The last time a tiebreaker was played in the MLB regular season was in 2013

Instead, fates would change for the Cavs in the playoffs, where the team with Love proved itself measurably better than the one with Anthony.

The Anthony team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals three times and lost in the NBA Finals twice. The Love team reached the NBA Finals four times and were crowned champions in three of those trips. It’s worth noting that those championships were won over teams not named the Warriors. The Cavs lost to the Warriors each time they faced off, regardless of scenario.

It’s clear, at least according to “NBA 2K17,” that the Cavaliers are a more formidable opponent for the Western Conference representative with Kevin Love than with Carmelo Anthony. The game even seems to believe the team would struggle to get out of the East with Anthony. Based on that information, it looks like the Cavs made the right decision passing on the proposed trade with the Knicks.

In the event that the regular season requires a single-game tiebreaker, these dates could be changed. A tiebreaker could be required to determine wild card teams, a division champion or postseason seeding between separate division champions.

The last time a tiebreaker was played in the rangers_136-115x115 was in 2013, when the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 to win a wild-card spot.

Since 2012, Major League Baseball includes two two wild-card teams from each league in the playoffs. The two teams from the American League and the National League that finish atop the wild card standings will progress to essentially a “play-in” game against one another to advance to the Division Series.

Baseballs have been tested repeatedly and “I know with absolute certainty” that baseballs are within specified limits.

While some of these kids make it look easy, being a 20-something-year-old thrust into the majors is a difficult task. They’re called the minor leagues for a reason, as Jordan Montgomery will attest to.

“It’s a whole different atmosphere, man,” the 24-year-old southpaw, who debuted in April, told SN. “You’re going out there in front of 50,000 people. [There’s] a little more pressure on the games and you’re just trying to do your best to bring what you can to the table.”

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Status heading into series: 46-47, 2.5 out of a wild-card spot
The bright side: The Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001, the longest current drought in the majors, and they’re within 2.5 games of the second wild-card spot. This season has been frustrating at times with injuries and inconsistencies, but the bottom line is they’re still in relatively good position. They have to make a run, right?

On the other hand: If they get swept by the Astros — a distinct possibility, considering Houston has the AL’s best record — they could drop further back in the race, with as many as five teams to climb over to get to that wild-card berth. Almost all of the primary figures on this team are under contract for next year, so maybe it would be more prudent to put all their eggs in 2018’s basket.

Darn fine question, Mr. Strasburg. It’s a question that was asked many times during the media session at Marlins Park on Monday, hours before the Home Run Derby showed exactly why fans love the type of power they’re seeing on a nightly basis this season. I asked some of the questions, and some were asked by other reporters in the group.

First, though, a response from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about the possibility that baseballs are somehow “juiced” this season.

Manfred: Baseballs have been tested repeatedly and “I know with absolute certainty” that baseballs are within specified limits.broncos_116

Draymond Green finds his rhythm — and that’s bad news for everyone else

If there was something that might hold back the Warriors this year, if there was a weak link in their four All-Star chain, if there was a glimmer of hope for the rest of the Western Conference, it was that Draymond Green was not quite himself offensively throughout the regular season.

So much for that. Green is back, in full, and was a key component in the Warriors’ sweep of the Jazz, finishing them off with a Game 4 triple-double — 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Golden State was a great team even without a stellar offensive year from Green, but his postseason re-emergence has transformed the Warriors back into the Western Conference wrecking ball we thought they’d be this season.

While the West was set (apart from seeding in the Clippers-Jazz series), the East playoff picture became clear once the Pacers and Bulls won Wednesday, eliminating the Heat after a valiant effort down the stretch. At the top of the East, the Celtics captured the No. 1 seed with a win over the Bucks as the Cavs punted on trying to take the conference crown.

Since the regular season has come to a close, let’s take a look at the final NBA standings and first-round matchups in the NBA playoff bracket.

The Celtics took care of business against the Bucks to ensure the top spot, and that’s important for a team that went 30-11 at home in the regular season. The Bulls easily defeated the Nets after Brooklyn decided to rest several players in the regular-season finale.
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With Tony Parker out, expect more Kawhi Leonard as Spurs’ top ballhandler

If ever the Spurs have a problem, Kawhi Leonard seems to be the answer.

Facing an 0-1 deficit after an embarrassing 27-point loss on their own floor to the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, they turned to the two-time defending NBA Defensive Player of the Year to take on the challenge of checking MVP candidate James Harden. Leonard was the main reason Harden had the worst playoff performance of his career, scoring just 13 points on 3-for-17 shooting and reaching the foul line just twice as San Antonio evened the series with a 121-96 Game 2 victory Wednesday night.

But there’s also the matter of Chicago’s alternatives should they let Rondo walk. Second-year man Jerian Grant played well in 28 games as a starter, but he might not be ready for that role full-time. The Bulls traded for Cameron Payne at the deadline, too, and though he did not play much for Chicago, the team was intrigued by his potential before he was a lottery pick for the Thunder in 2015. If the Bulls let Rondo walk, they’ll be looking at two very untested options at point guard.

Green worked with former teammate and trainer Travis Walker ahead of the postseason to get that rhythm back. And it has arrived in force, with Green now averaging 14.9 points on 50.0 percent shooting and an incredible 51.2 percent 3-point shooting in the playoffs. Green has made 21 3-pointers in just eight playoff games, which is as many as he made in any month this season (he made 21 in 15 games in December). In fact, in these eight games, he has made a quarter of the number of 3s he made all year.

Of course, Green is doing his usual playoff things, too. He has been outstanding defensively, and is averaging playoff career highs in blocks (2.6), steals (2.0) and assists (7.3). The Warriors’ defensive efficiency has been the best in the playoffs (96.9 points per 100 possessions), no small feat for the team that also plays the second-fastest pace (101.3 possessions per 48 minutes).

NBA free agency: Pacers reportedly sign Darren Collison to help fill Paul George’s shoes

With Paul George in Oklahoma City next season, the Pacers took the first step to attempt to build a roster in wake for their superstar’s absence by signing a familiar face in guard Darren Collison to a two-year deal.

According to ESPN, Collison’s deal with Indiana is worth $20 million, nearly doubling his $5 million per year contract he had with the Kings the past three seasons. Collison, a first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2009, spent his second and third year in the league with the Pacers, averaging 11.9 points, three rebounds and five assists in 135 games started.

The NFLPA also detailed a history of criminal charges and fraud claims against Burgess dating back to 1988, as well as a lengthy list of other active businesses to which he is connected.

No claims of illegality were made by the NFLPA against Burgess in a memo that was circulated to all current and former union members for what was listed as “informational purposes.” However, that doesn’t discount the possibility of legal action against Burgess by players in the future.

The NFLPA works to warn members about being exploited by financial advisors and the like, which remains an ongoing problem despite efforts by the union and NFL to better educate players about protecting their earnings.

Burgess, 67, is listed as residing in North Barrington, Ill.
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