U.S. Women get redemption at Worlds
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — Sue Bird handed the world championship trophy to Tamika Catchings and they embraced, sharing large grins.
The only blemish on their distinguished U.S. basketball career was now gone after an 89-69 victory over the Czech Republic in the title game Sunday.
It was a sweet win for Bird, Catchings, and Diana Taurasi, who were on the team that finished third in the 2006 worlds.
"There's definitely a feeling of satisfaction, redemption," Bird said. "It was tough losing in Brazil, it was very difficult. We were definitely on a mission. It started in the Olympics, that's what fueled us then, but this being the same tournament we lost in, we wanted to get that gold back."
Angel McCoughtry scored 18, Taurasi added 16, and Bird had 11 for the Americans, who have won the world championship eight times. Spain beat Belarus 77-68 for the bronze.
NBA: Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, one of Chicago's top offseason acquisitions, broke his right hand and could be out for two months after a fall at his home. Meanwhile, center Joakim Noah and the Bulls agreed to a five-year contract extension worth about $11 million annually with incentives that could take it higher, according to the Chicago Tribune. … Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not practice but said he plans to play on his surgically repaired right knee today in the preseason opener against the Timberwolves in London.
Dengue fever strikes village
The crisis-plagued games in New Delhi took another hit only hours before they were declared open when an Indian team official who had been living at the athletes' village was diagnosed with dengue fever.
Ruptu Gogoi, 30, an official with the lawn bowls team, was in a hospital in stable condition. Dengue fever, a painful illness that can be life-threatening, is a viral disease that spreads through mosquito bites.
The athletes' village, which some described as uninhabitable late last month, was said to have pools of water nearby as workers struggled to get things finished on time.
Horses: A rematch between a pair of horses whose stretch duel turned into an Internet sensation ended with both finishing out of the money in Oceanport, N.J. Mywifenosevrything, who went off as the favorite and won their Aug. 22 race, finished eighth, and Thewifedoesntknow was fourth in a race won by Marquet Madness. Track announcer Larry Collmus' call for the earlier race went viral on YouTube and was featured on TV broadcasts.
Soccer: Liverpool fans protested the club's American owners and their slumping team as the 18-time champions lost 2-1 to Blackpool. Reds supporters staged a protest march against owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, who put the club up for sale in April and face a deadline this month to repay a debt that has grown from $371 million to about $438 million.
Tennis: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez capped a stunning week by winning the Thailand Open in Nonthaburi for the second title of his career, beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the final. The 53rd-ranked Spaniard rode the momentum of his upset over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. … Maria Sharapova beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the second round of the China Open in Beijing.