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Bill Plaschke: Durant gets into the Olympic spirit with a spirited gold medal performance

bostonherald.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - He was branded a traitor, an opportunist, a coward. He was ridiculed in his neighborhood, resented in his workplace, mocked by his former fans.When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the powerful Golden State Warriors this summer, mere weeks after the Warriors knocked the Thunder out of the playoffs, he was generally described with a single adjective.Weak.

Las mujeres de los EEUU ocuparon el podio más que de otros países en Río

hoylosangeles.com — La chica se adentra en un gimnasio en Houston en un viaje de estudios; un trabajador es cautivado por su chispa y, una docena de años después, la joven gana cuatro medallas de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos. Una niña se arroja a una piscina de un suburbio de Washington, D.C., donde asiste para hacer amigos.

Durant gets into the Olympic spirit with a spirited gold medal performance

latimes.com — He was branded a traitor, an opportunist, a coward. He was ridiculed in his neighborhood, resented in his workplace, mocked by his former fans. When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the powerful Golden State Warriors this summer, mere weeks after the Warriors knocked the Thunder...

U.S. women's basketball team isn't too good for its own good, it's simply the best ever

latimes.com — Boring? Since when is nearly two hours of pure athletic destruction boring? Bad for basketball? How can 20 years' worth of consecutive victories on the world's biggest stage be bad for basketball? One of the most consistently dominant teams in the annals of the Olympics stepped on a Rio basketball...

DeAndre Jordan is having the time of his life chasing gold

latimes.com — He's always been third. As much lovable cartoon character as feared NBA star, his missed free throws as celebrated as his highlight dunks, DeAndre Jordan has spent his career as a giant in a shadow. For eight seasons with the Clippers, he has never even been the most important player on his team....

Shame on swimmers for feeding into the Brazil crime reputation

latimes.com — So you're Ryan Lochte (heaven forbid), you're an Olympic star with a dozen medals, you're a cool cat with blueish hair and a wry smile, and you're returning from a night in Rio with three Olympic teammates. Someone orders the cab driver to pull into a Shell gas station so someone can use the bathroom,...

A match they didn't want to play proves to be their most important win

latimes.com — They didn't want to be here. They didn't want to play this match. Why did they have to play this match? When Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross stepped on to the sand at Rio's beach volleyball arena on Copacabana Beach a couple of hours before midnight Wednesday, they wanted to disappear into...

American women are dominating the Games, and it didn’t happen by accident

stltoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - A girl wanders into a Houston gym on a school field trip, a worker loves her spark, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals. A girl jumps into a suburban Washington, D.C., swimming pool to make friends, a coach notices her stroke, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals.

American women are dominating the Games, and it didn't happen by accident

latimes.com — A girl wanders into a Houston gym on a school field trip, a worker loves her spark, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals. A girl jumps into a suburban Washington, D.C., swimming pool to make friends, a coach notices her stroke, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals.

Sarah Robles and Michelle Carter redefine 'normal' and hope young girls everywhere are listening

houstonchronicle.com — After being dominated by conventional stars the first week, the U.S Olympic efforts the last few days have wonderfully included two large women who throw, lift and teach. On Friday, Michelle Carter became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the shot put.
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Aug 25, 2016

Fav @AJEllis17 moment was triple in 2013 NLCS vs. Cards..I tweeted it was his 1st ever..@Cindyluellis tweeted me down..it was his 4th.

Aug 25, 2016

Echoing others, many thanks to @AJEllis17 for his great wisdom and generosity....future manager or TV analyst for sure..class personified

Aug 25, 2016

Proof always in standings...Friedman deserves benefit of doubt for building first-place team...but this move will be scrutinized thru Oct

Aug 25, 2016

This is biggest test of Friedman culture yet..A.J. Ellis greatest asset was his human connection with the team's best player and many others

Aug 25, 2016

For the record, Friedman's group has won most tests of stats versus human element this season..1st place with piecemeal lineup and rotation

Aug 25, 2016

Stats cannot quantify what A.J. Ellis means to Kershaw and in clubhouse. Ruiz worth the risk?...another test of stats versus human element

Aug 21, 2016

The passed-out reporter was down for at least 10 minutes before being pushed away, again, no doctor, no EMT, nobody

Aug 21, 2016

The reporter is carried out into hall by other reporters, eventually put on gurney and pushed away, no medical person in sight..

Aug 21, 2016

Horrible end to Olympic media experience..a reporter passes out in bball press conference room and no medical around to help him


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