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UFC 196: Nate Diaz upsets Conor McGregor; Miesha Tate chokes out Holly Holm

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It’s over. The Irish king has been dethroned.

Heavy favorite Conor McGregor beat Nate Diaz’s face into an unrecognizable pulp as the first round bled into the second, at some points even smiling and taunting Diaz for the lopsided victory that appeared to be coming.

But with just under a minute remaining in that second round, McGregor went in for a takedown, and his underdog American opponent countered with an improbable takedown of his own.

Diaz, his bloodied, hunched-over body rendering the gruesome scene like something straight out of “Pulp Fiction,” rained punches on the fallen Dublin native and bounced off the floor with a UFC upset few saw coming. The 30-year-old Stockton, Calif., native, a last-minute fill-in for Rafael dos Anjos, injured two weeks ago, was suddenly the toast of MMA. Continue reading UFC 196: Nate Diaz upsets Conor McGregor; Miesha Tate chokes out Holly Holm

Steph Curry uncorks game-winner, sets record, crushes Thunder’s soul

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Steph Curry is a ruthless, hyper-coordinated cyborg designed to wreak havoc on NBA teams from long distances. The latest evidence was on full display in Oklahoma City in a 121-118 Warriors win on Saturday night.

That dagger marked a fitting end to arguably the most entertaining game of this NBA season, one in which Curry went absolutely bananas from three-point land, again. The reigning MVP finished with 12 three-pointers, tying the NBA single-game record and breaking his own single-season mark in the process.

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NBA coaches are not happy about the Cavaliers’ firing of David Blatt

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Most everyone was taken aback by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ firing of coach David Blatt on Friday. Reporters and fans scratched their heads at the notion that a coach with a 30-11 record — good for first place in the Eastern Conference standings — could get the axe, especially after guiding his team to the NBA Finals last season. Even LeBron James was “surprised and caught off-guard,” or so he said.

Prominent among the befuddled masses are the rest of the league’s head coaches, who on Friday and Saturday voiced unanimous disapproval. The coaching community didn’t like the precedent it set for a league that seems ever more impatient with its carousel of coaches.

Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle, who spoke on the matter for more than five minutes Friday evening, had some particularly harsh words. Continue reading NBA coaches are not happy about the Cavaliers’ firing of David Blatt

Bengals nearly beat the Steelers, then remember they’re the Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals’ fourth-quarter comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night was highly improbable. Their subsequent meltdown was even more jaw-dropping. That is, until you remember they’re the Cincinnati Bengals.

In one of the most bizarre finishes to an NFL playoff game in recent memory, the Bengals overcame a 15-0 fourth-quarter deficit, coughed up a fumble with 1 minute 36 seconds to go on the Pittsburgh 26-yard line, then committed back-to-back personal fouls — first on Vontaze Burfict, then on Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones — to set up Steelers kicker Chris Boswell’s game-winning 35-yard field goal.

The 18-16 defeat was soul-crushing, even for a fan base intimately familiar with the Bengals’ annual postseason routine since their last playoff win in 1991.

The Bengals have been one of the league’s most consistent teams since quarterback Andy Dalton arrived in 2011, as they’ve gone 52-27 in the regular season since that time. But it hasn’t yielded the woebegone franchise any playoff glory, nor has it done any favors for Coach Marvin Lewis, who now falls to 0-7 in his playoff career. Lewis is the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL behind New England Patriots boss Bill Belichick.

The Steelers, meanwhile, emerged from the devastating collapse unscathed and feeling pretty good about the whole thing.

Jim Harbaugh prescribes ‘natural steriods’ — including sleep, milk and steak

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Jim Harbaugh is a man’s man, the kind of man who will happily roll up his pleated khakis and fix the pesky leak in your bathroom sink, then head outside to chop down a 60-foot oak tree with a blunt hatchet, all while screaming up at the birds to show more urgency and fly more efficient routes.

He’s also the kind of man who would scoff at a recent report by Oxford scientists that eating one steak per week increases the risk of bowel cancer. Behold the hearty declaration he dished out on his “Inside Michigan Football” radio show Monday night, when a caller asked the celebrated Michigan coach how to turn his unborn child “into a 6-5 U-M quarterback:”

“I take a vitamin every day,” he said, per ESPN. “It’s called a steak.” Continue reading Jim Harbaugh prescribes ‘natural steriods’ — including sleep, milk and steak