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Durant out of FIBA World Cup

Team USA suffered another high-profile loss Thursday, although this one was decidedly less frightening: Citing "physical and mental fatigue," Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has pulled out of the FIBA World Cup. Paul George, who sustained a horrific leg injury last week, also will miss the Barcelona tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Do you have a problem with Kevin Durant pulling out of the FIBA World Cup, citing "physical and mental fatigue?"

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  • How much will Kevin Durant's absence hurt Team USA at the FIBA World Cup?

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  • Will Team USA win the FIBA World Cup and earn an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics?

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  • Has the Paul George injury changed your opinion on whether you want your favorite players participating in international tournaments?

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  • Which of the following would you rather have an important player on your favorite NBA team do in the summer?

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Ah, table tennis. One of those, "I could do that" sports where some people (read: us) speak wistfully about how good they were in high school and how if they had just practiced a little more ...

Except basically none of us could ever have done what Nigeria's Segun Toriola and Singapore's Gao Ning -- both Olympians -- pulled off at the Commonwealth Games, putting together an epic 41-shot rally that, well, you really should just see:

Despite losing the point, Gao went on to beat Toriola in the match, helping Singapore top Nigeria in the team semifinals (Singapore ultimately claimed gold in the competition). But who really won the event?

We say Toriola. And we would know. We coulda gone pro if we had just practiced a little more ...

H/T CBS Sports

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Michael Phelps unretires

Michael Phelps may have just ruined the day of every male swimmer competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with the announcement that he's planning on competing again. The 29-year-old Phelps had formerly vowed that he wouldn't swim into his thirties, but he's clearly reconsidered that opinion. It might take him some time to get back in top form, but considering that "top form" for Phelps resulted in more gold medals than anyone else, we wouldn't bet against him.

Are you happy to see Michael Phelps come out of retirement?

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  • Will Michael Phelps swim in the 2016 Olympics?

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Olympic RingsRichard Mackson/USA TODAY SportsUnlike the opening ceremonies, this part of the closing ceremonies was actually planned.

Let it never be said that Russia doesn't have a sense of humor about the Olympics. An embarrassing malfunction at the opening cermonies resulted in only four of five rings actually opening, which led to widespread mocking on social media. For the closing ceremonies, however, organizers decided to form the Olympic rings out of human performers, and rather cheekily decided to reference the original mistake. Not bad, Sochi.

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The United States' showing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics didn't quite match its record-setting run in Vancouver, but the nation didn't go home empty-handed. Nine athletes/teams won gold medals -- eight on the slopes and one on the ice. How do these stars stack up in your mind? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank: USA Gold Medalists in Sochi

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

Snowboarding - Women's Slopestyle

Maddie Bowman

Maddie Bowman

Freestyle Skiing - Women's Halfpipe

Joss Christensen

Joss Christensen

Freestyle Skiing - Men's Slopestyle

Meryl Davis/Charlie White

Meryl Davis/Charlie White

Figure Skating - Mixed Ice Dance

Kaitlyn Farrington

Kaitlyn Farrington

Snowboarding - Women's Halfpipe

Sage Kotsenburg

Sage Kotsenburg

Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle

Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety

Alpine Skiing - Men's Giant Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin

Alpine Skiing - Women's Slalom

David Wise

David Wise

Freestyle Skiing - Men's Halfpipe

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