U.S. women win gold medal

The Associated PressOctober 4, 2010 

The United States won the women's basketball world championship Sunday, getting 18 points from Angel McCoughtry in an 89-69 win over the host Czech Republic.

Diana Taurasi added 16 and Sue Bird had 11 points for the Americans, who now have won the world championship eight times.

The victory provided redemption for the only blemish on Bird, Taurasi and Tamika Catchings' U.S. Basketball careers. They were on the team that finished a disappointing third in the 2006 worlds.

The three were determined not to let that happen again.

To win the gold, in a similar situation to the men's team that won in Turkey, the U.S. had to get past the host nation in the final.

Boozer suffers broken hand

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, one of Chicago's top offseason acquisitions, broke his right hand Saturday and could be out for two months.

Boozer fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand and will need surgery, the team said Sunday. He was evaluated by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and hand specialist Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

It was unclear how the former Duke standout was injured. The Bulls did not practice Saturday, and a team spokeswoman called the injury "non-basketball related."

Boozer spent the previous six years with Utah and averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds last season before joining the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz.

Knicks win exhibition in Italy

Amare Stoudemire scored 32 points, leading five New York players in double figures, and the Knicks pulled away in the third quarter en route to a 125-113 victory over Olimpia Milano on Sunday in Milan.

The Italian team led 41-36 in the second quarter, but the Knicks regrouped and went ahead 58-52 later in the period after Danilo Gallinari's three pointer.

Gallinari finished with 24 points, Wilson Chandler added 17, Anthony Randolph had 16, and Timofey Mozgov was next with 10.

The Knicks will play the Minnesota Timberwolves in Paris on Wednesday in another exhibition game.

Hallberg edges Couples for win

Gary Hallberg shot a record-setting 11-under 61 Sunday to win the Ensure Classic in Conover, N.C., by one stroke ahead of Fred Couples.

Hallberg finished at 16-under 198, tying the event record at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa and winning his first career Champions Tour title. Hallberg bettered the final-round record of 62, set by Bob Tway earlier Sunday. Tway's round had surpassed the former mark of 64 set by Doug Tewell in 2004.

Hallberg - whose best finish on the 50-and-over tour had been a tie for second in the 2008 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. - tied the overall tournament record, first set by R.W. Eaks in the first round in 2008.

Couples (67) had a chance to force a playoff, but he missed an eight-foot putt for birdie on No. 18.

Historic torch sold at auction

A torch used in the first Olympic torch relay for the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany has been auctioned in the Czech Republic for $28,100.

The auction was ordered and organized by a court in Karlovy Vary because the torch's owner was in debt.

Court spokesman Tomas Mahr said an expert commissioned by the court confirmed the authenticity of the torch and estimated its value at $840.

The torch relay made its first appearance during the 1936 Berlin Games used by Adolf Hitler for the propaganda of Nazism.

RailHawks take on the Stars

The NASL Conference champion Carolina RailHawks will be at NSC Minnesota on Wednesday for a quarterfinals match in the USSF D-2 Pro League playoffs.

No. 2 seed Carolina faces the No. 7 Starts at 8 p.m. in Blaine, Minn. The teams will play the return leg on Saturday at Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park at 7 p.m.

Both matches will be available live on CarolinaRail Hawks.com .

Carolina lost both meetings with the Stars this season. The RailHawks fell 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park on April 16 and suffered a 1-0 loss in Minnesota on Sept. 15.

"Once it comes to the playoffs, every team's up for it and hard to beat," Carolina coach Martin Rennie said.

The RailHawks are in the postseason for the second straight year and third time in the club's four-year history. Carolina is still seeking its first playoff win.

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