• LeBron James eyes another conference finals appearance. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James eyes another conference finals appearance. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    How They Got Here

    • Cleveland: The Cavaliers arguably looked more like a fully fledged No. 1 seed in the first round against the Detroit Pistons than they did at any point during the regular season. After an up-and-down 57-win campaign in which the conference's best team rarely looked on the level of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Cavs re-affirmed their postseason bona fides in a no-nonsense sweep of the Detroit Pistons. It was a series in which several close games did not challenge the favorite's clear superiority, and Cleveland looks stronger now than they did when they began the playoffs.

    Game 1 was about as good as a five-point win against a heavy underdog can be, with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love combining for 80 points and the Pistons getting all sorts of contributions before failing to execute in crunch time. LeBron and Kyrie were the stars, but Love stood out for looking like an essential piece of the offense, a bit of a rarity for the Cavs

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  • The smart analysis said that the Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder would be the most competitive series of the postseason so far, a matchup between two title-caliber squads with a long history and contrasting styles. Naturally, Game 1 ended up as the most overwhelming blowout of the playoffs so far. The Spurs' 124-92 victory was more brutal than the final score appears and gives the Thunder a great deal to prove in Game 2 and beyond.

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    The rout started very early. Kawhi Leonard finished an emphatic dunk 19 seconds into the game to begin an incredible Spurs quarter that ranks among the most complete performances in playoff history. San Antonio scored 43 points (a franchise playoff record) on 18-of-22 shooting from the field to open up a 23-point lead after one and set the tone for the continued devastation to come. The scoring included 12 fast-break points, 15

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  • How many games will Stephen Curry play in Round 2? (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)How many games will Stephen Curry play in Round 2? (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    How They Got Here

    • Golden State: The Warriors entered the postseason with a record 73 regular-season wins and as overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions. In many ways, then, their 4-1 first-round win over the listless Houston Rockets went according to plan — Golden State handled a vastly inferior opponent with relative ease and a point differential of plus-18.8. On the other hand, the series wasn't exactly straightforward, because Stephen Curry went down with injury in his only two appearances and saw a combined 39 minutes of playing time. The game was already decided when he turned his ankle in Game 1, but the MCL sprain he suffered in Game 4 came shortly before halftime when the game was tied.

    The Warriors' response to Curry's second injury shows why they beat the Rockets so handily and why they're favored in this series despite the MVP's uncertain availability. They took the third quarter 41-20 and set a new playoff record for three-pointers in a game (21, only one of which

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    Warriors FC head coach Jorg Steinebrunner let rip at referee Farhad Mohamad for what he perceived to be a wrong penalty call in their defeat to Tampines Rovers. (Photo: S.League)

    A contentious penalty decision against Warriors FC and the subsequent red card for the goalkeeper were the major talking points as the team went down 4-2 to Tampines Rovers on Saturday (30 April) night in the S.League.

    The incident occurred in the 50th minute with the Warriors leading 2-1 at Jurong West Stadium, when the Rovers' Fazrul Nawaz appeared to have been brought down in the penalty area by the Warriors' goalkeeper Yazid Yasin.

    Referee Farhad Mohamad immediately pointed to the spot, before walking over to confer with his linesman Mohd Asadullah as 1,756 spectators waited expectantly. After a few minutes of deliberation, the official showed a straight red card to Yazid.

    Substitute Jermaine Pennant confidently dispatched the spot-kick and the hosts eventually ran out 4-2 winners over their 10-man

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  • Fanendo Adi’s third season in Major League Soccer could be his last.

    The Portland Timbers forward has generated interest from two European clubs – Crystal Palace in the Premier League and St. Etienne in France's Ligue 1 – league sources have told Yahoo Sports.

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    Adi, who helped Portland win its first MLS Cup last December, also has a potential suitor in Shanghai Shenhua from the Chinese Super League, which began a spending free in the winter transfer window that included the signing of Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins.

    Given England's strict standards for foreign players who do not hold European Union passports, Adi likely will need several more appearances with Nigeria's national team before he can qualify for a work permit. The 25-year-old received his first national team call-up in March.

    The growing interest in Adi is not surprising. His combination of size at 6-foot-4 and solid skills on the ball make him

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  • Leicester City started the Premier League season as a 5000-1 underdog to win the Premier League. With only three games remaining, the Foxes are still top of the league with a seven-point lead. Only 270 minutes away, Leicester City is on the verge of completing the biggest upset in recorded sports history.

    [ WATCH LIVE: Manchester United vs. Leicester City on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET ]

    Earlier in 2016, the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Golden State Warriors, a team that went on to set the single-season record for wins in the NBA. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Lakers entered that game as the largest NBA home underdog in 20 years and recorded the largest outright NBA upset in the past 20 years. A bet on L.A. to win on the moneyline paid off 19-1 in Las Vegas, which provided a fair bit of coin for the lucky winners.

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    At 5000-1, though, Leicester City winning the title is over 250 times more unlikely than the Lakers

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  • No one gave the Los Angeles Clippers much chance to challenge the Portland Trail Blazers after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin went down with season-ending injuries in Game 4 of their first-round series earlier this week. The Clippers weren't able to win any games without their stars, but they pushed the Blazers much farther than most thought they would. Portland pulled off a great accomplishment in Friday's 106-103 Game 6 win to move onto the Western Conference Semifinals, especially given the low expectations most had for them before this season. But they'll also feel a little fortunate to survive against an opponent that gave them all they could handle even with a decimated roster.

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    Friday's result was in doubt until the final seconds. Down 103-97 with 1:37 remaining after two Damian Lillard free throws, the Clippers tied it up with six-straight points in a little more than a minute. That set up what was likely to

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers, yet again, have proven that that they’re not exactly keen on playing from ahead Friday evening. The East’s No. 7 seed came back from 12 down in the first quarter to top the Toronto Raptors in what turned into a 19-point blowout win, taking Game 6 by a 101-83 score and sending the first round series back to Ontario for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday.

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    Indiana had to work to extend its season, shortening its rotation and playing its stars extended minutes with its figurative backs against the wall. No, Paul George didn’t have to play all 48 minutes in the win as he offered, but he did play every second of the first and third quarters and was well on his way toward a full allotment of fourth quarter ticks before being removed with just under three minutes left in the game with his team up 28 points.

    George notched 21 points on 5-14 shooting in the win, playing 40 minutes in total

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  • Luke Walton will man the Staples Center sidelines next season. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)Luke Walton will man the Staples Center sidelines next season. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Lakers have their new head coach, and he's a face familiar to the fan base.

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    The Lakers announced Friday night that Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Luke Walton has reached an agreement with the franchise to become its next head coach. Walton will replace Byron Scott, who had two team options remaining on a four-year deal and was told he would not return last weekend. The Warriors gave the Lakers permission to meet with Walton following the conclusion of their first-round series with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

    From the announcement:

    Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors season.
    "We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where
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  • That rumored Tiger Woods comeback isn't happening next week in Charlotte.

    The entry deadline for the Wells Fargo Championship came and went on Friday afternoon, and Woods did not show up on the final entry list.

    Meanwhile, Woods was in Las Vegas for his annual Tiger Jam event to support his Tiger Woods Foundation. During a Friday clinic at Shadow Creek, Woods said he was itching to get back inside the ropes.

    "I'm sick and tired of being on the sidelines," Woods said in a range session broadcast through Periscope. "I want to start competing against these boys. I miss it."

    Earlier this week at the opening of Bluejack National, his first U.S. gofl course design, near Houston, Woods played five holes which he said were the first since he underwent a pair of back surgeries last fall. Woods looked to make gingerly swings in that exhibition, and he said in Sin City on Friday that he's still holding back. Saying that he can drive the ball in the 285-290

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