Taurasi, Bird head USA Basketball’s list of invites

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) talks with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) during the second half of a single-game WNBA basketball playoff matchup, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Phoenix won 79-69. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird (left) and Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi will join forces at the women’s national team training camp later this month.

USA Basketball will have many ex-Olympians at its women’s national team training camp. Thirty players accepted invitations to participate in the camp that will take place from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The group includes 10 who have won at least one Olympic gold medal, including four-time winners Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird. Other members of the 2016 Olympic team accepting invitations include Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and Breanna Stewart . . . Jim McDaniels, a 7-footer who led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Final Four in 1971 and ranks as one of the school’s all-time greatest athletes, died at age 69 in Bowling Green, Ky. McDaniels, tied with former Celtic Courtney Lee as WKU’s all-time leading scorer (2,238 points), played in the NBA and ABA from 1971-78 . . . Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne had surgery on his broken right foot and is expected to be out 3-4 months . . . Duke University freshman Marvin Bagley III was certified to play by the NCAA’s eligibility center.

Bagley is a Phoenix native who attended two high schools in two years in Arizona before transferring to Sierra Canyon School in California. He was considered the consensus No. 1 high school player in the class of 2018 before reclassifying to the class of 2017 and signing with Duke on Aug. 15.


Ko, Thompson share the lead

Lydia Ko shot an 8-under 64 to join Lexi Thompson atop the Women in Tech Championship leaderboard with one round left at Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis. Winless in more than a year, Ko, 20, had five straight birdies in the middle of her final nine before bogeying the par-4 eighth. Thompson followed her first-round 63 with a 66, scrambling for par on the final two holes to match Ko at 15-under 129. Candie Kung was a stroke back after a 64 . . . Kevin Sutherland and Glen Day shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Japan Airlines Championship in Chiba, the first PGA Tour Champions event in Japan. . . . Scott Hend of Australia shot a 7-under 63 to follow his opening 64 and led the European Masters by one stroke after the second round in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.


Horvat gets 6-year extension


The Canucks signed restricted free agent center Bo Horvat to a $33 million, six-year extension. Horvat, 22, had 20 goals and 32 assists in 81 games last season for Vancouver . . . The Penguins hired Kevin Stevens as a special assignment scout in the Boston area. Stevens, 52, from Pembroke, Mass., was a three-time All-Star during his 15-year career with five teams, including eight with the Penguins. He played for the Bruins for 41 games in 1995-96.

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Stevens helped Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. His 17 goals during the 1991 playoffs remain a franchise record. Stevens will be based in Boston and will scout amateurs and college free agents for Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Stevens was sentenced to probation and fined $10,000 in May after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.


Hardy returns after 3 months

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, out nearly three months with a broken right wrist, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Hardy was hit by a pitch on June 18 and placed on the DL the following day . . . The White Sox selected the contracts of veteran rigthhanders Al Alburquerque and Chris Volstad from Triple A Charlotte.


Froome retains Vuelta lead

Chris Froome kept his comfortable lead over Italian Vincenzo Nibali ahead of Saturday’s decisive Spanish Vuelta stage up the challenging l’Angliru summit. Froome avoided trouble in the 93-mile ride from Caso to Gijon, staying 1 minute, 37 seconds ahead of Nibali in the overall standings . . . Adrian Mannarino has replaced Gael Monfils (right knee injury) on the France team that will face Serbia in the Davis Cup tennis semifinals next weekend.

. . . The International Paralympic Committee elected Andrew Parsons as president, replacing Philip Craven.


Senior International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound is urging the body to act decisively in the case of Carlos Nuzman. The Brazilian and IOC member was held for police questioning this week in a vote-buying scheme to land last year's Rio Olympics. Nuzman also headed the organizing committee for Rio and was an IOC member for 12 years before becoming an honorary member. The graft inquiry could overshadow the IOC meetings next week in Lima, Peru, where it will name Paris host of the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles as the 2028 venue. The IOC said earlier in the week it was waiting to be ‘‘fully informed’’ before it acts on Nuzman’s case.