Khris Middleton and Devin Booker both had 40-point games but it was the Milwaukee Bucks who rallied late in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a miraculous Giannis Antetokounmpo block, to take Game 4 109-103 and tie the series at 2-2.
Middleton scored 10 consecutive points in the final period and 40 overall for a new playoff career-high as the Bucks evened the NBA Finals with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
He converted four free throws after making a challenged lefty layup and two jumpers to carry the Bucks over the line and turn the remaining games into a best-of-three for the championship.
Milwaukee overcame 42 points from Devin Booker in what was a bounce-back performance for the Suns shooting guard.
Tied at 99, Middleton put the Bucks up by two with a smooth jumper from the left elbow and Giannis Antetokounmpo blocked Deandre Ayton on a lob at the other end with an incredible defensive play, swinging the momentum firmly in favour of the home team.
Clutch play after clutch play helped the Bucks flip a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter into a six-point victory.
Booker reached 40 points to tie the game at 97, answering Connaughton’s corner three at the other end.
Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, along with nine assists. On something of an off night, Chris Paul had 10 points, seven assists and five turnovers. Ayton, meanwhile, had six points and a game-high 17 rebounds for Phoenix.
A trailing Antetokounmpo secured Jrue Holiday’s miss, on which Booker appeared to make enough contact to be called for his sixth personal foul, and dropped in an easy two that made it 95-94 with 3:30 remaining.
Booker went to the bench when he was whistled for his fifth foul on an aggressive boxout of P.J. Tucker with 10:47 left in the game and returned at the 5:55 mark. This proved a decisive stretch in the game.
As the Bucks tried three different defenders in front of him, Booker scored 18 in the third quarter and made all seven of his shot attempts.
Ragged execution and stagnant offense – one field goal in its first 10 second-half attempts — threatened to erase Milwaukee from the picture in the third. But Phoenix turnovers kept the game within reach for the Bucks, even as the Suns surged on a 9-3 run to end the period.
Booker had a game-high 20 points in the first half on 8-of-15 shooting, and Middleton led Milwaukee with 16. The game was tied at 52-all.
Germany police conducted a “major operation” on Friday afternoon in the city located north of Bavaria. Police said people had been killed and injured during the incident, but did not disclose exact numbers.
German police said a suspect has been arrested after being shot by officers.
German newspaper Bild reports three people were killed and six others injured.
The force reassured the public there is no wider threat to safety.
The incident took place at around 5pm in the downtown region of Barbarossaplatz.
Lower Franconia police tweeted: “The attacker was overpowered after police used a firearm.
“There are no indications of a second suspect.
“There is NO danger to the population.”
Wurzburg has a population of around 130,000 and is located south east of Frankfurt.
Manchester United are finally closing in on the signing of Jadon Sancho but are still yet to meet Borussia Dortmund‘s asking price, according to reports. The Red Devils have been admirers of the 21-year-old for some time and have reignited their pursuit of his services after launching a failed attempt to bring him to Old Trafford last summer.
United came agonisingly close but were unable to agree a fee with Dortmund, who stood firm in their desire to keep hold of the man from Camberwell.
He stayed in Germany as a result, going on to play a crucial role for his side last season with 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions.
However, the 20-time Premier League champions are determined to follow through on their interest this time around and have acted quickly to negotiate a summer move for their long-term target.
Talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for a number of weeks, but it seems as though a final agreement could soon be on the cards, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
It is claimed that all parties are confident of Sancho joining United ‘in the next days’, with the Red Devils looking to finalise add-ons and the structure of their bid.
Despite this, their reported offer of £72.6million still falls short of the £81m wanted by Dortmund in order to part ways with the forward.
Although there is still work to be done for United, they are seemingly closer than ever to bringing former City prospect Sancho back to Manchester.
Personal terms and agent fees are said to have been rubber-stamped, with Dortmund of the persuasion that a deal could be on the horizon.
United’s decision to negotiate add-ons may well bring the value of their total package up to the Bundesliga outfit’s asking price, suggesting that Sancho’s long and painful transfer saga could finally be nearing its conclusion.
The Red Devils are said to be eyeing a number of other additions this summer, with the capture of a new central defender to partner Harry Maguire also believed to be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s agenda.
However, United legend Gary Neville recently suggested that Sancho’s arrival would be all the Norwegian boss needs to mount a renewed Premier League title challenge next season.
“I think Sancho comes in on that right-hand side, with [Mason] Greenwood as a potential back-up,” Neville told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football last month.
“Up front you’ve then got [Edinson] Cavani and Greenwood. On the left [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial, and then you’ve got [Paul] Pogba who could potentially fit there if he’s not playing in midfield.
“If you sign [Harry] Kane or [Erling] Haaland, which is what’s being mooted, I don’t think that works for Manchester United.
“[The policy of] allowing young players to emerge like Greenwood, making sure Rashford plays. [Donny] van de Beek can’t get a game. I think it’s Sancho and that’s their business done.”
United finished as Premier League runners-up last season, with City clinching the title in style after stretching to a 12-point lead over their bitter rivals.
Manchester City are reportedly prepared to outbid their rivals to complete a deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer. The England captain has asked to leave Spurs in pursuit of silverware.
Kane has not won a major trophy in his senior career, despite coming close in two League Cup finals and in the club’s 2019 Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.
City’s dominance of English football under Pep Guardiola would entice the 27-year-old to move to the Premier League champions.
The club are one of very few worldwide who can afford Kane. Manchester United, Chelsea and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain are also keen – but City are willing to finance a move that will cost at least £120million.
Kane is believed to earn around £200,000 per week at Tottenham.
The forward, who has scored 32 times this season, believes he holds the cards despite still having three years remaining on his contract.
“I think there is definitely a conversation to be had. It’s a moment where I have to reflect and have a conversation with the chairman,” Kane told the former Man Utd defender in an interview filmed before news of him asking to leave broke earlier this week.
“I hope we have a good enough relationship. After 16 years, I hope that we can have an honest conversation.
“I hope we have a good enough relationship. I’ve given the club… well, I’ve been there 16 years of my life. So, I hope that we can have a good, honest conversation and see where we are at in that aspect.
“I don’t want to have come to the end of my career and have any regrets.
“So, I want to be the best that I can be. I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.
“I still feel like I’ve still got almost another career to play. I’ve got another seven or eight years. I’m not rushing anything. I’m not desperate to do anything.
“I feel like for sure I’ve got so much more to give. I feel like I can be even better than what I’ve been. I can produce better numbers than what I’m producing at the moment.
“I’m not afraid to say that I want to be the best. I’m not afraid to say I want to try get on the level that Ronaldo and Messi got to. You know, that’s my ultimate goal.
“That’s my aim, to be winning trophies season in, season out. Scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out.
The 28-year-old also scored the decisive winning goal against Milan in the Europa League to take United into the quarter final.
But this has not deterred Raiola from touting Pogba for a move, and speaking in the Athletic, suggested there is a lot of interest in the player.
“I talk to a lot of sporting directors, managers, trainers and he is widely appreciated,” the agent said.
“I always say there is only one truth in everything. It’s not what I think, it’s not what you think, it’s what the market thinks. So the day that Paul Pogba doesn’t have a club anymore, then he would not be appreciated or under-appreciated.
“But today, if somebody asks me, ‘Can you find a club for Paul?’ I could take my nephew of five (years old) and find a club for Paul at a high level.”
The transfer window is on the verge of going striker crazy as the race to land Erling Haaland heats up.
Borussia Dortmund’s star man is on the wish list of every top club across Europe following his lethal displays in the Bundesliga.
And with his £65million release clause not due to come into play next year, potential suitors are already preparing to jump the gun and splash out to land his signature this summer.
With the future of Kylian Mbappe also up in the air, there is a sense of desperation from Europe’s elite in the battle to sign either of world football’s biggest talents.
But they’re not the only No.9’s on the market attracting interest with clubs bracing themselves to miss out on the game’s leading duo.
Here are 8 strikers who could be on the move in the coming months.
He may be into his twilight years, but Serie A’s leading goalscorer still knows where the net is and has plenty still to offer at the top level.
Juventus are restricted by Ronaldo’s extortionate wages and would rather offload him this summer for a fee than lose him for nothing.
Meanwhile Real Madrid are keen on sealing the forward’s return in the summer if the figures work out.
Zinedine Zidane admitted it “may be true” that Ronaldo could be heading back to the Bernabeu in the future.
Crucially Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has frequently talked up a move to Juventus, and Ronaldo’s departure could help speed up that move if a space opens up in their squad.
Madrid will no doubt want to keep themselves in mind for both Haaland and Mbappe in 2022, but Ronaldo could be a short-term solution.
Man City’s record goalscorer looks to be in his final days at the Etihad as his contract winds down.
The Argentine turns 33 in June and is struggling to hold down a regular berth at City, with his departure in the summer now expected.
But Aguero will have no shortage of offers considering he will be available on a free, with speculation linking him with a switch to Barcelona.
Given some of the astronimical fees being touted elsewhere, he could be the bargain of the window.
In pre-Covid times Tottenham’s talisman would have been hot property this summer with his side struggling to ensure qualification to the Champions League next season.
Kane first teased a move away last March when he suggested he would not stay at Spurs “for the sake of it” if they could not match his ambition.
At 28 and still in search of his first major trophy, time is running out for the England captain to land some silverware.
However, he seems tied to Tottenham for the foreseeable future on a contract which doesn’t expire until 2024.
Only a huge bid will entice Daniel Levy to the negotiating table, but there aren’t many clubs who could justify that sort of expenditure on a player whose peak years are numbered.
That said, Kane has plenty of admirers – one of whom is now in charge at cash-rich PSG – and he could well force Tottenham’s hand if he is willing to push his way out of the club.
Whether Man Utd were planning on signing another striker so soon is unclear, but their stop-gap acquisition of Cavani appears it could be nothing more than a brief fling.
The Uruguayan is reportedly unhappy in England, according to his father, and is eyeing a return to South America quicker than originally planned.
Boca Juniors are interested and the culmination of Cavani’s one-year deal at Old Trafford would free him up to make the move.
United are keen to exercise the one-year extension in Cavani’s deal, but if he departs there will be a void to be filled.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down suggestions of any big-money signings in the off-season, with the likes of Kane and Haaland on the market, he may feel its better to act sooner, rather than later.
A striker reborn since leaving Man Utd, Lukaku has been banging in goals for fun in Italy and looks every inch the world class striker he has always threatened to be.
It seems crazy to think he is still only 27, and has a chance to showcase his talents further in this summers Euros, with Belgium among the favourites.
He seems happy under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan but recent reports claim Man City have a ‘genuine interest’ in snapping him up as a possible replacement for Aguero.
The opportunity to return to the Premier League would no doubt appeal, particularly with a side guaranteed to bring him trophies.
And to do so for his former club’s rivals would make it all the sweeter.
In a shock transfer twist Man City boss Pep Guardiola is also weighing up a move for Southampton frontman Danny Ings.
With Aguero set to move on and City already low on strikers, Ings would represent an affordable option to tie things over until the likes of Haaland and Mbappe are closer to the exit door at their respective clubs.
City are almost certain to be in the picture for Haaland and Guardiola has done well without a No.9 in a number of fixtures this season, making another campaign of making do hardly a problem.
Ings is involved in his own contract standoff with Southampton which could persuade them to cash-in on the 28-year-old, but after his frustrating stint at Liverpool, would he want to play second fiddle at a big club again?
Following in Haaland’s footsteps, the man now supplying the goals at Red Bull Salzburg may be on the verge of taking the next step on the football ladder himself.
Daka, 22, has been in prolific form for the Austrian club, netting 27 times already this season.
Naturally that has caught the attentions of top clubs, with Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal all said to be keeping tabs on his progress.
The Zambian is valued at around £25million, making him one of the steals of the summer should any clubs take the plunge.
He was also quick to mention his lifelong support of Liverpool, who hold strong likes with Salzburg from their negotiations for Takumi Minamino.