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Cleveland, This Is for Us!

Slate

It was an outright slog. Last year, when the Cavs made the finals in James' first season back in the wine and gold? Once Kyrie Irving broke his kneecap in overtime of Game 1, the Cavs were playing with house money. They could win a few games but lose the series, and still hold their heads high for hanging with the Warriors. We could revel in watching Matthew Dellavedova dive for loose balls, shut down Steph Curry, and score 20 points.


New Fantasy Sports Game Revives Sports Betting Concerns

U.S. News

The "Showdown" variant offered by leading fantasy sports company DraftKings allows users to pick six athletes from two teams playing against each other in a real-life football game, racking up fantasy points based on stats like touchdowns, receptions and yards passing, rushing or receiving. That means users playing "Showdown" this weekend can wager on performances in the Jaguars-Steelers game Sunday without having to wait for the Saints-Vikings game to play out several hours later.


How Ayesha Curry Became the World's Most Controversial Couscous-Recipe-Tweeting Demi-Celebrity

Slate

At first, Curry's seemingly innocuous tweets led to a relatively sane internet conversation where both the intent of and message behind her tweets--or, rather, the presumed intent of and message behind her tweets--were unpacked and deconstructed. What exactly is there to unpack and deconstruct? Because there's no there there, you might ask. There's the rich and privileged housewife directing a stealth dig at women who've chosen a different lifestyle from hers. Which ultimately could be interpreted as a sweet and subtle slut-shame.


Russian sports minister promoted to deputy premier

U.S. News

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 file photo, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who has come under scrutiny in Russia's doping scandal, has been promoted to a deputy prime minister, on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016. State news agency Tass says President Vladimir Putin approved a proposal by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to appoint Mutko to a deputy premiership in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies.


All you need to know about Sports Personality 2018

BBC News

On Sunday, the great and good of the sporting world will gather under one roof in Birmingham to celebrate another memorable 12 months. For the first time, the award's shortlist will be unveiled during the show, before viewers are invited to vote for the recipient later in the broadcast. How can I follow it? And where can I vote? BBC Sports Personality of the Year - or Spoty for short - is one of the most coveted awards in British sport.