Westbrook, Beverley throw shade after Rockets oust Thunder

It may have only been five games, but the Houston Rockets–Oklahoma City Thunder playoff series may have just sparked one of the NBA’s best emerging rivalries and it’s not because each team sports an MVP candidate. This series ran red hot because, right from the outset, it became pretty clear that Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook — one of those aforementioned MVP candidates — and Rockets defensive stopper Patrick Beverley don’t enjoy each other’s company all that much. Beverley’s Rockets ended up winning the series 4-1 on Tuesday, but in that fifth and deciding game the two got into it with a little trash talk midway through the fourth quarter. After… Read More

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Jazz control the paint to defeat Clippers, take 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES — Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Hayward returned after missing most of Utah’s win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy. Chris Paul’s 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn’t do anything as time expired. The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with… Read More

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Comedian Whitney Cummings Teases New Book Cover

Actress Whitney Cummings is just fine, okay? At least that’s what she wants us to believe in her new memoir titled, I’m Fine…And Other Lies. The 34-year-old teased fans today, with the book’s art work. The cover — an image of Cummings keeping her head above water — is reminiscent of that popular “house on fire ” meme from last year. It’s a lie we’ve all told someone (or even ourselves) at some point. Oh dear. Today is the day I get to reveal the cover of this book. It’s now available for pre-order! And yes I almost drowned shooting this. (Link to pre order in my bio!). 📷: @jill.greenberg… Read More

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German Marquez returns to Coors Field with a cardinal sin in Rockies’ windy, rainy loss to Nationals

German Marquez moves with the ease of a greased bike chain. The pitcher’s windup uncoils in one smooth, circular motion. And at the end of that glide, the ball busts out at a batter in a bolt. “In spring training, I stand around home plate to watch our guys throw,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The thing about him, even though it’s a nice, easy delivery and there’s not a lot of deception, it has carry through the hitting area. It takes off.” Marquez on Tuesday night returned to the Rockies with a difficult assignment. The 22-year-old right-hander who debuted as a September call-up last season and started this year… Read More

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Jesse Hahn brilliant, but A’s lose 2-1 in 11th inning

ANAHEIM – Jesse Hahn turned in the best effort by an A’s starter yet this season Tuesday, but it wasn’t good enough for a win. Related Articles Time runs on out Raul Alcantara, at least for now Kendall Graveman will start Thursday against Angels Rajai Davis to DL for a week as Ryan LaMarre joins A’s Ryon Healy takes his medicine, gets his game back A’s feel OK, even after Andrew Triggs finally loses Not for Hahn, anyway, despite eight innings of brilliant one-hit shutout pitching. And not for the A’s as a team as the bullpen faltered in a 2-1, 11-inning loss. Santiago Castilla gave up a Mike Trout… Read More

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Chinese court sentences U.S. businesswoman accused of spying

HOUSTON — An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon. Phan Phan-Gillis has faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage, which carries a possible death sentence. A United Nations panel has said her detention violated international norms, and the U.S. has long pressed China to resolve the case fairly. Her Chinese lawyer Shang Baojun told The Associated Press Wednesday that a deportation order has been issued, and that… Read More

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