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U.S. beats Ukraine, will face Mexico next in World Cup

James Harden of the Houston Rockets scored 17 points and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors added 14 to help the U.S. team beat Ukraine 95-71 in a FIBA Basketball World Cup game in Bilbao, Spain.

The United States team, a collection of NBA players, finished pool play at 5-0 and will play Mexico on Saturday in the round of 16 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Ukraine is guided by Mike Fratello, a former NBA coach.


Former fiancée files suit against Mayweather

The former fiancée of Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims in a civil lawsuit the undefeated champion beat her during their relationship and later publicly humiliated her by posting on social media a sonogram of her pregnancy and saying they broke up because she got an abortion.

Shantel Jackson said Mayweather also threatened to post naked photos of her online if she didn’t take down a photo she posted of herself with rapper Nelly at a basketball game in April.

Brook is stabbed in Spain

Kell Brook, IBF welterweight world champion, was stabbed in the left leg Wednesday while on vacation in Tenerife and was in a hospital, Spanish police said.

Brook, 28, reportedly was in stable condition. Police said they are investigating the incident; no arrests have been made.


Canadian official denies discrimination allegations

The president of the Canadian Soccer Association says it is misinformation and hyperbole to claim female players are being discriminated against because of plans to use artificial turf next year in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be played in six Canadian cities.

“I will say that is the biggest form of misinformation I have ever heard in my life,” Victor Montagliani said in an address to the Vancouver Board of Trade. “Those of you who know me, know that there would be a few more adjectives before that.”

BC Place in Vancouver will be the site of nine matches, including the final.

A group of 40 players has threatened a lawsuit over the plan to use artificial turf. The men’s World Cup is played on natural grass.

Bocanegra plans to retire

Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, 35, said he will retire at the conclusion of Chivas USA’s Major League Soccer season.

Chivas USA, last in the Western Conference, plays its last regular-season game Oct. 26.

College basketball

NCAA decides Auriemma committed rules violation

The NCAA has determined Connecticut women’s coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis last month.

UConn athletic director Ward Manuel said Auriemma checked with UConn’s compliance department before getting on the phone and was told the 13-year-old would not be considered a prospective student-athlete and the call was permissible. Davis has said it is her dream to play basketball for UConn and in the WNBA.

UConn began looking into the issue after a school filed a complaint with the American Athletic Conference. The complaint did not come from an AAC member.

Auriemma said he has never seen Davis play basketball and doesn’t know if she is “a superstar or can even reach the basket.”

Auriemma said, “There’s guys playing college basketball driving around in cars that cost more than my house and we’re worried about a phone call that I made?”


Bruins’ Krejci gets extension

The Boston Bruins signed center David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million contract extension that begins next year.

Krejci, 28, led the Bruins last season with 50 assists and 69 points. He led the league with a plus/minus rating of plus-39.


• German cyclist John Degenkolb of the Giant-Shimano team won the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, and Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff-Saxo team retained the overall lead in the 21-stage event.

Contador is 20 seconds ahead of countryman Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team.

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