Yao! U.S. basketball romps again to 46-point victory

Compiled From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published August 8, 2006

GUANGZHOU, China - With Yao Ming out with an injured left foot, China never had a chance against the powerful United States basketball team.

LeBron James scored 22 and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the Americans to a 119-73 win Monday.

It was the second consecutive drubbing of an opponent, coming on top of last week's 45-point victory against Puerto Rico.

"I was happy in that we played very hard every second and we played unselfishly, and as long as we do those two things, we will continue to improve," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

China held the United States' lead to five points after the first quarter, but the margin increased to 23 at halftime and 40 after three quarters.

Besides Yao, China was without NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi, who sat out with a torn ligament in his right knee.

WIZARDS: Having signed a cheaper and more enthusiastic alternative in DeShawn Stevenson, Washington said it won't match the Knicks' five-year, $30-million offer sheet for free agent Jared Jeffries.


Isla Del Sol team wins with 63

Fred Curtis and Kevin Sunderman of Isla Del Sol teamed to win the 16th annual Pro-Superintendent Championship at Cypress Run in Tarpon Springs. Thirty teams from four area counties participated. In the two-person scramble, Curtis and Sunderman shot 9-under 63 to win by two strokes. On the par-5 16th, Curtis holed an 80-foot putt for birdie.


Nagy awarded $3-million

Ladislav Nagy was awarded a one-year, $3-million deal by an arbitrator and agreed to terms with Phoenix. He was leading the Coyotes in scoring when he injured his right knee and missed the final 29 games last season. ... An arbitrator awarded Buffalo center Adam Mair a one-year, $675,000 contract. ... The Rangers agreed to undisclosed terms with forward Marcel Hossa, 24, who posted career highs with 10 goals, 16 points and 64 games last season. ... J.P. Vigier, who missed half of last season due to injuries, re-signed with Atlanta. ... Veteran defenseman Eric Weinrich is retiring after an 18-year career and joining the coaching staff of Anaheim's AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.


SOCCER: UEFA, the sport's European governing body, has barred Israel from hosting international matches until further notice because of the violence in the region.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former Olympic figure skating gold medalist Wolfgang Schwarz, 59, confessed to plotting to kidnap the teenage daughter of a prominent Romanian businessman and hold her for nearly $4-million in ransom and was sentenced to eight years in prison in Vienna, Austria.

HORSES: Bill Boland, who won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground as an apprentice jockey; Carl Hanford, trainer of the famed Kelso; and champion thoroughbred Cougar II are the newest inductees into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ... Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott sent After Market to a wire-to-wire victory in the $150,000 Hall of Fame Breeder's Cup Stakes at Saratoga. The 3-year-old son of Storm Cat remained perfect with four wins in four starts in New York.

OBITUARY: Jim Pomeroy, the first U.S. motorcycle racer to win a World Championship Motocross event, was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash near Tampico, about 20 miles west of his hometown of Yakima, Wash. He was 53.

CYCLING: Jens Voigt of Germany made a late charge to overtake American Levi Leipheimer and win the sixth stage of the Tour of Germany and maintain his overall lead by 23 seconds over Leipheimer.