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Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

Oh, if the Cavaliers upset the heavily favored Warriors and win a second straight title, the discussion might gain some legitimacy, but it's still not close enough to argue. Conversely, when MJ was 32, he had lost the love of basketball, and was swinging and missing curve balls in the Arizona Winter league while toying with the idea of "possibly" returning to the game .

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Another Warriors-Cavaliers Finals clash not bad for National Basketball Association

Golden State claimed the title in 2015, while Cleveland broke the drought to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy previous year. Frye and Korver had their minutes slashed in the last round but the Cavaliers figure to need their 3-point shooting now against the tougher Golden State defence.

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Per Mertesacker: Criticism makes me stronger

And maybe his last night managing an Arsenal team? Arsene Wenger insists he will head into Tuesday's board meeting to discuss his Arsenal future perfectly equipped with all he needs to secure a new contract - namely a replay of Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea .

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Horschel Beats Day In Playoff To Win Byron Nelson

While big-hitting Jason Kokrak has an AT&T Byron Nelson record five-stroke lead through 36 holes, he knows that is only halfway with plenty of other players who could make a weekend charge. It's his first PGA TOUR victory since 2014. McCarron shot a 69 and Parel 70. Funk shot a 72 to tie for fourth with Marco Dawson (66). Day had shot a final-round two-under par 68.

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Arsenal to announce Wenger stay on Wednesday - with a few small changes….

That apparently upset Wenger , but he will have to agree to some changes so as not to put more pressure on their relationship. Vieira had already left in 2005, Henry and David Dein - who was both the vice chairman and a trusted ally of Wenger in the boardroom - departed in 2007, and Arsenal veered toward bringing through youth players and cheaper signings.

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Hayne scores as NSW stun Queensland in State of Origin opener

If Queensland had won game one there might have been a sense of fait accompli for game two or the series . You'd be courageous to come out and make any bold statements about this being the end of Queensland's run due to the fact it has still got Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk there, who have been awesome over that 10-year period for the Maroons.

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Tedesco's Origin blinder blind-sided Queensland at Suncorp

Rugby League's State of Origin has once again swept all before it, recording another dominant victory in the ratings battle. The win at the MCG, however, had nothing on Wednesday night's flogging. "When I saw them it just pumped me up", he said. "I'm very happy with the officials appointed and we look forward to working with those through the game", Walters added.

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Denver Post sportswriter apologizes after facing backlash for Indianapolis 500 tweet

Just over 50 laps into the 200-lap race, driver Scott Dixon's auto flew through the air before ripping in half after colliding with driver Jay Howard. From his prioritization of his social life over support of racing overall, to his utmost desire to win at all costs, he's the world championship's version of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch.

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LeBron James' home in Los Angeles vandalized with racial slur

But even with Thomas, the Celtics had no chance. Over the past few years, this Golden State team has proven to be one of the greatest of all time . "We'll use it as fuel, use it as motivation", Love said. Man, were those finals entertaining. If anyone was going to upset the Warriors in this postseason in one game (they're 12-0, remember), it was Gregg Popovich and his brilliance.

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LeBron James house spray-painted in apparent hate crime

Q. The topic of parity has come up in the last couple weeks. Defensively, the Cavs' best option may be to remove Love from the court and go small with quicker, better defenders on James and Thompson. We will all have to wait and see how this series unfolds to find out. "And a big part of it is because he's always been a team-first guy". K.D. got roped into talking about it.

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Guentzel shines again as Pens pull clear of Preds in Game Two

The Nashville Predators won the first game of each of their first three series but couldn't repeat that scenario in Game One of the Stanley Cup final. The 34-year-old spent the first three rounds of the playoffs helping carry Nashville to the Final for the first time. PITTSBURGH (AP ) - The Pittsburgh Penguins kept Pekka Rinne plenty busy this time.

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Catfish watch is on for Game 2 of Cup Final

Through two games of the Stanley Cup final the Pittsburgh Penguins have been hanging on, leaning back on the ropes, as George Plimpton once wrote of the rope-a-dope, like a man leaning out his window trying to see something on his roof.

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VVS Laxman hails government decision to not play with Pakistan

The meeting between the two boards did not yield any decisive outcome and slim hopes of resumption of bilateral ties in the near future were dashed with outright rejection from the Indian government. "We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. What I can say is that we cannot play bilateral series with Pakistan until it stops cross-border terrorism", Goel told PTI when asked about the meeting between BCCI and PCB in Dubai on Monday.

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Cavaliers and Warriors set for ultimate Finals

Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship past year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. Commissioner Adam Silver sent a letter to all 30 owners imploring them to take a more active role in the decision-making process, saying it can "damage the perception of our game".

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Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

Jeff Van Gundy will be analyzing The Finals for a record 11th time and Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will be alongside Breen and Van Gundy for an eighth straight season. However, those were the only two games Irving has scored more than 28 points this postseason. Green was allowed to play, Cleveland's confidence was at an all time high, and both teams were at full strength.

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals

A massive defeat on Thursday night Game 5 would also leave the Celtics with the daunting principles of having to win the rest of the games to take the Eastern Conference Finals championship title - a almost impossible task against the Cleveland Cavaliers that since the four-time MVP LeBron James returned home to OH in 2014-15 season has a 33-4 playoff record against the Eastern Conference nemesis.

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Mr Met gives fan the finger, employee done with mascot duty

In their statement , the Mets said they did not condone the mascot's actions and that the matter will be handled internally. Despite walking eight, NY won for just the second time in seven extra-inning games. Josh Smoker was invigorated by his three-inning relief stint - in which he kept the Brewers scoreless - that culminated with the victory on Tuesday.

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Wenger signs new two-year deal with Arsenal

The Gunners then beat Newcastle in the FA Cup final to record the north London club's first Double since 1971. The true impact of cutting EPA's budget. Aspirations lowered at the Emirates. It is a decision that has once more divided opinion amongst the Arsenal fanbase. Gazidis defended the board's decision to stand by Wenger .

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Huddersfield striker learns the hard way that play-off medals are really heavy

Liam Moore and Jordan Obita , two of Reading's best performers this season, missed their penalties before Huddersfield's Christopher Schindler slotted in the winning spot-kick. The northern team will be the 49th different club to play in the Premier League since the competition's inaugural season in 1992. He replied: "In football you can't be sure of nothing [sic], but I still have a contract for another season".

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NFL shortens overtime to 10 minutes; group celebrations expected to be OK'd

The result could be more games ending in ties. The NFL owners have removed the 75-man roster, meaning teams will go from 90 players to 53 in one massive cutdown day, as per Ian Rapoport. . As ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Tuesday, there were 32,732 total plays during last year's National Football League regular season, and only 60 of them came in the final five minutes of overtime .

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LeBron James shifts focus from Finals to racism after vandalism

There is no doubt that Durant will lead the Warriors to win in six games because not only is he one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, but he is the missing X-factor from last year's team. James' presence makes the Cavaliers a real threat, despite Las Vegas pegging them as huge underdogs. Golden State's Klay Thompson set the record for most points in an National Basketball Association quarter with a 37-point third quarter against Sacramento on Jan 23, 2015.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signs two-year deal, targets title challenge

Register now to learn how DHS and Commerce are implementing CDM strategies. "When you can be where you love to be, that's easy". While the Frenchman has guided his teams to Champions League qualification in every season since 1997/98, this year they finished fifth, meaning they will play in the Europa League instead.

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LeBron's focus shifted from Finals to racism after vandalism

Nearly a year after James sat in this very place at Oracle Arena addressing the influence of Muhammad Ali following the heavyweight champion's death, James discussed the daily challenges of being black in the U.S. Let the Warriors shoot 50 percent, they're nearly certainly going to win. I can't go out there and do everything on my own, or I can't go out there and just let my team mates do all the work for me.

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Indy 500 banquet controversy: Fernando Alonso wins Rookie of the Year

Frei tweeted about Sato's win approximately an hour after Sato became the first Japanese victor in the Indy 500's history. However, it was Formula One driver Fernando Alonso earning Rookie of the Year honors and the $50,000 bonus that comes with it.

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Charges dropped for Preds fan who threw catfish on ice in Pittsburgh

Teams that win Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to also win the Stanley Cup 74 percent of the time since it went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. And it was once again led by the baby-faced son of a coach who has no problem shouldering the responsibility of playing alongside star Sidney Crosby .

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Hunt begins for 12th juror in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

Judge Steven O'Neill has rejected the argument from Cosby's team. The 11 jurors chosen so far include one black. "How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women; but pass off "boys will be boys" when white men are accused and how the politics of our country prove my disgust".

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Will Klay Thompson's struggles carry over to the NBA Finals?

However, the notion that LeBron James and the defending champions have only a small chance to end the season on top is a perplexing one to some. He returns this year more closely resembling the stat-stuffing machine he was in Minnesota than at any other time since he was traded following James' decision to come back to Cleveland .

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Champions Trophy 2017: Roy Will Definitely Play, Says Morgan

The inspirational Bangladesh captain, sitting beside the glittering piece of glory, was responding to a question of how far he was from the trophy. If they take pressure and play then that will not be good. "But we know we are also a better side". Actually there are a lot of expectations at home. But after seeing him charging in during practice yesterday, Morgan says he is expecting medical staff to give the thumbs-up.

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Shami key to India's Champions Trophy prospects: Irfan Pathan

The decision will remain the same throughout the tournament. India defeated England in the last iteration of the tournament in 2013 in a truncated final that allowed the then captain MS Dhoni to become the only skipper in cricket history to have won all the major ICC trophies.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham keeping key players like Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham will keep their key players after they thrashed Leicester 6-1 on Thursday . "There is no reason for players like Harry to leave the club". The 23-year-old would surely have scored more than 40 if he hadn't missed two chunks of this season with ankle injuries, and Pochettino spoke glowing about Kane's appetite for success.

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Alan Shearer sends message to Arsenal fans after FA Cup victory

Conte says Fabregas was brought on to supply more vertical passes. The good: There have been countless Lions-themed shows on Sky as the countdown is nearly over for the tour to New Zealand to get under way but if you get the chance, and it is bound to be on again, have a watch of The Invincible Lions, the story of that tour to South Africa in 1974.

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Ex-prosecutor says Tiger Woods' statement was legal blunder; video released

Eventually, the officer has Woods take off his shoes before performing the field sobriety tests. Jupiter police on Wednesday released a dashcam video showing Woods taking sobriety tests. He also stops to tie his shoe, but reaches for the wrong one and is reminded that it is other shoe that has come undone. According to a police report obtained by Us Weekly , authorities had to wake up the athlete.

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Predators look to close out Ducks on home ice

Subban, James Neal , Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen , as well as Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg - were obtained in exchange for homegrown products. And it's up to us to score more goals than they do. Should Nashville win, it will advance to the Stanley Cup Final to meet either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Ottawa Senators .

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Cavaliers-Warriors set to re-ignite rivalry

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are like two boxers making their way to the ring. "Obviously it's a new season, especially this last series of the season, and we gotta bring it", Durant said of the best-of-seven clash.

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Writer Slammed for Tweet About Japanese Indy 500 victor

The Denver Post repeatedly apologized for Frei's tweet, then made a personnel decision. 'The tweet doesn't represent what we believe nor what we stand for. The Dale Coyne Racing driver caught minimal damage in the Scott Dixon , Jay Howard crash on Lap 45, and the team spent the first half responding to it.


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