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Sports Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant
Author: 0 Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them a year ago after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship. Completing a ideal 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.

Sports Manchester United reach agreement for Lindelof transfer
Author: 0 Manchester United reach agreement for Lindelof transfer

Italian Journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has claimed Manchester United have agreed a deal with Monaco to make Fabinho their second signing of the summer. "But not only does he have the quality on the pitch but he has a calm and sensible head on him as well". With Manchester United and Manchester City both linked to fullbacks, and both being on Benfica's list of preferred buyers, it's inevitable.

Author: 0 Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion

The 20-year-old Latvian finished the tournament with a total of 299 winners through seven matches in Paris - 54 of which came against Halep . Jelena Ostapenko: "I can not believe I am champion at 20 years old". - Venus said after winning his first grand slam title. Rafael Nadal beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in three sets to reach his first French Open final in three years on Friday.

Author: 0 Durant vindicates decision to join Warriors with Finals win

You'll recall that it was Cleveland that came back from a 3-1 series deficit in last year's finals to stun Golden State . "We prevailed, we are champions and it was fantastic to do it on our own floor". Though he was joking, there is a question about the coaching tactics employed by Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue. But unlike last year's comeback when they took advantage of Harrison Barnes' offensive struggles, Durant answered every charge during a 39-point night and Cleveland ...

Author: 0 Kohli offers no opinion on bilateral ties with Pakistan

Once again the Indians proved far too strong for the Green Shirts in a major tournament in a rain-affected game at Edgbaston as fifties from Shikhar Dhawan , Rohit Sharma , Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli propelled the Indians to 319-3 from 48 overs.

Author: 0 Ostapenko beats Bacsinszky to reach final

The elation of the 19-year-old was clear as the feat of her achievement in reaching a first Grand Slam semi-final began to sink in, after a 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over the 11th seed in just under two hours on court. Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is facing unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Court Philippe Chatrier. French hopes now rest with Caroline Garcia, who faces world number three Karolina Pliskova today, while Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine plays Romania number three seed Simona ...

Sports Rossi taken out early in wild race at Texas Motor Speedway
Author: 0 Rossi taken out early in wild race at Texas Motor Speedway

With only a handful of laps remaining Sato dipped a wheel on the grass at Turn 1 while fighting for P2 with four-time champion Dixon. Simon Pagenaud , of France, heads into the front stretch during the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway , Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sports Manchester United sign defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica
Author: 0 Manchester United sign defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica

Jose Mourinho has been pursuing the Swedish defender for some time and appears to be on the cusp of completing the deal in a transfer believed to be worth £30 million. He has since enjoyed a stellar run of form, helping Burnley establish themselves in the top flight after immediately winning promotion back to the Premier League .

Author: 0 Man United to release Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Alvaro Morata

Jose Mourinho's side moved quickly for Morata after Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann ruled out a move to United last week, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had rejected Atletico's appeal of a transfer ban imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Sports Sunderland make move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
Author: 0 Sunderland make move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

Sunderland reportedly maintain an interest in Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and plan to make a concrete approach for the Dons boss this week. The Black Cats have made formal contact with Aberdeen over McInnes as they seek a new manager.

Author: 0 Arthur urges Pakistan to go 'one step further' against England

Finally, it was Sarfraz, who played a resolute captain's knock to take Pakistan home. However, Pakistan lost their next five batsmen in quick successions to reduce to 162-7 and it looked nearly unlikely for the Sarfraz-led to cross the line.

Sports Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain
Author: 0 Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain

Despite topping the club's goalscoring charts in 2016-17, with his 20 efforts helping the Blues to the Premier League title, the Spain worldwide has been deemed surplus to requirements. Away on worldwide duty, Costa went public with news of the message after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday and spoke to the media once more after scoring against Macedonia in a World Cup qualifying win.

Author: 0 30 great photos from the Warriors' championship celebration

There is a lot to look forward to as the title was taken back from the Cavaliers after the Warriors' 2015 win. Not only did they rank No. 22 overall in defensive efficiency, it was No. James hit a layup to open the fourth quarter and pull Cleveland within 98-95, as close as the Cavs had been in the second half after trailing by 17 in the first half.

Author: 0 Donald Trump supporters turn on special counsel Robert Mueller

Ruddy made waves in a Monday interview on PBS Newshour , telling anchor Judy Woodruff he'd been at the White House and that he could report that Trump is considering having former FBI director Robert Mueller , who is leading the special investigation, removed.

Author: 0 US Open: Rory McIlroy says good start is 'imperative'

In his press conference, Rory McIlroy took umbrage with the decision. "The U.S. Open, you normally play on golf courses that are tricked up just to the limits, sometimes over the limits and sometimes just underneath", Stenson said. The numbers bear it out. "Great players adapt to the situation they are in and he is capable of adapting to it". He is No. 2 on Tour in Scoring and first in Strokes Gained Approaching the Green.

Author: 0 Sessions contradicts Comey at Senate intelligence committee

Says, "that's the President's power". Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so. Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador.

Author: 0 Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland

There are many good reasons for the Cavaliers to seek major roster improvements in the coming weeks, but none more pressing than this: They don't have an answer for Kevin Durant . It was his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, the only non-Boston Celtic to do so. Indeed, Love was excellent throughout the 2017 playoffs-shooting the ball well, hitting the glass and playing passable defense at both the four and five-and much improved in the 2017 Finals compared to previous year.

Author: 0 American student released by North Korea

At the same time , his trips have also faced ridicule and criticism from some USA politicians and activists who view them as fodder for North Korean propaganda. Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 after a one hour trial determined that he was guilty of theft. After Warmbier's release, there are three Americans now in custody in North Korea.

Author: 0 Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic released after one season

The 35-year-old made quite the impact at Old Trafford after arriving from Paris St Germain last summer, penning a one-year deal with the option of another. Ibrahimovic's injury means a new number nine is high on United's list of priorities this summer. Ibrahimovic definitely left his mark on the Premier League , finishing the season as United's top scorer with 28 goals n 46 appearances.

Sports Jones: Good bit of tarnish on this Stanley Cup
Author: 0 Jones: Good bit of tarnish on this Stanley Cup

But Sullivan didn't see a reason why the Penguins couldn't do it, especially considering the roster experienced little turnover from the 2016 championship team. Add in a complete abdication of calling the standards in terms of penalties, and the games late in the playoffs, including the final, looked more like street brawls than artistry.

Author: 0 North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier

Rodman had earlier appeared on " Celebrity Apprentice " in 2009, with Trump calling him "a piece of work". "Hopefully we come back with a positive attitude and hope that the door can be a little bit open". In a statement , he said: "My first priority will be continuing to support Otto, his parents and family, whose strength and love of family inspire me every time I speak with them".

Author: 0 Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals

The Warriors had been dominating the entire series, and many thought the scrappy, young team from Oakland, Calif., would sweep the champion Cavaliers the same way they swept through their earlier competition in the playoffs, but the Cavaliers rallied, and Friday night's loss in Cleveland sent the series back to Oakland with a forced game 5.

Author: 0 Warriors capture their second National Basketball Association title in three years

The 28-year-old American averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven Finals , which the Warriors wrapped up in five games. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's awesome doing it on our home floor". One man wasn't going to beat this Warriors team . The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland .

Sports Penguins get big ratings for NBC in Stanley Cup Final
Author: 0 Penguins get big ratings for NBC in Stanley Cup Final

All within a calendar year. "I think the stats speak for themselves", Mason said. The NHL certainly didn't suffer when Edmonton won five Cups from 1984-90, playing a blindingly exciting brand of hockey led by Wayne Gretzky and then Mark Messier.

Sports Perfect 10: Nadal tops Wawrinka for record 10th French Open
Author: 0 Perfect 10: Nadal tops Wawrinka for record 10th French Open

Now that boy has ten. The Spaniard has already secured his position as the finest exponent on the red clay of Roland Garros when he secured La Decima, his 10th title, with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka in Paris . That begs the question of whether the two great rivals will continue to dominate the majors in 2017 and beyond. Federer is a little ahead by winning 18 tournaments.

Author: 0 Golden State Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland

LeBron James is still the best basketball player on the planet, and he proved it in The Finals. But some front offices have undergone recent overhauls, and more of that could be on the way - especially if Cleveland does not retain GM David Griffin, whose contract with the Cavs is expiring.

Sports Will the Warriors Visit the White House?
Author: 0 Will the Warriors Visit the White House?

Tuesday, less than 24 hours after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to take the title, reports surfaced that the Warriors had decided against visiting the White House. Backup point guard Shaun Livingston said during a radio interview in February that he "definitely wouldn't go" to the White House if the Warriors were to win the championship, according to the San Francisco Chronicle .

Sports Buoyed by French Open win, Nadal eyes Wimby
Author: 0 Buoyed by French Open win, Nadal eyes Wimby

Wilander, speaking on Eurosport in the wake of Nadal's record 10 victory at the French Open , sees the Spaniard and his long-time rival, Roger Federer , as the two most likely winners at Wimbledon . This is published unedited from the ANI feed . "The only thing that I know is I am playing well now". Wawrinka arrived in Paris fresh off winning a clay court title in Geneva and knocked out world number one Andy Murray in a five-set thriller in the semi-finals.

Author: 0 Kane to captain England again as Heaton and Butland share goalkeeping duties

Tom Heaton will start the match, but Jack Butland is set to play the second half of the game. Heaton and Buckland will get their chance to impress on Tuesday, with Southgate saying: " Tom has had an outstanding season at Burnley not only in terms of what we've seen, but statistically he's probably the highest performing English goalkeeper in the league this year".

Author: 0 Durant shines as Warriors win title

Is it Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Bill Russell has the record with 10 in a row. The Golden State Warriors delivered a momentous, title-clinching victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers , with Kevin Durant scoring a team-high 39 points for the Warriors in Game 5 Monday en route to being named as the deserving NBA Finals MVP .

Author: 0 Cleveland Cavaliers hoping to avoid being swept by Golden State Warriors: Crowquill

James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavaliers, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on J.R. It's hard to imagine this year's Golden State team dropping four straight games. Twelve teams have tried, and 12 teams have failed. The Cavaliers went on to win Game 6 comfortably at home and edged the Warriors out in Game 7 at Oracle Arena.

Author: 0 And now, 29 teams will start chasing the champion Warriors

A brief aside: Ever since Michael Jordan happened, we seem incapable of viewing greatness through any sort of prism. Is it Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Bill Russell has the record with 10 in a row. In his postgame news conference, he was not deflated but he wasn't content with the outcome. Police issued more than 40 citations and towed at least 30 cars that were driving recklessly on city streets following the Golden State Warriors championship win.

Sports Warriors Beat Cavs in 5 Games: Become 2017 NBA Champs
Author: 0 Warriors Beat Cavs in 5 Games: Become 2017 NBA Champs

With the Finals over, the attention will turn to the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. Last year Riley wasn't seen much as the Warriors lost to the Cavs in the NBA Finals after leading the series 3-1, taking a backseat to the adorable daughter of Cleveland star LeBron James .

Author: 0 Warriors fans celebrate National Basketball Association title with rowdy street party

After two comfortable home wins at Oracle Arena and a thriller in the Game 3 in Cleveland, the Warriors suffered its first loss of the post-season in Game 4 against a defiant title-holder on the ropes. "For me personally, I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", James said. "Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son", James said.

Sports Champions Trophy: 'South Africa were unrecognisable against India,' says Graeme Smith
Author: 0 Champions Trophy: 'South Africa were unrecognisable against India,' says Graeme Smith

South Africa started well and moved to 1-116 after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over. Indian opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled immaculately and didn't give South African openers any freebies. "That's why we are chosen among millions of people to play at this level".

Sports FSF warns against further changes to Premier League fixture schedule
Author: 0 FSF warns against further changes to Premier League fixture schedule

A statement from the FSF read: "Too many games are already broadcast at times which make life difficult for match-going fans, with those having the longest journeys hit especially hard". Home-grown debutants averaged 716 minutes of Premier League football in 2016-17, a 20 per cent increase on 2015-16 (596 minutes), according to figures from the Premier League.

Author: 0 Aaron Ramsey 'felt calm, confident' taking Panenka penalty kick for Wales

The home side thought they should have had a penalty for handball when Dusan Tadic's cross from the left was blocked by Chris Gunter, but De Sousa refused to point to the spot for a second time. But, just as it looked like Serbia were beginning to take control, Wales broke the deadlock at the other end and it was all down to Ramsey. "We are not going to come here and play open football ".

Sports CT 2017: In-form England face Pakistan pace test in semis
Author: 0 CT 2017: In-form England face Pakistan pace test in semis

However, captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir stitched an unbeaten partnership of 75 runs to bring up an emphatic win for their side. Yet it was Zaman who was subject to a Sri Lanka breakthrough as Nuwan Pradeep picked up the first of his three wickets.

Author: 0 Antoine Griezmann I'm staying at Atletico, striker insists

And the Atletico manager has a close relationship with Griezmann, so it's possible the French forward would be less likely to push for a move. Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Author: 0 Golden State defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to claim National Basketball Association crown

The Warriors needed all of it, too. This just combats the problem that Durant thought it necessary to join forces with three other bona fide superstars, creating another "super team " in the West. Then the MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals was unfolding his impossibly long frame and leaving with the trophy. The difference Kevin Durant made in this team compared to last season is stark and undeniable, and the Warriors were great previous year.

Author: 0 It's completely unfair to question LeBron's legacy after this Finals loss

Golden State have won their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons after claiming a 4-1 series victory over Cleveland . Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with 20 points off the bench. His response earned high praise from team-mate Durant, who has been impressed by how much he much he is willing to sacrifice for the team .

Sports Heaton to start in goal for England in France
Author: 0 Heaton to start in goal for England in France

Southgate told a news conference: " I said on Saturday it was never my intention to play Joe in this game". Meanwhile, fringe players such as Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier and Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson could get a chance at the Stade de France as Southgate prepares to shuffle his squad.

Sports Banks penalty gives Highlanders win over Lions
Author: 0 Banks penalty gives Highlanders win over Lions

But the boys are highly motivated on this tour and we will be back". With such a punishing run of fixtures, back-to-back wins would have done wonders for squad confidence. Gatland rattled off a number of decisions made by Australian referee Angus Gardner which were contentious, particularly some late scrum interpretations.

Author: 0 De Villiers to lead South Africa in T20 series v England

De Villiers has already ruled himself out of the Test matches. The 33-year-old had a forgettable tournament where he scored just 20 runs from three matches. Du Plessis has been given a break for the series, while four other first-choice players Kagiso Rabada , Hashim Amla , Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy have also been rested ahead of the Test series.

Sports Claudio Ranieri: Nantes appoint former Leicester manager
Author: 0 Claudio Ranieri: Nantes appoint former Leicester manager

The Ligue 1 side received special dispensation from French league (LFP) officials on Tuesday to hire the popular Italian as he has reached the manager's age limit of 65 years. Today the Commission Juridique of the LFP has authorised Ranieri to take over, so he will be announced as Coach imminently. "We know very well that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe".

Sports Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh and Nashville Gave us a Thriller
Author: 0 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh and Nashville Gave us a Thriller

While the Predators were physical early, accumulating 17 hits, the Penguins seemed to skate past them at other junctures, with Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both getting clean looks at Rinne. "It's the difference, a real one, between a crowd that's been there before and one that hasn't, and a team that's been there before and one that hasn't".

Sports Penguins strike late to repeat as Stanley Cup champs
Author: 0 Penguins strike late to repeat as Stanley Cup champs

So Lemieux pushed for the cap during the NHL's lost winter, well aware the ripple effects would include a rise in league parity at the potential expense of the dynasties that have been a part of the league since it started awarding the Stanley Cup almost a century ago.

Author: 0 Tough rough: US Open conditions may rob drama from a major

It's kind of like your home. We do too. Get him while he's still out at 22s because they will load money on him the closer we get to the tournament. Bob Lang, the course's original owner, bought the former cattle pasture in 1999. For the Open, the daily yardage is scheduled to be in the 7,700-yard range and will be the first par-72 for an Open in more than 20 years.

Author: 0 Josh Jackson cancels workout with Celtics

Case closed, Markelle Fultz will be the number one pick in the National Basketball Association draft. It does raise some questions though: why would Jackson not want to prove himself, potentially be the #1 pick, and join a team that was in the Eastern Conference Finals? While most National Basketball Association mock drafts project Smith Jr.to become a top-10 pick, Lydon marked the only other player to be drafted on June 22.