After losing for the first time in nearly 13 years two days earlier, the United States rebounded to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game Monday in Sydney.
At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold in 2000, the U.S. did not trail, leading 20-9 after the first quarter and 46-31 at halftime.
On Saturday, Australia stunned the U.S. 98-94 before a crowd of more than 52,000 in Melbourne, a result that ended the Americans’ winning streak at 78 games.
Jaylen Brown had 19 points to lead the Americans, who outrebounded Canada 55-37. Donovan Mitchell added 12 points and four assists; Kemba Walker scored 12 points and Myles Turner finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
“We have to speed up that learning curve,” Brown said of the Americans with less than a week to go before the World Cup starts. “We have a lot of room for growth. It’s going to be good when it comes together. The sky is the limit for this group.”
NBA: Dwight Howard agreed to a contract with the Lakers six years after his acrimonious departure. Howard led the NBA in rebounding in the 2012-13 season with the Lakers, but he clashed with Kobe Bryant and subsequently spurned Los Angeles as a free agent.
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• The Nets signed guard Caris LeVert to a contract extension after his remarkable recovery from injury last season. The 2016 first-round pick averaged a team-best 18.4 points in his first 13 games before sustaining a dislocated right foot, a gruesome injury that had players in prayers as he was taken off the court on a stretcher. He returned after about three months and averaged 21 points in the playoffs.
Golf: Juli Inkster used her two Solheim Cup captain’s picks on Stacy Lewis and Morgan Pressel, wanting to add experience to an American team so young that eight of the 12 players have not competed in the tournament when it is away from home. Ten earned spots on the U.S. team through Solheim Cup points or from the women’s world ranking: Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang, Jessica and Nelly Korda, Lizette Salas, Angel Yin, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Annie Park and Megan Khang.
Soccer: Inter Milan got off to a positive start under new coach Antonio Conte as the Nerazzurri beat newly promoted Lecce 4-0 in Serie A. Inter’s record signing, Romelu Lukaku, a former Manchester United forward, scored in his debut.
NHL: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, the NHL’s second-leading scorer last season, said he’s “working toward” being ready for the start of training camp. The 22-year-old center injured his left knee in April when he crashed into a post in Edmonton’s regular-season finale. An MRI exam found a small tear in the posterior cruciate ligament.
College football: The Pac-12 will make a public statement this season on potentially controversial officiating calls as part of the conference’s efforts to provide more transparency. Statements will be issued on game-ending calls or no-calls impacting the result of the game, calls involving a significant error in officiating mechanics, calls involving an error in rules interpretation and other extraordinary circumstances.
• An LSU promotion that excluded females from a chance to win sideline passes for an upcoming game has been changed. The promotion — which offered tickets, sideline passes, a hotel stay and meals to a game against Georgia Southern — stated that females could participate in all activities ahead of the game but that sideline passes were “excluded.”
• Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Shea Patterson will start at quarterback for Michigan in its opener Saturday against Middle Tennessee, but Dylan McCaffrey (brother of Christian McCaffrey) might play as well.
• Longtime backup quarterback Anthony Gordon has been named the starter for No. 23 Washington State heading into Saturday’s season opener against New Mexico State.
High schools: The annual participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations showed a decline in high school sports participation for the first time in 30 years for the 2018-19 season. Leading the decline was another drop in football participation, with 11-man football dropping by 30,829 to 1,006,013, the lowest mark since the 1999-2000 school year. It’s the fifth consecutive year of declining football participation. Overall sports participation was 7,937,491, a decline of 43,395 from 2017-18.
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