Around the World

U.S.: Kevin Durant and the Kansas City Thunder manhandled the Rockets in game one by 30 points, and Memphis will have to come to life on the offensive glass if they hope to survive the first round of the NBA playoffs. Paul George lit up Atlanta to give the Pacers a 1-0 series advantage. The Warriors will have to cope without David Lee because of a torn hip muscle, and Tim Duncan and the Spurs keep on rolling.

London, England: With American flags and signs reading “For Boston” scattered amongst 700,000 attendees, 35,000 runners participated in the London Marathon on Sunday. Organizers promised to donate $3 to The One Fund Boston for every runner who crossed the finish line. Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede, a repeat from 2010’s marathon, won the men’s race while Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya took the women’s race.

Sonkajärvi, Finland: Participants are nearing registration deadlines for the annual Wife Carrying Competition in Sonkajärvi. Wife Carrying, a tradition since 1992, is made of a timed run though an obstacle course with three holding positions allowed: piggyback, fireman’s carry and Estonian-style. Plan your Finnish vacation this July accordingly.