Hand surgery for Irving after he punched a wall
CLEVELAND – Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will have surgery Wednesday to fix the hand he broke slapping a padded wall during a summer league practice.
The NBA’s rookie of the year broke his right hand Saturday in Las Vegas as the Cavs were preparing for their summer league opener.
Irving was upset after making a turnover and hit the padded wall in frustration.
The Cavaliers said Irving was seen Monday by team doctors, who confirmed the original diagnosis.
The Cavs estimate Irving will be ready for the start of training camp in late September.
U.S. men come from behind to beat pesky Brazilians
WASHINGTON – LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter.
James helped the U.S. pull away in the final 4 minutes after they led by only seven, getting his final point on a free throw with 31 seconds left as Obama departed.
Kevin Durant added 11 in his hometown for the Americans, who will leave today for Europe to complete their Olympic preparations.
They will play Britain in Manchester, England, on Thursday before traveling to Barcelona to play Argentina and Spain.
Whalen, U.S. women rout Brazil 99-67 in exhibition
WASHINGTON – Lindsay Whalen showed that the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team has depth at point guard.
Whalen scored 21 points to lead the Americans to a 99-67 rout of Brazil on Monday night in an exhibition game. She started in place of Sue Bird, who left the team Sunday after the death of her stepfather Dennis.
Diana Taurasi added 16 points for the U.S. in her first action since missing the last month of the WNBA season while recovering from a variety of injuries.
UConn’s Rizzotti, coaches lead Hall of Fame class
WASHINGTON – Coaches Gary Blair of Texas A&M and Jim Foster of Ohio State headline the 2013 women’s basketball Hall of Fame class.
Joining them are Jen Rizzotti, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Annette Smith-Knight and Sue Wicks. The class was announced Mondayduring the U.S. women’s exhibition against Brazil.
Blair won more than 620 games in his 27-year coaching career and is one of three coaches to lead two different teams to the NCAA women’s Final Four, including his current team Texas A&M, which won the national championship in 2011.
Foster won 765 games in his career and is just the second college coach to win at least 200 games at three different schools – Ohio State, Vanderbilt and St. Joseph’s.
Rizzotti helped UConn to its first national championship in 1995 and a perfect 35-0 record.
She was The Associated Press player of the year in 1996.
Rapids waive Henao, put Mastroeni on disabled list
DENVER – The Colorado Rapids placed midfielder Pablo Mastroeni on the disabled list and waived Colombian midfielder Harrison Henao.
The team said Monday that Mastroeni will miss at least six matches before being eligible to return from the disabled list.
Mastroeni was hit in the back of the head during the Rapids’ season opener against Columbus on March 10, and he has missed several matches since then with headaches.
He is the club’s all-time leader in games played, games started and minutes.