Expects Arsenal fight
Guardiola says Bayern Munich players to brace themselves for a difficult game against Arsenal:
For them, they have an advantage because they have to win, when that happens with these kind of players, and the history of this club, they are going to make the best performance possible. I don’t expect anything other than a fight for the 90 minutes. We have to look for another way to compete against them because of the enthusiasm they will have, so we will have to be intelligent and control our game. Of course I prefer to come here with six points, but I can imagine my team with zero points and playing in Germany against Arsenal. I can imagine the mentality of my team – we would be an animal, because it is our last chance, you give everything and that will happen with Arsenal, so you have to be prepared.
Must also attack against Bayern
Wenger believes playing too defensively against Bayern could prove fatal.
I would sign today to take a point but to sit off Bayern. But with their offensive quality, that would be difficult to maintain for 90 minutes. We have to relieve the pressure whenever we can and try to score goals. That is the structure of our team, to attack. If you get our players only to defend then I do not think we will be so efficient. We have to play every time we can.
He also says the team has ‘stabilized’
[The victory against Swansea City] was impressive because if you look at our away results since the start of the season, we have won at Crystal Palace and Watford, at Newcastle and at Swansea. So it looks like the team has stabilised and is growing as a unit. So let’s grow even more. We are certainly more stable defensively but that is from the start of January. If you look at the points we have taken from January 1, we have taken more points than anyone else.
AIK 1-2 IFK Göteborg
Henok Goitom scores the first goal for AIK, in the first period, followed two minutes by a goal by IFK Göteborg’s Gustav Engvall. In the second period Engvall scores another goal. The game finishes 1-2. Engvall:
It feels great for both me and the team.
England 2-0 Switzerland
England beat Switzerland in the European Championship Qualifiers. Kane scores in 67 minutes. Skipper Rooney scores a penalty with six minutes to go, breaking Bobby’s Charlton’s record with 50 goals in 107 matches. Manager Hodgson:
I wasn’t at all satisfied with the first half. But Wayne is the story of the night. I’m still happy too that despite not playing anywhere near our best we were still able to win the game against a good team. We are so delighted for Wayne. We made a small presentation in the dressing room to Wayne, a football shirt with 50 on the back. He gave a very good speech in accepting that. I don’t think Sir Bobby Charlton will be too disappointed.
Serena beats sister in U.S. Open
Serena wins the U.S. Open quarterfinal against her sister Venus. 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Serena is 16-11 in their all-in-the-family matches, including 9-5 in majors and 3-2 at the U.S. Open. Serena:
Obviously we are very, very tough competitors on the court, but once the match is over, the second it’s done, you know, we’re sisters, we’re roommates, and we’re all that.
They both played their best. If they were feeling uncomfortable with playing each other, they could not play at that level.
Bowled out in 60 runs
RiverDogs 2-1 Greenville Drive
The RiverDogs take the lead in the bottom of the third. Greenville ties the game at the top of the fifth, but the RiverDogs take the lead and keep it in the bottom of the fifth for a final score of 2-1 RiverDogs.
Greenville Drive 10-2 Riverdogs
Riverdogs score two points early, but Greenville answers back with ten of their own to finish with 10-2. The win for the Drive breaks their seven game losing streak.
Riverdogs 7-2 Greenville Drive
Riverdogs win against the Greenville Drive 7-2. This is the first time that the Riverdogs have won back-to-back in July, and is Greenville drive’s seventh consecutive loss. Thompson has three of Charleston’s 12 hits.
RiverDogs 8-7 Shorebirds
RiverDogs win the first series finale game against the Shorebirds. In the last inning, Wincon earns his second save of the season and Mateo runs in the last score. Unfortunately, because of the two-hour rain delay, the scheduled fireworks is moved to Saturday. However, ticket holders will be able to use their ticket on another RiverDogs game of their choice according to their site.
Warriors 104-91 Cavaliers Game 5
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and take the 3-2 series lead. Curry drops 37 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. James puts up 40 points, 11 assists, and 14 rebounds. Curry:
It was a fun moment, but it will only mean something — and I’ll probably have a better answer for that question after we win that championship — but signature moments only come for players who are holding the trophy
James, despite being on the brink of elimination:
I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world
Warriors 103-82 Cavaliers Game 4
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and tie the series at 2-2. For the Warriors, Curry puts up 22 points and 7 assists, and Iguodala puts up 22 points and 8 rebounds. For the Cavaliers, James has 20 points, 8 assists, and 12 rebounds. Mozgov also contributes 28 points and 10 rebounds. Curry:
Tonight we came in with the mentality that we had to win this game
Iguodala on guarding James:
Make him work as hard as possible. Make him take tough shots. You look at his strengths, you look at his weaknesses, and you try to take him out of his comfort zone. Sounds easier said than done, but we all have a lot of talent and when we go out there we want to make our stamp on the game.
Offensively we were terrible. Sometimes, your offense just doesn’t show up.
Cavaliers 96-91 Warriors Game 3
The Cavaliers defeat the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. James scores 40 points and also has 8 assists and 12 rebounds. Dellavedova contributes 20 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds in the victory. For the Warriors, Curry puts up 26 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. James:
I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win. It’s the Finals, and it’s whatever it takes. This is a totally different challenge.
I think I found something when it comes to how I’m going to be able to attack their pick-and-rolls. I’ll keep that in the memory bank going into Game 4.
Cavaliers 95-93 Warriors Game 2
The Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors to tie the series 1-1. James leads the Cavaliers with a triple-double, putting up 39 points, 11 assists, and 16 rebounds. For the Warriors, Thompson puts up 34 points and 5 rebounds. Curry, despite having 19 points, is only 5-23 from the field. Curry:
Shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off. That doesn’t usually happen. Mechanically, I don’t know if there is an explanation for it. Just didn’t have a rhythm and didn’t find one the whole game.
I tried to give it all to my teammates. And they do a great job of giving it back to me. Total team effort. To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time.
Warriors 108-100 Cavaliers Game 1
In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in OT. Curry leads the Warriors with 20 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. James drops 44 points, 6 assists, and 8 rebounds for the Cavaliers. James:
I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before. It’s a make-or-miss league, and we had our chances.
Curry on the overtime:
It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win.
Warriors 104-90 Rockets Game 5
The Warriors win 104-90. Curry scores 26 points and Barnes scores 24 points. Howard scores 18 points and 16 rebounds, Harden scores 14 points for the Rockets. Golden State win West Finals 4-1. The Warriors gets in the Nba Finals first time in 40 years and plays The Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry on NBA Finals:
Why not us? The Bay Area’s been waiting for 40 years. I think it’s time.
On two-year-old Riley:
I think she’s taking advantage of the moment for sure.
Harden on Game 5 loss:
Tried to do a little bit too much and turned the ball over and gave them easy baskets in transition. This isn’t where we wanted to end at. It’s a really good season for us. Next year we want to be better, and we will.
Coach McHale on Rockets:
The guys fought hard. One thing about the team is that they were battlers, and a lot of guys in that room you feel pretty comfortable going to war with.
Cavaliers 118-88 Hawks Game 4
The Cavaliers win 118-88. James scores 23 points, Smith scores 18 points and Thompson scores 16 points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 17 points and Millsap scores 16 points for the Hawks. Cleveland wins East Series 4-0. James on NBA Finals:
I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business…I understood what these people were going through, the people here. Not only in Cleveland but Northeast Ohio and all over the world who love and bleed wine and gold. To be at this point tonight, it’s very emotional.
We’re in Cleveland. Nothing is easy here.
Rockets 128-115 Warriors Game 4
The Rockets win 128-115. Harden scores 45 points, Howard scores 14 points and 12 rebounds. Thompson scores 24 points, Curry scores 23 points and Green scores 21 points for the Warriors. Golden State leads West Finals 3-1. Coach McHale on James:
James had a phenomenal game.
Curry on concussion:
It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked. But I’ll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go … since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse.
Harden on Game 4:
I always want to take it out on my opponent in a good way. Just being aggressive, taking shots, getting to the basket, not really forcing anything and allowing the game to come to me.
Howard on possible game suspension:
I hope not. But there’s nothing I can do about it at this point. It’s never my intention to hurt anybody on the floor. My reaction was to try to get him off me, but I can’t react that way.
Cavaliers 114-111Hawks Game 3
The Cavaliers win 114-111. James scores 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, Dellavedova scores 17 points and Smith scores 17 points. Teague scores 30 points and Millsap scores 22 points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 3-0. James on Game 3:
I gave everything I have.
On exhaustion colapse:
I’ve been better. I play to exhaustion. I give as much as I can give, and sometimes the body just shuts down…In overtime I asked to come out, but I actually had a second thought. I wouldn’t have felt right about the situation. It was mind over matter there for me. I’m playing through a lot but it doesn’t matter. If I’m putting on the uniform and I’m on the floor, I have to make things happen for our team. It’s that simple.
Coach Blatt on James:
He just wouldn’t let us lose.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 3 loss:
I’m very proud of the way our guys competed.
Warriors 115-80 Rockets Game 3
The Warriors win 115-80. Curry scores 40 points, Thompson scores 17 points and Green scores 17 points, 13 rebounds. Harden scores 17 points and Howard scores 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets. Golden State leads West Finals 3-0. Coach Kerr on Curry:
He’s had a brilliant season. The shooting is hard to describe because I don’t think we’ve ever seen anybody shoot the ball the way Steph does off the dribble, off the catch.
Curry on Game 3:
We understand it’s a special moment, it’s just we’re wrapped up in our day to day grind of preparing for games and going out and exerting all the effort we need to make this story happen. So it’s kind of hard to remove yourself from those emotions.
Howard on Game 3 loss:
We just can’t quit on each other. We’ve come too far. We’ve been through too many battles to just allow it to end like tonight … we’ve just got to man up.