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Durant bolts Warriors for Nets…Bucks keep Middleton, Lopez…Bowman gets first Cup win

UNDATED (AP) – Kevin Durant became the first marquee All-Star to switch teams when the NBA free-agent period began yesterday. Durant says on Instagram that he has worked out a max deal of four years and about $164 million with the Brooklyn Nets. The All-Star forward could have gotten five years and $221 million from the Golden State Warriors if he stayed with them.

UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have hung onto two of their key components of a lineup that finished first overall in the NBA last season. Khris Middleton plans to agree to a five-year deal worth nearly $179 million to remain with the Bucks. Milwaukee says it is keeping center Brook Lopez after working out a deal that ESPN says is worth $52 million over four years.

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Alex Bowman has raced to his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory, leading a Hendrick Motorsports performance that saw the team place four drivers among the top 11. Kyle Larson put together another memorable run a year after he lost an epic last-lap duel with Kyle Busch on the same track. Larson passed Bowman with about seven laps left, but Bowman quickly regained the lead and smartly navigated his way to the finish. Joey Logano finished third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.

DETROIT (AP) – Nate Lashley has managed to pull off a wire-to-wire win at the PGA’s Rocket Mortgage Classic only after getting into the field as an alternate Wednesday. Lashley closed with a 2-under 70 for a 25-under total and a six-stroke victory over Monday qualifier Doc Redman. The 353rd ranked player in the world picked up his first victory despite failing to originally qualify for the tournament.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Steve Stricker’s U.S. Senior Open debut was one for the record book. He closed with a 1-under 69 for a six-stroke victory over Jerry Kelly and David Toms. Stricker set the 72-hole tournament record with a 19-under 261, three better than the previous mark set by Kenny Perry at Salem Country Club two years ago. The 52-year-old Stricker won a PGA Tour Champions major for the second time this year.

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