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Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He played one season of college basketball for the University of Texas, was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft, he played nine seasons with the franchise, which became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, before signing with the Golden State Warriors in 2016, winning back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. Durant was a recruited high school prospect, regarded as the second-best player in his class. In college, he won numerous year-end awards and became the first freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year; as a professional, he has won two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, two Finals MVP Awards, two NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, two Olympic gold medals. Durant has been selected to nine All-NBA teams and ten NBA All-Star teams.

Off the court, Durant is one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world, due in part to endorsement deals with companies such as Foot Locker and Nike. He has developed a reputation for philanthropy and leads the league in All-Star votes and jersey sales. In recent years, he has contributed to The Players' Tribune as both a writer. In 2012, he ventured into appearing in the film Thunderstruck. Durant was born on September 29, 1988, in Washington, D. C. to Wanda and Wayne Pratt. When Durant was an infant, his father deserted the family. By age 13, his father reentered his life and traveled the country with him to basketball tournaments. Durant has a sister and two brothers and Rayvonne. Durant and his siblings grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland, on the eastern outskirts of Washington, D. C, he was unusually tall from a young age, reached 6 ft 0 in in height while still in middle school. Growing up, Durant wanted to play for his favorite team, the Toronto Raptors, which included his favorite player, Vince Carter.

He played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for several teams in the Maryland area and was teammates with future NBA players Michael Beasley, Greivis Vásquez, Ty Lawson, the first of whom Durant remains friends with to this day. During this time, he began wearing #35 as his jersey number in honor of his AAU coach, Charles Craig, murdered at the age of 35. After playing two years of high school basketball at National Christian Academy and one year at Oak Hill Academy, Durant transferred to Montrose Christian School for his senior year, growing 5 inches before the start of the season and beginning the year at 6 ft 7 in. Prior to the start of the season, he committed to the University of Texas. At the end of the year, he was named the Washington Post All-Met Basketball Player of the Year, as well as the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game, he was regarded as the second-best high school prospect of 2006. For the 2006–07 college season, Durant—who had grown to 6 ft 9 in —averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game for the Texas Longhorns as a student at the University of Texas.

The Longhorns finished the year with a 25–10 record overall and a 12–4 record in conference. Awarded a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, Texas won their first round match-up against New Mexico State but were upset in the second round by USC despite a 30-point and 9-rebound performance from Durant. For his outstanding play, Durant was recognized as the unanimous national player of the year, winning the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, all eight other recognized honors and awards; this made Durant the first freshman to win any of the national player of the year awards. Following the season, he declared for the NBA draft, his #35 jersey was retired by the Longhorns. Durant was selected as the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. In his first regular season game, the 19-year-old Durant registered 18 points, five rebounds and three steals against the Denver Nuggets. On November 16, he made the first game-winning shot of his career in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

At the conclusion of the season, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year following averages of 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He joined Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James as the only teenagers in league history to average at least 20 points per game over an entire season. Following Durant's debut season, the SuperSonics relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City, becoming the Thunder and switching to new colors – blue and yellow; the team drafted UCLA guard Russell Westbrook, who would form an All-Star combination with Durant in years. At the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend, Durant set a Rookie Challenge record with 46 points. By the conclusion of the year, he had raised his scoring average by five points from the prior season to 25.3 points per game, was considered a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player Award finishing third in the voting. Durant continued to grow during his first few years in the NBA reaching a height of 6 ft 11 in. During the 2009–10 season, Durant was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game.

Behind his play, the Thunder improved their record by 27 wins from the previous year and defied expectations to make the playoffs. With a scoring average of 30.1 points per game, Durant became the youngest NBA scoring champion and was selected to his first All-NBA team. In his playoff debut, he scored 24 points in a Game 1 loss a

St Peter's Church, Hammersmith

St Peter's, Hammersmith is a Church of England parish church. It is a Grade II* listed church, the oldest church in Hammersmith; when the church was built in the village of Hammersmith in 1829, all that surrounded it was meadows, market gardens and smallholdings. The area increased in size and prosperity due to the close proximity to the River Thames, an important trading area; the London Gazette of 8 November 1836 defined the boundaries of the St Peter’s District thus: It is bounded on the west by the Parish of Chiswick. Worple Way is towards the southern extremity of Waterloo Street; the site of the church was donated by George Scott, born in 1780 to a wealthy family in Hammersmith. In 1807 he married Hannah Lucy Stoe, the daughter of another wealthy local family who brought as her marriage settlement the sum of £5,000, a large portion of land south of Ravenscourt Park and the land around Black Lion Lane. By the 1820s Scott was involved in the religious and business life of Hammersmith, he was a well-known and respected magistrate who provided generously to the causes of his poorer neighbours.

Although George Scott donated the site, substantial financial contributions were provided by Doctor Horsley, the Bishop of London and the Revd William Wood the Rector and Vicar of Fulham. The church is what is known as a Commissioners' church, as it received a grant from the Church Building Commission towards its cost; the full cost was £12,099, towards which the Commission paid £9,099. It is a Grade II* listed building; the first stone was laid on 16 May 1827, the Church was consecrated on 15 October 1829. The architect was Edward Lapidge, born in Hampton Wick in 1793, his father, Samuel Lapidge, was a landscape gardener working at Hampton Court as an assistant to Lancelot Brown. In 1823, Edward Lapidge was finalist in a competition to design a set of new buildings for King’s College, Cambridge. In 1835 he was a finalist again in a competition to design the Fitzwilliam Museum, his completed works include Hampton Wick Church, the rebuilding of Hampton Church, St Mary’s Church and the enlargement of Fulham Church.

In 1852 he designed Reigate Police Station. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1808 and 1850, he is buried at Hampton Wick Church. The church is in the classical style, using the Ionic order, with tower and lobbies at the western end; the building is of brick with a limited amount of stone dressing. At the west end is a four-columned portico with stone columns and pediment, set into the brick wall of the church; the tower is on an octagonal brick pedestal. The interior space is not divided into aisles and nave, but has galleries on three sides, supported on Doric columns, it was intended to accommodate 691 of them in free seats. Describing the church in 1831, the Gentleman's magazine concluded " Taken as a whole, this Church presents a fair specimen of modern Grecian architecture; the tower has considerable merit. The design is novel and pleasing, the proportions are harmonious; the interior is however chaste and formal, displaying a presbyterian nakedness, the dullness of, increased by the purple furniture of the altar."The carved eagle lectern was presented by the churchwarden Major C.

E. A. Cotes in 1878 in the memory of his nephew, a former curate at the church. In 1887 the interior of the church was redecorated under the advice of William Morris, who lived locally. In the same year the old, high-sided pews were replaced with more modern seating; the stone font was moved from its original position at the back of the church and is now sited in the middle, beside the southern aisle and is in use for baptisms. The most recent additions to the decorations of the church are the murals, which cover the east wall above the galleries, painted in 1932, they depict Saint Peter being called by Jesus Christ, the apostle preaching in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. When built, St Peter’s Church was had a single bell, cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and inscribed ‘Edward Mears fecit, London 1828’. In 1916, four more bells were cast by Stainbank to provide a ring of five; when the Great West Road was built in 1957 the Church lost a significant portion of its land, including that with graves.

These were moved in the centre of Hammersmith. There is one headstone remaining on thirty on the north side. All of the graves inscriptions are now indecipherable, except for the one on the south side. St Peter's Church is linked to St Bartholomew’s Cathedral Church, Mozambique. List of churches and cathedrals of London List of Commissioners' churches in London Official website

2018 Hammarby Fotboll season

The 2018 season was Hammarby Fotboll's 103st in existence, their 49th season in Allsvenskan and their 4th consecutive season in the league. They competed in Svenska Cupen during the year. League play lasted until early November. Stefan Billborn made his first season as manager. In the off-season, on 4 January 2018, the board and Jesper Jansson, director of football, chose to sack manager Jakob Michelsen, citing differences regarding the view on transfers and playing style, as well as a disappointing development of the team and its results. Hammarby finished 9th in Allsvenskan 2017; as of 14 November 2018 Last updated: 14 November 2018Source: hammarbyfotboll.seOnly competitive matches = Number of bookings. Kickoff times are in; the tournament continued from the 2017 season. Kickoff times are in UTC+1; the tournament continues into the 2019 season