Team USA advances to semifinals


Team USA advances to semifinals

By Steve Wojcik

If you take a look at the score, this looks like nothing more than another USA blowout, but the final score doesn't truly tell the story of Team USA's 119-86 victory over Australia in the men's quarterfinal Wednesday night.

Australia was competitive for much of the game, even trimming their deficit to three early in the third quarter, behind an 11-0 run to begin the period. But Australia had no answer for Lebron James and Kobe Bryant in the second half, when Team USA started to pull away.

James posted a triple-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, but it was really Bryant who stole the show, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half and finishing the game with 20 points.

Australia was led by strong performances from San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and forward Joe Ingles, who plays professionally for Regal FC Barcelona. Mills led all scorers with 26 points and Ingles added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while playing the entire 40 minutes.

Team USA improved their record to 6-0 in London and will join Argentina, Russia and Spain in the semifinals.

To get to the gold medal game, Team USA will have to get past Argentina Friday in a rematch of the 2004 Athens Olympics semifinal - a game that Argentina won. Team USA has not lost since.

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Bears confirm OLB Leonard Floyd underwent surgery to repair fracture in right hand


Bears confirm OLB Leonard Floyd underwent surgery to repair fracture in right hand

Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed to reporters on Monday that OLB Leonard Floyd underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand he sustained in the first quarter of Saturday's 24-23 preseason win over the Denver Broncos.

The good news is, the Bears are optimistic that Floyd will be available to play in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The bad news is, he'll likely have to play with a cast on until his injury fully heals.

"I don't think it's going to be healed, I think he's going to have to end up playing through it," Nagy said. "It might require something in regards to having a cast or a club-type deal. There's been evidence of guys that have had that and been productive, so that's what we're hoping." 

TE Adam Shaheen, who suffered a right ankle sprain on the first drive of the game, is still being evaluated and it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready by Week 1.

"We're not sure there yet," Nagy said. "We're hoping. We'll probably know more later today after the tests come back."

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week we spotlight some Indiana vs. Illinois border wars:

Gary (West Side) at Woodstock, 7 p.m.

Hammond (HS) at Reavis, 7 p.m.

Hammond (Gavit) at St. Ignatius, 7:30 p.m.  

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.