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T-Wolves beat Lakers in London

The British crowd came to see Kobe Bryant and his champion teammates. What they got was Michael Beasley and a surprise showing from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Beasley scored 21 points and Minnesota beat the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, 111-92, last night in their preseason opener in London. Bryant put in only a brief appearance for Los Angeles, going scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting in a little more than six minutes of playing time.

That wasn't enough to satisfy the sold-out O2 Arena crowd, which chanted "Kobe, Kobe, Kobe" during the second half. Bryant, who is still recovering from knee surgery in the offseason, answered with polite laughs on the bench.

Bulls give Noah extension

The Chicago Bulls are keeping Joakim Noah around for a while. When he gets to play with Carlos Boozer, however, will take a little bit longer than expected. The Bulls confirmed they have signed Noah to a multiyear contract extension. The Chicago Tribune reported it is worth about $11 million annually with incentives that could take it higher. The news wasn't so good for Boozer, who broke the fifth metatarsal in his right hand over the weekend. He will have surgery Tuesday, and is expected to miss about eight weeks.


MSU's Dantonio out of hospital

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was released from a hospital after treatment for a blood clot that was discovered less than two weeks after surgery following a mild heart attack. Dantonio was admitted Thursday with a blood clot in a leg and missed the Spartans' 34-24 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. He has missed two games following the heart attack Sept. 19.

Court sides with USC on 'SC'

The Supreme Court won't decide who really owns the initials "SC" when it comes to college sports: the University of Southern California or the University of South Carolina.

The high court refused to hear an appeal from South Carolina, which wanted to trademark a baseball cap logo with the initials "SC." The Trojans already have a trademark on a version of "SC" and say the Gamecocks' symbol looks too much like theirs. The California school says it has sold tens of millions of dollars of apparel with "SC" on it, and South Carolina only wanted to start using those initials on baseball caps in 1997. Courts have rejected South Carolina's trademark.


Coundoul MLS player of week

Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul has been named the MLS player of the week. Coundoul made a career-high 12 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday. The win clinched a playoff berth for New York and moved it into first place in the Eastern Conference. The shutout was Coundoul's 10th of the season, setting a franchise record. He has a 13-7-5 record and a goals-against average of 1.04 in 25 games played.


U.S. tops France

The United States opened the third round of the volleyball world championships with a 3-0 win over France in Rome. Clayton Stanley led the Olympic champions with 14 points, four blocks and four aces - while Sean Rooney and David Lee added 11 points each. U.S. coach Alan Knipe called his squad's attack and block percentage "almost perfect." - APTENNIS

Aussie Open ups prize money

The singles champions at next year's Australian Open will each pocket a record $2.2 million in Australian dollars ($2.1 million in U.S. currency) in prize money. Tennis Australia said it increased the total prize fund at the season-opening Grand Slam event to $25 million, up from $24.1 million. Roger Federer and Serena Williams each won about 2 million in U.S. dollars for taking the singles titles in Melbourne nine months ago.

- Bloomberg News

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