Author: 0 Spurs never enjoyed big Finals ratings like Warriors-Cavs

While it was a huge win for the Warriors - it's the franchise's fifth championship win and second since 1975 - it was arguably an even more meaningful win for Nike athlete and Finals MVP Kevin Durant . "No matter what anybody says from now on in your career, they can never take away from you being a champion ". Durant took heat from critics saying he should have stayed with the Thunder and built a powerhouse team around himself and Russell Westbrook.

Author: 0 Mets vs. Brewers Recap: deGrom gets beat up, offense is quiet

The Mets said the offending employee would not be the mascot again and that someone else filled the role for this game. "I can figure that one out", Counsell said with a grin. NY is 9 1/2 games behind division-leading Washington and eight games back Arizona and Colorado, who are both 33-22, for the National League's two wild card spots.

Sports French Open Roundup | Nadal and Djokovic enter quarter-finals; Muguruza knocked out
Author: 0 French Open Roundup | Nadal and Djokovic enter quarter-finals; Muguruza knocked out

Talking about his upcoming challenge against Dominic Theim, Djokovic said , "There's no easy match in a Grand Slam quarter-final, it will be very hard for both of us". The World No. 2 will take on sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in his quarter-final match . In other matches , Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare to beat unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in five sets.

Author: 0 Manchester City fixtures 2017-18: Premier League schedule and key dates revealed

Runners-up Tottenham start away from home for the seventh successive season. The remaining fixtures on the opening weekend of the season see West Bromwich Albion at home to Bournemouth and Swansea City travel to Southampton. They will hope to avenge that result in the second week of the season and strike an early blow in the title race having finished seven points behind Chelsea last campaign, but not before visiting a Newcastle side that handed them a high-profile 5-1 humiliation on the ...

Author: 0 Serbia draw 1-1 with Wales in World Cup qualifier

The Arsenal midfielder said he chose to convert his spot-kick with a cheeky chip when goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic tried to use mind games to unsettle him. "What happened in between was unprecedented, nobody thought we were going to get to those dizzy heights". "I can't say it has surprised me because I expected it unless we won every game in this campaign or we were top".

Sports Premier League fixtures for new season revealed
Author: 0 Premier League fixtures for new season revealed

The big games continue with Liverpool hosting Arsenal the following weekend, before Jurgen Klopp's men travel to Manchester City . Meanwhile, Tottenham visit Newcastle on their their top-flight comeback, and Liverpool face a trip to Watford on day one.

Author: 0 Warriors, Cavaliers working on fourth finals in a row

Curry , a wizard and a phenomenon, can look careless at times, when courageous becomes brazen. "I ain't got to say nothing", Durant said , as if that was all he had to say. Curry's play went under the radar as Durant shined bright, but he still posted impressive numbers in the Finals, capped off by a double-double on Monday night.

Author: 0 England have edge against Pakistan in Champions Trophy semifinal

Notwithstanding Pakistan's remarkable turnaround after a embarrassing loss to arch-rivals India in their tournament opener in Birmingham , hosts England will take to the field at Sophia Gardens with their nose ahead. England are aware that the Pakistani pacers are adept at exploiting helpful seaming conditions. "I hope we make it to the final". Muhammad Amir, who developed a back injury during practice session yesterday will not be playing the match .

Sports Denver Post writer 'uncomfortable' with Japanese man winning Indy 500
Author: 0 Denver Post writer 'uncomfortable' with Japanese man winning Indy 500

And despite the steep learning curve, and the added demands of U.S. media that his trans-Atlantic tilt involved, Alonso said he enjoyed the race and the weeks of preparation that led up to it. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said what I said when I said it. "It was so close ". He was made to toil hard as Castroneves did his very best to complete a record-tying fourth victory.

Author: 0 Hamilton says Mercedes can see the goalposts again

Coming in second was Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas , albeit with a 19.7-second gap over Hamilton, while Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull took a podium finishing in third place. That brought out the safety auto for four laps but Ferrari waited until the restart on lap five to bring in Vettel and change his front wing and fit a set of super-soft tyres.

Author: 0 Nadal withdraws from Queen's tournament on doctors' advice

I was always confident that Rafa would win - he was the favourite going into it, the team knew it and so did Rafa. "I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen's next week", Nadal said , announcing his withdrawal from the tournament which starts on Monday.

Author: 0 Victor Lindelof seen arriving at Carrington for Manchester United medical

According to a report by The Sun , Manchester United have edged past competition to sign Fabinho from AS Monaco after targeting the 23-year-old for a long period of time. Complicating the deal, however, is the knowledge that once United open negotiations with Real, the Spanish club are likely to ask for the services of goalkeeper David de Gea.

Sports Manchester United reach agreement to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof
Author: 0 Manchester United reach agreement to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof

It's a defensive structure that could underpin major progression at Old Trafford. The Daily Mail headlines that United are "closing in" on a £ 35 million deal for the Benfica center half. United are understood to be looking for another three or four high-quality acquisitions this summer but their interest in Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann has cooled due to changing priorities.

Author: 0 Kerr expected to return as Warriors' coach

The window to win another championship is still open and the Cavs have to do whatever's necessary to compete against the likes of Kevin Durant , Stephen Curry , Klay Thompson and Draymond Green . Durant shot 14 of 20 overall and 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, hitting three of his threes during the critical second-quarter run that lasted more than seven minutes and turned a 41-33 deficit into a 61-45 advantage.

Author: 0 Fans already lining up for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade

If Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final was his last as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins , then Marc-Andre Fleury went out in bittersweet fashion, watching from the bench as his successor helped Steel City capture its second successive championship.

Sports French Open 2017: Ostapenko stuns Halep for first major title
Author: 0 French Open 2017: Ostapenko stuns Halep for first major title

Rather than being fazed, Ostapenko was enjoying being front and centre at one of the biggest tournaments in tennis. And there is no second guessing, even though Ostapenko was clad in disbelief. Having arrived in Paris as the little-known world number 47 from Latvia, Ostapenko became the first player to win their maiden tour title at a Grand Slam since Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997 - the very day Ostapenko was born - and ended the day as the world number 12 with her career earnings ...

Author: 0 The 30 most joyous photos from the Penguins' Stanley Cup celebration

History was made at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team of the NHL's salary-cap era to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Chicago Blackhawks center Tanner Kero (67), and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (2), during the first period of their game at the United Center on March 1, 2017 in Chicago.

Sports Penguins early favorites to repeat again as Stanley Cup winners
Author: 0 Penguins early favorites to repeat again as Stanley Cup winners

Crowds celebrated in Pittsburgh after the Penguins won their fifth National Hockey League title, defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville on Sunday night. Those teams were special because they were the first. Mason has been the man behind Crosby's hockey school, which is put on every summer and is also integral to the homecoming parades that have had Crosby bring the Stanley Cup to his hometown.

Author: 0 Sidney Crosby caps stunning and perhaps unprecedented two-year run with Cup

Crosby so wanted to taste victory after the defeat that he quickly hopped on a plane to the Czech Republic and helped Canada capture gold at the world championships. One problem. Referee Kevin Pollock blew the whistle dead because he lost sight of the puck. Sullivan is the first American-born coach to win the Cup not once, but twice.

Sports Because it's the Cup: Penguins fans eat raw catfish to celebrate title
Author: 0 Because it's the Cup: Penguins fans eat raw catfish to celebrate title

Crosby was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) for the second year in a row. Evgeni Malkin had 28 points, including three goals in the Cup final. "He is who he is, and we are just so proud of him because of who he is off the ice". "A lot of people thought he shot on the dryer on goal, but actually when he missed the net, he'd hit the dryer and it got blasted by pucks.

Author: 0 Dodgers' Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

Puig told reporters after the game that four fans behind home plate were heckling him. "I stooped to their level". "They were pretty close there". Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game he was unaware of the incident, but that he expected to see and hear more about it later Tuesday night.

Author: 0 Kershaw wins, Bellinger hits 2 homers as Dodgers top Indians

The bullpen has been led by Andrew Miller , who had a rare off night in Tuesday's loss, giving up his first home run of the season - to Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger in the eighth inning. NY manager Joe Girardi said he anticipates Sabathia is headed to the disabled list, a disappointing blow for the AL East leaders with the big left-hander pitching his best ball in years.

Author: 0 Don't mow the fescue, pleads McIlroy

Open is about as close as golfers get to stepping into a ring and this year they face a new contender for the sport's toughest test when they take on Erin Hills . He cut his teeth on the old Canadian Tour, where he won twice during a four-year stint. He still got the trophy, but the USGA looked bad. "We want to stay out of the way and not be part of the story".

Sports Kent State football player Tyler Heintz dies during preseason workouts
Author: 0 Kent State football player Tyler Heintz dies during preseason workouts

Kent State freshman offensive tackle Tyler Heintz reportedly died during a team workout on Tuesday. Heintz was doing conditioning drills at Dix Stadium and was transported to a local hospital following the workout. Investigators are collecting hospital records, gathering reports of any medical history, and interviewing anybody who was with Heintz at the time. Pray for his family.

Author: 0 Lions Tamed By Highlanders In Classic Encounter

The Lions finally got their attack clicking as they scored three tries through Jonathan Joseph , Tommy Seymour and Sam Warburton , the captain impressing on his return from an ankle injury. Warburton said the Lions' discipline was disappointing. There were mistakes, but the dry conditions allowed the Highlanders to have a go as they promised and they didn't disappoint.

Sports NHL turns to Vegas expansion draft, unpredictable offseason
Author: 0 NHL turns to Vegas expansion draft, unpredictable offseason

The entire league will be under a roster freeze. In the event that the Pittsburgh Penguins don't want to let the Golden Knights have Sidney Crosby, however, the league allows every team to submit a list of players that can't be drafted. Round 1 will be held Friday evening, broadcast on NBCSN, CBC and Sportsnet. The interest might center on three Leafs forwards , Brendan Leipsic, Matt Martin and Connor Carrick, as each had consistency issues on the ice last season.

Author: 0 Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

He hugged mother Wanda many a time. "Steph definitely took a back seat to start the season until he realized we didn't need him to take a back seat, we need you to be aggressive as you're going to be", forward Draymond Green said . None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team .

Author: 0 NBA Finals 2017: 5 reasons the Warriors repeat as champions

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors dethroned the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant celebrates after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player on June 12, 2017. The Warriors finished their playoff run with a near-flawless 15-1 record, having swept through the first three rounds before clinching the Finals in five games.

Author: 0 Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

The Warriors , who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them previous year 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.

Author: 0 Durant's decision validated by title and Finals MVP

But it turns out Durant did have something to say about the Grammy-winning superstar, who is an unabashed fan of LeBron James and during Game 1 of the NBA Finals yelled "brick" when Durant was at the free throw line. The Warriors would be the first team in the four major sports leagues to completely skip a meeting with the President. STEPHANIE ABBATI: They play unselfish basketball every night, in and out, and I think that's why they are so wonderful.

Author: 0 Kieran Trippier makes debut in England's friendly against France

England: Tom Heaton 7, Kieran Trippier 6, Phil Jones 7, Gary Cahill 5, John Stones 5, Ryan Bertrand 6, Eric Dier 5, Raheem Sterling 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Dele Alli 6, Harry Kane 7. This points towards a French victory, but with rotation likely on both sides, it opens the door for the Three Lions to get a result . This evening's game from the Stade de France is due to kick off at 8pm, but before that we'll have plenty of pre-match build-up.

Sports Shaw, Garza return amid a flurry of Brewers roster moves
Author: 0 Shaw, Garza return amid a flurry of Brewers roster moves

That didn't work, as single by Pina brought in the Brewers' seventh run and Broxton's sacrifice fly plated the eighth run. Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and singled for the Cardinals , with his homer tying the score in the seventh. Hernan Perez popped to shallow center in the fifth after a walk had loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and Travis Shaw flied out to center to leave the bases loaded.

Sports Kylian Mbappe reveals Real Madrid interest, wants Champions League
Author: 0 Kylian Mbappe reveals Real Madrid interest, wants Champions League

Real Madrid remain as the favourites to land him because they seem to be the only side willing to meet Monaco's asking price of £100 million, but Manchester United and Arsenal are also believed to keep a close eye on the situation. Liverpool have been monitoring Mbappe's rapid rise over the previous year, which has seen the teenager become a firm fixture at the Stade Louis II stadium.

Author: 0 Golden State Warriors Reportedly To Skip White House Visit

Perfection passed the Golden State Warriors by in more ways than one over the past two years, but redemption did not. The San Francisco Giants are tied with the Warriors with three, while the Oakland Raiders have two (not counting the Raiders' title during their stint in Los Angeles).

Author: 0 Golden State Warriors' MVP Kevin Durant adds an important title: champion

Naturally, Facebook and Twitter erupted as Warriors superstar Kevin Durant , who lit up the internet when he signed with Golden State last summer, took command of this year's NBA Finals to become the series MVP. "I don't know. I probably won't", West said. However, Andre Iguodala assisted a Durant dunk and added one of his own off a Curry feed, reopening a double-digit lead and making the final 7:42 an extended celebration among the Oracle Arena fans.

Sports Liverpool rival Villa and Stoke in race for Hull youngster
Author: 0 Liverpool rival Villa and Stoke in race for Hull youngster

Liverpool, Stoke, Watford and Aston Villa are chasing Hull City's England youth global Josh Tymon , sources close to Hull have told ESPN FC . After their relegation from the Premier League , Hull will undoubtedly find it hard to keep hold of their key players and promising youngsters.

Author: 0 Game 5 Finals loss can be blamed on the bench

Owners decided past year to help teams retain their star free agents, and the Warriors are poised to exploit the changes in order to dominate the future following their 2017 NBA Finals win. "He's had an awesome career, but he just took it to the next level", coach Steve Kerr said . The run helped the Warriors win the second quarter by 15 points.

Author: 0 LeBron James: 'I Don't Believe I've Played for a Superteam'

I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it ... are they going to use National Basketball Association guys, are they going to use college guys? The new Olympic event was added Friday by the International Olympic Committee.

Author: 0 Cars towed, citations issued after Warriors win

As to skepticism regarding whether the Warriors had time to unanimously decide not to make the trip after winning the National Basketball Association title, the notion that the question somehow came up after the confetti dropped (after the fourth win, not after the first three) overlooks the very real possibility that, at some point during the team's dominant playoff run, they decided among themselves that if/when they win, they won't be going to the White House.

Sports Twins draft CA prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No
Author: 0 Twins draft CA prep shortstop Royce Lewis at No

Day two of the 2017 MLB Draft will see the Cincinnati Reds make another eight selections, adding another wave of talent to an already burgeoning farm system. The Blue Jays selected University of Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens - son of Roger - in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.

Sports Why are we asking the Warriors about visiting the White House?
Author: 0 Why are we asking the Warriors about visiting the White House?

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture their second championship in three seasons on Monday night, prompting conjecture over whether the team would make the traditional visit after several key members spoke out against Trump during the campaign and his presidency.

Author: 0 Warburton: I am a big doubt for the first Test

The tactic and Murray's execution were key in victory for Warren Gatland's side. I thought that the playmakers. Conor Murray of the British & Irish Lions in action against Jed Brown of Crusaders. Stander. The Crusaders secured the lineout, but Jordan Taufua knocked on when trying to set up the driving maul and when the Lions then won a penalty from the resulting scrum, the danger was averted.

Sports Roger Federer congratulates Rafael Nadal for winning record tenth French Open title
Author: 0 Roger Federer congratulates Rafael Nadal for winning record tenth French Open title

Nadal and Wimbledon have not been a match made in heaven in recent years, with the 15-time Grand Slam victor making quite a few early exits. "I am in a good position". "I hope to see you at Queen's next year". "If you play Rafa, if you're not completely free with what you think and what you're going to do, and not completely relaxed the way you're going to play, you have no chance".

Author: 0 Hogg to see specialist over cheekbone injury

These are the plans laid by coaches Mark Hammett and Scott McLeod in head coach Tony Brown's absence in Japan where he is assisting Jamie Joseph with the national team. The Europeans play a different game than we do down here. "We hope to continue that". It will go past pretty fast. "You look at the players and you see them but you just stand there, and give them respect.

Author: 0 Ex-Bangladeshi skippers want team in ICC Champions Trophy final

The Indian cricket team is on a high after becoming the first team from Group B to seal a semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy . Any cricketer thrives on these opportunities. South Africa , who also face elimination if they lose, found it impossible to take charge against India's accurate bowling and only Quinton de Kock (53) produced an innings of substance.

Sports Afghan capital mourns blast victims as anger swirls
Author: 0 Afghan capital mourns blast victims as anger swirls

The incident took place at 8:22am Kabul time in front of the German Embassy and Roshan telecommunications company in Kabul in the Wazir Akbar Khan area. Kabul and Islamabad had recently reached an agreement to play two friendly matches in Kabul and in Pakistan's Lahore city, besides two series of matches in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, and other agreements on sports.

Author: 0 Jose Mourinho's Man United promise to Alvaro Morata revealed

United hope that a bid in the region of £60million would be enough to get Morata. With the World Cup in Russian Federation to take place next summer, Morata's chances of playing for Spain would surely be boosted if he was stepping out for United each week rather than sitting on Madrid's bench.