• The best player on the best team of the NBA regular season looks set to claim the league's top individual award. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will soon be announced as the 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player, according to a report from Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com confirmed by Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears.

    Curry was considered to be the frontrunner for the award for the bulk of the regular season and outlasted plenty of deserving competition, including Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

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    Poole reported the news following the Warriors' comfortable victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. He also provides a few details on the announcement, including its potential date:

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  • Rory McIlroy would kindly like to remind you he has no plans on giving up the world No. 1 ranking to Jordan Spieth anytime soon.

    McIlroy finished off three opponents on Sunday in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play en route to his 10th PGA Tour win, just a day before he turns 26. His day at TPC Harding Park culminated in a 4 and 2 win over long-hitting Gary Woodland to capture his second World Golf Championships event in his last three tries.

    The Ulsterman began his day by making a 60-foot bomb to finish off Paul Casey on the 22nd hole of their quarterfinal match that resumed Sunday after darkness halted play the night prior.

    The four-time major winner then drew Jim Furyk in the semifinal round. A tight match all the way through, McIlroy prevailed 1 up when he played the final three holes in 4 under par, including an eagle at the par-5 finishing hole to secure a place in the final.

    Both McIlroy and Woodland played sloppy early, backing up a birdie at the par-5 first each with a pair of bogeys.

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  • OAKLAND, CA - MAY 03:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Jeff Green #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  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.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA - MAY 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Jeff Green #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The majority of pre-series analysis said that the Memphis Grizzlies would have a very difficult time beating the Golden State Warriors without star point guard Mike Conley. Sunday's Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals matchup did little to disabuse anyone of that notion.

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    The No. 1 seed Warriors carried over the success of their first-round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans with a 101-86 victory over the Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Golden State used hot shooting to build an early lead and amped up the defensive pressure on Memphis in the second half to stay in firm control. The Warriors led by double digits for all but a few seconds after the halftime break and look to able to win several key matchups for at least as long as Conley is out recovering from facial surgery.

    The most anticipated one-on-one matchup of the series defined the first quarter. Warriors power forward Draymond Green appeared to have a

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  • Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, sainted King of All Things Gritty and Grindy – will not cede his court-space for anyone.

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    Least of all you punk kids, with all your dancing and bebopping:

    The Golden State Warriors crowd, denied a chance to watch an adorable children’s dance routine, understandably booed heartily:

    Allen, to his credit, seemed to realize his misstep and give one of the kids a bit of dap:

    "I thought they were done," Allen said afterward, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. "Obviously, they weren't. But like I said, it's all about right now. I'm focusing in on Game 2. I'm not really worried about what the crowd is talking about."

    Nor did the crowd's booing seem to bother him.

    "They don't even understand that I'm not even worried," Allen said. "I'm not expecting them to give me a round of applause either. I'm just out here competing. I am looking forward to the defensive
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  • The Atlanta Hawks, it’s been proven, do not embrace playing from ahead.

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    The East’s top seed gave away home-court advantage in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, blowing an early double-digit lead while allowing the upstart Washington Wizards to dictate the pace. The Hawks appeared to have learned very little from the team’s too-close 4-2 first-round win over the Brooklyn Nets, falling in a 104-98 loss that felt far more one-sided than the score would indicate.

    This isn’t to take away from the Wizards, who played a decisive and strident form of basketball, led by lead guard John Wall’s 18 points and 13 assists. Third-year guard Bradley Beal paced the team with 28 points, leaving at one point in the fourth quarter with appeared to be a painful badly sprained right ankle prior to returning.

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  • Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer together. Woods and Vonn both issued similar statements on Sunday confirming the end of their three-year relationship.

    "Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating," said Woods on his website. "I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I'll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family.

    "Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It's difficult to spend time together."

    Vonn shared the news on Facebook.

    "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship," Vonn said.  

    "I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart."

    Vonn, 30, and Woods, 39, made their

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  • It almost seemed impossible to imagine Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs actually living up to the hype. I mean, how do you write an ending worthy of six games that featured so much drama, such intensity and so much excellent play by both sides?

    Forty-eight minutes, 31 lead changes, 16 ties and one unforgettable performance later, I think it's safe to say we found a fitting conclusion.

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    The Clippers beat the Spurs, 111-109, at Staples Center on Saturday, with point guard Chris Paul hitting an absurdly tough game-winning runner over the outstretched arm of the great Tim Duncan with one second remaining:

    Paul made that drive, and that shot, on one leg.

    Hell, he played the last three quarters on one leg, after pulling up lame late in the first quarter with what the Clippers would call a strained left hamstring.

    After he left the game and headed to the locker room with a member of the

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  • LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao threw fewer punches than Floyd Mayweather, 435-429, which few observers could have predicted.

    But Pacquiao's camp is claiming he had a right shoulder injury that he suffered three to four weeks before the fight. He had taken anti-inflammatory shots that were approved by the United States Anti-Doping Agency during camp. He requested to take a shot after arriving in his locker room shortly after 6 p.m. PT, but was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

    Trainer Freddie Roach said the injury occurred when Pacquiao threw a right hand during camp approximately a month ago. There was no doctor available to explain the injury, but Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said it was the same injury that Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered that ended his 2014-2015 season.Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. (AP)Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. (AP)

    Bryant had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

    One source said he might need surgery that could keep him out for up to nine months, but that was not confirmed at the news conference.

    "We felt the

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  • Los Angeles Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul left Game 7 of his team's opening-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs late in the first quarter after suffering a left hamstring injury.

    With L.A. trailing by one point in the do-or-die Game 7 and just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining, Paul stole the ball from Spurs big man Boris Diaw and began dribbling up the court. As he moved to his right, he reached back and grabbed the back of his left leg, but continued to push the ball. He stopped short at the 3-point arc to create space from San Antonio defender Patty Mills, pulled up and hit a 3-pointer to put the Clippers up 23-22.

    After DeAndre Jordan tied up Tim Duncan to force a jump ball on the ensuing possession, Paul left the game with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter. TNT's cameras showed him sitting with his head in his hands on the bench before heading back to the locker room with a trainer.

    He returned to the bench with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter, with

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  • Nene and Paul Millsap meet at the basket. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)Nene and Paul Millsap meet at the basket. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)How They Got Here

    Atlanta: After rolling to the East's No. 1 seed, many of us (present company included) expected the Hawks to make short work of the Brooklyn Nets. Instead, they looked like a team that hadn't played many meaningful games over the season's final month and needed some time to rev up.

    They struggled to put Brooklyn away in Game 1, and needed late miscues by Deron Williams to hold onto Game 2. They managed just 83 points in a Game 3 loss and couldn't control a vintage Williams in Game 4, leaving Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer searching for answers to the tactical adjustments Brooklyn made to throw Atlanta off its game.

    The Hawks responded, getting big games from center Al Horford, point guard Jeff Teague and Swiss Army knife swingman DeMarre Carroll to take Game 5 before stomping the Nets in Game 6. A Sunday afternoon tip in Atlanta after closing out in Brooklyn Friday night represents a quick turnaround, but given how comfortable the Hawks seemed to feel after Game

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