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Danny Granger, Lance Stephenson key to Pacers' new-look roster

Indiana will have to figure out how Danny Granger fits into its plans, both next season and in the future. Does he automatically get his starting job back?<p>If building an NBA contender is anything like running a marathon, the Indiana Pacers appear to have taken their final steps towards the finish …

Jeremy Lin Must Play at All-Star Level for Houston Rockets to Contend for Title

The Houston Rockets made a huge splash this offseason, but they need Jeremy Lin to play at an All-Star level in order to have any chance of winning a title this season.<p>Championships will now be expected in Houston. James Harden turned into a superstar last season, and Dwight Howard signed with the …

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Set to Sign Contract Extension with Real Madrid

Earlier in the summer, Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of transfer rumours, as pointed out by the <i>Daily Mail</i>, with speculation that he would return to his former team, Manchester United. His departure from Real Madrid always seemed unlikely, however, and many believed those rumours were a …

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Cuban funds flopping study

While NBA commissioner David Stern says the league needs to expand its anti-flopping rules, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is funding a study on …

Cristiano Ronaldo Is No Longer a Legitimate Option for Manchester United

For a long time, it appeared as though Cristiano Ronaldo would be on his way back to Manchester United this summer. Unfortunately for the English squad, this no longer seems like a realistic option.<p>Fans were probably most excited about a return when the superstar stated at the beginning of the …

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Tony Parker leads Spurs past Heat in Finals opener

MIAMI -- The San Antonio Spurs still have that winning NBA Finals formula of good defense and a little luck on offense.<p>Tim Duncan overcame a slow …

Czech Republic vs Italy, Final Score 0-0: Below par Italy escape with a point

Italy stalled in Prague, playing out a 0-0 draw against Czech Republic. Mario Balotelli was sent off after picking up two second half bookings.<p>Despite the setback, the <i>Azzurri</i> still extend their lead in Group B to four points over second placed Bulgaria. The Czechs sit one point behind Bulgaria in …

Portugal vs. Russia, 2013 UEFA World Cup Qualification: Final score 1-0, Postiga goal somehow enough

Portugal managed to just about scrape victory against Russia to end Fabio Capello's side's perfect run in the qualification campaign.<p>Portugal came into their game against Russia needing a win, and in the end managed exactly that, although they were very fortunate in the end to get the result.<p>The …

Austria vs. Sweden: Final score 2-1, Austrian victory opens up Group C

Johan Elmander scored late with a stunning chip to give Sweden a chance to earn a point, but they were unable to reverse Austria's two first half goals.<p>Germany has Group C locked down, but Austria took the lead in the race for a playoff spot on Friday. Sweden now face a seriously uphill climb if …

George Karl, Grizzlies have spoken about potential coach opening

The Grizzlies wasted no time to call George Karl after the Nuggets fired the 2013 Coach of the Year. The Clippers are also expected to speak with Karl about their coaching vacancy.<p>The Memphis Grizzlies wasted no time to reach out to recently-fired head coach George Karl after the Denver Nuggets …

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Argentina vs. Colombia: Final score 0-0, more entertaining than the score indicates

The referee altered the World Cup qualifier between Colombia and Argentina early, sending off a player for each team.<p>Argentina and Colombia will feel like they both could have won on Friday night, but given the close calls for both teams and the terrible officiating, neither team can be too …

Dennis Rodman claims LeBron James would be 'just an average player' in 80s or 90s

NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman thinks Miami Heat superstar LeBron James would be "just an average player" if he played in the 1980s and 90s. It's a bold opinion that raises this question: why does anyone listen to Dennis Rodman anymore?<p>LeBron James posted yet another postseason triple-double …

Panama vs. Mexico, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Chepo's changes don't pay off

Jamaica vs. USA, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Halftime score 1-0, Jozy Altidore puts the US ahead

It was far from a perfect half, but the Americans will gladly go into the locker room with a 1-0 lead over Jamaica.<p>Jozy Altidore headed the United States into a 1-0 lead a half hour into their CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica, and the US has carried that lead into halftime in Kingston. …

LeBron James says he went back to his 'Cleveland days' in Game 5

What changed for LeBron James in the third quarter in Game 5? James says he went back to his Cleveland days and took matters into his own hands.<p>LeBron James and the Miami Heat faced a four-point deficit at halftime in Game 5, but James made sure Miami took a 3-2 series lead after a dominant third …

Of course Chris Andersen should be suspended for Game 6 of Pacers vs. Heat

The Birdman knocked down Tyler Hansbrough, got into his face and shoved him. Yes, of course a suspension is coming.<p>It must be exceptionally difficult to officiate NBA games. That's the only explanation as to why Chris Andersen wasn't ejected with a Flagrant-2 foul call after taking out Tyler …

LeBron James 2.0: How the Heat star dominated in all facets in Game 5

LeBron James said he "went back to his Cleveland days" to lead Miami to a Game 5 win over Indiana, but a look at second-half film shows just how much he's evolved since then.<p>After vanquishing the Indiana Pacers nearly all by himself in a 90-79 Game 5 victory, LeBron James declared that he "went …

Heat vs. Pacers, Game 4: The night Indiana grew up

With ample opportunity to flinch, the Pacers instead stared the Heat in the face and survived. Indiana is not bluffing.<p>The Pacers are not scared. That much we know after four games of the conference finals that have seen them get the better of the defending champs twice and play them practically to …

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Heat vs. Pacers: Chris Bosh battles ankle, foul trouble in rough Game 4

Chris Bosh had a night to forget in a Game 4 loss to the Pacers, scoring seven points and grabbing only three rebounds in 30 minutes. The Heat big man battled early foul trouble and also injured his right ankle in the third quarter.<p>Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has called Chris Bosh the team's …

Carmelo Anthony reportedly wants Knicks to add scorer

Carmelo Anthony wants the Knicks to add a reliable secondary scorer, but it will be very difficult thanks to their current cap situation.<p>New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony wants some help. The Knicks' star believes the team needs to add a "bona fide secondary scorer" in order to get to the …

LeBron James: We Can't Afford Pacers Beating Us Up on the Glass

LeBron James gets it.<p>The Miami Heat have tried to compensate for their rebounding deficiencies against the Indiana Pacers in other areas of the game, but LeBron understands he and his teammates cannot get pummeled on the glass.<p>"We can't afford to get beat on the glass by 20 [rebounds]. Can't …

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Pep Guardiola: Possible Transfer Moves to Fit His M.O. at Bayern Munich

When Pep Guardiola waltzes into the Bayern Munich dressing room on July 1st, it's going to be a very interesting scene. The former Barcelona boss will be replacing Jupp Heynckes, with the outgoing German having led the Bavarians to a record-breaking season.<p>Winners of the German title by a …

Phil Jackson tweaks Mike D'Antoni, Lakers again in radio interview

No, Phil Jackson still doesn't think Mike D'Antoni did a good job in Los Angeles this season.<p>Phil Jackson may not have much to do with the Los Angeles Lakers these days, but the Hall of Fame coach continues to offer up public opinions on his former employer. The latest came Wednesday morning on …

Cowboys' Dez Bryant Promises to Behave for NBA Legend Michael Jordan

When Michael Jordan gives an athlete advice, they're likely to take it to heart, and it appears that's just what Dez Bryant has done.<p>ESPN reports that the NBA legend had a simple message for the Cowboys receiver to get the most out of his career:<p>NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan had some simple …

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