It said everything about who the 2017 Green-and-White were, their dedication to the game and what they represented - and, most importantly, the size of their hearts. Golden State will practice again Saturday then take Sunday as its last off day ahead of Thursday's Game 1 at Oracle Arena. After playing three halves against the Cavaliers , the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season.
This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans - and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob - wanted. They played a load of close games, tried like hell to leave a mark on the league, and advanced as far in the playoffs as anybody could have reasonably hoped.
I didn't go bald like Mike, but I'm getting there. The Celtics will be back - just like LeBron and the Cavs - and come May 2018 they might just be ready to dethrone The King and his club. Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health.
The last time Kvitova played competitively was for the Czech Republic in a Fed Cup tie against France on November 12 past year. "I'm really happy that really here, the dream comes true", she told reporters. "Just passive work with the fingers". Kvitova got rid of the splint after two weeks and started to move her fingers slightly. It hasn't been the easiest few months for Kerber, with just two clay court wins on tour this spring.
From there, Anderson cruised. Jake Lamb then doubled in Arizona's final run. Counsell was incensed by the decision and was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds, leaving bench coach Pat Murphy to fill in for the remainder of the game.
Arsène Wenger's turbulent year ended with his third F.A. Cup win in four seasons as Arsenal beat Chelsea , 2-1, on Saturday. Arsene Wenger stuck with David Ospina in goal for the final, with club captain Per Mertesacker making his first start of the season and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deployed in an unfamiliar left wing-back role.
This will be the third consecutive year that the two teams meet. There's Kevin Durant , who is back in the Finals for the first time in five seasons, and after spurning the Oklahoma City Thunder and joining the Warriors this summer, is ready to prove all his haters wrong.
The inevitable is now a reality: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season, with Game 1 set for Thursday at 9 p.m.at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.
Aberdeen took the lead early on as Jonny Hayes arrived from outside the 18-yard box to fire home Niall McGinn's corner after nine minutes with a brilliant finish. It is all right finishing second, having a good season and setting records, but the seasons to remember are the ones where we pick up silverware at the end of the season.
The Gunners finished outside the top-four, lower than rivals Tottenham, and will not play Champions League football next season for the first time in 20 years. Laurent Koscielny is also out suspended and Shkodran Mustafi is struggling with illness, meaning Per Mertesacker may be called upon to make his first start in nearly 13 months.
CELTIC complete an unbeaten domestic treble after Tom Rogic scored an injury-time victor to sink Aberdeen in the dying minutes. Celtic sealed the domestic treble in thrilling fashion as Caltex Socceroo Tom Rogic's stunning late goal saw off Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final overnight.
Only two months after picking up her racket for the first time following a knife attack at her home, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the French Open . Halep has an ankle injury and had described her chances of making Roland Garros as "50-50" earlier this week. "As I said many times, unfortunately for tennis and unfortunately for the spectators, the top four can not play forever".
Love seems to have finally adjusted to his surroundings in Cleveland in his third year with the franchise. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been rolling as well, sweeping the Pacers and Raptors before dominating the Celtics in five games . He moved past Chicago Bulls legend and six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan's mark of 5,987 postseason points in the third quarter and finished the match eight clear of his hero.
Kohli, who was part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side in 2013 that claimed the Trophy, said the eight-team event offered little room for error. The two-time World Cup winner's tips for the Indian batsmen is to play as late as possible unlike Australia where one can meet the deliveries on the rise.
Avery Bradley , whose three-pointer from 26 feet with a tenth of a second remaining was the winning basket, said the Cavs should expect to see from the Celtics more of that same desperate basketball James mentioned. He's now scored less than 15 points in six career postseason games. That's what superstars do, they'll say "hey, I know there's a system but I need to take over my own way right now".
He is a brilliant batsman but he has failed against me. For Raja, the problem lies in the number of dot deliveries (balls from which the batting side does not score) that allows the run-rate to dry up. Sarfraz, however, said they aren't looking too far ahead. India have won six out of seven limited-overs encounters since the 2012 bilateral series .
The Cleveland Cavaliers , however, say they aren't using any snubs to get ready for the NBA Finals . Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas , left, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speak after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston .
According to bovda.lv, bet $100 on the Warriors to win the title and you get $41.7 dollars. While GSW buys into ball movement in an attempt to get certain players an open look, the Celtics live by ball movement, period. So you have to appreciate it. ... On the surface, Lue's claim sounds ridiculous, what with the Warriors trotting out two former MVPs in Durant and Stephen Curry , alongside the likes of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson .
The outpouring of emotion from Jose Mourinho following Manchester United's Europa League win on Wednesday night showed just how stressful the end to his season was for him. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho suggests that some younger players can be harder to motivate due to the amount of money they now earn at an early stage.
The 37-year-old Finn, who had not taken pole for 128 races stretching back to the French Grand Prix in 2008, dominated the afternoon's action to clock a fastest lap of 1min 12.178 sec. "We are here to race ", said the German. "We got it right, the team put me in a very good position every time; things were running smoothly and hopefully tomorrow we can get a great result with both cars".
Arsenal were the hungrier side all day, as their players saved their best performance of what has been a poor season for them, until last. Neither Chelsea , as champions, nor Arsenal , as Cup winners, will hold the traditional celebratory parade through the streets because of security concerns after 22 people were killed in the Manchester bombing last week.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin deserve all the success they have. Maybe that made him the ideal person to score the double-overtime goal in the 3-2 Game 7 win against the Ottawa Senators , which gives the Penguins a chance to become the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back championships.
It was uncalled for. It was uncalled-for. It's part of the game. "Guy wants to celebrate a home run in a five-run game, pimp it, throw the bat around.I dunno, I mean, it's frustrating as a pitcher". Blue Jays fans can go back to September 2012 when Yunel Escobar was suspended for having slurs written on his black stickers in a game against the Boston Red Sox .
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a new type of "anti-aircraft weapon system", state media reported Sunday, as the reclusive nation continues its arms testing and development. The North's progress on this front has anxious its neighbors, as the solid-fueled missile has a likely range of 1,000-2,000 km and can be moved and hidden more easily than its liquid-fueled counterpart.
Rohit Sharma has a dismal record in Playoff matches; in 9 playoff matches - since the concept was introduced in 2010 - he has scored a total of 128 runs in nine innings (one half-century). Faf Du Plessis, who would have been a good option at this point, has also left to join up with the South Africa squad along with Imran Tahir, who like Stokes, has been vital to the RPS cause in IPL 2017.
James said he was honoured to pass Jordan, his boyhood idol. "The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing-I think it's great for barbershops ". They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown , when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion".
President Donald Trump arrived at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters on Thursday under a cloud of suspicion about the security of foreign intelligence shared with the United States, a controversy he tried to head off by vowing to end leaks of secret information.
Arsenal head into an uncertain off season, with the club out of the Champions League next season after a fifth-place finish in the Premier League . Wenger was full of admiration for the way his players took the fight to Chelsea , saying: "We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards.
He however still said that it was a good season for them, choosing Premier League win over FA Cup . After his team ended the season in a Europa League qualifying place, for the first time in 20 years, Wenger said: "We played since January in a very hard environment for different reasons".
His excellent jump from the start allowed him to pass Hamilton at the first turn. Bottas retired 38 laps later, having started with an engine that had already done four races and was hurriedly shoe-horned into the auto overnight on Friday after a water leak was discovered.
Mourinho has found it hard lately to juggle the heavy fixture list that has piled up for Manchester United as they battled for the highest place in the Premier League , meanwhile contesting in Europe mid-week to get to the final. "I have seen in the football media that certain pundits can not understand why our players are exhausted", wrote Mourinho. David Moyes succeeded Ferguson but was sacked after 34 league games and his successor, Louis van Gaal, was removed after two seasons, ...
Sanchez's goal was immediately called off, with the referee's assistant signaling for offside on Aaron Ramsey and Chelsea players calling for a handball on Sanchez as he won the ball at the beginning of the play. The behind-the-scenes footage also shows French team-mates N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud exchanging shirts - and pleasantries - at full-time. Whatever happens between now and Tuesday, the man who has presided over two decades worth of squads, a new stadium, seven FA Cups , ...
Until then, Ganassi and his team are not conducting interviews so they can focus on getting ready for Sunday's race. Hours after throwing down an average speed of 232.164mph, Dixon, Franchitti and Dixon's wife Emma were in the drive-thru lane around at 10 p.m.
Raikkonen edged out team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.043 seconds, with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas 0.002secs further back. Bottas' team-mate Lewis Hamilton failed to progress from Q2 and missed the cut for the top-10 shoot-out, qualifying 14th after a miserable afternoon.
Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn't until June 1. James briefly celebrated breaking the record by raising his right index finger to signal No. He has clearly been the Most Valuable Player for the Cavs to this point but needs four more victories before the franchise can raise another championship trophy.
The reports of various "agreements" and "deals" have all originated from Spain and have been debunked fairly quickly. In his 93 appearances for Juve, Morata scored 27 goals and provided a further 19 assists. While Chelsea have been heavily linked for a reunion with Antonio Conte, Sky Sport Italia insist the only formal offers that have come in to Real Madrid were from Milan and Manchester United .
This, Hanson hopes, will mean that he will not be at a severe disadvantage compared to those players who have regularly headed to Virginia Water, in Surrey, come May each year. "Without reading too much into it, I actually did really well to make the cut at Sawgrass". After an incredible run that saw him finish runner-up in the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, third in the WGC-Mexico Championship and fourth on his debut at the Masters, you can imagine the eyebrows raised in America when he sat ...
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. With this being the third installment of the Cleveland-Golden State finals saga, basketball bettors do have some history to weigh these totals trend against.
For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals . After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points. Irving hit threes, jumpers and twisting layups in a dominating performance that didn't come without a huge scare, as he appeared to twist his left ankle on a drive with 1:47 left in the period.
Stokes, who was cleared to play here after a knee injury scare in the series opener, added: "It's just the bowling that's getting affected by my knee". After all the injury concerns in the first ODI, England's premier all-rounder reassured his fans with a spectacular hundred after he was dropped off the first two balls by Amla and de Kock respectively.
But playing for Manchester United we should do better in the Premier League and that's our aim next season - trying to win it. "We go to the Champions League by winning a trophy, not by finishing second, third or fourth", Mourinho said, a comment clearly serving as a little dig at Tottenham , City, and Liverpool.
The Big Three of LeBron James (35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists), Kyrie Irving (24 points and seven assists) and Kevin Love (15 points, 11 rebounds and four steals) ensured there wouldn't be a Game 6 against Boston , while the team as a whole drilled 19 three-pointers in an offensive explosion.
The shot gave James 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his postseason career, which edged him past Jordan's mark of 5,987. Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points per game during the regular season and 23.3 during the postseason, scored 19 total points in the first two games against Cleveland .
I was right where I needed to be. The best story might still be waiting to get told, however, just like Rossi past year. For that reason public safety personnel will not speak about components of our security plan, other than to share that each person visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is part of the security plan by being extra eyes and ears.
Fantasy Impact Smart struggled in the last two games of the series against the Cavaliers as the Celtics looked to him to replace some of Isaiah Thomas's production. James scored 35 points in that game, including this 3-pointer. Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will look to defend their title against the Warriors , who were a ideal 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs.
Next Monday the Nashville Predators will play in the first round of the Stanley Cup finals against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins . The first emotion that washed over Crosby when Kunitz's shot went in wasn't elation. That it took seven games and double overtime against the resilient Senators fit right in with how this postseason has gone for the Penguins. The Senators had answered them twice, but soon enough, there was a sense if they kept controlling play like they were, ...
The second 45 minutes was less eventful, and Andres Iniesta received the trophy from Spain's King Felipe, at the end of the last ever game at the Calderon. Asked about Messi's 30th birthday next month Luis Enrique said: 'Thirty trophies in 30 years is not bad is it? "That is what they are used to", said Pellegrino.
The last champagne bottle hadn't been popped previous year before the Cavs and Warriors were picked by odds makers to return for a third straight match up with the Warriors pegged as the early favorites. We've got to come out and play. The Celtics returned to their offensively sparse ways, with Avery Bradley (23 points) the only player to rise above the drought.
They were going to win the Eastern Conference Finals, and they didn't want to have to go back to Cleveland to do it-and no one seemed to feel that more strongly than LeBron James . Every once in a while, a rivalry teases us with potential long-term appeal, but it rarely develops the inertia required to cast itself over the game over the course of several years.
Muguruza, who would meet Francesca Schiavone in the first round , said , "It's very odd to find two past champions meeting in the first round ". On clay, he lost in the third round in Monte Carlo, made the semis in Barcelona , was a third-round loser in Madrid before an opening defeat in Rome to Fabio Fognini .