Cleveland started out sloppy in the first quarter . With LeBron James in foul trouble , and Boston at one point leading by 16, it felt like the Celtics were going to steal both games in Cleveland. The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the National Basketball Association announced that James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard were the finalists for the MVP award - the first time since 2008 that James won't finish in the top three.
Man United held a minute's silence before training ahead of the Europa League final on Wednesday. Yaya Toure has revealed that he wants to retire at Manchester City but admitted that he is unsure whether he will still be at the club next season.
We were playing in a hostile environment. I can not give you the answer today. But he will be missing Laurent Koscielny after the French centre-back was sent off for a rash challenge on Enner Valencia and also expects to be without Gabriel, who was stretchered off with a knee injury.
Meanwhile United and cross-town rivals Manchester City were among a raft of clubs and players to post messages of support on social media in the hours after the explosion. The final will be United's 64th game of the season after competing across four competitions and winning the League Cup. " Manchester United's training session at their own Carrington training ground in Manchester will take place as scheduled at 12:00 CET".
LeBron James is playing arguably the best basketball of his career in his 14th season in the league that has the Cavaliers on pace to be back in the NBA Finals for a third straight year with an opportunity to defend their NBA title. "It is embarrassing", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. Thomas finished with just a pair of free throws, missing all six shots from the field; he also had six assists.
OTTAWA , Ontario - It was the kind of hit players who have competed with and against Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf have seen countless times before. The entire play is one of the best examples of just how lethal the Penguins' powerplay can be. Boucher said at the time the practice was partly just to restore spirits; if he was playing the long game, it worked.
The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for a bombing that United manager Mourinho says dominates their thoughts ahead of what has been billed as a make-or-break clash with Ajax in Stockholm . For Manchester United this is a game the Red Devils can't afford to lose. "The coach just said it adequately, it takes away the sparkle". Likewise, it is no surprise the mood in Stockholm feels so different to what might usually be expected before a European final.
By contrast, Madrid won all of the corresponding fixtures which Barca lost as well as easily beating Real Sociedad and Real Betis, who held the previous champions to draws , even when coach Zinedine Zidane made wholesale changes. "I'm not a saint but neither am I the devil that many people say I am". However, their win was dependent on Real Madrid slipping up. Many fans heaped praise on manager Zinedine Zidane , the former French global who took over the club for his first head ...
The first three rounds of the playoffs mean nothing. Following the Warriors' 120-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Durant said , "If you don't like it, don't watch it", in reference to those who feel this year's playoffs haven't been competitive, per ESPN.com's Chris Haynes .
Rinne has probably been Nashville's MVP throughout the playoffs. Beyond that, the fans in the Music City were fired up before the puck even dropped. He played a great playoffs and we miss him. Now, yeah, we can make some definite improvements in our execution, but our effort was there and we were a desperate hockey club right from the opening faceoff.
Welcome back to "3 Shots" as we take a look at the three biggest observations from the first half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 27 points and seven assists, and Bradley chipped in 20 points and four assists before a sellout crowd of 20,562 that included Browns rookies Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku and veterans Joe Haden and Corey Coleman.
And the Manchester City manager also hopes that Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will help in that aim by shedding his tag as the Premier League's almost man in the goalscoring stakes. "A club like Liverpool needs to be in the Champions League", Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said. Argentina's veteran striker Aguero won it back when Jesus was injured, and ended the season with 31 goals in all competitions .
Arsene Wenger hopes Alexis Sanchez will continue proving his worth at Arsenal for the long term after the Chilean global led the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday (16 May) by scoring two goals. Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning and he's offered a team news and injury update.
Of course, the future of Sanchez has been hotly debated for the majority of the season, and it seems that the player could be keen on leaving the Gunners , especially since they missed out on a Champions League place this season. Everyone wants him now because it's easier to pay that money now rather than if he had three years left on his contract. They are apparently convinced that the club will complete a deal for Tottenham's Kyle Walker as well this summer.
Barcelona will face Alaves on May 27 while Real Madrid will be up against Juventus in Cardiff Wales come June 3rd for the Champions League finals. However, his supposed archrival, Lionel Messi , ends the season as La Liga's top scorer. "It's even more important for Real Madrid because it's the biggest club in the world and we had to win it again".
He is just all over defensively for the Warriors this season, averaging two steals and 1.4 blocks to go along with 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and seven assists. But also making the NBA's most prestigious team is a player whose brilliant individual season went mostly under the radar. "But to me, LeBron's the MVP ".
There will be a minute's silence before the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday after 22 people were killed and 59 were injured during the explosion which went off shortly after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
With Saturday nearly here, the Warriors and Spurs have gotten plenty of rest while the Eastern Conference Finals catch up. Kerr is recovering from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak and Mike Brown has been coaching during his absence, but the reigning NBA Coach of the Year has been attending practices again and addressing the team in the locker room while watching games behind the scenes.
While the prospect of Champions League football should improve the quality of player Liverpool can attract, they will face close regional competition for signings from Manchester City and potentially United, if Jose Mourinho's side qualify by beating Ajax in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Manchester City and Liverpool will join Premier League champions Chelsea and runners-up Tottenham in the Champions League 2017/18. That's a difference, of course. From what Sturridge has done on the pitch and had to say off it, there is really no reason to believe the Englishman wants a move away from Liverpool .
Manchester City's Fernandinho scores their fourth goal against Watford during their Premier League match at Vicarage Road, May 21, 2017. Such an occasion has been greeted with almost-universal cynicism and bitterness in the past. No one truly expected Conte to do so well in his first season, everyone from ardent fans to sport betting experts thought Chelsea would at most reach a Champions League spot.
Abedi had not been identified by the coroner so no further details would be given, Greater Manchester Police said . "The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network", Hopkins said. Ernesto Abella, spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte, expressed sympathies to the families of the Manchester blast victims. Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London , is one of Britain's largest cities.
The Senators embarrassed themselves by coming apart at the seams as the Penguins poured on the offence to take a 3-2 series lead and move only one victory away from going to the final for the second straight year. "It's not about what it means, it's where the players are", said Boucher. Whatever thinking was behind this move, it backfired nearly immediately when Scott Wilson chipped a puck from the side of the net and the puck somehow bounced off both net and Anderson and into the back ...
In the first meeting between the two clubs this season, the Cubs almost held a dramatic re-staging. He came into the game with a.172 average over his previous 14 games, but he took John Lackey deep to lead off the night. NOTES: The Giants were 1-5 at Wrigley Field last season and are now 2-9 against the Cubs over their past 11 in Chicago. "The complete game now is few and far between", he said.
In slightly weird circumstances, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was asked by Chelsea striker Diego Costa to kick the ball out of play to ensure the Blues got the timing of their celebration correct. The two accolades follow the 47-year-old's success at Chelsea this term, which saw the Italian lead the Blues to the league crown following their 1-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns recently.
The statement added: "We are sure that, in the circumstances, you will all understand our position on this matter. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected", said the statement on its website. While United set a new club Premier League record by going 25 matches unbeaten, 15 draws in 38 matches - the most of any side in the top flight - proved costly in the club's quest to finish in the top four and thus qualify automatically for the Champions League .
Later, while addressing the media, James seemed irritated by a reporter who asked him whether the Celtics' defense was a factor in his poor performance. In his first 10 playoff games -all wins - he was averaging 34.3 points and shooting 57 percent from the field, 46 percent from three-point range and averaging only 3.8 turnovers per game.
But Mata insists that United's players are not getting down about working overtime - and instead are focused on landing the club's first European trophy since the Champions League in 2008. And nobody can blame us, because we have a final three days later'. Defeat by Tottenham ended Mourinho's hopes of his team catching Manchester City for fourth, and qualification for the Champions League next season.
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Arsenal will play in the Europa League next season despite their 3-1 victory over Everton in their final fixture of this year's Premier League. Adams also claims that Manchester United tried to sign him on two occasions, first in 1991 and then again in 1996.
Along the way, from August 2016 to May 2017, we saw 380 matches of varying degrees of quality and Chelsea were deservedly crowned champions with a team that cantered to the title in Antonio Conte's debut season. He said: "This is the danger; honestly, the real danger is to think that the season is finished and if you win or lose it doesn't change the season".
He acknowledged that they now "cannot change" it but felt that "the problem in February" was how Liverpool's "suffered from the games in January" and took until March to get "back on track". However, the England worldwide did recover from a hip injury to appear in six of Liverpool's last seven matches of the Premier League season and help them secure a top-four spot.
We can continue to get better . We understand that this is a good team. Golden State swept through the West undefeated at 12-0, and they will take on the victor of the East (we all know it will be Cleveland). Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale shot 66, and top-ranked Dustin Johnson topped the group at 67, a stroke ahead of fourth-ranked Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, the No.
But few said they knew him well. Neighbors of Abedi said they had noticed his "strange behaviour" in the weeks before the attack, the Daily Mail reported. "The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert", she said in a statement.
Recently, however, it had been reported that "No Love" was dealing with back issues, putting his title fight with Dillashaw in serious jeopardy. On a possible interim fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whitaker: "I'm assuming that they're probably gonna do an interim title fight but I've got to speak to Dana".