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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 | 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 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 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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June 28, 2007
Good morning -- Portland Trail Blazers -- Need a coin before deciding between Greg Oden and Kevin Durant?
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By CHILDS WALKER | October 30, 2007
Five story lines to watch 1. Will the Lakers trade Kobe Bryant (right)? 2. Will Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen vault the Celtics back to Eastern Conference pre-eminence? 3. Will fans regain trust in officials after the Tim Donaghy betting scandal? 4. Will Kevin Durant emerge as the league's next multiskilled superstar? 5. Will any team challenge the Spurs-Mavericks-Suns troika in the West? Rookies worth watching Kevin Durant, SuperSonics: Second pick in draft will score right away, but efficient shooting and solid defense might have to wait.
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By Sports Digest | November 21, 2009
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 127-108 victory over the Washington Wizards. Rookie James Harden followed his 24-point performance by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points to set another career best. Caron Butler scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost seven of eight. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points, Antawn Jamison contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the season, and Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
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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December 19, 2009
The Rockets' Carl Landry was taken to a hospital after breaking teeth in a collision with the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki during the second quarter of Friday night's game. Nowitzki drove into the lane and missed a short jumper with 9 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second quarter. He was fouled by Landry, who was hit in the mouth on Nowitzki's follow-through. Before leaving for X-rays and three stitches to close a cut on his right elbow, Nowitzki, a right-hander, shot two free throws left-handed, converting one. •Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA for posting a message on his Twitter account after Milwaukee's 108-101 double overtime win over the Trail Blazers but before the end of media access last weekend.
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May 11, 2011
Depth will prevail Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Monday took a ton out of both teams, but the pain tends to linger far longer for the losing team. While the series has been as wildly erratic as Russell Westbrook's play, the Thunder are playing for a legitimate shot at the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies remain in glad-to-be-here mode, persevering in the injury absence of Rudy Gay. Eventually the clock will strike midnight for the Grizzlies (although it did Monday and they just kept on playing)
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
May 11, 2011
Depth will prevail Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Monday took a ton out of both teams, but the pain tends to linger far longer for the losing team. While the series has been as wildly erratic as Russell Westbrook's play, the Thunder are playing for a legitimate shot at the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies remain in glad-to-be-here mode, persevering in the injury absence of Rudy Gay. Eventually the clock will strike midnight for the Grizzlies (although it did Monday and they just kept on playing)
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May 3, 2011
Memphis on a mission K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune I wrote that I couldn't believe I was typing this when, in a rare move, I accurately predicted the Grizzlies would close out the Spurs. I'll use that same line when I say the Grizzlies will knock off the Thunder. (I can't believe I typed that.) This is no joke. And neither is the Pau Gasol trade anymore. That move netted the Grizzlies Pau's brother, Marc, and the salary-cap space to extend Zach Randolph's contract.
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.
SPORTS
May 3, 2011
Memphis on a mission K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune I wrote that I couldn't believe I was typing this when, in a rare move, I accurately predicted the Grizzlies would close out the Spurs. I'll use that same line when I say the Grizzlies will knock off the Thunder. (I can't believe I typed that.) This is no joke. And neither is the Pau Gasol trade anymore. That move netted the Grizzlies Pau's brother, Marc, and the salary-cap space to extend Zach Randolph's contract.
SPORTS
December 19, 2009
The Rockets' Carl Landry was taken to a hospital after breaking teeth in a collision with the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki during the second quarter of Friday night's game. Nowitzki drove into the lane and missed a short jumper with 9 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second quarter. He was fouled by Landry, who was hit in the mouth on Nowitzki's follow-through. Before leaving for X-rays and three stitches to close a cut on his right elbow, Nowitzki, a right-hander, shot two free throws left-handed, converting one. •Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA for posting a message on his Twitter account after Milwaukee's 108-101 double overtime win over the Trail Blazers but before the end of media access last weekend.
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By Sports Digest | November 21, 2009
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 127-108 victory over the Washington Wizards. Rookie James Harden followed his 24-point performance by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points to set another career best. Caron Butler scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost seven of eight. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points, Antawn Jamison contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the season, and Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
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