By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia has a good chance to clinch gold in the women's basketball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics but the nation is unlikely to win any medals for racial tolerance, according to outspoken center Liz Cambage. The imposing 6-foot-8-inch (2.03m) Cambage has never shied away from confrontation, whether staring down the world's best on court or battling with social media trolls in her downtime. In February, Cambage felt moved to publicly call out one of her national team mates for wearing 'blackface' at post-season celebrations for her Melbourne basketball club.
(Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins has backed Chris Froome to emulate his 2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial double success but felt his former Sky team mate's task is more difficult as next month's Games are in Rio de Janeiro. Froome, who will join Wiggins in the Great Britain cycling team, clinched his third Tour de France on Sunday and will now be attempting an unprecedented treble as he also plans to take part in both the time trial and road race at the Rio Games. Having won a bronze in the time trial at the 2012 London Olympics, the 31-year-old's hopes of a gold in Rio were boosted when his chief rival, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, fractured his wrist during the Tour de France and is a doubt for the Games.
(Reuters) - Pitcher Chris Sale said on Monday it was the Chicago White Sox putting ‘business first over winning’ that caused him to boil over and led the team to discipline him. Sale was suspended five games by the White Sox due to an incident on Saturday where he reportedly cut up the team’s 1976 throwback uniforms and was subsequently scratched from his scheduled start. When I saw that there was something in the way of that 100 percent winning mentality, I had an issue,” Sale told MLB.com.
(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue have agreed on a new five-year deal worth $35 million, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Monday. Lue, 39, took over after David Blatt was fired in January and led the Cavs to the NBA title in his first head coaching role. The rookie coach was praised for having a good relationship with LeBron James, who had clashed with Blatt prior to his termination.
Severe thunderstorms cut short the first practice session at the 98th PGA Championship, where world number one Jason Day will try to defend his first major title, which he won last year. Australian Day has won seven titles in the past year and flirted with major success, sharing 10th at the Masters and eighth at the US Open. "I feel good about my game," Day said.