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Lewis Hamilton slammed by Niki Lauda's pal over Monaco media pullout

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The Briton was excused from appearing at a routine pre-event news conference on Wednesday due to his emotional condition following Lauda's death, his place being taken by Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Vettel not only sported a near-replica Lauda helmet, but revealed also that, after learning of his friend's lung transplant operation a year ago, he wrote a letter that he described as being "a great pleasure" and "full of fine words". Read More »

Miami Heat brass releases statement on new MI coach Juwan Howard

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Howard's deal at MI is for five years, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement, which was officially signed and completed late Wednesday afternoon. At Michigan , he was a part of the "Fab Five" who helped lead the Wolverines to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1992 and 1993. Beilein was with the Wolverines for 12 seasons, leading them to two national championship games. Read More »

Draymond Green says he and Kevin Durant have 'a great relationship'

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The Trail Blazers led for more minutes in the series than the Warriors by a 101-83 margin. He helped make a little history, too, as he and Curry became the first National Basketball Association teammates to have triple-doubles in the same post-season game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Read More »

Marcus Smart was named to the NBA’s all-defensive first team

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The NBA today announced their All-Defensive teams, and for the first time they include Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart . Smart, 25, was one of the league's top defenders because of his aggression and ball-hawking skills. The second team included the Golden State Warriors ' Draymond Green and Klay Thompson , who earned his first selection. Al Horford received four 2nd team votes, while Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving each received one 2nd team vote. Read More »

Bound Team India leaves for England

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That is the only expectation everyone has [from the team]. But Kohli's men, second behind England in the one-day global rankings, will start the tournament in England and Wales among the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia. Read More »

Knicks Fans React To The New Orleans Pelicans Winning Zion Lottery

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When the world learned the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft belonged to the New Orleans Pelicans , the response was as foreseeable as the end of an episode of Walker Texas Ranger . The 6-foot-7 Duke forward averaged 22.6 points on 68 percent shooting, to go with 8.9 rebounds, as a freshman. The franchise's 3,000 sold tickets are twice as many as were distributed when they last earned the number one pick in 2012 to draft Anthony Davis . Read More »

Bickerstaff joins Beilein on Cavs' bench as associate HC

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ESPN's Dave McMenamin notes Bickerstaff's father, Bernie , has spent several years serving as a consultant for the franchise. The Grizzlies went 33-49 this year despite trading Marc Gasol and losing rookie standout Jaren Jackson Jr .to injury in late February. Read More »

Christian Pulisic Prepared To Emulate Eden Hazard At Chelsea

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Borussia Dortmund have signed Belgium worldwide Thorgan Hazard from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach. He has now arrived at Stamford Bridge after returning to Dortmund on loan. 'One of the main reasons for my change is that Dortmund narrowly missed the title last season, so there is room for improvement and I am very excited about the boys. Read More »

Five reasons Manchester City beat Liverpool to the title

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So, while Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool pushed Man City all the way, it's hard to argue against Guardiola's triumph. Liverpool put up the best challenge to not end in a championship in league history, while City dealt with several injuries to key players in defense, midfield, and attack as well as the pressure of competing on four separate fronts across a grueling 10-month season. Read More »

Man arrested in attempt to extort Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu

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White said Mathieu is working through a "private and personal family issue". Court documents only identify Mathieu as TM, a professional athlete and member of Era Nation, Mathieu's youth mentoring organization. Sears has been released on $25,000 bond, with the next court date set for June 21. The 27-year-old is entering his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs after previously playing with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans . Read More »

Hazard joins Dortmund on five-year deal

Hazard had been linked with a return to Chelsea and Premier League runners-up Liverpool, but he has signed a deal with BVB until 2024 for an initial fee reported to be €25.5million. I'm really excited to play with N'Golo Kante. I had the chance to play on both at Dortmund but I have experience of playing as a number 10 with the national team as well. Read More »

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse

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The remainder of the field, in order, was Win Win Win (7th), Bourbon War (8th), Signalman (9th), Anothtwistafate (10th), Alwaysmining (11th) and Market King (12th). On Saturday afternoon, the second leg of the Triple Crown kicked off from Pimlico Race Course with a weird twist. The 144th running of the Preakness was not without excitement and a scary incident however. Read More »

Juventus make contact with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over manager's job

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Frank Lampard is the strong favourite with bookmakers to replace Sarri, if he departs, although Derby are not believed to have received an approach from Chelsea for their manager. Sarri has repeatedly insisted that he wants to remain in the Premier League , but numerous reports in Italy have claimed he is privately more open to the idea of going back to his homeland after a rollercoaster first season in English football. Read More »

Arsenal make offer to goalkeeper Murara to replace outgoing Cech this summer

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After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal , Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be travelling to Azerbaijan for next week's final because of concerns about the tension that now exists between the country and his native Armenia. It should be stripped of its games in Euro 2020 next season. This is a very personal decision; I can not push him to come with us. Arsenal said Tuesday it reached the decision following discussions with the midfielder and his family and after "thoroughly" ... Read More »

Sportive David Willey Takes World Cup Snub in Stride

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They may have called it a "very difficult" decision but in truth it was a no-brainer. David Willey , Joe Denly and Alex Hales were excluded from the squad. "I know how to deal with pressure, crowds". "You have to pick who you feel is the right 15 and I feel they've got it right". England begin their campaign against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May. Read More »

Lillard confirms rib injury, won't use it as excuse

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The two-time defending champion Warriors trailed by 18 in the second quarter, but with Green driving them they produced another dominant third period to seize control of the contest and the series. I still like to pick and choose my spots. He's playing with a separated rib, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania . But, the Warriors rallied and came away with wins in both of those matchups to take a 3-0 advantage. Read More »

Bucks Favored Over Raptors In Game 2

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The Raptors received a 30-point performance from Kyle Lowry on 10-of-15 from the field, but the rest of the team struggled from the field as Toronto converted on just 37.0 percent of their shots. But we've got to make sure we continue to work for them. "So we knew we just had to keep grinding, which is what we've been doing all season long". "But now that I look back and see how everything went, it's definitely open, not having LeBron in the East and not trying to go through him". Read More »

Germany: Below-par Bayern Munich still too good for the rest

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It was a wakening call for the German record champions as Niko Kovac's men responded with furious attacks. Leading 3-1 with 15 minutes to go, Bayern were left stunned as a Dodi Lukebakio hat-trick snatched a point for minnows Duesseldorf and allowed Dortmund to pull nine points clear. Read More »

Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career

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Also, Nadal won 23 of the 31 rallies with nine or more shots. With the victory, Pliskova will move up to No. 2 in the world rankings and earn a No. 2 seed at the upcoming French Open . Although Konta had responded after going 3-1 down in the first set to level at 4-4 and then lead, the Briton's serve let her down again as Bertens edged ahead before taking her first set-point chance. Read More »

Patriots Finalizing Two-Year Contract Extension With Julian Edelman

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The two-year extension should keep Edelman in New England until 2021. Ian Rapoport then specified that it's a two-year extension and that Edelman will be given a "well-deserved raise" in salary. Edelman, who turns 33 on Wednesday, has spent his entire career with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl rings along the way. During the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, Edelman secured one of the greatest catches the league has ever seen, which was later featured on the cover of Sports ... Read More »

Patriots 'may have' interest in signing Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

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McCoy had three years remaining on his contract. Jernigan if healthy should make the team, while Ridgeway as a run-stuffer and guy who can allow Cox to rest is also possible. The team said the two sides "mutually parted ways" before going on to note the increased financial flexibility that comes with ending McCoy's time in Tampa that made the move an appealing option for the team. Read More »

NASCAR changes play part in thrilling All-Star Race

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Kyle Larson began his Saturday evening with the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway , but he became only the third driver in NASCAR All-Star history to advance from the preliminary race to win the Monster Energy All-Star Open, following Michael Waltrip and Kasey Kahne. Read More »

CJ McCollum leads Blazers past Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7

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Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic played in the biggest game of his life on Sunday night, and his handsome blonde girlfriend, Natalija Macesic, was there cheering him on every step of the way. Denver enters Sunday's showdown as a 5.5-point favorite with the total at 212.5 in the latest Nuggets vs. Blazers odds. While that debate can - and, if James apparently has anything to do with it, will - rage on through the rest of the postseason, the Nuggets' season is over, in large part thanks to ... Read More »

Guardiola relentless as Man City’s financial muscle pounds rivals into the ground

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While City became the first English men's team to finish with domestic treble, it is still not all over for Liverpool, who face another English side Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final on June 1. Five-goal hauls: 11. Defeats since Christmas: one. Kompany's influence at City has been unquestionable in turning them into four time title winners and even at 33 he proved how important he is to the team with his late season performances, and goal against Leicester City . Read More »

Tottenham plot Massimiliano Allegri swap as Juventus chase Mauricio Pochettino

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Allegri's contract was due to expire at the end of next season, and he indicated that he would remain in place when Juventus clinched a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title last month. "I thank the president, I thank the players, we've had a lot of joy, I leave a winning team which has the potential to have another great Champions League season", Allegri said at a news conference on Saturday. Read More »

Chris Long explains decision to retire from Philadelphia Eagles

Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. "Highs and lows. I've seen them both and I appreciate the perspective". Long, 34, played 11 seasons with the Rams , Patriots and Eagles, racking up 70 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. Read More »

The Blues-Sharks game was a messy, injury-filled debacle

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While the Bruins are still hopeful Zdeno Chara will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, May 27 at TD. St. Louis pleaded, the crowd booed and the officials conferred. The goal was eventually disallowed and San Jose won the game 3-2. The Sharks need to come out in Game 5 with the kind of play they showed in the final two periods Friday. Read More »

Magic Johnson explains his abrupt resignation from Lakers

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Where it went wrong, Magic said, was that it got back to him both from people in the Lakers building and even outside it that Pelinka was backstabbing him about the work he allegedly wasn't doing for the franchise. "I said, 'Do I have the power to make decisions?' Because that was important for me to take the job, as well". "Just Rob", Johnson said. So you know that I'm going to be in and out, is that okay with you? "You can't run a corporation like this", Johnson said. Read More »

Kroos agrees Real Madrid extension to 2023

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And when it happens with so many players it's hard to be successful. I'm not going to say that we're going to win everything because I don't know, but we're going to try and that's what we need the fans to do. "If he had doubts about my future, we would not be here today". The 29-year-old is likely to play a key role under Zinedine Zidane as the Frenchman looks to overhaul the squad ahead of his first full season back at the Santiago Bernabeu. Read More »

Stanley Cup: 60 - May 16

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With Rask stopping 109 of the 114 shots he faced in the series, the Bruins trailed in only one game - the first one. Their chance to lift another banner into the TD Garden will come soon enough as Boston now awaits the victor of the series between the St. Read More »

Injured Federer withdraws from Italian Open

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with Karolina Pliskova. Djokovic and Nadal have traded two wins at the tournament, with victories for the Spaniard in 2009 and 2012 and the Serb in 2011 and 2014. The world number 24, a French Open quarter-finalist a year ago, has not dropped a set so far on the red clay of the Foro Italico and next faces either the top-ranked ... Read More »