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Thunder beat Grizzlies 117-107 without Durant


OKLAHOMA CITY— As Russell Westbrook sat out for two months while recovering from knee surgery last season, he watched Kevin Durant emerge as a leader.

Westbrook said two things stood out most about the way Durant picked up the slack for him — the stream of victories and the way Durant showed confidence in his teammates who also had to take on more significant roles.
In Oklahoma City's first preseason action since learning that Durant would be out with a Jones fracture in his right foot, Westbrook showed that same kind of confidence in his teammates and got similar results. He had 14 points and 12 assists in three quarters as the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 117-107 on Tuesday night.

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Early voting underway in Tennessee


NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters can get a head start on casting their ballots for the Nov. 4 general election starting today. Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Here is a look at some of the state's top races:

U.S. SENATE: Republican Lamar Alexander, a former two-term governor who also ran for president twice, is seeking a third term in the Senate. The Democratic nominee is Gordon Ball, a Knoxville attorney. The two candidates have waged campaigns heavily critical of each other. Ball has called the incumbent out of touch with Tennessee voters, while Alexander has sought to label his challenger as beholden to the policies of President Barack Obama. The lone joint appearance of both candidates was scheduled for a Farm Bureau forum Thursday in Cookeville.

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Chris Rock will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Prince as the musical guest


Chris Rock is returning to his old stomping grounds Nov. 1, when he hosts an episode of Saturday Night Live. And if that’s not a big enough reason to catch the episode, his Royal Purpleness, aka Prince, will be the musical guest.

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Record number of African-American candidates seeking office

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 African-American candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency.

At least 83 African-American Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked African-American politicians for years. They include Mia Love in Utah, who is trying to become the first African-American Republican woman to be elected to Congress.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Memphis was full of high-profile entertainment options this past weekend.


Ever woke up on a Monday morning and felt so tired that you were absolutely sure that getting out of bed was one of the hardest things you ever had to do? Of course you have, that’s what happens to most of us on Monday.

Occasionally, the challenge of Monday is muted by a mitigating factor – the lingering vibes and memories from a busy, soul-satisfying weekend like the one I just experienced.

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