MINNEAPOLIS — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is engaged to Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.
Wright confirmed the engagement following Minnesota’s 91-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night.
Durant, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, just completed his sixth season in the NBA. The 24-year-old forward averaged 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.
Wright is in her fourth season in the WNBA. She played her college ball at Virginia and turns 25 on July 15.
Oklahoma State adds coaching science minor
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University is offering a new minor study in coaching science.
The new 18-hour minor program is open to students in any program who are interesting in coaching.
The program is coordinated by Tim Baghurst, assistant professor in health and human performance in the College of Education. Baghurst says the college surveyed high school athletic directors, who said that a coaching science program will help better prepare future coaches.
The minor includes coursework in athletic training, nutrition, physical education, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and sport management.
Ryan Howard needs knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies slugger Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least six to eight weeks.
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. An MRI Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery hasn’t been set.
The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably limping during games before he was shut down. He said he continued to play through the pain because he thought he could perform.
Howard played his first game last season on July 6 after tearing his left Achilles tendon making the final out in the 2011 NL division series.