely no idea what in the world we're talking about, do yourself a favor and watch this clip of Kevin Durant knocking down the go-ahead three-pointer during Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Simona Halep is targeting the world number one ranking in Saturday's French Open final but fast-rising Latvian upstart Jelena Ostapenko threatens to crash the Romanian's party as a first-time major champion will be crowned. At 20, she is the youngest victor here since Iva Majoli upset Martina Hingis to take the title in 1997 while she is the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam singles title and she will rise from a ranking of 47 to 12 when the list is updated tomorrow.
They led at the half by 11. While much of the attention in the "three-match" has been on Durant and Cavaliers superstar LeBron James , it was Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving who was the difference-maker last season, drilling a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute.
He nearly expects them to return. Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and a year ago, while the 2012-2015 seasons saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (No. I love grass, everybody knows, and it's a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing there. While big congratulations are in order for Taylor, Rafa was out there by himself, battling worthy opponents, injury and, in his worst moments, most likely the demons that inevitably interfere in all players' existence.
The accumulated impact for the past few years has become a loss of 37.5 billion yen (NZ$472 million) up from a previously disclosed 22 billion yen ($284 million). The units failed to provide for losses due to flaws in contracts, they said. "The results of the investigation showed that certain accounting practices were inappropriate at Fuji Xerox New Zealand Ltd.as well as Fuji Xerox Australia Pty".
He recalls his days as a teenager, breaking into the track with buddies and hotwiring golf carts until they were chased off by approaching headlights. Foyt. "I would say it is about time that Ferrari wins again here", said Vettel, who has 44 career wins. "We are leaning on (the No. 48 team) pretty hard this weekend".
He finished 5-for-5 with the four homers and 10 RBI. Going into the game, Gennett was 0 for his last 19 at bats but his 5-for-5 night Tuesday increased his current batting average to.302 from.270. 4 (Phillips remarked recently that he was insulted the Reds gave the number away). The same Scooter Gennett that entered play on Tuesday with 38 home runs in 1,754 plate appearances.
There was more going on out there. We know what we have to do in order to win this game. But the situation was clarified soon after, as the apparent technical on Green in the first quarter had actually been called on Golden State coach Steve Kerr , but the scorer's table thought it was on Green.
Favorite MLB player: I would go with Derek Jeter in the past. He's got that "it" factor that a No. 1 pick needs to survive and move forward and have success at the end of the journey. "I was real happy when he was drafted by the Twins". Hit.324 with six HRs and 28 RBIs at plate, and skills in field make him intriguing talent. "It was just exciting".
Hamilton is now just three pole positions away from seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher's 68-pole record, meaning the Mercedes driver is likely to become Formula One's most decorated qualifier by the end of the season. "I knew what I had to do today". Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third for the third straight week, celebrating on the podium by drinking champagne out of his race-worn shoe.
Chasing a very small target of 183 for a win, Australia were 83 for 1 in 16 overs when rained played the spoilsport at the Oval and the match could not be resumed after that. I was happy to keep batting through the rain", Smith added. "Of course I didn't want to go off", Smith said. "And we've obviously got a good record in tournament play so I think this is something we can call upon in this game on Saturday".
As always at Roland Garros, Nadal stood head and shoulders above his competition. Nadal lost just 35 games across the fortnight as he swept to the title in familiar style, and concede just one solitary break point to Wawrinka in the final, which he duly defended.
Elsewhere, Italy enjoyed their best-ever finish at a U20 World Cup as they prevailed in a penalty shoot-out with Uruguay to claim third place. Supporters were inevitably quick in taking to social media to react to the moment... "Maybe not on the night in the final but it was just about finding a way to win that game and the players have done it and I'm absolutely delighted for every single one of the players, every single one of the staff".
After all, Haseley was the Hoos best pitcher for the past 2 years. As a result, it's unlikely Seise will join the Knights. There will be a pre-show at 6 p.m., and until then you can catch up on all of Cormican's draft previews and more exciting pre-draft content, conveniently compiled in this handy post .