• Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers clown President Donald Trump’s press, secretary Sean Spicer
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    Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers clown President Donald Trump’s press, secretary Sean Spicer

    President Donald Trump’s press, secretary Sean Spicer, lied about about the number of people viewing Trump’s inauguration. Spicer’s “alternative facts” have turned him into a laughingstock – and a couple NBA coaches are participating in mocking him. Clippers coach Doc Rivers got Spicer on Saturday. Dan Woike of The Orange County Register: Talking to a group of roughly a dozen reporters, Rivers joked it was OK to inflate the attendance figures. “The largest media crowd in NBA history came to see me today, and I really appreciate it,” he said with a laugh. Then, Warriors coach Steve Kerr took his turn. Kerr was introduced as “former Orlando Magic star” before Golden State’s game in Orlando yesterday.

  • Reuters

    Tennis-Vandeweghe overcomes nerves and Muguruza to meet Venus

    By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - "Fake it 'til you make it," Coco Vandeweghe said after her fourth round upset of world number one Angelique Kerber this week and if the American is indeed hiding her nerves under a patina of confidence, she's doing a great job of it. The big-hitting 25-year-old world number 35 blasted her way past seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-0 at the Australian Open on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time. French Open champion Muguruza was left simply stunned.

  • Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’
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    Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’

    MIAMI — During a radio interview Monday, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia explained why he stood over Russell Westbrook after a hard foul on the Oklahoma City guard last week. “I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” Pachulia said on KNBR’s Murph & Mac. Like I said, a lot of people didn’t know that. After a lengthy review by officials, he was assessed a Flagrant 1. Asked after the game for his reaction to Westbrook’s comments, Pachulia told reporters he wasn’t concerned. “We’re thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship,” Pachulia said. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.