• British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to feature against Highlanders
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to feature against Highlanders

The Lions face the Maori on June 17, a clash in which Gatland has already admitted he could well field a starting line-up that would closely resemble his Test XV. Asked if he learned anything new from the Lions' performance, Robertson said: "No". But the win is certainly a step in the right direction, and given that the Crusaders have beaten ev...

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  • Harry Kane: 'I need to improve England record'
Harry Kane: 'I need to improve England record'

The Scots host England in Glasgow on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 , looking for a result that will keep their qualification hopes for the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018 alive. If I score maybe a hat-trick at the weekend and a couple in the next game (against France on Tuesday), the ratio might not look so bad. "But each game is di...

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  • Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals
Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

In this photo provided by America's Cup Event Authority, Sweden's Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand compete during America's Cup challenger semifinals on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Saturday, June 10, 2017. But after making a crucial error in the first race and allowing New Zealand to get past them, Artemis Racing sailed a near ideal...

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  • Liverpool's sorry ending to Virgil van Dijk transfer rumours
Liverpool's sorry ending to Virgil van Dijk transfer rumours

The former Celtic defender had been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool , a path well trodden in recent years from St Mary's, but the Merseysiders have now ended their interest in any deal. The Saints are reportedly not going to let him go on the cheap, as Manchester City and Chelsea are interested despite the £50 million price tag va...

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  • Qatar must stop funding terror, extremist ideology
Qatar must stop funding terror, extremist ideology

Russian presidential aide, Yuri Ushakov has said earlier this week that, unlike the US, Russia had not yet announced any mediation attempts between the warring groups. Tillerson praised efforts by Kuwait to mediate the crisis and said Washington would support the emir of Kuwait. They warned, however, that their ability to make longer-term plans was...

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  • Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant not simply along for Finals ride
Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant not simply along for Finals ride

James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the National Basketball Association has seen before. But they also look like they have the stuff to win several more if they can avoid the greed/ego/credit deprivation/injury/plain old crazy-for-the-sake-of-being-crazy landmines along the way.

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  • NBA Finals Interrupted By Bizarre Controversy
NBA Finals Interrupted By Bizarre Controversy

The lively Cleveland crowd ate this one up, finishing the night chanting, "Cavs in 7, Cavs in 7". But the Warriors have added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant since last year's Finals meltdown and are not going to let past results shatter their confidence.

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  • Cavaliers rout Warriors to keep title hopes alive
Cavaliers rout Warriors to keep title hopes alive

No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series. The Cavaliers played one of the most spectacular Finals games of all time, winning 137-116, scoring a playoffs record of 86 points in the first half, and hitting a Finals record of 24 3s to extend the season to a Game 5 while the sport's most iconic player threw a dunk to himself off the backboard.

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  • LeBron James notches a triple-double in Game 4 win
LeBron James notches a triple-double in Game 4 win

Kyrie Irving was sensational again, hitting seven three-pointers and dumping in a game-high 40 points. Remember, the Warriors - for all their dominance this spring - were down 25 points to San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and came back to win only after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of the series with a spraine...

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  • Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title
Halep misses another chance to win Grand Slam title

The world number 47 became the first player to win their maiden trophy at Roland Garros - or indeed any grand slam - since Gustavo Kuerten's triumph on June 8, 1997, the day of Ostapenko's birth. If he wins, Nadal will become only the second player, man or woman, to win 10 titles at the same major tournament. Halep had been installed as the...

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  • No. 3 Halep faces unseeded Ostapenko in French Open final
No. 3 Halep faces unseeded Ostapenko in French Open final

It's my goal", said Ostapenko who spends up to six hours a day on court in practice. Her all-out attacking game ultimately got the better of the steady Halep , who lost her second French Open final - she fell to Maria Sharapova , also in three-set thriller, in 2014.

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  • Cabinet meeting provides first post-election test for embattled May
Cabinet meeting provides first post-election test for embattled May

That's when then-Prime Minister David Cameron resigned and was replaced by Prime Minister Theresa May . In the June 8 election, voters appeared lukewarm about that concept. Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum a year ago - but many important figures in the party advocate a m...

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  • Cavaliers force Game 5 with romp over Warriors
Cavaliers force Game 5 with romp over Warriors

Wait until they hear what Draymond Green - who drew a loud reaction when he was seemingly ejected (but actually wasn't ) from the Cavaliers' Game 4 victory Friday - said in his latest interview. The Cavaliers' first-half output beat the previous mark of 79 points set in 1985 by the Boston Celtics . And LeBron James throwing one pass t...

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  • Canadian Grand Prix: Red-hot Lewis Hamilton claims pole position
Canadian Grand Prix: Red-hot Lewis Hamilton claims pole position

Only Michael Schumacher , with 68 poles - and himself a seven-time race victor in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - stands ahead on the all-time list. The five drivers knocked out in Q1 were Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Lance Stroll (Williams), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), and the two Sauber drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

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  • Nadal faces Wawrinka challenge in French Open final
Nadal faces Wawrinka challenge in French Open final

Nadal certainly won't be taking Wawrinka lightly Sunday, though: He is a ideal 3-0 in grand slam finals, memorably topping the left-hander to open his account in Melbourne in 2014. The top seed was rock steady with 36 winners and the same number of unforced errors but Wawrinka, the oldest man to make the final in 44 years, employed his big swingin...

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  • Series right where it was last year after Cavs' victory
Series right where it was last year after Cavs' victory

Let's hope for a couple more competitive games, we all know what happened past year when the Warriors were up 3-1. "At least if I'm going to get them, let me earn them". The trio of Love, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a franchise record of 94 points by a combined trio - equaling the mark set by Hot Rod Williams, Brad Daugherty and Mark Price - th...

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  • Halep confident of French Open triumph
Halep confident of French Open triumph

She was the runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014. That theme continued in the opening game and Ostapenko broke to love - the ideal start for the 20-year-old. "I'm really happy. I have no words, it was my dream", Ostapenko said. Ostapenko's success owed much to an ultra-aggressive approach, which saw her rack up 54 winners in...

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  • 'A star is born!' - The moment Ostapenko clinches French Open title
'A star is born!' - The moment Ostapenko clinches French Open title

What do you think? 'I don't believe I did something wrong, too wrong today . "I'm just really, really happy". Halep , pushed onto the defensive by a powerful opponent whose default mode always seems to be all-out attack, then crucially saved another break point and was taken to deuce in each of the next two games before wrapping up an engrossing ...

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  • Harry Kane set to captain England against Scotland
Harry Kane set to captain England against Scotland

Whether they can translate that intensity into an upset victory we will find out tonight when the teams clash at Hampden Park in a World Cup qualifier. It turned out to be that extraordinary game in which England beat Scotland 9-3. I don't think that's the case. We take a closer look at the fixture.

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  • Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion
Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko crowned champion

Thursday, June 8, 2017. Ostapenko, positioned 47th, had never won a Tour-level title and was playing in just her eighth Grand Slam. "I still can not believe I won this". "I've been sick in the stomach with emotion", Halep said. "Maybe I was not ready to win it". "Can she become a serial Grand Slam champion?" Three years ago it was something n...

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