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Study: 96% Of Pickup Games Decided By Next Score

PRINCETON, NJ—Noting that none of the game’s earlier events factored into the final outcome in any way whatsoever, a study released Wednesday by researchers at Princeton University revealed that 96 percent of all pickup games are decided by the next score.

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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Notable Trade Deadline Deals

Carmelo Anthony just became a New York Knick mere days before the NBA trade deadline, an event that joins these other blockbuster under-the-wire deals.

  • 1989: The Knicks acquire Kiki Vandeweghe from Portland in exchange for a first round draft bust
  • 1989: The Dallas Cowboys send Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings; in return the Cowboys get the 1990s
  • 1996: The Detroit Red Wings traded a defenseman who was not Wayne Gretzky to the Edmonton Oilers for a right winger who was also not Wayne Gretzky
  • 1999: In a three-way deal, the Timberwolves receive Brian Evans, draft picks, and Sam Cassell; the Nets receive Stephon Marbury and Sam Cassell; and the Bucks land three different Sam Cassells
  • 2001: The Washington Wizards send Juwan Howard, Calvin Booth, and Obinna Ekezie to Dallas for Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis, Etan Thomas, Loy Vaught, and a player to be named Laettner
  • 2001: The Atlanta Hawks receive Toni Kukoc in what is honestly, and depressingly, their biggest deadline deal in team history
  • 2002: The Montreal Expos trade away Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, 15 other players, and tons of equipment in an effort to clean house and quit baseball altogether
  • 2003: The Sonics trade Gary Payton in exchange for an overall sense of relief for having gotten rid of Gary Payton

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