The reason - the refusal of a fight with mandatory Challenger, undefeated Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko (12 wins, 10 of them by knockout), which according to regulations had to go to 3 August 2018. "It comes as a complete shock that the IBF would make a ruling far beyond what the Derevyanchenko side was asking for". If Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) passes on fighting Derevyanchenko for the IBF's vacant championship, a fight against Derevyanchenko then would be offered to fourth-ranked Jermall ...
Sources told ESPN that the injury was the result of him punching a blackboard in the locker room after that game. The Celtics, however, are far better positioned to contend in the future than the Knicks as their young roster advanced to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without the injured Irving and Gordon Hayward.
In an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols , James talked about his conversation with one of the game's greatest who has an even worse NBA Finals record than the Cavs star - The Logo, Jerry West. The Warriors started the third quarter - of which they are indisputable masters - with baskets by Thompson. Curry and McGee (yeah, he was a legitimate factor again) boosting Golden State to a 67-52 lead and sending Cleveland scurrying to a timeout.
He came back on court in full swing and made Schwartzman run a lot with a combination of deep groundstrokes and subtle drop shots. It was within myself, Nadal said of the difference in his play between Wednesday and Thursday. Rafael Nadal will be looking to avoid another slow start when he takes on Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros final on Sunday, with the Spaniard's coach Carlos Moya assuring that they expect a tougher version of the opponent they faced in last year's semi-finals ...
Ejaria, who made 11 appearances on loan with Sunderland in the Championship last season, will spend the campaign working under Gerrard in Glasgow. Ejaria was part of the England Under-20 squad which lifted the FIFA Youth World Cup a year ago and the midfield playmaker is highly rated by Liverpool chiefs.
Also on Thursday, Premier League clubs have struck a new deal over sharing revenue from global broadcast deals which will see any future increases divided according to league position. The FA has announced that the Premier League will finally be incorporating a winter break in their schedule from the 2019-20 season. Instead their will be a staggered "mid-season player break" which will ensure their are still fixtures on each weekend but every team will get two weeks off.
Tiger Woods will stay on his yacht, named " Privacy ", which is docked near Shinnecock Hills, site of next week's U.S. Open. Since returning to the PGA Tour in December of past year, Woods has climbed his way back up the FedEx Cup rankings to 50th in the world.
Now she has another chance to break her duck when she takes on American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the final at Roland Garros . Halep has been beaten in all of her previous Major final appearances, including at Roland Garros a year ago by Jelena Ostapenko .
The 31-year-old Scot, who has not played since Wimbledon last year, had a hip operation in January . Murray has won Wimbledon twice and this year's tournament starts on 2 July . "He's doing the rehabilitation", she told BBC Sport. The former No. 1-ranked player has not competed on tour since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last July.
We were able to finish the series off. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast. "Every journey is a new one each season". "Does it matter? We just won back to back", Kerr said". "You don't want to regret anything..." There are bounces of the ball, plays...
Pires, 44, spent six years with the Gunners before leaving for Villarreal in 2006 and has maintained a close connection with the club. Dortmund were also interested in signing the Swiss worldwide and did have talks with him over a move to Germany, but Lichtsteiner eventually chose to move to England with Arsenal.
The Manchester United man's injury was described by the Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lamas as a "trauma in his ankle". The 25-year-old limped out of a Brazil training session at Tottenham's Enfield training ground on Thursday after a challenge from teammate Casemiro left him in visible distress.
Curry, who set an NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers in game two, hit 12-of-27 shots from the field and 7-of-15 from 3-point range. The Cavaliers got much better production from their backcourt in Game 3, with JR Smith getting off to a strong start - notching 10 of his 13 points before intermission, going 5-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, adding a game-high three steals.
But if LeBron and his team can win a game and gain some momentum, they could make this series interesting for a return to Oakland this weekend. LeBron James has been playing with a serious bone contusion in his right hand since Game 2, I'm told.
It was England's last warm-up match before kick-off at Russian Federation 2018 and, while the Burnley number one starts the summer as third-choice behind Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford, he has hailed the competition between the shot-stoppers.
Adding James to the already formidable duo of Paul and James Harden would surely make the Rockets among the odds-on favorite to win the title. James is also a businessman as he looks forward to life after basketball and what great start would that be by being present near Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Even then, said odds seem to take into account the possibility that LeBron James could very well bolt Cleveland for a reunion with the Miami Heat.
The Warriors won NBA Finals Game 1 in overtime and then easily took Game 2. There still seemed to be a spark in the Cavaliers' locker room after Game 2, is that enough to ignite the fuel on a home court? Curry's impossibility has always been about more than 3-point shooting - it's the fact that opposing defenses have to guard him from the half-court line all the way to the rim.
Mayweather's highly publicized fight with former UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor brought in huge earnings and made him the highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in the past seven years. Though still substantial, her $18m off-court earnings from sponsors were insufficient for her to make the top 100. Basking in the afterglow of a recently unveiled wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Indian skipper Kohli now enjoys a privileged spot in the prestigious Forbes list.
Amelia Kerr's 45-ball 81 and Bernadine Bezuidenhout's 15-ball 23 gave new Zealand a flourishing finish which saw them post, what appeared to be an nearly unachievable target. An unprecedented 64 boundaries were hit in addition to the seven sixes by New Zealand batters. The 172-run opening stand by Bates and Watkins was the sixth highest in White Ferns history, and added to Bates' record of being involved in 27 100-run ODI partnerships for her country.
However, paying Paul $46-47 million per year will bury the Rockets deep in the luxury tax hell. "I don't imagine it playing out that way". During the postseason, Paul stepped up, averaging 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game, reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time in his 13-year National Basketball Association career.