I've been a Manchester United fan ever since I was a kid, enthralled by stars such as Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, George Best, and countless others. The 1958 Munich air crash, in which eight of the club's star players were killed, part of a generation of homegrown players known as the Busby Babes after their iconic manager, Matt Busby, still sticks in my mind. I was 11 at the time, and the image of the mangled wreck of the British European Airways' turboprop plane, which crashed as it was taking off in a snowstorm, will stick in my mind forever. The biggest loss was England forward Duncan Edwards, who'd risen through the ranks under Busby's tutelage, only to die days after the crash from horrendous injuries. The club has a massive following in China, as a 2012 poll by research specialists Kantar showed.
Before Malcolm Glazer bought the club in 2005 for 790 million pounds, it was the most profitable in the world. Alex Ferguson, a Scot who amassed 38 honors including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cup trophies and two Champions League titles in his 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, is widely regarded as one of the most successful managers and tacticians of all time. Ferguson personally handpicked his successor, the excellent David Moyes, who had worked wonders at Everton with little money to spend on players.
But the Moyes magic failed to work at Old Trafford, and after his ugly dismissal, along came the taciturn Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who ultimately failed to get either the players, the fans or the media on his side, despite winning the FA Cup on May 21. He was sacked hours after his FA Cup glory for the ultimate crime of failing to secure the club a place in next season's Champions League, the elite and lucrative European competition. So another messy sacking; and, at the time of writing, all eyes are on the mercurial Portuguese manager Jose Morinho to take over. Jose Mourinho was expected to become Manchester United's new manager on Friday after reportedly agreeing a deal to take charge at Old Trafford. British media reports on Thursday claimed an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to fulfil his long-held ambition to manage the Premier League club. United was set to officially confirm the 53-year-old's appointment after the deal was delayed due to discussions over Mourinho's image rights. Mourinho is said to have been offered a three-year contract that will pay him between 5 and 10 million pounds ($14 million) per season.
It was also reported Mourinho, back in management five months after being fired by Chelsea in December, is set to be given bonuses that will pay 5 million and 2.5 million pounds respectively if he leads United to the Champions League or Premier League title. Talks between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have resolved problems with Chelsea's control of his image rights, paving the way for the controversial and charismatic boss to fulfil his long-held dream of managing the Manchester giant. Mourinho was seen strolling back to his town house in the upmarket London district of Belgravia on Thursday, and soon after those images emerged it was reported he had agreed to the deal.
Mourinho, always conscious of his public persona, was said to have spent part of Thursday crafting his message to United fans in a statement which will accompany the club's announcement. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto boss will take charge of United for the first time when the club face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 on the first leg of a two-game tour of China.
However, Mourinho should appear on the home bench at Old Trafford before then because he is due to take charge of an England XI in a charity game for Unicef against a Rest of the World XI on June 5.
One of the main obstacles to Mourinho's pursuits of silverware with United will be found on the other side of Manchester where his old rival Pep Guardiola is due to start work as City manager next week after moving to Eastlands from Bayern Munich.
Mourinho and Guardiola exchanged barbs throughout their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and the renewal of their bitter feud with both men in the same city promises to be one of the most fascinating aspects of the Premier League next season. Although United legend Eric Cantona this week claimed Mourinho, renowned for his negative tactics, was not a good fit, the club's former defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to welcome his impending arrival. United icon Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Real Madrid where he played under Mourinho, added: "I hope United get back to being what they were because it's an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit. Mourinho is reported to already be lining up new signings as he seeks to bolster an unbalanced squad that limped to a fifth place finish in the Premier League before ending the unlamented Van Gaal era by beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Even without the lure of Champions League action next season, Mourinho is hopeful of making several high-profile additions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan, is one target and on Thursday he hinted a move to Old Trafford could be in the cards. The Sweden striker has left Paris Saint Germain and, asked if there had been an offer from United, Ibrahimovic said with a smile: "I think it's a great move (by United) - you want action, you bring in Mourinho. Photographers scramble to get a shot of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho outside his house in London on Thursday. Ronaldo, a three-time world player of the year, has never scored a goal at San Siro stadium but has the chance to match and surpass his own record of 17 Champions League goals in a season. Two years after Real defender Sergio Ramos scored the tying goal in the dying seconds to inspire a stunning extra-time comeback and secure a 10th triumph in Lisbon, the Portuguese superstar said winning an 11th crown is far more important than who hits the net. Victory would see Real Madrid embellish its reputation as the most successful club in Europe after winning the inaugural edition, the European Champions Clubs' Cup, in 1956 when Argentinian Hector Rial struck the winner in a 4-3 victory over French giant Stade Reims in Paris. Atletico's achievements may pale in comparison, but the threat from Diego Simeone's men, who have restricted Real to only one win in their past 10 meetings since the 2014 final, is legitimate. Before winning two Europa League titles in 2010 and 2012, the Rojiblancos' last continental trophy was the defunct European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962.
Yet only two years after Lisbon, Simeone's men are back, having stunned Barcelona in the quarterfinals, and ended the hopes of the Catalan giant's former coach Pep Guardiola when they ousted his Bayern Munich side on away goals in the semifinals. Real fans may have history on their side, but Zinedine Zindane's men have beaten Atletico only once in 10 meetings since their 4-1 victory in Lisbon two years ago. Unsurprisingly, Simeone is bullish ahead of a clash that Ronaldo said will settle which side rules the roost in the Spanish capital. He believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down a solid defence and making sure his players remain vigilant at set pieces. Two years ago, Atletico was a whisker away from aven-ging its European Cup final loss to Bayern Munich in 1974 (4-0) after Diego Godin gave Simeone's men a 36th minute opener. Ramos' 93rd minute equalizer, however, pushed the match into extra time and, with the fresh momentum, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo, from the spot, struck to compound Atletico's misery. Now, it is Ronaldo, Bale and French striker Karim Benzema who could have their work cut out, while Ramos and Pepe, Zidane's preferred centerback partnership, will be wary of a repeat of recent history. Atletico has recorded 35 shutouts in 56 games this season, including at home to Barcelona and Bayern Munich when the German giant was dumped out of the competition. Atletico also managed a 1-0 triumph at Real's Santiago Bernabeu stadium to inflict Zidane's squad with his only La Liga loss in four months when the sides last met in February. Ronaldo, who has battled back from an injury scare in recent days, admitted: "Atletico always plays the same way. After becoming the first Chinese and youngest ever rider to compete in three-day eventing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Hua Tian said the intervening years have increased his commitment to success in representing his country on the international stage. Son of a Chinese father and British mother, Hua Tian failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics but two years later he became the first Chinese equestrian to win an individual medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, when he took silver in eventing. Hua Tian will embark on his second Olympic odyssey when he represents China at the Rio Olympics in August. He has proved to be an outstanding ambassador for his nation and his sport, carrying China's colors at iconic European events in Fontainebleau, Badminton, Burghley, Saumur, Blenheim and Chatsworth.
In 2014, he qualified for three major championships and was the only Asian rider at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Hua Tian had a highly successful Olympic qualification campaign in 2015, winning one qualifier and placing second in another. Equine sports rank as one of the fastest growing activities among China's affluent classes and will continue to expand.
No, his Golden State Warriors are going back to Oklahoma City, after keeping their title reign and the winningest season in NBA history alive for at least one more game. Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd, and the defending champions staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference final. For all the speculation about the current state of Curry's beat-up body - that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow - he did it all. The MVP made a snazzy layup late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. The Warriors trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 series deficit.
Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and chasing just the second championship after the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics won it all. The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back losses all season, were blown out at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points. Durant's 3-pointer with 4:34 left got the Thunder within 103-98, then Curry answered with a three-point play.
Curry scored seven points in a 58-second stretch of the second quarter, but the Thunder didn't go away easily. Curry shot 9 for 20 and also had five steals, while Thompson had his 11th 20-point game for the second straight postseason despite shooting 2 for 9 from 3-point range. Kerr figured his Warriors might have an edge against the percentages of teams having trailed 3-1 because they're the defending champs and were playing at home, where they have been nearly unbeatable. Kerr called for center Andrew Bogut to do more and the 7-footer delivered with a playoff career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double this postseason and seventh of his career. Marreese Speights had a pair of three-point plays on follow shots and a 3 in the second quarter to give Golden State a nice lift off the bench. He had nine points in four minutes during that stretch and 14 points overall for his fifth double-digit scoring game this postseason. With his 1,248th career postseason point in the third, Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain (1,246) for second place on the franchise's playoff scoring list. Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry drives to the basket against Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of Thursday's Game 5 of the Western Conference final in Oakland, California.
The 24-year-old from Pontiac, Michigan, who began training camp hoping just to make the team scored both of Pittsburgh's goals in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Pittsburgh will host the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Monday night. In a building littered with stars, it was the relentlessness of Rust and the steadiness of 22-year-old Canadian goaltender Matt Murray that provided the difference as the Penguins reached the final for the first time since 2009.
In disarray in December when Sullivan took over for Mike Johnston, the Penguins sprinted through April and May and will head into June with a chance to win the franchise's fourth Cup, one that would serve as a bookend to its last triumph seven years ago, when stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were still in their early 20s. Yet here they are after dispatching the New York Rangers in five games, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in six and the defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning in seven.
Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn't enough to send Tampa Bay back to the final for a second straight year.
Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in 11:55 in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with blood clots. That group includes Rust, who forced his way onto the roster thanks to feverish skating and a self-confidence that belies his 5-foot-11 frame. That effort - or "desperation level" as Crosby calls it - provided the Penguins with the boost they needed to overcome history. Pittsburgh had dropped five straight Game 7s at home, including a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay in a 2011 series in which both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin missed due to injury. That loss had become symbolic of the Penguins' postseason shortcomings following their gritty run to the Cup in 2009. When injury forced the 2008 Beijing gold medalist to withdraw from the 2012 London Games, he described it as "one of the saddest moments of my career". No wonder he finds it baffling the likes of American John Isner, Australian Bernard Tomic, rising Austrian Dominic Thiem and fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez have chosen to skip Rio in August. Isner blamed his decision on a crammed tennis calendar, with the US Open taking place shortly after the Rio Games and the Davis Cup quarterfinals just after Wimbledon.
But the lack of ranking points at this year's Olympics was also a major factor for the American. World 1 Novak Djokovic had some sympathy for players such as Isner and thought ranking points should have been awarded in Rio like they had been in London, where up to 750 points were on offer. But points or no points, Nadal thought those who choose to skip the Games will end up regretting their decisions.
It is the kind of punishment her younger sister, world No 1 Serena, metes out on a regular basis. Since reaching the last 16 here in 2010, Venus has made it to at least the quarterfinals at the three other Grand Slams.
But after being diagnosed with the debilitating Sjogren's syndrome in 2011, playing on the slow red clay has proved to be a particularly difficult challenge for the 35-year-old. LeBron James scored 23 points then sat for the fourth quarter and Kevin Love scored 25 as Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense against Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference final with a 116-78 rout in Game 5 on Wednesday night. On their home court in front of 20,000-plus screaming fans following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed en route to taking a 3-2 series lead.
They can clinch their second straight conference title and a trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 on Friday night in Toronto. The Raptors, who came in with momentum and confidence after winning Games 3 and 4, left Quicken Loans Arena shaken and one loss from having their deepest playoff run stopped.
James had eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter with the Cavs up by 37. Kyrie Irving added 23 points and he, James and Love outscored the Raptors 43-34 in the first half.


DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 for the Raptors, who were overwhelmed from the start. The only positive for Toronto was center Jonas Valanciunas, who returned after missing eight straight games with a sprained right ankle.
Playing defense as if every possession was the game's last, Cleveland held Toronto to 34 points in the opening half while building a 31-point halftime lead - the largest in conference finals history. Since their expansion arrival in 1993, the Raptors had never been down by 30 at halftime in any game - regular season or playoffs - but they have rarely seen a defense like this either.
Love found his shooting touch after it went missing during the lost weekend in Toronto, where he went just 5 of 23 and was benched for the fourth quarter of Game 4.
He finished 8 of 10 from the field - a confidence-boosting performance that should temporarily quiet his critics. The Cavs made a point of getting Love the ball right away and he responded by making all four field goal attempts, dropping a 3 late in the first quarter that pushed the Cavs to a 37-19 lead.
Cleveland's onslaught continued in the second quarter, and when James got free for an easy two-handed dunk, Cavs fans could relax and begin making TV viewing plans for Friday.
These looked more like the Cavaliers who opened the postseason with 10 straight wins, obliterated the Raptors by a combined 50 points in Games 1 and 2 and given a chance to beat whomever survived in the West. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James talks with teammate Kevin Love during the second quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Olympic qualifying for golf ends in seven weeks, at which time players will have to determine if medals outweigh mosquitoes. For now, there is only concern - and Rory McIlroy is the latest player to say Zika is on his mind. In an interview with the BBC after his Irish Open victory, McIlroy said he has been reading up on the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects. McIlroy is engaged, and indicated he and his fiancee might be starting a family in the next few years. Willett's wife, Nicole, had their first child just 11 days before he slipped on the green jacket. The International Golf Federation posted a two-page update on its website last month, and is passing along Zika-related material from the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization to tours and player liaisons. Andy Levinson, executive director of USA Golf, said on Tuesday updates from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are posted in the weekly bulletins left in lockers and on the Players Links website, where PGA Tour players get other pertinent information they don't want to miss - like tee times, and FedEx Cup points, and where to leave their courtesy cars.
Two weeks ago at The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's doctor took part in one-on-ones with players about Zika.
Vijay Singh made a passing reference to Zika last month when the 53-year-old Fijian decided not to play.
The other players to pull out - Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel - cited a busy schedule or family priorities.
Ask a player a question, and there's bound to be an answer, even if it's not entirely informed. IGF executive director Antony Scanlon said he was in Rio de Janeiro a few weeks ago for meetings and saw workers spraying "an unbelievable amount of anti-mosquito" repellant around the various venues. He also repeated the timing - August is the tail end of winter in Brazil, and mosquitoes are not expected to be as prevalent. It could be another example that the Olympics mean more to the women, who rarely get a stage as large as this and have a stronger tradition of competing for country in what was the first truly global tour. Various headlines made it sound as though McIlroy and Willett might skip the Olympics because of Zika, and while their answers allowed some wiggle room, the context of their statements suggested nothing has changed. This much is clear - golfers currently eligible for the Olympics are having to study more than hole locations and wind direction. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tracks a tee shot under the watchful eye of England's Danny Willett during the final round of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare, Ireland last Sunday.
Just over six months ago, Knox got in as an alternate for his first World Golf Championship, scrambled to secure a Chinese visa and wound up winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Knox had a one-shot lead with three holes to play in the Irish Open until Rory McIlroy hit two shots with a fairway metal that will be talked about in Ireland for years - onto the 16th green for a two-putt birdie (and a two-shot swing for the lead) and to three feet on No 18 for an eagle. It was his third runner-up finish since Shanghai - he went straight from China to Mexico and lost in a playoff to Graeme McDowell - and moved Knox to a career-best No 23 in the world. Since missing the cut in his Masters debut, Knox has a pair of runner-up finishes and a performance at The Players Championship that brought him just as much attention for how he handled misfortune with humor and honesty. He was contending at the TPC Sawgrass when his tee shot on the island-green 17th came up a yard short. He called it an "epic fail." He said he would be "terrified" hitting that shot the next day (he hit the green and three-putted for his only bogey in a final round of 66). Knox, who has lived in Florida since playing college golf at Jacksonville University, took up European Tour membership after winning the HSBC. But he faces a big stretch now - Wentworth, the Memorial, US Open, Bridgestone Invitational, Scottish Open, British Open over the next eight weeks, all of them with plenty of Ryder Cup world points available. The Symetra Tour is not even a third into its season, but Madelene Sagstrom already is in the record book. The Swede's runner-up finish last week in the Gosling's Dark & Stormy Classic was worth $9,467 and pushed her season earnings to $103,181, breaking the money record that Cindy LaCrosse set in 15 tournaments in 2010. Some of the purses have increased to help Sagstrom become the first to break the $100,000 mark on the LPGA Tour's development circuit. Then again, she did in just under half the tournaments as LaCrosse, and the Swede even missed a cut. She has won twice, was runner-up twice and, except for that missed cut, hasn't finished out of the top five.
She has earned more money than the next three players behind her on the money list combined. As Bryson DeChambeau resumes his pursuit of a PGA Tour card, this much is clear: There are perks for winning the US Amateur. Colonial will be his fifth PGA Tour event since turning pro, but he has used only three of the seven sponsor exemptions he is allowed as a non-tour member.
DeChambeau was one of the two players chosen by former Colonial champions (the other was Kramer Hickok). The Texas Open didn't count against his seven sponsor exemptions because he got in as a top 10 from the previous week (he tied for fourth at Hilton Head). Depending on how the rest of the year goes, it's possible DeChambeau could reach the limit of 12 before he uses all seven sponsor exemptions. Meanwhile, he has the equivalent of 123 points in the FedEx Cup, and would need 361 points (150th place last year) to get unlimited exemptions the rest of the season. The Canadian team would have been Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, while Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby would have represented Australia.
Last week: Ariya Jutanugarn won the Kingsmill Championship for her second straight LPGA victory. Last week: Rory McIlroy won the Irish Open by three shots over Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge. Notes: Four of the top 10 players in the world are members of the European Tour, but three of them are not playing the tour's flagship event - Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, who withdrew last week with a mild back injury. So far, 17th-ranked John Isner of the United States, Austrian 15th seed Dominic Thiem, world No 22 Bernard Tomic of Australia and Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, No 23 in the rankings, have all announced they are giving the Olympics in Rio in August a pass. Isner said that as well as a packed summer schedule, the absence of ranking points was a major factor. The Olympics is often referred to as a fifth Grand Slam, but the four majors all offer 2,000 world ranking points to their champions. Djokovic, an 11-time Grand Slam winner, will be looking to improve on a dismal Olympic record when the Games open in Rio in August.
He won a bronze in Beijing in 2008 and lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals in London in 2012 before dropping the bronze-medal playoff against Juan Martin del Potro. Isner is one of four top 25 players in the world taking a pass on the Games, which fall in the middle of the North American hardcourt season and in the build-up to the US Open. Meanwhile, Djokovic said he hopes his "great passion for tennis" will finally earn him the one trophy he craves more than any other - the French Open. Twelve months after surprise champion Stan Wawrinka used his wondrous backhand to knife Djokovic's Roland Garros dreams, the Serbian was hoping he would be able to mend his broken heart by becoming the first man in almost 50 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. Looking to achieve a feat that was last accomplished by Australian legend Rod Laver in 1969, Djokovic began his pursuit of the only major title missing from his collection with a no-nonsense 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun in the first round on Tuesday. In 2012, the world No 1 also had a chance to emulate Laver but was thwarted by a rampaging Rafael Nadal in the final. Last year it appeared as if the stars had finally aligned for Djokovic when he safely navigated past Nadal and Murray to reach the final to face an opponent barely anyone thought would win. But it was not to be and Djokovic was left in tears after Wawrinka dominated him at every turn. He certainly did that on Tuesday when he appeared to be a in a hurry to escape the cold and dank confines of Philippe Chatrier Court.
In fact, facing an opponent who had not played a top-tier match since last October, Djokovic's only blip was when he dropped serve in the eighth game of the opening set. But after battling back to square the set at 4-4, the wheels came off for Lu and the 32-year-old only won two more games before Djokovic safely secured a second-round clash with Belgian Steve Darcis. Four of the hottest prospects in the men's game clashed at the French Open on Tuesday, with Croatian trailblazer Borna Coric and French teenager Quentin Halys reaching the second round. Nineteen-year-old Coric, already a seasoned Tour professional ranked No 47 in the world, had the unusual experience of playing someone younger than himself in 18-year-old Taylor Fritz of the US. While Fritz has the more powerful game and has risen from 821 to 67 in the rankings in less than a year, he is a novice on the European clay and was no match for Coric, losing 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Coric will take on 23-year-old Australian star Bernard Tomic, seeded 20th at Roland Garros, for a place in the last 32. Halys, 19, was one of five Frenchmen to progress on Tuesday, beating South Korea's 20-year-old Chung Hyeon 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Already tipped as a future French No 1, Halys preferred just to concentrate on his second round against tough Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. As if surviving a five-set thriller against wily Czech Radek Stepanek in the first round of the French Open was not exhausting enough, the British second seed was then quizzed on why he ended his two-year partnership with Mauresmo.
A sequence of interviews by the two Grand Slam champions seemed to suggest things had turned frosty between the duo before they parted ways. Murray won seven trophies under Mauresmo's guidance, including his first two titles on clay. However, the Frenchwoman has not been regularly on the circuit with Murray since giving birth to her son Aaron last August. Mauresmo had indicated that the union ended because she felt she could not "take things further anymore" with Murray before adding: "Andy is complex. Responding to Mauresmo's observation that he was a complex character, Murray admitted there are still things he needs to work on to curb his tendency to shout at his entourage when things are not going his way. Andy Murray reacts during a break in his 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 first-round victory against Radek Stepanek at Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season and must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to stay alive. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 26 points, but two-time league MVP Stephen Curry was limited to 19 points on 6-for-20 shooting. The Warriors lost consecutive playoff games by at least 20 points for the first time since Games 2 and 3 of the 1972 Western Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Golden State's Draymond Green, who was fined for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3, finished with six points, 11 rebounds and six turnovers.
Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and seven rebounds. As for Westbrook, it was his first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season.
In the most unlikely of connections, Adams threw a bullet pass to Roberson near the basket for a dunk that gave the Thunder a 56-43 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half.
Westbrook had 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the first half, and Durant had 18 points and six boards. Thompson tried to keep the Warriors in it, scoring 19 points in just over seven minutes to start the third quarter. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Tuesday's Game 4 of the NBA's Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Chinese boxing fans got a chance to shake the hand that shook the world when Mike Tyson visited Beijing this week.
And, as befits a guy renowned for his legendary capacity to stand and deliver, the former undisputed heavyweight king and "baddest man on the planet" came through like a champ. On Tuesday afternoon, less than a day after an exhausting 15-hour journey to the Chinese capital, Tyson charmed a massive throng of fans and media at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, site of the official weigh-in for Wednesday night's International Boxing Federation flyweight title rematch between champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand and No 1-ranked Johnriel Casimero of the Philippines. Tyson was ringside for the bout at Diamond Stadium in National Olympic Park as a guest of the IBF, which is holding its annual convention in Beijing this week.


In a chat with China Daily, the 49-year-old Tyson said his first visit to the historic site was an eye-opener. Between posing for photos and signing countless autographs, the youngest heavyweight champion in history (Tyson was 20 years and five months old when he dethroned Trevor Berbick in 1986) inquired about the health of Canadian ring icon George Chuvalo before expounding on Olympic boxing and the decision by the International Amateur Boxing Association to eliminate headgear.
Tyson hung up his gloves in 2005 with a record of 50-6, including 44 spectacular knockouts.
The International Boxing Federation sees a big future for the sweet science in China, and is backing it up with a five-year strategic partnership with LeSport. Under terms of the agreement, IBF China, LeSport and Chinese promoter Rejoy Group will facilitate webcasting of upwards of 100 IBF pro tournaments throughout the nation, aimed at solidifying the Chinese fan base.
Liu said a recent independent survey indicated China has more than 80 million dedicated boxing fans, which underlines the business value of the new agreement. One luminary who doesn't need convincing is legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., who was mobbed by fans at the weigh-in for Wednesday night's world flyweight title rematch between Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand and No 1-ranked Johnriel Casimero of the Philippines at Beijing's Diamond Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the NHL's Eastern Conference final. Captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored in Tuesday night's 5-2 victory that squared the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3. Game 7 is on Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance for the second straight year.
Crosby stepped up with his third game-winning goal of the series when he skated around Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman before snapping a wrist shot between goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's legs for a 3-0 lead in the final minute of the second period. Rookie goaltender Matt Murray returned to the lineup after being replaced as the starter for Game 5 by Marc-Andre Fleury, but his 10th playoff victory did not come without a bit of suspense.
Brian Boyle scored twice in the third period for Tampa Bay, with one of the goals bouncing off Kessel before getting past Murray, who finished with 28 saves.
Instead of flinching, the young goalie who turns 22 on Wednesday retained his composure down the stretch to help the Penguins avoid relinquishing a third-period lead for the second straight game. Tampa scored the first goal of the game midway through the opening period, but the call was reversed when a video review revealed an offside at the blueline. Jose Mourinho is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United after Louis van Gaal's troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.
Van Gaal said he was "very disappointed" to be sacked on Monday just 48 hours after leading United to victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. Missing out on a lucrative Champions League place proved the final straw for the club's United States-based owners, the Glazer family, and they didn't let United's first piece of silverware since the 2013 retirement of legendary boss Alex Ferguson stop them from wielding the axe. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable campaign marred by a series of rifts with the club's star players that eventually became intolerable to owner Roman Abramovich as the team, champion just months earlier, languished near the relegation zone.
Now the 53-year-old will hope to restore his reputation by restoring the sparkle to United's own tarnished image. Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes is said to be arriving in Manchester on Tuesday to tie up a deal that has been widely reported in the British media, setting the stage for one of the sport's most intriguing characters to at last manage United after a glittering career that so far features 21 major trophies, including three Premier League crowns and two Champions League titles. Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Mourinho is the right man to get the club back on track. From the moment, Mourinho danced a jubilant jig down the Old Trafford touchline after a late goal from Costinha gave his Porto side the draw it needed to eliminate Alex Ferguson's men from the 2004 Champions League, the colorful and controversial Portuguese has seemed destined to manage United. He thought his time had come when Ferguson retired, but concerns over his volatile nature prompted United to turn to the more conservative David Moyes instead.
But with that move proving a disaster and van Gaal faring little better, United's powerbrokers have decided to take a chance on Mourinho. Pictured strolling with his former Chelsea assistant Rui Faria while movers took boxes away from his London home on Monday, Mourinho appeared the picture of contentment. But he is a far less convivial figure once the battle lines are drawn, both with opponents and even his own players.
Having famously locked horns with the likes of Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez during his two spells with Chelsea, Mourinho will arrive at United just in time to resume hostilities with Pep Guardiola, who is about to leave Bayern Munich for his first taste of the Premier League as Manchester City boss. Mourinho, then in charge of Real Madrid, never wasted a chance to take a swipe at Barcelona manager Guardiola during their time in Spain. But it was Guardiola who had the better of it, with Mourinho winning just three of their 16 meetings. The duo will go head-to-head for the first time when United faces City in the pre-season International Champions Cup in Beijing on July 25.
By then, Mourinho will hope to have significantly improved an unbalanced and often lackluster United squad. Paris Saint Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, Everton defender John Stones, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann are reportedly among the names on his wanted list. But Mourinho, expected to bring Faria and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro with him to Old Trafford, might also have to deal with scepticism from the United squad after a report that some senior players have already expressed concern the tactically conversative coach might prove too similar to van Gaal. Van Gaal's dull tactics frustrated United fans, while the players were reportedly infuriated by his habit of staging video review sessions in which he would criticize their mistakes in front of the team.
If he can rebuild the confidence of his squad and make United champion for the first time since 2013, Mourinho may regard it as his finest achievement yet. It didn't count for much in the end - within an hour of the final whistle, it was being widely reported that Van Gaal would soon be out of a job - but the victory at Wembley Stadium at least gave him something tangible to take from his reign, and is his undoubted high point. A commanding 3-0 win against Sunderland last September saw United climb the summit for the first time in two years.
A fourth-place finish in the 2014-15 season saw United return to the Champions League after a one-year absence. And everything pointed to a successful season in 2015-16 when United surged to an easy two-legged win over Club Bruges in the Champions League playoff in August, with new signing Memphis Depay demonstrating his full range of skills and Wayne Rooney scoring a hat trick in the second leg to end a goal drought of more than nine games.
He appeared ready to embark on a relentless scoring run but instead, he managed only four more goals until January. A failure to guide United into next season's Champions League badly damaged Van Gaal's stock. As it was, a second season in three years away from the European elite, missing out on the prestige and vast riches, and playing on Thursday nights in the Europa League just wasn't good enough for the Old Trafford hierarchy. When United was pitted in a group with PSV Eindhoven, Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow, the draw was viewed as favorable for Van Gaal.
Failure to reach the Champions League under David Moyes, Van Gaal's predecessor, meant United entered the League Cup in the second round for the first time in 19 years.
United was drawn to play third-tier MK Dons on the back of encouraging news, having confirmed the signing of playmaker Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a 59.7 million pound ($84 million) deal - a British transfer record. 20121 Kings 8:28 -- But please listen to my prayer and my request, because I am your servant. Many football writers dismissed as "fantasy" their claim that 108 million people in China are fans of the club, but I think they forgot two things about Chinese supporters. The extraordinary takeover in 2005 by the US-based Glazer family continues to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of most fans. However, by using the club's assets to back his bid, by the time the deal was complete Man United was 525 million pounds in debt.
It was Moyes who identified and nurtured the raw talent of Wayne Rooney at Everton before the Liverpool-born youngster moved to Man United.
Westbrook's 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the third put the Thunder ahead 68-67 for their first lead of the night. His best chance came on a breakaway in the second period that deflected off Murray and trickled wide. It's part of what Sullivan calls "playing the right way," a way abetted by the influx of speed brought in by GM Jim Rutherford. The Olympics is the most important event in the world of sport," the nine-time French Open champion said on Thursday. At this stage in my life, in my career, it's like you don't want to lose early," the seven-time Grand Slam champion said after walloping fellow American Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.
But after matching Serena's winning second-round scoreline, Venus was eager to cherish her moment in the sun. I think with every year that passes and every moment that I play, I'm grateful for this experience and blessed.
Asked about it on Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship, the 28-year-old from England said he was keeping on top of it. There's going to be millions of people watching the Olympics, and you have 11,000 athletes right in the heart of where it's at," Willett said. He said five or six players have asked him about Zika, though none has said it would keep her from Rio. Both men are closely monitoring the Zika situation in Brazil as the Olympic Games draw closer.
Knox is No 3 in the Olympic ranking for the UK, though he most likely would have to get into the top 15 to earn a trip to Rio. He gets in the Memorial and Quicken Loans as the US Amateur champion, which has a provision that it doesn't matter if he turns pro. Based on the world ranking that week, the American team would have been Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry. Rahm, a Spaniard who is No 1 in the world amateur ranking, won the award as the outstanding college player over two over highly ranked players, Maverick McNealy of Stanford and Beau Hossler of Texas.
We have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth Grand Slam," said Djokovic. That's the main source of drive and motivation," Djokovic said after beginning his 46th consecutive appearance at a Grand Slam event.
And the last two days I was supposedly hitting back at Amelie's comments and disagreeing with everything that she said and that we had a really tough breakup," said Murray. Andre Roberson, a player the Warriors have ignored at times during the series, scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Thunder matched the most points they have scored in a first half in playoff history, a mark they set the previous game against the Warriors. But the Thunder maintained their composure, led 94-82 at the end of the period and remained in control in the fourth. Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder, who can advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Oakland on Thursday. Pros are in the spotlight all the time; the Olympics should be reserved for pure amateurs who are fighting to make a name for themselves.
He was a first-ballot inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011, and for millions of Chinese he remains the most recognizable face in the sport. With this partnership, LeSport will enjoy the rights of live webcasting of all IBF China events and we intend to deliver the most excellent online viewing experience possible. It's a great opportunity These are the type of circumstances where you have an opportunity to write your own story," said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. It got United back among the trophies after a three-year gap and gave the club a record-equaling 12th FA Cup title. A finish in the top four, coupled with winning the FA Cup, and Van Gaal might have limped on. United was eliminated at the group stage after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg on Dec 8 in a match United headed into knowing victory was essential.
But the doomed European campaign was symptomatic of United under his guidance - the team appeared focused on defensive organization and lacked the attacking flair and creativity to break down stubborn opponents. So I don't doubt the club's following in China, especially since China Central Television resumed showing English Premier League matches this past season. More recently, the club, which at one stage was where everyone wanted to play, has attracted headline-grabbers such as Cristiano Ronaldo and the wonderfully mercurial Eric Cantona, who was given to bursts of extraordinary brilliance on the field and gnomic utterances off it.
But Golden State led 81-77 going into the fourth and began the final period with an 8-0 burst.
And undaunted by a series of postseason failures that made it seem the window on their primes was closing. His wife nearly died last year of toxic shock syndrome and her immune system remains weakened. It also matched the most points Golden State has allowed in a half this season for the second straight game.
It's just life choices," said the 35-year-old American, who owns four Olympic golds across singles and doubles.
Jackie Chulya of Thailand, a junior at Columbia University, has been awarded the Dinah Shore Trophy that honors excellence in school and on the course. Sergio Garcia became the second player this year to win a PGA Tour event despite hitting two shots in the water in the final round. The course also hosted the US Open in 1941, the US Women's Open in 1991 and the second edition of The Players Championship in 1975.




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