Whatever happened, it worked, and the Penguins - despite being outshot and outclassed for most of the game, held on to win. First came this fantastic one-timer by Evgeni Malkin , who continues to rack up the points on his way to the Conn Smythe trophy.
LeBron James hit 34 points to help the Cavaliers to a comeback win to move within one win of an nearly inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State. The second half didn't follow script, though. But it meant little as Boston never led in any of their home games in the series. "We owe our fans a better performance and we know that", Bradley said after the Game 4 loss.
Antonio Conte came within a whisker of winning the League and Cup double, only for Arsenal to put-paid to his plans, but the Chelsea manager still feels this debut season in England has been a success on the whole. And Wenger insists he drilled into his players that succeeding against Chelsea was more pertinent than what his own future holds. "I was delighted for him on Saturday", he told the Guardian .
With the win, the Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and will look to clinch their third straight trip to the NBA Finals with a win at TD Garden in Boston Thursday night. "I was like, 'If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?' It's carried me all the way to this point now, and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not No.
However, with little expectation that they would topple heavy favourites and Premier League champions Chelsea , and dogged by injuries to key defenders, the Gunners showed the magic that had been missing throughout the campaign in downing the Blues 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving. The victory marked an incredible turnaround in fortunes for Arsenal , who finished fifth in the English Premier League - which ruled them out of next season's Champions League.
Raikkonen , who had started on pole for the first time in almost nine years, bossed the early running, but Ferrari's decision to pit him five laps earlier than Vettel scuppered his hopes of winning. His form failed to improve in qualifying, twice wobbling on the track after losing grip on his auto. Montreal is also a low-abrasion, low-grip surface with short duration corners and is also utilising the same tyre selection - including the ultrasofts that are the most problematic for Hamilton.
But Sunday's setback, albeit on a surface she has no great affection for and having made an opening-round exit in Paris a year ago, threatens to leave her season in tatters. "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand", Kvitova, 26, wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident. "And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did previous year", Kerber said.
John Terry will decide his post-Chelsea future this week. "I've learned too much not to pass that on, whether that's initially to a younger generation or eventually at this level - the target is being at Wembley managing a top side". I'm Chelsea through and through, and I've got unbelievable memories from the training ground and Stamford Bridge. Terry is the last of that group of long-serving greats to depart Stamford Bridge, but believes this group can push on under Conte and mix it ...
The City boss has wasted no time in reacting to the first barren season of his coaching career following a meeting with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in Abu Dhabi last week. The 34-year-old could yet be sold after just a year at the Etihad, although it is more likely that he will serve as Ederson's No 2 following the departure of Willy Caballero .
Wenger's future has been much discussed in recent months as his contract ends its final month before the 67-year-old becomes a free agent. Mustafi missed yesterday's closing Premier League win over Everton after suffering a blow to the head during the win over Sunderland at the Emirates last Tuesday night.
She was beaten 6-4 6-0 by 21-year-old qualifier Anna Kontaveit of Estonia at her last tournament appearance in Rome , has struggled on clay in the past, making a first round exit in Paris last year. Williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points to win 6-4, 7-6 (3). Five months after suffering career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, Kvitova looked sharp and eager in a 6-3 6-2 triumph over Julia Boserup .
Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals against Cleveland , the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs . This will be the second Finals meeting between James and Durant. Durant's only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City.
But the final one-day global against South Africa at Lord's on Sunday was a worrying return to the past as they suffered the worst top-order collapse in ODI history on their way to a morale-sapping seven-wicket defeat. In the end, a total of 153 was achieved thanks largely to Jonny Bairstow, who further pressed his claims for a place in England's XI with a third half-century in four ODI innings, and a belligerent unbeaten 37 from Toby Roland-Jones on his global debut.
Pushing the mighty Cavaliers without the same level of star power would be an absolute win. Their Game 3 loss was their only one in the postseason. "This is great learning for how far we have to go", Stevens said. "I wear the number  because of Mike". But what Thomas is thinking about right now is how his Celtics can get better, and he said in an interview Saturday (AEST) that he was willing to forego a big payday in the near future if it meant signing one or two big free agents.
I will regard them as the two strongest pillars of the team. Indian skipper Virat Kohli , who had a regrettable performance in England three years ago, has said that his priority would be to overcome the challenges he faced during the tour for his personal satisfaction.
Not one team has gone back-to-back in the salary cap era, with Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins now looking to become the first. And then came the barrage of goals. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from fusion surgery on April 20 in Texas. Fisher is also one of the Predators' top faceoff men, ranking second on the team behind Johansen (54.4 percent) among players who have taken at least 25 draws in this postseason by winning 52.1 percent.
That Juventus provide the final hurdle adds extra intrigue as it is from the Italian giants that Madrid plucked Zidane for a then world record fee in 2001. Now Diario Gol say senior players in the Madrid squad want Isco to be in the starting XI on June 3 to take on Juventus , regardless if Bale is fit or not.
Here is a look at what to expect from the board meeting. Monreal has held down a regular starting spot in Arsene Wenger's side this season, as he is preferred to Kieran Gibbs. Wenger met Stan Kroenke on Monday, according to the BBC , with that meeting thought to have concluded with the Frenchman agreeing to stay at Arsenal for a further two seasons.
What he has achieved this season has left Huddersfield fans stunned as the former Borussia Dortmund II boss, who left the German giants in November 2015, has built a hardworking, organized team. If the Huddersfield celebrations were uplifting, after all, the match itself was anything but. 'EXPERIENCE ISN'T EVERYTHING .' Wagner said his goal was to get players out of their comfort zone.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had seen enough after the fourth goal, giving Murray the nod and Fleury the hook. As I said, these decisions are very hard. In the first round against the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton won the series' final two games after being clobbered 7-0 in Game 4 . Ottawa usually wins games by one or two goals but they came into Wednesday's contest knowing they had to create more offense, after failing to register a shot on goal for nearly 19 minutes in a game two loss ...
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne faced so little action in the second and for most of the third period that he could have been reading a book or sitting back in the dressing room watching the game on TV. "At the end of the game, I'm disappointed I didn't help my team", Rinne said. But Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan had faith in the rookie winger.
The Warriors are widely acclaimed for having put together what many deem to be an ideal roster for this current era of the league that is full of accurate, long-range shooters, smart playmakers and ferocious defenders. James didn't speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team's unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season's Finals ended.
According to Di Marzio, Chelsea are ready to offer Costa a new three year deal to remain at the club, earning the centre-forward 15 million euros a season. Wenger's side could have been forgiven for arriving at Wembley yesterday at a low ebb after last weekend's devastating failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
Subban said. The Penguins are looking to win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time . Ryan Ellis had a power-play goal in the second period for Nashville, followed by Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau in the third to tie it 3-3.
One time he let it slip. With James in foul trouble, Irving was forced to do more than ever and he delivered, scoring 19 in less than five minutes and 33 in a 19-minute stretch. When he gets going like that, he's tough to stop. "We still obviously have to keep growing as a group, getting better", said Al Horford following the contest.
And like Irving in the prior quarter, James went off in the fourth frame with 15 points to prevent any chance of a Celtics comeback. The 32-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 postseason games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games.
While Ottawa coach Guy Boucher made a habit of touting the Penguins' star power at center and the matchup problems it presented, Laviolette expressed nearly no angst about how he might defend Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin . So far five goals have been overturned by coach's challenges or league-initiated video review in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Hagelin still on the ice with the #Pens ' likely scratches.
James, who also had eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a blocked shot, then talked about "the beast of an opponent" that is waiting. His supporting cast of Kevin Love (15 points , 11 boards) and Kyrie Irving (24 points, 7 assists) more than played their part.
The victor of the match will enter final, while the losing team will have another shot at entering the title clash in the Qualifier 2 on May 19. Dhoni, who also led Chennai Super Kings for eight consecutive seasons, will become the only player to feature into seven Indian Premier League finales.
Chelsea went on to lose the FA Cup final as Arsenal denied the Premier League champions a double with a 2-1 victory at Wembley . With Arsenal 1-0 ahead halfway into the second half, Moses went down inside the Arsenal box close to Oxlade-Chamberlain but instead of awarding a spot-kick the referee showed the Chelsea wing-back a second yellow card for diving.
A decision is expected imminently on the future of the former Monaco boss whose contract runs out this summer. Victor Moses forced David Ospina into a fine save in the second period, before the Chelsea wing-back was given a second yellow card on 68 minutes for diving in the penalty area.
The Frenchman's future has been debated for months, with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign. As well as Arsenal moving ahead of Manchester United as the most successful team in the history of the FA Cup , Saturday's win also secured Wenger's spot as the competition's best manager.
Laviolette would know. This is his third Stanley Cup Final in the post-lockout era, winning the most famous trophy in sports in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. What do you call going more than half a hockey game without a single shot on goal? The Penguins won despite putting just 12 shots on goal. Evgeni Malkin has made it 1-0 Pittsburgh with a 5-on-3 power-play goal against Nashville in Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final .
Kerber, who replaced Williams atop the WTA rankings this month, was gone from Roland Garros by lunchtime on Day 1, putting up little resistance while being beaten 6-2, 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation. Mixing winners and unforced errors in nearly equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not overturn all the advantage.