Olympics: New team. Same old result.
Full of new star power, the U.S. men’s basketball team opened its bid for a third straight Olympic gold medal Friday with a 111-74 exhibition romp over Argentina in Las Vegas.
A U.S. team that hasn’t lost a game in 10 years had little trouble with Argentina, which some consider a medal contender in Rio. Paul George scored 14 first-half points, Kevin Durant added 12, and the U.S. blew open the game early before an appreciative crowd on the Las Vegas Strip.
Even with Kobe Bryant retired and LeBron James taking this Olympics off, there was no real talent drop off on a team heavily favored to win gold once again. The depth of the U.S. showed as coach Mike Krzyzewski rotated players in and out, searching for the right combinations on a team with 10 new players from 2012.
Johnson, List share Canadian Open lead
Golf: Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead in Oakville, Ontario. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.
Johnson had a double bogey and two bogeys on his first holes Friday in windy conditions at sun-baked Glen Abbey. He rebounded with six birdies and had a late bogey in a 1-under 71.
List also shot a 71, birdieing the par-5 16th and 18th after dropping making three bogeys in a four-hole stretch early on the back line.
Durant, Idoki share Senior British Open lead: Joe Durant birdied the par-4 18th hole for a 3-under 68 and a share of the Senior British Open lead with Kohki Idoki in Carnoustie, Scottland.
The 52-year-old Durant birdied three of the first five holes on the back nine, the second two on the par-5 12th and 14th at Carnoustie Golf Links in 10-15 mph wind with some light rain.
Durant teamed with Billy Andrade to win the 2015 Legends of Golf for his lone PGA Tour Champions title. The four-time PGA Tour winner has five top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up finish to Bernhard Langer in the major Constellation Senior Players in June.
U.S., Australia rebound in UL International Crown: Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr helped the United States rebound in the UL International Crown in Gurnee, Illinois, and Melissa Reid drew kudos for a gutsy effort while playing alone for England after her partner was sidelined by an illness.
Thompson and Kerr routed Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Porani Chutichai 4 and 3 for the Americans’ first two points after they were shut out in the first session of the LPGA event. The United States almost had a sweep, but Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis each missed a birdie putt on 18, which halved their match against Moriya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum.
Goodwin, Lee advance to US Junior Amateur final: Noah Goodwin outlasted John Pak with a conceded eagle on the 20th hole to advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur championship match in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
The 16-year-old Goodwin, from Corinth, Texas, will face Australia’s Min Woo Lee in the 36-hole final Saturday at The Honors Course.
Goodwin and Pak, from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, matched pars on 17, bogeys on 18 and pars on 19 before Goodwin won on the 20th.
Lee reach US Girls’ Junior final: Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea and American Andrea Lee each won twice at Ridgewood to advance to the championship match in the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Paramus, New Jersey.
The 16-year-old Seong beat China’s Xinying Wang 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals and topped fellow South Korean player Yujeong Son 4 and 3 in the afternoon semifinals.
Wagner leads celebrity golf event at Lake Tahoe: Actor Jack Wagner had five birdies in a 27-point round to take a three-stroke lead over former hockey player Mike Modano in the American Century Championship.
The 56-year-old Wagner won the celebrity event in 2006 and 2011. He also had a bogey at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.
Lynx beat Storm, extend win streak to 6
WNBA: Maya Moore scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 79-72 in Minneapolis for their sixth straight victory.
Fowles was 8 of 10 from the field and had three steals and two blocked shots. Natasha Howard scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Lynx (21-4).
Howard and Moore scored six points apiece during a 14-2 run that made it 68-51 with 9 minutes left and Minnesota held on from there.
Rangers sign Kreider to 4-year contract
NHL: The New York Rangers signed forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth $18.5 million in a last-minute deal that helped the sides avoid arbitration.
The deal will pay Kreider an average of $4.6 million and keep him the team through 2020. It also includes a modified no-trade clause that prevents Kreider from being traded to 11 teams. The 25-year-old Kreider was a restricted free agent.
Kane charged with harassment at bar: Buffalo N.Y. police say Sabres forward Evander Kane has been charged with four counts of non-criminal harassment and one count of misdemeanor trespass after an incident at a city bar last month.
Police say the 24-year-old Kane surrendered to authorities and was issued a court appearance ticket. Investigators say two women accused Kane of grabbing them at a bar on June 24.
NFL suspends Colts’ Jones for 4 games
NFL: Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jones has struggled to stay on the field since signing a five-year, $33 million contract in 2014. He missed seven games in his first season with Indy with an injured right ankle.
Tillman retires: Charles Tillman is officially retiring as a member of the Chicago Bears. The Pro Bowl cornerback signed a one-day contract and called it a career with the team that drafted him in 2003.
The 35-year-old Tillman, known for his “peanut punch” after forcing 44 career fumbles, spent his first 12 seasons with the Bears and went to two Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl with them.
Green settles assault case before Rio
Miscellany: Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay $560 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge in East Lansing, Michigan.
David Meyers, an attorney for the city, says the noise violation is not a criminal charge so no guilty plea is required.
Green was accused of striking a Michigan State football player in the face on July 10 outside a restaurant near campus.
Allardyce hired to manage England national team: Sam Allardyce has been hired as England’s new national team manager, following the team’s embarrassing European Championship showing under Roy Hodgson.
Allardyce signed a two-year contract after securing his release from Premier League club Sunderland.
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