• The shot clock malfunction that turned Game 1 of the opening round series between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets into a near calamity was an embarrassment to all involved. The NBA did not like the sideshow of the public address announcer having to count off ticks on the clock in its opening game of the postseason, and the players likely did not enjoy both their rhythm being interrupted and their routine altered as the possessions wore down. And the Air Canada Centre certainly did not appreciate its beautiful facility being looked at by millions as some sort of Mickey Mouse affair.

    It appears the problem occurred because there was a mouse in the house. That mouse was a real Mickey, namely ESPN, at least according to one anonymous ACC source who spoke to Jeff Zillgitt at USA Today:

    ESPN caused the shot clocks to malfunction during Game 1 Saturday between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre when it tried to solve an internal issue by plugging into the same

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  • Real Betis defender Paulao had a miserable performance at the tail end of a miserable season in his side's 3-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano and after just 30 minutes he was ready to stop playing. Paulao set up the match's first goal in the 14th minute when Rayo's Ruben Rochina intercepted his weak backpass to the goalkeeper. After getting moral support from his teammates, Paulao then scored an own goal in the 27th minute when his sliding clearance attempt went wrong. That's when the Brazilian reached his breaking point.

    His two mistakes were so awful that Rayo captain Roberto Trashorras helped him up off the ground and patted his cheek. Nacho also tried to offer his support as Paulao's teammates urged him on. But it was all too much for him. Even though he wasn't physically hurt, Paulao asked to be substituted and in the 32nd minute, his wish was granted.

    With that loss, last-place Real Betis further cement their relegation as they sit eight points behind 19th-place Almeria. As Sid Lowe

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  • QUARTERFINALS SEEDINGS:

    GROUP A: (1) Hisamitsu Springs (JPN), (2) Nakhor Ratchasima (THA), (3) Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank (VIE), (4) Matin Varamin (IRI)

    GROUP B: (1) Bohai Bank Tianjin (CHN), (2) Zhetyssu (KAZ), (3) Chinese Taipei (TPE), (4) PLDT Home TVolution (PHI)

    MATCHES ON WEDNESDAY (April 22nd)

    12:00NN (1:00 PH time)—(1A) JPN vs. (4B) PHI

    2:00PM (3:00PM PH time)—(1B) CHN vs. (4A) IRI

    4:00PM (5:00PM PH time)—(2A) THA vs. (3B) TPE

    6:00PM (7:00PM PH time)—(2B) KAZ vs. (3B) VIE

    Despite three consecutive setbacks, the PLDT Home TVolution-Philippines’ match against VAS-Singapore was a mere formality.

    The Philippines' Jaja Santiago elevates for a spike against VAS-Singapore (Photo: Ginio Panganiban/PVF)

    The Power Pinays’ 25-8, 25-19, 25-9 shellacking of the only winless squad in the tournament was enough to propel the Filipinas into the knockout quarterfinal stage of the 17th Princess Cup-Chang Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Nakhom Pathom, Thailand.

    The Philippine contingent now gear up for a challenging tiff against the unblemished Hisamitsu Springs-Japan,

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  • There are plenty of compliments one could give Lexi Thompson. At just 19, Thompson already has four LPGA wins including the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, her first major title, and she seems to be on a track for super-duper stardom.

    But, I'm not sure Thompson will go the route of Michael Jordan and give up her first love of sports for a chance at professional baseball. Lexi threw out the first pitch at the Marlins game last week, and while it was great to see a professional sports team acknowledge the talents of Thompson, it wasn't exactly a first pitch that will be making highlight reels for years to come.

    Thompson's throw barely got off the ground, causing her to have a laugh and even send out this tweet after the game.

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  • Hempstead, N.Y. – He could have been Dico, and the world may never have known the talent of the greatest soccer star and perhaps the greatest athlete of the 20th century. Now looking back on his storied career, Pele can muse and wonder about what his life would have been like if he was never discovered as a teenager and became the most famous athlete in the world.

    Pele, originally named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is now 73 years old and continues to be among the most famous names and faces in the world. And while the three-time World Cup winner looks back fondly on his career, he also can now look back and wonder what could have been had he not been the renowned soccer star. Life, to say the least, would have been very different.

    Discovered in his teenage years, Pele played the entirety of his career with famed Brazilian club Santos before he finished with three years spent as a member of the New York Cosmos. But when asked if he hadn't developed into a professional athlete what his

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  • It will come as no surprise that Rick Adelman stepped down as Minnesota Timberwolves coach on Monday. The longtime successful NBA sideline stalker was rumored to be considering a move along those lines last season, and the wear of losing seasons and inability to spend more time with his family clearly has been getting to the coach. With a duel team/coach contract option left to consider for 2014-15, Adelman and the T'wolves decided to part ways on Monday after a 97-133 run in Minnesota – a disappointing mark considering the team’s past wealth of lottery picks and cap space.

    That record also isn’t representative of Adelman’s career-long work as a coach, which dates back to 1988. He managed a 1,042-win career and was the lead man on several NBA champion runner-ups, whether they were official (losing in the Finals twice against powerhouses in Detroit and Chicago) or unofficial (falling to the Lakers in a controversial Western Conference finals in 2002). Adelman’s offenses were renowned

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  • There is no shortage of former teammates who say that UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem isn't a team player. Rashad Evans recently said as much after Overeem left his Blackzilians team for Team Greg Jackson/Mike Winkeljohn.

    However, If Overeem is going to be accepted at his new team, coach Mike Winkeljohn says that the Dutch fighter is going to have to have a selfless attitude. "That's just the way our camp is," Winkeljohn said during a Submission Radio interview.

    "It's first and foremost you have to help others and if you start helping other people out, if he could help other people out with his stand up and his knowledge in different positions, then the team is going to help him. If not, he will be ostracized real quick and he'll be gone."

    The striking coach went on to say that his team is a close-knit one where the culture is such that everyone lends helping hands.

    "The guys won't do it themselves or want me to be a jerk about it, which I'm usually a jerk, but it just happens that

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  • Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hasn't fought in awhile, but never said he was retiring, just yet. Now, it looks like the UFC star is close to signing with Asian MMA promotion ONEFC, as an executive.

    According to UFC president Dana White, that possibility hasn't strained relations with Franklin. In fact, being a vice-president at ONEFC wouldn't even preclude Franklin fighting again in the UFC.

    "You know, we have a good relationship with Rich. Rich got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys and I'm happy for him," White said at the UFC on Fox 11 post-event press conference.

    "Hey listen, how can be upset with a guy for trying to better his life or taking a great opportunity somewhere? You can't. It's the sneaky guys that lie to your face and all that stuff."

    Should Franklin want to fight again, he's still under contract with the UFC and White seemed to suggest that they'd be happy giving him another bout. "He's still under contract to fight, if he

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  • This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

    Winners

    Matt Kuchar — The past four weeks have been an interesting stretch for Kuchar, who continued to get in the hunt over the weekend at each event but couldn't close on Sunday and was searching for his first win in 2014. This time, on Sunday at the RBC Heritage, it was Kuchar who was forced to chase the leaders, and his Sunday 64 was highlighted by this incredible bunker shot he holed on the 18th hole for the birdie and the eventual one-shot victory. 

    Michelle Wie — It might have been a disappointing conclusion two weeks ago for Wie at the opening major of the LPGA season, but it didn't take her long to bounce back and show just how incredible she is playing this season. Wie's final round 67 was good enough for a third LPGA win over the weekend in Hawaii, showing that all the work she has put in her game is really

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  • Rota with Sister May and Chiara. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.

    One day a few months ago in Emperador, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was taking in the UFL action action. On the pitch a tall, powerful defender caught his eye.

    The American coach circled the name “Simone Rota” on the start sheet and scribbled down “good back-up,” presumably to give cover to veteran centerbacks Rob Gier and Juani Guirado. But soon after, Dooley was using Rota more than just an insurance. The Filipino-Italian was starting at right back in full international matches for the Azkals against Malaysia and Azerbaijan, then recently, against Nepal as well.

    The caps were a culmination of a strange and wonderful story that began 29 years ago here in Metro Manila when a young Filipina, very much in distress, handed over her months-old baby to an Italian Franciscan nun doing charity work in the Philippines.

    “He was a well-nourished baby” recalls Sister May Memorial, who saw the little Simone back then when she was still a young nun. The baby was eventually shipped over to Italy to

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