U.S. men’s basketball to face Ginobili and Parker
RIO DE JANEIRO – The U.S. will play Argentina, France and Tunisia in the first round of the Olympic men’s basketball tournament in London.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, along with the first and second teams in the world qualifying tournament, which will be played in Venezuela in July.
That means the U.S. will face Manu Ginobili of Argentina and Tony Parker of France. Both play for the San Antonio Spurs.
Spain, runner-up to the U.S. in the Beijing Games, was drawn into Group B along with Australia, Brazil, China, Britain and the third qualifier in Venezuela.
The American women’s team was drawn into Group A along with China, Angola and the first, second and fourth teams from the qualifying tournament played in Turkey in June.
Group B has Australia, Brazil, Britain, Russia and the third and fifth qualifiers.
Suspended Rondo to miss today’s game at Atlanta
ATLANTA – Rajon Rondo lost control in the final minute of Game 1, and that means he won’t be on the court for Game 2.
The NBA announced Monday that the Boston Celtics’ star point guard has been suspended one game without pay in the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Rondo will miss tonight’s contest in Atlanta after sticking out his chest to bump referee Marc Davis while disputing a foul call with 41 seconds left in Boston’s Game 1 loss.
Lakers’ forward Hill charged with assault on girlfriend
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill faces a felony assault charge after his girlfriend accused him of choking and shoving her in Houston earlier this year.
Hill is charged with assaulting 28-year-old Darlene Luna on Feb. 29 at his apartment while the New York Knicks’ former first-round draft pick was playing for the Houston Rockets.
Luna told police that the two had been dating for about two years.
The 24-year-old Hill was charged by Harris County prosecutors in March, and he has a court appearance scheduled for today in Houston.
Manchester City celebrates win over Manchester United
MANCHESTER, England – Vincent Kompany’s powerful header gave Manchester City a 1-0 win against Manchester United on Monday to overtake its rival for the Premier League lead with two games remaining.
In what had been billed as the biggest Manchester derby ever, Kompany connected with David Silva’s corner kick for the only goal in first-half stoppage time at the Etihad Stadium.
City then held on for a potentially title-deciding victory; it leads United on goal difference and once again has matters in its own hands, having erased an eight-point deficit in three weeks.
City still has a difficult job remaining as it next visits fifth-place Newcastle United, then hosts relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers in the remaining games. United finishes against Swansea at home and Sunderland away.
Butler reportedly considering Atlantic 10 Conference
INDIANAPOLIS – NCAA tournament darling Butler could be changing conferences.
The two-time national runner-up and perennial Horizon League contender reportedly is looking into a move to the Atlantic 10.
Bulldogs coaches met Monday with athletic director Barry Collier, though Collier declined to comment on what was discussed at the meeting.
Switching leagues would reunite Butler with old rivals from its Midwestern Collegiate Conference days including Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis and Xavier.