Author: 0 NBA, NHL finals will feature defending champions

That popular sports cliché is about as truthful as a dating profile, especially with oddsmakers setting a record-high betting total for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "It's a little different, definitely". You just looked at him like, 'How did you finish that shot?' Taking it up, moving so much and getting the contact.

Author: 0 Chelsea cancel victory parade after Manchester attack

I want to win the cup for my club and that's all I care about. "I am happy, for this season I am happy, and I hope to stay here for many years". "We are sure our fans will understand this decision", Chelsea said. "That's why I took a risk and I'm very happy". Not many players who go for £30million+ can be labelled a bargain, however Chelsea could have paid double that for the central midfielder and it still would be good value for money.

Author: 0 Charlotte and the Indianapolis 500 connection

He will start eleventh on the grid and will be looking to follow Damon Hill in winning his first Indy 500 as a rookie after exchanging engine sizes from Formula One. "Then, of course, Andretti's team and INDYCAR's team ". “I know this is a race that everyone has a chance to win; this is an unpredictable race , ” he said.

Author: 0 Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win FA Cup

Costa then equalised for Chelsea with 14 minutes to go, seemingly putting the Premier League champions into the driving seat, but Ramsey popped up shortly after to deflate their counterparts and Arsenal held on to lift the trophy. Chelsea never properly recovered from that body blow and Arsenal could have been out of sight before halftime. Ozil's corner was headed on to a post by Welbeck and Ramsey also hit the woodwork from three yards out.

Sports Debut goal a dream come true for Man Utd's Harrop
Author: 0 Debut goal a dream come true for Man Utd's Harrop

That's what I did and it helped me progress in the game. Mourinho has found it hard lately to juggle the heavy fixture list that has piled up for Manchester United as they battled for the highest place in the Premier League , meanwhile contesting in Europe mid-week to get to the final.

Sports Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind
Author: 0 Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind

Despite their monetary muscle, Jose Mourinho's side struggled to keep up with the pace-setters in the Premier League and looked sluggish at times in the knockout stages of the Europa League . "He studies the rivals a lot and he obviously watched so many Ajax matches, particularly the one against Lyon in the semi-final". As it stands, Sporting Lisbon and Hoffenheim are both possible opponents, while Viktoria Plzen, CSKA Moscow, Club Brugge, Steaua Bucharest, Young Boys and Nice will ...

Author: 0 Cavs coach Lue says Celtics more hard to defend than Warriors

James hit a three-pointer in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics that gave him 29 points in the game, at that stage 5989 points in his post-season career. Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. We didn't cry when guys went down. The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs.

Sports Aaron Ramsey gives Arsenal deserved FA Cup victory against Chelsea
Author: 0 Aaron Ramsey gives Arsenal deserved FA Cup victory against Chelsea

A controversial goal from Alexis Sanchez and a second-half victor from Aaron Ramsey was enough to see off Chelsea . This is Arsenal's 13th FA Cup victory and the seventh of the Arsene Wenger era. Mesut Ozil had a shot back-heeled off the line by Gary Cahill while Chelsea had an wonderful escape when Danny Welbeck's header thumped against the post and Ramsey bundled the ball back against the same upright.

Author: 0 Travis hits grand slam, Blue Jays beat Rangers 7

With Darvish set to face Estrada in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8 runs. Travis has turned it on in May after a slow start in April as he returned from offseason knee surgery. Danny Barnes and Ryan Tepera followed Loup from the bullpen. With men on second and third, Estrada struck out Joey Gallo to end the inning. "He was painting down and away to lefties especially", Rangers outfielder Jared Hoying said.

Author: 0 Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes history with Europa League final goal

The England worldwide came on as a late substitute on Wednesday night as United beat Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final to book their place in next season's Champions League. "[Agents] don't have my number", Mourinho said. "It means for the club the last piece of the puzzle, it is now like Ajax is and some other clubs - a club with every trophy in the world of football".

Author: 0 Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

He played the first 116 games of his 11-year career, one that finished with 58 sacks and a place in the Seahawks' ring of honor as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame. David Baker , president of the Hall of Fame, issued a statement Tuesday: "Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field".

Author: 0 Juventus: Allegri to roll out big guns against Bologna

There will be no contract talks before next weekend's showdown and Allegri insists his future will not be determined by the outcome in Cardiff. "Hopefully we can add another trophy in Cardiff". "We have to think about winning first and foremost", he said. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.

Author: 0 Antonio Conte hails Chelsea stalwart John Terry

As a player that is all you want, honesty. There were some positives, but it was overall a good game and I'm proud of my team'. However, he was smiling again when Fabregas swept the ball home from the edge of the area for Chelsea's victor.

Author: 0 Spurs exploring run at Clips' Paul

If he leaves the Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs appear to be the biggest threat. A report by ESPN confirms that the Spurs are regarded as a real "threat" to lure Paul away from the Clippers, making it a rather big story as the National Basketball Association offseason draws closer .

Author: 0 Aaron Ramsey header hands Gunners FA Cup glory

And it might just be enough to stem the tide of protests against Wenger, as the record 13-time FA Cup winners are yet to announce a new contract for the 67-year-old Frenchman for next season. Rather than imploding, Arsenal was back in front within three minutes. Antonio Conte's men made a marked improvement after the break and became the dominant force, but Victor Moses' second booking and subsequent red card for appearing to dive left Chelsea with a mountain to climb in their ...

Author: 0 Gerrard confident Liverpool FC can secure top targets

The Gunners were top of the Premier League table on 5 December, but a calamitous run of form in February and March saw their title challenge disintegrate, while they were unceremoniously eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Author: 0 Prince William leads FA Cup final tribute to Manchester dead

Just four minutes in, Alexis Sanchez found the back of the net, but it was after what looked like a possible handball from the Chilean and an offside on the Gunners. "Everything should go on as normal. and not change anything that we do". Fair play, it paid off and hopefully he'll be here next season. "You can't do 35 years as a football manager if you think you are not the right man to do the job".

Author: 0 Stokes hits century in England's 6-330

Buttler (65no), who had a close umpire's call for lbw on eight, went on to hit four of five fours in one over off Phehlukwayo as he and Moeen Ali took England's predictable big finish to 111 in the last 10. Next ball produced another edge, with de Kock failing to hold a more hard chance. Stokes, from Cockermouth, scored 25 at Headingley in England's 72-run victory on Wednesday as they posted 339 for six.

Author: 0 Rafael Nadal handles Novak Djokovic in Madrid semifinals

The flawless clay-court season of Rafael Nadal continues. "This is a very emotional period of the season", Nadal said. What has further aided Nadal's surge is that everyone else seems to be out of sort. Nadal broke in the opening game of set two and made it stand up. He was broken three consecutive times in the first set, and once in the second to give Coric a 5-3 lead that the young Croatian converted to close out the match .

Sports Borussia Dortmund edge Eintracht Frankfurt to win DFB Pokal final
Author: 0 Borussia Dortmund edge Eintracht Frankfurt to win DFB Pokal final

Some awesome stories have taken place. The goals dried up as they failed to score in nine of these 14 games, whilst they also conceded at least twice in 10, which certainly isn't a good combination. Shinji Kagawa created the first big opportunity of the second half when he flashed the ball across goal from the left on 50 minutes, with Frankfurt's defence stretched to its limit trying to stop Pulisic from nudging his men ahead.

Author: 0 Predators looking to clinch series on home ice Monday

Rakell has collected seven goals and six assists in 15 playoff games for Anaheim , which entered Saturday's tilt tied 2-2 in the series . ANAHEIM , Calif. “We have two must-win games now, so we dont really have a choice whether to bring our effort or not, ” Ducks forward Chris Wagner said. As coach Peter Laviolette put it, the guys know what's at stake.

Sports Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Result
Author: 0 Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Result

Khan has already suggested that he is happy to take on Brook, provided he comes through the toughest test of his welterweight career, against Spence Jr. Taking into consideration that Kell Brook is not only the incumbent IBF champion, but is also nearly exclusively the ratings and live gate draw while fighting the relatively unknown Errol Spence Jr., the current champ should pull in a cool guaranteed £3 million for his mandatory title defense with a Sky Sports PPV incentive.

Sports Bourdais recovering from pelvis surgery after barrier crash
Author: 0 Bourdais recovering from pelvis surgery after barrier crash

Bourdais crashed during Saturdays qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 , leaving him with multiple fractures in his pelvis and a fractured right hip. Officials said he never lost consciousness. "He was at 239mph on the straights, and the lap time was over 1mph more than anyone else had done. I saw Sébastien this (Sunday) morning and he is better than I expected ".

Author: 0 Barcelona wins Copa del Rey in Luis Enrique's last game

Lionel Messi sent Barca on their way before Neymar and Paco Alcacer made the game safe in the last ever competitive game at the Vicente Calderon . It is unlikely that " Barcelona " will give a trophy, and this no doubt most of the experts. And all this plays out against the backdrop of Messi's still unsigned new contract.

Sports Stan Wawrinka beats Mischa Zverev, retains Geneva Open title
Author: 0 Stan Wawrinka beats Mischa Zverev, retains Geneva Open title

Moscow-born Zverev, ranked 33, will face either top seed and home favourite Stan Wawrinka or Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the final where he will be trying to win a first ATP title. Defending champion Wawrinka, meanwhile, came from a set and a break down to beat Sam Querrey 4-6 7-5 6-2. He then rallied from 4-2 down in the final set tie-break and earned a match point at 6-5 with a backhand passing shot victor.

Author: 0 Sidney Crosby spent Game 6 getting bullied by the Ottawa Senators

Forward Kyle Turris believes channeling some of that success will help them turn the tables on the Penguins and earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final . "He was a monster for us", said defenceman Marc Methot . "Our guys know the big picture", Laviolette said. "To see it go in I think we, and the collective community, took a breath of relief".

Author: 0 Alexis Sanchez gives Arsenal the lead

This was the first time in Wenger's 21-year reign as manager they have failed to do so. According to reports, the Czech global was devastated by the choice of the Gunners boss. "Winning the Cup would be the flawless time to bow out, but I think it would reaffirm his belief that he can still do the job". Arsenal could have had another late on, but Mesut Ozil struck the post from inside the area.

Sports Rory McIlroy Withdraws from 2017 Memorial Tournament with Rib Injury
Author: 0 Rory McIlroy Withdraws from 2017 Memorial Tournament with Rib Injury

The 28-year-old four-time major champion hasn't played since the Players Championship earlier this month. McIlroy suffered an aggravation of the rib problem at The Players Championship and is taking "a conservative approach" to recovery. No timetable has been released for McIlroy's return, but the next major tournament is the U.S. Open on June 15. Nonetheless, McIlroy pulled out of a scheduled start at this week's BMW PGA Championship in England, the flagship tournament on the ...

Author: 0 Ferguson criticises Arsenal fans over Wenger treatment

With their Champions League hopes lost for the first time in nearly two decades, things could go from bad to worse for Arsenal , who look set to be without both the Brazilian and Koscielny for the FA Cup final. "It has been hard, yes, and certainly my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment". The news will be a huge concern to Arsene Wenger as the Gunners boss faces the prospect of heading to Wembley without three of his ...

Sports Lions Sign RB Matt Asiata To One-Year Deal
Author: 0 Lions Sign RB Matt Asiata To One-Year Deal

Asiata appeared in all 16 games last season, starting six, and rushed for 402 yards and six scores on 121 carries. "He's a very good pass protector and he carries the ball". Abdullah missed most of the 2016 season with a foot injury and Riddick is now still recovering from wrist surgery . Chris Tomasson of the St.

Author: 0 Warriors favored over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

It's cute". James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals . The Celtics are the only team to beat the Cavs in this year's playoffs and they do have a good chance to do it again with the home court advantage, but as we have seen, if LeBron and Kyrie are on their game, few teams are able to contend.

Author: 0 West Brom -- Player Ratings

He received a hero's welcome when he came on for the last 30 minutes of the win over the Baggies and was full of praise for the club. West Brom: Ben Foster 7, Allan Nyom 6, Craig Dawson 5, Jonny Evans 5, Marc Wilson 4, Claudio Yacob 5, Nacer Chadli 5, Darren Fletcher 5, Jake Livermore 5, Chris Brunt 5, Salomon Rondon 5.

Sports Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals
Author: 0 Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

The Celtics started Game 4 in the driver's seat but lifted by Irving's 42-points, and James' 34-points, the 3rd and 4th quarters belonged exclusively to the Cavs. "He's human, so he's going to have a night like this", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue . The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year's finals, set an National Basketball Association record in winning their 13th straight playoff series potential closeout game.

Author: 0 Cavs and Warriors go at it again for title

Moments after the Cleveland Cavaliers had finished off the Boston Celtics Thursday, completing another inevitable run to the NBA Finals, LeBron James sought out Isaiah Thomas , who had been relegated to spectator for the majority of this series.

Sports Morales homers, Blue Jays bullpen holds off Brewers 4-3
Author: 0 Morales homers, Blue Jays bullpen holds off Brewers 4-3

Alford advanced to third on a Kevin Pillar ground out, but the Jays weren't able to get him across with a much needed insurance run as Ezequiel Carrera and Kendrys Morales each popped out. The Blue Jays scored another run in the fifth thanks to a sac fly by Luke Maile after the Chris Coghlan (single) and Ryan Goins (double) lead off the inning with back-to-back hits.

Sports Exeter coach Rob Baxter relishing Premiership showdown with Wasps
Author: 0 Exeter coach Rob Baxter relishing Premiership showdown with Wasps

One year after tasting final defeat, the Chiefs have hit back in style. It was fitting that Steenson , who has been at the south-west club for a decade as they climbed from second-tier also-rans to title challengers, was the man to settle it and the travelling fans exploded when he calmly split the posts.

Sports Arsenal win English FA Cup after beating Chelsea 2-1
Author: 0 Arsenal win English FA Cup after beating Chelsea 2-1

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he idolises Juventus full-back Dani Alves to bring the best out of his duties as a wing-back where he has been deployed by Arsene Wenger before his hamstring injury. "The last 10 years in Chelsea it was great". Chelsea have the chance to do the league and cup double if they can beat Arsenal today. Whenever a cup is on the line, especially one with the prestige of the FA Cup, you know the competing clubs will bring ...

Author: 0 Medals don't matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

I watch the game that is on the night but I don't look back what we have won, what we have done and all that, what we have lost. With a net spend of a little over £20M, we've managed to win the league by signing players who fit the system that Conte was looking to implement rather than choosing players on the basis of their status.