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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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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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