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Simona Halep won's have an easy time getting over this loss


Halep hung in there for a while, but once Ostapenko started to play close to the lines and to limit her mistakes - she had only 13 in the decider - she was tough to overcome. Back then, she lost against Maria Sharapova , also in three sets. Some doubt whether such an approach can seriously upset Halep, especially in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a French Open final. Read More »

Ostapenko reaches first Grand Slam final on 20th birthday at French Open


No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 28 Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4; No. 3 Simona Halep beat No. 5 Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0. "I'm just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday", Ostapenko said. The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semifinal. Read More »

Warriors' Kerr to pursue more answers for health issues

Bird rights , named after National Basketball Association legend Larry Bird , allow a team to exceed the league's salary cap without penalty in order to re-sign their own free agents up to a league maximum deal. The Hamptons 5 - consisting of Stephen Curry , Klay Thompson, Iguodala, Draymond Green and Durant, who all met together last summer during the free-agency recruiting period - has a pathway of remaining intact. Read More »

Paul George prefers to sign with Lakers as free agent in 2018


It would be a worst case scenario to have Paul George prop up their win totals up until the trade deadline just enough to prevent them from getting a great draft pick in next year's draft. The Lakers have to be feeling good about hearing this news, while it is devastating for the Pacers . Larry Bird's departure from the front office earlier this spring was likely a sign that George wouldn't commit long term to the Pacers , and now Indy's small-market minded ownership faces a ... Read More »

Portugal vs Mexico: VAR not working well - Santos


Ronaldo , 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain. That was his 48 worldwide goal. The Mexicans should have taken the lead on the stroke of half time as Jiminez pulled the ball back for Hernandez inside the box but the Borrusia Moenchengladbach striker ballooned his shot. Read More »

Judge denies request to block funding tied to Detroit arena

Robert Davis and D. Etta Wilcox wanted the federal district court to stop the Detroit City Council from issuing $34.5 million in additional DDA bonds to pay for construction changes to the Little Caesars Arena project to accommodate the Pistons' move downtown. Read More »

Pakistan surges to 6th after Champions Trophy victory

For them, and for millions of people across Pakistan , the taste of victory was sweet. Pandya took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the loss and wrote, "Hume to apno ne loota, gairo me kahan dum tha (We were looted by one of us, why blame others)". Read More »

Springer hits 20th homer, Astros launch 3 to beat A's 4-1


George Springer hit his 20th home run, Jake Marisnick and Derek Fisher also went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Monday night. He pitched shutout ball into fifth inning against high-powered Houston, and was one pitch from getting out of that inning unscathed. With one out, Matt Joyce lined a double to right off Peacock. Read More »

Dallas Keuchel is having an underrated 1st half


After having their win streak snapped on Tuesday, can the Houston Astros bounce back tonight when they face the Kansas City Royals at 8:15PM ET? Royals starter Jason Hammel allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking none. Read More »

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings


Pakistan , the bottom-ranked side in the eight-team event, rode on opener Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide century to post 338-4 and then bundled out India for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs. As for India's defeat, he said: "We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high. Up & above 4rm here", Misbah said. The boys were really motivated today. Read More »

Pakistan Lifts Champion Trophy 2017 beating India

It was a huge win for Pakistan yesterday. Ali was one of the factors for Pakistan's miraculous turnaround after Pakistan lose to India in group stages. Indian Captain Virat Kohli cored little more than none. Amir's triple strikes rattled India as they lost three of their most prolific run-getters with just 33 runs on the board and from thereon it was all downhill for the defending champions. Read More »

Warriors' Steve Kerr hopes to address back issues this summer

Exercising the 2017-18 option would guarantee him almost $28 million in salary, $10 million more than his next highest-paid teammate, Klay Thompson. A powerful reserve, Iguodala was expected to become a potential free agent this summer, along with several other players. Read More »

Not playing at Queens this year: Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard has been advised by his doctors to take a break ahead of Wimbledon , following his remarkable efforts at Roland Garros over the past couple of weeks. Wawrinka had had an impressive run to the finals as he saw off Andy Murray , the world number one, but he had a hard time doing the same with Nadal. Read More »

Imran Khan brings up irony in Pakistan cricket team surge


Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs. Amir finished with 3-16 off six overs, and Hasan Ali , awarded the best player of the tournament, took 3-19. Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters. In the third over, Virat Kohli was dropped by Azhar Ali at slip off Amir's third ball, but he had him out with the next ball when he ... Read More »

Fowler eager to get job done at US Open


Fowler tees off his second round in the afternoon. Five players have found themselves with scores of -10 or better through the first 54 holes of the 117th U.S. Jamie Lovemark made a bomb for birdie on the 18th hole to shoot his second consecutive 69 and be tied for fifth, alongside Fowler and J.B. Holmes (69). Read More »

Manchester United Handed Fresh Boost In Cristiano Ronaldo Pursuit

Ronaldo is seen as likely to leave Spain despite winning the Champions League for a second season in a row with Real following accusations of tax fraud in the country. It has since been reported that Manchester United could offer up to a whopping £182 million for the return of the talented forward, alongside Spanish player David De Gea . Read More »

Ronaldo Hints At Returning To Manchester United


Tebas defended Messi last summer when reports came out that the Barcelona star was considering leaving Spain after a court ruled that the Argentina forward and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of €4.1m. Bayern Munich yesterday took the unusual step of publicly pouring scorn on reports suggesting they are interested in taking him to Germany. "I have no doubt that Cristiano will be able to defend himself". Read More »

Alves tells Juventus he wants to end contract


Turin-based journalist Clara Albuquerque claimed last night Alves had met with officials on Monday and told them he was leaving. "If you turn the word "computer" backwards, it spells "Steve Jobs". The marauding full-back struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for nearly two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists as Juve won the Scudetto ... Read More »

AFL & Players Association Agree To Massive New Pay Deal


That 20 per cent will only apply to players who have the cap increase written into their salary, with the players to receive the following bumps: 20 per cent, then 1.2 per cent (2018), 1.3 per cent (2019), and 2 per cent in each of the last three years (2020-2022). Read More »

PGA: Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title


Spaniard Sergio Garcia, playing in a major tournament for the first time since winning the Masters in April at Augusta National, was the highest-finished major victor at Erin Hills , shooting 4-under for a share of 21st place. The wind was blowing and the Greens were fast. The strongest gusts were Sunday morning, and it tapered to a strong breeze by the afternoon. A chip on the fourth nearly went in, but then trickled back to 4 feet and he blocked the par putt to the right. Read More »

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to feature against Highlanders

Gatland had been left fuming at the unwelcome outside critiques that only increased after Wednesday's 22-16 loss to the Blues - but used victory over the Crusaders as a stick with which to beat his detractors. On paper, the home team does not seem to pose a major threat, missing at least nine players who were recently named in the All Blacks or New Zealand Maori squads. Read More »

Golden State one win away from National Basketball Association glory after downing Cavs again


Home teams in the National Basketball Association have such an advantage when it comes to how the referees call the game, whether you want to believe it or not. James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but his attempt at a tying 3-pointer was blocked by Andre Iguodala and James stepped out of bounds after recovering it, slamming the ball to the court in frustration. Read More »