• It took way too long for this to happen.

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    The NBA is all about expanding its brand, or whatever. Creating exposure. Mining different markets. Exploring new revenue streams. Also, sometimes, basketball.

    Why it took so long to offer a la carte, single-game League Pass options is beyond our level of comprehension, but here we are. Starting in 2015-16, the league will allow fans to buy either the full League Pass package as usual, but also a single-team package or one game at a time as the season moves along.

    The league announced plans for the move in June, and on Wednesday the NBA announced the pricing. The full package will cost you $199, same as it did last season for new customers. A single-team pass goes for $120, and the single-game feature will set you back $6.99 every time out.

    That sounds like … that sounds like a lot.

    It’s a tricky balance, because one runs the risk of sounding like an insufferable

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  • Houston Rockets star James Harden walked away with the top honor at the NBPA Players' Awards, the first-ever awards show produced by the National Basketball Players Association, but the evening's festivities — which took place Sunday in Las Vegas and broadcast on BET on Tuesday night — arguably belonged to Allen Iverson, whom the players' union recognized with the "Game Changer Award" in honor of his contributions both on and off the court during his 14-year NBA career:

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    After an introduction from Los Angeles Clippers point guard/NBPA president Chris Paul and hip-hop star Lil Wayne that celebrated the former Philadelphia 76ers scorer as "a basketball supernova" who went past beyond pushing the envelope and instead "ripped the envelope apart," the 2000-01 NBA Most Valuable Player took the stage, credited Michael Jordan for giving him the vision to become a basketball player, and expressed his appreciation for the

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  • On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers held a press conference. They showed off their terrible new uniforms and their formidable core of free agent signings, including Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich, Austin Rivers and Josh Smith. They also re-introduced us to the re-signed DeAndre Jordan, who infamously backed out of an oral agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks at the zero hour, choosing instead to return to the Clippers. Clippers coach and basketball el jefe Doc Rivers, who helped re-recruit Jordan back to Los Angeles, beamed throughout.

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    When asked by ESPN’s Arash Markazi at the press conference whether or not he owed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban an apology for going back on his word, or even for ignoring a series of texts and calls from the fellow grown man, Jordan offered … um … this?

    "Originally when I committed to Dallas -- I mean I loved Doc -- but I didn't call him," Jordan said. "We talked

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  • If Ronda Rousey still thinks she's too famous to use Tinder, we might have an alternative route for her dating life. All she has to do is show up at Principal Park, home of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, in Des Moines and a token of affection will be waiting for her. Anthony Giansanti is a Chicago Cubs minor-leaguer with a big-time celebrity crush, and in the hope that word might get to her, he's been leaving Rousey a ticket on the team's will call list for a few nights running. We have no idea if she's noticed yet, or if she'll reply at all, but we have to hand it to Giansanti for finding a way to get her attention. We think a more direct approach is the nobler route, but we're also not sure how he'd pull that off. 

    Brandon Armstrong got plenty of attention last week with his Russell Westbrook impersonations. This week, he's taking on Tim Duncan, and he's nailing it yet again. He's got everything down, from the way Duncan falls as he shoots, to the

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  • Over the course of the last century or so, millions of young men all across Thailand have set out to be famous Muay Thai fighters but only a handful have ever succeeded in obtaining legendary status. The competition is intense and to reach the very pinnacle of the sport requires years of dedication as well as tremendous talent.

    The reward for the few fighters who do establish themselves among the very best of their generations is a place in the annals of Muay Thai history. These are ten legends who will be remembered for their exploits inside the ring long after they have hung up their gloves for the final time.


    Samart Payakaroon

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    Samart Payakaroon has a well deserved reputation for being the greatest Muay Thai fighter of all time. He won his first Lumpinee titles fighting at minimumweight (105 lbs) in 1980 and would go on to win Lumpinee titles as a light flyweight (108 lbs), super flyweight (115 lbs) and featherweight (126 lbs).

    Samart won Sports Writers Fighter of the Year, the most

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  • Hockey players have a superstition about not touching the Stanley Cup unless they've won it. Jordan Spieth, however, wasn't spooked about getting his hands -- and lips -- on the British Open trophy he just missed out on winning.

    Spieth and Open winner Zach Johnson flew home to the United States on the same private jet, and the two-time 2015 major winner got to take a drink from the Claret Jug. Johnson's caddie, Damon Green, posted the picture to Facebook.

    Despite the sting from the end of his chase of the single-season Grand Slam, Spieth remained at the Old Course to give his buddy a hug and congratulate him after winning his second major title.

    While the Grand Slam dream is over, Spieth still has a chance to get his hands on an even bigger -- at least in terms of literal size -- trophy. Spieth is the favorite to win the PGA Championship and its Wanamaker trophy at Whistling Straits, which would make him only the third player to win three of four modern Grand Slam events in a single

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  • The greatest thing about writing about fights and those involved in them for nearly three decades are the wonderful people you meet along the way.

    Men, for example, like Stitch Duran and Burt Watson. Duran and Watson are UFC workers who did jobs that are so anonymous and so dreary so well that they became minor celebrities.

    Duran is one of the finest cut men in boxing and mixed martial arts. People have been fighting each other for money for more than 100 years, and almost from the time they began, there was someone alongside to tend to them when, inevitably, they were cut.

    Until Duran came along, these cut men were virtually anonymous. A few had a bit of notoriety within the tightly knit fight community, but it was mostly because of how effective they were at their jobs.

    A cut man as a celebrity, though? It was a laughable notion. And then Jacob “Stitch” Duran came along and, sure enough, he became a celebrity.

    Urijah Faber (L) gets his hands wrapped by cutman Jacob 'Stitch' Duran inside the locker room at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. (Photo by Esther Lin/Getty Images)Urijah Faber (L) gets his hands wrapped by cutman Jacob 'Stitch' Duran inside the locker room at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. (Photo by Esther Lin/Getty Images)The guy wrote a book on his life that has played to rave reviews on

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  • Bored sports content producers often resort to a few battle-tested ideas in times of need, one of which is the ever-popular construction of a "what if athletes from this sport played this other sport instead" team. The idea is pretty simple — if humans were only allowed to play one sport, then we could probably construct a pretty good team of the best athletes in the world.

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    I mention this tradition because the average writer may well believe that Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant would fit pretty well on a baseball field, if only because he's so athletic and skilled at his chosen sport that he would presumably find some way to succeed. However, this video from Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman's annual charity softball game at Seattle's Safeco Field suggests otherwise. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford's high pop-up from the second inning of Sunday's game would seem to be a pretty easy play for center

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    SEA Games medallist Pang Sheng Jun. Photo: Cheryl TaySEA Games medallist Pang Sheng Jun. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Pang Sheng Jun (Twitter, Instagram: @swimpsj)
    Age: 23
    Height: 175cm
    Weight: 70kg
    Occupation: Student athlete
    Status: Single
    Diet: Tries to get enough carbs and protein without fat during weekdays, has cheat meals during weekends
    Training: 10 pool sessions a week (each session is 2.5 hours), with dry land training in the mornings

    How did you get started in swimming?
    I started swimming from the age of four upon doctor’s recommendation because I suffered asthmatic conditions. I grew to love the sport a lot and swimming was a way of cooling myself down in Singapore’s hot weather. I was very active as a kid and I channelled all my energy into swimming.

    Both my sisters swam competitively and I

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  • Mick Fanning's 'shark attack' actually nothing of the sort: Marine biologist

    A marine biologist has rubbished claims that surfing superstar Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark, saying the creature was merely being inquisitive.

    (first posted on Eurosport)

    A visibly shaken Fanning arrived home in Australia on Tuesday saying he would not turn his back on surfing despite needing a "miracle" to survive a shark attack off the coast of South Africa at the weekend.

    But it seems that he might as well not have worried, since a top marine biologist says that the shark was only being curious.

    The three-times world champion was paddling out to ride his first wave in the final of the World Surf League's J-Bay Open on Sunday when an unidentified species of shark knocked him off his board.

    Fanning, 34, was hailed for managing to fight off the circling predator with his fists before returning safely to shore, becoming an overnight international celebrity after video of the incident went viral around the world.

    But South African marine biologist Allison Kock told Sportsgrid that Fanning was never actually in any danger.

    "The fact that he walked away unharmed and wasn't bitten suggests that it was more of an investigatory

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