James scores 23 as U.S. pummels China
In Guangzhou, China, LeBron James scored 23 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the United States to a 119-73 win over China on Monday in a game Yao Ming missed because of injury.
Playing without Yao, who is nursing an injured foot, and NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi, Chinese players were repeatedly stripped of the ball by the tough U.S. defense and were left slipping and falling trying to keep up with their faster opponents.
The Americans led by 23 at halftime and by 40 after three quarters.
Brad Miller went 6-for-6 from behind the 3-point line for the Americans, who are preparing for the world championships in Japan starting Aug. 19.
Thrashers re-sign oft-injured forward
In Atlanta, J.P. Vigier, who missed half of last season due to injuries, re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday.
The 29-year-old forward had four goals and six assists in 41 games last season. He missed 14 games with a broken foot and then sat out the final 25 because of a knee injury.
In five seasons with Atlanta, Vigier has 18 goals and 15 assists.
- Ladislav Nagy was awarded a one-year, $3 million deal by an arbitrator and agreed to terms with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Boland earns place among hall's elite
In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Bill Boland's long trip to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame started in 1948, when he was barely a teenager riding a train from his native Texas to storied Belmont Park.
Two years later, as a 16-year-old apprentice jockey, Boland won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground. He was only the second apprentice to win the Derby.
On Monday, Boland joined Carl Hanford, trainer of the famed Kelso, and champion thoroughbred Cougar II as the newest inductees into the hall of fame across the street from Saratoga Race Course.
Bout pits Whitfield against Moreno
Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield will carry his undefeated record into the ring against Alejandro Moreno in an eight-round bout on Aug. 26 at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, Miss.
Whitfield (15-0, 8 KOs) and Moreno (21-18-3, 10 KOs) will fight in the 115-pound weight class.
Lady Jags welcome nine new players
Augusta State coach Melissa Mullins announced Monday the addition of nine players who will join the Jaguars in the fall.
They are: Jessie Sadlowsky, an outfielder from Oxford, Ga.; Leann Barber, a utility player from Wrightsville, Ga.; Kimberly Kennedy, a pitcher from Rutledge, Ga.; Kayla Hicks, a third baseman from Loganville, Ga.; Christina Morrison, an outfielder from Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; Ashton Ledgrande, an infielder from Harlem High School; Briarwood Academy standouts Beth Gerlach, an infielder, and Katie Reese, a utility player; and Kristin Wallace, an infielder who transferred from Southern Wesleyan.
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