Thompson helps U.S. overwhelm Finland
The United States held Finland without a field goal in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-55 romp Saturday in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain.
Silencing the Finns in the second quarter on the scoreboard and in the stands, where their rabid fans filled an entire side of the arena, the Americans allowed two free throws in the period, outscoring their overmatched opponents 29-2 to open a 60-18 advantage.
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Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout who plays for the Golden State Warriors, scored a game-high 18 points and made 7 of 10 shots.
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans added 17 points for the U.S. team, a collection of NBA players that will face Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.
The event has since been renamed, but nothing else looks much different for the Americans, who won their 55th straight game.
Wise Dan triumphs 15 weeks after surgery
Wise Dan, voted North America’s Horse of the Year for 2012 and 2013, beat 29-1 shot Optimizer by a nose in the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Wise Dan, trained by Charles LoPresti and ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, returned to competition 15 weeks after emergency colic surgery. The 7-year-old gelding ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1 minute, 39.08 seconds and paid $3.60 to win in the $250,000 race.
In Grade I races on dirt at Saratoga, 4-year-old colt Itsmyluckyday ($7.70 to win) took the $600,000 Woodward at 11/8 miles and 5-year-old Palace ($10.60) captured the $500,000 Forego at 7 furlongs.
Sunset Glow prevails
Sunset Glow, trained by Selah native Wesley Ward, won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante, a race for 2-year-old fillies at the seaside track near San Diego.
Sunset Glow, ridden by Victor Espinoza, beat Her Emmynency by a neck and ran 7 furlongs on the synthetic track in 1:23.12. She paid $3.80 to win in the $301,000 race.
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Dillashaw retains title
T.J. Dillashaw successfully defended his bantamweight title, stopping late fill-in Joe Soto at 2:20 of the fifth round at UFC 177 in Sacramento, Calif.
Dillashaw was to fight Renan Barao, but Barao was a late scratch after he fell and hit his head Friday while trying to cut weight.
• Chelsea posted a third straight victory in English Premier League soccer, beating host Everton 6-3 to lead the standings on goal difference over Swansea.
Diego Costa scored twice for Chelsea.
• Olympian Gwen Jorgensen, a 28-year-old from St. Paul, Minn., won the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Edmonton, Alberta, to take the season title. She became the first woman to win five WTS events in a season and pushed her career total to eight.
Jorgensen finished the 1,500-meter swim, 43.2-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run course in 2 hours, 0 minutes, 5 seconds.
• French cyclist Nacer Bouhanni of the FDJ.fr team won the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team retained the overall lead. Valverde is 15 seconds ahead of teammate Nairo Quintana of Colombia in the 21-stage event.
Bouhanni covered 128 miles from Baeza to Albacete in 4 hours, 29 minutes.
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