LeBron James is set to become the Los Angeles Lakers' next megastar. "We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers , led by LeBron James , ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see".
It's the seventh consecutive quarter-final appearance for the five-time champions, while Mexico exit in the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup . Mexico started brightly but were soon on the back foot with a shot from Phillipe Coutinho forcing Guillermo Ochoa to pull clear. With Brazil appearing to gain the upper hand as the first half wore on, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio opted to bring on fresh legs in the form of Miguel Layun , who replaced Rafael Marquez.
Another team that made a pitch to James, the Philadelphia 76ers , got their chance on Sunday to appeal to James to relocate to southeast Pennsylvania. And while the 76ers might present a different path that wouldn't involve the most hated team in the National Basketball Association, it doesn't appear as though James is anxious about that.
They didn't need to. " San Antonio is asking for the house, (but) Kyle Kuzma is off limits". James then carried the Cavs, with their flawed roster after a massive trade-deadline turnover, through the Eastern Conference playoffs - they survived two Game 7s and swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors - to the National Basketball Association finals for a fourth straight showdown with the Golden State Warriors .
Gareth Southgate's playing career was defined by the shot he side-footed into the hands of Andreas Kopke as England then lost in the semi-finals at Wembley to Germany. He scored similar goals for United this season - one against Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League - so it's no surprise United manager Jose Mourinho has become a fan, at a time when many others wondered if Lingard had what it takes to play for England's biggest club.
Like they did in a strong showing against Senegal , Japan will try to strike on the counter attack. "There won't be any big surprises". The Round of 16 match will begin at 7.30 pm (IST) and is scheduled to place at Samara Arena, in Russian Federation.
Since a one-year contract not counting option years requires Non-Bird rights, Durant was only entitled to a 20-percent raise. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant interacts with fans during the Warriors 2018 championship victory parade in downtown Oakland.
Only one can advance, and Portugal needs to play better than it did in tying Spain and Iran. The PSG forward turned in one of the performances of the tournament so far, single-handedly guiding his country over the line and into the last eight.
Back in 2015, Jordan was close to signing with Dallas. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN , the longtime Clippers big man will become an unrestricted free agent this weekend. If Dallas does get Jordan, it will be like Ahab finally capturing Moby Dick. Jordan, who was second in the National Basketball Association at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has always been a weakness for a franchise that hasn't won a playoff series since winning its first National ...
I'm very proud to represent the Portugal national team. We wanted to win, we fought well, but Uruguay should be congratulated. However, their blanks in their respective games today means the duo have both still never scored a goal in a World Cup knockout game.
In the history of World Cup football, the defending champions have crashed out in the first round only six times, four of those have happened since the turn of the millennium: France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014, and Germany this year.
This should win since Brazil have what it takes to score 3 goals while Mexico can also score goals. Brazil defender Marcelo's mysterious injury that has left his FIFA World Cup participation in doubt for the rest of the tournament has been explained.
Soccer Football - World Cup - England Training- England Training Camp, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 27, 2018. Reality check or phoney war? "We want to win the game". It was Belgium's first win over England since 1936 , and extends The Red Devils unbeaten streak to 22 matches. Vertonghen and Toby Alderweired come up against club teammates Kane , Alli and Dier.
The 4-time champions needed to beat the unfancied Asians by two clear goals in their final group F match in Kazan to advance to the last 16. So far this summer, we've already seen plenty of shocking results, insane red cards, last-minute winners, and VAR madness.
Will Portugal live to regret the injury-time goal they conceded against Iran? The European champions will face Uruguay in Sochi for a place in the quarter-finals after finishing as runners-up behind Spain in Group B. That was just one league goal fewer than Ronaldo. "Everybody can see that in this World Cup there are no easy games", Alves said. It will be a fascinating battle at the Fisht Stadium with Ronaldo, at 33, enjoying his best World Cup but Uruguay the only side to come ...
But after strong showings against both Germany - a match in which 10 of the 11 players starting Wednesday also started - and Korea, Osorio is keeping his base togehter. Defending champions Germany are now second in their group behind Mexico , who will play third-placed Sweden in the other Group F match on Wednesday.
George of course, is from Palmdale, which is just over 60 miles north of Los Angeles as the Lakers look to add a homegrown star to their ranks in a bid for their first championship since 2010. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming". Last year George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.0 steals while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three-point range.
The Boston Celtics would like to acquire San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard , but the two sides don't appear close for now. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him past year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one.
The result sealed their place in the round of 16 having beaten Tunisia 2-1 in their first match at the World Cup in Russian Federation. When pressed on whether Belgium are now a good bet for the trophy, Martinez said there was a need to build the players' own expectations, balancing focus and self-confidence.
Sebastian Vettel , who leads Mercedes driver Hamilton by one point after seven of 21 races this year, had trouble adapting to the 5.8-kilometer (3.6-mile) Paul Ricard Circuit and was fifth fastest in the morning and in the afternoon. Hamilton beat Bottas by 0.118 seconds in a top 10 shoot-out interrupted by a red flag following a crash by Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso, victor at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota last weekend, was only 16th in the ...
Jose Mourinho sees England's a Group G decider with Belgium as being a "match full of friends" but which players will be cut from their opponents' Christmas card list when the final whistle blows in Kalinigrad on Thursday? . "We are happy that tomorrow is probably one day too early, but I don't think he is going to take any longer than that". Pressed on whether Kane would start against Belgium , Southgate told Talksport: "As a manager you have to think of the whole squad and then your ...
Serena Williams will start her bid for an eighth Wimbledon singles' title next week. Serena made it clear who would end up being regarded as the family's best player as she sealed a dominant win that moved her above Venus to the top of the WTA rankings.
Our numbers project Argentina to total 1.68 goals with a win probability of 68.6%, both the highest on the slate. Idowu, who was born in St. Petersburg, is tipped to start left-back. Rohr is convinced the 25-year-old forward is hitting peak form, after a trying season where he proved his commitment to the Super Eagles . 'Four years ago I scored two goals.
Kvitova improves to 2-0 against Rybarikova on the WTA, having also defeated the Slovak in the final of the Connecticut Open in 2014. Rybarikova sliced well, approached the net confidently, and often volleyed very well. The 28-year-old is yet to drop a set this week, and today's win was her 51st career victory on grass. She's really incredible girl. Rybarikova, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon past year, thrives on grass, with her flat groundstroke game giving her the edge in a ...
France were already assured qualification but wanted to go through in top spot to avoid a likely last-16 clash with in-form Croatia. The result means that Denmark will need to get at least a point from their final fixture against France on Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star a year ago and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Since then he's had hard outings in Monaco and Montreal that have seen him lose his points lead in the drivers championship. It was a slow stop, at 8.7 seconds, and dropped him to ninth just as Vettel pitted again, taking his penalty before he rejoined fifth for the final charge.
After the goal, Japan coach Akira Nishino immediately pointed to Honda and six minutes later the recently installed manger was clenching his fist. The Liverpool forward tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was unable to control a shot from Youssouf Sabaly. Jose Pekerman's side came into the tournament as strong favourites to win, but Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute of the 2-1 loss to ensure a miserable start.
Despite soaring temperatures, neither player backed off in a tense deciding set, with Cilic finally earning the first break point opportunities in the eighth game. "I think Roger's motivational level is just slightly better and higher on Grand Slams, " said Cilic, "and you can see that throughout so many years that he's been showing the best tennis at Grand Slam levels".
In contrast, this was another disappointing display by Poland , who lost to Senegal in their group opener. After beating Poland , Colombia has three points. The Poles came out firing at the start of the second half and Lewandowski finally got a chance to open his World Cup account in the 58th minute but his first touch on the long ball was not his best and goalkeeper David Ospina smothered his shot.
John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another to ensure England goes into its Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference. "I'm so, so proud of the boys, we're just enjoying it, just enjoying being here", Kane told the BBC . Kane then scored his second penalty in first-half injury time after he was nearly farcically wrestled over at a corner, despite further Panama complaints.
Musa has scored at two different World Cup finals. "We had 47 percent possession of the ball, we had 14 shots on the goal , they only had 12". He hit the bar shortly before making it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he used his pace to beat Iceland defender Kari Arnason and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson before slamming the ball into the net.
While that foursome all have significant work ahead to get out of their groups, Belgium is exactly where it's supposed to be heading into its match on Saturday against Tunisia in Moscow . We need to improve of course. I think the three games in the group stages, it was always for us to improve in a mental way, in a technical way, in a tactical way.
Replays of Tite's fall were widely shared on social media. These tears are from happiness, overcoming obstacles, I guess, from grit and will to win. Petersburg Stadium. But the VAR came into play and after viewing replays, the decision was overturned and the spot kick taken away, with Neymar deemed to have over-exaggerated the contact on him.
England will undertake their final training session on Friday before they make the trip to Nizhny Novgorod for the game, with Alli not expected to be involved if he misses out. "It was a bit of banter, we move on and are looking forward to the game now". "Being more clinical", he told reporters, "I think we know how the games are going to play out now and who we are going to play", he said.
The celebration was a nod to his Kosovar Albanian heritage and a pointed gesture aimed at Serbia . The side feature the likes of Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in midfield which can trouble Serbian defensive guards. Switzerland snatched a last-gasp victor against Switzerland on Friday night, Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri keeping their dream of qualifying well and truly alive.
How the Spurs are operating, per multiple sources from teams that have checked in on Kawhi Leonard in recent days: We're not shopping him, but if you want to make us an offer, go ahead, we'll consider it. The divide between Leonard and the Spurs had everything to do with the handling of his right quadriceps tendinopathy injury, as he had sought outside medical counsel and spent significant time away from the franchise that found itself at odds with its centerpiece.
Suarez, making his 100th appearance for the national team, became the first Uruguayan to score in 3 different World Cups after a mistake by goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais following a corner in the 23rd minute. In truth, it was another stuttering display from Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay team. Another alternative to watch Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay is to try out the FuboTV 7-day free trial .
Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped. Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Hornets last season, the 14th consecutive year he's averaged a double-double to begin his career.
Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring a very sad Salah, the high-powered hosts are heading to the last 16 and English pundits are up for a scrap. He is the World Cup's only black coach, but said it was about the progression of the African continent, not skin colour. Senegal have a knack of springing surprises in their opening World Cup games.
Ronaldo's fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018, following his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, took the European champions to four points. Ronaldo's goal was his fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the list of top worldwide scorers.
However, Jose Gimenez's late victor secured a 1-0 win for Uruguay and left Egypt needing to win both of their matches if they are to have a chance of progressing. Uruguay ran away as winners in their opener but would expect a better show from their attackers next when they go up against Saudi Arabia in their second game on Wednesday.
The Portuguese manager signed the 29-year-old Brazil global from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, while at Stamford Bridge, but is now eager to take the highly-rated midfielder to Old Trafford. He would go on to be Manchester United's top scorer in his first campaign at the club, but the arrival of Jose Mourinho has seen the Frenchman's fortunes diminish.
The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Ahead of their opening encounter in the tournament against Switzerland on Sunday, the 26-year-old Brazilian striker also said that his focus was not on individual glory but to lead Brazil to World Cup victory in Russian Federation.
But not as wild as fans at home in Mexico City, whose epic celebrations caused a minor quake. I think fans in Mexico City were excited. On Sunday it's the turn of the much-fancied Germany and Mexico to make their debuts in Russian Federation.
PT on Friday to watch Egypt face Uruguay in both teams' opening 2018 FIFA World Cup match. Salah is recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained during Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final few weeks ago.
The only complication in their route to Russian Federation was their away match in South Africa which had to be replayed due to the referee being convicted of match-fixing. The Senegalese midfield is all England-based, barring the promising youngster Ismaila Sarr who plays in France. Past year he became Poland's record scorer with 52 goals in 93 appearances, beating Wlodzimierz Lubanski.
They are doing everything they can to try to ensure National Basketball Association teams in the lottery that Porter is physically fit and deserving of a high draft pick on Thursday. Teams will be on hand for medical evaluations Friday afternoon. Porter only played in three games for Missouri as a freshman last season because of back surgery.
Twitter explodes after Lionel Messi misses a penalty during Argentina 's clash with Iceland in the World Cup . It would be no surprise if Messi retires after this World Cup, particularly if Argentina fail to fulfil sky-high expectations back home.
The Super Eagles arrived Kaliningrad on Thursday evening, but breezed out of the airport at exactly 6:40pm and headed to their hotel to the disappointment of some fans who came to welcome them, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. "I am sure you have already felt the warmth of our city. He has been so devoted into being in the best shape and I know this will be very evident at the World Cup", the source said.