Spain won its second World Cup basketball championship, defeating Argentina, 95-75, on Sunday in Beijing to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year. Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain (8-0), the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed and added a second title to the one they won in 2006. For Gasol, it was historic. The Toronto Raptors center becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom, who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010. When Spain won its first title in 2006, it was Pau Gasol — Marc’s older brother — leading the way. This time, it was the not-so-little brother who led his nation to gold, hoisting the World Cup trophy three months after getting his hands on the NBA’s Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time. France defeated Australia, 67-59, to take the third-place game. It was France’s second straight bronze medal in the event and matches its best finish. The United States defeated Poland, 87-74, to win the seventh-place game Saturday.
Aces, Sparks advance to semifinals
Dearica Hamby hit a shot from a few steps inside halfcourt with five seconds left to lift host Las Vegas to a 93-92 win over the Chicago Sky in the single-elimination second round of the WNBA playoffs. Las Vegas will play Washington in the best-of-five semifinals that begin Tuesday. With the Aces down by two, Hamby stole a pass from Courtney Vandersloot, took a dribble over halfcourt near the sideline and threw up her shot that went in. The Sky had one last chance, but Astou Ndour’s 3-pointer from the corner after a timeout was off. Hamby admitted after the game that she wasn’t clear on the situation. ‘‘I didn’t realize we had so much time on the clock,’’ said Hamby, who won the league’s Sixth Woman of the Year award before the game. ‘‘Had I missed it, I never would have been able to live with it. So glad we won.’’ Liz Cambage had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, Hamby finished with 17 points, Kayla McBride scored 16, and Kelsey Plum 15 for Las Vegas. A'ja Wilson added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Diamond DeShields led Chicago with 23 points . . . Chelsea Gray had 21 points and eight assists and Candace Parker added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists as the host Los Angeles Sparks advanced by beating the Seattle Storm, 92-69. The Sparks will next play the second-seeded Connecticut Sun beginning Tuesday.
Trout needs surgery, done for year
Mike Trout’s season is over. The Los Angeles Angels said the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to toes that causes pain. Trout, 28, finished his 2019 campaign with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs, and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award, along with four second-place finishes. The outfielder had 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage, and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary. Trout last played Sept. 7. He said Saturday he hoped to play in Sunday’s series finale against Tampa Bay as a designated hitter, but he felt pain when running the bases Sunday morning. Los Angeles already has been eliminated from postseason contention. Trout has a .305 average in nine major league seasons with 285 homers, 752 RBIs, and 200 stolen bases.
Stefanik, 61, killed in plane crash
Modified stock car driver Michael Stefanik, who holds the Whelen Modified Tour record with 74 victories from 1985 to 2014, was killed in a single-engine plane crash in Connecticut. He was 61. State Police said the crash happened in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line, saying the single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, R.I., and had been turning back toward the airfield when it crashed into a wooded area near the airport. Stefanik won nine NASCAR series championships, topping the Whelen Modified Tour seven times and Busch North Series twice. He also raced in what are now called the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series, taking rookie of the year honors at age 41 in the truck series in 1999 . . . California and Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 poll to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years. A weekend filled with blowouts left the top half of the AP media poll mostly unchanged: Clemson remains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots. Alabama was No. 2, followed by Georgia, LSU, and Oklahoma. Utah, the highest ranked Pac-12 team, moved up to No. 10 . . . Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova overcame rain delays and an early deficit to beat Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the Zhengzhou Open. Rain halted play in the first set after seventh-seeded Martic went 2-0 ahead. When play resumed, Pliskova won the next three games and broke Martic to lead 5-3 before serving out to win the first set. Pliskova broke Martic in the second set to take a 2-1 lead and held serve before play was suspended again. She once more came back strongly after the delay, breaking her opponent again before winning in 1 hour, 36 minutes. It was Pliskova’s fourth title of the year . . . Social Finance Inc., a financial technology startup, will pay more than $30 million annually over 20 years to put its name on a new stadium that will be the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, a person familiar with the deal said. The amount is a record for any naming rights for a sports venue.