Durant shocks the NBA by signing with Golden State

Kevin Durant

Solarte, Perdomo power Padres past D-backs – MLB.com
Both times the Padres fell behind the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field, they answered right back. Yangervis Solarte and Derek Norris each hit two-run homers in support of a quality start from Luis Perdomo to give San Diego an 8-4 win in the series opener.

Hedges repeats as PCL Player of the Week – San Diego Union-Tribune
Austin Hedges, who had a fractured hamate bone surgically excised in late April, was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. The 23-year-old is the PCL’s first back-to-back winner of the honor since John Bowker in 2009.

Over the last week with Triple-A El Paso, Hedges hit .560 (14-for-25), with a .593 on-base percentage and 1.200 slugging percentage. He led all of Triple-A with five home runs, including a walk-off blast Sunday; 14 RBIs; 30 total bases; six extra-base hits and 11 runs.

VIDEO: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Padres Hall Of Fame
Go behind the scenes and take a look at the San Diego Padres new Hall of Fame at Petco Park.

Padres Clean Up on First Day of International Signing Period – Gaslamp Ball
The 2016-2017 international amateur signing period opened on July 2nd, and A.J. Preller’s staff was ready. It’s been known that the Padres were going to blow through their pool limit, and the check book has been smoking. They’ve been the most active organization by far.

How the Warriors got Kevin Durant – USA Today
The Warriors had been hearing that Durant had eyes for their franchise for a while. Part of it is was their style of play, with coach Steve Kerr finding a way to make it all look so much easier than the isolation-heavy way of the world in Oklahoma City alongside Russell Westbrook. Part of it was relationship-based, with Durant growing close with Warriors players in recent years – none more so than Curry and super sixth man Andre Iguodala during the FIBA World Championships in 2010.

NBA players react to Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors – Sports Illustrated
The signing could very well shift the landscape of the NBA, with the Golden State Warriors likely becoming the overwhelming favorite to win the Finals next season. Kevin Durant’s signing drew reactions from numerous NBA players on Twitter:

Sources: Tim Duncan ‘leaning strongly’ toward retiring – Yahoo! Sports
One of the NBA’s all-time icons – San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan – is leaning strongly toward retirement, a decision that would end an illustrious 19-season NBA career, league sources told The Vertical.

Duncan has left team officials, close associates and friends with a strong belief he’s preparing to make an announcement in the near future on his departure, sources said.

Duncan – a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time regular-season MVP – would be remembered as one of the great winners and leaders in NBA history.

Report: Study finds super bacteria in venues for Rio Olympics – USA Today
Sailors and health experts have voiced concerns about the pollution issues in the waters that encompass the Rio Olympics’ sailing venue.

Boats are turning brown in Guanabara Bay, something sailors blame on an oil slick that has entered the waters. Not so apparent is another potentially more dangerous issue: so-called “super bacteria” in the waterway that is resistant to antibiotics.


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