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Alburquerque made it through
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MADRID - With golden confetti raining on their heads and Party in the U.S.A ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything. Doesnt matter. They had stopped listening long ago. All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were put down as easily as their opponents. It kind of was, again, a smack to our face, saying the U.S. was sending the B-team to go play in the World Cup, forward Kenneth Faried said. Just because LeBrons not here, Kobes not here, (Kevin) Durants not here, doesnt mean anything. We can step up and win the gold, too. Thats what we did tonight. And just like every other game, the Americans did it easily. Tournament MVP Kyrie Irving made all six of his 3-point attempts and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup. James Harden added 23 points for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them. This depleted team that was supposedly weak enough to lose was too good to be touched. Obviously we didnt have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there, guard Stephen Curry said. The Americans came in winning by 32.5 points per game and their closest victory in the tournament was by 21 points over Turkey. They thought they would get a tough game Sunday, but were simply too good to let that happen. They finished at 58 per cent from the field. They made 15 of 30 3-point attempts and had eight of their 12 players score in double figures. I think the results were dominant, but we had spurts of dominance in a lot of games, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. And we had tough games and then all of a sudden wed have a spurt and it looked like we dominated. Tonight we had like about a 35-minute spurt. The Americans were supposed to have All-Star forwards Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, who all informed USA Basketball not long before the tournament that they would be unavailable. But Irving and Harden stuck around, and despite sending the youngest U.S. team since NBA players debuted in 1992, the Americans remained as dominant as ever. They have won 63 straight games a€” 45 in official FIBA events and 18 in exhibition play a€” and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. LeBron James, Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul might want to return for that competition. But the Americans will have to leave room for some players from this team, which has loads of young talent that figures to get even better from the time it spent together. It was the fifth world title for the Americans, tying Yugoslavia for the most all-time. And the second for Derrick Rose, who used this tournament as his return after missing most of the last two seasons following a pair of knee surgeries, along with Curry and Rudy Gay. It was the first medal for Serbia, which had been a part of Yugoslavia when it won five. The Yugoslavians had been the last repeat champions, winning in 1998 and 2002. The Serbians were only 2-3 in the group stage but then routed previously unbeaten Greece and Brazil before building a big lead and holding on for a 90-85 semifinal victory over France, which had beat them in the group stage and knocked out tournament co-favourite Spain in the quarters. Serbia carried that momentum into the early moments of this one. Using a fluid offence that produced layups and dunks, Serbia opened the biggest lead any team had against the U.S. in this tournament when Miroslav Raduljicas three-point play made it 15-7. That was wiped out in a minute, and Serbias hopes of winning didnt last much longer. I dont think anything worked what we planned, but nevertheless Im still happy with the effort that we put on the floor, Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic said. Harden had a three-point play and a 3-pointer, DeMarcus Cousins tied it with a pair of free throws, and then Irving had a jumper, 3-pointer and layup to cap a 15-0 burst that made it 22-15. Irving hit a couple more 3s in an 11-0 run later in the quarter that provided a 35-19 cushion, and the Americans poured it on midway through the second in making it 56-30 after back-to-back 3s by Irving and Harden. France beat Lithuania 95-93 on Saturday for the bronze. Nike Air Max 270 Sale . DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1:00 PM (ET) Detroit - G Rodney Austin, WR Ryan Broyles, DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DT Caraun Reid, CB Mohammed Seisay, DE Larry Webster Chicago - S Chris Conte, DT Brandon Dunn, QB David Fales, K Robbie Gould, CB Terrance Mitchell, OT Michael Ola, DE Trevor Scott GREEN BAY PACKERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 1:00 PM (ET) Green Bay - LB Carl Bradford, DT Bruce Gaston, C Garth Gerhart, CB Davon House, WR Jeff Janis, TE Justin Perillo, QB Scott Tolzien Tampa Bay - OT Anthony Collins, CB Isaiah Frey, WR Robert Herron, RB Mike James, WR Solomon Patton, FB/TE Evan Rodriguez, LB Lawrence Sidbury KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 1:00 PM (ET) Kansas City - WR Donnie Avery, CB Marcus Cooper, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL Eric Kush, QB Aaron Murray, RB Charcandrick West, DT Nick Williams Pittsburgh - WR Justin Brown, DE Clifton Geathers, G Chris Hubbard, QB Landry Jones, S Troy Polamalu, TE Matt Spaeth, CB Ike Taylor MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1:00 PM (ET) Minnesota - LB Anthony Barr, OT Carter Bykowski, DB Ahmad Dixon, OT Charlie Johnson, FB Zach Line, CB Shaun Prater, TE Kyle Rudolph Miami - G Nate Garner, WR Matt Hazel, S Don Jones, WR Rishard Matthews, LB Chris McCain, G Dallas Thomas, RB Daniel Thomas NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1:00 PM (ET) New England - CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount, OL Dan Connolly, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, RB James White NY Jets - DT T. 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No histrionics from the rookie manager -- not in this situation at least. All he had to do was challenge the call and wait. "Its almost awkward when you go out there," Ausmus said. "Normally the manager would go out there to scream and yell, but it doesnt make sense to go out there and scream and yell if they know you have a challenge. In essence, Im really just taking my time getting out there so we can get a determination from our video room as to whether we should use the challenge." Baseballs new instant replay system was popular at Comerica Park on Wednesday, when two calls at first base were overturned in Detroits favour. The second reversal ended a Kansas City rally in the 10th, and the Tigers eventually won 2-1 on Ian Kinslers single in the bottom of the inning. Kinsler also hit a solo homer in the fourth, helping Detroit win despite a blown save by new closer Joe Nathan. Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tigers. "All I kept thinking about was picking up Max. He was so good all game and you dont want to waste that kind of performance," said Kinsler, who was acquired from Texas for Prince Fielder in a November trade. "It was great for Joe, too. We know hes a great closer, but it is a lot easier to forget about a bad outing when your team wins the game." In the top of the 10th, Kansas Citys Norichika Aoki was called safe at first, and it looked like the Royals would have first and third with two outs against Al Alburquerque (1-0). But upon further review, the throw barely beat Aoki. He was called out to end the threat. There was another overturn in the sixth when Detroits Tyler Collins was initially called out at first, giving Kansas City a 4-6-3 double play. The play was reviewed and Collins was ruled safe, although Detroit didnt score. "Thats exactly why the system is there -- to get the call right," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Both calls went against us, but they were the right calls, so I dont have any probleem with it.ddddddddddddquot; Scherzer allowed four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, but Nathan blew a save at Comerica for the first time after 19 straight as a visitor. Alex Gordons bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth tied it, and Nathan balked the runners ahead when he pulled up in the middle of his motion. Nathan said afterward he stopped because he wasnt sure he and catcher Alex Avila were on the same page. "I just didnt want to cross him up," Nathan said. "I thought I saw a fastball in, and when I came up to my balance position and looked in, I saw him setting up away." After Alburquerque made it through the 10th, Austin Jackson and Nick Castellanos both walked for Detroit. Kinsler won it with a two-out single to left-centre off Tim Collins (0-1). Scherzer can become a free agent after this season, and if he keeps pitching like this hell be in line for quite a payday. The American League Cy Young Award winner mostly cruised until the eighth, when Salvador Perez doubled leading off. Scherzer rebounded to strike out Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. Ausmus then visited the mound, but he left Scherzer in. Alcides Escobar followed with a flyout on Scherzers 110th and final pitch. Scherzer said Ausmus told him to make a decision about staying in. "I said, Give me a second to think about it," Scherzer said. "I needed to be honest with Brad. I said, Give me the ball." Jason Vargas, who signed a $32 million, four-year contract in the off-season, was sharp in his first start for Kansas City. He allowed a run and five hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out six. NOTES: The Royals announced OF Carlos Peguero was sent outright to Triple-A Omaha after clearing waivers. He was designated for assignment March 25. ... Collins made his first major league start in LF. His debut came in Mondays opener, when he scored the winning run as a pinch-runner. On Wednesday, he made a nice catch in the second while sliding on his stomach. ... Kansas City rookie Yordano Ventura takes the mound Thursday against Detroits Anibal Sanchez. ' ' '
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