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Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

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Curry availability for Game 4 remains doubtful

Golden State Warriors is unlikely to get a Stephen Curry boost against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoffs, says Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“I would just say he’s doubtful but slowly and surely making progress,” Kerr said.

Curry has been out since Game 4 of the series against the Houston Rockets with a knee injury, and has returned to light practice sessions. He sprained his right MCL at the time as he slipped on a damp spot of the floor.

But thus far, the Warriors had exercised caution, easing him in on-court drills even though the team more than felt his absence in their 108-120 defeat at the hands of the Blazers.

So far, the Warriors lead the series by 2-1, but as playoffs go, they could not take anything for granted.

Kerr also insisted that Curry’s availability would depend on the player’s physical condition rather than the team’s needs.

“The trainers would have to tell me he’s good to go,” Kerr said. “Steph would have to say he’s good to go. And then we would have to figure out a plan from there.”

“He looked about like he looked yesterday, in terms of movement,” he added. “Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work in, and we’ll see how he comes up, in terms of a night of sleep coming off the workout.”

In the regular season, Curry had averaged at 30.1 points per game, but appeared in only two playoff games before his injury struck. The reigning MVP will then go through the team’s shootaround after which his status will be reevaluated.

Andy Murray succumbs to Djokovic and drops behind Federer

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Andy Murray succumbs to Djokovic and drops behind Federer

Andy Murray lost to Novak Djokovic by 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, conceding the Madrid Open title and in the process dropped to third place in the ATP world rankings, behind Roger Federer.

“I feel like I’ve been here before,” the Briton had said during his runner-up speech, which was given then after losing the Grand Slam to Djokovic.

And it was familiar scenes again here at La Caja Magica, as now it appears almost a routine event for Djokovic to snatch titles away from Murray.

In the match, Murray failed to avoid a Djokovic steamroll in the first set, withstood assaults to level in the second, and subsequently lost the decider, unable to his own against the Serb’s sheer power and accuracy.

But it was a sheer testament to Murray’s improvement as the Brit managed to cut it close – it would be unimaginable for him to make the game uncomfortable against hard opponents a few years before on clay, as Murray himself noted.

“It’s been a positive week for me this week overall,” he said. “A few years ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d be winning against Rafa and then pushing Novak this close on a clay court.”

Indeed, the Madrid crowd was silenced as Murray defeated local and tournament favourite Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals just as Djokovic made it past Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic lifts the Madrid Open trophy

Djokovic lifts the Madrid Open trophy

On the other hand, Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic could take the Masters title as an additional feather to his hat that accentuates his dominance in the world of tennis. He also revealed that his decade-long rivalry with Murray was something he enjoys.

“We are the two best players in the world, which at that time maybe it seemed like something that will be very challenging for us to achieve,” Djokovic said.

“But we both thrived to be at the top, and we’ve known each other since we were 12,” he added. “I think you can see already in those junior days that both of us have serious intentions to conquer the tennis world.”

The Madrid Open title was Djokovic’s fifth in the past sixth Masters tournaments, and a positive note with which he could begin his Roland Garros campaign, the only Grand Slam that remained out of his reach.

La Liga title race continues to final match

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La Liga title race continues to final match

Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are in position to win the league in their next and final game, as Atletico Madrid slipped up and fell out of the title race.

In the previous few weeks following a Barcelona slump, all three Spanish clubs had been chasing each other on the pinnacle of the Spanish top division.

But this week, Atletico’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Levante meant that Diego Simeone’s team could no longer chase for the title, given that they lag behind Barca in terms of goal differences and points. Even a defeat for Barca in

All games kicked off at the same time, and Atletico were the ones to climb up to 88 points first as Fernando Torres clinched Atletico’s first away goal in under two minutes, running on to a through ball for a clinical finish.

However, the already relegated Levante were unwilling to give up. Clearly feeling the desire to let the home crowd go home with something, Victor Cadasesus’s header equalized the game in the 30th minute before Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench and came free to score a last-gasp winner for the host.

“Levante played a great match and was better than us,” Simeone said after the game.

“I can just congratulate them. We had some chances to score, but they defended well.”

On the other hand, there are no sign of problems for the superior Catalonians as Barcelona demolished their neighbours Espanyol by five goals to nil.

Their hallowed offensive trinity all put themselves in the scoresheet. Luis Suarez hoists himself even further for Pichichi glory as he increased his league tally to 37 goals with a brace against Espanyol, 4 above Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who also bagged a brace against Valencia.

Still, Los Blancos were a lot less comfortable with their victory, as a struggling Valencia were able to clinch 2 goals in the second half that kept the host on their toes.

Nonetheless, with the last 3 vital points they grab from the match, Real Madrid will be able to keep the title in contention until the final day of La Liga.