• Byron Scott went 38-126 as Laker coach. (Getty Images)Byron Scott went 38-126 as Laker coach. (Getty Images)When NBA coaches remind the press that they “never read what you people write” or that they don’t pay attention to that “stuff,” meaning “rumors,” it’s often hard to believe them. Yes, there is a lot of game tape to break down and meetings to attend, but don’t they at least have some passing interest in what’s happening around the league, and how its participants view their team?

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    With deposed former Laker coach Byron Scott, though, we kind of believe the guy.

    (Though, since moving back to Los Angeles, he must have changed his habits.)

    In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Scott claims that he was taken aback and “thrown for a loop” by Los Angeles’ decision to decline to pick up the option on the third year of his four-year deal, keeping in mind a conversation he had with Laker brass back in 2014 about seeing out at the very least a three-year plan:

    “If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou

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    History was made Friday evening inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium at ONE: ASCENT TO POWER, as two new world champions were crowned.

    Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi capped off an incredible evening, as Lee won a decision to become the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion.

    For the first time in her career, the 19-year-old Lee (6-0) went the distance—and not just a 15-minute distance—a full five-round 25-minute battle that proved who was the best of the best.

    “Unstoppable” used her effective grappling to turn back the challenge of Yamaguchi (15-9-1), who entered with plenty more experience. Lee had finished all five of her previous foes via submission, including three inside of the first round.

    Yamaguchi suffered her first loss since a 2014 setback to Ayaka Hamasaki. The 33-year-old has also shared the cage with the likes of Megumi Fujii, Katja Kankaanpaa, and Seo Hee Ham, who are all top-ranked fighters in the world.


    Roger Gracie added the first major MMA title to the Gracie

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  • Chris Paul suffered another heartbreaking loss — to a Los Angeles Lakers fan, no less — and this time nobody could blame team chemistry or even Los Angeles Clippers lore. But he came still blame the refs.

    Appearing on Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle," a self-explanatory game show hosted by rapper/actor/global icon LL Cool J and model Chrissy Teigen, Paul went toe to toe with Snoop Dogg, performing his foe's own 1994 hit "Gin and Juice" and then stealing the show with New Edition's 1983 classic "Candy Girl." Like when his Clippers were up 3-1 against the Houston Rockets last season, it was Paul's series to lose.

    Then an admittedly stoned Snoop followed his predictable version of Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" with a show-stopping rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," complete with '80s hair and attire.

    From the audience's perspective, Paul couldn't recover. But, man, that "Candy Girl" performance was fun. Showing no signs of the broken hand that ended his season with the

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  • DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll just keep trying to get past the finish line. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll just keep trying to get past the finish line. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)For most of Game 2, the Toronto Raptors' only reliable sources of offense were Miami Heat turnovers and praying that Jonas Valanciunas could pick up his All-Star shooting guards' garbage. They missed 12 free throws and 14 3-pointers in an effort that didn't inspire much confidence that they — and especially Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan — had exorcised the demons plaguing them.

    "It's been ugly," DeRozan granted after the game.

    "Ug-lee," Lowry added.

    On Thursday, though, it was enough to win. When you're already down a game in the second round of the playoffs, that beats the alternative.

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    The Raptors survived 30 more missed shots from their stars to draw even, outlasting the Heat 96-92 in overtime behind 21 points from forward DeMarre Carroll and a dominant late-game performance on the interior by Valanciunas.

    After impressing in Toronto's Game 1 loss, the Lithuanian 7-footer scored 11 points and grabbed seven

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    She just turned 33 in February, but Italy’s Roberta Vinci is enjoying her best season ever in tennis.

    Four days after her birthday, Vinci cracked the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time in a career that has spanned 27 years.

    Her capture of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy title saw her move to eighth spot – 11 was her previous highest ranking – and become the oldest woman to ever debut in the top 10. Betty Stove of the Netherlands held the previous record when she debuted in 1976 at 31 years and 100 days.

    That triumph was also her first one since July 2013 and Vinci is hungry as ever to continue winning in what she feels is her “best” season so far despite already reaching her goal of making the top 10 world ranking. 

    “I'm so happy. I practiced a lot, I won a lot of matches and now I'm in the top 10 for the first time,” she told Yahoo Singapore over the phone from Madrid recently.

    “I don’t have any particular goal, but of course I would like to stay in

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  • As more and more players announce they're taking a pass on the Olympics, it's becoming clear that golf's Olympic representatives created the mess the sport is now facing. From the selection of the unappealing format of 72 holes of stroke play to the way Olympic golf was crammed into the existing schedule, the game's leaders have set the sport up to look bad in Rio.

    Then, through the prism of North Carolina's House Bill 2, we also look at why golf might be hurting itself with young golfers by not taking a social stand.

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  • Phil Mickelson did what he usually does on Thursdays at Quail Hollow Club: He played himself into contention at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    Mickelson shot 3-under 69 in Round 1, leaving himself four shots off the lead of Andrew Loupe and Steve Wheatcroft. 

    "'I'm really happy with the start of the tournament, with the first round," Mickelson said. "I thought that there were some low scores out there if you played well, but the conditions and the wind made it difficult. The soft greens being receptive or somewhat receptive allowed us to be aggressive and to make some birdies."

    Mickelson went out in even-par 36 for the first nine, but made three birdies in the first six holes of the back nine to get into early contention. He played the difficult three-hole closing stretch, called the Green Mile, in even to end with a satisfying first day despite not having his best stuff.

    "I know that I can hit a lot better than I did today," he said. "I've been

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  • Jim Furyk made his PGA Tour return on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting 1-over 73 at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club in his first competitive round since September 2015.

    When his round began on the 10th tee in the morning wave, the 2003 U.S. Open champion felt something he didn't anticipate.

    "The gun went off this morning and I felt unusually calm this morning," Furyk said after the round. "I expected to be very nervous but I felt very calm on the 10th tee. It was surprising but it was a good feeling."

    The difference between Furyk posting an under-par round and the over-par one he had was his approach to the par-4 14th, which ultimately landed in the water.

    "I hit the ball real well on my back nine, made a little bit of a careless double bogey at 14," he said. "Actually a decent second shot, it just spun left and ended up in the water."

    Two birdies -- one on each nine -- and a bogey left him with 73, eight shots behind joint Day 1 leaders Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew

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  • As former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey had her fair share of intense rivalries.When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)

    Who could forget her first – and arguably greatest – rivalry with current UFC champion, Miesha Tate? Or how about her serious beef with Brazilian Bethe Correia? Heck, even “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm caught some of Rousey's vitriol, right before kicking her in the head and ending Rousey’s reign as champ last November.

    Now, we’re finding out that apparently Rousey’s mean-mugging gaze extends past her own division, and no female UFC fighters are safe.

    Her latest victim, according to rival Miesha Tate, is none other than current "Dancing with the Stars" frontrunner and UFC 115-pound contender Paige VanZant.

    “You know what she did to Paige?” asked Tate on Thursday’s edition of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. “So, Paige was also at that VIP party [referencing a prior party both she and VanZant were attending] – and Paige and I have spoken, we’re friendly, but I don’t know her that

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  • At this point, I think we can safely say that Goran Dragic's face is an elbow magnet.

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    Late in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Dragic found himself tasked with trying to slow down a Raptor break. He chose to do so by stepping in the path of Toronto All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, who tried to steer around him with a Euro-step that ... well, didn't quite get clear of the stationary defender:

    Most amazing: despite the primary contact on the play being DeRozan's right elbow smashing Dragic in the face, it was the Heat player who was called for a blocking foul, his third of the opening half. Talk about adding insult to the very evident injury of bleeding from the mouth as you walk off the court.

    Actually, that's not the most amazing part. Really, it's that this is the third time this season that Dragic has found himself on the business

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