Sports Digest: U.S. advances to World Cup basketball semifinals


WORLD CUP: Mikal Bridges scored 14 of his 24 points in the first half, Tyrese Haliburton added 18 and the U.S. was airtight for long stretches defensively on the way to easily beating Italy 100-63 in the quarterfinals at Manila, Phillipines.

The win ensures the 15th top-four finish for the Americans (5-1) in 19 World Cups. They will play Germany (5-0) or Latvia (4-1) in Friday’s semifinals; those teams play a quarterfinal Wednesday.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III, a 2021 first-round draft choice who emerged as a frequent starter and reliable scorer last season, injured the meniscus in his left knee while working out at team headquarters.


SPANISH VUELTA: American rider Sepp Kuss held on to the overall lead despite finishing 13th in an individual time trial won by Filippo Ganna.
Ganna picked up his first-ever win in Spain as the Vuelta returned from a rest day to kick off its second week with a 16-mile race against the clock in Valladolid.

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