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Seattle still loves Durant

SEATTLE -- Kevin Durant hoisted 62 shots and scored 63 points, and played all but 15 seconds in 51 minutes of game time.

All that, and he still had time to pose for pictures and sign autographs when his car was surrounded by fans as he tried to leave.

If there was any questioning if Seattle still loves Durant, it was put to rest Sunday.

"I just want to say I miss you guys," Durant told a crammed small-college gym filled with about 3,000 fans, many in Durant's old Seattle SuperSonics jersey. "Thank you for the warm welcome. I can't wait to come back."

Durant took part in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am in Seattle on Sunday. It was his first time back in Seattle in a basketball capacity since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in Seattle in the 2007-08 season and continues to have an affinity for his first professional city.

Durant tried to slip away from the gym quietly, but fans found his SUV and surrounded it nearly an hour after the game ended. Instead of forcing his way through, Durant stopped, signed autographs and posed for pictures from the backseat of his vehicle.

Shortly after his game ended, Durant tweeted, "I love and miss Seattle."

 

Talley wins U.S. Amateur

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Emma Talley gave the Southeastern Conference something else to shout about.

The rising Alabama sophomore won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday, beat Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 at the Country Club of Charleston.

"Thanks everybody. You were all awesome and 'Roll Tide,"' she told the crowd after closing out Feng on the next-to-last hole in the 36-hole final.

The 19-year-old Talley, from Princeton, Ky., had a "Big Al" mascot headcover, the Crimson Tide's script "A" logo on her shoes and coach Mic Potter and teammate Stephanie Meadows in the gallery cheering her on throughout the match. Meadow carried a sign, "Go Emma. Roll Tide," throughout the 36 holes.

And Talley needed all the support she could get, squandering a three-up lead early in the afternoon round. But Talley took the lead for good with a birdie on the 10th hole, the 28th of the match, and didn't let Feng back in front.

 

Svoboda wins on Web.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Andrew Svoboda won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke victory.

The 33-year-old former St. John's player finished at 22-under 266 at Highland Springs Country Club. He opened with a 64 and followed with rounds of 72 and 66.

 

U.S. rider wins Utah race

PARK CITY, Utah -- American Tommy Danielson won the Tour of Utah on Sunday, finishing third behind Spain's Francisco Macebo in the sixth stage.

Danielson, riding for Garmin-Sharp, finished with an overall time of 23 hours, 5 minutes, 45 seconds. He was second Saturday in the fifth stage.

 

Royals trade for infielder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The contending Kansas City Royals quickly moved to fill a gap, getting infielder Jamey Carroll in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

The Twins will receive either a player to be named or cash for the 39-year-old veteran.

Earlier in the day, the Royals put Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf. The 39-year-old Tejada, who hurt himself diving for a ball on Saturday, was hitting .288 in 53 games and had won the starting second base job.

Carroll singled and scored for the Twins in their 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He is hitting .230 with nine RBIs.

 

Steinhauer playoff victor

JACKSON, Mich. -- Sherri Steinhauer won a playoff Sunday in the Legends Tour's Wendy's Charity Challenge, beating Christa Johnson on the second extra hole.

Steinhauer and Johnson shot 4-under 68 in the one-day event at Country Club of Jackson. Steinhauer has two victories on the Legends Tour after winning eight times on the LPGA Tour.

Sherri Turner was third at 69, Lorie Kane and Barb Moxness shot 70, and Jane Crafter had a 71.

 

Stewart out of hospital

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.

His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: "TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers." The tweet closed with a "SmokeWillRise" hashtag.

Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage.

A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Max Papis drove Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honouring Stewart with the message: "Get Well Smoke 14."

The team is expected to name a replacement driver for Stewart as early as Monday.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 12, 2013 C6

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