Nets vs. Warriors to highlight NBA opening night as Durant set to return from injury
Stephen Curry will face his old teammate on opening night when the Warriors play Kevin Durant and the Nets in Brooklyn as part of the NBA’s showcase to start the 2020-21 season. According to The Athletic, the NBA’s tentative Dec. 22 doubleheader also includes a matchup between the Lakers and Clippers, which will tip a condensed 72-game season. The season opener will mark the first time Curry and Durant have played each other since Durant signed with the Nets last summer. In three seasons from 2016 to 2019, Curry and Durant won two championships and dominated the basketball world until Durant’s...
The Mercury News
Kevin Durant opens up about recovering from Achilles injury, finally playing for Nets
NEW YORK — Kevin Durant didn’t want to bug anybody. He just wanted to keep to himself, and appreciate the outpouring of support he’d already received.Durant had never experienced an Achilles injury before — not a tweak, not a strain, nothing. So he had no point of reference after rupturing his Achilles as a member of the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.“It was definitely new,” he told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. “Learning how to walk again — well, not walking and getting assistance in everything you do for the first three or four months — was tough.”Durant had h...
New York Daily News
A social worker uses gardening to help youth heal from trauma
MINNEAPOLIS — The decades may have helped the wound to close over, but you can still feel the hurt under his words.Gardener and social worker Kenny Turck was in grade school when his big sister committed suicide at 21. An outspoken daughter of Litchfield, Minn., the Crow River community that her family had called home since 1875, Kathy Turck was gay and the victim of a horrific assault.“She was raped by four men, and the judge blamed the assaults on her lifestyle,” Turck said, his eyes falling away.That compound tragedy devastated his family and set him on a course to find and provide healing,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Making a home accessible after a severe injury can be overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s one mom’s advice.
CHICAGO — When Laura Sickel Baumann got the phone call in 2018, she first knew she needed to get her son back to Chicago.He’d been injured in an accident in New Orleans. She eventually arranged a flight back to Chicago, where after surgery, he was taken directly to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to begin rehabilitation.It was the first of many logistical puzzles in caring for her adult son, who suffered a spinal cord injury. Where would he live? How do they get a wheelchair? And how would he wheel it into their Evanston house? When he was finally home, how could they make their house’s interior meet ...
Jeff McLane: Respected center Jason Kelce is the Eagles' iron man
PHILADELPHIA — The last time Eagles center Jason Kelce missed a game, Chip Kelly was the coach and David Molk — remember him? — was his replacement.Kelce had been grinding it out through a core muscle injury in 2014 that hurt so bad he’d wince when laughing or sneezing. He lasted the first 2 1/2 games before surgery was necessary.But he sat out only four games, and since has started in 99 straight, the longest active streak for NFL centers. No. 100 should come Monday night against the Seahawks. Kelce, in his typical pragmatic way, downplayed his durability or the milestone’s significance.“I do...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lane Johnson out for the season with another ankle injury as Eagles offensive line shake-up is imminent
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson will miss the rest of the season because of an ankle injury that will require a second surgery.Johnson has been one of the best tackles in the league in the last few seasons but has dealt with ankle injuries since the beginning of training camp. He had ankle surgery in August, but multiple complications have surfaced and Johnson said the inside of his ankle is “a mess” and will require additional surgery that will take him out for the rest of the year.“It’s something I knew I would struggle with throughout the year. It’s just something that conti...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ex-Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remembered for horrific injury — and his grace and positivity in recovering from it
Flash back to a sunny afternoon in Eden Prairie, four years ago at the end of August, and pretend it all had gone differently.Pretend Teddy Bridgewater’s left knee had held firm as he dropped back to pass early in the Vikings’ final preseason practice. Pretend he’d gone into his third season healthy and led the Vikings out of the tunnel for the Sunday night opener against the Packers at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.Would Bridgewater have stayed healthy to lead a team that started the 2016 season with five consecutive victories? Would he have taken the 2017 Vikings on a ride to the NFC Championshi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Analyzing the progress of the Seahawks' 2020 draft class entering the final six games
The news this week that Seahawks rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor is not yet ready to return to practice was another blow for the team’s second-round pick in the 2020 draft.Coach Pete Carroll had held out hope that Taylor might be able to make it back this week following the team’s “mini-bye,” on the road to eventually seeing game action later this season. Now it remains unclear if or when Taylor may be able to play.That news came on the heels of Seattle putting seventh-round pick Stephen Sullivan on Injured Reserve with a hip flexor injury, ending his season.But if there was bad news for t...
The Seattle Times
Former Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says psychedelic drugs helped him battle post-concussion effects
Retired Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says it took a mind-blowing drug to save his brain — and his life.“It was the most amazing experience,” Carcillo says on the latest edition of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” set to debut at 9 p.m. CST Tuesday on HBO and HBO MaxCarcillo, who sued the NHL over his concussion-related injuries, is among the former athletes on the program extolling the benefits of psychedelic drugs in helping him cope with aftereffects of brain trauma.The research in this area, correspondent David Scott notes, is “embryonic but intriguing.”“Real Sports” opens i...
Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton ready to play after 'crazy 3 weeks' with concussion, COVID
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are 2-7 and riding a four-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.But they are looking forward to resume action after last week’s bye and possibly reviving their season over the final games because of the return of quarterback Andy Dalton.The Cowboys are hoping for the return of some normalcy to an offense that has started three different quarterbacks in the last three games and two first-time starters in the past two week with Dalton suffering a concussion and contracting COVID-19.But it’s Dalton who is looking forward to ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram