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Nets had the shooting and scoring, but needed more health

The Brooklyn Nets had all the shooting and scoring any team could ever want. They just didn’t have the health that every team needs. Kevin Durant was spectacular in his first postseason in Brooklyn. But by the second round of the playoffs, the Nets' Big Three was down to 1 1/2. Kyrie Irving was on the bench and James Harden probably should have been. That contributed to an ending far earlier than the Nets anticipated. Brooklyn lost 115-111 in overtime to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Brothers set record crossing large gap in park on a highline

Two brothers from San Francisco say they have set a record for the longest highline ever walked in both Yosemite National Park and California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Earlier this month, they and a group of friends spent nearly a week stringing a single, 2,800-foot (853-meter)-long line from Taft Point west across a series of gulleys that plunge 1,600 feet (488 meters). Highlining is high-altitude slacklining, in which a narrow strip of strong, nylon webbing — usually an inch wide and a few millimeters thick — is strung between two anchor points and serves as a kind of balance beam. 

The eagle lands at Torrey Pines for Oosthuizen, Hughes

Mackenzie Hughes and Louis Oosthuizen brought the memories of Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines back to life. Each made length-of-the-green eagle putts at Nos. 13 and 18. That's what Woods did in the third round in 2008 on his way to the title. Hughes and Oosthuizen wound up tied for the lead along with Russell Henley. This U.S. Open is suddenly filled with possibilities. Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau were two shots behind. Eight players were separated by three shots. On that list is Jon Rahm and Matthew Wolff. 

The eagle lands at Torrey Pines for Oosthuizen, Hughes

Mackenzie Hughes and Louis Oosthuizen brought the memories of Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines back to life. Each made length-of-the-green eagle putts at Nos. 13 and 18. That's what Woods did in the third round in 2008 on his way to the title. Hughes and Oosthuizen wound up tied for the lead along with Russell Henley. This U.S. Open is suddenly filled with possibilities. Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau were two shots behind. Eight players were separated by three shots. On that list is Jon Rahm and Matthew Wolff. 

Former WNBA, Louisville guard Schimmel arrested in Umatilla County

Former WNBA All-Star Game MVP and Louisville All-American guard Shoni Schimmel is being held in an Oregon jail on multiple charges. The charges include felony assault and criminal mischief. Schimmel, 29, was arrested Monday and remained in the Umatilla County jail on $48,750 bail. The Sheriff’s Office website also lists several misdemeanor charges including domestic abuse, menacing, reckless endangerment and harassment. The Oregon native averaged 6.6 points per game after being drafted eighth overall draft by the Atlanta Dream in 2014. She played two seasons there with All-Star Game appearances both years, including being named Most Valuable Player as a rookie.

Runner says tainted burrito led to test for banned substance

Shelby Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, posted on social media that she’s been banned for four years following a positive test for what she concluded was a tainted pork burrito. Houlihan’s announcement on her Instagram account comes days before the start of U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, where the top three in each event earn a spot for the Tokyo Games. She finished 11th at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 5,000 meters. The 28-year-old Houlihan said she received an email from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Jan. 14, notifying her that a drug testing sample returned a finding for the anabolic steroid nandrolone. 

Australian swimmer breaks 100-meter backstroke world record

Kaylee McKeown has broken the 100-meter backstroke world record on the second night of the Australian Olympic swim trials. The 19-year-old McKeown finished in 57.45 seconds at the South Australian Aquatic Centre. McKeown’s time improved the previous world mark of 57.57 set by American Regan Smith in 2019. Emily Seebohm finished second in 58.59 to qualify for her fourth Olympics.

EWU Board of Trustees votes to stay a Division 1 sports university

Eastern Washington UniversityCHENEY, Wash. –Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees voted on Friday to stay a Division 1 sports university.  There was only one nay vote, which came from a student trustee, who said staying in the current division was too expensive.  The board ended up siding with Interim President David May, who recommended the university stay in Division 1….

WA panel approves sports betting; sends to governor

The Washington State Gambling Commission has approved amendments to gambling compacts for 15 Native American tribes that are a major step to allowing those tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos. Commissioners on Thursday voted 7-0, with two excused, on the requests from all 15 tribes to approve the amendments and send them to Gov. Jay Inslee for his approval. This was the next step in the complicated process of allowing sports betting, following approval last year by the state Legislature. If the governor approves, the issue will be sent to the federal government for approval.

Gonzaga commit Chet Holmgren awarded Gatorade Player of the Year

Courtesy of FleishmanHillardChet HolmgrenMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Gatorade announced on Wednesday that Chet Holmgren, who has committed to play basketball for Gonzaga University this year, as the 2020-21 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court,…