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NBA stars lead the way for Eurobasket wins

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The stars showed up at Eurobasket in a big way Tuesday.

Giannis Antetokoun­mpo scored 41 points in 27 minutes for Greece, Luka Doncic had 36 points for Slovenia, and two-time defending NBA MVP Nikola Jokic scored 29 points for Serbia — three of the world’s best players leading their teams to big groupstage wins at the European championsh­ips.

There’s one more group-stage game left for each to play, and then a trip to Berlin awaits because Greece, Slovenia and Serbia have clinched spots in the 16-team knockout round that begins Saturday.

In Milan, Antetokoun­mpo overpowere­d Ukraine during a 99-79 victory that ensured Greece (4-0) would finish atop its group. Antetokoun­mpo’s point total was the most in a Eurobasket game since Dirk Nowitzki had 43 for Germany in 2001.

Antetokoun­mpo, who also pulled down nine rebounds, finished 13 for 18 from the floor and 15 for 18 from the foul line.

In other Group C games, Estonia routed Great Britain, 94-62, and Italy beat Croatia, 81-76.

In Group B, Doncic’s 36 points led Slovenia past host Germany, 88-80, in Cologne.

Doncic made 14 of 25 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for Slovenia (3-1). Goran Dragic added 18 points.

Dennis Schröder scored 19 points for Germany (3-1).

Elsewhere in Group B, Lithuania posted an 87-64 victory over Hungary behind 21 points from Jonas Valanciuna­s.

Also, Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help France get past Bosnia and Herzegovin­a, 81-68.

In Group A, Alperen Sengun scored 24 points to pace group leader Turkey (3-1) to a 78-63 win over Belgium in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Also, Spain clinched a berth in the round of 16 with an 82-65 triumph over Montenegro, and Dee Bost had 33 points and 12 assists for Bulgaria in a 92-80 win over Georgia.

In Group D, Jokic was 11 for 13 from the floor and collected 11 rebounds for Serbia (4-0) in its 89-78 victory over Israel in Prague.

Deni Avdija of the Washington Wizards scored 14 points for Israel (2-2).

Also in Group D, Poland got past the Netherland­s, 75-69, and Lauri Markkanen had 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace Finland to a 98-88 victory over the Czech Republic. . . .

In Recife, Brazil, Craig Sword scored 19 points, Anthony Lamb added 15, and the United States rolled into the Americup quarterfin­als by routing Venezuela, 101-49, in a game that started Sunday, was interrupte­d because of leaks caused by rain, then resumed 48 hours later — with both teams playing a separate game in between.

The United States had a 48-21 lead when play was stopped Sunday; the Americans then beat Panama on Monday, while Venezuela defeated Mexico.

To win a three-team tiebreaker atop Group C with Mexico and Venezuela, the U.S. squad needed to finish the victory up by at least seven points.

The 52-point margin was the United States’ biggest in an Americup game since a 123-59 victory over the Virgin Islands in 2007. That team featured NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd among them — prepping for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This Americup team is composed mostly of G Leaguers and players who play overseas.

COLLEGES

Wake Forest quarterbac­k Sam Hartman was medically cleared to play in the No. 23 Demon Deacons’ trip to Vanderbilt this weekend after receiving treatment for a blood clot.

Hartman, now in his fifth year, was one of the nation’s top quarterbac­ks last season for a team that reached the ACC championsh­ip game. . . .

University of Kentucky police arrested a woman for trying to enter the property of men’s basketball coach John Calipari.

Lexington police were called to assist university police outside of Calipari’s residence Tuesday morning. The woman was charged with trespassin­g and six counts of theft of credit cards from around the country.

CYCLING

Primoz Roglic crashed with the finish line in sight at the Spanish Vuelta but still gained ground on Remco Evenepoel after the overall leader had a puncture a few kilometers from the end of the course in Tomares, Spain.

Neither rider lost time because of their mishaps as they benefited from a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) protection zone at the end of the stage.

Mads Pedersen claimed his second stage victory of the race. Roglic, seeking an unpreceden­ted fourth straight Vuelta title, finished 35th but was given the time of the leading group.

Evenepoel also did not lose time because of his puncture in the final kilometers, losing only eight seconds to Roglic — who is 1 minute 26 seconds back entering the decisive final stages of the race.

TENNIS

The women’s profession­al tennis tour will hold its seasonendi­ng 2022 WTA Finals in Fort Worth, moving the event out of China for the second year in a row.

The WTA announced that Dickies Arena will be the site for the tournament for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams in the rankings. It will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7.

The 2021 WTA Finals were supposed to be held in Shenzhen, China, but were moved to Guadalajar­a, Mexico, amid the coronaviru­s pandemic.

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