McCoughtry helps U.S. team to rout, spot in worlds semis
Former Louisville standout Angel McCoughtry and Maya Moore sat in the stands watching Russia lose in an upset. The two young stars wanted to make sure that wouldn't happen to the U.S.
McCoughtry scored 17 points and Moore added 15 to help the United States rout South Korea 106-44 Friday and advance to the semifinals of the women's basketball world championship in the Czech Republic.
"We saw the end of the game and the group I was sitting with was like 'we're not going to have that happen to us,'" Moore said. "Every team that is still here is playing for a reason."
Candice Dupree added 12 points and Swin Cash 11 for the undefeated U.S. (7-0), which had six players in double figures en route to one of the most lopsided victories in worlds history.
The U.S. team will take on the winner of France and Spain on Saturday.
"We don't look at the score," McCoughtry said. "We just try to get better every game and string together good quarters."
The only suspense left in the fourth quarter was whether the United States would reached 100 points for the 16th time in world championship play and achieve its most lopsided victory.
Asjha Jones' jumper with 2:01 left gave the Americans 101 points, but they fell short of the 70-point win over Senegal in 1990.
South Alabama cheer banned
The University of South Alabama doesn't want its cheerleaders using a popular basketball cheer anymore.
In the past, cheerleaders and students have shouted "USA, South in your mouth!" when a player sinks a free throw. The phrase is similar to one used as a slogan by Southern-themed food companies and restaurants all over the country.
But athletic director Joel Erdmann has asked the cheerleading coach to quit using the cheer, which he says is open to "ambiguity." Erdmann says he wants to avoid any misinterpretation of the cheer.
Student body president Kim Proctor says Erdmann's opposition probably guarantees that the cheer will be around forever. Leaders will likely find out at the first men's game on Nov. 12.
Players will pay double for technicals
Technical fouls will become twice as expensive this season. The NBA informed teams that fines for technicals will double from last season's amounts in a memo, the contents of which were confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.
Players and coaches will now be docked $2,000 for each of their first five technical fouls. The costs rise to $3,000 for the next five, followed by $4,000 for Nos. 11-15. Starting at 16, players are suspended one game for every two technicals, along with $5,000 for each. The number of technicals could rise this season with the NBA seeking to halt complaining about calls. They will now call technicals for overt gestures, such as punching the air in anger, even if it's not directed at a referee.
De Jonge, Haas share lead
Brendon de Jonge used a fast early start to shoot his second straight 66 at the Viking Classic on Friday, then sat back and waited to see whether anyone could catch him. Bill Haas answered the challenge with another 66, joining de Jonge at 12 under after two rounds. Neither leader had a bogey during their second round at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. De Jonge, 36th on the PGA money list, is looking for his first victory.
■ Peter Senior eagled the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic in Conover, N.C., on Friday. The 51-year-old Australian eagled the 18th hole in windy conditions at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa to take his first lead on the Champions Tour.
Torch used in Nazi Germany sold
A torch used in the first Olympic torch relay for the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany has been auctioned in the Czech Republic for $28,100. The auction was ordered and organized by a court in Karlovy Vary on Friday because the torch's owner was in debt.
Court spokesman Tomas Mahr said an expert commissioned by the court confirmed the authenticity of the torch and estimated its value at $840. The new owner declined to reveal his identity.
The torch relay made its first appearance during the 1936 Berlin Games used by Adolf Hitler for the propaganda of Nazism.
Man City lost $191 million last season
Manchester City lost 121 million pounds ($191 million) in the 12 months to May 31, having spent more on wages alone than it earned.
After sustained huge spending on players in an effort to win its first trophy since 1976, the English Premier League club released its annual report on Friday showing that it paid 133 million pounds ($210 million) in wages during Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour's first full season in charge.
Sheikh Mansour has spent more than 300 million pounds ($475 million) on players. City finished fifth in last season's Premier League, one place outside qualifying for the Champions League.
Longtime NHL player retires
Pesky forward Darcy Tucker is retiring after 15 seasons in the NHL. The 35-year-old Tucker played seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he established himself as one of the best agitators in the game. He spent the final two years of his career with the Colorado Avalanche.
The last word
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, when asked what kind of fan reaction he expects in his return to Philadelphia:
"Hopefully cheers. You wouldn't expect me to say I am going to get booed, do you?