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Durant becomes 44th player to reach 20,000 points

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points, finishing with 40 as the Golden State Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped along with a 12-game unbeaten stretch in the Clippers rivalry with a 125-106 loss.

Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard and Durant received a standing ovation, shaking his head in acknowledgment while still very much in game mode.

By late in the fourth quarter, that crowd was making its way for the exits with the game out of reach.

The NBA Finals MVP returned from a three-game absence due to a strained right calf and scored 25 points in the first half against the Clippers — KD’s biggest half of the season and the exact number he needed for 20,000.

NFL called on to investigate Gruden hiring

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Fritz Pollard Alliance called for the NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru said they were concerned that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates as required by the NFL since 2003.

“As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the NFL thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated — and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment,” they said.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of NFL teams.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team’s new coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN. 

Serena Williams suffers scare after delivering daughter 

Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter.

In a story in the magazine’s February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.

According to the article, the tennis superstar “spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.”

Texas college hoops star diagnosed with leukemia

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas announced sophomore guard Andrew Jones has leukemia and has started treatment.

Jones was the Longhorns leading scorer before he was sidelined by a broken wrist. He played sparingly in his return after complaining of low energy and was sent for tests.

Jones considered leaving Texas for the NBA draft after his freshman season but opted to return to school.

Abreu races again at Chili Bowl and earns spot in feature

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two-time Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu returned from a 15-week break to win his heat and advance to Saturday night’s main event.

Abreu had not raced since September because of injuries he suffered in a race at Eldora Speedway. Back in action Wednesday night on the second night of the Chili Bowl Nationals, Abreu swept all three of his races and earned the automatic berth into the 55-lap feature at the Tulsa Expo Center.

Abreu joined friend Kyle Larson in advancing to the Super Bowl of Midget Racing. Larson won his race Tuesday night, and drivers in Toyotas have won the first two nights at the Chili Bowl.

The top three finishers each night earn automatic berths into Saturday’s race. Joining Abreu in advancing were Tyler Thomas and Kevin Thomas Jr. Larson, Brad Sweet and Tyler Courtney advanced through Tuesday night preliminaries.

The Chili Bowl features more than 350 entries racing for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s feature. There were 85 drivers in Wednesday’s qualifying sessions, and the number of cars that have flipped had reached 34 by the end of Wednesday night. There have been no reported injuries.