England's sublime batting secures opening Champions Trophy victory

A brilliant batting display helped England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in Group A match of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at the Kennington Oval here on Thursday. Bangladesh are appearing in the Champions Trophy group stage for the first time since 2004, while England have progressed beyond the group stage in three of their last four attempts. [Full Article...]

Cavs vs. Warriors Odds: NBA Finals 2017 Betting Preview

They will have their hands full, however as the Cavaliers boast an elite offense headed by Lebron James . James is arguably playing the best post-season basketball of his career yet the Warriors are the over-riding favourites to lift their second title in three years. [Full Article...]

Kevin Durant Returns to the NBA Finals in Exclusive Nikes

Kevin Durant Returns to the NBA Finals in Exclusive Nikes The Cavs began last year's finals in similar fashion when they lost two in a row, but Durant's formidable presence will make any comeback even more hard this time around. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals and were poised to make it two in a row in last year's June showdown but James and his team stormed back to victory. [Full Article...]

Are the Cavaliers and the Warriors Bad for Basketball?

Like the Warriors , the Cavaliers enter this year's Finals healthy. Golden State won in 2015, while Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit to win its first Championship a year ago. He is one of those players, who takes his game to another level in such stages. How will revenge factor for Game 1 of the NBA Finals? He's good to go for 30 points or more any night, and the Warriors were ... [Full Article...]

Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead

Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead The Nashville Predators came to PPG Paints Arena with a plan to assert themselves in the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It had all vanished so suddenly for Nashville and its goalie, snatched away by this black-and-gold nitrous button of a Pittsburgh Penguins team. [Full Article...]

Durant not feeling pressure of NBA Finals expectations

The teams split the regular season series this year, with the home team winning each match. He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009. Green wanted the matchup with the Cavaliers after Golden State fell short a year ago despite his brilliant Game 7 , and now here it comes. "I really think LeBron's l... [Full Article...]

LeBron, Cavaliers dispatch Celtics to set up finals trilogy with Warriors

After dropping the first two games of the East Finals in embarrassing fashion to the Cavs, the Celtics are a meager 5-4 at the TD Garden during the playoffs. -Boston became the first team in playoff history to never lead during three games played at home. Williams had previously combined eight points in the first four games of the series . [Full Article...]

Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

Earlier this January LeBron James stated that he thinks there is no great rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden States in his interview. "Like trying to turn the antenna, because that's all we had back then, right?" he said Wednesday in the chaos of NBA Finals Media Day at Oracle Arena. [Full Article...]

Predators fan charged after throwing catfish onto ice during Game 1

The Penguins shooting percentage was a hefty 41.6 percent in Game 1 . Malkin scored on a 5-on-3 15:32 into the first, Sheary's first of the playoffs made it 2-0 just 65 seconds later and when Bonino's innocent centering pass smacked off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm's left knee and by Rinne just 17 seconds before the end of the period, Pittsburgh was in full command. [Full Article...]

India will beat Pakistan, win Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman

India will beat Pakistan, win Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman Mohun Bagan beat Tapan Memorial Club by seven wickets riding on Saha's 32-ball 44 in a low-scoring affair. The only world cricket event England have won was in 2011 when Paul Collingwood's England t20 team won the t20 World Cup, in the Caribbean. [Full Article...]

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

Until this season, nobody had played the same team three ties. Because of the dominance of these two great teams, the NBA Playoffs haven't been too thrilling to watch. They're going to shoot tough shots. And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant . [Full Article...]

Ab says South Africa remain confident despite England loss

From Group A , Australia and Pakistan won two games each and passed to the Semi-Finals and from Group B , New Zealand and England won two games each to move on to the Semi-Finals. "There is a lot of expectation". India are the defending champions and one of the favourites. They can raze 300-plus targets and raise 400-plus mountains with seamless ease. [Full Article...]

Pick your British & Irish Lions XV for the All Blacks Test series

Pick your British & Irish Lions XV for the All Blacks Test series Ben Smith wanted to play for the Highlanders against the British and Irish Lions but his country called. "Provincial sides have beaten the Lions in the past". England's World Cup-winning supremo Sir Clive Woodward was given the task of leading the Lions to New Zealand - traditionally their toughest destination - but it proved a miserable mission. [Full Article...]

Pittsburgh holds off Predators in Game 1

Cullen, like Rutherford, is in search of his third Cup - he won with Carolina in 2006 and rejoined Rutherford in Pittsburgh a year ago to help the Penguins to the title. The Pittsburgh Penguins went more than 37 minutes without a shot on goal Monday night. Guentzel finally got the Penguins a shot and the go-ahead goal and his 10th of the playoffs with just over three minutes left. [Full Article...]

Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

On nights like Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final , when a brief early flurry led to a baffling lull only to end how so many games have ended for the Penguins over the last two springs: with the bigger number on the scoreboard next to their name and the guys on the other bench wondering how Pittsburgh got away. [Full Article...]

Celtics' valiant effort falls short in Game 4 loss

Celtics' valiant effort falls short in Game 4 loss Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue , whose Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from an NBA Final rematch with the Golden State Warriors , said Wednesday coaching against the Boston Celtics without Isaiah Thomas has presented a whole different set of obstacles. [Full Article...]

LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

They call them "super teams" in some quarters, National Basketball Association rosters constructed with multi hall-of-famers, brilliant players in the primes of their careers who band together to lay wreckage to the rest of the league, teams that stand so far apart that there are those who wonder how much of a scourge they are on the game. [Full Article...]

Love explains why the Cavaliers aren't underdogs in the NBA Finals

The Spurs were swept next, unable to provide any resistance in the superpower's prodigious playoff march. LeBron James is 32 and has been in the league 13 years. Analysis: Neither guard has impressed this postseason, but JR Smith has actually played better. "I'm doing my homework, I'm doing every possible thing to put this team in every situation to win". [Full Article...]

LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness Even LeBron James has conceded that the Warriors are "a beast" and "a juggernaut". The Boston Celtics clearly had something to say about that. Smith wrote. A bettor putting his money on the Cavaliers could win $250 by putting down $100. Thursday night could be the final time we see Brad Stevens draw up one of those magnificent out-of-timeout plays this season. [Full Article...]

Hornqvist set to return for Pens, Fisher for Preds in Game 1

Bonino sealed it with an empty-netter. Blocked shots are part of that, as the Penguins average 18 a game. The Penguins took home the title past year after it defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games. Nashville plays a similar style, but is arguably better defensively, and should be able to handle the Penguins in low scoring games. "I think that's their No. [Full Article...]

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