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Kevin Durant's New Facility Aims To Equip Kids With Resources For College

The Durant Center has already accepted 69 students.

It's been nearly a year since Kevin Durant stepped foot in his old Prince George's County neighborhood of Suitland, and according to The Washington Post, the two-time NBA champion didn't return empty-handed. The Golden State Warrior opened a new facility in his hometown that seeks to help low-income students reach and eventually graduate from college.

After attending summits and building connections with representatives at College Track (an organization that helps young students matriculate through their academic career up to college), Durant was inspired to fund a similar program for the kids of his neighborhood. The bond effortlessly grew into a partnership that has now established College Track's first physical location on the East Coast, the Post reveals. Durant, 30, learned of its existence after visiting one of the program's facilities in Oakland, California.

The initiative, which boasts a 10-year rubric, will assist students through tutoring, team activities, and equip them with skills that are needed in everyday life. So far, 69 students have been accepted into the educational outlet.

"The full circle stuff you dream about," Durant said. "So many people that meant so much to me at that time, and to see my name on the building...Hopefully, that inspires kids in the area." The former University of Texas student allocated $10 million to support the strategy's success. Two more facilities are rumored to open up in Washington D.C. in the coming years also.

The news arrives months after Durant's opponent on the court, LeBron James opened a school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. I Promise School's curriculum also aims to place students on the right and affordable track to college.

"This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!!" James said. "This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that."

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Utah Jazz Owner Condemns Racism After Russell Westbrook Incident

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller had a few choice words for fan Shane Keisel after the latter reportedly threw racist remarks at Russell Westbrook following a Monday night game (March 11).

"I am extremely disappointed that one of our quote 'fans' conducted himself in such a way to offend not only a guest in our arena but also me personally, my family, our organization, the community, our players and you, as the best fans in the NBA," Miller said, per ESPN, to the crowd of Jazz fans before the team faced off against the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night (March 14).

Within the speech, Miller emphasized how the behavior displayed by Keisel was unacceptable and called for "the best fans in the NBA" to report, in the future, if they saw similar conduct again.

"This should never happen," Miller said. "We are not a racist community. We believe in treating people with courtesy and respect as human beings. From time to time, individual fans exhibit poor behavior and forget their manners and disrespect players on other teams."

"When that happens, I want you to jump up and shout 'stop.' We have a code of conduct in this arena. It will be strictly enforced," the 76-year-old businesswoman continued.

This speech was spawned after Westbrook reported that the Jazz fan had told him to "get on your knees like you're used to." The point guard found the comment to be "completely disrespectful" and "racial." Following the discourse between the two, Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA and Keisel was banned for life from Jazz games.

"Other teams are not our enemies. They are our competition. Competition is a good thing. It allows players to showcase their talents, and it allows fans to encourage, appreciate, cheer for and enjoy those who share their talents with us," Miller said.

Season-ticket holders of the Jazz were warned, via email, that their tickets can be revoked if they are to take the same steps as Keisel. In another email, Miller denounced hate speech and racism amongst other things as well as informing the fans that "violators may be subject to ejection and other penalties, including a lifetime ban."

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Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction Upheld Two Years After Suicide

Aaron Hernadez's murder conviction was upheld nearly two years after the former NFL tight end committed suicide inside his jail cell.

According to reports, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ignored the legal principle, which dissolves a person's conviction once they're deceased prior to an appeal stating it's "outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life.”

In 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Two years later on April 9, 2017, the 27-year-old was found dead in his cell.

A judge previously threw out the conviction citing a defendant convicted during a trial but who has died prior to an appeal, shouldn't be considered guilty anymore. The conviction, however, was reinstated unanimously by Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court.

“We are pleased justice is served in this case, the antiquated practice of vacating a valid conviction is being eliminated and the victim's family can get the closure they deserve,” Thomas M. Quinn III of Bristol County tweeted.

The record will, however, reflect Hernandez's time of death in relation to the appeal. Hernandez was a former New England Patriot and fourth-round draft pick. He played for a brief three seasons.

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Odell Beckham Jr. To Join Cleveland Browns In Shocking Trade

For five years, Odell Beckham Jr. has played for the New York Giants, the only team he's suited up for since entering the pro-league in 2014. Now, the 26-year-old athlete will call a new arena home when he was traded to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday (March 12), NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports, a gesture that sent shockwaves throughout the Twitterverse.

The trade arrives on the heels of Beckham's signed five-year deal with the Giants that's estimated at $90 million. In return, the aforementioned team received a first-round draft pick for this year's upcoming selection. Following the announcement, Beckham posted an illustrated version of himself in a Browns jersey with the caption "Dawgs gotta eat...."


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Dawgs gotta eat....

A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Mar 13, 2019 at 6:09am PDT

The decision also promoted Twitter users to create memes or express their opinion on the ruling. View some of those reactions below.

Here are the trade terms: Giants recieve a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and S Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. Browns get Odell Beckham Jr.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019

Any fan who bought a Giants Odell Beckham Jr. jersey on @fanatics 90 days before the date the deal becomes official will be able to get either trade it for an OBJ Browns jersey or a new Giants jersey of their choice of a value equal to their original purchase.

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 13, 2019

With @obj being traded to Cleveland, the Browns will join the Saints, Chiefs, and Rams as one of the most exciting and dangerous offenses in the NFL!

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 13, 2019


Dave Gettleman:

— Steven #NECChampions (@sdurso5) March 13, 2019

Live footage of Odell Beckham Jr running away from Eli Manning to Cleveland

— Aneesh Mandava (@MandavaAneesh) March 13, 2019

The Giants looking over the trade before sending Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns

— Mhris Cacri (@ChrisJamesMacri) March 13, 2019

Browns fans once they realized that they just landed Odell Beckham Jr.

— Damir Pereira (@Damir_Pereira) March 13, 2019

Cleveland Browns fans rn #browns #Cleveland #odell #OdellBeckham #OdellBeckhamJr #jarvislandry

— Sir Charm (@Sircharm_ns) March 13, 2019

Woke up this morning thinking I had a nightmare last night but nope. @obj still not a #giant.

— Shobin Uralil (@ShobinU) March 13, 2019

I’m devastated that Odell Beckham is going to the Browns. Wish him all the best, we’ve lost a good one at the Giants camp. @obj

— (@Ieuannbailey) March 13, 2019

Last comment of the night: Odell Beckham Jr. will thrive from a football perspective in Cleveland. Best thing that could happen to him. #Browns #Giants

— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 13, 2019

Madden 19 will be the most played game today. Thanks @obj

— Garrett Todd #14 (@Garrett14Todd) March 13, 2019

[email protected]_Son80 and @obj when he touches down in Cleveland. @Browns

— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) March 13, 2019

This is how I walked into work today after that @obj trade yesterday Go Browns! #Browns #ClevelandBrowns #NFLFreeAgency #NFL

— ADVENTURES WITH CS (@AdventurewithCS) March 13, 2019

I’m glad to see OBJ leave the NFC east.... good morning

— Wale (@Wale) March 13, 2019

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