If you're bored or turned off by the prospect of an unprecedented NBA Finals"three-match" between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, you're missing the point.
Sure, these are largely the same casts of characters, in both name and core personnel, that have split the last two Larry O'Brien Trophies. But both teams have undergone changes since last June that go beyond cosmetic.
Where LeBron James might have been able to take breaks in the past against Harrison Barnes, he now has to stay locked and loaded at all times opposite Kevin Durant. The big guy setting screens and going goo...more
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy will be out six to eight weeks as he recovers from an oblique strain, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reported Monday.
According to Flanagan, Duffy suffered the injury during his start Sunday in a 10-1 defeat to the Cleveland Indians.
Pitching as both a reliever and starter in 2016, Duffy finished the year 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 179.2 innings pitched.The Royals rewarded the left-hander with a five-year extension worth $65 million.
While Duffy has performed well on the mound, durability has been a concern for much of his MLB career....more
Top seed Andy Murray gets his French Open campaign underway on Tuesday at Roland Garros against Andrey Kuznetsov.
Plenty of eyes will be on the Briton, too, as his form heading into this Grand Slam showpiece has been far from impressive. After the top seed in the women's draw, Angelique Kerber, was dumped out of the tournament on Sunday, Murray will be well aware he can't take any chances against the dangerous Russian.
In a wide-open women's bracket, Simona Halep will begin her quest towards a first Grand Slam title against Jana Cepelova, while the impressive Elina Svitolina will take on Yaros...more
Fact: Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese driver ever to win the race.
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England opened their 2017 Toulon Tournament title defence in impressive fashion after defeating Angola 1-0at the Stade de Lattre in Aubagne, France, on Monday to move two points clear at the summit of Group A.
Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo was the hero for manager Neil Dewsnip's side as he rose early in the second half and headed in the only goal of the game to hand England the start they sought in France.
Angola were reluctant to roll over in their meeting with the defending champions and ended the clash as the pressing outfit, but England held on to take three points at the first time of asking...more
Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is looking forward to his first appearance against his old team.
The left-hander is expected to start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, where he spent the first seven years of his career before being traded this offseason.
"A little of me will be [nervous], but I think I'm more looking forward to this opportunity than any other emotion just because it's fun," Sale said of the upcoming game, per Scott Lauber of ESPN.
"I'm playing against my friends," he added. "It might be hard not to smile out there on the mound at a couple of them. It's fun. These are m...more
Bryce Alford came to the defense of former UCLA teammate Lonzo Ball as he prepared for the NBA draft.
The guard discussed Ball and his father LaVar on Monday, via Bill Oram of the Southern California News Group:
Alford was a senior this past season alongside the freshman Ball, helping the Bruins post a 31-5 record and reach the Sweet 16.
Ball has received extra attention during the pre-draft process thanks in part to the antics of his father.
"I don't think he falls past 2, but it's a concern in the back of everyone's mind," an Eastern Conference executive toldMarc Bermanof theNew York Post. ...more
You may think Austin Dillon is a driver with a job because his grandfather owns the team. But Richard Childress listened to his grandson enough to make a change that led to their first Cup victory together, and that
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker told L'Equipe(h/t Eurohoops.net) that he plans to return from his ruptured left quadriceps tendon in January.
Parker suffered the injury in May during San Antonio's series against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals and underwent successful surgery shortly after.
Parker expressed his disappointment about suffering the injury, especially after Gregg Popovich's decision to limit his minutes throughout the season left him fresh for the postseason.
"The first thing that came in when I got injured was frustration," Parker toldL'Equipe. ...more
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round of the 2017 French Open after beating respective first-round foes Benoit Paire and Marcel Granollers on Monday.
Nadal's fine streak of form this year continued with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 beating of home favourite Paire, while Djokovic was similarly rampant en route to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 beating of Spaniard Granollers.
Seeded stars Milos Raonic (5), Marin Cilic (7) and David Goffin (10) also progressed to the second round following wins over Steve Darcis, Ernests Gulbis and Paul-Henri Mathieu, respectively. No. 14 seed Jack Sock couldn't follo...more