• The All-Star break usually allows teams fluctuating between the bottom and middle thirds of the NBA to determine if they should push for a playoff berth or think about what's best for their future (which, yes, sometimes involves tanking). Most preseason expectations would have put the Portland Trail Blazers squarely in the latter camp, at least if they hadn't already firmly established themselves as lottery participants. Yet Portland has been one of the pleasant surprises of this season, playing well enough to establish themselves as a true contender for a postseason spot ahead of several teams that were supposed to take serious leaps forward.

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    Monday night's game at the Memphis Grizzlies was a particularly useful example of the Blazers' talent and ability in pressure-filled situations. Down 102-100 with just seven seconds remaining in regulation, Damian Lillard attempted a game-winning three-pointer. He missed,

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  • A couple of years back, Kevin Garnett introduced us to "Joe Jesus," his preferred nickname for then-Brooklyn Nets teammate Joe Johnson, whom Garnett said "might not be there when you call on him, but he's there when you need him." On Monday night in Brooklyn, in the midst of a season to forget, Johnson showed the Barclays Center crowd how a resurrection really feels.

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    Things did not look good for the Nets, who had built a 16-point lead over the visiting Denver Nuggets midway through the second quarter before watching Michael Malone's club whittle the deficit down over the next two periods, erase it with 5:34 left in the fourth, and take a two-point lead on a wild runner by Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried with 1.3 seconds remaining:

    But with the Nets down 104-102 and scarcely one tick remaining on the clock, Johnson — who's been scorching the nets (no pun intended) in relative obscurity since the calendar

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  • Warriors big man Festus Ezeli will be sidelined for at least six weeks. (AFP/Thearon W. Henderson)Warriors big man Festus Ezeli will be sidelined for at least six weeks. (AFP/Thearon W. Henderson)After missing five straight games with soreness in his left knee, Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent arthroscopic surgery "to clean out debris from his left knee," the team announced Monday.

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    The 26-year-old big man, who hasn't suited up since Golden State's Jan. 25 win over the San Antonio Spurs, is expected to miss at least six weeks recovering from the procedure, but is expected to return before the end of the regular season in mid-April. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

    “It’s a big loss,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Hopefully, he’ll be back before too long. Festus is a huge part of our rotation. He’s really had a good year, an excellent year. … I just feel bad for Festus. It’s a contract year, he’s young and he’s already had a knee surgery. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be OK.” [...]
    “He brings us a lot of energy and a presence to back up” Andrew
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  • 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?”

    Dos Anjos

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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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