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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.

Oklahoma City (AP) — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder gave the Warriors as complete a beating as they experienced during their record-setting season.

Suddenly, a second straight title seems to be anything but a given for Golden State. Now the Warriors are just trying to survive.

Durant scored 33 points, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and Oklahoma City rolled to a 133-105 victory on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The group has also started up advertising campaigns using some of the hostile, homophobic slurs that are normally directed at gay men in South Africa by turning them upside down and owning them.

A gay Spanish soccer referee is giving up the job after repeatedly being the target of verbal abuse at games because of his sexual orientation.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have partnered with multiple organizations in order to empower LGBT athletes.

If you don’t have the ingredients necessary, swing by a nearby drinking establishment today, but don’t forget your fancy hat.

Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators.

We all witnessed history in last year’s Kentucky Derby  as American Pharaoh would win, and then go on to win the first triple crown since 1978.

by Austin Stallings
Journalism Intern

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.

by Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief

“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.

by Austin Stallings
Journalism Intern

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.

NASCAR chairman gives jumbled, confusing response to North Carolina's recent ant-LGBT legislation.

New York (AP) — Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been "crystal clear" that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes.

Political and business leaders he's spoken with in the state believe it will, so he's holding off for now on setting any deadlines for when the NBA might act.

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.

UltraViolet Calls on the NBA to Set a Clear Timetable for Repeal of HB2, or Move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game Out of North Carolina

The OKC Thunder dominate the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference series.

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.

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