Argentina erases 4th quarter deficit, beats Brazil in double OT

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Trailing by eight with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Argentina’s men’s basketball team appeared poised to taste defeat against bitter rival Brazil at the Carioca Arena.

But thanks to the work of point guard Facundo Campazzo, who scored seven of Argentina’s final ten points and assisted on the other three, they closed regulation on a 10-2 run to force overtime. Thanks to Campazzo Argentina would erase a six-point deficit in the first overtime, opening the door for the visitors to grab the win in the second extra session. A Manu Ginobili rebound of a missed free throw led to the two foul shots that would seal the 111-107 double overtime victory for Argentina, which is now guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Campazzo was outstanding at the point for Argentina, scoring 33 points and dishing out 11 assists to supplement a 37-point effort from Andres Nocioni. And with Ginobili struggling, scoring 13 points but doing so on 4-for-14 shooting, Argentina needed every one of those points from Campazzo and Nocioni. Luis Scola scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds before fouling out, and former George Washington forward Patricio Garino adding ten points for Argentina, which is now atop Group B on seven points.

Nene led Brazil with 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and his defending of Ginobili on multiple pick and roll switches resulted in the San Antonio Spurs guard forcing challenged shots in multiple instances. Nene was one of six Brazilians to score in double figures, with Alex Garcia scoring 14 points and Leandro Barbosa (11 points) getting hot in the second extra session to nearly force a third overtime.

Currently fourth on five points, with fifth-place Spain (four points) having a game in hand, the hosts have some work to do in their final game against Nigeria to make sure that they get out of group play.

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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