MUDIAY’S 22 HELP TEAM WORLD WIN NBA AFRICA GAME

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG» Nuggest guard Em­manuel Mudiay, who’s from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, con­trib­uted 22 points, nine as­sists and eight re­bounds to Team World’s 10897 vic­tory over Team Africa in the NBA Africa Game on Satur­day.

Jaylen Brown of the Bos­ton Celtics scored 12 of his 15 points dur­ing the fourth quar­ter.

Team World put away the NBA’S sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion in South Africa by scor­ing the fi­nal 10 points to win a game that was tied 77-77 af­ter three quar­ters. Detroit’s An­dre Drum­mond scored 14 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds, while Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks con­trib­uted 14 points and eight re­bounds.

In­di­ana’s Vic­tor Oladipo scored 28 points for Team Africa, which was made up of play­ers born in Africa and sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion African play­ers.

The game was played in sup­port of UNICEF, the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion and SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages South Africa.

Pi­eters, John­son are co-lead­ers.

OHIO» Thomas Pi­eters of Bel­gium AKRON, ended his roller-coaster round with his eighth birdie, a 30-footer that rammed into the back of the cup for a 4-un­der-par 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach John­son at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional.

Pi­eters led by three shots with his ex­plo­sive start Satur­day but ran into trou­ble off the tee and kept drop­ping shots on the back nine. Mo­ments af­ter John­son holed a 10-foot birdie on the 18th for a 5-un­der 65 to take the lead, Pi­eters joined him with his long putt.

Pi­eters made only three pars over his last 11 holes, yet he still has his best chance to win in Amer­ica.

• I.K. Kim an­swered the chal­lenge with a 6-un­der 66 at the Women’s Bri­tish Open to build a six-shot lead as she goes af­ter her first ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

Kim faced a bat­tle be­fore she even teed off at Kings­barns Links. In­bee Park tied a course record with a 64 to get within one shot. Stacy Lewis shot a 65 and was two shots be­hind.

Kim was equally impressive. The 29-year-old South Korean played bo­gey-free golf and was at 17-un­der 199. She was six shots clear of Ge­or­gia Hall of Eng­land and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn. Lexi Thomp­son shot a 74 and was 10 shots be­hind.

• Paul Goy­dos shot a tour­na­men­trecord 60 and was tied with Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers af­ter two rounds of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ 3M Cham­pi­onship.

Goy­dos, who shot a 59 at the PGA’S 2010 John Deere Clas­sic, was 7-un­der through 12 holes — be­fore mak­ing birdies at 15, 16 and 17 and an ea­gle on the par-5 18th. He needed only one putt on 16 greens and two on the oth­ers at the TPC Twin Cities.

Perry, a co-leader with Mike Goodes af­ter the first round, shot his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 65. He won the tour­na­ment in 2014 and 2015.

Sauers shot an 8-un­der 64.

Lochte fifth in 100 back­stroke.

N.Y.» In his first USA

EAST MEADOW, Swim­ming-sanc­tioned event af­ter a 10-month sus­pen­sion for his be­hav­ior at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Ryan Lochte fin­ished fifth in the 100-me­ter back­stroke with a time of 55.16 sec­onds at the U.S. Open.

Foot­notes. Gun Run­ner won the Whit­ney Stakes by 5¼ lengths as the 3-5 fa­vorite at Saratoga, giv­ing Hall of Fame trainer Steve As­mussen his first vic­tory in the $1.2 mil­lion race. … Kyle Busch won the Xfin­ity Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, top­ping the Penske Rac­ing duo of Joey Logano and Brad Ke­selowski. … Ok­la­homa wide re­ceiver Nick Basquine will miss the 2017 sea­son be­cause of an Achilles ten­don in­jury. … In the first meet­ing be­tween com­pa­tri­ots Coco Van­deweghe and Cici Bel­lis, it was the No. 6 seeded Van­deweghe who ad­vanced to the fi­nal at the Bank of the West Clas­sic, sur­ren­der­ing four games in a 6-3, 6-1 semi­fi­nal vic­tory.

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