• The Denver Nuggets have apparently decided that six weeks is too long to wait. Brian Shaw is out as the team’s head coach, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, following a disastrous 2-19 stretch of play. That stretch became infamous on Friday night, when several Nuggets reportedly broke a team huddle by chanting “six weeks,” an apparent reference to the time left in the 2014-15 NBA season. Respected assistant Melvin Hunt will take over this mess on an interim basis.

    As we discussed at length on Monday, the Nuggets have embarrassingly failed twice in their attempts to rejoin the Western Conference playoff bracket in the two seasons since former coach George Karl and general manager Masai Ujiri left the team in the spring and early summer of 2013. Karl and Ujiri no doubt noted that the 2012-13 Nuggets peaked at 57 wins, and a combination of stasis, bad luck, bum injuries and the exodus of Andre Iguodala doomed Shaw’s coaching career from the start.

    The former championship

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  • It's been a cold winter throughout much of North America, but NBA games are played within the warm confines of modern arenas. So why was Patrick Patterson wearing what appeared to be mittens or gloves on the Raptors' bench during a 114-103 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia? Were the gloves even the kind that would keep hands warm in the first place, or do they serve some other purpose entirely? Whatever the reason, it was incredibly strange to see an NBA player sporting anything on his hands during a game. Fortunately for us, former player and current analyst Malik Rose pointed out on the game broadcast that similar gloves often have paraffin wax on the inside to keep hands warm and dry for ball handling and shooting control. The Flyers' ice rink lurking beneath the floor may have contributed to the cold on the Toronto bench, as well. The more you know. 

    LeBron James is good to his friends. The NBA superstar recently had a collection of 600

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  • Trick-shot videos are hot right now in golf.

    The Bryan Brothers light it up on a regular basis, while a host of others are trying to make a name for themselves by showing what they can do with a club, a ball and the occasional prop.

    However, two-time Remax World Long-Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski has taken the art form to a new level. Sadlowski, a Callaway Golf staffer, teamed up with YouTube mega-sensations Dude Perfect for a trick-shot compilation that will blow your mind.

    This five-minute video has a little bit of everything in it. Of course, there's the requisite GoPro cameras and lots of high-fiving and man-hugging. However, the tricks are dynamite.

    Here's a set list:

    Sadlowski hits a 100-yard punch shot to a small target attached to a basketball hoop, knocking a suspended ball into the basket

    He hits a putter some 170 yards on a par 3, then makes the birdie putt in a great one-club challenge, then later makes a 132-foot putt with his driver

    Several everyday items are demolished

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  • The PGA Tour splits off this week, with the best players in the world in the Miami area for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral. The Gil Hanse-renovated TPC Blue Monster hosts the top 50 players in the world and a slew of money leaders from global tours. 

    Patrick Reed is defending champion this week, but the headliner is again Rory McIlroy, who will look to bounce back in this no-cut event after missing the weekend at The Honda Classic.

    Here are my top five picks for the week.

    1. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy didn't make the cut at Honda, but he had an awful draw along with half the field. He was T-25 here a year ago. He's a very different player since then.

    2. Jordan Spieth -- Hey, maybe we'll see Jordan Spieth on TV this week. Spieth is a top-10 machine at the moment, taking that mantle from Matt Kuchar. His game plays anywhere and should be handy in windy conditions.

    3. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson got cut at Honda playing alongside McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. He's been close to wins

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  • Kevin Garnett may be 38 years old, but he remains one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA. When KG needs to switch onto a guard, it's a fair bet that he will be able to stick on the ballhandler and force a tough shot. Not being the defensive force he used to be does not mean that he can't make an impact.

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    Sometimes, though, Garnett's excellent defense is not enough, which the Minnesota Timberwolves learned in Monday night's game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. With under a minute remaining and the Clippers up 106-103, Garnett switched onto Chris Paul after a pick from DeAndre Jordan. As he has so many times in his career, he stuck with one of the league's best ballhandlers. But Paul made several moves to get just enough space and altered his shot to make sure it would not be blocked:

    This fantastic bucket served as the dagger in the Clippers' 110-105 win, but the context makes it even more

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  • Enough has gone right for the Golden State Warriors this season that fans can be forgiven for expecting them to pull out an unlikely comeback victory. Down 108-99 to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center with 3:29 left in regulation, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run over more than two minutes to tie the game on a Stephen Curry jumper (to give him eight points in the run alone) with just 1:08 on the clock. Given the Warriors' performance this season, it seemed as if they were headed for a victory on the sixth and final game of their Eastern Conference road trip.

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    It was not to be. After a Golden State turnover, the Nets called on former Warrior Jarrett Jack to create their final shot with the shot clock turned off. The defense from Curry was quality, but Jack got the better of him with this pull-up jumper:

    Curry attempted to put up a game-tying lay-up on the final play of the game but could not beat the buzzer, and

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  • Tempers flared when the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns clashed at AmericanAirlines Arena, with an evening of physical play resulting in a handful of technical fouls and a trio of third-quarter ejections.

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    Business picked up in earnest with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Heat holding a 12-point advantage over the visiting Suns. Miami point guard Goran Dragic — a member of the Suns just two weeks ago, before he expressed displeasure with the Suns' three-point-guard rotiation and a lack of trust in the Phoenix front office and publicly requested a trade, which landed him in Florida and earned some harsh words from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough — stole the ball from Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker and took off on a fast break.

    Suns forward Markieff Morris, who's been a bit salty of

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  • Greg Norman thinks some modern PGA Tour pros are a little too happy to get fat on top-20 finishes instead of chasing down wins.

    “Certain players are happy just going through the motions," Norman said to the Wall St. Journal. "They don’t want to be the leader, they would rather be a sheep. They enjoy grazing the field and getting fat and sassy."

    Perhaps Norman, who turned 60 in February, has a point -- or just a different frame of reference. A total of 96 PGA Tour players earned over $1 million during the 2013-14 season. In 1996, the year Norman led a six-shot lead slip away in the final round of the Masters, just nine players made seven figures. 

    However, the Aussie also believes many players have the hunger to live in golf's spotlight, including Jason Day, who said in January that he'd like to get to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    “To say he wants to be the best in the world, that’s a big statement to make to yourself, let alone publicly. So he is willing to put it out

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  • If fans were wondering what’s next for UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey after her most recent destruction of Cat Zingano at Saturday’s UFC 184, they needn’t wonder any longer.

    Unfortunately for fight fans, Rousey's next endeavor is in her other profession: making movies. Rousey, who made her acting debut in last year’s Expendables 3, already has upcoming roles in the soon-to-be-released Fast and Furious 7 and Entourage films. Now, entertainment outlet Variety is reporting that she has committed to her next movie.

    The film, “Mile 22” will be produced by Peter Berg, with a screenplay by Graham Roland and will feature Rousey as a CIA field operative paired with an Indonesia police officer (played by Iko Uwais, of “The Raid” franchise fame) battling ‘extreme’ political corruption. The casting seems to suggest, once again, that Rousey is being fast-tracked to a career as a true female action star.

    This, of course, is making some of her fighting contemporaries more than a little

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  • The Houston Rockets went all out after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers by two points on Sunday, even going so far as to declare James Harden "the new King James" after having vanquished LeBron James in regular-season battle. Unfortunately for Harden, it looks like he will see some punishment for deposing the old monarch.

    The NBA announced Monday that Harden has been suspended one game for kicking James in the groin with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. Harden was issued a flagrant-1 foul during the game, but that has since been upgraded to a flagrant-2. Harden will miss the Rockets' Tuesday game at the Atlanta Hawks, another East contender.

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    Take a look at the play:

    Many of you may watch that video and consider the suspension excessive considering that Harden did not exactly strike LeBron with the greatest of force. However, kicking another man — let alone a fellow All-NBA First Team member — in the nether

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