Basketball: Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. routed Japan 98-45 in the Group E finale at the World Cup in Shanghai. The U.S. (3-0) is bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive title. G Marcus Smart missed the win over Japan with a left quad strain and is day to day. He missed most of the team’s training in August with a calf strain on the same left side and played only 11 minutes in a 93-92 OT victory over Turkey on Tuesday. Smart’s Celtics teammate, G Jayson Tatum, sat out against Japan with a sprained ankle. He will miss the game against Greece.
Golf: Paul Casey of England defied windy and rainy conditions to shoot an openinground 6-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead at the European Open in Hamburg, Germany. Matthias Schwab of Austria was second . ... Third-ranked Dustin Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee and is expected to return this fall. Johnson is expected to be playing again before the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas and the Presidents Cup in Melbourne in early December.
NHL: The league and Players’ Association will meet again Friday in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations. Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current CBA effective a year from now. Owners had the same option and chose not to end it . ... The league will expand its reach into Russia with a new streaming agreement with Yandex that will more than triple the amount of games broadcast there. The previous agreement called for 15 games a week to be broadcast.
Soccer: Italy needed two late goals to secure a 3-1 road win over 10-man Armenia and extend its perfect start to European Championship qualifying. Substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini broke a tie with a goal in the 77th minute and Andrea Belotti scored his second of the match in the 80th minute for Italy, which improved to 5-0 in five groupplay matches. Captain Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, Bryan Cristante, Cristiano Biraghi and Mattia De Sciglio sat out the match with injuries. Spain also stayed perfect with a 2-1 win over Romania.
Also: RFK Stadium, the former home of the NFL’s Redskins, Major League Baseball’s Nationals and Senators and D.C. United of the MLS, will be demolished by 2021, Washington officials announced. The vacant, deteriorating structure opened in 1961 as D.C. Stadium and was renamed in 1969 for Robert F. Kennedy the year after he was assassinated.