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08/02/2012 - 8:36pm
USA Basketball wins in record rout

The men's United States basketball team defeated Nigeria, 156-73, establishing a new high for points in an Olympic competition. Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in 14 minutes and made 10 of 12 3-pointers, while surpassing Stephon Marbury's 31 for most points scored by an American in the Olympics.

The previous high for points was set by Brazil who poured in 138 in a win over Egypt in 1988 and the best US output was by the 1992 Dream Team who hit the 121-point mark twice. The United State scored 49 points in the first quarter and 78 in the first half and led 13-0 to start the game.

The United States plays again on Friday when they face Lithuania and they conclude pool play on Sunday against Argentina.


08/02/2012 - 6:31pm
Ortiz: 'I'm around 50 to 60 percent right now'

David Ortiz said after executing a series of agility drills prior to the Red Sox' series opener against the Twins Thursday that his injured Achilles tendon continues to make progress. There is, however, still some healing to do before he can be activated from the 15-day disabled list, he explained.

"I feel better," Ortiz  said. "The guys were a little surprised about how I was moving compared with when we tried it in New York. New York was absolutely pretty bad, I just took a couple of steps and I couldn't even walk in New York. 

"Right now you guys saw me moving right there, I would say I'm around 50 to 60 percent right now. And the doctors and trainers say I'm not going to be 100 percent when I come back to play but when we start doing the power drills and once I start feeling better I think I will be ready to go."

Ortiz admitted to being discouraged after attempting some running New York, but came to...

08/02/2012 - 5:11pm
Bobby V further explains Middlebrooks drama

Prior to the Red Sox' series opener against the Twins Thursday, Bobby Valentine followed up on his comments made during his Wednesday appearance on The Big Show. (To listen to the interview, click here.)

The Sox manager had identified the only time ownership had talked to him about communication issues as after he made a comment to third baseman Will Middlebrooks during what has been identified as the June 16 game in Chicago. Valentine went on to explain that the comment was overheard in the dugout, and then relayed to the team's executive level.

"It's silly, whatever. I don't even remember when it was, but if you need it, because if you don't talk about it then it becomes a bigger story, because then you guys can make it up," Valentine said. "[Middlebrooks] came into the dugout, he made a couple of errors and I said, 'Nice inning, kid.' I had...

08/02/2012 - 4:34pm
Beckett questionable for next start

Josh Beckett, who left Tuesday’s game with a back spasm, is questionable to make his next scheduled start on Sunday. Bobby Valentine said Thursday before the Sox played the Twins that the right-hander didn’t throw his bullpen today and is questionable to do so on Friday, which makes his next Sunday start in doubt.

"He won’t make it more than likely if he doesn’t throw today or tomorrow," Valentine said. "But he feels much improved today, had a great night sleep, still a little limited in his motions."

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/02/2012 - 3:39pm
Rask: Thomas decision 'didn't shock me'
By: DJ Bean

Speaking publicly for the first time this summer, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute that he wasn't overly surprised when he heard this summer that fellow goalie Tim Thomas was taking a year off from hockey. 

"Well I was and I wasn't," he said. "I wasn't expecting him to do that obviously, but I really appreciate what he's done and I appreciate his decision to be with his family and take some time off from hockey. It really didn't shock me that much, but I'm more upset to see him leave because we had a really good connection and friendship going on. I'm sure he's happy now where he is."

Added Rask: "I mean, everybody knew he was a little tired because he played so much the last two years, but it didn't seem like he was exhausted mentally."

Thomas, who was a two-time Vezina winner and a the Conn Smythe winner in the Bruins' 2011 Stanley-Cup winning season, became somewhat...

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