Cavaliers vs Warriors 2018: Live™ Stream®

The speculation about a fourth NBA Finals meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors began mere seconds after JR Smith made a relatively meaningless 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the Cavs’ Game 5 loss a year ago (relatively, because it did give LeBron James the final assist he needed to average a triple-double for the series).

The confetti hadn’t even begun to fall in Oakland, California, when the questions began: Would anyone be able to stop these teams from meeting again? What could possibly derail two of the most unstoppable freight trains in their respective conferences in NBA history? Why even bother playing the 2017-18 season? Why not just skip to May 31, 2018, for the start of another inevitable Cavaliers-Warriors Finals?

To be fair, last postseason gave critics little reason to believe that this year would be any different. Entering last year’s Finals, the Warriors were a perfect 12-0 in the postseason and the Cavaliers were 12-1, leading many to believe their conference dominance would go unchecked for another season. Even after a wild offseason that saw the Cavaliers part ways with general manager David Griffin and star point guard Kyrie Irving and saw Kevin Durant re-up with the Warriors at a significant discount, both teams were considered the favorites to return to the Finals at the end of what some feared would be a “boring” season.

While the end result — a fourth consecutive NBA Finals pitting the Cavaliers against the Warriors — came to pass as expected, the journey there was anything but boring.

Cavaliers vs Warriors: The Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

That’s a line that could have been written word for word for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions, as the two teams are facing off in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

Per NBA.com, the same two teams have never met in the championship round four consecutive times in MLB, the NHL or the NFL. Further research indicates that such a feat would be a first in MLS and the WNBA as well, although the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have met in the championship for two years and counting in the latter league.

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NBA Finals 2018 schedule

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Game 1 in Oakland: June 1, 2am BST

Game 2 in Oakland: June 4, 1am BST

Game 3 in Cleveland: June 7, 2am BST

Game 4 in Cleveland: June 9, 2am BST

Game 5* in Oakland: June 12, 2am BST

Game 6* in Cleveland: June 15, 2am BST

Game 7* in Oakland: June 18, 1am BST

Although the Warriors are heavy favorites in this year’s championship, per OddsShark, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see Cavs forward LeBron James drop 40-point triple doubles en route to a massive upset.

Of course, beating the Warriors four times will be a Herculean task, but as the old New York lottery slogan goes, “hey, you never know.”

ABC will broadcast the series, and fans can also view the contests via WatchESPN or the ESPN app.

Memorial Tournament Live™ Stream® Tiger™

Memorial Tournament 2018: Time, TV schedule for Tiger Woods and the field on Thursday

Woods is back at a place where he’s won five times but it’s been three years since he strolled the fairways of Muirfield Village.

Tiger Woods is back on the PGA Tour and playing one of the circuit’s marquee events on Thursday. After a three-year hiatus, Woods returns to the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus’ little party held in his hometown of Columbus and at the course he built, Muirfield Village. Woods has won this event five times. It’s a dominant record but not as dominant as his career at several other venues like Firestone, Torrey Pines, and Bay Hill. If you combine Firestone and Muirfield Village, Tiger has bagged 13 total wins in the state of Ohio. That’s a career that about 95 percent of players would kill for these days.

Woods will get it going early on Thursday, playing with Justin Rose and Jason Dufner just before 8:30 a.m. ET. This is a mostly second-shot golf course, which could suit Woods’ strengths so far in this remarkable comeback season. His irons and distance control have been mostly dialed in, save for a couple off events. That’s been the strength of his career and it’s returning to form this year.

Tiger’s entire round on Thursday, barring any weather delays, will fall outside the TV coverage window. Golf Channel will go live on the air at 2:30 p.m. ET, which is a good five hours after Woods tees off in Columbus. There’s an off chance we get a weather delay and his round pushes into the TV window, but the forecast looks shakier for the afternoon compared to the morning wave.

So if you’re trying to get a Tiger fix, TV is not your option. He will play, however, in PGA Tour Live featured groups stream on Thursday morning. That requires a subscription to the Tour’s OTT service but there could be a workaround. Those streams are now simulcast on ESPN+, which added it to their inventory as that OTT attempt gets off the ground. ESPN+ is offering a free seven-day trial. So there’s your opportunity, if you need an immediate Tiger fix, to watch for free on Thursday morning. He will be back in the TV window playing in the late wave on Friday afternoon.

Here’s your full coverage schedule for Thursday at the Memorial Tournament:

Thursday’s first-round coverage

Television:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET — Golf Channel

Online streams:

7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET — PGA Tour Live starts with coverage from range and opening holes

• ESPN+ also now has simulcast of the PGA Tour Live coverage

• 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. ET — Free PGA Tour live stream on Twitter

Featured Groups (PGA Tour Live or ESPN+ subscription required)

  • 8:15 a.m. ET — Patrick Reed / Justin Thomas / Rickie Fowler
  • 8:26 a.m. ET —Tiger Woods / Justin Rose / Jason Dufner

3 to 6:30 p.m. ET — PGA Tour Live featured holes Nos. 14 and 16 coverage (No subscription required)

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET — Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

12 to 6:30 p.m. ET — PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

Capitals vs Golden Knights Live

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights TV, Game 1 Live Stream

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By the time the 2018 Stanley Cup Final concludes, there will be a first-time owner of hockey’s prestigious trophy.

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights begin the championship series on Monday at T-Mobile Arena following an extended layoff for both sides.

Vegas continued its incredible run as an expansion franchise by eliminating the Winnipeg Jets on May 20, while the Capitals finished off the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

If the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, it would mark the end of an improbable championship run as a first-year professional team.

A Washington victory would break a string of bad luck not only experienced by the Capitals, but by all of the teams in the city.

Game 1 Information

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

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Vegas GM McPhee Facing Off Against Team He Built

One of the most fascinating stories leading into the Stanley Cup Final is the success Vegas general manager George McPhee experienced with both teams.

McPhee built the Golden Knights into the monster they are by manipulating the expansion draft to his team’s advantage and building a squad full of veterans hungry to prove their worth in the NHL.

The successful strategy differs from the organic build from within that the GM used when he was in Washington.

Starting with Alexander Ovechkin in 2004, McPhee drafted 12 players who made a postseason appearance for the Capitals in 2018, per Sportsnet Stats:

In addition to Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov are key contributors to Washington’s postseason run who were selected by McPhee.

As you would imagine, McPhee’s situation is unique, as he’s the first general manager in the expansion era, and second in league history, to face his former team in the Stanley Cup Final, per NHL PR:

It’s certainly an interesting situation, but McPhee’s loyalties stand with Vegas now, and although he would be proud to see some of his former draft picks in Washington win, he would be happier if the franchise he built from nothing wins the championship in its first year of existence.

Fleury’s past is well-documented, as he won three titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was left unprotected in the expansion draft.

Pittsburgh’s loss turned into Vegas’ gain, as Fleury was phenomenal in between the pipes for the Golden Knights in the first three rounds of the postseason.

Orpik was a part of the first Pittsburgh team in the Sidney Crosby era to win the Stanley Cup, and he was teammates with Fleury in 2009.

Outside of the one past champion on each side, there’s little Stanley Cup final experience, which could make for an electric seven-game series, as the hungry collection of players go all out to achieve hockey’s top honor.

Washington left-winger Ovechkin is the most talented player on the two rosters, and he is arguably the hungriest, as he searches for the elusive trophy he’s wanted since joining the NHL in 2004.

While it might not show on the ice, expect Fleury and Orpik to provide their respective sides with an extra dose of experience, as they help them push through whatever difficulties the pressure-packed series throws at them.

IPL Live Streaming Final, CSK vs SRH

IPL Live Streaming Final, CSK vs SRH: Watch on Mobile, Hotstar, Jio TV

The best T20 league in the world has reached its climax as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) face-off in the final of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai on Sunday.

The winners-take-all T20 final, in front of a capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, will see CSK, who are gunning for their third IPL crown, take on 2016 winners SRH five days after their first play-off game at the same neutral venue.

These two southern rivals met at the bull-ring on May 22 in Qualifier 1 in which the Super Kings, champions in 2010 and 2011, just about managed to ward off their rivals in a low-scoring thriller after looking down in the dumps at one stage during the run-chase.

That victory, by 2 wickets, enabled the Super Kings to enter their seventh final in nine attempts directly, while dumping their Hyderabad rivals to their third successive defeat in head-to-head contests this season.

Also read – MS Dhoni exudes calm ahead of CSK’s 7th IPL final

Sunrisers had to travel to Kolkata to book their final berth after knocking out two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in Qualifier 2 on Friday.

Aston Villa vs Fulham – Live Stream Online

Fulham vs. Aston Villa live stream info, TV channel, preview: How to watch Championship promotion playoff final on TV, stream online

A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final

The Championship play-off final takes place on Saturday with both Aston Villa and Fulham desperate to secure a return to the Premier League.

The richest game in football is estimated to be worth upwards of £160 million to the winner, with Villa having overcome Middlesbrough to reach the final and Fulham battling past Derby.

Fulham have finally ended their long wait for a trip to Wembley – 43 years since they last played there in the FA Cup final, while Villa reached Wembley in the 2015 FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Fulham and Aston Villa’s head to head record could not be any closer in 68 games between the two sides as they have both won 23 whilst drawing 22 times. Dabblebet have Fulham as slight favourites at 13/10, whereas Aston Villa are 9/4, and the draw is 21/10.

It’s all or nothing for these two teams in their last game of the season.

Fulham will feel they deserve a place in the Premier League after enjoying a 23-game unbeaten and finishing in third place, five points ahead of Villa.

The future of the club could be at stake with the core of their squad set to be raided if they fail to gain promotion. Ryan Sessegnon, Tom Cairney and Ryan Fredericks won’t be short of suitors if they lose on Saturday, while loanees Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matt Targett, Tomas Kalas and Lucas Piazon would all return to their parent clubs.

Aston Villa are a team geared for big games, with players like John Terry, Glen Whelan and Mile Jedinak having all experienced the pressure before.

The game will be won or lost in the midfield. Fulham’s midfield three have been lauded as the best in the league whereas the experience that Villa have in the middle of the park will come in handy.

One man who could make all the difference is Aboubakar Kamara as he has changed games against both Derby and Sunderland in recent weeks and he is the perfect combination of pace and strength with his hurdling background.

Villa will be hoping the Championship’s top creator Robert Snodgrass’s talent shines through in this game, as his set-piece prowess and long-range strikes have served Villa well this season.

So much is at stake in this game and the Championship play-off final is always one of the greatest games of the season. For one set of supporters, there will be jubilation at full-time, but there will be heartbreak for the other. This year it is impossible to call.

Real Madrid v/s Liverpool Live – Stream Online Football

Liverpool and Real Madrid are being lifted by history – this Champions League final could be one-of-a-kind

As Jurgen Klopp walked into the cavernous Soviet-style press room at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium, he was suddenly innocently struck by the huge number of people filling it. “Oh wow,” the Liverpool manager let out, with a smile and then a laugh.

There was none of that with the Real Madrid party. Zinedine Zidane, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos walked in like this is all completely normal to them, which of course it is. They are preparing for their fourth Champions League victory in five years, let alone their fourth final, as well as the challenge of becoming just the fourth team in 63 years to achieve the gold-standard feat of three European Cups in a row.

Amid such a rarefied atmosphere, these were little moments that don’t mean all that much, but do reflect one of a few differences between the clubs that could yet make the difference on the day in Kyiv.

Liverpool are endearingly excited about getting back to this stage – their eighth final but first in 11 years – and know that they are inferior to Madrid. They also know that such excitement – or, rather, the electrical charge that Klopp infuses his team with – is the core of their best quality and the ability to regularly best such sides. They have all the belief that comes from that.

This Madrid are meanwhile steadfast in their determination to stay on that stage, and know they are inherently better than Liverpool, as they also know victory here would make them the most successful side in the competition’s history other than their own 1955-60 predecessors. They have all the confidence – or, really, utter arrogance, that comes from that.

Indeed, sources say that key figures at the club believe it might well be the easiest big game they’ve had in this era. It was something partway revealed by former manager Vicente Del Bosque’s prediction that Madrid would win 4-1, even if Ramos, Marcelo and Zidane obviously spoke of “respect” and “taking nothing for granted”.

That genuinely isn’t the case for many around Madrid.

The Liverpool squad, however, are said to be “tuned in” to that. Klopp has his team ready to undercut any Real overconfidence, to fatally challenge any complacency.

The German spoke of how Liverpool will “adjust” to what Madrid do, and therein might lie the winning of this game.

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Everything you need to know about Real Madrid vs Liverpool

It is not just Liverpool that have adjusted, after all. The Champions League itself has changed in the last few years, and gradually evolved to a point where we are seeing more goals – 3.42 per game in the knock-out stages this season – than at any stage since Real first dominated. These two free-scoring sides have been central to that, and set to take it to a conclusion. And, if the Kyiv showpiece is to follow the sensationalist trend of the season, then, we could well be set up for something we haven’t seen since Liverpool’s last victory: a high-scoring, high-octane final where both sides score more than once. That last happened in 2005, when Liverpool defied all expectation to produce the exhilaration of a 3-3 draw with AC Milan before then producing a victory on penalties.

It really is something to get excited about, and could well be exacting.

Liverpool are said to have “a 2004-05 belief” about the squad, but the utter arrogance that emanates from Real’s quality and experience means that, if the game does become the kind of free-for-all shoot-out that has characterised this campaign, they would always fully back themselves to win it. It is why, all things being equal, they should of course be backed to win this final.

It wouldn’t take too much for this match to proceed exactly as Vicente Del Bosque predicted, and to end up as a 4-1 Madrid win.
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Liverpool’s progress through the tournament has been relentless (Getty)

That justified arrogance is just another positive of possessing the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, as well as the recent experience and longer history of so many European Cups.

One potential negative is that such arrogance can almost blind them to possible problems. It brought Real right to the brink against both Juventus and Bayern Munich, in a way it never had before in the last half-decade.

Zidane’s side still came through those games, though, doing so on a knife-edge to further bolster their self-belief. That could mean that – as against Juventus and Bayern – they are too sure of themselves to specifically come up with a plan for what Liverpool can do to them, and the danger is that Klopp’s side pose a threat that will cause Zidane’s defence far greater problems before.

Back in the 2015-16 season at Roma, Mohamed Salah repeatedly found the gap between Sergio Ramos and Marcelo in their last-16 match and ferociously exploited it with his pace like no one else before to create multiple chances – but this was at a stage when he wasn’t yet taking such chances; when he wasn’t the relentless finisher he now is.
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This tournament will be remembered for many standout moments (Getty)

He should have had about six goals. He instead had a nightmare, and everyone else seemed to have proof that he would always be a frustrating player.

That alone is how things can change, and it can change Saturday’s final.

Klopp spotted something extra in Salah and enhanced it. If he is in anything like this season’s form, Liverpool could actually make this Real’s most difficult final, especially since their wider attacking qualities seem almost designed to specifically hurt the Spanish side.

That form is another decisive factor, though, arguably much more so than with any other final.
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Liverpool train at Anfield ahead of Champions League final

Klopp’s greatest quality is motivating players to momentous levels of performance. He also insisted that his side’s greatest strength is “100 per cent the spirit”.

That is why Real should be much more concerned than they are, since that is how the German’s sides have so often beaten notionally better teams.

Except, that is, in finals.

If Real are the competition’s great winners, always finding a way, Klopp is perceived as the great loser on such occasions, always ultimately losing his way. He has suffered defeat in five of his last six finals, and now comes up against a coach in Zinedine Zidane aiming for what would be a record fourth Champions League as a manager.
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Real’s overwhelming arrogance has carried them through (AFP)

While there is a lot of discussion about how much that is down to the French great and how much down is down to the club he’s at, Klopp’s record is the type of thing that gets a lot of discussion when it involves games of such stratospheric stakes, but a more mundane explanation is it is merely coincidence and a consequence of facing wealthier sides.

Klopp also insisted that they are prepared for facing games like this, as he pointed to his own defeat with Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2013, and this Liverpool’s defeat to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League.

“After the game I knew I would want to have this opportunity again. It took a while, but I’m here again because my boys gave me that chance again. I’m really happy to be here with this group of players. They fought so unbelievably hard for this, I really think they deserve to be here. I’m really proud of them already. And now, let’s play football.”
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Klopp must once again extract the most from his players (Getty)

Zidane, meanwhile, went for a Kloppian closing statement.

“Today we’re happy to be here and play another final. We’ll never live this again. We’ll live other moments but we’ll never have today and tomorrow again.”

The stage is set, and all might be set up for a game that causes a lot more “wow” moments.

These two sides have already offered so many, both in their past and throughout this season. It’s time for the one to win it.

Scarlets v Leinster teams for PRO14 final

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The Scarlets travel to Dublin for their first Champions Cup semi-final since 2007 to take on tournament favourites Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.

Leinster have been in formidable form this campaign and are the only side unbeaten in this year’s tournament, but the Scarlets will draw on last season’s PRO12 campaign when they went to Dublin and knocked the Irish province out at the semi-final stage and went onto win the final at Saturday’s venue: Aviva Stadium.

No Welsh team has ever been crowned European champions – will the Scarlets buck that trend?

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game……
Form
Stuart Barnes thinks Leinster will be too strong for Scarlets in their Champions Cup semi-final clash in Dublin

Leinster: DLWWL

Leinster were the top-ranked side throughout the pool phase, coming through a strong group that included Montpellier, Glasgow and Exeter with a 100 per cent record.

They followed up with a convincing 30-19 quarter-final win over defending champions Saracens earlier this month.
Sean Cronin talks Leinster’s winning culture, Tadhg Furlong’s head and missing teeth!

Leo Cullen’s men also top the PRO14 Conference B table – despite their shock 17-15 loss to Benetton last time out

Leinster are boosted by the return from injury of Ireland international centre Robbie Henshaw, who partners Garry Ringrose in midfield, with fly-half Johnny Sexton captaining the team.

Scarlets: DLWWL

The Scarlets’ European campaign started off with two losses to Toulon and Bath but they turned things around with four wins on the trot to top their pool.

In the quarter-final, 19 points from the boots of Leigh Halfpenny saw them to a 29-17 win over La Rochelle and booked them a place in the semi-finals.

The defending PRO12 champions are second behind Leinster on the PRO14 Conference B table but their second-string side were well beaten 52-14 by Edinburgh last weekend.

Head coach Wayne Pivac has moved Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny to the wing, with injuries sidelining Johnny McNicholl, Paul Asquith and Tom Prydie.
Rhys Patchell has moved to full-back for the match at the Aviva Stadium
Rhys Patchell has moved to full-back for the match at the Aviva Stadium

Halfpenny will wear the No 14 shirt, while Rhys Patchell moves from fly-half to full-back and Dan Jones moves into the team as Gareth Davies’ half-back partner.
Last meeting

Scarlets 10-10 Leinster, Parc y Scarlets, PRO14, March 2018

Fly-half Dan Jones kicked a last-gasp penalty to secure Scarlets a dramatic 10-10 draw against Leinster in their PRO14 clash.

The Scarlets were trailing 10-7 and just as the clock went red, referee Nigel Owens awarded the home side a lifeline and from 28 metres, Jones put the kick through the posts.
Key player
Johnny Sexton will hope to lead Leinster to a first European showpiece since 2012
Johnny Sexton will hope to lead Leinster to a first European showpiece since 2012

Johnny Sexton will once again be the key man for Leinster and the Scarlets will look to put him under huge pressure. The fly-half will also have the added burden of skippering the side and getting the best out of Jamison Gibson-Park at No 9.

For the Scarlets, second rower Tadhg Beirne will be relishing taking it to his former club. When he is not stealing lineouts, making tackles or scoring tries, he is turning the ball over – a formidable 53 this season and he will be a big ball carrier for the Scarlets as well.
Pre-match thoughts

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: “We played them during the Six Nations and obviously they will have different players now, but they have the same traits.

“They were very good in the semi-final last year at the RDS and some new characters have emerged in both teams.
Head coach Leo Cullen and his Leinster side are on the cusp of reaching Bilbao
Head coach Leo Cullen and his Leinster side are on the cusp of reaching Bilbao

“They are a very efficient team that are very hard to break down. They have a lot of pace out wide and are very strong on turnovers with very skilful players.

“A huge amount of work has gone in behind the scenes and that will hopefully lead to a good performance.”

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac: “To be unbeaten in the competition, and to do that home and away against the
quality of their pool, shows the strength of their squad.
For us, it is a semi-final, it is an opportunity. It is 80 minutes away from creating history, being in our first (European) final. That is the way we are approaching it.

Wayne Pivac

“It is just going to be one of those games where, from the first whistle to the last, we’ve got to be at our best. Our discipline has got to be right up there.

“We know they are the favourites going in, and rightly so because of their form in the competition. You also go through their squad and most people would have them down as favourites.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac hopes to create history
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac hopes to create history

“We are going to have to be sharp in our attack and make sure when those opportunities present themselves we are ready to capitalise. We have to take the points when they are on offer.

“Conversely, at the other end of the field we have to make sure we are disciplined and don’t give those chances to the opposition. We have to make sure our defence is the best it can be.

“For us, it is a semi-final, it is an opportunity. It is 80 minutes away from creating history, being in our first (European) final. That is the way we are approaching it.”
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Team news

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney; 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Isa Nacewa; 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Sean Cronin, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Devin Toner, 5 James Ryan, 6 Scott Fardy, 7 Dan Leavy, 8 Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Scarlets: 15 Rhys Patchell; 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay.

Royals vs Cardinals Live Stream

Royals shut out by Cardinals to start the I-70 series in St. Louis

St. LouisThe moon shot soared through the Busch Stadium air at 106 mph. The crowd noise swelled. Within moments, Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill was on the top step of the Cardinals dugout, tipping his helmet to the announced crowd of 42,140.

The rookie, the Cardinals’ No. 3 prospect, had just recorded his third extra-base hit since being recalled on Friday. The three-run homer came in the third inning against Royals starter Ian Kennedy and effectively sealed the Royals’ fate, as they lost 6-0 to the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

“I mean, I didn’t know he had that pop the other way,” Kennedy said. “Threw another good pitch off the plate and on that he got for a double. He’s a good young player. It’s just like I said that one big swing of the bat that took us out of the game.”

Kennedy labored from the start. He needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning, allowing a double and walk as he went. By the end of the fourth, he had allowed four runs and thrown 83 pitches.

In all, Kennedy surrendered five runs, all of them with two outs, and yielded nine hits while throwing 108 pitches.

“Two quick outs in the third and just couldn’t get that last out,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But outside of trying to get that third out, he was pretty darn good. He made a little minor adjustment and was pretty good. … In the third, he just elevated.”

Double trouble: Kennedy and Jon Jay led off the top of the third inning with a single apiece — yet only Kennedy reached third base. Jorge Soler grounded into a double play. Mike Moustakas flew out to end the inning.

It was the Royals’ best chance to score against Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas, who’s excelled in his first MLB season following a three-year foray in Japan. The Royals struck out nine times and reached base just six times against the 29-year-old. His season ERA dropped to 2.24 after limiting the Royals to four hits in a shutout.

The Royals lead baseball in two categories: They’ve hit into the most double plays (51) and they’ve allowed the most runs (266 total/252 earned). Entering Monday, the Royals also owned the highest ERA (5.55) in baseball.

“We had an opportunity in the third and of course we bang into a double play,” Yost said. “I think that’s the 22nd time we’ve hit into a double play with runners in scoring position.”

How else they lost: Before O’Neill shattered the Royals’ chances — a deficit of four runs has spelled disaster for the Royals this season — Soler committed a gaffe in right field on a ground-ball single by Marcell Ozuna. Soler had to double back to grab the ball, allowing Ozuna to reach second base on an error and Matt Carpenter to score from second, the Cardinals’ first run.

The Cardinals cushioned their advantage on O’Neill’s RBI double in the fifth off Kennedy and Carpenter’s leadoff homer in the seventh off reliever Jason Adam.

The Royals are 6-28 when opponents score four or more runs in a game.

Up next: The Royals, who fell to 14-33, continue this three-game series on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. Jason Hammel will make his 10th start.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Live – Stream

Cavs vs. Celtics results: Another fast start leads to big Cleveland win

It looked for awhile like the Cleveland Cavaliers might be overmatched due to the lack of support for LeBron James, but they have evened the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics after Game 4 on Monday, winning 111-102. The series is now at two games apiece as it goes back to Boston.

James, as usual, was very good, with 44 points, including just one made three. He shot 60.7 percent from the field. He did have 7 turnovers though, and the play got a bit sloppy when the Cavs built a lead, which led to the Celtics starting to push for a comeback, primarily on the back of Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum, but it was too little too late.

Boston was within seven late in the fourth, but the Cavs were able to put them away.

Boston made plenty of mistakes in the first quarter alone, missing on four dunks. They came out and put down a couple dunks in the second, almost as if they wanted to prove that yes, they could still do it. But they quickly fell behind the Cavs, who shot better from range and made fewer mistakes throughout the first half.

Kevin Love had 11 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson had 12, along with 13 points. There were just 15 assists all game for the Cavs. Kyle Korver had 14 points and a couple key blocks.

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The Celtics had 21 assists as a team, but shot a measly 41.2 percent overall and 32.1 percent from range. Tatum finished with 17 points and an assist.

Game 5 should be very, very interesting given the way the first two games were so slanted and how … that definitely wasn’t the case in Games 3 and 4. The fifth game, at the TD Garden, is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Below, you can check the live blog and highlights as Game 4 happened.
Cavaliers 111, Celtics 102 – FINAL

Play resumes, but there isn’t really time left for the Celtics to make a comeback. James misses a three, and Brown misses a jumper after the rebound. Brown fouls. James makes a turnaround fadeaway. Brown hits a layup. Shot clock violation. Osman gets on the court, and Brown dunks one, perhaps out of frustration. End of game.
Cavaliers 109, Celtics 89 – 1:29 Q4:

After the timeout, Morris misses a layup and James has a loose ball foul, so he’s up to seven turnovers. Rozier misses a three, and Hill hits a jumper to move to 13 points. James had the assist on it. Brown makes a jumper of his own and has 21 points. James sinks a three. Smart sinks a three. Timeout Cavs

Cavaliers 104, Celtics 93 – 3:31 4Q:

Whew, this is getting sloppier and sloppier. Horford misses a jumper. They get the rebound, and the shot clock eats ‘em up. James commits his sixth turnover of the game, but Morris can’t hit the three to capitalize. Brown makes both free throws after Korver’s fifth personal. James gets to 39 points, and Thompson also has a dunk before Boston takes another timeout.
Cavaliers 100, Celtics 89 – 6:01 4Q:

James misses a jumper, and Horford misses a three. Green misses a jumper. Bad pass from Smart. Love misses on the next possession, then Brown misses, then Rozier misses. Korver commits a shooting foul. Baynes misses the free throw. Korver misses a three, blocked by Baynes. Scoring drought ends with a Love layup. Brown misses a three, James makes a layup and Boston takes a timeout.

Cavaliers 96, Celtics 88 – 8:28 4Q:

Rozier hits a three to start the final frame, and Korver misses one. Hill hits a Jumper, Brown is good for two and Love makes his first three of the game off the Hill assist. Rozier and Baynes both miss, Love misses a three, Green is called for traveling off the rebound, Rozier misses a three and the scoring drought is broken with a beautiful Hill finger roll for two. Brown and Horford both make buckets, and after a 7-0 run for the Celtics, the Cavs take a timeout.
Cavaliers 89, Celtics 76 – END 3Q:

Thompson makes one of two free throws, and then we get about a full minute with no scoring after some misses, including a Korver three. Green picks up his fourh personal and Tatum sinks both free throws. Nance Jr. hits a jumper, then the free throw after a Baynes foul. Nance Jr. gets two more free throws after ANOTHER Baynes foul. Smart misses at hree, and James hits a layup. James misses a three, and has a follow-up layup blocked by Morris. Tatum is good for two, and James misses a three as time expires in the third.

Cavaliers 81, Celtics 72 – 2:59 3Q:

Love misses a three, and Horford hits a layup to close the gap further. James makes a layup to move to 24 points on the game. Morris makes one of two free throws after Love’s fourth technical. James responds with a quick layup. Tatum misses a three, Love missess a layup, and Love picks up his fifth personal. Tatum hits one of the two free throws, and James, once again, has a driving layup to move to 28 points on the game. Rozier gets a steal and Tatum dunks it. Hill gets to seven points on the game with a jumper. James has his third turnover of the game, and Brown has his second steal. Smith is called for a questionable shooting foul and Rozier makes just one of the three free throws. James gets a layup, Horford makes two free throws after a Smith personal. James hits two free throws. Fifth turnover for James, and a layup from Tatum. Brown fouls, his fourth personal, and James makes one of two free throws. Tatum and Smart foul, and Boston takes a timeout.

Cavaliers 68, Celtics 57 – 9:49 3Q:

Smith misses a three to start, Horford sinks a jumper, and James misses a layup. Smith has a turnover, but Horford misses the follow-up. Brown commits a shooting foul , and James misses both free throws. Morris has a foul turnover, then Love has a bad pass, and after Brown hits the layup, Cleveland takes a timeout.
Cavaliers 68, Celtics 53 – END 2Q:

Thompson makes a layup after the timeout, and Brown makes it a nine-point game with another three off the Rozier assist. James hits a jumper to move to 18 points. Rozier misses a three. James hits a turnaround fade and we’ve got another Boston timeout, but it’s a quick one. Smart hits both free throws, then Smith sinks a three for Cleveland. Tatum misses a layup, and Hill misses a three. Hill makes a jumper, Ojeleye misses a three, James makes a jumper, and Horford sinks a three. James has a miss, and Thompson gets a dunk after a steal from Smart. Tatum hits both free throws after a Green personal, his third. And the half ends.
Cavaliers 53, Celtics 43 – 4:18 2Q:

James hits both free throws, and Rozier misses a three. Love gets an offensive foul turnover, and Brown sinks a three for Boston. Korver makes a free throw, and then his a fadeaway jumper. Brown misses a layup, but Morris dunks it. Morris makes a three after a Thompson miss and we get a Cleveland timeout.
Cavaliers 48, Celtics 35 – 6:17 2Q:

Brown is blocked by Korver AGAIN, and Korver goes to the line, hitting three free throws after a Smart foul. James picksu p his second personal, and Tatus hits both free throws. Baynes dunks one on the Smart assist, and Green misses a three for Cleveland. James misses a jumper, Thompson gets the board, and James makes the follow-up with the assist. Horford alley oop dunk, and a Rozier shooting foul leads to James making one of two free throws.

SRH vs CSK Live Cricket

IPL 2018 Qualifier 1: SRH vs CSK – Live Streaming, Likely Playing XI, Head to Head – All you need to know

It might be the battle between the top two teams of Indian Premier League 2018, but Qualifier 1 from Mumbai has a weird little twist. Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings are playing far from how title contenders should.

Sunrisers, who finished at the top of the table, with a slight advantage in Net Run Rate over Chennai Super Kings, have lost three games in a row. The only other time they had such a string of losses in a season was when they lost four on the trot in 2014. Back then, they finished outsid

the top four. What’s worse for Kane Williamson’s team is that they’re up against an opponent that has defeated them twice already this IPL.

Things do not look rosy for Chennai Super Kings either. Since April 25, the team in yellow has blown hot and cold, following each win with a defeat. If the trend were to continue, it would mean there is a loss shadowing their win over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.

However, both teams will know that the playoff game at the Wankhede is a different beast altogether. Having secured their progress a while ago, the teams will now be confronted with a high-pressure situation. Form has deserted SRH, while CSK need to get rid of a strange habit that has been stuck to them for nearly a month. It could just result in both teams going all out and giving the fans a game to die for. It could also mean a game of who blinks first.

When: Qualifier 1 – May 22nd, 7 PM IST

Where: Wankhede, Mumbai

What to expect: Four of the last five games at the Wankhede saw scores on the higher side, and another high scoring game is on the cards. Weather wise, a clear, humid evening expected.

Team News:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: The bowling attack that had constantly been at the top of its game has come undone for Hyderabad recently, but expect them to stick to what’s worked for them in the first half. Carlos Brathwaite didn’t quite impress in the last game for SRH, but with Shreevats Goswami clicking at the top SRH might just be tempted to give the West Indian another go in the side.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite/Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma

Chennai Super Kings: CSK will be keen on bringing back Shane Watson in the side, giving the team a more reliable option, than Faf du Plessis, at the top while also getting themselves a bowler who can operate in crunch situations. The batting order, something that was shuffled without warning in the last game with Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh batting ahead of Dhoni, Jadeja and Bravo, should be reset to its original version too.

Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings/Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

Head to Head of teams

SRH 2 – 6 CSK

Team Record in Playoffs

SRH 3 W – 2 L

CSK 10 W – 7 L

Interesting face-offs

Rayudu vs SRH: Nine inngs; 385 runs; Avg 55.00; SR 134.58;

Against no other side (minimum one innings), he has a better average or SR. He has been MoM in both games in the league phase against SRH.

Dhoni vs Bhuvneshwar: Dhoni has scored 87 runs off Bhuvneshwar from just 47 balls at a SR of 185.10 – the most scored off the bowler by a player without getting dismissed.

IPL 2018 trends

CSK are the best batting side in the tournament with the highest average of 37.13 per wicket combined with a scoring rate of 9.03.

SRH are the best bowling side of the tournament in terms of ER (8.19) and second best in terms of average runs per wicket (25.50).

CSK have hit the most sixes this IPL (130) while SRH have hit the fewest (68).

Out of the four hundreds scored in this IPL, three have been against SRH.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings (From): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, David Willey

Sunrisers Hyderabad (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami(w), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan