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April 21, 2004
On April 18, 2004, FREDDIE OLIVIA DURANT; beloved mother of Sheila Brooks-Tahir, Luke Durant, Jr. and Dexter Durant. Friends may visit at the family owned and operated Howell Funeral Home at 4600 Liberty Heights Avenue on Thursday from 2 to 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Friday at the Parklane Baptist Church, 3606 Mohawk Avenue, with Wake beginning at 10:00, followed by Funeral Services at 10:30. Interment Garrison Forest Cemetery.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant spurned overtures from Under Armour and will sign a new shoe deal with basketball giant Nike. "Excited and humbled to sign back with the swoosh!" Durant tweeted late Sunday, referring to the Nike logo. "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Kevin Durant, one of the most exciting players in the game," said Heter Myers, a spokesman for Nike. A spokeswoman for Under Armour did not respond to a request for comment Monday. The decision ends the possibility, for now, of an all-Maryland marriage between the reigning NBA MVP, who grew up in Prince George's County and played high school basketball in Rockville, and Baltimore-based Under Armour.
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December 10, 2008
On December 5, 2008; JULIA P. DURANT On today friends may call at the VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES, 5151 Balto. Nat'l Pike from 4:00-8:00PM. On Thursday, Mrs. Durant will lie instate at Vaughn C. Greene West Chapel where the family will receive friends from 11:00-11:30AM with services to follow. Inquiries to (410)233-2400
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Sports Digest | September 1, 2014
Nike pulled out all the stops to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant , a Washington native, from signing a shoe deal with Baltimore-based Under Armour. Durant's seven-year contract with Nike is expiring, and Under Armour reportedly offered him a 10-year deal worth $265million to $285 million. However, Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, according to ESPN. Nike officials on Saturday told Durant and his representatives at Jay Z 's Roc Nation Sports that they would match Under Armour's offer.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | September 7, 1994
It was a long time ago when a kid, looking for something to do, wandered over to the local playground in the evening. He watched kids running, jumping and throwing and enjoyed himself enough to come back the next day."Can you run?" a man who seemed to be in charge finally asked Ralph Durant, the kid. He answered, "I don't know, I never tried."Durant didn't turn out to be a star in track and field, but the man who asked the question, Ed Waters, had a recruit, a person to carry on the task.
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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
Ralph Leroy Durant, who for three decades ran track and field programs for boys and girls, some of whom became Olympians, died Thursday of cancer at his Baltimore home. He was 54. Mr. Durant had run the Ed Waters Track Club since 1972, and in 1985 founded a youth running program for the city Department of Recreation and Parks, where he was track and field program director. It was with the track club - named for Mr. Durant's mentor, whom he first met in 1958 - that Mr. Durant was most successful, helping to produce world-class athletes with a program that also stressed education.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2004
Freddie O. Durant, a beautician, Baltimore political organizer and author of a novel published by her son, died Sunday of complications from an infection at the FutureCare nursing home in Randallstown. She was 79. After she graduated from the Apex School of Beauty and Culture in Baltimore, she was a self-employed beautician for 32 years, first operating Durant's Beauty Shop and then working out of her Ashburton home. She retired in 1998. Her hospitality and wit led clients to spend not just a few hours, but the day with her, said Mrs. Durant's daughter, Sheila Brooks-Tahir of Baltimore, a senior counsel with the city housing authority.
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By Boston Globe | October 7, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. mission in what troops there call "South Moag" has changed for many: Rangers, Delta force commandos and the various intelligence agencies are no longer concentrating their search on warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid.They are looking for one of their own in the streets of south Mogadishu -- Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant. And they are trying to find out how many of the five men who disappeared with the Berlin, N.H., helicopter pilot survived a firefight Sunday.Whatever the case may be, officials say, Mr. Aidid has ceased to be the quarry.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - It's homecoming week at the University of Maryland, and conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that's just what a struggling football team needs to break out of a slump. After all, few things are as inspiring as a boisterous, sellout crowd full of proud parents and alumni. Lose the game, of course, and it's a different story. "They can hang coaches at homecoming too, you know," Terps coach Ralph Friedgen joked this week. "Because the whole posse is here." No one will be calling for Friedgen's neck after today, win or lose, but Maryland (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference)
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Reporter | January 17, 2007
The NCAA lifted its ban on freshman ineligibility before the 1972-73 season. Over the past decade, the very best never bothered to stop on campus, but the NBA's new draft policy has led to the phenomenon of Kevin Durant. Heading into last night's game at Oklahoma State, the Texas freshman was averaging 23.7 points and 11.0 rebounds. He is the only player in the nation to rank among the top 10 in both categories, and Durant hasn't done it against a cupcake schedule. With three players taken among the top 42 in the 2006 draft, this should be a rebuilding year for the Longhorns, but coach Rick Barnes put Michigan State, Gonzaga, LSU and Tennessee on the non-conference schedule and Durant didn't let up once No. 21 Texas got into the Big 12. With 37 points against Colorado and 34 against Missouri, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Durant doesn't look like someone who turned 18 in September.
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By Jeff Barker and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Under Armour is working to land NBA superstar Kevin Durant as a pitch man — a sponsorship deal that could be one of the largest ever signed and give the Baltimore company a major inroad into the lucrative basketball marketplace. Signing the popular Oklahoma City Thunder forward, who grew up playing basketball in Washington and Maryland and still has family in the region, would be a coup for Under Armour as it tries to build its shoe business and boost its stature internationally.
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Sports Digest | July 31, 2014
Boys lacrosse Georgetown Prep coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons Georgetown Prep has accepted the resignation of lacrosse coach Kevin Giblin , who led one of the nation's top high school programs for the past 27 years, athletic director Dan Paro confirmed Wednesday. In an email sent to the school's lacrosse teams and parents, Paro wrote that offensive coordinator Charlie Horning has been named interim head coach. Giblin became Georgetown Prep's second head coach in 1988 and has since led the Little Hoyas to 10 Interstate Athletic Conference titles and 14 Top 25 national finishes.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 11, 2014
Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Mr. Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video. In a voice choked with tears, Mr. Durant, a ferociously talented forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, thanks God. He thanks each teammate by name, thanks his coach, support staff, brothers, friends, grandmother, fans, the sportswriters who voted for him. And in the part that will have you clearing your throat and discovering a foreign particle in your eye, he speaks directly to his mother.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
LeBron James strolled into Hill Field House on Morgan State's campus Tuesday night wearing a white Nike T-shirt with words "Basketball Never Stops" stenciled on the front. He had a deathly serious look on his face. He handed out a few hugs, traded a series of low-key high-fives with acquaintances, but he didn't appear to be in the mood for conversation. After less than a minute, he drifted toward the floor and began silently shooting jumpers. Kevin Durant had a similar steely-eyed focus when he arrived 20 minutes later.
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By South Florida Sun-Sentinel | August 29, 2011
LeBron James is poised to take his talents to Baltimore. Amid the recent flurry of face-offs between leading pro-am leagues during the NBA lockout, the Miami Heat forward has said he will join a group of NBA stars that Tuesday will represent the Baltimore-based Melo League and take on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and a group of stars from the Washington-based Goodman League. "I'm in," he told the Associated Press on Sunday. The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan State University's Hill Field House, follows an Aug. 8 game at St. Frances that featured Durant and fellow NBA players Brandon Jennings and Josh Selby (Lake Clifton)
NEWS
September 13, 2010
The United States ended a long wait by beating Turkey 81-64 in the final Sunday in Istanbul to win its first world championship in 16 years thanks to forward Kevin Durant . The 21-year-old Thunder prodigy won the tournament's MVP award with a series of majestic performances. Easing past defenders to score from a wide range of positions, Durant racked up 28 points in the final, including 20 in the first half after the hosts had taken a 17-14 lead. Durant buried one 3-pointer after another to give the U.S. a 42-32 halftime lead, and his Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook provided excellent support with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2003
Ralph Durant said he was "in the business of reinventing the lives of children." His lofty aspiration followed a simple design. Give the children of Baltimore an endeavor, in Durant's case age group track and field, that rewards only after it exhausts. Run them ragged for two hours. After they go home, eat and tend to schoolwork, they'll be too tired to go back out and get lost on the city's unseemly streets. Repeat, at least three nights a week and on weekends during the summer. A longtime employee of the city's Recreation and Parks Department and the founder of the Edward L. Waters Track and Field Alliance Club, Durant would have turned 55 next week.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | December 24, 2009
For a quarter-century, Luke Durant Jr. has been Santa Claus at Mondawmin Mall, every year for six weeks during the lead-up to Christmas Day. His white beard is real, his jolliness an intrinsic part of his nature. Many of the people who placed their kids on his knee over the years also patronized his business a few feet away, a candy store called Somethin' Good, where popcorn, honey cashews, lollipops and candied apples sold in abundance. The store has been a fixture of the mall for 35 years - longer than Durant's been Santa.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | December 24, 2009
For a quarter-century, Luke Durant Jr. has been Santa Claus at Mondawmin Mall, every year for six weeks during the lead-up to Christmas Day. His white beard is real, his jolliness an intrinsic part of his nature. Many of the people who placed their kids on his knee over the years also patronized his business a few feet away, a candy store called Somethin' Good, where popcorn, honey cashews, lollipops and candied apples sold in abundance. The store has been a fixture of the mall for 35 years - longer than Durant's been Santa.
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