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Getting Loose for 'Cuse With a showdown against No. 1 Syracuse just three hours away last Saturday, Duke forward Jabari Parker stopped by a makeshift court outside Cameron Indoor Stadium to throw down a few dunks for fans. That Blue-Devil-may-care approach worked after the ACC game tipped off as well: With game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds, Parker led fifth-ranked Duke to a 66--60 victory that was clinched with 10.4 seconds left, when Orange coach Jim Boeheim drew two technicals for disputing a charging call.
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Heat Waves Miami forwards Chris Bosh (1) and LeBron James couldn't prevent impossibly long-limbed Thunder star Kevin Durant from releasing one of his 22 shots last Thursday. The NBA's leading scorer finished with 28 points in a 103--81 loss—Oklahoma City's worst defeat at home this season—but at least Durant finished: Midway through the fourth quarter James, going up for a dunk, had his nose broken on a block attempt by Serge Ibaka.
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Steering Clear The field for the Daytona 500 didn't have many chances to run in the sun: Just 38 laps were completed on Sunday before storms rolled in, causing a record six-hour, 22-minute rain delay that also brought the Goodyear blimp (from which this shot was taken) to ground. When the 56th Great American Race ended at 11:18 p.m., Dale Earnhardt Jr. (page 40) was headed to Victory Lane for the second time at Daytona and for the first time in 56 starts.
In the early '80s, Pat Riley and Magic Johnson began a transformation that put the Lakers on the leading edge of sports culture. But it took a really, really strange series of events—and some Magicavellian maneuvering—to set the stage
AS THE WORLD TURNS ITS EYES TOWARD THE NEXT OLYMPIC GAMES, IN RIO, AND ON THE EVE OF A WORLD CUP IN THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF SOCCER, A QUESTION HANGS IN THE AIR LIKE A LINGERING CLOUD OF TEAR GAS: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE
In addition to the young Sochi medalists who'll return in 2018, including skier Mikaela Shiffrin and nearly all of the freestyle skiers and snowboarders, Team USA has many other promising athletes in the pipeline for Pyeongchang, South Korea