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Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard scores 36 despite apparent leg injury

Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard scores 36 despite apparent leg injury

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May 19 (UPI) -- Toronto star forward Kawhi Leonard appeared to suffer a leg injury after finishing a layup in the first half of the Raptors' Game 3 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Eastern Conference finals Sunday night. Leonard walked with a noticeable limp following the layup and was seen grimacing multiple times in the game, including after a late dunk that energized the crowd at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The 27-year-old forward remained in the game and didn't show any signs of being slowed by the ailment. He didn't provide any details about his injury after the contest, but said he was feeling fine. "I'm feeling alright," Leonard told reporters. "This is playoff basketball. Everybody is hurting. Just have to keep fighting." Despite the injury, Leonard finished with a game-h...
Yankees ‘hopeful’ Masahiro Tanaka makes next start

Yankees ‘hopeful’ Masahiro Tanaka makes next start

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May 19 (UPI) -- New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Sunday morning he is hopeful starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will make his next start. Tanaka, 30, took a 111.3-mph ball off his shin in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He left after six innings with a shin contusion. "I would say today was at least encouraging that he walked in feeling pretty well," Boone said, according to MLB.com. "Definitely some soreness in there, but walking is not an issue." Tanaka was caught screaming in pain as he left the mound. X-rays were negative. Boone said the Yankees will make a decision on Tanaka's status after he throws this week. Tanaka is next slated to take the ball against Baltimore on Thursday afternoon. "I think there's a chance he'll make the next start," Boone said....
Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City to become Anderlecht player-manager

Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City to become Anderlecht player-manager

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Captain Vincent Kompany has left Manchester City to become player-manager at former club Anderlecht.The 33-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club, where he scored five goals in 73 appearances between 2003 to 2006.Earlier on Sunday, Kompany said Saturday's 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford was his final game for City. He won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during 11 years at Etihad Stadium."It's the most passionate yet rational decision I've ever made," Kompany, who first joined Anderlecht at the age of six, said in an open letter on Facebook."I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations."With that, I will...
Watch: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo rejects Raptors’ Marc Gasol with powerful block

Watch: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo rejects Raptors’ Marc Gasol with powerful block

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May 17 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo showed why he was named a finalist for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award with a thunderous block in Game 2 Friday night at Fiserv Forum. In the opening minute of the first quarter, Raptors center Marc Gasol was backing down Bucks forward Khris Middleton in the paint. Gasol spun around Middleton after the forward attempted to reach around for the steal. Gasol had an open path to the hoop and went up for a right-handed layup. Antetokounmpo raced over from the wing and dispatched Gasol's shot with a monstrous block that sent the center crashing to the floor. Antetokounmpo is a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. The league annou...
Giannis, Milwaukee Bucks dominate Toronto Raptors for 2-0 series lead

Giannis, Milwaukee Bucks dominate Toronto Raptors for 2-0 series lead

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May 17 (UPI) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 30 points and 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks raced past the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night for a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and showed his defensive prowess with one steal and two blocks, including an emphatic rejection on Raptors center Marc Gasol that set the tone in the opening minute of the game. "I'm beyond fortunate to have Giannis," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. "He's incredible. The great part about Giannis is he wants to be better. It's just so unique to have a player like that. He's been phenomenal and it's exciting for us tonight and going forward. You can't say enough good things about Giannis." The Bucks, who led...