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Bryan Caraway’s career blossoming after upsetting Aljamain Sterling May 29
Defeating the previously unbeaten No. 4-ranked bantamweight is nothing compared to the struggles Caraway has overcome in his personal life.

White Mamba Minute: Scal breaks down Bieber May 29
Scal takes aim at the "lights out" shooting of pop superstar Justin Bieber.

The secret to Klay Thompson's epic record-breaking performance May 29
Klay Thompson delivered a 41-point night for the ages to save the Warriors' season and force a Game 7.

Sources: Bucks hiring Jazz's Justin Zanik as GM-in-waiting May 28
Utah's assistant GM will eventually succeed John Hammond as Milwaukee's GM.

Pelicans forward Bryce Dejean-Jones dead at 23 May 28
The rookie died early Saturday morning in Dallas from injuries sustained from an apparent gun-shot wound.

LeBron James is going to the NBA Finals yet again, and don't take it for granted May 28
LeBron is headed to his sixth straight Finals. Never has he seemed more ready to deliver a championship to Cleveland.

Ole Miss-conduct in a nutshell: Laremy Tunsil's 5 parents, 4 loaners May 27
When Mississippi shocked the college football world and signed the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation in 2013, it didn't pass the smell test for a lot of people. Turns out they were smelling something, all right.

UFC Fight Night 88 headlined by battle of unbeaten fighters May 27
Bantamweights Cody Garbrandt and seventh-ranked Thomas Almeida square off in the main event Sunday.

The Woj Report: Mike D'Antoni's promise May 27
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down the process that brought Mike D'Antoni to Houston.

For Manchester United, hiring Jose Mourinho is more by default than design May 27
The hiring of the controversial Portuguese manager was a drawn-out, tiresome and bungled piece of business by the English Premier League side.

Warriors have reason to believe again after extending their season May 27
Golden State "ain't going home" just yet, as Stephen Curry declared after beating the Thunder in Game 5.

Rockhold-Bisping: Who won initial war of words? May 26
Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping are two of MMA's savviest talkers, so the buildup to UFC 199 isn't lacking in entertainment.

Why NCAA shouldn't punish Baylor football after latest scandal May 26
Those clamoring for the NCAA to punish Baylor are missing the point. This shouldn't be about football.

Sources: Mike D'Antoni finalizing contract to coach Rockets May 26
The former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach will get a four-year contract in Houston.

The Rose Rule: Why it needs to change May 26
A little-known CBA rule contains some odd criteria and potentially serious cap ramifications.

Revelatory interview puts Nate Diaz in UFC's elite star class May 26
Diaz's attitude and fighting style made him a draw well before beating Conor McGregor. But an interview Wednesday pushed him to a new echelon.

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox closing in on Cubs May 26
Chicago still holds the top spot, but Boston and San Francisco have jumped up in Tim Brown's latest update.

Baylor sold its soul to the devil for gridiron glory May 26
Baylor University left a trail of raped and beaten victims feeling helpless and used, collateral damage in the school's quest to win football games.

Sources: David Fizdale agrees to coach Grizzlies May 26
The Miami Heat assistant agreed to a four-year deal that includes a team option for the last year.

Head games: Fear and respect in the NBA May 26
It's not the talk or the emotion that opponents must beware. It's the quiet focus of a superstar.

White Mamba Minute: Warriors on the brink May 26
Can Golden State do anything to negate the Thunder's advantages in size and length?

From shaken to stirred: Kyrie Irving learns lesson in composure May 26
Rattled for two games in Toronto, the Cavs' point guard settled down in Game 5 and helped lead Cleveland's rout.

How the Cavs challenged Kevin Love to find his game May 26
The Cavs are on the brink of another trip to the NBA Finals. This time, their Big Three looks healthy and productive enough to lead them.

Even on a day when he was '[expletive],' Jake Arrieta still made history May 25
The Cubs' ace wasn't at his best against the Cardinals, but he didn't need to be to continue his remarkable run.

Freddie Roach on Pacman/Olympics and who's to blame for Canelo-GGG not happening May 25
The Hall of Fame trainer had plenty to say regarding the state of boxing today.

Desperate for a win, Jeremy Stephens faces challenge in Renan Barao May 25
Stephens referred to Barao as “a mentally broken Brazilian” and said he wants to make a point in his fight on Sunday.

Wednesdays with Brownie: Want to speed up MLB? Here are some options May 25
If we’re going to have a discussion about which parts of the game no longer need to be played, then why stop at the intentional walk?

The Vertical Pod with Woj: Chris Herren May 25
Chris Herren discusses the horrific details of his struggles with drug addiction and the power of sobriety.

Draymond Green on Warriors' fall from 73 wins to 3-1 hole: 'It's stunning' May 25
With Steph Curry and Green struggling, Golden State is suddenly on the brink of elimination from the West finals.

What's fueling Kevin Durant's and Russell Westbrook's rampage over the Warriors May 25
While everyone clamored for a sequel between Steph and LeBron, the Thunder have aimed for their own rematch.

Agent: Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead to remain in draft May 24
Whitehead is expected to make a formal announcement Wednesday.

Wearing cleats in hot tub is OK, Bucs rookie kicker learns May 24
If a hefty draft gamble works out for Roberto Aguayo and the Bucs, the profile of the kicker might elevate over the coming years.

If Brock Osweiler starts slow what Texan will feel most heat? May 24
How Osweiler and the Texans begin the season will say a great deal about what was accomplished this offseason and how ready he is to be a franchise QB.

Francisco Vargas, tainted meat and the slippery PED slope in boxing May 24
It seems fair to allow Vargas to compete on June 4 against Orlando Salido, but his positive Clenbuterol test underlines a larger problem in boxing.

Kicks Fix: The Facebook recap May 24
Some of the top questions from The Vertical sneaker insider Nick DePaula's weekly Facebook chat.

Front-Office Insider: Predraft workouts May 24
An inside look at how predraft workouts are scheduled and what exactly goes on during them.

Closer Depth Chart: Tracking bullpen situations around baseball May 24
The closer landscape continues to evolve in various cities. Stay up to date on all the latest.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Dave Joerger May 24
The Kings coach discusses his departure from Memphis and his new team in Sacramento.

How Kyle Lowry pulled the Raptors – and himself – from the brink May 24
Long used to being counted out, Kyle Lowry has suddenly transformed the East finals and given Toronto reason to believe.

Shelby Erdahl's heroic hurdle finish may restore your faith in college athletics May 24
The Idaho State senior ruptured her Achilles tendon just two hurdles into the Big Sky championships 400-meter hurdle final. Somehow, she found a way to persevere and finish the race.

Why the NBA made the right call in not suspending Draymond Green May 23
Draymond Green will be on the court for Game 4. Will it be enough for the Warriors to beat the Thunder?

10 defensive rookies in need of reboot for 2016 season May 23
Randy Gregory leads the list after a disappointing start with the Cowboys.

Paige VanZant lands movie role thanks to 'Dancing With The Stars' success May 23
"Kickboxer: Retaliation" producers added a role specifically for VanZant after watching her compete in the popular ballroom dancing competition TV show.

NBA doesn't suspend Warriors' Draymond Green for kick to groin May 23
Draymond Green is eligible to play in Tuesday's Game 4 between the Warriors and Thunder.

$30M donation brought NFL another crisis of credibility May 23
The NFL has done some important work making football safer, from the pro level on down. Yet it continues to destroy any chance for that narrative.

7 UFC fighters named to SI's fittest athletes list May 23
Pound-for-pound king Jon Jones came in at No. 4 on Sports Illustrated countdown, but he wasn't alone in the top 10.

Summer agenda: Miami Heat May 23
Hassan Whiteside is Miami’s top offseason priority, but the Heat have a lot of situations to address.

Let's stop with the Mayweather-McGregor talk May 23
The idea of Conor McGregor facing Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring is more absurd than you think.

Sources: Portland’s Nate Tibbetts to meet about Warriors’ top assistant job May 23
Tibbetts traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with Steve Kerr and Warriors officials on Monday night.

Here's why Tom Brady won't give up in deflate-gate fight May 23
Brady could sue Roger Goodell for defamation of character. In doing so, he'd perhaps bring the argument back to more intriguing ground – the facts.

The heart and soul behind the Orioles pitching staff May 23
Pitching coach Dave Wallace has cheated death and is sharing his wisdom with Baltimore's overachieving arms.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Stan Van Gundy May 23
Van Gundy and Redick discuss their close relationship and the nuances of the NBA culture.

How the Thunder have made the Warriors look inferior May 23
Oklahoma City throttled Golden State in Game 3, and, suddenly, the 73-win Warriors seem to have lost their swagger.

10 Degrees: The worst contract in MLB history is finally ending soon May 22
Fear not Carl Crawford and Mike Hampton, Ryan Howard’s wholly unnecessary five-year, $125 million extension has barreled toward the top of the list.

Sources: Stephen Silas to meet with Steve Kerr about Warriors' top assistant job May 22
Silas is traveling to Oklahoma City to meet with the Warriors’ coach on Monday.

How Bismack Biyombo saved the Eastern Conference finals May 22
With a brilliant performance, Biyombo breathed life into a series that seemed to be a mismatch.

Summer agenda: San Antonio Spurs May 20
The Spurs' offseason plans hinge on whether franchise cornerstones Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili decide whether to retire.

Sources: Warriors pursuing Stephen Silas for top assistant job May 20
Silas was an assistant for the Warriors from 2006-10 and has a strong relationship with Stephen Curry.

First look: Chinese prospect Zhou Qi May 20
DraftExpress’ No. 26 prospect, who stands 7-foot-2, is starting to make waves in U.S. workouts.

High Fives: Take a trip to Valencia May 20
For fantasy owners, it's well worth a trip to the waiver wire to add Oakland hot corner Danny Valencia.

Top 10 NHL teams with most playoff wins since 2000 May 20
A look at the top 10 NHL teams with most playoff wins since 2000.

Source: Top prospect Dragan Bender has $1.3 million buyout May 20
The figure should pose no obstacles to the elite international prospect joining the NBA.

LeBron and the Cavs simply breaking the Raptors’ spirit May 20
The destruction was so complete, the Cavs forced Kyle Lowry into the locker room in the first half.

Jeff Hornacek will be a good coach for the Knicks, if Phil Jackson gets out of his way May 19
The Knicks need a fresh approach from their new coach, which could mean the triangle offense is dead.

Summer agenda: Portland Trail Blazers May 19
Portland has a franchise player in Damian Lillard, roster flexibility and potentially a max salary slot.

Sources: Bucks players’ financial data compromised in scam May 19
The email scam involved a party impersonating team president Peter Feigin to acquire 2015 W-2 forms.

How a top prospect is bucking the system May 19
Sources: Cal freshman Jaylen Brown will pass on hiring an agent to work on his rookie deal.

Sources: Rockets bring in Stephen Silas for second interview May 19
Silas is the lone candidate standing between frontrunner Mike D’Antoni and Houston’s head-coaching job.

How the wrath of Curry brought the Thunder back to earth May 19
The Thunder's overly physical play angered Steph Curry, and he and his swollen elbow buried them.

The legend of Jackie Bradley Jr. grows with his 24-game hitting streak May 19
From savior to bust to hitting machine, Jackie Bradley Jr. has begun to realize his enormous potential for the Red Sox.

Michael Bisping on finally getting his title shot: 'I believe this is my destiny' May 18
Bisping is quickly closing in on UFC history. So why doesn't he get much respect in the sport?

Meet Lani, the horse that threatens to make the Preakness weird May 18
Lani's looneyness could be the X factor that throws a wrench in Nyquist's run for the Triple Crown.

10 offensive rookies in need of reboot for 2016 season May 18
WRs led the group of disappointments from the class of '15, but there were some high-profile RBs who need to rebound.

The Vertical's draft lottery analysis May 18
The staff breaks down what happens now that the lottery is over and has some Kris Dunn news.

Baylor needs to take hard look in mirror after latest damning report May 18
Baylor's off-field violence problem had long since been exposed. But a report Wednesday revealed a culture enabled by the institution and allegedly even Waco police.

Sources: Jeff Van Gundy out of running for Rockets job May 18
Van Gundy had serious interest in the coaching opening, but things didn’t work out between the sides.

Summer agenda: Charlotte Hornets May 18
The Hornets’ offseason hinges on the fate of some of their key free agents.

Countdown to Rio: Demolition derby of peoples' homes May 18
Police showed up at 6:30 a.m. on March 8 to Maria da Penha Macena's home. By lunchtime her house had been demolished, in order to make room for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Why David Ortiz still plans on retiring despite his amazing start May 18
He's a better hitter now than what he was 10 years ago, but there's one painful reason why Big Papi plans on shutting it down at the end of the season.

Wednesdays with Brownie: Derek Jeter’s impact on Cards' Aledmys Diaz May 18
The Cuban, who grew up loving the "The Captain" at shortstop, is batting .375 after his first 36 big-league games.

Inside the NBA draft lottery May 18
The Vertical pulls back the curtain on what exactly goes on when the ping-pong balls take center stage.

How LeBron is pushing the Cavs to new heights May 18
LeBron James is displaying a trust in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love that has the Cavs looking formidable.

Vertical Podcast with Woj: Kenny Atkinson May 18
The Brooklyn Nets coach details the challenge of taking over a rebuilding franchise.

Sources: Magic interview Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin for coaching job May 17
Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin have emerged as Orlando's top targets to replace Scott Skiles.

Version III: The Vertical's 2016 NBA mock draft May 17
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress presents The Vertical’s post-lottery mock for the NBA draft on June 23.

76ers get No. 1 pick in the draft May 17
The Lakers got the No. 2 pick in the lottery, with the top prizes being Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons.

What to take away from the Blue Jays-Rangers suspensions May 17
The fact is MLB cannot have its employees standing out on the field throwing haymakers.

Can Stipe Miocic break the UFC heavyweight champ curse? May 17
The Cleveland native opened up about his defining punch on Fabricio Werdum and why he wants to fight Jon Jones.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Jared Sullinger May 17
The power forward offers a look inside the Celtics' playoff season.

How not signing Kevin Durant built Under Armour May 17
Missing out on Durant's foot injury meant a blossoming Steph Curry had the brand’s stage to himself.

White Mamba Minute: Tweaking the lottery May 17
Scal proposes an interesting modification to the current draft lottery system.

Francisco Cervelli signs $31 million extension with Pirates May 17
Cervelli, 30, was due to become a free agent following this season.

Summer agenda: Atlanta Hawks May 17
The Hawks have some big decisions to make about their own free agents.

Dale Romans, 'happy to be alive,' heads to Preakness May 17
The longtime trainer was in a violent car accident just hours after the Kentucky Derby. Now he's got a long-shot chance at the Preakness with Cherry Wine.

Why the Thunder aren’t going away May 17
The Thunder continued to make the playoffs their own, begging the question: Can they be stopped?

Struggling Angels have nothing to lose by signing Tim Lincecum May 16
It's time for Los Angeles to take a chance at something following a 16-21 start to the season.

Sources: Terry Stotts agrees to extension with Trail Blazers May 16
Stotts is guaranteed just under $5 million a year over the next three years, with a team option for 2019-20.

Sources: Ben Simmons shifts shoe strategy May 16
Hoping the Lakers land the top pick, Simmons and his camp will wait until after the lottery to pick a brand.

Sources: Tim Lincecum closing in on a deal with Los Angeles Angels May 16
While the terms of the contract have yet to be finalized, the expectation is it will be a one-year major league deal.

Summer agenda: Indiana Pacers May 16
The Pacers’ top priority should be finding complementary talent for Paul George.