NBA Finals, Game 1 - Cavs vs. Warriors

The game started less with rust and more with both teams looking like they felt the pressure of the moment - there were bad passes, hesitations, and it looked like a Saturday morning rec league game for a few minutes. It surely looked that way in Game 1, as they held the Cavs to 34.9 percent from the field - and a stifling 30.2 in the second half. There have been only eight sweeps in the 70-year history of the NBA Finals .

Illinois Senate approves property-tax freeze

Democrats who lead the Illinois House announced that they will end the regular legislative session Wednesday without voting on a budget plan - making clear on Illinois' 700th day without a budget that the state will continue down a path that is decimating public universities, the social service network and the state's fiscal fortitude.

The Stanley Cup is breaking Carrie Underwood

The country music star and "American Idol" champ is showcasing her emotions on a nightly basis on social media as she cheers on her hubby - Predators captain Mike Fisher - as Nashville chases after a first hockey title. "This game is being called so insanely terrible, I can't even ...", Underwood tweeted, adding a few minutes later, "Just told my manager that she might have to lock me out of my own Twitter!" No one is more frustrated with the referees in the Stanley Cup Finals than Carrie ...

Could Huddersfield Town success put pressure on Norwich City boss David Farke?

Huddersfield reached Wembley by beating Sheffield Wednesday on penalties and once again they hit the jackpot in the lottery. As for Reading , it will be another season down in the Championship as they hope they can make another promotion push.

Who Should be the Starting Goalie in Game 4?

Fleury is a half-second late recognizing the wraparound from Zack Smith . 4-0. The Senators made a game of it, reducing Pittsburgh's lead to just one goal late in the third period. Fleury had made it clear he wanted to be back in goal, but wasn't given the opportunity. It's the ninth time in these playoffs the Senators have given up the opening goal.

Harper, Strickland trade punches, Nationals beat Giants 3-0

Strickland's beef with Harper dated back to the 2014 playoffs, when Harper homered off of him twice in a National League Divisional Series that the Giants would win en route to a championship. Giants first baseman Michael Morse , a former teammate of Harper's with the Nats, rushed in from the opposite side and collided with Samardzija. “Probably only Martin Luther King or Gandhi would have turned the other cheek and not done something reactionary, ” Baker said .

LeBron James' Los Angeles home vandalized with slur — Sports Briefly

He wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of Muhammad Ali's face. It was about dealing with racism, which James said "will always be a part of the world, a part of America". "You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion, and he's doing it in the most peaceful way I've ever seen someone do something", James said then .

Injury scare for England despite splendid win over Bangladesh

Eventually, Bangladesh crept past a run-a-ball for their 50 overs, posting a total of 305 for six. Tamim´s fellow left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar should have been out for 11 when he turned Jake Ball off his pads only for Moeen Ali to drop a two-handed catch at square leg.

Warburton unconcerned by Lions schedule

The big positive is the depth and quality he has at his disposal. The Barbarians are comprised of players from New Zealand's semi-professional provincial competition and considered the easiest opposition the Lions will face on their gruelling tour.

Michigan Football Reveals Five Game Times For 2017 Season

This all comes as a part of the new deal that FOX has with the Big Ten. Michigan announced today that its November 25 game with Ohio State at Michigan Stadium will air on Fox and kick off at noon. with ABC broadcasting the matchup IN primetime. And on Wednesday the network revealed that the Wolverines' home opener September 9 against Cincinnati at Michigan Stadium will kick off at noon and will be carried on ABC or ESPN.

Confusion reigns over '£60m De Gea bid'

Real Madrid have turned down Inter Milan's €42m offer for James Rodriguez as he would like to play at Manchester United , according to reports in Spain . The newspaper says that the attacker snubbed Inter's advances because he has his heart set on joining Man Utd and will wait to see whether Jose Mourinho formalises his interest over the coming weeks.

4 game changers for the 2017 season

But shorter overtimes also could lead to more ties, which isn't great for anyone. Rather than cut from 90 players to 75 between the third and fourth weeks of preseason, National Football League teams will now make just "one" cut, axing 37 players to get from 90 all the way to 53 after the final preseason game.

Warriors wallop Spurs to take 2-0 series lead

Leonard's presence could allow San Antonio to keep things close in Game 3 , though his absence will likely mean another blowout as Golden State trots four All-Stars onto the court. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich , who was unavailable for comment on Thursday, said after Game 1 that he anticipated Leonard's recovery to take longer than when he originally suffered the injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Steve Kerr possible to return in Finals, sources say

Cleveland is 12-1. There are many who are convinced such top-heaviness is bad for the league. So goes the argument heard throughout the 2017 playoffs. And he was sacked by the Cavs both times . But it's also gotten him in trouble, and he was suspended for Game 5 last season after receiving a flagrant 1 foul in the previous game.

Mike Brown expects to coach Warriors in Game 1

That series starts Thursday as the Warriors host Cleveland for Game 1 at Oracle Arena. So this final is not only going to be about James vs Curry but also about in-form Love vs Durant, which could make the finals utter interesting.

Knicks, Nets looking to acquire 1st-round pick from Blazers

The Brooklyn Nets are also reportedly interested in pulling off a deal with the Blazers, so there could be some competition as the 2017 NBA Draft gets closer. "The Knicks have talked to the Portland Trailblazers about acquiring one of Portland's first-round picks, a source confirms to ESPN ", wrote Ian Begley of ESPN .

Hamilton: Ferrari is favouring Vettel

He drove well in the first stint and then obviously you get the message to go in. Cape Town - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff does not believe that Ferrari pre-planned to swap Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at the Monaco Grand Prix .

Seeded Murray advances to third round

Only Andre Agassi (41) and Lleyton Hewitt (45) have played more. In the women's draw, Daria Kasatkina defeated Marketa Vondrousova 7-6 (1) 6-4 in a battle of next-generation Czech youngsters. "It's very tough. I tried to play solid; as the match went on I tried to hit the ball deeper and was controlling more of the points". "He's playing well this year.

Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

Sandoval told the AP that someone painted over the slur before officers arrived to investigate. The case is being investigated by personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Los Angeles Station. "Just shows that racism will always be a part of the world, part of America". Hate for African-Americans is living everyday, even though it's concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces, even though people will say things about you and when they see you they smile in ...

Stephen Curry explains sleeve he will wear during NBA Finals

How will revenge factor for Game 1 of the NBA Finals? For the first time in the storied history of the National Basketball Association, the Cavs and Warriors will meet for a third consecutive NBA Finals bout. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

French player snubs handshake after 'fake injury' row

Lokoli continued, via Business Recorder, "He speaks of respect but he showed none of this ..." Lokoli was also furious that Klizan loudly celebrated when he served a double fault which sent him 4-2 down in the decider. "If I did not shake hands with him, it is because there is a reason", Lokoli said (via the Telegraph ). Zverev, who is regarded as one of the most gifted players on tour, broke his racket during the fourth set.

British and Irish Lions: Sam Warburton to captain tour opener

Johnny Sexton on a static bike during training at Carton House last week. Irishman Sexton starts tomorrow, with Farrell on the bench. "For me the experience, the more times you face up to it, you don't mind it, it's a motivational thing; it's not intimidating".

Sharks at Greater Cleveland Aquarium choose Cavs to win!

Not that anyone expected any different. For the third straight year the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are squaring off in the National Basketball Association finals . Durant played well, averaging 30.6 points and shooting 55 percent but James came out on top. Cleveland is 12-1. There are many who are convinced such top-heaviness is awful for the league.

Venus Williams opens play at French Open on Day 4

On a more serious note, Djokovic said he was pleased with his form after coming through some hard times since completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros past year. Nadal came into the French Open 2017 on the back of three tournament wins on clay, and having shown that he has put his injury worries behind him, the Spaniard will look to justify his favourites tag.

Captain Morgan will not rob Roy of England opening spot

But all-rounder Ben Stokes , who had been struggling for bowling fitness because of a knee injury, made the breakthrough with the last ball of his first over. "It's a lesson with the bat and ball - our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in", Morgan said. His innings came to an end in the 44th over dismissed for 128 off 142 balls.

Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Green was suspended after being assessed a Flagrant-1 foul for what was called a "retaliatory swipe" to LeBron James after the two tangled on the court and James stepped over Green. Steph got kicked out of a game. "He knows what he's doing most times ". As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him.

At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it

Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh celebrates winning her first round match against Britain's Johanna Konta in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris , France. The person just on the other side of the net is doing things that are very, very weird. "Obviously I saw a few videos of (Klizan's) match today", Murray said after his 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov.

Nicky Hayden, ex-MotoGP champion, dead at 35

Born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, "The Kentucky Kid" first burst on to the scene in 1997 in AMA racing. After switching to the World Superbike championship past year, Hayden finished fifth in the 2016 standings. He left the MotoGP series at the end of 2015 to compete in the rival Superbike World Championship (still with Honda), winning the second race in Malaysia a year ago and placing fifth in the championship.

Trump Scraps Climate Accord

In France, the Elysee presidential palace said newly-elected leader Emmanuel Macron had phoned Trump to say that "nothing was negotiable" in the Paris agreement . In today's announcement, Trump did not mention the Chinese hoax and did not deny that climate change is happening. "I think it's a natural thing that happens with the Earth", Lewis said.

Tsonga's my outside bet for French Open, says Monaco's Mbappe

The 18-year-old made his debut for Les Bleus in the 3-1 World Cup qualification win over Luxembourg in March following a string of impressive performances for Monaco and also featured in the friendly against Spain. "I think he's going to play in the starting lineup and he's going to play half a game". The wiry forward addressed his future while on worldwide duty with France, saying, "there's plenty of time to think about all this", via

Austin Dillon wins delayed Coca-Cola 600 for first career Cup Series victory

Second stage: Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage, his sixth stage win of the season and he leads all NASCAR drivers in playoff points. He won the truck race and the All-Star race here last week, then qualified second for the Cup race Sunday night. "I'm looking forward to seeing how that works out for the track".

Giants lose Morse to concussion following brawl with Nationals

That hasn't been the book on this team around the league for several years - dating back to 2013, when the Atlanta Braves used Harper for target practice, hitting him twice in two different series. You never know. Their whole team's out there, and my team's coming behind me. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy described it as "completely uncalled for", while radio host and former Nats general manager Jim Bowden called Strickland a "thug" who should be forced to sit out "15 or 20 games".

Cavs-Warriors trilogy picks up where it left off

Anything less than a maiden National Basketball Association championship this year for Durant, a former MVP himself, would be a massive disappointment but the eight-times All-Star is not allowing himself to get caught up in the big picture.

Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title

If he serves this well and this efficiently, it's tough to play him on any surface". But he added: "On the other hand, I mean, he didn't get much from my side". In the decider, the Romanian - who had won 26 of her past 30 meetings on clay - was visibly hurting and was helpless to prevent Svitolina from claiming her fourth title of the season after wins in Taipei, Dubai and Istanbul.

Blunder sinks Ainslie at America's Cup, Kiwis roll on

They're the only team to race everyone else so far, losing just once to Artemis and skipper Jimmy Spithill said they have a lot of improvement needed. The race had the worst possible start for helmsman Peter Burling, as the Kiwis were handed a penalty in the pre-start after they crossed the racecourse boundary mark.