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Keith Strudler: Durant’s Heel Turn

Jul 6, 2016

In professional wrestling, the term “heel” refers to the bad guy. The guy who plays dirty and usually hits someone with a chair. The “face,” or “baby face,” is the good guy, the hero. He’s the one we all cheer for and always does the right thing, at least by professional wrestling standards. Perhaps the most dramatic moment in the sport – and yes, I know it’s fake – is when a good guy, a “face,” turns into a bad guy. It’s called a “heel turn,” and it’s as predictable as an episode of Bar Rescue. Hulk Hogan did it, Stone Cold Steve Austin did it. If you’ve been in the square circle long enough, chances are you went from good to bad. And perhaps back again.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston topped Texas 12-5, the White Sox bested the Yankees 8-2, Toronto tripled up Kansas City 6-2, Cleveland beat Detroit 5-3, Oakland won against Minnesota 3-1, Tampa Bay doubled up the Angels 4-2, and it was Houston over Seattle 2-1.

Golf:

Ryan Palmer, Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell are the first-round co-leaders at the PGA Championship, the final major of the PGA Tour season. All shot 6-under 65s. British Open champ Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson and Edoardo Molinari are lurking just one off the lead.

The NBA All-Star break has begun following last night's wins by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls downed the Brooklyn Nets 92-76. Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. Taj Gibson scored 16 points and Carlos Boozer added 15 after missing three games with a strained left calf.

Michael Sam Comes Out, Mancuso Takes Bronze

Feb 10, 2014

The NFL could soon have its first openly gay player.

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end is eligible for the NFL draft in May.

Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

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The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC with 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.

The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs have strengthened their holds on the NBA's two conference races following last night's losses by Miami and Oklahoma City.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the Knicks earned their third straight win by downing the Heat 102-92 in New York.

The Heat ended a three-game winning streak and fell to 27-9, 1 1/2 games behind the East-leading Pacers. LeBron James had 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 for Miami.

The Thunder were clobbered in Denver as Randy Foye scored 24 points in the Nuggets' 101-88 win over Oklahoma City.

Joe Jonshon Wins It For Nets At The Buzzer

Jan 3, 2014

The Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Nets have struggled all season, combining for a 19-42 record heading into Thursday night's NBA schedule. Somehow they managed to earn road wins against two of the league's top teams.

The Nets pulled out a 95-93 comeback win at Oklahoma City on Joe Johnson's jumper as time expired. Deron Williams scored 18 of his season-high 29 points in the second half to help Brooklyn erase a 77-61 deficit.

Kevin Durant had 24 points for the Thunder, who dropped to 2-2 since Russell Westbrook underwent knee surgery.

Christmas Day Nightmare In New York

Dec 26, 2013

There were five games in the NBA on Christmas Day and it was not pretty for New York fans.

The first game of the day had the Bulls whipping the Nets 95-78 in Brooklyn, giving Chicago its first winning streak since mid-November. Taj Gibson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 15 points. The Bulls trailed 50-49 early in the second half before Butler hit a 3-point to spark a 21-5 run that put Chicago in control the rest of the way.

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In college basketball, the UAlbany women’s team fell to No. 2 Duke 80-51 Thursday night. Haley Peters scored 17 points for the Blue Devils. Albany led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Tonight is the UAlbany men’s team final home game of the calendar year. The 5-5 Great Danes will take on Yale, which is coached by former UAlbany player and assistant coach James Jones.

Meanwhile, No. 1 Arizona topped Southern U. 69-43 and it was eighth-ranked Duke over UCLA 80-63.

In the NFL, Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 last night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play. Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal put the Patriots up 20-17 before Newton drove Carolina 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

May 21, 2013
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The world of sports is taking the backseat to another tragedy as a massive tornado ripped through a handful of Oklahoma suburbs on Monday. Kevin Durant is among a group of sports stars and coaches who are expressing concern for the victims, posting on his Twitter account that he was praying for everyone involved.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

May 8, 2013
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In the NBA playoffs, the Knicks beat the Pacers 105-79 Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game. Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points. Iman Shumpert added 15 points, including a sensational follow dunk in the first half. Game 3 is Saturday at Indianapolis. Elsewhere, the Grizzlies earned a 99-93 win at Oklahoma City. Thunder forward Kevin Durant  contributed 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

In other NBA news, Phil Jackson has informed the Brooklyn Nets he will not be their new coach.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

May 6, 2013
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In the NBA playoffs, David West scored 20 points and the Pacers beat the Knicks 102-95 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Elsewhere, Oklahoma City held off Memphis 93-91. Kevin Durant scored 35 points.

In other NBA news, Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and fourth time in his career. Lastly, the Brooklyn Nets general manager says P.J. Carlesimo will not return as coach. The Nets were eliminated from post season play in Game 7 of their first round series with Chicago. 

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

May 2, 2013
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In the NBA playoffs, Jeff Green scored 18 points and the Celtics cut the Knicks' lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett netted 16 points. The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday night, needing two victories to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Elsewhere, it was Indiana over Atlanta 106-83. Oklahoma City fell to Houston 107-100. James Harden scored 31 points. Kevin Durant had a game-high 36 points.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 25, 2013
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Checking baseball news, in the American League, Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run and the Red Sox beat Oakland 6-5 to take two of three from the A's. It was Boston's ninth win in 12 games.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay shut out the Yankees 3-0. Toronto beat Baltimore 6-5. The White Sox bested Cleveland 3-2. Houston cruised ahead of Seattle 10-3. Detroit slid past Kansas City 7-5 and Texas crushed the Angels 11-3.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 22, 2013
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It was opening weekend in the NBA playoffs and on Saturday the Knicks beat Boston 85-78 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points. Game two is Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Miami opened their NBA playoff schedule with a 110-87 rout of Milwaukee. Lebron James scored 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting while contributing 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Oklahoma City clobbered Houston 120-91. Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Russell Westbrook fell two rebounds shy of a triple-double.