WATCH LIVE: USA Basketball takes on Argentina in men’s quarters

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After producing three lackluster defensive performances to end pool play, the U.S. men’s basketball team will have a lot more on the line Wednesday night when they play Argentina in the quarterfinal round.

Argentina finished fourth in balanced Pool B, with their loss to Croatia Monday both keeping rival Brazil out of the quarters but also meaning that they’ll have to take on a team that beat them by 36 in an exhibition back in July. The key word: exhibition, as none of Argentina’s most recognizable names (Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola) played more than 25 minutes in that loss. Those three vets will play a lot more Wednesday, as will a point guard in Facundo Campazzo who has the tools needed to give a U.S. team that has struggled to defend ball screens fits.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. vs. Argentina, men’s basketball quarterfinals — 5:45 p.m. Eastern

Campazzo went for 33 points and 11 assists in a double overtime win over Brazil, and he’s shown the ability to not only score but get others involved throughout Olympic play. How they defend Campazzo will be key for the U.S., and they’ll be doing this in what will amount to a road game given the number of boisterous fans who have made the trek to Rio from Argentina. But even with all that said, Mike Krzyzewski’s team will be expected to win and do so in impressive fashion.

If they have better ball and player movement offensively, and do a better job defensively, the U.S. should be on their way to the semis. But it won’t be easy.

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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