Real may be without one of its star forwards , but with roster overflowing with talent, even this injury shouldn't be too devastating. Ronaldo is not hiding his confidence ahead of Saturday's game. The Portugal forward paced himself like never before this season, skipping several games so he could stay fresh and thrive in the final stretch. The Welshman's status as a fan favorite was cemented after he scored the victor in the 2014 Champions League final.
Gazidis has insisted that, even taking into account top candidates from around the world, there are none better than Wenger, whose new two-year contract was announced on Wednesday to end the debate over his future, a subject which had fiercely divided supporters.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue suggested forward LeBron James will guard Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals . "We've got to make it much tougher on him", Lue said of Durant. Led by James and supporting roles by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love , the Cavs are a force not to be reckoned with. Will the four-time MVP LeBron James and the Cavs bring home another trophy to Cleveland, a back-to-back championship title? J.R.
The Golden State Warriors dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals . LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland . Draymond Green summoned his best self as the team's defensive stalwart and offensive fulcrum, and did it with a cool head. "That's one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line".
England were already an unbeatable 2-0 up in the three-match series against South Africa and although Morgan was glad the reverse had come before the Champions Trophy rather than during the tournament , it remains a worry. Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions. Finally, there is more chances for England's win if they chose bat first or also the bowl.
Rihanna attends Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals in Oakland , Calif. As the game got out of the hand, the Caribbean Queen, who doubles as a LeBron James super fan, got increasingly rowdy. When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition. Cleveland coach Ty Lue said, " They're the best I've ever seen ", and LeBron James noted that they can't win with this sort of performance, "Not against this team".
Real Madrid's likelihood of controlling the pace likely hinges on its midfield, where Luka Modric has been excellent during their run. Many thought it a short-term fix - even Allegri called it a "mad idea" at the time - but it delivered Juventus the Italian title and took them past Barcelona in the Champions League , before a semi-final against Monaco brought a return to the back three.
Instead of digging in and strengthening his resolve to beat his mortal enemy, he made a decision to join them. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many threes - or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter - and lacking the same efficiency and flair.
The Cleveland Cavaliers methodically planned for the Golden State Warriors' high-octane attack but after suffering a crushing loss in Game One of the NBA Finals LeBron James said simulating their offense is impossible. After months of buildup following the Warriors' offseason addition of superstar Kevin Durant , it seems like everyone has an opinion going into the series.
We have shared many moments in the awards ceremonies of the past 10 years and I have a very good relationship with him. The two have dominated the award for the past decade in the battle to not just be considered the best of their generation, but among the best of all time.
He makes everything look SO easy which is the opposite approach I take when I play basketball. Stephen Curry did his share by scoring 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.
Point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.5 points this postseason while Love is contributing 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland , Calif.
Salaries were skyrocketing. The game's influence was growing overseas and the NBA Finals - the ones that were shown on tape delay during McHale's first championship with the Celtics in 1980 - were now must-see, primetime television. Giving us subplot two: the Mike Brown revenge finals. "Don't let them win."Already, offers are blanketing online sites such as Craigslist, with offers to sell tickets for hundreds or even thousands of dollars per seat".
A source familiar with the incident told NBC News the "n-word" had been spray-painted on the gate. The graffiti has since been painted over. Authorities will likely check video in the area to help identify the culprit. "I think back to Emmett Till's mom, actually", James continued. "I hope that they find the people who have done it and they label it for what it was - a hate crime - and punish them", Wulf said.
The Lions showcase the camaraderie and unifying power of sport beyond national borders - perhaps the only other example of multiple countries competing as one in major global sport is golf's European Ryder Cup team . In a sport known for both the pride and the ferocity of its players, the " lions " could not be a more apt metaphor for this one-of-a-kind tour. "They've never really anxious about us in terms of the way they've prepared".
Golden State answered with a 126-91 rout almost a month later, leading by as much as 39 points at home against a Cavaliers team that lacked energy in the last game of a six-game road trip. Durant, one of the NBA's most versatile scoring machines, had quite the coming-out party in his first Finals game with his new team (he signed with them last July).
Pitta reportedly injured his hip Friday laying out to make a catch, but there was no contact from any defenders in the area. "This is incredibly disappointing, obviously for Dennis, and for the Ravens", Newsome said in a statement . He's not Gronk or in the upper echelon of tight ends, but he's a dependable pass-catcher and an important part of a Baltimore offense that is thin in playmakers.
The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oa. "Everybody's susceptible to that ", Green said Wednesday, one day before the Warriors open their third straight NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers .
In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 , Virat Kohli is leading the Indian team and the Pakistani squad is being led by Sarfraz Ahmed . Terming young pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as among the best death overs bowlers in world cricket , former star batsman V.V.S Laxman said a powerful bowling line-up gives India a strong chance to defend their Champions Trophy title.
Yet they've survived behind the brilliance of stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin , coach Mike Sullivan's impeccable decisions and a resiliency that has them one game from being the first Cup champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009.
Chris Woakes bowled two overs before being forced off and Bangladesh racked up a competitive total of 305 for six before Joe Root's 133 not out guided England to an easy victory. Courtesy Tamim's (128 off 142 balls) ninth ODI hundred and a 166-run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79 off 72), Bangladesh shrugged off the disappointment of a batting debacle against India in the practice game.
Asked if the Lions can shock the whole country of New Zealand , Gatland said: "That's hopefully the whole plan". "If we leave the tour and we've made an impression, that would be pretty positive". I know the guys who were involved with Graham Henry in 2001 - he lost half the team on day one because he went "you guys over here, and you guys over there" and the players knew straight away, "well, that's the test side and we're just making up the numbers".
Draymond's Rage: Draymond Green generally loves to scrap in the paint with bigger players, and he'll see plenty in this series , from Kevin Love to Tristan Thompson and James. Win or lose LeBron's legacy is going to be substantial. Given those unfavorable options, front runner looks best. I can go on. "You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered ...
One of the best ever in his position. Juventus have already neutralized MSN and Monaco's "unstoppable" attack but the biggest test is yet to come. Though hopeful that teammate and Colombia global James Rodriguez would stay put at Real Madrid , the Spanish football heavyweights' star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that the attacking midfielder has reasons to leave in the summmer.
It rubs off on everyone. "We have two big games coming up now and if we can string together some good partnerships, we hope people will forget we've had our ups and downs". He took 27 balls to move from 80 to his century at a time when Bangladesh should have been accelerating. Such is the global and commercial appeal of the fixture, the ICC has effectively admitted to doctoring the draw to make sure the teams are paired together in the group phase of major tournaments rather than run the ...
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is headed back to the 10-day disabled list, just days after he came off of it. He will start Friday night vs. Catcher Jett Bandy had two hits for the Brewers , including a solo home run. "Manny has a left-elbow contusion", Counsell said. "It's not always going to happen, but the way we're playing the game right now is the way you want to play the game", Iannetta said about the team's hot streak.
The unsportsmanlike conduct by one of sport's most recognized mascots happened during Wednesday's ugly 7-1 loss to the Brewers . I was one of two students to transform into Sparty during the 1993-94 season when I was also an aspiring journalist - out of costume, of course.
Game 1 tips off at 9:00 PM ET tonight on ABC , where the Warriors and the Cavaliers will enter with a combined one loss in the National Basketball Association playoffs. "They're going to challenge us offensively, defensively, mentally, physically". The lapses were mostly glossed over as the Cavs streaked through the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will defend the National Basketball Association title against the superstar-studded Golden State Warriors . Durant, who is the 2014 NBA MVP, is eligible for the 10-year veteran maximum contract after signing a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Warriors last season.
Deciding when to pit, calculating fuel mileage and focusing on the cars nearest him on the track will determine that strategy in the middle laps, with more decisions coming in the last 50 to 80 laps. He was a talented racing driver himself and raced in pretty much every series you can think of from Formula Ford to the American Le Mans Series via Indy Lights and NASCAR.
Plus, drumroll please, they have LeBron James . If the Warriors lose again , will Stephen Curry become know as a choker in the Finals? Game 2 is Sunday night at Oracle. "I think when you're the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James , Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love , that means you're a heck of a team, and they sure are".
Golden State will look to set the all-time mark when the Finals continue with Game 2 on Sunday. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland . The Warriors looked to involve Kyrie Irving in pick and roll often, and it led to lots of open looks and switches that left him guarding a much bigger player.
It is definitely tiresome for fans to watch Cavaliers-Warriors part three, especially when we practically knew this was coming since preseason, and especially since there were no real challengers to dethrone either team throughout the playoffs.
As this highly anticipated rematch tipped off at last, the biggest difference from past year was clear. Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and helped frustrate James , who finished with 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 15 rebounds and eight assists in the first game of his seventh consecutive finals .
Zidane faces a huge call over whether to start Isco or Bale. As good as the players are, they're not the only ones that deserve credit. Ronaldo is the most recent victor, but Messi has won it more often - five times in total. He's been the choice for most of the season and deserves to start. Bet365 has set a 19/20 price on Juventus and Real Madrid both to score , which is one of the best betting offer you will find on this particular selection.
While Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead over their fierce rivals and neighbours in the Champions Trophy , it is India who have won 10 out of the 11 contests at the World Cup and World T20 tournaments between the two sides. Where will Australia vs New Zealand Champions Trophy 2017 match be played? "You know it's very important when you are playing in English conditions to play close to your body and play late".
He said: "After Tamim got out, then Mushfiqur, the next ball, that was the problem for us". Other possible replacements include uncapped Tom Curran or even a recall for Test regular Stuart Broad - who has 121 ODI caps but only two since the last World Cup in 2015.
He had been in intensive care in Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital , with his parents and family by his side. As noted by BBC Sport , Hayden was said to have suffered "serious cerebral damage" as a result of the collision. Several family members, including his mother and brother, were flown from the United States to be at his bedside. Hayden, who raced for Red Bull Honda, was training in Italy following his 12th-place finish in the World Superbike Championship race at Imola the ...
The turnaround since crashing out at the first stage of the 2015 World Cup has been remarkable; this is their best chance to go all the way. "To celebrate the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy , we're inviting everyone to tap/click and take a swing at our pocket-size game!" The proof came on Monday when, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20-6 in five overs - the worst start in one-day global history - against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has lost the opening set of his third-round match against Diego Schwartzman at the French Open . "I'm sorry for my French, my teacher is on holiday", he said. Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2, against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris , France.
I think he's probably still a little angry with me about a year ago... Nainggolan sparked controversy this week with an Instagram message in which he expressed the hope that Roma's rivals Juventus would lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
It was a case of one down, one to go for trainer John Gosden after Enable (6/1) completed the first piece of his Classic jigsaw puzzle with a decisive success in the Investec Oaks at Epsom . Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah's racing manager, shared similar views to those of Dettori in applauding Enable's stamina. Rhododendron was beaten by Winter, another O'Brien charge, at Newmarket but is bred for stamina and will surely appreciate the step up in trip around Epsom's undulating ...
What would you do? However, the pressure of having to stop the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo , Karim Benzema and Isco doesn't seem to be weighing too heavily on the minds of the Juventus players. They've won 11 of the previous 14, again more than any other team in history. The best game of the season arrives with Los Blancos looking forward to winning back-to-back titles in the European competition.
He also has six assists, and he even took a charge against LeBron James late in the half. Last year, Stephen Curry was not 100%, Draymond Green was suspended for a big Game 5, and LeBron and Kyrie took over. A couple of times, as Cleveland defenders cheated to the corners where Warrior shooters were standing, Durant went right down Broadway and dunked the ball.
Warriors starting center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games at San Antonio with a bruised right heel and contributed eight points and six rebounds while plugging the paint. So we know coming into this building they're going to play - it's going to be a tough game for us. "When we experience that, we're able to adjust, we're a lot better".
Bale has played less minutes but he has recovered from his injury. "We'll prepare for it with the same dedication, and nothing will change from the matches we've already played". Even at this, most people thought it would be an easy ride for the Madrid side. "If Isco plays, he is a lot more technical". "It's a special final", said the Frenchman, Friday.
Curry , who had 10 assists, sparkled in the third quarter, his 3-pointers capping a 13-0 run to start the second half that produced a 73-52 lead. The Cavaliers rallied within 80-68 with 3:06 remaining in the period, but Golden State wasn't finished with its 3-point-shooting barrage.
The two-time Wimbledon champion lost the first-set 7-6 but that seemed to kick him into gear as he rattled off the next two sets 6-2, taking a 2-1 lead to put him on the verge of the third round. But he accepts the negativity is not good for team morale. "This is something that I have experienced already", he said. "I sure we'll get a good crowd and it'll be a great atmosphere", Murray said.
The Cavaliers hold a 2-1 lead in the East finals, but Curry suggested the Warriors are expecting a rematch with LeBron James and company. The NBA Finals start June 1 and Durant will be part of the action after delivering on his preseason goal to make it back to the Finals with the Warriors .
Once the greatest regular season team in NBA history, Golden State runs the risk of dropping two of their three NBA Finals appearances in the Steph Curry era. According to the odds makers in Las Vegas and the number crunchers at analytical sites, the Warriors are the clear favorites to win the series after sweeping their way through the playoffs with a record-setting margin of victory of 16.3 points per game.