As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward
NEW YORK (AP) - Kevin Durant says he needed a break this summer, though withdrawing from the U.S. national team was "definitely tough."
Durant stunned the Americans shortly before the Basketball World Cup when he pulled out following their training camp in Las Vegas. He says Tuesday he needed to "take a step back."
While he does, the Americans are moving forward.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after practice he was through talking about Durant, the Americans' leading scorer in both the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world basketball championship, and that his only focus was who was on the team.
The Americans practiced Tuesday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at the Nets' practice center. Durant later joined team members James Harden, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis on a panel promoting the video game "NBA 2K15," of which Durant appears on the cover.
University of Tulsa sued over alleged rape
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The University of Tulsa is being sued by a woman who alleges she was raped by basketball player Patrick Swilling Jr. in January.
Swilling was suspended for the remainder of the basketball season, but prosecutors declined to charge him and the university cleared him of any violations of the student code of conduct. He is not a part of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court claims emotional distress, negligence, and that the school was indifferent to the rape report. It asks for damages to be determined by a jury, plus interest and attorney fees.
The university issued a statement saying it has a "robust policy" for investigating sexual harassment and assault claims and that the policy was carried out.
Stanton single in 10th sends Marlins over Rangers
MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Miami surpassed last year's total of 62. The Marlins moved over .500 for the first time since June 20.
Jeff Baker reached with one out in the 10th on first baseman Mike Carp's error. Donovan Solano's infield single with two outs moved Baker to second.
Neftali Feliz relieved Neal Cotts to face Stanton, who singled to right field.
Sam Dyson struck out the side in the 10th.
Chicago beats Pearland, Texas, 6-1 in LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings, and Chicago's Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination game in the Little League World Series on Tuesday night.
Chicago will face the loser of Wednesday's game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Pearland has been eliminated.
Houston threw 67 pitches and gave up just four hits before Marquis Jackson relieved him in the sixth.
Chicago backed its starter with two three-run innings.
Jackson singled to open the scoring in the first inning, driving in tournament star Pierce Jones, who went 0-for-2 with a walk. A Pearland error and fielder's choice allowed Chicago to score two more runs in the inning
Jackie Robinson West's three-run fourth inning was highlighted by Houston, who drove in two runs with a double to the warning track.
Pearland's lone run was scored on Joshua Gabino's double in the third inning.
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