Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to triumph in Spanish Grand Prix

Hamilton ran an alternative strategy, picking medium tyres for the middle stint while Vettel held them off until the end, and also benefited from pitting just as a virtual safety vehicle period was ending. "I was surprised that when I came out we were so close", Vettel said. We lost four seconds. Those seconds meant that when Vettel emerged from a second pit stop he was neck-and-neck with a har... [Full Article...]

Avery Bradley 'did it all' for Celtics in Game 5 victory

The Celtics were held to 93 or fewer points on four occasions during that stretch, including a 116-89 loss as 5 1/2-point underdogs in Game 3 of this series . One scorer that Boston can continue to rely on is Horford, who has shot lights out during the postseason. It may come as a shock to you, but scoring the basketball consistently will more often times than not put you ahead. [Full Article...]

Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals appeared on the verge of another unceremonious exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5 . Through blown 3-1 leads and Game 7s that nearly always ended with a handshake line as the other guys moved on. "Based on (Monday) night I don't see any reason why they won't". [Full Article...]

Penguins face Ottawa in playoff semis

Bobby Ryan's second overtime goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs was the difference-maker Saturday as the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Final . "We're both here for a reason". Marque defenseman Erik Karlsson (13) is the only Senator with more playoff points this year. Players will have exit interviews with general manager Bria... [Full Article...]

Kentucky Derby notes: Derby victor is big in Brooklyn

Kentucky Derby notes: Derby victor is big in Brooklyn The weather everyone in central Kentucky had been awaiting for four days finally arrived on Kentucky Derby night and bright blue skies with cool temperatures greeted those visiting the barns on the backside the morning after. "I mean, you can't help but root for him". He said he kind of went from having a lot of horse to not having a lot of horse in three strides. Few jockeys can claim they were h... [Full Article...]

Rafael Nadal sets up semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic in Madrid

Rafael Nadal sets up semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic in Madrid During a baseline exchange, Djokovic , believing a Lopez shot may have strayed long, paused for a moment to look down at the mark then refocused on the ball pushing back an off-pace forehand. Nadal won the encounter in the 2009 semi-finals, while Djokovic beat the Spaniard in the finals in 2011. The top-ranking Spaniard and four time victor in Madrid needed just an hour and 12 minutes befo... [Full Article...]

Spurs wrap up series with rout

Spurs wrap up series with rout They had a brief discussion with Harden after the game, and they described the MVP candidate as devastated. If you haven't paid close attention to the Spurs the last two years, you may not have known Simmons before last night . The stodgy, boring, window's-always-closing dynasty of a franchise didn't win a championship Friday night at the Toyota Center. As that 110-107 Spurs win unfolded, s... [Full Article...]

Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs

No player is going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP if his team doesn't win the Stanley Cup. "We're doing a good job in helping each other out", said Karlsson. Just don't mistake the joy that spilled onto the ice after beating the Rangers in six games with satisfaction. The best part about Erik Karlsson, and something I can nearly guarantee won't change, is that you won't end u... [Full Article...]

Game 6 tonight in Washington

Washington , D.C., sports fans were in need of a break. "He's a victor. He plays to win". "I was the first one in the gym, too, so I didn't see nobody else wearing black". Then he made one. "Knowing that we're on the road, we have to play great". Beal, after missing all seven of his 3-point attempts, drained a shot from beyond the arc and Wall tied the game by hitting two free throws with 41.2 sec... [Full Article...]

Transition-oriented Wizards getting physical in postseason

The Washington Wizards emphatically announced they are still in the series with a blowout win in Game 3 , but the emotion is threatening to do the team some harm. In Game 3 , Washington limited Thomas to 13 points on 8 shot attempts, and no three-point makes. We know we can. There has been no worse physical beef between two teams in recent memory than the Celtics and Wizards, especially in t... [Full Article...]

Experience sees Real through Atletico cauldron and into final

Experience sees Real through Atletico cauldron and into final The last (and only) meeting in the final came in 1998 in Amsterdam, Germany. "Now, though, I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life and it will be a great final". By then Atletico were 2-0 ahead. However, when it comes to tacticians, Dybala only has eyes for Allegri. However, the Frenchman has consistently recognised his loyalty to Simeone for turning him into one of the world's best pla... [Full Article...]

Antonio Conte is everyone's favourite manager after his classy Middlesbrough gesture

Antonio Conte is everyone's favourite manager after his classy Middlesbrough gesture Chelsea essentially clinched the Premier League title once Tottenham Hotspur fell at West Ham United last Friday night. After the match, the Spaniard said that he was advised to leave Chelsea after struggling to establish himself under manager Antonio Conte but that he made a decision to stay and prove he could meet the manager's demands. [Full Article...]

DeMar DeRozan Says Raptors Would Have Won If They Had LeBron James

Kyle Lowry will opt out of the final year of his contract with Toronto to test free agency. Now Toronto heads into an off-season of uncertainty, with questions not only about the future of Lowry , but coach Dwane Casey and free agents Serge Ibaka , P.J. [Full Article...]

USA to send delegation to China's Belt and Road summit

While this may not seem like the most thrilling subject matter for kids, China Daily apparently believes that it makes for the flawless bedtime story. For example, China has participated in a railway project connecting China and Laos, as well as in a highway in Pakistan. Under those circumstances, China's investment priorities have turned inward, and it is more hard to justify diverting ma... [Full Article...]

Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury

Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury Television cameras caught Parker clutching at his left knee before collapsing to the court, where he laid motionless for several minutes. Meanwhile, Houston's James Harden has also shared his concern about his fellow baller, saying (via ESPN ), "You never want to see a player injured, especially a guy like TP, who is closing down at the end of his career". [Full Article...]

Home Court Mastery of Celtics Over Wizards by Winning all Nine Games

After the Celtics' series-clinching, 22-point win at Chicago in the first round, Bradley was asked about some outward emotion he exhibited during the game. Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25! During Boston's first-quarter spurt on Wednesday, the Wizards missed eight-straight shots before it was ended by Otto Porter's basket. [Full Article...]

Chelsea not complacent ahead of West Brom tie, says Cahill

Now we need to do another step. West Brom, meanwhile, have tailed off since securing Premier League safety, winning just one of their last nine, but they remain a highly creditable eighth in the standings. "Cesc is showing (himself) to be a fantastic player and I'm pleased for him". In Italy it is very hard (to imagine) seeing a team relegated and the players receiving this. [Full Article...]

Capitals don't have answer for Penguins' 'compete level — LOVERRO

While six PPGs through eight games isn't the worst thing in the world, Washington is getting plenty of opportunities, and they can not capitalize on all of them. Can Pittsburgh's offense get any better? Less than a minute after the faceoff, Holtby made a save on Olli Maatta's shot from the point. So when Kessel hoisted the Stanley Cup past year, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in a Conn Smyt... [Full Article...]

Avery Bradley's defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Just in the National Basketball Association alone there have been six games in the last week that were won by at least 19 points. Shot 58 percent from the field (25 of 43) in the first half. The 67 points was the most any team had scored in the playoffs to this point. That lead to Jaylen Brown fouling Ian Mahinmi on a three pointer, but it's hustle like that that even a guy like Avery Bradley... [Full Article...]

Fleury, Penguins blank Caps in Game 7 10:43 pm Wed

Fleury, Penguins blank Caps in Game 7 10:43 pm Wed A second straight year of the Capitals heading into the second round with home-ice advantage against the talented Penguins, and once again the blew it. Later in the period, Daniel Winnik broke in alone on Fleury but fired wide. "They showed a lot of resiliency", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. He posted a.895 save percentage and he did not look good on several goals. [Full Article...]

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