• This summer's stateside Copa America Centenario creeps ever closer and is now just a month and a few days away. On Friday, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann filed his 40-man preliminary United States men's national team roster, which he made public on Sunday afternoon.

    It contained no significant omissions or surprises, but then again, you wouldn't expect any, since practically everybody in the national team picture at the moment can fit onto a 40-man squad, which won't be culled to the final 23 until May 20.

    The most eye-catching inclusions were those of back Eric Lichaj, who hasn't represented the U.S. since 2013; fellow back Timmy Chandler, who left a very underwhelming impression when last seen in a USA jersey at the 2015 Gold Cup; and Perry Kitchen, a holding midfielder buried down the depth chart.

    Left back Brek Shea did not make the preliminary roster, raising an eyebrow given that he has returned to full fitness with his club, Orlando City, and seemed to be one of the favorites in a

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  • Before tipoff at Oracle Arena on Sunday, Stephen Curry got in some light stand-still shooting work, part of an intensive rehabilitation regimen aimed at getting him past the Grade 1 sprain of the medial collaterial ligament in his right knee and back on the court sooner than anticipated. Asked by ABC's Lisa Salters about the chances that he makes his return in next Saturday's Game 3, Curry sounded an optimistic note:

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    As exciting as the prospect of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player returning is for Bay Area sports fans, though, his Golden State Warriors teammates seem intent on doing whatever's in their power to convince him not to rush back on their account.

    Klay Thompson scored a career-playoff-high 37 points, Draymond Green notched the second triple-double of his postseason career, and Steve Kerr's club dominated on the glass and on the defensive end to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-106, to take a

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  • Before Sunday's do-or-die Game 7 against the Charlotte Hornets, ABC's cameras captured Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade seeming to be overcome by emotion during the singing of the national anthem:

    "Just focused," Wade, whose star turn late in Friday's Game 6 extended the Heat's season to make Sunday possible, explained to ABC's Doris Burke after the game. "Thinking about the moment. This team ... it's been, all season, we've had opportunities to cave, and every time we've been in that situation, we've somehow prevailed."

    Wade and the Heat added another victory to that list on Sunday, thanks in large part to a pair of dominating performances from two talented teammates.

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    Point guard Goran Dragic carved up Steve Clifford's defense all game long, repeatedly getting to the

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  • Eventually, someone will win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But it's not happening on Sunday.

    Rain delays continued on Saturday, leading to the cancellation of play at TPC Louisiana. Play resumed briefly on Sunday morning, but another band of severe storms descended on the course before the weekend field could finish the third round. In fact, joint leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas have only played five holes of Round 3. No player has finished the third round, but Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman and multi-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings have completed 14 holes. 

    Ultimately, officials knew on Saturday that the event was heading for a Monday finish. Sunday's extended delays merely make the Monday finale an even longer day for the field.

    For a PGA Tour event to be considered official, the field must finish 54 holes. The last time a PGA Tour event was considered completed -- albeit unofficial -- after 36 holes was the 2005 Northern Trust Open (then the Nissan

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  • Tiger Woods doesn't know when he'll be ready to play again. After all, last week he played his first five holes since having a pair of back surgeries last fall, so it seems like it might be a while before he's ready to play up to 72 holes. However, Woods continues to plan and prepare for the moment his back tells him it's OK to give it a go.

    Reuters reported Saturday that Woods has secured accommodations for both The Players Championship and the Memorial Tournament. 

    The Players, the PGA Tour's crown jewel, is in two weeks and has been reported as a potential place where the 14-time major winner could start his comeback. However, while The Players is a modest in-state trip from Woods' home in Jupiter, Fla., the host course, TPC Sawgrass, isn't Woods' favorite. Though he's won there twice as a pro, including in 2013, the Stadium Course is Woods' worst course of the ones he sees most every year on his schedule.

    Then there's the Memorial Tournament, which will be played this year June

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  • The Toronto Raptors will attempt to stave off embarrassment, for the third postseason in a row, while the Indiana Pacers will try to keep irrelevance at arm’s length as both teams work to make it into the second round via a Game 7 performance on Sunday night. With the stakes in place, we decided to dive into three basketball rings that could make a difference.

    1. Kyle Lowry

    We’re all aware that DeMar DeRozan is taking 17.7 shots on his way toward 15.8 points per game in the playoffs. We know that Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas has been alternately dominant and dormant based mostly around whether or not the Pacers decide to call out their switches. We get that Norman Powell is a rookie and that, apparently via the terms of his contract, Terrence Ross is not allowed to play basketball in April.

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    Kyle Lowry is the key. He’s made fewer than a third of his shots since messing up his elbow a month ago, he dribbles far

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  • The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets have streaked to a series-deciding Game 7, set to tip at 1 ET on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have second-round merits, but as is always the case with these sorts of close calls, the slightest edge could make the difference in sending one team home for the summer. We summarized three edge-creating options in the hours before Game 7:

    1. Free throw attempts

    The Hornets average 28 freebie attempts per game, which is certainly not an outsized amount and not all that more than Miami’s run of 21.3 a game. The Heat, though, are chaffing at the fact that reserve Charlotte guard Jeremy Lin has taken 38 in the series and that Kemba Walker (at 33 through six games) isn’t far behind. Dwyane Wade, the man who once shot 22 free throws in a pivotal NBA Finals game, has taken just as many in the playoffs thus far.

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    Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and Hornet head man Steve Clifford both come from

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  • 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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