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Becky Lynch earns her way to Hell in a Cell title match

Lynch defeated Asuka to turn the Raw women's title match at Hell in a Cell into a triple threat (Author: Gardener)

CellLast week's Raw ended with Becky Lynch losing to Asuka after her eyes fogged up. On Monday night, Lynch was given an opportunity to seek some measure of revenge along with an opportunity to earn a title shot at the upcoming Hell in a Cell event. Lynch would prevail in her rematch with Asuka, making the Hell in a Cell match a triple threat match for Bianca Belair's Raw Women's Championship. Hell in a Cell takes place in Chicago on June 5th. Pearce said he would not do that, nor would he bow to Lynch's demand that she replace Asuka with Bianca Belair at Hell in a Cell in the Raw women's title fight. However, he would grant her a rematch and add her to the match at Hell in a Cell if she wins. Defeated Becky Lynch. Asuka via pinfall with a roll up. Lynch caused chaos outside the ring where Belair watched the match. As Lynch sat on Belair's lap, Asuka threw a kick that hit the champion instead of Lynch. Lynch then attacked Asuka, leaving her to hit the 10 count. She was able to roll into the ring at nine but rolled straight into a lynch pin. The show mostly focused on the build of Hell in a Cell, which makes sense. Belair would have been an excellent game. However, the real problem could simply be that Asuka and Lynch deserved more time for their match two weeks in a row. All in all, every woman in the corner is pulling her weight, and the payout at Hell in a Cell will likely match very well. * Riddle & The Street Profits def. The Usos & Sami Zayn via pinfall when Riddle hit Zayn with an RKO. After Riddle took over the match, the Usos walked away, leaving Zayn to his fate. * Defeated Rhea Ripley & Damian Priest. AJ Styles & Liv Morgan via pinfall as Ripley Morgan pinned after interference from Edge. After the match, Judgment Day continued his attack on Morgan and Styles, with Edge hitting Styles with a javelin and Ripley hitting Morgan with Riptide. * Defeated Cody Rhodes. Rhodes was in control of the game when Rollins interfered. Rollins and Miz continued to attack Rhodes after the match, whipping him in the ring steps before Rollins whipped Rhodes across the back with his belt. * Ezekiel def. Chad Gable via pinfall with a roll up. After the match, Owens challenged Ezekiel to a match at Hell in a Cell. Bobby Lashley via Count Out when Lashley was distracted by Omos outside the ring. The winner of the match was given the right to decide the terms of the match between Lashley and Omos in Hell in a Cell.

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Becky Lynch earns her way to Hell in a Cell title match

Lynch defeated Asuka to turn the Raw women's title match at Hell in a Cell into a triple threat (Author: Gardener)

CellLast week's Raw ended with Becky Lynch losing to Asuka after her eyes fogged up. On Monday night, Lynch was given an opportunity to seek some measure of revenge along with an opportunity to earn a title shot at the upcoming Hell in a Cell event. Lynch would prevail in her rematch with Asuka, making the Hell in a Cell match a triple threat match for Bianca Belair's Raw Women's Championship. Hell in a Cell takes place in Chicago on June 5th. Pearce said he would not do that, nor would he bow to Lynch's demand that she replace Asuka with Bianca Belair at Hell in a Cell in the Raw women's title fight. However, he would grant her a rematch and add her to the match at Hell in a Cell if she wins. Defeated Becky Lynch. Asuka via pinfall with a roll up. Lynch caused chaos outside the ring where Belair watched the match. As Lynch sat on Belair's lap, Asuka threw a kick that hit the champion instead of Lynch. Lynch then attacked Asuka, leaving her to hit the 10 count. She was able to roll into the ring at nine but rolled straight into a lynch pin. The show mostly focused on the build of Hell in a Cell, which makes sense. Belair would have been an excellent game. However, the real problem could simply be that Asuka and Lynch deserved more time for their match two weeks in a row. All in all, every woman in the corner is pulling her weight, and the payout at Hell in a Cell will likely match very well. * Riddle & The Street Profits def. The Usos & Sami Zayn via pinfall when Riddle hit Zayn with an RKO. After Riddle took over the match, the Usos walked away, leaving Zayn to his fate. * Defeated Rhea Ripley & Damian Priest. AJ Styles & Liv Morgan via pinfall as Ripley Morgan pinned after interference from Edge. After the match, Judgment Day continued his attack on Morgan and Styles, with Edge hitting Styles with a javelin and Ripley hitting Morgan with Riptide. * Defeated Cody Rhodes. Rhodes was in control of the game when Rollins interfered. Rollins and Miz continued to attack Rhodes after the match, whipping him in the ring steps before Rollins whipped Rhodes across the back with his belt. * Ezekiel def. Chad Gable via pinfall with a roll up. After the match, Owens challenged Ezekiel to a match at Hell in a Cell. Bobby Lashley via Count Out when Lashley was distracted by Omos outside the ring. The winner of the match was given the right to decide the terms of the match between Lashley and Omos in Hell in a Cell.

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Becky Lynch beats Asuka to switch to Hell In A Cell

WWE Raw Results, Grades: Becky Lynch beats Asuka, forcing a major Hell In A Cell match change as Riddle comments on RK-Bro's future. (Author: Gardener)

AsukaWWE Raw ended on a high for Becky Lynch when she booked a spot at Hell In A Cell 2022. The Man faced Asuka in a rematch of last week's Main Event, which itself came only after Sasha Banks and Naomi left the tournament, with records they would later indefinitely suspend with an uncertain future. This week, Big Time Becks and the Empress of Tomorrow found themselves in the ring for another run after Adam Pearce made it official with a big stipulation. As revealed in a backstage segment between Lynch and the WWE Official, she had a chance to earn her way into the Raw Women's Title Match at Hell In A Cell against champion Bianca Belair and her challenger Asuka. WWE's EST was ringside for the high-stakes match, and she eventually got caught up in the drama when Becky landed on her lap and Lynch ducked to avoid Asuka's kick, which collided with Bianca's face. Back in the ring, Becky rolled her opponent to victory after narrowly avoiding a countout and we have a triple threat on June 5th. While some people have complained about the 50/50 nature of things here, with Lynch and Asuka winning each other over the following weeks, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone disappointed with the in-ring action. Instead of one of the Superstars looking weak, they both pulled off big wins over the other and appeared competitive and earned their place in the championship game. Raw began with an uncharacteristically serious - but brilliant - promo from Riddle, who addressed RK-Bro's loss to The Usos on Friday Night SmackDown in the Tag Title Unification Match. In the first match of the night, the Original Bro teamed up with the Street Profits to take on Jimmy and Jey Uso with their partner - and Bloodline sympathizer - Sami Zayn in a smashing six-man match. As a nice touch, the Usos left Zayn and had him RKO Riddle for the loss. Judgment Day - Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley - came to the ring and discussed the future of the group, with the Rated-R superstar teasing AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Tommaso Ciampa and Liv Morgan (The Nightmare made her own request for this) as potential new members. Priest and Ripley teamed up against Styles and Morgan in great mixed tag action, with the villains claiming victory before unleashing a brutal punch on Balor, who was nowhere to be seen, to help his friends. WWE also used its commentary team to re-shoot Banks and Naomi for leaving last week, noting that they "would be leaving during the Monday Night Raw broadcast," citing that they won the tag team titles that women dropped on John Laurinaitis' desk. He added, "Sasha Banks and Naomi would relinquish their championships and disappoint the WWE Universe in the process." The Miz and Cody Rhodes fought in a fun but sometimes sloppy match with Seth Freakin' Rollins causing the DQ ending what made perfect sense en route to Hell In A Cell before the pair unleashed a two-on-one attack on the American Nightmare, with the visionary using Cody's own belt as a weapon. Ezekiel won against Chad Gable after Otis and Kevin Owens got involved, and KO made a challenge for the premium live event on June 5th. Finally, as scheduled earlier in the night, Bobby Lashley faced MVP in a fun match, with the winner (who eventually became MVP) choosing the condition for the All Mighty to clash with Omos at Hell In A Cell. MORE: WWE star Butch recalls 'terrifying' moment Big E broke his neck while Ridge comforted Holland after brutal accident

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from May 23rd

Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on May 23rd. Hell in a Cell is coming in just under two weeks on June 5th, so WWE has spent a lot of time building the feuds that will keep the map busy. .. (Author: Gardener)

May 23rdHell in a Cell is coming in just under two weeks on June 5th, so WWE has spent a lot of time building the feuds that will occupy the map. Bobby Lashley was back in the ring with MVP and Omos this week. but this time, The All Mighty was the one who had a surprise in store for his former collaborator and new client. Becky Lynch was reacting to losing the No. 1 contender match to Asuka last week, and Cody Rhodes took on The Miz as he prepared for a final showdown against Seth Rollins at HIAC. Let's take a look at what happened during Monday's show. The Usos and Sami Zayn vs. Street Profits and RiddleRaw started with Riddle coming out alone to do a promo. It sounds like WWE The Viper is taking a hiatus with this speech. Riddle vowed to get revenge on Roman Reigns and The Usos before getting an RK Bro chant that would send the show on hiatus. We returned to see him team up with The Street Profits to take on The Usos and Sami Zayn. We didn't have enough time to get to the match before another commercial because WWE was playing a video package, the Usos had a promo delivered and everyone had their entrance. We didn't see anyone throw a punch for almost 20 minutes. The match finally started after the break as Angelo Dawkins and Zayn met. With The Bro coming on, he needed to take the brunt of the punishment off his heels before making his comeback. After another commercial break, Zayn and the Usos had regained the upper hand, but as Riddle and his partners began to take control again, the Usos left Zayn to take an RKO from Riddle to end the match. Riddle's promo was decent and the fight that followed was entertaining, but it all took a little too long. At least the match had the right outcome and got the crowd in good spirits to get the show going. Riddle appears to be over with Orton at his side. The crowd gave him any kind of reaction he wanted during his promo. It lasted until 8:23 p.m. ET for the bell to ring and the first game to begin. We didn't need more than 20 minutes of preparation time before this match. Zayn is in great shape but prefers to wear a shirt when he wrestles. AJ Styles and Liv MorganAfter a promo segment featuring Lashley, Omos and MVP, Judgment Day came into the ring for a little chat before Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley faced Liv Morgan and AJ Styles in a mixed tag match. Edge made it sound like he was one looking for more members, teasing several possible names including Morgan and Finn Balor. Priest and Styles had a heated exchange to show how much more aggressive the Archer of Infamy is now that he's dating Edge. When Ripley and Morgan came on, The Nightmare used their significant advantage of power to dominate their former partner. The match remained competitive until the end. After Edge helped Ripley escape a pin by putting her foot on the bottom rope, she was able to pin Morgan for the win. After it was over, Judgment Day beat Styles and Morgan some more. Mixed tag matches are usually filler, but this one advanced the ongoing storyline and featured some great action, so it worked better than most. Apparently Finn Balor had other plans and didn't show up to help his friends. Styles throwing Morgan at Ripley to hit a hurricanrana was a cool touch. Edge's promo was good, but like the previous segments, it lasted way too long. He could have said everything he needed to say in half the time and it would have been more memorable. Ripley caught Morgan to counter a crossbody and put her in a vertical suplex, looking great. Jerry Lawler hosted an episode of The King's Court. " this week, and his special guest was none other than Veer. Lawler's jokes were bad and this segment did nothing or advance the feud. Rey and Dom are back, but it's not like they'll be gone for long. In the next one Fight kicked Alexa Bliss against her former tag team partner and best friend Nikki ASH Doudrop was there to support Nikki as her new tag team partner They kept a fast pace throughout the match but there were a few moments when in which both women seemed to be slightly out of step. They didn't screw up but they need to build their chemistry back up. The Goddess was able to pull off a win with Twisted Bliss from the top rope. Doudrop had no impact on the result. Lawler cracked a joke about Veer being hairy. Aside from his beard and head, he's the smoothest man on the Raw roster, so the joke was a failure. It's a bit surprising that WWE didn't t attempted to pair Bliss with a new partner for the upcoming women's tag title tournament. WWE again had Corey Graves explain what happened to Sasha Banks and Naomi, although that situation had nothing to do with that match. Cody Rhodes faced The Miz in his second match after returning to WWE, and they got back in the ring this week as The American Nightmare prepared to face Rollins at HIAC. Rhodes controlled the first few minutes but predictably The A-Lister was able to rally and put him on defense for a long time. Rhodes eventually hobbled away and gave his belt to a young ringside fan. The match had some highlights, but the DQ finish hurt the overall quality because it felt like we'd seen the same thing just recently. Rollins gave an interview backstage and expressed his anger over WWE giving Rhodes its own countdown clock. It was nice to see Rhodes pull that out of his bag of tricks. Cody's springboard cutter usually looks good, but it never really looks good. Maybe he wants to switch to something else. In a rematch last week, Chad Gable took on Ezekiel with Otis and Kevin Owens ringside to be in Gable's corner. Just when it looked like Zeke was about to pick up some steam, Otis tripped him allowing Gable to focus on his leg in preparation for an ankle lock. The referee was forced to throw Otis and KO off the ring after both men tried to interfere. This paved the way for Ezekiel to roll up Gable for victory. That was decent, but also completely forgotten and repetitive. Owens ended up challenging Zeke to a match at Hell in a Cell, so it looks like this feud may be coming to an end soon. KO makes everything around him more entertaining. Gable is so lithe when he starts chasing an opponent's leg. WWE should put him in the ring with the best on a regular basis and not force him to do stuff like that week in and week out. It's okay to be the butt of the joke sometimes, but after a while it gets old. During the first hour, Lashley threw a challenge for MVP with the stipulation that whoever wins must select the type of match Lashley has against Omos at HIAC. This was all about showing how dominant Lashley is, so he destroyed his former manager while Omos lurked around the ring. Counting right after a DQ feels like poor planning on the part of WWE. The promo Lashley delivered earlier in the night may have confirmed that he needs a mouthpiece most of the time. The MVP's gear was cool. He kind of looked like a superhero without a logo. The way Lashley MVP ran into the ring post looked evil. This main event was another match with a Hell in a Cell spot on the line. If Lynch could defeat Asuka, she would be added to the Raw women's title fight at the pay-per-view. Big Time Becks initially tried to embarrass Asuka, but she quickly realized she wouldn't be able to do that with The Empress. Lynch attempted to dodge an armbar within minutes of the game starting. Bianca Belair watched from the commentary table as Lynch continued to try to win by any means possible. By the time we got to the last few minutes, they were beating the life out of each other. Becky avoided a ringside kick that hit Belair, but as they got back in the ring, Lynch rolled The Empress into a pin to score the win. The ending was a little abrupt but the match as a whole was great and probably the best of the night. Asuka and Lynch have the kind of chemistry that takes years of fighting to build. Becky has really embraced her brutal side, and it's kind of fun. Asuka has such a nice twisting elbow. It always looks brutal, but somehow it doesn't hurt anyone. A few kicks from Asuka looked a little stiffer than she might have intended, but Lynch sold it all perfectly.

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How the Spanish Grand Prix reset the title fight

With Max Verstappen overtaking Charles Leclerc in the Championship and Mercedes showing signs of a resurgence, F1 could be set for a three-team title fight. (Author: Gardener)

Grand PrixAfter six laps, only six points separate Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc at the top of the championship and on track there is next to no difference between the performance of Red Bull and Ferrari. Meanwhile Mercedes has finally started to unleash its car's potential and open up the prospect of three teams battling for victories in the upcoming races. The reliability issues that cost Verstappen 36 points earlier in the season were partially offset by Leclerc losing 25 points to his own troubles on Sunday. Ferrari, who had enjoyed strong reliability up to this point in the season, eventually showed some mechanical weaknesses, although it should be noted that Verstappen's Red Bull remains a temperamental beast, with the rear wing's Drag Reduction System (DRS) refusing to obey his commands while fighting for position with George Russell's Mercedes. Leclerc's shortened race leaves unanswered questions about the true difference in performance between Ferrari and Red Bull, but by lap 27 it looked like he was firmly in control of the race as Verstappen had to fend off an uncharacteristic error. The result is a championship that's incredibly difficult to call between the front two, combined with the added spice of Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton entering the fray. Verstappen's victory in Spain means he's won every race he's finished this season. With two wins - in Bahrain and Australia - his car's reliability has let him down, so it's easy to assume he's unbeatable this year. In the two events where Verstappen retired, he did so from second place after being surpassed by Leclerc. Furthermore, his last win at Barcelona was far from easy and would have been second if Leclerc's car hadn't let him down on lap 27. After trailing behind Red Bull at Imola and Miami, Ferrari brought a significant upgrade to its car at Barcelona. The new package, based on an improved floor design, was Ferrari's first major attempt to squeeze more performance out of the car since pre-season testing began. Rivals Red Bull have added new parts since the start of the season, but Ferrari have taken a more tiered approach to upgrades, hoping to squeeze a big leap in performance out of each one. In Friday practice it looked like Ferrari didn't find the performance they had hoped for as both drivers struggled with excessive tire degradation but by Saturday the team had adjusted their car setup to the new parts and unlocked a small but significant advantage over them Red Bull. Reflecting on Sunday night's race, Leclerc was convinced he would have won the race had he not encountered reliability issues. “I think it would have been difficult for them to catch up because there would have been quite a big gap and we had a very good degradation on the soft tires and we could do a few more laps compared to them. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes it might have been closer had the race gone ahead due to tire degradation on Carlos Sainz's Ferrari towards the end of the race and the fact that Leclerc seemed committed to a two-stop strategy while Verstappen found one "I think if you look at the degradation that Carlos has in the second half of the race, I think we actually did very well," said Horner. "I think it's a shame," said Horner. We didn't see the race between Charles and Max today because I thought it would have been very close. I think the cars are still very close.” But that ignores the fact that Sainz was struggling with a car failure after his mistake early in the race, which will not have helped his tire management or performance. It also ignores the more important fact that Verstappen struggled to overtake rival cars due to a problem with his DRS, which kept him behind Russell's Mercedes for 18 laps and meant Red Bull had to ask teammate Perez to let him pass to win the race After securing pole position and leading the first 27 laps of the race, Leclerc was optimistic about the overall progress Ferrari had made in Spain: “Obviously there is this problem with the car and I'm very disappointed, but on the other hand I think there are a lot of positive signs throughout the weekend. “Our qualifying pace, the new package worked as expected, which is not always a given, and everything worked well with our race pace and tire management. Tire management in the last two races we struggled quite a bit compared to Red Bull and today it was strong.” In situations like this I think it's good to also look at the positives and there are a lot of those today.” Since the first test, the Italian team have held an advantage over their rivals at slow speed corners and the absence of long straights, where Verstappen has often benefited from his Red Bull's lower-drag aerodynamic package, means Ferrari are increasing their lead over their rivals Complicating the battle between Ferrari and Red Bull is a resurgent Mercedes Earlier in the season, the world champions were confident they had a car with the potential to challenge for victories, but the W13's tendency to jump on its suspension, when the bottom of the car is pressed into the road surface - a phenomenon called "porpoise" since it Getting cars to mimic the motion of a bottlenose dolphin moving through water - at high speed meant the potential remained locked. To stop the bouncing, which in extreme cases damaged the car and in any case made it incredibly difficult to drive, Mercedes had to raise the rear ground clearance. Downforce and performance were traded off, and for the first five races the potential the team had seen in their factory simulations remained unattainable. Updates to the floor were introduced in Spain to reduce bouncing and Mercedes were able to find a setup that allowed the car's true power to be harnessed. Russell qualified 0.6 seconds behind Charles Leclerc on Saturday, but Mercedes engineers believe the race performance is just 0.3 seconds per lap. Hamilton's performance was particularly impressive as he fought his way back from 19th to fifth after an early puncture (having briefly finished fourth before a water leak and overheating concerns forced him to retire). At times, Hamilton was the fastest driver on track as Mercedes adjusted its strategy to allow him to return to the track after each pit stop with the road clear in front of him. If you subtract the 40 seconds he lost from his race time on the first lap, he would have been in contention for second place alongside Perez and ahead of teammate Russell. After the race, Toto Wolff said the car looked like a championship winner but took the opportunity to clarify these comments with the media later that evening. "What I meant to say is that I saw a race car today that reminded me of the race cars from previous seasons where you're more than 30 seconds behind the entire field and you get to the front of the podium," said Wolff. "But we just need a car that's capable of finishing first and second. We saw today that Ferrari didn't score many points when they should have, now that the jumping issues are better understood Mercedes hopes it can focus on improving performance."I think we're literally learning as we go," said Wolff. what we need to do to put the power back into the car.” “With Lewis we probably had the fastest race car today, he ended up being 50 seconds down and catching up all the way and he was the fast at parts of the race ste, and that shows the potential the car has. The battle for victories will force both Leclerc and Verstappen to up their games significantly. In addition, Russell's 36-point gap to Verstappen will look much smaller if Red Bull and Ferrari remain in place and Russell can fight for wins At 64 points, Hamilton's deficit looks much harder to close than his team-mates, but spread over 16 races it equates to just four points per race.

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Rubina Dilaik Says "Never Stop Learning" And Inspires Fans With Her Training Photos From The Air

Rubina Dilaik is one of the hottest and most talented actresses in the Telly world. The Bigg Boss 14 winner is very active online and often shares pictures and videos on popular trends. The actress recently shared pictures from her aerial photo... (Author: Gardener)

Rubina DilaikRubina Dilaik is one of the hottest and most talented actresses in the Telly world. She enjoys a huge following on social media and her fans love her stunning fashion sense. The Bigg Boss 14 winner is very active online and often shares pictures and videos on popular trends. Rubina attaches great importance to her training routine and also prefers to eat healthily. The actress recently shared pictures from her aerial workouts and we're definitely in awe of her dedication. In the post shared by the actress, she balances in the air with the help of a fabric rope. She also shared pictures of herself balancing while turning around and lying horizontally with the help of the cloth rope. Rubina Dilaik rose to fame with the show Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki. She was last seen on the reality show Bigg Boss 14 and was the season's winner. She will now star in the stunt reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 hosted by Rohit Shetty. Speaking of the show, Rubina Dilaik said: "I have overcome many obstacles in life that have made me stronger and I am very motivated and excited to be part of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'. Lots of love to all my fans and I want them to support me in this new endeavor.” Also Read: Rubina Dilaik as part of Khatron Ke Khiladi 12; Actress says she's 'very motivated and excited'

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Will the Mavericks avoid being swept by the warriors?

Now in a 3-0 hole in the Western Conference Finals, do the Dallas Mavericks have a chance to make that series interesting against the Golden State Warriors? (Author: Gardener)

MavericksWith a new head coach in Jason Kidd and a lot of questions about their roster earlier in the year, I'm not sure anyone expected the Dallas Mavericks to reach the Western Conference Finals. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure many outside of Dallas and the Mavericks locker room actually thought they were good enough to win a playoff series! Well, the Mavericks did just that, knocking out the Utah Jazz in six games and making it into the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2011. It took a team seven games to win an away game in the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, but it was the Mavericks who shocked the NBA world and the Suns by more than 30 points with 64 wins defeated in front of their sold out home loyalists. Luka Doncic's rise to become one of the league's greatest players at just 23 years old has been remarkable and the history of the 2021-22 Mavericks has been fairytale at times. Unfortunately, the clock seems to strike midnight as Dallas is running out of time in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Luka Doncic has been spectacular but the talent gap between these two teams is truly outstanding. Golden State simply has more talent and more experience than Dallas late in the postseason, which is why they've dominated this series by every measure so far. The Warriors pass them, beat them in paint and break Dallas' defenses leaving the Mavericks really running out of answers to turn to in such a short amount of time. Teams that have gone 3-0 up in any playoff series are 146-0 all-time in NBA playoff history, which is very concerning for the Dallas Mavericks and their fan base. Golden State has been on the losing side of NBA history before when they led the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals and ended up losing the series, becoming the first team ever to lose in the NBA Finals after leading it 3-1, but Luka Doncic is no LeBron James and the Mavericks don't have the size to paint the Warriors. Not to mention that no one in the playoffs could stop the Warriors' dominant trio. Wait, you think I'm talking about Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? These guys are great, but I'm talking about the other trio that did all the dirty work to make Curry, Thompson and Green so successful. Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole were spectacular in the playoffs for Golden State and each played their part against the Mavericks in the series to perfection. As Luka Doncic's main defender and arguably the most valuable goalscorer on the wing, Wiggins really proved why he was a former No. 1 overall and why he was named an All-Star for the first time this season. Given the Mavericks have no length underneath, Kevon Looney has dominated the glass in this series, averaging 9.7 rebounds per game and plenty of second-chance scoring chances for one of the top scoring teams in the league. Not to mention he had 21 points (career high) and 12 rebounds in Game 2, arguably the best game of Looney's career in a Warriors uniform. Jordan Poole has very quickly become the third "splash brother" for Golden State and is on track to earn a top-flight contract. From the Mavericks' perspective, there's just no competition with the Warriors right now, as Golden State lets them beat them in every single category. From 2015 to 2019, the Golden State Warriors were the most dominant team in the NBA, making five straight NBA Finals and winning three titles. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and others are all healthy and suddenly it looks like this dynasty is going nowhere as the Warriors are now just one game away from making the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the last eight seasons. Can the Dallas Mavericks make this series competitive? They absolutely can, and we saw exactly what the Mavericks were capable of in this playoff against the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors are not the Suns, however, and they are the only team in the playoffs to have multiple players with championship experience. Perhaps they'll avoid getting carried away by Golden State, but right now it's hard to imagine the Mavericks still having anything mental to offer the Warriors, especially given that beating the Phoenix Suns this year marked their "NBA." -Final" was. * 3 things we learned from Game 3 of Sunday's Warriors-Mavericks Western Conference Finals: The Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 in Game 3 of Sunday's Western Conference Finals to take a 3-0 lead .

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Warriors poised to return to NBA Finals barring a historic Mavericks comeback

The Mavericks are staring at a 3-0 deficit as they were outplayed 62-47 in the second half. One reason for this is the inconsistency of Luka Doncic's supporting cast. (Author: Gardener)

Mavericks"I'm not going to fast-forward," Curry said after a 109-100 win in Game 3 for a 3-0 lead in the series. "I'm not going to fast-forward," Curry said after a 109-100 win in Game 3 for a 3-0 lead in the series. “We can play better but we find ways to win games. “We can play better but we find ways to win games. There is no expectation other than the challenge ahead and the challenge now is to finish a streak against a really good team to get the chance to win the final again.” There is no expectation other than the challenge ahead and the challenge now is to finish a streak against a really good team to get another chance to win the final.” They can make it to an even 10, Luka Doncic and eliminate the Dallas Mavericks and return to the NBA Finals after a three-year absence with a Game 4 win in Dallas Tuesday night. They can make it to an even 10, eliminate Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and return to the NBA Finals after a three-year absence with a Game 4 win in Dallas on Tuesday night. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have won nine straight games in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have won nine straight games in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors haven't lost in the West Finals since closing a 3-2 deficit against Houston in 2018 when they won the last of their three titles in four years by beating Cleveland. Golden State defeated Portland to the Finals for the fifth straight season in 2019 before losing to Toronto in six games. The Mavericks are playing past the first round for the first time since freshman coach Jason Kidd was the point guard on the Dirk Nowitzki-led team that won the 2011 title. Dallas trailed 2-0 to top-seeded Phoenix in the West semifinals before winning twice as the home team won their opening six games. The Mavs stunned the Suns with a 33-point win in Game 7 in Phoenix and finished Doncic a year ahead of Nowitzki's schedule in making his first Conference Finals. Golden State rebounded from 19 points down to win Game 2 at home before erasing a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes of the first half in Game 3 — and any hope that Dallas could complete its Phoenix feat repeated, finished. Instead of winning four out of five, the Mavericks need to win the final four games of the series. Doncic scored 21 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, but a desperate rally in Dallas never gained traction. "I think I played the first two quarters very badly. That's on me," Doncic said after the Mavs fell to 2-6 in three playoff years when their All-Star scored at least 40 points. "But I'm still learning. I think after this season is over, whatever we are, I think we're going to look back and learn a lot of things. I'm still learning a lot.” Doncic also learned what it's like to be on the wrong end of a moment that will live on forever on highlight reels. Yes, the same Wiggins who drew criticism from some after being selected as an All-Star starter in his first appearance that year. He got the nod over Doncic, who started the season poorly by his standards due to weight and conditioning issues. That wasn't Wiggins' only dunk en route to a playoff career-high 27 points, and he had another of his six offensive rebounds, just one fewer than Dallas as a team. The 2014 No. 1 overall pick was also one of Doncic's key defenders in a multi-faceted system that has limited Dallas' career triple-double leaders to five assists per game -- three below his career playoff average. "You can't win the playoffs without guys like Wiggs. We're basically mirroring Doncic's minutes so Wiggs can stay with him and he's a different guy like Steph who just never gets tired. The Mavericks are in poor form this series because they were outplayed 62-47 on average in the second half. In Game 3, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 of Dallas' 28 bank points after beating the Mavs' reserves 36-13 in Game 2. For now, the Mavs need to think they can prolong things. Tim Connelly is leaving his job as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets to take on a similar role with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Connelly approved the deal on Monday, the Timberwolves announced. Connelly, 45, steadily built the Nuggets into a playoff staple with draft picks including two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray. Connelly's decision to switch teams within the Western Conference's Northwest Division was first reported by The Athletic and ESPN. The deal reportedly has a five-year term and is worth more than $40 million. Connelly will manage a Timberwolves team led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. The Timberwolves are coming off a 46-win season and making their first playoff appearance since 2018. They brought the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to six games before being eliminated. Connelly's first opportunity to improve upon the promising roster he inherited will come in a month's draft when the Timberwolves have a 19th overall pick in the first round. Towns has two years and more than $69 million left in the contract, and if he's an All-NBA selection, he's eligible for a maximum extension. He will enter the final year of his contract on a salary of more than $31 million for 2022-23 after another season of ups and downs and disagreements that stretched into the playoff series against the Grizzlies. The Timberwolves could also use some help at the power forward spot, where Jarred Vanderbilt has been the main starter this season. The 23-year-old Vanderbilt averaged 6.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He was traded to the Nuggets by Connelly in 2018 and sent to the Timberwolves in a multi-team deal in 2020. The Nuggets won 48 games this season, despite missing Murray (knee) for the entire season and Michael Porter Jr (back) for all but nine games. With Connelly gone, the Nuggets could hand over more responsibilities to general manager Calvin Booth.

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Bettor turned down a $120,000 payout for Liverpool to win in a quadruple

Tanya Hanley placed a £100 ($125) bet on Liverpool a week before the start of the season to win an unprecedented quadruple at odds of 3,671/1. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolAs if watching Liverpool lose by a single point to Manchester City in the Premier League title race on the final day of the season wasn't stressful enough, one Reds fan also took the double whammy when he missed out on a huge windfall result. Ten months ago, Tanya Hanley placed a £100 ($125) accumulator bet on her side to win an unprecedented quadruple a week before the start of the 2021-22 season at odds of 3,671/1. Put simply, if the Reds won both domestic cups, the Premier League and Champions League, in the same campaign, Hanley would be repaid the life-changing sum of £367,100 ($461,600). Heading into the last day of the league season on Sunday, Betfair made a point of highlighting the bet on social media and detailing what was at stake for the 'Quadruple Queen'. Hanley also revealed that her accumulator was the first bet she had ever made and that she opened an account only to return it in early August. - ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U. - Don't have ESPN? "I just felt like Liverpool could do it and something big was about to happen," she said for Liverpool at All Four Winning trophies and I opened an account and placed my very first bet." After Liverpool had already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, the early payout offer on Hanley's bet continued to rise, reaching £22,712 ($28,550), when As Jurgen Klopp's side prepared to face Wolves in their final league game, Betfair saw fit to up Hanley's quadruple payout offer up to £35,000 ($44,000) on the morning of the game, even giving her the option of a partial payment Cash-out deal that would see her pocket £25,000 ($31,400) up front and a further £100,000 ($125,700) if the Reds win the Premier League and Champions League Hanley's confidence in her side was So Big Both Offers Were We upped Tanya's Quadruple Cash Out offer from £22,712 to £35,000 this morning! We also offered her an increased partial cash out offer - now £25,000 + another £100,000 win if Liverpool lift both the PL and UCL pic.twitter.com/gwzpWT1ARA— Betfair (@Betfair) 22nd May 2022 Tensions even began to rise Over the course of the final day, Man City fell back against Aston Villa through a shock goal from Matty Cash, reducing their lead at the top of the table from a point to a mere goal difference. Meanwhile, Liverpool were tied 1-1 with Wolves and needed just one more goal to put their rivals at the top. By that time, Hanley's cashout offer had risen to £62,317 ($78,300), but she still refused to budge, with an unshakable belief that her side would be able to pull off a miracle. 📈 LATEST LIVE CASHOUT OFFER: £62,371 HT: Liverpool 1-1 Wolves HT: Man City 0-1 Villa pic.twitter.com/pEkklLUFJD— Betfair (@Betfair) 22 May 2022 Sure enough, City looked when would have capitulated at the worst possible moment as they fell two goals down in the final 20 minutes of the season at the Etihad. Over at Anfield, Mohamed Salah had come on as a substitute and Liverpool were turning their backs on the game in a desperate quest to find a winner against Wolves when Tanya's cash offer soared to a staggering £95,000 ($120,000). Withdrawal offer of £95,000. Huge 20 minutes to go... - Betfair (@Betfair) May 22, 2022 Three goals in five dizzying minutes sealed a 3-2 victory for Pep Guardiola's resurgent side, who completely wiped out Liverpool's result and City for the fourth time Title bestowed in five years. Jürgen Klopp's team won 3-1, but in the end it didn't matter because they ended up in second place. City clinched the title by a point and their quest for the quadruple was heartbreakingly dashed. With a £367,100 jackpot at stake, Hanley didn't cash out. pic.twitter.com/nGKlELB7Rx— M a c c a (@macca_689908) May 22, 2022 As City fans celebrated wildly after Ilkay Gundogan's second goal and City's third goal sealed another title, Tanya's win went up in smoke. This could be a good time to close that betting account and lose the password forever.

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The what-if question that haunts Liverpool as a title bid falls short

Liverpool came up just short as Man City won the Premier League title again. But for Jurgen Klopp's men, it's all about the what-ifs. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolLiverpool could still end the 2021-22 season as Treble winners if they add the Champions League to the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, which Jurgen Klopp's players have already won this year, but if they analyze how they missed out Winning the Premier League title it is will amount to seven crucial minutes. Manchester City were 2-0 behind Aston Villa at home while Liverpool besieged Wolves' goal at Anfield, desperate to score the goal that would put them ahead and take them top of the table in under 20 minutes would. Some City fans had already given up Pep Guardiola's team at the Etihad and ESPN's Rob Dawson reported that a number were beginning to drift out of the stadium, making it seemingly inevitable that Liverpool would score and take the initiative at Anfield . Had Liverpool been able to score their second goal while City were 2-0 down, who knows what a demoralizing blow it would have dealt Guardiola's players? But it was City who scored the next goal, with Ilkay Gundogan sparking the onslaught who scored three goals in five minutes and changed the mood at the Etihad. Liverpool missed their moment and the atmosphere at Anfield went from euphoric to silent in a matter of seconds. But after Liverpool eventually beat Wolves 3-1 and finished the season with 92 points - one fewer than City - Liverpool's failure to win a second title in three years is down to the fine margins that make the difference. They have lost just two league games all season - at West Ham and Leicester - and finished the 2022 season as the only undefeated side. So it's the near misses that will haunt Klopp and his players. Liverpool were 2-0 at Chelsea after 26 minutes on January 2 but ended in a 2-2 draw. Klopp's team also conceded winning positions to draws against Brentford, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Despite being 18 points clear of third-placed Chelsea, Liverpool ended the season having failed to beat any of the top four, drawing twice against City, Chelsea and Spurs. So these are the games where the title was lost, although it seems hard to find fault with a team that has accumulated so many points and only lost twice. But on the final day of the season, in the final moments, Liverpool had a chance to really turn City around by continuing against Wolves and they couldn't pull it off. By the time Mohamed Salah managed to put Liverpool ahead in the 84th minute, City had already turned defeat into victory, scoring three goals in five minutes through Gundogan (twice) and Rodri. It's Liverpool's misfortune to be enjoying their prime under Klopp while City rack up trophies under Guardiola. In the last four years, Liverpool have won a title and finished second to City twice - with 92 points this season and 97 in 2018-19. Those numbers would have been enough to win the title in all but four of the 30 seasons during the Premier League era, but Liverpool happen to compete with a team that have set the bar so much higher than the previous champions. "Ninety-two points is crazy in all the games we play," said Klopp. Where Liverpool have surpassed Guardiola's City is in the Champions League and Klopp's side can put further light between themselves and their Mancunian rivals when they beat Real Madrid in Paris next Saturday. It will be Liverpool's third Champions League final in five seasons and they can win a second European Cup - and seventh overall - in that span by winning at the Stade de France. Of course, City still have to win the Champions League. After Liverpool came so close and endured such dramatic tensions on the last day of the league season, it will take time to get over the disappointment of missing out on the title and the unlikely glory of the quadruple. But the only thing that matters is a seventh European win before Saturday and if they can do that, the missed title will quickly fade from memory. “I would have preferred that they [City] were up 5-0 after 10 minutes so we could just play the game, but the season was close, so close.

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