The Miami Heat entered the first round of the NBA playoffs with a home court advantage and a lot of uncertainties. Power forward Chris Bosh isn't anywhere near playing with the blood clot issue still hounding him, while Dwyane Wade is no longer the dominant and high-flying guard he once was. So how are they going to match up with the surging Charlotte Hornets in this series?
Well, if Game 1 is another indication, Steve Clifford's Hornets are in for a tough pairing; something that they could not have anticipated. After stellar performances from veteran Luol Deng and center Hassan Whiteside, the Heat trounced the Hornets, 123-91 to start things off in Game 1. Miami followed it up with another drubbing, 115-103 in Game 2. Charlotte bounced back with a 96-80 victory in a must-win situation back at their home floor. But will Kemba Walker and the rest of the Hornets be able to pull off another one in Game 4?
The key to winning this series has always been defense, at least for the Hornets. They ended the regular season as the ninth best team in defensive rating, so Clifford should have been so mad when they allowed the Heat to shot over 57% in the first two games. If they want to win this first-round matchup, their defense has to show from here on out. more >>
It has been an extremely rough time for professional football free agent Johnny Manziel – and it seems that the end is still far from his sights.
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was a rookie back in 2014 and is now without a team – and there seems to be little or no interest in any franchise to sign the 23 year old.
Picked 22nd in the first round of 2014, many dubbed Manziel for superstardom as he was a recipient of the Heisman Trophy back in 2012 and his status off the field has also made him an overnight superstar. more >>
Tottenham Hotspur try to get maximum points when they host West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in game week 35 of the English Premier League.
The matchup is on April 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET.
This is a key battle for Tottenham as they are still trying to keep their title hopes alive by putting pressure on the league leaders. more >>
Two teams hungry for points clash at the Estadio de Balaidos as Celta de Vigo host Granada in the Spanish La Liga.
The matchup is on April 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM ET.
While the two teams are on opposite ends of the table, their goals are similar – get as much points as they can with the remaining games in the league. more >>
Injured point guard Mike Conley and his team, the Memphis Grizzlies may be done for the season, but at least he gets something that is quite rare these days: a second Joe Dumars Trophy for the NBA's Sportsmanship Award. After the league officially announced Conley as this year's winner, he immediately joined an elite and rare group of players who have won it at least twice. In fact, it is so rare that only two other players achieved the feat throughout the award's history – Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, who won the same distinction thrice and twice respectively.
Head coach Dave Joerger, via ABC News, had a lot of good things to say about his injured star. "He's very deserving as just a wonderful human being, a class act on the court, the way he carries himself and certainly all the things he does in the community," he said, adding that Conley has done so many positive things for the team and the community for the last nine years.
The award goes with the perk of choosing a charity that will benefit from a $10,000 donation from the league. For Conley, he chose the sickle cell center of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. more >>
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal adds another milestone to his career after winning the Barcelona Open for the ninth time, putting him on equal ground with the current record held by Guillermo Villas as having the most titles in clay court with 49. The 29-year old beat the defending champion, Kei Nishikori, in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 to claim the title.
He's been always favored to win in a tournament on clay since that has been his forte all throughout his career. But this one is special for the 14-time grand slam victor since it puts him on record books. And at such a young age, he definitely can surpass that mark by Vila.
Nadal also has a rare chance of doing something that only a few have done, which is to win three major titles in one year. He already hoisted the Monte Carlo trophy last week, got the Barcelona Open today, and can cap it off with a win at the French Open scheduled for next month. more >>