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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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Forgotten Sports

For every international sporting league, a dozen or more once-popular sports have fallen by the wayside. Here are some of the more notable forgotten games:

  • Net Net: A confusing net-based sport that involved players throwing, catching, collecting, hitting, and wearing nets
  • Roll the Ball: A game played by the ancient Incans that was deceptively difficult, considering the ball was a boulder measuring 30 feet around and weighing 6 tons
  • Screamball: Game where Jimmy Wall and Adam Segal got real drunk one night and threw a tennis ball at each other as hard as they could
  • Gleitenkugel: An avant-sport started in Germany, 'glide ball' involved an empty white court, a ball placed directly in the center of the floor, and two teams that walked right past the ball because it was beneath them
  • Man Combat, Double Gripsman, Takedown Circle, Pontration, and Sillyball (all different variations on the same game): Two men beat the shit out of each other
  • Footbound Olympics: In 10th-century China, men would watch and laugh as their wives attempted to run the 100-meter dash
  • Axe to the Head: A popular Dark Ages game in which one man would sneak up behind another and chop off his head with an ax
  • Tennis: Two opponents stand across a court and use rackets to hit a ball back and forth over a net

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