Friday, February 23, 2018
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NBA

WESTBROOK'S HAD IT WITH KD TALK: 'That's Cute'

Russell Westbrook has had just about enough of answering questions about former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant.

This week, Durant made new comments about his move to the Warriors. Among them, the 2014 league MVP praised the Golden State players for their "selfless" play. After the Thunder's practice in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Westbrook was asked about that quote. Clearly a bit agitated, the five-time All-Star guard responded:

"That's cute, man. That's cute. My job is to be able to worry about what's going on here. We don't worry about all the 'selfish' guys we got over here apparently. So we better figure that out."

Durant didn't leave OKC on the best terms, so there's a reason Westbrook seems peeved. After battling alongside Westbrook for eight years, Durant only sent his former running mate — a guy he publicly backed on numerous occasions and often referred to as a "brother" — a text message about his departure. No phone call or explanation. The two haven't talked since, Westbrook recently said.

But they'll be in the same place on Nov. 3: Golden State's Oracle Arena

Golf

Piercy leads tour opener

Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by setting the course record at Silverado, a 10-under 62 for a two-shot lead at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. Paul Casey birdied his last three holes for 64. Patton Kizzire also shot 64. Phil Mickelson, playing a domestic PGA event in the fall for the first time in a decade, overcame a bogey-bogey start to post 69.

PGA EUROPE: Lee Westwood returned to form with 4-under 67 in the first round at the British Masters, leaving the Englishman a shot out of the lead in Watford, England. Finland's Mikko Ilonen, Scotland's Marc Warren, England's Tommy Fleetwood and South Africa's Richard Sterne shared the lead at 66.

Tennis

Kyrgios antics net big fines

Nick Kyrgios will have to pay $16,500 in fines for his actions at the Shanghai Masters this week. The Australian received one of the largest fines of his career for his lack of effort and argumentative behavior during his second-round match. He was fined the maximum $10,000 for showing a "lack of best efforts" in the match, $5,000 for verbal abuse of a spectator, and $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic said Kyrgios has some "life lessons to learn."

Et Cetera

Soccer: Mike Phelan was hired as manager of Hull, taking over the full-time job after serving on an interim basis for the first seven games of the English Premier League season.

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