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US World Cup team passes by Japanese team 98-45

In their first round of games at the Basketball World Cup, the US team scored 98 points against the Japanese team. According to the Associated Press, “The U.S. is headed to a pair of second-round games in Shenzhen, China — with the first one Saturday against Antetokounmpo and Greece. The Greeks claimed the 16th and final second-round berth with a win Thursday night against New Zealand.” The Japanese team is set to play the New Zealand team next, while the U.S. team is set to play the team from Greece in the second round of games.

Nadal wins against Schwartzman in US Open and advances to semi finals

Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, advanced to the semi finals of the U.S. Open after beating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. According to the Associated Press, it “took more than two hours just for those two sets. Eventually, both were claimed by Nadal. And so, ultimately, was the match and a berth in a 33rd Grand Slam semifinal for Nadal, who prevented Schwartzman from reaching his first by winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 after 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.” Nadal’s next match is against Italian player Mattteo Berrettini.

Ex-hockey player breaks public silence

After being named as one of the US Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019, former goaltender for the Bruins, Tim Thomas broke his several years-long public silence. According to the Associated Press, “Thomas, eight years ago, became the oldest player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and is a Boston sports hero for his role in the Bruins’ first championship since 1972. He said last season’s playoffs were the first he had watched since retiring because the Bruins were doing so well. He brushed off the idea of returning to his old home arena.”

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