Author: 0 Kyrie Irving is ready for Stephen Curry and Warriors

When the Cleveland Cavaliers carried out an utter dismantling of the Boston Celtics on the road in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals by a total of 57 points, including a ridiculous 130-86 thrashing in Game 2, it seemed that playing Game 3 and 4 in Cleveland was a mere formality.

Sports Cubs Game Notes For Monday vs. San Francisco
Author: 0 Cubs Game Notes For Monday vs. San Francisco

The bases-empty homer to right came on a full-count pitch and landed outside the park on Sheffield Avenue for the first ball out of the park in that direction in Maddon's tenure. "We'll continue to treat it", Bochy said. Getting Schwarber back to good at the plate would be huge for the Cubs. The Giants had more to lament. In that time he has pitched 64.1 innings.

Sports Highlights of LaVar Ball's AAU team getting blown out
Author: 0 Highlights of LaVar Ball's AAU team getting blown out

On Saturday during a blowout loss at the hands of the Compton Magic, Ball tried to light the fuse of his team at halftime by going off on them, questioning their effort on both ends of the floor and even calling out kids specifically. "Nobody's here to see you". "He comes to me and says, 'What are you doing?" LaMelo is expected to be one of three top picks in the National Basketball Association draft.

Author: 0 LeBron James becomes NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader

Meanwhile, the Warriors have a roster built around players who are not only offensive stars but also plus defenders. "I knew that if we kept it within 10, a surge was going to happen", Irving said of the Game 4 win. 1 on my agenda". As good as he was on the court, the Celtics have to be kicking themselves for not doing more with the time James on the bench in the second quarter which in hindsight, was among the bigger factors in them now returning home facing elimination as opposed ...

Author: 0 F1 round-up: Sebastian Vettel wins Monaco GP

Hamilton and the team badly need a robust response before the next round in Canada on Sunday week if Ferrari are not to ensure Vettel extends his lead further. When asked how he felt about the race after looking downbeat on the podium, Raikkonen said: "I don't know". "I would feel exactly the same, one hundred per cent the same".

Author: 0 Raikkonen gets pole position after 9 years

The collision made for the safety auto on track. Lewis Hamilton believes Sebastian Vettel's victory at the Monaco Grand Prix has provided the clearest indicator yet that his championship rival is being afforded preferential treatment by Ferrari .

Sports Shorthanded Predators beat Ducks 3-1 for 3-2 series lead
Author: 0 Shorthanded Predators beat Ducks 3-1 for 3-2 series lead

Nashville now has a 3-2 series lead. He's Nashville's 24-year-old rookie, and he made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Saturday night, though it wasn't the first time he's worn a Predators sweater. The Ducks will also be without two of their top scores. He missed game five Saturday at Anaheim , the first game he has missed since joining the Predators from Columbus in January 2016.

Author: 0 Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

When Vettel pitted after 39 laps, he rejoined in the lead ahead of Raikkonen with Ricciardo third, thanks to fast pre-stop laps, and Bottas fourth. "I don't know why they pitted me then, I just finished the race". Vettel started second on the grid behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen but after a longer first stint out on the track he was able to emerge from the pits ahead of the Finn.

Sports Stokes, Woakes, Moeen rested by England
Author: 0 Stokes, Woakes, Moeen rested by England

With the home side having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, the game is a dead rubber after all and the Champions Trophy begins on Thursday, so erring on the side of caution with a player of his importance was the obvious thing to do.

Author: 0 LeBron James passes Michael Jordan as NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader

MJ's record of 5,987 points in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003 stood unchallenged, until LeBron stepped onto the court in Boston last night. "He couldn't be the assist man like LeBron James can". In August, James called Jordan "this ghost I'm chasing" for greatest-ever status. He added (via ESPN), "It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs".

Sports Predators ready to start Stanley Cup Final on the road
Author: 0 Predators ready to start Stanley Cup Final on the road

This is undoubtedly the most important matchup of these finals . And Kunitz's playoff production was sorely lacking. They aren't all that familiar with him, given that they only played Nashville twice, and Rinne was in goal for just one of those game.

Sports Luis Enrique leaves with feeling of mission accomplished
Author: 0 Luis Enrique leaves with feeling of mission accomplished

Barca , who had a rather disappointing season, did at least restore some pride with victory over last season's second division champions in what was the final match to be played at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium. We've won another trophy, but the team gave their best in every game. Luis Enrique said he had no regrets about announcing his decision to leave the club back in March.

Author: 0 Isaiah Thomas won't make surgery decision until swelling goes down

The rivalry between the Cavs and Warriors is the only potential saving grace for this year's postseason. Also, the Warriors are home to the only unanimous MVP victor ever in Stephen Curry , again only Golden State can claim to that. There's also the irony that Brown, the first coach who took James to an NBA Finals in 2007 - Cleveland was swept by San Antonio - will now coach against him, likely in the same leading role he's had for Golden State since head coach Steve Kerr was ...

Author: 0 Love explains why the Cavaliers aren't underdogs in the NBA Finals

The teams are meeting for the third straight time in the National Basketball Association finals, with each winning one title. In the 135-102 closeout win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden, James scored a game-high 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including a four-for-seven showing from three-point range.

Author: 0 IPL 2017: 5 unsung heroes from the competition

Indians captain Rohit Sharma praised the catch post-match saying it played a pivotal role in the side's triumph. Mumbai Indians Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of M S Dhoni during the IPL 10 Final match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Author: 0 Champions Trophy 2017: Team India lands in London

In test cricket, we've been able to reach the top with that mindset, (along) with a hunger to win. "Sometimes it was so freakish, everything we tried was just going against us, I have never experienced that in a side, not all 11, all the 15 guys were in the same mindset, I have never seen that, it was quite freakish, may be to teach me that you need to balance things out and take a backward step in how much you can do on the field".

Author: 0 Man United to reward Jose Mourinho

Sergio Romero has spent large parts of his club career sitting on the bench but after helping Manchester United win the Europa League , he believes he has shown he is good enough to be the club's number one goalkeeper. United, though, are in a stronger position than most given finance and history has been complemented by securing Champions League qualification on Wednesday.

Author: 0 Chelsea ace aims cheeky dig at Arsenal after losing FA Cup clash

I think that is something we need to work, on a regular basis. It remains unclear whether the 67-year-old will continue as manager of the Gunners, despite capping a disappointing season with a record-breaking victory over the newly crowned Premier League champions.

Sports LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for most National Basketball Association career playoff points
Author: 0 LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for most National Basketball Association career playoff points

Answer: 9 p.m. EDT on June 1 in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors , who beat Cavs for the 2015 championship before losing the rematch in 2016, are 12-0 in this year's playoffs. "We understand that the closeout game is always the toughest, especially on the road". With that, Boston dropped the Eastern Conference Finals series in five games and entered an offseason bright with possibilities.

Author: 0 Celtics' Thomas: Surgery on hip not top option

Injuries to the best players of both of the Conference Finals underdogs played a role, but having the Cavaliers as a 15-point favorite at home over Boston or the Warriors 11-point jolly in San Antonio are clearly blown up lines to safeguard against one-sided investing.

Author: 0 2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova wins return from knife attack

The twice Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, looked poised and focused, treating the sparse Court Philippe Chatrier crowd to a few exquisite drop shots and lightning-quick forehands. Her surgeons and doctors weren't sure when the two-time Wimbledon champion would return to tennis, if at all. She is seeded 15th in Paris . Bowing out at the hands of 40th-ranked Russian Ekaterina Makarova , the German became the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening ...

Sports Angelique Kerber first top seed to lose French Open opener
Author: 0 Angelique Kerber first top seed to lose French Open opener

Kerber is the first top-seeded woman to fall in the French Open first round in Open Era history. I mean, it was my best year, but when I played tournaments on clay , I was not performing so well. Ekaterina Makarova says that her win against Angelique Kerber was twice as good because she had never played on Philippe Chatrier Court before.

Author: 0 Alexis Sanchez breaks silence about Arsenal future after misunderstanding question

Wenger told the club's official website : "It feels special because I feel we beat the record of winning the cup and we needed two outstanding performances in the final and semi-final". Delivering the FA Cup three times in four seasons has papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal has repeatedly come up short in the EPL and Europe.

Author: 0 LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan In Playoff Points

We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? LeBron James passes his idol Michael Jordan in postseason points for 1st all time . "Because I think we saw it first hand, especially in these home games ". They could also use future draft assets, such as next year's unprotected Nets pick, which is likely to be another high lottery selection, to acquire someone like Indiana Pacers forward Paul George or Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler.

Author: 0 Cavs' Kevin Love: 'I Don't Feel Like We're Underdogs'

The Warriors are the greatest collection of National Basketball Association talent in the modern era, and that's no small statement, considering Tim Duncan and David Robinson played together in San Antonio and LeBron James , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became Miami's Big Three.

Sports Kvitova return adds sparkle to tough-to-call French Open
Author: 0 Kvitova return adds sparkle to tough-to-call French Open

The Czech said she was lucky to be alive after an incident which could have at the least ended her tennis career, but she will be back on the big stage against Julia Boserup in the first round at Roland Garros . The dream comes true. But she also kept her mind busy by enrolling in a communications and social media course at Jan Amos Komensky University in Prague during her time off.

Author: 0 Warriors coach Steve Kerr still uncertain for NBA Finals

With victory in the bag, he sat out the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers routed the Celtics 135-102 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1, and set up a third successive championship series against the Golden State Warriors . The Cavs and Warriors went seven games previous year, and Cleveland returns much the same lineup this time around. One major prop bet is for NBA Finals MVP, and the Golden State Warriors are favored in this regard too.

Author: 0 Amid comparisons to Jordan, James out to cement own legacy

Deron Williams played 18 minutes after sustaining a shoulder "stinger" in Game 3. LeBron James adds 34 points for the Cavs as they take a 3-1 series lead. "So I didn't think I could be Mike". I will be back with a preview of that series before game one. James scored 15 and Irving 13 in the quarter, with James hitting three bombs in the final 2:41.

Author: 0 Cavaliers advance to Finals rematch with Warriors, fans react on Twitter

Despite the fact that the Celtics went on without Thomas in a new formation to capture their sole win in the series thus far, they would lose Game 4. After 1,304 games, the National Basketball Association season has ended up exactly where we all thought and hoped it would - with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in the Finals .

Sports Top seed Angelique Kerber beaten
Author: 0 Top seed Angelique Kerber beaten

Germany's Angelique Kerber has been knocked out the 2017 French Open in the first round, losing 2-6, 2-6 in one hour and 22 minutes to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation, ranked number 40 in the WTA rankings. She is seeded 15th in Paris . There is no doubt that world no.1 Angelique Kerber is struggling this year after such a strong performance in 2016 which saw her win the Australian Open, the Stuttgart Open and the US Open.

Sports Hazard jokes about his new contract and Romelu Lukaku
Author: 0 Hazard jokes about his new contract and Romelu Lukaku

Hazard is expected to open talks with Chelsea about the possibility of extending his contract at the west London club in the coming weeks. Eden Hazard has enjoyed his best season in a Chelsea shirt to date, but it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for the Belgium worldwide this campaign.

Sports Judge hits 1st slam, Pineda and Yankees beat sloppy A's 9-5
Author: 0 Judge hits 1st slam, Pineda and Yankees beat sloppy A's 9-5

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge stepped to the plate with the bases juiced. "I think he's a defensive end playing baseball is what I see", Girardi said. With nobody out in the second, Ryon Healy was thrown out by Gardner trying to stretch a two-run single to left field. Entering Sunday, he was third among AL position players in WAR (2.3), per FanGraphs .

Author: 0 Experienced Wayne Rooney signing is just what Everton need

Mourinho has received criticism over the quality of United's football and sixth-place finish in the Premier League , but he finishes his maiden season with three trophies and a place in next season's Champions League . "He knows since March, who I want, what I want, how much I want". "This was about trying to play Champions League next season.Hopefully this season is a big step in confidence and thinking about next season, and trying to be better and trying to compete for the Champions ...

Author: 0 Takuma Sato Wins Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato , of Japan , heads into the first turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017 , in Indianapolis . And despite his shortcoming in the race in the past, how can ever you count out a guy whose name is literally willpower? The most intriguing storyline of this year's Indianapolis 500 is the IndyCar debut of Fernando Alonso .

Author: 0 James, Cavaliers finish off Celtics

The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions. The Warriors vs. Cavs Finals battle everyone has been waiting for starts with Game 1 next Thursday, June 1. So it makes it even more hard. "It was tough, man, because I worked so hard to get to this point. We have to be ready for the challenge". This is the first time that has ever happened.

Author: 0 LeBron James, Cavaliers dispatch Celtics, setting up rubber match with Warriors

James called the Warriors , "the best team in our league the last three years". Westgate Las Vegas has Golden State as a -260 favorite compared with Cleveland at +220. The Celtics have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and could make a run at a number of free agents in the offseason, including Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward .

Sports Sebastian Vettel wins Monaco GP ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen
Author: 0 Sebastian Vettel wins Monaco GP ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen

Having taken a free pit stop under the safety auto and switched to ultra-soft tires, the Dutchman began to pile pressure on Ricciardo and Bottas ahead, keen to complete the podium. "I was devastated after the session to the point that I couldn't get out of the auto", Hamilton said. "It's still second place but it doesn't count a lot in my books".

Author: 0 NHL Predictions: Will the Predators win Game 3 vs

ABOUT THE DUCKS (54-26-11-3, 34-39 O/U): John Gibson was in net for the opening two games against Nashville past year - ironically, both 3-2 setbacks - and never saw the ice again in the series, but no one faulted his performance Friday after he stood on his head and turned side 43 shots.

Sports United facing a defining moment - Jones
Author: 0 United facing a defining moment - Jones

Mourinho's Manchester United must win the Europa League on Wednesday to qualify for next season's Champions League. Europe's secondary club competition is a surprising absentee in United's gleaming trophy cabinet and Jose Mourinho has placed it at the top of his priority list at the expense of a top-four Premier League finish.

Sports Celtics overcome Wizards, set up Cavs clash
Author: 0 Celtics overcome Wizards, set up Cavs clash

Stevens said late Monday night. An unfathomable "perfect week" is still in play for the Celtics, who have the best odds (a 25-percent chance) to win the lottery Tuesday night. We have a lot of guys that have playoff experience. There was a lot of talk. Now it's time to see if they belong. This year it will probably be the last stop, too, but James and the Cavaliers could start to look vulnerable next year or the year after that.

Author: 0 No surprise: It's Cavaliers-Warriors in the NBA Finals, yet again

However, they committed nine turnovers that led to 13 Cleveland points in the second half.Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 19 points while Jae Crowder had 18 points and 8 rebounds."It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it", he said.Thursday night could be the final time we see Brad Stevens draw up one of those magnificent out-of-timeout plays this season.

Sports Per Mertesacker hits back at his Arsenal critics
Author: 0 Per Mertesacker hits back at his Arsenal critics

Not only that he has become the most successful manager in the history of the FA Cup , having won 7 trophies in his time with the Gunners. After finishing fifth, Wenger and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.

Author: 0 Sato Holds Off Helio To Give Andretti Another Indy 500 Win

In attempting to let 2014 victor Ryan Hunter-Reay pass, Englishman Howard was forced wide and hit the perimeter wall and then careered into the path of Dixon. I raced here previous year in Indy Lights, so I came in with a bit of experience around the track but it's obviously a lot more extreme when you're going faster and it's a place you've got to treat with so much respect, because you can end up paying a big price for a small mistake.

Sports Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails Per Mertesacker after FA Cup final
Author: 0 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails Per Mertesacker after FA Cup final

Wenger said before the game that this occasion was not about him becoming the first manager to win seven FA Cups , but he allowed himself to reflect on the achievement for a moment at least. "We have a board meeting on Tuesday", he said. "You always worry when you are a goal down and it was a game full of surprises". Despite Victor Moses' dismissal for simulation, Diego Costa's effort seemed destined to set up a grandstand finish, only for Ramsey's winner to stun Chelsea ...

Author: 0 This player won't be at Man United next season

Mourinho guided Manchester United to the Champions League courtesy of victory in the Europa League earlier this month, while also delivering the EFL Cup in his first season. As well as Griezmann, Mourinho also wants Torino's Andrea Belotti to play just in front of the 26-year-old, although that might involve also paying a buy-out clause of around £85m if they can not agree a deal with the Italian club, and the chances of that are seen as "50-50".

Author: 0 Skeleton Key: How the Cavs can defeat the Warriors

Oh yeah, once again, it's on. Even if he does win a total of three more titles, he might not get there. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion". And there will be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set.

Sports IndyCar Drivers Robbed At Taco Bell Hours After Indy 500 Qualifying
Author: 0 IndyCar Drivers Robbed At Taco Bell Hours After Indy 500 Qualifying

The race takes place on Sunday at 11AM ET and will air on ABC. According to an IMPD report, Dixon said two young males approached his vehicle in the drive-thru lane, shoved a gun in the window and stole Emma Davies-Dixon's purse. "You never think that would happen to us here", Kanaan said. I'm not the intended driver, but I'm going to do everything I can to make the people who built it proud.