• After Saturday's close loss to the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant stuck around the Bay Area to attend Super Bowl 50 and serve as a sideline photographer for The Players Tribune, the athlete-led website for which he serves as deputy publisher. Acting as a media member seems like a pretty stark role reversal for a player who has become one of the NBA's preeminent ombudsmen, but from the sound of it, KD really enjoyed taking the Tribune and the NFL up on what he called "a dream offer" ... and, from the looks of it, star teammate Russell Westbrook kind of enjoys having a brand new media member to put through the wringer.

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    Check out Russ getting his mock on, no turtleneck, behind KD during a chat with reporters on Monday ahead of OKC's visit to Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on the Phoenix Suns:

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  • The UFC held a press conference in January to promote their upcoming super fight between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5.

    McGregor showed up 30 minutes late to the presser and went into his promotional shtick, unleashing a venomous succession of insults directed at his Brazilian opponent throughout the duration of the hour-long fiasco.

    He called dos Anjos a traitor to his country. He insulted his team at King’s MMA. He called dos Anjos ugly and referred to him as a ‘free TV fighter’ unworthy of his upcoming pay-per-view billing.

    The brash featherweight even went as far as to bring dos Anjos’ family into the mix, saying: “I wanna send you back to our Brazilian media partners at Globo and have you answer to the Brazilian people why we have to book you a hotel in your own home country, why your kids' names are Bob and Donald – why are you raising American children? Why don’t you trust in your own people?”

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  • The PGA Tour is changing up the schedule of its Latin America-based developmental tour in response to the spreading Zika virus.

    PGA Tour Latinoamerica officials notified players last Friday that the Guatemala Open and Honduras Open have been moved deeper into the spring. According to Golf Channel, the Guatemala Stella Artois Open has been moved from March 10-13 to April 28-May 1, while the Honduras Open will now be played May 5-8, up from March 3-6. 

    The next PGA Tour Latinoamerica events are the 69 Avianca Colombia Open, to be played Feb. 25-28, and Panama Classic from March 17-20.

    The Web.com Tour season opened in Latin America, with back-to-back events in Panama, then Colombia. The PGA Tour couldn't alter the schedule, released just weeks before the season began, in time to move the event.

    The PGA Tour will continue to monitor the situation, with the Puerto Rico Open played in March and the Web.com playing another Latin America swing in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico from the last week

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  • Derek Fisher might not have been the solution. But was he the problem? (Jason Miller/Getty Images)Derek Fisher might not have been the solution. But was he the problem? (Jason Miller/Getty Images)Four weeks ago, the New York Knicks sat at 19-20, having already surpassed last season's win total. They ranked 15th in the league in points scored per possession and 18th in points allowed per possession; they were, more or less, a slightly-below-average NBA team. They had one present-tense All-Star playing arguably the best all-around ball of his career, one exciting future star providing tantalizing nightly glimpses of his expansive talent, and a head coach who, with the benefit of an actual NBA roster in Year 2, seemed to be making incremental improvements in his second season.

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    Then Carmelo Anthony stepped on a referee's foot, missed two games and played 90 total minutes in his first two games back. He started experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, missed three of the next 10 games, and looked limited in the other seven. (Lance Thomas, New York's second-best wing player, also missed four

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  • In sports, the most obvious outcome isn’t always the reality. Nowhere was this proved more than a weekend where the Super Bowl favorite Carolina Panthers failed to show up and where Leicester City gave us one of the most memorable moments in Premier League history with a 3-1 win at Manchester City.

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    Many fans are waiting for the Foxes to fall away and cede their place at the top of the table to one of the more traditional contenders. But in this crazy English top-flight season, it stands to reason that Claudio Ranieri’s men can go the distance.

    The video above provides some key stats and factors to convince you to get on board with the Leicester Fiesta. Take a look and be sure to leave your comments below.

     

     

     

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  • No sooner does Jon Jones have his return date to the UFC formally announced, the ex-champion finds himself right back in trouble with the law.

    Jon Jones (AP)Jon Jones (AP)Jones — who will face Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 — will be in an Albuquerque, N.M., court on Wednesday after being cited back on Jan. 31 for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance.

    This comes hot on the heels of Saturday’s announcement by the UFC that he’ll get the opportunity to regain the light heavyweight title he was stripped of last year when he faces Cormier in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

    Jones and his traffic violations have been a major thorn in the side of the 28-year-old former champion. Jones was stripped of his title and suspended last April in a highly publicized hit-and-run incident that left a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a broken arm as Jones fled the scene. He was given supervised probation but avoided spending time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement.

    Prior to that, Jones was

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  • Rio Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are concerned by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, but confident the problem will be cleared up before the Games begin.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Rio Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are concerned by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, but confident the problem will be cleared up before the Games begin. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)With fewer than six months remaining until the start of the Rio Olympic Games, a new threat has emerged to the Games' stability: the Zika virus.

    The U.S. Olympic Committee has told the organizing bodies of various American sports that if athletes or support staff are concerned about the Zika virus, they should consider not traveling to Rio for the August Games, according to a new Reuters report. The USOC delivered the message to various sports federations in a late-January conference call.

    "One of the things that they immediately said was, especially for women that may be pregnant or even thinking of getting pregnant, that whether you are scheduled to go to Rio or no, that you shouldn't go," said Donald Anthony, an Olympian and the head of U.S. Fencing. "And no one should go if they feel at all as though that that threat could impact them."

    The World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency in connection with the Zika virus, and the U.S. Centers for Disease

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  • The Warriors are now the biggest story in American sports. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Warriors are now the biggest story in American sports. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Let's face it — the best and most powerful teams in the NBA don't really change from week to week. A handful of results in the middle of winter can only mean so much to a franchise's championship hopes. What does shift regularly, though, is how much interest a squad can hold over the course of a season. Every Monday, BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings track the teams most worthy of your attention.

    THE TOP 15

    1. Golden State Warriors (46-4, last week: 1): Chin up, Stephen Curry. Your beloved Carolina Panthers may have fallen to Von Miller and the rest of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but there's at least the consolation prize of you and the Warriors now becoming the no-doubt biggest story in American sports. With the NFL out of the way, Golden State's stylish pursuit of 73 wins and back-to-back titles should capture even the most casual basketball fans' attention until their season ends.

    This week's results made reaching those lofty goals seem significantly less unlikely. Wins over

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  • Super Bowl Sunday is typically considered a quiet day for the NBA, but one of its biggest stars put in an honest day of work for this year's game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. One day after dropping a tight game to the Golden State Warriors and honorary Panther #KeepPounding drummer Stephen Curry in nearby Oakland, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant served as a credentialed photographer on the Super Bowl 50 sidelines at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

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    Take a look here:

    Durant was credentialed through The Players' Tribune, for which he carries the title of Deputy Publisher. Evidence suggests that he was not merely a bystander on the sidelines, but an active photographer throughout the game.

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  • Standing on the tee of the driveable par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale, Rickie Fowler had a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

    Rather than lay up and play for a pair of closing pars that may be good enough to win, Fowler chose to drive the green. He didn't feel he could carry a critical fairway bunker with his 3-wood, so he took out his driver. He smoked it. It landed on a downslope some 30 yards in front of the green and took off like a rocket, through the green and into the water hazard in back of the hole. 

    All of a sudden, Fowler's aggressive play didn't seem like the right one. He made bogey and fell into a tie with Hideki Matsuyama, one of his Sunday playing partners, who made 3 on No. 17.

    Both players made dramatic birdies on the 18th hole and went to sudden death at 14-under 270.

    After three extra holes couldn't settle the matter, the pair returned to the 17th. For Fowler, it was deja vu all over again. He tugged his drive left and found the water hazard. After flexing some

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