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LeBron James wears frustration on sleeve: ‘I was just pretty poor’

CLEVELAND — After going scoreless in the fourth quarter and totaling only 11 points in a 111-108 Game 3 loss to the Celtics on Sunday, Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he just “didn’t have it” as Boston battled back from a 21-point hole to win the game at the buzzer. “I had a tough game, period — not just in the second half,” James said after the fourth-lowest-scoring playoff game of his career, which has spanned 210 postseason games. “Me personally, I didn’t have it. My teammates did a great job of keeping us in the game, building that lead. But me personally, I didn’t have it. That’s all I’ve got to say about my performance.” James’ frustration was exacerbated by a confrontation with an adult male fan as the Cavs star made his way to his postgame news conference. The fan heckled James for his low scoring total, which caused James to advance in the fan’s direction. “What did you do?” James said in response, prompting the fan to…

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant: comments not intended to disrespect fans

SAN ANTONIO –? Kevin Durant has been catching flack ever since he said, “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals during a postgame interview session pertaining to the plethora of blowouts this postseason has endured. Although competitive, tight games have been few and far in this year’s playoffs — especially games involving the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers — some critics thought it was still out of line for a superstar player to suggest fans should consider switching the dial if not being entertained. In an interview with ESPN on Monday, he apologized for his remarks, but remained true to his words. “I mean, life can be simple, man, Durant told ESPN. “If you don’t like the way the game is going, just turn it off. If you’re enjoying it, just keep it on. Life is simple. I didn’t mean it to disrespect anybody, but if you felt disrespected, I’m sorry. But, if you don’t enjoy the game,…

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino cited for battery after altercation

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has cited UFC fighter Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino with misdemeanor battery, following a public altercation with another fighter on Sunday. A spokesperson for the LVMPD confirmed to ESPN.com on Monday that Justino, 31, had been cited. She was not placed under arrest. TMZ first reported the citation. The alleged incident took place around 2:30 p.m. local time, according to LVMPD officer Larry Hadfield. The UFC hosted an athlete retreat in Las Vegas over the weekend. According to sources, Justino confronted UFC strawweight Angela Magana over several disparaging posts she’d written about her on social media. Justino allegedly struck Magana in the face during the confrontation. A police report of the incident is not currently public, but officers clearly felt there was enough evidence to cite Justino for misdemeanor battery. Magana, 33, posted a photo of herself to social media on Sunday evening and stated UFC…

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Butch Hannah impressed by Peyton Manning apology

After more than 30 years as a football official, Butch Hannah has seen it all, but the normally proper Peyton Manning getting a little salty really stands out. “Peyton’s next-to-last year, the Broncos were facing the Dolphins in Denver and the whole game was a struggle for them,” Hannah told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “I called back two Denver touchdowns. But they pulled it out by two or three points [39-36]. But late in the game, the clock about to run out, Peyton mistimed a snap and they had to run one more play. Peyton said something off-color to me, which was not at all like him. “I told him, ‘Peyton, you’re better than that.'” Hannah, who is retiring as an umpire, said that a few weeks later a FedEx package arrived with a letter from Manning that had originally been sent to the NFL offices in New York. “He said he wanted to apologize for his reaction to me that day against the Dolphins,” Hannah told the Times Free Press….

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Colin Kaepernick donates old suits outside parole office

NEW YORK — Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has yet to find another NFL job, but he is donating some of his old suits to help others find work. Video and pictures from social media show Kaepernick standing outside a New York City parole office with two boxes of custom-made suits. An Instagram post by Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp campaign says the suits will make parolees “better equipped to achieve gainful employment” and “live more productive lives.” Kaepernick has been active in social justice efforts while trying to find his next stop in the NFL. His decision to sit or kneel in protest during the national anthem ahead of 49ers games last season became a topic of national conversation.

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Retiring ref Butch Hannah impressed by Peyton Manning apology

After more than 30 years as a football official, Butch Hannah has seen it all, but the normally proper Peyton Manning getting a little salty really stands out. “Peyton’s next-to-last year, the Broncos were facing the Dolphins in Denver and the whole game was a struggle for them,” Hannah told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “I called back two Denver touchdowns. But they pulled it out by two or three points [39-36]. But late in the game, the clock about to run out, Peyton mistimed a snap and they had to run one more play. Peyton said something off-color to me, which was not at all like him. “I told him, ‘Peyton, you’re better than that.'” Hannah, who is retiring, said that a few weeks later a FedEx package arrived with a letter from Manning that had originally been sent to the NFL offices in New York. “He said he wanted to apologize for his reaction to me that day against the Dolphins,” Hannah told the Times Free Press. “Would I please…

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