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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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Recent Highlights From Lesser-Known Sports

As the sports world slows down for the summer, we take the opportunity to review what's been happening in less-heralded arenas of competition.

  • Professional kayaker Brad Ludden is named MVP of the 2010 Kayaking All-Star Game after scoring 20 kayaks, racking up 10 offensive and defensive kayaks, and tallying 12 kayak assists
  • Record-breaking attendance at the USA Indoor Badminton playoffs force the staff of the Chattanooga Convention Center to set up a few extra chairs
  • ASU students Matthew Goddard and Jay Winslow invent and master the game "Kick This Against That" on their drunken walk back from their fraternity
  • The 2010 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open international table-tennis tournament is delayed indefinitely, even with the officials also getting down on their hands and knees to look for the missing ping-pong ball
  • PBA star Mike Scroggins celebrates an 800 series by heading to the bowling alley's arcade and playing with the steering wheel and shifter on the OutRun game
  • Competitors at the 2010 World Professional Billiards Championship realize that it's way more fun to whip the balls super-hard against the rails
  • Doug Walters of Columbus, OH sets a youth soccer league record by missing 16 of his son's games
  • In a disappointing finish, members of the Harvard men's crew team are not beaten with their own oars until the River Charles runs crimson with their life's blood

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