Durant officially joins Nets, to wear No. 7

first_imgDurant has worn No. 35 since he was 16, first donning it torepresent the age of one of his youth coaches who was shot and killed inMaryland, according to a New York Times feature published in 2017. Changing teams won’t be new for Durant, after he left theOklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors three summers ago, but he will bewearing a new number for the first time since entering the NBA: No. 7. “Kevin is a champion, perennial All-Star and one of thegreat players of this, or any, generation,” general manager Sean Marks said ina statement. “Adding a player of Kevin’s caliber to our organization elevatesour ability to compete with the elite teams in this league. His tremendousabilities and dedication to his craft have made him as talented an offensiveplayer our game has ever seen and we, as well as all of Brooklyn, are thrilledto welcome Kevin and his family to the Nets.” BROOKLYN Nets officially added forward Kevin Durant onSunday (Monday, Philippine time), announcing his arrival as part of asign-and-trade deal with the Golden State Warriors a week after the 10-timeAll-Star announced his intentions to join Brooklyn. Durant, who turns 31 in September, is expected to miss theentire 2019-20 season because of the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 ofthe NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Durant tweeted a photo on social media of a Nets No. 7jersey hanging in a locker. He added a statement from his business, Thirty FiveVentures, explaining the decision to change numbers, reading: The Warriors last week announced they will retire Durant’sNo. 35. The Thunder have given out the No. 35 since Durant left, but theexpectation is they will retire it in the future. “35 took my family and me from Seat Pleasant, MD and showedus the world. 35 allowed me to meet people that I never would’ve had the chanceto meet, experience things I would never have had the chance to experience, andachieve things that I never would have been able to achieve. 35 allowed me togo to the University of Texas to play basketball, 35 allowed me to achieve mydream of playing in the NBA in Seattle. 35 allowed me to play basketball inOklahoma City and form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Lastly,35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and formbrotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break. The former MVP averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9assists in 78 games for the Warriors last season. He has career averages of 27points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 849 games. (Reuters) “35 was chosen in honor of someone very near and dear to me.I will always honor him and honor the number 35. But as I start this newchapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is thenumber 7 next time you see me on the floor. One time Brooklyn.” Kevin Durant enters the stadium before game five of the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in June 2019. He was playing for Golden State Warriors then. On Monday (Philippine time), Brooklyn Nets announced Durant will be playing for them, wearing a new number for the first time since entering the NBA: No. 7. USA TODAY last_img read more

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5 keys for Vols vs. Bowling Green

first_imgTennessee defensive end Derek Barnett could rack up sacks against Bowling Green on Saturday.Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett could rack up sacks against Bowling Green on Saturday.Tennessee, ranked 25th in the country, opens its season Saturday against Bowling Green (3 p.m., SEC Network) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. It’s the first meeting between the two schools.Here are five keys for the Vols in the opener.1. Get ahead early: Teams from the Mid-American Conference are often scrappy. In 2012, Bowling Green went to Florida and hung around for three quarters after grabbing an early lead. Last season’s Falcons also had a tendency to score on their first drive. Tennessee needs to score on at least one of its first few drives to get the home-state crowd into the game and strip the Falcons of their upset mentality.2. Pulverize the line: Bowling Green has an experienced offensive line, but so did Iowa in last season’s TaxSlayer Bowl and the Vols easily won that matchup. There should be plenty of sack opportunities for Curt Maggitt and Derek Barnett. Few things are as deflating to an offensive line as negative plays, and Tennessee’s defensive front has potential to force a large number of them.3. Find your five: There remains some uncertainty regarding Tennessee’s offensive line personnel. This is the position group that held this team back a season ago. The Vols need to go into the Oklahoma game with their best possible line intact. The opener should provide a good opportunity to figure out which players fit that mold.4. Don’t lose your man: Bowling Green can score points quickly, and Butch Jones was full of praise for quarterback Matt Johnson. Tennessee’s secondary was banged up this preseason and is down a couple bodies this season. Last season, some receivers had monstrous games against the Vols. The Falcons could have success moving the ball through the air.5. Put Quinten in: If all goes according to plan for the Vols, second-string quarterback Quinten Dormady, a true freshman, will enter the game in the second half. Josh Dobbs is likely to have an injury scare or two throughout the course of the season due to playing style. The more work Tennessee can get Dormady the better in case he is thrust into the starting role.Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] or on Twitter @MattSlovin.TENNESSEE VS. BOWLING GREENWhere: Nissan StadiumWhen: 3 p.m. SaturdayTV: SEC NetworkRadio: 104.5-FMLast meeting: First meetingButch Jones ‘pleased’ with Vols’ preparation for openerTennessee’s 10 most impactful sophomoreslast_img read more

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Fruitport volleyball team sweeps Grant, advances to Class B state quarterfinals

first_img (5153) Shares Not relevant Mail Other (32825) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Grant’s No. 5 Nicole When, No. 14 Kylie Patton and No. 6 Taylor Wegener. Photo/Leo Valdez Fruitport Coach Nicole Bayle talks with an excited team after taking home the regional title. Photo/Leo Valdez $0.00 Shop Now Grant’s Kim Settlemyre gets read to make the dig. Photo/Leo Valdez Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… $14.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Bestseller Displayed poorly (8133) $0.00 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Not relevant By Dave HartLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – The Fruitport volleyball squad entered this season with a young roster and few expectations for major success.But they’ve accomplished a lot of great things anyway.First they won the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association City Tournament title. Then last week they captured a Class B district championship.On Thursday the Trojans took it a step further, beating Grant in three straight sets to capture a Class B regional championship at Orchard View High School.Fruitport’s Kalley Carmean goes up for the set. Photo/Leo ValdezThe set scores were 25-19, 25-15 and 25-8. It was the team’s first regional championship since 2011.Now Fruitport advances to Tuesday’s state quarterfinals against Cadillac at Mason County Central High School. The winner will play in the Class B state semifinals three days later.Suddenly the young Trojans, with just one senior on the roster, are on the verge of making it to the state Final Four.“It’s kind of like a dream situation, to be honest,” said Fruitport Coach Nicole Bayle, whose team improved to 35-17-4 on the season.“This junior class has been really strong since they were young, and they are learning now that it’s different to be able to win and succeed at the varsity level.“They are learning the lessons of putting in the extra effort and making those impact plays to win a game.”The Trojans were led by Kylie Oberlin with 13 kills while Rachel Paulsen added 10 kills and five digs. Kailey Carmean chipped in with 36 assists, three aces and eight digs and Trinity Busscher led defensively with 16 digs.The teams played to a 12-12 in the first set, before the Trojans took control with a 13-7 run. Paulsen scored five points up front while Oberlin added four.Fruitport Coach Nicole Bayle talks with her team during a break in the action. Photo/Leo ValdezFruitport followed the same script in the second set, breaking a 12-12 deadlock with a 13-3 run that was sparked by a long service run by Carmean.The Trojans dominated the final set from start to finish, jumping out to a 10-5 lead before closing the match on a 15-3 tear.“I have learned as a coach to be patient with them until they get to 10 points,” said Bayle about her team’s so-so start in the first two sets. “It takes them a little time to get settled in and to gain confidence to roll.“Right now, I am focused on tomorrow. The future is exciting to me, but now it’s one step at a time for us, and I need to be the best coach I can be for them to be prepared for Tuesday.”Grant, which finished its season with an outstanding 43-13-5 record, was led by Taylor Wegener with nine kills, Jill Arends with 13 digs and Nicole Wahn with 26 assists.“I didn’t feel like we passed the ball well for some reason,” said Grant coach Kristin Keelean. “No pass, no hit, no win.“The future is still bright for Grant volleyball and this loss makes my team hungry for next season.” DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN × Displayed poorly Not relevant Other ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × × Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY The Fruitport bench erupts after a play. 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