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3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Tokyo Olympic program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program on Friday in an effort to give the games a more youthful and urban appeal. Some sports, such as canoeing, rowing and shooting have proposed dropping men's events in favour of women's ones, whilst boxing and weightlifting are proposing extra weight categories but without requiring additional athletes.

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Longhorns in the NBA Playoffs: The NBA Finals

So, don't crown the Dubs NBA champions quite yet. James, who has expressed a desire to own a team one day, cited the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s as examples of teams that spent for success. "We just want 16 wins, it doesn't matter how we get there, but now we're in this situation, why not take care of business?" After the Warriors went up, Irving missed a three-pointer from his favorite spot on the right side and the Warriors closed it out with four free throws in ...

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Andy Murray's march continues in Kei Nishikori fight back

The third seed has not lost a set on his way to a third successive semi-final in Paris . He'll play 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the last four tomorrow - as he did at the same stage previous year. "I'm happy with where my game's at". The turning point seemed to come at deuce in the third game of the second set, when Murray caught his ball toss and was sanctioned by umpire Carlos Ramos for taking too long between serves.

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Addison Russell returns to Cubs following MLB inquiry

They do have the power to suspend Russell if they deem it necessary. His wife, Melisa Russell, accused her husband of cheating in an Instagram post and implied that the couple was breaking up. Fantasy Impact It is too early to tell if any punishment or suspension will come of this, but Major League Baseball has proven that it is going to take domestic abuse very seriously.

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Everton make 'concrete proposal' for Chelsea striker

According to the Independent , Lukaku has already decided that he wants to rejoin Chelsea this offseason and he's going to turn down Manchester United's offer. However, Chelsea emerged as the front-runners after the Independent reported earlier this week that Lukaku had made up his mind on a return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Bolt will miss the crowds as he considers helping others

File photo of Usain Bolt . Sprint king Usain Bolt is determined to go out in a blaze of glory when he runs his final race here this weekend, even though his preparations have been disrupted by the death of his close friend Germaine Mason.

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Red Sox put Eduardo Rodriguez on disabled list

Red Sox: LHP Robbie Ross Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and placed on the 10-day DL with left elbow inflammation. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts react after defeating the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game, Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Baltimore .

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are Done, and They Know It

But Durant's three-point dagger over James was precisely the type of play the Warriors must have had in mind when they signed him last July in hopes of avenging their NBA Finals loss to the Cavs past year. "I watched a lot of film on them, and I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have".

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Pens smash Preds, close in on repeat

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a win away from a second straight Stanley Cup success after a 6-0 thrashing of the Nashville Predators . "I think they kind of took a page out of our way to play and it erupted in our face, but we know what we did wrong and we know we have to be better next game".

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Brits retire from America's Cup trials race with damage

When Burling and his crew capsized Ainslie immediately ordered his chase boat to assist the stricken yacht as the umpires cancelled the race. All six crew members were safe. Three races are planned to be sailed each day. "It was unbelievable racing in gusts up to 27-28 knots", the five-time Olympic champion said. The Kiwis won two of three races against Ainslie's Land Rover BAR on Bermuda's Great Sound to win the series 5-2 and advance to face the victor of the series between ...

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Sailing - Ainslie happy to be becalmed as America's Cup racing postponed

The British team retired in their first race of the day with Emirates Team New Zealand's victory already secured, but later dug deep to see off Groupama Team France in a thriller. But they could not repeat the feat against Oracle Team USA and with a win against Ben Ainslie's British team the US crew finished top of the qualifier table.

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Cleveland on the brink of NBA Finals loss

The Cavs could at least momentarily stall Golden State's momentum, and keep their visitors' locker room dry, by breaking up the Warriors' flawless playoffs with a win Friday. "I want to see how it feels to win at home", he said. "How can I make these guys champions?'" Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27.

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Draymond Green Says Clevelanders 'Don't Seem To Be The Sharpest People Around'

Draymond Green got whistled for a touch foul Kevin Love , and appeared to receive a technical foul for arguing the call. In the end, Draymond stayed on the court, Steve Kerr received a technical and the continued scrutiny of Game 4's officiating will most certainly be the headline regardless of the outcome.

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Kerr cracks that old-timers would kill Warriors

Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland where the Cavs will look to regain the magic that helped them overcome deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in last year's Finals. "The series is not over with", he said. Turning his back on Cleveland again? So that's what you want to do. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he never considered resting James or Irving with the game on the line.

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Wawrinka fights back to reach French final

While Wawrinka needed the best part of five hours to defeat world number one Andy Murray , Nadal brushed aside Dominic Thiem , the conqueror of Novak Djokovic in straight sets. "He s the best player ever on clay". Thiem fought hard to stay within touching distance in the first and second sets but Nadal ran away with the third.

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Wahab ruled out of Champions Trophy

In the field we were still six. Indian captain Virat Kohli on Sunday said he "felt like a club batter" when teammate Yuvraj Singh was in full flow during the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan . Ravindra Jadeja's run out: Though Pakistan had lost three wickets for 91 runs, yet the match could still have gone either way when Shoaib Malik was at the crease.

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3 reasons to sign LeBron James

James is doing everything he can to ensure the Warriors don't coast to a Finals sweep. (7 streight now.) So if James were to leave Cleveland for the more hard West Coast, it seems in character for him to want to win one more in Cleveland first - with his handpicked coach Tyronn Lue .

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Alonso: I'll be back with McLaren, if we're winning

But the team did not deliver on the upgraded engine for the Canadian Grand Prix and Hasegawa could not say when the new power unit would be available. (...) The atmosphere is totally different. "Everyone is proud of that race, that event", he said. The Spaniard has struggled in the first five races so far this season and just when McLaren looked like they were making progress with their vehicle, things have taken a turn for the worst.

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Australia denied Champions Trophy against Bangladesh

While Bangladesh slumped to an eight-wicket defeat against hosts England in the tournament opener, Australia's first match against New Zealand was largely affected by rain before it was eventually abandoned, and both the Trans-Tasman rivals earned a point each.

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Ronaldo brace wins it for Portugal

Earlier this year, it had beaten San Marino in a friendly for its first win after 86 consecutive matches. Ronaldo, who was the key to Real Madrid's triumphs in La Liga and the Champions League, scored two goals and assisted in the third against Latvia, the weakest side in the group.

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Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

NY (35-23) has won three straight, outscoring rivals Boston and Baltimore 25-3 over the last three nights, to equal a season high at 12 games over.500. Hicks batted.217 with eight homers and 31 RBIs for the Yankees a year ago after arriving in a trade with Minnesota for reserve catcher John Ryan Murphy, who began the day hitting.204 in Triple-A.

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Stan Wawrinka tops Andy Murray in semis

My tennis is good. Even when you're playing well, you're not going to win every match you play, but I put myself in a position to reach a slam final, so I'm obviously playing pretty good". Nadal has dropped only 22 games in five matches on an apparently unstoppable march to a record 10th title, but he is expecting another testing encounter.

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Pakistan up and running with rain-affected win over Proteas

Just three days after conceding 319 for three against arch-rivals India in a crushing 124-run opening defeat by the title-holders at Edgbaston, Pakistan were a transformed side on their return to the Birmingham ground. South Africa won the toss and made a decision to BAT first. However, the Pakistani side took hold of the game and succeeded in restricting South Africans to a modest 219.

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India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, Preview Champions Trophy 2017

A green-tinged pitch did not find favour with England captain Eoin Morgan but even on more placid surfaces the issue of how best to bat under grey skies, which can often set in all day in England , as many a cold fan knows, remains. The first game between England and Bangladesh at the Oval today will get the eighth edition of the tournament under way. Bangladesh play hosts England in their first match while India take on Pakistan on June 4 .

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Cavaliers extend National Basketball Association finals after ending Warriors' ideal run

He had his National Basketball Association record ninth triple double with 31 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. The Cavs scored 49 points in the first quarter, 86 points in the first half and hit 24 threes as a team, all NBA Finals records.

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Kohli sole Indian in Forbes highest paid athletes list, makes $22mn annually

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Conor McGregor's elite-level superstar status within the sporting world just became that bit more concrete as he was named among the top-25 highest paid athletes in the year 2016.

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Nadal for the 10th time made the final of Roland Garros

Wawrinka will get the chance to add a second Roland Garros title to his 2015 victory after hitting a sublime 87 winners. Given his resilience, it is hard to believe that Wawrinka is 32. He played a very tough match this afternoon, so he will be full of confidence for Sunday", Nadal told reporters referring to Wawrinka's five-set victory over top seed Andy Murray ."He's a risky player because he can hit the ball very hard.

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Djokovic And Agassi A Match made In Heaven?

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray previous year, has hired Agassi as part of his bid to win Roland Garros and become the first man in the Open era to win each of the four Majors at least twice. The conditions countered last year's first week - nippy, wet and generally unpleasant for all involved. "He's waiting for me for a serious talk", joked the 30-year-old after seeing off Granollers for the fourth time.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr marvels at how sports defy evolution

That's what the Warriors are focused on, not whether they could beat a team from years ago. Stephen Curry sidestepped the matter Friday, as teammate Draymond Green did Tuesday. For starters, the Warriors have Kevin Durant , a borderline 7-footer who has range out to half court, incredible defensive versatility and enough ball-handling ability to drive and attack the rim at will.

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Teenager Ostapenko shocks Wozniacki to reach last four

She is a great competitor who stayed in the match and didn't give up. In the quarterfinals Bacsinszky in two sets stopped hope France's Kristina Mladenovic . If they both win their quarterfinals, they would meet in a semifinal showdown. Rain canceled the men's quarter-finals on Tuesday. "Coming into this tournament, there were a few people who told me, "you have to be in the final to be number one".

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Nadal Crushes Thiem To Set Up Wawrinka Showdown

He's won the previous three, beating Nadal at the Australian Open in 2014, and Djokovic at Roland Garros two years ago and the U.S. Open last September. Particularly impressive was Murray's ability not just to return Wawrinka's smashes, but to hit winning shots off them. Thiem took over after that, winning the third set in only 20 minutes.

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Murray-Wawrinka, Nadal-Thiem in French Open semifinals

The match played out just as some key statistics suggest. Nadal , though, took care of that issue promptly. At the same time , Murray had nine winners as opposed to Wawrinka's 22. He's a bit more hesitant. "You have to learn your lessons and get through it stronger". Until Wawrinka ran away with the decider, this was the most compelling, high quality men's match of the tournament.

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Golden State Warriors eye historic 16-0, championship in Game 4

Golden State actually appeared to be in a bit of jeopardy on Wednesday night in Game 3, trailing by 113-107 late in the contest . One win from his first championship and probably the NBA Finals MVP award along with it, Durant is the ideal player in the flawless place.

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Real reject United's £52m bid for forward Morata

The Daily Telegraph's Matt Law reported as much on Friday after the Spaniard "agreed in principle to the terms that will be offered to him". However, it is believed that Real manager Zinedine Zidane wants to continue with Keylor Navas as the club's first choice keeper next season.

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Harry Kane Gunning for Messi, Ronaldo; Wants Ballon d'Or!

The post Kane to captain England against Scotland appeared first on Vanguard News . Wayne Rooney, still technically the team captain, missed out on the squad after a season-long struggle for form and fitness for Manchester United, handing Kane the opportunity to become the latest man to take on the armband.


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