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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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Tim Tebow has reinvigorated discussion on athletes using the field as a pulpit, but of course he's hardly the first to do so.

  • Bill Belichick: Had God killed in 2003
  • Barry Bonds: Pointed to the sky after hitting his 756th career home run, mocking the weak God he'd bested with the power of science
  • Muhammad Ali: Made a principled religious stand against serving in Vietnam, although there were plenty of other fine reasons to want to stay out of that one
  • Tiger Woods: As a practicing Buddhist, he subscribes to the Four Noble Truths: Life is suffering; the origin of suffering is attachment; the cessation of suffering is attainable; when the river's running red, take the dirt road
  • Hakeem Olajuwon: In 1995, named the NBA Player of the Month during Ramadan, despite fasting that caused him to lose weight and shrink 9 inches
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A proud Muslim who changed his name to reflect his faith, Abdul-Jabbar is certainly glad he played when he did
  • Sandy Koufax: Jew
  • Secretariat: Famously changed name to Yousef al-Salaam after winning 1973 Preakness
  • Reggie White: Credited his 198.5 sacks to Jesus even though they were actually granted by Indra, the Hindu deity of war, rainfall, and the Green Bay Packers

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