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NBA Draft 2017: What to Expect in the First Round

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Most of the selections Thursday night seem to have fan approval. And when you add facts like Jimmy Butler moving on to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Indiana Pacers possibly trading Paul George , the East is losing top players rather than gaining them. Read More »

Mexico Hopes to Make Statement Against Russia in Confederations Cup

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Goals from Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Wales were dispatched 2-0 in Lyon before a goalless final against hosts France went into an additional period, where substitute Eder was the unlikely hero. "As players we invite people to stop doing it, even though we believe that it isn't offensive and there are worse words and things that are done in the stadium", he said. Read More »

One Lions player singled out for particularly harsh criticism

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The final try , Rieko Ioane's second, came through Liam Williams' failed catch attempt, and all three were scores that Gatland believed could have been avoided. "I thought it was hell of a test match.it was two pretty skilful teams working very hard for each other". His line running and rugby union brain has improved leaps and bounds in the past six months, but on Saturday Te'o will be tasked with channeling his rugby league days and stopping those damaging offloads in the middle of the ... Read More »

Di Maria fined for tax fraud

The prosecutor based the accusations on information provided by Spain's Tax Office, which appear to show that Mourinho used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to "hide profits made from image rights". Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended. Read More »

Vegas Golden Knights select NHL veterans in expansion draft

The selection of Methot is a major coup for the Golden Knights . McPhee now has 12 total picks in this year's draft, which includes three in the first round. Or that Vadim Shipachyov, a free agent pick-up from Russian Federation, will be able to jump right into the league and centre the top line. The team has been very active in trading players for draft picks and vice versa. Read More »

Bottas predicts a 'mess' in challenging Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Bottas joined the Silver Arrows on a 12-month deal at the start of the year as Hamilton's team-mate following Nico Rosberg's shock retirement after winning last season's world championship. There is no rush. "I feel normal because every single year for me in F1, I have had the same situation", said Russian Grand Prix victor Bottas. "I don't know when I will know [for definite]", he continued. Read More »

Petra Kvitova reaches semifinals at Aegon Classic

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Kvitova was leading 6-1, 1-0. Safarova saved two match points navigating a tense hold for 4-5 in the decider, then saved another match point to break back for 5-all. "For me it is important to use my slice on the grass and I love coming out here, slicing away and getting a bit of purchase on the ball and I was able to do that and it was really pleasing" she said. Read More »

Vegas Golden Knights make first picks in NHL Draft

This isn't an easy thing for Fleury. In the space of less than a week, the city will have seen its new Vegas Golden Knights unveil their inaugural jersey kit, hosted the NHL Awards at spanking new T-Mobile Arena, pick from lists of unprotected players in the first NHL expansion draft in 17 years , make a flurry of trades, and, after stockpiling 13 draft picks (including three among the top-15), participate in the new franchise's first entry draft this weekend at the largest rink in ... Read More »

Magic sees Lonzo as one piece in Lakers' grand rebuilding plan

LaVar Ball likes to say he's able to "speak things into existence". Lonzo Ball didn't blink at his father's latest pronouncement: "You don't play to lose, so that's definitely the goal". The press conference included statements from Magic Johnson , Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, and Lonzo Ball . The tide has turned. Butler, one of the league's most dynamic two-way players, joined forces again with Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Read More »

All Black management unconcerned about Lions' defence

Lawes, who had been making a serious case for Test selection, was then forced from the field for a Head Injury Assessment following a blow to the head, Wales forward Alun Wyn Jones coming on. "We'll sit down in the morning and have a look at the tape, and I've said to the players we'll probably announce the team to them tomorrow [Wednesday] night before it's announced on Thursday". Read More »

Angel Di Maria Fined £1.76 Million Over Tax Evasion While In Spain

Following the development, there's been speculations from many quarters that the four-time Ballon d'Or victor could make a return to former club Manchester United or make a move to French side, Paris Saint-Germain. On Wednesday, AS reported that Ronaldo is already having second thoughts about leaving the Santiago Bernabey after his positive response to Perez's decision to publicly defend him after the tax fraud allegations . Read More »

Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick

In the space of less than a week, the city will have seen its new Vegas Golden Knights unveil their inaugural jersey kit, hosted the NHL Awards at spanking new T-Mobile Arena, pick from lists of unprotected players in the first NHL expansion draft in 17 years , make a flurry of trades, and, after stockpiling 13 draft picks (including three among the top-15), participate in the new franchise's first entry draft this weekend at the largest rink in the NHL , Chicago's United Center. Read More »

Sailing-Sweden beat New Zealand to level America's Cup duel

The Team New Zealand shore crew were forced to work around the clock to get Aotearoa back on the water for racing today. "The intention now would be, yeah, to do some sailing (with them) and carry on with the development process". Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive of Land Rover BAR, wants to bring more structure to the event and his idea of staging it every two years has been backed by five of the six teams involved, with only New Zealand yet to agree. Read More »

Russians hit the bar as beer ban lifted for Confed Cup

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The hosts achieved a comfortable 2-0 win against New Zealand in their first game and fell 1-0 to Portugal in the second game of the competition. Stanislav Cherchesov is not contemplating what impact an early Confederations Cup exit could have on Russia's World Cup campaign as he tries to ensure they do not trip up against Mexico . Read More »

Los Angeles Lakers NBA draft picks: 2017 round-by-round results, grades

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Fultz, who played just 25 games in college , said it was always his dream to be the top pick and wasn't bothered that Boston traded the chance to take him. The logical answer is most likely not, but Ball can be the next great Lakers point guard. After the Boston Celtics took Duke forward Jayson Tatum at No. Read More »

Josh Jackson: By The Numbers

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Kudos to owner Robert Sarver, General Manager Ryan McDonough, and Head Coach Earl Watson for sticking with the rebuild. After plenty of trade speculation, the Phoenix Suns chose to hold onto the fourth overall pick in Thursday night's 2017 NBA Draft and used it to select Kansas freshman Josh Jackson . Read More »

Dominant New Zealand increase America's Cup lead

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Both teams sailed well on Sunday, with fewer obvious mistakes than in Saturday's races, and the differences in performance came down to pure speed. The return match between America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand promises another epic edition of Yachting's venerable, sometimes venomous competition. Read More »

Patton headed to Minnesota in NBA Draft

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Johnson reported the Bulls sent the 16th overall selection and Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves for the No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn . The Omaha native says he grew up cheering for the Timberwolves. After redshirting his first year at Creighton, he came through with 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He also displayed some outside shooting ability, finishing 8-of-15 from beyond the arc this season. Read More »

Evans faces ban for cocaine use

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Earlier this year, Evans reached a career high ranking of 41 in the world, and now sits 50. He pointed out that the taking of the prohibited substance was taken out of competition and was " out of context completely unrelated to tennis ", but stressed that he did not " condone for one second to anyone that this is acceptable behaviour ". Read More »

UCF's Matt Williams added to Heat's Summer League roster

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The Los Angeles native finished his UVa career ranked first all-time in starts (134), games (138) and minutes (4,425). The sharpshooter was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll four times and knocked down five or more threes in 10 games as a senior. Read More »