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Kawhi Leonard Not Going Anywhere as Spurs Consider $219 Million Designated Veteran Extension
Kawhi Leonard Not Going Anywhere as Spurs Consider $219 Million Designated Veteran Extension

The future of Kawhi Leonard remains shrouded in doubt, but suggestions he is on his way out of San Antonio appear to be premature. The relationship between the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and the Spurs has been frosty since he reportedly told the team he was not comfortable playing while rehabbing from the quadriceps tendinopathy that forced him to miss the first 27 games of the season. The Spurs small forward has not played since January.

Erin Popovich Cause of Death: Wife of Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Dies Aged 67
Erin Popovich Cause of Death: Wife of Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Dies Aged 67

Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died on Wednesday (April 18) at the age of 67 after a long battle with illness. The couple married four decades ago, while Gregg was serving as assistant coach at the Air Force Academy between 1973 and 1979. Erin is survived by her two children-Jill and Mickey-and two grandchildren. The five-time NBA champions have asked the media to respect the family's privacy and it remains unknown whether their head coach will be on the bench when the Spurs face the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of their first-round series on Thursday night in San Antonio.

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs
Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs

Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile. The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP's absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs. Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Arizona nurse celebrates after shock second at Boston Marathon
Arizona nurse celebrates after shock second at Boston Marathon

An unknown runner from Arizona celebrated a $75,000 (60,500-euro) payday Monday after shocking the field to claim a second place finish at the Boston Marathon. While American woman Desiree Linden was celebrating her victory in the prestigious event, the spotlight also shone on runner-up Sarah Sellers, an unheralded part-time runner who came in four minutes behind the winner. Sellers, 26, who works as a nurse in Arizona, was running only her second marathon after starting training roughly seven months ago.

How Allen Iverson dropping 41 on him taught Kobe Bryant about preparation
How Allen Iverson dropping 41 on him taught Kobe Bryant about preparation

Kobe Bryant's reputation as a guy who studied the game and had coach-like preparation was well deserved. When teammates were playing Bourré and gambling on the plane, Kobe was back with the coaches watching film. Allen Iverson taught him that lesson.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Power Rankings: Caps slide while Knights rise
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Power Rankings: Caps slide while Knights rise

After winning 12 of their last 15 regular-season games going into the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Caps squandered their home-ice advantage in their first two postseason games. The Caps-Blue Jackets Game 3 is set for Tuesday, while Game 4 is Thursday.

Is Tom Brady leading a revolt against Bill Belichick?
Is Tom Brady leading a revolt against Bill Belichick?

On the 18th anniversary of Bill Belichick's decision to make Tom Brady a Patriot, is Brady actively trying to unmake the Patriots? Now, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston connects the dots in a way that suggests Brady resides at the center of the storm that keeps gathering around Belichick and his grumpy old man ways. Curran identifies scattered Patriots who revolted in the past, from Adalius Thomas to Randy Moss to Wes Welker to Logan Mankins.

Starting Iguodala in Game 1 win vs Spurs goes exactly as planned for Kerr, Brown
Starting Iguodala in Game 1 win vs Spurs goes exactly as planned for Kerr, Brown

When the pollen is swirling and the stakes are raised, Andre Iguodala seems to know what to do, when to do it and, most of all, how it will affect his Warriors teammates. It was Game 1 of the first-round series against the savvy underdog San Antonio Spurs and Kerr was seeking a specific result with a particular style. "I just wanted to put our best defensive lineup on the floor from the beginning," Kerr said after a 113-92 victory Saturday at Oracle Arena.

Danny Amendola: Patriots
Danny Amendola: Patriots' offer didn't even come close to Dolphins' offer

During his tenure in New England, Danny Amendola repeatedly agreed to take less money to stay with the Patriots. But that tenure ended this year when Amendola simply couldn't do it from a financial perspective anymore. Amendola told Mike Reis of ESPN that he left for the Dolphins this offseason because

Dez Bryant blames coaches, his former teammates who are "Garrett
Dez Bryant blames coaches, his former teammates who are "Garrett's guys" for his release

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said he would have taken a pay cut if it was offered, but it wasn't. That just solidified his feeling that some coaches and some former teammates had it in for him. "I'm not here to bash anybody, but they know, man," Bryant told Jane Slater of NFL Network. "They know. [more

Belichick creates impression that he wants Lamar Jackson
Belichick creates impression that he wants Lamar Jackson

While the manner in which the top five quarterbacks will exit the board isn't known, two things have become accepted in recent weeks. One, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson may be the last of the five taken. Two, he nevertheless will be taken in round one. So who will take Jackson? The Cardinals at

Good results last night for Lakers
Good results last night for Lakers' pick set to go to Philly

The Philadelphia 76ers won a weird one last night against the Hawks in Atlanta. Already without Embiid for the seventh straight game, the Sixers also had a compromised Ben Simmons suffering from a stomach bug, and lost Dario Saric about 15 seconds into the game with a busted lip and chipped tooth, resulting in a game against an undermanned, super-lottery-bound Hakws squad where it still wasn't totally obvious most of the way who the playoff-bound roster was. The real scoreboard watching to be done as a Sixers fan on Tuesday was for the Hornets-Pacers and Rockets-Lakers games, which remarkably both fell as the Process Phaithful would've hoped: The Hornets crushed the largely-resting Pacers...

Bryant, Paul praise Lakers
Bryant, Paul praise Lakers' 10-year G League veteran Ingram after NBA debut

Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul led the praise for Andre Ingram after the 10-year G League veteran made his NBA debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Ingram, 32, went undrafted in 2007 and spent his entire career in the G League until he was this week signed for the rest of the season by the Lakers, making his first appearance in a 105-99 defeat to the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

Why Each NHL Team Won
Why Each NHL Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup

When the playoffs kick off on Wednesday, 16 NHL teams will have a shot at raising the Stanley Cup, but only one of them will. Here's a look at why each one could be one of the 15 teams that miss out on postseason glory. While the Predators have excelled in just about every facet of the game this season, they're also the NHL's most penalized team.

Why Each NHL Team Could Win the Stanley Cup
Why Each NHL Team Could Win the Stanley Cup

When the playoffs kick off on Wednesday, 16 NHL teams will have a shot at raising the Stanley Cup, but only one of them will. For the most part, this is the same Nashville squad back to improve upon the finish. Adding Nick Bonino and Kyle Turris while bringing Mike Fisher back into the fold sew up some of the holes.

NHL Playoffs 2018: Where to Watch on TV, Stream Info and Game Times
NHL Playoffs 2018: Where to Watch on TV, Stream Info and Game Times

The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin this week, and there are several ways to keep up with the action on the ice. Games will be broadcast on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and NHL Network. A live stream will be available on the NBC Sports

Kentucky loses former five-star prospect to transfer
Kentucky loses former five-star prospect to transfer

On Monday morning, Kentucky added a top 15 recruit in 6-foot-10 E.J. Montgomery. On Monday afternoon, Kentucky lost a former top 25 recruit in 6-foot-11 Sacha Killeya-Jones. The sophomore center announced on Monday that he will be leaving the Kentucky program.

NHL Playoffs: Five Things to Look Forward to as the Race for the Stanley Cup Begins
NHL Playoffs: Five Things to Look Forward to as the Race for the Stanley Cup Begins

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have officially arrived. After a regular season full of surprising trades, jaw-dropping debuts and dubious referee decisions, the Stanley Cup playoffs are finally upon us. The Golden Knights' first season in the NHL could hardly have gone any better.

Sublime Spieth makes another major statement
Sublime Spieth makes another major statement

In the wake of Patrick Reed's Masters victory, it feels almost unfair to focus on another player's efforts at Augusta National. Golf's newest major champion held his nerve superbly on Sunday, completing a one-under 71 to finish one stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and secure a much-coveted green jacket. Jordan Spieth ultimately had to settle for third place, but it is no exaggeration to say the 2015 champion came within a whisker of pulling off the greatest comeback in golfing history.

Nike Told Masters Champion Patrick Reed He Wasn
Nike Told Masters Champion Patrick Reed He Wasn't Allowed to Wear Red On Sunday

Patrick Reed is the 2018 Masters Champion, having just capped off one of the most anticipated major championship weeks in recent memory. Young guns like Reed, Jordan Speith, and Rickie Fowler finished in the top three, but coming into Augusta, much of the buzz was around Tiger Woods, who was playing in his first major since 2015. While Woods was sidelined, Reed rose as one the brightest young talents on tour.

NHL playoff format will knock out top teams early
NHL playoff format will knock out top teams early

Two of the top four teams in the NHL are guaranteed to be out the playoffs after the second round. ''There's not a whole lot of logic there,'' Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik said. A Penguins-Capitals style repeat could happen this year with the Central's Predators and Jets on a crash course for a second-round showdown and the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning locked into a stacked Atlantic bracket with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sharks to open playoffs on the road against Ducks
Sharks to open playoffs on the road against Ducks

The series will open in southern California, as Anaheim ultimately leapfrogged San Jose on the final day of the regular season on Saturday to earn home-ice advantage. The Ducks shut out the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 in the desert, while the Sharks lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Wild. The rivals finished the season just one point apart in the standings, but San Jose went 3-0-1 against Anaheim during the season.

West playoffs set after Avs beat Blues
West playoffs set after Avs beat Blues

While two Eastern Conference matchups are still up in the air, the West is settled after the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Colorado. More on that decisive game in a moment. First, take a look at how it shakes out: (Central 1) Nashville Predators

UPDATE 3-NBA Standings

Apr 7 (OPTA) - Standings from the NBA on Saturday EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Toronto 57 22 .722 - 2. Boston 54 25 .684 3 3. Philadelphia 49 30 .620 8 4. New York 28 51 .354 29 5. Brooklyn 26 53 .329 31 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 49 31 .613 - 2. Indiana 47 33 .588

Tiger frustrated, disappointed after more Masters struggles
Tiger frustrated, disappointed after more Masters struggles

Tiger Woods admitted frustration and disappointment with slow progress in his comeback from back surgery after struggling off the tee again in Saturday's third round of the Masters. The 14-time major winner, who had not competed at Augusta National since 2015 because of nagging back issues, fired a level-par 72 to stand on 4-over 220 after 54 holes in his first major since 2015. "That's why it's disappointing and a little bit frustrating," Woods said.

Scottie Pippen:
Scottie Pippen: 'Comparison Shouldn't Ever be Made' Between LeBron-MJ

Many have made the comparison between Michael Jordan and LeBron James - one that will likely continue long after James' career finishes and history tries to place them. Pippen played with Jordan to win six titles for Chicago and was asked to defend Jordan after Isaiah Thomas said he'd take James in an all-time matchup.

Japanese dynamo Ohtani homers in third straight game
Japanese dynamo Ohtani homers in third straight game

Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani continued his assault on the record books on Friday, becoming the first Los Angeles Angels rookie to homer in each of his first three home games. The 23-year-old phenom is living up to the hype, crushing a fastball from pitcher Daniel Gossett 449 feet over the centre field wall as the Angels rallied to beat the Oakland A's 13-9 at Angels Stadium. Ohtani's second inning blast reduced Oakland's lead to 6-1.

Ndamukong Suh sees potential dominance in Los Angeles Rams
Ndamukong Suh sees potential dominance in Los Angeles Rams

Ndamukong Suh had his pick of teams when the Miami Dolphins released him last month. The dominating defensive lineman chose the Los Angeles Rams, who have suddenly become a desirable destination. Whether it's the proximity to great weather, smart coaches or Super Bowl contention, NFL stars have been eager to land in LA during the Rams' intriguing offseason.

Steve Kerr calls Warriors
Steve Kerr calls Warriors' effort 'embarrassing' and 'pathetic,' Kevin Durant: Pacers 'came out with a better strategy'

Steve Kerr is trying to prepare the Warriors to win without Stephen Curry. Kerr encouraged his players they were capable without the superstar point guard. Steve Kerr was livid and made no attempt to conceal it after a 126-106 loss to Indiana, which had much more at stake and performed with appropriate vigor.

Browns trade another quarterback, send Hogan to Redskins
Browns trade another quarterback, send Hogan to Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns traded their third quarterback of the offseason, sending Kevin Hogan to the Washington Redskins. The teams announced the deal Friday that includes swapping sixth-round picks. Cleveland acquires the 188th pick

Jordan Matthews a better fit for Patriots than Cooks
Jordan Matthews a better fit for Patriots than Cooks

247Sports' Tyler Sullivan explains why Jordan Matthews fits better on the Patriots than Brandin Cooks.

LeBron James Is Calling for Change in the NBA-Starting With Female Coaches
LeBron James Is Calling for Change in the NBA-Starting With Female Coaches

LeBron James has waded into the debate over female head coaches in the NBA and overwhelmingly backs the prospect of having more women on the sidelines. "If you know the game, everyone is accepting of that," the Cleveland Cavaliers star and three-time NBA champion told reporters on Thursday, according to ClutchPoints reporter Nikki Goel. James said talent and experience, as opposed to gender, are the key ingredients for a successful head coach.

David DeCastro on rule change: "We
David DeCastro on rule change: "We're going to look like sumo wrestlers"

"I just can't wait until the referees come into training camp like they do every year, and they show us the videos of what to do and not do in the rule changes," DeCastro said, via Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Coach Bill O'Brien explained this week on PFT Live that the impact would be less drastic than some (like DeCastro, appparently) expect.

Manziel
Manziel's allegation of "toxic" quarterback room cries out for response from Brian Hoyer

Quarterback Johnny Manziel's Wednesday interview on The Dan Patrick Show, part of an obvious effort to parlay lingering media attention into another NFL opportunity, included a misguided attempt to blame the Browns for not realizing that Manziel was conning them in 2014. Manziel also mentioned that, when he arrived as a rookie in Cleveland, no veteran quarterback was there to help him. Apart from the fact that few veteran quarterbacks who face being supplanted by a rookie are going to willingly share the zealously guarded secrets of the trade like, you know, "watch film" and "work hard" and "pay attention during meetings" and "read the playbook" and "don't go to a Cavs game during the...

NHL roundup: Ducks dump Wild, seal playoff bid

Ondrej Kase's tiebreaking goal at 16:04 of the third period enabled the Anaheim Ducks to clinch a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. As a result of the win and the Chicago Blackhawks' victory over the St. Louis Blues earlier Wednesday night, the Ducks guaranteed themselves postseason entry through either the Pacific Division or a Western Conference wild-card spot.

Bring on the six-way tie for fourth place in the wild Western Conference playoffs race
Bring on the six-way tie for fourth place in the wild Western Conference playoffs race

Okay, so here's how the Western Conference Playoff race plays out if God is on his job and not luxuriating in a yacht off the coast of Mauritius, which is where any sensible deity would be. (Note: We have already eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers, which

Three Things to Know: 2017-18 Western Conference ties record with 10 winning teams
Three Things to Know: 2017-18 Western Conference ties record with 10 winning teams

Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) This year's Western Conference is special. The Clippers beat the Spurs

Photo and video of the Masters Champions Dinner
Photo and video of the Masters Champions Dinner

One year ago, Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win his first major title and slip on the green jacket. The Masters' Twitter account on Tuesday night sent out this photo of the annual Champions Dinner, with Garcia seated front and center. It's a shame Jordan Spieth's head is blocking Phil Mickelson's body, so we can't see if he's still wearing that same dress shirt from his practice round.

Rubio's 31 powers Jazz past pesky Lakers 117-110

Ricky Rubio scored 31 points on 10 of 16 shooting, dished out eight assists and collected six rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 117-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Donovan Mitchell added 26 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in 12 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Six players scored in double figures to lead the Jazz (45-33) to their third straight win.

More injury news: Ducks lose Fowler for 2-6 weeks; Gibson day-to-day
More injury news: Ducks lose Fowler for 2-6 weeks; Gibson day-to-day

Another potential Western Conference playoff team has some significant injury news. The Anaheim Ducks announced on Tuesday afternoon that defenseman Cam Fowler suffered a shoulder injury against the Colorado Avalanche over the weekend will be sidelined for the next two to six weeks. Along with that the team also announced that starting goalie John Gibson, who also exited the game against Colorado with an upper-body injury, is currently listed as day-to-day.

Masters 2018: tee times announced as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy learn their Augusta groupings
Masters 2018: tee times announced as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy learn their Augusta groupings

The tee times for the first two rounds of the 2018 Masters have been announced. Tiger Woods, who is is bidding to win for a fifth time at Augusta, will play with Australia's Marc Leishman and England's Tommy Fleetwood.  The 14-time major champion's group will tee off at 3:42pm UK time 

Kings climb into third, hurt Avs' playoff push

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings moved into third place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Monday night at Staples Center. Torrey Mitchell, Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford scored for Los Angeles, which moved past the idle Anaheim Ducks into third place with its fifth straight win over Colorado.

Sharks can clinch playoff spot Monday with assist from one of their biggest rivals
Sharks can clinch playoff spot Monday with assist from one of their biggest rivals

Sharks fans may have to briefly reconsider their rooting interests, as their team can clinch a playoff spot Monday night thanks to...the Los Angeles Kings? The @PredsNHL can clinch the Central Division and the @SanJoseSharks and @mnwild can join the playoff pool tonight. Yes, the Sharks' playoff prospects are (briefly) in the hands of their hated rivals.

Swede Lindberg wins ANA Inspiration in major upset
Swede Lindberg wins ANA Inspiration in major upset

World number 95 Lindberg completed a big upset when she rammed home a 25-foot birdie putt to beat South Korean Park In-bee at the eighth extra hole at Mission Hills. Lindberg's winning putt slammed against the back of the cup at speed and fell in at the par-four 10th. Seven-times major champion Park then missed a 15-foot birdie chance that would have extended the playoff.

Final five games of the 2017-18 season still have historical context for Warriors
Final five games of the 2017-18 season still have historical context for Warriors

Several Warriors have spoken about the desire to stamp themselves as one of the all-time great NBA teams. Thompson spoke in specifics last September when describing what would continue to drive the Warriors. "Probably the potential dynasty factor, leaving a legacy like the Showtime Lakers of the '80s or that (Larry Bird-led) Celtics team or those Bulls teams of the 90s or the three-peat Lakers team," Thompson said.

No shot: LeBron struggles, but helps Cavs down Mavericks
No shot: LeBron struggles, but helps Cavs down Mavericks

LeBron James couldn't get his shot to drop. James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and Cleveland had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on Sunday night. James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained.

MLB not happy with Gabe Kapler for warm-up debacle
MLB not happy with Gabe Kapler for warm-up debacle

Gabe Kapler made a number of questionable moves in his first series as Phillies manager. During the third inning of the 15-2 loss to Atlanta, Kapler emerged from the dugout and called for Hoby Milner to come into the game to replace Vince Velasquez. Controversy arose because Milner wasn't warming up in the bullpen and therefore wasn't ready to pitch.

Joe Panik stuns another Dodgers star, leads Giants to historic start
Joe Panik stuns another Dodgers star, leads Giants to historic start

The boos at Dodger Stadium are usually reserved for Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner. Joe Panik heard it in pre-game introductions, when the sellout crowd lightly booed the man who hit the game-winning homer on opening day. When Panik took Kenley Jansen to the bleachers in the ninth, Dodgers fans hit full-on Posey Mode.

Tomas Satoransky says what everyone is thinking, that avoiding LeBron would be smart in playoffs
Tomas Satoransky says what everyone is thinking, that avoiding LeBron would be smart in playoffs

If it wasn't already obvious to anyone who has watched the NBA since, oh, 2003 it has to be clear now that teams like the Celtics and Sixers have suffered injuries to their best players: the Wizards might have a better chance of advancing in the playoffs if they do not play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. There are some good teams in the Eastern Conference and some great players, but none are even close to LeBron James. Yes, Wizards point guard Tomas Satoransky kept it real on Friday after their practice.

Masters 2018: The most confounding Masters stat of all-time
Masters 2018: The most confounding Masters stat of all-time

Since the Masters began in 1934, there's something that has never happened during the tournament. The course that made going low in major-championship golf fashionable has also been remarkably stingy in doing so for four straight tournament rounds. How miserly is Augusta?

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