July 13, 2009 in Sports

Sports in brief: Armstrong says he may be back

 

Cycling: Lance Armstrong says he could be back for one more Tour de France.

The 37-year-old Texan, who is competing in the Tour for the first time since 2005, was asked by a French TV interviewer if this will be his last one.

“Probably not. Probably not,” Armstrong said on France-2 after Sunday’s ninth stage wrapped up in Tarbes, France. “Maybe one more Tour.”

The seven-time champion is third in the overall standings in this year’s race, trailing leader Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy by eight seconds.

Full coverage of the ninth stage, B2

United States wins world juniors

Basketball: The United States broke an 18-year gold medal drought by beating Greece 88-80 at Auckland, New Zealand, to win the FIBA under-19 world basketball championships.

Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor had 18 points and five steals to lead the U.S. to its first victory at the world junior tournament since it claimed the gold medal in Canada in 1991. Washington State’s Klay Thompson had his fifth consecutive start and scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three blocked shots. He averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during the tournament.

Croatia, led by Mario Delas with 28 points, beat Australia 87-81 to claim the bronze medal. WSU recruit Brock Motum had 10 points and five rebounds for Australia.

Argentina beat Puerto Rico 92-70 to finish fifth and Canada beat France 82-74 for seventh place. Mangisto Arop scored 16 points and Kelly Oylnyk had a game-high 14 rebounds for Canada. Both are Gonzaga recruits.

Associated Press

At crunch time, fans come through

Baseball: Believe it or not, Guinness World Records includes a record for most potato chips crunched at the same time. This we know because Guinness signed off on the record set by 39,203 baseball fans who crunched at once at Friday’s New York Mets-Cincinnati Reds game at New York’s Citi Field.

At 7:35 p.m. EDT, in the middle of the second inning, fans were instructed to open the bags of chips they were given upon entry to the stadium and participate in the Big City Crunch, a promotion for Wise Snacks.

Danny Girton Jr., the adjudication manager on-site from Guinness, said there was a definite crunch sound from all over the ballpark and, based upon the audible and visual evidence, he certified the world record.

Then, as has been their routine of late, the Mets went out and were crunched by the Reds, 3-0.

Los Angeles Times

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