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World University Games have 100-point basketball blowout

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Remember when the U.S. men’s basketball team beat Nigeria 156-73 at the London Olympics?

They’ve got nothing on the Russian women’s team at the World University Games.

Russia beat Mongolia 123-23 at the Games in Kazan, Russia, earlier this week. The 100-point margin of victory matches the Olympic record set in two separate men’s games at the 1948 London Olympics (if exhaustive researching is correct).

The World University Games are what you’d guess, an international multi-sports event (every two years) featuring athletes between the ages of 17 and 24 who are or have been college students in the last year.

It’s not quite the Olympics — chess is one of the “sports” at the World University Games.

Some stats from Russia’s 123-23 win over Mongolia:

• Russia led 31-10 after the first quarter. Mongolia didn’t score in the third quarter.

• More than half of Mongolia’s points came from one player — Solongo Bayasgalan (12 points). Nobody else made more than one basket. 

• Russia’s leading scorer — Lyubov Paskalenko — outscored Mongolia 24-23.

• Mongolia shot 8-for-51 (16 percent) from the field.

• Russia forced 41 Mongolia turnovers, including 29 on steals.

• Mongolia lost by 74 and 73 points in its next two games.

In the 1948 Olympics, Iraq lost to China 125-25 and South Korea 120-20. Neither China nor South Korea made it past the quarterfinals, leading one to wonder what the gold-medal winning Americans would have done against Iraq had they played.

The U.S. men’s basketball team at the World University Games features 2013 first-team All-American Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock (Louisville).

Their results: wins over United Arab Emirates (140-46), Czech Republic (96-53) and Sweden (83-65) and losses to Australia (93-84) and Canada (94-85). The loss to Canada on Friday knocked the U.S. out of medal contention.

The U.S. women’s team has scored more than 100 points in each of its first four games to make the semifinals. Their margins of victory over Mali, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Sweden were 88, 40, 30 and 31.

They’re led by 2013 first-team All-American Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and second-team All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn).

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Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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