The NFL has followed through on a promise to relax rules for player celebrations, responding to widespread criticism last season for penalties and fines that targeted harmless and spontaneous moments. The overtime change is being pushed as a player-safety initiative, but isn't likely to be popular with fans, especially if it results in more ties.
Is there finally an explanation for why LeBron was so bad in Game 3? Cleveland limited the Celtics to 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc. Irving even showed how much he's grown when he recently talked of his growing love for the once-dreaded VersaClimber. Why couldn't the Celtics take advantage without James on the floor? There was no need to shoot any more.
Cleveland didn't panic without James, even with its poor record on nights he sits, and instead used the experience as a growth opportunity in a huge win."LeBron goes out with four fouls and I know everybody was like, "Oh, my God, '" Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said".
A minute's silence held for the victims of Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester in which 22 people died turned into applause as chants of " Manchester " and "We'll Never Die" bellowed out from the English supporters before the match.
Avery Bradley leads Boston with 23 points. With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points. LeBron did it in 54 fewer games; that's over half a season's worth of games! James promptly knocked down two more three-pointers before the end of the third period.
James finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Well, yes. Irving was magnificent, even before his astounding third quarter. Starting when he scored his first basket of the second quarter at the 5:11 mark, Irving poured in 33 points in a span of 17:11, which ran through the end of the third quarter.
The Champions Trophy will be kicking off from June 1 and will be followed by the women's World Cup , which is scheduled to be played between June 24 to July 23. England brings a lot for challenges for a batsmen and I want to overcome them personally for my satisfaction at the end of my career. Despite having been the difference for India in their previous clashes with Pakistan, Kohli reiterated that the upcoming Champions Trophy match shouldn't be viewed as a special occasion.
In addition to that, the same defenders for Boston that were giving Wall fits ( Avery Bradley , Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder ) are seemingly powerless against Irving's offensive wizardry in this series. SAN ANTONIO - Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.
The Celtics were hammered in the first two games of the best-of-seven series and playing without star Isaiah Thomas , came from 21 points down in the third quarter to upset the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Sunday night. Cleveland is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the National Basketball Association - regular season and playoffs. That moment in the second half when he missed that one shot was a flawless encapsulation of his rough night.
Sidney Crosby and company surely have the depth in the offensive zone but it has been Ottawa who has been better in the defensive zone thanks to Erik Karlsson and the battle between these two superstars will be an exciting narrative to follow as the series unfolds.
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the match. "I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is "120 minutes plus penalties". Koscielny is banned, Gabriel out for around two months with a knee injury and Mustafi a concern because of the after-effects of concussion, in a game that could decide Wenger's future at the club.
The roles are somewhat reverse from last season when the 22-year-old Murray took over for a concussed Fleury and guided Pittsburgh to its fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history. "Both of these guys handle the decisions that we make extremely professionally". Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made it official on Friday.
While the resulting changes helped the Celtics score a 111-108 victory in Game 3 , Cleveland bounced back with a 112-99 triumph in the last contest to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. I would be lying to you if I didn't think about it all the time. Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point and only two teams do, so you have to appreciate it.
Paul Pogba dedicated victory to the victims of this week's Manchester terror attack after propelling Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Wednesday's Europa League final. What is certain is that United felt destined to win even before Pogba opened the scoring. Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the Europa League trophy. United lift the trophy.
Manchester - we won for them. "This happened in Manchester but everywhere we need to have a united world to fight for peace and no more attacks and deaths please". Peter Bosz's effervescent team caused United some uncomfortable moments, but without ever threatening to pull off an upset. "People who respect their opponents and exploit their weaknesses".
James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers met the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. After all , James scored just 11 points during the Cavs' loss in Game 3, and although Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 57 points, it was apparent Cleveland needed more if it was going to compete at the next level.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana had a clash with his teammate in an attempt to clear the ball, while leaving an empty net in front of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, whose shot went off the post. Injury-riddled Man United finished a mere sixth in the EPL and had to hinge on winning the Europa League as only the league's top four could qualify for the Champions League, reports Xinhua news agency.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma singled out his bowlers for praise after the win. With the help of sensational bowling display by spinner Karn Sharma , Mumbai Indians cruised into their 4th IPL final on Friday. Following the defeat and a couple of bad games during the end of IPL, Gambhir took to twitter to address his fans and supporters. "I also congratulate all the players who played really well for us".
Golden State star guard Steph Curry says it helps that the Warriors have become the first team in National Basketball Association history to sweep its first three playoff series this season. "So, I think he's got quite a bit left in the tank". I've learnt so much from him on the court, and more importantly for me, off the court. Ginobili got a standing ovation when he made his way to the bench late in the game against the Warriors , prompting his close mate Mills to ask "what are all ...
Peter Bosz agreed with Klassen's comments - claiming both sides played their part in making the showpiece a tiresome affair. World record signing Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute as United won the ball after an Ajax throw-in.
A broad smile on his face, he gambolled on the pitch with his son, was thrown into the air by his coaching staff and made some typically provocative gestures. "He has had some criticism but has had to have courage to make his Manchester United career what it is". "So now it's up to him and the owners".
The starting lineup released by Federation Internationale de Football Association shows South Korea will deploy three central defenders - Lee Sang-min, Jeong Tae-wook, and Kim Seung-woo - at the back, with Lee You-hyeon and Yoon Jong-gyu playing as wing backs, in the match against Argentina at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, some 240 kilometers south of Seoul.
Although the risky Quinton de Kock failed, Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis made half-centuries and AB de Villiers was just start to launch when he holed out to deep mid-wicket for 45. That allowed an early entrance for home favourite Joe Root, cheered enthusiastically to the crease, but he was content with a junior share of a 98-run stand with Alex Hales.
Arsenal will not compete in Europe's top club competition for the 2017/18 season - the first time Arsenal has failed to do so for 19 years. Wenger, whose contract expires this summer, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on 27 May.
After two quarters, the Cavs still trailed by 10. The Cavs remain massive favorites to win the Eastern Conference Finals , with a staggering -10000 money line . James was asked how he has been able to respond to adversity with success in the past. "That's all I've got to say about my performance". And that means as good as they did in Game 3 , they'll have to be even better tonight.
James, who had never picked up four first-half fouls in his 14-year National Basketball Association career, regular season or postseason, got his fourth with 6:46 to play in the second period and Cleveland down 10 points. "We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2 to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend". But those losses have multiple asterisks and caveats - mainly, James often wasn't the only starter sitting out of those games.And there were a ...
Second place sucks. Second place in the Monster Energy All-Star Race when $1 million is on the line sucks a lot more. The final 10-lap stage will feature just 10 cars. They found out that was illegal. That's what set up the final chaotic restart. It was Larson's first pole in his first attempt at All-Star qualifying.
The Cavs became a more cohesive and happy bunch when Tyronn Lue took over as coach, but they didn't forget how to handle adversity, becoming the first team in league history to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win the NBA Finals. The four-time All-Star - who was 10-of-12 from the field in the second half - added four assists and three boards in the win. James came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points, but that was after Irving put the team on his back and gave them a lead.
Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for Cleveland, which now leads the series 3-1. And no, that Game 4 performance didn't signal the passing of the torch from " LeBron's team" to "Kyrie's team". In game 5 tonight, Ainge's argument can take even another level. "I'm just excited that we have another opportunity and hopefully be able to come out on top".
With a career-high 27 points, Smart nailed 7 three-pointers and basically outplayed James in one of the most improbable victories in National Basketball Association history. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing".
They would have to play Mertesacker in the middle because of his lack of pace and then Chelsea would play diagonal balls to Costa who will sit on Monreal and he will win every header and they will go from there. That wasn't it though, as four minutes of stoppage time were signalled. An insane match, and little wonder, with defending such as that, that both Bradley and Palace manager, Alan Pardew, were out of jobs within a month.
Vettel's lap set an unofficial lap record for the track, reconfigured three years ago, exceeding the previous best time set by Ricciardo's pole lap last year when the Australian clocked 1:13.622. The Mercedes driver will climb to second place in the history of F1, behind Michael Schumacher (68). Vettel team-mate Kimi Raikkonen scored the third fastest time after a deficit of 0.563 seconds.
One game won't prove it, but Smart showed the ability to lock in on both ends in a hostile environment and lead his team in a must-win game. Don't be fooled. The Cavs would win the series in six before losing to the Spurs in the Finals, but the narrative was set: LeBron was singularly capable of carrying a cast of nondescript players to the Finals.
Isaiah (Thomas ) goes down and they're running a totally different offense than we prepared for so it's been tough on us. "[The Celtics] are giving us everything that they have, and we're expecting it, and we want the challenge", said James.
James now has 29 points on the night - and counting. "I'm not one of those guys". Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in National Basketball Association playoff history.