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Author: 0 Rafael Nadal eyes 10th French Open title with injury misery in mind

Wawrinka's one-handed, power-packed backhand, delivered with such force that the thud of racket-meets-ball sounds like a leather-bound encyclopedia volume - remember those? - being dropped on a wood desk. But I had better sensations when I played Basilashvili, for example. All those years ago, it was Toni's decision to turn Nadal from a right-hander - his dominant hand outside of tennis - to a lefty.

Sports Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals
Author: 0 Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

In your average 7 games series, a 3-1 lead for a team is the equivalent to a finished series. It's risky, and not for the faint of heart. "I liked it", Lue said Sunday. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 but missed a chance to clinch with a 137-116 loss Friday at Cleveland, the more intense and physical Cavaliers ending Golden State's unbeaten playoff run at 15 games.

Author: 0 Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open title

His return to a final in Paris was a meeting of two of the most respected shots in the men's game: Nadal's spin-heavy, high-bouncing uppercut of a forehand vs. 'The feeling I have here is impossible to describe. For people who have been following his journey, Thiem's straight-set thumping of reigning French Open champion Novak Djokovic in the quarters wasn't a total shocker.

Author: 0 Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

When a team hits an NBA Finals record 24 threes against you, it's likely to get one's attention and the Cavaliers certainly have the Warriors' attention in that department. "If we wanted to play more physical, how could we?" LeBron James and Cleveland, looking down and out only days ago in an 0-3 hole, now have some momentum after winning Game 4 and they will try to stave off elimination once more.

Author: 0 Andy Murray to begin to find his top form

Nishikori knocked Murray out of the US Open in a five-set quarter-final previous year but insisted he couldn't remember it. Nishikori, bidding to make the semi-finals for the first time, has endured a topsy-turvy French Open , needing five sets to beat Hyeon Chung and four against Fernando Verdasco .

Sports What nerves? Rookies making an impact in Stanley Cup Final
Author: 0 What nerves? Rookies making an impact in Stanley Cup Final

He's been unbeatable at home , allowing just two goals in two games in Nashville . "We still need one more game, one more win". Just 91 seconds after a Nashville fan flipped a catfish onto the PPG Paints Arena ice - a move that came shortly before a three-goal outburst by Nashville in Game 1 - Schultz powered home a slapshot to end an 0-for-15 power-play skid.

Sports Usain Bolt Gets Ready To Run Last Race In Jamaica
Author: 0 Usain Bolt Gets Ready To Run Last Race In Jamaica

The world's fastest man is scheduled to run the 100 metres in the final race of the evening. After coming up short in Eugene, Oregon, last month, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia will make another attempt to break the world record held by her older sister, Tirunesh.

Sports Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals
Author: 0 Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

Really awesome effort by the boys. The result takes Team New Zealand once step closer to a Cup Match with Team USA, with a ideal showing on Sunday - in the lighter breezes forecast for Bermuda - enough to send them through. Burling elected to take a split at the bottom gate and when the boats converged, Outteridge tried to slam a tight covering tack on the Kiwis, but Burling took the high road, pinching up to a safe and strong position approaching the boundary.

Sports Robson: United Need To Sign Players With Flair
Author: 0 Robson: United Need To Sign Players With Flair

De Gea and Herrera gave a glowing review of both, making it very clear what it means to play for and represent the 20-time champions of England . Or are they not needed at Old Trafford? We have to defend and it takes a lot of energy. As players, it's not about always being 100 per cent. Pogba, who is with the France squad to face Sweden and England, feels his own form got better as the campaign went on as he improved his fitness.

Sports Fuglsang leapfrogs Porte on final stage to win Dauphine
Author: 0 Fuglsang leapfrogs Porte on final stage to win Dauphine

We planned it very well with Fabio attacking (with Alejandro Valverde in the col de la Colombiere) and everything went in our favour. Fuglsang dropped Ireland's Dan Martin on the last climb and rode on his own through the final five kilometres, asserting his credentials less than a month before the Tour de France starts.

Sports Luke Bryan rooftop gig set to kick off Game 6
Author: 0 Luke Bryan rooftop gig set to kick off Game 6

Though Penguins fans won't want to hear this, this series is starting to mirror the 2009 Stanley Cup , where Crosby won his first championship. ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago in leading Pittsburgh to the Cup and is lifting his game when it matters most, collecting three assists in Game 5 to give him seven points in the series and 27 in the postseason - one behind teammate Evgeni Malkin.

Sports Murray headlining field at French Open Day 3
Author: 0 Murray headlining field at French Open Day 3

Paris: Record nine-time victor Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic set off on Monday ahead of a French Open collison course, while champions, past and present, meet in the women's first round. Wozniacki, who appeared to be carrying the after-effects of a lower back injury that forced her to retire during last week's Strasbourg tournament, pulled away towards the end of a testy encounter, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in just over two hours.

Sports Addison Russell returns to Cubs following MLB inquiry
Author: 0 Addison Russell returns to Cubs following MLB inquiry

Addison Russell's wife took to Instagram and Twitter late Wednesday night to accuse her husband of cheating on her. In the comments of the post , Melissa's friend left a comment in which she claimed to have witnessed Russell abusing his wife in front of their children.

Sports Murray books Wawrinka showdown; Nadal moves into semifinal
Author: 0 Murray books Wawrinka showdown; Nadal moves into semifinal

However, Murray, described as the real no 1 by fourth round opponent Juan Del Potro , bounced back by taking the second set easily and stormed through a third-set tie-break before finishing off a tiring Nishikori to seal a fourth successive semi-final appearance in Paris .

Sports England turn to captain Kane for Scotland clash
Author: 0 England turn to captain Kane for Scotland clash

However, Hampden Park erupted in the 87th minute when Leigh Griffiths curled home a 25-yard free-kick for his first global goal, before lightning struck twice in the final minute of normal time as another set-piece from the Celtic star put Scotland on the brink of a famous Group F victory.

Sports Texas A&M rallies to win 12-6, advance to CWS
Author: 0 Texas A&M rallies to win 12-6, advance to CWS

The Aggies (40-21) were just 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Janca singled through the right side to end the game. Then in the ninth, Walker Pennington added a 3-run home run to push the lead to 12-6. The Aggies fans struck up their "Ball Five" chant, which went all the way up to eight before Davidson brought on a new reliever. In the eleventh inning, the chant nearly boosted the Aggies to victory.

Sports Djokovic, Nadal on course for French Open semi-final collision
Author: 0 Djokovic, Nadal on course for French Open semi-final collision

He'll play defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight after the Serbian Defending champion eased past claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3. "It's wonderful for me", Thiem said. Play has started in the final two women's quarterfinal matches at the French Open . The Djokovic-Thiem victor will face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Sports Carlos Martinez records first career complete-game shutout
Author: 0 Carlos Martinez records first career complete-game shutout

The seventh inning was terrifying. He was chased from the game after allowing a two-run homer to Brandon Crawford in the sixth. He was 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in five starts at Triple A this season. Louis. St. Louis entered Friday's game against Philadelphia with a 26-32 record, a year after missing the playoffs for the first time under manager Mike Matheny .

Sports Cristiano Ronaldo - The numbers don't lie
Author: 0 Cristiano Ronaldo - The numbers don't lie

However, Zidane's side looked a different team in the second half, and the Frenchman has now revealed what he told his players at half-time. Juve played very well in the first half, creating some opportunities, but in the second half we were very impressive.

Sports Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead
Author: 0 Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead

The Penguins , as they've done when pressed throughout the postseason, responded nearly immediately. With No. 1 defenceman Kris Letang gone midway through the season, they finished 14th in shots for and against at five-on-five; going into Game 2 Wednesday night, Pittsburgh had the second-lowest percentage of five-on-five shot attempts of any team in the playoffs at 46.9 per cent, which in the regular season would make them the 29th-ranked team in hockey, and then it got worse.

Sports Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals
Author: 0 Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals

Artemis Racing's billionaire backer Torbjorn Tornqvist leapt aboard the state-of-the art blue and yellow catamaran to congratulate Outteridge and the six-man crew following their deciding win over SoftBank Team Japan . "It certainly helps, and that's why we've been pivotal in supporting the framework agreement that Martin Whitmarsh has put forward", said Ainslie. Despite the team's consistency on the start line, and the rapid pace of development of their race boat, they lost 5-2 to ...

Author: 0 Fancied South Africa face underdogs Sri Lanka

Amla's own half-century came off 56 deliveries and at the halfway mark, South Africa reached 130 for one. There might be a time in the tournament where we might use a different strategy, if we play against a certain opposition or on a certain field.

Sports Reavie, Schwartzel, Munoz share lead
Author: 0 Reavie, Schwartzel, Munoz share lead

Jones is hot on the heels of Matt Every , Scott Brown , Stuart Cink and Sebastian Munoz , who each shot six-under 64s in the final tune-up before the US Open. The top of the leaderboard is bunched together with nine players within three shots of that top quartet. Cabrera Bello, a 33-year-old from Spain, has four global victories, but has never won on the PGA Tour.

Author: 0 Troubled sleep, then a French Open dream for Bacsinszky

The two men's quarterfinals - Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta - that were supposed to take place on Tuesday, have been rescheduled for Wednesday. The day started with little prospect of play at Roland Garros, with rain teeming across the Paris clay courts and giving the groundstaff plenty of work to do.

Sports Paul Pogba happy with 'complicated' first season at Manchester United
Author: 0 Paul Pogba happy with 'complicated' first season at Manchester United

It is believed that Real Madrid striker Morata has already agreed personal terms with Manchester United , despite the two clubs not yet agreeing on a transfer fee for the Spain striker. Now Mourinho could have pointed to Porto, who he led to unprecedented success in European football, or even Chelsea who when first took over hadn't won the English top flight for over half a century.