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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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In pretty much any form of wrestling, letting your opponent grab hold of one of your legs so that you're forced to hop on one foot is generally discouraged. For Iranian youth wrestler Iman Sadeghikoukandeh, however, it was just an excuse to do this:

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Can you imagine how irritated his poor opponent must be? If this happened to us in a video game, we'd claim hacking and ragequit. Oh, well. At least the guy in the stands with the white shirt at about 20 seconds in is happy about it.

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Robin WilliamsMichael Caufield/Getty Images

On its face the tragic death of comedic genius Robin Williams has nothing much to do with sports. Sure, he was a Red Sox fan in "Good Will Hunting," and a San Francisco Giants fan in real life, but his most memorable roles were that of an alien, an inspirational teacher, a faux-female housekeeper and a psychotic killer, just to scratch the surface. So, much like when a legendary athlete leaves us and we recall the great plays, let's take a moment to remember (and argue!) over our favorite Robin Williams performances. Simply click the titles to cast your ballot and join the conversation below.

Robin Williams movies

Mork and Mindy (TV, '78-'82)

World According to Garp (1982)

Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

The Best of Times (1986)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Cadillac Man (1990)

Awakenings (1990)

Hook (1991)

The Fisher King (1991)

Aladdin (Voice - '92)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Patch Adams (1998)

One Hour Photo (2002)

Insomnia (2002)

Night At The Museum (2006)

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What is Clippers' future?

The future of the Los Angeles Clippers became clearer Tuesday, when the NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to purchase the team had been accepted and closed. Gone, pending appeal, is the controversial reign of Donald Sterling. Now the team moves forward, with a popular owner, a title-winning head coach in Doc Rivers and a talented core featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. What do you expect from what long has been L.A.'s distant-second basketball franchise?

  • Will the Clippers ever challenge the Lakers for the title of most popular team in Los Angeles?

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  • How will the Clippers fare in 2014-15?

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  • Will the Clippers reach the NBA Finals with their current core?

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  • When will the Lakers next finish with a better record than the Clippers?

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Royals in 1st; playoffs next?

Do not adjust your Internet settings. The Kansas City Royals really are in first place on Aug. 11, after beating the Oakland A's for their eighth straight win -- their 16th win in the past 19 games -- while the Detroit Tigers lost their third in a row. The Royals, in first at the latest point in a season since 2003, once again are aiming to end their nearly three-decades-long playoff drought. The Tigers, meanwhile, were eight games ahead of the Royals less than a month ago and saw their onetime ace leave after just one inning Monday. What will happen?

Will the Royals (64-53, 1/2 game up on Tigers in AL Central) make the playoffs?

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  • How worried should Tigers fans be about their team's recent struggles?

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  • Is Justin Verlander done as an elite pitcher?

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  • Which is more surprising?

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  • Which would be better for baseball?

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