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Thunder roar to leave Warriors on brink in Western Conference finals

  • Oklahoma City lead series 3-1 after 118-94 victory
  • NBA champion Warriors one game from playoffs
  • Russell Westbrook records triple double in blowout win

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals and put the defending NBA champions on the brink of elimination.

It was Westbrook’s first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season. Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

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Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA playoffs – live!

The Warriors are 2-1 down in the series, but Draymond Green is available to play. Can the NBA champions draw level in Game 4? Find out with Hunter Felt

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Warriors 8-22 Thunder, 5:41, 1st quarter

That’s exactly how OKC needed to play to start this game off if they can keep it…

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Warriors 8-15 Thunder, 7:03, 1st quarter

Durant gets fouled and gets on the line, where he hits both free throws. Green misses a three-pointer for Golden State, while Westbrook assists Durant for a basket.

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José Mourinho has same traits as Louis van Gaal, says Ronald de Boer

• ‘You hate or love’ man expected to be next Manchester United manager
• ‘Sometimes it is not pretty but he knows how to grind out wins’

Ronald de Boer has warned Manchester United that José Mourinho possesses the same traits as Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal was widely criticised for overseeing an uninspiring style of football and for a reported dictatorial manner during his two years in charge and Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as his successor.

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Mourinho and Man Utd talks continue

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are set to enter a second day of talks, with the Portuguese expected to become the club’s next manager this week.Mo…

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Lee Westwood admits he doubted his game before finishing second at Masters

• ‘When you haven’t played well, then you do start to have doubts’
• Westwood now hoping to secure 10th straight appearance at Ryder Cup

The former world No1 Lee Westwood admits he had doubts about his ability to compete at the top level again before finishing second in the Masters to Danny Willett.

Westwood gave up his PGA Tour membership last year as he went through a divorce from his wife of 16 years, Laurae, moving back to the UK from their home in Florida to be close to their two children.

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José Mourinho may bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United

• Swedish striker is a free agent after leaving PSG
• Ibrahimovic available and favours a move to Manchester

José Mourinho has prioritised the signing of an A-list centre-forward when he becomes Manchester United manager, with the Portuguese considering a move for the free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose favoured destination is Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s decision to target an elite striker in the summer market confirms Wayne Rooney will no longer regularly play in attack. The captain has previously acknowledged Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are now better suited to the No9 role.

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Uefa to hold hearing into Mamadou Sakho’s failed drug test for Liverpool

• Defender likely to discover next week if he must serve lengthy ban
• Suspension may have an impact on Jürgen Klopp’s transfer plans

Uefa will hold a disciplinary hearing into Mamadou Sakho’s failed drugs test on Thursday, with the Liverpool defender likely to discover next week whether he must serve a lengthy suspension from the game.

Related: Liverpool sign Loris Karius from Mainz to be Anfield’s new No1

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Chris Ashton’s decision not to tour with Saxons was cleared with Eddie Jones

• Mark McCall says wing’s rejection was because wife is expecting baby
• Saracens’ director of rugby believes Ashton’s England career is far from over

Chris Ashton’s decision not to tour South Africa with the England Saxons this summer was not an emotional reaction to his omission from the senior England tour of Australia. According to Mark McCall, his director of rugby at Saracens, his England career is far from over.

“I think he’s playing too well and is too young and hungry for that,” McCall said. “Eddie [Jones, the England head coach] has shown he is prepared to give people second chances and they can change his mind quickly. Consistent form will hopefully get him back in there.”

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Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles tabbed to host Super Bowls in 2019, 2020, 2021

Atlanta to host Super Bowl LIV in February 2019Miami to host Super Bowl LV in February 2020Los Angeles to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2021If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come.Three times over. Continue reading…

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No real surprises in Queensland’s State of Origin squad – why would there be?

The post-Meninga era begins with an old look for the Maroons, whose selectors had a relatively simple job given the wealth of talent available to them

If imagining the NSW Origin selectors’ meeting conjures an image of a round table of haggard faces, an overflowing ashtray and a knee-deep drift of crumpled notepaper, the Queensland equivalent brings to mind a convivial afternoon drink in the sunshine and a single beer coaster on which is written a list of names in permanent marker. A few of them may be followed by question marks, sure, but you suspect that’s only so that the selectors can provide evidence of work – and thus claim their bar tab as a tax deduction.

Related: Queensland name two debutants for State of Origin opener

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GB athletes set to pick up 2008 Olympic medals won by Russian dope cheats

• Goldie Sayers and 4x400m men’s relay team could be awarded bronze medals
• Of 14 Russian retrospective dopers from Beijing 11 are track and field athletes

Britain could be awarded medals eight years after the Beijing Olympics following revelations that 14 Russian Olympians are among the 31 retrospective dopers from 2008.

Goldie Sayers, who was fourth in the javelin, and Britain’s 4x400m men’s relay team – Martyn Rooney, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Andrew Steele – who also finished fourth, could be bumped up to medal status after prohibited substances were allegedly found in samples from rivals who were placed above them.

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Johanna Konta and Laura Robson frozen out in bitter cold at French Open

• British No1 Konta beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Julia Görges
• Robson ‘excited’ about grass season after losing to Andrea Petkovic

Angelique Kerber, still searching for the form that won her the Australian Open this year, was the first major casualty in the women’s draw on day three of the French Open and she was joined soon enough by Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, who both fell to German opponents.

Konta’s was the biggest British disappointment, given her encouraging climb to 20 in the world over the past year and a good run at the Australian Open, although there was not a lot she could do about the 30 winners that the world No57, Julia Görges, blasted past her in 64 minutes out on Court 14 towards the end of a miserably cold Tuesday afternoon.

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Johanna Konta and Laura Robson frozen out in bitter cold at French Open

• British No1 Konta beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Julia Görges
• Robson ‘excited’ about grass season after losing to Andrea Petkovic

Angelique Kerber, still searching for the form that won her the Australian Open this year, was the first major casualty in the women’s draw on day three of the French Open and she was joined soon enough by Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, who both fell to German opponents.

Konta’s was the biggest British disappointment, given her encouraging climb to 20 in the world over the past year and a good run at the Australian Open, although there was not a lot she could do about the 30 winners that the world No57, Julia Görges, blasted past her in 64 minutes out on Court 14 towards the end of a miserably cold Tuesday afternoon.

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Graham Gooch hits the nail on the head when it comes to taking guard | Mike Selvey

The former England captain says where a batsman stands at the crease is irrelevant, the key is to make sure the eyeline is on off stump

I have been enjoying a correspondence with an elderly reader from Hull, a hobby artist, who sent me a small watercolour that he did recently. It shows a batsman, new to the crease, taking guard. “Middle and leg, please,” he is saying to the umpire. It resonated. According to cricketarchive.com, my go-to place for such trivia, I would have taken guard 546 times in first-class and List A matches, and always, without fail it was middle and leg. Or “two legs” for no better reason than it was the only time when a batsman could legitimately put up two fingers to the umpire. Then, in the manner of countless others, I would make a scratch mark precisely where others had already done so.

The arrival of that small painting, though, is the first time that I have really questioned why I actually took that specific guard. And once I had been given it, what then did I do? Was the toe of the bat placed on it the stance? Or was it a marker for the feet?

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Traditional football supporters priced out | Letters

Your editorial (This ruthless ousting shows where football’s priorities lie, 24 May) sums up a growing view among supporters: namely that match-going fans are being exploited unnecessarily. With the vast amounts of television money going to every Premier League club, most have spurned the opportunity to reward fans, and indeed grass-roots football, by cutting significantly ticket prices, and by subsidising football in local areas, perhaps by funding all referees’ match fees in local leagues.

I am a lifelong Southampton fan, but I am not renewing my season ticket, because I resent seeing the bulk of the television money going into the pockets of players and agents. The clubs do not need the income from tickets to survive, as they once did.

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Andy Murray slams ‘simply untrue’ rumours of rift with Amélie Mauresmo

• Mauresmo had appeared to suggest she split with Murray over his behaviour
• ‘That is not true,’ says Murray. ‘Me and Amélie have a very good relationship’

Andy Murray survived a draining examination by 37-year-old Radek Stepanek to squeeze into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday – and then he addressed a court of an altogether different kind to bury the myth that Amélie Mauresmo had quit as his coach because of his on-court behaviour.

Related: Andy Murray fights back to beat Stepanek in five sets at French Open

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England’s Reece Topley ruled out for three months with back injury

• Topley misses the five ODIs and the T20 game against Sri Lanka
• Durham’s Ben Stokes also ruled out for rest of Sri Lanka tour after surgery

Reece Topley has been ruled out for three months with a “partial stress fracture of the lumbar spine” and the England left‑armer will miss the five-match one‑day international series and one-off Twenty20 against Sri Lanka during June and July.

Related: England’s Ben Stokes set to miss second Test with Chris Woakes pencilled in

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José Mourinho just the man to shake Manchester United out of their torpor | David Hytner

The former Chelsea manager is sure to make sweeping changes at Old Trafford but like his predecessor, Louis van Gaal, he emphasises discipline and analysis

José Mourinho smiled his winning smile and those in attendance watched his features soften. The analogy was to the family cat, when it is tickled under the chin. “I am the Happy One,” Mourinho declared, and the soundbite fizzed around the world. It was June 2013, he was back for a second spell at Chelsea – where his love affair with English football had begun – and he was making all the right noises.

The enemy of football? Come on. Mourinho had learned from his previous indiscretions, he was older, wiser and more mellow and he simply wanted to work hard to get Chelsea back on top. As ever the delivery was faultless. Mourinho can be the actor supreme or, to paraphrase his rival, Pep Guardiola, “the boss of the press room,” yet it was his next quotation which bears revisiting.

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Under-fire BHA wins right to rehearing in controversial Jim Best case

• Lewes trainer’s appeal succeeds on two grounds
• Regulator apologises and agrees to pay legal costs

The British Horseracing Authority has been granted a second chance to prove its non-trier case against the trainer Jim Best, despite having bungled an initial hearing so badly that Best’s appeal was adjudged on Tuesday to have succeeded on two grounds. The BHA had already conceded that the original disciplinary panel was tainted by an appearance of bias but was humbled again when an appeal board ruled that the reasons published after the first hearing in March were insufficient to support the verdict.

Related: Jim Best conviction to be quashed following BHA climbdown

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Buffalo Bills GM: NFL is violent and humans aren’t supposed to play

  • Doug Whaley indicates concerns over safety of football are justified
  • ‘Injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game’

If the Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley feels good about helping to put his players on the field every week during the NFL season he has a funny way of showing it.

In an interview with WGR 550 radio on Tuesday Whaley indicated he believes the widespread concerns over safety in football are justified. “This is the game of football,” he said. “Injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.”

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