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Kevin Durant named 2017 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP

I put in work, I just had to trust in it. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short". The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench. "Man, he's freaking awesome". The turnaround came in the second quarter as the Warriors, who had trailed by eight, outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the period.

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win National Basketball Association title

After Game 3, when the Warriors dismantled the Cavaliers to take a stranglehold 3-0 lead on the series, Wanda shared a hug with Steph Curry's mother after the game. It was 71-60 Warriors at the half, and they had led by as many as 17 late in the second. "They beat us tonight", Lue said after the Warriors turned a three-point lead early on in the fourth quarter into a 14-point cushion before settling in for the 129-120 win to end the series on Monday.

Warriors Top Cavs win second championship in 3 years

This was the first time in NBA history the same two teams met in the NBA Finals for a third straight time. "So for me personally, I have no reason to put my head down, I have no reason to look back on what I could have done or what I should have done or what I could have done better for the team ", he said .

Rihanna Honors LeBron James' 2017 NBA Finals Performance On Instagram

After winning his first National Basketball Association championship on Monday, Longhorn alum Kevin Durant was asked pointedly if he had a, "final message for Rihanna".

Cary teen advances to nationally televised finals of Scripps National Spelling Bee

In round seven, he landed a spot on prime-time television after correctly spelling the word "fougere", a type of fragrance. There was a bit of drama for Erin to advance, however. No more than 50 spellers, as determined by total scores, advance to Thursday's semifinal round, scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. At least not for the national spelling bee, which only allows students through the eighth grade to participate.

Phillies Trade LHP Joely Rodriguez to Rangers

In the Phillies' 8-4 loss to the Rangers in Texas on May 18, the lefty allowed seven runs on six hits with two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Rodriguez was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was traded to the Phillies in December, 2014, for Antonio Bastardo.

Warriors head to next season as heavy favorites to defend National Basketball Association title

Cleveland last season became the first team ever to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven finals but after falling 3-0 down this time around, they were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors finished the job. Having added Durant last off-season to the talents of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green among others, it was perhaps hardly surprising they should sweep all before them.

Bacsinszky, Ostapenko advance to French Open semis

The unseeded Ostapenko became the first Latvian to reach a major final with a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier. Halep won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach her second Grand Slam final, having finished runner-up here to Maria Sharapova in 2014.

Don't do a Van Dijk: Morata agrees to Man United deal

Lacazette eye EPL moveMeanwhile, FC Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has asserted that he is interested in a move to the English Premier League (EPL). And Morata's agent, Lopez, has opened up on his clients future, revealing it's up to Real to consider United's offer. However, with Lindelof already signed and Morata looking destined to join him, United are seemingly trying to conclude their transfer business early this summer.

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko, 20, Clinches Her First Major Title, The French Open

Two players went head to head at 4-4. Jelena Ostapenko completed her wonderful and wholly improbable two-week journey from teenage hopeful to dazzling Grand Slam champion on Saturday when she came from a set down to blitz Simona Halep at Roland-Garros with one of the tournament's most stupendous performances.

Five Run 9th Leads Houston Past KC

Will Harris (2-1), who pitched a scoreless eighth for the visitors, earned the win. Royals starter Jason Hammel allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking none. Date with history foiled, but it was a brilliant outing nonetheless. He wound up pitching seven innings and yielding a run on two hits and two walks.

Durant Leads Warriors to NBA Championship

Last year, the Cavaliers became the first team in National Basketball Association history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and win the championship. Kevin Durant hugged his mom in the moments after victory in Game Five of the NBA Finals brought him his first championship. After Durant topped the 30-point mark for the fifth time in the series to earn Finals MVP honors, all James could do was accept the loss gracefully and acknowledge Golden State as one of the greatest teams ...

'King of Clay' Nadal returns to the throne in glorious swearing-in ceremony

Only Bjorn Borg , who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion . The Spaniard, who avenged his defeat to Wawrinka in the 2014 Australian Open final, saluted his Swiss rival's remarkable rise since that time.

Andy Murray Beats Juan Martin Del Potro In French Open

Two of them come on Saturday when Andy Murray takes court against Juan Martin Del Potro . In fact this was his first ever straight sets win against Del Potro , against whom he fought out an epic Rio Olympics final and then lost to in September's pivotal Davis Cup semi-final rubber.

Warriors take 2nd NBA title in 3 years

The Warriors needed someone who could outplay LeBron, and Durant gave them that. "I told him we're tied up now and we're going to try to do this thing again but I'm going to celebrate this one tonight". In the end, the Warriors didn't redeem last year's Finals disappointment with another historic regular season, nor did they have a ideal postseason record.

Halep, Ostapenko to battle it out for French Open title

All told, Pliskova committed 55 unforced errors before Halep served out to win the match. "I'm really happy, I love to be here", Ostapenko said after the crowd serenaded her with a chorus of Happy Birthday. The 25-year-old Czech would have taken the world top spot if she had made her second Slam final. Ostapenko will play Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in their semifinal match on Thursday.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer reaches 2000 career strikeouts

Robinson Chirinos almost put Texas ahead during a ninth-inning rally that tied it, then hit a three-run homer in the 11th that sent the Rangers over the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Saturday. He struck out two and threw 94 pitches. "That is his nemesis", Baker said of the hot-hitting Texas player. Brian Goodwin () bounces one off the back wall of the home bullpen in RF to put the Nats ahead in the first (+9.9%).

Watford, Liverpool, Stoke and Aston Villa keeping tabs on Hull City defender

Josh Tymon plays as a left back and is held with high regard by Hull. However, Jurgen Klopp could get more joy if he were to move for Tymon, with ESPN reporting that the 18-year-old is emerging as possible target for Klopp as he bids to fill his problematic left-back role.

Greene picked for arm, McKay for bat near top of MLB draft

Two-way players in high school and college aren't uncommon in the draft, with Olerud, Dave Winfield, Ken Brett, Jason Jennings and A.J. Reed among the big names whom major league teams had to make a call on. "They're getting the full package, I believe". In a touching moment that drew a standing ovation from the former major leaguers serving as team representatives, 11-year-old Yankees fan Landis Sims - born without hands or feet - announced his favorite team's first-round selection: SC ...

Durant, Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

Would the Oklahoma City Thunder have supplanted them as the Western Conference kings, a scenario that looked so possible when they took the Warriors to seven games in the conference finals a year ago? The 2017 NBA Championship title was a long-awaited, first-time title for finals MVP Kevin Durant .

Will Power Wins Wild IndyCar Race at Texas Motor Speedway

With 52 laps to go, Scott Dixon led the field to the green flag but was quickly passed by Power on the first lap. Will Power (12), of Australia, leads Tony Kanaan , of Brazil, out of Turn 4 during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway , Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

NBA players react to Warriors winning first NBA Finals with Kevin Durant

Cleveland forward LeBron James also finished with a double-double, 41 points and 13 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had 26 points and J.R. Smith chipped in 25 on 7 of 8 from 3-point range. A Durant three boosted the margin to 60-45 with 3:08 in the half. The Warriors held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, and survived the Cavs tough shot making.

No. 3 Halep faces unseeded Ostapenko in French Open final

And she would end the tournament with 299 winners-that is more than 42 winners a match. She also received wishes on social media from top tennis players - both from Men and Women. "This one hurts a lot maybe because I am more - I realize more what is happening". She also faced a 3-1 deficit in the deciding third set before taking the last five games.

Warriors do not need to be perfect to beat Cavs say pundits

Are you kidding me? At 32 years of age, the best player of his generation is playing the best basketball of his life. Barnes wasnt exactly a neutral observer a year ago, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance.

Red Sox beat Phillies 6-5 in 11 innings

Former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava also had three hits, and Tommy Joseph had a two-run single for the last-place Phillies (21-41). "It was tough", said Eickhoff, who has seven losses this season. "But while he's working at it to get back to being a little bit more refined, we picked him up offensively here tonight". With runners on first and second, Moreland doubled off the Green Monster against Warwick Saupold (1-1).

Golden State Warriors are National Basketball Association champions, win Finals 4-1

The Warriors were led by sensational performances from Kevin Durant , who scored 39 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded five assists, and Stephen Curry, who scored 34 points, recorded 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds. A mere half away from a championship win, Golden State came out of the locker room focused and ready to make a statement, as they maintained a steady lead over Cleveland through a majority of the second half.

Golden State Are 2017 NBA Champs, Rout Cavaliers 4-1

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks over Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif ., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Du Plessis: Proteas let De Villiers down

South Africa were 94 for one after 20 overs and De Kock reached a tidy half-century off 68 balls before he was deceived by spinner Ravindra Jadeja and bowled for 53. Against Pakistan and India , the batsmen did not give their attack much to defend but Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel topped South Africa's wicket-charts with five scalps apiece.

Draymond Green Knew 1st Half Tech Was On Steve Kerr

According to the referees, though, the first technical was called on Warriors coach Steve Kerr , not Green. The refs acknowledged they should have made sure the official scorer gave the first technical to the right person (Kerr) and not someone else (Green).

"Golden state" became a five-time National Basketball Association champion

And with 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists a game in the Finals, James became the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals. Technicals - C defensive 3second, C team, T.Thompson, Smith, GS defensive 3second, West, GS team. Golden State took a 71-60 lead into halftime. West scored all of 21 points in the series, but four of them (his only four points in the clincher) came during this crucial stretch, as did two of his 10 rebounds .

Warriors are National Basketball Association champions in almost flawless run through playoffs

Known as "Wilt the Stilt", the athletic, 7-foot-1 Chamberlain led the league in scoring his first seven seasons, shattering National Basketball Association scoring records and changing the National Basketball Association style of play forever.

Officials explain Draymond Green technical foul mishap

So yes, we have reached the Second Annual NBA Finals Draymond Green Moment - the exact juncture when the championship chase seems to bounce to his emotional rhythms, which, as the Warriors found out last season, is not guaranteed to work out to their benefit.

Kevin Durant's Non-Foul Looms Large In Warriors' Game-Deciding Run

Before Cleveland's 137-116 home victory in Friday night's Game 4, Golden State was a flawless 15-0 and had a chance to become the first National Basketball Association team to go unbeaten in the playoffs. The Warriors kept a 71-60 half-time lead but the Cavaliers trimmed the deficit in the third quarter, Smith sinking a three-pointer to pull Cleveland within 98-93 entering the fourth quarter.

Golden State Warriors fans go wild after NBA Championship win

Durant was lights out from three-point range in Game 5, making 5-of-8 attempts from long range on his way to 39 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the Warriors' series clinching game. Across the bay, rowdy crowds gathered in Oakland intersections, including one were where fans cheering the championship made a circle to watch several men breakdance.

Warriors beat Cavs 129 -120 to win NBA title

Curry , who laced up a mostly white pair of the Under Armour Curry 4 on Monday, scored 34 points on 10-of-20 shooting. LeBron had a game-high 41 points, plus 13 rebounds and eight assists He averaged a triple-double for the series and carried the Cavaliers for long stretches.