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Eileen Pace

Coming next summer to San Antonio: a new-look, new-feel arena that promises to give all those who enter a viewing experience they won’t forget. Welcome to the newly renovated AT&T Center, or, at least, welcome to the promise of it.

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday authorized Spurs Sport & Entertainment to move forward on plans to design and build an enhanced arena, with county oversight.

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The tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police, and the subsequent grand jury decisions, have led to riots in Ferguson, Missouri and protests and "die-ins" across the country. It's led to something else, increasing activism by the nation's top athletes.

San Antonio Sports

On a mid-afternoon at Mission Concepción Sports Park, about 50 wounded warriors gathered in the gymnasium to compete in an air rifle competition that is part of this year's Valor Games.

Some traveled hundreds of miles to get to this year’s Valor Games, like Edward Afanador, who lives in New Jersey.

“The camaraderie here is just incredible. It’s a great time. There are guys here that we met at the VA Wheelchair Games last August in Philadelphia. You get a chance to really bond and make lifetime friendships," Afandaor said.

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Wednesday night Spurs fans flooded downtown for a celebration the city hasn’t seen in seven years; since the last time the team brought home an NBA championship.

The doors of the Alamodome opened at 4:30 p.m. and by 8 p.m. nearly every single seat was taken with nearly 70,000 people in attendance. Many fans waited up to five hours to see the team show off the five golden Larry O’Brien Trophies. Overhead, replays of game five and the Spurs river parade played on a large video screens as fans entered the arena.

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The San Antonio Spurs have brought a fifth NBA title to the Alamo City after beating the Miami Heat last night 104-87. Following the win, downtown filled with Spurs fans reveling in the continuation of a dynasty.

San Antonians crowded Alamo, Market, Commerce and Houston streets following last nights win so well that SAPD had to divert honking traffic down side streets. Spurs fans have been waiting seven years for another title and wanted a victory after last year’s loss to the Heat.

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