Review Category : National Sports

Curry Scores 20 Points As U.S. Defeats Mexico, 86-63

iStock/Thinkstock(BARCELONA, Spain) — The United States defeated Mexico in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup on Saturday, 86-63.

Guard Stephen Curry led the way for the U.S. with 20 points. He was 7 of 10 from the field and 6 of 9 from the three-point line. Guard Klay Thompson contributed 15 points and six rebounds while guard James Harden added 12 points and four rebounds.

Leading by 17 points with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter, Curry drilled consecutive threes to give the Stars and Stripes a 23 point lead.

Forward Gustavo Ayon scored a team-high 25 points for Mexico and pulled down seven rebounds.

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Report: Monroe Signs 1-Year Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Restricted free agent forward Greg Monroe signed a one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons Friday, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The stage is now set for Monroe to become a free agent next summer.

The 24-year-old Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season for a Pistons team that failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth-straight year.

The Pistons selected Monroe with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. During his four seasons in Detroit, Monroe has averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

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Keselowski Takes Pole at Richmond

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(RICHMOND, Va.) — Brad Keselowski won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Friday.

Keselowski now heads into the final regular season race with the best chance to be the only man with four wins this season, before the 16-driver Chase for the Cup playoffs begins.

“This is by far the best car I’ve had” in 11 visits to Richmond,” said Keselowski, who’s winning lap was recorded at 126.618 mph. “I feel like we have a really strong shot at winning this weekend, so I’m very, very excited. Everybody says they’re excited, but when you are sitting on the pole, and fastest in practice, you have good reason to be excited.”

This is Keselowski’s fourth pole this season, after entering the year having won only three poles his entire career.

Jeff Gordon finished second. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

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Serena Dominates, Advances to 8th US Open Final

Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA(NEW YORK) — Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova in straight-sets 6-1, 6-3 Friday to advance to her 8th US Open Final Friday.

Williams has yet to drop a set this tournament and has now won 20 straight matches at the US Open.

The 32-year-old Williams will now look to win her third-straight US Open, something no women has done since Chris Evert did it in the 1970s, when she takes on Caroline Wozniacki Sunday.

Williams is trying to win her sixth US Open championship and 18th grand slam title, which would tie Williams with Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth most all-time.

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Uehara Temporarily Removed as Red Sox Closer

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox announced Friday they have temporarily removed Koji Uehara as their closer.

The decision comes on the heels of Uehara blowing his third consecutive save Thursday, in a game versus the New York Yankees.

Uehara, who was a key cog in the Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship team, has struggled since recording his last save on Aug. 12. Since then his ERA has ballooned from 1.29 to 2.64.

“After having a chance to sit with Koji, he was understanding,” Red Sox skipper John Farrell said. “Understands the reason for it. We’ll probably give him a couple of days to regroup some and then look to get him back in some lower-leverage situations before ideally we have him close out games before the season is out. That’s the plan moving forward. When that is remains to be seen.”

Edward Mujica will take over as the closer for now.

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Kyle Busch Leads Start to Finish at Richmond in Nationwide Series

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(RICHMOND, Va.) — Kyle Busch ended a eight-race losing streak on Friday night after he took home his fifth career checkered flag at Richmond International Speedway during the Nationwide race.

Busch led the race from wire-to-wire and held of Nationwide points leader Chase Elliot and Kevin Harvick.

“You never think you are going to be that good,” Busch said. “Good car, good decisions and good executing there tonight.”

Harvick had a chance to catch Busch until the final caution of the night ruined any chance of that happening.

“It took about 30 laps for us to swing the time the other way,” Harvick said. “Just didn’t have a chance after the last caution come out. I think we would have caught him if that caution doesn’t come out.”

Busch was happy about being back in Victory Lane, but would not guarantee a win Saturday night during the Sprint Cup series race.

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Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s suspended for the entire 2014 season, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new job…selling cars.

Gordon will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, according to ESPN. He will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business.

The 23-year-old Gordon is one of the most talented players in the NFL, and even led the league in receiving last season despite playing just 14 games.

“He’s going to put his time in,” Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns a dealership in Randolph, told cleveland.com. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and I just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.”

Gordon was suspended the entire season for once again violating the league’s drug policy.

“We’re just finding that out as well,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”

Last season, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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49ers’ Ray McDonald Will Play against Cowboys on Sunday

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald will start on Sunday despite being involved in an alleged domestic dispute case.

McDonald has practiced all week after he was arrested and then posted $25,000 bail last Sunday.

“Two principles are woven together here,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I feel like the way the facts are and what’s known that he has the liberty to play in the game.”

The 49ers continue to respect the process in a case like this and Harbaugh said that his defensive tackle has been “fine” during practice.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently instated a six-game ban for the first domestic violence penalty and a lifetime ban for the second if found guilty.

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49ers’ Ray McDonald Will Play against Cowboys on Sunday

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald will start on Sunday despite being involved in an alleged domestic dispute case.

McDonald has practiced all week after he was arrested and then posted $25,000 bail last Sunday.

“Two principles are woven together here,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I feel like the way the facts are and what’s known that he has the liberty to play in the game.”

The 49ers continue to respect the process in a case like this and Harbaugh said that his defensive tackle has been “fine” during practice.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently instated a six-game ban for the first domestic violence penalty and a lifetime ban for the second if found guilty.

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