There were nights of futility certainly, including against Crosby and Henrik Zetterberg, and he got hammered in the faceoff circle (46.8 percent), but generally Matthews held his own while leading all Leaf forwards in garnering nearly 18 minutes of ice time per night.
I am focused on the next game", he said. It all sounds a bit better than the usual vote of confidence but I still wouldn't bet against them sacking Bilic if they sink any lower this season! Bilic wouldn't be drawn right into a conversation about his future, saying: "Even in that great interval, when reporters were talking of a fresh contract, I said we weren't concluded and there were plenty of matches to play".
The Clippers won three of four meetings against the Jazz with all three wins coming by double digits so I'm definitely looking at the Clippers to come out on top in this series, especially given that this is probably the last run for these Clippers.
James and the Miami Heat defeated IN every year IN the playoffs from 2012-2014, though the Pacers always won at least two games IN the series. "We definitely have the group to do it", said Kevin Love . "It's great to see", Lue said. I guess it follows us, but we somehow manage to keep it altogether. But critics are quick to point out that these are not last season's Cavs , and their four-game season-ending losing streak and stumbling 23-23 finish are all the proof you need of that.
Jose Mourinho appeared less than impressed with Manchester United's travelling support and their confusing choice of songs during the win over Sunderland. However, a third goal for United, courtesy of Marcus Rashford rounded off a comfortable win for the Red Devils. "Afterwards we play with one more , sometimes it can be more hard and sometimes it can be an advantage".
Russell Westbrook may or may not be this season's NBA MVP, but he will go down in the record books nonetheless. Green finished the night with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists . "It's something that I could never dream about growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles ", Westbrook said. The Thunder head into Memphis on an extremely high note.
His 67 was the best round of the day . LEADING Justin Rose (67) and Sergio Garcia (70) were at 6-under 210. "I take a lot of confidence from the fact that I played in the final group with Jordan in 2015 and played well", he said. He fired a 3-iron across the water and into the wind to the 15th green for a two-putt birdie and shot 69. "It just the great players in front, and in conditions like this, it's going to be hard because you're going to have to make it happen", Scott said.
SUBS: Rodriguez 0, Long 0, Boufal 0. If Manchester City's players can step up to the plate and play to their potential, we could see heavy scoring and potentially something that gets out of hand. Pep Guardiola is gearing up for a semi-final - and a final - after Manchester City swept aside Southampton 3-0. Ward-Prowse curled the past the left-hand post from a free-kick, but the hosts fell behind as Southampton saw the best and the worst of Forster.
As the cars made their second attempts, of the top three, Bottas was the only one able to improve upon his time. "When I got the time, I was a bit down to be honest". "I think it's something that a great driver needs to have, to analyse your mistakes and then overcome them and move on", he added. "Obviously, I will try my hardest to win the race but whichever the case, he's going to have one (victory) at some stage this year".
The French Open, to some extent, we will see what happens, there is no pressure there really. As his forehand started to prove increasingly potent, Federer eventually converted his sixth break point - and third of the game - when a powerful cross-court stroke forced Nadal to net.
While the Capitals had one player making his National Hockey League playoff debut on Thursday, Toronto had nine, and Washington used that experience to their advantage in scoring three unanswered goals to come back and top the Maple Leafs in overtime.
Some brilliant soccer skills from Franco Sabato brought Argentina level at the break though, after he broke away to score from 60 metres out. "We picked up a few injuries in Hong Kong but the good thing is we had a few guys already in Hong Kong playing in the 10s event who are now able to come into the sevens team, ' says coach Scott Waldrom".
The Pacers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. With all that in mind, we gathered for a super-mega playoff edition of the 8 Points, 9 Seconds Roundtable.
With 2:33 to go, and the game tied at 1-centreman Frank Vatrano scored the first goal for Boston less than five minutes into the third, and in his playoff debut-a blocked Patrice Bergeron shot rebounded and landed on Marchand's stick. Miller left Game 1 during the second period with a lower-body injury after a collision, and did not return. It was about trying to prepare for them for what was going to happen - the intensity and the emotion that comes into a playoff game right from the start.
Conte and Mourinho exchanged angry words on the touchline during meetings between the Blues and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this season. Conte was of course saying that very tongue in cheek, and has the utmost respect for Jurgen Klopp, with the two exchanging friendly conversation ahead of and after matches.
The former Sweden global has now hit the back of the net 250 times in his career since he turned 30, and likened himself to Benjamin Button who ages in reverse in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button . Rashford capped a comfortable win in the 89th minute when United broke and Ibrahimovic teed up the England youngster to fire a fizzing shot into the bottom-left corner from an acute angle.
The Canadiens , who lost in six games to the Rangers in the 2014 East finals, won their division and boast Olympic gold medallist Carey Price in goal. Vigneault has always preached a mantra that doesn't differentiate from player to player. "We've got to dig a little bit deeper to come up with those second chances".
Real Madrid just published their starting lineup for the upcoming Madrid Derby against Atletico de Madrid . The French worldwide wasn't to be denied from another excellent through ball from Carrasco with five minutes remaining, however, as he coolly fired past the advancing Navas at the near post for his 23rd goal of the season.
EDT at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs have the Eastern Conference's best home record. James and the Miami Heat defeated IN every year IN the playoffs from 2012-2014, though the Pacers always won at least two games IN the series.
He had been shown his first booking for delaying a Malaga free-kick while tying his shoelaces, and got his second yellow after charging into Diego Llorente. Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann's strike five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking about what went through his mind at the time , Klopp said: "I don't think what I say is too important". We realised this morning that training is a distraction. UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press the governing body was in touch with all parties. But the head of domestic intelligence for the region, Burkhard Freyer, said investigators had not ruled out the extreme-right, the far-left or hooligans of being behind the attack.
Pakistan Test veteran Younis Khan has revealed that the upcoming series against West Indies will be his last as an global cricketer. "I think Misbah's time is up", former captain turned commentator Ramiz Raja said at the time. Pakistan have switched left-arm fast bowlers in the only change to the line-up that failed to defend a total of 308 for five on Friday, Junaid Khan coming into the team at the expense of Wahab Riaz .
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the importance of Harry Kane , saying that the club's star striker is as vital to them as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona. Spurs have won all five matches, scoring 13 times, since Kane limped off against Millwall, and they were 4-0 up before the striker replaced Vincent Janssen on the hour.
Ndidi who was just a booking away from getting a one-match ban kept It clean and is now inline to feature in the all important second leg clash. Kasper Schmeichel insists Leicester can still book a dream Champions League semi-final spot.
He's become an very bad lot of fun to watch. The Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester to the hill tonight and the hometown St. Louis Cardinals will counter with Carlos Martinez . He was saluted with a standing ovation. Then, as if to answer the naysayers who claimed the contract was paying Molina for his past instead of his future, collected a pair of hits in his first two at-bats.
I was hoping he would be out of Tennessee a couple years ago just to experience something different. Devin McCourty admits there is a line of demarcation regarding Bill Belichick's interest in his opinions, but the New England Patriots' top safety does have some advice for the GM version of his coach.
Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit protected the lead with Benoit retiring three big Washington bats - Bryce Harper , Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman - to earn his first save of the season. That familiarity with opposing hitters doesn't change the preparation for Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 1.98 ERA), who will make the start Sunday at Washington (6-5) in the series finale.
The quest for the Larry O'Brien Trophy will begin this afternoon when the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers begin their first round series. The Eastern Conference had gotten better and we understand that. Sure, they kept score - so winning was preferable to not winning - but Lowry had more important things to work on during is abbreviated evening. "It's going to be tough".
Lue said the rotation just didn't work to get him in to the game, as nine players saw action. The Cavaliers came out shooting, and hitting, early in Game 1, and that aggressiveness led to a 34-29 advantage after the first quarter. "I think he made the right play and you live with the results". "What you see from good players is those guys being able to elevate their game", McMillan said.
Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were among the goals as Manchester City crushed Southampton 3-0 to move up to third spot in the Premier League. Mousa Dembele and Heung-Min Son both netted within the space of three first-half minutes and Harry Kane, starting for the first time in almost five weeks, later joined Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry as only the fourth player to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons.
Jacare pressured Whittaker early but couldn't complete his first takedown. Souza fell to the ground and Whittaker unleashed a savage series of ground-and-pound. This time he saw the finish and followed Jacare to the canvas with savage intent, unloading with a flurry of punches and elbows that forced the referee to stop the fight.
Perhaps the one question over Silva's claim to true greatness is a lack of goals, scoring just 49 times in seven seasons at City. 'Apart from that, I had no particular reason, he was training good like Willy. The prolific Brazilian worldwide made a tentative return to the training pitch last week less than two months after travelling to Barcelona for surgery on a fractured metatarsal in his right foot suffered during the early stages of a Premier League victory at Bournemouth in mid-February.
What's at stake: With a win, Celtics clinch the No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference . The Celtics are the No. 1 seed in the East , but certainly not the most feared-as long as LeBron James has working limbs, every conversation starts with him.
The 26-year-old's stunning second-half free-kick provided a crucial third goal on Saturday as it calmed Chelsea's nerves in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. "Because for sure Tottenham has great desire to win the title". "We understand our program is hard. We've been there nearly all season, we are showing we want to be there, we're playing very good and fighting for it and that's what we need yo keep doing".
Just two months after the St. Louis Blues started his planned retirement a few months early by relieving him of his duties as their coach, Hitchcock agreed to return as coach of the Dallas Stars , replacing Lindy Ruff after the Stars finished in sixth in the Central Division and ended up with just 79 points, their lowest total in a full season since 1996.
Ibrahimovic has played every single minute of the 27 Premier League games he has started - he missed three through suspension - and he admits fatigue was a factor in his display against Anderlecht. Meanwhile The Blues, who hold a four-point lead at the summit prior to kick-off, are looking to make it three wins out of three against United this season, having also defeated them in the FA Cup.
Louis starting on Wednesday.) But if the fates of those Blues and Predators teams tell us anything, it's that the Wild might not be able to escape the first round. If the Wild gets past the Blues, they'll face the victor of the Blackhawks/Predators. To avoid that fate, they're going to need Dubnyk to return to his spectacular midseason form.
I was in the changing room to stay with my players. "I'm sure in the next games they'll be more clinical". "They know very well the situation". "It was a big win for us, it wasn't easy because when you play against City it's normal to suffer in some parts of the game, but I think we suffered as a team in the right way".
Despite the point earned, it was another blow to United's ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League through a top-four finish in the league. Despite this, Mourinho believed United was wrongly disallowed a goal from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header.
And for the third year in a row, a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals is a real possibility. Durant is known for his offense, but his defense was key in nearly allowing the Oklahoma City Thunder to upset Golden State in the 2016 Western Conference Finals .