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Dave Meyers, the star player on John Wooden's 10th and final national championship team at UCLA, died Friday at his home in Temecula, Calif., after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Mr. Meyers played on two Bruins national title teams, as a reserve in 1973 and as the star player in 1975. After the '75 season, the 6-foot-8 forward was named a consensus All-American and was the second pick in the NBA draft, taken by the Lakers. Nineteen days after the draft, he was part of arguably the biggest trade in league history, sent by the Lakers, along with Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and Elmore Smith, to the Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley. Mr. Meyers, known as a private person, shocked the sports world in 1980 — five years into a productive and lucrative pro career with the Bucks — by announcing he was leaving the NBA to spend more time with his family. His sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale, was also a UCLA basketball All-American and is currently a vice president of the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, as well as a broadcaster for both teams. Her husband was former Dodgers pitcher Don Drys­dale, who died in 1993.


It's Djokovic vs. Nadal

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal renew their rivalry today at the China Open in Beijing after they won semifinals in straight sets. Top-ranked Djokovic improved his perfect record at the tournament to 28-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over David Ferrer, while No. 3 Nadal beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3. In women's play, Timea Bacsinszky beat Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final against Garbine Muguruza, who stopped Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.


Olympics in danger for U.S.

The United States is in danger of missing its second straight men's Olympic tournament. Alberth Elis scored in the 24th and 77th minutes as Honduras beat the Americans 2-0 in Sandy, Utah, to qualify for next year's Rio de Janeiro Games, which is for under-23 teams. To reach the Olympics for the first time since 2008, the Americans must beat Canada in Tuesday's third-place game of North and Central American and Caribbean qualifying, then beat Colombia in a one-game playoff in Rio in March.

CONCACAF Cup: The United States faced Mexico late Saturday in Pasadena, Calif., in a one-game playoff to determine the CONCACAF entrant in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. See for a result.

MORE SOCCER: Despite a 2-0 loss to host Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales reached its first international tournament, next year's European Championship, since 1958 thanks to Cyprus beating host Israel 2-1. Also qualifying Saturday were 1968 champion Italy and Belgium.


WNBA: Tamika Catchings and her Indiana teammates usually find a way when facing elimination. They face that tonight when the Fever hosts Minnesota in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals (8:30, ESPN). The Lynx leads the best-of-five series 2-1. "It's almost like crawling, scratching, whatever you have to do to win," Catchings said. "You see the grit and character of this team. We come together at times we've needed to the most." The Fever is 8-2 in elimination games since 2012, when it beat Minnesota for its lone title.

RUGBY: England thrashed Uruguay 60-3 in its last World Cup pool match, but the English failed to reach the quarterfinals, the first host ever to do so.

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