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Dynasty? Warriors to Chase Durant

Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical

Classroom Is Crucial in Realignment

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman

Thunder Brilliant, But Nobody Notices

Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated

Hield Heroic Despite Crushing Loss

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports

Watson Leads Clemson Into Title Game

Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated

The Golden State Warriors’ plan of pursuit predates their 2015 championship run, a bold plot to declare the futility of resistance. It isn’t only that the NBA champions are de...(full article)

I wrote about conference realignment last week, and one thing I focused on was the Big Ten’s history of inviting new members only if they are in the American Association of Unive...(full article)

The Warriors, Spurs, and Thunder have been the three best NBA teams this season. They’ve also played three of the four easiest schedules to date, in ...(full article)

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- By the time you read this, Buddy Hield most likely will not have slept. It is games like this Oklahoma 's senior guard just can't get out of his system. "I'm goin...(full article)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In December of 2012, the high school football team buses reached the town line in Gainesville, Ga., and were greeted by police cruisers with lights flas...(full article)

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Mean Streak Good for Thunder

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Bench Helps Thunder Even Series

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Randolph, Grizzlies Force Game 7

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Thunder Throttle Grizzlies

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Oklahoma State women's basketball:

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