NBA Opening Night 2017: Recapping the offseason and predicting final standings

Sully Akbari | A lot has changed since the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last season's NBA Finals. We saw a strong rookie class come in and surprise many in this year's NBA Summer League and witnessed one of the craziest free agency periods ever. Summer League Stars Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers in winning the Summer League title while putting on a show with each game. Some notable top performers from the Summer League include Celtics' Jayson Tatum, Spurs' Bryn Forbes, Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, Kings' De'Aaron Fox, and Trail Blazers' Caleb Swanigan. After his stellar Summer League Finals performance, Kuzma won the Summer League Championship MVP. Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Free Agency Frenzy The fun and excitement didn't end there however, as the free agency period saw top players from the Eastern Conference leaving for the already-stacked Western Conference. Two of the biggest trade acquisitions were made by the Oklahoma City Thunder when they acquired...

Tennis

On The Line Podcast episode two: Federer's Shanghai Sensation and Sharapova's Tianjin Triumph By Noel John Alberto

Oliver Dickson Jefford and I return for our second podcast with our main talking points coming from the Shanghai Rolex Masters and the Tianjin Open where Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova triumphed respectively....

NWSL

Sky Blue FC's Sam Kerr named Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year By Bianca Verar

The impressive forward has collected another accolade this year....

Tennis

2017 WTA Finals Player Profile: Caroline Wozniacki By Oliver Dickson Jefford

Following her best season since 2014, Wozniacki, a former world number one, has qualified for the year-ending tournament for the fifth time. After reaching the final seven years ago, will she be able to win the title for the first time....

Tennis

Margarita Gasparyan happy to be back playing tennis again

Don Han | Being tipped as the future of Russian women’s tennis, Margarita Gasparyan was viewed as a huge talent and possessed a famous one-handed backhand in her game, which is very rare on the tour currently. However, just when the Russian was slowly rising in the rankings, she was hit by a career-threatening knee injury which took her out of the game for more than 15 months. Notable results before injury Gasparyan was first exposed to the limelight when she stepped out on Court 1 at the Wimbledon Championships and provided a tough fight against Serena Williams in the first round but ultimately fell in straight sets despite an inspired performance. Soon later, the Russian claimed both the singles and doubles titles in Baku, allowing her to be labeled as a WTA Rising Star. Margarita Gasparyan using her famous one-handed backhand | Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe 2016 seemed to be a great year for Gasparyan after she reached the second week of a Major for the first time in her career, defeating Sara Errani, Yulia Putintseva, and Kurumi Nara to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. However, she was outclassed by Serena Williams there, winning just a mere three games. She was able to provide a huge challenge for former world number one Ana Ivanovic at the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy before trashing Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 6-1 at the Qatar Total Open after just an incredible 50 minutes. Gasparyan next held match points against then-world number ten Roberta Vinci in the second round of the...

NBA

Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis involved in altercation in practice By Christopher Jeter

This incident could have negative implications on the Bulls' starting lineup....

Tennis

WTA Moscow: Daria Kasatkina ousts compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova By Don Han

After getting past a tight first set, Daria Kasatkina got past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets to prevail in this all-Russian clash in the first round of the Kremlin Cup....

Tennis

WTA Moscow: Magdalena Rybarikova shocks Maria Sharapova in thriller By Don Han

Magdalena Rybarikova was able to convert her chances as that was the crucial factor in her huge win over home favourite Maria Sharapova in the opening round of the Kremlin Cup, triumphing in straight sets after just less than two hours of play....

Tennis

WTA Moscow: Natalia Vikhlyantseva strolls past Kaia Kanepi By Don Han

Kaia Kanepi looked nowhere near her best but Natalia Vikhlyantseva proved to be too strong for the Estonian after she prevailed with the loss of just five games after 61 minutes of play....

MLS

Portland Timbers 4-0 DC United: The good, the bad, the ugly By Paul DeBruler

The penultimate MLS match day saw the Timbers do a lot of things right. Eventually....

NWSL

Paul Riley named 2017 NWSL Coach of the Year By Cindy Lara

The North Carolina head coach wins the coaching honor after a successful 2017 season that included winning the Shield and winning 16 regular season games....

Tennis

2017 WTA Finals Player Profile: Karolina Pliskova By Don Han

Karolina Pliskova will look to battle for the WTA Finals title in Singapore after an impressive season thus far but faces some tough competition ahead....

MLS

Ola Kamara plays spoiler in Kaka's final home match By Tyler Fisher

Kaka played his final home match in an Orlando City SC kit, but his finale was spoiled by an Ola Kamara goal that gave Columbus Crew SC a win over the Lions....

NBA

New-look Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers tip-off 2017-18 NBA season By Raj Sawhney

After a summer of signings and trades, the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers will showcase their newly formed teams in the NBA season opener....
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