by | June 20, 2018 | 02:50

And would a top-heavy team of James, George, Leonard , and little else really be enough to take down the deep and championship-laden Warriors? Reports surfaced over the weekend that Leonard is determined to play elsewhere despite an Express-News report earlier that said a plan is in place for the All-Star to sit down and discuss " any issues or concerns Leonard may have".

by | June 20, 2018 | 02:19

Egypt , a no-frills side who play on the counterattack under the wily Cuper, face hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday and the Saudis on June 25 in their last group game. The Pharaohs defended doggedly but were undone by a 90-minute header from defender Jose Gimenez , who rose between a couple of defenders to send a bullet header into the back of the net at the death.

by | June 18, 2018 | 17:24

England, looking to end a 52-year wait for a major senior worldwide honour, face Tunisia on June 18 before tackling Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28). So we are all here with the same mentality, all wanting to win, all wanting to play. The team checked in at the forRestMix Club on Tuesday evening, meaning players have yet to do anything other than rest and train.

by | June 18, 2018 | 16:53

For the second time on Friday, a last-minute goal has transformed the state of a group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and cut down a North African side. "It was insane, we don't realise yet we have done something historical", said Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh . "When one starts the competition with no points, we are in a hard situation but many things can happen so we need to concentrate on what we did right and things we did not do so well".

by | June 18, 2018 | 16:42

The ill-tempered game looked set to end in a goalless draw, but Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz headed the ball into his own goal five minutes into second-half injury time . His experience at the top level will be crucial to Morocco's chances, especially against the likes of Spain and Portugal when they meet later in the group stages.

by | June 17, 2018 | 20:59

The 20-time Grand Slam champion did not earn a single break point during the final set, but when it came time for another tie-break to decide the contest, he was able to win the points that mattered, narrowly edging it 7-5 to book his place in Sunday's final.

by | June 17, 2018 | 20:28

The 22-year-old was a shock omission from Joachim Low's final 23-man party for the tournament in Russian Federation, having starred in City's record-breaking Premier League campaign and been a regular in Germany's recent matches. "There are better days in the life of a coach than when he has to send home four players who, in principle, would have deserved to go to the World Cup".

by | June 17, 2018 | 20:11

Chandimal has breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions.

by | June 15, 2018 | 15:01

And Valdano, who played for Madrid and coached the team during the 1990s, feels Neymar could be the ideal replacement for 33-year-old Ronaldo. Do you prefer the great dribbler, creator and goalscorer extraordinaire, Lionel Messi, or the relentless physical specimen and goalscoring phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo? They have shared the past 10 Ballons d'Or between them, but Ronaldo has overtaken Messi when it comes to Champions League titles after lifting his fourth in the past five ...

by | June 15, 2018 | 14:32

The World Cup will kick off later on Thursday, with the final set to be played on 15 July. At this stage it looks 50-50 whether he will take part‚ having not yet returned to full training and Egypt's first game looming against Uruguay on Friday .

by | June 15, 2018 | 14:22

The pressure put on him by Atletico has weighed more than the offer from FC Barcelona and after many days of uncertainty, Griezmann made a decision to stay where he is, as he did last summer when there was interest from Manchester United .

by | June 13, 2018 | 08:47

But now I am so happy. Seventh seed Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years, and he claimed he had a plan to thwart the Spaniard in Paris . A forehand wide. A forehand into the net. "Good tactics and mentality in the first set". By then, Nadal was finding his spots. Yes, that's right: Thiem.

by | June 13, 2018 | 08:14

Harry Kane hopes a shift in mentality will help England have a successful World Cup in Russian Federation. "We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football". "But I think there was a shift [in public opinion] in November when we brought in some of the younger players". One of Gareth Southgate's goals as England manager, other than instil a style of play and give the team an identity, appears to be to improve the squad's relationship with the media.

by | June 13, 2018 | 04:38

For this championship celebration in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, the rally was held before the parade in a tamer atmosphere, away from most of the fans and before a bulk of the liquor was consumed. Still, Durant made it clear he has no designs on leaving Golden State. We're going to guess Myers regretted the words the second they fell out of his mouth.

by | June 11, 2018 | 17:37

The chestnut colt is the second undefeated colt to sweep the Kentucky Derby , Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on February 18. At 52, Mike Smith is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. He's so gifted, " said Smith, who looked to the sky to celebrate after his ride. "He's sent from heaven.

by | June 11, 2018 | 17:01

Even though the Cavaliers were much better than the Pacers, I still trashed-talked with my friends in hope of a Pacers win. "To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember", James said.

by | June 10, 2018 | 16:22

But it appears he has made a decision to stick it out with Spurs as they move to their new 62,000-seater stadium in the new season. He was one of the first ones I looked at and thought, "Wow". Just as Brazil once relied predominantly on Ronaldo upfront, England will be counting on Kane during the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

by | June 10, 2018 | 15:00

Ronaldo , whose current deal is up in 2021, is said to want wage parity with football's highest earners, Lionel Messi and Neymar , after both stars overtook him with fresh contracts over the past 12 months. "I've never understood the Ballon d'Or criteria", he said. "In the coming days you will have my answer to the fans, the ones who have really been on my side", he said.

by | June 10, 2018 | 14:15

To which Curry said, "Amen", in so many words. The Golden State Warriors are National Basketball Association champions once again. "This is so hard to do and to do it three years out of four years is incredible", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said .

by | June 08, 2018 | 17:19

They were both pull-up 3-pointers that served as daggers. They needed to win a Game 7 on the road to reach the NBA Finals , and they could have easily lost two of the first three games of this series. Follow Rappler Sports for live updates of the NBA Finals Game 4! And just like previous year, it was nothing but net. Durant won it past year by averaging 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

by | June 08, 2018 | 17:14

She'll have yet another chance to fill the gaping void in her resume by winning her first Grand Slam. The 10th-seeded Stephens will bid for her second major title when she takes on Halep. "I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against", Sharapova said.

by | June 08, 2018 | 17:01

Alexander Ovechkin, who scored 15 goals and had 27 points in 24 postseason games, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs. According to oddsmakers, the Golden Knights are a -145 favorite on the moneyline. The Golden Knights are 10-0 this postseason when leading after two periods, as they do 3-2 against Washington in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

by | June 08, 2018 | 16:41

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo with his eldest son. But why can't Neymar come and Cristiano stay? "If the president wants to sign someone, the president will sign him". The 26-year-old is already being linked with a move away from the French capital, however, after a season in which he clashed with former boss Unai Emery and fellow forward Edinson Cavani.

by | June 08, 2018 | 15:45

Much has been made of the youthful squad who will represent the Three Lions in Russian Federation, which is the youngest England party to travel to a World Cup since Chile in 1962. "We sometimes forget how old he is". "I just tried to play free today and enjoy myself but try and do it within a structure, so it's good practise for what we need in the tournament".

by | June 07, 2018 | 17:28

A stunning free-kick in the first leg of that tie was a glimpse of what Fred's talented left foot can produce. With Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini likely to leave, midfield was one area that needed his attention. Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred's worldwide career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America.

by | June 07, 2018 | 13:32

And if we can do that, guys can look in the mirror and live with themselves". It's a very tall task. Needing to produce not just a great game, but an all-time great game, every single night is a standard not even James can fairly live up to.

by | June 07, 2018 | 12:34

Even Curry's high-volume, low-efficiency game alone would sink most teams. James looked exhausted when Game 2 was over, but he'll be somewhat rested by then. They want the other Cavs to have to beat them. Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in this postseason. Durant not only starred on the court, he starred in the biggest Twitter meme that built up during and after the game.

by | June 06, 2018 | 03:59

With the course soft and vulnerable to low scores, it was tough to leave shots on the course. Byeong Hun An of South Korea (who carded a 69 on Saturday) finished the day tied alone in fifth at 12-under while Justin Rose of England, the victor last week at the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial, was in sixth at 10-under after a 69 in the third round.

by | June 06, 2018 | 03:48

The 58-year-old's been president of NFL Europe, athletic director for West Virginia and recently served as one of the top execs in the NCAA. "The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of".

by | June 06, 2018 | 03:33

Seeded 20th after a well-documented slump, Djokovic blunted Verdasco's explosive firepower with his signature counter-punching to book an unlikely last-eight date with Marco Cecchinato . Novak Djokovic is facing the gravest crisis of his career after a shock French Open defeat to Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato left him contemplating missing Wimbledon to rebuild his game and reboot his state of mind.

by | June 04, 2018 | 14:10

The agent of Liverpool target Nabil Fékir has denied speculation linking his client with a move to Merseyside. Bernes claimed that while " Liverpool's interest exists", the two clubs are yet to agree a deal for Fakir, who is expected to move for around £60 million.

by | June 04, 2018 | 10:30

The differentiation in play between Golden State's and Cleveland's role players was not just the story of Game 2 , but it's what sets them apart fundamentally in roster construction and organizational strategy. Curry hit five 3s in the fourth quarter as the Warriors turned it into a romp after the Cavaliers were within seven points early in the period.

by | June 02, 2018 | 20:40

Williams, the 23-time major champion, gave birth to a daughter in September and saw her rankings tumble while she was out. Speaking of her decision behind the daring fashion choice, Serena explained in an interview with the Tennis Channel, "It represents all the mums out there who had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce in the middle of everything".

by | June 02, 2018 | 18:43

Thompson was ejected from the game, but before he could leave the court, Green injected himself into the situation jawing at Thompson. In addition, the flagrant level 2 foul issued to Thompson in challenging a shot by Golden State's Shaun Livingston was downgraded to a Flagrant 1 after the league review.

by | June 01, 2018 | 22:13

These are uncertain times in the future of our football club. Abramovich became Chelsea owner in 2003 and with the help of his financial input, Chelsea were able to appoint Jose Mourinho and win their first two league titles in 50 years.

by | June 01, 2018 | 21:37

I don't know what JR was thinking. "He looks at LeBron James to say "I didn't know, I thought we were up" and there you have it". The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in overtime in 2015's Game 1 as well. Perhaps the most important moment near the end of regulation came when the officials reviewed and ultimately reversed what had been called a charge on the court.

by | June 01, 2018 | 21:37

The look of disappointment LeBron gave him said it all and the visitors barely fired a shot in the overtime as the Warriors won 124-114. The Cavaliers were positioned to win the game in regulation but unraveled in the final seconds in part because of a controversial call reversal from the referees.

by | May 31, 2018 | 23:19

Quoted by the BBC , he said: "We're not going as favourites but will give it our all". The bloke is a footballing genius. For all the nationalistic pride that comes with cheering for your country at the World Cup , it can be tough to muster up the motivation when your favorite team doesn't have a seat at the table.

by | May 30, 2018 | 20:28

In Houston Monday night, the Warriors got their act together and came back from a double-digit deficit to beat the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Houston seeks layups and 3-point shots. They can win without him, but it certainly makes it tougher. LeBron has never been as much of an underdog going into the Finals as he is now.

by | May 29, 2018 | 19:34

With the Warriors ready for a fourth straight Finals appearance against the Cavaliers , Curry's already added another juicy layer to the years-long saga between the two teams . Curry was having a subpar game with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting up until his third-quarter explosion. Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.

by | May 29, 2018 | 16:21

Manchester United are closing in on a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred . Shakhtar have lined up Maycon from Corinthians as a replacement. Just last month the Manchester United manager said he was only going to invest a "basic" amount of money into his squad this summer. For any Reds who may be passing by, we asked a specialist in eastern bloc football, Manuel Veth, about Fred during his links to City, and you can listen to that podcast below.

by | May 28, 2018 | 19:01

Houston's big win in Game 5 was tempered by a hamstring injury to star Chris Paul which will keep him out of Saturday's game. Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4. "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance". "I was just rushing it a little bit". "I think he's listed as questionable and I'm sure the team doctors will check him out tomorrow morning and see how far he's gotten and see ...

by | May 28, 2018 | 17:31

I just have no idea if the other Cavs can deliver a passing grade in Boston. George Hill has been a different player in opposing venues throughout the first six games of the East Finals - and he enjoyed the home cooking on Friday night, finishing with 20 points on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and flawless 6-of-6 from the line, adding three boards, three assists and a pair of steals.

by | May 28, 2018 | 16:44

It is understood, as is the case for most teams chasing promotion, that Villa had drawn up two lists of potential targets depending on where they would be playing next season. The Left-Back - on loan at Craven Cottage from Southampton since January - played his part in the game over the 90 minutes and the Cottagers would run out deserving winners overall.

by | May 26, 2018 | 17:44

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won a second term in office last Sunday. "We energetically reject the accusations against me and against Brian Naranjo", said Robinson, in comments streamed live on Facebook by local media. Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in protest. Washington has previously slapped sanctions on the president and his senior aides, and banned USA entities from buying any more debt from Caracas or ...

by | May 26, 2018 | 17:12

If the Rockets win, they can await Paul's medical update as they prepare for their first trip to the NBA Finals since winning the title in 1995. Friday morning, the Rockets announced that Paul will miss Saturday's game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain .

by | May 26, 2018 | 10:01

George Hill enjoyed his best game of the series for the Cavaliers with 20 points, while reserve Jeff Green chipped in 14 and Larry Nance Jr. hit for 10 points. James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance - he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes - to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future.

by | May 18, 2018 | 17:15

Griezmann had hogged most of the attention before the final amid speculation he is set to end his four-year stay at Atletico to move to 25-time Spanish champions Barca when his buy-out clause drops to 100m euros, reported Reuters . "I dedicate this to all the fans that came here and all the ones that are waiting for us in Madrid". "I am among the best three players in the world because of him".

by | May 18, 2018 | 17:17

If this is to be Griezmann's final big game for Atletico, then the France worldwide delivered in a huge way - making a case that he could well be the world's third-best individual player. "This season was a tough one, but this Europa League represents more than the Europa League trophy - it shows the value of hard work and persistence, or keeping at it and working hard".

by | May 18, 2018 | 17:15

France are among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer and should find easy passage into the knockout rounds after drawing Australia, Denmark and Peru in the group stages. Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette were not included in the squad but are among the reserves .