Sue Bird of the Storm will start for the West team in Saturday’s All-Star Game in Uncasville, Conn. Bird will be joined in the starting backcourt by DeWanna Bonner of Phoenix. They replace Skylar Diggins and Seimone Augustus, who have knee injuries.
Bird to start in All-Star Game
Sue Bird of the Storm will start at guard for the West team in Saturday’s All-Star Game in Uncasville, Conn.
The 34-year-old Bird, making her ninth All-Star Game appearance, will be joined in the starting backcourt by DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury. They replace Skylar Diggins and Seimone Augustus, who were selected as starters in fan balloting but have knee injuries.
West coach Sandy Brondello, who also guides the Mercury, said, “Sue Bird deserves to be there for what she’s done in this league for so many years. I think it’s great recognition for her.”
Bird was a college standout at Connecticut.
Pan Am Games basketball
Canada beats U.S. men in OT
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Jamal Murray, an 18-year-old Kentucky signee, scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help Canada edge the United States 111-108 in a semifinal game in Toronto. The Canadians will face Brazil, a 68-62 winner over the Dominican Republic, in Saturday’s gold-medal game.
Andrew Nicholson of the NBA Orlando Magic led Canada with 31 points.
Bobby Brown scored 25 for the U.S. team, which is coached by Gonzaga’s Mark Few.
S. Miss. faces allegations
The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men’s program during former coach Donnie Tyndall’s tenure. There were seven alleged Level I violations, which are judged the most serious by the NCAA.
Tyndall went 56-17 at Southern Miss and left to coach at Tennessee last year. He went 16-16 in his lone season with the Volunteers before being fired March 27.
Campbell leads in Canada
Chad Campbell shot a 9-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead over Brian Harman after two rounds of the Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event in Oakville, Ontario.
Campbell was at 14-under 130.
Michael Putnam (65) of University Place was tied for ninth at 8 under and his brother, Andrew Putnam (71), was tied for 44th at 4 under.
Andres Gonzales (67) of Olympia and former Washington Husky Alex Prugh (70) of Spokane were among those tied for 16th at 7 under. Ex-Husky Nick Taylor (72) of Canada was tied for 72nd at 2 under.
• Lexi Thompson birdied six of the first eight holes and finished with a 7-under 64 for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic second-round lead with Alison Lee (66) and Lizette Salas (69).
They were at 9-under 133 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich.
• Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie had a share of the Senior British Open lead when play in Sunningdale, England, was suspended for the day because of heavy rain.
Montgomerie was at 5 under through 12 holes in his second round. Several players didn’t start their second round.
Joining Montgomerie at 5 under were defending champion Bernhard Langer, Bart Bryant, Jeff Sluman, Lee Janzen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Marco Dawson and Michael Allen.
Track and field
Bolt wins 100 in 9.87 seconds
Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 9.87 seconds at the Diamond League meet in London’s Olympic Stadium. Michael Rodgers of the United States was second in 9.90.
Bolt equaled his season-best time, which he recorded earlier in the day in qualifying. After struggling with a left-leg injury, Bolt’s fastest 100 time of the year before arriving in London was 10.12.
• Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd, a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last year, entered a first-time offenders program after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence last month.
• Pedro Chaluja, president of Panama’s soccer federation, told media Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match — a 2-1 loss to Mexico in extra time in Atlanta — was fixed.
Chaluja said the fix came in retaliation for Panama’s not voting for Sepp Blatter in the recent FIFA presidential election.
• Javier Morales scored in the first half, Joao Plata had a go-ahead penalty-kick goal in the 73rd minute and host Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in a Major League Soccer match.
Benny Feilhaber scored in the 50th minute for Sporting KC, which had its winning streak snapped at three.
• Goaltender Braden Holtby, 25, a restricted free agent, signed a $30.5 million, five-year contract to return to the NHL Washington Capitals.
• Martha Karolyi, 72, will likely retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the longtime U.S. women’s gymnastics coach said.
• Mrs McDougal ($11 to win) and Off the Tracks ($19.60) took graded races on opening day at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Mrs McDougal, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., won the Grade II Lake George for 3-year-old fillies on turf. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 41.52 seconds.
Off the Tracks, trained by Roderick Rodriguez and ridden by Luis Saez, took the Grade III Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies on dirt. She covered 6 furlongs in 1:11.27.