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Why a Spurs series rout could lead Kevin Durant to leave Thunder May 1
The free agent-to-be could be forced to leave Oklahoma City if he wants to play for a true West contender.

Sources: Kings to interview Patrick Ewing for head coaching job Apr 30
Ewing has progressed as a serious head coaching candidate in recent years, increasing in responsibilities and league-wide respect across his three seasons as Steve Clifford’s top assistant with Charlotte.

Sources: Jacque Vaughn joining Nets staff as top assistant Apr 30
Vaughn will join the Nets staff as the top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson, sources told The Vertical.

Sources: Heat's Richardson has stress reaction in shoulder, hopes to play in Game 7 Apr 30
Miami rookie Josh Richardson has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left shoulder.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Running Backs Apr 30
David Johnson has parlayed a strong finish to his rookie season into the top spot in the '16 RB rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Wide Receiver Apr 30
Antonio Brown is king of the top-heavy WR class in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Preseason '16 Apr 30
Receivers Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. top the '16 preseason overall fantasy rankings.

An oral history of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run Apr 29
Kirk Gibson and Dennis Eckersley reunited Thursday night to chat about one of the most famous homers in baseball history.

Summer agenda: Sacramento Kings Apr 29
DeMarcus Cousins is the key to the direction the Kings choose.

High Fives: Gausman, bird of interest on the wire Apr 29
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman made his '16 debut in impressive fashion this past week.

How James DeGale turned a negative into a positive Apr 29
After the first professional loss in his career — in part due to the nightlife scene— DeGale did the only thing he could do: He changed his approach.

Carmelo Anthony says he hasn't been consulted about Knicks coaching search Apr 29
The All-Star wants New York to have a "competing attitude," but the franchise remains in flux.

What Ole Miss could be facing in aftermath of Laremy Tunsil mess Apr 29
Three people familiar with the NCAA investigative process share their thoughts on the hot water the school is in.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Quarterback Apr 29
Aaron Rodgers edges out Cam Newton for the top spot on the '16 fantasy football QB rankings.

Celtics’ offseason plan to include a run at Kevin Durant Apr 29
Boston is heading into a crucial summer with plenty of assets, and it’s eyeing the top attraction in free agency.

The sad case of Dee Gordon, another unlikely PED user for MLB Apr 29
Dee Gordon's All-Star rise was a good story. Now, he's a cautionary tale of why baseball players never seem to learn.

Warren Buffett played role in Rams' Jared Goff selection Apr 29
One great stock can take a portfolio over the top. That's what the Rams believe Goff will eventually be.

Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs Apr 29
Gordon, a two-time All-Star, was found to have taken exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, a modified form of testosterone.

What Laremy Tunsil's apparent admission means for Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze Apr 29
The Rebels' much-celebrated 2013 signing class might have unraveled on NFL draft night 2016.

Two words that sum up the 2016 NFL draft: bong hit Apr 29
Laremy Tunsil hoped his draft night would be memorable. Between the bong hit and the potential unveiling of NCAA violations, it certainly was that.

Carson Wentz heads to Philly with thick skin in tow Apr 28
The Eagles gave up the farm to get Carson Wentz, so he'd better be good.

Summer agenda: Denver Nuggets Apr 28
Quality player development and a healthy roster should have the Nuggets competing for a playoff spot.

Travis Browne: Media let me down during domestic abuse allegations Apr 28
Ronda Rousey's boyfriend became emotional and fought back tears on multiple occasions in discussing the claims made by his ex-wife.

How Michael Jordan's hire rescued his Hornets Apr 28
Coach Steve Clifford may have a starless team, but he has it on the brink of the East semifinals.

Diego Simeone has Atletico Madrid outgrowing 'runt of the litter' tag Apr 28
Settled and content, the Argentine Simeone has overseen something remarkable in a side that had hinted at great things before self-sabotage always seemed to get in the way.

Don’t blame the media for boxing's growing issues Apr 28
Instead of making journalists the scapegoat, boxing needs to take a look in the mirror.

Lucian Bute has found his confidence again Apr 28
After going through a crisis of confidence, Bute feels he's ready to be the champion he was before.

MLB Power Rankings: Providing optimism to all 30 teams Apr 28
In honor of the Reds' Twitter account, here's our silver lining for the rest of baseball.

Clash of the titans: Durant vs. Leonard Apr 28
Some superstars are still standing as Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard face off in the West semis.

Rockets’ disastrous season ends as expected Apr 28
The dysfunctional Rockets appeared to be in a hurry to begin an offseason that could lead to major change.

Lakers get permission to interview Warriors' Luke Walton for head-coaching job Apr 27
The Lakers' interest in Luke Walton was expected after they parted ways with Byron Scott.

Here is Cowboys' pick that can turn draft upside down Apr 27
One general manager said Dallas taking Ezekiel Elliott could stifle the entire trade environment in the top 15.

Kyle Lowry on Raptors advancing past first round: 'We have to do this' Apr 27
It’s been 15 years since the Raptors have won a playoff series, and they recognize the sense of urgency.

The out-of-nowhere NFL draft Apr 27
As recently as December you had to be a pretty serious college football fan to know Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, let alone both, so don't feel too bad if you tune in Thursday night and ask, who the heck are these guys?

Summer agenda: Philadelphia 76ers Apr 27
The 76ers need to improve their culture and take the next step in their development.

Wednesdays with Brownie: Marlins not falling for shifting ‘fad’ Apr 27
Miami first-base coach Perry Hill is not inclined toward violent defensive shifts and the word “sabermetrics."

Sources: David Blatt meets with Knicks about coaching job Apr 27
The former Cavaliers coach met with Knicks president Phil Jackson on Monday.

Why Warriors remain confident without Steph Curry Apr 27
Steve Kerr, who missed a chunk of the season, has Golden State focused on flourishing without Curry.

How Jordan Zimmermann is helping make Strasburg and Harvey a ton of money Apr 27
The Tigers' new ace is off to a dominating start, which could land big paydays for other Tommy John survivors.

Rams show power in keeping mouths shut about No. 1 draft choice Apr 27
The rest of the NFL believes it's going to be Jared Goff. That doesn't mean the Rams agree. They know that if they draft Carson Wentz, it will be shocking.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Tight End Apr 26
Rob Grownkowski was the unanimous top choice at TE in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Kicker Apr 26
Stephen Gostkowski swept the first-place votes in the '16 fantasy football kicker rankings.

Dispute between Chris Algieri and promoter Joe DeGuardia carries on Apr 26
Algieri is upset because DeGuardia takes a 50-50 split, which is extremely high in favor of the promoter for a fighter on the ex-champion's level.

Closer Depth Chart: Tracking bullpen situations around baseball Apr 26
The closer landscape continues to evolve in various cities. Stay up to date on all the latest.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Defense Apr 26
The Seattle Seahawks were the near-unanimous top choice in the '16 fantasy team defense rankings.

Summer agenda: Milwaukee Bucks Apr 26
The Bucks have a nice core. Now they just need the right pieces around it.

Woj Report: The Warriors without Steph Apr 26
With Steph Curry likely to miss at least two weeks with a knee sprain, do the Warriors have enough without him?

Clippers’ sad-sack run continues Apr 26
With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out, it seems things are just never meant to be for the Clippers.

The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix: Tim Bontemps Apr 26
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post discusses the dysfunctional Lakers aka "Knicks West."

Sources: Kings interview Vinny Del Negro for head-coaching job Apr 26
Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson is expected to meet with Kings officials as soon as Tuesday.

Losing in Miami more fun than winning in L.A. for Don Mattingly Apr 26
Mattingly won three division titles for the Dodgers, yet he seems less stressed now despite managing a struggling Marlins squad.

The truth about Steph Curry’s injury Apr 25
The sprain may have been mild, but much has to happen for Curry to regain his MVP form.

Myles Jack has jokes about the 'time bomb' in his knee Apr 25
The UCLA linebacker has used the knee question to his advantage when quizzed about his decision to leave school after he got hurt.

Why it looks more likely the NCAA will go soft on N.C.'s men's basketball program Apr 25
If you're waiting for the hammer to fall on the Tar Heels' men's basketball team, you could be waiting for a long time.

Lingering question about leadership spurred Bradford to request trade Apr 25
The QB's initial frustration with the Eagles' draft move hardened during voluntary practices last week.

Why ‘McGregor Promotions’ would have no shot succeeding against UFC Apr 25
If Conor McGregor were to take a page out of Floyd Mayweather promotional playbook, it would not go well.

Federal court ruling: Roger Goodell is the God of Tom Brady Apr 25
By reinstating Tom Brady's four-game suspension, a federal court made clear the NFL commissioner can do whatever he wants.

Steph Curry could miss two weeks Apr 25
The Golden State Warriors star has a Grade 1 sprain of his right knee.

White Mamba Minute: 'Throne' survival Apr 25
Scal weighs in on which NBA players could survive on "Game of Thrones" and also discusses heckling.

The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick: Aaron Rodgers Apr 25
The Packers quarterback discusses what it takes to be the best and how he strives to get better.

Summer agenda: Washington Wizards Apr 25
The Wizards have to figure out how much restricted free agent Bradley Beal is worth to them.

Dae-Ho Lee trades star status to chase MLB dream with Mariners Apr 25
The slugger went from crushing the Japanese and Korean leagues to chasing at-bats with Seattle in hopes of testing himself.

The Lakers’ coaching quandary Apr 25
L.A.'s top coaching targets may not want any part of a rebuilding franchise with front-office question marks.

The 1-in-10-million-billion town Apr 25
Lamar, S.C., population of 989, has produced five NFL players in the last 25 years. The odds of that happening are nearly impossible to calculate.

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Stephen Curry's knee injury teaches Warriors lesson about fragility of title chase Apr 24
As dominant as the Warriors have been this season, their fortunes could drastically change if the MVP's injury proves to be serious.

Sources: Sam Bradford won't ask for deal to get out of Philly Apr 24
While Philadelphia could still deal Bradford during the draft or ensuing offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports that Bradford is prepared to prove to the Eagles that he's a franchise QB.

Lakers fire coach Byron Scott Apr 24
Byron Scott is out as Lakers coach after two seasons.

10 Degrees: Free from O's purgatory, Jake Arrieta flourishing with Cubs Apr 24
Arrieta escaped a poor relationship with a Baltimore pitching coach and has gone on to become one of the best players in baseball.

From Wheaties box to milk carton: Anthony Pettis of old is missing Apr 24
In the span of just 13 months, Pettis went from holding the UFC light heavyweight championship to a three-fight losing streak in the sport's deepest and toughest division.

How Jon Jones won one title while losing another at UFC 197 Apr 24
Yes, Jones is now the interim light heavyweight champion, but flyweight Demetrious Johnson might have surpassed "Bones" as the best fighter in the world.

UFC 197: Jon Jones defeats Ovince Saint Preux for interim title Apr 24
It was hardly a vintage Jones performance, but "Bones" returned to the Octagon for the first time in 15 months and won via unanimous decision.

Henry Cejudo no match for 'brilliant' Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197 Apr 24
"Mighty Mouse" needed less than three minutes to defeat the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and retain his flyweight championship.

Stephen Curry expects to play in Game 4, but final decision won't be his Apr 22
The Warriors dropped Game 3 to the Rockets, and Stephen Curry says he's ready to return from his ankle injury.

Sources: Seth Curry to decline option with Kings Apr 22
The younger brother of Warriors star Stephen Curry will be a restricted free agent.

Why Daniel Cormier is a swell guy even though he doesn't like Jon Jones Apr 22
Daniel Cormier has plenty of friends in MMA. He doesn't count his rival, Jon Jones, among them.

NHL draft lottery: Last-place Leafs come out on top in our 10-spin simulation Apr 22
With the NHL draft lottery coming up on Saturday, April 30, here's a simulation -- actually, 10 simulations -- of who might end up with the No. 1 pick and the right to select Auston Matthews.

Summer agenda: New York Knicks Apr 22
The Knicks have Kristaps Porzingis, but now they need to intelligently build around him.

High Fives: Colome answers the call Apr 22
With little fantasy fanfare, Alex Colome has been answering the 9th inning call for the Rays.

Golovkin and Gonzalez excite even when they're expected to win Apr 22
Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez are arguably the two best fighters in the world, and Saturday they appear on the same card.

Jon Jones and what he's seemingly learned Apr 22
The smile and easygoing demeanor are back for the former light heavyweight champ, but now in a seemingly more mature and grounded persona.

How James Harden breathed life into the Rockets Apr 22
In a season of disappointment, Harden lifted Houston against the Stephen Curry-less Warriors.

Why Jake Arrieta's second career no-hitter was so special for Cubs Apr 21
Jake Arrieta shut down the Reds in another masterful performance. And he might not have even been the happiest Cub.

Why Wizards fans shouldn't count on Scott Brooks to lure Kevin Durant Apr 21
Hiring Scott Brooks is a smart move for Washington – but not because he'll convince K.D. to sign with his hometown team.

Biggest surprise of MLB season so far: Barry Bonds Apr 21
Barry Bonds isn't just a superstar acting as a hitting coach. He's actually very good at it.

Dana White mum following Conor McGregor's Facebook statement Apr 21
The UFC president is expected to respond to McGregor's comments at Friday's UFC 200 press conference.

Sources: Scott Brooks agrees to coach Wizards Apr 21
Brooks agreed in principle to a five-year, $35 million contract.

The Heat's Hassan Whiteside problem Apr 21
He's putting up big numbers in the playoffs, and Miami may have to juggle some big numbers to keep him.

Summer agenda: L.A. Lakers Apr 21
The Lakers don't need to get impatient because they aren't close to becoming a playoff contender.

Conor McGregor just forced Dana White's hand Apr 21
Thursday may have been Conor McGregor's greatest promotion ever. He won not just the court of public opinion but possibly forced Dana White to put him back on the UFC 200 card.

The book on beating the Warriors Apr 21
It’s easier said than done, but there are some ways to slow the greatest regular-season team in NBA history.

How college athletics has become a boondoggle for everyone but the students Apr 21
Call it the National Collegiate Industrial Complex, where athletic departments are raking in more money than ever and keeping it all for themselves.

As the end of his career nears, Paul Pierce waits for one more moment Apr 21
His role has declined with the Clippers, but it's not too late for Paul Pierce to recapture his glory from past playoffs.

LeBron wins, then gets ripped by Pistons rookie: 'That was fugazi' Apr 21
The Cavs hold a 2-0 series lead, but don't expect Stanley Johnson to back down. He called out LeBron James for being a frontrunner.

Remembering the legend of the late, great Pearl Washington Apr 21
Pearl Washington left such a mark on the sport that no less than Patrick Ewing called him "one of the great phenoms of my era."

Sources: 49ers top contenders for surprise free agent Josh Norman Apr 21
The Panthers respected Norman's performance in their scheme, but an opinion lingered that Norman's skills aren't elite, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Sources: Zika has Pirates, Marlins players worried about series in Puerto Rico Apr 20
Officials from MLB and the MLB Players Association are weighing the potential dangers to teams and their families about playing the two-game series.

Summer agenda: Minnesota Timberwolves Apr 20
Every move Minnesota makes should revolve around Karl-Anthony Towns and the team's young core.

Sources: Wizards offer head-coaching job to Scott Brooks Apr 20
Brooks is looking to complete negotiations on a deal that will pay him in the range of $7 million a season.

Lakers missed their chance at Tom Thibodeau Apr 20
Thibodeau got everything he wanted with the Timberwolves, but he always believed he could do wonders in L.A.