• Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win
Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Now, with their draft pick, the team has an outlet to bring in a great talent; which could entice future free agents to join Los Angeles. The Lakers had the NBA's third-worst record in the league but are in danger of not having a lottery pick at all if the balls bounce the way the odds say they will.

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  • Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advance at French Open
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advance at French Open

But then of course mentally it is important, but you also need to be really fit. He put it thus after coming through his opening match, a potentially tricky encounter with Frenchman Benoit Paire. On that day, one year ago, he still was not deterred. "As I told you, fitness-wise and physically, I was exhausted". Sure enough, here he is again, ...

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  • Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals
Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

We're not", said Kerr. Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry , are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

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  • Cops: Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home
Cops: Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

LeBron, who is now in the Bay Area preparing for Game 1 of the NBA Finals tomorrow night, bought the home in 2015 but does not live there on a regular basis. It is 9,440 square feet. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to go out and live it themselves. "Even though it's concealed most of the time, people wil...

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  • Kohli only Indian in top ten of ICC players' rankings
Kohli only Indian in top ten of ICC players' rankings

En route to this landmark Hashim Amla took just 151 innings and thereby broke Virat Kohli's record (who reached 7000 runs in 166 innings). Amla became Roland-Jones' first global scalp in the 16th over but any thought of a Proteas slump was quickly ended by JP Duminy and AB de Villiers - the pair seeing South Africa home with plenty of time to...

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  • LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness
LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are the first two teams to square off in three straight NBA Finals as hard as that may be to believe. So you have to appreciate it. The Cavaliers enter the NBA Finals as underdogs in the eyes of most experts. But James has deep respect for the Warriors.

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  • Dominic Solanke: Liverpool set to sign 19-year-old Chelsea striker
Dominic Solanke: Liverpool set to sign 19-year-old Chelsea striker

Solanke is moving to a club in Liverpool that are keen to promote youth and he could get a chance under Jurgen Klopp . The Guardian report today that Liverpool have agreed terms with the striker, as he had become disillusioned with the lack of first-team opportunities available at Chelsea .

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  • Five problems for Wenger and Arsenal
Five problems for Wenger and Arsenal

Adams also suggested that his relationship with Wenger has worsend with the recent revelations and accustations with the release of the excepts. While there is clearly no love lost between the pair, Adams has gone one further and painted a picture of the Frenchman as a greedy loner in an interview with the Guardian .

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  • Man with AK-47 fired 108 shots on Florida highway
Man with AK-47 fired 108 shots on Florida highway

Monday as he was driving south on the Palmetto Expressway. Two vehicles were struck by bullets. At this time, they believe one person was in a vehicle and shooting, using an AK-47, while driving on the expressway. That is under investigation. He had been grazed by a bullet in the face in the gunfire. "How many rounds do you think were fired and...

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  • Dustin Pedroia: Pedroia (wrist) expected to return in 10 days
Dustin Pedroia: Pedroia (wrist) expected to return in 10 days

Soreness and swelling is still present, though, and could force Pedroia to the disabled list if the Red Sox believe he will miss close to 10 days. Pedroia, 33, collided with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in the bottom half of the first.

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  • Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1
Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip.

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  • Basketball: LeBron James passes Michael Jordan, Cleveland Cavaliers make NBA finals
Basketball: LeBron James passes Michael Jordan, Cleveland Cavaliers make NBA finals

With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points. Kyrie Irving is adding 24.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while Kevin Love averages 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.

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  • Zinedine Zidane looking like a veteran at Madrid's helm
Zinedine Zidane looking like a veteran at Madrid's helm

There is no difference between the final in Milan and this one. "The important thing is that everyone, from our strikers to our defence, makes sacrifices for each other". We must treat this week like we are preparing for a normal match. Asked if this would be the most important game of his career, Allegri said: "It's the second, the first we ...

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  • Coutinho won't leave as Klopp delivers part 1 of 'Liverpool vision'
Coutinho won't leave as Klopp delivers part 1 of 'Liverpool vision'

Harry Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive year after scoring a second hattrick in four days as Tottenham thrashed relegated Hull City 7-1. Speaking to ESPN Brasil [ via Independent.co.uk ], Coutinho claimed that going to a Real Madrid or Barcelona would see him become "just another player", whereas he is aware that...

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  • Alexis Sanchez desperate for Champions League, says Thierry Henry
Alexis Sanchez desperate for Champions League, says Thierry Henry

That has fuelled talk of a possible summer transfer, with the 30-year-old aware of the need to get regular game time at this stage of his career. He said: "It's disrespectful to the club if you say the only reason you are going to Liverpool is for Champions League ".

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  • Russia condemns latest North Korea missile launches, calls for restraint
Russia condemns latest North Korea missile launches, calls for restraint

The US Pacific Command has said the missile was tracked from North Korea for six minutes before it landed in the sea inside Japan's exclusive economic zone. The missile flew in a easterly direction, sources said. "Today's launch is the North's way of saying to the world, 'It wouldn't be easy to make us suspend our weapons programmes even if...

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  • Giants received 'a lot' of letters on Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest
Giants received 'a lot' of letters on Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest

They ultimately released Brown in October after he admitted abusing his then-wife to the team. Around 50 people stood outside the league's offices in NY last week in a show of support for the quarterback. ESPN's Adam Schefter cited Real Football Network's Pat Kirwan, who said , "I don't think that's going to happen", in relation to Kaepernick go...

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  • Southgate not writing off Rooney
Southgate not writing off Rooney

Starsport understands Mourinho was concerned about boss Gareth Southgate's camp having staff who also worked for United's Premier League rivals, including assistant Steve Holland from his previous club Chelsea. "He's played less for the under-21s in this cycle of games than Eric Dier and we wouldn't be talking about Eric going". Rob is ESPN F...

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  • Kevin Love says Cavaliers using underdog role as 'fuel' in Finals
Kevin Love says Cavaliers using underdog role as 'fuel' in Finals

Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games - including a flawless 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association postseason without losing.

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  • LeBron James passes Jordan to become greatest playoff scorer of all
LeBron James passes Jordan to become greatest playoff scorer of all

We have seen Kevin Love dominate the boards, granting his team second and third opportunities on the offensive end. "We're in the NBA Finals ". Golden State, unbeaten this postseason at 12-0 with sweeps of Houston, Utah and San Antonio, hosts the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 on Thursday and Sunday .

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  • Hsieh Su-Wei stuns 7th seed Johanna Konta in 1st round
Hsieh Su-Wei stuns 7th seed Johanna Konta in 1st round

After Konta missed a makeable smash at 2-2, Hsieh took control to level the match before breaking Konta twice in succession in the third to maintain the momentum. Having won just five points in seven previous Konta service games, Hsieh should have broken at 4-3 but netted a routine smash with the court at her mercy.

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  • Winnings Announced For 2017 Indy 500
Winnings Announced For 2017 Indy 500

REPLAY: @scottdixon9 checked, cleared, and released after this turn 1 incident during the #Indy500 at @IMS . It gets even more frustrating when you realize that this isn't even the first time this season that RHR's engine has gone out on him.

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  • Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals
Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Last year, after an incredible regular season, Curry was clearly less than 100% in the playoffs. Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown will return to practice Tuesday and is feeling much better after suffering food poisoning Monday from a salad, according to The Undefeated .

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  • The lure of the Lions endures as the last Great Tour
The lure of the Lions endures as the last Great Tour

Unlikely. They have only done it once before in New Zealand - and that was 46 years ago - while two of the three Tests are at Eden Park, Auckland, where the All Blacks have not lost since France toppled them in 1994. "The great thing about rugby is there is more than one way to win a game". New Zealand sides do not often come up against teams...

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  • Wolfsburg Remain In Bundesliga After Play-off Win
Wolfsburg Remain In Bundesliga After Play-off Win

But they had the chance to save their top-flight status against the Lions, who finished third in 2.Bundesliga, only three points behind champions Stuttgart. The home side never looked like getting them. Riot police formed a line to protect visiting supporters, leading to an uneasy faceoff as flares were lit and hurled toward the officials.

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  • Shot-shy Penguins survive rally to claim Stanley Cup opener
Shot-shy Penguins survive rally to claim Stanley Cup opener

Pittsburgh's defense was losing the battle to the Predators forwards in the battle of mediocrity. They find a way. They did not register a shot on goal for the entire second period . Pekka Rinne only made 7 saves for the Predators. Someone threw a dead catfish onto the ice early in the second period . "We hate the score". Not their abilit...

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  • Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals
Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

The Cavaliers would increase their lead to more than 30 points on multiple occasions in the third quarter and go on to cruise to the win. "He was born for these moments". We know ways we can get better. "In the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, "We can not - they can not tie up this series", he said.

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  • French Open bans Maxime Hamou for kissing female reporter on live TV
French Open bans Maxime Hamou for kissing female reporter on live TV

As he moved close to Thomas, Hamou engaged in what the French Tennis Federation (FFT) branded "inappropriate behaviour". Maybe Hamou should spend a little more time focusing on behaving appropriately instead of tennis. But it was the incident with Thomas which was causing outrage and on Twitter especially as it prompted laughs and applause fr...

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  • Jeb Bush no longer interested in buying Marlins
Jeb Bush no longer interested in buying Marlins

The Bush-Jeter partnership had the support of Miami-Dade County officials, with Mayor Carlos Gimenez saying, "I believe this community is ready for new ownership of the Miami Marlins ". Bush competed for the Republican presidential nomination past year, but withdrew from the race after losing the South Carolina GOP primary. Derek Jeter may pur...

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  • Wenger meets Kroenke for talks, Arsenal to make announcement Wednesday
Wenger meets Kroenke for talks, Arsenal to make announcement Wednesday

Arsenal finished fifth in the league, having crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich . Despite the impending announcement, the lack of clarity regarding his position has had a detrimental effect on the club this season, with numerous fan protests demanding Wenger leave the club.

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