Year 1 of the partnership between Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers started with championship expectations, but ended with a blown series lead, a second-round loss to the Denver Nuggets, and the firing of veteran coach Doc Rivers.

According to The Athletic‘s Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon, Leonard’s landing in L.A. and his star status there also “eventually ruffled the feathers of some teammates because of the preferential treatment showed to him from top to bottom.”

In an article published Thursday in the wake of Tyronn Lue’s promotion from Clippers assistant to head coach, Buha and Vardon

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MONTPELLIER, France — French soccer club Montpellier reported 12 positive tests for COVID-19 among its players and staff on Friday.

Montpellier said eight players and four staff members have now been isolated according to protocols in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

The club did not comment on the implications for its game away to Monaco on Sunday afternoon.

Montpellier is fifth in the 20-team Ligue 1, one place ahead of Monaco on goal difference.

The first-team squad was tested on Thursday and new tests were being taken early Friday, the club said.

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The Indianapolis Colts have closed their practice facility after several members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

The team did not specify if individuals who tested positive were staff members, players or both.

Indianapolis is scheduled to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Colts have compiled a 3-2 record through five weeks of the 2020 season.

The Atlanta Falcons shut their facility Thursday following one new positive test for the coronavirus, but the team remains scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday.

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LAS VEGAS — Tyrrell Hatton felt grumpy from not getting much sleep, and then he felt he was in a dream when he was 5 under through the opening five holes of the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.

The reality of Thursday was that even coming off an emotional win at Wentworth and a long trip from London across eight time zones, Hatton hasn’t lost his touch. He tied the course record of 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead.

“It’s fair to say I’m pretty tired at the moment,” Hatton said. “Still struggling a little bit with jet lag. As

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Hard-serving American Reilly Opelka saved four break points in the final set before beating defending champion Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 5-7, 4-6 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open.

Opelka converted his third set point to break the top-seeded Medvedev in the final game in the second set, and then broke for a second time at 5-4 in the third to clinch the match.

The sixth-ranked Medvedev has lost four of his last five matches, including the U.S. Open semifinal against Dominic Thiem. His sole win in that span came against Richard Gasquet in

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The image of Kawhi Leonard raising his fists to the sky after the Toronto Raptors won their first-ever NBA title in 2019 is an image most fans will never forget.

Equally as memorable is the uniform he and his Raptors teammates won it all in: Red with a white chevron with the word “North” inside.

That chevron became a symbol of success to the Raptors, who even featured it in their championship rings. But that design had always just been an alternate — until this coming season that is.

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It appears the Los Angeles Clippers have found Doc Rivers’ successor.

Tyronn Lue is finalizing a five-year contract to become the Clippers’ new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Lue had served as an assistant on Rivers’ staff, and has familiarity with the team’s personnel. Per Wojnarowski, Lue had “significant support among key Clippers players in the search process.”

Chauncey Billups will serve as the lead assistant under Lue, according to The Read More