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Kevin Durant Wins Gold In Men’s Individual Basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO—Beating out Serbian Nikola Jokic by .87 points in order to claim the all-around title, U.S. forward Kevin Durant won Olympic gold Friday in men’s individual basketball, becoming the first man to win consecutive golds in the competition since Gary Payton at the 1996 and 2000 Games.

Michael Phelps Spots Estranged Father Poseidon In Stands

RIO DE JANEIRO—Immediately recognizing the booming, thunderous voice he hadn’t heard since he was 5 years old as he warmed up ahead of his first heat in the 200-meter individual medley, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly spotted his long-estranged father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, cheering for him Thursday in the stands of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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All-Star Game Gimmicks

As if it weren't enough to feature the game's top players in the only All-Star game in all the pro sports with any real implications, Major League Baseball and Fox have decided to spice up the contest with a few tweaks. Onion Sports lists the most intriguing:

Warning track covered with red carpet, celebrities

Every fan in attendance mic'd up

Basepath will have translucent blue glow to show viewers where baserunners need to go

Clean uniforms

To avoid dull, tedious, or awkward moments during broadcast, Fox promises never to point the cameras at Bud Selig

All-Stars will rifle balls into the stands during the new Line Drive Derby

Three Doors Down or some similar band will sing some song while they show videos of diving catches

Yankee Stadium to be imploded during seventh inning

Mercury column at first base will measure how much pressure the first baseman is applying to it

Game will determine if American League representative will win World Series at home or on the road

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