• Feb 27, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after making a basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at the Moda Center. (Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)Feb 27, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after making a basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at the Moda Center. (Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is the biggest story in the NBA right now, a player contributing at an MVP level and impressing with the sheer volume of his production even when he's not particularly efficient. He is currently the definition of a must-watch player.

    Westbrook notched his third-straight triple-double in Friday night's road game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but for the second game in a row he could not lead his team to a win. The Blazers came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter to deficit to top the Thunder 115-112, dropping OKC to just a half-game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the West.

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    Not surprisingly, Westbrook factored heavily during the finish. With six seconds remaining, Arron Afflalo knocked down two free throws to give Portland a 113-110 lead. The Blazers attempted to foul Westbrook to avoid a game-tying three, but Wesley Matthews

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  • The New York Knicks have given their fans little to cheer about this season. At their worst, the squad with the NBA's worst record have inspired questions about exactly where they're going, whether Derek Fisher is the right man to lead them, and the extent to which Phil Jackson can construct a winner. It's easy to watch them and feel very confused about what it all means.

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    Credit to guard Alexey Shved, then, for riding those vibes and coming up with one of the most confounding plays of the year. With roughly 7:00 remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game at the Detroit Pistons, Shved darted to the basket after catching a deflection of his own pass for ... well, we're not really sure. Because instead of putting the ball in the general vicinity of the basket, he threw it 10 feet over everything. Take a look:

    We could take some guesses at what happened here, but it's probably more enjoyable just to

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  • Noel stonewalls Gortat. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)Noel stonewalls Gortat. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)The Washington Wizards have moved from genuine contention to serious disappointment over the course of just a few weeks. Unfortunately for them, there do not appear to be easy answers to their problems.

    The Wizards faced the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in need of a win after having lost five straight and 10 of their last 12. On paper, the opponent would have seemed to offer them a solid chance at a victory — the Sixers had lost five in a row themselves and quite famously suffer from a talent gap. So it's a mark of how bad things have gotten for Washington that they lost 89-81 in a listless display during which Philadelphia rarely looked particularly threatening. This was a truly bad basketball game, and the worst team in it held hopes of challenging for a title less than a month ago.

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    Despite the general character of the contest, the Sixers deserve credit for some quality execution in the final

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  • Lydia Ko doesn't have her driver's license, so she can't drive 55. But she almost broke 60 on Saturday at the New Zealand Women's Open.

    The 17-year-old world No. 1 shot a course-record, 11-under 61 at Clearwater Golf Club to grab the lead early on Day 2 of her national championship. The 61 tops the prior mark of 63, shot by last year's winner Mi Hyang Lee en route to the win.

    Ko actually bogeyed her first hole of the day, then got started with an eagle at the par-5 second. In a 10-hole stretch from the fourth hole to the 13th, Ko made nine birdies. A birdie at the last locked up a two-day total of 13-under 131.

    The New Zealand native is already a winner in 2015, taking last weekend's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on the LPGA Tour. 


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  • LOS ANGELES -- Champion Ronda Rousey and No. 1 contender Cat Zingano each made weight on Firday at LA Live, making official their bout on Saturday for the UFC women's bantamweight title at Staples Center in the main event of UFC 184.

    Rousey, who appeared more gaunt in the face than usual, weighed at the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds. Zingano, who weighed first, was 134 1/2.

    She was asked by UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan for a comment about the fight following the weigh-in. She said simply, "Just watch," and then turned and headed to the locker room.

    Rousey (10-0, 10 finishes) praised Zingano (9-0, 8 finishes) as her most dangerous opponent, which she said is a good thing. As her hometown crowd cheered her, Rousey said, "I'm going to show you guys the most fantastic win ever."

    Holly Holm, a former boxing champion making her UFC debut in the co-main event, weighed in at 135 1/2, the same as her opponent, Raquel Pennington.

    Two fighters missed weight. Jake Ellenberger came in a half-pound

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  • A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: ESPN.com. A fascinating read from Kevin Arnovitz on what's been going on with Larry Sanders — what precipitated his December departure from the Milwaukee Bucks, how his substance abuse suspension short-circuited a grand statement the young big man aimed to make, how he pushed for a buyout against his representatives' advice, what led him to his first-person explanation, and so much more.

    PF: The Sporting News. Sean Deveney sees National Basketball Player's Association executive director Michele Roberts' recent jabs at the way some media members conduct themselves in NBA locker rooms as another piece of evidence that she's looking to succeed in one major area that Billy Hunter failed: "She is seeking the utmost loyalty of the players she has been assigned to represent."

    SF:

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  • The bad news for Rory McIlroy is he is going to miss the cut at The Honda Classic.

    The good news is he is a short drive from a weekend at home.

    McIlroy shot 4-over 74 on Friday at PGA National and, at 7-over total, won't be around for the final 36 holes in his 2015 PGA Tour debut. 

    "I'm pissed off," McIlroy said after the round. 

    "I don't like missing cuts," he continued. "You want to be playing on the weekend, and I'm not there. Well, I'm here; I'm home. I'm not going to be playing this weekend, which is not nice."

    The world No. 1, along with the late-early half of the draw at the Champion course, had to endure two weather delays on Friday -- the first for rain, the second for electrical storms in the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. area. McIlroy only managed to play two holes before play was initially stopped at 8:23 a.m. He played another hole after the resumption of play at 10:31 a.m. However, the horn was blown again at 10:55 a.m. and did not pick back up until 12:31 p.m. Between the

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out of Friday's meeting with the Indiana Pacers after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a left shoulder strain.

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    UPDATE: The Cavs also announced that LeBron James will be held out of Friday's game for rest. Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com first reported the news. Cleveland has gone 2-8 in the 10 previous games James missed this season.

    It's not clear precisely when Irving suffered the injury, but he did begin favoring his shoulder after this drive with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter of Thursday night's nationally televised matchup with the Golden State Warriors:

    Irving seemed to move more gingerly and look less active immediately after that possession, during which he sparred with defenders Shaun Livingston and Draymond Green before losing the ball out of bounds. He stayed in the game for another couple of minutes

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  • Stacy Lewis has a message for the golf world: She's not going anywhere.

    The world No. 3 had a statement round on Friday on Day 2 of the Honda LPGA Thailand, shooting 8-under 64 at Siam Country Club to take a three-shot edge into the weekend over Amy Yang.

    Lewis, who turned 30 on Feb. 17, knows this is a course where there's no room for holding pat.

    "Tomorrow is just keep looking forward," Lewis said. "I did a good job of that today, of not looking at the leaderboards and what anybody behind me was doing. Just kept focusing on the next shot."

    Curiously, Yang is the player who stared down Lydia Ko last weekend for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne before blinking in the final four holes. Yang is playing well because she ended her 2014 season earlier than usual, in October, and recharged her batteries.

    “You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing,” Yang said. “I think that’s what happened to me last year. That’s why I decided to finish season earlier,

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  • Back in January 2014, after the NBA acknowledged that Monta Ellis got away with a closing-seconds foul on Austin Rivers that helped cost the New Orleans Pelicans a victory, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he loved that the league office was copping to missed calls, and not just because that particular one wound up working out in his favor.

    "I love the transparency," Cuban said. "Now if I could just get them to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes and 55 seconds, I'd really be making progress."

    Well, we're not quite there yet, but starting Monday, the range will be down to a scant 46 minutes. (Progress!)

    Beginning Monday, March 2, and continuing throughout the 2015 NBA playoffs, the NBA will provide after-the-fact play-by-play reports "regarding all calls and material non-calls that occur in the last two minutes of close games and during entire overtime periods," the league announced Friday, a move aimed at providing more specific responses to "the most

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