The former Borussia Dortmund reserves boss has applied a high energy football style, similar to that of Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, to defy the odds and join Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight. Every year we are competing with some real big boys. Experience is important - but if you have passion and desire you can do it and I'm very proud. "I'm absolutely thrilled.
James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points, dominating much of the second half, but even their electrifying performance was not enough to put a blemish on the Warriors' ideal record. This is why there was so much angst last July when Durant chose to sign with the Warriors . It's a matter of time before there is a shift from LeBron to Durant for title of best player.
Diego Costa scored 20 Premier League goals for champions Chelsea , but there will be no encore. Costa still has two years left on his current deal and Chelsea had hoped to make £76m from selling him to Tianjin, but now they will struggle to get such a high figure.
Costa scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances in Chelsea's title-winning campaign last season amid local media speculation that he has an unfavourable relationship with the Italian manager. "Right now I am a Chelsea player because I have a contract, but if the coach doesn't want me there then I have to leave". The Chelsea chief is said to have text the striker, telling him his future is not at Stamford Bridge.
But Cleveland's LeBron James admitted his side would have to play a ideal game on Friday to avoid being on the wrong side of a new landmark. The Cavaliers will play for their post-season hopes on Saturday (AEST), when they face the Warriors in game four of the finals.
Now that both teams are only two games away from winning a Stanley Cup , the Pittsburgh Penguins must decide if Murray will stay the course or if they will start Marc-Andre Fleury again. I don't think that necessarily they were bad goals. They are so supportive of our group. On the contrary, the Predators have 123 shots on goal, averaging 30.75 shots per game.
Through three games this series, the former league MVP is averaging 34 points. "Three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights, if everybody knows the CBA". "Even when you're playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays", James said.
And there's no better time to do it than game five. With just 91 shots over the first four games in the series that comes out to be 22.75 shots for per game, the fewest of any team in any playoff series this year. It was the 60-minute effort the Preds needed to start the series in Pittsburgh when they outshot and outchanced the Pens in each of the first two games only to fall short.
Golden State is now tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 14 straight across the 1992-93 Stanley Cup playoffs, according to information provided to the Warriors by Elias. James was knocked flat in the first quarter, when he accidentally got blasted in the chin by teammate Tristan Thompson's shoulder. There was still time left on the clock when James walked off the court in frustration.
Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with the 28-year-old, who scored 30 goals in all competitions in 2016-17. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is reportedly being offered a staggering contract worth £350,000-a-week by Bayern Munich to leave north London.
It's pedal down". The vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 on Thursday night figures to be more anxious than anticipatory after the Predators evened the series at 2 with a pair of vintage performances on home ice that sent "Smashville" into a frenzy and delivered a very clear message that the first-timers are a clear threat to become first-time winners.
With 650 MPs in Parliament , 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons. The markets reacted to the uncertainty with the pound sterling dropping against the dollar as the outcome of the results threw up the prospect of a hung Parliament .
James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points, dominating much of the second half, but even their electrifying performance was not enough to put a blemish on the Warriors' ideal record. Point guard Kyrie Irving was -9 though, but he did provide 38 points and 6 assists. Stephen Curry was fabulous, with 26 points, a team-best 13 rebounds and six assists.
The former Werder Bremen defender admitted he had "suffered" this season but was delighted to be able to give his all as Arsenal turned a mediocre campaign into a memorable one by securing a record 13th FA Cup win. Ahead of the final, Wenger revealed he has never kept a winners' medal in his managerial career. Arsene Wenger believes winning the FA Cup puts him in a strong position as he heads into talks over his Arsenal future.
Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier , a two-time Gold Glove victor, misread a ball off the bat of Yolmer Sanchez leading off the first inning. When that throw to third bounded into foul territory toward the outfield, he tried for home, but Bourjos backed up the play well and cut him down at the plate .
Liverpool have confessed their sins to the Saints and apologised over "any misunderstanding" concerning their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk . Now those plans are in ruins because someone within Anfield took the decision to leak details about the talks to the media. Should Liverpool move for Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah after ending interest in Virgil van Dijk of Southampton? As a result, Liverpool's chase for the Netherlands worldwide dramatically collapsed on Wednesday night, ...
I don't know, but what I do is with a second baby just months away, all roads lead to Djokovic shutting this whole thing down. Asked if he would take a break to refresh his mind and body, he added: "I was planning to play only Wimbledon".
He has so much care for this organization and trying to help his team win, and he happens to be just an ultra-talented guy that's a really good player. But there's still at least one more chance for the teams to provide a one-goal game or maybe even some overtime, which had been on pace to break the all-time record for a single postseason through three rounds.
Whatever the cause - the schedule, the salary cap, the weariness associated with the Stanley Cup hangover - no National Hockey League team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings has followed up a championship year with a title defence.
But there was one, above all, that led to Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the team that had ended his season: The Warriors provided him with the best chance to win a championship. Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his late shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashvill.
They'll meet either Sweden's Artemis or Dean Barker's Team Japan. The four teams are battling it out to determine who will advance to face defending America's Cup champions Oracle in the finals later this month. But it was good news for Team New Zealand as it provided an extra 24 hours for the crew to fix the damage which the boat suffered on Wednesday. Safety has been a major concern of all the crews and the organisers since the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in San ...
The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a hard out in a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. The Penguins will have the chance to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. The Penguins have again gotten to Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne .
That's what we heard the Predators saying after Games 1 and 2, when they dominated possession time , outshot the Penguins 64-39 and held a 117-69 in shot attempts in all situations. "But guys have stepped up". Sidney Crosby was dominant from the opening faceoff, tallying three assists and playing a forceful game. He thought the Penguins got their best looks in Game 4 , but were ultimately denied by Rinne, who rediscovered his way after a rocky start to the series.
He is looking to join Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro as the only players other than Djokovic, Nadal , Murray, Wawrinka and Roger Federer to win grand slam titles in the last 12 years. Thiem pounced on his lifeline, taking the set after 73 minutes when the Serb dumped a backhand in the net. "Well, we're going to try to get together in Wimbledon but that's all for now", Djokovic said.
However, in the quarter-finals, he dropped the first set against Kei Nishikori before his greater stamina proved decisive. Serbia's press on Thursday lamented the poor performance of national tennis hero Novak Djokovic after he crashed out of the French Open , the latest shock in a year-long slide in form.
On Tuesday, Gateshead racer Davey Lambert died in hospital in Liverpool from injuries he sustained in the race event's opening Superbike race. This morning race officials announced the news that Jochem van den Hoek , 28, and from Werkendam in the Netherlands, died from injuries sustained in a crash at the 11th milestone in the Superstock race.
He said: "We are disappointed". "We are defining an era". The Real Madrid team were given a fantastic reception after they returned home to celebrate with their supporters following their Champions League triumph over Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday night.
As a result of the downpours, all four men's quarterfinals will be played on Wedneday with Andy Murray against Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka facing Marin Cilic . "I don't really like to play against him, because he has a game style which doesn't fit me at all". Defending champion Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3.
Australian police today raided several homes in Melbourne as part of their investigation into a siege earlier this week in which a gunman killed an apartment building receptionist and wounded three police officers, officials said. Mr Patton said authorities were investigating how Khayre obtained a shotgun and a sawn-off shotgun. Police are speaking to a 31-year-old man and his father at that property.
According to ESPN's research, the first two games of the series were played at a faster pace - possessions per minutes - than any of James' previous 212 playoff games. In the Game 2 win, the Warriors got double-digit scoring efforts from four of their five starters, as well as reserve point guard Shaun Livingston.
A year after making history but falling one game short of an National Basketball Association title, the Golden State Warriors are focused on capturing the crown, not a possible unbeaten playoff run. Do things - I don't want to say differently because you work so hard to get to this point - but make a couple of changes to see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively.
The World No. 5 spoke following the match of being treated unfairly by crowds as well as unsportsmanlike behaviour by her rival Mladenovic, saying "The crowd was really tough today". After a nervy opening set, Spanish fourth seed Muguruza rallied but 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Mladenovic made her shots when it mattered to set up a meeting with Timea Bascinszky, who beat Venus Williams .
The accolades are pouring in for Cristiano Ronaldo after his exploits in the Champions league final Saturday night, with Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, saying he deserves the Ballon d'Or more than anyone else. LeBron brought in right around the same amount of money in endorsements this year-$55 million vs. $54 million, per Forbes-but his salary/winnings figure climbed by about $8 million from last year's count .
Robertson predicted Ireland's Connor Murray and Englishman Owen Farrell would be in the Lions halves hours before it was named. But by pairing England star Farrell and Ireland scrum-half Murray here - along with slotting Ben Te'o alongside Wales centre Davies - the Crusaders clash is nearly a dry run for some key cogs of a potential Test XV.
Dillon and his crew had a little fun celebrating on the infield grass afterward. Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch charged to second place late on, with Martin Truex Jr - who led 233 of the 400 laps - fighting to third, unable to get close enough to challenge for the lead.
Murray was completely outplayed in the opening set by Nishikori but fought back to win 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier. Next up for Murray is a showdown with No. I was confident. He was playing better than me I remember on that court. All four players are seeking a first grand slam title. "Everyone knows who remains in the draw", said Svitolina, who was two points from losing before coming back to beat 290th-ranked Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
A second successive wash-out against Bangladesh has left Australia on two points after two games and needing to beat England on Saturday (7:30pm AEST) to advance to the semi-finals. On a surface where Proteas leggie Imran Tahir took 4-27 two days earlier, Ponting said he expected Zampa to have played a role earlier than he did.
He is Bilbao's long-serving coach, overseeing 308 games, and picked up the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, ending the club's 31-year wait for a trophy, along with seeing them through to European qualification in five of his six seasons. Valverde brings two members of his coaching staff at Athletic to Barcelona , his assistant of 15 years Jon Aspiazu and fitness coach Jose Antonio Pozanco.
After a commanding opening to the Finals featuring two dominant wins, the Warriors know they are about to face their toughest test of the postseason. The NBA Finals on ABC is expected to win the night across all of television for the 58th consecutive time .
Pakistan must beat South Africa if they want to stay alive in the competition after their forgetful performance against India on Sunday. Miller finished not out on 75 off 104 balls after a dogged innings that included a 48-run partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket.
They were also just four overs short of the 20 needed for the Duckworth-Lewis method to be activated, which nearly certainly would have ruled in Australia's favour. It was to no avail, however, as rain meant the match was stopped at 18.43pm and finally abandoned around two and a half hours later. Travis Head (1-33) provided Australia with the breakthrough, trapping Shakib LBW and from there on, Bangladesh batting capitulated with only Tamim showing some resilience.
Smith for Iman Shumpert , who played well defensively in Game 2 but wore himself out guarding Durant and needed IV fluids afterward. Can the Cavaliers get enough stops to play with the Warriors' fast pace? Two years ago, the Duke product fractured his kneecap in his first Finals game and was forced to miss the rest of the series, which the Warriors won in six.
The 23-year-old Austrian sent Djokovic tumbling to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 quarter-final loss on Wednesday for his first win over the world number two in six meetings. "It was decided I think in the first set". "What was worst about this failure was not the really negative result... but that Djokovic did not have the slightest chance in the second and third sets, nor did he show any of the quality seen in his best days", commented the newspaper.
Kane said: "Five in 17 isn't a awful record but it is something I want to improve". "But to do that you have to win the big tournaments, for club and country". He added: "Who knows, maybe a hat-trick on the weekend and a couple in the next game, the ratio might not look so bad". "Hopefully that can start at the weekend".
As insane as it sounds, going into halftime, we had cut it to at least a manageable number. "In the case of occasional games where it's my job to be aggressive in all facets and keep us within the game and constantly stay in attack mode, we're quite a different team".
For Pliskova to become world no .1 all she needs to do is defeat Halep and reach the final but the Romanian needs to go all the way and win the French Open for the numero uno position. On Court Philippe Chatrier, it did not matter that in the second set, second seed Pliskova sprayed the court with finely-angled forehands to send her chasing.
Ostapenko incredibly recovered from losing her first five games to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. "When she said that I was known for that sort of thing on the circuit, really?" But it was her response to being pegged back in the second set that truly won over the Roland Garros crowd, with Ostapenko's power game proving too much for her Swiss opponent as she broke twice to win the deciding set 6-3.
Smith, 31, admitted that he believed in the message that the Cavaliers could become the first National Basketball Association team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series. He later told Cleveland.com, "I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing. I did not tweet that", Smith told me as he walked out of the locker room after his postgame interview session before a crowd of cameras at his locker.
Later, Jett Bandy was robbed of a game-winning hit by Eduardo Nunez at third base. To make room for Espino on the roster, Milwaukee optioned OF Brett Phillips back to Colorado Springs. Espino is making the second start of his major league career after ten years of toiling in the minors, substituting for Matt Garza , now on the disabled list for Milwaukee.