Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic

Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic
4.3 (86.67%) 3 votes

World Tour Finals – Follow the Tennis match between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic live with Eurosport. The match starts at 22:00 on 16 November 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Federer is through to the semi-final stage after beating Alexander Zverev in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1.But before finding out who he will face in the next round, Federer faces Cilic on Thursday in the one final round robin match.The Croat cannot qualify for the latter stages having lost both opening matches to Zverev and Jack Sock.However, Cilic will no doubt be keen to end the season on a high by recording a win over the world No 2.

Federer could be forgiven for wanting to reserve some energy for his semi-final match scheduled to take place in either the afternoon or evening session on Saturday.

But Peter Fleming, who won seven Grand Slam Doubles titles in the 1970’s and 1980’s, expects Federer to keep his foot on the gas. I’m not sure that emotionally he will get too involved in that match and if things go the wrong way I don’t think he will be that concerned.But every time he walks on the court he wants to play his best tennis and he’s in a nice rhythm and will want to solidify that rhythm.“He did play a terrible game early in the second set to allow Zverev back in so he will want to eliminate that so it’s almost like a day of practice for him.”

Former British tennis star Greg Rusedski was impressed at how Federer fought back after a dip in form to see of Zverev.

“He is the greatest for a reason in my opinion just because he knows how to get the job done, he knows how to change his tactics, he’s done it all,” he said.Roger Federer is already through to the semi finals at the ATP World Tour Finals but can put the exclamation point on his group performance with a third victory against the 0-2 Marin Cilic. Going 3-0 and eventually undefeated this week will move him very close to the No. 1 spot going into 2018 although realistically Rafael Nadal’s injury woes will have to continue if he is to make it back to the top.

Federer escaped a 0-4 tiebreak hole in the first set of his win over Alexander Zverev before breaking to begin the second. It seemed he wous cruise to victory but the young German didn’t go away easily, breaking back soon after and once more at 6-5 – an impressive feat given Federer’s usual dominance on serve indoors. Federer proved why he was the favourite for the whole tournament by cruising through the third set, winning the last 6 games 9f the match.

Federer compared his performance to his loss in Montreal where Zverev overwhelmed his wounded opponent. “I think I was able to read his forehand this time better than Montreal, where he had a lot of winners forehand and backhand. It was also different types of conditions. It was outdoors. It was warm. Day session. Harder to see the ball, to be honest. So I just think I wasn’t quite reading his plays very well in Montreal, anyway, for a set and a little bit until I hurt my back.” he said. “I think I was able to stay the course and, you know, use my slice quite effectively, then try with variation to go into his forehand.”

Federer may have to adopt a different strategy going into his final match against Cilic with the Croatian’s serve-forehand combo having the potential to cause a lot of trouble on faster surfaces. Including his Wimbledon final loss this year, Cilic is just 1-7 against Federer, his one win coming in a perfect performance at the US Open the year he won it.

At 0-2, Cilic is already out but he will be ruing his inability to close out either of his matches against Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev. He held 3-1 leads in the deciding sets of both matches, showcasing the danger of dropping your level at the very top of the game. “What makes the difference I think with these top guys, if you don’t take the chances, it’s one point here and there.

ATP World Tour Finals 2017 Live

ATP World Tour Finals 2017 Live
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When Rafael Nadal signed off early from the ATP World Tour Finals this week with a hearty: “Thank you, and merry Christmas everyone,” it was tempting to shout out after the Spaniard as he limped home to the warmth and comfort of the Spanish sunshine: “And thanks for coming.”

It was the sixth time in 14 qualifications for this event that Nadal’s body has given up on him – the previous five of those before a ball was hit – and few players are more committed to the cause than the muscular Mallorcan. So, he should not be castigated for giving what little he had and he will be missed. But his departure certainly sucked the life out of the O2 Arena, hosting this season-ending cash bonanza for the eighth year, with at least three more to come.

However, this gig is as demanding as nearly any in sport, not so much because of the format or even the hard court that Nadal struggles with, but because of the accumulated workload the eight finalists have to bear to get here.

Nadal was never going to go deeper than a couple of days’ play this year, having withdrawn after two matches in Paris, the week before, with a recurrence of his chronic knee pain. But there are sponsors to please, tickets to sell, eyeballs to log, digital clicks to click.

The event was already missing its champion, Andy Murray, as well as Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. They all chose or had imposed on them a rest for the remainder of the 2017 season because their bodies said no, even if their bank managers whispered yes.

The RSM Classic 2017

The RSM Classic 2017
3.5 (70%) 4 votes

Watch The RSM Classic 2017 : Live stream online, TV channel, start time, The John Deere Classic serves as a final quiz for some who are playing The Open Championship next weekend in England and as a last-ditch effort to get into that Open for others. It’s always a fantastic event with loads of scoring and no shortage of quirks.

You know, like the one we saw in 2015 when Zach Johnson almost came out of his shoes.You’re not going to want to miss whatever zaniness takes place this week at TPC Deere Run. Here’s a look at the schedule of events so you can watch all the action.

After a three-event swing through Asia, the PGA Tour is back in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Here’s the key info for this week’s event.

Golf course: TPC Summerlin opened in 1992 and was designed by Fuzzy Zoeller and Bobby Weed. It will play as a par 71 at 7,255 yards.

Purse: $6.8 million.

TV schedule (all times Eastern): Golf Channel, Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Live streaming: golfchannel.com/pgastream Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; golfchannel.com/pgastream Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Notables in the field: Kevin Chappell, Ernie Els, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson, Vijay Singh, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Horschel

Notable tee times (all times Eastern): Webb Simpson, Smylie Kaufman, Rod Pampling – Rd. 1, 3:25 p.m. and Rd. 2, 10:35 a.m.; Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Jimmy Walker – Rd. 1, 3:35 p.m. and Rd. 2, 10:45 a.m.; Ryan Armour, Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Horschel – Rd. 1, 10:35 a.m. and Rd. 2, 3:25 p.m.; Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Kevin Chappell – Rd. 1, 10:45 a.m. and Rd. 2, 3:35 p.m.

International Rules Series 2017

International Rules Series 2017
3.8 (75%) 4 votes

International Rules Series 2017: Australia defeats Ireland in first Test at the Adelaide Oval A DOMINANT Nat Fyfe has propelled Australia to 10-point triumph against Ireland in Sunday’s International Rules game in Adelaide.

However, Collingwood’s captain Scott Pendlebury appeared to re-injure a finger – he didn’t return after receiving treatment in the second quarter.

Pendlebury missed the last six rounds of the AFL season after breaking the middle finger on his right hand.Australia won 2.13.12 (63) to 1.13.8 (53) before a crowd of 25,502 at Adelaide Oval.

Pendlebury’s injury took some gloss of a largely polished Australian victory in the series opener – the second and final game will be played in Perth next Saturday.After being jumped early and struggling to handle the round ball, Fyfe inspired an Australian comeback.

The Irish had skipped to a 10-point lead early in the second quarter before Fyfe took control – he kicked a goal and converted three overs.After leading by one point at halftime, Australia blitzed the Irish to create a match-defining 15-point advantage at three quarter-time.

Australia’s lively attacker Chad Wingard, Dayne Zorko and tall forward Ben Brown each kicked two overs while Luke Shuey scored a goal.Ireland relied on two prime attacking threats – Michael Murphy and Conor McManus – for the bulk of their scoring.

Murphy kicked a goal and four overs while McManus potted seven overs. Ireland staged a fightback of sorts in the last quarter to sneak within seven points before Shuey steadied Australia – he used both hands to tap the ball into the net for a goal.

Celtics vs Warriors

Celtics vs Warriors
4.2 (84%) 5 votes

The Warriors and the Celtics face off in arguably the biggest match of the season being the two top sides in the respective conferences so far.

Boston are on an incredible run of 13 consecutive wins despite Al Horford and Kyrie Irving both missing games.

The All-Star duo are expected to feature for the Celtics, although Irving will be sporting a protective mask after suffering a facial fracture against the Charlotte Hornets.

But the biggest question mark heading into the game is for the Warriors and whether Curry will be fit to play.

The 29-year-old missed just three games last season including a loss to the San Antonio Spurs but the Warriors managed wins over the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trailblazers.

However, Curry attempted to play down his injury situation after practice yesterday by stating he expects to be ready to play.

“It’s all right,” Curry said. “Everybody’s gone through this at some point when you play basketball. You just push through it, continue to get better and hopefully I’ll be ready to go tomorrow. You just keep it moving.”

The sportsbooks opened with the Warriors giving seven points to the hosting Celtics and the total set at 214.5. That’s the second lowest Over/Under line in a Golden State game this season and it’s the second highest total for Boston.

It’s not just a meeting of the teams with the two best records in the league – it’s also a matchup of contrasting styles. The Warriors own the league’s best offense with an average of 116.2 points scored per 100 possessions. Boston, meanwhile, is first in the NBA in defense with its opponents netting just 95.8 points per 100 possessions.

The top spot in offensive rating is nothing new for Dub Nation. Golden State finished first in offense in each of the last two seasons and placed a close second behind the Los Angeles Clippers three years ago.

The Celtics, on the other hand, allowed a full 10 more points per 100 possessions and finished 12th in defensive rating last campaign. The turnaround can be contributed to the C’s getting serious on the glass. Boston finished 27th in rebounding last season cleaning up only 48.5 percent of missed shots whereas this year the team is second in rebounding by collecting 53.1 percent of balls coming out.

Keeping the glass clean is limiting the amount of second chance points allowed. Last year Brad Stevens’ crew gave up 13.9 points per game coming off opposing team’s offensive rebounds. The number has dropped to 9.7 this season – or a 4.2-point boost to the squad’s defensive effectiveness.

Boston’s new-found friskiness on the defensive end of the court has helped the Under go 10-5 in the club’s first 15 games.

We wanted to see what’s happened in previous seasons when the top offense matched up against the best defense to find out if there was any trend beneficial for totals bettors. The data we collected confirms what we already knew: oddsmakers are really good at setting lines.

The Over is 13-14 in the last 27 regular season matchups between the best offensive team and best defensive team. The Under is 7-4 since the start of the 2014-15 campaign – all games that involved the Warriors. The defensive team is 15-11-1 against the spread in all the meetings over the last 11 seasons.

Most oddsmakers say pace is the most important factor when trying to determine an Over/Under line for an NBA game. The quicker the pace means more possessions and more possessions means more shot attempts. More shot attempts usually equal more points on the scoreboard.

The Warriors are fifth in the league in pace at 104.54 possessions per game while the Celtics are 24th at 98.89. The total points averaged – both scored and allowed – per game in Golden State games this year is 227.3 and 197.2 in Boston’s contests. Splitting the difference between the two would give an Over/Under line of about 212 – or about two points lower than the total listed in Thursday’s game.

Both matchups last season finished well below the total with the Celtics holding the Warriors to 104 at Boston and 86 points at Golden State.

Brazil vs England Free

Brazil vs England Free
3 (60%) 2 votes

England face their second big test of November as Brazil travel to Wembley on Tuesday to face a depleted Three Lions squad.

Gareth Southgate’s hopes of seeing likely World Cup starters in action have been hit by a host of withdrawals during the international break, leaving the manager to experiment with his England team.

A young Three Lions starting XI impressed with a creditable 0-0 draw against world champions Germany on Friday night, though Southgate’s defence will be put under more pressure as the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus head to Wembley.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be televised live on ITV1 and ITV1 HD, with coverage starting from 7.30pm. The channel is Free To Air in the UK or can be streamed online via ITV Hub.

Alternatively, you can follow all the build-up and action from 7pm with Standard Sport’s London Football live blog.

Team news

Gary Cahill is fit for the visit of Brazil despite missing Friday’s 0-0 draw with Germany at Wembley.

The 31-year-old reported to England duty late last week and missed the final training session ahead of the visit of the world champions, but could go back into the starting line-up on Tuesday and wear the armband.

Phil Jones is almost certain to miss out for England after limping off early on against Germany with a thigh injury.

Southgate has also called up a number of younger players to plug the gaps in his squad, with Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke – formerly of Chelsea – and Lewis Cook added to the squad. The pair join goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was called up following Jack Butland’s withdrawal.

Brazil were captained by Willian on Friday as Japan were easily beaten 3-1 in Lille. Consequently, Philippe Coutinho could come into the team.

Alisson and Cassio shared goalkeeping duties so Ederson is expected to feature at Wembley. Casemiro and Fernandinho played the full 90 minutes so may be rested.

Argentina vs Nigeria

Argentina vs Nigeria
5 (100%) 2 votes

Argentina face Nigeria in an international friendly at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia, but the South Americans will be without Lionel Mession Tuesday.

The icon withdrew from the squad after La Albiceleste defeated Russia 1-0 in Moscow on Saturday.

Nigeria dominated Group B in CAF qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, topping the standings ahead of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.

Here is how you can watch the game

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m. (GMT)/11:30 a.m. (ET)

TV: beIN Sports (U.S.)

Stream: beIN Sports CONNECT

Messi was certainly the star name for the friendly in Krasnodar, but the Barcelona maverick has returned to his club after the victory against Russia.

According to Argentina’s official Twitter account (h/t Tom Webber of Goal), the forward opted to leave preparations with his country, and it has been confirmed the player is not suffering with injury.

Messi linked with Sergio Aguero to capture a late 1-0 victory against the Russians, with Argentina dominating possession as they battled for territory.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli was delighted with the performance at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, lauding his attack after the match.