U.S. women blast Senegal, 108-52, at FIBA World Championship

Wizards' Blatche signs extension

option exercised on McGee

September 25, 2010|By Sports Digest

Women's basketball

U.S. beats Senegal, 108-52, at FIBA championships

The Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had nine points, four rebounds and four steals, and the USA Basketball women's world championship team (2-0) dominated Senegal (0-2) from start to finish on its way to a 108-52 win in preliminary round play of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Friday evening in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Six players tallied double figures in points for the USA, and all 12 players on the U.S. roster scored and grabbed at least one rebound. Maya Moore (Connecticut) led the way with team-highs of 15 points and five assists to go with three rebounds, Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury) added 14 points and five boards, and Swin Cash (Seattle Storm) and Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun) scored 11 points each. Contributing 10 points apiece were Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Linsday Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), who was 5-for-5 from the field.

More women's basketball: Washington College junior captain Meghan Tait has been selected to play on a team of collegate all-stars from around the United States during the 2011 American International Sports Tours Italy Basketball Tournament.

Horse racing

Nicanor, Barbaro's brother, wins feature at Belmont

Nicanor, a full-brother to the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, dictated the pace and dug in late to win Friday's featured race at Belmont Park, a $52,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf. Eager to make the lead, Nicanor set opening fractions of 24.97, 49.57 and 1:13.47 before No Inflation and Lemon Cream Pie lined up to his outside at the quarter pole. Ramon Dominguez set Nicanor down for the drive, and the colt — whose brother shattered his leg at the 2006 Preakness and was euthanized the next year — opened up on those two rivals and held off a fast-closing Skipadate to prevail by a neck. Nicanor, who returned $15.40 for a $2 win wager, covered the distance in 1:42.70.

Wizards

Blatche signs extension; option exercised on McGee

The Washington Wizards announced that they have signed swingman Andray Blatche to a contract extension and have exercised their fourth-year option on center JaVale McGee. Terms of the contracts were not released. "Andray and JaVale are two pieces that we feel can solidify our frontcourt for years to come, and extending their contracts certainly fits in with our long-term plan of rebuilding this team with a core of young, talented players," general manager Ernie Grunfeld said. "Both players performed very well over the second half of last season, and we're confident that they will continue to develop and build on the potential and promise that they have shown throughout the beginning stages of their careers." Blatche averaged career-highs of 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 81 games for the Wizards last season. McGee averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds last season while ranking ninth in the NBA with 1.7 blocks.

More Wizards: The team signed guards Mardy Collins and Lester Hudson; center Sean Marks; and swingmen Cartier Martin, Adam Morrison and Kevin Palmer. Terms were not announced. … The Wizards begin training camp with a Midnight Tip-Off practice Tuesday that will feature player introductions, an open practice, giveaways, ticket offers for regular-season Wizards games and special incentives for George Mason students as well as giveaways from Dunkin' Donuts and Chick-Fil-A. Doors for the Midnight Tip-Off practice will open at 11 p.m. Monday. The event will be free of charge.

Et cetera

Mediation under way in McCourts' divorce trial

Mediation has begun between Jamie and Frank McCourt in their divorce trial that could determine future ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The couple appeared with their attorneys in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday before Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman. The negotiations, which are closed to media, could spill into the weekend if a deal hasn't been reached. Jamie McCourt, a Pikesville native, wants a judge to toss out a postnuptial agreement and clear the way for her to have a slice of the Dodgers under California's community property law. Frank McCourt believes he is the sole owner and the agreement should be upheld.

Sports Legends Museum: Tony Kornheiser, co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," and former Georgia Tech and current Charleston men's basketball coach Bobby Cremins are among guests who have been added to the array of stars for Gary Williams' induction into the Hall of Legends at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The Maryland men's basketball coach will be honored Thursday at The Hippodrome in Baltimore. Joining in the celebration will be St. John's men's basketball coach Steve Lavin; former Terps Tahj Holden (a member of the 2002 NCAA championship team), Rodney Elliott, Evers Burns, Duane Simpkins, Dave Neal and Cedric Lewis; and Matt Kovarich, a former player and assistant coach under Williams.

College wrestling: Maryland was ranked 33rd in a preseason poll released this week by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. The Terps are coming off a 19-4 season, including a 20th place finish at the NCAA championships. Maryland will hold the annual Red and Black Wrestle-Offs on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion. The regular season opener is Nov. 6, when the Terps host West Virginia, Liberty, Johns Hopkins and McDaniel College in the Terrapin Duals.

Mike Gesker 9 at 9a.m. at the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, in Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.

—From Sun staff and news services

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