• After dropping two games in disappointing fashion to the Raptors in Toronto, the Cavaliers posted to the team's Twitter account a video of several players citing the urgency needed in Cleveland on Wednesday, under this LeBron James quote: "Going back home we have to play a lot better, and I think we will."

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    To which Toronto city councilor Norm Kelly responded with a gif of a finger-wagging Bismack Biyombo:

    Only the Cavaliers did play a lot better at home, sending the Raptors back home to Toronto with a 116-78 defeat in which even eternal optimist Magic Johnson could not find a silver lining for their series chances.

    And so Cavs Twitter sent their counterpunch to the Drake of Toronto politics,

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  • It’s anyone’s guess what might transpire at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, in 27 May’s dynamic main event.

    Since capturing One Championship’s inaugural strawweight championship in May 2015 at ONE: WARRIOR’S QUEST, Muay Thai vanguard Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeated Brazilian Yago Bryan in November last year in a non-title affair as the challenger missed weight.

    His next challenger at ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS is humble pugilist Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito from Chiba, Japan, whose loftiest accolade to date is capturing the Shooto Featherweight Championship, which he vacated upon signing with ONE Championship.

    “Of course he has more experience than me, I can’t imagine fighting 250 bouts! It’s my first time fighting out of Japan and also my first time fighting a foreign fighter, so it’s an honour,” remarked the soft-spoken Japanese owner of an immaculate 10-0 MMA fight record. “I’m really not feeling any pressure, but since I’m facing a legend, I’m sure the crowd will be all for

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  • Japan’s Kazunori Yokota, the DEEP featherweight and former lightweight champion, will meet the unbeaten Marat Gafurov (13-0) for the ONE Featherweight World Championship at ONE: Kingdom of Champions this Friday, 27 May, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

    “I thought it was a really, really good opportunity for me,” said Yokota. “I took this offer to win the belt. This is the biggest chance in my career.”

    Yokota (25-5-3) has reeled off 13 consecutive wins since a 2010 loss to former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag Jadambaa. He has also shared the cage with the likes of World Series of Fighting title contender Brian Foster, UFC veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Leonardo Santos, who was a winner on the UFC reality series The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.

    In that fight with Jadamba, Yokota admitted he came in under 100-percent healthy.

    “It’s going to be an excuse, but I had an injured elbow that needed [an] operation, so I couldn’t warm up before the fight,” he said. “I shot a

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  • The Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, will be treated to quite the show this Friday, as ONE Championship brings a pair of title fights to town.

    As the first major MMA event in Thailand’s history and ONE’s first foray into such a lucrative market, ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS will undoubtedly be an incredible show with so much riding on it for the Asian promotion. And it all starts at the top with the two undefeated world titleholders.

    ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will face his toughest opponent to date in his home country

    Dejdamrong, nicknamed “Kru Rong,” has looked the part of one of the world’s best strawweights by earning wins over Yago Bryan and Roy Doliguez in 2015. His decision vs. Doliguez netted him the title, while he still went out and performed for 25 minutes in a non-title fight victory over Bryan after the challenger missed weight.

    A veteran of the Muay Thai world where he was a multi-time champion, Dejdamrong has spent his entire MMA career with

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  • Kevin Love got rolling early, leading the Cavs as they steamrolled the Raptors. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Kevin Love got rolling early, leading the Cavs as they steamrolled the Raptors. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    So, as it turns out, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't forget how to shoot and defend. They just forgot to pack their A-game when they left for Canada, and when they got back to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 5, they found it. Man, oh man, did they find it.

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    The Cavaliers ravaged the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, rediscovering their shot-making rhythm and dominating from the four-minute mark of the opening quarter on as they rolled to a 116-78 victory that stands as the most lopsided win in franchise postseason history — displacing the 31-point beatdown they handed Toronto in Game 1 of this series — and gave them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland shot 57.1 percent as a team and led by as many as 43 points in the rout, and can eliminate the Raptors and move on to their second straight NBA Finals — and the sixth in a row for superstar LeBron James — with a win in Game 6 in Toronto on

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  • The score and headline will look better than the game itself. The United States men's national team beat the 12th-ranked team in the world.

    It took a long time for the U.S. to muster much of anything that was positive in a 1-0 friendly victory over Ecuador in a Copa America Centenario tune-up in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday night. For the Yanks' play in the first half was drab, the opposition was utterly listless and there was a dearth of scoring chances on both sides. Also, a concerning lack of cohesion between the American starters marred the overall performance.

    But, eventually, with time running out, Darlington Nagbe got the winner the U.S. deserved for a stronger second act.

    Ecuador had made a 4-0-0 start in South America's murderous World Cup qualifying marathon. In spite of tying Paraguay and losing to Colombia, respectively, in their last two games, La Tri is still tied with Uruguay at the top of the table. But it was hard to tell on Wednesday, as Ecuador barely showed up to a

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  • The 15-year NBA veteran has been accused of embezzling roughly $500,000 meant for children in Africa (Kent Smith/ NBAE via Getty Images).The 15-year NBA veteran has been accused of embezzling roughly $500,000 meant for children in Africa (Kent Smith/ NBAE via Getty Images).Retired NBA veteran Kermit Washington now faces the possibility of decades in prison. As revealed in an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Washington has been charged with embezzling roughly $500,000 in charitable donations meant to benefit children in Africa. Washington was arrested Monday in Los Angeles, but the federal charges were filed Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Maria Sudekum of the Associated Press has more:

    Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things. [...]
    Washington, who was released on $75,000 bond, is charged with interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft. The charges largely stem from transactions that occurred from about 2004 through 2013, according to the indictment.
    ''The federal
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  • I JUST WANTED CLOSURE! (Getty Images)I JUST WANTED CLOSURE! (Getty Images)Larry Bird’s role in the Scott Skiles-for-Frank Vogel switch out in Orlando just got a little less weirder. And, thankfully, a little more tactful.

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    The Magic hired Vogel last week in a move that was confirmed with his press conference on Monday. He replaced Skiles, who shockingly quit as Magic coach earlier in the month with several years remaining on his contract.

    That move wasn’t nearly as shocking as Indiana’s decision not to offer Vogel a new contract (read: fire him on a technicality) after the Pacers’ impressive but ultimately losing effort in its first round series against Toronto.

    In the press announcing the team’s decision, Pacer coach Larry Bird offered this bit of unsolicited background information:

    “We talked for probably a half hour on the phone. He was trying to talk me out of this decision.”

    And the subsequent tweets …

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  • Kawhi Leonard spent all season putting pressure on opposing ball-handlers. (J Pat Carter/Getty Images)Kawhi Leonard spent all season putting pressure on opposing ball-handlers. (J Pat Carter/Getty Images)It's probably not much consolation, after a postseason run that ended two rounds sooner than he would've liked, but Kawhi Leonard just earned a unanimous selection to the NBA's 2016 All-Defensive First Team.

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    After getting selected on all but 13 First Team ballots last year, the San Antonio Spurs star and reigning and back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year received first-place nods on all 130 ballots cast by sportswriters and broadcasters, earning a perfect 260 possible "award points" in voting. (You get two points for each First Team selection, and one point for each Second Team nod.) Leonard is once again joined on the First Team by Golden State Warriors forward and DPoY runner-up Draymond Green, who received 123 first-place votes, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who made 47 First Team ballots and 43 Second Team slots to total 137 points, good enough for his second All-Defensive berth.

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  • USMNT Live: Follow United States vs. Ecuador

    The United States men's national team continued its preparation for the Copa America Centenario with the second of three friendlies, this time against Ecuador at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. After a lifeless first half, the Americans showed some spark in the second half and won 1-0 on Darlington Nagbe's first USMNT goal in the 90th minute.

    Follow the action as it happened at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, with the Scribble Live stream below.

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