• 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 Philadelphia 76ers, who, once upon a time, were the tank.

    C: Moses Malone. (This is a bit of a cheat, which we’ll defend later.)

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  • A potential fight between UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and all-world striker Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has been talked about for years. You can go as far back as 2012 and find hypothetical betting odds between the two best female fighters on the planet.

    After Rousey’s recent 34-second drubbing of Brazilian Bethe Correia at Saturday’s UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, talk about a Cyborg-vs.-Rousey matchup gained even more momentum, because fans and pundits unanimously view Justino as the only real test left for “Rowdy.”

    There are a few caveats to the deal, however. First, Justino must make Rousey’s bantamweight divisional limit of 135 pounds – something she has yet to manage. And, of course, there is still the issue of signing Justino to an official UFC contract (she is currently signed to Invicta FC, the UFC’s all-female sister promotion).

    According to Justino, however, the battle could first take place in a courtroom before it ever hits the Octagon.

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  • Football - VfB Stuttgart v Manchester City - Pre Season Friendly - The Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany - 1/8/15 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling passes the ball to Edin Dzeko before he scores their second goal Action Images via Reuters / John Marsh Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Football - VfB Stuttgart v Manchester City - Pre Season Friendly - The Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany - 1/8/15 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling passes the ball to Edin Dzeko before he scores their second goal Action Images via Reuters / John Marsh Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

    The biggest transfer of the summer, to many, was for one of the littlest players. Manchester City dropped some $76 million on Liverpool's tiny, 5-foot-7, striker-winger tweener Raheem Sterling, whose middle name ironically is Shaquille.

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    Following a World Cup summer in which three of the five most expensive transfers ever were consummated – and four of the top 10 – it made sense for the market to cool off some. But if Sterling's move didn't seem to promise the kind of tectonic plate-shifting implications of last year's Luis Suarez-to-Barcelona, Angel Di Maria-to-Manchester United and James Rodriguez-to-Real Madrid blockbusters, it nevertheless holds major significance.

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    While the Sterling transaction (which induced the expected puns about all the British pounds sterling shelled out on him) doesn't instantly make City a lock for the title, or render Liverpool all that

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  • We don't know if Rory McIlroy will play in the final major of the year, but it sure seems he will give it a try.

    McIlroy will play a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next week's PGA Championship, according to Reuters.

    McIlroy missed the British Open last month at St. Andrews after he suffered a ruptured ligament in his left ankle during a July 4 soccer game. In announcing he would miss the first of two 2015 major title defenses, McIlroy said he wouldn't play again until completely ready.

    The four-time major winner is also skipping his title defense at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week.

    McIlroy has never divulged an intended timetable for his return, nor disclosed the true severity of his injury. That has invited a wide range of speculation on when McIlroy might return to the PGA Tour.

    McIlroy won last year's PGA Championship at Valhalla in Kentucky by a shot over Phil Mickelson. When the PGA was last contested at Whistling Straits in 2010, McIlroy finished

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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.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    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 Atlanta Hawks, who have boasted an incredible amount of talent in three different cities since 1946.

    C: Dikembe Mutombo. Only played

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  • John Daly thinks he would be the perfect man to lead the U.S. Ryder Cup team into a future biennial match against the Europeans.

    The 49-year-old two-time major champion said at last week's Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland that he hopes to get a chance to be captain of a team he never played on in his career.

    "Hopefully I would one day be a captain, it would be fun," Daly said. "I don't know if I fit the mold. I don't know if I fit what the PGA of America would want. All I know is my team, if I was a captain, we'd have a blast. I'd make sure they had a blast. You don't want to wear a tie, don't wear a tie. Have fun. It's supposed to be fun."

    Daly subscribes to the same viewpoint that made Fred Couples so popular with players when he led the U.S. to three consecutive Presidents Cup wins. There's no doubt his would be a fun-first captaincy. That might just be the secret to ending a slide which has seen the U.S. lose eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups.

    "I think we just get wrapped up in

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  • There's a good chance Rory McIlroy won't play in next week's PGA Championship in Wisconsin, missing out on a second consecutive major title defense in 2015. 

    However, McIlroy appeared Monday at Whistling Straits, but not to get ready for the year's final major.

    The world No. 1 -- at least for now -- guest starred in a video released by the Bryan Brothers, trick-shot artists who have dipped into the sponsored-content game, including this production presented by McIlroy sponsor Bose. 

    In the video, McIlroy participates in several of the Bryan Brothers' standard-issue trick shots, including ricocheting a golf ball of several concrete blocks before another person smashes the ball downrange out of midair. The Ulsterman proved rather adept -- and somewhat hooked -- on pulling off some ridiculous shots that require a talent all their own.

    Sadly, this video may have to be the consolation prize for McIlroy missing the PGA Championship, but at least we'll have this.


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  • Tiger Woods thinks an 80th PGA Tour win isn't nearly as far away as it looked at the British Open.

    “I feel I’m very close (to winning),” Woods said in a Monday teleconference promoting the Deutsche Bank Championship, whose proceeds primarily benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.

    Good thing -- Woods is running out of time to win this season. Deep down in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, Woods has committed to just one of two tournaments remaining in the regular season after this week. As a four-time PGA champion, Woods is in next week's field at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

    “Winning my fifth PGA would be nice,” he said.

    In the likelihood that he comes up short, Woods' only path to a playoff berth would be a top two finish in the Wyndham Championship, a tournament he's never played as a pro. Woods suggested after his Friday round at the Quicken Loans National, where he finished T-18, that was a possibility.

    Meanwhile, Woods' long-suffering world ranking improved after his showing in

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  • Ronda Rousey celebrates after defeating Bethe Correia at UFC 190. (Getty)Ronda Rousey celebrates after defeating Bethe Correia at UFC 190. (Getty)UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has already broken into Hollywood with roles in franchise films like "Entourage," "Fast and the Furious" and "The Expendables."

    Now, "Rowdy" is about to star in her own.

    Just days after defeating Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190, Variety confirmed that Rousey has signed on to play herself in an upcoming biopic based on her autobiography, "My Fight/Your Fight."

    Rousey's intention to play herself in the biopic was initially reported by Yahoo Sports last week.

    Paramount Pictures has purchased the rights to the New York Times Bestseller and Mark Bomback ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Wolverine") is scheduled to adapt the script.

    Mary Parent ("Godzilla," "Pacific Rim") will serve as producer, alongside Rousey and Bomback.

    "It's a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda's incredible story to the big screen," Parent said to Variety.

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    There is no official word on when exactly production

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  • James Harden could be in line for a very lucrative off-court payday. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)James Harden could be in line for a very lucrative off-court payday. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)After deciding earlier this year that it would not attempt to extend its contract as the NBA's official apparel provider, opening the door for Nike to swoop in and swoosh up NBA gear after the 2016-17 season for the hefty reported price of $1 billion, Adidas is reportedly gearing up to make a major push to lure one of the game's top superstars — Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden — away from Nike and into its stable of endorsers.

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    ESPN.com brand enthusiast Darren Rovell has the story:

    The company has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, sources told ESPN.com. Nike, whose deal with Harden recently expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.
    A $200 million offer is huge, considering it represents half of what the brand paid for 11 seasons as the NBA's official uniform supplier. [...] With incentives, if the deal is consummated,
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