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Team USA routs Greece

Eric Gordon scored 18 points and the United States defeated Greece, 87-59, Wednesday in a final tuneup in Athens before the world championships. Missing all of the stars from the team that won Olympic gold two years ago, the U.S. team turned to youthful exuberance against Greece. Their quickness on defense resulted in 24 turnovers, helping the Americans build a 42-32 lead by halftime. The Americans then went on a 28-12 run in the third quarter to put away the game. Forward Costas Tsartsaris scored 17 of his team-high 24 points in the first half for Greece, which was playing less than a week after a bench-clearing brawl in a game against Serbia. The world championships begin Saturday in Turkey.


Clarett allowed UFL tryout

Former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett received permission to leave Ohio to try out for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He served 31/2 years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a bar, then spent 41/2 months in a community-based, lockdown dormitory. Looking fit and relaxed in a gray suit, purple dress shirt and dark purple tie, the 26-year-old Clarett did not speak.


No respect for Derby winner

Four months and two losses after he won the Kentucky Derby, Super Saver has been relegated to a 6-1 co-third choice for Saturday's $1-million, 11/4-mile Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm is the 7-2 favorite, with Trappe Shot at 4-1 and Afleet Express also at 6-1. Super Saver drew post 11 and will be ridden by Calvin Borel. The field, from the rail out: Miner's Reserve; Trappe Shot; Admiral Alex; First Dude; A Little Warm; Ice Box; Afleet Express; Fly Down; Friend or Foe; Afleet Again and Super Saver.


Saladino loses at U.S. Amateur

Joe Saladino of Huntington lost on the first extra hole of his match against Canadian Eugene Wong at the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in Washington state. Wong, whose play for the University of Oregon won him the Nicklaus Award as the coaches' pick as player of the year, won the final two holes of regulation.


Kenya's Keitany debuts

Reigning world half-marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya will make her New York City Marathon debut in November. The New York Road Runners announced that it will be the first marathon of Keitany's career. She joins Olympian Shalane Flanagan of the United States, who also will be making her marathon debut on Nov. 7. Others in the women's field are two-time Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand and former world champion Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia. - AP

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