Oklahoma City (AP) — Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.
ESPN has hired openly gay United States Women’s National Team soccer legend Abby Wambach as a sports analyst and contributor.
Wambach will cover soccer during the Rio Olympics and the UEFA European Championships this summer and will also work for other parts of the network such as ESPN Films and shows like "Outside the Lines."
She'll also host a new podcast called Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach.
Teams could pull out of scheduled NCAA events this spring because of new state laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee while the sport's governing body's demands for discrimination-free environments at the places where its events are held won't take effect until the fall.
“Winning those games and winning those championships, man it was like the best feeling. Like, on earth. I mean I felt like a rock star! I’m not going to lie. I was like, on top of the world.
That’s Chamique Holdsclaw. In the 90’s she was coined “the female Michael Jordan.” But part of what made Holdsclaw a champion and gave her that drive would also threaten her life. That threat is mental illness.
Six male LGBT athletes have come together to form a strong support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning athletes. OutSports reports, “The athletes, spanning across several sports, met each other casually through mutual connections and quickly realized the need for a support.”
While all six of the founding athletes are men, they have told the Yale Daily News that a top priority is to bring more LGBT women into the group as locker-room issues and other hurdles exist across genders.
Oklahoma City (AP) — The Thunder have developed multiple scoring threats around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and that could make their Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs interesting.
In Oklahoma City's first-round series against Dallas, the Thunder shot 47.6 percent from the field. Durant and Westbrook posted their usual scoring numbers, both averaging 26 points per game. But Durant shot an unusually low 36.8 percent in the series.
Dallas (AP) — Kevin Durant got ejected, Russell Westbrook was part of a shouting match in front of his bench and Serge Ibaka drew a technical for throwing an elbow in the final seconds with the outcome already decided.
Regardless, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now in firm control of a testy first-round series that got quite a bit testier.
Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, Durant added 19 points in a quiet game before he was thrown out following a flagrant foul in the final minute and the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-108 on Saturday for a 3-1 series lead.
The NHL suspended Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw for one game Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.
NBA Commissioner says a North Carolina law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people remains "problematic" for the league, but he says there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.