Warriors clinch NBA title on the road

After 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are again the NBA champions after storming to a convincing victory in game six of the finals.

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LeBron James couldn’t complete the miracle return to his native Cleveland, having a poor shooting night in a game which his side had to win, the former MVP couldn’t nail the buckets in the final quarter to claw back a strong lead for the Warriors.

James said prior to the game that he wasn’t nervous, claiming he was the best player in the world.

James walked from the arena following the final buzzer, looking clearly dejected.

It was scenes that reminded Cavs fans of the last time LeBron took their side to the finals, which ended in the same result, with the champion player walking to the locker room without a trophy.

Cleveland remain without a championship in franchise history.

The Golden State Warriors are again NBA champions after 40 long years, and Steph Curry has solidified his place as one of the modern day greats of the game.

Andre Iguodala was awarded the MVP in the post game presentation, the first NBA player to win the award after not starting a single game in the regular season.

If Cleveland win – LeBron becomes legend

Many call LeBron James ‘the chosen one’, a title that he will surely be applicable to if the Cleveland Cavaliers string wins together in the NBA Finals series.

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James repeated his high score rate in game two yesterday, earning a triple-double and 39 points as the Cavs beat the Warriors 95-93 in overtime at Oracle Arena.

James’ emotion when the final buzzer sounded was that of a man who came in desperate for a victory, and a man who knew that the mortality of his storied career was on the line.

If James wins Cleveland a title on his return to the franchise it will be one of the most chronicled stories in sport.

When asked what it took on the court in game two, James answered with a single word, “everything”.

The result sees Cleveland win their first finals game in franchise history.

Apart from nailing the crucial basket late in regulation, Steph Curry had an horrific night shooting for the Golden State Warriors.

Game three of the series is in Cleveland on Wednesday NZST.

CWC 15: Southee brilliance as England implode in Wellington

The Blackcaps have pulled off one of the most dominant performances in CWC history after annihilating England this afternoon in Wellington.

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In a total collapse, England were rolled for just 123 after Tim Southee took career best figures of 7/33.

Not only career best figures, but Southee’s effort with the ball broke another record – the best figures for a New Zealand bowler in ODI cricket.

Middle order Joe Root was the only batsmen to really put up a fight with a score of 46 while the rest of the team proceeded to fall around him.

England captain Eoin Morgan managed to hang around at the crease for a while before getting dismissed for 17 off the bowling of Daniel Vettori.

In the run chase, Brendon McCullum bashed the fastest international half century for a Blackcaps batsmen in ODI cricket.

McCullum smashed eight 4’s and seven 6’s in his knock of 77 which featured a strike rate of over 300 to get New Zealand comfortably on track for victory as the evening break approached.

After McCullum’s dismissal, the crowd boo’d loudly as the umpires signalled the evening break despite the Blackcaps needing just 11 runs for victory.

When play resumed, Martin Guptill was dismissed on 22 as Chris Woakes snuck the ball through to the stumps.

The Blackcaps cruised to an easy 8 wicket victory and are arguably the form team so far at CWC.

Ireland add more misery to West Indies Cricket

It didn’t take Ireland long to cause an upset at the Cricket World Cup as the green machine stuffed out the West Indies by a comfortable margin of 4 wickets this afternoon.

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It wasn’t as if Ireland chased down a mediocre score to win either.

The West Indies set a total of 304, and the Irish chased it down with relative ease.

The West Indies were in trouble early, but like other teams have shown already at this CWC, managed to use a couple of batsmen to work their way to a good strong total.

Ireland in their reply batted what could be called almost the perfect run chase.

All the batsmen put in solid scores, including a brilliant knock of 92 by opener Paul Stirling in an effort which saw Ireland heading towards a potential at the midway point.

A well balanced 84 by Ed Joyce anchored the Irish towards a convincing victory.

Middle order batsmen Niall Anderson smashed the ball to all areas of Nelson’s Saxton Oval, ending on an beaten 74.

The West Indies have been poor right through their CWC buildup, and their opening performance in the tournament proper wasn’t any better.

Ireland beat one more big time cricketing outfit and are surely now one step closer to being serious contenders to a top tier cricketing nation.

CWC 15: Blackcaps down Sri Lanka in opener

The Blackcaps have started their much talked about CWC campaign with a win against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

All batsmen for the Blackcaps put in respectable efforts and solid totals with the bat but none managed to go on to reach the three figure mark during the process of building a mammoth total.

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Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill got the Blackcaps off to a rocketing start in bowler-friendly conditions.

McCullum smashed three boundaries in as many balls to open his CWC account.

Guptill looked solid, settling himself into his work in usual cautious fashion.

McCullum raced to a half century and as the Blackcaps quickly reached 100 runs for no loss, Sri Lanka went to a familiar opponent for New Zealand in the form of spinner Rangana Herath.

McCullum tried to hit Herath for six down the ground but just held out on the boundary to Jeevan Mendis, departing for a quick fire 65.

Guptill hung around for a while longer before edging to Sangakarra on 49.

Kane Williamson looked nervous and out of shape at the crease for the early part of his innings.

But once Williamson found the fence a couple of times, fortunes quickly changed and suddenly Williamson got the run rate up again and powered past 50 runs.

All batsmen put in healthy contributions apart from Ross Taylor.

Grant Elliot chipped in with 29 and Luke Ronchi finished on 29.

Corey Anderson was the story for the Blackcaps though, batting the side out of a potentially disappointing sub par score situation after all the work at the top of the innings.

Once Anderson neared 50, the middle order power hitter put the foot down in the last period of the innings to bat the Blackcaps past 300, ending with 75 before going out on the last ball of the innings.

The Blackcaps finished on a commanding 331 at Hagley Oval.

Sri Lanka batted aggressively in the reply as Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 67 for the first wicket before Daniel Vettori fooled Dilshan in the air for an easy caught and bowled.

Thirimanne battled on, reaching his half century as the partnership with Kumar Sangakarra built.

As the halfway point in the run chase neared, Sri Lanka looked more and more composed, and really looked capable of mounting a series challenge on the target.

But suddenly Trent Boult broke the shackles with a yorker to Thirimanne, sending the wickets out of the ground and breaking the threatening partnership.

Sri Lanka’s champion pairing of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra were now at the crease together with a further 200 runs required.

Vettori struck again quickly, nicking Jayawardene through to Ronchi for a duck.

This firmly put the Blackcaps on top.

Sri Lankan hearts were broken when Trent Boult delivered another terrific yorker, trapping Sangakarra in front to be given out LBW as replays showed the bat hadn’t made contact with the ball.

Adam Milne took a further two wickets as Sri Lanka capitulated under the growing pressure of the run rate.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews batted defiantly as the match drew further and further out of reach, putting together a solid 46 before losing his wicket to the bowling of Tim Southee.

Corey Anderson had the final say, getting Herath out, to hand the Blackcaps a comprehensive victory by 98 runs at Hagley Oval.