• No more resting on defense for LeBron James
No more resting on defense for LeBron James

You have to go back even further for a Major League Baseball trilogy, and it all took place in New York City. "It's been a long journey, some ups and downs but it's well worth it once you get here in the Finals", Williams said. And familiarity has most assuredly bred contempt as well as respect on both sides. It went something like the Cavs w...

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  • Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener
Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener

Earlier, riding on Tamim Iqbal's brilliant 128, Bangladesh posted a challenging 305/6. Rahim (79) then went from the very next delivery before Jake Ball claimed the scalp of Shakib Al Hasan (10) as England started to stem the flow of runs towards the end of the innings.

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  • Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals
Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

And if you've gotten this far, you may be regretting the several minutes you can never get back. They have lapses and you will not get away with that against the Warriors. Then the Cavs got their revenge past year when they rallied back to claim their city's first major team championship since 1964 with a Game 7 win in Oakland.

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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

And against these Warriors, any passive behavior from either LeBron or Kyrie will result in embarrassing blowouts dealt to them by Golden State. The Warriors responded by signing Kevin Durant in the offseason. At Toronto's Air Canada Centre, a notoriously hard place to play because of the raucous atmosphere created by their passionate fans, the...

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

There is a way to beat Golden State. Durant leaving the Western Conference's second-best team for a 73-win juggernaut tipped the scales in a way that made many uncomfortable. " You can't hold him in check but you can try to make it tough by throwing different bodies at him, mixing coverage and making him work on the defensive side of the ball, t...

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  • Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup
Capsule preview of the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup

It sucks, but this is how the reaction will go if Kevin Durant and the Warriors lose the NBA Finals: Durant is a chemistry killer! So, as you get home from a subpar workday, or an ordinary school day on June 1st, just know that the NBA Finals await you , and your day will instantly be ameliorated.

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  • Kuznetsov senses upset over vulnerable Murray
Kuznetsov senses upset over vulnerable Murray

Nadal won his first-round match on Monday. Andy Murray answered doubts about his form and fitness with a four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov in the opening round of the French Open . This will be a sterner test of Murray's rediscovered resolve but if he can string together a couple of decent performances it will work wonders for his confidenc...

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  • Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'
Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

The Pittsburgh Penguins rarely tested the hottest goaltender in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville. When he was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last September, the American team presented him a red shirt that said, "Make Tiger Great Again".

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  • National Basketball Association star LeBron James' West LA home vandalized with racial slur
National Basketball Association star LeBron James' West LA home vandalized with racial slur

Last year, the Cavaliers , down three games to one, rallied to beat the Warriors by sweeping the final three games. Green, Golden State's versatile heartbeat, is typically the hub of the post offense, averaging a little more than three post touches per game in the postseason.

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  • Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat
Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat

Arsenal's subsequent failure to sustain a challenge for the Premier League title, coupled with their humiliating round-of-16 exit from the Champions League against Bayern Munich via a 10-2 aggregate defeat, prompted an upsurge in anti-Wenger sentiment among a vocal section of the club's supporters .

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  • 'Threematch' at hand for Cavaliers and Warriors
'Threematch' at hand for Cavaliers and Warriors

But like Kevin Durant, Curry blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavs a year ago. The defending champions are technically the underdogs in this Finals matchup, but what scary underdogs they are. Then the gaze shifts to the Golden State Warriors and everything changes. Golden State already is the first team to begin a postseason 12-0, and the Warriors wo...

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  • Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game 1 of NBA Finals
Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game 1 of NBA Finals

It's really that simple. Just like he's been for virtually the entire playoffs, LeBron James was an unstoppable force against Boston . The substitute coach compared the upcoming match against the Cavaliers in the upcoming NBA Finals to the "Lion King" theme of the "circle of life".

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  • CAVS: Defending champs ready to prove their worth in these winne
CAVS: Defending champs ready to prove their worth in these winne

I think the team is like 108-2. Cleveland deserves a ton of credit for shoring up its three-point shooting ability to compete with Golden State. The Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers starting on Thursday in Oakland as the matchup has been set for the King LeBron James and the challenger Kevin Durant .

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  • Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals
Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

For the sixth time , James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he's accustomed to before June. "I know I said a few things in the media about the situation he was going through, but I was happy to see him, give him a big hug from myself and my family".

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  • Cavaliers beat Celtics 135-102, reach finals
Cavaliers beat Celtics 135-102, reach finals

All three of Boston's walking wounded - Fs Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson - were able to play. "Just watching him move without the basketball, getting easy baskets off of cuts and splits and when he passes the ball he's also relocating now".

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  • Cavs' Kevin Love: 'I Don't Feel Like We're Underdogs'
Cavs' Kevin Love: 'I Don't Feel Like We're Underdogs'

Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter. The overall beatdown put things in perspective for members of the Celtic organization that made great strides this year from a team building perspective, but knows they still have a long way to go.

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  • Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game One of NBA Finals
Warriors' Kerr will not coach Game One of NBA Finals

Kyle Korver and Channing Frye are risky three-point shooters that can stretch the floor and compliment what LeBron James , Kyrie Irving , Kevin Love and J.R. Golden State has the second-best contested defensive rebound rate in the National Basketball Association and they are ninth in opponent second-chance points per 100 possessions in the pl...

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  • Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury
Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Boston Celtics forward Gerald Green (30) and center Al Horford (42) appeal to referee Ken Mauer during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Thursday, May. I think the biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history is...

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  • James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness
James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

The Cavaliers took the lead for the first time since the first quarter after James made two free throws to put Cleveland up 73-72 with 3:15 to play in the quarter. "Coming out of halftime I just wanted to be aggressive, lead my guys and leave it all out there on the floor", Irving said. "I'm just happy and blessed that when I made a decision ...

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  • Takuma Sato First Japanese Driver to Win Indianapolis 500
Takuma Sato First Japanese Driver to Win Indianapolis 500

Alonso said Sato has been a big help to him during his preparation for the Indianapolis 500 . Hunter-Reay drafted at the back of Chilton with Rossi and Alonso sticking close to the rear wing of the leader. After another safety vehicle period, Hunter-Reay continued to lead the race but close behind was Alonso . McLaren boss Zak Brown ...

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  • LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals
LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

The Boston Celtics fell short of reaching their ultimate goal this season. After adding Durant , the expectations are on their shoulders, but the Cavs , as we've learned the hard way, are the only team which can challenge them. If the Cavs finish the Warriors even sooner than seven games , that would still be a better finish to the Natio...

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  • Cavaliers' Tyronn Lue: 'I don't even think about' Warriors
Cavaliers' Tyronn Lue: 'I don't even think about' Warriors

Irving scored 12 points in the quarter with James on the bench to save Cleveland from a blowout. The Cleveland Cavaliers are just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals , though the Golden State Warriors remain the betting favorite.

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  • James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win
James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

The bucket was part of a 35-point effort that also featured eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points, 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on three or more days' rest.

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  • Dixon has pole, Alonso has spotlight for wide-open race at Brickyard
Dixon has pole, Alonso has spotlight for wide-open race at Brickyard

Team Penske has four of the top five drivers in the IndyCar standings, has won the last three races of the season and added two-time 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya to its lineup. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball and Fernando Alonso all had their Honda's give out. Hunter-Reay led 28 laps before he started smoking on Lap 137.

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  • LeBron passes Michael Jordan for top of all-time playoff scoring record
LeBron passes Michael Jordan for top of all-time playoff scoring record

This time, the Warriors win at home at Oracle and the confetti falls for them and their revenge tour. Cleveland's 4-1 series victory set up a meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association finals for a third successive year.

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

And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn't do or what they didn't know. The deficit reached a peak of 37 points, the second worst under Brad Stevens to the 50-point lead the Cavs reached in Game 2. Those missed shots, combined with a Kyrie Irving takeover in the...

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  • LeBron's critics return after stinky Game 3 performance
LeBron's critics return after stinky Game 3 performance

A day later, James' most vocal critics - like Fox Sports 1 analyst Skip Bayless - have continued to take shots at him. At the beginning of the game, it looked as though the Cavaliers were going to coast through and take a 3-0 series lead.

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  • LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record
LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Aside from a Game 3 upset after losing Thomas to a hip injury, the Celtics lost by margins of 13, 44, 13, and 33 points. Bradley was the lone bright spot for Boston in the second quarter, as the guard matched Williams with 14 points of his own.

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  • James surpasses Jordan as all-time playoff scoring leader
James surpasses Jordan as all-time playoff scoring leader

Kevin Love's minutes dropped from 32.5 per game during the first three rounds of last year's playoffs to 26.3 in the 2016 Finals. The Celtics shocked the Cavaliers by winning Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals after being blown out in Games 1 and 2.

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  • Alonso at Indy 'has exceeded expectations' - Brown
Alonso at Indy 'has exceeded expectations' - Brown

Two of those drivers - the defending race champion, Alexander Rossi , and this year's highest-profile rookie, Fernando Alonso - avoided getting sidetracked by sideshows. "I am braking for corners and I just feel like I am going to be in the barriers". "The biggest challenge I will face is in the race when you are running in traffic, thos...

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