ATLANTA _ Kyrie Irving felt good about the Cleveland Cavaliers' momentum entering Friday night's game at the Atlanta Hawks. Mike Brown had simplified the offense to quicken the pace, Irving thought Friday morning's shootaround was the best of the season and the Cavs had the chance to equal their longest winning streak over the past three years.
Miami Heat (14-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10), 8 p.m. (ET)
(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat will try to get back on track after back-to- back losses Saturday night when they visit the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Friday’s NBA roundup: Kyle Korver makes 3-pointer in record 90th straight game
Kyle Korver hopes to be able to sleep better now that his chase for the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer is over.
GIF: Gary Hooper Goal Puts Norwich 1-0 Ahead at West Bromwich Albion
Gary Hooper scored again for Norwich to give the Canaries the advantage in their Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Hooper’s low finish was hit hard and with precision, as Norwich look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Anfield in midweek.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: 6 Things We Learned
Newcastle United ended a 41-year wait on Saturday by winning at Manchester United for the first time since 1972.
Yohan Cabaye’s second-half strike was enough to earn Alan Pardew’s side their fifth win in six games, while the Red Devils suffered their second home defeat on the trot.
Though the headlines will be about the pressure on David Moyes and his team’s form, the Magpies thoroughly deserved the victory and controlled proceedings for long spells.
So as the Toon celebrate an historic triumph, we look at six things that were learned at Old Trafford.
WrestleMania 31 Will Reportedly Be Held in Santa Clara
WrestleMania 31, which will take place in 2015, is reportedly going to take place in Santa Clara, Calif. at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc. passed along a report from F4WOnline (subscription only) that states the WWE will officially make the announcement on Tuesday:
WWE will be announcing WrestleMania 2015 this coming Tuesday from the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Julius Randle Must Embrace Alpha Dog Role for Kentucky to Fulfill Expectations
Kentucky freshman sensation Julius Randle must embrace his role as the alpha dog and driving force behind the Wildcats if the storied hoops program is to fulfill expectations in 2013-14.
Randle, who leads Kentucky in scoring (17.9 PPG) and rebounding (12.1 RPG) through the team’s first nine games this season, wasted no time becoming the face of John Calipari’s young squad.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Sooners
The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Boone Pickens Stadium to take on their in-state rivals, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Sooners have the historical advantage as they lead the series 82-18-7, but this year’s story of the Bedlam Series could end up being written much differently.
The Cowboys have been a top team all year and have a great chance to knock off their rivals, but they must be wary as the Sooners are built for an upset. The Sooners will have to rely heavily on their quality running game and stout defense in order to take down OSU.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Players Who Will Decide Big Ten Championship
The Big Ten Championship comes at fans Saturday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. and features the elite defense of No. 10 Michigan State and the explosive offense of No. 2 Ohio State.
GIF: Pablo Osvaldo Scores Stunning Equaliser for Southampton vs. Man City
Pablo Osvaldo scored a sensational goal to level the score between Southampton and Manchester City in their Premier League match.
After Sergio Aguero’s opener, Argentine-born Osvaldo dribbled into the box, leaving Vincent Kompany completely befuddled, and curled a delicate shot past Costel Pantilimon in the Manchester City goal.
GIF: Guy Demel Bundles into His Own Net After Luis Suarez Shot
Luis Suarez was the goalscoring hero on Wednesday, but on Saturday at Anfield, he had to settle for being the provider, as West Ham’s Guy Demel did the rest of the work for him.
After Suarez’s shot was smartly saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, Demel was on hand to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead, turning it into his own net.
First Marouane Chamakh scores a goal against you (in Crystal Palace’s midweek win), then you give your opponents the lead with an own goal—Sam Allardyce must be wondering what his side has done to deserve such luck.
Ranking the 10 Best General Managers in the NHL Right Now
The key to building a successful NHL franchise is a savvy general manager. Behind every Stanley Cup winner was a GM whose efforts—via trades, free-agent signings or draft picks—built a championship roster.
Those efforts aren’t easy in today’s NHL. In addition to maintaining a staff of trusted scouts and advisers, a general manager must ensure his payroll remains within the restrictions of the salary cap.
Marouane Fellaini Spotted Playing on Phone on Subs’ Bench as Man United Lose
Marouane Fellaini has struggled to impress since his £27.5m switch to Manchester United from Everton this summer, and it looks like the Belgium international was losing patience at being on the bench at Old Trafford.
As his team were sliding to a 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United on Saturday, the midfielder was pictured staring at his phone rather than the game.
Perhaps he was a bit bored—or perhaps he was just trying to distract himself from the children seemingly playing with his hair behind him.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: Live Score and Highlights
Bedlam is upon us once again, with more than just bragging rights on the line: If Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) can topple visiting Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2) on Saturday it will win the Big 12 Conference and earn an automatic bid to the BCS.
The host Cowboys have an outside shot at making the BCS National Championship game, but most likely a win over the Sooners will send them to the Fiesta Bowl for the second time in three seasons.
Oklahoma can finish no better than a tie for second in the Big 12, but that doesn’t make the annual showdown with its in-state rival any less significant. The Sooners were throttled 44-10 in their last trip to Stillwater in 2011, but last season they beat the Cowboys 51-48 in overtime at home.
GIF: Sergio Aguero Goal Puts Manchester City 1-0 Ahead at Southampton
Sergio Aguero rounded off a slick Manchester City move to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side the lead away at Southampton.
The Argentina international has now scored 12 Premier League goals already this season.
GIF: Andre Schurrle Goal Gives Chelsea Early Lead Against Stoke City
Andre Schurrle scored a sensational goal for Chelsea to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead away to Stoke City in their Premier League match.
Twisting and turning his way past two defenders, the German then fired a low shot from the edge of the area into the corner of the goal.
GIF: Jason Puncheon’s Cruyff Turn Sets Up Cameron Jerome Goal for Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace’s bid to move out of the relegation zone got off to a rip-roaring start against Cardiff City in Saturday’s Premier League match.
Jason Puncheon channelled his inner Johan Cruyff to turn his man and cross before Cameron Jerome finished it off.
WWE TLC 2013: Best Event Cards in PPV History
The most effective pay-per-view cards blend quality main events, exciting gimmick bouts, championship showdowns and interesting stories to create a show fans feel the need to hand over their hard-earned money to see.
While the card for the 2013 edition of the TLC event has not been finalized, the show has a reputation for giving young talent the opportunity to shine while surrounding them with just enough established veterans to ensure that the show does not fail to present a reason for the casual fanbase to order the show as well.
With one of the biggest matches in event history on the horizon featuring the unification of championships and two handicap matches destined to further two of the more interesting feuds currently on WWE programming, the 2013 edition has a very solid foundation thus far.
How it ultimately measures up to the TLC cards of years past remains to be seen.
Bowl Predictions 2013: Intriguing Potential Matchups Flying Under the Radar
College football has reached the final week of the regular season, and the focus has shifted from the conference championships to potential bowl matchups and the predictions about which teams will play in the most important games.
With No. 1 Florida State likely taking on No. 2 Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game, the focus on the rest of the bowls has created a serious buzz around the sport.
Ohio State Basketball: LaQuinton Ross Is the Key to Buckeyes’ B1G Title Hopes
Ohio State has the best defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy (subscription required).
Aaron Craft may be the best point guard in the nation, according to Jay Bilas (ESPN Insider subscription required). But the key to the Buckeyes’ B1G title hopes is still combo forward LaQuinton Ross.
That may seem like a strange claim about a player who is currently the No.