Former UW Huskies help 76ers win exhibition game in Spain
Former Washington Huskies Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten Jr. contributed to the Philadelphia 76ers’ 106-104 exhibition victory over Bilbao Basket on Sunday in Bilbao, Spain.
Hawes made up for poor play earlier in the game by sinking two free throws with 4.89 seconds left to close out scoring. The Seattle Prep graduate was 1 for 8 from the field.
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“I don’t think I could have played any worse for the rest of the game,” said the 25-year-old Hawes, who finished with six points.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said, “He made amends and stepped up and made two very large free throws.”
Wroten, a former standout at Garfield High School in Seattle who was acquired by the Sixers in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in August, scored 16 points.
Wroten, 20, was 3 for 8 from the field and made 10 of 12 free throws.
McCollum has fractured foot
Portland rookie guard C.J. McCollum, who played at Lehigh and was the 10th player drafted this year, will need surgery after fracturing his left foot Saturday in practice.
Boxing champ speaks to Heat
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat often practices in virtual seclusion, but 5-foot-8 boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. — who is unbeaten in 45 fights — attended Sunday’s workout and sat with team president Pat Riley and managing general partner Micky Arison.
Mayweather gave a brief speech to players.
“From one champion to another, he just talked about him being proud of us, how we handled ourselves,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.
As for getting into practice, Wade said being “the baddest man in the world” was a sufficient credential for Mayweather to attend.
Djokovic, Williams earn titles
Rafael Nadal secured the No. 1 ranking in the world when he advanced to the China Open final.
But the Spaniard lost the title match to the man he will replace at No. 1 on Monday. Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in Beijing for his fourth China Open title in five years.
In the women’s final, top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal is 27-1 on hard courts and 65-4 overall this season.
Djokovic, who had been No. 1 for 101 weeks, lost the previous three times he played Nadal, including the U.S. Open final.
Del Potro wins Japan Open
Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina beat Milos Raonic of Canada, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 to win the Japan Open in Tokyo for his third title of the season. Del Potro was a late addition to the tournament after Andy Murray withdrew because of a back injury.
U.S. earns 12 medals at worlds
Simone Biles, a 16-year-old from Spring, Texas, anchored the strongest U.S. team performance in world-championship history.
Biles, who won the all-around title Friday, added a floor-exercise gold medal Sunday in Antwerp, Belgium.
Biles won four of the Americans’ 12 medals. The U.S. team surpassed its previous high of nine medals earned at the 2005 worlds in Australia.
U.S. women’s coach Martha Karolyi, in a reference to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, said, “We are ready to go for Rio.”
Filly romps by 5 lengths in Arc
Treve, a 3-year-old filly bred in France, won the Group I Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe — Europe’s most significant race — by 5 lengths over 2-1 favorite Orfevre at Longchamp in Paris.
Treve, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek and ridden by Thierry Jarnet, ran 2,400 meters on a soft turf course in 2 minutes, 32.04 seconds. She broke from post 15 in a field of 17.
“I thought she had six gears, but today she put the seventh gear on,” Head-Maarek said.
Treve, who is unbeaten in five career starts, paid $11.60 to win in the $6.5 million race.
Jarnet picked up the mount on Treve after jockey Frankie Dettori broke his right ankle in a fall during a race Wednesday in England. Jarnet, 46, previously won the Arc aboard Subotica in 1992 and Carnegie in 1994.
Treve is the third consecutive filly to take the Arc, as Solemia triumphed last year and Danedream won in 2011.
• Favored Emollient made a last-to-first move to win the Grade I Spinster at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., by 1¼ lengths over Summer Applause.
Emollient, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Mike Smith, ran 11
8 miles in 1:47.75 on the synthetic track. The 3-year-old filly beat 10 older females and paid $6.60 to win in the $500,000 race.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin ceremoniously lit the Olympic flame on Red Square in Moscow, but the four-month relay to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games got off to a rocky start when one of the torches went out.
The Olympic flame, which was lit a week earlier in Greece and flown to Moscow earlier Sunday, kept burning in a caldron on Red Square.
The glitch occurred when a torch bearer ran through a long passageway leading into the Kremlin, which apparently created a wind tunnel, extinguishing the flame.
A man standing along the route pulled out a lighter and the flame came back to life.
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