Murray scores 14 for Canada in Pan Am Games victory
Jamal Murray, who will play for Kentucky next season, scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds as the Canadian team routed Mexico 96-76 in a preliminary round men's basketball game in the Pan Am Games on Thursday. Murray hit six of nine shots. Brady Heslip led the Canadians with 20 points. The Baylor player is the nephew of Canadian coach Jay Triano.
Puerto Rico, coached by Louisville coach Rick Pitino, beat Venezuela 89-72. JJ Barea led the way with 27 points.
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Vitor Benite poured in 34 points to lead Brazil past the United States 93-83, which got 17 points from 31-year-old Keith Langford, a former Kansas player now playing professionally in Russia.
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale will be one of six women inducted into the women's basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., next year, according to a person close to the situation. Other inductees will be former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Williams, longtime official June Courteau, Texas girls high school coach Joe Lombard and AAU girls basketball official Bill Tipps. The 1996 U.S. women's basketball Olympic team will receive the Hall's trailblazer award.
Grillo leads Canadian Open with 64
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Open in Oakville. The 22-year-old Grillo birdied three of the four par 5s at Glen Abbey. He earned a spot in the field Sunday with a top-10 finish in Alabama in the Barbasol Championship, just making it in when he birdied the final hole to tie for 10th.
Vaughan Taylor and Brian Harman were a stroke back. Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was at 66.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 5-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior British Open in Sunningdale. Tom Watson opened with a 67 on Sunningdale's Old Course. The 65-year-old American missed the cut last week in St. Andrews in his final British Open start.
Lizette Salas, Katherine Kirk and Dori Carter shared the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at 7-under 64 at the Meijer Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. Jaye Marie Green and rookie Wei-Ling Hsu were a shot back.
Brady No. 1 in selling merchandise
Tom Brady's status for the start of the season remains in question. His popularity does not. Brady had the NFL's top-selling merchandise in the financial quarter ended May 31, the NFL Players Association said Thursday. It's the first time in Brady's 15-year career that he's been the NFL's top-selling player.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was second on the list, followed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Brady, 37, was suspended four games by the NFL for his involvement in the deflated-ball controversy that overshadowed the two-week run-up to this year's Super Bowl. He has denied prior knowledge of the team's game balls being underinflated, and last month appealed the ban.
Frank Mordica, the Vanderbilt running back who shares the single-best rushing performance in Southeastern Conference history, has died in his hometown Tallahassee, Fla. He was 57.
Mordica ran for 321 yards against Air Force on Nov. 18, 1978, setting an SEC record matched only by Darren McFadden at Arkansas against South Carolina in 2007 on 12 more carries.
With 2,632 yards between 1976 and 1979, Mordica was Vanderbilt's career rushing leader until passed by Zac Stacy in 2012. Drafted No. 233 overall in 1980 by the New Orleans Saints, Mordica never played because of a knee injury. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy before retiring in 2011.
Tennessee redshirt freshman lineman Charles Mosley has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. The 18-year-old Mosley was driving on Interstate 40 on Wednesday at 1:51 a.m. when he was stopped for driving 79 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to the arrest warrant. The warrant also states Mosley "performed poorly" in a field sobriety test and that a search of his vehicle revealed marijuana residue.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2018. Financial terms of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed. Tomlin is 82-46 with Pittsburgh since replacing Bill Cowher following the 2006 season. The Steelers have won one Super Bowl and appeared in another under Tomlin and are coming off an 11-5 mark and an AFC North title in 2014.
Froome holds lead through Alps
Chris Froome is halfway through the Alps, the last obstacle to his second Tour de France victory, after comfortably maintaining his race lead on Stage 18, which was won in style by Romain Bardet on Thursday.
Bardet rode alone down the huge Glandon pass and up the 18 hairpin bends of the previously unclimbed Montvernier Laces to take a solo victory at Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne on the second of four days in the Alps, the last big test before the finish in Paris on Sunday.
As they did on the first Alpine stage on Wednesday, Froome's rivals again tested the Team Sky rider but couldn't make him crack over seven climbs.
Lexingtonian drives in winner for Legends
Outfielder Anderson Miller, the Legends first player from Lexington, broke a tie by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth and the host Legends held on to be the Rome Braves 4-3. Colin Rodgers pitch 51⁄3 innings of scoreless relief for this third win of the season.
The last word
Champion sprinter Usain Bolt will race in the 100 meters in the Diamond League meet in London on Friday after missing the last two meets with a leg injury. His performance in London will answer some questions, but not the big one. Will he be ready for the World Championships next month in Beijing?
"When the championship comes, if anyone knows anything about me, I will show up."