Author: 0 Beneath the Black: A Journey Through New Zealand Rugby

If New Zealand can deny that edge, then they have the backs to take the Lions . "You want to win on the tour, and you know you have got to pull together as quickly as possible". "A player has to put on a Lions jersey and start with a number on his back in the first three games". It won't have done them any harm. In those days there were always parades before a big game and while the combined Marlborough-Nelson Bays game against the 71 Lions was played in Blenheim, there was still plenty ...

Author: 0 Jason Whitlock destroyed online for criticizing LeBron James

The All Takes Matter host called it a "disrespectful inconvenience" for James, and thought the National Basketball Association player was just being dramatic. "I used to be a black kid and [people would say racist slurs to me]". LeBron was inconvenienced. Racism affects the poor. "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being Black in America is - it's tough", James tells reporters Wednesday, May 31.

Sports Daryl Murphy has New Jersey disappointment
Author: 0 Daryl Murphy has New Jersey disappointment

Speaking after a new-look side had been comprehensively beaten by Mexico in a friendly in New Jersey during the early hours of Friday morning, Derby defender Keogh said: "Let's not take anything away from how we have played throughout the year with the Euros and the start to the World Cup campaign".

Sports Adams 'prayed' Wenger would quit Arsenal
Author: 0 Adams 'prayed' Wenger would quit Arsenal

Adams also suggested Wenger should have "swallowed his pride" and added him to the Arsenal coaching staff, saying: "I think six or seven years ago I could have been an asset to the club, but he definitely kept me out". The club hasn't been a part of a legitimate title race in a long while, and that drought needs to end to quiet Wenger's detractors. "We've talked about my ending of my career and I don't want him to go on too long and for it to crumble and end in tears and all of us don't ...

Sports Napoli attacker confirms he snubbed interest from Chelsea
Author: 0 Napoli attacker confirms he snubbed interest from Chelsea

Mertens' discussions with Napoli dragged on and several sides were linked with wanting to snap him up, including Everton and Manchester United . Mertens has confirmed to Sky Sports that his good form in a Napoli shirt caught the eye of the Premier League champions.

Sports LeBron James responds after 'racially motivated slur' found spray-painted at home
Author: 0 LeBron James responds after 'racially motivated slur' found spray-painted at home

Hate in America for African-Americans is living every day, even though it's concealed most of the time". It is hidden most days. "It's alive every single day". James, who also maintains a home in northeast OH, and the rest of the Cavaliers are set to face the Golden State Warriors in a rematch of the last two National Basketball Association finals.

Sports Irfan Pathan: Indian Team can Defend the Champions Trophy
Author: 0 Irfan Pathan: Indian Team can Defend the Champions Trophy

It's different for them. However, this isn't the only thing that has changed since the tournament was last played in 2013. "It is a very exciting time for us, there have been a lot of practice sessions at Edgbaston and we're ready to play", he said at his pre-tournament press conference.

Author: 0 Azhar: India clash just another game

Afridi thinks that defending champions India are favourites to win Sunday's clash, still, he will expect a committed and passionate performance from Pakistan . But Mortaza said Bangladesh had it in them to spring a surprise. The three-time World Cup victor tagged Mitchell Starc as the best bowler in the world right now while lauding his pace and ability to swing the ball in both ways.

Sports Cavaliers vs Warriors NBA Finals schedule
Author: 0 Cavaliers vs Warriors NBA Finals schedule

Now the Warriors are warning the Cavaliers and star playmaker LeBron James that it wasn't even the best effort for an undefeated squad whose 13-0 playoff win streak matches the longest in National Basketball Association playoff history.

Author: 0 New Zealand bat against Australia in Champions Trophy

This will be the first India-Pakistan one-day match in two years, but there was a time in the late '90s when India and Pakistan played each other at least seven times a year. Like Ben Stokes - who was cleared to bowl after passing a test on his left knee injury before play - Woakes had a long stint in the Indian Premier League before this tournament .

Sports Sports world reacts to Warriors' Game 1 domination of Cavs
Author: 0 Sports world reacts to Warriors' Game 1 domination of Cavs

So confident is Cleveland in James' ability that the Cavaliers essentially ceded home-court advantage to Boston in the conference finals so James could sit and rest during the final game of the regular season. "We know some of their tendencies and just have a better familiarity with how we're going to be successful against them". But at the end of the day, we gave up a lot in transition.

Sports Champions League final 2017 date and time: When is it?
Author: 0 Champions League final 2017 date and time: When is it?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid team. In the Champions League era, which started in 1992-93, no team has ever managed to defend its title. Who do you think will win the Champions League final? The conditions this time will be a little different.

Author: 0 Champions League final travelling party confirmed for Juventus clash — Real Madrid squad

Bale moved away to achieve his dream of becoming a footballer - first to Southampton, then to Tottenham Hotspur, before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record fee. For the Old Lady, it's a chance to be the first Italian side to complete a treble since Inter Milan did so in 2009/10, whilst they're seeking to win their first Champions League since 1996.

Author: 0 Juventus have different level of belief - Allegri

The ex-striker played for the Old Lady from 1987 to 1988, in between his two spells at Anfield, and thinks the current Juve side have the organisation necessary to hold off Real Madrid's attack. "The security operation for the four-day period covering 1-4 June will be the biggest ever seen for a sporting event in the United Kingdom", said the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Author: 0 Tamim hits century against England

With a powerful batting lineup, including pugnacious openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales , test captain Joe Root , Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler , England usually score their runs rapidly. Based on the prediction from the Cricket fan, here we provide the prediction that how the Match 1 game between England vs Bangladesh could play in this ICC Champions Trophy .

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Author: 0 How to watch Cavs vs

The Cavaliers still have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving . Durant joined Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Barry in scoring 25 or more points in his first six NBA Finals games, the prior five with Oklahoma City in a 2012 loss to the James-led Miami Heat .

Sports Tottenham fans delighted as Wenger looks set for Arsenal stay
Author: 0 Tottenham fans delighted as Wenger looks set for Arsenal stay

Former players critical of Wenger as well as those fans who wanted him out would reply they have had to witness Groundhog Day nearly every season since their last Premier League title ( 'The Invincibles' unbeaten campaign in 2003/04) of failing to keep star names, replacing them often with poor purchases and not really threatening to win the championship at the business end of a season.

Author: 0 Joe Root hits unbeaten ton as England thrash Bangladesh in Champions Trophy

With a batting line-up that often goes as deep as No. 11, England have been scoring totals more than 300 regularly, and with their home advantage, the conditions will be stacked even more against the Tigers. But Mortaza said Bangladesh had it in them to spring a surprise. He's been very good when he's come in, but one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play, and the freedom, is backing that up with (consistent) selection.

Author: 0 Juventus have different level of belief now, says Allegri

The France great inherited a disgruntled team from Rafa Benitez, but he united the dressing room and led the team to last year's Champions League title. We've seen that with Real Madrid and Atletico in recent seasons, and Lyon vs PSG carries some similar themes: they're already battling for supremacy at home, they've locked horns several times already this season and now they're taking the duel onto the European stage.

Author: 0 Williamson gets 100 but New Zealand collapse against Australia

A rain delayed of nearly two hours reduced the match to 46 overs per side but Ronchi looked as though he had never left the middle as he continued to fire once played resumed. New Zealand and Australia have met in two Chappell-Hadlee campaigns over the past six months, both of which have been comfortably won by whichever was the home side.

Sports Messi is a companion, not a rival - Ronaldo
Author: 0 Messi is a companion, not a rival - Ronaldo

He scored in the 2014 extra-time win over Atletico Madrid , having also netted the victor in that season's Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona . The Portugal striker is the current world player of the year and will strengthen his case for more individual honours if he helps Real triumph on Saturday.

Author: 0 Winnings Announced For 2017 Indy 500

The Denver Post repeatedly apologized for Frei's tweet, then made a personnel decision. Moments later, Frei shared a longer apology. "The tweet doesn't represent what we believe nor what we stand for. He did, however, later fire off another tweet that was apparently directed at the response he'd received over his initial tweet decrying Sato's Indy 500 win.

Sports SEC tweaks graduate transfer rules, opening door for Zaire
Author: 0 SEC tweaks graduate transfer rules, opening door for Zaire

Stricklin met briefly with reporters on the final day of the SEC's 2017 spring meetings and revealed the information. Zaire would not have been allowed to enroll at UF under the old rule, which prevented schools from taking a graduate transfer for three years if a previous graduate transfer had not shown enough academic progress toward a degree.

Author: 0 Champions League: Ronaldo speaks on beating Messi to 100 goals

Obviously, one of two points are important to know but obsessing over it it not. "I'm sure he really wants to be part of this game, in his hometown". Manchester United have held talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of signing Gareth Bale and Saturday's Champions League final could prove pivotal to their chances of getting the Welshman.

Author: 0 Durant powers Warriors to 113-91 Game 1 rout of Cavs

Cleveland turned the ball over 20 times. The Warriors likely won't be held to just four turnovers again. "Twenty turnovers in the Finals definitely is not going to get it done", said Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving . Kevin Durant was able to get six first half dunks. When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition. And the Cavaliers have a special bit of history on their side.

Author: 0 Kevin Durant Destroyed the Idea That He Should Just Fit In

James was not living at the residence at the time of the vandalism, an LAPD spokeswoman told The Associated Press, as he's preparing for the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors . SHAUN LIVINGSTON: Yeah. I think he's done a great job making play calls and substitutions. The Finals, finally, begin tonight. Midseason acquisitions Deron Williams and Kyle Korver missed all seven shots they took and failed to score.

Sports What time, channel is Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 1? NBA Playoffs
Author: 0 What time, channel is Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 1? NBA Playoffs

A year ago the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, rallying from 3-1 down to take the title. Jeff Van Gundy, the former National Basketball Association coach who will be calling the finals for ABC, said the Warriors' embrace of the bad-guy role may simply be an iteration of their efforts to remain motivated.

Author: 0 Incredible Nadal smashes Georgian to smithereens

The brutality of Nadal's destruction of the Georgian on the Roland Garros main showcourt was withering. - The Canadian was leading 6-1 1-0 when the Spaniard retired at the changeover. Another of Nadal's compatriots, Bautista-Agut set up his meeting with the nine-time French Open champion with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Jiri Vesely.

Sports Warriors vs Cavaliers Online Free Streaming Game 1 on ABC Sports
Author: 0 Warriors vs Cavaliers Online Free Streaming Game 1 on ABC Sports

What happened when Kevin Durant determined his Oklahoma City Thunder team didn't have what it takes to beat the Warriors in the West? Simply due to one man, LeBron James. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals , part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.

Author: 0 Power-play breakthrough helps Senators force Game 7

The Lightning, with Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson splitting the net warily, missed the playoffs the next season and Boucher was sacked the year after that. He protects pucks so well, you just have to stay between him and the net at all times . you can't (rush) the puck like I tried to do on that one. May 12: They managed a 3-2 overtime win against the Ducks .

Author: 0 Gabriel out for up to eight weeks, but Arsenal defender avoids surgery

Mertesacker only made his first appearance of the season when he came on for Gabriel against Everton and has not started a game since injuring his knee in preseason. "We are hit hard in a position where we need to be strong on Saturday". Would more spending end the Wenger hatred? "But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes", said the former Germany global.

Sports Arsenal Confirm Arsene Wenger Two-Year Contract Extension
Author: 0 Arsenal Confirm Arsene Wenger Two-Year Contract Extension

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". "I think Arsene has wielded a strong hand in the negotiations and said he didn't want anything to affect his ability in running the team". The deal is not done just yet, but were the young Nigerian to arrive in North London , he would enter a club where there is uncertainty surrounding many attacking players.

Sports Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger agree to two-year contract extension
Author: 0 Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger agree to two-year contract extension

But they also won the FA Cup for a record 13th time with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley. Only part of Arsenal's announcement about the new contract gave the impression there was any significant post-mortem on the first full season in Wenger's reign when the team has finished outside of the Premier League's top four.

Sports Here's a do-and-don't list to mascots, from a former mascot
Author: 0 Here's a do-and-don't list to mascots, from a former mascot

But at least they were not the New York Mets , who were almost shut out and saw their manager get ejected when a team-employed bat boy got in the way of a player fielding a pop-up, all while the team mascot was still trending on Twitter thanks to going rogue the night before.

Sports Dash Cam Footage of Tiger Woods' Arrest Released
Author: 0 Dash Cam Footage of Tiger Woods' Arrest Released

Woods later revealed in a public statement that alcohol had nothing to do with his DUI. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. The affidavit said Woods failed a sobriety test on the side of the road because he couldn't keep his balance or follow instructions. The former world No 1 golfer is eventually led away in handcuffs.

Sports UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway statistical breakdown
Author: 0 UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway statistical breakdown

After I win, I'll sit with "Dede" ( Andre Pederneiras ). Following vast hype, build-up and anticipation, the long-awaited title fight ended in just 13 seconds, all with a single McGregor left hand. 3 ranked contender Ray Borg. Conor left and went to 155. "Conor was the 2015 champion. I want to make sure there's no doubt that I was the best to ever do this".

Author: 0 Ronaldo back to break new ground at Champions League final

Dybala has thrived since Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri changed the team's formation to accommodate its attacking talents. Real Madrid have reaped the rewards of switching the Portuguese to play as more of a central striker. Zidane endured a miserable return to his old club as Juventus snuffed out the Madrid playmaker, turning the tie on its head with goals from David Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero.

Sports The Baseline Player of the Week: Alexander Zverev
Author: 0 The Baseline Player of the Week: Alexander Zverev

The win also helped Zverev surge up to number 10 in the world rankings for the first time in his career. "I think I can be proud of myself for handling the pressure, because I played some tough matches here". Zverev is newly 20-years-old. "I'm very happy the way I played, very happy with my performance all week", the victor said. Coric, a recent victor over world number one Andy Murray in Madrid, fell 6-4 5-7 6-4 to Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, while Paire was beaten 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 ...

Author: 0 Juventus vs Real Madrid, Champions League final 2016/17

Such is his longevity at the top level, Gianluigi Buffon has won another European trophy in his career, but not during this century. "He has a good opportunity with the season that he has had, above all in the Champions League this year", Predrag Mijatovic, who scored the winning goal when Real last met Juventus in the Champions League final in 1998, told AFP.

Author: 0 I understand why James wants to leave Real Madrid: Ronaldo

I prefer to play more freely, when we play in a 4-4-2, I prefer it more. Reports claim James could leave Real Madrid this summer, as he has found regular playing time hard to come by. Ronaldo signed a five-year contract in November 2016 and has no plans on leaving anytime soon as the former Manchester United man hopes to play in his forties: "I said when I signed my latest contract that it would be my penultimate and that I would play on until I was 41".

Author: 0 Google Doodle cricket game celebrates Champions Trophy

Bangladesh highlighted the issue of under-performing openers in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday. The veteran batsman also praised Kohli for his attacking game and said it's good to see him playing like this. The game appears on the Google homepage of competing nations, including England , India , Australia and South Africa .

Sports State's Snyder criticized for refusing transfer request
Author: 0 State's Snyder criticized for refusing transfer request

He's fighting a losing battle, regardless of the underlying facts, and he can not see it. Snyder can not literally force him to stay and put on the uniform again. Of course, what an assistant coach might say in the competitive recruiting process might be different. "There's a young man who's been in trouble twice, tested positive twice".

Sports Cavaliers: 2017 NBA Finals Game 1 Preview
Author: 0 Cavaliers: 2017 NBA Finals Game 1 Preview

Kevin Durant starred as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in game one of the NBA Finals . Almost seven months later the Cavs and Warriors have become the first team in NBA Finals history to face each other in three consecutive years.

Sports Five Things We Learned from NBA Finals - Game 1
Author: 0 Five Things We Learned from NBA Finals - Game 1

Last year, despite Steph Curry's insane 3-point shooting and the Warriors having the best record in National Basketball Association history, the team managed to blow a 3-1 lead and lose the National Basketball Association championship. Without taking anything away from Durant's brilliant display, the open court he was sometimes afforded and the ease with which he scored some of his points, particularly during those devastating drives to the rim that ended in dunks, will be of major concern ...

Author: 0 Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

Goffin's injury forced him to give up. The hour spent drilling forehand after forehand on the main showcourt in the morning before fans were admitted had been time well spent. Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili reacts as he plays Spain's Rafael Nadal during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris .

Author: 0 Champions Trophy: Kiwis opt to bat first against Aussies

India is set to take on arch rival Pakistan in the Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament on Sunday. "The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years ... It did not do so at The Oval on Tuesday when, in their final warm-up match , Bangladesh collapsed to 22 for six on the way to 84 all out and a 240-run hammering by India .

Author: 0 England's Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy

The 28-year-old has taken 89 wickets at an average of 31.60 and an economy rate of 5.58, while he has scored 800 runs for his country in one-day internationals at an average of exactly 25 and a strike rate of 86.86. "Morgan added: "(Bairstow) has been very good when he's come in but one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play, and the freedom, is backing that up with (consistent) selection".

Author: 0 Laxman hails govt's decision to not play with Pakistan

Former Indian captain Azharuddin also agreed with Aamir Sohail and Harbhajan Singh and opined that trade between the two countries goes on as usual despite the tension on border but it is the game which suffers. Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions. "I am waiting for a scan report [for a muscle tear on the left leg] but at the max it would be take me couple of weeks to be fully fit", said the stylish batsman.