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Sports Digest: US Women Break Team Record with 27th Straight World Cup Win

United States center Breonna Jones battles past Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nikolina Derrick during the Women’s Basketball World Cup game in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday. Mark Baker/Associated Press

With Kelsey Plum scoring 20 and Chelsea Gray scoring 16, the United States beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to extend the team’s winning streak at the World Cup.

The win was the 27th straight win in World Cup play for the Americans, who hadn’t lost since the 2006 semi-final against Russia. The United States had her 26-game winning streak from her 1994 to her 2006 and lasted until that bout. The USSR holds her World Cup record of 56 straight wins from 1959 to her 86.

After another unbeaten run in pools, the United States haven’t lost a game before the semifinals since 1983. They will face Serbia in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Puerto Rico will face Canada in their other quarterfinal match. China will play France and Australia will play Belgium.

• Two Mali players apologized for playing in the mixed zone after losing to Serbia in the Women’s World Cup on Monday.

The brawl between Sarimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou occurred while walking in the media area after the match and was filmed by Serbian media.

FIBA is investigating this incident. Koruma landed a few punches on Dabo, but Mari’s teammate jumped in and ripped them apart. The two played in Canada’s game, and coach Joaquín Brizuela said he was not considering putting them on the bench as punishment.

NBA: Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball said he can’t run at full speed or jump and still has pain in his left knee when climbing stairs.

Ball said Wednesday ahead of his scheduled surgery in Los Angeles. The team said last week that he would undergo arthroscopic debridement and be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.

Ball said doctors would “see” exactly the extent of the injury and fix it.


US men: The United States ended their World Cup tune-up match in unimpressive fashion, drawing 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain.

Christian Pulisic returned to a depleted US line-up after missing Friday’s 2-0 loss to No. 24 Japan with an unspecified injury, one of four substitutions under manager Greg Berhalter.

Inserted forward in the final audition for 26 World Cup players, Ricardo Pepi had a team-low 13 touches and no shots against the 53rd-ranked Saudi Arabia until Jesús Ferreira was replaced in the 59th minute. was recorded.


Liv Lawsuit: Phil Mickelson and three other players who powered the PGA Tour players in the rival LIV Golf Series have asked a federal judge to remove their names from the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

Tara Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Ian Poulter have filed separate requests to remove their names. That leaves three players – Bryson DeChambeau, Peter Urain and Matt Jones – and Saudi-funded LIV Golf as the only plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in early August. The trial he is not scheduled to start until January 2024.

Mickelson’s decision was not a surprise. He had told his two weeks earlier that he no longer needed to be involved in the lawsuit because LIV Golf had joined as a plaintiff.

LIV Golf has already suffered one setback in court when U.S. District Judge Beth Loveson Freeman dismissed a temporary injunction to allow LIV golf players to compete in a lucrative postseason on the PGA Tour. was hit by

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NASCAR Cup Series: Kurt Busch said he “hopes” to recover from his concussion in time to race again before the NASCAR season ends.

The 2004 Cup champion has been sidelined since crashing on July 23 during qualifying at Pocono Raceway. He has missed his 10th race so far, and since Busch got injured, both his Gibbs and Bubba his Wallace have been driving his No. 45 Toyota in his 23 XI. , has been disqualified from the playoffs.

“I’m feeling good. I’m seeing progress week by week, I’m feeling good, I don’t know when I’ll be back, but time has been a challenge. Father Time is in charge of this,” Bush said. .

With six races left in the season, 23XI co-owner Denny Hamlin said the team had a contingency plan for Bush’s recovery and was not pressuring the 44-year-old to get back in the car. Told. Bush has a 23XI deal with a 2024 option until next season.

• NASCAR awarded William Byron 25 points and fined him $50,000 for intentionally spinning championship rival Denny Hamlin.

The penalty dropped Byron eight points below the cutline heading into Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The Hendrick Motorsport driver was 17 points behind him before the penalty, placing him third in the rankings.

NASCAR also fined Ty Gibbs $75,000 and docked 23XI Racing 25 Owner Points. “Second Attack” at Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.


Men’s Basketball: The NCAA imposed a three-year probation on Memphis, issued a public disciplinary action and a fine, but refused to punish Tigers coach Penny Hardaway or suspend him from the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA has charged Memphis with four Level I violations and two Level II violations, which are considered the most serious violations and include lack of institutional control, head coach liability and neglect of oversight. There were a total of seven suspected violations.

The Independent Accountability Review Panel accused Memphis of overseeing Hardaway as an athletics booster, or of failing to better educate him after hiring him as the Tigers’ men’s basketball coach. It also ruled that Memphis provided unauthorized dining perks to athletes and advertising perks to recruits.

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