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    ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium next Friday, 6 May for ONE: ASCENT TO POWER. 

    The card features a historic main event battle between Singapore’s Angela “Unstoppable” Lee and Japan’s Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.

    Fight fans around the world are certainly in for a treat, as the event promises spectacular world-class MMA action, featuring the absolute best in local and international mixed martial arts talent.

    What better way to cap off exciting matchups than with exhilarating finishes? Here are the 4 best finishers heading into ONE: ASCENT TO POWER.

    #4 Roger Gracie

    Roger Gracie of the world-famous Gracie fighting family joined ONE Championship in 2014, following a stint in the UFC and Strikeforce. He has amassed a stellar 7-2 professional mixed martial arts record, which includes one win by technical knockout and five wins by submission.

    In his debut fight for the promotion, Gracie stopped the hard-hitting James

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    The road back to the ONE Featherweight World Championship for Narantungalag Jadambaa begins this May in Singapore. 

    Jadambaa will meet former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku in a rare meeting of two former champions at ONE: ASCENT TO POWER at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 6 May.

    Were it not for the two inaugural titles being on the line during the event, this would surely have been worthy of at least co-main event billing.

    The 40-year-old from Mongolia dropped the title this past November with a fourth-round submission defeat at the hands of current kingpin Marat Gafurov. It was his first loss under the ONE banner, and his first defeat overall since 2013, when an ankle injury cost him a fight with Koji Ando.

    For Jadambaa (10-4), it is all about figuring out what to do with a dangerous opponent in Boku. He has earned five finishes among his 10 career wins, with four of them coming by way of submission. His two 2014 wins for ONE were both drawn-out battles, as he earned the ONE

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  • The Raptors just couldn’t let anyone breathe easy. It wouldn’t be their style.

    Toronto managed to make the second round of the playoffs on Sunday night, edging out the Indiana Pacers in a too-close Game 7 at home, taking the deciding game of the series with an 89-84 score. The Raptors led by as many as 18 points but watched as Indiana dropped the score down to just three in the final minute.

    It was all very Raptor-y.

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    Toronto would not have even been in this position but for two maddening aspects of the team’s season – winning a franchise record 56 games and earning home court advantage in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, and giving that home court advantage right back up on the first day of the NBA’s postseason in a Game 1 loss to Indiana. In what could have been the deciding game of the series, Toronto had a 12-point advantage in Friday’s Game 6 prior to being felled in what turned into a 19-point

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  • 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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