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Blog Entry: OAKLAND, Calif. Ugg Stivali Offerte . -- Oh yeah, Kevin Durant fully planned on putting up the initial shot for the U.S. as he played his first game at Oracle Arena since joining the Golden State Warriors.Kyrie Irving promised to get the ball in his hands to do so, too.Cheered all night long by his basketball-crazed new fan base, Durant knocked down a 3-pointer on the Americans first touch and slammed home a dunk the very next time down the floor.Then, another pretty one-handed jam just a few minutes after that. He scored the first 10 points for the United States.What a performance for Golden States newest big star to help lead the U.S. Olympic team past China 107-57 on Tuesday night for a third dominant victory in as many exhibition games.It was amazing. The atmosphere was great, energy was great. The fans showed me major love, so I appreciate that, he said. It was good to get out there in front of them and play well.Durant, who finalized his two-year contract with the Warriors on July 8, scored all 13 of his points during a 13 1/2-minute span of the first half while playing his first game at his new home, Oracle Arena.He was the first American player back on the floor after halftime to get in some more shots, all while Warriors general manager Bob Myers stood close by along the sideline.Booed in Los Angeles a couple days back, Durant received a far friendlier reception in the Bay Area he will now call home. He emerged for pregame warmups to huge roars. He departed the court before the game to a swarm of autograph hounds hanging over the railings in the tunnel -- and kindly obliged. One person held a sign that read, KD is not a Villain.Certainly you wouldnt want to be introduced after KD in line, said coach Mike Krzyzewski, noting Durants big defensive strides. The crowd, the welcoming for Kevin was fantastic. I know he appreciated it very much.Durant received a rousing standing ovation when introduced along with Warriors All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.Also cheered was former Golden State forward Harrison Barnes, part of this past seasons runner-up team that squandered a 3-1 series lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers to miss out on a repeat title.The sellout crowd went nuts again when Durant checked back into the game at the 2:32 mark of the third quarter.I didnt lose sleep over today. I just wanted to be myself. ... I knew I was going to pull the first shot since like yesterday. Luckily it went in, he said. Im not going to lie, it felt a little weird for these fans to be cheering me on like that obviously being somewhere for so long and then making a change.Krzyzewskis latest star-studded roster sure looks untouchable just more than a week before the Rio Games begin. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Thompson added 15 points with four 3-pointers and five assists.Chants of M-V-P! M-V-P! greeted Durant in the building where Stephen Curry has won the past two NBA MVPs, becoming this first unanimous winner last season.Curry -- who opted out of playing for the Americans in their Rio Olympic run -- had a courtside seat to watch with his wife, Ayesha. He put on a little shooting show after the game.Durant took a moment to chat with Curry.Warriors assistant coach and former member of the Thunder staff Ron Adams was an early arrival to watch Durants warmup routine. At his introductory news conference, Durant joked, Ron Adams was the only reason I came.Being one of the best players in the world, hes easy to play with, Krzyzewski said.Before joining Golden State, Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. He is ready to chase a championship with Curry and Co.Green, joined on the court by Durant and Thompson, took the microphone before tipoff to thank the fans.We appreciate the support, he said. We look forward to going on to Rio and winning the gold.It will be the second straight Olympics the Americans have three teammates on the roster. Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook represented the U.S. four years ago at the London Games.The next stop for Krzyzewskis team will be in Chicago to face Venezuela on Friday night at United Center before wrapping up its pre-Olympic tour against Nigeria on Monday in Houston. He wants the Americans to tone down a little bit of the flash that he considered his players having too much fun.China, which lost to the Americans 106-57 on Sunday, and the U.S. also meet in their Olympic opener Aug. 6.A moment of silence was held for former Warriors great Nate Thurmond, a Hall of Famer who died earlier this month at age 74 after a short bout with leukemia. Stivali Ugg Australia . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Ugg Con Fiocco . Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight took a beating last week against Colorado. This week, he spent most of the day standing back and watching his teammates do all the work.DeVeon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams Big Ten opener.We were looking for a way to be more careful out there so I wasnt getting hit as much as I did last week, Speight said. Luckily, our offensive line and our running backs were great. I think there was one time where we called the same play eight straight times, just flipping the sides, and we were picking up nine or 10 yards a pop. I was just laughing every time I got the same signal.Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) finished with 326 yards rushing and scored six of its seven touchdowns on the ground. Five different backs scored on the ground.I was really impressed by all of our running backs, coach Jim Harbaugh said. We were moving the chains and breaking off big runs.The Nittany Lions (2-2, 0-1) were simply running out of bodies on defense. They came into the game missing three starting linebackers, lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty then lost Jan Johnson to injury.I dont know if Ive ever been through or seen anything like this, Penn State coach James Franklin said. Weve got three guys out, and then Brandon gets thrown out going for an interception. Then Jan Johnson comes in, and we lose him, too.Penn State was overmatched on the other side of the ball as well. Saquon Barkley rushed for 59 yards and caught five passes for 77 more, but no one stepped up to help.They are just physical on both fronts, Franklin said. The offensive line is big and strong, and their defensive line is more of the same. Plus theyve got one of the most talented secondaries in the country.Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn States first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Pennn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdons 2-yard run. Ugg Bailey Bow Grigio . The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.THE TAKEAWAYPENN STATE : The Nittany Lions couldnt compete on either side of the ball. Depth is becoming a serious issue at linebacker, with four players injured, so the defensive staff is going to have to find a new way to stop teams on the ground and on short passes.MICHIGAN : The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn States offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead. Speight, meanwhile, had all the time he needed. I thought we blocked things well, and I thought the defensive line was really good, Harbaugh said. I was very pleased tonight.POLL IMPLICATIONSMICHIGAN: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye. No. 3 Louisville was at Marshall.ANTHEM PROTESTSeveral players held up a fist on the Michigan sideline during the national anthem.Theres a freedom of expression, and people can speak their mind, said Harbaugh. I can tell you what I believe, but Ive thought about this for a few weeks, and just because Im the football coach, I cant dictate what other people believe. I support them speaking their mind.INJURY REPORTMichigan: WR Jeremy Clark suffered what the Wolverines believe was a torn ACL. This would have been an A-plus-plus-plus day if we werent saddened about Jeremy, Harbaugh said.UP NEXTPENN STATE: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers first trip to Penn State since 2009.MICHIGAN: Plays its fifth straight game at the Big House, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '