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On The Fly: Could This Be Swan Song For Duncan And Ginobili?

The Spurs were eliminated by the Thunder Thursday, and that might mean the end of San Antonio's dominance

The basketball world is waiting anxiously to learn whether Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will return to the Spurs. The players should be in no rush to decide. The Spurs are five-time champions under Gregg Popovich, who as president of basketball operations named himself coach in 1996, and have always found ways to reinvent themselves. While Duncan, 40, and Ginobili, 38, are not the players they once were, and while it could be argued it's no longer realistic for them to play central roles in the next run, no one should be pushing them out the door. Maybe they do have something left to offer. Let the playoffs end and free agency play out; see what the roster looks like. It's been 19 years in San Antonio for Duncan, who with David Robinson made up the team's "Twin Towers" and won the franchise's first title in 1999, over Heisman Trophy-winning point guard Charlie Ward and the Knicks. … Here's a little nugget about LeBron James from cleveland.com: He doesn't eat pork. James, 31, says that eliminating pork from his diet seven years ago has helped him remain strong and recover quickly. No bacon? Quite a price to pay.

How about Colt Knost, 30, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour? He fired a 63 Friday at TPC Sawgrass, tying the course record and coming up short of breaking it by making bogey on 18, and soared into contention at the Players Championship. Knost, the 2007 U.S. amateur champion, is known as "Big Gravy." … Keenan Reynolds of Navy got the go-ahead to pursue his NFL dreams. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, told "The Dan Patrick Show" that Reynolds will fulfill service obligations in the Navy Reserves. The Ravens drafted Reynolds, who set FBS records for a quarterback with 88 rushing touchdowns and 4,559 rushing yards, in the sixth round (182nd overall).

Matt Bush has made it from prison to the major leagues. Bush, 30, selected by the Padres as the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, was called up from Double A by the Rangers. He spent three years behind bars after a DUI with serious injury conviction. In the time since, he apparently got his life in order and switched from shortstop to pitcher. … The U.S. is interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup. So is Mexico. A joint bid is being considered and, if successful, would make the countries the first to share the event since Japan and South Korea in 2002. … The University of Hartford baseball team tied a program record with its 31st victory Friday, scoring more runs than it had in 20 years in a 23-6 victory over UMass Lowell. The Hawks (31-14) will look to set the program record Saturday in a doubleheader against UML.

manthony@courant.com

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