Kim Kardashian's ex-husband is 24M richer


Kim Kardashian's ex-husband is 24M richer

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NEW YORK. (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets continued their offseason barrage of signings Tuesday, agreeing to a new, two-year deal with power forward Kris Humphries. Humphries, 27, averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Nets last season, and has averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons: 2010-11 and 2011-12. Last season's effort came on a one-year deal and for a bad team. Then still in New Jersey, the Nets went 22-44. But Humphries, who will make 24 million over the life of the contract, will now be part of a new-look group in Brooklyn that includes guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, center Brook Lopez, and forward Gerald Wallace, who all either decided to re-sign with the Nets this month, or in the case of Johnson, accept a trade from Atlanta to Brooklyn. "Kris has been a very consistent player for us over the past two years," Nets general manager Billy King said. "He has developed into one of the top rebounding forwards in the league, and we are very pleased to welcome him back." Humphries was married to reality television star Kim Kardashian for a brief time. The Nets also this month added some depth, signing veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse to a one-year, 1.4 million deal, and forward Mirza Teletovic to a three-year, 9.8 million contract. They also acquired forward Reggie Evans in a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, and signed backup point guard C.J. Watson. The Nets have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, the last two as temporary tenants at the Prudential Center in Newark while the move to Brooklyn was finalized. On Wednesday, the Nets will hold another press conference, this one for Lopez, who re-signed last week.

Kim's first major league home run helps Orioles to 6-4 win


Kim's first major league home run helps Orioles to 6-4 win

CLEVELAND—It was a terrific way to end a challenging road trip. One that begin with winning two of three against the Los Angeles Angels, but derailed in Houston when the Orioles struck out 52 times. 

On Sunday, the Orioles won an exhausting game against the Cleveland Indians, winning two of three this weekend, and setting them up for a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at home.

There were plenty of highlights. Hyun Soo Kim hit his first major league home run to give the Orioles the lead, and Darren O’Day rescued Brad Brach from trouble in the eighth inning. 

The Orioles’ 6-4 win over the Indians before 18,565 at Progressive Field, keeps them a game behind the Red Sox, who had lost their previous three games. 

Despite actually losing five of nine on the trip, the Orioles (28-20) can feel good about what they accomplished against Cleveland (26-22) a team that’s in contention for the AL Central.

“It’s half full, half empty. It’s behind us and we’re moving on. I don’t look at it any way. I don’t. Somebody will say you won two out of three series and somebody will say you got beat three times in Houston,” manager Buck Showalter said

With the score tied at four in the seventh, Kim lined a 2-2 pitch off Jeff Manship (0-1) to right field, and the Orioles had a 5-4 lead. 

Kim, who began the season as a virtual outcast because he refused to accept the club’s request that he hone his game in Norfolk. 

Instead, Kim mostly watched for the season’s first several weeks, but produced in his occasional appearances. 

During the road trip with the Orioles striking out at a record pace, Showalter inserted the contact hitting Kim into the lineup, and he’s produced. 

While he did strike out twice on Sunday, Kim walked and hit the home run. 
“I can’t lie that I wasn’t looking for one, but I was mainly focused on making a good hit with good contact and hit the ball as hard as possible,” Kim said through his interpreter. 

In South Korea, Kim showed power. Last year, he hit 28 home runs there, but on his first one in the U.S., he trotted around the bases and ran into the dugout while his teammates ignored him. 

A moment later, they rushed to congratulate him. 

“I’ve seen a reaction like that in Korea, so I was aware of it, so I thought maybe I should just step back until they react,” Kim said. 

The 5-4 lead didn’t look as if it would hold up in the eighth. 

Brad Brach had pitched a scoreless seventh, but Jason Kipnis singled to start the eighth, and Francisco Lindor doubled. Darren O’Day came on to face Mike Napoli, and retired him on a ground ball to third. Jose Ramirez was walked intentionally to load the bases. 

Lonnie Chisenhall fouled off six straight pitches, and was finally called out on strikes for the second out, and Yan Gomes struck out to end the inning.

“That’s what being a reliever is all about, just getting out of situations like that,” O’Day said. 

Normally, O’Day enters a game to start an inning, most likely the eight, with no runners on. This time, he didn’t. 

“Usually when I come in, it’s a clean inning and I make it a bases-loaded situation. I’m used to being in those situations,” O’Day said. “It’s tough, but that’s what relief pitching is all about, stranding runners and keeping your cool when the hitter is also anxious to get the job done.”

Nolan Reimold hit his fourth home run of the year off Tommy Hunter in the ninth to give the Orioles some breathing room. 

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 14th save, but it wasn’t easy. Marlon Byrd and Rajai Davis started the inning with singles. Carlos Santana hit into a force play, and Britton ended it by striking out Kipnis and Lindor.

The Orioles quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Mike Clevinger. 

Adam Jones walked, and with one out, Manny Machado singled and Chris Davis walked to load the bases. Mark Trumbo slammed a ball off the left field wall scoring all three runners. 

Jonathan Schoop doubled to start the fourth and later scored on Ryan Flaherty’s first RBI of the season, a sacrifice fly to center. 

Chris Tillman (7-1) didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings, but arlos Santana led off the fourth with a home run. With one out, Lindor walked and Napoli homered, and the lead was cut to 4-3.

Kipnis tied the score at four with his seventh home run in the bottom of the sixth. 

Tillman gave up three home runs in his first 10 starts, and then equaled that on Sunday. 

Kevin Durant taking heat from Thunder fans after Game 6 loss to Warriors


Kevin Durant taking heat from Thunder fans after Game 6 loss to Warriors

Kevin Durant is not only one of NBA's best players, but also one of it's best liked players. He's beloved by the Thunder faithful and coveted by just about everyone else (especially Wizards fans). But his poor performance in Saturday's Game 6 loss to the Warriors has drawn unusual recrimination. 

KD seldom finds himself a target of pointed critism, either of his play or demeanor. And when he has gotten flak more recently, it's usually from the media not the public. 

Maybe that's because he comes off as humble and unassuming without being afraid to stand up for himself. Or because his partner in superstardom, Russell Westbrook, is such a lightening rod. Generally speaking, there's just nothing all that offensive or controversial about Durant. 

But the aftermath of Game 6 has been another story entirely. Fans from all over -- including Oklahoma, Texas and Washington D.C. -- have absolutely flogged the 2014 MVP. The blame campaign started as people filed out of Chesapeake Arena. 

Obviously the reaction is extreme and vitriolic. But it reflects intense disappointment in Durant's play and the belief that he doesn't get his fair share criticism for the Thunder's underachievement. 

The seven-time All-Star performed abysmally by his standards, scoring 29 points on 31 attempts (!). Things really devolved in the fourth quarter, where he shot 1 of 7 from the field, turned the ball over twice and looked helpless on defense.

KD was hard to watch (as was Westbrook), but that alone isn't enough to inspire such outrage. The circumstances of the loss added kerosene and struck the match. 

Oklahoma City held a 94-87 advantage with 5:48 left in regulation, at which point calculated their win probability at 88 percent. The series could have and should have been a wrap.

Instead, Durant and Westbrook flailed around for four points, six turnovers and two fouls the rest of the way. It was among the more stunning collapses in recent playoff memory. 

And this wasn't a case of constant lead changes. The Thunder had been ahead for nearly the whole night, but imploded in front of a sellout crowd at home (where they had already obliterated the Golden State twice).

Their second of back-to-back losses blew a 3-1 series lead and set up Game 7 in Oakland, where Stephen Curry and the defending champs won 39 of 41 regular season contests. 

The consensus before tipoff had been that Game 6 was a must-win for OKC. The Warriors would become heavy favorites if they were allowed to carry two games of momentum into a death match at Oracle Arena. 

But the Thunder didn't win, and if they lose the series, expect a different narrative than in the past.

"Durant doesn't have the right pieces around him" could turn into "Durant struggles under pressure" very quickly. 

Hershey advances to Calder Cup Finals with Game 5 win over Toronto


Hershey advances to Calder Cup Finals with Game 5 win over Toronto

The Hershey Bears are headed to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since 2010 after a 3-2 win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday.

The Bears dispatched the Marlies in just five games to win the Eastern Conference despite a dominant regular season by Toronto.

The Marlies led the AHL in the regular season with 114 points, but, as Caps fans well know, that doesn’t mean much when it comes to the playoffs.

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 series lead before finishing Toronto off  in Game 5.

After suffering a blowout 5-0 loss at the hands of the Marlies on Friday, Hershey started things off quickly in Game 5 building a 3-0 lead just 2:13 into the second period. Liam O’Brien opened up the scoring midway in the first as two Toronto defensemen were caught chasing Dustin Gazley who found O’Brien with a beautiful feed to setup the goal.


Defenseman Christian Djoos would make it 2-0 in the second, then add an assist on Nathan Walker’s goal to extend the lead to 3-0.

Toronto made a comeback bid, pulling to within one after goals from William Nylander and Nikita Soshnikov, but that would be as close as the Marlies would climb. Former Caps prospect Connor Carrick also tallied an assist on Nylander’s goal.

Justin Peters was strong in net for the Bears with 21 saves, 10 of which came in the third period as Toronto tried furiously to tie the game, turning aside 21 of 23 shots in the winning effort.

The win marks the 23rd conference championship in franchise history.

Hershey will look to win its 12th Calder Cup against the Lake Erie Monsters of the Western Conference. The BEars will host the Monsters in Game 1 on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. ET.