• After a frightening incident on Friday night that left Russell Westbrook with a literal crater in his right cheek, Westbrook’s immediate future with his team seemed in question. Players break noses or damage parts of their faces all the time in this contact sport, but few of these injuries looked as disturbing as Russell’s.

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    After some damage control, however, it appears as if the long-term implications of Westbrook’s Friday collision may not be all that lasting. From a Thunder press release:

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful procedure today to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

    The procedure was performed by Dr. John Joseph Rehm and Dr. Jason Hamilton with Thunder medical personnel present at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, Calif. Westbrook will miss

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  • After her Friday 64 to take the lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand, Stacy Lewis talked about the need to not look back and keep moving forward at Siam Country Club.

    Lewis did not move forward on Saturday, shooting a 1-over 73 in Round 3 that left her with a one-shot lead heading into the final round. The 30-year-old is at 13-under 203 and just ahead of Amy Yang, who carded 71.

    "It was a bit all over the place today," Lewis said. "Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far."

    The world No. 3 struggled early in her third round, making three consecutive front-nine bogeys to lose the lead. It took an eagle at the drivable par-4 15th to regain the lead from Yang. A bogey at the par-5 last hole was a disappointing way to finish the round. However, Lewis said it's an all-too-common conclusion to her rounds at this venue.

    "This 18th hole just frustrates me,"  she said. "Over the years it's gotten my number more times than it's been good."

    Sandra Gal is another shot back in third, with Mirim Lee

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  • Pat Riley and Anthony Mason smile after a 1992 game against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Brian Drake/NBAE/Getty Images)Pat Riley and Anthony Mason smile after a 1992 game against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Brian Drake/NBAE/Getty Images)

    Anthony Mason, the rugged forward whose toughness and relentlessness fueled his journey from afterthought to NBA All-Star, died early Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack and being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. He was 48.

    Eddie Mata, who interviewed Mason as part of his "Where Are They Now In Sports" video series, reported that Mason passed away at 2:36 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News and ESPN New York's Ian Begley subsequently confirmed the 13-year NBA veteran's passing. 

    Longtime New York basketball writer Peter Vecsey first reported via Twitter on Feb. 11 that Mason was "fighting [for his] life" after undergoing multiple surgeries, including one procedure that lasted nine hours. Vecsey reported that Mason had reached 350 pounds, had been dealing with heart problems for the past year, and was at a New York-area hospital undergoing tests when the heart attack occurred, prompting him to be rushed into

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  • 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. She is playing in her national championship this week instead of at the LPGA's stop, the Honda LPGA Thailand. No matter the results of both events, Ko will remain No. 1 in the world.


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  • Misery makes company, so no one would have blamed Brooks Koepka for missing The Honda Classic cut as his Thursday-Friday playing partners, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, looked lost on PGA National's Champion course.

    However, as McIlroy and Johnson were struggled after three-and-a-half hours of weather delays in Round 2, Koepka thrived. The Phoenix Open winner shot 6-under 64 -- the clubhouse leader for best round of the week -- to overcome an opening 78 and find his way into the weekend field.

    The 24-year-old made eight birdies on the day, including one on the par-5 18th (his ninth of the day) after needing a drop when his second shot took a huge hop off the cart path. 

    Koepka could have easily packed it in, drove to his nearby home and called it a week. Instead of thinking selfishly, he chose to be motivated by the people in his gallery who supported him.

    “I have so many family and friends out,” he said, “that you almost don't want to let them down.”

    The Florida State product who

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  • LOS ANGELES – Champion Ronda Rousey and No. 1 contender Cat Zingano each made weight on Friday 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, eight 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

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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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