Chauncey Billups had 19 points and Kevin Durant added 17 of his own as the United States crushed Angola, 121-66, on Monday. The victory propelled Team USA into the quarterfinals against Russia on Tuesday night. Russia defeated New Zealand to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.
"We don't want to be a team that's going to turn it on and off," Durant said after the game. "I think of course we're playing with a little more sense of urgency when you know if you lose, you go home. Guys came out and responded from those last two games."
Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon each added 17 points off the bench. Gordon hit five of the six three-pointers he attempted. To read the complete story, click here.
Terry Francona said Monday that catcher and team captain Jason Varitek will be activated prior to the evening's game vs. the Rays. Victor Martinez is starting at catcher and batting third vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann.
Varitek has been out since June 30 with an injury to his left foot. He caught five innings for Pawtucket on Sunday and went 1-for-2 at the plate before serving as the team's designated hitter on Monday.
The 38-year-old Varitek has hit .263/.324/.547 with seven homers and 16 RBI this season. Francona added that Michael Bowden will be added to the roster on Tuesday. In six games with the Sox this season, Bowden has allowed four earned runs and 10 hits over six innings with six strikeouts.
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FOXBORO — The Patriots filled two more practice squad positions Monday with the signing of rookie running back Javarris James and tight end Jeron Mastrud.
New England now has six players signed to its eight-man practice squad.
James, 6-foot and 215 pounds, originally signed with Indianapolis as a rookie free agent out of Miami on April 30. He was a four-year letterman at Miami, who finished his career with 2,162 yards and 18 touchdowns. Mastrud, 6-foot-6 and 253 pounds, originally signed with Tampa Bay as a rookie free agent out of Kansas State on April 26, 2010. He appeared in 48 games and finished his college career ranked 18th in school history and first among tight ends with 1,219 receiving yards.
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On the same day that the Red Sox called up left-handed-hitting first baseman Lars Anderson, fellow prospect Josh Reddick also joined the team Monday. He is not in the lineup as the Red Sox play the first of three with the Rays at Fenway.
The 23-year-old outfielder, who was hitting .266 with 18 homers and 65 RBI, was pulled from Pawtucket's game Monday after the fourth inning and was told he was headed for Boston. Before leaving the game, Reddick had homered and doubled for the PawSox.
Reddick has been with the club three times this season, hitting .196 with two extra-base hits (a double and a triple) and two RBI.
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FOXBORO — The following players were not on the field during the media availability portion of Patriots practice on Monday: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur. The following players were on the field but in sweats: wide receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Kyle Arrington, running back Laurence Maroney, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman Ron Brace and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com.
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