• It can be tough sometimes to find the motivation to exercise. Lots of folks, present company included, can get derailed somewhere along the way from thinking "I should work out" and beginning a run or arriving at the gym. San Antonio Spurs big man Boris Diaw wants those of us who allow ancillary, inessential elements of a workout to become roadblocks to get our minds right — all we really need, Bobo teaches, is the desire to dance like nobody's watching.

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    The versatile and skilled Diaw, whose jack-of-all-trades game (and surprisingly nimble footwork as a driver and post player) helped the Spurs win the 2013-14 NBA championship and earned him a lucrative multi-year deal, made this video as part of his relationship with Withings, a "connected health company" that makes electronic products and applications — pedometers, sleep trackers, "smart" scales, etc. — that purportedly allow users to gain greater visibility

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  • First off, can we just agree that player comparisons – especially player comparisons that transcend eras – are pretty dumb?

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    Michael Jordan retired, for the third and final time, two months before LeBron James was drafted into the NBA. He plays around the same position as James, in a lot of ways the shooting guard and small forward slot are interchangeable, and both players (eight years for James, seven for MJ) took a long and tortured route to their first championship. They dunk a lot, and unless LeBron is working out of Miami, they wear the same number.

    They’re one of just five players on the court at a time, and they do a lot of similar things in a team game that can be dominated by a lone individual. This is why we compare them. It’s silly, but we do.

    And on Thursday, possibly motivated by decades-long enmity toward Michael Jordan, Bill Laimbeer went on the Dan Patrick Show to not just compare LeBron and

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  • Dwight Howard's 2014-15 season ended on Wednesday night. As he learned Friday, though, being done playing doesn't mean you can't still get suspended.

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    A league review of the offensive foul Howard committed on forward Andre Iguodala late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference finals-ending victory over the Houston Rockets in Wednesday's Game 5 — ruled a common foul on the floor — should have been called a flagrant-1. A retroactive upgrade of the foul means increases the number of "flagrant points" that Howard accrued during the postseason from three to four — you get one point for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2, and Howard had already committed a pair of flagrant-1s in the postseason.

    League rules stipulate that when you pass three flagrant points in the postseason, you've got to sit out your next game ... even if your next game doesn't come until next season.

    Here's Howard's

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  • On the third hole of his Friday round at the Irish Open, Irishman Shane Lowry bent his putter in a fit of anger.

    Under the Rules of Golf, since the putter wasn't bent in the natural course of play, that meant Lowry had to find another club to putt with the rest of the way. He chose a wedge, and, as it turns out, it was good enough to get him to the weekend at Royal County Down.

    Starting on the 10th hole, Lowry bent his putter on the 12th.

    That didn't stymie the 2009 champion (as an amateur), however, as he made three birdies heading in, including a 30-footer on his 16th hole, the par-3 seventh.

    In total, Lowry shot 3-over 74 on another tough scoring day. Combined with an opening 72, that was good enough to get to the weekend. 

    After the round, Lowry showed some remorse over the act, but was happy with

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  • Social media has given us plenty of regrettable moments that athletes would prefer to forget, but a Steph Curry tweet has been passed around in the last few days that shows just how special the online exchange between an athlete and his or her fans can be. In the midst of an ugly 2009-10 rookie campaign where Curry was struggling to play for a team that stumbled to a 26-56 record, Curry tweeted a promise that the team would turn things around. It took a few years and a lot of changes, but Curry is still on the floor for Golden State, is the league MVP, and the team is poised for a championship showdown with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine wrote more about it here, and it's worth your time. What a cool moment to remember.  

    A quarterback has to have quick feet, so maybe it's no surprise that Baker Mayfield is poised to be the starting signal-caller at Oklahoma in the fall. Mayfield's dancing ability has made a

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  • Earlier this month, USGA executive director Mike Davis warned that the 2015 U.S. Open champion would be the player that gets as much exposure as possible to unfamiliar host Chambers Bay, near Tacoma, Wash. Davis took a lot of flak for saying a playing would need at least 10 rounds at property to win

    Well, Phil Mickelson may not get in 10 rounds before the national championship starts in three weeks, but he got his first in on Thursday. 

    Mickelson spent three-and-a-half hours playing the course's front nine, including 30 minutes on the first hole, which will likely flip par with the 18th hole during championship days. It is expected that, at least once, the first will flip from being a par 5 to a par 4, handing a stroke over to the 18th.

    So what did he think about the unique layout?

    “A very interesting course,” he said to a local TV station, according to The Olympian. He added the course did play very much like a links course that would host the Open Championship in the British Isles.

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  • Tony Blundy had just made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge, Mich.

    Naturally, his wife, Janet, was happy about her husband's first-ever ace. However, the celebration had to be short-lived, as Janet still had to play.

    "You're gonna be really mad at me when I put mine in," Janet said to Tony as she walked up to the forward tee box.

    She did, but he wasn't. 

    That's right, at the par-3 16th, Tony, 53, first sank his 135-yard shot with a 7-iron. Then, right after his hole-in-one, Janet, 43, did the same thing with a pitching wedge from 110 yards a tee box forward. The two were playing by themselves, but the commotion they raised -- and deservedly so -- at their feat attracted a couple of players from another hole to verify what they had just done. 

    So what are the odds of something this outrageous happening? The National Hole-in-One Association once calculated that the odds of two people in a foursome making an ace on same hole was in the range of 26

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  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat passes during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat passes during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Few active NBA players are as associated with their franchises as Dwayne Wade is with the Miami Heat. Since they selected him with the fifth pick of the 2003 draft, the now 33-year-old future Hall of Famer has won three titles, made eight All-NBA teams, and generally been one of the best players in the league. Beyond those credentials, he has been quite loyal to the Heat (apart from taking a few meetings as a free agent in 2010, which is almost nothing) and seemed like the sort of player who could take on a larger role with the franchise after retirement if he chose to.

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    It's a bit surprising, then, to learn that Wade could be on his way out of South Beach this summer. While Wade opted out of the final two seasons of his contract last summer (worth $41.6 million) to take a cheaper two-year deal (worth $31 million) that would help Miami add other players, the new agreement included an early termination option for

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  • The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, bringing an end to years of palace intrigue within United Center and weeks of speculation that the increasingly contentious relationship between the Bulls' front office and the hard-charging and remarkably successful coach had run its course after five seasons.

    Thibodeau exits Chicago with a career regular-season record of 255-139, giving him the seventh-highest winning percentage among coaches who have spent at least three years on the bench. He led the Bulls to three 50-win seasons — including the best record in the NBA in each of his first two campaigns, winning Coach of the Year honors after the 2010-11 season — and five consecutive playoff berths.

    He did this despite being without MVP point guard Derrick Rose for the bulk of the last three seasons due to injury, working without other key contributors missing time, and consistently having to make the best out of shuffled-up benches after management allowed valuable

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  • Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia caused quite a stir Tuesday when she said that she hopes Ronda Rousey doesn’t ‘kill herself’ after their UFC 190 title tilt on Aug. 1.

    That comment, alone, could be looked at as a bit of a promotional snafu, even without any prior context. However, when you take into account that Rousey’s father killed himself when she was just 8, then the barb takes on a whole new level of disrespect.

    Many wondered if Rousey would even take the time to address the comment. It was undoubtedly in very poor taste, and no one would have held it against her if she just let the comment fall to the wayside.

    Then again, that isn’t Ronda Rousey’s style.

    Earlier today, Rousey took to social media to address Correia’s shortsighted comments.

    It didn’t take long for Correia to issue a very formal, and very

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