Sports Digest: Flagg helps USA advance to U17 Basketball World Cup semi-finals


Newport’s Cooper Flagg recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds on Friday to lead the United States to a 106-80 win over Serbia in the U17 Basketball World Cup quarterfinals in Malaga, Spain.

Flagg, the youngest member of the American roster, also had four assists, three blocks and three steals. He was the team’s top scorer and rebounder.

The United States qualified for the semi-finals on Saturday against Lithuania. France faces Spain in the other semi-final. The league game is Sunday.

NBA: Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a two-year, $122 million extension that puts the Olympic gold medalist under contract through the 2026-27 season, a person familiar with the negotiations has said.

Lillard will make about $59 million in 2025-26 and then about $63 million next year, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the extension did not have been announced.

He will earn around $137 million over the next three seasons before the expansion begins.

Lillard is a six-time All-Star who spent his 10 NBA seasons in Portland. He will be 32 on July 15.


PGA/EUROPEAN TOURS: Cameron Tringale finally saw off the Renaissance Club in the windy weather and held on to stay three strokes clear at the Scottish Open as he bids to win for the first time in his 13th year on the PGA Tour.

Tringale made four straight bogeys around the turn but finished with three pars for a 2 of 72. He had a three-stroke lead over Gary Woodland (72) and Doug Ghim, whose 69 raised hopes he could win one of three places available for next week’s British Open.

This is the first time the PGA Tour has co-sanctioned a European Tour event, and it has led to the strongest field in tournament history, with 14 of the top 15 players in the world rankings. Seven of them missed the cut, including top-ranked Scottie Scheffler.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Steven Alker shot a bogeyless 66-under 4-under for a share of the second-round lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship with Joe Durant (65), Tim Petrovic (66) and Alex Cejka (70) in Akron, Ohio.

The leaders were 6 under 134.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Tadej Pogacar earned a blistering finish up the steep gravel slope to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles as he extended his overall lead.

Pogacar edged out Jonas Vingaard to claim his second consecutive stage victory. The two-time defending champion started the 109-mile leg with a four-second lead over Neilson Powless in the overall standings and finished it with a 35-second advantage over Vingaard.


WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIPS : Athletics officials have confirmed that Russians will not be allowed to compete at this month’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon due to the war in Ukraine.

The federation banned Russians from participating in major international events shortly after the country invaded Ukraine in February. At the time, World Athletics chairman Sebastian Coe said the unprecedented move appeared “to be the only peaceful way to disrupt and disable Russia’s current intentions and restore peace”.

The world championships will start next Friday and will continue until July 24.


SPAIN: American midfielder Luca de la Torre has agreed to join Celta Vigo, the club have said.

Celta have said de la Torre will sign a four-year contract with the club based in northwestern Spain.

He arrives from Dutch club Heracles Almelo, where he made 64 Eredivisie appearances in two seasons. De la Torre, 24, has made 11 appearances for the US national team.

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