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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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Greatest Team Anthems

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne just unveiled "Thunder Up," a psyche-up song calculated to spur the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory. As we see here, it's hardly the first time a team has had its own anthem.

  • The 1985 Bears classic "Super Bowl Shuffle" craftily convinced opponents the team wasn't there to "start no trouble"; the Bears would then catch them completely off guard by trying to win games
  • The Captain & Tennille classic "Do That To Me One More Time" was the Bulls' anthem during their second three-peat and was sung completely faithful to the original by Scottie Pippen to Michael Jordan
  • “Chopsticks,” the anthem of the Jaguars' 1996 playoff run, was played by a novice on a piano that is the only musical instrument in the entire city of Jacksonville
  • Legend has it that an anonymous fan penned "That Casserole The Dear Leader Made Was Delicious And Had Very Few Grains Of Sand In It," the compulsory rally cry of North Korean Olympians
  • Miami resident Gloria Estefan celebrated the Florida Marlins' 1997 World Series run with the anthem "What Are The Florida Marlins?"
  • At Eli Manning’s request, the New York Giants have come running out of the tunnel to the nursery rhyme “Hot Cross Buns” for six years
  • Originally meant as a public service announcement at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, local legend Patti LaBelle’s soulful ballad “Empty Your Water Bottles Before You Toss Them, Please” is now played at Eagles games during player warm-ups, after the first offensive series, at halftime, at the start of the fourth quarter, and on a loop postgame

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