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THURSDAY ❘ April 28, 2011

Shannon Bryant, far left, and Palmer Ridge couldn’t catch Olivia Hollister and Air Academy. The host Kadets won 20-8. Page 3

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nba playoffs thunder 100, nuggets 97 (oklahoma city wins series 4-1)

Thunder forward Kevin Durant dunks between Nuggets forwards Kenyon Martin, left, and Danilo Gallinari during the first quarter on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

thunder comes from down under Oklahoma City rallies to end Denver’s season by JEFF LATZKE The Associated Press —

OKLAHOMA CITY • Kevin Durant matched his best playoff performance with 41 points, including the final nine for Oklahoma City, and the Thunder closed out It first-round series against the Denver Nuggets with a 100-97 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night. The Thunder overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 4 minutes, and Durant provided all the offense

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down the stretch to send the Oklahoma City franchise to its first playoff series win since it was still in Seattle in 2005. Durant put the Thunder ahead to stay on two free throws with 46 seconds left. Serge Ibaka then swatted Nene’s dunk attempt for his ninth block of the game. Durant then added a 19-

foot jumper to put the Thunder up 100-97 with 12 seconds left. Durant blocked J.R. Smith’s shot at the tie from the left wing, and Arron Afflalo missed one last attempt at a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Afflalo, who missed the first two games of the series with a hamstring strain, led

Dwyane Wade scores 26 points to help Miami win its series against Philadelphia. Page 3

San Antonio tops Memphis after Gary Neal’s 3 with 1.7 seconds left forces overtime. Page 3

Denver with 15 points and Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 14 points on 3-for-15 shooting, one game after he’d drawn criticism for attempting 30 shots. When the final horn sounded, Ibaka charged across the court thumping his chest before finding James Harden at midcourt to give him a hug. He also celebrated with Durant before the NBA’s scoring champion stopped to give his mom and grandmother a —

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special report: concussions, part i

INJURIES ON THE MIND

by mike klis The Denver Post —

NEW YORK • Good as they are, each of the four players the Broncos are considering taking with their No. 2 draft pick has a potential hole in their game. first For speedr u s h i n g round NFL draft: Texas A&M linebacker 6-9:30 p.m. today, Radio Von Miller, City Music Hall, the question New York, ESPN is whether he can drop back in coverage. In recent weeks, Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson can’t count the number of times he’s heard about his 220-pound playing weight. “Maybe, a gazillion times,” Peterson said. “It’s all good. I can’t help it, I’m put together like this. How big do I look?” Truth is, he does look lighter than 220. “Exactly,” he said. “It’s all

3.8 million estimated sports-related concussions per year in the u.s.

300,000 estimated sports-related concussions actually diagnosed per year in the u.s.

4-6 times more likely an athlete who already had a concussion will endure another one

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10% broncos

denver de hunter stabbed, in hospital by arnie stapleton The Associated Press —

ENgLEWOOD • Denver Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter was stabbed in Detroit on Wednesday and taken to a local hospital for treatment. His agent said the wound wasn’t lifethreatening. Detroit Officer Dan Donakowski confirmed the 2 7- y e ar -o ld Hunter was stabbed, but police didn’t have any additional information, including Jason where the Hunter incident took place, who was responsible and Hunter’s condition. The hospital wasn’t disclosed. WXYZ-TV in Detroit said Hunter, who also has played for the Lions and Packers, was knifed in his left shoulder. Hunter’s agent, Robert B. Walker tweeted, “I’ve spoken to my client Jason Hunter and it’s a very minor injury, just a few stitches. He’ll be fine. We thank you for your prayers.”

of all high school athletes in contact sports who suffer a concussion each season

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Where concussions rank among the most frequent injuries in college football and women’s soccer

some college hockey players know all too well what it’s like to suffer a concussion.

Teams using their heads when monitoring concussions by frank schwab

frank.schwab@gazette.com —

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r. Mike Nunley speaks about four or five years ago like it was prehistoric times. In his world of treating concussions, that’s largely true. Nunley, a clinical neuropsychologist at Memorial Health System’s sports concussion clinic, talks about the primitive care for concussions just a few years ago, how mild concussions were not taken seriously, the lack of medical knowledge on the subject and the lack of desire for those affected to learn more. “In the past we said ‘How many fingers do you see? You feel OK? Good, go back in the game,’” Nun-

aBout tHe series The effects of concussions have been felt around the sports world, especially in the past year. The Gazette examines this unique injury in a five-part series: Today: Hot-button topic Friday: Rehab Saturday: Lasting effects Sunday: Prevention Monday: Rules ley said. “It’s the brain! It’s not an ankle, it’s the brain!” Concussion awareness is moving at a fast rate in 2011. Guidelines have been introduced by the NFL and NCAA. Colorado followed up

a CHSAA guideline with Senate Bill 40, which protects athletes as young as 11 years old in organized club and school sports. There are many examples why those measures are positive steps. Jake Snakenberg, a 14-year-old football player at Grandview High in Aurora, died last year from second impact syndrome — when someone suffers a second concussion before a first one has healed, and the brain swells. In 2006, Matt Fliney, a tight end at Widefield, suffered from second impact syndrome, and has undergone multiple brain surgeries. — see brain • Page 5

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