• 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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  • With a 15-foot birdie on the final hole of the tournament, Danny Willett won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by a shot over Andy Sullivan and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. 

    Willett shot 3-under 69 at Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, good enough to hang on to the one-shot edge he had over the Spaniard to start the final round.

    The Englishman came to the final hole needing the birdie to avoid a playoff after both Sullivan and Cabrera-Bello made 4 on the closing par 5 to post 18-under 270. Willett holed a left-to-right swinger and delivered a fist pump knowing he had won for the fourth time on the European Tour.

    "You'd love to win by five or six every time you win, but when you win in that fashion, it does feel that little bit extra special," Willett said after the round.

    The win will move Willett inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    For Sullivan, it's his second consecutive Dubai tournament where he finished runner-up. Sullivan

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  • A year after finishing runner-up at the Coates Golf Championship, Ha Na Jang finished one place better on Saturday at Golden Ocala Golf Club.

    Jang, who last week became the first player in LPGA history to make a par-4 ace, ended with two birdies in the final three holes to win by two strokes over Canadian teen Brooke Henderson at 11-under 277.

    As the final birdie putt fell, Jang whipped her putter around in a celebration she dubbed a Samurai twirl, modeled after a famous golf video of a man doing a similar celebration after a great drive. Jang was due for the chance to share that kind of emotion.

    “I can’t describe it,” she said. “I’m so happy. I cannot put it in my words.”

    The 23-year-old's playoff runner-up here a year ago, which she managed after Monday qualifying, was the first of four second-place finishes a year ago. She finished fourth last week in the 2016 season-opener in the Bahamas. She's been knocking on the door again and again. In

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  • Golf's greatest party continues to get bigger.

    Organizers of the Waste Management Phoenix Open announced a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale for the tournament's third round on Saturday. An estimated 201,003 fans came, setting the tournament's single-day record, which is also a record for professional golf.

    After the round, tournament leader Danny Lee, who shot 4-under 67 in front of that large crowd, was amazed by the figure.

    "Two-hundred thousand?" Lee asked when told of the attendance. "Wow!"

    Prior to Saturday, the tournament's largest single-day crowd was 189,722 in 2014. The tournament also set a day record Friday at 160,415. 

    The tournament is likely to break its weekly attendance record on Sunday. So far, an estimated 535,035 fans have come through the gates. Just 29,333 people have to show up for the final round to break the record of 564,368, set last year.


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  • When he finished tied for third at the CareerBuilder Challenge two weeks ago, Phil Mickelson said he was probably a week away from having a chance to win.

    Maybe he was a week off on his prediction.

    The 45-year-old finds himself in contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a third-round, bogey-free, 6-under 65 has him five shots off of the lead of Danny Lee, who is at 13-under 200. Mickelson moved up 31 spots on the leaderboard on Saturday, landing himself a spot in the next-to-last threesome for the final round.

    That's a way better position for Mickelson than last weekend at the weather-warped Farmers Insurance Open. He missed the cut and had the weekend off.

    Between Mickelson and Lee are Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama, tied for second at 10 under par and three in back of the lead, and Bryce Molder and Boo Weekley, who are 9 under par and tied for fourth.

    Mickelson, a three-time champion of this event including in 2013, didn't play perfect golf, but he managed to even

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  • LAS VEGAS – After months of speculation, there is finally a winner in the ‘who fights Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks’ sweepstakes.CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)

    Mickey Gall, a 24-year-old with just one prior professional fight, submitted Mike Jackson via rear-naked choke just 45 seconds into their showdown at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. With the victory, Gall, who was featured on UFC President Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ reality show, is now in line to be the first person to fight the former WWE champion.

    “Last time I was on the mic, I was talking about one guy,” said Gall after the fight. “CM Punk. [And] I’m still talking about CM Punk -- I want to be fed, I’m hungry -- feed me CM Punk, please!”

    When asked about his game plan heading into the fight with Jackson, the victorious Gall kept it short and sweet: “Punch him as hard as I can in the face; like to punch faces and I like to choke people out, that’s what I like to do.”

    Shortly after Gall’s speech, the man of the hour, Punk, entered the cage for

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