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Mitch Perry Report for 8.15.16 -Team USA Basketball team continues to barely get by in XXXI Olympiad

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Time for sport, as they say on the BBC. Well, so much for those stories about how those dire predictions about how the Rio Olympics have been proven wrong: Yesterday in Rio, U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte said robbers posing as police pointed a gun at his head and took his money, while three other U.S. swimmers with him were forced to lie on the ground by their assailants and also were robbed. Things had been going so smoothly in Brazil until then, hadn’t…

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Going for gold isn’t just for athletes anymore

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The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones going for the gold in Rio. For the first time since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, bettors in Las Vegas are allowed to wager legally on an Olympic competition. RJ Bell of Pregame.com says much of that money will be spent on men’s basketball even though bookmakers give the Americans an almost 90 percent change of winning the gold medal. So, you’d have to lay down $1,200 on the Americans to earn $100. A $100 wager…

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Billy Donovan copes with Kevin Durant’s exit

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Billy Donovan knew it might come to this. After a remarkable rookie season as an NBA coach, he was unable to persuade Kevin Durant to stay in Oklahoma City. Call it the Kexit, as coined by the Orlando Sentinel’s David Whitley. While there is no real comparison between Durant’s departure from OKC and a nation leaving the European Union, both events produced shock waves in their own way. When Donovan left Gainesville for Muskogee, his job description was condensed to…

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LeBron James ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

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The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well. Best player in basketball? His name is LeBron James. This is why he went back to Cleveland, to deliver a title, to end the city’s epic championship drought and finally give Northeast Ohio what it craved for nearly 52 years. It’s done. And now he’s free. Anything that happens from here is icing atop a three-tiered championship cake for James. There’s absolutely nothing left for James to…

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Former Gator Coach Billy Donovan thriving in NBA

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When Billy Donovan was lured away from the University of Florida to take over the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, some of the experts feared for his long term security. Donovan was entrenched in Gainesville, having won two national championships and eight Southeastern Conference titles in his 19 seasons there. He endured only three losing seasons; his first two and his last. Still, despite last season’s 16-17 record, few expected him to bolt for the NBA. Or perhaps he might change…

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