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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.
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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
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.
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.