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Sports in brief: United States muddles its way to win at world basketball championship


U.S. muddles its way to win

ISTANBUL — The United States missed 9 of 10 first-half 3-point attempts and led winless Tunisia by only four early in the third Thursday before pulling away to win its final group game of the world championship 92-57.

Eric Gordon scored 21 for the United States, which previously clinched first place in Group B. "It happens," Lamar Odom said. "These teams are pumped up to play against us. You're not going to always blow a team out in the first three or four minutes of a game."

In the round of 16 Monday, the United States (5-0) faces Angola (2-3), which finished fourth in Group A.

Other round of 16 games: Russia-New Zealand, Serbia-Croatia, Spain-Greece, Slovenia-Australia, Turkey-France, Lithuania-China and Brazil-Argentina.

WNBA: Seattle forward-center Lauren Jackson was named MVP for the third time. She averaged 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as Seattle tied a league record with 28 wins.

College basketball

Touted recruit ineligible

Missouri forward Tony Mitchell, considered one of the top recruits in the nation, was declared academically ineligible. Coach Mike Anderson said he hopes Mitchell can start playing after the fall semester.

FSU: The Seminoles open this season Nov. 12 at home against North Florida. Other games on the schedule, released Thursday, include home against Florida on Nov. 28 and home against Ohio State on Nov. 30 (ACC-Big Ten Challenge). They could face NCAA Tournament runnerup Butler in the second round of December's Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Schedule, 7C

UConn: The NCAA gave the school another week, until Tuesday, to respond to allegations of eight major rules violations. The school was expected to respond by Aug. 20. But last month the deadline was moved to Sept. 3 based on requests by the coaches cited in the allegations. Assistants Beau Archibald and Patrick Sellers resigned amid accusations they lied to investigators, who found hundreds of improper calls and texts from staff to recruits.

Women: UConn guard Caroline Doty, who started all but one game as a sophomore last season, had surgery for a torn left ACL. Hurt in July while practicing, she will miss the season.


Penguin still hurting

Penguins center Jordan Staal will miss the start of training camp while recovering from an infection in his right foot. He is expected to be ready for the regular season. Staal lacerated a tendon during the East semifinals against Montreal last season, and the infection developed after his second surgery on it.

Sharks: As expected, goalie Antti Niemi signed a one-year, $2 million deal. He played all but one playoff period as Chicago won the Stanley Cup this year. An arbitrator awarded him a $2.75 million salary this summer as a restricted free agent. Chicago, needing cap space, let him become an unrestricted free agent.


Figure skating: 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek won't compete for the rest of this year. Since the Olympics, Lysacek has had little time to train due to ice shows and off-ice activities including Dancing with the Stars.

Soccer: Portugal's Sports Institute suspended national coach Carlos Queiroz for six months for disrupting a doping test before the World Cup. No players tested positive, but Queiroz said he was angry that the unannounced tests disturbed them.

Times wires

Sports in brief: United States muddles its way to win at world basketball championship 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:17pm]
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