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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Boston Celtics 109-99

VICTORY was there for the taking for the Boston, but a stunning display from NBA veteran LeBron James drove home side Cleveland back to Boston for Game 7.

In a night of bumps and bruises, the Cavaliers — minus a concussed Kevin Love — reinged supreme and sent the Playoffs series against the Celtics to its final straw on Monday (AEST).

Wounded and fatigued, LeBron James put in a superhuman performance that was extraordinary even for his standards to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs.

The Cavs won 109-99 on Friday to even the Eastern Conference Finals 3-all and setting up a do-or-die game seven in Boston on Sunday.

Cleveland lost All-Star forward Kevin Love to a head clash in the first quarter, but that’s when James found another gear, taking control of the game with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals It was his seventh 40-point game in this year’s playoffs.

“The best player in the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Cavaliers’ coach Tyronn Lue has viewed James’ heroics many times, but on Friday night in Cleveland, with his team’s season over with a loss, he witnessed something special.

“Greatness,” Lue, describing James, said.

“Champion pedigree.” The series has been dictated by the venue.

Boston won its three games at home and the Cavs proved to be unbeatable in Cleveland.

James is excited about having the opportunity to upset the trend in Boston’s arena in game seven, and move on to what would be his eighth straight NBA finals appearance.

“We know it is a challenge on their home floor,” James said. “They have been very successful against us at home, but we love challenges and this is a great opportunity.” The Cavaliers appeared doomed when Love clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first six minutes and went back to the locker room and didn’t return.

To make matters worse, James appeared to suffer a serious right leg injury midway through the final quarter when team-mate Larry Nance Jr fell on him. James was writhing in pain on the floor, but eventually got up and finished the game.

James, who battled fatigue in Wednesday’s game five loss, played an incredible 46 of a possible 48 minutes in the game six win.

The Celtics made a late push, but James snuffed it out with massive back-to- back three-pointers in the final two minutes.

James did receive support from point guard George Hill’s 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively. Australian big man Aron Baynes was Boston’s starting centre but had his most underwhelming game of the series, going scoreless and grabbing four rebounds. The Celtics’ All-Star forward Al Horford was also unusually quiet with just six points while guard Terry Rozier had 28 and Jaylen Brown 27 points. The victor will move on to the championship series against the winner of the Western Conference finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which the Rockets lead the Warriors 3-2.

Boston star Terry Rozier collided with LeBron James in a stunning moment which saw the King flat on his back late in the third quarter.

It came as the Cavaliers great notched 38-points going into the final piece of Game 6, but it didn’t come easy.
The 33-year-old was in apparent agony after rising from the ground, limping his way up the court and favouring one leg over the other. Fans weren’t convinced his implied injury was as bad as he made out, with suggesting he milked the painful blow before getting iced on the sidelines.

Adding to the Cavs’ star’s pain, Marcus Smart pulled off a piece of magic and denied the king a basket with a stunning block late in the third, all while nursing a torn thumb ligament.
Every fan in Cleveland knows this may be the last season the King plays for the Cavaliers, and with a loss to the Celtics today in Game 6, this could very well be the final half of basketball LeBron James plays at home in Ohio.

But if he keeps pulling off these stunners in the final 20 minutes, the Cavaliers are sure to be meeting the Celtics in Game 7 on Monday (AEST).

James sentQuicken Loans Arena abuzz after a stunning crosscourt chase down of Boston youngster Terry Rozier before blocking his basket in the third quarter.

The terrific play came as Cleveland surged ahead with a 15-point lead to leave Boston fans reeling ahead of the final quarter.

The Cavaliers went into the first break trailing the Boston Celtics after a dominant display from the visitors saw Boston scrape closer to completing their finals series before the weekend.

A shocking head knock with Jayson Tatum sent Cavaliers mainstay Kevin Love to the deck and out of the game at the worst possible moment. The 29-year-old giant returned to the rooms with reportedly little hope of returning to the court.

Despite the early setback, the home side were able to rocket ahead by ten points by the back end of the second quarter, thanks to a particularly smooth set up to Jeff Green coupled with a 25-point haul on his own at halftime.

That is one of a boatload of realities facing the Cavaliers, who hope to deflect Eastern Conference finals elimination at home in Game 6 against the young, energetic Celtics. If LeBron isn’t Superman again, Game 6 conceivably could be the last home date in Cleveland for James because of his likely upcoming free agency. But that’s a story for another 68 days.

Fatigue became an issue in Game 5 on Wednesday in Boston. The Celtics, now 10-0 at home in these playoffs, rode a performance of sheer brilliance by rookie Jayson Tatum, who had 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four steals in a 96-83 victory. Tatum was just part of Boston’s balance that contained five double-figure scorers.

For the Caps, James scored 26. Kevin Love had 14. No other player reached 10. Three other starters, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and George Hill, combined to shoot 2-of-14 and score 10 points. James could not do it all, prompting coach Tyronn Lue to observe afterwards the King looked tired.

“Just saw him clutched over a few times early on in the game and throughout the course of the game,” Lue said Thursday on a conference call — neither team practised. “It happens. But one thing, I know he’ll be ready to play Game 6, so fatigue won’t be a problem and an issue. … If I had to pick one guy and choose one guy to prevail, it would be LeBron. I know he’ll be great come tomorrow.

“[Wednesday] just could have been one of those nights. But believe me, he’s not the only one that’s feeling fatigue right now,” Lue said.

After the game James, who Thursday was announced as an All-NBA first team selection a record 12th time (Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone were named 11 times), claimed overall fatigue was not an issue and that he was fine.

“I had my moments. But I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down or whatever the case may be. Still trying to make plays to help our team win,” said James, who later insisted, “I’m fine. And I didn’t mention the fatigue, either. One of you guys [media] did. I’m fine.”

James, who played all 82 games for the first time in his career, can be forgiven if he tires while running against the Boston kiddie corps anchored by veteran Al Horford.

“With regard to Al and his composure and his poise and kind of a steadying influence, he has a great effect on all of our guys in the locker room,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said on his conference call. “We’re going to have to move on from last night’s win, play better than we have to have a chance to win Game 6.”

Home court has been ridiculously prevalent in the series. In Games 3 and 4 when the Cavs ruled, Boston led for 73 seconds — all in first quarter of Game 4.

“Both teams have played well at home, but you’ve got to play well in order to win,” Lue said. “They’ve done that. They’ve played well enough to win on their home floor.

2018 Indianapolis™ 500 Live

INDIANAPOLIS — James Hinchcliffe is no longer looking for a way to get into the Indianapolis 500.

The Canadian driver used a Twitter post Wednesday to announce that, “barring unforeseen circumstances,” he would not start Sunday’s race and a decision had been made to stop “pursuing other options” after he failed to make the 33-car field during qualifying last weekend.

“There aren’t really words to describe how missing this race feels,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, we simply didn’t get the job done. No excuses. This is our reality and we will face it head on, we will use it as motivation and we will come back stronger.”

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Missing IndyCar’s showcase race, which is worth double points, likely takes Hinchcliffe out of the series championship hunt. He is currently fifth in the points standings.

It appears the only way Hinchcliffe could race now would be in the unlikely event another driver is injured during Friday’s final practice session and wasn’t cleared to drive in time for race day. Even then, it could be tough because he is the face of a national advertising campaign for Honda, eliminating the possibility he could drive a Chevrolet-powered car.

The Honda spots featuring Hinchcliffe are expected to run throughout the race and the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car, Arrow Electronics, has its name on temporary suites set up in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The other driver who failed to make the field, Pippa Mann, was not expected to find a way into the race. But many figured Hinchcliffe, one of the series’ most popular and highest-profile regulars, would find another ride at the expense of less decorated or experienced driver.

Speculation centered primarily on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates: Jay Howard, an Indy 500-only driver, and rookie Robert Wickens, who crashed in Monday’s practice. Instead of putting Hinchcliffe into one of those cars, team owner Sam Schmidt got Hinchcliffe’s sponsors to approve using their logos on the other cars in the team’s stable.

When race purists celebrated the return of bumping during qualifying at Indy, nobody expected Hinchcliffe to be in this position. A combination of rain, bad timing and bad luck was simply too much to overcome. His slower than expected four-lap qualifying average on the first attempt following a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay Saturday was the only official attempt he made.

Four of his six Indy starts have come from the first three rows including the No. 1 spot in 2016. But he has had only two top-10 finishes on the speedway’s 2.5-mile oval — sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2016.

But, as Hinchcliffe has noted repeatedly, he’s also been through worse.

In 2015, he suffered a life-threatening injury when he crashed and a broken piece of his car punctured his leg and cut an artery. He missed the rest of the season but returned the next year and claimed Indy’s prized pole position.

“He’s had a lot worse days here so that helps keep it in perspective,” Schmidt said.

Hinchcliffe has taken responsibility for what happened and he has started focusing on the series’ next stop.

“I’m sorry we can’t be on the track for you Sunday, but we will be pushing hard for the wins in Detroit,” he wrote. “I wish all 33 drivers a fast and safe race. I will be watching and cheering on my SPM teammates. See you in Detroit.”

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The Indianapolis 500 goes green this Memorial Day weekend, as it has (just about) every Memorial Day weekend since 1911. To pay tribute, join Indiana native Jeff Vrabel for a quick refresher lap around two-and-a-half miles of pure, unbridled America.

hroughout the month of May so far, there has been a lot of speculation as to how well drivers will be able to overtake in the race this Sunday. The cars this season have a lot less downforce than in previous years, with some drivers saying that overtaking will be a lot harder as a result. However, others have said after practice that they are still able to slingshot their way by other cars using the slipstream. In Monday’s penultimate practice session, overtaking looked easy enough, but we will have to wait until the race itself to know for sure.

In qualifying last weekend, Ed Carpenter took his third Indy 500 pole position after a stunning lap in his #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. However, despite starting at the front twice before, Ed has yet to finish an Indy 500 any higher than fifth place.

When he started on pole in 2013, Carpenter slipped down the order to tenth. He got pole again the following year, but he failed to finish the 2014 race after colliding with James Hinchcliffe. This year, Ed will be at the front at the drop of the green flag yet again, but he will be hoping to finally be at the front when the all-important chequered flag flies after five-hundred miles of racing. Keep another eye on his team-mates too, with both Spencer Pigot and the returning Danica Patrick also starting inside the top ten in fast cars.

Team Penske were right on the coat-tails of Carpenter in qualifying. Simon Pagenaud and Will Power will share the front-row with Ed, with Josef Newgarden fourth and Helio Castronevesfurther back in ninth.

For Castroneves, a fourth Indy 500 win on Sunday would be an amazing way to perhaps cap-off his full-time IndyCar career. He was moved over to Penske’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme this year, meaning he is only racing in IndyCar for this month before returning to endurance racing. A win for Helio would be a popular one for the fans, but it would certainly be an emotional moment for the Brazilian veteran himself.

For the remaining three Penske drivers, a win on Sunday would be their first at the Brickyard. An Indy 500 win has so far eluded Power in his ten previous attempts, with fellow series champions Pagenaud and Newgarden hoping to add the historic race win to their impressive resumes. All are capable of accomplishing it if the cards fall their way on Sunday.

Another team expected to do well this weekend is Andretti Autosport. Andretti drivers have won the last two Indy 500’s, but the team has not really shown the pace to do so again in practice so far. Not one of their five drivers made it into the “Fast Nine.” In particular, Alexander Rossi will start all the way down in thirty-second place after a problem on his qualifying run. It will be interesting to see whether the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner can charge through the field to be in contention again.

Finally, keep an eye on the rookies in the field. It is often said that the circuit itself chooses who will win. On numerous occasions, fate has chosen a rookie driver; most recently with Rossi two years ago. A number of the rookie drivers in the field have been impressive so far this month, with Matheus Leist, Zachary Claman De Melo and Kyle Kaiser starting further up than perhaps expected, with all three inside the top twenty.

However, don’t count out Robert Wickens either. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have had a tough time this month, with James Hinchcliffe being shockingly and emotionally bumped from the field and Wickens crashing in Monday’s practice session. Don’t rule-out Wickens bouncing back to finish strongly, though.

The Canadian rookie has been the sensation of the season so far after nearly winning from pole on debut at St. Petersburg and finishing on the podium at ISM Raceway and in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. There is every chance that Robert could be in the mix this weekend to, not only take his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory, but also take the win in one of the most famous races in the world.

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 will be the sixth race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and 23rd sanctioned as part of the Indy Racing League/IndyCar Series. There were four different winners in the first five races of the season. For the second year in a row, Sébastien Bourdais won the season opener at St. Petersburg. Once again, Bourdais won in surprising fashion, taking the lead after the leaders collided on a late-race restart. It was also Bourdais’ first victory since suffering injuries in a crash during qualifying for the 2017 Indy 500. Josef Newgarden won at Phoenix, Alexander Rossi won at Long Beach, and Newgarden won again at Birmingham. To begin the month of May, Will Power won the IndyCar Grand Prix, his third win in the event.

Offseason changes included Chip Ganassi Racing, which dropped down to two cars only (Scott Dixon and Ed Jones). Team Penske also dropped down from four full-time cars to three. Hélio Castroneves switched to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will race at Indianapolis only. Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, however, was left out of a ride for the 2018 race.

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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.

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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.

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When the checkered flags are waved over Sunday afternoon’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, they will also wave over the 54th and final (for now) airing of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on ABC. It will mark the end of the second-longest marriage of a sporting event and television network, trailing only The Masters on CBS. From a handful of film cameras to video to on-board cameras to the 90-plus HD cameras that will be pointed at the track this weekend, the eyes of ABC have always been on the Speedway.

As the winning driver and crew weep tears of joy and gulp down milk, the production crew in the trucks and trailers of the massive television compound — located not too far from Victory Lane — will also weep, though not from joy, and that evening they too will gulp, though it won’t be milk.

This is the part where I tell you that ABC and ESPN are owned by the same company. This is also the part where I tell you that I shall be among those selfishly sad that the ABC-Indy 500 partnership will end (for now).

Not that my friends at NBC won’t do a great job. I know that they will because, like my colleagues in the ESPN/ABC truck, they care deeply for the event. They can’t believe they get to be a part of it every May, a contributor to the sights, sounds and memories that make it the planet’s greatest race.

That’s why my emotions on Sunday evening won’t really be about business or not being called to write feature scripts for next year’s telecast. No matter your employer, if you are a sports fan, then ABC and Indy is all you’ve ever known. ABC is the only national network that has ever aired the race.

Because of that, the voices and graphics and music have become as much a part of the Indianapolis 500 experience as the Purdue marching band and “Back Home Again in Indiana.” For most people, the only reason they even know about that band and that song is because ABC’s cameras have brought them into our homes, like clockwork, to kick off summer.

Here are some of my personal favorite greatest moments during the 53 years that ABC cameras have been pointed at the Brickyard. Here’s hoping that Sunday will gift us with a day great enough to be added to this list.

1965: The revolution will be televised

The first Indy 500 imagery that was broadcast into America’s living rooms was of an event in heavy transition. The last section of bricks had been covered with blacktop only a few years before. The 1964 race, A.J. Foyt’s first victory, was marred by tragedy during an auto racing season so bloody it spurred calls from Capitol Hill that the sport be banned altogether. But the ’65 race marked a turning point — actually, a bunch of them.

This was the year that proved to be the last stand of the old Indy guard, the ones who still raced and defended the honor of the classic front-engine roadsters. For two years, the Offey-powered old-school set fended off their fancier counterparts. They crowed, “Rear engine cars are for men who liked to be pushed around.”

Dan Gurney, who helped bring the new cars to Indy in ’63, talked of the inevitable “death of the dinosaurs.” F1 legend Jimmy Clark, with the NASCAR legend Wood Brothers pitting his car, smoked the field by leading all but 10 laps and defeating Parnelli Jones by nearly two minutes. The front-engine dinosaurs had indeed been run into the tar pits. A kid named Mario Andretti also made his 500 debut, finishing third to grab Rookie of the Year. It all happened on ABC.

However, it didn’t happen live. The network recorded the race with only three cameras and local broadcaster Charlie Brockman on the microphone. Brockman was a natural choice, having been the play-by-play voice of live, closed-circuit Indy 500 productions, which could be viewed by race fans who purchased a movie-theater ticket. ABC’s Wide World of Sports aired the race one week later, edited down to an hour and intercut with the World Pocket Billiards Championship in New York. The man on the mic at that event was Jim McKay.

1967: In living color

McKay moved into the booth, replacing his longtime ABC colleague Chris Schenkel. Although Schenkel did only one year of play-by-play, he was hugely instrumental in the 500 being televised. It was Schenkel, an Indiana native, who talked his good friend and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman into doing the first shows with ABC. Hulman was convinced that TV would wreck his ticket sales. It didn’t.

McKay called the action as Jones sent a new sound into the ABC microphones, the whoosh of his turbine-engine-powered machine. Unfortunately, that machine broke, handing Foyt his second win via what might still be the most dramatic, made-for-Hollywood Indy 500 call of them all. On the race’s final lap, a multicar crash broke out on the front stretch right in front of Foyt. McKay looked into the spinning cars and wondered aloud if Super Tex could make it through. Then the red No. 14 Ford emerged from the smoke, with Foyt’s hand waving to signal that he was OK.

“And there he is! A.J. Foyt will win the Indianapolis 500!”

“I think people who remember my wins remember them as much for Jim McKay as they do for A.J. Foyt,” Foyt said. “What I like about Jim was that he really loved Indianapolis. You could really tell. He became part of the family around here.”

McKay worked 20 Indy 500s in all, 18 in the booth and two as host.

As the years went on, the broadcast team grew. Roone Arledge, the godfather of Wide World of Sports and just-born Monday Night Football, took over as executive producer and expanded the on-air stable from McKay and legendary racing journalist Chris Economaki in 1970 to a whopping seven men one year later.

Schenkel returned as host, F1 champion and he of the great Scottish brogue Jackie Stewart was added to the booth, and Economaki was joined on pit road by Bill Flemming and Keith Jackson. Yes, that Keith Jackson. Looking back, even that legendary group is overshadowed by a local broadcaster listed as “Turn Reporter,” though he overshadowed no one then.

“About a third of the way into the race, Mario Andretti spun,” the reporter, David Letterman, recalled in 2014. The late-night TV icon has co-owned an IndyCar team since 1996. “So now, he’s walking back toward the pits, and I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh God, don’t come anywhere near me, please God, don’t let him come anywhere near me’ … So, bless his heart, he walks right over to me, and I’m thinking, ‘He doesn’t know that I don’t know what I’m doing.'”

On the telecast (I just watched it on ESPN+), you see Andretti walk over as Letterman asks, “Mario, what happened?!” and then, “What about the traffic, the faster ones coming up to the slower ones now?!”

“Well, uh, that’s the normal pace of the race,” Andretti answers, politely but dismissively. “This you see everywhere. That’s no particular problem.”

Then he walks away as the just-turned-24 Letterman says, “Thank you very much, Mario Andretti …”

“I was scared silly,” Letterman confessed. “I was in production meeting with Jim McKay, for heaven’s sakes. And on race day, I was dropped off nearly three miles from the Speedway, so I spent a lovely morning strolling through the drunken zombies in my navy ABC Sports blazer … but I was on cloud nine for the rest of the summer because I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been on network television.’ Now, nobody knows that really. A lot of people saw it, but nobody knows it was me. But by God, I knew it was me.”

1975: Whoa, Nellie!

Jackson worked a pair of 500s, as a pit reporter in 1971 and play-by-play in ’75, pressed into service when McKay sat out. There was nary a “Whoa, Nellie!” but the tenor of his voice certainly reached Rose Bowl levels when Tom Sneva went airborne on fire in Turn 2 and when Bobby Unser captured the second of his three 500 wins in the pouring rain.

“I wasn’t there but for a minute,” Jackson recalled of Indianapolis during a phone conversation in 2014. “But when you receive an assignment like Indy, there’s a responsibility you feel. It’s a place that was there long before us and will be there after we’re all gone. When it’s your turn to pass through, you just say thanks for the chance and try not to mess it up.”

1982: Here comes the hammer

Forced onto pit road with mechanical issues, Foyt was captured by ABC’s cameras climbing out of his car, yelling at his pit crew to get out of the way, asking for a hammer and fixing the car himself. As the crowd went crazy, McKay declared, “This man is a throwback to the days of Barney Oldfield and Ralph DePalma!” Many people recall that as their favorite Foyt moment at Indy, even above his four wins.

1987: Uncle Bobby and Big Al

In 1986, ABC’s Indy 500 coverage went live flag-to-flag for the first time, and the broadcast team was shaping up into the group that most race fans still talk about today. McKay was working his final 500 as host. Jim Lampley worked play-by-play but would be replaced by Paul Page, anchor of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. In the pits was Jack Arute, in his fourth year, and in the booth with Lampley was Sam Posey, now the lead motorsports analyst for ABC Sports.

But the move that still resonates to this day was the addition of Bobby Unser alongside Posey in the booth.

“Hell, I never wanted to do TV. What did I know about TV?” Unser recalled in his motor home Thursday afternoon. “But I broke my leg, and I wasn’t making any money sitting at home, so CBS called and wanted me to work some races. I did. And I wasn’t half bad at it. I had just been in a race car, so I was fresh from the butcher. I had just been out there on the track with these same guys, and I could see what was going to happen. So ABC called, and I was like, ‘OK, let’s go to Indianapolis!'”

Roberto Guerrero dominated the day. Meanwhile, Bobby’s little brother, Al, was scooting around in a secondhand ride, seemingly well off the pace. When ABC hit a commercial break, Bobby warned everyone in the booth and the production truck that his brother could win, especially if Guerrero made a mistake in the pits … and when he was leading a race, Guerrero was prone to make nervous mistakes.

“They looked at me like I was crazy as hell,” Bobby recalled. “Then, guess what? Roberto made a mistake. And guess who won the race?”

Big Al crossed the finish line to join Foyt as a four-time winner. ABC cameras immediately cut to the booth as Bobby received congratulations from Lampley and Posey. In Victory Lane, milk still in hand, Arute passed his headset and microphone over to Al. From the booth, Bobby said, “The family is proud of you.”

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin didn’t need to say a word to each other after the Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win over the Lightning on Wednesday.

“We just kind of looked at each other,” Backstrom said of his teammate since he entered the league with the Capitals in 2007. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and now we’re here in the finals and we’re going to do everything we can to do something special here for us, for the team and for the city of Washington.”

Fans in the nation’s capital were loud enough for both of them. More than 10,000 supporters, tortured by more than a decade of cheering for a regular-season juggernaut that consistently crashed and burned in the playoffs, celebrated inside Capital One Arena as they watched the game on the scoreboard before taking the celebration outside.

It’s no surprise in a city so starved for sports success.

Washington never has won a Stanley Cup, and its only other trip to the finals was in 1998. The Capitals had failed to get out of the second round of the playoffs since Ovechkin joined the team in 2005.

The Redskins last won a Super Bowl in 1992. The Wizards haven’t won an NBA championship since they were called the Bullets in 1978, and the Nationals, like the Capitals a regular-season force the past few years, have yet to win a title. The Senators did win the 1924 World Series.

The Capitals hope to end the title drought against a Golden Knights team that’s without a championship since joining the league all the way back in October.

“Wearing this (Eastern Conference champions) hat and T-shirt is a dream come true, but we’re not there yet,” forward Andre Burakovsky said after scoring two goals in Game 7. “We have a long way to go. We’re playing a really good team here, so we’re going to just enjoy this moment for a bit and then go right back to work.”

The Capitals weren’t ready to start breaking down the matchup against Vegas immediately after the win over Tampa Bay. But they do remember they went 0-2 against the Golden Knights in the regular season.

It’s an unusual matchup,” forward T.J. Oshie said. “I think the last 10 years have been dominated by a couple teams here, but you’ve seen what they were able to do in the regular season and especially what they’ve been able to do in these playoffs. They’re going to be a tough test.”

That test will come against some familiar faces. Former teammate Nate Schmidt is on the top defensive pairing for the Knights after being taken in the expansion draft by general manager George McPhee, who was the Capitals’ GM for 17 years.

“It’s special,” Backstrom said. “He (McPhee) was here for a long time, and he drafted a lot of us.”

McPhee’s Capitals teams had a lot of regular-season success. Now either he will finally lift the Stanley Cup or watch the team he helped assemble reach its expectations.

“I’m happy for us and proud of the guys here,” Oshie said. “I’m happy for the fans, too. They’ve been through some tough times with us and with teams in the past.”

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Capitals finally fulfill expectations, await Golden Knights

TAMPA, Fla. — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin didn’t need to say a word to each other after the Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win over the Lightning on Wednesday.

“We just kind of looked at each other,” Backstrom said of his teammate since he entered the league with the Capitals in 2007. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and now we’re here in the finals and we’re going to do everything we can to do something special here for us, for the team and for the city of Washington.”

Fans in the nation’s capital were loud enough for both of them. More than 10,000 supporters, tortured by more than a decade of cheering for a regular-season juggernaut that consistently crashed and burned in the playoffs, celebrated inside Capital One Arena as they watched the game on the scoreboard before taking the celebration outside.

It’s no surprise in a city so starved for sports success.

Washington never has won a Stanley Cup, and its only other trip to the finals was in 1998. The Capitals had failed to get out of the second round of the playoffs since Ovechkin joined the team in 2005.

The Redskins last won a Super Bowl in 1992. The Wizards haven’t won an NBA championship since they were called the Bullets in 1978, and the Nationals, like the Capitals a regular-season force the past few years, have yet to win a title. The Senators did win the 1924 World Series.

The Capitals hope to end the title drought against a Golden Knights team that’s without a championship since joining the league all the way back in October.

“Wearing this (Eastern Conference champions) hat and T-shirt is a dream come true, but we’re not there yet,” forward Andre Burakovsky said after scoring two goals in Game 7. “We have a long way to go. We’re playing a really good team here, so we’re going to just enjoy this moment for a bit and then go right back to work.”

The Capitals weren’t ready to start breaking down the matchup against Vegas immediately after the win over Tampa Bay. But they do remember they went 0-2 against the Golden Knights in the regular season.

It’s an unusual matchup,” forward T.J. Oshie said. “I think the last 10 years have been dominated by a couple teams here, but you’ve seen what they were able to do in the regular season and especially what they’ve been able to do in these playoffs. They’re going to be a tough test.”

That test will come against some familiar faces. Former teammate Nate Schmidt is on the top defensive pairing for the Knights after being taken in the expansion draft by general manager George McPhee, who was the Capitals’ GM for 17 years.

“It’s special,” Backstrom said. “He (McPhee) was here for a long time, and he drafted a lot of us.”

McPhee’s Capitals teams had a lot of regular-season success. Now either he will finally lift the Stanley Cup or watch the team he helped assemble reach its expectations.

“I’m happy for us and proud of the guys here,” Oshie said. “I’m happy for the fans, too. They’ve been through some tough times with us and with teams in the past.”

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Capitals finally fulfill expectations, await Golden Knights

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 begins Monday, May 28, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a two-hour edition of NHL Live. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all Stanley Cup Final games.

The Washington Capitals advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1998 following a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on NBCSN. Alex Ovechkin scored his 12th goal of the postseason less than a minute into the first period, teammate Andre Burakovsky scored twice in the second period and goaltender Braden Holtby made 29 saves to record his second consecutive shutout.

Following are quotes from tonight’s Game 7:

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick on Ovechkin following Game 7: “As you see Ovechkin go through the line, there is a respect that has come to him league-wide this year, not just from athletes, but for the performance that he has put on from the very beginning.”

Added analyst Eddie Olczyk: “Alexander Ovechkin was outstanding from start to finish.”

Emrick on the Capitals advancing to the Stanley Cup Final: “What a great night this is for D.C. Crossing all of those bridges thus far, and now just one more to go.”

Olczyk on the intrigue of the Washington-Vegas matchup: “Styles of play, the quickness, the goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury. The Washington Capitals are a lot quicker than people realize. The size, the heaviness and facing adversity a lot in these playoffs.”

Mike Milbury on Alex Ovechkin’s postseason: “Never seen him play better. There’s no DOUBT he has refined his game, but still kept that same sort of energy and that same sort of passion.”

Keith Jones on Ovechkin’s performance in Game 7: “I thought (Ovechkin) set the tone in this game, scoring the goal, reacting with great emotion as he has done throughout the playoffs. The captain has been a very determined athlete.”

This marks the Capitals’ second Stanley Cup Final berth overall and the first during the Ovechkin era. The 13-year veteran is tied for the 10th-most postseason games played prior to making an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. In its only Stanley Cup Final appearance, Washington lost three games by one goal in a four-game sweep by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

With a series-clinching win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 on Sunday, the Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. Vegas is led by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who recorded his 74th career postseason victory on Sunday, and Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the team in both goals (eight) and points (18) this postseason.

Vegas defeated Washington in both meetings during the regular season, including a narrow 4-3 victory over the Capitals on Feb. 4 in Capital One Arena. Fleury combined for 46 saves on 49 shots in the two contests and recorded one shutout.

Following is the full telecast schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with networks and start times. Pre-game coverage will begin each night with NHL LIVE at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., May 28 Game 1 – Washington at Vegas NBC 8 p.m.
Wed., May 30 Game 2 – Washington at Vegas NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., June 2 Game 3 – Vegas at Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., June 4 Game 4 – Vegas at Washington NBC 8 p.m.
Thur., June 7 Game 5 – Washington at Vegas* NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., June 10 Game 6 – Vegas at Washington* NBC 8 p.m.
Wed., June 13 Game 7 – Washington at Vegas* NBC 8 p.m.

*if necessary

2018 STANLEY CUP FINAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL – THURSDAY, MAY 24, AT 4 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ Analyst) and Mike Milbury (analyst), as well as executive producer Sam Flood will preview the upcoming 2018 Stanley Cup Final on a media conference call Thursday, May 24, at 4 p.m. ET.

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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.