Thomas has surgery
Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist.
The team said the former Huskies star is expected to be able to participate fully in the team’s training camp.
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The Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings on July 12.
Cousins’ injury not serious
DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice in Chicago for the U.S. national team.
Cousins was injured, though not seriously, when he got tangled with Anthony Davis after both big men hit the floor going after a loose ball during a scrimmage. The Sacramento Kings star yelled out in distress as the pileup dissipated.
USA Basketball said later the results of an MRI exam on Cousin’s knee showed no structural damage. He was listed as day to day as the U.S. prepares for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.
Robredo beats Djokovic
Tommy Robredo of Spain beat top-ranked Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 in the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.
Earlier, Andy Murray of Britain fought off two match points and edged American John Isner, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
In women’s play, top-seeded American Serena Williams continued her pursuit of her first title in this tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
Fever clinches playoff spot
Briann January from Spokane scored 16 points and fellow All-Star Tamika Catchings added 15 as the host Indiana Fever clinched a playoff spot for the 10th straight season with a 76-63 victory over the New York Liberty.
Indiana (15-17) held the Liberty (13-19) to 39 percent shooting and used a stingy defense to build a 46-21 halftime margin.
Suarez ban upheld
Luis Suarez will train with his Barcelona teammates on Friday after his ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup was softened but not shortened.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled the Uruguay forward, who recently left Liverpool for Barcelona, deserves his four-month ban from playing official matches for both his club and his country.
CAS did, however, clear Suarez to start training with his club.
Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s 1-0 win at the World Cup on June 24. He denied it at first, but later admitted it and apologized.
“The sanctions imposed on the player were generally proportionate to the offense committed,” the court said.
World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica has risen above the United States to be CONCACAF’s highest-ranked team in the latest FIFA rankings.
Costa Rica climbed one place to No. 15, and Mexico was at No. 17 after also rising one place this month.
The U.S. — which, like Mexico, exited the World Cup in the second round — fell three places to No. 18.
Neymar has returned to team training with Barcelona for the first time since fracturing a vertebra in his back at the World Cup.
The Brazil star hurt his back in a collision with a Colombian defender during the World Cup quarterfinals last month, ruling him out of the rest of the competition. Without him, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals.
Jockey Tyler Baze earned his 2,000th career victory at Del Mar in California, snapping an 0-for-46 skid.
He rode 2-1 favorite Kate’s Event to a 2¼-length win in the third race.
Baze comes from a racing family in Washington state, which includes his second cousin, Russell Baze, who is North America’s all-time winningest jockey. Tyler Baze won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice jockey in 2000.
• Henry Ellenson helped lead the two-time defending champion United States to the FIBA Under-17 World Basketball Championship semifinals, scoring 21 points in a 113-71 victory over China in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
• Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pretrial hearing in his Boston double homicide case.
• Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands dominated the 200 semifinals, the second step in a potential sprint triple at the European Championships in Zurich. She won the 100 on Wednesday.
• The Detroit Red Wings signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season.
• Alberto Contador of Spain said he will compete in the Spanish Vuelta after recovering from a fall that forced him out of the Tour de France.
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