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Kevin Durant pledges $1 million to tornado relief

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Olympic gold medalist (and occasional NBA scoring champ) Kevin Durant pledged $1 million to the tornado relief effort in Oklahoma Tuesday through his Durant Family Foundation, according to an announcement from the Red Cross.

“Mr. Durant’s gift and support to Okla. comes at a time of great need and we’re forever thankful for his generosity,” Red Cross regional CEO Janienne Bella told CBS Sports’ Royce Young.

The Thunder’s star forward also provided donation information to his more than four million Twitter followers, hoping they contribute to the cause.

Durant may not have brought a title or MVP trophy home to Oklahoma City yet, but his generosity and honest humility (he’s yet to mention the gift publicly) continues to show why he’s such a beloved athlete, both in Oklahoma and throughout the world.

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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