Daily Digest: Golden State Warriors claim third NBA Finals title in four years

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Hey everyone, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at the sporting world this morning.

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Title sealed for Steph Curry’s men.

Overnight, the Golden State Warriors became back-to-back champions as they claimed their third title in four years with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephen Curry had 37 points while Finals MVP Kevin Durant recorded a triple-double, but the Warriors’ defence was just as impressive as they locked down LeBron James and Co in 108-85 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Our man Jay Asser brings you his report card from the contest.

FOOTBALL

Marco Reus (l) registered his first Germany assist in 1,736 days.

Marco Reus (l) registered his first Germany assist in 1,736 days.

World Cup holders Germany signed off their preparations for the World Cup with a 2-1 friendly win against Saudi Arabia – their first triumph in five matches.

Here, Matt Monaghan rates the performances of Joachim Low’s Die Mannschaft stars.

In other news, England captain Harry Kane is excited to be part of Tottenham‘s future after signing a new six-year contract.

The 24-year-old striker’s agreement commits him to Spurs until 2024 and follows manager Mauricio Pochettino extending his own deal until 2023.

Spurs have convinced the England forward to pen fresh terms.

CRICKET

Root has given his backing to the proposed format.

Difficult period: Joe Root.

Former batsman Kevin Pietersen has accused England of not knowing which direction they want to go in.

England have thrived in white-ball cricket over the last two years, rising to the top of the one-day rankings while also being a force in the Twenty20 format.

But their Test form has slumped, losing the winter’s Ashes 4-0 and suffering a 1-0 defeat in New Zealand before being held to a draw against Pakistan in home conditions.

Read his thoughts, here.

REGIONAL

Mideast Metals trounced Dubai Mammoths and GEMS Education proved they were superior to Old School Boys with a three-wicket win in the semi-finals of the DCC Ramadan League.

Read more, here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Chris Bailey looks at what the big teams from Group A through to D need to do to solve some of their selection issues ahead of the showpiece in Russia.

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No pain, no gain during the Holy Month for Red Bull wakeboarder

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Omeir Saeed: Loves to hate certain workouts

Red Bull wakeboarder Omeir Saeed finds himself working out between three-five times a week during the holy month of Ramadan as well as being on the water every day. For the final article of his column this month, Saeed talks about the exercises he does in the gym, which he knows are good for him – but doesn’t enjoy.

Burpees

These are probably my least favourite exercise of all. I do ones with a push up in between jumping as well so it makes it even harder. I start with my hands by my side and then squat to the floor and kick my feet back into a plank position and then do a push up and spring upwards as quickly as possible. 40 seconds of these are a really tough workout, the benefits are obvious though. Burpees work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings and abs. So as much as I don’t enjoy doing them I’m always glad when I complete sets.

Star jumps

I don’t like anything that has to do with jumping up and down during a workout. This is a really good way to get your heart rate up at the start of a workout though. Star jumps [also called jumping jacks] require full-body movements so they tone your whole body. I usually do a high tempo for 30-40 seconds, then rest and repeat for three sets. To add to the intensity I do ones where I bring my hands down to my feet and jump up into the star position. The worst thing about these is there’s no excuse not to do them, no matter what physical shape you’re in, you should be able to complete a few star jumps.

Hanging knee raises

I don’t enjoy doing these at all, but it’s a really good exercise for your lower abs so I make myself do it. You basically hang from a bar and lift your knees upwards towards your chest so you crunch the lower abs. You need to have strength in your arms too hang as well. It’s a tough workout, if you’ve done it correctly you feel like you’ve been hit in the stomach afterwards. I do sets of 10 and just repeat until I physically can’t continue. It’s important that you control the speed in which you do them though, slow and controlled will engage the abs more than quick reps.

Stair climbers

There’s one of these machines in the gym, which I always try and avoid because it’s so boring so I usually look at my phone or drink Red Bull while I’m doing it. There are actually a lot of benefits to it – if you want to lose weight, or recover from an injury it’s very useful. It engages your calves, glutes, quads, and hamstrings, so it’s a good way to target and tone your lower body. It kills your legs too, but it’s worth it after. Generally I’ll attempt to do 10-15 minutes on the machine as part of every gym session.

Planking

I don’t mind doing this as much as the others but it’s the worst feeling towards the end, when your legs and arms are trembling and you’ve got to keep holding your body up. I usually just do it for a minute and then after that, if I hold it for longer, it becomes one of my least favourite exercises because all I want to do is drop to the floor. It’s important to do it to build core strength though. If you want to make it even harder, you can try it with one leg and your opposite arm raised off the ground, so you’re core is working overtime on your balance.

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Daily Digest: Golden State Warriors edge closer to NBA title

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Hey everyone, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at the sporting world.

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Defending champion Golden State, powered by 43 points from Kevin Durant, moved to the brink of a third NBA title in four seasons Wednesday by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102.

The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and by winning game four Friday can complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.

Durant added 12 rebounds and seven assists to his career-high playoff scoring total, but it was not until his 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 106-100 lead that Cleveland’s fate was sealed.


FOOTBALL

Egypt boss Hector Cuper is optimistic that Mohamed Salah will be in the best condition possible for the World Cup but admits that he Pharaohs have had to prepare for the tournament without him just in case he doesn’t make it.

Elsewhere, Diogo Dalot admitted he could not turn down the chance to join ‘the biggest club in the world’ after completing his move to Manchester United from Porto.

CRICKET

Australia have vowed to keep on sledging as they launch their first series since march’s ball-tampering scandal.

Tim Paine’s side will play England in a five match ODI series which gets underway on Wednesday 13..

In other news, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland announced he will stand down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that rattled the game and acrimonious pay dispute with players.

REGIONAL

Day two of the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals picked up where the first left off with a thrilling set of group stage matches.

Simon Rosner won again to qualify for the semi-final while former world No1 Gregory Gaultier crashed out after his defeat to Karim Abdel Gawad.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Raneem El Welily, Laura Massaro, Nour El Sherbini and Joelle King.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Our man Brendon Netto looks at how Fred will fit into the Manchester United XI.

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