• Preds' Swedish sleeper rising in Cup final
Preds' Swedish sleeper rising in Cup final

It's all Penguins after the first period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. "Still a lot of work to be done". If this series does go to a seventh game, the Pens will be glad to have it played in their home barn. Now, the 24-year-old Swedish sleeper is starting to make an impression in the Predators' first Stanley Cup final. Guentzel pump...

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  • Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113
Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

With their 15th straight win, the Warriors have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports. Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made.

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  • Penguins crush Predators to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup Final
Penguins crush Predators to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Kessel had all the time and space in the world as he maneuvered into the high slot and rifled a shot past Saros at 8:02. He thought the Penguins got their best looks in Game 4, but were ultimately denied by Rinne, who rediscovered his way after a rocky start to the series.

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  • Stanley Cup Final: Three keys to Game 5
Stanley Cup Final: Three keys to Game 5

Ellis has skated only two shifts in the second, a big loss for the Predators as they trail 5-0 and are well on their way to falling behind 3-2 in the series . The Predators won 4-1 to tie the series 2-2. More importantly, goalie Pekka Rinne has bounced back nicely from a pair of shaky efforts for the Preds early on by allowing only one goal ...

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  • Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals
Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals

Britain's Ben Ainslie had got the better of New Zealand's Burling in the pre-start to the race, getting a clean run at the start line. The announcement is a boost for the team which bowed out of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda today after facing Emirates Team New Zealand in the challenger Semi-Final stage, losing 5-2.

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  • Penguins regroup, Predators look for road magic in Game 5
Penguins regroup, Predators look for road magic in Game 5

Nashville, Tenn . - Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages. The catfish have become the unofficial mascot of the series as Nashville fans have taken to throwing it like Detroit Red Wings fans with octopi. Pekka Rinne was there.

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  • Wilson could return for Predators in Game 5 of Cup Final
Wilson could return for Predators in Game 5 of Cup Final

They got the puck everywhere it needed to go, just not in the net. Ron Hainsey scored the Penguins' sixth goal at 16:40, on a ideal assist from Malkin. Nashville won its second consecutive game to send the best-of-seven series back to Pittsburgh tied 2-2. It's his seventh goal of the playoffs. "At home we played two strong games".

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  • Facing Nadal? Toughest match to imagine, says Thiem
Facing Nadal? Toughest match to imagine, says Thiem

Wawrinka , who has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. He was definitely the better player on the court. But with each match he has started to recover his swagger, dispatching Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 in a quarter-final performance that gives reasons for optimism.

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  • Rafa Nadal v Dominic Thiem - player profiles
Rafa Nadal v Dominic Thiem - player profiles

Wawrinka, who has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. The 31-year-old has dropped just 22 games on his way to the final four, his best record on the Paris clay. Nadal was leading 6-2, 2-0. It was not immediately clear what was wrong with Carreno Busta. He received medical treatment at the end of the first set but pro...

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  • Motorcycling: British rider dies after Isle of Man TT race crash
Motorcycling: British rider dies after Isle of Man TT race crash

A race figure told the Irish Sun that the 33rd milestone where Alan was killed was "a particularly quick and tricky" part of the course. Earlier in the day, Dutch competitor Jochem van den Hoek , 28, died following an accident in the Superstock race at the 11th Milestone.

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  • Ronaldo, Buffon and the Champions League Team of the Season
Ronaldo, Buffon and the Champions League Team of the Season

A calf injury also saw him nearly miss the Champions League final, but he made his return off the bench in Saturday's 4-1 win over Juventus. Madrid is the only team to have double-figure Champions League wins - a dozen. NEYMAR ( Barcelona): He was the star of the show as Barcelona clawed their way back from a four goal deficit to beat Paris Sain...

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  • Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach semi-finals
Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach semi-finals

Djokovic , who was upset by world number 117 Denis Isotmin at the second-round stage at the Australian Open, will find himself outside of the world top two for the first time since July 2011 when the rankings are released on Monday. That 6-0 defeat in the third was the first time the 12-time grand slam champion had lost a set to love in a gra...

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  • Pitt releases Johnson to play at UNC as graduate transfer
Pitt releases Johnson to play at UNC as graduate transfer

Johnson's eligibility was in question, as Pittsburgh's original ruling stated that he would be able to play for North Carolina, but would have to sit out a full season before being able to play there despite being a graduate transfer. To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. The school ultimately ...

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  • Australia decides to toughen parole laws after fatal siege
Australia decides to toughen parole laws after fatal siege

A Reuters witness saw five uniformed and plain-clothed police wearing gloves and breathing masks entering an apartment in a three-storey block and putting household items into plastic evidence bags. "They're in transit but they're obviously close because they're running", the man told Fairfax Radio . The proposed reforms come after parolee Khayr...

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  • Cavaliers need to get 3-point shooting up
Cavaliers need to get 3-point shooting up

Tag them on Twitter , Instagram , or Facebook with #DubsOn7 and we may show them online or on TV! The Lakers lost the opening game of the finals to the Sixers but went on to win four straight games. We've got to get this one at home and then just keep building from there. "We want to play fast; we don't want to play in a hurry", Lue said. "Bu...

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  • Defending champion Garbine Muguruza upset at French Open
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza upset at French Open

Mladenovic, a finalist in Stuttgart and Madrid, has been bothered by back problems but the crowd spurred her on in what she called a "dramatic" first round and an "epic" third round. "Matches finish quicker, it can really catch you by surprise", he said. "I think she speaks like 25 languages, I heard", responded Muguruza sarcastically.

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  • Lionel Messi:
Lionel Messi: "Cristiano Ronaldo is a Phenomenal Player"

Staff ReporterReal Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo . It's the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title.

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  • Lions stick to selection plan for tour match vs Crusaders
Lions stick to selection plan for tour match vs Crusaders

Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British & Irish Lions against the Crusaders on Saturday as the touring team look to bounce back from their midweek defeat to the Blues . If the Lions are to have a hope of completing their impossible mission later this month then they will have to learn to create something out of nothing.

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  • Austin Dillon wins first Cup race, takes 600-mile race
Austin Dillon wins first Cup race, takes 600-mile race

Martin Truex Jr . - who won the race here a year ago with the most dominant run in NASCAR history - was leading, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson . Busch retook the lead from Truex inside the final 10 laps of the opening stage. Harvick led the most laps (42), but Busch passed him late in the stage for the playoff points.

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  • Murray, Wawrinka to meet 2nd time in French Open semis
Murray, Wawrinka to meet 2nd time in French Open semis

Stan Wawrinka will be the oldest man to play in the French Open semi-finals since Jimmy Connors in 1985, but the 32-year-old Swiss insists he is in great shape as he prepares to face Andy Murray . The pair shared 12 breaks of serve on another blustery Paris day, with Nishikori starting superbly but fading as Murray reeled him in. "But I don...

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  • Australia's Steve Smith frustrated by Oval abandonment
Australia's Steve Smith frustrated by Oval abandonment

Australia was tracking well to record their first victory of the tournament at 83-1 off 16 overs in pursuit of Bangladesh's well below par total of 182. "But to be fair, it was raining reasonably hard when we did come off, yeah". He then headed straight to the IPL where he captained Sunrisers Hyderabad to the semi-finals, before jetting to the...

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  • Wenger to target title after signing new two-year deal with Arsenal
Wenger to target title after signing new two-year deal with Arsenal

Looking forward, Arsenal has a hard road ahead, as the top teams in the league are only growing stronger and more willing to spend money on big-name transfers. The Gunners boss this week extended his 21-year stay at the club for a further 24 months by signing a new contract . Gunners fans will be desperate for a league title challenge next ye...

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  • Valverde named new Barcelona boss
Valverde named new Barcelona boss

He is Bilbao's long-serving coach, overseeing 308 games, and picked up the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, ending the club's 31-year wait for a trophy, along with seeing them through to European qualification in five of his six seasons. Since then he has coached Athletic's reserve side, had two spells in charge of the first team at San Mames, as well as st...

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers Look to Salvage Boring, Predictable NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers Look to Salvage Boring, Predictable NBA Finals

LeBron is averaging 28.5 points. It's reasonable to ask if the Cavs are asking too much of him. They shot 43.5 percent from beyond the arc through the Conference Finals and are now holding the Cavaliers to 31.7 percent shooting from 3-point range - a figure that would have put them dead last in the league during the regular season.

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  • SA bat against Pakistan in Champions Trophy
SA bat against Pakistan in Champions Trophy

Just three days after suffering a humiliating 124-run defeat by title-holders India , with former skipper Shahid Afridi among those slamming a "clueless" display, Pakistan's return saw them make a mockery of the rankings which had them bottom and South Africa top in this eight-team one-day global tournament.

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  • Steve Smith frustrated after second-straight washout
Steve Smith frustrated after second-straight washout

Their frustration at the Oval was perhaps amplified given they appeared just four more overs away from securing an all-important two points. The Australian bowlers received a severe thrashing at the hands of New Zealand batsmen in their previous game before rain gods intervened and the match was abandoned .

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  • LeBron James: 'I want to win just as bad' as Warriors do
LeBron James: 'I want to win just as bad' as Warriors do

Pluto also notes that LeBron James' has offered one big reason for the Warriors' success so far: Kevin Durant joined Golden State this year. Some will undoubtedly say that Cleveland's home cooking will cure the drama deficiency, that a few generous whistles in a partisan atmosphere will allow for the tide to turn Wednesday during Game 3.

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  • Thiem stuns Djokovic in French Open quarter finals
Thiem stuns Djokovic in French Open quarter finals

I only care that I'm in the semifinals . We're gonna try to get together in Wimbledon, but that's all for now. "His impact will take time , it won't happen in the first week". Nadal gave Carreno Busta a consoling hug at the net. 'It looks right now as if Djokovic doesn't want to be on the court, ' McEnroe said during his commentary of the mat...

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  • Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers
Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

This was highlighted by his 42-point performance in Game 4, a contest where LeBron had four fouls in the first half for the first time in his career. At the 2:40 mark of the third quarter, James knocked down a three-pointer and passed Michael Jordan to become the leader for most postseason points with 5,995.

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  • Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane reveals Ballon d'Or dream
Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane reveals Ballon d'Or dream

Kane's improvement has been borne out in the only currency that matters for players in his position. Kane has managed to bag 20 goals in his last three seasons, and Provan believes he can continue on to greater heights. 'If I score maybe a hat-trick at the weekend and a couple in the next game, the ratio might not look so bad, ' he added. "Hopefu...

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  • After nearly missing French Open, Halep could win 1st major
After nearly missing French Open, Halep could win 1st major

Halep had broken early in the third set and threatened to break again in the fourth game but Pliskova saved with an ace and went on to hold. Third-seeded Halep won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, clinching the victory on the first of her two match points when Pliskova sent a return long.

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  • Ostapenko beats Bacsinszky to reach final
Ostapenko beats Bacsinszky to reach final

No. 30 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is leading 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 4-3 on Court Philippe Chatrier, while No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is up 6-4, 2-6, 2-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen against unseeded 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

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  • Brewers Rally, But Lose In 10
Brewers Rally, But Lose In 10

The incident happened in the bottom of the second inning with the Brewers at bat. The Brewers had momentum until then following the two-run ninth off Melancon. Slater even got the ball back. A career.195 hitter, Hernandez may not be long for the roster once Michael Morse and Jarrett Parker return from the disabled list, but for the time being...

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  • Master of defense Halep downs Pliskova to reach Paris final
Master of defense Halep downs Pliskova to reach Paris final

Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets on Thursday , hours after Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday by defeating birthday buddy Timea Bacsinszky . The mistake early on killed the round for Ostapenko. The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on...

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  • Chelsea boss Conte defends 'honest' Victor Moses despite FA Cup final dive
Chelsea boss Conte defends 'honest' Victor Moses despite FA Cup final dive

The former Werder Bremen defender admitted he had "suffered" this season but was delighted to be able to give his all as Arsenal turned a mediocre campaign into a memorable one by securing a record 13th FA Cup win. The Blues were pegged back when Nigerian winger Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card for diving in the 68 minute. Mertes...

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