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Down at half, U.S. beats Turkey by 21 in World Cup
BILBAO, Spain – Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis scored all of his points 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey, 98-77, yesterday in the Basketball World Cup.
A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn’t take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.
They trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.
49ers d-lineman McDonald accused of domestic violence
SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early yesterday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, the San Jose police said.
McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.
McDonald was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 2007.
Source: Chiefs, QB Smith agree to four-year extension
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the team had not announced the deal, which will keep Smith in Kansas City through the 2018 season.
After arriving in Kansas City for a pair of second-round draft picks before last season, Smith had possibly the best season of his career in 2013. He threw for a career-high 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.
Dunn dealt to A’s, says he’s likely to retire after season
CHICAGO – Adam Dunn, the slugger with 460 career home runs but zero at-bats in the postseason, was traded by the Chicago White Sox to Oakland yesterday, possibly giving the contending A’s the power boost they need for the stretch.
The White Sox also sent cash to Oakland while acquiring minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. Because the deal was made before Sept. 1, Dunn will be eligible for the postseason if the suddenly sluggish Athletics make the playoffs.
The 34-year-old Dunn has played more games – 1,976 – without reaching the postseason than any active major leaguer. This is his 14th season and, with a contract set to expire, said he’s planning to retire after this year.
Dunn is hitting .220 with 20 homers and 54 RBI.
Brewers acquire Broxton from Reds for two players
SAN FRANCISCO – The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named.
The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances this season, and he will be called upon to help set up for Francisco Rodriguez.
Broxton is scheduled to join the team today in Chicago and is eligible for the postseason roster because the move was made prior to Sept. 1.
Ernst wins LPGA’s Portland Classic on first hole of playoff
PORTLAND, Ore. – Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic yesterday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea’s I.K. Kim.
It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. Kim, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 68.
Ernst pulled into contention with a 5-under 31 on the front nine, highlighted by a chip-in eagle at the par-5 fifth. Kim made four birdies and no bogeys.
South Korean’s So Yeon Ryu and Chella Choi tied for third at 12 under. Ryu, last week’s Canadian Women’s Open winner, shot 70, while Choi had a 68.
Power finishes ninth, holds on to win IndyCar championship
FONTANA, Calif. – Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses.
Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power drove an intelligent race with just enough aggression to preserve his healthy points lead.
After briefly taking the lead late, Power comfortably held off second-place teammate Helio Castroneves and wrapped up Team Penske’s first IndyCar title since 2006.
Track: Vintage car racer is first death in 32 years
SALISBURY, Conn. – A spokesman for a Connecticut track said a man who crashed in a race of vintage cars is the first death in the historic-racing festival’s 32-year history.
Authorities said 73-year-old Lee Duran, of Lyme, lost control of his car and crashed Saturday afternoon at Lime Rock Park during a race of pre-World War II cars. No other cars were involved.
Track spokesman Rick Roso said yesterday that Duran was driving a 1934 MG PA Special.
Kansas City edges Seattle to claim NWSL title
TUKWILA, Wash. – Amy Rodriguez scored twice as FC Kansas City won the National Women’s Soccer League title with a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC at Starfire Stadium yesterday.
It is the first title for Kansas City, which knocked off the league’s defending champion, the Portland Thorns, in the semifinals.
Megan Rapinoe capped a crazy sequence with a goal in the 87th minute for Seattle to make for a frantic final few minutes in which two attempts at an equalizer went just wide.