Quick hits — basketball, auto racing and more

June 8, 2014 


Mitchell’s team wins 3-on-3 title

At Moscow, South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell helped Team USA to its second gold medal in as many FIBA 3-on-3 World Championships with a 9-0 record. Mitchell and her teammates – Cierra Burdick (Tennessee), Sara Hammond (Louisville) and Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame) – capped their run with a 15-8 win against host Russia on Sunday evening.

Earlier Sunday, Team USA had an early lead on Pool A winner Belgium in the semifinals, but saw the game tied at 13 with just over 30 seconds remaining. Mitchell helped turn the tide, leaping to steal a pass into the post and turning it into a bucket before combining to force another Belgium turnover, which led to another U.S. bucket. The spurt was the start of the last push to an 18-14 victory.

The final saw a pair of undefeated teams face off after Russia dispatched Pool C winner Czech Republic in the other semifinal. Team USA was unfazed by the home crowd and finished off the gold-medal effort with a 15-8 victory.

auto racing

Ricciardo wins Canadian Grand Prix

At Montreal, Daniel Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix, breaking the Mercedes stranglehold on the Formula One circuit.

The Red Bull driver earned his first Formula One victory and the first win this year for any driver other than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo passed Rosberg, the points leader and pole-sitter, with two laps to go. Hamilton was knocked out in the 48th lap with a brake problem. Rosberg finished second, easily protecting his lead in the championship standings.


Cotto wins title

At New York, Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Sergio Martinez in their WBC world middleweight title fight Saturday night. Martinez didn’t get off the stool when the bell rang for the 10th round. Cotto improved to 39-4. Martinez fell to 51-3-2.

field hockey

U.S. women oust Germany

At The Hague, Netherlands, the U.S. women maintained their strong run at the field hockey World Cup, ousting Germany with a 4-1 victory. Kathleen Sharkey scored twice for the Americans, who lead Group B with 10 points and are all but certain of their first trip to the semifinals in 20 years.

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