Could U.S. lose Duel in the Pool for first time?

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It looked like the U.S. was in trouble when the preliminary Duel in the Pool teams came out in October, but roster changes may have shifted the balance of power in the Ryder Cup-like meet.

The U.S. team is led by Katie Ledecky, 16, who won four World Championships this summer with two world records, and Tyler ClaryCullen Jones and Anthony Ervin. The European team features French Olympic champion Yannick Agnel and Dutch Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

The two-day event runs Friday (2 p.m. ET) and Saturday (9 a.m.) in Glasgow, Scotland, and will be televised by NBC on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET. It will be a short course meet, which is in a 25-meter pool rather than the Olympic size of 50 meters.

The U.S. has won all five previous duels handily, including a 181.5-80.5 whipping of a European all-star team at the last edition in 2011 in Atlanta. The first three duels were U.S.-Australia battles during the heyday of their rivalry in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This shapes up to be the closest duel yet, and the U.S. could very well lose given it’s missing Michael PhelpsRyan Lochte and Missy Franklin, among others.

The U.S. roster is largely the same from October’s preliminary list, except for the major withdrawal of Lochte, who recently returned to swimming following his run-in with a fan.

The European roster might have suffered greater losses since October, though, with the scratches of French stars Camille MuffatFrederick BousquetFabien GilotFlorent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius.

The duel features 30 total events — 15 men’s, 15 women’s with up to four swimmers for each side in each race — with scoring at five for first place, three for second place and one for third place in individual events. Seven points are given to the side that wins each of the four relays.

There are 262 total points available, meaning the first side to earn 132 points wins.

Here is the complete U.S. Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Cammile Adams — 2012 Olympian
Kathleen Baker
Claire Donahue — 2012 Olympic champion
Jessica Hardy — 2012 Olympic champion
Megan Hawthorne
Sarah Henry
Breeja Larson — 2012 Olympic champion
Micah Lawrence — 2012 Olympian
Katie Ledecky — 2012 Olympic champion
Caitlin Leverenz — 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Simone Manuel
Megan Romano
Gillian Ryan
Olivia Smoliga
Kendyl Stewart
Chloe Sutton — 2008, 2012 Olympian
Shannon Vreeland — 2012 Olympic champion

Men
Tyler Clary – 2012 Olympic champion
Kevin Cordes
Conor Dwyer — 2012 Olympic champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic champion, 2012 Olympian
Jimmy Feigen — 2012 Olympic silver medalist
Nic Fink
Eugene Godsoe
Cullen Jones — 2008, 2012 Olympic champion
Chase Kalisz
Michael Klueh
Tom Luchsinger
Michael McBroom
Matt McLean — 2012 Olympic champion
Cody Miller
Shane Ryan
Tom Shields
Michael Weiss

Here is the complete European Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Sophie Allen (GBR)
Simona Baumrtova (CZE)
Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
Jazmin Carlin (GBR)
Petra Chocova (CZE)
Michelle Coleman (SWE)
Melanie Costa (ESP)
Fiona Doyle (IRL)
Lotte Friis (DEN)
Francesca Halsall (GBR)
Femke Heemskerk (NED)
Franziska Hentke (GER)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)
Hannah Miley (GBR)
Moniek Nijhuis (NED)
Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)
Lauren Quigley (GBR)
Aimee Willmott (GBR)
Daryna Zevina (UKR)

Men
Yannick Agnel (FRA)
Bence Biczo (HUN)
Adam Brown (GBR)
Damir Dugonjic (SLO)
James Guy (GBR)
Michael Jamieson (GBR)
Pal Joensen (FAR)
Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)
Marco Koch (GER)
Yannick Lebherz (GER)
Ivan Lendjer (SRB)
Craig McNally (GBR)
Roberto Pavoni (GBR)
Ben Proud (GBR)
Robbie Renwick (GBR)
Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)
David Verraszto (HUN)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR)
Andrew Willis (GBR)

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

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Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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U.S. women’s basketball team scores most points in FIBA World Cup history

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SYDNEY — A’ja Wilson and the U.S. put on quite a show, breaking the World Cup scoring mark in a record rout of South Korea.

Brionna Jones scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the U.S. beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira Austin’s layup with 9 seconds left helped the Americans break Brazil’s record of 143 points set in 1990.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that can score the basketball like this,” Wilson said. “This is crazy, we put up 145 points. I think when you look at us and just knowing how talented we are, we just came together and we play together very, very well.”

The U.S. always has the most talented and deepest roster of any team in the World Cup with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. Still, the Americans had never come close to that sort of offensive output during it’s storied World Cup history. The previous team record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The scoring margin was also the biggest in U.S. history as well surpassing the 75-point win over Angola in 2014.

The win was also the 26th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals when they fell to Russia. The U.S. also won 26 in a row from 1994-2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-1986.

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What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed on to Breanna Stewart and Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon.

The U.S. (4-0), which has been playing stellar defense, was challenged by South Korea early. The teams were trading baskets for the first 8 minutes and it was tied at 21 before the Americans took control, scoring the final 11 points of the period.

Kahleah Copper came off the bench for the first time of the tournament and scored six points during that spurt. The Americans kept the streak going to start the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points to put the game away.

By the time the game reached the half the U.S. was up 68-40, including scoring 44 points in the paint against the undersized Koreans.

“We were trying to get the ball inside,” Jones said. “We had an advantage there.”

The only suspense in the second half was how many records the Americans could break. They took down their own scoring mark on Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 6:15 left in the game and kept putting up points with Austin’s layup capping off the contest.

Other records broken on Monday included the 62 field goals made, 36 assists and 94 points in the paint.

“Our size was a problem for them and I thought we shared the ball,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said.

The Americans were well rested for the game after having their first day off of the tournament on Sunday.

Despite the rout, South Korea (1-3) can still advance to the quarterfinals with a win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Leeseul Kang, who had 37 points in a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.

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