By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer SAITAMA, Japan — The U.S. basketball team got back to winning – and winning easily. Damian Lillard scored 21 points and the Americans rebounded from an opening loss with their first victory of these Olympics, overwhelming Iran, 120-66, on Wednesday (Tuesday night PT). Devin Booker scored 16 points and…U.S. men’s basketball routs Iran in bounce-back performance — Daily Breeze
TORONTO MARLIES SIGN FORWARD CURTIS DOUGLAS
The Toronto Marlies announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Curtis Douglas to a two-year AHL contract.
Douglas, 21, skated in 11 games with the Belleville Senators (AHL) this past season, recording one goal and three assists. He also appeared in 16 games with the Steel Wings Linz (AlpsHL) and registered 12 points (eight goals, four assists). The Oakville native split his OHL career between the Barrie Colts and the Windsor Spitfires, collecting 168 points (83 goals, 85 assists) through 247 career regular season games. With the Spitfires, he set career highs in goals (30) and assists (30) during the 2019-20 season. Douglas was originally drafted 106th overall in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.
The Toronto Marlies are the primary development program for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since 2005, 132 players have appeared in regular season games at both the NHL and AHL levels. The Toronto Maple Leafs roster in 2020-21 featured 17 players who have dressed for both the Maple Leafs and Marlies – Frederik Andersen, Adam Brooks, Travis Dermott, Pierre Engvall, Alex Galchenyuk, Justin Holl, Michael Hutchinson, Zach Hyman, Timothy Liljegren, Jake Muzzin, Stefan Noesen, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Nick Robertson, Calle Rosén, Scott Sabourin and Rasmus Sandin.
BLUE JAYS NOTES (49-47)
THE BLUE JAYS lost when leading after 7 innings for only the 4th time this season (33-4).
Have lost 5 of their last 6 games but are 16-12 (.571) in their last 28 (beginning 6/19)…Are 1-3 on their current 7-game road trip.
Have lost their last 4 games against the Red Sox (4-8 vs. BOS overall in 2021).
Hit their 150th HR, most in the AL and 2nd-most in the majors (SF-151)…This is only the 2nd time they have reached 150 HR in 96 games or fewer, having also
done so in 2000 (160 HR in first 96 games)…Have 24 HR in 12 games vs. BOS this season, including 19 HR in the last 6 meetings.
Snapped a streak of 10 consecutive games without committing an error (Bichette, 3rd inning), 1 shy of MLB’s longest streak of 2021 (ATL-11).
BO BICHETTE (1-for-4) gave the Jays a 4-3 lead with a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 5th inning…Was his 9th go-ahead HR of the season, 2nd-most on the Jays (Guerrero-10).
His HR had an exit velocity of 111.8 mph, the 2nd-hardest HR of his career (112.0 mph on 5/16/21 vs. PHI).
In 12 games vs. BOS in 2021, is 20-for-51 (.392) with 5 2B, 4 HR, and 12 RBI.
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. (2-for-4, RBI) has reached base via hit or BB in 23 consecutive starts vs. BOS (beginning 9/11/19).
In 12 games against the Red Sox in 2021, has gone 20-for-45 (.444) with 13 RBI, 10 XBH, and 9 BB.
THOMAS HATCH made his 2021 season debut (3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 4 SO, HR)…Made his 2nd career start (also his ML debut on 7/26/20 at TB).
ADAM CIMBER (1.2 IP) retired all 5 batters faced…Extended his homerless streak to 50.2 IP, MLB’s longest active streak (last HR: 8/12/20 vs. CHC).
TAYLER SAUCEDO (0.2 IP, H, SO) retired Jarren Duran in the 4th inning…Has held left-handed hitters to a .053 AVG (1-for-19) this season
The United States men’s basketball team losing to France caused plenty of angst.Report: Team USA players grumbling about ‘San Antonio offense’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic is fine with 11th-hour re-signings of free agents this year, and he’s not opposed to bringing them back after the final hour. After all, allowing a player to talk to another team doesn’t mean that player will leave Colorado. So, if the salary cap-strapped Avs don’t agree to terms with…Avalanche facing key free agent decisions, starting with Gabe Landeskog — The Denver Post
The Pelicans want to win quickly around Zion Williamson.Report: Pelicans trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, better picks to Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, lesser picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
He had 31 points in the first half.Luka Doncic scores 48 in Olympic debut, Slovenia tops Argentina — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Players for picks? Not so fast, as teams are reportedly hesitant to trade established NBA players for the Warriors’ two lottery picks.Warriors not getting warm response to pre-draft trade offers, reports say — Paradise Post
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers had a plan to help Ben Simmons improve.Report: 76ers haven’t been able to reach Ben Simmons since season ended — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Bradley Beal is reportedly considering requesting a trade from the Wizards.Report: Bradley Beal irked by Wizards’ process of hiring Wes Unseld Jr. over Sam Cassell — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
TOKYO >> Apparently what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. France knocked off Team USA 83-76 in the teams’ men’s basketball Group A opener at the Saitama Super Arena Sunday night, ending the Americans’ 25-game Olympic winning streak that dated back to the 2004 Games in Athens. 694 more wordsFrance snaps Team USA men’s basketball 25-game Olympic win streak — Pasadena Star News