Friday, August 19
OLY-USA WOMENS BASKETBALL-FRANCE
USA ladies basketball tops France 86-67
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) —The U.S. will be playing for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball after beating France 86-67, the closest contest of the Rio Games for the Americans.
The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi scored 18 points as the U.S. won Thursday night without the services of Sue Bird. The U.S. turned up its defense to make up for not being as crisp offensively after routing opponents by an average of 41.7 points.
The Americans, who won their 48th straight game, will play Spain in the final Saturday.
Bird, the Americans' starting point guard and team captain, was sidelined with a sprained right knee. The U.S. led only 40-36 at halftime but outscored France 25-8 in the decisive third quarter to finally get some separation from the team that they beat in the 2012 gold medal game.
France will play Serbia for bronze.
Butler to hold 'celebration of life' to honor Cornette
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler University will honor the late Joel Cornette at a service Monday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The "celebration of life" is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and attendees can park in the fieldhouse's main parking lot or the nearby parking garage.
The 35-year-old Cornette was found dead in a Chicago apartment early Tuesday morning. The Cook County medical examiner's office said the cause and manner of death were pending further study following an autopsy.
Cornette was the first player in school history to score 1,000 points and participate in 100 wins during his career and played a prominent role in Butler's rapid ascension from mid-major program to national contender. He later returned to his alma mater to serve on the staff of then coach Todd Lickliter.
Colts need Dorsett, Moncrief to come up big in new offense
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett have a clear mission this season: Become consistent, quality receivers.
The Colts' playoff hopes may depend on it. Moncrief is perfectly positioned to make the jump.
After being taken in the third-round of the 2014 draft, the 6-foot-2, 222-pounder from Mississippi started flashing play-making ability late in his rookie season. The expectations increased last season when he entered training camp as the No. 3 receiver and again when he was pressed into more action because of Andre Johnson's struggles.
Moncrief wound up doubling his rookie totals, finishing with 64 receptions and six touchdowns despite playing with a bad toe. Indy released Johnson in March and essentially handed the starting job opposite Hilton, a two-time Pro Bowler, to Moncrief, who was recovering from toe surgery.
Hall of Fame refunding ticket, hotel costs for canceled game
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame is offering refunds to fans who bought tickets to its canceled preseason game this month.
The hall announced Thursday that it will reimburse fans for the face value of their tickets, fees and one-night hotel accommodations.
It was forced to cancel the August 7th game between Green Bay and Indianapolis after paint congealed and hardened on parts of the field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
At least four fans sued the NFL in federal court in northern Ohio over the canceled game.
An attorney who brought the lawsuit says the hall's initial plan to only refund ticket prices was too little.
The hall of fame says it also will offer affected fans four tickets to its museum.
Michigan's Nick Carlson reaches US Amateur quarterfinals
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson won two matches on the 19th hole Thursday at Oakland Hills to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals.
Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat British Amateur champion Scott Gregory of England in the morning round of 32, and topped Thailand's KK Limbhasut in the afternoon round of 16.
Carlson will face Illinois junior Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, on Saturday on the Donald Ross-designed South Course that Ben Hogan dubbed the "The Monster" in his 1951 U.S. Open victory.
Meyer beat Alex Smalley, the Duke sophomore from Wake Forest, North Carolina, who led stroke-play qualifying, 4 and 3 in the morning and outlasted England's Sam Horsfield in 19 holes in the afternoon.