• Sometimes, after watching these guys play for so long, you forget that it’s pretty tough to throw a round ball into a flat goal that is perched ten feet off the ground. It’s even tougher to toss it in from around 24 feet away, just inches past the NBA’s three-point line.

    For Golden State Warrior guard and MVP candidate Stephen Curry, apparently this is no such trifle. From the Associated Press:

    ESPN reports that Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers following Tuesday's practice. Curry says it's the most 3s in a row he has ever made. He also says he made 94 of 100 shots during the session.

    After most practices, Curry rotates around the perimeter as assistant Bruce Fraser feeds him the ball. He typically takes 10 shots from several spots and often goes around the arc twice.
    Curry, a leading candidate for league MVP, already has surpassed his own NBA record for most 3-pointers in a season. He enters Wednesday night's regular-season finale against Denver with 284 3-pointers.

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  • There we were, thinking that we were done with talking about tanking for a while. Ready for the playoffs. Ready for spring. Ready for the NBA’s draft lottery to remind us that there are no guarantees after losing games on purpose.

    Then Joseph Goodman had to go and remind us of this on Tuesday night:

    Thanks a lot, pal.

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    In 2010, Heat president Pat Riley happily sent a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for in the sign-and-trade deal for LeBron James. Riley didn’t have to, but the move made it easier for James to make a specific amount of money and for Cleveland to earn a trade exemption. LeBron helped gift Miami with four straight Finals trips, four seasons of MVP-level play, and two NBA titles before leaving the

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  • Celebrating with a champagne party on the podium is one of the longest standing traditions of F1 racing, but a picture from Lewis Hamilton's most recent celebration at the Chinese Grand Prix has the practice – and the driver participating in it – under fire. In the photo (and many others also taken), the hostess being sprayed by the champagne doesn't appear to be enjoying it, and that has led a number of groups like Object, an anti-sexism organization, to call for an apology from Hamilton and an end to the practice. It's of course worth pointing out that the woman in question is likely there of her own volition, but it doesn't take a genius to acknowledge that she looks uncomfortable, and that perhaps the champagne spraying tradition has long run its course. And looking at it from another side: Would winning a race be any less gratifying without the champagne? We're guessing not. Other race circuits have done away with hostesses or "grid girls"

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  • If Jordan Spieth hadn't already won you over with his Masters performance last week, then this should.

    Dallas Morning News reporter Barry Horn tweeted a picture Tuesday of a handwritten thank-you note Spieth wrote while a junior at Jesuit High School in Dallas to the Murphy family, which provided him a scholarship.

    In the note, Spieth talks about the value of Jesuit's work-study program that gave the Texan the opportunity to work to earn the gifted money to pay for high school. He then goes on to talk about his accomplishments, including being the top-ranked junior amateur at the time. Eight months later, Spieth would finish T-16 in the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

    Spieth also shares his ultimate goal: "My dream is to play professionally and win the Masters."

    The Murphy family has to take a lot of pride

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  • SEA Games 2015 men's football draw.SEA Games 2015 men's football draw.

    Singapore’s Under-23 football team were handed a boost in their quest for a first-ever SEA Games gold during the group-stage draw on Wednesday.

    Singapore will avoid meeting Malaysia and Vietnam at the group stage.

    The Young Lions, who finished third in 2013, were automatically drawn in Group A as hosts, while defending champions Thailand were placed in Group B.

    Indonesia, who finished as runners-up, will join Singapore in Group A instead of Malaysia. That meant Singapore avoided a trio regarded as the strongest in the region.

    The rest of the unseeded nations were drawn at random, with Singapore further joined by Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines. Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste were the other sides drawn into B.

    With this draw, it appears that Aide Iskandar’s charges should have an easier path to the semi-finals – the top two in each group will advance.

    However, the former Lions captain, while “happy” with the draw, warned that his team cannot afford to underestimate their group

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    Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He won Best Sports Presenter at the 2013 Asian TV Awards, and, despite being in his late 30s, still believes that he can make it as a professional footballer. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton

    Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He won Best Sports Presenter at the 2013 Asian TV Awards, and, despite being in his late 30s, still believes that he can make it as a professional footballer. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton

    Match Selection: Chelsea versus Man Utd to end in over 2.5 goals
    Making sense of the statistics to come up with a Premier League dead cert

    Last week’s tips and predictions yielded varying degrees of success. Backing Manchester City to avoid defeat against United wasn’t one of my better calls… Strange game; the champions were so good in the opening stages that I thought we might be in for a repeat of the infamous 6-1 humiliation of the Red Devils from a couple of

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  • Life of a football agent part 1: Of football crooks and scam artists

    After Raheem Sterling’s recent contract controversy at Liverpool, the spotlight is on the influence of agents over their players. Ash Hashim, A FIFA Players’ Agent who writes for the Futbolita blog shares her experience in this world.

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    These are the “money guys”, as they are called, “the big guns of the business” – admired, revered and most of all, more powerful than the football superstars they represent. 

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s “super agent”, Jorge Mendes, has been credited for his meteoric rise to success at Man United and now, Real Madrid

    Similarly, Cesc Fabregas’ faith in his agent Darren Dein saw him masterminding a move from Arsenal to Barcelona.

    In reality, although the perks of being a football agent can be highly rewarding, it is not an industry for the gullible or faint of heart. 

    I chose to go down this path because I wanted to do more for football. I took the agent exams after years of profiling the football industry as a sports journalist, despite knowing that there was

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  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers watches a free throw during the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tonight is his first game this season . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers watches a free throw during the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tonight is his first game this season . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The final day of the NBA regular season is upon us, nearly six months since the San Antonio Spurs received their 2014 title rings on opening night. However, we're not especially close to figuring out the eight first-round playoff series set to begin this weekend. Only one matchup has been set — the East's No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the No. 7 Boston Celtics, who beat the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night to clinch that seed.

    As such, Wednesday's 14-game slate involves many different seeding scenarios dependent on a number of possible results. It's easiest to break things down by conference first and team second, so let's start with the East, where things are a little easier to follow.

    The Indiana Pacers' 99-95 double-overtime win over the Washington Wizards eliminated the Miami Heat from contention, leaving just two teams to fight for the conference's final playoff berth. The possible seeds break down like this, with the team currently in that spot listed first:

    1. Atlanta Hawks

    2.

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  • The first matchup of the 2015 NBA Playoffs has officially been set. With a dramatic 95-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, the Celtics locked up the No. 7 seed in the East. They can now plan for a first-round matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the only series decided heading into the final day of the regular season.

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    Tuesday's victory came in thrilling fashion. Celtics wing Evan Turner had a hand in two baskets in the final 35 seconds (first with his own jumper off an inbound, then with a pass to Tyler Zeller with a lay-up), but Raptors guard Kyle Lowry answered each with a lay-up to create a 93-93 tie entering the final 10 seconds of regulation.

    Terrence Ross blocked Turner's first attempt at a winner, but the Celtics got the ball back out of bounds. Marcus Smart found Jae Crowder from the baseline, but there was no guarantee that this tough fallaway jumper would go in:

    The Raptors couldn't

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  • Athletes in all sports are taught to play until the whistle blows, or until the referee says stop.

    But because Chad George decided not to pay attention to that dictum, not only was a potentially dangerous situation averted, but he left the cage in Irvine, Calif., following his win over Mark Vorgeas at Bellator 136 on Friday with a greatly enhanced reputation.

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    In the first round of their bantamweight fight, George caught Vorgeas with a Von Flue choke. Vorgeas went out, but referee Milan Ayers, standing only feet away, didn't realize it (4:10 mark of the video above). George let go of the choke, looked up at Ayers and said of Vorgeas, "He's out." Slowly, Ayers walked closer and said, "No, he's not. No, he's not."

    And so George stepped back and pointed. When Vorgeas didn't move, Ayers took another step in, crouched over Vorgeas and only then realized he was out, calling off the bout.

    George would have been well within his

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