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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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Mikaela Shiffrin wrestles with doubt in seconds before World Cup downhill debut

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, skis during the third training run for the World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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After a momentary panic in the start house, Mikaela Shiffrin raced to a tie for 18th in the first downhill of her World Cup career in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion who has also won a World Cup giant slalom, has been slowly adding the speed events of super-G and downhill to her repertoire the last two seasons.

“It wasn’t bad,” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com. “I certainly didn’t risk anything crazy.”

Her result Friday, 1.99 seconds behind Slovenian winner Ilka Stuhec, came after Shiffrin was 18th, 24th and 30th fastest in downhill training runs the previous three days. Shiffrin also had to wait several minutes in the start house as the racer before her crashed (video here).

“That was just a bummer,” Shiffrin said, according to the Denver Post. “I was like, ‘Just don’t let it affect you,’ but being up there for 10 minutes, like, ‘What happened? What’s taking them so long? What’s going on? Is she hurt?’

“Then I started doubting myself, like my technique going off the jumps, which is actually pretty good. I was going back and forth between, ‘Should I even be doing this? Maybe I just should pull out because I don’t want to kill myself.’ Then I’m like, ‘You’re absolutely fine, you haven’t felt sketched out a single time on this track in the past three days, so stick with that. You don’t have to go crazy.'”

“To be fast in speed there certainly needs to be a certain level of risk, and I know that, but now, if [giant slalom] and slalom are my main priority this season, I don’t need to be going crazy in a downhill with flat light and after I got iced [waiting so long],” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com.

Stuhec won Friday’s race by .22 of a second over Italian Sofia Goggia. Swede Kajsa Kling was third.

A race replay can be seen here. Full results are here.

Lindsey Vonn, owner of a record 18 wins at Lake Louise, is missing the annual World Cup stop in Alberta due to a broken arm from a November crash. Vonn had raced at Lake Louise each of the previous 15 seasons.

Last season, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut in the super-G at Lake Louise and finished 15th.

The women have another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, both streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (schedule here).

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High-speed crash at World Cup downhill in Lake Louise (video)

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Swiss Joana Haehlen crashed into netting at high speed during a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Haehlen, 24, lost her right ski after landing from a jump and sped uncontrollably off course. She braced for impact, slammed into red netting and was turned around before landing with neither of her skis still attached.

She lay on the snow while being attended to and eventually skied down the mountain on her own.

It caused a 10-minute delay before the next skier, American Mikaela Shiffrin, could take her run.

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