Irving, Barnes fill out U.S. basketball roster

The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio.

Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans’ 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday.

The decisions came two days before the Americans plan to announce the team in New York. They were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because roster details were to remain private.

The Americans had received 10 confirmations by Thursday and were holding spots for Irving and LeBron James, who wanted more time to decide after winning the NBA championship. James opted not to play, but Irving should be an important player after several top point guards, including Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, withdrew from consideration.


Once James passed on what would have been a fourth Olympics, the Americans settled on Barnes, who becomes the third Golden State player on the team. The swingman shot poorly in the NBA finals as the Warriors lost to Cleveland in seven games.

The Russian sports minister says “up to 67 athletes” have applied to track and field’s world governing body to be exempted from the ban on the Russian team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The IAAF last week upheld its overall ban on the Russian team but allowed an exemption for athletes who can show they have been subject to reliable drug-testing outside their home country.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the 67 athletes would submit individual applications to the IAAF but were also prepared to file lawsuits at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IAAF is unlikely to approve most of the 67 athletes, since it has previously indicated the exemption is aimed at a small minority of athletes based abroad.



NECBL: Braxton Wilks held Sanford to four hits and one run in six innings to lead the North Adams SteepleCats (9-6) to 6-1 win over the Sanford Mainers (7-7) at North Adams, Massachusetts.

Wilks struck out seven. Kyle Mora, Andrew Camiolo and Jared Habershaw combined to shut out Sanford on one hit over the final three innings.

Zach Jancarski singled and eventually scored on Nelson Mompierre’s sacrifice fly for Sanford’s run in the third.


NOTTINGHAM OPEN: Steve Johnson of the United States won his first ATP title with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the final of the grass-court event in central England.

EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia won her second title of the year when she defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3 in the final.



SPRINT CUP: Carl Edwards won the pole for Sunday’s road course race at Sonoma Raceway in California.

Edwards ran a lap at 95.777 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track in qualifying to put his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the top starting spot.

AJ Allmendinger qualified second with a lap at 95.676 mph for JTG Daugherty.

Martin Truex Jr. was third for Furniture Row Racing, and Kurt Busch was fourth for Stewart-Haas Racing.

INDYCAR: Will Power earned the pole for Sunday’s race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with a speed of 141.379 mph.

Scott Dixon qualified second for the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix at 141.150 mph. Tony Kanaan will start third on the 4-plus mile road course.

– From staff and news services

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