2016 Rio Olympics

Nikola Mirotic, Spain advance to quarterfinals at Olympics

Nikola Mirotic, Spain advance to quarterfinals at Olympics

Spain's comeback from an 0-2 start at the Olympics is complete.

The Spaniards, featuring Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, beat Argentina 92-73 on Monday to complete group play with a 3-2 record.

After losing the first two group matches by a combined three points, Spain had its back against the wall for the remainder of group play. Even after a 50-point win against previously undefeated Lithuania on Saturday, the Spaniards still entered Monday's Group B finale needing to win to avoid a surprising early elimination.

Mirotic scored 10 points on 3-9 shooting. He had six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Former Bull Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Another former Bull, Andres Nocioni, followed up his 37-point effort against Brazil with just six points in the loss for Argentina.

Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals with 3-2 records in group play.

The final game in Group B decided Team USA's quarterfinal opponent. Croatia beat Lithuania 90-81 to create a four-way tie at 3-2 in the group. That means the Americans face a tough quarterfinal against Argentina on Wednesday.

Brazil and Nigeria were eliminated on Monday. The host Brazilians beat Nigeria 86-69 earlier on Monday with Bulls center Felicio scoring two points with six rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes.

Javier Baez celebrates Monica Puig winning Puerto Rico's first gold medal


Javier Baez celebrates Monica Puig winning Puerto Rico's first gold medal

Puerto Rico's Monica Puig surprised the tennis world by winning the gold medal in women's singles at the Olympics.

After she beat Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final on Saturday the celebration was on for her and her country, which had never won a gold medal before.

Cubs infielder Javier Baez, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, joined in on the celebration on Instagram with a photo of Puig and a pro-Puerto Rico caption.

The Olympics were a breakout tournament for the 22-year-old Puig, who entered the tournament ranked 34th in the world. She's only made it past the third round in one major tournament, 2013 Wimbledon when she lost in the fourth round, but knocked off two top-five players en route to Olympic glory. Puig beat No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the third round before knocking off world No. 2 Kerber in the final.

Puig was clearly emotional after her win. She draped herself in a Puerto Rican flag to show her country pride.

Cubs fans and Baez will both be hoping that he can bring some extra accolades in the name of Puerto Rico later this year.

Nikola Mirotic scores 17 points in Spain's rout of Lithuania

Nikola Mirotic scores 17 points in Spain's rout of Lithuania

After an 0-2 start, Nikola Mirotic and Spain have rallied to remain in position to advance to the quarterfinals at the Olympics.

The Bulls forward scored 17 points in a resounding 109-59 win against Lithuania in Group B action on Saturday. Lithuania (3-1) was the last undefeated team in the group.

Mirotic had an efficient shooting night, going 8-11 from the field. He went 1-4 from 3-point land and made all seven 2-pointers. He also had four rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Mirotic is averaging 12.25 points per game in the four games so far.

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Former Bull Pau Gasol had another big game with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

Spain, which improved to 2-2 in the Olympics, raced out to a 26-11 lead after a quarter and built on the lead in every quarter.

The Spanish will finish against Argentina, which boasts a 3-1 record after beating host Brazil in double overtime thanks to a 37-point night from former Bull Andres Nocioni. If Spain, which lost its first two games by a combined three points, loses they will need some help in the form of a Brazil loss to winless Nigeria to advance to the quarterfinals.