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Ogwumike's shot lifts Sparks to WNBA title, beat Lynx 77-76 (The Associated Press)


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: Candace Parker #3 and Nneka Ogwumike #30 of the Los Angeles Sparks hug after a win in Game Five of the 2016 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx on October 11, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Sparks defeated the Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA Championship. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Candace Parker and the Sparks jumped with joy on the court, joined in celebration by a guy named Magic Johnson who once made basketball championships a habit in Los Angeles. Parker’s old college coach, the late Pat Summitt, was there in spirit, too. Nneka Ogwumike’s short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night for the franchise’s first title in 14 years.



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New-look WCC feature Stoudamire and Porter's NBA pedigrees (Yahoo Sports)

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While Sendek is busy rebuilding men’s basketball at Santa Clara, Damon Stoudamire and Terry Porter have brought some serious NBA pedigree to coaching in the mid-major West Coast Conference trying to get their programs on track. Add to the list of new faces first-year San Francisco coach Kyle Smith, fresh off an impressive six-year run at Columbia. The league, still largely unheralded despite its decades-long run of postseason success, is suddenly boasting some high-profile coaching names to go along with the old staples of No. 14 Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Randy Bennett at 17th-ranked Saint Mary’s, which might have one of its best teams yet after a 29-win season .



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KD Show: Durant goes off against old OKC teammates (Yahoo Sports)


OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after dunking the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on November 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant found some extra fire after Jerami Grant slammed one home right over him and his old teammates started talking. Durant matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coolly knocking down long jumpers while thoroughly embarrassing Russell Westbrook and the rest of his old Oklahoma City teammates in Golden State’s 122-96 rout of the Thunder on Thursday night. ”When you get dunked on like that, as a competitor out there you want to come back and try to make a play and try to ignite your team,” Durant said.



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Durant takes all the spoils in lopsided reunion meeting with OKC


Kevin Durant 1, Russell Westbrook 0.

The much-anticipated showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors was decidedly lopsided as Durant's new team beat the snot out of his old team.

Westbrook stood by idly wearing a steely bitter stare opposite a jubilant Durant who looked comfortable in his own skin for the first time since his unceremonious exit from Oklahoma City. He controlled his narrative for once and there was no other conclusion to be made other than that of a flawless victory.

After months of playing passive-aggressive broken telephone through the media, Durant finally got Westbrook on the same court, and to the victor goes the spoils.

Here’s everything that went Durant’s way in Thursday’s heavyweight bout.

Winning the Westbrook match-up

First and foremost Durant played a near-flawless game. He finished with 39 points and seven rebounds and posted the second-best plus-minus on the night as a plus-21.

Durant’s seven threes on the night matched a career-high and his 39 points were the most scored by a player in their first meeting with their previous team since Stephon Marbury dropped 39 in his return to Minnesota as a member of the Nets.

Meanwhile Westbrook came out flat. The Warriors threw triple teams his way anytime Westbrook had the ball and they were diligent in preventing him from getting loose in transition.

Westbrook had 20 points on 4-of-15 shooting with six turnovers, and even his petty wardrobe jab backfired as he was victimised by a string of clever Twitter photoshops.

Crushing OKC’s spirit

The Thunder managed only 11 points in the second quarter as the Warriors put the clamps to them on defense. That’s where the game was won.

On the other end, Durant carried the Warriors by scoring 16 points in the second quarter alone. He dunked, rained threes, swatted shots, and talked a whole bunch of smack along the way.

Durant jawed at Jerami Grant, gave an earful to Enes Kanter, swatted Westbrook twice, then ended the third quarter by beating all five OKC defenders for a thunderous one-handed dunk.

Owned the post-game podium

The beatdown continued even after the game was won as Durant went to town on his former teammates that jawed at him.

First and foremost Durant took aim at Kanter, who went scoreless in three minutes. Durant got the last word on that one.

“He was talking to me. How many minutes he play? … I’m sure he’s going to put something on Twitter tonight,” Durant said.

Durant also brushed aside Westbrook’s petty attire jab.

“I don’t care about what nobody wear to the game. Who gives a s—. I don’t care what he wore,” Durant said as relayed by ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

And finally, Durant turned back to sink one last dagger into the hearts of OKC fans.

"I've moved forward. I'm a part of the Golden State Warriors, and I'm excited to be a part of this team," Durant said.

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Xavier's Myles Davis hopes to avoid trial, rejoin team


The attorney for Xavier's Myles Davis is hopeful that his client will soon resolve misdemeanor criminal charges involving a former girlfriend – ideally with a restitution payment, rather than through litigation.

“We’re trying to resolve the case in a fashion that’s consistent with the fact that this was two teenagers that were involved in a volatile relationship. They’ve moved on,” attorney Clyde Bennett said to Patrick Brennan of The Enquirer. “Mr. Davis has learned lessons from his relationship and he’s matured and developed and moved forward. He wants to put this behind him. So, with that, we plan to resolve this case by making Kiley (Stoll) whole.”

Davis is scheduled for a plea hearing next week.

Musketeers head coach Chris Mack suspended Davis indefinitely in September, but said his player would have an "opportunity to come back," once the case was resolved.

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WNBA scores A+ on race and gender report card (The Associated Press)

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The WNBA continues to be the standard-bearer when it comes to hiring women and minorities in top-level positions. The league earned a combined A-plus for its race and gender hiring practices in the report card by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES) that was released on Wednesday. It’s the 12th straight year in the 20-year existence of the WNBA that the league has posted at least an A for its combined grade on the report issued by the University of Central Florida’s TIDES.



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