• Flip tries to work up the nerve to say the three words the 3-pointer longs to hear. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)Flip tries to work up the nerve to say the three words the 3-pointer longs to hear. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)We're not sure precisely what put this particular bee in his bonnet, but Flip Saunders seemed somewhat stung on Sunday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations took to Twitter after more than a year of social media silence to air some grievances on what he clearly feels is a misconception about his attitude toward the importance of 3-point shooting and its role in a modern NBA offense:

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  • The Toronto Blue Jays and their fans are feeling the excitement with the arrival of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Just a few hours after the Blue Jays traded for David Price on deadline day, a young fan was spotted sporting a modified Price jersey by the club's social media team. After Price saw the team's tweet with the young fan, he launched a social media hunt for his first official fan in Toronto so that he could have a real jersey sent the kid's way. The hunt didn't last long as Jennifer Duplessis revealed to Price and the Toronto Star that it was Jake, a friend of her son Noah, who was rocking the impromptu jersey she made for him at home. The Duplessis clan was about to head to Friday's game, but Jake needed a jersey, so Jennifer pulled out the jersey of a player no longer with the team, and used hockey tape to make it a Price jersey. The prize for the creativity is that both Jake and Noah will be getting real Price jerseys, from the man

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Jana Blanco. Photo: Chery TayJana Blanco. Photo: Chery Tay

    Name: Jana Blanco
    Age: 32
    Height: 155cm
    Weight: 47kg
    Occupation: Marketing Manager
    Status: Happily married
    Diet: Eats anything she wants, whenever she wants; drinks a lot of green smoothies; has a salad every now and then to atone for bad eating habits
    Training: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) 5 times a week, Muay Thai three times a week

    What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
    I've always been quite hyperactive since I was a kid; never able to sit still. My mom enrolled me in gymnastics and swimming but I've always dabbled in other sports every now and then. I love boxing, weightlifting and yoga. I've also tried CrossFit and was into pole dancing for a year or so.

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  • Greg Vara is covering this week's Champions Tour stop, the 3M Championship, for Devil Ball Golf.

    BLAINE, Minn. -- Kenny Perry didn’t have his A-game on Sunday, but he didn’t need it.

    With a final-round 68 at the 3M Championship on Sunday, Perry became the first player in the 23-year history of this event to successfully defend his title.

    TPC Twin Cities just suits Kenny Perry’s eye. Since making his debut at the 3M Championship in 2011, Perry has fared no worse than T-7 and, with his win this week, he’s now finished in the top three in four of his five starts here.

    When asked what it is about this course that works for Perry, he said, “The fairways are wide open; my length is a huge advantage."

    That advantage off the tee led to shorter irons into greens and, with it, more greens hit. Perry led the field in greens in regulation this week, hitting them at a nearly 89 percent clip.

    With his affinity for this course and a long history of success at the 3M Championship, Kenny Perry’s

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- In his 96th PGA Tour start, Troy Merritt is a winner.

    With a final round 4-under 67 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Merritt took the Quicken Loans National for his first professional win since a 2009 breakthrough on the Web.com Tour. 

    Merritt shot 18-under 266 and finished three clear of Rickie Fowler, the pre-tournament favorite, whose scorecard had plenty of circles and squares on it with six pars, seven birdies and five bogeys. Fowler closed with three birdies in his final five holes to make a late charge at Merritt, posting a closing 69.

    Entering the final day, Merritt shared the lead with Kevin Chappell and was being pursued by the likes of Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas, much more accomplished contemporaries seemingly more accustomed to the pressure of closing out PGA Tour wins for seven-figure paychecks. That didn't prove the case on Sunday, however, as Merritt, who turns 30 in October, carried himself like a player who was working his way through a Thursday

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Tiger Woods gained back the three shots he lost to par on Saturday with a final-round 3-under 68 on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National. However, he lost a shot to eventual first-time winner Troy Merritt, ending his own tournament 10 shots out of first and in a tie for 18th place.

    Woods got off to a hot start, making three consecutive birdies after a pair of opening pars. He was 5 under on the day through 10 holes before Woods took three steps back with three bogeys in the next four holes, including a pair of penalty shots for finding water hazards. A final birdie on the 18th wrapped up a modest final round.

    "Today I started off well and really hit the ball well and I looked at the whole week in general and felt like I made some big strides," Woods said afterward.

    Though Woods wasn't in the thick of it on Sunday, he took positives away from a tournament where he had three very good rounds.

    "I changed my patterns ... and now I

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  • It’s August, and in the days before school starts it’s also time for basketball camps. To sit cross-legged n a hardwood floor while hoping that everyone else notices the shoes that you mortgaged way, way too much of your allowance to buy while watching a shooting drill as presented by an assistant coach you’ve never heard of.

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    Or, if you’re lucky, a fringe NBA player. Or, if you’re really, really lucky, the NBA’s Most Improved Player and the greatest basketball player of all time.

    Watch Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Bulls legend Michael Jordan wow the kids at Jordan’s camp, with You Know Who winning things as always:

    Unless you have a real soft spot for Ben Gordon’s work off the bench on the 2004-05 Bulls (and, hey, we kind of do), Butler is the best shooting guard the Bulls have had since Jordan retired following the 1997-98 season.

    We’d say that this served as some extra motivation for the current Charlotte

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  • You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that inspires little to no debate on the internet.

    C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Likely the greatest ever to

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  • Inbee Park did it again.

    Closing with a tournament-best-tying final-round 65, Park caught and passed 54-hole co-leaders Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu to secure her first Ricoh Women's British Open at Turnberry in Scotland. It's the seventh major title for Park, who has won six of her seven majors in her last 14 major starts. That's a whopping 43 percent clip. 

    Park, who won the first three majors of 2013, has now won two in '15, including the first-ever Women's PGA Championship.

    Late in the round, J.Y. Ko appeared to have a good chance to win in her first-ever major start, but her approach to the 16th found a water hazard and led to a double-bogey 6. Ko secured solo second with a lengthy two-putt par at the finishing hole. 

    So Yeon Ryu and Lydia Ko shared third place at 8 under par. At one point in the round, Ko had pulled within a shot of the lead. However, when she found herself bunkered at the 12th, she was left without much chance. The resulting double bogey cost her a chance to

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Tiger Woods is not going to win the Quicken Loans National. However, all is not lost.

    Woods can make progress in prolonging his season with an aggressive, well-played final round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The world No. 266 sits nine shots behind 54-hole leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell, but his target is the top 10. Tied for 42nd place, Woods is six shots below that water mark. Why the top 10? That's a borderline must for Woods to have even a chance to sneak into the FedEx Cup playoffs and avoid missing the PGA Tour's postseason for the third time in five seasons.

    Entering this week, Woods was 315 points out of 125th place and the final qualifying spot. Winners of PGA Tour events get 500 points for each victory, with points awarded to every player who makes the cut. If Woods finishes in the top 10 on Sunday, he'll snag somewhere in the area of 75 points, still leaving him well outside of the playoffs.

    Woods still has at least one remaining start this

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